|Show host Kathy Griffin, left, Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne, right, present the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)|
“Welcome to the [expletive]-show!” said host Kathy Griffin at the beginning of the evening, perfectly summing up the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Where to even begin? The Daytime Emmy Awards were already a questionable endeavor this year, given that the Academy couldn’t work out a deal in time for the telecast to air on a real TV network — therefore relegating the award ceremony to an online-only live stream for the first time in history.
We’ll cut to the chase: The entire thing was a top-to-bottom train wreck. From the horrifying red carpet show (which enlisted four “social media experts” to badger the stars about nothing remotely related to daytime TV) to lots of awkward pauses, empty teleprompters, colorful expletives and sexual innuendos during the actual ceremony, it was a complete hot mess.
It looked like a pretty no-frills affair: Just people presenting awards for 25 categories honoring daytime talk shows, entertainment news shows and soap operas, followed by acceptance speeches. Though that’s a recipe for snoozeville, so we’ll give the producers credit for something: The show was anything but boring. How could it be, with Sharon Osbourne talking about oral sex; General Hospital star Kelly Monaco offering to flash the audience; and host Kathy Griffin storming on stage during The Young and the Restless producer’s speech for winning Outstanding Drama Series and screaming “Wrap it up, lady!”
If you really want to know who won, you can check out the full list of winners and nominees below. But let’s get to the good stuff: The most cringe-worthy moments from an evening that honestly felt like a fever dream.
* The red carpet disaster. Apparently trying to reach a younger crowd that might actually watch the show online (unlike, say, the older viewers that frequent daytime TV viewership and therefore probably missed this whole thing), the TV Academy hired a group of wildly unprofessional young social media experts to host the red carpet show: Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Meghan Rosette and Jessica Harlow. They evidently knew absolutely nothing about soap operas or the people they were interviewing.Below is a video of a typical moment, in which Furlan and Elizabeth talk to Maura West (“General Hospital”) and Tyler Christopher (“General Hospital.”) Notice the complete lack of knowledge — Furlan seems to think they are a real-life couple — and confused/vaguely terrified expressions by the actors. Most of the interviews went pretty much like that. People on Twitter noticed...
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