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Mishael Morgan is the first Black Lead winner at the Daytime Emmys

PASADENA, California — Mishael Morgan of “The Young and the Restless” won for Lead Actress in Drama, becoming the first black actor to win in a major category at Friday night’s Daytime Emmys.

Morgan was previously nominated in the supporting category. The 35-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago plays Amanda Sinclair on the CBS soap.

“I’m honored for being the best at what I do, regardless of the color of my skin or my passport,” Morgan said. “Now there are little girls around the world and they see another step forward and they know that no matter what their industry, their calling, no matter what they do, they can strive to be the best at what Do you. Not only can they achieve it, they are celebrated.”

Mishael Morgan accepts the Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for her role in "The young and the restless" at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Morgan has been part of the cast of The Young and the Restless since 2013.
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John McCook received Lead Actor Awards for his role as Eric Forrester in CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. It was the 78-year-old’s first win in four nominations.

“I’m so glad to get this Emmy, any Emmy actually,” he said.

“General Hospital” won daytime drama honors, the ABC show’s 15th triumph in the category. It was the fifth trophy won by Friday’s show.

Morgan is on her second stint at Y&R. She first joined the soap in 2013 and stayed until 2018. She returned as a different character in 2019.

“I’m so incredibly proud of our generation. We’re breaking glass ceilings left, right and center and I’m so honored to be a vessel and to witness this moment,” she said. “It’s up to everyone who’s out there today and proving to the world that together we can and will create this thing called equality and unity.”

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Nicholas Alexander Chavez, winner of the Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series award during the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Nicholas Alexander Chavez, winner of the Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series award, gets emotional during the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California.
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Three “General Hospital” stars were honored and the soap opera’s directing team won for the third straight year.

Kelly Thiebaud was cast as a supporting actress for the role of Dr. Britt Westbourne was selected and Jeff Kober scored as a supporting actor for his role as Cyrus Renault. Nicholas Chavez won as the youngest actor in the soap.

“Wow!” said Chavez. “A little over a year ago I was selling cars in a small beach town in Florida. I’ve always had the love and support of my family, but none of us ever dreamed that I would be on this stage.”

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Award winner Kelly Thiebaud poses in the press room during the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
General Hospital’s Kelly Thiebaud takes home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
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A cheerful Thiebaud won on her first nomination.

“I can’t believe it. I’m so shocked,” she said. “When I started acting, my brother followed my work and was like, ‘You’re not that good.’ So thanks for giving me something to rub on his face.”

Kober is known for his extensive film and primetime work on shows like Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead.

“Wow, thank you for making me feel so welcome during the day. What a journey,” he said. “I love what we do for a living, it’s playing.”

NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” won for the writing team.

Kelly Clarkson won her third consecutive trophy as an entertainment talk show host. Her eponymous show also won her second consecutive entertainment talk show trophy. The singer spends the summer with her children and was not there.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: The crew of The Kelly Clarkson Show accept the award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show onstage during the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Even though Kelly Clarkson wasn’t in attendance, The Kelly Clarkson Show still won big at the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards.
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Tamron Hall picked up her second straight trophy as host of an informational talk show.

Steve Harvey from “Family Feud” won as host of the game show.

“Danger!” Won game show honors.

“‘Danger!’ is a show about facts,” said executive producer Michael Davies. “Facts matter more than ever with everything that’s going on in the world. ‘Danger!’ is the last place where everyone agrees on facts.”

Daytime doyenne Susan Lucci, who starred in All My Children throughout the show’s 41-year run, received a standing ovation. She introduced the In Memoriam segment, which included a photo of her husband, Helm Huber, who died in March. Michael Bolton sings his hit How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Susan Lucci speaks onstage during the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Susan Lucci speaks onstage during the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California.
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Days of Our Lives’ John Aniston has been honored with a lifetime achievement award for his 37-year role as Victor Kiriakis. The 88-year-old actor was not present.

He was introduced via video by his daughter Jennifer Aniston, who said, “His career is quite literally the definition of lifetime achievement.” She noted that he began acting in prime time in 1962 and has also appeared in such defunct soaps as Love of Life and Search For Tomorrow performed before joining Days in 1985.

After two years of pre-taped presentations because of the coronavirus pandemic, the day returned to honoring itself at night with an in-person ceremony. In 2020 the show went virtual for the first time and last year the audience was limited.

Still, the specter of COVID-19 was felt.

Two nominees from The Young and the Restless were eliminated. Lead actor nominee Jason Thompson, who plays Billy Abbott, and supporting actress nominee Melissa Ordway, who plays Abby Newman, both said on social media that they had tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss the show.

“Entertainment Tonight”‘s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner co-hosted the 49th annual awards ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center, where many of the nominees sat at socially distanced cocktail tables and others sat in rows side by side.

Kevin Frazier, Drew Barrymore and Nischelle Turner speak onstage during the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California.
Kevin Frazier, Drew Barrymore and Nischelle Turner speak onstage during the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California.
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Frazier and Turner accepted a Daytime Emmy when “ET” won for entertainment news series.

Turner opened the show by citing the Supreme Court, which overturned women’s constitutional protections for abortions earlier Friday. She firmly told Frazier it was “her choice” to wear her blue dress. The crowd cheered and some women stood up.

Supporting Actress Nominee Nancy Lee Grahn from “General Hospital” walked the red carpet with references to the day’s news. She had a temporary tattoo that read “Reproductive Freedom” on her chest, the word “Choice” inscribed on her disc earrings, and she carried a black purse that read “Ban Our Bodies” with rhinestones.

“I dare not go through this process without speaking out about the devastation I have for what happened today and what a dark day it is for women in this country,” said the 66-year-old actor . “We won’t let that happen, we won’t stand for it.”

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