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O'Donnell Tops Daytime Emmys

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May 19, 2002 | 8:21am EDT

At the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony at Madison Square Garden Friday night, it was a Rosie evening.

A humbled Rosie O'Donnell won her sixth--and last--Daytime Emmy for best talk show host just days before the last taping of The Rosie O'Donnell Show, which also won best talk show for the fifth time.

Associated Press reported she told the reporters backstage, "I don't feel sad at all. I have had the most amazing six years of my life creatively. I didn't want to continue doing it just because I could."

The effervescent host has won the award every year she has been nominated, sharing the award with Oprah Winfrey in 1998 and Regis Philbin in 2001. But Rosie has decided to leave the talk show business to spend time with her family and pursue other interests.

"I have enough money and when you have enough money and you miss out on your family, then you're missing the whole point of life," she said.

Other winners of the evening included ABC's One Life To Live, which won for best daytime drama for the first time, Susan Flannery of The Bold and the Beautiful for best actress and Peter Bergman of The Young and the Restless for best actor.

Sesame Street won the award for outstanding preschool children's series, which has taken home the Daytime Emmy a whopping 79 times. Jeopardy! was named best game show for the eighth time, while Bob Barker, the emcee for the Daytime Emmy award ceremony, won the best game show host for the 12th time.

The Emmys are awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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