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Mishael Morgan accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “The Young and the Restless” at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday.

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Mishael Morgan accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “The Young and the Restless” at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday.

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PASADENA, Calif. — Mishael Morgan of “The Young and the Restless” won for lead actress in a drama, becoming the first black actor to win in a leading category at the Daytime Emmys on Friday night.

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

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

John McCook earned lead actor honors for his role as Eric Forrester on CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.” It was the 78-year-old’s first win in four nominations.

“I’m very happy to receive this Emmy, any Emmy actually,” he said.

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

Morgan is in her second appearance on “Y&R.” She first joined the telenovela in 2013 and stayed until 2018. She returned in 2019 as a different character.

“I am immensely proud of our generation. We are breaking glass ceilings left and right, and I am so honored to be a vessel and experience this moment,” she said. “It is thanks to everyone who is out there today that they are showing the world that we can and will do together this thing called equality and unity.”

Three stars from “General Hospital” won honors, and the soap opera’s directing team won for the third year in a row.

Kelly Thiebaud was chosen as a supporting actress for playing Dr. Britt Westbourne and Jeff Kober scored as a supporting actor for his role as Cyrus Renault. Nicolás Chávez won as the youngest actor in the telenovela.

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

A cheerful Thiebaud won on her first nomination.

“I can’t believe this. I’m so shocked,” she said. “My brother, when I started acting, he followed my work and said, ‘You’re not that good.’ So thanks for giving me something to rub in my face.”

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

“Wow, thanks for making me feel so welcome for the day. What a trip,” he said. “I love what we do for a living, it’s play.”

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

Kelly Clarkson won her third consecutive trophy as an entertainment talk show host. Her self-titled show also won her second consecutive trophy as an entertainment talk show. The singer is spending the summer with her children and did not attend.

Tamron Hall picked up her second consecutive trophy as a news show host.

Steve Harvey of “Family Feud” won for game show host.

“Danger!” won game show honors.

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

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

John Aniston of “Days of Our Lives” was 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 literally the definition of a lifetime’s achievement.” He noted that he began acting in 1962 in prime time and also appeared in defunct soap operas like “Love of Life” and “Search For Tomorrow” before joining “Days” in 1985.

After two years of pre-recorded presentations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the day honored his family again 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 forced to withdraw. Lead actor nominee Jason Thompson, who plays Billy Abbott, and supporting actress Melissa Ordway, who plays Abby Newman, said on social media that they had tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss the show.

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

Frazier and Turner found themselves accepting a Daytime Emmy when “ET” won for entertainment news series.

Turner opened the show with a reference to the Supreme Court striking down women’s constitutional protections for abortion the previous Friday. She emphatically told Frazier that it was “her choice” for her to wear her blue dress. The crowd cheered and some women stood up.

Supporting actress nominee Nancy Lee Grahn of “General Hospital” walked the red carpet covered in references to the day’s news. She had a temporary tattoo that said “reproductive freedom” on her chest, the word “choice” on her disc earrings and she was carrying a black bag with the word “ban on our bodies” written in rhinestones.

“I dare not go through this process without talking about how devastated I am by what happened today and how dark this day is for women in this country,” the 66-year-old actor said. “We are not going to allow this, we are not going to tolerate it.”

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