'Light,' 'Restless' tie at Daytime Emmys

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The CBS soaps "Guiding Light" and "The Young and the Restless" tied for best daytime drama series, while "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" took top honors in the talk show category during the 34th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which were handed out Friday night at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

But the real king of the night might have been Bob Barker.

Barker, whose last day on the air as host of CBS' "The Price Is Right" was Friday, got a nice parting gift that night with a trophy for best game show host.

"Bob Barker, come on down," presenter Ellen DeGeneres said, using his the game show's trademark phrase when announcing him as the winner.

In accepting his 18th Daytime Emmy, Barker joked that "this proves that the judges have sympathy for an old man who doesn't have a job."

He ended his remarks by expressing his appreciation for the viewers.

"I want to thank the TV viewers across the country for inviting me into their homes for 50 years – half a century; I'm so grateful," he said, ending his remarks the same way he ended episodes of "Price": "Remember: Help control the pet population; have your pet spayed or neutered."

Later in the show, Dr. Phil McGraw presented a tribute to the retiring game show host, who received a standing ovation inside the Kodak.

Backstage, Barker said it had been an emotional day for him and that he was both humbled and touched. In retirement, Barker said, he plans to spend more time on his animal-welfare charity, the DJ and T Foundation, and that there's been discussions about him possibly doing some "Price" specials in the future that would likely feature clips from the show and maybe some guests.

As for Rosie O'Donnell, who has expressed her desire to be the next host of "Price," Barker said: "I do believe they are going to have a meeting with her."

Meanwhile, DeGeneres won her third consecutive Daytime Emmy for talk show host for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution/Telepictures Prods.' syndicated "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

In her remarks, she gave a shout-out to fellow nominee O'Donnell, who recently departed her role as co-host of ABC's talker "The View."

"I thought that Rosie brought a lot of new viewers to daytime television, and it was interesting and you talked about important things, and I thought it was great," she said.

"What you did was fantastic. I know people like topics and controversy, so next year I'm going to be more topical and controversial. ... (Starting now by saying that) I think Bob Barker is a quitter," DeGeneres joked.

Her talk show also beat out a field of competitors that also included "The View" for best talker, meaning her show has won in each of its four seasons on the air.

Backstage, DeGeneres said she really thought this was going to be "View's" year to win in the talk show host category.

She added that she'd welcome O'Donnell on her own show anytime.

"Anytime she wants to come on she can, and I'm just going to sit back and let her talk because I'm not going to argue with her," she joked.

DeGeneres added that her show will be tweaked a bit next year. For example, "when Mel Gibson was arrested last year, I didn't have him on the show, and I would now," she said. "As much as I want the show to be the same, it will be a little more layered and deeper."

Meanwhile, it's believed that this year marks the first time that two daytime dramas have tied in the top category.

"Young and the Restless" also tied with CBS' "As the World Turns" for most awards received Friday night, with each show taking home three trophies.

As for the individual drama series awards, Genie Francis, who originated the role of Laura on ABC's "General Hospital" at age 14 in 1977, won her first Daytime Emmy – for supporting actress -- on Friday night.

"I'm overwhelmed," she said onstage. "I've waited 31 years for this moment."

Backstage, she continued that line of thought. "Who would have thought a little four-week visit after I wrapped up there would have produced an Emmy after years and years of working year-round," she said, expressing optimism that she might return for another arc on the daytime drama.

Francis' colleague on "General Hospital," Rick Hearst, won the statuette for supporting actor in a drama series, his third Daytime Emmy win.

In the leading actress category, Maura West of "As the World Turns" took home her first Daytime Emmy, and Christian LeBlanc of "Young and the Restless" earned his second statuette for best leading actor in a drama series.

Jennifer Landon took home the trophy for younger actress in a drama for the second year in a row for her role on "As the World Turns," while Bryton McClure notched his first win for younger actor in a drama for "Young and the Restless."

"As the World Turns" took home top honors in the category for drama series directing team, with "Guiding Light" taking home the trophy for drama series writing team.

There was a tie in the category for outstanding performer in a children' series, with two "Sesame Street" performers taking home trophies: Kevin Clash, who portrays Elmo on the PBS series, and Caroll Spinney, last year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, for his portrayal of Oscar the Grouch.

This year's Daytime Emmy ceremony aired on CBS from 9-11 p.m. Friday. The telecast was cut back from three hours to two this year and didn't contain any musical numbers or have a host; those changes were designed to improve over last year's low-rated telecast.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

THE 34TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS LIST OF WINNERS

Outstanding Drama Series Directing

Team

AS THE WORLD TURNS * CBS

MARIA WAGNER, DIRECTOR

MICHAEL EILBAUM, DIRECTOR

JOHN O'CONNELL, DIRECTOR

HABIB AZAR, DIRECTOR

SONIA BLANGIARDO, DIRECTOR

JENNIFER PEPPERMAN, DIRECTOR

CHRISTOPHER GOUTMAN, DIRECTOR

MICHAEL KERNER, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

CAROL SEDWICK, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

JANET ANDREWS, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

JAMES KOWAL, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

BRIAN LYDELL, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

JENNIFER BLOOD, STAGE MANAGER

NANCY BARRON, STAGE MANAGER

ALEXANDRA ROALSVIG, PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE

BRETT HELLMAN, PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama

Series

AS THE WORLD TURNS * CBS

MAURA WEST AS CARLY SNYDER

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama

Series

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS * CBS

CHRISTIAN LEBLANC AS MICHAEL BALDWIN

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A

Drama Series

GENERAL HOSPITAL * ABC

GENIE FRANCIS AS LAURA SPENCER

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A

Drama Series

GENERAL HOSPITAL * ABC

RICK HEARST AS RIC LANSING

Outstanding Younger Actress In A

Drama Series

AS THE WORLD TURNS * CBS

JENNIFER LANDON AS GWEN MUNSON

Outstanding Younger Actor In A

Drama Series

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS * CBS

BRYTON MCCLURE AS DEVON HAMILTON

Outstanding Performer In A Children's

Series

SESAME STREET * PBS

CAROLL SPINNEY AS OSCAR THE GROUCH

SESAME STREET * PBS

KEVIN CLASH AS ELMO

Outstanding Game Show Host

THE PRICE IS RIGHT * CBS

BOB BARKER, HOST

Outstanding Talk Show Host

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW * SYN

ELLEN DEGENERES, HOST

Outstanding Drama Series

GUIDING LIGHT * CBS

ELLEN WHEELER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

ALEXANDRA JOHNSON, PRODUCER

MARIA MACINA, PRODUCER

JAN CONKLIN, COORDINATING PRODUCER

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS * CBS

LYNN MARIE LATHAM, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

JOSH GRIFFITH, CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

JOHN F. SMITH, CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

EDWARD SCOTT, SUPERVISING PRODUCER

KATHRYN FOSTER, PRODUCER

JOHN FISHER, COORDINATING PRODUCER

Outstanding Talk Show

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW * SYN

ELLEN DEGENERES, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

MARY CONNELLY, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

ANDY LASSNER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

ED GLAVIN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

JIM PARATORE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

DEREK WESTERVELT, COORDINATING PRODUCER

JASON GABEL, SENIOR PRODUCER

MELISSA GEIGER SCHRIFT, SENIOR PRODUCER

JONATHAN NORMAN, SENIOR PRODUCER

KAREN KILGARIFF, PRODUCER

LORI BLACKMAN, PRODUCER

VIKKI ANN ERNST, PRODUCER

KARA R. HOGAN, PRODUCER

MARGARET PERGLER, PRODUCER

MATTHEW WRIGHT, PRODUCER

KAREN ANDERSON, PRODUCER

MARGARET SMITH, PRODUCER

ALISON BALIAN, PRODUCER

DANNY CEBALLOS, PRODUCER

LIZ FELDMAN, PRODUCER

KEVIN A. LEMAN II, PRODUCER

DEREK CHE, PRODUCER

CHRISTINE SCHOMER, PRODUCER

BRADFORD BRILLOWSKI, PRODUCER

MELISSA COSTELLO, PRODUCER

Outstanding Drama Series Writing

Team

GUIDING LIGHT * CBS

DAVID KREIZMAN, HEAD WRITER

DONNA SWAJESKI, CO-HEAD WRITER

JILL LORIE HURST, WRITER

CHRISTOPHER DUNN, WRITER

LLOYD GOLD, WRITER

PENELOPE KOECHL, WRITER

DAVID SMILOW, WRITER

ROYAL MILLER, WRITER

TITA BELL, WRITER

BRETT STANEART, WRITER

KIMBERLY HAMILTON, WRITER

REBECCA HANOVER, WRITER

DAVID RUPEL, WRITER

CHARLOTTE GIBSON, WRITER

MIKE COHEN, WRITER
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