By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 14, 1998 12:00 AM
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Regis rocks and Lucci gets left out? The nominations for the 27th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, announced Wednesday, were a little, well, strange. ABC’s ratings phenom, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” nabbed five nominations — despite its being a nighttime show. “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” the show’s host, Regis Philbin, told Variety columnist Army Archerd. “Who could be more prime-time than ‘Millionaire?’ ” The show made the cut because the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences rules dictate that game shows can only compete in the Daytime Emmys race, no matter what time the program airs. Meanwhile, after finally winning a Daytime Emmy as best actress last May for her role as the vixen Erica Kane on the ABC soap “All My Children” (after being nominated for a record 18 years without winning), Susan Lucci wasn’t even nominated yesterday, though her show was, 12 times (as was ABC’s “The View”). “The Young and the Restless” earned a whopping 28 nominations, followed by “Sesame Street,” with 13. The Daytime Emmys will air May 19.