As the awards were handed out at the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Friday, ABC's The View, which has been nominated for five straight seasons, walked away with its first Emmy for best talk show, sharing the prize with The Wayne Brady Show. Wayne Brady, who hosted the ceremony presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also took home the award for best talk show host.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The View co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters seemed surprised that her show finally broke through. "I didn't write anything," she told the audience. "We never win."
In accepting his award, Brady said, "We are the little show that could."
Other winners included CBS' As the World Turns for best daytime drama, Susan Flannery of CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful for best drama actress--her fourth Emmy--and Maurice Benard of ABC's General Hospital for best drama actor, his first award. Jeopardy! won for best game show, while PBS' Reading Rain bow won for best children's series. Executive producer and host Levar Burton urged the audience to keep funding PBS so his show could remain on the air.
NATAS gave 90-year-old Art Linkletter a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in daytime television, including 19 years (on radio and TV) as host of NBC's People Are Funny and 25 years on CBS' House Party. But Linkletter perhaps is best known for his book Kids Say the Darndest Things.
According to The Reporter, accepting his award, the still-active Linkletter displayed his trademark humor, relating to the audience what an elderly woman recently told him was the best thing about being 100 years old: "There's so little peer pressure."
The award show also honored the late Fred Rogers, host of long-running children's series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with the Muppet cast of PBS' Sesame Street singing a tribute to him.
Outstanding Drama Series
As the World Turns (CBS)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Susan Flannery, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Maurice Benard, General Hospital (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Vanessa Marcil, General Hospital (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Benjamin Hendrickson, As the World Turns (CBS)
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Finnigan, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Jordi Vilasuso, Guiding Light (CBS)
Outstanding Talk Show*
The View (ABC)
The Wayne Brady Show (Syndicated)
Outstanding Talk Show Host
Wayne Brady, The Wayne Brady Show (Syndicated)
Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series
Shia Labeouf, Even Stevens (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
Ben Foster, Bang Bang You're Dead (Showtime)
Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
Outstanding Game Show Host
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! (Syndicated)
Outstanding Children's Series
Reading Rainbow (PBS)