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Daytime Emmys red-carpet banter turns dark

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  • The hosts of the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony's red carpet show drew sharp criticism for remarks they made to celebrities attending the Emmys. Ryan Peavey, center, was the subject of one of the red-carpet jokes that observers called inappropriate.

      The hosts of the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony's red carpet show drew sharp criticism for remarks they made to celebrities attending the Emmys. Ryan Peavey, center, was the subject of one of the red-carpet jokes that observers called inappropriate.
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By Lynn Elber, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Daytime Emmys are facing criticism for preshow interviews that included bawdy humor about rape and an actor's race.

The ceremony's organizers had drafted four women it described as respected "social media gurus" to chat with celebrities before the awards Sunday.

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The red carpet and backstage interviews were seen online as part of the streamed event.

At one point, a host joked about sexually assaulting "General Hospital" star Ryan Paevey. Another actor, "Bold and the Beautiful" star Lawrence Saint-Victor, was called a "beautiful chocolate man."

On Monday, Paevey said the hosts probably should issue a general apology. But he said the online anger directed at the host who made the remark to him was "over the top."

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