Emmys acknowledge Elmo's puppeteer with final nod

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Puppeteer Kevin Clash has received his final nomination for his work as Elmo on “Sesame Street.”

Clash — who stepped down from “Sesame Street” last year amid allegations of having had sexual relations with underage partners — received a Daytime Emmy nomination for best performer in a children’s series.

Fellow nominees in that derby include two other “Sesame Street” puppeteers — David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino — as well as Jeff Corwin, who hosts the syndicated “Ocean Mysteries.”

The three puppeteers account for three of “Sesame Street’s” 17 nominations and three of PBS’ 44 Emmy noms. PBS is second only to CBS (50) and ahead of ABC (38), Nickelodeon (36) and NBC (25).

Jim Bell and Ann Curry are among those listed in NBC’s “Today” show nomination for best morning program; “Today” will compete against its ABC counterpart, “Good Morning America,” which has been thumping “Today” in the ratings — leading to Bell’s departure as exec producer and Curry’s exit as co-anchor/morning TV sweetheart.

CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” ABC’s “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” all were nominated for best soap. “Y&R” is this year’s most nominated show (23), followed by “General Hospital” (19).

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is the sentimental fave in the race for best game-show host, competing against “Let’s Make a Deal’s” Wayne Brady, “Family Feud’s” Steve Harvey, “Cash Cab’s” Ben Bailey and “Billy on the Street’s” Billy Eichner.

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will be presented June 16.

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