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Daytime Emmys red-carpet banter turns dark



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When four social media divas were handed red-carpet and backstage interviewing duties for the Daytime Emmys, the result was anything but Hollywood magic.

The women who hosted the Emmy pre-show Sunday appeared largely ignorant about the actors and series that were being honored, instead unleashing attempts at bawdy humor that made sport of topics including rape and an actor's race.

Their efforts made the usual red-carpet banter look scholarly by contrast.

The aftermath included harsh criticism for hosts Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette, who were described by Emmy organizers before the ceremony as "well-respected social media gurus" with big followings.

The show's producer and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences likely saw them as a chance to put a more youthful face on Emmys that were streamed, not televised, when they failed to find a network or cable home in the face of dwindling interest.

Instead, as one website devoted to daytime serials said in a headline, the hosts created a "Red Carpet Train Wreck."

They "know nothing about daytime television, came unprepared to the red carpet, conducted themselves in a very unprofessional manner, spewed profanity, a rape joke and a racist remark," said soaps.com.

Here Media, the show's producer, didn't respond Monday to requests for comment from the company and from the four hosts it featured. NATAS officials were en route back to New York from the Beverly Hills ceremony and not immediately available for comment, a spokesman said.

"General Hospital" star Ryan Paevey, making his first red carpet appearance, said Monday that he had expected to encounter questions about daytime TV and good wishes for the evening. Instead, he got misfired humor from Furlan and Elizabeth that ended with Furlan saying, "We're going to get you away from us before we rape you."

Such remarks "kind of derailed the spirit of the evening," Paevey said.

But the actor, while condemning any joke about sexual assault as unacceptable, said he was taken aback by angry "crusades" against Furlan on social media and even by the amount of sympathy he was getting.

If an apology is due, Paevey said, it is a general one for hosts' red-carpet and backstage behavior, especially the comments made to "Bold and the Beautiful" star Lawrence Saint-Victor.

The African-American actor was asked, "What's it like to be a black man on a soap opera these days?" and called "a beautiful chocolate man."

While such comments remained outside the ceremony ballroom, the unfettered effects of being away from TV showed inside as well. Some, including presenter Sharon Osbourne, let expletives fly on stage, and there were winners who rambled on without pressure from a network clock.

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Wendie June 24 2014 at 11:00 AM

Social media "gurus"??? I think you mean "dumb bimbos" who are an embarrassment to intelligent women everywhere.

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ursini55 June 24 2014 at 11:03 AM

and these 4 bimbos are the future of my Social Security ? Flash your chest, spread your legs, be profane and racist, and make money! Geez- a guy lost his basketball team for less than this.

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mperes3 ursini55 June 24 2014 at 4:53 PM

WRONG! What they said was rude, but Donald Sterling is downright racist. Don't kid yourself.

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allyndp June 24 2014 at 9:44 AM

Just a prime example of what lies ahead for us when social media types are being touted as celebrities. The total dumb-ing down of our society.

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Karin's Screen June 24 2014 at 8:54 AM

These ladies were absolutely terrible, i always watch the RED CARPET, bur no more, is that the best they could do!!!

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Jeri-Anne Karin's Screen June 24 2014 at 12:16 PM

ladies???

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englemanlisa Karin's Screen June 24 2014 at 1:43 PM

Didn't even know it was being streamed because NBC didn't promote it at all... not that I remember anyway. Alas, it doesn't appear that I missed much.

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tmccull52 June 24 2014 at 10:07 AM

And these four idiots have a sizable following between them? I weep for the future.

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scary91457 June 24 2014 at 9:27 AM

These morons have stuffing for brains. Daytime soaps are becoming obsolete, and idiots like these only serve to turn even the most devout followers away. I don't watch soap operas, they are way too idiotic for me, but this kind of behavior will only serve to send them to the grave once and for all.

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Troy scary91457 June 24 2014 at 3:04 PM

You're deliberately confusing the issue. While these girls were a train wreck-the soap genre is NOT becoming extinct. In fact, 2013-14 was the healthiest year in daytime in a number of years. You'd do well to truly educate yourself on what's really going on

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hollyh681 June 24 2014 at 11:49 AM

Wow who would have thought that "social media gurus" would turn out to be vapid, narcissistic, morons? Go figure.

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mojo working June 24 2014 at 10:28 AM

The internet has great potential that has not yet been realized as these people give proof to !

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xwp3 June 24 2014 at 11:32 AM

Kathy Griffith and Sharon Osborne should not be invited back to the Emmys along with the lady from the Young and the Restless. Talk about no class with their terrible language. This was the worst daytime Emmy show I have ever seen.

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hey dick head June 24 2014 at 11:18 AM

how are these mules "gurus" I just see overpaid no talent people

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