The venerable Daytime Emmy Awards are in danger of losing one of their biggest attractions, the daytime dramas, whose acting nominees bring star power to the ceremony. In an unprecedented show of unity, I have learned that all four daytime soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, have come together to demand changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards and the way the competition is held.
The joint letter, sent today to National Academy of Television Arts & Science chair. Terry O’Reilly and interim president and CEO Adam Sharp, is in response to the recent gaffe, in which Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her and other categories. Last month, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in” the awards.
“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,” reps for the four soaps wrote in the letter, according to Deadline. “We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.” The four shows went on to say they “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”
Highlight Hollywood reached out to NATAS for response. “Today I received correspondence raising concerns about some elements of the 2018 Daytime EMMY Awards and concerns over its administration. We have great confidence in the integrity of our EMMY awards system, and believe it effectively honors the best work being done in Daytime Television today. That having been said, we always take concerns about our systems seriously…and out of an abundance of caution I have instructed that outside counsel be retained to evaluate these concerns and conduct an independent look at them,” Terry O’Reilly Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said in response.
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