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AMC & OLTL stars blindsided by shows cancellations!

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FOXnews has a report out today that several of the series regulars of One Life to Live and All My Children were blindsided yesterday by the news of the cancellation of the two ABC Daytime dramas in one big swoop.

According to the item, “Despite what ABC claims were their best efforts to tell the cast and crew of  AMC and OLTL some of the actors and crew of the two canceled soap operas say they felt blindsided by the cancellation of the long running daytime dramas on Thursday. “If you weren’t there for the morning meeting, you found out through a third party,” one cast member of AMC told FOX411. Several members of the cast were called at 10am for a meeting announcing the cancellation, but were told so late they couldn’t get there in time. Network execs claim a program-wide message was sent to the staff of both shows earlier in the week telling them a big announcement was coming on Thursday at 11 am Pacific time. “

“Brian Frons, the president of daytime, went physically in person to that set to tell the cast the news and had it set up as a video link to One Life to Live’in New York and he personally informed the cast and crew,” said ABC spokeswoman Jori Petersen. “We took great effort to tell the cast crew and production staff.”

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Still, being fired over video simulcast feels a little like being broken up with over text message, and no one was happy.

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sondra
sondra

I hope Brian Frons gets a text message saying YOU ARE FIRED!

Kara Morgan
Kara Morgan

ME TOO!!!!!!!!!

eiwcakeff
eiwcakeff

This doesn’t surprise me one iota they could have broken it to them in a more timely manner. So much for the loving, caring Disney Co. we all knew as we grew up. BF will forever be the guy who killed soaps–good going.

Rob
Rob

I cant wait until “The Chew” tanks.

Susan
Susan

The reason both casts and crews from AMC and OLTL were blindsided; was because they were lied to by ABC. When anyone from eather show asked if cancelation was possible, ABC lied to them. Told both shows they were safe from cancelation. When in reality this was set in motion a long time ago.

ally
ally

The Chew? Sounds like a bad rip-off of the already pathetic “The View”. ABC fails.

Carol Fowler
Carol Fowler

Sure does and sounds stupid to me.

Sue
Sue

They hung Susan Lucci out to dry. She was on her book tour saying she had her schedule for the year. It’s obvious that someone lied to her about the cancelation rumors.

Sad to have two soaps go under. Also, being replaced with The Chew? How aweful!

Karen
Karen

what’s bad about this is that this will shake the confidence in the remaining soaps & it can go either way. some will rally around & start watching them more or will just give up watching them since they’ll figure “why bother, they’ll just get cancelled too & i don’t want to waste my time getting invested in it”

ABC should of been honest with their employees but they were probably afraid that they would leak the info before ABC could do the mass firing on their terms. I just hope that AMC & OLTL will wrap up their storylines in a better way than ATWT did, it still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth how badly they ended the show.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

This is a crappy way to do business!

Loretta Jamar
Loretta Jamar

how in the world do they expect these new shows to be successful when so many people are being fired and burnt in the process. Not one show, two shows AT ONCE, this is the worst move ABC has ever made. Maybe less to produce these new shows but it will COST ABC dearly.

Days
Days

AMC is here till 9-11
OLTL till 1-12
so we can injoy them till then.

jeffrey moree
jeffrey moree

I wonder why they moved AMC to LA and moved OLTL into the old AMC studios just to cancel them both. I remember that the apparent liar Frons said then that it was because “we are committed to these two shows” He sure has outed himself as a liar that is for sure. I think long time fans will just tune out of abc daytime altogether. Frons was also saying to tell people to tell their freinds to watch GH. If i worked on it i wouldn’t lull myself thinking i had job security sounds like to me that GH will be the next to go that is a fact because now it is the last one on ABC. I want to be entertained by good writing and good actors i don’t want more reality/talk shows on self improvement.

Loretta Jamar
Loretta Jamar

AMC is here til 9-11 ? Isn’t that date sad enough?

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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10amPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand show via the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Shares Her Grief and Remembrances of John Callahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’

There was always something special about the wonderful actors and the cast pictured here from ABC’s All My Children.  After all, this is where Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) met her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) and where Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) met her ex-husband John Callahan (Ex-Edmund).

Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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