Rosie nabs 6th Daytime Emmy

— Rosie O'Donnell, ending the program that bears her name next week, leaves with a six-year Daytime Emmy winning streak as best talk show host.

The farewell edition of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" is next Wednesday, as the host leaves to raise a family and do other things.


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Actress and talk show host Rosie O'Donnell won her sixth Daytime Emmy Friday night in New York for best talk show host.

O'Donnell was named best talk show host every year she was nominated, sharing the award with Oprah Winfrey in 1998 and Regis Philbin in 2001. She called it "the best six years of my life."

"It sounds trite to say, but seriously, the amount of grace I've been able to experience through this job has been life-altering, and I thank you for the privilege," she said.

Earlier Friday, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" was named best talk show for the fifth year in a row. Winfrey stopped submitting her show for Emmys after 1998.

"Sesame Street" was named outstanding preschool children's series at the 29th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, held in Madison Square Garden. The PBS children's show has won a staggering 79 Daytime Emmys.

ABC's "One Life to Live," which has been on the air since 1968, was named best daytime drama for the first time.

Peter Bergman of "The Young and the Restless" won best actor in a daytime drama, his third award and first since 1992. Susan Flannery of "The Bold and the Beautiful" won best actress, also for the third time.

Because of a goof on the CBS telecast, the camera initially cut to Susan Lucci and it was unclear which Susan won. Instead, Lucci lost for the 20th time (she's won once).

Josh Duhamel of ABC's "All My Children" won best supporting actor, beating two others from the same drama. Another first-time winner, Crystal Chappell of "Guiding Light," won best supporting actress.

Duhamel rushed into the back of the audience to hug his parents, and a tearful Jennifer Finnigan of "The Bold and the Beautiful," who won best younger actress, also thanked mom and dad.

"You have supported me for my entire life. This is for you," she said, clutching her trophy. "But I'm keeping it."

Befitting a genre not known for subtlety, the first soap opera actor to appear onstage Friday � Melody Thomas Scott of "The Young and the Restless" � wore a billowing gown festooned with stars and stripes.

James Still, who graduated from Kansas University in 1982, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Best Children's Series category. Still wrote the script for the nominated episode of "Little Bill," a series backed by Bill Cosby and Nickelodeon. Still was nominated two years ago for a Daytime Emmy for his work on "Little Bear," but he didn't win."The Little Bear Movie," which he wrote, has been released on video.

Asked backstage what designer made her dress, Scott said, "America made it. Betsy Ross made it."

LeVar Burton, who has worked on PBS' "Reading Rainbow" since 1983, won his fifth Daytime Emmy as best performer in a children's series.

"Jeopardy!" was named best game show for the eighth time.

Veteran Bob Barker, who was host of the Daytime Emmy ceremony, was named best game show host for the 12th time.

The Emmys are given out by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


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Peter Bergman, who plays Jack Abbott in CBS's "The Young and the Restless," poses with his wife as they arrive at the 29th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Bergman won the Daytime Emmy in the "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" category.


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Jennifer Finnigan, who plays Bridget Forrester Sharpe in CBS's "The Bold and the Beautiful," won a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series."

Winners of Daytime Emmy Awards:

� Supporting actor, drama series: Josh Duhamel, "All My Children"� Supporting actress, drama series: Crystal Chappell, "Guiding Light"� Performer, children's series: LeVar Burton, "Reading Rainbow"� Game show: "Jeopardy!"� Younger actor, drama series: Jacob Young, "General Hospital"� Children's animated program: "Madeline"� Younger actress, drama series: Jennifer Finnigan, "The Bold and the Beautiful"� Pre-school children's series: "Sesame Street"� Talk show: "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"� Children's special: "My Louisiana Sky"� Game show host: Bob Barker, "The Price is Right"� Drama series writing team: "As the World Turns"� Drama series directing team: "The Young and the Restless"� Talk show host: Rosie O'Donnell� Lead actor, drama series: Peter Bergman, "The Young and the Restless"� Lead actress, drama series: Susan Flannery, "The Bold and the Beautiful"� Drama series: "One Life to Live"


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