“It was the surprise of our lives,” says Julie Chen of the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards, where her series “The Talk” upset perennial favorite “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to win Best Entertainment Talk Show for the first time. It was “a moment that none of us will forget because we had zero expectations going into it.” And there was no envelope mix-up like at the recent Oscars. In fact, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway could learn a thing or two from the hosts of “The Talk” because the same thing actually happened to them as presenters too. Watch our video chat with Chen above.
At the 2013 Daytime Emmys, Chen presented Best Informative Talk Show along with her co-hosts Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler, but when Tyler opened the envelope she discovered that it was the wrong category and vamped while the correct envelope was brought out on stage. “Aisha was so quick on her feet that she didn’t blurt out the wrong name,” says Chen of Tyler’s quick thinking. “It’s okay to say, ‘Hey, there’s a mishap here,’ but let’s hope everything goes smoothly at this year’s Daytime Emmys.”
This year “The Talk” is hoping to defend its title as Best Entertainment Talk Show, while its five stars aim for their first victory as Best Entertainment Talk Show Host after three previous nominations. In the Best Talk Show race they’re submitting to Emmy judges their “Rocktober Lip Sync War,” their Halloween show in which Chen performed “Vogue” as Madonna; “I felt we outdid ourselves,” Chen remembers of that episode. And for Best Talk Show Host they’re entering “The Seven Wonders of ‘The Talk,'” in which they answered burning questions from fans.
Will Chen and company have more reason to celebrate this year? The Daytime Emmy nominees will be revealed on March 22, and not only will they be waiting to hear their names called, they’ll be doing so in front of a live audience as “The Talk” will once again be hosting the announcement of the nominations — no pressure.
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