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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.”

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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Guest Performer in a Digital Drams Series for her performance in The Bay, had to be disqualified and her win rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category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
Lisa

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

GramS
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
Lisa

I would prefer to watch it on regular television.

James
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
Momo

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

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

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

Torrey
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
James R. Poissant

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

James R. Poissant
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
Lisa

I agree.

blake
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
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
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
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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Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

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