Kathy Griffin to Host Daytime Emmys

9:22 AM PST 06/13/2014 by Ashley Lee
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Kathy Griffin

The comedienne will emcee the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 22.

Kathy Griffin is set to host the Daytime Emmy Awards.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced Friday that the comedienne will emcee the 41st annual ceremony, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 22.

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"I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I'm told is the most important television event of the year," said Griffin in a statement. "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. 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."

For the first time, the ceremony will use Livestream to broadcast the awards show internationally, featuring the distribution of awards in twenty-five categories, including several new ones announced this year.

The 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with The Television Academy (ATAS).

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