Actress Rebecca Budig rose to fame as Greenlee Smythe on “All My Children,” a role she played off-and-on from 1999 to 2011, when the series was canceled by ABC. She never won a Daytime Emmy for her performance despite two Supporting Actress bids (2001, 2003), but she has another chance this year as a Lifestyle/Travel Host nominee for “The Better Show.” Can she make the switch from Emmy-nominated actress to Emmy-winning host? If she does she’ll be following in the footsteps of her former co-star Kelly Ripa.
Like Budig, Ripa put in more than a decade on “AMC,” playing Hayley Vaughan from 1990-2002, earning three Emmy nominations along the way: one for Younger Actress (1993) and two for Supporting Actress (1999, 2002). She then replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of “Live!” alongside Regis Philbin and has reaped an impressive awards bounty in the ensuing decade.
She and Philbin finally won Best Talk Show Host on their ninth and tenth nominations together (2011-2012) before Philbin retired from the series, and together they also won Best Special Class Special alongside Ryan Seacrest for hosting the “Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade” in 2006. So even though she had to wait 16 years for her first accolades, Ripa is now a three-time winner.
Budig joined the syndicated “Better Show” in September 2013, so she only had to wait a few months for her first hosting nomination, which she shares with co-host J.D. Roberto and former host Audra Lowe. Will she win just as quickly?
They’re underdogs according to our our predictors, who rank them fourth with 20/1 odds. Favored to win instead is Jeff Corwin for “Ocean Mysteries.” He gets 8/11 odds, followed by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic (“America Now“) with 3/1 odds and Jack Hanna (“Into the Wild“) with 10/1 odds. Corwin, Gibbons, and Hanna are all previous Emmy winners, and Rancic is a previous nominee (Special Class Series for “We Mean Business” in 2009).
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