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AMC's Mathison set to host Grand Finale ABC Daytime Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Event!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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The curtain will rise one last time in New York City on March 13th, 2011 in celebration of seven glorious years of the musical celebration benefit ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event which to date has raised over $1.6 million will feature stars from ABC’s  All My Children, One Life to Live, General Hospital and The View who’ll join together in song and dance on Broadway for this final New York City based gala concert in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

All My Children star Cameron Mathison will serve as host for the evening’s festivities along with The View’s Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award-winner, Whoopi Goldberg and Emmy Award-winners, The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd with  General Hospital’s Anthony Geary.

ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares has been a wonderful success and a favorite of daytime fans since its first incarnation at Town Hall in 2005.  Since then six editions of this eagerly anticipated variety show featuring the most beloved and popular stars of ABC Daytime has raised over $1.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, allowing us with the support of the stars and fans to reach out to hundreds of thousands facing the challenges of AIDS and other serious illness.  But even in such an exciting world, all good things come to an end.  And while BC/EFA is sorry to call this the last due to our own event scheduling conflicts, we are proud to take a final, very special bow with our friends from ABC Daytime.  Whether you have been in the audience before or have yet to join us, this year’s “Grand Finale Celebration” will offer special performances and auction surprises sure to surpass anything done before.  If you’re a fan of ABC Daytime you will not want to miss what promises to be an extraordinary evening,” says BC/EFA executive director, Tom Viola.

A full list of the performing cast will be announced at a later date.  Tickets are now on sale at www.broadwaycares.org or call 212.840.0770. Talent participation is subject to change.

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Mr.Fairman why won’t u ever do a story on Binks and her lack of any sl once so ever?

When it come sto Binks you seem to be just like all the soap mags and give AMC a pass and not giving Binks a sl because she’s gay.

Why not ask JHC or the writers why because can’t even have a non romance sl?

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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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