Controversy at the Rellys for second consecutive year

Saturday 24 September 2005

For the second year in a row, controversy reigns at the Relly Awards, as Regis Philbin again is shut out in the "Best Regis" category - again at the hands of a "Saturday Night Live" veteran. This year, comedian and actor Jimmy Fallon took home the prestigious "Best Regis" Golden Stool.
Philbin accepted the award on behalf of the absent Fallon, but shocked the Relly audience by reading a purported letter from Fallon, essentially passing the award to Philbin. The document later was revealed to be a fraud. After the broadcast, Philbin asserted that "Next year will be the year that regis is 'Best Regis'!"
In another shocking twist, porcine princess Miss Piggy eked out a win in the "Best Non-Human Guest" category, triumphing over such competition as Mariah Carey's dog Jack, "Star Wars" superstar Chewbacca and Barney the Purple Dinosaur. Singing superstar Carey attempted to call in during the Relly taping to express her disappointment over Jack being passed over in favor of the popular pig.
Another unhappy nominee was talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who lost the "Best New Co-Host" Relly to "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. Kimmel is rumored to be readying a rebuttal for air on tonight's "Jimmy Kimmel Live".
Philbin and fellow host Kelly Ripa were the biggest winners on Friday, and the only nominees to walk away with multiple Golden Stools (two and three, respectively), while cast of "Everybody Loves Raymond" won in the "Funniest Guest" category. "American Idol's" Bo Bice accepted his "Best Reality Guest" award live via satellite from Nashville, and Backstreet Boys Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough checked in from Los Angeles to receive their Relly for "Favorite Music Guest".


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