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68th Primetime Emmys: Dame Maggie Smith Wins For Downton Abbey But Is A No-Show Yet Again, David Canary Included During In-Memorium Segment!

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Last night at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out in his opening monologue how Dame Maggie Smith, who has now received nine Emmy nominations, never shows up to the TV kudofest.

He joked, calling her “Downton absent,” as he wondered outloud to the crowd, “What is wrong with us? Why do we keep nominating this woman?” He continued: “Lame Maggie Smith, if you want an Emmy, you better hop on a plane right now and get your Dowager Count-ass over here.”

Later in the broadcast, when Smith’s name was ultimately called for the third time for her performance as the Dowager Countess on the final season of ‘Downton’ in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, it made it four Emmy wins overall for this icon.  When Smith was again a no-show, Kimmel stepped up to the mic and was able to continue his gag by grabbing the gold statuette and shouting out to Smith, “If you want this, it will be in the lost and found.”

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And in another moment for soaps fans, whether they be primetime or daytime, occured during the touching In-Memorium tribute as Tori Kelly performed and sang the classic Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”.

It was there that All My Children’s David Canary was included as part of those remembered, both for his work as Adanm and Stuart Chandler on the long-running ABC soap opera, and for his role on Bonanza.  Others included in the clip package ranged from: David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Gene Wilder, Gary Shandling, and Anton Yelchin.

And wasn’t it nice to see Judith Light (Transparent, ex-One Life to Live) being the receipient of plenty of cutaways as her castmate Jeffrey Tambor won for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and director Jill Solloway also took home a trophy for the series.

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Light was a nominee herself, but lost in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series to Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon. On the ABC red carpet pre-show, fashion expert Tim Gunn had picked Judith as one of his favorite looks of the night when she arrived to the event.

View the entire list of Primetime Emmy winners here.   Then let us know, what did you think of Jimmy Kimmel as host? Dame Maggie Smith’s victory? David Canary being honored in the In-Memorium segment?

Who or what show are you most happy to see take away some gold last night? Share your comments below.

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Sue
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Sue

I turned it off when Kimmel started his “gag”…gagged me. I thought he was very rude.

Celia
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Celia

You bet, Sue….Kimmel IS a mockery of what a host represents. I love comedy….so far there has not been a host I did not like. But, Kimmel? Shameful….as shameful as the omission of words of praise and respect to honor David Canary.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I agree that intro in white Brono was in very poor taste. Re Judith Light: A very professional, hard-working actress seemingly with no outsized ego–deserves all the honors that can bestowed on her.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I think they played on the bronco because the OJ Simpson Crime Story was up for (and won) many awards. The shame was that OJ wasn’t convicted.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I thought the show was really well done. Kimmel’s opening skit as he tried to hitch a ride to the show was hilarious…as was the bit between him and Matt Damon. The in memoriam was vey moving; I love that song and it really added a respectful yet beautiful accompaniment to the montage of people passed. Always get misty during that…Anton Yelkin. Such a great actor, such a fluke death and so young. The clips of Gary Shandling were so funny too. John Snow aka Kit Harrington just has to stand there and I’m happy! Kudos to Kimmel…his delivery always… Read more »

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davlestev1

I agree Rebecca..i find kimmel to be quite nerve wracking but he did do well last night biting humor and all. It also seemed after his loss and hilarious bit with matt Damon he lost some of his bite and deliberately showed he was reading from a teleprompter.. Maybe just me but…

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi davlestev1. So glad you agree! I actually googled the reviews to see if I was a lone wolf but with the exception of one he got really positive critiques! But I always like him. He’s vey mellow,,,conversational and just hits you with observations about current trends, events, news. His delivery is easy breezy…sarcastic but not caustic. I didn’t notice what you did after the Matt Damon bit…you could be right. By the way, Maggie Smith tweeted that the Emmy’s were too kind to her but if he’d send her the address of the lost and found she’d fly over… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

There was one joke that kinda made me gasp…then shake my head with relief…the Bill Cosby, LOL, that was so bad… I thought it was for real and was aghast that they’d have him on! And…his in memoriam joke. That one, dear Jimmy, I can’t make excuses for. All else? Two thumbs up!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Lmao..I was open mouthed speechless like the audience when Cosby was announced and out walked that fool..then i said out loud..that really wasn’t funny..And it wasn’t..also like he said..Smith can run to the Oscars and Globes get your butt over here for this lol

Joe
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Joe

Didn’t watch it. I gave up award shows years ago. But it is nice to know they remembered David Canary. What a great actor and very much missed, as well as AMC.

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k/kay

I think Maggie Smiths comment back today was so great and classy and took the joke in stride. I had never seen the show until recently my sister who has dementia has made me play season six the final season sixty thousand times every time I go to her apt . I know the dialogue word for word ! I also quit watching award shows don’t care to hear political speeches or pointless jokes that are not even funny.

Dan
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Dan

I like Jimmy Kimmel and thought he did a great job. Much like Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes, I like anyone that shakes up these stuffy, buttoned up, boring award shows. It’s a shame more people can’t just enjoy these things for what they are, instead of looking for the next thing to get offended about. I was very happy and pleasantly surprised to see Rami Malek win for Mr. Robot. Love him and love that show. He’s does such a great job, this was so well deserved. I didn’t think he had a chance in a category with… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Dan. I know! Kimmel was almost perfect. Hope he hosts again. I can still see the repartee between him and Damon. Lol…the whole show was so enjoyable. Love Ricky Gervais too! Discovered him when watching his BBC show “Extras”. Ever see it? Really funny show though cancelled a few years back. I have to say though that he crossed a big line for me when he made a Holocaust joke and an Anne Frank joke while hosting and as a guest on other shows. While I agree with you (and this is off topic re The Emmy’s) that many… Read more »

mollie
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mollie

Judith Light KILLED IT on the red carpet. Absolutely stunning and perfect. Love her.

Tivette
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Tivette

LOVED the David Canary tribute! And was thrilled that Tatiana Maslany who plays all the roles of the clones Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K., and Krystal, has FINALLY won Emmy for ALL her roles…truly deserving in Orphan Black!

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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Soap Vet, Broadway Star and Artistic Director, Robert Lupone Passes Away at 76

Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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