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Kristian Alfonso, Barbara Walters & Anderson Cooper Among First Presenters Confirmed for Daytime Emmys!

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As the producers of this year’s 39th Daytime Emmy Awards are working fast and furiously to bring the show live for the first time this year on HLN ( Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET), the telecast had just announced the first presenters confirmed for the big night.

As you know, the Daytime Emmys recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.   Barbara Walters will present this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of The View.

Also on board are:  Days of our Lives Hope Brady,  Kristian Alfonso,  CNN and syndicated talk show host, Anderson Cooper, animal expert, Jack Hanna,  talk show host and cooking expert, Rachael Ray, Caroll Spinney (best known as Big Bird or Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street) and the cast of talk show The Doctors are also set and confirmed to present.

On-Air On-Soaps will keep you posted as more presenters are revealed!

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Iakovos
Iakovos

Wouldn’t it be fun to have some stars from our cvancelled soaps be in the presenters mix? Faves from ATWT, GL or AW, as well as AMC and OLTL!

david
david

It would be fun, but they would have to pay their own airfare and the cost of the seat at the show.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I know, which is BS. But I hope many will see it as an investment in their career and how much it would mean to their loyal fans. Also, this could be their last chance to attend.

Bonnie
Bonnie

But who is going to host?? I think it should be Erica Kane!

Noreen
Noreen

Yes Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak should host

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

agreed

ethel
ethel

rachel ray????????????? why would they choose her as a presenter?? when we were campaigning to keep amc & oltl from being cancelled she said that soaps were a dying genre & the fans needed to just deal with it,
not a good choice as far as i am concerned…………………jmo

barbara t
barbara t

She did? I never heard that, Dying genre my……..I’m with you ethel not a good choice at all.

susan M.
susan M.

What a terrible thing to say………..Rachal Ray should go and wash some dishes & clean up her cooking mess !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is so wrong from the truth….Soap fans aren’t interested in her cooking show..I could care less about cooking shows…….Any cooking show I find BORING..These shows make you climb the walls of bordum……………………….I am still interested in my stories. That will never change..This is what I like..And I stick to it…She should be on the food network..That’s where all these cooking boring shows belong..Stay on their own food channel..Not on the major networks……………………

barbara t
barbara t

I agree with you susan m, shes another one on my can’t stand list, Hln, rachell ray for a host bad mistake, the majority of people who watch the daytime emmys are soap fans without them I don’t think any one would watch, come on do you think people are tuning in to see barbara walters get a emmy? I don’t think so. Cooking shows are the programs that are boring and should be put on the food channel and not infesting our daytime hours.Talk, Food, and just plain stupid shows are all over the place on cable, Give me drama I don’t need to learn how to cook, I will go to the news channels to get my news that or my local news. rachell ray, give me a break.

susan M.
susan M.

Michael please let us know if OLTL actors will be presenting any awards …Looking forward to seeing them on The Emmy Awards…………And so are a lot of other soap fans…Miss OLTL terribly………

Jan
Jan

anderson cooper is going to be there, why?

barbara t
barbara t

That’s a very good question, but I believe he does have a talk show. Seems everyone has a talk show these days.

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

As grateful as I am to HLN, this is gonna be soooooooo painful to watch.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

i’m hoping more soap stars will be presenters.

barbara t
barbara t

Only one soap star and 2 talk show hosts, Hopefully that will change as we get closer to the big day. I could care less about who will win best dopy talk show, I pick oscar the grouch to win in that category. game shows are interesting I do watch 3 of them and they are always in the running, and one of them always wins. This year I am hearing it will be dedicated to One life to live and All my children, That will be a tearjerker. Seeing that will make it even more final that it is today.

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tristan
Tristan

I am not sure Erika Sleazak is a good choice for a host for many reason. She is probably the best daytime actress (sorry Kim Zimmer fans) but she doesn’t have the star power. she could host a little segment but not be the host. Great actress but not enough clout. Remember daytime emmy’s are more than soaps and even then Erika was known for OLTL very few daytime stars transcend soaps let alone daytime – Alison Sweeney, Kristian Alfonso, Deidre Hall, maybe Tony Geary, Genie Francis, the guy who plays Victor Newman on YR, Cameron Mathison and Susan Lucci. It would be nice to see Susan Lucci do it one more time; one would hope she would get al lifetime achievement award sometime too. Lucci would be a better choice if Lifetime picks up Lucci and Devious Maids. She already has some new reality show too and she has done some night time guest spots as well as a spot in Gloria Estefan’s Hotel Nacional so she still has some clout and public interest. HLN isn’t exactly a heavy hitter; this could be painful. I hope it isn’t too sketch or budget like. Scramble. It could be a very full nostalgic program if Dick Clarkis thrown into the mix. It will be sad if AMC, OLTL and Dick Clark have to share the limelight just like when Farrah Fawcett died at the same time as Michael Jackson – he just beat it. I don’t think this show is going to fair too well; sadly with the loss of AMC and OLTL I wonder if the daytime emmy’s will become no longer prime time interest – nice work ABC. You not only destroyed two soaps you killed a magazine or two and the daytime emmy’s. Let’s hope ABC doesn’t go belly up too because I can’t believe the backlash.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I think Cameron Matheson (though, I’m not a big fan) and Allison Sweeney would be good choices. Their careers have definitely expanded beyond soaps. They would do a great job and represent everyone very well.

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Peter Reckell On The Passing Of DAYS Peggy McCay: “Looking in Peggy’s Eyes, All I Could See Was A Mom Who Loved Me, And Wanted The Best For Me.”

Over the last week, actors, colleagues, and fans have paid tribute and shared their remembrances of Days of our Lives’ Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) who passed away at the age of 90.

One of Peggy’s most cherished and longtime scene partners was none other than Peter Reckell, who played the iconic Bo Brady, and was Caroline’s son.  This on-screen mother/son duo shared a bond like no other in Salem.

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This weekend, Peter shared his thoughts on working with the Emmy-winning actress, who was also nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy, by taking to social media on the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.

Peter expressed via his tweet:  “I was so fortunate to have worked with some amazing actors that shaped the actor and person I am .Looking in Peggy’s eyes, all I could see was a Mom who loved me, and wanted the best for me. She was always so committed to the story.Those sparkling eyes RIP”

After a fan put together a tribute of Bo and Caroline scenes through the years on You Tube and shared it with Reckell, he responded back with: “This is beautiful! Brought back so many wonderful memories. She truly was a powerful, loving presence, I miss her so much. Thanks for putting this together for all of us who love her. Lots of love.”

Watch the tribute made by Angie Evangelia below, then let us know your favorite Bo and Caroline through the years on DAYS via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stars Pay Tribute & Share Remembrances Of Peggy McCay

Over the last 24 hours, cast members and colleagues past and present of Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) have taken to social media to share their sorrow and their memories of this great and beloved actress who passed away a few days ago at the age of 90.

Here is just a sampling of the heartfelt tributes from many longtime castmates and more who cherished their time with Peggy below.

Eric Martsolf (Brady) : RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime.

Alison Sweeney (Sami): Every day working with Peggy was a win. She had such an incredibly colorful & often hilarious history in tv. I was so lucky to hear her stories. She was feisty, funny & ever so talented. She was very much a grandmother to me and will miss her so much. #rip

Deidre Hall (Marlena) : “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!  I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless.  And how she loved being “Caroline”!! Days of our Lives

Billy Flynn (Chad): “Just heard Peggy took her Final bow. RIP love…you’re a star forever!”

Galen Gering (Rafe): “So sad to hear about the passing of . She was fierce & firey with the heart of a lion yet could be as soft as a petal. I always looked forward to our scenes together, eager to see what kind of spontaneous thing she’d do. She was loved & adored & will be missed.”

Kristian Alfonso (Hope): “Peggy #thankyou for all of your #kindness , #love & encouragement through the years . #loveu Rest In Peace”

Greg Meng (Co-EP, DAYS): “I feel so blessed to have known her, and worked with her… she was an animal lover… a superb actor… had an interest in fashion… fascinated in anything creative… inquisitive, supportive… and she was ageless. Not just an inspiration but a FIRECRACKER! Lucky me, lucky us… thank you, Peggy.”

Ryan Quan: RIP Peggy McCay. She was as warm, friendly, and spunky in person as she was on screen. One of my favorite recent Caroline scenes was her speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding… Peggy’s performance was amazing. She will be missed!

Mary Beth Evans: (Kayla): Oh how I loved this woman! Her strength & professionalism was like no other! She set such an amazing standard for all of us….as actors & people. She will always be the  & soul of the Brady family & she lives on in Salem and in our hearts.

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Days of our Lives Peggy McCay Passes Away

One of the greatest actresses, and one of Days of our Lives most beloved cast member, Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) has passed away.

According to reports, Peggy passed away in her sleep on October 7 at the age of 90 of natural causes.  Peggy’s close friend, Denise Kiel Smith broke the news on social media on Twitter relating: “To all of Peggy McCay’s dear friend and family I have some sad news…  Peggy passed peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Sunday morning at 1:00 am. She always appreciated you, her loyal fans, for all of the love and support that you gave her throughout the years. Peggy enjoyed a lifelong career of acting in television and movies. She loved working at Days of Our Lives nearly to the end. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life. If you would like to show your support please visit the Kitty Bungalow, Peggy’s favorite charity, at Kitty Bungalow.”

One of the greats in her field; Peggy was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress  category at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her performances as Caroline Brady 4 times. However, Peggy won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for her work in the The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

DAYS fans have missed Peggy on-screen for the last few years.  The last time she appeared on-screen was in late August of 2016.  McCay originated the role of the Brady matriarch in 1983.

Throughout the last 24 hours, fans, cast members, and co-workers of the beloved Peggy have taken to social media to share their remembrances and grief and love for this talented powerhouse performer.  We will share many of those with you in a post to come.

Share your condolences and remembrances of Peggy as Caroline on DAYS in the comment section below.

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