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Y&R's Jill Farren Phelps on Daytime Emmy Ties:"I Think There’s a Flaw in The System"

Jill Farren Phelps

No one does the Daytime Emmys better than The Young and the Restless executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. She has an unerring instinct for which episodes and clips will wow the judging panels. 

She has brought home trophies on Santa Barbara, Guiding Light and General Hospital and The Young and the Restless. That's why no one was surprised when Y&R was awarded the Outstanding Show statue at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

 The twist nobody saw coming was Y&R tying with Days of Our Lives. In the pressroom after the big win, Phelps and the cast waxed philosophical about sharing the spotlight.

Said Phelps, "I’m told that it’s happened before, but it’s never happened to me."

Melody Thomas Scott, who plays Nikki Newman, pointed out Y&R has found itself in this position before. "Every time there’s a tie, we’re one of them. When I heard tie, I thought, “We’ve got it.” She added, "Nothing but wonderful things have happened to us since Jill has come on board."

Cady McClain, who played popular characters on All My Children and As The World Turns before her current stint as Kelly on Y&R, made the case that, since the soap community is so close-knit, ties makes sense. "Daytime is here, and every time someone wins it’s a win for soap operas and the effort and the hard work that goes into it and the people who spend their whole careers [doing it] to entertain and hopefully inspire everyone. We’re celebrating each other and ourselves in some ways."

Phelps acknowledged that it was a bit odd that all four soaps were nominated for outstanding show, writing and directing, "It’s wonderful to win... No one understands what we do better than those of us who do it. [But if] it’s a four way tie for everything, it’s anyone’s guess who’s going to win." The multiple ties this year included a three-way tie for Outstanding Guest Star. Said Phelps,"I think there’s a flaw in the system." However, "We’re who we have left. We need to keep this medium strong."