The Daytime Emmy Awards Were Handed Out (Virtually) Last Night

June 27, 2020 / Posted by:


And yes, Alex Trebek (seen above at last year’s ceremony) won another Daytime Emmy even though his show airs in the evening. That’s the POWER of Alex Trebek!

Last night, the Daytime Emmys (the ugly step-sister of the more glamourous Primetime Emmys) were handed out, virtually––and for yet another year, a whole lot of NOTHING passing as riveting television won big. I can’t relate to anything on-air in the mornings because I’m usually either still passed out, or nursing an edibles-and-wine hangover while barely holding it together in a Zoom call. But after reading this list of winners, it’s clear that I’m not missing out on anything.

Highlights of the digital ceremony included The Young and the Restless winning Outstanding Drama Series and a bunch of pinched-looking soap opera people winning all of the overacting categories. Giada De Laurentiis (Nicole Kidman’s arch-nemesis) won Outstanding Culinary Series, The View won Outstanding Informative Talk Show, and The People’s Court won for Outstanding Courtroom Program. Still hanging on the edge of your seat? Well, there’s more!

Daytime’s reigning Queen of Mean, Ellen DeGeneres, is somehow still winning awards for that show of hers, the one where she tortures audience members, scares the shit out of guests, and then has the nerve to end each episode by telling people to be kind to one another. Well, it won Best Entertainment Talk Show for like the fiftieth year in a row. Ellen video called in to repeat the hollow pile of nothing that she’s been peddling for months…about how she really is a good person and whatnot. Too bad there wasn’t a live audience because it would’ve been fun to see 10,000 pairs of eyes roll at the same time.

“I have been doing this show for 17 years and we have a few more to go,” DeGeneres said from her home. “If anything has become clear over the last month or so, it’s that we can do a lot more with the platform that we’re given. I intend to use the next two years of my show as a platform for change, to amplify voices of black people and people of color and to educate my audience. More than ever, I feel like this is a responsibility to affect change.”

Here’s that video of Ellen’s speech:

Alex Trebek won his seventh Emmy for hosting Jeopardy. Accepting from his home, Alex basically said what everyone is thinking when they’re at an awards show:

“I’ll be honest with you this one is a shock, very surprising to me,” Trebek said in accepting his win, adding, “Speaking as one who has now been nominated 32 times and won 7 times, I think I can say with some degree of authority that winning is nicer.”

Here’s Alex’s full speech:

Kelly Clarkson won the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host award, beating out the cast of The Talk, Good Morning America, Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, and Maury Povich (Ellen wasn’t even nominated).  After being announced as the winner, Kelly took to Twitter to voice her thanks to her team and her soon to be ex-husband/manager, Brandon Blackstock:


By the way, how is this trophy not just called the Maury Povich Award for Continued Excellence in Programming? Watching Maury chase deadbeat dads down the halls of his studio after ruining their lives, or yelling at scantily clad 15-year-old brats who just want to party––now THAT is entertainment!!!

Below is a list of the main winners, and to see many of the speeches, click here.

Outstanding Drama Series
WINNER: “The Young and the Restless”
“General Hospital”
“Days of Our Lives”
“The Bold and the Beautiful”

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
WINNER: Heather Tom, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Katherine Kelly Lang, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Maura West, “General Hospital”
Arianne Zucker, “Days of Our Lives”
Finola Hughes, “General Hospital”

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER: Jason Thompson, “The Young and the Restless”
Steve Burton, “General Hospital”
Jon Lindstrom, “General Hospital”
Thorsten Kaye, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Thaao Penghlis, “Days of Our Lives”

Outstanding Entertainment News Show
WINNER: “Entertainment Tonight”
“Access Hollywood”
“Inside Edition”
“E! News”

Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
WINNER: “The Bold and the Beautiful”
“The Young and the Restless”
“General Hospital”
“Days of Our Lives”

Outstanding Digital Drama Series
WINNER: “The Bay”
“After Forever”
“Studio City”

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
WINNER: Kelly Clarkson, “The Kelly Clarkson Show”
Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osborne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, Marie Osmond, “The Talk”
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, “Live with Kelly and Ryan”
Michael Strahan, Sara Haines, Keke Palmer, “GMA3”
Maury Povich, “Maury”

Outstanding Game Show Host
WINNER: Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy”
Wayne Brady, “Let’s Make a Deal”
Steve Harvey, “Family Feud”
Pat Sajak, “Wheel of Fortune”
Alfonso Ribeiro, “Catch 21”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
WINNER: “General Hospital”
“The Young and the Restless”
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“Days of Our Lives”

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
WINNER: “The People’s Court”
“Hot Bench”
“Judge Judy”
“Judge Mathis”
“Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court”

Outstanding Special Class Special
WINNER: Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration 
93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Hate Among Us
This Old House: 40th Anniversary Special
The Young and the Restless: Kristoff St. John Tribute

Outstanding Culinary Series
WINNER: “Giada Entertains”
“Valerie’s Home Cooking”
“Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro”
“30 Minute Meals”
“Milk Street”

Outstanding Morning Show
WINNER: “Today Show”
“CBS Sunday Morning”
“Good Morning America”
“Sunday Today with Willie Geist”
“CBS This Morning”

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
WINNER: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
“The Talk”
“The Kelly Clarkson Show”
“Live with Kelly and Ryan”
“GMA3: Strahan, Sara and Keke”

Outstanding Younger Performer
WINNER: Olivia Rose Keegan, “Days of Our Lives”
Sasha Calle, “The Young and the Restless”
Eden McCoy, “General Hospital”
Thia Megia, “Days of Our Lives”
Katelyn MacMullen, “General Hospital”

Outstanding Informative Talk Show
WINNER: “The View”
“Rachael Ray”
“Red Table Talk”
“Today Show with Hoda and Jenna”
“The 3rd Hour of Today”

Outstanding Game Show
WINNER: “Jeopardy”
“The Price is Right”
“Family Feud”
“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader”
“Double Dare”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
WINNER: Tamara Braun, “General Hospital”
Christel Khalil, “The Young and the Restless”
Annika Noellee, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Rebecca Budig, “General Hospital”
Susan Seaforth Hayes, “Days of Our Lives”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER: Bryton James, “The Young and the Restless”
Chandler Massey, “Days of Our Lives”
Wally Kurth, “Days of Our Lives”
Mark Grossman, “The Young and the Restless”
Paul Telfer, “Days of Our Lives”
James Patrick Stuart, “General Hospital”


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