BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Doug Davidson of “The Young and the Restless” and Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful” won lead acting honors at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
Davidson earned his first career trophy for a role he’s played since 1978. Tom, who previously was on “Y&R,” repeated her win from last year.
Davidson had been nominated seven times in various categories for playing Detective Paul Williams on the CBS soap before winning.
“It suddenly occurs to me that the presenters are younger than my tux,” he said. “I would like to thank the viewers. They have been more than fans, they’ve been like family to me. They’ve supported my character in some very difficult times.”
Tom plays Katie Logan on “B&B.” Last year, she became the first person to win Daytime Emmys in the younger, supporting and lead categories.
The show had its unexpected moments, including Corbin Bernsen uttering two expletives during the in memoriam tribute that included his late mother, Jeanne Cooper of “The Young and the Restless.”
The ladies of “The Talk” presented outstanding talk show informative, and when Aisha Tyler opened the envelope, she quickly realized it was the wrong one.
“Oh, this is interesting,” she said. “This winner is not in this category.”
The audience in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton gasped at the error.
“There better be a cocktail waiting on my table,” Tyler said before being handed the correct envelope from the wings.
Tyler then announced “The Dr. Oz Show” as the winner.
“I was having heart palpitations, real ones,” Dr. Mehmet Oz said onstage.
In another surprise, there was a tie for supporting actor in a drama series. Scott Clifton of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Billy Miller of “The Young and the Restless” both won.
Julie Marie Berman of “General Hospital” won supporting actress honors.
Ben Bailey of “Cash Cab” picked up his third win as outstanding game show host, beating out five-time winner Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!” among others.
Top-rated “The Young and the Restless” took on last year’s winner “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and online refugee “One Life to Live” for best daytime drama honors.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earned its seventh trophy as outstanding talk show entertainment.
“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion, along with HLN network’s A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade, hosted the show on HLN.
The 40th anniversary of the Daytime Emmys was recognized with a past, present and future theme woven throughout the show.
Reflecting the current era of dwindling daytime audiences, network budget-cutting and the cancellation of some soaps, the awards show was aired by cable news channel HLN, having lost its longtime home on the broadcast networks last year.
Clash left the PBS show amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys. His attorney has said that related lawsuits filed against Clash are without merit. He played Elmo for 28 years and has 26 Daytime Emmy awards.
Sunday’s show paid tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winners Monty Hall and the late Bob Stewart.