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See Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson and Christopher Sean “come on down!” to present at Daytime Emmys

This was really cute – Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson and Christopher Sean presented the Outstanding Game Show prize at last night’s Daytime Emmy Awards. They were called up to the stages as if they were contestants on The Price is Right – name tags and all.


Greg’s Gallery: 2015 Daytime Emmys Red Carpet

Was mighty busy yesterday snapping red carpet photos at the Daytime Emmys to share with you – hope you like!

1. Deidre Hall and Guy Wilson 2. John Legend 3. Galen Gering 4. Tyra Banks and team for her new daytime show 5. Me with Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless 6. Freddie Smith 7. Steve Harvey 8. Charo 9. Cameron Mathison 10. Donna Mills 11. Billy Flynn and Suzanne Rogers 12. Lawrence Saint-Victor 13. Christopher Sean 14. Maura West 15. Jen Lilly, Mary Beth Evans and Camilla Banus 16. Peggy McKay and Peter Reckell 17. Finola Hughes 18. John Aniston 19. Allison Sweeney 20. Eric Martsolf 21. Cady McCain 22. Leeza Gibbons.

Monday Morning Man: Lawrence Saint-Victor!

Lawrence Saint-Victor is so good looking it oughta be against the law!

I could not keep my eyes off of him on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmy Awards yesterday.

The 34-year-old hunk has played the role of Carter Walton on The Bold and the Beautiful since 2013 and has even written some episodes of the show.

He was previously in the cast of the CBS soap opera Guiding Light from April 2006 until the soap’s ending in September 2009.

Lawrence has also done guest spots on Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and For Better or Worse, among others.

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Daytime Emmys: Complete List of Winners

BEST DRAMA SERIES: Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless (tie)

BEST ACTOR: Anthony Geary in General Hospital

BEST ACTRESS: Maura West in General Hospital

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Chad Duell in General Hospital

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amelia Heinle in The Young and the Restless

BEST YOUNGER ACTOR: Freddie Smith in Days of Our Lives

BEST YOUNGER ACTRESS: Hunter King in The Young and the Restless

BEST DRAMA WRITING TEAM: The Bold and the Beautiful

BEST DRAMA DIRECTING TEAM: The Bold and the Beautiful


BEST TALK SHOW HOST (ENTERTAINMENT): Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Live with Kelly and Michael


BEST TALK SHOW HOST (INFORMATIVE): Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon of The Chew


BEST GAME SHOW HOST: Craig Ferguson of Celebrity Name Game



BEST CULINARY PROGRAM: Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics



Freddie Smith wins first Emmy!

Freddie Smith won his first Emmy tonight for his portrayal of Sonny Kirirakis on Days of Our Lives.

It was a well-deserved prize as Smith has been consistently excellent in the role and grounded the character in reality no matter what writers throw his way.

I loved this part of his speech: ‘This award is for the LGBT community for showing strength and courage and being an inspiration to all of us.’

He thanked Guy Wilson who plays his on-screen husband Will Horton and Christopher Sean who plays his first love Paul Narita. Smith also thanked onscreen parents Judi Evans and Wally Kurth and his real-life parents ‘for letting your only child move out to LA and pursue his dream.’

In addition, Smith thanked ‘my beautiful girlfriend Alyssa (Tabit) – I love you with all my heart. You’re my rock.’

The couple were involved in a car accident last October in Ohio that left Tabit seriously injured. She was present at the awards ceremony and later tweeted: ‘Congratulations on your Emmy, baby! I don’t know anyone more deserving. I love you, so incredibly much!!’

Smith entered pleas of guilty to charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence. In February, a judge suspended Smith’s driver’s license for one year and ordered him to DUI school.

Before the ceremony, Freddie confirmed for me that he has left the show – for now – after a four year run.

‘They really kept it open,’ he said. ‘It’s like family there, they were very welcoming to my coming back. The door is not shut. It’s bittersweet. It’s a great chapter in my life. I’ve loved it.’

The soap, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, tapes 4-5 months in advance so Freddie is expected to appear on episodes through most of the summer.

His win means a gay character has won the Emmy for Best Performance By a Younger Actor with former Will Horton Chandler Massey winning in each of the past three years.

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Video: See President Obama’s comedy routine at last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner

The guy can be funny.

The above video is President Barack Obama’s comedy routine in its entirety from last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

Here are some of the best jokes according to Slate:

1. Today thanks to Obamacare you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance if you lose your job. You’re welcome, Senate Democrats.
2. Six years into my presidency some people still say I’m arrogant, aloof, condescending. Some people are so dumb.
3. A few weeks ago, Dick Cheney says he thinks I’m the worst president of his lifetime. Which is interesting because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime.
4. You know, let me set the record straight. I tease Joe Biden, but you know he has been in my side for seven years. I love that man. He’s not just a great vice president, he is a great friend. We’ve gotten so close in some places in Indiana, they won’t serve us pizza anymore.
5. It turns out Jeb Bush identified himself as Hispanic back in 2009, which, you know what, I — look, I understand. It’s an innocent mistake. It reminds me of when I identified myself as American back in 1961.
6. Rick Santorum announced that he would not attend the same-sex wedding of a friend or loved one, to which gays and lesbians across the country responded, that’s not going to be a problem. Don’t sweat that one.
7. And Donald Trump is here. Still.
8. Anyway, it’s amazing how time flies. Soon, the first presidential contest will take place, and I for one cannot wait to see who the Koch brothers pick. It’s exciting.

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My chat with 2015 Daytime Emmy nominee Freddie Smith of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”

Note: This interview took place before reports surfaced that Freddie Smith had completed filming scenes on Days of Our Lives which tapes as many as five months ahead of airing. Neither he or NBC have confirmed or denied the reports.

Freddie Smith has been killing it in recent months on NBC’s Days of Our Lives as his character of Sonny Kiriakis has survived a near fatal stabbing and found out his husband slept with his ex-boyfriend, Paul.

Smith has displayed controlled rage, devastation and so many other emotions so effectively. Those dark eyes say so much and no matter the situation, Smith never overacts. He stays true to his character’s inner-calm.

But Will’s antics have, at times, sent Sonny over the edge.

‘Any time you can yell at your co-stars I think it’s exciting,’ Smith told me when we chatted last month at the GLAAD Media Awards. ‘There’s a lot going on in our marriage and we’ve got to patch it up if we ever want to last. And Paul’s back in the picture.’

With so much drama to play, it’s no surprise that Smith is up for a Daytime Emmy tonight (his second nomination overall) in the Outstanding Younger Actor category.

Says Smith: ‘In the four years I’ve had a roller coaster of things that I was able to play from the first kiss with Will to falling in love with your best friend to the wedding and now to it falling apart and learning about Sonny’s past with his ex Paul. I’ve had a lot of different things to play and it’s been fun.’

The material has called for Smith to share many emotional scenes with Guy Wilson (Will Horton) and Christopher Sean (Paul Narita) with things getting even more complicated with the revelation that Paul is the biological son on Will’s step-grandfather John Black.

‘We’ve built chemistry off set and we each kind of have our own thing which also comes into our characters,’ Smith says. ‘I feel like when I look at Christopher I can see that love that we once had but I’ve also been on this huge journey with Guy on and off set. It brings it into our characters. So there are two dynamic things on and off set.’

Will’s insecurity has reared its head because he fears Sonny will want to reunite with Paul who has never stopped loving him.

‘I’m just glad to be in the middle of it,’ he says. ‘In real life, no. But on the show I’m happy to be in the middle of it.’

So who does Smith ultimately want to see Sonny end up with?

‘I can’t say who I’d like but you know, we’ll see,’ he says.

Then Smith really teases us when I asked if three or four months down the road, are we still going to be as riveted by these three?

‘Three might be the wrong number.’

Stay tuned!

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Showtune Sunday: Let’s pay tribute to a singing Carol Burnett who turns 82 today

For someone who is not known as a singer, the legendary Carol Burnett sure has done a lot of singing!

The great star turns 82 today and I thought it would be the perfect time to showcase some of her more memorable musical performances from television and film.

I love them all 0 especially the medley with the late, great Eydie Gorme.


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Daytime Emmy Men: Greg Rikaart, Peter Bergman, Chandler Massey, A Martinez and more!

The Daytime Emmys will be handed out later today so why not showcase some of the very attractive men who have once – or more – for their roles on the soaps.

1. Greg Rikaart 2. Peter Bergman (record 19 nominations) 3. Chandler Massey (3 wins), 4. Christian LeBlanc (3 wins) 5. Michael E. Knight (3 wins) 6. A Martinez.

Eager to find out who will join these winners this year!

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“Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word” wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special

Laverne Cox is on the East Coast this weekend attending the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Had the Orange is the New Black star been on the West Coast, she would have been accepting her first Emmy.

At last night’s Daytime Creative Arts Awards, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word won the award for Outstanding Special Class Special.

Cox posted on Twitter that ‘I am beside myself.’

She added: ‘Omg, Thanks to everyone at @MTV & @LogoTV, & most of all to the 7 young people who bravely shared their stories.’

The special took viewers inside the challenging and inspiring lives of seven transgender youths from across the country and shared their incredible stories and how their determination to live an authentic life is helping them become the person they are truly meant to be.

Cox, who hosted the show, is also an executive producer along with Marshall Eisen, Betsy Forhan, Stephen Friedman, Michael Hirschorn, Cheryl Horner Sirulnick, Ryan Kroft, Chris McCarthy, Eric Miclette, Jonathan Mussman, Wendy Roth.

Here is a LINK to the show.

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Donna Mills wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series

The Daytime Emmys telecast is not until tomorrow but last night was the Creative Arts Emmys and among those presented was Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series.

It was a three-way tie between Donna Mills, Fred Willard and Ray Wise!

But the Greg In Hollywood headline goes to Miss Mills because I’m a huge fan of this beautiful actress who won for her recurring role of Madeline Reeves on ABC’s General Hospital.

It’s been a real treat to have Miss Mills back on television in a juicy soap role since her days as Abby Ewing on the late, great Knots Landing.

Willard won for his role of John Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful and Wise for his role of Ian Ward on The Young and the Restless.

The Creative Arts Emmys were hosted by Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson.

Among the other awards presented last night went to Bobby Flay (Outstanding Culinary Host), Margot Kidder (Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Program), Martha Byne (Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series), and Brandon McMillan (Outstanding Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s Series Host),

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Days of Our Lives: Uncle Victor hs chat with Sonny – encourages him to explore feelings for Paul

Leave it to Sonny’s Uncle Victor to tell it like it is.

He has a chat with his nephew about Paul and Will and asks him who he really wants to be with.

Victor says it’s clear Sonny has ‘unresolved feelings’ for Paul, is at a crossroads and needs to reconsider some of his decisions. He believes Sonny ‘settled’ for Will after Paul turned down his marriage propsal.

“Sometimes, and it’s not fun, we need to cut our losses,” Victor says.

Will eavesdrops on all of this, of course, and this ratchets up his insecurity.

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All of Bruce Jenner’s children, Kardashian stepkids and ex-wives show public support

All of Bruce Jenner’s 10 children and stepkids spoke out in support of their dad on Friday after Jenner confirmed that he identifies as female.

‘Couldn’t be a more proud daughter,’ tweeted Kourtney Kardashian. ‘With courage and bravery, let’s change the world. I am honored to stand by Bruce’s side and support him.’

Khloe Kardashian watched the two-hour ABC News interview with her family and tweeted: ‘Bruzer, I’m soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros.’

Kim Kardashian, who Jenner said in the interview has been the most accepting, tweeted: ‘Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. .’

Youngest daughters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, both successful models, also posted tweets.

Kendell wrote: ‘So proud of you, my hero.’

Kylie tweeted: ‘Understandingly, this has been very hard for me. You will hear what I have to say when I’m ready to but this isn’t about me. I’m so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful Hero.’

Jenner’s stepson Rob Kardashian, who has become quite reclusive in the past year, wrote on Twitter: ‘You have always been a role model to me and now more than ever, I look up to you. LOVE YOU!!’

Former’s wife Kris Jenner – mother of the Kardashians and the youngest Jenner daughters – also posted on Twitter: ‘Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero.’

Jenner’s four oldest children, Burt, Cassandra, Brandon and Brody, were all interviewed by Sawyer on the TV special.

‘I asked him what do you want us to call you,’ said Cassandra. ‘And he interrupted and said, “I’m dad, you can always call me dad.”‘

Said Brandon (pictured): ‘I feel like I’m getting an upgraded version of my dad, of a parent.’

Jenner asked Sawyer to use male pronouns in the interview and is expected to announce a female name in the future.

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Bruce Jenner interview garners 17 million viewers – highest ratings for “20/20″ in 15 years

Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday earned ABC’s 20/20 its highest ratings in 15 years.

The two-hour program garnered 16.9 million viewers – one of the biggest audience on a Friday night for a non-sports special since 2003.

The Jenner interview was the highest-rated for a 20/20 episode since a 2000 interview with John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of murder victim JonBenet Ramsey.

Most encouraging for ABC is that the show scored a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 which is the demographic most coveted by advertisers.

The interview also inspired 972,000 tweets, ranking it as the most social Friday telecast of all time (excluding sports events), according to Nielsen Social.

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Bruce Jenner docu-series to premiere July 26

Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer was just the beginning folks.

The 1976 Olympic champion will return to television this summer in an eight episode documentary series on Jenner’s new life as a woman.

The series, which does not yet have a title, will air on E!

‘Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,’ says Jeff Olde, executive vice president, programming and development, E!

‘This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time.’

The series. which will premiere on 26 July, is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and Jenner is an executive producer along with Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz for Bunim/Murray.

Jenner has been phasing out of the E! reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.


Check out this memorable Bruce Jenner quote

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Celeb Tweets: Bruce Jenner Edition

Matt Bomer I support you #BruceJenner. Courageous and true to yourself. I hope the world gives you the love and respect you deserve.
SAM SMITHAbsolutely flawed at how courageous and brave Bruce Jenner is. So inspiring and so powerful. Shame on anyone who dare judge x
Billie Jean King #BruceJenner we learn from you to be courageous, funny and to be our authentic self. With love and Go For It!
Pauley Perrette Thank you #BruceJenner for so bravely telling he exact same story all of my #Transgender friends have told me. Bless.
Boy GeorgeBravo #BruceJennerInterview, so moving!
Oprah Winfrey “All of us deserve the right to be loved for who we are “. Bravo #BruceJenner
Diana NyadKudos to Diane Sawyer #BruceJennerABC taking high road. This is worthy news, not a drop of tabloid
Cheyenne JacksonSo much respect and compassion for Bruce Jenner. What a beautiful interview. Bravo Diane Sawyer.

Andy Cohen ‏@Andy I feel horrible for the pain #BruceJenner has been through. He has been hunted by the very beast he was a (reluctant??) part of. Awful.
‏@RobLowe I was proud of Bruce Jenner in Montreal and I’m proud of him tonight. Some have to fight more than the rest of us for their happiness.

‏@ladygaga I pray this Sawyer/Jenner interview will be met with compassion. This is an important world issue. #BeBraveEnoughToBeKind Rosie ‏@Rosie bruce jenner – just beautiful in every way – thank u for ur courage #inspiring Ellen DeGeneresBruce Jenner is a beautiful, brave human being. Sending him lots of love. He’s saving lives and opening minds tonight. I’m glad he has supportive, loving children to help him through. Mario LopezBruce Jenner only confirms we’re all battling something. So let’s love each other & ourselves. God wants us to show respect & not judge… Janet Mock#BruceJennerABC confirms this truth: No matter our age/path, we’re all searching for authenticity, identity, acceptance & (self-)love. Steve GrandThis is going to start a very important dialogue! So happy for her. #courage #BruceJenner #trans
Debra MessingBruce Jenner-An American Hero yet again. You changed EVERYTHING tonight. Thank you. #brave #authentic #beautiful
Laverne Cox Sending lots of love and support to #BruceJenner and their family tonight. It is always brave to stand in one’s truth. Congrats darling.
Thomas RobertsMarch on #BruceJenner #yolo & you need 2B authentic & BE you. It is never too late. Kudos this was a TECTONIC shift in understanding #lgbt

Gavin Newsom #BruceJenner ur courage is inspiring. U have not only given strength 2 those who r transgender, u have inspired so many of us 2 be who we r
Lance BassBravo #BruceJenner #DianeSawyer and #ABC !! Beautifully told!!
Jennifer Lopez Once a champion always a champion. #BruceJenner #transgender #beyourself #loveyourself #LoveIsLove

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Bruce Jenner: “I am a woman … If I die, I’d be so mad at myself that I didn’t explore that side of me”

Olympic champion turned reality show star Bruce Jenner confirmed on Friday that his gender identity is female.

‘For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,’ Jenner told Diane Sawyer minutes into a highly-anticipated interview on ABC.

(Jenner asked that Sawyer continue to refer to him by male pronouns for now and did not announce a new name)

‘People look at a me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and soul, and what I do in life… it is a part of me – that female side is part of me. I was not genetically born that way. As of now I have all the male parts, and all that kind of stuff, and in a lot ways we’re different, but we still identify as female… And that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say, because I don’t want to disappoint people.’

When asked by Sawyer if he was ready to share this news with the world Jenner said: ‘You know what? It’s going to be tough. I’ve been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life. How do I tell my story? How do I tell people what I’ve been through?’

Jenner, 65, said has had to deal with having ‘the soul of a female’ even as a young child when he would dress in his sisters’ dresses and cover his short hair with his mother’s scarves.

‘I was a lonely boy. I’m still a lonely big boy,’ Jenner said. ‘I don’t socialize a lot. I’m not an outgoing person. I never fit in.’

‘I see women and think how lucky they are that they can wake up in the morning and be themselves.’

GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization,  quickly responded to Jenner’s interview.

‘Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,’ said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. ‘By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny.

‘Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world.’

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Daytime Emmy Awards: Luke and Laura to reunite as presenters! Relive their 1981 wedding

I’ll be covering the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday and am looking forward to it!

I’ve just received word that daytime soap legends Tony Geary and Genie Francis will be reuniting to present an award. They, of course, are General Hospital’s Luke and Laura.

Francis has been on the show for various stretches over the years while Geary has remained a constant and won six Emmys along the way.

Luke and Laura’s classic November 1981 wedding ceremony & celebration was something no soap fan will ever forget. Elizabeth Taylor guest starred and introduced the role of Helena Cassadine, who places a curse on the newlyweds that would reek havoc on their lives for many years to come.

You can see the entire wedding episodes here!


Bruce Jenner’s highly-anticipated interview with Diane Sawyer airs tonight on “20-20″

The day for the airing of Bruce Jenner’s highly-anticipated interview with Diane Sawyer has finally arrived.

‘It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster but somehow I’m going to get through it,’ Jenner says in the latest in a series of promos. ‘I want to know how this story ends…you know… how does my story end?’

Sawyer appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and The View Friday to hype the two-hour special during which Jenner is expected his to publicly disclose that he is transitioning to female.

‘We talked to members of [Jenner’s] family, including his little older sister, who tells us what she saw when they were growing up,’ Sawyer said on GMA. ‘And I think you’re going to learn about family love. This is a family love story.’

Jenner, now 65, came to fame nearly 40 years ago as winner of the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. What followed was a flurry of endorsements and a career in broadcasting and acting.

Since 2007, Jenner has appeared on Keeping Up With the Kardashians with daughters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, sons Brody and Brandon Jenner and stepchildren Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian along with now ex-wife Kris Jenner.

Sawyer asks Jenner in the interview if he’s going to be okay.

Jenner replies: ‘Yeah, I hope I’m going to be OK. I feel like I’m going to be OK.’

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