Print Edition - 2017-05-03  |  Life & Style

DeGeneres, Harvey among top Daytime Emmy winners

- Associated Press, LOS ANGELES

May 3, 2017-

The Ellen DeGeneres Show won the Daytime Emmy Award for best entertainment talk show, 20 years to the day that her character came out as gay on the sitcom Ellen.

“She did it because it was the right thing to do,” said Mary Connelly, Ellen executive producer, of DeGeneres’ decision to be open about her sexuality and do the same for her character in 1997. DeGeneres was absent and Connelly accepted the award.

General Hospital was honoured as best daytime drama, with top acting awards going to Scott Clifton for The Bold and the Beautiful and Gina Tognoni for The Young and the Restless.

Clifton became the first actor to receive Daytime Emmys in the categories of best younger, supporting and lead actor in his career.

Steve Harvey skipped the ceremony but was a double winner. He was named best game show host for Family Feud and best host of an informative talk show for Steve Harvey.

Sheryl Underwood, host with Mario Lopez of the live-streamed ceremony, also accepted the best entertainment talk show host award with fellow The Talk hosts including Sara Gilbert.

The ceremony was held as negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and producers attempted to reach a deal on a new contract and avert a strike that could disrupt daytime and prime-time TV shows and movie production. The existing contract expires Monday night.

Published: 03-05-2017 08:16

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