Regis Philbin is mortal.
The man, the phenom, the clothing-line model was doubly snubbed at tonight’s 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, denied glory as a talk-show host and a game-show host.
Rosie O’Donnell of, yes, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” bested Regis in the talker category — his last chance to win one with outgoing “Live!” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. As for the game-show competition, would you believe the guy who does “Hollywood Squares” (uh, that would be Tom Bergeron) won? And would you believe that Bob Barker (aka the guy who does “The Price Is Right”) also won?
Yup, that’s right. There was a tie. So, to recap: Two — count ’em, two — guys (out of six nominees) were given Emmys for being great game-show hosts, and exactly zero went to the guy (uh, that would be Regis) who hosts that little thing called “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
Regis has never, ever won a Daytime Emmy, even though he’s been nominated nine times.
On the bright side, “Millionaire” was honored as best game show — probably to quell potential rioting in the hinterlands.
In the soap categories, ABC’s “General Hospital” was named best drama. Susan Flannery of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beatiful” was named best lead actress, “General Hospital” vet Anthony Geary best lead actor. Shemar Moore was named best supporting actor for CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and Sarah Brown best supporting actress for ABC’s “General Hospital.”