PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Three “General Hospital” stars took home acting honors and the soap opera’s directing team took home the Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday night.
Kelly Thiebaud won the supporting actress role for playing Dr. Britt Westbourne and Jeff Kober scored as the supporting actor for his role as Cyrus Renault. Nicholas Chavez won as a young performer in the ABC drama.
“Wow!” Chávez said. “A little over a year ago I was selling cars in a small beach town in Florida. I always had the love and support of my family, but none of us ever imagined that I would be on this stage.
A cheerful Thiebaud won her first nomination.
“I can’t believe it. I’m so shocked,” she said. “My brother, when I started playing he followed my work and he said, ‘You’re not so Well.’ So thank you for giving me something to rub on his face.
Kober is known for his numerous films and prime-time work on shows such as “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Walking Dead.”
“Wow, thank you for making me feel so welcome during the day. What a trip,” he said. “I love what we can do in life is play.”
The management team of “General Hospital” also won for the third consecutive year. NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” won the writing team award.
Kelly Clarkson has won her third straight trophy as an entertainment talk show host. His self-titled show also won its second straight trophy for entertainment talk show. The singer spends the summer with her children and did not go there.
Tamron Hall has won her second straight trophy as an informational talk show host.
Daytime Dean Susan Lucci, who starred on “All My Children” for the show’s 41-year run, received a standing ovation. She presented the In Memoriam segment, which included a photo of her husband, Helmet Huber, who died in March. Michael Bolton sang his hit ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’.
John Aniston of “Days of Our Lives” received a lifetime achievement award for his role as Victor Kiriakis for 37 years. The 88-year-old actor was not present.
He was introduced via video by his daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who said: “His career is literally the definition of lifetime achievement.” She noted that he started acting in 1962 in prime time and also appeared in soap operas such as “Love of Life” and “Search For Tomorrow” before joining “Days” in 1985.
After two years of pre-recorded presentations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the day has begun to honor its night again with an in-person ceremony. In 2020 the show went virtual for the first time and last year the audience was limited.
Still, the specter of COVID-19 has loomed.
Two nominees from “The Young and the Restless” were forced to withdraw. Nominee lead actor Jason Thompson, who plays Billy Abbott, and nominee supporting actress Melissa Ordway, who plays Abby Newman, both said on social media that they had tested positive for COVID-19 and that they would miss the show.
Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ co-hosted the 49th annual awards show held at the Pasadena Convention Center, where many nominees sat at socially distanced cocktail tables and others strutted seated next to each other.
Frazier and Turner found themselves accepting a Daytime Emmy when “ET” won for an entertainment news series.
Turner opened the show with a reference to the Supreme Court striking down women’s constitutional protections for abortions earlier Friday. She emphatically told Frazier it was “her choice” to wear her blue dress. The crowd cheered and a few women stood up.
“General Hospital” supporting actress Nancy Lee Grahn walked the indoor red carpet wearing references to the day’s news. She had a temporary tattoo reading “reproductive freedom” on her chest, the word “choice” on her disc-shaped earrings and she was carrying a black handbag with “ban on our bodies” spelled out in rhinestones.
“I dare not go through this process without talking about the devastation I have for what happened today and what a dark day it is for the women of this country,” the actor said. 66 years old. “We are not going to allow this, we are not going to tolerate it.”
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