The 2015 Daytime Emmys took “the more the merrier” to a whole new level Sunday during the 42nd annual event, a ceremony that celebrates the best in morning and afternoon television from soap operas to talk shows. Instead of one show taking home the coveted golden statuette for best outstanding drama series, the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” and the CBS series “The Young and Restless” tied for the title.
“A few years ago they said soap operas were dead, and reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated,” the “Young and the Restless” executive producer Jill Farren Phelps said after the winners were announced. This is a second year in a row that “The Young and the Restless” has won the winged trophy for outstanding drama series, and instead of begrudging the shared spotlight, Phelps welcomed the tie.
Phelps stated that she didn’t see “Days of Our Lives” as a competitor but as a “strong survivor” with “the most talented, most hardworking, most underrated group of people in show business.”
Fans, however, were not so thrilled with sharing the accolade. Viewers of the award show, hosted by Tyra Banks at the Warners Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, took to Twitter to bemoan the tie. Some joked that everyone should have been given a participation ribbon while others shared more serious claims, stating that if there had to be a tie is “should have been [between] ‘General Hospital’ & ‘Days of Our Lives.’”
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Among the four soap operas nominated for the 2015 Daytime Emmys, however, it was “The Bold and the Beautiful” that racked up the most awards. The series grabbed a total of 10 statuettes.
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