Kathy Griffin named host of 2014 Daytime Emmys

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Maybe it’s a good thing the 41st Annual Daytime Emmys won’t be broadcast on television this year — just-named host Kathy Griffin might have a little more leeway in what she can get away with during her monologue.

An Emmy winner herself, the comedian was named emcee of the 2014 gala on Friday. The event will stream online live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22.

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

Broadcast on HLN the last two years, the Daytime Emmys will be seen by the public exclusively online this year, after the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and various cable outlets were unable to strike a deal. Red carpet festivities will be available for viewing live at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5 p.m. ET, with the ceremony scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

Awards will be handed out in 25 categories, including several new ones, during the show. A full list of nominees in all categories can be downloaded here.

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