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An ABC Exec Responds to Hoover Ad Boycott over AMC & OLTL Cancellation!

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In response to the statement released this afternoon from Hoover on their facebook page that they are pulling out of advertising on ABC on April 22nd due to the upsetting cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live, an ABC executive who requested anonymity spoke to TV Guide and offered this counter statement and the network’s point of view.

The ABC exec stated, “Usually advertisers stop advertising when they want to cancel a show, not the other way around. We’ve said that the cancellation of AMC and OLTL was about money and ratings, so [the Hoover boycott] is just counterintuitive. You don’t save something by taking money away.”

So, who is the ABC exec? Do you really think it’s counterintuitive? Or, a true show of support for fans and the soaps and the network just doesn’t want to admit it?

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Jen
Jen

Why have a statement about this late on a Monday night unless it WAS making a difference. They are scared and want us to stop because they don’t want to lose money. TOUGH! They messed with the wrong fans!!!!!!

Lynn Robertson
Lynn Robertson

I am so proud of Hoover!! If there were more like them, these two daytime drama’s could be saved!

Chris
Chris

That means they’re SCARED. If ABC didn’t care they wouldn’t response. They’ve already lost the PR campaign (which will damage new shows) and now they’re losing soap fans. Even if the soaps aren’t saved, it’s hurting ABC.

I’m writing my letters tonight. It MATTERS and our voice is being heard. 🙂

Silas Kain
Silas Kain

Actually, if that ABC “exec” was my employee I would commend that person for a measured, appropriate response from the network point of view. The bottom line is dollars. I know we don’t like it but that’s the way our society has evolved. We want cheap. We want fast. And we don’t give a damn that the rich get rich while the poor get poorer. The position Hoover has taken make them a consumer darling. Positive consumer response to Hoover is encouraged. At the same time fans have to realize that if there is any hope of getting new life for AMC and OLTL it has to begin with a reasoned, rational dialogue with ABC. Let’s face one simple truth. ABC is the landlord. The viewers are the tenants. If we want to buy the condo, we better start acting like rational adults.

I refuse to concede that it’s over for either show. Yes, it’s over insofar as ABC Daytime. But a new business model is something executives should have been working on 15 years ago. They didn’t. Right now there are many people who are trying to forge a new road ahead. I’m willing to give them the time and breathing room to make gains. We Americans are all about the quick fix and the cheap way out. In this case it won’t happen. If we want new life for AMC and OLTL, we better start showing a little restraint and a heck of a lot of patience. Let’s be Victoria Lords NOT Niki Smiths.

hkp
hkp

it would be counterintuitive if the show wasnt already canceled maybe. Thanks for the support Hoover

Anne
Anne

What a tool! Keep going ABC I’m sure none of the execs from the companies who paying ad revenue to them have wive’s mothers grandmothers sisters and daughters who watch AMC OLTL and GH…and NONE of them are complaining to said execs about their fave shows being cancelled. Soaps are a legacy that grandmothers, mothers daughter and friends share…This is what you forgot

ethel
ethel

abc is scared to death right now………..and i am loving it!!
go hoover!!!

CStarr
CStarr

ABC can say what they want, they wouldn’t be trash talking about it if they weren’t upset what Hoover did! I LOVE Hoover’s idea and respect them for their opinion over this situation! Way 2 go Hoover! I’m a fan mainly of OLTL but I’d love for both shows to be picked up by another channel, any other time frame and I would watch! I’m disgusted myself at ABC’s decision going under handed the way they did the cancellations. They did all of the people who were employed at AMC and OLTL terrible!

Donna
Donna

I am afraid it’s counterproductive, if it’s being taken away from the AMC OLTL and GH timeslot.

firestorm
firestorm

I have sent emails to Hoover asking them to continue to advertise on the three soaps only. Wouldn’t that make more of a statement?

SuZ
SuZ

Flip it around — does the network want ad revenue or not? At least one advertisor is speaking about ABC practices and whether or not they think the network wants their advertising dollars. And this is how ABC responds?

Ellen
Ellen

I don’t think its counteproductive, as it is not simply removing advertising from ABC Daytime but from ABC entirely. This will affect a lot more than soaps. And the bottom line is ABC needs its advertisers for every show, thats where they make money, they sell commericals. So applaud Hoover for caring about its customers enough to take a stand with them, or at the very least being smart enough to know there is nothing more loyal than a soap fan!

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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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