Oprah Winfrey was so embarrassed about winning the Daytime Emmy as best talk show host that she took herself out of contention before she withdrew her program from its own category. Thus she only has six Emmys as best host, compared to nine as best talk show. Had she known what the total Emmy tally was at that point, she might have reconsidered and hung on for a while. Whe she bowed out, that left Phil Donahue as the champ among hosts, with nine wins. His program won best talk show six times.