2008 Daytime Emmy Awards
Celebrities braved a heat wave to bring their own style of sizzle to the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, held at Hollywood's Kodak Theater. Tyra Banks kept her cool-with a little help from her personal makeup artist and a mini fan-before heading inside, where she picked up the Emmy for Oustanding Talk Show/ Informative. "My mama's crying like a baby!" said Tyra (in Georges Chakra) as she declared victory in front of a crowd that included Ellen DeGeneres, Rachael Ray and Regis Philbin. On this night, the stars of the small screen were larger than life.
Cameron Mathison and Vanessa Arevalo
"For Dancing With the Stars, I would run around the stage a thousand times to warm up, but I don't think that's going to work for tonight," said host-and All My Children star-Cameron Mathison (in Arnold Brant), who hit the red carpet with wife Vanessa Arevalo (in Roberto Cavalli). Does Mathison have any favorites to win? "I'm rooting for The View to win, but Kelly Ripa is a friend of mine. So I hope there's a tie."
"It's extraordinary to even be in the same room as people I'm such huge fans of!" marveled Rachael Ray, posing with the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment. Did Ray think that her Emmy-esque Donna Karan dress brought her luck? "That was just fortuitous, amp#91;butamp#93; thank you Donna Karan!" Ray said.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
"I'm used to being nominated. If I wasn't, my heart would be broken," said Ellen DeGeneres. In addition making the crowd laugh, Ellen also displayed her fashion prowess. "I'm wearing Dolce & Gabbana and she's wearing Lanvin," said the funnywoman-who later picked up the Emmy for Best Talk Show Host-of she and date Portia de Rossi.
Regis Philbin and Jimmy Kimmel
"Regis has been on TV more than any human being ever," said Jimmy Kimmel, who couldn't resist taking a few shots at Regis Philbin before presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. "What a night Tyra Banks told me to kiss her big beautiful, and then I found out that I’m older than the Guiding Light!" Regis declared when he hit the stage.
"This is so much fun!" said All My Children's Susan Lucci (in Carlos Miele). The fan favorite--who was originally hired for a five-episode trial on the soap in 1970--later poked fun at her sinfully scandalous character during the opening segment of the show.
Antonio Sabato Jr.
"I'm trying not to move, it's like 110 degrees," said the hunky Antonio Sabato Jr., who took the opportunity to announce his return to daytime TV. The actor, who is currently showing off his fine form under the big top on NBC's Celebrity Circus, will reprise his role as Jagger on General Hospital Night Shift.
Before heading inside the Kodak Theater to host the show, The View's Sherri Shepherd braved the heat in a long-sleeved gown. "I have been watching this show for years, but this is my first time being here!" Shepherd exclaimed.
Giada De Laurentiis
"It's the best feeling ever! I can relax and have a great time," said Everyday Italian host Giada De Laurentis (in Giambattista Valli), who had already learned she'd won the Emmy for Oustanding Lifestyle Host. "If only everybody could already know that they won when they walked the red carpet."
"He's a genius! Everything in the store is beautiful, so it was a hard decision," said Days of Our Lives star Alison Sweeney of her Eduardo Lucero gown.
"Sometimes you have no idea what you're thinking of wearing and sometimes you find it right off the bat," said Reno 911 star Niecy Nash of her lemon yellow Nicole Miller dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes. Nash hit the red carpet to support pal Sherri Shepherd, who is co-hosting the show.
Leann Hunley and Thaao Penghlis
"You must be centered," Days of Our Lives star Leann Hunley said of her advice to co-star Thaao Penghlis, who is nominated for Best Actor. "It's already over, it's already in the envelope!"
"It'll go next to my other ones, wherever it fits best in my studio apartment!" said Jennifer Landon, who took home the prize for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
"I was coming down the stairs and I realized I forgot to thank my fiance," said Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series winner Gina Tognoni, who took home the prize for playing Dinah Marler on the CBS soap, Guiding Light.
"I do like to take chances. I mean, how often do you get to dress up like this?" said Bold and The Beautiful star Heather Tom, who wore a custom designed dress by Project Runway contestant Jack Mackenroth. After the show, one-of-a-kind dress will be auctioned off to benefit several AIDS charities.