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71st Annual Primetime Emmy Winners And Emotional Highlights

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On Sunday night, Fox televised the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles, signaling the beginning of the new fall TV season, and the conclusion of another.

Game of Thrones took home the award for Outstanding Drama Series, while Fleabag won the Outstanding Comedy Series.   But throughout the night, there wwre several emotional moments and highlights, which we have noted below.

Billy Porter of Pose became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  In his acceptance speech he related: “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I was could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here.” Next quoting James Baldwin he shared: “I have the right, you have the right ― we all have the right!”

Michelle Williams wins for her performance as Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Fosse/Verdon and speaks out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood during her acceptance speech.

Patricia Arquette winner for her performance in The Act called for equal rights for transgender community in an emotional speech about her late sister, Alexis.  “I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis. And I will be for the rest of my life for you, until we change the world so Trans people are not persecuted.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Alex Borstein kicked off her Emmy victory by taking a swig of booze. However, when the Supporting Actress in a Comedy winner began to thank her family, she expressed that she was from a family of immigrants and that her grandmother was a Holocaust survivor who bravely stepped out of line when she was about to be shot by a guard.

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In a standing ovation, Jharrel Jerome was named the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie winner for his performance in When They See Us. Jerome’s acceptance speech was punctuated by his shout-out to the real Exonerated Five, who were all in the audience and who wept and raised their fists in solidarity.

The Young and the Restless Kristoff St, John Neil Winters) was part of the In Memoriam Tribute performed by pop star, Halsey.

The cast of Game of Thrones received thunderous applause when they all came to the stage to present an award.

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Peter Dinklage made Emmy history on winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones a record-breaking fourth time. He also noted about how no where else would he have been given the chance to play such a role than television, which has become more inclusive to all people.

On another note: the Emmys went without a host, but had Reno 911  actor and comedian Thomas Lennon’s offering up running commentary, that was seen by many as annoying and at times tasteless, and there was even one remark about former Emmy winners (Felicity Huffman) being in jail watching the Emmys when she has not even started her prison time.

Check out the entire winner’s list here and then let us know, what was your highlight of Emmy night via the comment section below.

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These people really think theyre important, don’t they??

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Responding to your remarks about the commentator, yes he was totally useless to the broadcast. But then again, the show was on fox, so tacky and tasteless was to be expected. The In Memoriam segment was well done and appropriate.

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Never have seen any of these shows except better call Saul ! You know it’s embarassing when you read about actresses bitching about their pay and gender crap and racism when does it stop??? Most Americans are worn out we just want to enjoy a show without political crap thrown at us ! Why do you accept Muslim religion but make fun of Christians? We watch nothing anymore except old movies when just shut up ! By the way Michelle Williams is worth 16 million so to hear her slobbering about being poor makes us crazy ! Hollywood / Washington… Read more »

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Oh and by the way we don’t care who you sleep with!!! Just shut up and leave us aline

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Is anyone moderating this site anymore? This is embarrassing. The last time I checked this was a soap and TV entertainment website, not a political website. I cone here to read about and discuss my favorite shows, not read political rantings. Take it to the Fox News website.

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What?
I’ve only heard of one, Game of Thrones.
And I haven’t yet watched the final season.

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There wasn’t much interest for me except the Red Carpet interview with Jenny McCarthy gushing to Christina Applegate how much she wanted to be like her when “she got older”, when she herself is only a year younger, and minimizing her previous awards and nominations, referring to this one as her first. Omg, the woman needs to get her facts together before she goes out and makes a fool out of herself.

General Hospital

GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Shares Excerpt From Her Upcoming Memoir

In celebration of beginning her 27th year as Alexis Davis on General Hospital, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, decided to mark the occasion by revealing to her longtime fans an excerpt from her upcoming memoir due out in 2023.

Taking to her official Facebook page, Nancy shared the excerpt starting with contained some of the back-history of her soap opera alter-ego : “I play the role of Alexis Davis. I am a public defender, prosecutor, personnel injury, civil, malpractice, tax and family attorney. I am the bastard child of Mikos Cassadine who died after being thrown into his own weather machine which he designed to freeze the world. My mother, Kristen Bergman was a famous opera singer whose throat was slit by my father’s wife, Helena. Unhappy with the turn of events, I hurled my frail 75 year old stepmother off a five hundred foot parapet slamming her onto jagged rock only for her to walk away unscathed. Even more determined, I shoved her off a thousand foot cliff into the frigid subzero ocean, Helena not only survived unscathed, she apparently scaled 1000 feet up the cliff and continued to wreak havoc on Port Charles.”

Nancy closed the excerpt with some special acknowledgements: “Always so grateful to have an ongoing contract, my own parking space and people I’ve never met who come up to me regularly and tell me how much younger I look in person. It’s a gift that I have been able to and still get to do what I love to do for such a gloriously long time. I love my job the most because it is the job that gave me the security I needed to greenlight Kate as a single mother, raise her while being able to give her the things I dreamed of giving her, put her through school all the way through college, and will hopefully allow me to spoil my grandchildren. The enormous love & gratitude I have for ABC and Disney for allowing me the privilege of working for them is immeasurable. But the real truth is without the support from all of you, this day would not be what it is. As always, I see you and thank you”

Make sure to read the entire excerpt.  Noe let us know, are you looking forward to what Nancy will share in her upcoming memoir? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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All My Children

Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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