By People Staff
Updated April 30, 2008 12:00 AM
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Ellen DeGeneres, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, as well as the women of The View are in the running for the honor as top TV host in the Daytime Emmy race, which was launched Thursday morning with an announcement on The View.

DeGeneres, of course, stars on Ellen, while Philbin and Ripa headline Live!

“Why does the industry like Ellen more than us?” plaintively asked Joy Behar, who, along with colleagues Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd saw her ABC program also nominated for best daytime entertainment show, along with the usual winner, Ellen, and The Rachael Ray Show. Noting how DeGeneres’s being “nice” seems to appeal to the TV academy’s voters, Behar said of The View. “We’re a very controversial show. We disagree … we’re not a cakewalk.”

In the category of informative talk shows, the nominees are PBS’s A Place of Our Own and the syndicated Dr. Phil and The Tyra Banks Show. Coincidentally, Banks happened to be a guest on Thursday’s View, and waved her arms backstage when her nomination was announced.

When it comes to outstanding daytime dramas, the contenders are General Hospital, Guiding Light, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless — leaving As the World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful out in the cold … until, possibly, next year.

For a complete list of nominees, including those in the acting categories, check out

The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Friday, June 20 inside Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, and televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. — Stephen M. Silverman