Maya Rudolph is tipped to tie Jean Smart’s Emmy record

Maya Rudolph is tipped to tie Jean Smart’s Emmy record
If our early odds prove to be correct, Maya Rudolph will cruise to the Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy for “Saturday Night Live.” It’d be her second straight victory and she’d become just the second person to win back-to-back awards in the category.

As of now, Jean Smart is the only Best Comedy Guest Actress champ to successfully defend her title. A two-time nominee this year for “Hacks” and “Mare of “Easttown,” Smart won for her turn on “Frasier” in 2000 and 2001. Six other women have won the category multiple times, but not consecutively. Cloris Leachman, who holds the record with three wins, prevailed for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1975 (back when it was called Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series) and “Malcolm in the Middle” in 2002 and 2006. The five two-time champs besides Smart are Colleen Dewhurst, Tina Fey, Kathryn Joosten,
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