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2019 Daytime Emmy Awards boycott threatened by all 4 network soaps: Here’s why!

An empty stage at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
After Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy was rescinded, all four network soaps have threatened to boycott

You know what they say, the show must go on. Until it doesn’t! This year the four remaining daytime dramas are threatening to boycott the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards show unless major changes are made to certain procedures. They also want to change the manner in which the legendary awards show is broadcast.

Deadline is reporting exclusively that the CBS shows The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, NBC’s Days of Our Lives, and ABC’s General Hospital have joined an alliance in light of last year’s rescinding of guest star Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy award for Amazon’s digital series, The Bay.

Citing submission errors, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences canceled her award, setting off a firestorm of protest from within the daytime community.

Deadline obtained a copy of a letter that representatives from the four soap operas submitted to NATAS in part stating, “We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards … decisions … regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star,” referencing the action against Darbo.

Significantly, the letter states that the shows, “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”

Will there be a mass boycott of the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards by members of the daytime drama community? Let’s just say that until a resolution is on the horizon, this is by far the biggest soap opera cliffhanger to come down the pike in quite a while!


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