NEW YORK -- Regis Philbin and ABC's exiting soap operas have multiple opportunities to go out as winners at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
"All My Children" earned 13 Emmy nods and "One Life to Live" had 12, in nominations announced Wednesday for the June 19 awards show. ABC has canceled the durable soap operas, each on the air for more than 40 years, and their final episodes will be in the coming months.
Philbin has said that later this year he is leaving the talk show built around him, first with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford and now with Kelly Ripa. His show has never won a Daytime Emmy for best talk show. Philbin was nominated for best talk-show host, an award he shared once a decade ago with Rosie O'Donnell. He also won a Daytime Emmy for best game show host when "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" was at its apex.
"General Hospital" led the way with 21 Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by "The Young and the Restless" with 20 and "Sesame Street" with 16. The awards will be distributed at the Las Vegas Hilton, televised by CBS.
"All My Children" was nominated for best daytime drama, along with "General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" has won twice in a row in this narrowing category.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said it was giving lifetime achievement awards to game show hosts Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" and Pat Sajak of "Wheel of Fortune," syndicated TV's two most dominant game shows. Neither man was nominated for best game show host this year, although both entered the competition.
Instead, Ben Bailey of Discovery's "Cash Cab" has the chance for a second straight win in the category. Among the other nominees is Wayne Brady of "Let's Make a Deal," who will host the Daytime Emmy ceremony.
"Cash Cab" also has the chance to make it four straight Emmys as best game show.