The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards was held on Sunday, broadcast live from Warner Bros. studios in Hollywood, and it was possibly the most star-studded and best produced Daytime Emmys in recent history.
Those in attendance included Steve Harvey, Betty White, Deidre Hall, John Legend, Babyface, Melissa Rivers, Mario Lopez, Marie Osmond, Alex Trebek, Regis Philbin, Aisha Tyler and Craig Ferguson.
America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks took over hosting duties for this year’s ceremony, it was not only Banks’ first time hosting the Daytime Emmys, it was her first time hosting any awards show.
For those wondering what the connection was between Banks and daytime, she announced that he will be heading up a new multi-host, lifestyle morning show called ‘The Fab’. Banks, who donned no less than four outfits during the ceremony, opened the show with a year in daytime wrap-up, rap.
“Will and Sonny say I do, but we were asking ‘Fluke is who?’, a Price Is Right honey went too far and gave away a brand new car, Terry Crews made people rich, Judge Judy’s still a… beloved legend.”
In true Banks fashion, she also offered potential award recipients advice on how to shine as they not only accepted the award, but as they walked up to the stage, with ANTM judge J. Alexander giving a “fierce” walk up to the stage.
Later in the show as a nod to the penchant daytime talk shows have for giveaways, the ceremony gave away a Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away vacuum cleaner to everyone in the fan section of the show. Banks then ran across the stage repeatedly yelling, “you get a vacuum cleaner”, referencing the famous moment when Oprah shouted, “you get a car” several times, when she gave everyone in her audience a car on her daytime talk show.
After this giveaway Banks then announced they would also be giving away an MSC cruise to the five people in the fan section with golden tickets under their seats.
Following the reveal of the winners Banks said, “What other award show do you see giving away prizes like that? Come on. Take that Golden Globes!”
She then dropped her microphone to thunderous applause.
Among the main teases for this year’s show was Betty White receiving the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award and the reunion of daytime royalty Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, better known as General Hospital’s Luke and Laura.
Betty White’s Lifetime Achievement Award was preceded by a modern-day game of ‘Password Plus’ hosted by Tom Bergeron, where Marie Osmond, Regis Philbin, Charo and Brad Willard guessed clues to reveal who the winner was for 2015.
Once the clues were revealed to be ‘Legend’, ‘Golden’ and ‘Cleveland’ they guessed, Betty White.
Upon receiving the award White said, “I’ve been in this business for a long time. You may not have noticed that.”
“I had no idea that I’d still be around at this point, for one thing but that I’d still be privileged enough to still be in this business and it is such a privilege.”
“All those years that I had no idea I’d still be working through, is so much thank to you, your mothers and fathers, your grandmothers and grandfather… and a couple of great-grandfathers when I was younger.”
“Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart,” White added.
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis reunited to present the final award of the evening for Outstanding Drama Series.
The award surprisingly went to two daytime serials, ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘The Young and The Restless’. Former GH and recently appointed Y&R Head Writer Jill Faren Phelps, during her acceptance speech, heralded the resurgence in popularity of daytime serials.
“A few years ago they said that soap operas were dead. And reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated. I know that I speak for everyone at The Young and The Restless when I say that we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and Bold and The Beautiful. Not as competitors but as strong survivors with the most talented, most hardworking, most underrated group of people in show business.”
Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers was also at the ceremony to introduce the in memorial section of the show. Rivers became visibly emotional as she struggled through telling the audience how the daytime community saved her mother (referencing Rivers’ Daytime Emmy win for ‘The Joan Rivers Show’ in 1990), after she suffered a huge low in her career following the cancellation of her night time show on Fox.
She talked about how daytime, “brought her the only Emmy she would ever win.”
“This strong foundation reinvigorated her career and my mother felt loved and valued by the daytime community and for that I will always be grateful.”
The show ended with Steve Harvey interrupting Tyra Banks as she tried to end the show, by having her engage in an impromptu game of Family Feud. After rolling the famous podium out onto the stage, he asked her what a surveyed group said what the best way to end the Daytime Emmy Awards. Banks answered, “Confetti?” Harvey then revealed on the monitors that was the number one answer and confetti blew out into the audience and all over the stage.
Exclusive broadcast rights for this year’s Daytime Emmys were given to cable channel PopTV. The show was watched by more than 900,000 people according to Nielsen, a solid success for PopTV. The show also won second place on Nielsen’s Twitter ratings, as the show was trending just behind Game of Thrones for the evening.