Soaps biggest and most glamorous night of the year.
It's daytime's night to shine at the 44th Annual Daytime Emmys. This will be my first time blogging the evening for Soaps.com as I and many others tune in from our web browsers, tablets and phones to watch the ceremony live streamed on social media. This is a live on going blog covering the red carpet and the following ceremony, so be sure to constantly refresh for the latest updates.
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Tonight Soaps.com is also at the Emmys and not only are we covering the red carpet all night long, we will have video interviews on Monday. Also be sure to check out our coverage of Friday's 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards winners, which list the winners of the technical awards such as hairstyling, set decoration, and lighting direction.
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5:39 PM: Hennesy began taking questions from the Facebook live audience and mingling with the crowd.
5:50 PM: Hennesy ran into Kate Linder (Esther Valentine, "YR") on the red carpet, who told viewers that she had her fingers crossed for "Young and the Restless" tonight and hope they did too.
5:52 PM: To kill time, Hennesy is talking to various reporters while the stars arrive. She is chatting about what an amazing Godsend it is to play Diane Miller on "GH," as well as appear on "The Bay."
6:00 PM: Unfortunately it looks like there is a lot of lag with the Facebook live connection, and the feed keeps going down. Perhaps now is a great time to order a pizza before it comes back up?
6:09 PM: The feed came back, and a voiceover from someone assured viewers that what we are watching is an on the fly look at the red carpet, but the show's broadcast would be live and filmed by a large crew.
6:13 PM: More stars are mingling on the carpet and talking to reporters, including Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos, "GH"), Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra, "The Bold and the Beautiful") and Obba Babatunde (Julius Avant, "B&B"). It's a bit chaotic, and the handheld live feed may induce motion sickness for some! Be forewarned! Here is a great photo of Karla Mosley (Maya Forrester, "B&B") looking beautiful in blue!
6:17 PM: Hennesy chatted with Alejandra Oraa, who is nominated for "Best Entertainment Show in Spanish." To show her support for what is going on in the world, she chose to wear a gown by a Syrian designer named Usama Ishtar.
6:26 PM: The red carpet feed is on another break, but we have photos coming in from our reporter on the carpet Kristyn Burtt. Here she talks to Pierson Fode (Thomas Forrester, "B&B") who looks very dapper in his tux.
6:38 PM: Hennesy headed inside to escape the heat of the blaring sun on the red carpet and chat with some of the nominees, including Nichelle Nichols ("Y&R") who was nominated for a guest performance. She hoped all the luck from the galaxy was with her tonight, and the two discussed her experiences doing a soap.
6:39 PM: We saw various stars coming inside to pose for photos away from the sun. The photo session and quick comments are called "step and repeat" by the industry, because the stars literally take a photo, step, and repeat!
6:44 PM: Kristyn Burtt, our reporter on the scene, has let us know it is so hot out that everyone is feeling faint. It is currently 85 degrees Fahrenheit and the stars are feeling the heat. Here Karla Mosley (Maya Forrester, "B&B") attempts to stay cool! Mosely feared she may pass out, which is why she is being fanned.
6:47 PM: Soaps.com Editor in Chief Christine Fix just recounted the story to me when she was at the 2007 Daytime Emmys which was a scorcher, too. She and one of the other Soaps.com reporters purchased umbrellas beforehand and all of the stars were swarming underneath them to escape the sun. It was so bad that John Ingle (Edward Quartermaine, "GH") actually passed out!
6:52 PM: Hennesy caught back up with Kate Linder inside and they talked about how she was just honored for 35 years on "Y&R" as Esther Valentine. Fun fact, she was only supposed to appear for one episode, and 35 years later she is still there and now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The two discussed the award ceremony, and how many fans have the wrong idea that the entire industry is like this red carpet event day in and day out.
6:58 PM: Hennesy noticed the man, the myth, the legend Larry King walk by and managed to snag him. King joked that he had never been out in the daytime.
6:59 PM: Hennesy ran into Judith Chapman (Gloria Abbott Bardwell, "Y&R") and they reminisced about one of the first events they did together.
7:15 PM: Billy Flynn arrived on the red carpet with his amazing wife Gina Comparetto. The two looked thrilled to be there. Remember, Billy Flynn and Gina Comparetto are still newlyweds and in that honeymoon phase!
7:20 PM: Well it's been awhile since the last feed, so I finally ordered a pizza and made myself an adult beverage while I sit and wait for another broadcast. Hopefully the full show will go more smoothly. Someone behind the Facebook live streams keeps promising us that it will.
7:28 PM: Every time the red carpet feed cuts out it is time to make a drink. And if the feed goes out during the live award show, drink each time!
7:34 PM: Another picture has come in from the red carpet of Sal Stowers (Lani Price, "Days") and Marci Miller (Abigail DiMera, "Days") looking stunning in their dresses.
7:37 PM: Lexi Ainsworth, who is nominated as Kristina Corinthos on "GH" for Best Younger Actress, looked lovely as she hit the red carpet.
7:47 PM: Well it would appear the red carpet show is over. Now it's time for the main event!
7:51 PM: While we wait for the show to begin, more red carpet pictures from earlier are coming in. Here is Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady Johnson, "Days of our Lives") rocking red on the red carpet with her co-star Stephen Nichols (Steve Johnson) and producer Ken Corday.
7:55 PM: The 5 minute countdown to the beginning of the streaming show has gone live!
8:01 PM: It seems we still have another five minutes to go. I guess not everyone has taken their seats? While we wait, check out this "Bold and the Beautiful" teaser from Bradley Bell.
— Bold & The Beautiful (@BandB_CBS) April 30, 2017
The show has begun
8:06 PM: Finally the show has started with a number of stars from daytime covering "Seasons of Love" from Rent. Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon, "GH"), Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, "Days"), Jacob Young (Rick Forrester, "B&B"), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane, "Days), Tristan Lake Leabu (Reed Hellstrom, "Y&R") Karla Mosley (Maya Forrester), and Reign Edwards (Nicole Avant) were among the performers. The Chrenshaw High Elite Choir also joined them. They sounded great!
8:10 PM: Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood took to the stage to introduce the evening, and crack some jokes. Underwood warned us to expect more costume changes from her than an episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race." 8:18 PM: The first award of the evening was Outstanding Supporting Actor, which went to Steve Burton of "Y&R" for portraying Dylan. He thanked God, his wife, his kids, along with fellow actors Doug Davidson, Maurice Benard and the cast of the show and CBS.
8:20 PM: Dr. Oz presented the award for outstanding morning program to "Good Morning America" on ABC.
8:25 PM: Donnell Turner and Kelly Monaco (Curtis Ashford and Sam Morgan, "GH") presented the award for outstanding Younger Actress. These younger acting awards are eligible for anyone under the age of 26. The award went to Lexi Ainsworth from "GH" for playing Kristina Corinthos. She thanks her parents, Executive Producer Frank Valentini for allowing her to portray this character, and to the LGBTQI community.
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8:30 PM: Margaret Cho and Russ Matthews presented the award for Best Game Show to "La La Land," but then revealed the winner was actually "Jeopardy." Nice joke at the Oscars expense there! The producers accepted the award in Cindy Stoll's honor, who was the contestant who passed away from cancer before her show even aired. The first tear jerker moment of the evening!
8:35 PM: They actually have commercial breaks, though no commercials. I guess they knew we needed bathroom breaks and time to grab refills!
8:38 PM: Sheryl went to the balcony where the fans who bought tickets for the evening were sitting. She's cracking some great jokes. She and Mario Lopez have a bet to see who can gain the most Twitter followers this evening.
8:39 PM: Larry King was honored for being on air for 60 years. He then presented the award for Best Guest Performer on a Drama Series, which went to Jim O'Heir for his appearance on "B&B" as an annoying plane passenger. He praised the soap actors and discussed how hard their job is, and thanked "B&B" and his co-stars in the scene. 8:46 PM: Gaby Natale won an award for hosting "Superlatina with Gaby Natale" and dedicated her award to overcoming ignorance and hate.
8:49 PM: Erika Jayne from "Y&R" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" presenting the outstanding directing award to "General Hospital."
8:52 PM: "All My Children's" Susan Lucci took to the stage to honor the late and great Agnes Nixon, writer and soap creator. She remembered when she first auditioned for "AMC" and saw Nixon zooming around the studio in a fabulous pant suit. She reminded people that Nixon used her shows to speak about drugs, the Vietnam War, transgender issues and homosexuality long before other shows were touching on them. Lucci also pointed out that it was her character Erica Kane, not Maude (Bea Arthur), who had the first abortion on television. Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Erika Slezak, Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye and others shared their touching memories of her in a tribute video to Nixon.
9:03 PM: Daphne Oz and Carla from "The Chew" presented the award for Best Supporting Actress, which went to Kate Mansi from "Days" for her amazing performance as Abigail DiMera! Mansi thanked her fellow nominees, and her co-stars. She was in tears, and so were many of the viewers I'm sure.
9:08 PM: Fifty some Basset Hounds have now taken over the theater, and all are up for adoption at Daphneland.com. The award for Outstanding Younger Actor was then presented to Bryan Craig, his second win for playing Morgan Corinthos on "General Hospital." Craig did his best to give an acceptance speech, though some of the hounds began to upstage him! He thanked his fellow actors, family, and on-screen family. He also revealed the best award was having people approach him and let him know the storyline pushed them to get the help they needed for mental health issues. Craig admitted he wished he could have been on stage wtih all the dogs!
9:17 PM: After a short break, Mario Lopez revealed he just hosted The Nurses' Ball on "GH," which just finished taping this week. It was hard to tell if that was a joke or not, but Soaps.com will find out! As promised, they also selected a fan of "GH" out of the audience to present an upcoming award. Very cool!
9:18 PM: Harry Connick Jr. presented the award for Best Informative Talk Show host to Steve Harvey, who wasn't there to accept.
9:21 PM: Tim Allen honored Mary Hart of "Entertainment Tonight," which included a video of her most famous interviews over the years. They included Paul McCartney, Cher, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Michael Jackson and Oprah. She was also given an Lifetime Achievement Award. She joked such an award would mean a lifetime long speech to thank everyone needed. Of course she said she wouldn't do that to the audience, though it seems like she did because boy did she talk on and on!
9:41 PM The ladies of "The Talk" announced the award for the Outstanding Informative Talk Show to "The Dr. Oz Show."
9:46 PM: "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" won for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment, and on the 30th anniversary of the episode of "The Ellen Show" when her character came out.
9:47 PM: Vanna White, who apparently has worn a different dress on every episode of "Wheel of Fortune," gave the evening's second Lifetime Achievement Award to Harry Friedman. She also presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series writing team, which went to "The Young and the Restless."
9:57 PM: Steve Harvey won for Outstanding Game Show Host for "The Family Feud," but again wasn't there to accept.
9:58 PM: Jeffery Vincent Parise (Carlos, "GH") and Stephanie Rikeheart, a fan picked from the audience earlier, presented the award for Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish to "Destines." Rikeheart used her few minutes on stage before presenting the award to say as a "GH" fan that Parise was robbed of the Best Support Actor Award. You go girl!
10:01 PM: Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan) and John McCook (Eric Forrester) came out to introduce a tribute to "Bold and the Beautiful" for being on air for 30 years. Slaps, weddings, car accidents, and of course fashion shows were highlighted.
10:07 PM: Mishael Morgan and Bryton James from "Y&R" (Hilary and Devon) presented the award for Outstanding Culinary Program to "Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse."
10:11 PM: "Flip or Flop" hosts Tarek and Christina El Moussa presented the award for Outstanding News Entertainment program to "Entertainment Tonight." They took a second to make a joke about themselves being featured a lot recently on all the nominees given their marital issues and impending divorce.
10:15 PM: Alex Trebek ("Jeopardy") introduced the In Memoriam segment, which included Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, Judge Wapner, Patricia Barry, Anthony Addabbo, Jay Bontatibus, Barbara Tarbuck, Claire Labine, Larkin Malloy, Carrie Fisher, Bernard Fox, Joe Mascolo, Richard Hatch, Peter Hansen, Florence Henderson, and Erin Moran. Now I'm sad! Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin on "Y&R") was singing "Hallelujah" during the montage.
10:23 PM: Marci Miller and Billy Flynn (Abigail and Chad DiMera, "Days") presented the award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts to "The Talk." Sheryl immediately began to dance on stage while waiting for her co-hosts to join her. Hilarious!
10:27 PM: Blaire Underwood and Sherri Shepherd presented the "Outstanding Lead Actress" to "Y&R's" Gina Tognoni for playing Phyllis Summers. She thanked God, her husband, and her Hoboken crew back in New Jersey. Shout out to Jersey! Shout out to Tognoni's husband, crying for joy his wife from the audience and supporting her.
10:35 PM: Jane Pauley presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor to Scott Clifton from "Bold and the Beautiful," who has now won awards for Best Younger Actor, Best Supporting Actor and now Lead Actor for playing Liam Spencer.
10:39 PM: R&B legend Gladys Knight presented the final award for Outstanding Drama Series to "General Hospital." Executive Producer Frank Valentini accepted the award and thanked the writers and cast and crew.
10:42 PM: Well that's another year and another Daytime Emmy show. Hopefully next year the show will be broadcast on television again, because this live streaming thing isn't all that! Congratulations to all the winners.
Photo credits: Jill Johnson/JPI, Kristyn Burtt/Soaps.com, The Daytime Emmys livestream
- Dustin Cushman