Mario Lopez and Sonia Manzano were big winners at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
The former “Saved by the Bell” actor’s hosting duties on the syndicated series “Extra” helped the show take home the outstanding entertainment news program while Manzano received a lifetime achievement honor in recognition of her portrayal of the character Maria on "Sesame Street."
However, the biggest story of the night was Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan winning the award for best entertainment talk show host, capping a tumultuous two weeks that began with Strahan’s announced departure from “Live with Kelly and Michael” and Ripa’s reaction.
Neither Ripa or Strahan showed up at the non-televised ceremony in Los Angeles to claim the award, their second consecutive one in the category for their syndicated show.
Ripa reportedly had been upset that she learned only a few minutes before the public that Strahan, a former football star and her co-host since 2012, was exiting for "Good Morning America."
She subsequently took several days off from "Live" and, when she returned, said she'd needed to gather her thoughts and that "apologies have been made," although she didn't specify by who. Strahan is set to leave May 13.
Lopez is reportedly being considered as Strahan's replacement.
CBS' "The Price is Right" was honored as best game show, while Craig Ferguson won as game show host for "Celebrity Name Game."
"CBS Sunday Morning" earned the best morning program award.
Mary Beth Evans of NBC's "Days of Our Lives" received the trophy for lead drama series actress, while co-star True O'Brien won as outstanding younger actress. Jessica Collins of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" was honored as best supporting actress in a drama.
The guest performer trophy went to Obba Babatunde for CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," which also received an Emmy for its writing team.
Dr. Mehmet Oz won the award for informative talk show host for "The Dr. Oz Show."
Gabriela Natale, host of "SuperLatina with Gaby Natale," was honored as best talent for a Spanish-language program and the show won best entertainment show in Spanish. "Cafe CNN" won the Emmy for best morning show in Spanish.
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.