Lesbian comedienne Ellen Degeneres has picked up a staggering 12 DAYTIME EMMY nominations.

The newcomer is the favourite to pick up Best Talk Show and Best Host at the ceremony on 21 May (04).

But DeGeneres isn't the nominations leader - that title belongs to daytime soap THE YOUNG + The Restless, which racked up 16 nods yesterday (04MAR04).

Meanwhile, lifestyle queen Martha Stewart has been given a boost as she fights fraud charges in a New York courthouse - she has been served six nominations.

05/03/2004 09:21