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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.”

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
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sondra

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

Kara Morgan
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Kara Morgan

ME TOO!!!!!!!!!

eiwcakeff
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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
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Rob

I cant wait until “The Chew” tanks.

Susan
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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
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ally

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

Carol Fowler
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Carol Fowler

Sure does and sounds stupid to me.

Sue
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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
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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… Read more »

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

This is a crappy way to do business!

Loretta Jamar
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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
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Days

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

jeffrey moree
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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… Read more »

Loretta Jamar
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Loretta Jamar

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

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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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