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Andy Cohen On His ‘Story of Soaps’ Backlash: “I Went To The Interview As A Soap Fan Prepped To Talk Soaps & They Asked About Reality TV … Sue Me!”

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Over the last 24 hours, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and the creator of the ‘Real Housewives” reality-TV franchise has taken a lot of heat on social media for his comments throughout the airing of last night’s The Story of Soaps two-hour special on ABC.

Taking to Twitter to share his side of what viewers saw, Cohen expressed: “I went to the interview as a soap fan prepped to talk soaps, and they asked about reality tv and I answered their questions. Sue me!”

Looking it at from the converse side, often times talent who are going in front of the camera to be asked by a producer or journalist about a subject they thought they were answering, only to have it changed up on them, has been a common occurrence in Hollywood.

Cohen had said in the special: “I know (Susan) Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”  But along with this, and other comments, fans of the soaps thought Andy trashed the soaps, and if he was a soap fan as he said he was, he wouldn’t have painted the picture that soaps were basically inconsequential as compared to reality-TV programming.

Some of the responses from fans since his tweet have included: “Hey Andy. I’m a huge fan of yours so I’ll be good lol. No one is mad at you answering a question but you answer was just dead wrong. Reality tv can’t replace good writing and acting.”  To, “A lot of people felt hurt and insulted after @andy remarks aired. I won’t discount a little bait-and-switch for production narrative, but usually when one’s words have unintended consequences, it’s better to respond with, “Oh no! I’m sorry; not what I intended!” not “sue me!”‘

So, what do you think about Andy’s Twitter comment trying to set the record straight?  Causing even more of a backlash? Comment below.

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Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

Wasn’t a fan before. Really can’t stand him now. He’s not an imbecile. He knew exactly what he was saying. He could have answered without disparaging the soaps, instead he decided to be a moron like the stars of the crap he produces. Go away, Andy Cohen. You’re a no talent fool.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tina…AGEEED!!!!! That CLOWN Andy Cohen has now sunk to a new LOW!!!!! Yuck.

Sassy Duck
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Sassy Duck

I agree, Tina. He’s exhibited such a cavalier attitude, …”so sue me.” He ABSOLUTELY intended to yank our chains. What a slap in the face to the soap genre. HIs shows pander to the lowest form of viewer’s intelligence. Nothing about them is ‘real’, anyway. You got your 15 minutes of fame, Andy. Now, time to go away.

Marianne
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Marianne

Amen

Violet Lemm 2.
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Violet Lemm 2.

I think we can all agree, he’s a jerk, not only that, he’s obnoxious as hell!

Ray
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Ray

I am not sure the show did daytime any favors except for a little primetime recognition. Do we need to hear or be reminded that Netflix and Hulu are fragmenting the market? Did we need to see Bryan Cranston and Demi Moore get more airtime than any of the superstar daytime stars? I was shocked how little respect “As the Word Turns” received during the show. Where were scenes with Lisa (Eileen Fulton) or Liz Hubbard with Martha Byrne? I would have loved to have seen more of the classic moments like Bo and Hope’s wedding, Mac and Rachel, some… Read more »

Yolanda Arias-Arenas
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Yolanda Arias-Arenas

I love soaps because at the end of the day the actors go home and the drama isn’t real, no one dies, marriages don’t break up, bombs don’t kill anyone. Also, the actors can act unlike those reality show mannequins. I hate reality TV. I used to watch it but then couples broke up and marriages ended, it’s real. I hate the real consequences of these shows. Also, the drama is made up an over the top crazy. Cohen is wrong, the housewife shows are not as appealing as soaps. Soap operas inject better drama than what’s on reality shows.… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

real housewives of atlanta real housewives of beverly hills real housewives of orange county real housewives of new jersey real housewives of dallas real housewives of beverly hills I had to google them and got the list.. Its strange that there are a huge amount of women, that are millionaires and above, that are addicts, alcoholics, sluty, criminals, phoney bodies paid for in cash, who seemingly have mental problems to behave in the way they do and to show the world their deplorable lives by participating in the shows. (googled) I don’t watch, but- I have 2 acquaintances that do… Read more »

Violet Lemm 2.
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Violet Lemm 2.

SuOOO
Oh honey, you have hit the nail, as you usually do.I am hoping Eileen Davididson from Y&R saw the light and that’s why she jumped ship before being one of the”wives”, ruined her career, I always thought she was better than that. Andy Cohen is lapping up all the publicity Iam sure. You know how they say any publicity is better then none, so sue me!

mattm
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mattm

The special was terrible. Old material on soap stars long gone, looked like it was filmed 30 years ago. Expected something better.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

I think Andy is laughing all the way to the bank And that’s that. But the Housewives doing it themselves? I don’t believe they aren’t prompted, cajoled, coerced etc along their way. He did soap fans NO favors on that boring show. Oh. And calling her “… the great Kelly Ripa”? C’mon.

Ellen Edvardsen
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Ellen Edvardsen

Just stick with your Housewives Andy, and don’t trash our beloved soaps. Soaps and their loyal fans will be here for a long time.

Jimh
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Jimh

maybe people do like that crap but give me real talented actors of daytime any day five days a week…cant compare to Bozo Cohen’s shows..seen one and cant believe people watch that-they get together gossip about each other and fight-ya, cheap all right!!!!

Kelly
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Kelly

Was a bit of a fan of Andy Cohen especially when he is with Anderson Cooper on New Years Eve, but now not so much. Reality tv can NEVER replace soaps, but I’m sure they are much cheaper to produce. Good free advertising for you though Andy……

Kit
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Kit

As the Brits would say, he’s a tosser. Not sure there is anyone more in love with himself than Andy Cohen. Well, maybe one person who shall remain nameless by me.

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree with your last sentence. If Andy was such a soap fan why would he ever say what he said in any context and then respond to the backlash as he did. Sounds very arrogant to me. And secondly, why was he ever included in this program in the first place? Does anyone ever associate him with some authority on the genre? His franchise is really just trashy filler, not a soap. There were soooo many other legitimate soap experts who could have been included in this show, such as Michael Fairman, (hello!), any of the folks over at… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Would have been better without him in it.

DMRR
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DMRR

I loved this show (not the Andy Cohen part, ugh). This brought back so many memories. I loved seeing my favorite couple, Sonny & Brenda. I loved seeing all of my favorites. The historic footage and scenes were awesome! Made me sad, though, to think of what has happened to the genre. General Hospital is unwatchable these days. I haven’t watched in months.

Marianne
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Marianne

Andy is dead wrong, the Housewives franchise is so over. No comparison with the soap genre

Margherita
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Margherita

I tried watching because I was hoping for a nice review of past history of the Soaps, but once the Housewives took over, I turned it off and deleted the DVR recording.

view88
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view88

Here’s some quasi-fake news…
Airing anything in your home in which Andy Cohen gets to speak, attracts cockraches, and could possibly turn the youngun’s into roaches,
We are witnessing this, because the ‘mouse house’ is transitioning, It’s inhabitants are dead and are literally roach food. Roaches do things differently than humans do.
Protect your kids folks.
This stupid attempt to appease soapfans, to convince them that all of the cancellations were right, and we should be watching Andy Cohen instead?..
waterboarding on TV….
the latest reason you should child block, boycott ABC if you haven’t alredy.

Satan
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Satan

Here’s a fact about how badly “reality TV” has damaged the USA…..

There’s over 100,000 mortals who would still be alive right now if some idiot had never put “The Apprentice” on NBC.

Not to mention the 4 soaps which are still technically alive would still be airing new episodes (thank Hell that Days is still around through August, at least… the one time their ridiculous 8 months ahead taping cycle actually paid off)

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Amen, Satan!

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OLTL Alum Arlene Dahl Dead At 96, Son Lorenzo Lamas Shares: “She Was The Most Positive Influence In My Life”

Another loss for the soap world and its extended family.  Arlene Dahl, who had a notable career in film and television, and who appeared on both One Life to Live and All My Children, has passed away at the age of 96.

Her son, former Falcon Crest and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance and Ex-Hector, respectively), shared the news via his Facebook page: “Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest. My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who, for the last 37 years, made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever ♥️ #ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP”

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Dahl came on to One life to Live as Lucinda Schenk Wilson, the selfish and manipulative mother of Mimi King played by Kristin Meadows.  Arlene made appearances on the ABC soap starting in 1981 and eventually was offered a one-year contract that took her through till 1984. A decade later, Dahl came on to play Lady Lucille on All My Children for a short time.

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On One Life to Live, Arlene mixed it up with Phillip Carey’s Asa Buchanan and Jeremy Slate’s Chuck Wilson.  Dahl is also well-known as one of the regular panelists on the game show, What’s My Line?

While still working in TV and films, Arlene branched out into beauty and cosmetics, eventually becoming an executive and beauty columnist.

Throughout her life, Arlene was married six times.  She had been married to Marc Rosen since 1984 and they remained together till her death.  She is survived by her son Lorenzo, two other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Watch Arlene with Phillip Carey in scenes from OLTL below.

Then share your condolences to Arlene’s family, and share your remembrances, via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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Steve Burton Confirms His Exit From General Hospital

Steve Burton has spoken and after so much speculation, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star has confirmed he is out as General Hospital’s Jason Morgan.

In his post on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Steve shared that he was let go by the ABC daytime drama series due to their vaccine mandate and that even though he applied for medical and religious exemptions those were denied.  Thus, he has to exit his role.

In story, viewers saw on Monday, that Jason is MIA from being under the rubble of the cave that collapsed in Jason’s attempt to apprehend Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his post, Burton shared the following: “I know there has been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts, but, this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me. I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you, so I will always be grateful and I believe when one door closes multiple doors open. That’s always been my perspective, so I am excited to see what the future brings. ”

Steve went on to say, “Maybe one day when these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor, and if not, I am going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful. I have got to say, that I am forever grateful for your love and your support over the years. It means so much to me. Thank you. I don’t know when my last airdate is. It may have aired or it might be tomorrow or the next day. I am not sure. I want you guys to have an awesome Thanksgiving. I know it is hard, maybe, in this type of situation to be thankful or grateful, but we have so many things to be thankful about. Being grateful really is the key. Love you guys.”

The popular actor began his run as GH’s Jason Quartermaine back in 1991. Later in 1995, after a car accident he had a major personality shift and became Jason Morgan. Burton went to Y&R to play Dylan McAvoy for a four-year stint from 2013-2017, before heading back to his home at GH.

A source close to the show told Deadline that Burton’s last tape date was October 27th.

You can watch Steve’s video announcement below on his GH departure.

So, how do you feel about Steve being let go from GH? Do you hope Steve can return at some point? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

 

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