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All My Children's Vincent Irizarry Urges Fans To Submit Recommendation For Agnes Nixon to Receive Kennedy Center Honors!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Got to hand it to All My Children’s Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward)!  Over the last 24 hour, Irizarry took to his facebook page to recommend and urge fans and colleagues to submit the name of legendary All My Children and One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon to become a Kennedy Center Honoree!

Irizarry posted: “Please read, everyone, regarding Agnes Nixon! Someone sent me this link this morning on Twitter to submit a recommendation for the next Kennedy Center Honors, awarded by the President each year to those who have committed their lives in excellence for the arts. Last year’s honorees were Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, Buddy Guy, and Natalia Makarova. I’ve already submitted my choice for AGNES NIXON, truly one of the great storytellers of our time, and pioneer of broadcasting in television, who has recently transitioned successfully, once again as a pioneer, from TV to New Media with the new incarnations of both  All My Children & One Life to Live for the internet. Join me in supporting our great national treasure, Agnes Nixon, by submitting your own recommendation for her to receive this illustrious honor. This could be our collective thank you to Ms. Nixon for all the years of joy she has brought to countless millions of us; throughout the many generations. Very few could possibly deserve it more!”

So how cool would that be for soap operas?  If you want to join in the recommendations to the Kennedy Center Honors for Agnes click here!

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Now let us know, do you agree with Vincent that Agnes should be inducted into this elite group of individuals who have contributed so much to our culture and entertainment?  Share your thoughts!

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johnny
johnny

vincent you need to get a new job my friend. all my children will be cancelled soon. i have a bad feeling one life to live will be gone too. horrible writing on both reboots. they are cheap reboots. sorry to say just cancel them. end the misery now please. i will stick to days of our lives and gh.

Michelle
Michelle

You speak for yourself, I completely disagree, such negativity!

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

I agree, We don’t need any negativity here, It is about Agnus.

Derek
Derek

Does your comment have anything to do with what they are talking about here? No it doesn’t. So what’s the point? This article is about Agnes Nixon .

ricardo
ricardo

Who cares about agnes nixon. mind your own business. don’t ever reply to me again. you started it. get a life man. i express my opinions here all the time. so have a good life.

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

YOUR RIGHT

Jewell
Jewell

All My Children is not going anywhere, And Vincent loves playing Dr. Hayward.

susan M.
susan M.

We soap fans waited so long to get our soaps back! I totally disagree with johnny’s
negative comments!

Johnny
Johnny

Just so people know, I am not the same “Johnny” as the “johnny” that wrote the above comment – I do think the shows need some work but I would never phrase it as the above person did nor would I tell an established actor he needs to “look for another job”. I often post on here and I do comment that the shows could be improved (writing wise) and with more familiar faces in Pine Valley but I think for the most part I try to comment politely.

Rodd
Rodd

Go find something else to do with your half-hour if you don’t like these shows! And please take your hateful words with you. Agnes Nixon and the others who are trying to navigate this new medium need our encouragement and understanding as they hit new highs and low, get things right and make mistakes. I am happy to support them!
And by the way…I made my recommendation of Ms. Nixon with glee. It was easy to do and she is SO deserving.

david
david

rodd you are a bully. anyone can voice there say here. if you dont like it. keep your mouth shut or dont come on this site.

Rodd
Rodd

david, nothing I said was “bullying”. It was a mere suggestion for someone making what I thought was a very negative comment about a wonderful person. Can’t see one “bullying” thing in what I wrote. However, I will not continue to justify my remarks to you in light of the tone of your words. I will simply suggest you think about what you wrote and then consider its tone. Good day.

OLTLfan
OLTLfan

I fully agree with you. It seems some people’s parents never taught them to only say something nice or don’t say anything at all. This is supposed to be a positive article about a great lady who brought us our soaps (that I’ve enjoyed literally my whole life) and people feel the need to get nasty. What purpose does that serve? If they don’t like the show, they don’t have to watch. But they should keep their negativity to themselves, and leave us real fans to support our shows and the people behind them.

Jeanie
Jeanie

Great honor for a real pioneer, from radio, to tv to the Internet. Thank you for the suggestion Vincent. Done!

su0000
su0000

Lets honor Agnes Nixon and get her to the Kennedy Center Honors, and to a win !!!!

Jules
Jules

This is the kind of man Vincent is. He is as warm, friendly, sincere and good-natured as he is talented. I love his idea and I’ve already submitted my recommendation.

Antone
Antone

We (the fans of AMC) would like to view the full five days of shows and please keep the language to a minimum say at the PG-13 level. We do not want it to go into the Rated R mode. Thank you.

su0000
su0000

”we” speak for yourself, only.. I’s be ok with it.
AMC is nowhere near a R rating, no worries, doubt they ever will be…..
There is no PG-13 rating on the internet, those ratings are not on the internet programming because there is no censoring on the internet..
You’d best stick to I Love Lucy, there you will find your happy place 🙂
The internet soaps are not for everyone, they reality cuss!!!
{{ maybe someone will get naked!! /wishful thinking..

Antone
Antone

I didn’t say AMC is Rated R! I just don’t want it to get at that point! You follow me??????? Ok..Sherlock… I’m trying to submit feedback here… The little words they use NOW are fine with me..that is considered PG-13!– even though you said there is no PG-13 on the internet!) Obviously, you sound very immature and I doubt it if anyone will get naked on the soaps because that would be considered porn!
In general, I like AMC just as it is right now.. I don’t want it to get worse with the harsh language AND mind you, I am speaking for EVERYONE!

Michelle
Michelle

Please speak only for yourself. The language makes this much more realistic and it’s not excessive, I would love five days, but I’ll take any days I can get, 38 years of being an AMC fan!

Derek
Derek

So annoying when people go off topic from the article posted. Your comment has nothing to do with what the article is talking about. This is about Agnes Nixon and whether she should be nominated.

billy
billy

Agnes nixon should retire and go away. she is a old woman. who has lots of money.

Beti
Beti

I did!! Agnes Nixon is the best writer of all time.

Sandee Carlisle
Sandee Carlisle

Don’t give up on OLTL and AMC! I just bought a new tv o I could watch them on hulu plus!!!

Michelle
Michelle

Never! Congrats on your new TV set, I love watching AMC on the flat screen via Hulu! I was happy to submit Agnes Nixon for the KSH, great idea and well overdue.

shelli
shelli

Absolutely!!!! I voted for Agnes earlier today. Her story telling is groundbreaking and she should be rewarded for all her years of hard work.

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

I voted for her , her soaps have given me entertainment for as long as they have been on, decades of wonderful stories.

susan M.
susan M.

I voted for her also! I agree with your comments!

su0000
su0000

I sent in my recommendation for the great Agnes Nixon ..!!

It would be wonderful if she got the award!!
She should get a life-time award!

MaryG
MaryG

Vincent you are such a warm hearted person and so is Agnus, I have put my recommendation for her already. I love the shows no matter where I would have to watch them, have watched them with my mom for all of my life. Even though she is no longer here I still watch them and getting my kids into them. They are wonderful. The new shows aren’t bad they just need to tone them down a little with words but yes that is the way things are today going down hill with kids not watching their behavior so it’s not just the show.

Cheryl
Cheryl

I voted for Agnes. She deserves to be recognized for her outstanding contribution to television and continuous years of service and hard work.

lisa
lisa

As a loyal Canadian viewer I think Agnes Nixon very deserving of such accolades.
Unfortunately little brother (we Canadians) don’t carry any weight when it comes to such things.

Lisa
Lisa

I’m Canadian too and was just able to submit my recommendation for her…

Gerry
Gerry

I continue to watch two fabulous shows since their inception ( over 40 yrs.), and the wonderful job you and your fellow actors do is apparent . I have nominated Agnes Nixon as well. I will take as many episodes of OLTL and AMC that I can get on any device it is available. Thank you Vincent and cast for great programing !

pampam917
pampam917

Already cast my vote!!

Silvia
Silvia

She should be a recipient of the Kennedy Center Awards, she is a pioneer in the field of Soap Operas. She has brought many things to light for the followers in her story lines such as aids, etc. She still continues.

Silvia
Silvia

I submitted my recommendation today.

Liz
Liz

Done

Tammy
Tammy

Just finished filling it out would love to see her horor.she deserves. to win .

pamela
pamela

I love AMC, but we need some of the original cast back & it should be on Netflex

Tracy Betz
Tracy Betz

thank you david i did it for agnes nixon she is such a wonderful woman again thank you

Yvonne
Yvonne

I am honor to vote for Ms. Agnes Nixon.

Chris
Chris

I agree Agnes is an amazing writer but I think Vincent knows he needs help from Susan Lucci for this. I also am worried, i have a bad feeling AMC might not make it and even more suspcious that Susan Lucci and her husband have a bad feeling AMC is not being run well and will be cancelled. Lucci is usually very business savvy. Prospect Park quit negotiations with ehr befor and it appears it was not money. I am wondering if Lucci doesn`t want to back a questionable deal or show. I think she is loyal to AMC but is worried about how it is being handled not to mention she has Devious Maids and Deadly Affairs.

OLTLfan
OLTLfan

To be honest, I’ve watched the show my whole life, and I haven’t missed Erica Kane for even a second since the reboot. I never really liked her to begin with, but I honestly believe the show is fine without Susan Lucci bringing that “diva” quality to it.

kendall
kendall

nope.

Beacon
Beacon

They won’t go for it. Soaps are looked down upon by the elitist organizations, especially any pertaining to the cultural life.

Tricia
Tricia

I submitted her name yesterday! It would be a well deserved honor for her, a true pioneer in the television industry.

Mo
Mo

It would be nice for someone from soaps to get such an honor. Don’t know what the requirements are.

Jewell
Jewell

People need to stay on topic, this is about Agnes Nixon not canceling All My Children. Vincent is such a sweetheart, so unlike Hayward..:-) I submitted my nomination.

claudio
claudio

jewell agnes nixon is a witch,cant stand her, she needs to go away and retire. agnes is getting senile just like you. all my children will be cancelled soon. anyone can voice there opinions here. the storylines and the writing is horrible. enjoy watching all my children for now. it will be just a memory like agnes nixon.

Katie
Katie

Submitted yesterday. Thanks for the article leading to the opportunity to submit. Keep the faith about te shows people.

Julie
Julie

I just sent in a recommendation for Agnes..she truly deserves it

Darlene Ford
Darlene Ford

Done! Here’s what I submitted:

Agnes Nixon is a true — the ULTIMATE — Daytime Heroine. First, she refined & defined the soap genre, then she virtually single-handedly ‘rode to the rescue’ — doing what even OPRAH said was impossible — and, in true soap form, brought them ‘back from the dead’!

OLTLfan
OLTLfan

I submitted my recommendation! I told them how Agnes has brought happiness and a sense of family to many generations, and she is very deserving of being honored for her talent and dedication.

randall gerber
randall gerber

He’d be better off nominating Susan Lucci instead.She’s more world famous.

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