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17 June 13th, 2013 NEW Daytime Emmy Acceptance Speech Format! Winners in Top Categories To Be Interviewed Live From The Stage!


HLN, the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards show, now in its4oth year, presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, today announces it will become the greatest talk show ever when it changes up the format by adding LIVE on-stage interviews with the night’s biggest winners directly following their acceptance speeches for the first time in award show history.

The following celebs have been tapped to interview the winners of seven top categories which include: Giada De Laurentiis (Outstanding Best Supporting Actor & Actress), Sheryl Underwood (Outstanding Lead Actor), Julie Chen, (Outstanding Lead Actress), Sam Champion (Outstanding Game Show Host & Outstanding Talk Show Host) and A.J. Hammer (Outstanding Culinary Host).

A.J. Hammer, host of HLN’s  Showbiz Tonight (M-Th, 11 p.m.– midnight ET), has also been tapped to host this year’s LIVE red carpet special Showbiz @ The Daytime Emmys along with HLN’s Christi Paul where they will get one-on-one interviews at the “Red Touch Red Carpet” with the evening’s biggest stars including Rachael Ray, Kathy Griffin, Peter Bergman, Heather Tom, Monty Hall, Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert and daytime TV show newcomer Kris Jenner. Meade will host Morning Express with Robin Meade live from the Beverly Hilton on Monday, June 17, and will be joined by A.J. for a Daytime Emmys wrap up, and Weekend Express with Natasha Curry will also originate from LA and provide a Daytime Emmys preview.

Previously it was announced HLN would return as the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards show and Sam Champion of ABC’s  Good Morning America, along with HLN’s own A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade would host this year’s landmark awards show.  In addition, Corbin Bernsen and Jess Walton will introduce the “in memoriam” tribute while teen powerhouse, Italian Opera trio – IL Volo is confirmed to perform their hit song, “Mas Que Amor” during the tribute.  Additionally announced, Wayne Brady to present Game Show Icon Monty Hall and Betty White to present Legendary Producer Bob Stewart with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Full list of presenters and their corresponding categories follow below:   

  • Alex Trebek (Smithsonian)
  • Bethenny Frankel (Outstanding Culinary Host & Culinary Program)
  • Betty White (Lifetime Achievement to Bob Stewart)
  • Bryton James (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series)
  • Chandler Massey (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series).
  • Corbin Bernsen (In Memoriam)
  • Don Diamont (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series)
  • Dr. Drew Pinsky (Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment)
  • Erika Slezak (Outstanding Drama Series)
  • Freddie Smith (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series)
  • Hunter King (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series)
  • IL Volo (Performance- In Memoriam)
  • Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series)
  • Jason Thompson (Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series)
  • Jess Walton (In Memoriam)
  • Kathy Griffin (Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team)
  • Kris Jenner (Outstanding Talk Show Host)
  • Kristen Alderson (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series)
  • Lindsay Hartley (Outstanding Young Actor In A Drama Series)
  • Lindsey Morgan (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series)
  • Max Ehrich (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series)
  • Nancy Lee Grahn (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series)
  • Rachael Ray (Outstanding Achievement In Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control For A Drama Series)
  • Robin Meade (Outstanding Original Song)
  • SPECIAL GUEST-TBD (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program)
  • Steve Harvey (Outstanding Morning Program)
  • “The Talk” Cast– Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler & Sheryl Underwood (Outstanding Talk Show/Informative)
  • Todd Newton (Outstanding Game Show & Game Show Host)
  • Vincent Irizarry (Outstanding Young Actress In A Drama Series)
  • Wayne Brady (Lifetime Achievement to Monty Hall)

2013 marks the landmark 40th anniversary of the Daytime EmmyAwards, representing four decades of achievement within the Daytime Community.  The theme of past, present and future will be a defining constant throughout this year’s monumental telecast honoring this special anniversary.

So, what do you think of the new interview format acceptance speech concept?  What do you think of the list of who is presenting what award on Emmy night? Share your thoughts!



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  1. Rodd says:

    I like if I confess that I want more soap stars instead of talk show/culinary show hosts, I’m being greedy, but that’s how I feel. I will treasure seeing what I consider the “true stars” of daytime when I watch the Emmys. Best wishes to all.


    Rodd replied

    Also, I wanted to add that I am happy that they are interviewing the winners. It means they’ll have a chance to really say what they want without the orchestra playing them off their important moment.


    Elizabeth replied

    Love Giada, but her interview questions were SO lame. The interviewer needs to be someone with an appreciation of daytime drama which she clearly does not! In some instances she asked questions with answers that the performer had given in their acceptance speech. The idea is good but the implementation fell through.

  2. Elhu says:

    I have a good feeling that this telecast will be much better than those in recent years (which were not very good at all). It sounds as though HLN has a good pulse on what is important to share with the audience! I love the idea of interviewing the top winners live on-stage! Looking forward to tuning in on Sunday evening.


  3. Mo says:

    Yawn. Don’t like the lists of interviewers.


    Joshua replied

    I know right. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood interviewing Lead Actor? That is a train wreck waiting to happen.


    Mo replied

    She’s a presenter, not an interviewer.

  4. Sheryl Postin says:

    Can’t wait to see the show , it sounds like it is going to be really good.


  5. Mary SF says:

    Personally I don’t like the idea. Why can’t we just let people enjoy their moment privately without sticking a mike in front of them the minute they win and ask silly questions like How are you feeling? Did you think you would win? Where are going to put the Emmy?
    Yes I know there is a market for instant everything nowadays, but what’s next, following stars into the bathroom to see how they pee?


  6. Libby says:

    I think this is a great idea. It helps give a more focused response from recipients. Kudos to HLN – they are going the extra mile. Looking forward to the awards.


  7. jimh says:

    Im sick of Bethany Frankel…why not former soap stars?


  8. Dan says:

    I’ll be watching and rooting for my GH people. Still not happy about the people that were snubbed. Kelly Sullivan and Robin Mattson anyone? But the show needs our support, otherwise there may be no more Emmy shows in the future.


  9. Chaz says:

    I hope Underwood can manage to stop mugging & shut up long enough to let the Lead Actor winner to speak. She grates on my last nerve.

    Please, please let OLTL win drama series so Erika Slezak can make that announcement. It would be amazing.


  10. Beacon says:

    I’m glad Jeanne Cooper is getting a Memorial clip but why was Beverlee McKinsey’s death ignored in 2009?


  11. Mo says:

    I’d rather see the clips submitted than interviews. And doing it right after they win, winner probably won’t be thinking coherently. They’re already going to be doing their thank you speech, right? Why do we need more?


  12. Mo says:

    Microphone is going to be pretty crowded for the lead actor and actress awards. I guess they have all the nominees for the younger actor/tress awards, but it’s a bit much.


  13. janet says:

    I will watch, and give HLN a chance. we of course would prefer more soap actors, but for now we should take what we can get, and thank HLN for doing this. When Julie Chen comes on I will do what I do when the talk comes on, change the channel. My show was on where hers is, when her husband cancelled ATWTs and put her on? I do not watch any daytime tv until GH comes on , watch shut TV off then and comeback to watch jeopardy. HLN so far seems to have a little respect for soaps and us who watch them.


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