Kathy Griffin, Nancy Lee Grahn and More to Present at 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards



Let's hope HLN has a great tape delay device handy. Outlandish comedienne Kathy Griffin will be one of the presenters at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Equally-outspoken soap queen Nancy Lee Grahn from General Hospital will also be presenting, as will Rachael Ray, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Erika Slezak, Kristen Alderson, Lindsey Morgan, Freddie Smith, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, Jason Thompson, Chandler Massey and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.

Did a Rachael Ray Show Trainer Make Overweight Teen Run Like Forrest Gump?


Losing weight is rarely easy, but on TV shows like The Biggest Loser, it is even more intense. However, what responsibility do TV or talk shows have to their competitors/guests when they agree to put their weight loss struggles on air?

According to TMZ, the Rachael Ray Show could be facing a lawsuit over just such an issue.
Christina Pagliarolo -- who weighed in at 260 lbs -- agreed to be part of a segment on overweight teens.  She claims in her lawsuit ... the trainer made her run like Forrest Gump, yelled and screamed at her, and made her hike in the mountains.

Worst of all, she says the trainer put her on a StairMaster and kept cranking up the speed until she fell off the machine ... and then he yelled at her for falling.


 

OWN Acquires Rachael Ray and Nate Berkus Cable Rights


Oprah is looking within her TV family of talent to help boost OWN’s ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, OWN  has purchased the exclusive cable rights to Rachael Ray and The Nate Berkus Show.
“Rachael and Nate are a natural fit for OWN’s expanding daytime programming lineup,” said OWN president Erik Logan of the four-hour block. “It will be great to have Rachael’s energy and Nate’s upbeat presence on our air.”

Ronnie Marmo: “Leaving GH is Bittersweet”


General Hospital's cop gone rogue Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie) spoke to ABC Soaps In Depth about his departure from the sudser. Said Marmo:

Leaving GH is bittersweet," he says. "The truth is, one of the hardest things about leaving was that I never had any job for three years! Sure, I'll miss the paycheck and the fan support. But, at the same time, it's really about everybody that I work with.


 

Rachael Ray Weighs in on Katie Couric, Ricki Lake and The Chew



Is Rachael Ray worried about competition from Katie Couric and Ricki Lake’s new talk shows next fall or ABC’s The Chew this season? When asked about the topics by Zap2it, Ray responded:
"I'm a huge Katie fan, and I think she's going to kill it. And I love Ricki. There's going to be a lot of great television to watch. I think those are probably both afternoon-type shows, and the afternoon hasn't settled in yet. There isn't another 'Oprah,' and there never will be, but there isn't a lot of smart talk going on in the afternoon."



Find out what Ray had to say about The Chew after the jump.


Rachael Ray Finds it “Exciting” The Chew is Joining ABC Lineup


The cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live doesn’t appear to have phased Rachael Ray much. Zap2it caught up with the syndicated talk show host and asked her about the new shows replacing the legendary serials. Her response,

"I think it's exciting," Ray tells Zap2it on Friday (April 15) at the site of her annual cooking show that benefits the Alumni Association of her alma mater, Lake George (N.Y.) Jr.-Sr. High School. "My good friend Mario Batali and Michael Symon are going to be part of 'The Chew,' and I'm thrilled to see them join the roster."