Sunday, May 20, 2001
New York Maybe staying away from the Daytime Emmys was the secret for Regis Philbin.
Philbin was a double winner as best talk and game show hosts at the Daytime Emmys. Philbin, who had come up empty after 11 previous nominations, shared the talk show award with Rosie O'Donnell.
Philbin wasn't on hand to pick up his trophies, since he was performing a nightclub act in Atlantic City with another lovable loser, soap opera star Susan Lucci. She handed him a trophy as he accepted late Friday night via a satellite hookup with Radio City Music Hall.
"All these years and now two in one night," he said. "I don't know if I'll even get through this night."
Lucci finally won best actress in a soap opera two years ago in her 19th try. For old time's sake, she lost again this year, making it one for 20.
The soap opera "As the World Turns" earned eight awards, including best daytime drama. That tied the record for most Daytime Emmy awards in a single year, set two years ago by "General Hospital.
Rival "All My Children" had four awards.
Philbin won as game show host for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
He won as best talk show host as a solo act, for shows done after Kathie Lee Gifford left as co-host and before Kelly Ripa joined.