Rookie talker hailed; 'Y&R' powers CBS haul

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Proof that she should stick with her day job, Ellen DeGeneres’ frosh syndie gabber picked up the Daytime Emmy for best talkshow at a gala Radio City Music Hall awards ceremony Friday evening.

But it was Wayne Brady, whose daytime talker has been canceled, who drew the talkshow host nod for the second year in a row during the 31st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Long-running CBS sudser “The Young and the Restless” picked up the Emmy for drama series, helping the Eye walk away with seven awards, the most of any net.

Michelle Stafford of “The Young and the Restless” received the Emmy for lead actress, while longtime “General Hospital” star Anthony Geary took lead actor, one of four ABC wins on the night.

Embattled media diva Martha Stewart, who attended the ceremony, was passed over for an Emmy, including talkshow host of a service show. Award instead went to financial adviser Suze Orman for “Suze Orman: The Lessons of Money, the Lessons of Life” on PBS.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” picked up four awards.

“I should have been in daytime a long time ago,” DeGeneres said after winning. “We have fun every day. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

“The Price Is Right” won in the gameshow category, with Bob Barker garnering his 13th hosting Emmy.

Pulling double duty, DeGeneres introduced a fun-hearted, musical tribute to “Sesame Street,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary on the air this year. Children’s show is the most honored program in the history of the Daytime Emmys, picking up six nods at the May 15 Daytime Emmy Craft and Creative Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

On Friday, Jeff Corwin won the Daytime Emmy for best performer in a children’s series for Discovery Kids’ “Jeff Corwin Unleashed.”

This year’s lifetime achievement award went to 10 veteran soap actors — Rachel Ames, John Clarke, Jeanne Cooper, Eileen Fulton, Don Hastings, Anna Lee (posthumously), Ray MacDonnell, Frances Reid, Helen Wagner and Ruth Warrick.

Emmys for supporting actors went to Rich Hearst of “General Hospital” and Cady McClain of “As the World Turns”; Chad Brannon of “GH” drew the younger actor nod, while Jennifer Finnigan of “The Bold and the Beautiful” drew younger actress kudos for the third year in a row.

Ceremony was broadcast on NBC.

And the winners are…

DRAMA
“The Young and the Restless,” William J. Bell Sr., senior exec producer; David Shaughnessy, exec producer; John F. Smith, co-exec producer; Kathryn Foster, Nancy Bradley Wiard, producers (CBS)

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Michelle Stafford, “The Young and the Restless”

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Anthony Geary, “General Hospital”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Cady McClain, “As the World Turns”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Rick Hearst, “General Hospital”

YOUNGER ACTRESS, DRAMA
Jennifer Finnigan, “The Bold and the Beautiful”

YOUNGER ACTOR, DRAMA
Chad Brannon, “General Hospital”

DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
“General Hospital,” Joseph Behar, William Ludel, Owen Renfroe, Scott McKinsey, Mary Madeiras, directors; Chris Magarian, Ron Cates, Penny Pengra, Pete Fillmore, Ronald C. Cates, Jonathan Firstenberg, associate directors; Kathy Ladd, Craig McManus, stage managers

GAME/AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SHOW
“The Price Is Right, Bob Barker, exec producer; Roger Dobkowitz, Phil Rossi, producers (CBS)

GAMESHOW HOST
“The Price Is Right,” Bob Barker, host

DIRECTING IN A GAME/AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SHOW
“Jeopardy,” Kevin McCarthy, director
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Matthew Cohen, director

TALKSHOW
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, exec producers; Andy Lassner, supervising producer; Jason Gabel, Melissa Geiger Schrift, Hedda Muskat, Jonathan Norman, Jeff Sammon, Lawrence Williams, producers (syn)

TALKSHOW HOST
“The Wayne Brady Show,” Wayne Brady, host

SERVICE SHOW HOST
“Suze Orman: The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life,” Suze Orman, host

PERFORMER IN A CHILDREN’S SERIES
Jeff Corwin, “Jeff Corwin Unleashed” (NBC)

PERFORMER IN A CHILDREN/YOUTH/FAMILY SPECIAL
Gena Rowlands, “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie”

SPECIAL CLASS SPECIAL
“77th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Brad Lachman, exec producer; Bill Bracken, producer; Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, co-hosts (NBC)

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