CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful won for outstanding drama while Dr. Mehmet Oz and Live With Regis and Kelly ruled in the talk show categories at this year’s Daytime Emmys, which also paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey, Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek.
Statues also went to Michael Park of the canceled CBS sudser As the World Turns and Brittany Allen, who was recast last year, on All My Children. And Laura Wright won her first Emmy for playing Carly Corinthos Jacks on General Hospital. The ceremony was held at the Las Vegas Hilton and aired on CBS.
Host Wayne Brady opened the show by joining dance troupe JabbaWockeez for a quick number (we get it, Let’s Make a Deal host – you can hoof it, too). But he had a hard time tap dancing around the lame joke he was given that addressed the high-profile departures in daytime this year. “Oprah retired, Regis retired. All My Children and One Life to Live, Erica Kane, forced retirement,” he said, while the camera grabbed an awkward shot of Susan Lucci. Instead of a laugh, though, the crowd just booed. “Don’t boo me,” he retorted. “I didn’t write this crap.” His yucks didn’t get any better as the show progressed. At another point, he took a picture of the crowd with his phone and said, ”I’m going to post it on my Facebook.”
By far, the funniest moment of the night came courtesy of Ben Bailey of Cash Cab, who was late to the stage to accept the Emmy for hosting the Discovery show. “I couldn’t get a cab. What can I say?” he quipped. “If I am being totally honest, I was just urinating backstage and I heard my name.” Another (unintended) hilarious moment? The hawking of Jabot products backstage. It’s a fictional makeup line from Y&R that’s now available to fans!
The cancellation of the two ABC soaps remained an ongoing theme. All My Children co-star Debbi Morgan used her time on stage to tell her fans “you will be forever missed” while Young and the Restless head writer Maria Bell implored soap fans to keep watching. “This is one of the most amazing art forms in America. Don’t give up.” And Lucci, who presented the outstanding actress award, said daytime ”is alive and well. Look at all the talent in this building tonight. We got fans on fire, thank you so much for being there for all of us.”
There was a nice clip package — and a performance by Glady Knight – that paid tribute to Winfrey, but the former Queen of Daytime was not in the house to accept the Crystal Pillar Award. She pre-taped an acceptance speech from her Chicago-based Harpo Studios.
Other highlights: Jeopardy earned its 13th Emmy but shared this year’s prize with Wheel of Fortune, which took home its third. Fittingly, hosts Trebek and Sajak received lifetime achievement awards. And ex-Y&R star Shemar Moore — now on Criminal Minds – presented with Lucci and gave her an extended smooch onstage. “Daytime is not going to be the same without you,” he said. “You deserve it all.”
Here are the night’s winners:
Outstanding drama: The Bold and the Beautiful
Outstanding actor: Michael Park (As the World Turns)
Outstanding actress: Laura Wright (General Hospital)
Supporting actor: Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital)
Supporting actress: Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Game and audience participation show: Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune
Talk Show Informative: The Dr. Oz Show
Soap writing team: The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Game Show Host: Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey
Talk Show Host: Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show), Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa (Live with Regis and Kelly)
Talk Show Entertainment: The Ellen Degeneres Show
Drama series directing: B&B, Y&R
Outstanding younger actress: Brittany Allen, formerly of All My Children
Outstanding younger actor: Scott Clifton, B&B
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