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Will the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi bring Emmy trouble?

May 16, 2008 | 11:16 am

Will Ellen DeGeneres' decision to marry long-time love Portia de Rossi hurt her chances with Emmy voters? In the wake of yesterday's California court ruling, the talk-show host announced today on her self-titled show that she intended to tie the knot with the "Arrested Development" beauty.

Ellen DeGeneres' talkfest has won the Emmy four years in a row beginning with its debut season in 2003-04 while she has taken talk show host for the last three years. DeGeneres is the only solo act competing for talk show host at next month's Daytime Emmys. Rival nominees the ladies of "The View" have explained away their 10-year losing streak by saying that there will always be one of them not to like. And Regis Philbin won his only hosting Emmy in 2001, in the wake of his controversial co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, leaving.

Now Philbin is coupled with an equally sassy sidekick, Kelly Ripa. The twosome is back in the host race after being snubbed last year. Before that, they had lost six years in a row. As Philbin is getting a lifetime achievement award at this year's festivities, voters might decide that is reward enough for him.

Emmy voters unsure of DeGeneres may be tempted by the addition of awards darling Whoopi Goldberg (one of only 10 people to win the grand slam: Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony) to the ever-changing cast of "The View." Will Emmy voters finally reward this female fivesome?


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