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AMC's Thorsten Kaye & Vincent Irizarry & OLTL's Erika Slezak To Appear On THE VIEW!

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photo

As first reported by On-Air On-Soaps last week in our brand new interview with One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak, the six-time Daytime Emmy winner along with All My Children’s Thorsten Kaye and Vincent Irizarry will be appearing on ABC’s morning talk series, The View this coming Thursday April 25th to promote the premiere episodes of the online revivals of AMC and OLTL on April 29th on Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes!

According to ABC, the three soap star favorites will join the ladies of The View and special guest co-host singer/songwriter Gretchen Wilson whose latest album is “Right on Time”!  The View airs Weekdays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, ET/10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, PT on the ABC Television Network.

Now while many may see this as intriguing since ABC canceled AMC and OLTL, it looks as though The View knows that their audience misses their favorite soaps! 

Will you be tuning into see Thorsten, Vincent and Erika on The View this Thursday?  Let us know!

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  1. scott

    April 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Heck yah ill be watching

  2. El

    April 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I used to watch the view every morning before tuning I to my soaps…since they have been canceled I have not watched yet hing on abc except for a soap… I really don’t want to give abc ratings, but for all my children and one live to Live…I will watch and give my soap actors the ratings!!!!

    • Joliefan Forever

      April 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Your giving the Ratings to the View and ABC, Not the actors. I won’t watch because I won’t give them the ratings and I already know about the shows coming back…..

      • jimh

        April 21, 2013 at 6:08 am

        I feel both ABC and PP are hypocrites for promoting each other with the lawsuit coming up!

  3. Joliefan Forever

    April 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I won’t!

  4. kim berly rios

    April 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    i will be watching also

  5. Rose

    April 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Yup I’ll be watching, I really can’t wait for the shows to air…

  6. louisa

    April 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I can’t believe ABC is allowing them to publicize their cancelled soaps–but I’m all for it!

    I will be watching.

  7. Pav

    April 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I’ll be there. Oh yeah.

  8. carla rodriguez

    April 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I will never watch any show but general hospital on abc daytime.

  9. Fran

    April 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    yes, for OLTL and AMC

  10. AJ

    April 21, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Seeing as I’ll be at work, I won’t watch, perhaps ill watch their appearances ONLINE!!!

  11. jimh

    April 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

    YOU ARE ALL A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES! ABC being sued by PP but turnsaround and promotes PP reboots on ABCs The View? People claim they boycott ABC but will tune in and watch their talk show? PP sues ABC but its ok for them to allow their stars on one of their talk shows? I also wonder…how many people on here did complain about PP back in Nov. 2011 and said they didnt trust PP and said they want nothing to do with them when they announced they had abandon plans to do the reboots? But now PP got their act together and finally are doing them…seems like some changed their names so no one can point their fingers at them. I even read Cady Ms Nov. 2011 facebook page where she blasts PP for not doing their homework and having the money before announcing their first attempt to do the reboots and she even said they were not a class act but since they got their act together and are doing the reboots i guess all is forgiven with her now that she is working for them!

    • Aria

      April 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      So true, one way or another we are all hypocrites no matter how we try to spin it. Every network has cancelled soaps yet ABC is made to look like murderers, it’s so ridiculous, people are stupid if they think any network cares about the people, their bottom line is money, how to spend less and make more. That’s it period…

      • jimh

        April 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        CBS cancelled two soaps…ATWT & GL…and NBC cancelled Passions but no one said they were boycotting those networks!

  12. Glenn Beck

    April 21, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I find it very interesting that suddenly ABC is publicizing a show they themselves cancelled. I know exactly why, it was mentioned as a factor in the suit with Prospect Park. Part of the deal was they were supposed to help promote the shows, which they had not done at all up to this point! Just like releasing the URL’s for the shows suddenly to PP after news of the lawsuit broke. They are trying to make the suit look as they it has no merit. I read the entire lawsuit and everything in it, from my perspective appears legitimate. They are back pedaling to save face! I am conflicted as to whether I will watch or not but if I do it will ONLY be as support for these wonderful shows and the actors!

  13. Kathy

    April 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

    No, still boycotting ABC. I will be watching AMC and OLTL.

    • Johnny

      April 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Really, there are so many ways to watch The View, I’m not home during the daytime as many people aren’t, I have to work – but I can watch The View show on You Tube and it won’t count (well, I don’t think so) towards ratings…or does it? I surely would like to hear what these three well-known soap veterans have to say about everything, I’m sure it will be on the positive side though some of these actors have been known to be very blunt in expressing their feelings. I don’t like what abc-tv did, but if these shows ever found their way back to abc, which I doubt, I can’t say I wouldn’t record them to watch at night, which is what I did for years.

  14. aria

    April 21, 2013 at 6:25 am

    so pp is suing abc but the view is promoting amc an oltl? ok, yeah, this makes sense! NOT!, it feels like ABC and PP is playing us for fools, and we always fall for it.

    • Joliefan Forever

      April 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

      You fall for it because you don’t do any kind of research! There is a Reason for ABC promoting AMC and OLTL read the lawsuit you’ll find out!

      • Aria

        April 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        Um I know ABC owns the shows and hense if pp makes money,so does abc.

  15. Rapids

    April 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I have always thought boycott talk of the abc network was silly and hypocritical. How many boycotters pick and choose programs. They say they watch general hospital and the view is ok. Wonder how many watch sports, the academy awards, modern family and countless other shows on abc. Nielsen ratings prove significant numbers even watch the chew as their ratings are pretty good.
    Networks cancel shows al the time.. All my children ratings were greatly eroded and the show was almost cancelled in2007 when things really started to tank.

    I think the prospect park story is interesting to follow but I doubt I will watch the reboots. I have zero interest in the young crowd and newbies that will dominate. How long do people think the vets will be featured, my guess is not very long.
    I totally agree cady McClain is a big hypocrite as the front person for the show but her job options tv wise are kind of exhausted.
    I have a lot of respect for Vincent irizarry and hoped he would find other work in TV, kind of shocked he did not.
    Thorsten Kaye is another one I am tired of but in the beginning of his run he was terrific as Zach.

    • jimh

      April 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Nice post…some of these people claim they boycott abc but then turn around and will watch one of there talk shows? What hypocrites! I bet half of them do watch some shows on ABC! I dont mind the newbies or young crowd but i do believe if these shows are around in a few years the vets will be pushed to backburner and barely used. They are only there to draw in the long time die hard fans for ratings because PP hopes theyll spread the word to younger viewers these shows are on. You do need younger viewers to keep the show going and thats what they care about. I just feel they could care less about they older viewers except for using them. Younger fans will realize this once they get older…i did. Vincent should be a primetime star…Cady is a hypocrite: She blasted PP on her facebook in 2011 but because she cant get other work i guess shes changed her opinion about them.

  16. Torrey

    April 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I watch Wendy Williams now, at that time slot, and I won’t be changing. I’m like the previous poster……I know when the shows air on HULU, and I will not be giving ABC or the View the ratings.

  17. Dave

    April 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Why is his Name Glenn Beck lol

  18. gloria

    April 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I don’t care who the guests are-I cannot stand The View. They are loud, obnoxious & talk over each other & get on my last nerve. And I don’t think they truly respect or understand soaps, I really don’t. They kind of make fun of them & yeah, I know soaps can get crazy & but I can criticize since I really love them but I DO NOT like non-soap lovers to make fun of them! It’s like I can gripe about my husband but nobody else better. Anyway, can’t wait for the 29th-long live all of our soaps. To hell with the rest of daytime.

  19. susan M.

    April 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I will make this one exception & watch it. I am interested what they have to see plus I miss them. Erika is my favorite soap star of all time!

  20. David

    April 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I wonder if ABC does indeed get served with the lawsuit that Prosepct Park has filed if they will pull these guests from appearing on The View.

  21. Tracey

    April 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    PP and ABC should completely sever ties with each other by ABC selling all rights to PP.

    • susan M.

      April 22, 2013 at 6:50 am

      I agree!

  22. Bob Bateman in Boise

    April 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I am so glad One Life to Live is coming back! What time of day will the program play in Boise? I am a giving man: give me the postal address to contact you and I will send you for free: my Gospel album recorded in Hollywood. The title song of this album is greatly needed now for our beloved nation: “America, It’s Surely Time to Pray” is that song! My phone: 208/342-4889. Thank you, Erica, especially! I am 70, not married, just available! OK, I know you are married. (I am laughing!). God bless: Jesus is coming any day now!

  23. Zelan

    April 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

    The “rent” (licensing fees) PP pays ABC is nearly $10M per year. The 10+ year license they have is already worth $100M to ABC plus their cut of any profits. Why would they sell their valuable property? And where would PP ever find the cash to pay them enough to make them give up all that perpetual passive income? ABC is NOT trying to sabotage this cash cow, nor are they trying to give up all that money. If anything, if PP keeps making themselves a legal or otherwise pain in the heinie, ABC may eventually simply take the rights back at first opportunity (when the license expires or PP does something to default) or offers the license to another company post-PP that they can actually work with. At the end of the day ABC is still the owner’

    • Rapids

      April 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Some of the start up cash came from government grants, this was well documented in 2011. I have no idea if grants are still involved. Cannot figure out how prospect park will pay the bills much less their royalties to abc. This is more interesting than the actual show from a business standpoint.
      I bet the actors have concerns as well but they cannot say so publicly and most have no job offers elsewhere.

      • Joliefan Forever

        April 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        Where exactly was this “well documented”.

        “most have no job offers elsewhere.” Boy it is funny how many ppl think they know what goes on in the private lives of these actors!

  24. Cin

    April 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I won’t miss this for the world. I haven’t watched The View since the shows were taken off the air. This will be my first time back. Can’t wait to see Thorsten again.

  25. Christy

    April 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I’ll record it… I don’t care for The View, but will record it if there’s a soap star on that I like.

    and ABC won’t get my viewing as a rating hit… digital tuners aren’t counted!

  26. Jan

    April 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    on my days off yes,

  27. JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

    April 23, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Vincent I’m mad with you!!!

    You could have played Kelly Monaco father on GH

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

Photo: Hallmark Channel

You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

Photo: JPI

I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

Photo: JPI

I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

Photo: JPI

I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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