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‘West Wing’ producer rejects TV award

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John Wells, executive producer of "The West Wing," has given back the Family Television Award for the NBC series after co-star Allison Janney's comments in support of the actors' strike were edited out of the telecast.

" 'The West Wing' is not interested in an award from an organization that supports censorship," Wells said in a statement reported in Variety. Wells is also president of the Writers Guild of America West.

At the end of her Aug. 3 acceptance speech, Janney told the audience of ad industry execs that they should move to end the actors' strike. "Don't take away what's rightfully theirs," she added.

The awards are handed out by the Association of National Advertisers, one of the groups involved in the labor dispute.