As we previously reported, HLN, the network hosting the the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy awards, is shaking up the beloved broadcast by interviewing the winners of the top seven categories on stage immediately following their acceptance speeches!
On the heels of the announcement, Soap Opera Network hit the red carpet for the Television Academy hosted Daytime Emmy Awards Nominee Reception to get a few of the stars’ takes on celebrities Giada De Laurentiis, Sheryl Underwood, Julie Chen, Sam Champion and A.J. Hammer asking the night’s biggest winners a variety of questions on air. Read on to find out whether the idea is loved — or hated!
Bryton James (Devon Hamilton, “The Young and the Restless”)
“I think it’s great. I know that they’re always trying to come up with new ways and innovative ways to make the Emmys more exciting and different. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Fans should look forward to it, because you’re going to get a different perspective. You don’t get to hear what they say once they go behind the stage and do their other interviews, so it’s going to be nice for fans.”
Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward, “All My Children”)
“Why not? Change it up. It’s always nice to find a new way of presenting these shows, so hopefully it’s something the audience responds to.”
Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis, “Days of our Lives”
“It’s either going to be the best thing ever or it’s going to tank. My biggest thing is if I do win, I want to be able to thank the people that got me to this point, and if that’s taking away from that, then [I won’t like it]. It’s not about me telling people about me; it’s about me thanking the people who got me to this point, because there are so many. So to take time to do an interview about yourself and how you feel, I don’t know. I think everyone should have the opportunity to have more time to thank people. That’s what it’s about. And that’s an honest answer.”
Angelica McDaniel (Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime)
“I applaud the ingenuity. It’s great that they’re thinking outside the box and trying to think of new, fresh ideas.”
Michael Muhney (Adam Newman, “The Young and the Restless”)
“I’m a guy who tries to spend all my time creatively thinking outside of the box, and this is an interesting, creative way to think outside the box and break the norm. I’ve always been the guy who touts shaking things up with daytime any way you can, and this is shaking things up. So it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Honestly, I believe that everything relies on the people who are asking the questions. If they cannot ask a good question, if it’s going to be, ‘So how do you feel? You just won!’ then I think it’s a failure. But I think if they can come up with creative, inventive in-depth questions and know enough about each actor and the character they play, then I think the interviews will be phenomenal. But it could also crash and burn if these people are just asking silly questions.”
Hunter King (Summer Newman, “The Young and the Restless”)
“I find it very interesting. I guess it’ll be fun, because you never get to ask people questions afterward, so I think it’ll be an interesting twist. We’ll see how it goes.”