By Aly Semigran, Hollywood Staff
More prestigious than a Soapie, but a little less prestigious than a Primetime Emmy, the Daytime Emmys will hold its 40th annual ceremony this year. The nominations for the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday morning and perennial favorite The Young and the Restless leads the pack with 23 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series (helping CBS become the most-nominated network this year, with 50 nods total), while The Ellen DeGeneres Show has the most of any talk show with 10 nominations, including Outstanding Talk Show. (Ellen will dance off against The View, The Talk, and Live! With Michael and Kelly).
Outstanding Talk Show Host nominees include Anderson Cooper (for his since departed show Anderson Live), Steve Harvey, Ricki Lake, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Rachael Ray, while Billy Eichner will have something to shout about: the Billy on the Street host is nominated for Outstanding Game Show Host. He'll face off against Ben Bailey (Cash Cab), Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal), Steve Harvey (Family Feud), and Alex Trebek (Jeopardy).
The morning talk show wars will continue in the Outstanding Morning Program, as rivals Today (which includes both Ann Curry and Matt Lauer as nominees, so maybe it should also be in the Outstanding Drama Series category) and Good Morning America will face off against CBS Sunday Morning. Speaking of headline-grabbing nominees, an underage sex scandal controversy didn't stop Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash from being nominated in the Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work as Elmo. (Clash resigned from the iconic PBS program - which is nominated in the Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series category - back in November in the wake of the allegations).
For the full list of nominees, including categories like Outstanding Culinary Program and Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program, here. The 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast by HLN.
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