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48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: Photo Gallery and Acceptance Speeches


Last night on the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streamed on Paramount+, viewers watched a hybrid-broadcast for the annual kudofest as the world is coming out of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the acceptance speeches, and presenters were pre-taped along with the previously seen red carpet footage, no one knew who the winners were till last night, because all of the nominees taped a speech.  The virtual ceremony combined remote presentations and remembrances, with host, Sheryl Underwood presiding over the ceremony on a soundstage and introducing presenters to the stage, as well.


Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS said of the event on Friday night: “We honor the Daytime community for helping us find our way through the turbulence of the pandemic, increased racial unrest and the chaos of the presidential election as America faced one of its most trying years in our history. This evening celebrated not only the best programming and performances of this year but reflected on some of Daytime’s biggest icons that have left an indelible mark on our medium.”

Streaming service Netflix was actually the evening’s big overall winner with seven Emmys. NATAS had called this production and event a “transition” event after shooting much of it on a set, as they look to bring back the live event feel for next year, since the broadcast had already received a two-year commitment from CBS.

While the late Alex Trebek and Larry King were remembered and also won awards posthumously, Regis Philbin was also honored by his longtime co-host, Kathy Lee Gifford.  Then, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Diamond White (Paris) performed a song during the In-Memoriam segment.

You can check out some of the acceptance speeches from Daytime Drama winners: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B) Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Max Gail (Ex-Mike, GH), Marla Adams (Ex-Dina, Y&R), and Frank Valentini (EP, GH) below our photo gallery of some of the backstage moments that were captured during portions of the pre-taped ceremony.

Then let us know, what did you think of the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast? Who’s acceptance speech did you enjoy? Share your views in the comment section.

B&B's Jacqueline MacInnes Wood wins Lead Actress in a Drama Series
DAYS Victoria Konefal winner for Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series
General Hospital presenters: Donnell Turner (Curtis) and Cynthia Watros (Nina).
Sean Kanan takes home the gold for his Digital Drama, "Studio City".
Y&R's Josh Griffith and his writing team win Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
GH's Maurice Benard (Sonny) delivers an emotional speech following his Lead Actor victory.
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest presented Lead Actress in a Drama Series to Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, virtually.
GH executive producer, Frank Valentini and his producing team take Outstanding Drama Series.
Extra correspondent and the former 'Bachelorette', Rachel Lindsay presents a major award.
Max Gail wraps up his emotional run as Mike Corbin, with his second Daytime Emmy for his work on GH.
Max Gail strikes a pose with his Emmy backstage.
Y&R's Marla Adams shares an emotional taped message on her victory in the Supporting Actress category for her work as Dina Mergeron.
GH's Maurice Benard backstage after his 3rd Lead Actor Emmy in his career.
B&B's six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Heather Tom  (Katie) presents an award.
B&B's Jacqueline MacInnes Wood wins Lead Actress in a Drama Series


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the editing was subpar and made it seem like everything was predetermined. The speeches lacked the authenticity and surprise that comes with the opening of an envelope. This resulted in staid acceptance speeches (except a somewhat arrogant Maurice Bernard).

Grateful they were back on network tv – but they came across more like a People’s Choice Award presentation than an Emmy show.

Maurice knew he was going to win and that is the speech he prepared? Somehow he had to engage in humble bragging by letting the audience know the EP said he was the “ star of the show.” It gave me a whole new appreciation for Susan Lucci. When interviewers referred to her as the star of AMC, she’d stop them and assert that AMC is an ensemble cast with no one star. I guess she learned that wisdom from her mentor, Agnes Nixon. Frank Rich is no Agnes Nixon and MB lacks the class and humility of such actors as Lucci; or for that matter, the more talented Genie Frances, who was instrumental in putting GH on the map.

Harry, you make such great points here. You were a bit more diplomatic than I was in my original comment (that is, if it made the cut). I especially like your compare and contrast of Lucci, Francis, and Nixon with the likes of Benard and Rich. I also must wonder how other GH actors, particularly Francis, must feel about Benard’s “star of the show” statement. I know I wouldn’t want to work with someone like that…

Steve and Harry…I was also disappointed in Maurice’s demeanour and speech when accepting his award. Especially compared to other recipients. Too Sonny C. In reality he only won it because he could piggy-back on the outstanding performance of Max Gail.

I am just glad the show is back! There was just so much they could do, since we are just getting out of a pandemic

Now can you stop the bullshit !!! Maurice in no way said he was the star of the show so would you stop with the social media attacks on him!!! Maybe you might want to stop the madness I did not watch this I don’t watch the shows anymore have too much drama in my own life but please for the love of God stop attacking this man for crap!! Do I think he is a good actor I don’t know but he had his moments just let it go! I think he has a good soul and that’s ok with me!

Are they arrogant are they full of themselves he j I don’t know they are suppose to entertain you tell stories it is all make believe it’s not real it is escape etc etc that’s it !

I think Eric Braeden from y &r is probably one of the best In the industry but that’s me

I can not speak for anyone other than myself for the remarks made about Maurice being “the star” of GH. I was just doing a little needle work, which in hindsight , now seems insensitive. In good conscience though K, what you said about buying votes wasn’t nice either. I guess we have to think before we speak, huh?

Maurice Benard : opening line on “any” speech… is how humble he is

it’s hard to believe that he, laura Wright, Chad Duell, and “Josselyn” don’t know that they always have that foot up and REEL far more than the rest of the cast… leaving every one else in supporting. once again, maurice benard won this emmy because of; Mr. Max Gail. it’s time for Maurice benard to think retirement.. however he is meant to fold back in to Port Charles… does he now have to fight his wife to get his empire back in order ? or has he retired, turned the other cheek, found the lord jesus christ ? it’s certainly not going any where w/ Nina . gee thanks for trying. Maurice benard, does admit that acting is hard. i’m not seeing any transition worth his stature, his worth
he’s been at the top of the heap for so long… I think the actor, is tired.. and is trying other outlets… gee, there we go again… Frank Valentini will do every thing in his power… to give the dullard Corinthos’ that outlet… along with the dead on arrival; Michael Easton and Roger Howarth…. KEEP PETER DEAD

the other embarrassment and truly laugh out loud was MB WIN… and Miss Bold and the Beautiful… a channeled story of opiod addiction… this barbie doll brought more laughs… and made it funny.

Genie Francis … was robbed pure and simple, it was Wally kurth who should have won best leading Man. c’est la vie

congrats to 2 of my picks… Victoria Konefal AND Cady McClain… had hoped for a Wally Kurth and Tamara Brawn , James Patrick Stuart WIN. i’m ok with Max Gail and Marla Adams take home the gold. once again it’s the leads who sucked the life out of this genre. so forgettable

I cannot say I do not like Maurice because I do not know him. However, I can say, I do not like Sonny. I do not like Carly. I do not like Michael. They act holier than thou while cheating or committing crimes. They wear many faces. I just get the feeling that these people are supposedly soap royalty?
Well, sooner or later, they must come down their high horses and face the fact that they live in a make-believe world—
Genie Francis is the true Queen, as far as I’m concerned.
Again—-we do think alike—Victoria and Cady—-applause and then some.
Aside—-what the heck are these writers doing? Carly and Jason together? Holy cow!!! Please NO!! My stomach is heaving…..

I agree. Seems like winners kniew ahead of time. But d/t circumstances in COVID times, they did the best they could. I am looking forward to hopefully a live one next year on CBS. I remember when the daytime emmys used to air in daytime.

“…emmys used to air in daytime.” So do I. And originally on a boat around Manhattan!!!

I haven’t finished watching. I have about an hour left. Did the winners know in advance that they won? I enjoyed Diamond’s song. I wondered why they didn’t have more people comment on Larry and Regis when they had quite a few for Alex.

I did not like the host. I fast forwarded through a lot of her stuff.

Congratulations to the winners, especially Cady, Victoria, Jacqui, Marla. I only watch Y&R, B&B, and Days.

I’m glad it was on TV.

Okay, one more bite at the apple (because I can’t help myself)…

You know, when I first noticed this thread about the Emmy acceptance speeches, I became quite emotional, and I didn’t think I could write anything that would do the topic justice. But then Michael Fairman said to me, “Jamesj75, you’re the star of this website! We need you to write something that we can enjoy.”

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Now James…
I’m fine with you being “the star” as long as I get to keep wearing black t shirts and jeans to work and get nominated in the lead category (although I always seem to be supporting you or Violet.)

Hope you’re enjoying your other life on the Pennsylvania side of the river.

Steve! Thanks for playing along! And thank you for making me laugh. I look forward to more laughs…

O.k James, if you’re angling for another award, you got it, pull it in. Now we want that acceptance speech that WE deserve for these awards given you.
Also, thank you Steve for the nod, unless there’s some other old broad you were speaking of.

Violet, you are a sweetheart for playing along also! Putting a humorous spin on this situation is probably more productive than my initial (negative) remarks. And I won’t speak for our friend, Steve, but how could there be any other Violet?!?!?!

Come on James, you know she’s the 4th Violet. The 1st two later came back with other screen names. The 3rd couldn’t cut it and lasted just a few months.

James, still emerging from the self-imposed news blackout that I place myself in whenever I’m hopelessly behind but I couldn’t let this one go without comment, it was just brilliant, so funny! Add another emoji for the smile it brought to me. I’m current on episodes, unless you count the episodes from 2012 that I’m watching (the year my DVR died), but I’m still getting through GH threads. Speaking of which, I followed you to the DOOL “Possession” thread and really enjoyed the exchange on GH history among you, Steve, and Satan. Wow! Blown away by the recall, knowledge, passion, and humor. All the best, friend!

Worst acceptance speech was Maurice Benard’s “star of the show” speech. Why can’t a show called General Hospital be about the hospital rather than this “lovable mobster” who everybody just adores because, Sonny is by far my least favorite character ever in daytime drama.

My favorite speech was Marla Adams’s for Supporting Actress. Even though she didn’t know she had won she was nevertheless overjoyed and full of happiness! She started in daytime on The Secret Storm in 1966. I am so glad she was recognized for her superb performance as Dina on Y&R. Victoria Konefal and Cady McClain gave excellent speeches as well.

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Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

Photo: JPI

The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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Kennedy Garcia on Joining the Cast of Days of our Lives: “For a Role to Come up for a Teenager with Down Syndrome was Just Amazing!”

Days of our Lives has made a groundbreaking move for the soaps, by casting Kennedy Garcia in the new role of Felicity. Viewers of the Peacock streaming soap opera will first see the character beginning the week of May 20th,

Garcia has previously appeared on primetime including on 9-1-1, This Is Us and more. Speaking to TV Insider, Kennedy shared: “I have wanted to be on a soap opera for a long time, so for a role to come up for a teenager with Down syndrome was just amazing!”

In real life, Kennedy who has Down syndrome is also a cancer survivor, and becomes he first teen with Down syndrome to land an ongoing role on the soaps. “It’s really such a special thing. I am so proud of Days of our Lives for taking this step and taking a chance on me. Inclusion in this industry is so important and I am proud to help move it forward.”

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As to a little insight on her new role of Felicity in Salem, Garcia shared. “She is sweet, funny and kind. She is also very smart and she never misses anything. Most of all, she loves her family more than anything else. I think that viewers will love her and see the beauty she brings to everyone in her life.”

The actress added, “I hope that everyone will love Felicity and see that even though she has Down syndrome, she is cherished by her family and friends, she is capable of great things, and she’s a hard worker. I’m pretty sure she bakes better than I do. She is also a typical teenager who has real feelings and fears that people will see as her story goes on. I hope no one underestimates Felicity as a character, or actors with disabilities like me. Representation is so important and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to become Felicity and let you all get to know her, and me!”

What do you think of Days of our Lives casting of Kennedy Garcia and the importance of inclusion and representation on streaming and daytime dramas? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: ‘Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer’

On Thursday night May 16th, the daytime community comes together for Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer, streaming live at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.

Stand Up To Cancer, in collaboration with leading daytime community voices Michael Fairman and Alan Locher, are coming together for a first-of-its-kind livestream event, Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

The three-hour benefit will feature stars from the world of daytime drama television past and present, musical performances, and stories of emotional on- and off-screen experiences with cancer. Special celebrity guests will also join the effort to encourage viewers to support urgently needed research and new cancer treatments.  You can watch live on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, The Locher Room or the Stand Up To Cancer website.

In support of the event, SU2C will simultaneously launch a 10-day eBay silent auction, from May 16 through 26, for soap opera fans to bid on a wide range of items, including a meet-and-greet experience with the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives; an autographed script from the cast of CBS’s The Young and the Restless and signed merchandsise from CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful cast; a 1:1 video call with General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros, Maura West and Laura Wright, and with daytime legends Robert Newman, Vincent Irizarry, Colleen Zenk, and more. Full details will be shared the evening of May 16, at

As part of the event, you will hear, cancer survivorship stories from General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison and The Young and the Restless’ Colleen Zenk, who will reflect on the impact of publicly sharing their diagnoses; and 2024 Daytime Emmy nominee Eric Braeden, who shares his battle with bladder cancer

Daytime icon Jackie Zeman, who played nurse Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 45 years, shared by daughters Cassidy MacLeod and Lacey Gorden.

Elizabeth Hubbard who played the iconic Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns and Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors, shared by her on-screen daughter Martha Byrne and real-life son Jeremy Bennett.

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Jerry verDorn (Guiding Light / One Life to Live), shared by widow Beth verDorn and his on-screen wife on Guiding Light, friend and co-star Liz Keifer.

Andrea Evans, who played Tina Lord Roberts on One Life to Live, shared by her husband Stephen G. Rodriguez and daughter Kylie Rodriguez.

Kamar de los Reyes shared by his One Life to Live co-stars Michael Easton (General Hospital) Trevor St. John (The Young and the Restless).

Poignant reflections from actors who have portrayed breast cancer survivors, including Sharon Case and Eileen Davidson from The Young and the RestlessErika Slezak from One Life to LiveTina Sloan and Kim Zimmer from Guiding Light and more.

Additional talent slated to participate in the virtual benefit include (subject to change): Eddie and Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live)Elia Cantu (Days of Our Lives)The Day Players,  featuring Days of Our Lives castmates Carson BoatmanBrandon BarashWally Kurth (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee), Eric Martsolf (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee)Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live)Don Diamont (The Bold and the Beautiful)Linsey Godfrey (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, Days of Our Lives)Leo Howard (Days of Our Lives)Lesli Kay (The Bold and the Beautiful)Eden McCoy (General Hospital)Kin Shriner (General Hospital)and Michelle Stafford (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, The Young and the Restless).

You can watch the Daytime Stands Up livestream below. Now let us know if you have a cancer story that has affected your life via the comment section below, or how a daytime TV character who went through a cancer battle, gave you strength and courage in your own journey.


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