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Tom, a veteran soap actress who plays Katie Logan Spencer the CBS show, won for the first time after five nominations in the supporting category.

“I have to thank the daytime community as a whole,” she said. “You have been my home for most of my life and I am so grateful for that.”

“Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” tied for best game show, fitting since the respective hosts, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak, received lifetime achievement awards during the show. Those shows dethroned “Cash Cab,” which had won three straight years.

“We’re part of Americana,” Trebek said backstage with Sajak alongside him. “People, when they hear the themes to `Wheel’ and `Jeopardy!’, they know immediately what the reference is. Part of that is because we’ve been on for so long. We hope it will continue for as long as we want to do it.”

Trebek has quizzed brainy contestants for 27 years, while Sajak has been selling vowels for 30 years.

Ben Bailey of “Cash Cab” took home a trophy, repeating as best game-show host. He didn’t immediately appear to accept his award, leaving presenter Tracey E. Bregman to ask the audience, “Anybody?”

A harried Bailey walked out from backstage, where he said he had been using the restroom when he heard his name called.

Backstage, Bailey admitted he hadn’t washed his hands but promised to do so, which surely would have met the approval of Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Oz repeated as best talk-show host, while his “The Dr. Oz Show” won for best talk show-informative. Oz, one of Winfrey’s proteges, is being rewarded in many markets with the 4 p.m. slot that Winfrey ruled for so many years.

“I don’t feel pressure,” he said backstage. “I feel honored and I feel responsibility to give to the audience what she did so beautifully for 25 years.”

Oz added, “I think I’ll have Oprah on as a guest sooner rather than later.”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earned best talk show-entertainment honors for the second straight year, although she skipped the ceremony, yielding the spotlight to her producing and writing staffs.

In a tribute to Winfrey, Gladys Knight sang “That’s What Friends Are For” as a montage of the talk queen’s shows played behind her. Oz paid tribute, as did frequent Oprah guest Celine Dion, who sang “Because You Loved Me” from the stage at Caesar’s Palace, where she performs.

Winfrey appeared on tape with her staff gathered behind her and holding the Crystal Pillar award she was given for changing the face of daytime television.

Philbin is leaving his syndicated chat fest later this year, and he and co-host Kelly Ripa shared talk-show host honors with Oz. Philbin and Ripa didn’t attend.

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