Out comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres won two Daytime Emmys at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, held (for the first time ever) in Hollywood at the Kodak Theatre on April 28th.
DeGeneres was considered to be a frontrunner in the Daytime Emmy race as soon as the nominations were announced. The producer of CBS talk show (and Daytime Emmy competitor) The View joked that the show had relocated from New York to Los Angeles so it would be easier for DeGeneres to pick up her award.
DeGeneres did just that, winning both Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host for her NBC series The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a category she had won in the previous year. In her acceptance speech DeGeneres acknowledged her partner, actress Portia de Rossi, proclaiming “Portia, I love you.”
Later, when asked by reporters about mentioning de Rossi, DeGeneres said, “I’m just happy to be able to tell someone that I love them.” According to Los Angeles Times awards website, The Envelope, NBC is rumored to discourage DeGeneres from mentioning de Rossi on her talk show.
Another out lesbian comic, Rosie O’Donnell, was featured prominently in the ceremony. She took the stage when Barbara Walters formally announced that O’Donnell will replace Meredith Vieira on The View beginning this September.
O’Donnell, herself a previous Emmy winner for daytime talk show host, quipped, “Well, thank God, because it was either that or Celebrity Fit Club.”
After the awards ceremony, reporters questioned O’Donnell about how she would fit in at The View and the rumor that she is spoiling for a fight with View co-host Star Jones. O’Donnell, known for her aggressive, outspoken style, didn’t deny the rumor and added, “That’s what makes good TV!”