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Top Five Classic Daytime Emmy Moments! – From Lucci to Benard to Zimmer to Rosie!

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As we get ready for tomorrow’s 39th Annual Daytime Emmys, asked On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman to weigh-on as a special guest correspondent on the Top Five Classic Daytime Emmy Moments from previous telecasts!

Although there were certainly so many to choose from,  we could only chose five! Check out our list and the winning moments in the videos attached to the countdown!

Here is an excerpt from Fairman’s picks!  “The most memorable moment happened on May 21, 1999 when Susan Lucci, who played Erica Kane on All My Children, finally won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series award after losing in this category 18 consecutive times!  When presenter Shemar Moore uttered the now famous line, “The streak is over!” everyone realized Susan had won the gold. I was actually inside the Felt Forum (inside Madison Square Garden) in New York City, where the ceremonies were being held when the moment happened, and it was electrifying! It was the longest standing ovation I’ve ever seen at any awards show. The applause, the cheering, and the screaming felt like the roof came off the building. And then… who could forget the cutaways of Rosie O’Donnell, Oprah Winfrey, and so many daytime stars in tears for La Lucci! THEE ultimate moment.”

So what do you think were some of the most memorable winning moments in Daytime Emmy history? Check out the piece on and then weigh-in! And don’t forget to tune in live tomorrow at 8pMEST/5PMPST for the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel only on HLN!

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Hi Michael. How r u? I know I am pain keep emailing you. But only you trolls to my emails. Have you heard anything about Jack Wagner returning as Frisco? I keep thinking he is returning and I also heard rumor that Kristin storms is coming back as old Maxi? That would be so AWESOME IF BPTH JACK AND KRISTIN COMING BACK. be good too bring back Robin Kimberley McCullough.

I want see Frisco, Felicia and Maxi reunion. I hope fans get their wish.

The streak is over, That was the best ever I don’t think any other win can top that at least for us Susan Lucci fans, After all those nominations it was so good to see Susan win her first emmy. I remember it well I couldn’t believe that she finally won, I had the chills all over and cried like a baby I didn’t want her win to end. It was if not the best emmy ever, And if Ericka Slezak wins her 7th emmy tomorrow night I will be thrilled. I also read somewhere to day I think it was google news for One life to live they are saying that One life to live can be in the emmys next year because of the time that it ended so maybe we have another chance at winning best drama and writing next year.

Well Susan lucci, or should I call you Ericka Kane? How many times in the past 18 years I wanted to see you win then finally out of no where one year you did, It was the best ever, Well not any more, What that woman did to Ericka Slezak makes me sick to my stomach, I forgave you when you said the fans weren’t there anymore but hogging that microphone and not letting me hear from Ericka Slezak was so wrong you were not all my children girl you were a part of all my children there were several other actors far superior then you on that soap, if you were there to carry it alone you never would have made it for 40 years. I am very upset over Susan Luccis and Cameron mathsons appearance at the emmys, I could care less if I ever see those two ever again, because I will always think of that emmy show where they both showed us the fans who they truly are, very self absorbed, self centered, with God like egos.The true star is ERICKA SLEZAK, And I am not alone in my thinking.

Barbara t, what happened on Emmy night? I missed the Emmy’s, been going through allot, and just thought to look up who won on here, and ran across this page, your 1st post and THEN your reply to your post Lol. What did Susan Lucci do now, lol ? I knew it was your writing when you wrote, well Susan Lucci or should I call you Erica Kane, because you have been reading my post about this idenity confusion us fans have regarding her persona. Ok, what did Susan and Cameron do? Please advise. What they do or didn’t do to Erika Slezak?

Susan Lucci winning was definitely the best moment in Daytime Emmy history. Even if you weren’t a fan of AMC, you had to appreciate the historic moment.

Another great moment that year was when Anthony Geary won for Lead Actor, which was long overdue after his previous win 17 years earlier, and he mistakenly said “I love you Bob Woods” in his acceptance speech, when he meant to say Bob Guza.

Stuart Damon winning for Best Supporting Actor in 1998 after 7 nominations was also a wonderful moment. A long overdue honor for him.

I also loved the tribute they did for Dick Clark a few years ago, which was so moving it brought Dick to tears.

So many classic moments over the years. Hopefully we see a few more tomorrow night!

You know, I loved watching the video of LaLucci’s Emmy win once again. I got a little choked up, and you know why? Because even though I never watched AMC, I know that all of the daytime actors and actresses work harder than any other acting medium in the world. They memorize and shoot more pages than any movie star. They are challenged by new material each day and they don’t have the opportunity to work out all the little kinks and reshoot from several different angles until the emotions and shot is just right. No, our daytime stars place it all out there with raw talent. They are superstars to me; better than any other acting medium. So when someone who’s been at it for as long as Susan Lucci was and she wins, that’s a victory for all of us long-time soap fans who recognize the quality of these actors and actresses we’ve grown to love. Via La Daytime!!!

Rodd, welll written my friend. And so true. What that are conditioned to memorize on a daily basis, they should get the salaries of these fake movie star’s, who get the chance to reshoot. Well written.

Don’t forget OLTL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Erika Slezak also…She was the best in my book..And no one ele compares with her………………She a class act & a team player………………………………………………………………..Again no one else compares to Erika!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is #1 in my book always !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW, this is a Susan Lucci day, Shes going to get her prime time gig, Devious maids has been picked up by lifetime, She has to be a happy person today. At least it’s not on abc/disney the soap killers.

I don’t think I will watch it…How about you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kim Zimmer winning was the best! I loved that crazy look she had and the throwing her shoes. She showed what a spitfire she and Reva are to the world. And she got so much press for her look, it made magazines like Time.

I also loved Michael Zaslow’s win, Cynthia Watros’ win, and Justin Deas’ first win on GL.

I’m a big GH fan. Loved when Tony Geary won and I am a big Maurice Bernard & Vanessa Marcil G. Fan. Loved when they won on the same night. Proud of the whole ensamble on GH! Congratulations!!

Well I am a big fan of OLTL & always will !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Erka Slezak…..Asa , Renee,Dorian,Clint, GiGi,Rex, Antonio, Christian, Bo, Nora,Roxie, Nigel and the list goes on & on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No other soap compares to OLTL..And doesn’t even come close…GH & OLTL are different as night & day !!!!! My heart belongs to OLTL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t think Susan Lucci or Cameron Mathison stole the mic at all on the tribute to OLTL so chill out folks. I think the tributes did suck though. They were poorly conceived and for whatever reason did not show clips – probably because ABC wouldn’t release them I suppose. THe writing sucked the whole event (Daytime Emmy’s) were rather weak – though understandable considering the lack of time. It was on a cable network and that has limited viewers and probably not one of the high profile cable networks either like the Food Network or Lifetime or whatever.

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Kelly Ripa Shares on Husband Mark Consuelos: “My Funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 Years of Love With This Guy”

Ah, we remember them when, right? Hard to believe that 29 years have passed since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot when they were mere young adults on All My Children on May 1st, 1996 and portraying Hayley and Mateo, respectively.

But, look at them now! Kelly and Mark are happily married with three children and co-hosting the top-rated syndicated morning talk show!

On Valentine’s Day, Mark took to his Instagram and Kelly took to hers, posting pics and snaps of their love for one another. Consuelos shared: “My forever Valentine…You make smile♥️♥️” to which Ripa replied “Ten Hearts.”

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Kelly posted a plethora of great shots of the duo through the years, captioning it all with “My funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 years of ♥️ with this guy 😍”

The photo album included: Kelly and Mark in matching blue and white outfits standing in front of a red sign that spells out the word “love.” In addition, Ripa chose some moments from their red-carpet appearances and some of their favorite vacations.

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Meanwhile, the Live with Kelly and Mark social media account featured a shot of the couple wearing matching t-shirts that said, “Find someone that loves you as much as Mark loves Mark 😂 Happy Valentine’s Day!”

So, what do you think? Are Kelly and Mark the best example of a Valentine’s Day couple we know and love? Share your thoughts in the comment section and Happy Valentine’s Day from Michael Fairman TV!


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Grammy Winner Jody Watley Recalls Dancing On ‘Soul Train’ with All My Children’s Darnell Williams: “Like Every Other Soap Fan I Loved His Legendary Character ‘Jesse'”

Look who’s paying an homage to one of the all time daytime greats, Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, All My Children), none other than recording artist and Grammy-winner, Jody Watley.

While in promotion of her new single, Everlasting, Watley has been sharing photos and memories of moments from her career that are everlasting.

Taking to her Instagram, Watley shared a photo of herself with a young Darnell Williams, where we learned not only is she a huge fan of the iconic Jesse from Pine Valley, but she danced with Darnell when they both appeared on Soul Train! Darnell was regular on the show from 1974-1975.  Watley began her professional career on Soul Train, then became part of the musical group, Shalamar, before beginning her own solo career which has now spanned decades.

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Watley expressed on Willi: “EVERLASTING Indeed! 😁😁✨ “Always believe in you..” #flashbackfriday #70s 😘 this photo was shared with me from a ST fan page on FB .. I’d never seen it before 😯😍 – two teens with big dreams — Darnell Williams such a nice guy and so handsome we danced together a few times – a snapshot – … later like every other soap fan I loved his legendary character “Jesse” back in the golden era of daytime TV “All My Children” ❤️❤️❤️❤️ terrific actor— and I was in awe like “I knew him on ST” 😁 – before coming into my own trajectory as an artist.”

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Darnell Williams appeared on All My Children during several stints from 1991 to 1998, then again from 2008-2011, before reprising the role in 2013 in Prospect Park’s reboot of the series.

Watley’s biggest hits include Real Love, Looking for a New Love, Everything, Some Kind of Lover and more.

So, what do you think of the Darnell and Jody connection, and her remembrances of his time as Jesse on AMC? share your thoughts in the comment section, and also check out the radio edit version of Jody’s new single below.


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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Most-Watched Week of Syndicated Talk Shows in 2 Years; Delivers Strongest Week in Nearly 3 Years

In another case of soap alums doing great things, come news that former All My Children stars and real-life marrieds Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) are having a great ride together as on-screen co-hosts of the syndicated morning series, Live with Kelly and Mark.

New numbers were just released by ABC that share that during the week of January 15-19 2024: Live with Kelly and Mark hit series highs in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). Interestingly enough, former GH star, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake) appeared on the show that week performing with friend and musician, Richard Marx.)

But there is more good news: Live with Kelly and Mark delivered the franchise’s strongest week in nearly 3 years in both Households and Total Viewers, as well as double-digit week-to-week increases in key demos over the last three weeks.

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With 2.673 million Total Viewers, ‘Live’ delivered the most-watched week of any syndicated talk show in 2 years ( since Dr. Phil second week of January in 2022).

In even more solid gains for this ratings report: the talker stood as the week’s top  daytime talk show in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). ‘Live’ also ranked as the No. 1 entertainment talk show of the week across all key Nielsen measures, topping all daytime and late-night entertainment talk shows.

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Overall the Live with Kelly and Mark is up 4%  from the the previous year averaging roughly 2.4M viewers across all of its episodes. ‘Live’ also stands as the season’s No. 1 entertainment talk show across all key Nielsen measures.

Consuleos arrived officially on the season on April 17th 2022 taking over for the departing Ryan Seacrest to co-host the show with Ripa. While many voiced concerns that the on-screen and off-screen coupling might make for lower ratings if they were not entertaining, just the opposite has happened, the series seems in a very healthy place; given the constant downturn in linear ratings and viewership in daytime TV.

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