The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Kathy Griffin will host daytime’s biggest night when she hosts the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night June 22nd. The program will be presented live to a national and global audience from the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 22.
When reached for comment Griffin said, “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. 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.”
“We are very excited to have Kathy leading our ceremony this year,” said Malachy G. Wienges, Chairman of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “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.”
In January Kathy Griffin won the Grammy-Award for “Best Comedy Album.” She is also a two-time Emmy Award winner, 8-time Emmy Award nominee, a NY Times bestselling author, and was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for her unprecedented 20 televised stand-up comedy specials.Griffin is probably best known for her Emmy Award winning reality show, “My Life on the D-List,” which aired on Bravo from 2005-2010. She’s co-hosted or guest hosted several daytime and late night talk shows, entertainment news programs and specials including “The View,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “E! News,” “Larry King Live” and “Anderson Live,” among several others. Griffin previously hosted “The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards” on more than one occasion for the Television Academy (ATAS).
This is the first time in its history that the prestigious organization will be utilizing streaming technology, provided by Livestream LLC, to broadcast the awards show, and it does so in the hopes that audiences around the world will be able to engage in an event which celebrates programs that are known internationally and boast a global fan base. The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be available for viewing live at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00pm on June 22. Emmy Awards will be handed out for twenty-five categories, including several new ones announced this year.
NATAS will also be connecting with viewers through their social media platforms, enlisting the help of several social media ambassadors to capture special moments on-site and share them via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube.
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