Caitlyn Jenner’s 2015 ESPY Awards Dates Revealed: Find Out Which Family …

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner to be joined by Kardashian and Jenner children at ESPYS… but ‘three ex-wives don’t get an invite’.

Not only will the Olympic athlete be honored with the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award, but she’ll be joined by her children and stepchildren for the once-in-a-lifetime event. For the 65-year-old’s big night – her first public appearance as a transgender woman – her six biological children and four Kardashian stepchildren are all expected to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles.Last year, Drake brought down the house with a hosting performance that included solid comedic chops, original music numbers and some self-deprecation. And that’s not all…all of the Jenner children will be making an appearance to support the reality star as well including Brody Jenner, host of E!’s Sex With Brody”, Burt and Brandon Jenner and Cassandra Marino. “However, being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special.

However, TMZ reports that Jenner’s three ex-wives Chrystie Crownover, Linda Thompson, and Kris Jenner ‘will not be attending the ceremony and are not family anymore.’ Both Crownover and Thompson have expressed their support of Jenner’s transition into a female, even giving loving statements for the 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in April. As always, the annual event will honor achievements of those in the sporting world on and off the field (or court, etc.) and celebrate those involved in the way only the can.

McHale’s other job, hosting The Soup on E!, sees him consistently skewer the network’s own shows while highlighting the vapidity of reality television. “I’m thrilled to be hosting the ESPYs. Just ecstatic,” McHale said in a statement. “After my stunning victory in the Iditarod this year by only using six Bichon Frises and a lamb, I think the sports world saw me as the logical host.” Those not familiar with McHale’s acting chops may remember him from the 2014 White House Correspondents’ dinner.

So yes, it figures to make for a good time, especially when one realizes the funny man won’t be alone—others such as Jimmy Kimmel, Rob Riggle and Seth Meyers will be along for the ride. That performance drew mixed reviews, as McHale’s barbs often hit a little too close to home for some while others saw it as exactly the type of performance those in Washington needed. Other than comedic acts—which are necessary as a breath of fresh air considering how oh-so-serious the globe treats sporting competitions—the nice thing about the ESPYs is the show incorporates the ultimate sense of fan involvement. Given the way the ESPYs typically tend to avoid brutally honest assessments, it’ll be interesting to see how McHale’s brand of comedy translates to the audience. “Don’t get hurt,” McHale said of his plan for the show, per Hilary Lewis of the Hollywood Reporter. “Because they’re professional athletes and they’re skilled, and they could kill me. I’m worried about being hit by assorted types of balls, hockey sticks, baseball bats…I’m going to wear a helmet most of the show.” McHale will be joined onstage by a list of presenters that includes LeBron James, Britney Spears, Vince Vaughn, Ed Helms and others.

ESPN’s Maura Mandt provided her thoughts on the Jimmy V Award in a statement: “This award is a testament to the inspiration Devon and Leah are to all the families who are suffering from similar circumstances. ESPN announced Jenner as the recipient of the award the same week she was featured in a Vanity Fair spread that featured the full realization of her gender transition. Notables include Best Male Athlete, for which 2015 NBA MVP and Finals champion Stephen Curry will clash with LeBron James and his superhuman effort in the Finals and J.J.

Because Jenner has been removed from the sports community for such a long time—most audience members know her better for Keeping Up with the Kardashians than her Olympic achievements—ESPN has drawn criticism for its choice. Broadcaster Bob Costas called it a “crass exploitation play.” Others called for Division III women’s basketball player Lauren Hill, who died of brain cancer in April, to receive the award.

Everyone knows Ronda Rousey and Serena Williams, but don’t forget about UConn basketball star and 2015 AP Player of the Year Breanna Stewart or Lindsey Vonn, who owns 19 skiing season titles and a record 67 Women’s World Cup wins. He clashes with the aforementioned Vonn, Derrick Rose’s return to the postseason with the Chicago Bulls and Rob Gronkowski’s eye-boggling numbers after shredding two ligaments in his knee in 2013. There are no easy answers in the voting process, but it’s quite clear each nominee up for an award deserves the recognition headed his or her way this week.

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