‘Paternity Court’ creator intentionally excluded Lauren Lake from Emmys speech, source says
The “Paternity Court” creator’s Daytime Emmys speech that excluded host Judge Lauren Lake may have been intentional.
When the daytime series won for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program, creator David Armour took to the stage with the cast and crew and delivered a full acceptance speech but failed to acknowledge Lake. Social media erupted with disappointment and anger on behalf of Lake, who later addressed the bittersweet moment in a Twitter video.
“I just wanted you to know that I am fully aware of how upset you are that when ‘Paternity Court’ won the Emmy … I did not get a chance to speak to you from the stage,” she said. “I want you to know that I’ve already started some very serious conversations with my team, and we’re going to be meeting in the near future to discuss this further.”
Armour later apologized in a post on Facebook, writing, “Congratulations to the BEST! My sister from another mister, Lauren Lake on her well-deserved Emmy win! After stumbling through a speech and not mentioning the biggest reason ‘Paternity Court’ is a huge success, Lauren Lake, I have pledged to never again make fun of people who walk on stage with a written speech.
“…you are a dream and I hope we have the opportunity to work together and help families for many many more years to come! #FeelTerribleButGladWeWon.”
However, a source told Page Six that there was nothing accidental about Lake’s exclusion.
“He did that on purpose. It wasn’t an accident,” the source said. “He knew ahead of time that only one person could speak. He was going to dust her anyway.”
A spokesman for the National Academy of Television confirmed to Page Six that nominees are told “long in advance” that there can only be one speaker no matter the size of the group.
Armour didn’t immediately return our request for comment.
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