Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!"
Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!” Photo via jeopardy.com

Alex Trebek received the outstanding game show host Emmy at Sunday evening’s 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, two months after announcing he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The Emmy was sixth in the category for the 78-year-old Trebek and first since 2008. He has been nominated three consecutive times and 27 overall as host of “Jeopardy!” and three times as host of “Classic Concentration.”

Trebek said backstage that winning in the category for the first time since 2008 special and receiving a standing ovation when he was introduced as a presenter for the Emmy outstanding younger actress in a drama series “extremely special, very touching.”

“I’ve been very blessed to discover how many people our show has influenced in their lives and because of the power of our show, how I have become a factor in the lives of so many other people in that I’m in your home every day and I have been for 35 years,” said Trebek, who received a lifetime achievement Daytime Emmy in 2011.

“`Jeopardy!’ has become a special institution in Americana. It has been a force for good, a force for knowledge, a force for the best kind of reality television. Anybody can succeed. Anybody can win a lot of money.”

“Jeopardy!” begins its annual two-week Teachers Tournament on Monday. James Holzhauer will return as a contestant May 20, seeking to extend his 22-game winning streak, the second-longest in the series’ history.

The $1,691,008 Holzhauer has won is the second-most in regular game winnings, behind the $2,522,700 Ken Jennings won in 75 regular-game episodes in 2004.

“You’re going to get to enjoy James and Alex for a while longer,” Trebek said.

Last year’s winner, Wayne Brady of CBS’ “Let’s Make a Deal,” also was among the nominees, as were Pat Sajak for “Wheel of Fortune,” an 18-time nominee and three-time winner, most recently in 1998, along with second-time nominee Chris Harrison of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and first-time nominee John Michael Higgins of GSN’s “America Says.”

Brady was also a nominee for outstanding guest performer in a drama series for his appearance on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” losing to Patricia Bethune of ABC’s “General Hospital.”

The syndicated version of “Family Feud” won its first Emmy as outstanding game show on its ninth nomination since 1983. The Richard Dawson-hosted ABC version won in 1977.

The other nominees were last year’s winner, CBS’ “The Price is Right,” “Jeopardy!,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” won its 10th outstanding drama series Emmy, its first since 2015.

The other nominees were last year’s winner, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

The field consists of all the daytime dramas airing on the original three major broadcast networks.

The same four series have been nominated for five consecutive years. “The Young and the Restless” has been dominated for 10 consecutive years, “Days of Our Lives” for eight consecutive years and “The Bold and the Beautiful” for seven consecutive years.

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood “The Bold and the Beautiful” won for outstanding lead actress in a drama series on her first nomination in the category.

“This has been a spectacular year,” said MacInnes Wood, who gave birth to her first child, a son, Rise Harlen Ruspoli, on March 4.

The other nominees were Heather Tom, also of “The Bold and the Beautiful”; Maura West and Laura Wright of “General Hospital” and Marci Miller of “Days of Our Lives.”

Maurice Benard of “General Hospital” won for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. He also won in 2003.

“I really didn’t think I had a shot,” Benard said.

The other nominees were Peter Bergman from “The Young and the Restless”; Tyler Christopher and Billy Flynn from “Days of Our Lives”; and Jon Lindstrom of “General Hospital.”

“General Hospital” topped the field with five Emmys with Max Gail (outstanding supporting actor in a drama series), Vernee Watson (outstanding supporting actress in a drama series) and Hayley Erin (outstanding younger actress in a drama series) joining Benard and Bethune as winners.

“The Young and The Restless” also won for outstanding writing team for a drama series and outstanding directing team for a drama series.

The other multiple winner was Food Network’s “Valerie’s Home Cooking” which won for outstanding culinary program and outstanding culinary program host, Valerie Bertinelli.

Syndicated programs won seven awards and ABC and CBS programs five each. Amazon Prime Video, Food Network and NBC were the other network multiple winners with two each.

Retired Manhattan family court judge turned television judge Judy Sheindlin received a lifetime achievement award from actress Amy Poehler.

“Extra” host Mario Lopez and Underwood hosted the ceremony, which included tributes to the career of talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford and the 50th anniversary of the debut of the groundbreaking educational program “Sesame Street.”

Gifford and Hoda Kotb won for outstanding informative talk show host for NBC’s “Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda,” a role she left on April 5.

Kelly Ripa, who succeeded Gifford as the co-host of Regis Philbin’s syndicated morning talk show, won for outstanding entertainment talk show host with Ryan Seacrest on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

The awards honor programming broadcast from 2 a.m.-6 p.m. in 2018.

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