39th Daytime Emmys held

“Days of Our Lives” actor James Scott poses June 23 at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills. Scott is a Malibu resident and enjoys local restaurants like Bui Sushi. Photo by Wireimage

Attendees dish on their favorite spots to go in Malibu.

By Patrick Harbison / Special to The Malibu Times

The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, featuring the biggest and brightest stars of daytime television, were held at the glamorous Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sat., June 23.

“General Hospital” was the big winner of the night, scoring five trophies, including Best Drama and wins in three acting categories. Actor Chandler Massey made history by becoming the first actor to win a Daytime Emmy for playing a gay character. His portrayal of Will Horton on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” won in the Best Younger Actor category. But the night’s most poignant awards went to Regis Philbin, the daytime TV icon who shot his final episode of “Live with Regis and Kelly” in November after nearly 30 years on the air. The show won for Best Entertainment Talk Show, while Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa won side-by-side awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

NBC’s “Today” and the syndicated “Jeopardy!” rounded off the night’s winners for Best Morning Show and Best Game Show at the three-hour ceremony which highlights the accomplishments of daytime entertainers.

The Malibu Times welcomed stars on the red carpet this year, and asked some of daytime’s brightest to share their favorite Malibu insights.

“Days of Our Lives” actor and multiple Daytime Emmy nominee James Scott raved about his favorite Malibu sushi spot, Bui Sushi. “I recently went for the first time and was blown away,” Scott said. “Have you had their Paradise roll? It’s truly amazing.” Scott, a Malibu native, also gave love to his favorite local Thai restaurant Chaba, saying he eats there often.

Scott co-star and daytime newcomer Schuyler Yancey echoed his statements. “I love getting to Malibu from time to time. My sister is a great surfer and loves Malibu’s beaches. Occasionally I’ll join her though I’m not nearly as good on a board.” Yancey noted his celebration tonight would include, “vodka soda, which is likely also the reason I’m not as good at surfing.”

High-profile legal ace and Malibu native Gloria Alred is a huge fan of the city. “I adore Malibu, which has been so important in my life—an oasis for me. When I’m home, spending time in Malibu, I feel as though I’m on a vacation. It’s the most beautiful place in the world—I don’t want to be anywhere else.” Alred, whose syndicated talk show “We the People With Gloria Allred” is in its first season, can often be found dining at Nobu and walking the beach with her daughter, former Court TV anchor Lisa Bloom. “I need my Malibu fix, honey,” she added.

A complete list of the 2012 Daytime Emmy winners can be found online, www.emmyonline.tv/daytime/