Regis Philbin may go out a winner in Daytime Emmys


His show has never won a Daytime Emmy for best talk show. Philbin was nominated for best talk-show host, an award he shared once a decade ago with Rosie O'Donnell. He also won a Daytime Emmy for best game show host when "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" was at its apex.

In the daytime drama category, "General Hospital" leads the way with 21 nominations in all.

Cast members including Maurice Benard and Laura Wright were nominated in the acting categories.

ABC's "All My Children" earned 13 Emmy nominations and "One Life to Live" had 12. ABC has canceled the durable soap operas, each on the air for more than 40 years, and their final episodes will be in the coming months.

Two CBS shows, "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," were also nominated for best daytime drama.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said it was giving lifetime achievement awards to game show hosts Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" and Pat Sajak of "Wheel of Fortune," syndicated TV's two most dominant game shows.

Ben Bailey of Discovery's "Cash Cab" and Wayne Brady of "Let's Make a Deal," Todd Newton of "Family Game Night" and Meredith Vieira of "Who wants to be a Millionaire" are competing for the award for best game show host.

Besides Philbin and Ripa, nominees for best talk-show host are Mehmet Oz; Rachael Ray; "The Doctors" team of Travis Stork, Andrew Ordon, Jim Sears and Lisa Masterson; and "The View" round-table of Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Multiple past winners Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres do not enter their names in this category anymore.

The talk show category is now split into two. "Live With Regis and Kelly" is nominated in the entertainment category along with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Rachael Ray" and "The View." In the category of informative talk show, the nominees are all in the field of medicine: "Dr. Phil," "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Doctors."

The winners will be announced in June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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