Kelly Ripa has spent the past two decades on daytime TV but has yet to win an Emmy for one of her regular gigs. She lost three bids for her acting on the ABC soap “All My Children” and has gone down to defeat eight times with co-host Regis Philbin for their talk show “Live with Regis and Kelly.” The only time the pair won a Daytime Emmy was in 2006 when the were part of the team that picked up a special class award for the special “Walt Disney World Christmas Parade.”
Kelly Ripa joined the cast of “All My Children” in 1990 as goth girl Haley Vaughn. Over the years, she mellowed and found love with Mateo Santos (Mark Conseulos). Life imitated art as the two actors also fell in love, marrying in 1996 and having three children together.
In 1993, Ripa lost her Younger Actress bid to Heather Tom (“The Young & the Restless”) for her powerhouse portrayal of the defiant daughter of domineering Victor Newman. In 1999, Ripa was nominated as Supporting Actress but was bested by “Y&R” veteran Sharon Case who finally prevailed on her third bid. For her final year on “AMC,” Ripa contended again in 2002 but was defeated by Crystal Chappell (“Guiding Light”) who won with her first nomination after years of being snubbed. Each of the women that won had scenes that showcased extreme emotions while Ripa delivered a more nuanced performance.
Since joining Philbin on his morning talker, the team has contended for Best Talk Show Hosts every year but 2007 when the show competed in the Morning Program race. However, they have yet to win, which mirrors the situation facing Philbin and his former colleague Kathie Lee Gifford. They also lost ever race they were in, with Philbin only winning the category in 2001 when he soloed on the show after Gifford departed.
There is a long-running Emmy bias against shows that have multiple hosts. The only show to talker to buck this trend has been “The View” which tied for top talk show in 2003 with “The Wayne Brady Show” and won the hosting prize two years ago. For years, “Live” contended against more serious fare like “The View” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In 2008, the Daytime Emmys split the category in two — informative and entertainment with “Live” landing in the latter race. It lost in 2009 to “Rachel Ray” and last year to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” which also had done well in the general category.