This article was corrected on June. 13, 2002.
It was her strip’s fifth win in a row, and O’Donnell’s sixth consecutive nod as host. O’Donnell has won the hosting award every year since her show’s launch. With the syndie talker in its final season, double-fisted win allowed O’Donnell to exit on top.
“It’s truly been an honor to be a part of the daytime family for the past six years,” O’Donnell said after her program won. “The show was made for daytime, made successful by daytime, and I will miss being a part of daytime.”
Upon picking up her hosting Emmy, a moved O’Donnell said, “It’s been the best six years of my life. Honestly, the amount of grace I’ve been able to experience through this job has been life-altering.”
“Jeopardy!” nabbed its eighth gameshow award, but gamer hosting prize was taken by Bob Barker, kudocast’s emcee and longtime host of “The Price Is Right. Statuette is Barker’s 15th, including one lifetime achievement award.
Double nominee Kelly Ripa, with nods for her hosting and supporting acting stints on “Live With Regis and Kelly” and “All My Children” went home empty-handed, as did her husband Mark Consuelos, another nominated “AMC” actor.
Outstanding drama award went to “One Life to Live.” ABC sudser, which just wrapped up a week of live performances, had never won the top prize in its 33-year history. Peter Bergman of “The Young and the Restless” picked up the lead actor prize.
Awkward moment of evening was when perennial nominee Susan Lucci misheard the name for lead actress win, and began her victory walk onstage. Kudo was intended for Susan Flannery of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
CBS’ “As the World Turns” took home its seventh consecutive writing award.
New to kudocast was a pair of special fan awards — with viewers voting online during the show for their favorite villain and favorite couple. Both prizes went to “Days of Our Lives”: Alison Sweeney won for her portrayal of vixen Sami Brady; couple honors went to Kristin Alfonso and Peter Reckell, who star as Bo and Hope.
Barbara Walters presented a posthumous lifetime achievement Emmy to late NATAS prexy John Cannon, who died last June. Award was accepted by his wife, Trudi, and daughter, Connie.
Winners of 44 creative arts categories were announced May 11. In the final combined tally, host net CBS walked off with 15 statuettes followed by 12 for ABC and 11 for PBS. “Sesame Street” was the big overall winner with six awards, followed by sudsers “All My Children” and “As the World Turns,” which tied with five.
Awards were presented by the National Academy of Arts & Sciences in association with the Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Kudocast was broadcast on CBS from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“One Life to Live,” Gary Tomlin, exec producer; Frank Valentini, senior supervising producer; Suzanne Flynn, producer; Sonia Blangiardo, coordinating producer (ABC)
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Susan Flannery, “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Peter Bergman, “The Young & the Restless” (CBS)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Crystal Chappell, “Guiding Light” (CBS)
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Josh Duhamel, “All My Children” (ABC)
YOUNGER ACTRESS, DRAMA
Jennifer Finnigan, “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
YOUNGER ACTOR, DRAMA
Jacob Young, “General Hospital” (ABC)
GAME/AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SHOW
“Jeopardy!,” Harry Friedman, exec producer; Lisa Finneran, Rocky Schmidt, Gary Johnson, producers (syn)
Bob Barker, “The Price Is Right” (CBS)
PRESCHOOL CHILDREN’S SERIES
“Sesame Street,” Michael Loman, exec producer; Arlene Sherman, Kevin Clash, co-exec producers; Melissa Dino, Carol-Lynn Parente, producers; Karen Ialacci, Line producers (PBS)
“Reading Rainbow,” Twila Liggett, Levar Burton, exec producers; Orly Wiseman, supervising producer; Elizabeth O’Mara, Nicole Silver, coordinating producers; Sudie Anning, Andy Ames, Don Boswell, Stacey Raider, Nan Schweiger, Ed Wiseman, producers (PBS)
PERFORMER IN A CHILDREN’S SERIES
LeVar Burton, “Reading Rainbow” (PBS)
“My Louisiana Sky,” Dante Di Loreto, Anthony Edwards, Willard Carroll, Tom Wilhite, exec producers; Margot Lulick, line producer
PERFORMER IN A CHILDREN’S SPECIAL
Kelsey Keel, “My Louisiana Sky” (Showtime)
CHILDREN’S ANIMATED PROGRAM
“Madeline,” Andy Heyward, Michael Maliani, Robby London, Saul Cooper, Pancho Kohner, exec producers; Judy Rothman Rofe, supervising producer; Judy Reilly, Stephanie Louise Vallance, Marsha Goodman Einstein, Paul F. Quinn, directors (Disney)
PERFORMER IN AN ANIMATED PROGRAM
Charles Shaughnessy, “Stanley” (Disney)
“The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” Rosie O’Donnell, Bernie Young, exec producers; Laurie J. Rich, coordinating producer; Janette Barber, Rob Dauber, Corin Nelson, Mimi Pizzi, John Redmann, supervising producers; Deirdre Arlt, Sharon Kelly, Liza Persky, Joy Trapani, senior producers; Jeffry Culbreth, Deborah Damato, Christina Deyo, Shane Farley, Michelle Goin, Peter Killeen, Jennifer Lebeau, John McDaniel, Kim Miller, Terence Noonan, Maria Notaras, Lori E. Seid, Karen Yaeger, producers (syn)
Rosie O’Donnell, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”(syn)
“Wolfgang Puck,” Rob Weller, Gary Grossman, Steve Lange, exec producers; Diane DeMartino, supervising producer; Gordon Recht, Charlie Ryan, Lori Lapage, Steve Markowitz, Pia Kim, Aleana Stewart, producers (Food Network)
SERVICE SHOW HOST
“Martha Stewart Living,” Martha Stewart, host
SPECIAL CLASS SERIES
“AMC’s Behind the Screen With John Burke” Marc Juris, Jessica Falcon, exec producers; Tony Gerber, supervising producer; Mary Tartaglione, producer; John Burke, host (AMC)
SPECIAL CLASS SPECIAL
“Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” Marc Juris, Jessica Falcon, exec producers; Madison Davis Lacy, Maia Harris, producers; Whoopi Goldberg, host (AMC)