As previously reported, Patrika Darbo, best known to soap fans for her roles as Nancy on Days of Our Lives and Shirley on The Bold and the Beautiful, has had her Daytime Emmy revoked.
Darbo won the statuette on April 27 of this year for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for her role as Mickey on The Bay.
Variety first broke the story that Darbo was incorrectly submitted in the Guest Actor category since she had appeared on The Bay in a previous season.
Now, Darbo has released a statement that more fully expresses her feelings on the matter in which she calls for an outside audit so that the integrity of the awards is not jeopardized.
At Darbo’s request, here is her complete statement, unedited:
“As disappointed as I am about having my Daytime Emmy taken back by NATAS, as a Co-Governor of the Performers Peer Group at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, overseeing the Primetime Emmys, I am more concerned about how this incident tarnishes the Emmy brand. I did not submit myself for Daytime Emmy consideration, my producers at The Bay made the submission. However, at the end of the day, the onus for a correct submission is not on the producers of The Bay, or any other producers; the ultimate responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of NATAS.
They should have vetted each and every submission and then notified those submitting of any submission errors in advance of the voting and the ceremony. I understand that in my category there were at least four submission errors. NATAS was made aware of these potential errors two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over. These errors were then not brought to light until after the Daytime Emmys were presented and awarded, meaning that other actors who did properly submit have now lost their chance at winning a Daytime Emmy.
In addition to the rule violations in my category, there was a similar rule violation in the category for Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama. I was made aware of this violation when NATAS called to inform me of the situation. After taking back my Daytime Emmy, NATAS called another female performer in my category to re-issue the Emmy, as she was the next runner up according to the accountancy firm.
The very next day, NATAS called her back and said she could not have it as she had submitted one episode too many (the rule is that one episode may be submitted for consideration and the new recipient submitted two). However, the winner of the …continue reading on the next page —>