DeGeneres' chat show leads daytime Emmys
Speaking as she picked up the prize, she commented: "This means a lot to me." She went on to tell actress Portia de Rossi: "I love you."
Proceedings were opened by Rick Springfield, who recently returned to best drama-winner General Hospital after 23 years. The former pop star sang a medley of his hits before entering the Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.
CBS soap Guiding Light did well, with Kim Zimmer taking her fourth Daytime Emmy for best actress. "I'm at the end of my contract," she said. "Maybe the gods are intervening and saying, 'You can't leave now.' We'll see what happens." The show's Gina Tognoni took best supporting actress, Tom Pelphrey won younger actor and Jordan Clarke supporting actor.
Winners in full:
Talk show host: Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Supporting actress in a drama series: Gina Tognoni, Guiding Light
Pre-school children's series: Sesame Street
Younger actor in a drama series: Tom Pelphrey, Guiding Light
Directing in a drama series: General Hospital
Lead actress in a drama series: Kim Zimmer, Guiding Light
Special class series: A Baby Story
Writing in a drama series: The Young and the Restless
Lifetime achievement: Caroll Spinney of Sesame Street
Game show host: Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!
Supporting actor in a drama series: Jordan Clarke, Guiding Light
Talk show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Younger actress in a drama series: Jennifer Landon, As the World Turns
Service show host: Suze Orman, Suze Orman: For the Young, Fabulous & Broke
Lead actor in a drama series: Anthony Geary, General Hospital
Drama series:General Hospital