`Bold and Beautiful” repeats as best drama

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - “The Bold and the Beautiful” won drama series honors for the third consecutive year at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday night in a bittersweet ceremony that marked the impending daytime departures of two veteran soap operas along with Regis Philbin and talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Executive producer Bradley Bell accepted the trophy, saying, “It’s over the top. We’re so grateful.”

Bell saluted his late father William Bell, who created “The Young and the Restless” and gave the younger Bell his start in the business.

“Dad, we did it,” he said. “Happy Father’s Day.”

Laura Wright, who plays Carly Corinthos on “General Hospital,” won her first Emmy in her first nomination. She joins Finola Hughes in 1991 as the only stars of the ABC soap to win lead actress honors.

“Hell, yeah!” she said, thrusting the trophy in the air. “This has been 20 years of the best career ever.”

Michael Park, who plays Jack Snyder on CBS’ “As the World Turns,” earned lead actor honors.

Scott Clifton won younger actor honors for his role as Liam Cooper on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” one of four trophies the show earned. It tied with “The Young and the Restless” for directing in a drama series.

“The Young and the Restless” won for best writing.

Brittany Allen of “All My Children” earned the show’s final Daytime Emmy, winning for younger actress in a drama series. She is no longer playing the role of Marisa Chandler.

The ABC soap opera, along with the network’s “One Life to Live,” are leaving the air after more than 40 years because of declining ratings.

“My heart breaks for all these people that this is not going to be a part of their lives,” she said backstage about the show’s impending demise. “Having just gone through something like this, I survived. It was scary, but change is a good thing and it opens the door for new opportunities.”

Jonathan Jackson of “General Hospital” and Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful” won as supporting actor and actress in the live show hosted by Wayne Brady at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Jackson, who plays Lucky Spencer, brought his young son and daughter onstage with him.

“It’s Father’s Day. I couldn’t resist,” he said.

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