Move over, Susan Lucci
! It's Regis Philbin
's turn to be an Emmy loser. The hyperactive ham lost the race for Outstanding Talk Show Host (along with partner Kathie Lee Gifford
) and was seriously snubbed in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host.
The man who single-handedly saved ABC lost out to Bob Barker (The Price Is Right) and Tom Bergeron (Hollywood Squares), who tied for the trophy. Bergeron is well aware that every American was rooting for Reege, the beloved host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. "Oh, God, I know ? not the least of them me! I don't know who the judges are or what they were drinking, but I'm glad to accept this award," he said with a laugh.
Millionaire wasn't a total loser, though: It did win for Outstanding Game Show. Executive producer Michael Davies admitted that Millionaire's phenomenal popularity is a double-edged sword. "I apologize for part of it and I'm very happy about the rest of it. It's the madness that I'm not so proud of, but it's something special that multigenerational families can sit down and watch together."
Speaking of family-friendly TV, Outstanding Talk Show Host winner Rosie O'Donnell stood on her soapbox when she explained how her show has become more issue-oriented lately. "To be authentic five hours a week you have to bring to it your real passion and what you believe. And the things that I believe in I can't help but speak out about. I know there are going to be people who don't agree with me, and that's what our country was founded on. But it shouldn't be a very funded vocal minority that gets to make the decisions for the very unfunded, very concerned majority."