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NATAS Retains Outside Counsel to Investigate Daytime Emmy Concerns

Daytime Emmys respond to threat of soap boycott.

After receiving a game-changing joint letter from all four daytime soap operas demanding an overhaul of Daytime Emmy voting and accounting systems, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is retaining outside counsel to look into allegations made by top brass at the sudsers.

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"Today I received correspondence raising concerns about some elements of the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards and concerns over its administration," said NATAS Chairman Terry O'Reilly in a statement to Daytime Confidential. "We have great confidence in the integrity of our EMMY awards system, and believe it effectively honors the best work being done in Daytime Television today. That having been said, we always take concerns about our systems seriously...and out of an abundance of caution I have instructed that outside counsel be retained to evaluate these concerns and conduct an independent look at them.” 

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On Tuesday, Deadline published a bombshell letter from top executives at General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful threatening to boycott the Daytime Emmys unless major changes were made.