Disgraced Elmo among Daytime Emmy noms

Former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in November after 28 years with the show.

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmys were announced today. The ceremony, which honors soaps, kids’ programming and talk and game shows, will be held on June 16th on the HLN channel.

The most nominated shows were CBS’s The Young and the Restless (23), ABC’s General Hospital (19), PBS’s Sesame Street (17), NBC’s Days of Our Lives (17) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (10).

But today’s announcement was most remarkable for a somewhat shocking choice: Kevin Clash, the longtime voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo, was nominated for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series.

Clash resigned from the show last November after being hit with multiple accusations of sexual contact with male minors. A number of lawsuits are pending against him, but no criminal charges have been filed because of the statute of limitations.

In more conventional news, the picks for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama (a shrinking field) are The Bold and the Beautiful’s Susan Flannery and Heather Tom, Days of Our Lives' Peggy McCay and Michelle Stafford of The Young and the Restless.

On the men’s side it was Jason Thompson of General Hospital and then a whole lot of The Young and the Restless: Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson and Michael Muhney.

In the field for Outstanding Talk Show are The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live! With Kelly and Michael, The Talk and The View.

Who do you think would win in a GLOW cage match, Whoopi and the gals from The View or Sharon Osbourne and her bruisers from The Talk?




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