The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which puts on the Daytime Emmy Awards (not to be confused with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, bestower of Primetime Emmy Awards) announced this morning Kathy Griffin will host the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, from the Beverly Hilton ballroom on June 22. Gfirrin’s hosting gig cannot be seen on TV; this year, for the first time, the Daytime Emmy Awards will be livestreamed on June 22.
“I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year. Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show,” Griffin said/snarked in today’s announcement. “I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup. I apologize to FIFA.”
The Daytime Emmy Awards once was must-see-TV, clinching as many as 20-ish million viewers back in Will Susan Lucci Finally Get An Emmy days. Since then, ratings have plummeted to as few as a couple million viewers. After years of clinching last-minute broadcast deals with the CW, CBS and HLN, NATAS failed to secure a broadcast home for this year’s awards and, with just two weeks to go before the ceremony, announced the awards ceremony would not air on TV for the first time in its long history.
Griffin maybe best known, trophy-show-wise, for her acceptance speech at the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards. At the so-called Creative Arts portion of that two-day orgy of statuette dispensing, she took the stage of the Shrine Auditorium to collect her Emmy for best reality program for her Bravo reality series My Life On The D-List, enthusing: “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.” Holding up her Emmy she crowed, “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.” Backstage, when some reporter played straight man, asking whether she was worried her speech had offended people, she happily responded, “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”
Shortly thereafter, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (not to be confused with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) issued a statement assuring America “Kathy Griffin’s offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast” of that night’s worth of Emmy awarding. To which Griffin responded in a statement, “Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?”
“We are very excited to have Kathy leading our ceremony this year,” Malachy G. Wienges, Chairman of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, insisted today, adding, “She is a beloved figure in the community and we know that she will have audiences laughing the night away as we honor the brightest stars in our industry on a global stage.”
The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime TV production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2 AM-6 PM during the 2013 calendar year.