Things have been rather awkward lately for Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, but Sunday night gave them something to celebrate.
The duo took him the joint prize for outstanding entertainment talk show host at the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards. The victory comes on the heels of well-documented tension at the Disney/ABC talk show, sparked by the news that Strahan will be leaving his post for a permanent slot on “Good Morning America.” Reportedly blindsided by the announcement, Ripa declined to appear on “Live!” for three days in protest before returning April 26. Strahan will be departing “Live!” on May 13, earlier than initially planned.
“I find when we tend to not go we tend to win,” Ripa said of their absence from the ceremony.
“General Hospital” was also a big winner at the awards, which were handed out over two consecutive nights in ceremonies that for the second time in three years were not broadcast on television. The ABC soap won five awards, including drama series. Cast members Tyler Christopher, Sean Blakemore and Bryan Craig took home the awards for lead actor, supporting actor and younger actor, respectively.
CBS' "The Talk” scored something of an upset over perennial favorite "Ellen” in the entertainment talk show category.
Other winners included “Extra” for entertainment news program, “The Chew” for informative talk show, “The Price Is Right” for game show, Oz for informative talk show host, Craig Ferguson of “Celebrity Name Game” for game show host and “CBS Sunday Morning” for morning program.