Sheryl Underwood, Mario Lopez to host the 44th Daytime Emmy Awards image

Taking center stage to deliver a night full of daytime excitement.

Soaps.com has just learned that “Extra” host Mario Lopez and “The Talk” co-host Sheryl Underwood will co-host this year’s 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday April 30 from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is happy to announce that two of daytime television’s brightest stars, Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood, will lead the magnificent celebration planned for this year’s 44th Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS.

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“I am thrilled to have one of the most entertaining combinations in daytime television hosting our grand gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime, (NATAS). “With their combined wit and charm, plus the excitement of Mary Hart receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award not to mention the stars of the nominated drama, talk, culinary and game shows and a stellar list of presenters to be announced later this week, it promises to be a memorable night for the daytime community.”

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Lopez played Dr. Christian Ramírez on "The Bold and The Beautiful" in 2006, the same soap opera that Underwood has guest-starred as Emmy since 2016. Soap opera fans are invited to join Soaps.com on Twitter @soapoperafan on Sunday April 30 as we report live from the annual daytime event with photos, interviews scoops, winners and more. Stay tuned for news on where fans will be able to watch the show.

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- Amy Mistretta