The Daytime Emmy award for best game show went to ABC’s hit “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” but host Regis Philbin, nominated as host in both the game show and talk show categories, walked away empty-handed Friday night. In the game show category, which Regis was expected to win, 11-time winner Bob Barker (“The Price is Right”) and newcomer Tom Bergeron (“Hollywood Squares”) tied for the win. Barker wasn’t in attendance, but a stunned Bergeron said, “I thought I was coming here just for dinner.” (“Millionaire,” which airs in the evening, was eligible for the Daytime Emmys because the Primetime Emmys doesn’t have a category for game shows.) Rosie O’Donnell beat Regis (not to mention Kathie Lee) by taking the talk show category’s award for the fourth year in a row. Philbin, who has received a total of nine Emmy nominations without a win, is in danger of inheriting Susan Lucci’s losing streak. Last year Lucci (“All My Children”) won her first win after 18 losses. She was shut out of competition this year but served as the event’s host.
- Top soap awards went to “General Hospital” (daytime drama), Tony Geary (lead actor, “General Hospital”) and Susan Flannery (lead actress, “The Bold & the Beautiful”). One of the night’s highlights occurred when Shemar Moore of “The Young and the Restless,” who won for best supporting actor, called his mom from the podium on a cell phone. “Mom, I won this damn thing,” he said.