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Mishael Morgan is 1st Black lead winner at Daytime Emmys

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PASADENA, Calif. — Mishael Morgan of “The Young and the Restless” won as lead drama actress, becoming the primary Black actor to win in a lead category on the Daytime Emmys on Friday night.

Morgan was previously nominated within the supporting category. The 35-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago plays Amanda Sinclair on the CBS soap.

“I’m being honored whatever the color of my skin, no matter my passport, for being the most effective at what I do,” Morgan said. “Now there are little girls all world wide and so they’re seeing one other step forward and so they know that irrespective of their industry, irrespective of their vocation, irrespective of what, they will strive to be the most effective at what they do. Not only can they achieve it, but they will probably be celebrated.”

Morgan has been a member of “The Young and the Restless” solid since 2013. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

John McCook earned lead actor honors for his role as Eric Forrester on CBS’ “The Daring and the Beautiful.” It was the 78-year-old’s first win in 4 nominations.

“I’m so glad to get this Emmy, any Emmy actually,” he said.

“General Hospital” won daytime drama honors, the ABC show’s fifteenth triumph within the category. It was the fifth trophy earned by the show Friday.

Morgan is in her second stint on “Y&R.” She first joined the soap in 2013 and stayed until 2018. She returned in 2019 as a unique character.

“I’m so immensely pleased with our generation. We’re breaking glass ceilings left, right and center, and I’m so honored to be a vessel and experience this moment,” she said. “It’s due to everybody who’s on the market today who’s proving to the world that we are able to and we’ll do that thing called equality and unity together.”

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Nicholas Alexander Chavez, winner of the Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series award during the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Nicholas Alexander Chavez, winner of the Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series award, gets emotional in the course of the forty ninth Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California.Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Three “General Hospital” stars won honors and the soap’s directing team won for the third consecutive yr.

Kelly Thiebaud was chosen supporting actress for taking part in Dr. Britt Westbourne and Jeff Kober scored as supporting actor for his role as Cyrus Renault. Nicholas Chavez won as younger performer within the soap.

“Wow!” Chavez said. “Just just a little over a yr ago I used to be selling cars in just a little beach town in Florida. I all the time had the love and support of my family, but none of us had ever dreamed I’d be up on this stage.”

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Kelly Thiebaud, winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award, poses in the press room during the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)General Hospital’s Kelly Thiebaud takes home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award. Getty Images

A gleeful Thiebaud won on her first nomination.

“I cannot consider this. I’m so shocked,” she said. “My brother, after I first began acting, he followed my work and he’s like, ’You’re not that good.’ So thanks for giving me something to rub in his face.”

Kober is understood for his extensive film and primetime work on such shows as “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Walking Dead.”

“Wow, thanks for making me feel so welcome in daytime. What a visit,” he said. “I really like what we get to do for a living, it’s play.”

NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” won for writing team.

Kelly Clarkson earned her third consecutive trophy as entertainment talk show host. Her eponymous show also won its second straight trophy for entertainment talk show. The singer is spending the summer together with her children and didn’t attend.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Crew from The Kelly Clarkson Show accept the award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show onstage during the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Although Kelly Clarkson wasn’t present, The Kelly Clarkson Show still won big on the forty ninth Daytime Emmy Awards. Getty Images

Tamron Hall picked up her second straight trophy as informative talk show host.

Steve Harvey of “Family Feud” won as game show host.

“Jeopardy!” won game show honors.

“’Jeopardy!’ is a show about facts,” executive producer Michael Davies said. “Facts, with all the things occurring on the planet, are more essential than ever. ‘Jeopardy!’ is the last place where everyone agrees about facts.”

Daytime doyenne Susan Lucci, who starred on “All My Children” in the course of the show’s entire 41-year network run, received a standing ovation. She introduced the In Memoriam segment, which included a photograph of her husband, Helmet Huber, who died in March. Michael Bolton crooned his hit “How Am I Imagined to Live Without You.”

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Susan Lucci speaks onstage during the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Susan Lucci speaks onstage in the course of the forty ninth Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

John Aniston of “Days of Our Lives” was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his 37-year role as Victor Kiriakis. The 88-year-old actor wasn’t present.

He was introduced via video by his daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who said, “His profession is literally the definition of lifetime achievement.” She noted he began acting in 1962 in primetime and likewise appeared in such defunct soaps as “Love of Life” and “Search For Tomorrow” before joining “Days” in 1985.

After two years of pre-taped presentations due to coronavirus pandemic, daytime returned to honoring its own at nighttime with an in-person ceremony. In 2020, the show went virtual for the primary time and last yr the audience was limited.

Still, the specter of COVID-19 was felt.

Two nominees from “The Young and the Restless” were forced to bow out. Lead actor nominee Jason Thompson, who plays Billy Abbott, and supporting actress nominee Melissa Ordway, who plays Abby Newman, each said on social media they’d tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss the show.

Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner of “Entertainment Tonight” co-hosted the forty ninth annual awards held on the Pasadena Convention Center, where lots of the nominees sat at socially distanced cocktail tables and others sat in rows next to one another.

Kevin Frazier, Drew Barrymore and Nischelle Turner speak onstage during the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California.Kevin Frazier, Drew Barrymore and Nischelle Turner speak onstage in the course of the forty ninth Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California.Getty Images

Frazier and Turner found themselves accepting a Daytime Emmy when “ET” won for entertainment news series.

Turner opened the show with a reference to the Supreme Court overturning women’s constitutional protections for abortions earlier Friday. She emphatically told Frazier it was “her selection” to wear her blue gown. The gang cheered and a few women stood up.

Supporting actress nominee Nancy Lee Grahn of “General Hospital” walked the indoor red carpet wearing references to the day’s news. She had a brief tattoo reading “reproductive freedom” on her chest, the word “selection” on her disc earrings and she or he carried a black purse with “ban off our bodies” spelled out in rhinestones.

“I dare not undergo this process without speaking out in regards to the devastation that I actually have for what happened today and what a dark day it’s for girls on this country,” the 66-year-old actor said. “We’re not going to permit this, we’re not going to face for it.”

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