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'Bold and Beautiful' repeats as best drama

By Beth Harris

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, June 19 2011 10:40 p.m. MDT

Cast members from the 'Viva ELVIS' by Cirque du Soleil show perform onstage during the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday June 19, 2011 in Las Vegas.

Jeff Bottari, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — "The Bold and the Beautiful" won drama series honors for the third consecutive year at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday night in a bittersweet ceremony that marked the impending daytime departures of two veteran soap operas along with Regis Philbin and talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Executive producer Bradley Bell accepted the trophy, saying, "It's over the top. We're so grateful."

Bell saluted his late father William Bell, who created "The Young and the Restless" and gave the younger Bell his start in the business.

"Dad, we did it," he said. "Happy Father's Day."

Laura Wright, who plays Carly Corinthos on "General Hospital," won her first Emmy in her first nomination. She joins Finola Hughes in 1991 as the only stars of the ABC soap to win lead actress honors.

"Hell, yeah!" she said, thrusting the trophy in the air. "This has been 20 years of the best career ever."

Michael Park, who plays Jack Snyder on CBS' "As the World Turns," earned lead actor honors.

Scott Clifton won younger actor honors for his role as Liam Cooper on "The Bold and the Beautiful," one of four trophies the show earned. It tied with "The Young and the Restless" for directing in a drama series.

"The Young and the Restless" won for best writing.

Brittany Allen of "All My Children" earned the show's final Daytime Emmy, winning for younger actress in a drama series. She is no longer playing the role of Marisa Chandler.

The ABC soap opera, along with the network's "One Life to Live," are leaving the air after more than 40 years because of declining ratings.

"My heart breaks for all these people that this is not going to be a part of their lives," she said backstage about the show's impending demise. "Having just gone through something like this, I survived. It was scary, but change is a good thing and it opens the door for new opportunities."

Jonathan Jackson of "General Hospital" and Heather Tom of "The Bold and the Beautiful" won as supporting actor and actress in the live show hosted by Wayne Brady at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Jackson, who plays Lucky Spencer, brought his young son and daughter onstage with him.

"It's Father's Day. I couldn't resist," he said.

Tom, a veteran soap actress who plays Katie Logan Spencer the CBS show, won for the first time after five nominations in the supporting category.

"I have to thank the daytime community as a whole," she said. "You have been my home for most of my life and I am so grateful for that."

"Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" tied for best game show, fitting since the respective hosts, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak, received lifetime achievement awards during the show. Those shows dethroned "Cash Cab," which had won three straight years.

"We're part of Americana," Trebek said backstage with Sajak alongside him. "People, when they hear the themes to 'Wheel' and 'Jeopardy!', they know immediately what the reference is. Part of that is because we've been on for so long. We hope it will continue for as long as we want to do it."

Trebek has quizzed brainy contestants for 27 years, while Sajak has been selling vowels for 30 years.

Ben Bailey of "Cash Cab" took home a trophy, repeating as best game-show host. He didn't immediately appear to accept his award, leaving presenter Tracey E. Bregman to ask the audience, "Anybody?"

A harried Bailey walked out from backstage, where he said he had been using the restroom when he heard his name called.

Backstage, Bailey admitted he hadn't washed his hands but promised to do so, which surely would have met the approval of Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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