This morning on Twitter a bit of firestorm began after word got out that NATAS and Pop were looking for soap fans to fill the bleacher seats for the upcoming red carpet at this year’s 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be held on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California on Sunday night, April 26th.
But there was one caveat, that they were looking for soap fans 45-years-old or under to fill the seats, which rankled many a long time soap fan, who have supportive their shows, and who would love a chance to see their favorites up close and personal.
Now this afternoon, NATAS Senior Vice President Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels, cleared up the controversy when he informed On-Air On-Soaps, that it’s actually fans 12-years-old and up who are more than welcome to join the festivities if they get a lucky spot on Emmy night.
When On-Air On-Soaps spoke to Michaels to get clarification on the seat situation, David replied: “It was never our intention to exclude any of the passionate and dedicated soap fans, who would love to be with us on Emmy night. We are sincerely sorry for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused, but we love all of our daytime fans who have supported us through thick and thin. However, I believe, this situation has been blown way out of proportion. An email went out that NATAS was unaware of that had some unfortunate wording, which at its face value could really be misconstrued. Based on parameters set forth by our venue this year, the only age restriction we have been informed of is that people must be at least 12-years-old and up. Currently, the responsibility of filling these limited number of seats has been entrusted to the very capable hands of the official fan clubs of the four Daytime Dramas to select those lucky few who will join us on April 26th.”
Pop, the television network airing the Daytime Emmys, also weighed in on Twitter when the Emmy fan seating tweets made the Twitterverse stating, “Pop is shocked to hear of this. We celebrate fandom & welcome fans of all ages. We are taking action to fix this now.”
So, glad to know that soap fans are welcome, if they get one of the limited number of seats to attend the Red Carpet proceedings on daytime’s biggest night, even if they are over 45 ? Share your thoughts below!