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'Bold and the Beautiful,' Laura Wright and Michael Park win Daytime Emmys

June 19, 2011 |  7:49 pm

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"The Bold and the Beautiful" won best drama series at the Daytime Emmys for a third year in a row after just six nominations.

Laura Wright ("General Hospital") won best actress. It was her first Emmy in a long career that included previous roles on "Guiding Light" and "Loving." "This has been 20 years of the best career ever!"

For the second year in a row, Michael Park won best actor for "As the World Turns," which was recently canceled. He was not present to accept since he's starring on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying."

"Ellen" won best talk show for a sixth time, tying it with "Donahue" and "The Merv Griffin Show" as the second biggest winner of the category after "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (nine wins).

One of the big surprises of the night was in the category of best talk show host. Kelly Ripa finally won an Emmy with co-host Regis Philbin, who had triumphed solo in the category in 2001. Neither was on hand to accept the prize, which they shared in a tie with Dr. Mehmet Oz ("Dr. Oz"), who was present.

There was a bit of a let-down when the ceremony reached its much-hyped tribute to Oprah Winfrey, who received an honorary award for her 25 years in daytime TV. She accepted it via a taped recording from the set of the now-defunct "Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago.

Just as it has in recent years when the ceremony was also held in Las Vegas, the Daytime Emmys often seemed like more of a two-hour plug for Sin City than a celebration of TV's best programs. Worst moment: dancing Elvis impersonators. Other promos plagued the kudocast too. Late in the telecast, producers rushed first-time winner Scott Clifton (best younger actor, "Bold and the Beautiful") off stage because the ceremony was running behind schedule, then introduced a frivolous segment promoting travel to the Universal theme park in Orlando, Fla.

Below, a list of winners:

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Best Drama Series: "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Best Actor: Michael Park, "As the World Turns"
Best Actress: Laura Wright, "General Hospital"
Best Supporting Actor: Jonathan Jackson, "General Hospital"
Best Supporting Actress: Heather Tom, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Best Younger Actor: Scott Clifton, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Best Younger Actress: Brittany Allen, "All My Children"
Best Drama Series Writing: "The Young and the Restless"
Best Drama Series Direction: (Tie) "The Bold and the Beautiful," "The Young and the Restless"
Best Talk Show: "Ellen"
Best Talk Show Informative: "Dr. Oz"
Best Talk Show Host: (Tie) Dr. Mehmet Oz, "Dr. Oz"; Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin, "Live with Regis and Kelly"
Best Game Show: (Tie) “Jeopardy!,” “Wheel of Fortune”
Best Game Show Host: Ben Bailey, "Cash Cab"

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List of Daytime Emmy nominees and winners

Photo gallery: Daytime Emmy Arrivals

-- Tom O'Neil

Photos: Executive producer Bradley Bell with cast & crew accept the Best Drama Series award for "The Bold and the Beautiful" (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images); and the Emmy statuette. (Credit: National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences).

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