Ellen wins big at Daytime Emmys. Other big winners include ''The Young and the Restless,'' ''General Hospital,'' and ''The Price Is Right''

By Gary Susman
Updated May 24, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Ellen Degeneres: /Tina Fineberg/AP

The Daytime Emmys were very de-generous to Ellen. At Friday night’s ceremony, ”The Ellen DeGeneres Show” won the prize for Best Talk Show, as well as three technical awards. DeGeneres, who won a primetime Emmy in 1997 for writing on her groundbreaking sitcom ”Ellen,” did not win Best Talk Show host — that went to the absent Wayne Brady for the second straight year, though his show has now been canceled — but the rookie host told the audience, ”I should have been in daytime a long time ago?. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

Among the other big winners were ”The Young and The Restless,” which earned four prizes, including Best Drama and Best Actress for Michelle Stafford. ”General Hospital” also won four Emmys, including Best Actor for mainstay Anthony Geary, Best Supporting Actor (Rick Hearst), Best Younger Actor (Chad Brannon), and Best Directing Team. And two prizes went to ”The Price Is Right,” named Best Game Show for the fourth time in its 32 years, while 80-year-old host Bob Barker nabbed his 13th Best Game Show Host trophy. Other dramatic awards went to ”As The World Turns”’ Cady McClain (Best Supporting Actress) and ”The Bold and The Beautiful”’s Jennifer Finnigan, who won Best Younger Actress for the third year in a row. The ceremony, held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, aired live on NBC.