Andrea Martin Drops Canadian Film Awards for Hollywood Gig

The SCTV star pulled out a day before she was to co-host the "2012 Genie Awards" in Toronto to instead play the mother of Ben Falcone's character in a CBS comedy pilot.

TORONTO – This is awkward: My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Andrea Martin suddenly getting cast on an untitled CBS comedy pilot for Ben Falcone has left Canada’s film awards without a co-host Thursday night.

"I'm so disappointed that I can't co-host the Genies with my friend George Stroumboulopoulos, as planned," Martin said in a statement to the CBC.ca website late Wednesday.

The gig to play the mother of Falcone’s down-and-out character on the American sitcom pilot trumped Canadian film’s big night as organizers on Wednesday insisted Martin was obligated to show up for the studio shoot.

The American-born actress who first got to Canada in 1971 when she was cast in the Toronto production of Godspell alongside Victor Garber, on Wednesday taped clips to be sprinkled into the Genies telecast Thursday night on the CBC network.

"You’ll still see me in the show, and I will be there in spirit to support all the extraordinary artists in the Canadian film industry who we will be honoring and celebrating tomorrow night,” Martin said in her statement.

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