Is “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” unbeatable for Best Entertainment Talk Show at the Daytime Emmys? It enters the race as the reigning three-time champion, and it has won the award five times since 2010. None of its rival nominees this year has ever beaten it.
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The Daytime Emmys introduced separate categories for Best Entertainment Talk Show and Best Informative Talk Show in 2008, before which all talk shows competed in one category. “Ellen” won that combined race four times in a row (2004-2007), giving it a total of nine victories. If “Ellen” wins a 10th prize this year, that would break its tie with “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which won Best Talk Show nine times between 1987 and 1997 before Winfrey decided to stop entering her show for consideration.
But “Ellen” is not necessarily invincible. When Best Entertainment Talk Show was first established, it unexpectedly lost twice in a row to “Rachael Ray” (2008-2009). It lost again in 2012 to “Live with Regis and Kelly” for its farewell to retiring host Regis Philbin.
There is one other past winner in this year’s race. “The View,” which has been on the air since 1997, was able to win just once. It prevailed in 2003 in a tie with “The Wayne Brady Show,” just after five straight wins for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (1998-2002) and right before the reign of “Ellen.” Could it finally win again 13 years later?
The remaining nominees are aiming for their first wins. CBS’s “The Talk,” which debuted in 2010, is nominated for the fifth year in a row. Like “The View” it features a panel of female hosts conducting round-table discussions and celebrity interviews. It’s co-hosted and executive produced by Sara Gilbert, who was previously a Primetime Emmy contender for her supporting role in “Roseanne” in 1993 and 1994. And the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced live on “The Talk” this year, which may indicate its popularity with the TV academy.
“The Real” began in 2013 and is nominated for the first time. It is also similar to “The View” and “The Talk” with its panel of five hosts.
Second-time nominee “The Wendy Williams Show” is the only contender besides “Ellen” with a single-host format. That could be an advantage, since single-host programs have had a much stronger record at the Daytime Emmys; including Best Talk Show and Best Entertainment Talk Show categories, “The View” (2003) and “Live with Regis and Kelly” (2012) were the only multi-host winners in the last 22 years.
Make your Daytime Emmy predictions starting with Best Entertainment Talk Show to the right or at the bottom of this post. Winners will be announced at two ceremonies: Creative Arts on April 29 and then the main event on May 1.
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