Brittany Furlan was one of four red carpet social media hosts at the Daytime Emmy Awards, but while she, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette enjoy huge followings online, their charms didn’t translate well at all to the red carpet. Even worse, “I don’t know who any of these people are,” Furlan admitted in a behind-the-scenes video she uploaded to her own page on Monday.
It confirmed the media’s speculation that the hosts were woefully unprepared for the task of hosting the two-hour red carpet event, which was livestreamed. Later in her video, after the show had begun, she admitted that she still wasn’t familiar with the people with whom she was talking.
“This is so awkward,” she admitted backstage in the video. “I don’t know who any of these people are. This is the most embarrassing thing ever. I’m just like, ‘Hi. Who are you wearing?’ ‘Cause I have no idea who you are.”
She went on to say that the production team promised to help her out in this area. “They’re like, ‘We’re gonna tell you who everyone is before they come up, and then they’re like just pointing to a sheet and I’m like, ‘ Peter … Griffin. Hi. Nice to see you,'” Furlan said, describing how the red carpet interviews went from her point of view, adding, “What the f–k?”
The video proceeded to highlight some of her more awkward celebrity encounters, which included her hitting on them, commenting on their clothing, their breasts, and doing a Sharon Osbourne impression for the cast of “The Talk.” At least she was familiar with Osbourne, and host Kathy Griffin.
She even chronicled the portion of the show where she apologized about her nipples possibly falling out while running to start the show proper. She did not, however, show footage from either her “rape” joke toward “General Hospital” star Ryan Paevey, or her co-host Jessica Harlow asking “The Bold and the Beautiful” star Lawrence Saint-Victor, “What’s it like to be a black man on a soap opera these days?”
To close the video, in the aftermath of the disastrous show, Furlan admitted exhaustion after her first ever red carpet. “I’m so glad I got to meet Kathy Griffin. She’s the s–t,” Furlan said. “And everybody else, I don’t really know who the f–k they are, so it’s pretty great.” She then laughed.
Furlan’s video confirmed what many media outlets began speculating mere minutes into the broadcast. KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin told TheWrap today, “It was clear that the hosts did not know who 90 percent of the people were. I think it is troubling when people do not do their homework and think that ‘wit’ alone will do the trick.”
He turned some of his criticism to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who put on the red carpet show, saying, “I believe in trying new and modern ideas; but the basic rule is that ‘people know if you know.’ Audiences and stars are smart and savvy; and everyone could tell within two seconds that these ‘hosts’ didn’t know a thing about daytime television.”
That was backed up by Tweets from various stars in attendance at the event. “General Hospital” star Nancy Lee Grahn told her fellow daytime stars to “Avoid Red Carpet at all costs,” via Twitter. “Hey #daytimeemmys maybe hire some red carpet “hosts” w a little less black and rape jokes next year,” added her co-star Brandon Barash.
NATAS has not yet responded to TheWrap’s repeated requests for comment via email and phone. A rep for Furlan has also not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.