It’s going to be an interesting Daytime Emmys this year. It won’t be televised for the first time in 40 years, and Kathy Griffin has been announced as the host of the show.
The awards show was unable to find a network to host this year after spending the last two years on HLN. The 2013 ratings were low for the telecast, so the network opted not to re-sign.
In order to keep the show available to viewers, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is using Livestream to broadcast the show on the web. Fans will be able to watch the show at DaytimeEmmys.net.
In addition to the new broadcast format, NATAS announced Griffin as the official emcee for the evening.
Griffin said in an official statement on Friday, “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.”
As a two-time Emmy winner, the comedian is sure to bring lots of laughs and irreverent moments to the show. However, the executives in charge don’t seem to be worried.
Chairman of NATAS Malachy G. Wienges said, “We are very excited to have Kathy leading our ceremony this year. 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 Emmys are set for Sunday, June 22, in Beverly Hills, California.