Kathy Griffin Recruited To Resuscitate Daytime Emmy Awards

kathygriffinThe 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.

In addition to being a two-time Emmy winner, Griffin Emmy logois trophy-show nitroglycerin,  which is just what the show needs if it’s ever to return to TV.

“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.

Related: Daytime Emmy Awards To Livestream Online

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.

  1. Kathy Griffin is THE WORST…there are some many other choices out there this is like hiring Maureen McCormick…has been central and not interesting to women AT ALL

  2. Never much cared before but now I’ll go out of my way NOT to watch!! I HATE this woman she is untalented and annoying and as UGLY inside as she is on the outside.

  3. Well, 4 of the 5 people who were going to livestream it just bailed. They need to just incorporate a daytime component into the prime time Emmys. Kathy griffin is a disgusting, hateful excuse for a human being.

  4. Are you freaking kidding me you stupid haters? She’s the funniest of them all B-Y F-A-R!! If you don’t like Kathy, then you don’t have a sense of humor – instead, you must have many insecurities… sorry but it’s true!

  5. I will be watching. But, its pretty sad, that we can have shows on tv about teens doing drugs & getting knocked up, but not pay tribute to daytime.

  6. I have a sense of humor and I’m not insecure, but have to say, Kathy is a poor excuse for a woman!! Her voice is grating, don’t think she’s funny at all, and may not even watch. Daytime Emmys was always my favorite award show but will surf to another channel when Kathy is on.

  7. Well, that was a total train wreck. Maybe if they decide to do it online only next year, everyone can just wear their best pair of jeans and halter tops. It was just trashy and an insult to the nominees and all the talent in attendance. Tasteless and classless.

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