After all four daytime dramas threatened to boycott the Daytime Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said it will launch an inquiry into the shows’ concerns.
Deadline reported Monday that “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” joined forces to demand changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards.
“The joint letter, sent [Monday] to National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chair Terry O’Reilly and interim president and CEO Adam Sharp, is in response to the recent gaffe in which Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera ‘The Bay’ was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category and others,” Deadline reported. “Last month, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit ‘to restore integrity and confidence in’ the awards.”
The letter states in part: “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. We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.”
The letter adds that the four shows “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”
Deadline reports separately that NATAS Chairman Terry O’Reilly responded with a statement saying: “We have great confidence in the integrity of our Emmy awards system, and believe it effectively honors 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.”