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ABC News & People Reveal The Best Soap Of All-Time!

In a joint collaboration between ABC News and PEOPLE magazine,  TV fans the opportunity to vote online for their favorites of all time in many categories and fields of programming through the years. With more than one million votes cast, the results in some of the major categories are being revealed during a two-hour broadcast, a special edition of 20/20, “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters”, which aired last night.

Soap Operas were included in the Best Of TV, and the countdown and winner was revealed online. So here we go! In at number 5 fans voted for Dark Shadows, in at number four, The Young and the Restless, in at number three, Days of our Lives, in at number two, All My Children and the big winner in at number one was voted, General Hospital!

Watch the video countdown with clips and Walters narration here, and then let us know if you are happy about GH”s victory? Do you think another legacy soap should have made the top five? And even number one?   There are many to choose from, so let us know your thoughts and if you agree with the countdown? Or, give us your own top five soap countdown here!

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Jules
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Jules

“The Young and theN Restless”. Thanks Babs. Take two on that line perhaps? I participated and voted in this poll with all the TV categories like “Best TV Dad”, “Best Comedy” etc etc for the PURPOSE of voting for “Best Soap” and I never got that category! For whatever reason, Best Soap was not one of the categories I was able to vote in. As for the results….GH is no longer my cup of tea. I wouldn’t have voted for it. Surprised by Dark Shadows being on the list, but my guess is with the feature film out this past… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

I like your choices; especially ANOTHER WORLD, my all-time favorite!

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

OLTL would have been #1 with me! Yay for GH & AMC tho’!

susan M.
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susan M.

Ditto!!!!!

Christy
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Christy

me too!! didn’t know about any voting going on (obviously not looking at the ABC site!) otherwise my votes would have been #1OLTL, #2 GH, #3 Knotts Landing #4 Dark Shadows, #5 Edge of Night 🙂

terri
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terri

I completely and categorically agree OLTL would be my number one then GH followed by AMC and Port Charles (when it had vamps).

Camille Gnolfo
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Camille Gnolfo

Why is it that OLTL is always bypassed, I just don’t get it???

Brian
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Brian

I strongly agree ! OLTL was simply the best show ever !!!

t
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t

i double strongly agree!!!! OLTL had them all beat hands down!!!!! they are always getting it wrong!!!!!! what is wrong with these people????

Dave
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Dave

I agree! OLTL was the best show and always was over looked.
Who could forget the Daytime Daisy Awards and all the made up soaps and clips!
OLTL was reality, fantasy, well written and acted and could make fun of itself.
No other soap has done that.

susan M.
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susan M.

Me neither… Erika Slezak was fabulous…..It was a very heart-warming soap….It was like a family…And I miss it a lot…But I am supporting GH all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I want it to keep on suceeding…….Gh is my second favorite soap…OLTL will alway’s be #1 in my book………I Will alway’s have special place in my heart for OLTL….

Torrey
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Torrey

Totally agree. I don’t know what it is about OLTL but it’s always overlooked by everyone. Hell, it seems like Agnes Nixon even treated the show like her red-headed step child. Everyone is always going gaga over AMC, and don’t get me wrong, I love AMC too….but OLTL is hands down the best.

My top would go as follows:

#1 OLTL
#2 Knots Landing
#3 AMC
#4 Dallas
#5 Brothers & Sisters ( I know this show wasn’t on for a long time, but it was awesome.)

Maggie
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Maggie

Interesting that Luke and Laura are cited as the reason people were pulled into General Hospital. Days has a similar couple in EJ and Sami and yet they miss opportunity after opportunity to capitalize on this couple. Just goes to show you, GH has made better decisions overall than Days, hence, the placements.

Dani A.
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Dani A.

You are honestly comparing EJ and Sami to the popularity of Luke and Laura? This is a joke right? They are not even in the same popularity or ratings ZIP Code.

Maggie
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Maggie

You missed my point.

Had you not been so rude in your response, I would take the time to explain it to you again. But you clearly want to insult, not discuss, so I won’t bother.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

ITA, Sami&Lucas are endgame here .. EJ is and always has been just angst for them. DAYS doesn’t have a “Luke&Laura’ caliber couple, no soap does. That’s the problem. We want to see a couple that LONGS for each OTHER, no matter what is thrown at them, they are faithful. Soap couples today break up at the drop of a hat and jump into bed with the nearest warm body. Where is the rooting value in THAT?!

susan
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susan

maggie i have to agree with dani no comparison sami and ej to luke and laure i love gh my favorite soap and think it should have been no 1 because 30 million people tuned in to see the soap wedding of all time even elizabeth taylor was on the wedding episode sorry i do not see sami and ej no way i love days but am sick so sick of sami, sami, and now rafe, lucas and ej all want her just a rewind of ole days of every man in salem wanting marlena by the way never cared… Read more »

Jewell
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Jewell

OLTL always gets the shaft.. I’m surprised Y&R wasn’t the winner they are always number one in the ratings..

Mollymay
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Mollymay

I can’t disagree with this. Luke and Laura are the epitome of soap supercouple and nothing has ever come close to touching GH during this period. Even now GH puts forth exciting, heart wrenching storylines. Days as second choice is something I might not agree with and I’m an avid Days fan. During the eighties they gave GH a run for their money with parings like Bo/Hope, Patch/Kayla and Jennifer/Jack. However Days of the last several years does not deserve second place, IMO they don’t deserve a place on the list at all. Trying to shove boring, lackluster characters and… Read more »

Rona
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Rona

Mollymay said “Trying to shove boring, lackluster characters and pairings down our throats and demand we like them while ignoring natural chemistry and pairings guaranteed to bring good story isn’t the mark of a good soap, and its a surefire way to lose viewers and face cancellation.”

Could not agree more. The former regime at GH never understood natural chemistry which is why I no longer watch. They could have had the next super couple but decided to squander the talents of two young actors. Extremely sad.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

1. Ryan’s Hope
2. All My Children
3. One Life to Live
4. Passions
5. General Hospital

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I wish ATWT and OLTL made the list. They may not have been as showy and headline-grabbing, but they told good stories for many many years. By, it was difficulto keep on track with them when they were time-slot competitors. Before VCR’s, I’d watch one on one day and the other the next. I miss both.

susan
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susan

i too miss oltl but i do miss ryans hope as much as you miss atwt did watch
all soaps when possible

then soap net goes and takes ryans hope off for brothers and sisters with
sally field and her screwed up off the wall tv family

i thought soapnet was for soaps another screw up for ABC

louisa
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louisa

I’m surprised As the World Turns and One Life to Live were passed over.

donna g
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donna g

i am so glad to hear GH was picked as best soap because we rocked then,we rock now and we will rockthe future:)

Rona
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Rona

Savor it now because come April 2013 GH will be going the way of the Dodo bird.

donna g
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donna g

WTH dodo birds? not sure what you mean but GH has some of the most historic episodes than any other soap- luke and laura wedding, ice princess, and lets not forget all the huge stars that started from this soap

aria
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aria

rona, your going the way of the dodo bird, lame!

susan
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susan

i agree donna GH is the best soap #1 in my book

rock on gh you deserve it, and and for us so called do do birds we will see in 2013 what happens oh by the way gh has been on the air 50 yrs i believe
april 2013 so they must be doing something right
and i will be a do do bird if it keeps my soap on

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

I beleive they were correct for the most part. It always saddens me that OLTL gets omitted all the time. Cuddos to DS & GH. Dark Shadows should have stayed on the air, you would think that with raitings in the 7.0 range it was not good enough back in the early 70’s. DS was cancelled because of declining ratings…….really hmmm,
3.5 and below is good for todays standards.

susan
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susan

i agree sal dark shadows was great and did not now it was cancelled with 7 milllion viewers unbelievable am also sad oltl did not make the cut

but so happy for my soap GH, LOVE GH

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I’m sorry I don’t get how Dark Shadows, which was only on for 5 years, made the top five greatest soaps ever, while classics like Guiding Light and As the World Turns didn’t even rate a mention. Both of these soaps started on RADIO and lasted HOW many years on television before some suits decided ratings alone dictated how sucessful a show is. People obviously just voted for the shows they heard of or watch now, since three of the top five are the only soaps left on daytime. My top five would be Young and the Restless, Guiding Light,… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

WooHoo!!! It’s my fave! Congratulations GH!!! May you have many more years to go!

Rona
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Rona

Dodo bird.

susan
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susan

yea heidi it is mine to

i guess i am a do do bird ha ha

Blake
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Blake

Mine would be:

1) Guiding Light
2) Another world
3) One Life To Live
4) Young and the Restless
5) All My Children
6) Days of Our Lives
7) Bold and the Beautiful
8) As The world Turns
9) General Hospital

Rodd
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Rodd

I like most of your choices!

Blake
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Blake

Thanks!

Bill W
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Bill W

Agree with everyone else that OLTL should have made the list for the quality of the writing alone … DO agree that “Dark Shadows” was worthy of distinction. “Passions” and “Days of Our Lives” in particular owe much to DS for inspiration. And I would also fervently promote “Edge of Night” as a soap worthy of mention.

Andrew
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Andrew

So agree with you about The Edge of NIght. Back in the day, that show was about as good as it gets.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

GH was voted #1 because of Luke & Laura over 30 million watched the day of their wedding. That guy in the video who talked about them was right that is what everyone remembers when they think of GH. Gloria Monty made it work yes I agree their have been other soaps better writing etc. but that is what everyone remembers.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

Well, with GH and AMC in the top two spots, that should tell ABC/D something about what the viewers really want . I wish the big jerks would listen! My top five would be:
1. GH
2. OLTL
3. AMC
4. Ryan’s Hope
5. Y&R

susan
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susan

agree mary gh is no 1 also think your choices are spot on and maybe abc
will see what a screw up and why we all think ABC sucks now

Trisha
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Trisha

I think GH being number one is correct. It should be pointed out at they weren’t asking what your own personal favorite soap was, but what was the number one soap for all those years. So it seems the voters did what they were supposed to do…judge not by their own personal choice, but by how the soaps stood up against one another. GH is correct as it surpassed any other soap with the amount of attention and viewers it got because of Luke and Laura. It went far and above any kind of interest that was shown to any… Read more »

aria
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aria

TRISHA WELL SAID, I AGREE.

Rona
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Rona

I will agree with this because it does make sense. I’d be hardpressed to find someone over the age of 40 who never heard of Luke and Laura.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

1. OLTL
2. GH
3. Dark Shadows
4. Edge of Night
5. Ryan’s Hope
6. All of ther daytime dramas

RLeternal
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RLeternal

No mention of OLTL in top 5: Major, major upset. It’s like Roger Federer falling to a relatively unknown. Thank Heavens, there was no mention of ATWT; Chris Goutman and Jean Passanante butchered it so badly, it was unbearable to watch the manner in which they screwed up a 54 year old dynasty and brought it to is demise.

susan M.
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susan M.

OLTL should have been in the top 5 without a doubt…………..OLTL should have been #1, And #2 GH, And #3 AMC……This is what I think should have went down…..

susan M.
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susan M.

I was a die hard OLTL fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a fan of GH too but not like I was for OLTL…

Mary Lou DeVriendt
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Mary Lou DeVriendt

My two favorites are General Hospital and All My Children, so I agree with that. My third favorite is One Life to Live, and I’m amazed it didn’t make the top five.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Should have been One LIfe to Live 1st and All My Children 2d.

jp
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jp

My top 5 best daytime dramas

5 – General Hospital
4 – Guiding Light
3 – Another World
2 – Ryan’s Hope
1 – ONE LIFE TO LIVE —Hands down the number one daytime drama. Miss you OLTL.

Andrew
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Andrew

Okay, I agree with GH as #1, but the list would have to be:
#2 OLTL
#3 Dark Shadows
#4 The Edge of Night
#5 Ryan’s Hope

Marisa
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Marisa

I agree with your ranking.

Ali Wick
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Ali Wick

My personal favorites:

CANCELLED SOAPS:
1.). AS THE WORLD TURNS
2.) ALL MY CHILDREN
3.) PORT CHARLES
5.) ONE LIFE TO LIVE
6.) GUIDING LIGHT
7.) PASSIONS

CURRENT SOAPS

1.) DAYS OF OUR LIVES
2.) GENERAL HOSPITAL
3.) BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
4.) THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Ali Wick
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Ali Wick

I miscounted at number in the cancelled soaps: at number 4.) ONE LIFE TO LIVE. 5.) GUIDING LIGHT and last but not the least 6.) PASSIONS

Phil
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Phil

Sorry, but this is what I would say

1. Guiding Light
2. Another World
3. As the World Turns
4. Search for Tomorrow
5. One Life to Live
6. General Hospital

Rodd
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Rodd

Isn’t it really tough to select just a few when we’ve been so entertained by so many talented people for so many decades? I have enjoyed every show I’ve watched since I was a kid in kindergarten…and that’s been over forty years’ worth of viewing. Even when the writing was bad, so many wonderful actors and actresses tried to give it their best. That’s the magic of the soaps that talk shows will never be able to replace. I must say, however, that ANOTHER WORLD, GUILDING LIGHT, TEXAS, SOMERSET, EDGE OF NIGHT, FOR RICHER FOR POORER, GENERATIONS, BRIGHT PROMISE, THE… Read more »

susan
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susan

yeah rodd nice comment we love our soaps as much as you do

thanks very much really nice

aria
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aria

GH ROCKS! I’M SO GLAD THE SHOW LIVES UP TO ITS LEGACY. NO DAYTIME SOAP HOLD GH RECORD, ON EMMY WINS, AND HOLD THE ALL TIME RECORD FOR MOST WATCHED EPISODE. SO WELL DESERVE, ALL SOAPS ROCK.

susan
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susan

yea yea aria gh does rock its the best

and you are right it holds the record for the most emmy wins

yes all soaps rock

Patrick
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Patrick

1. As the World Turns – I never missed a day! Oakdale, Oakdale, where are you?
2. Another World – Joe and Paulina – Frankie! and Cass – John and Sharlene
3. General Hospital – I can’t believe how caught up i am with Jason and Sam, and Son.
4. DOOL – Forever! my staple. Miss the Alamains! Cheers to Eileen Davidson.
5. tie – Santa Barbara -the whole cast – Superlative – and Y& R – the Abotts!

danicajolie
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danicajolie

If it was my list, it would be ONE LIFE TO LIVE – BEST SOAP EVER! But I will take GH as number if I can’t vote for OLTL since Todd Manning is on it.

verlin
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verlin

mine would be
knots landing
another world
guiding light
general hospital
one life to live

Readbowne
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Readbowne

How could anyone have overlooked the two soap operas,

!. Search for Tomorrow
2. The Secret Storm

They both were good soaps, especially The Secret Storm which was at it’s best when they decided to cancel it! The same could be said about Another World, my all time favorite; which was also canceled when it was at it’s best!!!!!!!!!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

General Hopsital turned out the TWO most popular Aupercouples of ALL time, along with many other must see couples. GH should have WON.

Super couple From Wikipedia:

Vanessa Marcil’s coupling with Benard, gave ‘GH’ its first legitimate heir to the ‘Luke and Laura’ throne of soap coupledom”.

The article argued that this type of supercouple “… has not been seen on daytime television in some time — if EVER”, and that, “along with the return of Luke and Laura after a decade-long absence”, it created a “second golden age” for soaps as “the daytime appointment television”.[55]

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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