Day­time Em­mys hon­our Mary Hart

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - LYNN ELBER

LOS AN­GE­LES — “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” won the Day­time Emmy Award for best en­ter­tain­ment talk show Sun­day, 20 years to the day that her char­ac­ter came out as gay on the sit­com “Ellen.”

“She did it be­cause it was the right thing to do,” said Mary Con­nelly, “Ellen” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, of DeGeneres’ de­ci­sion to be open about her sex­u­al­ity and do the same for her char­ac­ter in 1997. DeGeneres was ab­sent and Con­nelly ac­cepted the award. “Gen­eral Hospi­tal” was hon­oured as best day­time drama, with top acting awards go­ing to Scott Clifton for “The Bold and the Beau­ti­ful” and Gina Tognoni for “The Young and the Rest­less.”

Clifton be­came the first ac­tor to re­ceive Day­time Em­mys in the cat­e­gories of best younger, sup­port­ing and lead ac­tor in his ca­reer. Steve Har­vey skipped the cer­e­mony but was a dou­ble win­ner. He was named best game show host for “Fam­ily Feud” and best host of an in­for­ma­tive talk show for “Steve Har­vey.”

“Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” won the best morn­ing pro­gram tro­phy, while “The Dr. Oz Show” claimed the best in­for­ma­tive talk show award. “Jeop­ardy!” was hon­oured as best game show.

Sheryl Un­der­wood also ac­cepted the best en­ter­tain­ment talk show host award with fel­low “The View” hosts in­clud­ing Sara Gil­bert.

“En­ter­tain­ment Tonight” was named best en­ter­tain­ment news pro­gram, and for­mer “ET” an­chor Mary Hart ac­cepted a life­time achieve­ment award. Hart re­counted the skep­ti­cism that greeted “ET” in the early 1980s when it launched TV’s now-flour­ish­ing Hol­ly­wood news magazine genre.

“We are not fluff,” she re­called say­ing at the time. “Had I known what was com­ing, I would have said, ‘We are not fake news.’”

The cer­e­mony was held as ne­go­tia­tors for the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica and pro­duc­ers at­tempted to reach a deal on a new con­tract and avert a strike.

Mary Hart: “We are not fake news.”

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