Stephen M. Silverman
March 12, 2003 04:09 PM

“The View” paused on Wednesday for a special announcement — the 30th annual Daytime Emmy nominations.

“If we are not nominated, this could be one of the most embarrassing moments on ‘The View,'” Barbara Walters, 71, told her cohorts on the show. “And, on this show, that is saying a lot.”

No fear, Babs: Her show picked up 10 nods.

The daytime women’s gabfest was nominated for best talk show and for talk-show host — for the combined talents of Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and the now-departed Lisa Ling. They’ll face competition from newcomers Dr. Phil McGraw and Wayne Brady when the Daytime Emmy ceremony airs May 16 on ABC from New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Last year’s top soap winner, “One Life to Live,” was overlooked this year in favor of “The Young and the Restless,” “As the World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Port Charles.” And though it was bypassed in such major categories as actor, actress and best drama, “All My Children” received more nominations than any other daytime show: 17.

Last year’s game show winner, “Jeopardy!,” faces competition in that category from “The Price is Right,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”

For lead actor in a drama series, the nominees are “General Hospital”‘s Maurice Benard and Anthony Geary; “Guiding Lights”‘s Ricky Paull Goldin and Grant Aleksander; “Port Charles”‘s Thorsten Kaye; and “The Young and the Restless”‘s Doug Davidson.

“The Bold and the Beautiful”‘s Susan Flannery, who took last year’s award for lead actress in a drama series, was nominated again, alongside Nancy Lee Grahn (“General Hospital”), Kim Zimmer (“Guiding Light”), Eileen Davidson (“The Young and the Restless”) and Michelle Stafford (“The Young and the Restless”).

Which, of course, begs the question: What happened to “All My Children” diva Susan Lucci?

She wasn’t even on the “pre-nomination list,” according to Soap Opera Weekly Executive Editor Carolyn Hinsey, who showed up on “The View” to proffer her opinion. Hinsey said Lucci’s presence on the soap was too limited last year to warrant a nomination.

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