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GH’s Eden McCoy Stands Up Against ‘Emmy Nomination Shaming’

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The last 24 hours have put an unfortunate spotlight on the Daytime Emmy category for Younger Performer in a Drama Series, after one nominee had to exit the competition and another was singled out on Twitter.

After Days of our Lives’ nominee, Victoria Grace (Wendy) faced heartbreak, when she realized she was ineligible to compete in the category due to its 2023 age guidelines, she pulled herself out of the running.

That left three ‘Younger’ nominees vying for gold when the 50th Annual Daytime Emmys are awarded on June 16th at 9PM ET (delayed in the West at 9PM PT) on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

The remaining nominees are: Eden McCoy, General Hospital along with Cary Christopher, Days of our Lives and Henry Joseph Samiri, The Bold and the Beautiful.

What came next was a Twitter user posting a tweet suggesting that McCoy, 19, should be embarrassed to be competing against “two elementary school kids” in her category.  The now deleted tweet read in full, “The Younger performer category just needs to be gone this year. How embarrassing for Eden, no matter what the outcome. If she wins, congrats you beat two elementary school kids. If she loses …lol”

McCoy clapped back and stated: “Oh am I supposed to be embarrassed by my nomination now? Shame on anyone tweeting that. Regardless of the changing rules in the Younger Performer category, I stand by the quality of my work in ANY of my years at GH (going on 8 btw). My two prior nominations were in years where the category was 25 and under. Multiple talented actors my age who did amazing work submitted this year, and these “kids” whose work you were belittling were nominated ahead of them. I’m proud of Henry and Cary. Your lack of respect is what’s embarrassing. The facts are that everybody earned what they got. Do better.”

Eden’s stance has been praised by her GH co-stars, Laura Wright (Carly) and Tabyana Ali (Trina). Ali responded,  “SHE SAID WHAT SHE SAID!”  Wright tweeted, You tell ‘em !!! You’re a rockstar Eden McCoy ! Love you.”

During the Michael Fairman Channel’s Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2023, McCoy was one of the guests celebrating her nomination with us. During her interview segment, she also discussed being in the category this year with two younger actors. Eden shared: “Everyone in that category is deserving and everybody works hard and it doesn’t matter and I could lose to anybody in that category.” She went on to say, “The work I am submitting is from when I was 18-years-old.  So that work goes in the Younger category vs Supporting.”

So, what did you think of the McCoy’s statement, and standing up for herself and the other nominees in the Younger Performer category? Comment below.

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She played by the rules and submitted only scenes before she turned 19. Glad that she’s sticking up for herself.

Not the biggest fan of her character, but Eden has proved she’s a talented actress.

The category really should be for anyone under 21.

Looking at GH, for next year, at the <19 cutoff, unless they start focusing on the next generation of teens, who would really qualify?

Who will really qualify, period? Henry and Cary, and a very scant few others. This age requirement is ridiculous! They ought to have kept it at 25, and Nicholas and Tabyana could have competed. I don’t know if William Lipton and Sidney Mikayla submitted as they were eligible since they turned 19 in 2023 but they were both MUCH more deserving than the two cute boys. These rules are awful! But I thought Victoria Grace was older than 19 last year, so it makes sense that she is out of the running (I think Eden will win and that she ought to win too).

Eden is right! There’s always going to be keyboard warriors out there that think they should chime in and say anything that comes to mind, the problem is they aren’t doing the work that Eden and these other talented people are. We all have our opinions but until you do the work keep it to yourself, popping off just makes you look like a hater.

Kathy. This person has a history of lauding Eden as an actress. She was not attacking Eden but attacking the younger actor category. There has been a borderline hysterical reaction to this Tweet that was simply saying that Eden is good enough to compete with her peers.

I would be thrilled to be nominated so good luck and congratulations to all the nominees

You go girl!!
So proud that you stuck up for yourself and the others nominated in the same category.
Hope you win because you definitely deserve it.

If she followed the rules she should be left alone.

So many folks are misunderstanding the Tweet and taking it completely out of context (including Eden, who completely overreacted).The person did not tag Eden nor did she attack her. This came from a viewer who appreciates Eden’s solid work as an actor, and thus, thinks she should be considered for an Emmy alongside of her peers, and not be subjected to sitting at the kiddie table. It was not an attack on Eden but rather an attack on the younger actor category ( the Oscars do not have a younger actor category). Eden tagged the Tweeter and made her out to be a bully or a troll while making herself out to be a victim. Now this person has had to relegate her Twitter status to private after Eden galvanized her fans against her. So who’s the real bully here? This whole uproar has been blown out of proportion. I wish soap fans and soap writers would redirect their ire towards real trolls who attack soap actors on the basis of their race, their age and their body type.

”How embarrassing for Eden, no matter what the outcome. If she wins, congrats you beat two elementary school kids. If she loses …lol”

The ”lol” the ”how embarrassing for Eden” comment was crass and unnecessary. This person could have made the point they were trying to make without the passive aggressive comments toward Eden. This person deserves the dressing down they’ve received.

Really? That line taken out of context doesn’t look good, I admit. This was a reaction to Victoria Grace rescinding her Emmy nomination for younger actor because the committee had changed what constitutes a “younger actor.” VG turned twenty-one before the eligibility period began. The person in question was pointing out the absurdity of the younger actor category and the confusion that arises from the constant changing of the rules. There was a long Twitter thread discussing it and somehow, Eden saw this one little Tweet which is odd because she wasn’t even tagged. But Eden tagged the person behind the Tweet and wrote a long, sanctimonious rebuttal thereby galvanizing her huge league of fans to attack this one person, who had a history of actually praising Eden’s acting prowess. Eden is young but she’s old enough and savvy enough to know that there would be collective and hateful uproar against this person once she named her. She could have voiced her protestation without tagging the person. That Tweet was not an example of internet bullying or trolling. Solid example of that can be found with lovely Cynthia Watros (Nina)seeing Tweets that viscously attacked her looks. Or the beautiful Susan Walters (Diane) seeing Tweets that cruelly attacked her for having the audacity to grow older. Then there’s Tabyana Ali (Trina)who regularly faces hate-filled, racist comments on social media. And there’s plenty of body shaming on social media such as cruel attacks on Kristin Storms (Maxie) for gaining weight while insensitively ignoring the fact that her weight gain is the result of medication that treats a serious medical issue. There’s plenty more cases of real bullying against real actors transpiring on social media that I could cite but mocking the ever changing rules of the younger actor category is not an example of it. Eden overreacted, plain and simple. I apologize for my laboriously long reply but I think it’s important that we are able to distinguish between real bullying and gentle teasing.

Harry I was not going to read the comments but glad I did very well said .

Eden, have the right to it just like anybody else that plays on Soaps. Leave the young lady along and be glad she can be a part of it. Stop hating on her b proud of her for being on for 8 years. Some young ppl. dont make it to a year or two.

Why lower the age? It’s very confusing.
According to official rules for the Daytime Emmys, performers must be “no older than 18 years old on at least January 1, 2022.” Eden met requirements.

Good for her! I don’t get why people think they have the right to rip others apart, especially when they have very little (if any) knowledge of all the circumstances. Eden gave a classy “clap-back” at the haters and I support her.

The way the Emmys have bungled the Younger Performer category over the past few years is totally ridiculous, and is the reason why this has become an issue. I’ve commented on it here several times in the past. They tried to fix something that wasn’t broken.

First of all, they should have never did away with the separate Younger Actor/Actress categories and lumped everybody into one category. Second, they should have never lowered the age limit. It worked perfectly fine for 34 years. There was no reason to change what didn’t need to be changed. And now here we are.

On the subject of Eden McCoy, I’m personally not a fan of the way they’ve written the Josslyn character as of late, but there’s no question that Eden has become a good performer. If she wins this year, good for her, she doesn’t need to apologize to anyone. She should have an Emmy already in my opinion, for the Oscar death storyline. If people have a problem with the category, blame NATAS.

The age for this category was 26 and under for many years. I think 19 is far too young as an age cap. And it does result in children competing against adults.

There should be a Child Category, say 16 and under, and a Younger Lead say from 16-25.

Soaps are different from other genres. They are much more multi-generational and the younger actors play a very important role. They deserve to be honoured too.

A 20 year old is now forced to compete in Supporting or Lead. Its not fair.

Totally Agree with this Post & Suggestions.
I Remember Watching The Daytime Emmys when they had the Younger Male & Female and Think at the Very Least they need to go back to that Separation.
But, I also like the Idea of the Younger Supporting Actor/Actress.
As for Eden McCoy, I Hope She Wins This Year!

I read the twitter comment much like Eden did. So I support her response. If anything I have a problem with the age categories. If they are going to have a younger category start with 10 years and under…next 20 to 10 yrs. These take into consideration the role the actor was playing and their years of experience.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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General Hospital Daytime Emmy-Winning Directing Team Remembers Johnny Wactor: “He Came to Set Every Day with a Smile of Gratitude and a Love-Filled Hug for Everybody”

It has been a rough year and a half for the General Hospital family losing so many beloved cast members and producer, Nneka Garland.  Now, the Daytime Emmy-winning directing team has spoken out about the emotional toll it has taken on everyone associated with the show, and most recently, with the heartbreaking murder of Johnny Wactor (Ex-Brando Corbin).

The actor was shot back in the wee hours of the morning on May 25th by a masked gunman who was part of three car thieves trying to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s vehicle. Johnny came upon the scene after he finished his bartending shift in downtown Los Angeles and was walking a co-worker to their cars.

Last Friday at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, GH was named Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series. Following their on-stage victory, the group stopped by to chat with Michael Fairman TV on the Winners Walk.

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Directors Robert Markham, Tina Keller, Allison Reames and the rest of the award-wining directing team, shared in the joy of their victory, but it was not lost on them the seriousness of the moment as well.

Tina Keller expressed, “It’s been a rough year, and it’s been really rough for General Hospital recently with Johnny.” Keller, along with Robert Markham recalled what it was like working with Wactor.

“He came to set every day with a smile of gratitude and a love-filled hug for everybody,” shared Keller. “I’ve never worked with anyone who was so much light-filled and happy to be where he was. Just so much gratitude and joy and it’s a tremendous loss for his friends, his family, and anyone who loved him.” An emotional Robert Markham confirmed what Keller shared,  “Yeah, absolutely. He was a gentleman. He really was, and we’re going to miss him.”


GH paid tribute to Wactor in the final moments of the Tuesday, June 11th episode with a title card in remembrance of the slain actor. A march in Los Angeles is scheduled for this morning, Wednesday, June 12th, to City Hall for a call for change to clean up the streets of LA from crime, to help find Wactor’s killer.

The directing team took home the gold in the Directing for a Daytime Drama Series category, in part, due to the episode they submitted surrounding the memorial of Epiphany Johnson played by the late Sonya Eddy, who passed away back in December of 2022. The second episode they submitted was when Anna’s (Finola Hughes) house was set on fire.

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Keller spoke to directing the memorial episode that was so heartfelt and raw as performed by the cast that knew and loved Sonya Eddy. “You know, it was a beautiful day to be able to pay tribute to Sonya and it was a rollercoaster all day,” shared Tina.

“We had our cast giving tributes to her and they all did such a beautiful job. It was well-written and a rough day emotionally, but it was an honor to be able to play a tribute to somebody who’s been such an important role in General Hospital throughout the history of the show,” Keller concluded.

You can check out the entire conversation with the Daytime Emmy-winning Directing team from General Hospital below. Make sure to visit the Michael Fairman Channel for full coverage of the red carpet and Winners Walk with interviews from daytime’s biggest night.

Now, let us know, what you thought of the winning GH Emmy episode submissions and the heartfelt words from the directors on the death of Johnny Wactor and the loss of Sonya Eddy via the comment section.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting death of Johnny Wactor is urged to contact LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to

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