The Daytime Emmys showered "General Hospital" with five trophies, including best drama, while giving Regis Philbin a fond farewell as a departing talk-show host.
"Live with Regis and Kelly" was saluted as best entertainment talk show (its first-ever nod in that category) and for best talk-show hosts. Philbin ended his long run as its co-host last November, with a replacement yet to be named to join Kelly Ripa as the syndicated series continues.
Heather Tom, who won as best lead actress for CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," made history as the first to win in that category after having previously won as both best younger actress and supporting actress.
The syndicated "Dr. Oz" was named best informative talk show.
"There's not a lot of glamour and glory in daytime," Geddie told the room in his acceptance remarks. "But when you think about it, we're all here with the best of intentions: We just love making TV!"
Held in Beverly Hills, Calif., the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards was telecast on the HLN channel, having moved to cable for the first time after airing on CBS the past two years. The awards are bestowed by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The Beverly Hilton, where the presentation originated, was the site only hours earlier of what investigators believe was a murder-suicide. Police responding to a report of a shooting late Friday found a man and a woman dead from gunshot wounds in a guest room. The luxury hotel was also the site of Whitney Houston's death in February, when the singer drowned in the bathtub of her room.
Daytime Emmy Winners:
Drama series: "General Hospital."
Lead actress in a drama series: Heather Tom, "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Lead actor in a drama series: Anthony Geary, "General Hospital."
Supporting actress in a drama series: Nancy Lee Grahn, "General Hospital."
Supporting actor in a drama series: Jonathan Jackson, "General Hospital."
Younger actor in a drama series: Chandler Massey, "Days of Our Lives."
Younger actress in a drama series: Christel Hhalil, "The Young and the Restless."
Drama series directing team: "General Hospital."
Drama series writing team: "Days Of Our Lives."
Game show: "Jeopardy!"
Game-show host: Todd Newton, "Family Game Night."
Informative talk show: "Dr. Oz."
Entertainment talk show: "Live with Regis and Kelly."
Morning show: "Today."
Culinary program: "Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction."
Culinary/lifestyle host: Sandra Lee, "Semi-Homemade Cooking."
Children's animated program: "Penguins of Madagascar."
Legal/courtroom program: "Last Shot with Judge Gunn."
New approaches in daytime entertainment: "Take This Lollipop" (online).