Actress Jennifer Aniston honored her father, John Aniston, at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

John was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award this year for his 37-year career as Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives.

John’s costar Suzanne Rogers introduced the award, followed by a video of Jennifer praising her father for his distinguished career on screen at the ceremony.

“This is truly a special moment for me,” Jennifer said. “It’s an opportunity to not only pay tribute to a true icon in the daytime television world, but it’s also a chance to recognize the lifelong achievements of a great and well-respected actor, who also happens to be my dad.”

“For over 30 years, his dedication to that show has gained him respect and admiration of his fellow actors, deep friendships and thrilled millions of fans around the world,” she concluded. “His career is literally the definition of lifetime achievement.”

Although John, 88, did not attend the ceremony, he received overwhelming applause from the crowd.

The father-daughter duo didn’t always have the best relationship. John walked out on Jennifer and her mother when she was 10 years old in 1979 after 11 years of marriage.

The two continued to have a rocky relationship, with long periods of no communication. It wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit that prompted her to reach out, and now the two talk every day.

John has been featured in numerous other soap operas like Search for Tomorrow from 1951 to 1986 and Love is Life from 1951-1980. He has also acted in films The Awakening of Spring and Sands of Oblivion.

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