Read the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys Live Blog And Watch the Ceremony
Daytime and soap operas’ most glamorous night of the year.
It’s daytime’s big night at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys. This will be my third year blogging the event for Soaps.com as I and many others tune in from our web browsers, tablets, and phones to watch the ceremony live-streamed for free on multiple social media outlets. This is a live, ongoing blog covering the red carpet and the following ceremony, so make sure to constantly refresh for the latest updates.
Tonight Soaps.com is also at the Emmys and not only are we covering the red carpet, but we will also have video interviews posted on Monday. Be sure to check out our coverage of the 46th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy winners, which list the winners of the technical awards such as hairstyling, set decoration, and lighting direction, plus view a photo gallery from Friday night’s event.
As we wait for the live webcast to begin, Soaps.com can share some exclusive photos from the red carpet. Soaps.com reporter Kristyn Burtt is live on the carpet and ready to interview those attending and later the award winners backstage. Deanna Barnert is also on the red carpet tonight. Dee used to write for Soaps.
5:55 PM Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, General Hospital) has arrived on the red carpet for the pre-show. She first interviewed William Lipton (Cameron Webber, GH), Eden McCoy (Joss Jacks, GH) and Garren Stitt (Oscar Nero Quartermaine, GH). McCoy was just honored to be nominated, and Stitt revealed he didn’t get a chance to vote in any of the categories, even for himself.
5:58 PM Michael Slade, Kevin Spirtas (Craig Wesley, Days of our Lives) and Mitchell Anderson (Kip, Days of our Lives) spoke to Hennesy about their digital drama After Forever, which won several awards in the Creative Daytime Emmy Awards. Hennesy joked that she wanted Spirtas to write her a digital drama, and Anderson revealed Spirtas coaxed him out of retirement to film this series. Hennesy wished them luck tonight, noting they are up against her series, The Bay, in the digital drama category.
6:02 PM Maxie Stevenson (Maddie, Young and the Restless) spoke with Hennesy about her character, who is dealing with the fact that her parents on the show are going through a divorce. She also spoke about the passing of Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters), and the fact that the emotions on display at the character’s funeral were their true feelings for the loss of their friend.
6:06 PM Patricia Bethune (Mary Pat Engles, GH) spoke about her guest actress nomination, and that she is excited and was attending with her sister. When asked about her dress she admitted she was wearing a dress off the rack from Macy’s. She’s been auditioning for new roles and enjoyed her role on General Hospital. They also reminisced about being on True Blood together and hoped to work together again.
6:10 PM Annika Noelle (Hope Logan Spencer, Bold and the Beautiful) and Nia Sioux (Emma, B&B) spoke about their show and characters. Hope still doesn’t know her baby is alive and that Emma will be popping back in soon.
6:15 PM Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott, Young and the Restless) let Hennesy know she was a long-time fan of hers. Hennesy asked her what she would do when she wins tonight. Maitland felt she had already won, and notes she’s in a tough category with amazing women. She joked that her last win was thirty-four years ago in the same category, and back then she was the youngster among a list of veterans, and today she is the veteran daytime diva in the category.
6:19 PM Jon Lindstrom (Ryan Chamberlain/Kevin Collins, General Hospital) and his wife Cady McClain (Rosanna Cabot, As the World Turns) joined Hennesy to discuss Lindstrom’s duel characters. He admitted he has some crib notes for a speech should he win for best actor, but he gets very emotional in such situations. She let him know he was allowed to let it go on stage.
6:23 PM Heather Tom (Katie Logan, Bold and the Beautiful), who is nominated for best lead actress, a six-time winner and eighteen nominees, spoke about how she loved the Emmys and supporting her fellow nominees. They also discussed how there is still a market for soap operas, and the genre will never die.
Soaps.com reporter Kristyn Burtt saying hello from the carpet.
6:27 PM A variety of producers, directors, and stars of the digital series The Bay spoke to Hennesy. They are getting ready to start the fifth season. Hennesy paid special honor to Wendy Rich, former executive producer of General Hospital, who was responsible for bringing Luke and Laura back to GH and creating the character Sonny Corinthos.
6:30 PM Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer, Bold and the Beautiful) and Kelly Krueger (Mackenzie Brown, Young and the Restless) spoke about their anticipation of welcoming their baby girl, and that they are both rooting for their CBS family and nominees.
6:33 PM Kate Linder (Esther Valentine, Young and the Restless) revealed her character Esther has many things coming up. She revealed Esther was only supposed to be a one day character, but she just celebrated thirty-seven years on the show. The late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) named her character Esther, and Bill Bell gave her the choice of Valentine or Diamond for the last name. She chose Valentine because she was married on Valentine’s Day.
6:45 PM Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan, Bold and the Beautiful) was looking forward to cheering on her fellow castmates Heather Thom and Jacqueline Woods (Steffy Forrester) for best actress. She was accompanied by her beau Dominic Zoida.
Red was the theme color this year at the Daytime Emmys! Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker, Days of our Lives)
7:00 PM Steve Burton (Jason Morgan, General Hospital) and his wife Sheree Gustin, along with Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos, GH) and Wes Ramsey (Peter August, GH) spoke with Hennesy. Wright noted this was her sixth nomination, though she only won once before (in 2011).
Hennesy couldn’t believe that and praised Wright’s acting ability and said she was an amazing bedrock of the soap opera acting community.
7:09 PM Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Quartermaine, General Hospital) spoke about the storyline involving Oscar’s death, and how she hopes the writing involved helps the show tonight in the award categories. She also said given how shooting a daytime drama is hard work, it’s always fun to be able to put on a dress and celebrate the industry.
7:12 PM Philip Anthony-Rodriguez (Miguel Garcia, Days of our Lives) revealed he never thought he’d get a nomination for a guest performance, and didn’t even know that was a category. His wife called him to give him the news of his nomination while he was auditioning for another role.
7:18 PM Max Gail (Mike Corbin), Vernee Watson (Stella Henry) and Brianna Henry (Jordan Ashford) joined Hennesy. Gail revealed he’s been nominated for an Emmy before in his role as Detective Stan “Wojo” Wojciehowicz on the sitcom Barney Miller, and Watson won last year for Oustanding Guest Performer and is now nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Watson revealed she was supposed to be on for only two weeks, Gail said his character was supposed to be for two months, and Hennesy joked she was only supposed to be on for two days.
7:22 PM Bryton James (Devon Hamilton, Young and the Restless) and Zach Tinker (Fenmore Baldwin, Y&R) who are both nominated tonight revealed some behind the scenes secrets. James revealed his character finally has a new love interest in Elena (Brytni Sarpy), and they both discussed the difficulties of taping Neil Winters’ funeral given how good of a friend he was to everyone on set.
7:25 PM Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester, B&B) joined Hennesy and revealed this was her first big event after the birth of her son. Her son spit up on her first dress, so she had to make things work, and even did her own make-up. Hennesy couldn’t believe it had only been eight weeks since the birth of her son.
7:28 PM Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire Brady, Days of our Lives) and Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady, Days) both were just happy to be out and celebrating with their daytime family. Konefal, whose first language was Polish, learned English watching Elmo and Sesame Street. The opening number tonight will be a tribute Sesame Street, which is celebrating 50 years on the air.
7:35 PM Don Diamont (Bill Spencer, Bold and the Beautiful) and his wife, realtor Cindy Ambuehl joined Hennesy. Diamont was wearing a custom made tuxedo by a company named Elevated Citizen. They both were rooting for Bold and Beautiful to win, and Diamont is presenting the category for writing and directing with Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer, Bold and the Beautiful). They both admitted they’ve enjoyed the reunions on the carpet tonight, and revealed they met years ago when Cindy was testing for a part on Young and the Restless. Incidentally, she did play Amy, a realtor on B&B in 2016.
The red carpet pre-show ended at 7:42 PM to prepare for the main show.
Feel free to watch Soaps.com’s red carpet interviews with Kristyn Burtt.
8:00 PM the 46th Daytime Emmy award show has begun with a musical tribute to Sesame Street.
8:05 PM Mario Lopez (Extra) and Sheryl Underwood (The Talk) welcomed everyone to the show after the opening number. Mario wished everyone a happy “Cinco De Mario”, and Underwood gave a shoutout to her fellow The Talk co-hosts.
8:09 PM John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) presented the award for Outstanding Younger Actor in Daytime to Kyler Pettis (Theo Carver, Days of our Lives). Pettis thanks Days for giving him a chance, his family, and the autistic community he was able to represent. He dedicated the awarded to the ongoing conversation on mental health, the planet, and love is love.
8:14 PM Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery, All My Children) and Debbie Matenopoulos awarded Outstanding Informative Talk Show to Rachel Ray.
8:20 PM Mario Lopez along with Camilla Banus (Gabi Hernandez, Days of our Lives) presented a trio of awards for Spanish speaking programs. Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish went to Six Dreams, Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish went to Despierta America and Outstanding Daytime Talent in a Daytime Spanish Program to Alejandra Oraa for Destinos.
8:30 PM the live feed began having problems, but since Kristyn Burtt was watching from back in the media lounge, she fed us the information we needed to know. We learned that The Young and the Restless won for Outstanding Drama Writing Team. Former head writer Mal Young accepted the award.
8:34 PM Outstanding Directing for a Daytime Drama went to The Young and the Restless. The backstage photos are from Kristyn Burtt.
8:39 PM The feeds returned, and Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) presented the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Daytime Drama to Patricia Bethune for playing Nurse Mary Pat on General Hospital. She thanked executive producer Frank Valentini, casting director Mark Teschner, and her co-stars Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos), Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and Jon Lindstrom (Ryan Chamberlain/Kevin Collins).
9:00 PM Alex Trebek (Jeopardy) presented the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Daytime Drama to Hayley Erin (Kiki Jerome, General Hospital). She was thrilled because she loves Alex Trebek, thanked everyone at GH, and dedicated the award to her parents.
9:20 PM Robin Givens (Riverdale) and Scott Evans (Access Hollywood) presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama to Max Gail (Mike Corbin, General Hospital). In his acceptance speech, he joked that tonight was an age before beauty moment given his fellow nominees, and thanked his fellow
co-stars and the writers for a rich and wonderful experience. He also spoke about the realities of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which touches a lot of people and are diseases that still need to be addressed.
9:53 PM Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera, Days of our Lives), Marci Miller (Abby DiMera, Days) and Kate Mansi (Abby DiMera, Days) presented the Outstanding Supporting Actress on a Daytime Drama to Vernee Watson (Stella Henry, General Hospital). Watson thanked her producers, Frank Valentini, the directors, her cast, and Max Gail. After winning last year, she wondered what this means given she’s still going on auditions and her salary didn’t go up, but she realized she is teaching children and the younger generation a work ethic. She encouraged people to support the arts and the younger generation interested in it.
9:58 PM Roslyn Kind sung Forever for the In Memoriam song to honor those in the daytime community we’ve lost in the past year.
10:20 PM Ingo Rademacher (Jax Jacks, General Hospital) and Steve Burton (Jason Morgan, GH) presented the Outstanding Lead Actress Award to Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester, Bold and the Beautiful). She thanked her fellow nominees, head writer Brad Bell, and her cast and crew. She also thanked her husband, their newborn baby boy, and the Steffy fans.
10:28 PM Outstanding Digital Drama Series went to After Forever. Michael Slade, the writer, thanked his partner in the project Kevin Spirtas (Craig Wesley, Days of our Lives), along with the other cast and crew.
He mentioned the show came about when Spirtas told him he wanted to do a story about gay men after thirty who have lost a partner.
10:43 PM The Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama went to Maurice Benard for playing Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital. He admitted he didn’t believe he was going to win, and didn’t have a speech, and said the real star was the Alzheimer storyline with Max Gail, who reminded him so much of his own father. He said you have to love your parents as they get older and not just let them go and to always have a speech.
10:45 PM Melissa Ordway (Abby Abbott, Young and the Restless) and Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby, Y&R) presented the award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
10:56 PM Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters, Young and the Restless) took time to honor the passing of Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters, Y&R). He thanks Y&R and CBS for honoring him in the right way, and then presented the award for the Outstanding Daytime Drama to The Young and the Restless. Moore dedicated the win to St. John. Mal Young, former head writer, accepted the award and thanked the executives at Sony, the cast, the writers and the crew.
11:06 PM and that’s a wrap on another Daytime Emmy awards show! Thank-you to those following along with us. Feel free to watch the entire 46th Daytime Emmys below.