Ellen DeGeneres' new program won the Daytime Emmy on Friday for best talk show, but Wayne Brady won the award for best talk show host even though his program has been canceled.
The DeGeneres show's lighthearted blend of talk and music, coupled with the comedian's role as the voice of Dory in "Finding Nemo," capped a comeback for a career that stalled after she came out as a lesbian.
"I have fun every day," said DeGeneres, whose show also won three technical awards. "It's the best job I ever had."
Brady was honored for the second straight year even though production had halted on his poorly rated program. He wasn't at Radio City Music Hall to accept his trophy.
Brady beat stars with more successful shows, including "Dr. Phil" McGraw, Regis Philbin, DeGeneres and the women from "The View."
Anthony Geary of "General Hospital" won his fourth best actor award in a daytime drama. It seemed to take him by surprise, as he said fellow nominee Eric Braeden "was robbed."
"If I thought I had a shot at this I would have had someone do my hair," said Geary, whose gray locks spiked in all directions.
Michelle Stafford of "The Young and the Restless" won best actress in a daytime drama.
"I want to accept this in honor of all those kids who thought they were freaks in school and didn't fit in," said Stafford.
"The Young and the Restless" was honored as best daytime drama for the sixth time. The soap opera won a total of four Daytime Emmys this year.
Bob Barker won best game show host for the lucky 13th time and his show, "The Price Is Right," won its fourth award as best game show since first airing in 1972. Barker was not in New York to accept the award.
Rick Hearst of "General Hospital" and Cady McClain of "As the World Turns" won awards for best supporting actors in a soap opera.
Chad Brannon of "General Hospital" won best younger actor in a daytime drama, and Jennifer Finnigan of "The Bold and the Beautiful" won best younger actress for the third year in a row.
Al Roker, Meredith Vieira and Emeril Lagasse joined in an off-key musical tribute to "Sesame Street" on its 35th anniversary. The children's show is the most-honored program in Daytime Emmy history with 91 awards, and it won six more during the creative and craft awards presentation last week.
Jeff Corwin of the Discovery Kids show "Jeff Corwin Unleashed" was honored as best performer in a children's series.
Convicted felon Martha Stewart was in the audience as she lost a bid for best service show, an award she's won four times. Her show, "Martha Stewart Living," was placed on hiatus this week as its star faces a possible prison sentence.
Financial adviser Suze Orman won the award. "For the first time in my life, I am seriously speechless," Orman said.
The Emmys are awarded by the National Television Academy and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Other winners of Daytime Emmy Awards were:
Special: "77th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade."
Drama series directing team: "General Hospital."
Performer, children's special: Gena Rowlands, "The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie."
Drama series writing team: "As the World Turns."