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All Four Daytime Dramas Band Together And Demand Change Or They Will Boycott Daytime Emmys

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In a potentially serious blow to the Daytime Emmys, all four network soap operas: Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless have formed a united front demanding change to the voting process and the accounting procedures from NATAS (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) who run the competition each year.

In a joint letter this afternoon, obtained by Deadline, from key daytime drama executives and representatives to NATAS Interim President and CEO Adam Sharp and chairman, Terry O’Reilly, they expressed: “We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition and the decisions made by NATAS regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star,  We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.”

DAYS, GH, B&B, and Y&R went on to say that they: “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”  Overall the group says: ‘They want a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.”

The letter outlines their issues including:  voting, accounting, and transparency, where the four soaps also specify: “Our goal is to bring integrity back to the Daytime Emmy competition and awards show.”

The fallout from this year’s 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards began after it came to light that Patrika Darbo, who won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Drams Series for her performance in The Bay, had to be disqualified and her win rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category

NATAS had related that after the Daytime Emmys were handed out in April that it discovered some entrants submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition, which state that prior-season appearances are disqualifying.

For more in-depth details on the changes the four daytime dramas are demanding to have implemented, check out the full article here.

So, what do you think of the position the four soaps are taking with NATAS and for the future of the Daytime Emmys?  Do you hope their demands are met, and that they continue to participate in the contest?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Lisa
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Lisa

I would rather they find a place so that fans can watch the Daytime Emmys on television like the other awards shows.

GramS
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GramS

It was live on Facebook this year and if you were able to cast to your tv it was just like watching it on tv.

Lisa
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Lisa

I would prefer to watch it on regular television.

James
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James

If you have a smart TV with a wireless fidelity connection, you’d be able to catch the Daytime Emmys on Facebook’s online app that you download on your TV for free. If the next edition airs on Youtube live, then all the better as many of the recent TV sets in the market have a built-in Youtube app.

Momo
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Momo

I don’t have a smart TV so that’s useless for me.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Not going to happen. Not enough viewers to justify cost of broadcasting Daytime Emmy’s on TV.

Torrey
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Torrey

I agree! if they can air the Tony Awards on television, which continually drop in the ratings, they can find a network to air the Daytime Emmy’s. There are countless award shows aired throughout the year….and I have a hard time believing that there is not room for the Daytime Emmy’s.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Maybe the Emmys will be a better show like it used to be a long time ago.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I personally preferred the soap Opera digest awards because the winners were based on what we voted from watching all year long as opposed to a blue ribbon panel who only see 2 episodes from each of the the nominees.

Lisa
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Lisa

I agree.

blake
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blake

Great idea! Glad to see all four soaps working together to fix that mess. What a clusterf*** that was with Patrika.

Hopefully they can get it back on TV or live stream again!

su000
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su000

I don’t watch the emmy’s,
There is no sound reason for them to exist outside of the flash, wearing a stunning dress.
The judges are a secret, the actors nominate themselves to be judged.
Many of the greater actors do not bother to nominate them selves to be judged.
The fans have no say.

I would like to have the daytime emmy’s end.
Just end them and put them out of their misery, and ours.
The daytime emmy’s have outlived their time ..

fginaspy
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fginaspy

I think they have a valid claim. If they succeed perhaps we fans can benefit by being able to view the Emmys on National TV as any other awards show.

Momo
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Momo

I think this is good. It sounds like changes need to be made.

Who knew the 2018 winners before the broadcast??!

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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‘The Bay’s’ Kristos Andrews, Karrueche Tran & Mike Manning Take Top Acting Honors at 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Fiction & Lifestyle Ceremony

The digital drama, The Bay, won big tonight at the final ceremony for this year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys.

On Sunday, NATAS revealed the winners in the Daytime Fiction & Lifestyle Programming categories hosted by Loni Love and streamed on their OTT App and online.

Within the mixed-bag of categories were the actors very familiar to soap audience who were competing from the streaming digital dramas including The Bay and Studio City.

Former Days of our Lives star, Mike. Manning (Ex-Charlie Dale) won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series for his performance as Caleb in The Bay.

Following his moving acceptance speech about the series shedding light on same-sex wedding and the LGBTQ community, Manning took to Twitter to add:I didn’t expect this. I’m still in shock. Thank you everyone who had a hand in getting me here! The producers, the fans, @TheBaytheSeries team, my family, I love you all!! Thank you x1000″

Meanwhile, for his portrayal of dual roles of Peter and Adam on The Bay, Kristos Andrews picked up another Emmy for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series.  This is his fourth win for his acting work on the digital drama series, but he has also received four more as one of the main producer of The Bay.  Andrews’ on-screen scene partner, Karrueche Tran, took home the gold for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Fiction Series for her performance as Vivian.

In the Younger Performer category, Chiara D’ Ambrosio of The Bay and the former Summer Newman of Y&R, won for her work.

For the complete list of winners from the ceremony click here.

So, what do you think of the performer winners from the digital dramas at tonight’s Daytime Emmys? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Jerry O’Connell Made Official Co-Host of ‘The Talk’

After speculation that Jerry O’Connell would become the first male host to join the ladies on The Talk, today it became official.

O’Connell will join the CBS afternoon series other hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth and Amanda Kloots as a permanent host.

Jerry will will appear on the show for the remainder of the week before taking a break until the end of the month due to a previous film commitment. He’ll join The Talk full-time for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

In a video, O’Connell shared on the announcement:   “It’s real exciting.  First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked. And here we are. We’re going to have a lot of fun, we really are.”  At the end of today’s episode, he expressed: “I’m excited to be a part of the family.”

In a statement, The Talk’s executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews expressed, “We are beyond thrilled Jerry O’Connell is our new host. We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day. As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation.”

O’Connell takes over the seat that for 11 seasons belonged to Sharon Osbourne who left the series amid controversy.

Watch below how The Talk made Jerry an official member of the family with this spoof on “Rocky” to “Eye of the Tiger”.

Now that it’s a done deal, are you excited for Jerry to co-host The Talk? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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