Magazine article Variety

The Gift of Gab

Magazine article Variety

The Gift of Gab

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Competition heats up in the talkshow host race as newbies vie to nab slots from last year's contenders By Kate O'Hare

LAST YEAR, there was a tie in the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards' talkshow host category, between Katie Couric "Katie" and Dr. Mehmet Oz of "The Dr. Oz Show."

It's a dead certainty that double honor won't be repeated, since "Katie" was canceled. Also, while Oz is still on the air, he spent his summer being grilled before a Senate committee over the promotion of questionable diet aids on his show.

How voters handle the scandal remains to be seen.

As for the rest of last year's nominees, syndication's "The Rachael Ray Show" continues - with Ray often nominated but winless in the host category - along with "The Talk" on CBS.

ABC's "The View" is a wildcard for a repeat nom after a rollercoaster year saw the retirement of Barbara Walters, exits of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, introductions of Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, and the highly touted return of former co-host Rosie O'Donnell followed by an equally dramatic departure.

Hosts of top-rated talkers "The Dr. Phil Show" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" no longer submit. So, who's left?

While the syndicated "The Queen Latifah Show" was recently axed, NBCU's "The Meredith Vieira Show" has been renewed for a second season. …

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