DAYTIME EMMYS: Kathy Griffin Named Host of Telecast

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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She’s hosted her own talk show on Bravo and has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve countdown presentation alongside Anderson Cooper on several occasions, but it’s her signing on as host of “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” that promises to be one of the most memorable acts by comedian, actress, writer and producer, Kathy Griffin.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Griffin will host daytime’s biggest night for the first time on Sunday, June 22.

Griffin, who is no stranger to the Daytime Emmy Awards as she presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” during last year’s telecast, jokingly said of the show airing on the internet for the first time, “I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year. Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show.” She added, “I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup. I apologize to FIFA.”

“We are very excited to have Kathy leading our ceremony this year,” said Malachy G. Wienges, Chairman of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “She is a beloved figure in the community and we know that she will have audiences laughing the night away as we honor the brightest stars in our industry on a global stage.”

Griffin is probably best known for her Emmy Award winning reality show, “My Life on the D-List,” which aired on Bravo from 2005-2010. She’s co-hosted or guest hosted several daytime and late night talk shows, entertainment news programs and specials including “The View,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “E! News,” “Larry King Live” and “Anderson Live,” among several others. Griffin previously hosted “The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards” on more than one occasion for the Television Academy (ATAS).

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Scheduled to take place beginning at 8:00 PM EST/5:00 PM PST on Sunday, June 22, fans of programming airing between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 PM can tune into for the telecast, which will be streamed live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.