After all these years, the soaps still brought the drama to the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. “Days of Our Lives” took home the top prize for Outstanding Drama Series after 38 years without a win. In a touching moment, the show’s executive producer Ken Corday held the award high in the air and said, “Wow, well worth the wait.”
The night’s other more emotional speeches came courtesy of soap darlings Julie Marie Berman, Kristen Alderson, and Heather Tom. Tom took home the award for the second year in a row for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Last year, she was pregnant with her first child. She gave a sweet nod to her husband on his first Father’s Day, saying, “To my husband James, Happy Father’s Day! I’m not sure this is what you wanted, but I think it fits.”
Young “General Hospital” actresses Julie Marie Berman and Kristen Alderson seemed genuinely shocked with their Emmy wins, giving praise to their loving co-stars and families. Berman, who left her role as LuLu Spencer on “GH” earlier this year, gave a shout-out to her on-screen father and soap legend Anthony Geary, who took home his own Daytime Emmy last year. “That man is so special to me and those scenes were filled with trust and complete awe that I have for him as a human being,” Berman said during her acceptance speech. “So, Tony, I love you and I will miss with working with you with all of my heart.”
In tribute to another soap great, Jeanne Cooper’s son Corbin Bernsen gave the audience a humorous impression of his late mother. The great Betty White also took the stage to honor the passing of game show host Bob Stewart before introducing his son Sande Stewart, who accepted his father’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Let’s Make A Deal"'s Monty Hall also received a Lifetime Achievement Award, in a symbolic passing-of-the-torch from his game show successor Wayne Brady. Hall, who hand-picked Brady to host the reboot of the show, acknowledged his close relationship with the new host saying he was like his “adopted son.”
A few surprises of the night came in the talk show categories, with Ricki Lake beating out Steve Harvey and Rachael Ray for Outstanding Talk Show Host, and CBS “Sunday Morning” taking home the prize for Outstanding Morning Program, beating “Good Morning America” and “Today.”
And the most talked about winners of the night? All of the dads in the audience -- and watching from home -- as the night’s presenters and Emmy winners gave their fathers a nod whenever they took the mic.