The Daytime Emmy Awards returned to CBS this year where Kelly Clarkson took home both Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. These were her first win for Talk Show, a category that has been dominated by Ellen DeGeneres and her afternoon show and The Talk over the last decade. It is her second win in a row for Outstanding Host.
The two-hour ceremony was hosted by The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood and was pre-taped in a Burbank, Calif., sound stage on June 12 and 13. Similar to how the Screen Actors Guild handled their awards show this year, every nominee was asked to give acceptance speeches but the winners didn’t find out they won until the live telecast aired on CBS.
Posthumous wins went to Alex Trebek for Outstanding Game Show Host (Jeopardy!), where his children Matt and Emily accepted his Emmy and Larry King, who was named Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host (Larry King Now). His sons Chance and Cannon accepted his Emmy. Trebek passed away on November 8, 2020 after a 20-month battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. King died on January 23, 2021 of sepsis after a short battle with COVID-19.
Both were featured in a tribute that included Emmy-winning daytime talk show and nighttime game show host Regis Philbin. During the tribute, the Television Academy included an incorrect picture for The Young and the Restless actress Marguerite Ray, who passed away in November 2020. By mistake, they included a photograph of Veronica Redd, the actress who took over the role of Mamie Johnson after Ray’s exit.
“We deeply regret this error and intend to re-edit the sequence for subsequent digital releases once a replacement image can be appropriately licensed,” the Emmys wrote as part of a series of tweets on Saturday. “We sincerely apologize to the Ray family — as well as to Veronica Redd, whose image was inadvertently used instead. Each of these Daytime icons deserved better from our Academy.”
General Hospital was named Outstanding Drama Series. The show also won the directing award plus lead and supporting actor prizes as part of its six total wins. The Letter for the King and Julie and the Phantoms took three awards each, and the night’s other multiple winners included The Real, Odd Squad, The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives.
The Daytime Children’s Programming and Animation Emmy Awards will be presented in a stand-alone streaming show July 17, and the Daytime Lifestyle Programming Emmy Awards follow the next day. Nominations for both will be revealed Monday.
Here is the complete list of winners of the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards.
- Outstanding Drama Series: General Hospital (ABC)
- Outstanding Limited Drama Series: Studio City (Amazon Prime Video)
- Outstanding Game Show: Jeopardy (Syndicated)
- Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program: The People’s Court (Syndicated)
- Outstanding Morning Show: CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)
- Outstanding Informative Talk Show: Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)
- Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show: The Kelly Clarkson Show (Syndicated)
- Outstanding Entertainment News Program: Entertainment Tonight (Syndicated)
- Outstanding Daytime Special Event: Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space (Discovery and Science Channel)
- Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction Special: Creators for Change on Girls’ Education With Michelle Obama (YouTube Originals)
- Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Jacqueline McInnes Wood as Steffy Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
- Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital (ABC)
- Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Marla Adams as Dina Mergeron, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
- Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Max Gail as Mike Corbin, General Hospital (ABC)
- Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series: Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Days of Our Lives (NBC)
- Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton-Devereaux, Days of Our Lives (NBC)
- Outstanding Culinary Host: Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro (Food Network)
- Outstanding Game Show Host: The late Alex Trebek, Jeopardy (Syndicated)
- Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host: The late Larry King, Larry King Now (Ora TV)
- Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host: Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show (Syndicated)
- Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series: The Young and the Restless (CBS)
- Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series: General Hospital (ABC)
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