'Guiding,' 'Restless' tie for drama; 'Ellen' wins six
One show making a highly publicized TV exit scored a Daytime Emmy on Friday, while another show making a well-publicized — and more controversial — departure came up short.
“The Price Is Right” emcee Bob Barker scored his 19th Emmy as gameshow host during the Kodak Theater ceremony, which aired on CBS live from Los Angeles immediately following a rebroadcast of his final episode.
“This proves that the judges had sympathy for an old man who doesn’t have a job,” said Barker, the 83-year-old host who spent 35 years on “Price.”
“Price” also drew the gameshow nod during the Daytime Creative Arts Emmys, held the night before.
The amount of press attention lavished on Barker’s departure last week was big — but not as intense as the season-long frenzy surrounding Rosie O’Donnell’s tenure on “The View,” capped by her sudden departure several weeks earlier than planned.
But all that interest in the show either wasn’t enough for an Emmy or perhaps turned voters off. The ladies of “The View” continued their no-win streak, while Ellen DeGeneres scored as talkshow host; her daytime gabber also won, and her “Ellen” strip scored six Emmys overall.
In the daytime drama field, CBS’ “As the World Turns” scored seven Emmys this year (tied with “Sesame Street” for most honors overall), besting all other competition. But it was two other Eye shows — “Guiding Light” and “Young and the Restless” — that tied for drama series.
Those wins helped CBS dominate the ceremonies with 16 Emmys overall. PBS was second with 13, helped by “Sesame Street,” which continued its streak as preschool show winner.
“Sesame Street’s” Kevin Clash, who plays Elmo, and Caroll Spinney, who handles Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, tied for children’s series performer.
“I started watching this show when I was 10 years old,” said Clash, who also won last year and had a tuxedoed Elmo on his arm. “My mom thought I would go blind watching it trying to figure out how to build these things. I just love living on the street of ‘Sesame Street.'”
PBS’ “Reading Rainbow” won for children’s show.
Among thesps, “As the World Turns” star Maura West and Christian LeBlanc of “The Young and the Restless” won for actress and actor, respectively.
The supporting nods went to “General Hospital’s” Genie Francis and Rick Hearst. Emmy was the first for Francis, who originated the role of Laura Spencer — one half of the famed “Luke & Laura” couple — when she was 14. She returned to the show last year.
“I’ve waited 31 years for this moment,” she said.
Lifetime achievement awards went to “The Young and the Restless” co-creator Lee Phillip Bell and “Inside the Actors Studio” host James Lipton.
(The AP contributed to this report.)