- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2011

“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.”

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.

“This has been 20 years of the best career ever,” she said, thrusting the trophy into the air.

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.

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.

Mr. 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.

“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.

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

In a tribute to Ms. Winfrey, Gladys Knight sang “That’s What Friends Are For” as a montage of the talk queen’s shows played behind her. Dr. Mehmet 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.

Ms. 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.

Mr. Philbin is leaving his syndicated chat fest later this year, and he and co-host Kelly Ripa shared talk-show host honors with Dr. Oz.