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Oprah, Rosie Tie at Daytime Emmys

May 16, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ In honoring Oprah Winfrey for lifetime achievement at the 25th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, comedian Chris Rock joked that the fights on her show were never staged.

Winfrey and Rosie O’Donnell, who shared the Emmy for best talk show host at Friday’s ceremony, are about as far away from the fists-flying world of Jerry Springer as you can get.

``We both feel that this is God’s work,″ Winfrey said. ``We thank you for allowing us to have this calling.″

Daytime TV’s most notorious bad luck streak continued at Radio City Music Hall. Susan Lucci went home empty-handed again in her 18th try to win best actress in a soap opera. Cynthia Watros of ``Guiding Light″ won.

Three actors from ABC’s venerable ``General Hospital″ took home awards, but its three-year winning streak as best drama series was broken by ``All My Children.″

O’Donnell and Winfrey, who both recently slipped behind Springer in the television ratings, weren’t threatened by him during their unprecedented tie. Springer wasn’t nominated. The winners talked about using television as a force for good.

``I want to continue to use television as we become more polarized in this medium ... in whatever way I can to help people lead better lives,″ Winfrey said.

An emotional O’Donnell won the award for best talk show, a category Winfrey has owned nine times, including the past four years in a row.

``I just want to say to every kid out there who has a life that’s not that great right now, hold on,″ she said. ``Hold on, because it gets better, I promise you.″

``Sesame Street″ won the award for best pre-school children’s series. The PBS series has won 71 Emmys since it went on the air in 1969. It has been named best series 18 times, the most in Emmy history, breaking a tie with ABC’s ``Wide World of Sports.″

Two stars of ``General Hospital″ each won their second Emmy as younger actor and actress. Jonathan Jackson plays Lucky, who had a traumatic year learning that his soap dad raped his mother. A pregnant Sarah Brown, who plays Carly, accepted her award with a mischievous smile.

``I think my water broke,″ she said. ``I’m just kidding.″

Eric Braeden of ``The Young and the Restless″ won his first Emmy as outstanding soap actor. Steve Burton of ``General Hospital″ and Julia Barr of ``All My Children″ won best supporting actor awards in soaps.

``Jeopardy,″ the quiz show where winning contestants answer with questions, won its seventh Emmy Award.

``Science rules,″ shouted Bill Nye after he accepted his first Emmy Award for best performer in a children’s series. He is the host of the syndicated educational series, ``Bill Nye The Science Guy.″

The winners are selected by members of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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