- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2011

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Brittany Allen of “All My Children” earned one of the show’s final Daytime Emmys, winning for younger actress in a drama series on Sunday night.

The ABC soap opera is leaving the air after more than 40 years because of declining ratings, as is “One Life to Live.”

Jonathan Jackson of “General Hospital” and Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful” earned trophies as supporting actor and actress in a bittersweet ceremony at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Jackson, who plays Lucky Spencer on the ABC soap, brought his young son and daughter onstage with him to accept the first award presented on the live CBS telecast.

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

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.”

Also on on their way out of daytime are Oprah Winfrey, Regis Philbin and Meredith Vieira.

“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.

But 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 Oprah 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.”

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