Soap Operas Call For Change In The Daytime Emmy Vetting Process, Threaten To Boycott Awards

All of daytime’s biggest soap operas — “Young And The Restless”, “As The World Turns”, “General Hospital”, and “The Bold And The Beautiful” — are threatening to boycott the Daytime Emmy Awards.

After a mixup involving the National Academy of Television Arts & Science’s vetting process this past year, the stars of the shows have written an open letter calling for a change.

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Patrika Darbo won the 2018 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for her role in “The Bay The Series”, but the win was withdrawn by NATAS due to a submission error. Darbo was ineligible for the category as she also appeared in an earlier season of the Amazon show.

“While the Daytime judges found each performance worthy of distinction, and the investigation determined that neither performer was involved in the selection of categories in which their performances were submitted, prior-season appearances are nonetheless a disqualifying violation of the guidelines for the category,” NATAS said in a statement after the awards in June. “Ms. Darbo’s Daytime Emmy Award and nomination and Mr. Calabro’s nomination have been withdrawn. Other nominations in the category will remain, but no Emmy Award will be presented in the category this year.”

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Just days later, Darbo called for change: “They should have vetted each and every submission and then notified those submitting of any submission errors in advance of the voting and the ceremony. I understand that in my category there were at least four submission errors. NATAS was made aware of these potential errors two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over,” she wrote. “These errors were then not brought to light until after the Daytime Emmys were presented and awarded, meaning that other actors who did properly submit have now lost their chance at winning a Daytime Emmy.”

And now, the soap operas are standing behind the actress, claiming NATAS should have vetted the Emmy submissions closely to avoid the mishap: “We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition and the decisions made by NATAS regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star,” a letter read, according to Deadline. The four shows came together to “bring integrity back” to the competition and said they “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”

On Monday, chairman Terry O’Reilly responded to the issue: “Today I received correspondence raising concerns about some elements of the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards and concerns over its administration. We have great confidence in the integrity of our Emmy Awards system, and believe it effectively honours the best work being done in Daytime Television today. That having been said, we always take concerns about our systems seriously…and out of an abundance of caution I have instructed that outside counsel be retained to evaluate these concerns and conduct an independent look at them.”

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