Daytime Emmy to Ellen but Not to Martha

05/22/2004 at 11:25 AM EDT

Daytime Emmy to Ellen but Not to Martha
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Oprah, step aside: Ellen DeGeneres got the gold for outstanding talk show for her Ellen DeGeneres Show – though the best talk host award went to Wayne Brady, despite his show's cancellation.

All this, and more, at Friday night's 31st Daytime Emmy Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"I should have been in daytime a long time ago," said DeGeneres, 46, who won a 1997 prime-time Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series, Ellen. "We have fun every day. It's the best job I've ever had."

The comedian's mother, Betty DeGeneres, was among those cheering in the 6,000-strong audience.

Also in the crowd: Martha Stewart, 62, whose lifestyle show Martha Stewart Living (which is going on hiatus next season due to her legal problems over lying about a questionable stock sale) was nominated in six categories, yet only ended up claiming a technical award.

Entering Radio City, Stewart told reporters that Friday's arrest of a government witness for his own alleged lying during testimony in her conspiracy case was "kind of distressing, actually."

Inside the hall, the disgraced domestic diva was bypassed as best host of a service show, a category she previously had won four times. CNBC Personal Finance editor and host Suze Orman won instead, and said: "For the first time in my life, I am seriously speechless."

The CBS soap The Young and the Restless was honored for the sixth time in its 31-year history as outstanding drama series, with its Michelle Stafford named outstanding lead actress.

"I want to accept this in honor of all those kids who thought they were freaks in school and didn't fit in," said Stafford, 36.

Lead actor award went to ABC's General Hospital fixture Anthony Geary. "If I thought I had a shot at this I would have had someone do my hair," said Geary, 56, whose gray locks spiked in all directions, reports Reuters.

The Price Is Right star Bob Barker, now a remarkable 80, was named outstanding game show host. Price also was named best game show.

Animal trainer Jeff Corwin of the Discovery Kids show Jeff Corwin Unleashed was honored as best performer in a children's series, while Al Roker, Meredith Vieira and Emeril Lagasse musically saluted PBS's Sesame Street on its 35th anniversary.

As evidenced during the live NBC telecast of the Emmy show, the weatherman, the host and the chef really can't sing.

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