Ellen vows to 'amplify voices of black people' as she wins Emmy

Ellen DeGeneres vows to ‘amplify voices of black people’ as her show wins big at star-studded virtual Daytime Emmy Awards

Ellen DeGeneres declared she would ‘amplify voices of black people and people of color’ on her show as it won big at Friday’s Daytime Emmy Awards.

The virtual ceremony was hosted this Friday by Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond of The Talk.

‘I have been doing the show for 17 years and we have a few more to go,’ said Ellen, 62, who is the recipient of 31 Daytime Emmys.

Looking ahead: Ellen DeGeneres declared she would ‘amplify voices of black people and people of color’ on her show as it won big at Friday’s Daytime Emmy Awards

Her program won best entertainment talk show against The Talk, GMA3: Strahan, Sara and Keke, The Kelly Clarkson Show and Live With Kelly And Ryan.

‘If anything has become clear over the last month or so, it’s that we can do a lot more with the platform that we’re given,’ she shared.

‘I intend to use the next two years of my show as a platform for change, to amplify voices of black people and people of color and to educate my audience.’

She continued: ‘I am always grateful to be able to do what I do but more than ever I just feel like this is a responsibility to effect change.’

What a team: The event was hosted by (left to right, top to bottom) Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Eve, Sheryl Underwood and Marie Osmond of The Talk

Garlanded: ‘I have been doing the show for 17 years and we have a few more to go,’ said Ellen, 62, who is the recipient of 31 Daytime Emmys

Saying her piece: ‘If anything has become clear over the last month or so, it’s that we can do a lot more with the platform that we’re given,’ she shared

Triumph: Her program won best entertainment talk show against The Talk, GMA3: Strahan, Sara and Keke, The Kelly Clarkson Show and Live With Kelly And Ryan

Wayne Brady gave the award for best entertainment talk show to The Kelly Clarkson Show, whose hostess was bubbling with excitement during her speech.

‘You know, my mom was a teacher,’ she said, quipping: ‘that’s not always the greatest ting for a kid who’s always getting in trouble for talking to much.’ 

She dished that she ‘got a lot of talking-tos but look, Mom, it paid off, and we’re winners right now so talking got me to winning.’

Kelly said that her show highlights ‘real people making real change – on the show we call them good neighbors and rad humans but really they’re the helpers.’

Big reveal: Wayne Brady gave the award for best entertainment talk show to The Kelly Clarkson Show, whose hostess was bubbling with excitement during her speech

There’s Kelly: ‘You know, my mom was a teacher,’ she said, quipping: ‘that’s not always the greatest ting for a kid who’s always getting in trouble for talking to much’

Message: Kelly said that her show highlights ‘real people making real change – on the show we call them good neighbors and rad humans but really they’re the helpers’

The American Idol winner was referring to the Mr. Rogers quote: ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’

While celebrating her victory on Twitter she also warmly offered her gratitude to her estranged husband Brandon Blackstock.

She said ‘Thank you so much’ to her ex ‘for believing in me & convincing me to do @KellyClarksonTV show,’ and also showered praise on her assistant Tricia Farrow.

Alex Trebek, who has been fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer for a year, gave a touching speech on winning best game show host for Jeopardy!.

Legend: Alex Trebek, who has been fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer for a year, gave a touching speech on winning best game show host for Jeopardy!

Delighted: ‘Oh boy, I’ll be honest with you, this one is a shock, it’s a big surprise to me, but a very welcome one I must admit,’ he said

‘Oh boy, I’ll be honest with you, this one is a shock, it’s a big surprise to me, but a very welcome one I must admit,’ he said.

He remembered ‘Emmy telecasts of decades ago’ where winners said the most important thing is the nomination, not the win.’

Alex said: ‘Well, speaking as one who has now been nominated 32 times and has won 7 times I think I can say with some degree of authority that winning is nicer.’

Jeopardy! also won best game show and producer Harry Friedman said Alex ‘gave us a valuable profound life lesson in humility, courage and character.’ 

Puncturing the cliche: Alex said: ‘Well, speaking as one who has now been nominated 32 times and has won 7 times I think I can say with some degree of authority that winning is nicer’

Tamara Braun dedicated her best supporting actress gong for General Hospital ‘to those who have suffered at the hands of racial inequality’ in addition to those who ‘fight’ in the pursuit of ‘justice.’

Bryton James won best supporting actor for The Young And The Restless and chose to ‘dedicate this to the legend, Kristoff St. John,’ his late co-star.

Kristoff died at the age of 55 last year of hypertrophic heart disease with alcohol as a contributing element, according to USA Today.

During his speech Bryton also said ‘the world is fighting against racial injustice and it is our responsibility as the human race to educate ourselves and take action,’ arguing that otherwise ‘there will always be a problem.’

Winner: Tamara Braun dedicated her best supporting actress gong for General Hospital ‘to those who have suffered at the hands of racial inequality’

Loving memory: Bryton James won best supporting actor for The Young And The Restless and chose to ‘dedicate this to the legend, Kristoff St. John,’ his late co-star

The show also included a tribute to Kristoff, featuring a scene from The Young And The Restless showing the funeral of his character Neil Winters. 

Kathie Lee Gifford, the winner of last year’s informative talk show prize, was on hand this year to present the award to The View. 

Olivia Rose Keegan, 20, won for best younger performer courtesy of her performance on Days Of Our Lives.

During her acceptance speech she was surrounded by the loved ones she is self-isolating with, who were holding signs and whooping.

Blonde bombshell: Kathie Lee Gifford, the winner of last year’s informative talk show prize, was on hand this year to present the award to The View

On the job: Olivia Rose Keegan, 20, won for best younger performer courtesy of her performance on Days Of Our Lives

Support: During her acceptance speech she was surrounded by the loved ones she is self-isolating with, who were holding signs and whooping

She stressed that ‘mental health is such a crucial and underaddressed topic in this world’ and hoped she had ‘done my job as a human and an actress’ by drawing attention to the subject with her Days Of Our Lives character.

Kevin Frazier gave a speech in which he noted that because of coronavirus he was responsible for his own camerawork, wardrobe, makeup and so forth.

He dished that ‘as a former cameraman I’m pretty proud of the job I did – but let’s be honest it’s kind of average, because there are paid professionals who do all these things really, really well.’

Kevin told the professionals that ‘we miss you, adding that they ‘are standing in solidarity with you’ and looking forward to their reunion.

Gracious: Kevin Frazier gave a speech in which he noted that because of coronavirus he was responsible for his own onscreen appearance but praised the ‘professionals’

As the show wore on Eve introduced a throwback clip of the late great Aretha Franklin discussing her love of The Young And The Restless.

In the video, which was shown at the 1997 Daytime Emmys, Aretha gushed: ‘Victor is one of my favorite characters in The Young And The Restless. I love the way he makes his approach to a woman. He’s the all-time player, okay?’

Eric Braeden who played Victor Newman on The Young And The Restless recorded a new speech for this year’s Daytime Emmys about that moment.

‘The one and only Aretha Franklin. You know when I saw that clip at the Emmys, I thought: “All those years of learning those lines, learning those pages of dialogue are wroth it. If Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, the civil rights icon, watches our show I can bloody well learn lines and do the best I can.’

Remember when: A clip ran of Aretha Franklin saying back in the 1990s that ‘Victor is one of my favorite characters in The Young And The Restless’

‘I was deeply, deeply moved’: Eric Braeden who played Victor Newman on The Young And The Restless recorded a new speech for this year’s Daytime Emmys about that moment

He said: ‘I was deeply, deeply moved by this, I gotta tell you. And in today’s time with the Black Lives Matter movement she’d be right in the middle of it. Bless her soul.’

Cookie Monster himself made a special appearance to present the award for best culinary show and had to restrain himself from eating the envelope.

Once he announced that the winner was Giada De Laurentiis for Giada Entertains he let himself go and gobbled up the paper.

As Giada let out a stream of thank-yous she eventually panned the camera over to reveal her 12-year-old daughter Jade, holding a sign that read: ‘…And Jade.’

There he is: Cookie Monster himself made a special appearance to present the award for best culinary show and had to restrain himself from eating the envelope

There she is: Once he announced that the winner was Giada De Laurentiis for Giada Entertains he let himself go and gobbled up the paper

Baby mine: As Giada let out a stream of thank-yous she eventually panned the camera over to reveal her 12-year-old daughter Jade, holding a sign that read: ‘…And Jade.’

While bringing her daughter on camera Giada made sure to offer her thanks to ‘of course Jade who gets me up and inspires me to do what I do every single day.’

The show continued and Sheryl presented the award for legal/courtroom shows, calling them ‘they are the most guilty pleasures on TV. See how I got guilty in there? That was clever. I’m proud of myself.’

When The People’s Court won its host Judge Milian said: ‘I’m so psyched to be a part of the show that created the genre.’

Gayle King later presented the best entertainment news show award to Entertainment Tonight and Kevin reappeared to accept it.

‘See how I got guilty in there?’: The show continued and Sheryl presented the award for legal/courtroom shows, calling them ‘they are the most guilty pleasures on TV’

In the tradition: When The People’s Court won its host Judge Milian said: ‘I’m so psyched to be a part of the show that created the genre’

The lady herself: Gayle King later presented the best entertainment news show award to Entertainment Tonight and Kevin reappeared to accept it

The thrill of it all: He warmly thanked all the people who have been working on the show remotely and said that he ‘can’t wait till we can get on that Emmy Zoom to celebrate’

He warmly thanked all the people who have been working on the show remotely and said that he ‘can’t wait till we can get on that Emmy Zoom to celebrate.’

General Hospital star Jason Thompson gave his best lead actor speech while he and his wife Paloma Jonas played with their children Bowie, four, and Rome, two.

Jason, whose wife and children are black, made sure to ‘express my support for the Black Lives Matter movement.’

Before presenting best actress in a drama Kelsey Grammer shared that ‘Daytime is near and dear to my heart.’

Quality time: General Hospital star Jason Thompson gave his best lead actor speech while he and his wife Paloma Jonas played with their children Bowie, four, and Rome, two

‘Willingness to learn’: Jason, whose wife and children are black, made sure to ‘express my support for the Black Lives Matter movement’

He recalled that ‘I spent a good deal of the beginning of my career in daytime television,’ and although his work was ‘unremarkable’ the jobs ‘kept me alive at an important time of my life.’

Kelsey also noted that ‘only recently I finally won a daytime Emmy for my performance in Trollhunters,’ and he showed it off where it sat on the shelf next to his nearly identical Primetime Emmys for Frasier.

Heather Tom won for The Bold And The Beautiful and urged her audiences to ‘Stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong.’

Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa of Live With Kelly And Ryan arrived to present best drama series to The Young And The Restless.

History: Before presenting best actress in a drama Kelsey Grammer shared that ‘Daytime is near and dear to my heart’

Wise words: Heather Tom won for The Bold And The Beautiful and urged her audiences to ‘Stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong’

Kelly told Ryan her soap days on All My Children produced ‘some of my fondest memories,’ adding: ‘I mean, not involving you those were my fondest memories.’

The Young And The Restless producer Anthony Morina called the win ‘bittersweet’ owing to the deaths of Kristoff as well as co-creator Lee Bell and supervising producer Lisa De Cazotte. ‘We dedicate this award to them.’

During the ceremony there was also a montage of statements about the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept the nation. 

Scott Evans of One Life To Live spoke of a drive a drive to ‘push America toward its promise of equality’ and Eve said ‘we’re looking at ourselves, our institutions and leaders, and we’re working toward change.’

Dynamic duo: Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa of Live With Kelly And Ryan arrived to present best drama series to The Young And The Restless

So sweet: Kelly told Ryan her soap days on All My Children produced ‘some of my fondest memories,’ adding: ‘I mean, not involving you those were my fondest memories.’

‘Bittersweet’: The Young And The Restless producer Anthony Morina dedicated the award to Kristoff and the late co-creator Lee Bell and late supervising producer Lee De Cazotte

Nate Burleson of Extra urged viewers to ‘unlearn wrong ways of thinking and to listen and learn from different voices.’

Sheryl said: ‘I truly believe that this is not just a moment. It’s a movement. A moment is temporary, but a movement lasts, and this is just the beginning of a breakthrough for us as a country.’

Sunny Hostin of The View said: ‘I envision a world where our hearts and minds cling to a promise of love, of humanity and compassion, but most importantly equality.’

The chockablock awards show featured a slew of historical flashbacks including to lifetime achievement speeches by Oprah Winfrey, Betty White and Fred Rogers.

On the movement: Scott Evans of One Life To Live spoke of a drive a drive to ‘push America toward its promise of equality’

Speaking her piece: Eve said ‘we’re looking at ourselves, our institutions and leaders, and we’re working toward change’

Message to the audience: Nate Burleson of Extra urged viewers to ‘unlearn wrong ways of thinking and to listen and learn from different voices’

Looking forward: Sunny Hostin of The View said: ‘I envision a world where our hearts and minds cling to a promise of love, of humanity and compassion, but most importantly equality’

‘I want to continue to use television, as we become more polarized in this medium, I choose to use it in whatever way I can, we can, to make people lead better lives, to lead them to the highest vision possible for themselves,’ said Oprah in 1998.

Betty got her lifetime achievement in 2015 after appearing on TV since the dawn of the medium and gushed that ‘when I started I had no idea that I would still – 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.’

There was also a flashback to One Life To Live star Al Freeman Jr. in 1979 becoming the first black winner of the Daytime Emmy for best lead actor in a drama series.

Throwback clips included the 35th anniversary tribute to Sesame Street as well as a tip of the hat to American Bandstand and its late host Dick Clark.

A touching clip from 1999 showed All My Children star Susan Lucci finally winning her first Daytime Emmy after being nominated a staggering 19 times.

Iconic: There was also a flashback to One Life To Live star Al Freeman Jr. in 1979 becoming the first black winner of the Daytime Emmy for best lead actor in a drama series

Remember when: The chockablock awards show featured a historical flashbacks including to lifetime achievement speeches by Oprah Winfrey (pictured), Betty White and Fred Rogers

‘It is such a privilege’: Betty got her lifetime achievement in 2015 after appearing on TV since the dawn of the medium

Remember when: Throwback clips included the 35th anniversary tribute to Sesame Street as well as a tip of the hat to American Bandstand and its late host Dick Clark

Overwhelmed: A touching clip from 1999 showed All My Children star Susan Lucci finally winning her first Daytime Emmy after being nominated a staggering 19 times

The 2020 Daytime Emmy Winners

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Thorsten Kaye, The Bold And The Beautiful

Thaao Penghlis, Days Of Our Lives

Steve Burton, General Hospital 

Jon Lindstrom, General Hospital

Jason Thompson, The Young And The Restless – WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold And The Beautiful

Heather Tom, The Bold And The Beautiful – WINNER

Arianne Zucker, Days Of Our Lives 

Finola Hughes, General Hospital

Maura West, General Hospital 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Wally Kurth, Days Of Our Lives

Chandler Massey, Days Of Our Lives

Paul Telfer, Days Of Our Lives

James Patrick Stewart, General Hospital

Mark Grossman, The Young And The Restless

Bryton James, The Young And The Restless – WINNER 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Annika Noellee, The Bold And The Beautiful

Susan Seaforth Hayes, Days Of Our Lives 

Tamara Braun, General Hospital – WINNER

Rebecca Budig, General Hospital

Christel Khalil, The Young And The Restless

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Olivia Rose Keegan, Days Of Our Lives – WINNER

Thia Megia, Days Of Our Lives

Katelyn MacMullen, General Hospital

Eden McCoy, General Hospital

Sasha Calle, The Young And The Restless

Outstanding Drama Series 

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives 

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless – WINNER

Best Guest Performer 

Chrishell Stause, Days Of Our Lives

Michael E. Knight, General Hospital

Elissa Kapneck, The Young And The Restless

Eva LaRue, The Young And The Restless

Jeffrey Vincent Parise, The Young And The Restless 

 Outstanding Talk Show/Informative

Rachael Ray

Red Table Talk

Today Show With Hoda And Jenna

The View – WINNER

The 3rd Hour Of Today

Best Writing Team, Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful – WINNER

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

Best Directing, Drama Series

The Bold And The Beautiful

Days Of Our Lives 

General Hospital – WINNER

The Young And The Restless 

Outstanding Game Show Host

Alfonso Ribeiro, Catch 21

Steve Harvey, Family Feud

Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! – WINNER

Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal

Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune 

Outstanding Game Show

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader

Family Feud

Jeopardy! – WINNER

Let’s Make A Dare 

The Price Is Right 

Outstanding Morning Program

CBS Sunday Morning 

CBS This Morning

Good Morning America

Sunday Today With Willie Geist 

Today Show – WINNER

Outstanding Entertainment News Program

Access Hollywood 

Entertainment Tonight – WINNER

Extra

E! News

Inside Edition 

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show – WINNER

GMA3: Strahan, Sara and Keke

The Kelly Clarkson Show 

Live with Kelly and Ryan

The Talk

Outstanding Special Class Special

Hate Among Us Popstar TV

This Old House: 40th Anniversary Special PBS

Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration HBO – WINNER 

The Young And The Restless: Kristoff St. John Tribute

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day NBC 

Best Legal/Courtroom Program

Hot Bench

Judge Judy

Judge Mathis

Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court 

The People’s Court – WINNER

Best Culinary Program 

Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like A Pro

Giada Entertains – WINNER

Milk Street

Valerie’s Home Cooking

30 Minute Meals 

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Michael Strahan, Sara Haines, Keke Palmer, GMA3

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show – WINNER 

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Live With Kelly And Ryan

Maury Povich, Maury 

Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Eve, Marie Osmond, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk

 

   

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