Grammy Award-winning comedian and loud mouth Kathy Griffin has been tapped by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to host the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 22. However, the self-proclaimed D-Lister will not be seen on TV making pop culture references about daytime soaps and The View. That’s because the Daytime Emmy Awards will not be broadcast on television for the first time in its 40+ year history.
Instead, the ceremony will be livestreamed online. The Academy hopes to bring excitement and prestige back to the show with Griffin as master of ceremonies (well, maybe not ‘prestige’). The goal, it seems, is to attract enough viewers to get the ceremony a broadcast television deal in 2015. “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 announced. “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.”
Griffin has not always gotten along too well with The Academy. Even though she herself won two Outstanding Reality Program Primetime Emmy Awards for her Bravo show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, she got into some hot water back in 2007 when she made controversial remarks in her acceptance speech. While accepting the statuette, she declared, “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.” The red-headed Christian closed with, “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.” The Academy announced that it would not include her “offensive comments” in the telecast.
The Daytime Emmy Awards, which honors daytime TV productions that air between 2am and 6pm, once drew audiences of over 20 million people. The decline in ratings has fallen to the point that not even HLN (what channel is that?) is interested anymore. Whether or not Griffin can help bring the awards show back to TV remains to be seen, but if anyone knows how to stubbornly stay relevant, it’s Griffin.
The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will stream live on June 22 at 5pm EST at www.daytimeemmys.net.