The 42 nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards roared back to television tonight on Pop with a live broadcast that put the spotlight on show-stopping entertainment, daytime's biggest stars and heartfelt tributes to television legends.
- A cold open featured Ellen DeGeneres and Matt Lauer announcing an end to their prank war…or at least that's what viewers were led to believe. Soon after, the "Today" show host was donned in the familiar "50 Shades of Grey" reminiscent pasties, underwear, whip and stockings. Then, Ellen announced that Matt Lauer had agreed to donate $1,000 to a charity every time a winner personally thanked him in their award acceptance speech.
- Host Tyra Banks brought her promised fierce, fabulous energy and sported a new cropped haircut. Tyra spoke of her love of the classic Sally Jesse Raphael show before she surprised the audience with an energized rap performance.
- Television icon Betty White was bestowed a "Lifetime Achievement Award" during which Regis Philbin, Tom Bergeron, Fred Willard, Marie Osmond and Charo played a game of "Password" which celebrated her love of the game show and many appearances during its run. The 93 year old's best television moments were featured in a career showcase spanning more than 60 years and seven Emmy® Awards.
- The late comedian and television legend Joan Rivers was remembered and her emotional Daytime Emmy® Awards speech from her 1990 win moved the audience. Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers gave tribute to her mother and introduced the In Memoriam tribute. Singer Babyface performed "Gone to Soon" as talent from the daytime community was remembered.
- Tessanne Chin, winner of season five of the "The Voice," wows the audience by performing "What I Did For Love" alongside a montage of some of the most romantic scenes from all the soap series.
- "Days of Our Lives," which celebrated its 50th anniversary on television, was honored on-stage with a cast reunion led by fan favorite Deidre Hall
- The iconic "General Hospital" duo known as Luke and Laura was reunited when actors Tony Geary and Genie Francis presented the Best Drama Series award.
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