Kelly Ripa has won the Daytime Emmy for Best Talk Show Host a whopping four times for the ever-changing “Live” franchise: with Regis Philbin in 2011 and 2012, and with Michael Strahan in 2015 and 2016. However, she lost last year on her first nomination with new co-host Ryan Seacrest to the ladies of “The Real.” Will Ripa and Seacrest seek Emmy revenge this year on their second go-around? See the complete list of 2019 Daytime Emmy nominations.
Besides Ripa and Seacrest for “Live,” the other 2019 nominees for Best Entertainment Talk Show Host are: Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley for “The Real,” Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julie Chen for “The Talk,” Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman and Sara Haines for “The View,” and Wendy Williams for “The Wendy Williams Show.”
Five years ago the Daytime Emmys separated the category of Best Talk Show Host into two new races: Best Entertainment Talk Show Host and Best Informative Talk Show Host. Ripa and Strahan won the first two years of this entertainment category (2015-16), “The Talk” ladies took home the trophy in 2017, while “The Real” hosts prevailed last year.
Until recently, talk shows with multiple hosts almost never won. Other than Ripa’s four victories and the triumphs for “The Real” (2018), “The Talk” (2017) and “The View” (2009), there is not a single example of multiple hosts prevailing for an entertainment talk show. Instead, Daytime Emmy voters prefer shows hosted by solo stars, such as Mehmet Oz (2010-11, 2014), Ellen DeGeneres (2005-08) and Oprah Winfrey (1987, 1991-95, 1998). In a major sign of the times, this year Williams is the only solo host nominated.
As for corresponding program bids, the five nominees for Best Entertainment Talk Show are “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “A Little Help with Carol Burnett,” “The Real,” “The Talk” and “The View.” This is only the second time this decade that “Live” has been snubbed for a series bid. However, the last time it happened was in 2016 which didn’t seem to hurt the “Live” hosts at all, as Ripa and Strahan still prevailed.