BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.: Doug Davidson of The Young and the Restless and Heather Tom of The Bold and the Beautiful won lead acting honors at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
Davidson earned his first career trophy for a role he’s played since 1978. Tom, who previously was on Y&R, repeated her win from last year.
Davidson had been nominated seven times in various categories for playing Detective Paul Williams on the CBS soap before winning.
Tom plays Katie Logan on B&B. Last year, she became the first person to win Daytime Emmys in the younger, supporting and lead categories.
Days of Our Lives won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years. The NBC soap opera that began airing in 1965 beat out defending champion General Hospital and three-time winner The Bold and the Beautiful.
The category included the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks against One Life to Live, which has found new life on the Internet after being canceled.
The only other drama series win for Days was in 1978.
The show had its unexpected moments, including Corbin Bernsen uttering two expletives during the in memoriam tribute that included his late mother Jeanne Cooper of The Young and the Restless.
The women of The Talk presented outstanding talk show informative, and when Aisha Tyler opened the envelope she quickly realized it was the wrong one.
“Oh, this is interesting,” she said. “This winner is not in this category.”
The audience in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton gasped at the error.
Tyler then announced The Dr. Oz Show as the winner.
“I was having heart palpitations, real ones,” Dr. Mehmet Oz said onstage.
In another surprise, there was a tie for supporting actor in a drama series. Scott Clifton of The Bold and the Beautiful and Billy Miller of The Young and the Restless both won.
Julie Marie Berman of General Hospital won supporting actress honors.
Ben Bailey of Cash Cab picked up his third win as outstanding game show host, beating out five-time winner Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! Cash Cab is no longer in production after eight years of shows that took place in a cab as Bailey plied the streets of New York.
“I’ve got some great hood ornaments for the cab I now have in my garage,” he said.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show earned its seventh trophy as outstanding talk show entertainment.