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Another Slap in the Face to Soaps: The Chew's EP states, "People don't have time to sit for an hour and watch a story!"



In another upsetting, annoying, slap into the face to daytime soap viewers and especially those of All My Children, (who loyally have watched their favorite characters and actors, day in and day out) the executive producer of The Chew, (AMC’s replacement) let it be known to the Associated Press that he feels no one has any time to watch an hour scripted show on television anymore.  All of this went down, plus some other gathered quotes from the AP during a dress rehearsal in New York for The Chew, as they get ready for their debut in just over three weeks time.   But there were two sides to this, as a few others interviewed for this piece, fessed up as to why The Chew won’t work with daytime fans!  Here are the key excerpts below.

Gordon Elliot, The Chew’s executive producer (pictured here) offered up his position on the cancellation of All My Children , which can only benefit him and his show, The Chew! “People don’t have time to sit for an hour and watch a story. ABC came to me and said we’ve had great success with ‘The View’ but we’d like to get into food. I thought ‘The View,’ food, ‘The Chew.’ We do more than just chop and chat. Our co-hosts are relatable.”

“I really don’t believe that disgruntled refugees from All My Children and One Life to Live will swallow The Chew,” said TV analyst Shari Anne Brill. “This is about how it’s become more expensive to produce scripted content. The audience has shifted.”


Robin Blum, 61, has been watching All My Children since it went on the air 41 years ago and added this pertinent perspective on the soaps and how important they are to people’s lives. “AMC got me through two childbirths, a brain tumor, a broken leg, several tropical storms when I lived in the Virgin Islands and 9/11 in New York City.  It is not an entertainment form that has outlived its usefulness. It’s idiotic that the programmers are now substituting The Chew. How barbaric, for what has essentially become a part of so many people’s lives and has created so many moments of high emotion, tears and laughter.”

Then ABC Daytime President,  Brian Frons added his two-sense to the mix,  by stating that the bulk of women viewers aren’t watching soaps. They’re watching chat, reality, entertainment and style.  “It was time to look at programming for the majority of women who were watching TV.”

We find this extremely offensive to knock down the show that you are replacing with comments from the executive producer to try to instill your key message to the demographic! Enough said.

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  1. kay killgore

    September 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Mr. Elliott I don’t know why they wouldn’t since no one is working you knuckle-head!!

    • Patrick

      September 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      I will NOT be watching The Chew or The Revolution! I have been a loyal soap fan and a viewer of AMC and OLTL for 24 year’s and my loyalties’ are and will remain with my soap’s and the soap actor’s! I will never get tired of seeing them. I will instead be watching my soap’s and my favorite actor’s on the internet once the soap’s move online! Also, I just wanted to say that women are not the only people who watch the soap’s, men such as myself also watch!

    • Brynda

      October 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      I guess you are right, I don’t have time to watch an hour show and guess which ones it will be? You are right again, the Chew and Revolution. If my time is so short, I am glad that I have found that time thank s to ABC. I use to waste most of my time watching your shows. I was wasting my time on ABC but now I am doing it with your competitors CBS and NBC, etc…….Thank you for clearing and cleaning up my time schedule and calendar. Now I have more time to waste on the other stations. Thank you ABC for being so helpful. By the way, my DVR thanks you too! Just in case you are wondering I went to Disneyland 6 times last year and 6 times the year before, but guess where I am not going this year…….I guess I must draw you a picture since I have so much time to waste……

  2. SwimCutieAKB

    September 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

    “People don’t have time to sit for an hour and watch a story!”


    I’m not an AMC gal, but I am a long-time soap fan and always find that time for my shows of choice, even if it’s by way of DVR and a few hours on the weekend. What I DON’T have time for is another lame ass talk show filled with people who have obtained some level of celebrity status and now think the world at large cares to hear their opinions on a daily basis.

    If I wanted opinions on a topic I could get them by…wait for it…going outside the house and finding people with whom to have a conversation. What a novel idea, right? But what I cannot get at any local dining establishment, watering hole, or barbershop is the type of entertainment only a good soap can provide. If someone really had this burning to desire to listen to people talk about food for an hour that person would watch something like…oh, I don’t know…The FOOD Network. It is foolish to think that The Chew is in anyway comparable to AMC, and even more foolish to think that AMC fans will be tuning in. Poor decision making has its consequences.

    Nice article, Fairman. Make sure to give us the full report when the abysmal ratings come out.

    • wamam

      September 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Couldn’t of said it better myself! I have no intentions of watching this show. The preview commercials are sooo bad!

      • jerred

        September 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        They appeal to the least common denominator and insult the intelligence of the American woman.

    • peggy howser

      September 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      This is a very sad commentary on America if this is true. I don’t believe it is. We need fantasy, not just reality shows.


  3. kellie

    September 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

    but they have time to sit for an hour and watch the “the chew” this is incredibly stupid…why don’t they just show dead air until prime time if this is the case? Obviously no one is home to watch….so what does it matter. Daytime has the same problem as primetime no matter the time slot appointment tv is dying people want to watch shows when they want to see them so the rating system is so incredibly flawed and its ridiculous that people in the business of tv aren’t trying for better accuracy in ratings

    • wamam

      September 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      So true I DVR everything! Very rarely do I watch a show as it airs.

    • Nancy Wizner

      September 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Hah, I just posted my comment, then saw yours. Yes, it sure is stupid!

  4. Maureen

    September 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Anything said by the network or someone representing ‘The Chew’ just digs a bigger and bigger hole for the show to fall into. People don’t have time to watch an hour story? So I am guessing people will have even less time to watch 101 ways to fold a napkin on ‘The Chew.’ The soaps don’t have the same ratings they did 10 years ago? So what. Prime time as a whole doesn’t have the ratings they did 10 years ago. But any prime time network or cable show would love to have the consistent ratings that any one of the soaps does. Soaps are dinosaurs? Tell that to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp who are fans of ‘Dark Shadows’ and have already started filming the Dark Shadows movie in London. Frons (who makes CBS president Les Mooves look like a cuddly teddy bear) and company can try to spin things any way they like…the truth is more along the lines that they simply want soaps gone from their network. Some people buy into their spin and wag their fingers at soap fans for not accepting reality. But I doubt soap fans will never accept Frons’ load of manure.

    • Jean

      October 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      SO True.. and Brian Fronz and all the rest need to be FIRED!!!!

  5. Iakovos

    September 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I believe Gordon Elliot is a veteran of daytime… did he have his own show once upon a time. I think he has produced a lot ot television, broadcast and cable,maybe even for The Food Network. Still… One would help he could defend and promote THE CHEW without the knocks on those of us who do make time for what we enjoy, in this case, ALL MY CHILDREN. While I can swallow the argument about economics forcing a change on the daytime landscape (but not a change warranting cancellation of legacy programming that is hardly past prime), I cannot or will not do THE CHEW. It offers nothing new, nothing I cannotg et on any number of other similar programs. AMC gives me a new story every day!

  6. Rob

    September 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Gordon Elliot is a has been TV Host and The Chew looks like a 3rd rate The View for fat chefs.

    • Jean

      October 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      lol but I have Never watched the Chew and NEV ER Will.. 2 hours of ABC is ALL i do 10 hours a week..

  7. Mike

    September 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I don’t have time to watch your stupid Chew or stupid Revolution show. I wont be watching, so that is 1 less viewer/rating for your show. If you think I will sit and watch The Chew, you are seriously delusional. Good luck begging for viewers, cause I doubt you’ll get many!! Ciao!

    • Gary

      September 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Many of us share your opinion on this,Mike,I can’t wait to see these so called replacement shows tank! What will ABC do then? Ha Ha Ha!

      • Jean

        October 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

        I give ABC 2 hrs a day 10 hrs a week.. I no longer watch and as they kill off my soaps, I move to CBS and NBC.. love CBS now and NBC nighttime.

  8. Norasusan

    September 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    The Chew is going to bomb and bomb fast. Those millions of us who watch the soaps will not be tuning in. Also, there are too many food, design, lifestyle,talk shows are tv. The market is saturated with them, and they do not, nor will they ever have the staying power of soap operas. This genre is passed from generation to generation. I can’t believe what fools the ABC programming execs are. I can’t wait until all of you are fired for idiocy.

    • Jean

      October 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Want Brian Fronz FIRED NOW. And he had the stupidity to make the Chew Creator VP of Programming.. WTW

  9. Nancy

    September 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    i make time to watch ALL MY CHILDREN …. i will not for THE CHEW !!! I record it or either watch online … but won’t have too with the chew .. not interested !!!!

  10. Gayl

    September 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    So women don’t have time to sit down for an hour and watch a soap but they have time to watch another food show. We don’t have enough food shows? I tape my soaps so when I get home after a long day at work I can sit down forget reality, have a cup of coffee and relax. So much for that special time.

    • Jean

      October 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      He is stupid and did not know what he was talking about just like Fronz..

  11. glo

    September 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    i will not watch any shows replacing my soaps. i love those shows and so do my parents and my children. i will not watch a cooking show or talk show. there are to many of them out there already and i do not watch them. yes, i dvr my shows. and watch them when my daughter comes to visit.

  12. Peggy

    September 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Why do these people think that if I don’t have time for scripted shows that I would have time for this crap?? People who have been loyal viewers of AMC and OLTL have been happy to carve out two hours of their day to watch their shows, myself so totally included. I have the hour during my lunch break to watch AMC but ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT WATCH THE CHEW.!!! I am not interested in a food show and if I were, I would go to the food network to see one

  13. LUMI

    September 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    well I have all day and night too if I want to watch TV 24 hours I can,and I love daytime soaps better then any other TV show, I watch TV from 5am to 10pm 7 days aweek,I love TV,you can go all over the world on TV and its free,and you can learn from TV as well as a book and computer ….TV is great. soaps is wonderful…..

  14. sadie soaper

    September 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    For ABC/Disney to cancel two iconic shows that have had a LOYAL fanbase for over 80 years collectively and to replace All My Children with a program called “The
    Chew” is ludricous. It is an insult to millions of fans who are already boycotting all things ABC and Disney. No, Mr. Elliot and Mr. Frons, we will NOT be watching your new show. We will be watching and directing all of our efforts towards Prospect Park. That is where our loyalty will be — no longer with ABC/Disney. We were kicked in the teeth with the news that two beloved soaps are on the chopping block. This is what a loyal viewership gets? Fine. Buh-bye, ABC and Disney.

    • Jean

      October 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      ABC AND FRONZ Insulted their viewers and are Now Laughing about it!!!! Can’t wait to see who gets the LAST Laugh…

  15. nancy

    September 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    no, he’s a little confused. We won’t waste our time watching his stupid show or anything else they want to put in place of AMC.

  16. Diane

    September 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I have watched amc from the start,and I will not watch the chew,if they thought people were not home to watch amc, how will they watch the chew? This is a very big mistake on abc part.

  17. Gail Fehrmann

    September 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I find it extremely offensive that those who made these comments base them on their opinions only.They are looking at viewers who may be the 18 to possibly 49 age women,not those who are in a different age bracket.There have been children who have grown up with these shows,women who have watched theseshows for 40 years(and their husbands and children).In a nation who has such major problems with obesity and diabetes,to name a few, another cooking show, the very idea is ridiculous. The wonderful actors/actresses,as well as millions of devoted viewers suffer due to your lack of finances and inane ideas of what is needed,as well as people dont have time to watch an hour show is not right.Many people nowadays Tivo the shows they watch for the time they can devote to watching their shows.As far as these particular soaps,they taught those who watched many things,as well as enlightened their days,What about those shut in nursing homes who have been watching for years,not all are seniors. The situation being reality shows,cooking shows,etc that you suggested are boring.Looking at the shows on other channels,their are people who wait an entire year to watch White Collar,Covert Affairs,Royal Pains,Burn Notice,etc. People watched The Sopranos, for example, that were in uproar when it ended. Hopefully,when you see no profit margin increase from The Chew you will change your minds and be willing to re-air the favored soaps…but will it be too late then? There are people who normally are not strongly opinioned on matters who have joined the bandwagon to fight for the soaps to continue on,its amazing,its a shame your finances are more important then the wants of the viewers.I can only hope ,that being said, that you will reconsider the decisions made on this matter,and reinstate the soaps,after a short hiatus. I apologize if any of my statement offends,however I as well as many other people do now feel the need to speak up.Thank you for your time to read this. GAF

    • Jean

      October 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Speak It!!! They are stupid!!

  18. Jean Marsh

    September 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve watched All My Children & One Life To Live since I was 5 yrs old in ’71 with my g. grandmother, grandmother, mother, g.aunt and aunt! I have since lost each one of them over the years and these shows and other memories help me stay connected to them. I have not watched ABC with the exception of my soaps since April 15, 2011 and I can promise you that I won’t ever again! I have seen many a show cancelled over the course of my 40+ years and never has it affected me in such a way to join in a movement to try to keep it on. I have been a staunch supporter of ABC for years and even though the new primetime programming looks pretty interesting, I refuse to give ABC any more of my viewing pleasure. They have truly underestimated the people who would/ do sit for an hour watching scripted drama! I will take Sept. 23rd off from work (unpaid might I add) to pay homage to the show, cast and crew that has been my family for 40 years! ABC HAS TRULY MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN THEIR ENTIRE HISTORY!!!!!

  19. Jennifer

    September 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Well I do have time to watch AMC…..but I will most definitely be finding something else to do after 9/23 during that time slot. And after January when OLTL goes I will no longer have time for ABC at all. I’d rather set and stare at a blank tv before giving this network anymore of my time. Oh yeah…..thanks so much for those commercials of The Spew while AMC is on… really backs up my decision not to watch….this show looks stupid. If I wanted to watch a cooking show I’d watch something much better on Food Network and if I want to see a talk show there are hundreds to choose from on every other channel. So thanks again ABC… really know how to treat your loyal veiwers!

  20. Jean Marsh

    September 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Also, I either mute or change the channel entirely while watching soapnet when the SCREWY CHEW commercial comes on, so what does that tell you???? If it wasn’t such a perfectly good television, I would’ve thrown something through it every time that stupid commercial comes on! I pray that I can continue to show restraint because you all have already cost me enough already!!!!!!!

  21. Suzannah

    September 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I know a lot of people dvr the soaps to watch later, as I have been recording mine for say over 25 years. I make time for two soaps a day, AMC and OLTL. I will not make time for “The Chew”. These two hours are my time for relaxation and escaping from reality. Actors don’t go to school to learn to do reality, they go to school to learn how to act. Respect the talent of the people we watch every day. Watching other telling me what I should be doing is not an escape by any means. It’s just like being at work. I think ABC is making a huge mistake.

    • Jean

      October 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Mine too. And General Hospital.. I have recorded my shows for years. Never missed an episode. WWAAAYYY before SoapNet..

  22. FauxPas

    September 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    It is so interesting to watch people like Elliot and Frons continually dig their own graves deeper and deeper. These are supposed to be knowledgeable people in their field? They both insult not only the soap opera fans each time, but ALL viewers with their ever so incredibly ignorant comments! ABC/Disney has chosen to go their own way and TELL the viewers what they need and want on tv.

    Really Elliot, you could not think of a name for a show that was appealing? A cheap knock-off of the View, is more like it. You insult viewers by implying they have the attention span of a flea, and yet expect them to watch a show called The Chew? Wow, such intelligence and artisitic invention (heavy sarcasm intended.)

    Frons, I think you are a stooge and look at money only. How else could someone so easily make such glib, moronic comments making themself look like the biggest fool in the business. You must have a clause for bonuses that the more frequent statements you make insulting the viewers the more you receive in your paycheck. What do you really think your future will be in the industry once ABC gives you the ax over the massive failures? Do you think your boss will put their livilihood on the lone for you?

    The more I read comments from those involved in this fiasco, the more I wonder if this is a deliberate attempt to destroy the network. This is no longer about disgruntled soap opera fans! It’s about networks trying to force what they think viewers should watch upon us like pablum to a baby. When the reality is, let’s make more money to put in our pockets. The viewers are stupid folk who will swallow whatever we say. Huge mistake!

    As Mr. T would say, “I pity the fools!”

  23. Kim Anderzak

    September 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    “They” said the soaps couldn’t be saved…they weren’t “worth” saving…Well, Mr. Elliott, when The Chew-ew fails, will YOUR army of “fans” come to the rescue? HA! Seriously CAN NOT wait to see what happens next!!

  24. Vickie

    September 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Another jackass trying to dictate what we should be wanting to watch. You’re killing ABC with all this unwanted talk, but, of course, its your network—–so you will do what you want no matter what the public wants. If I don’t have time to watch an hour or two of soap operas, then I surely don’t have time to watch your new talk shows. I will be watching reruns on any of the myriad of cable channels now available—–goodbye ABC daytime.

  25. Jared

    September 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Last time I checked, I’m “people”. I DVR my One Life every day and watch the whole show every night. The ugly truth is, my fellow fans, is that we are not the KIND of people that ABC wants anymore. Life in 21st century USA is all about money and demos, and to hell with loyalty. Keep up the boycott of all ABC/Disney companies, and they will find out how much it hurts to lose OUR kind of people.

  26. Melody O'C

    September 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    QUOTE: “Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons added his two-sense to the mix, by stating that the bulk of women viewers aren’t watching soaps. They’re watching chat, reality, entertainment and style. “It was time to look at programming for the majority of women who were watching TV.””

    I DO NOT WATCH “chat”, “reality”, “entertainment” or “style” … my preference for 40+ years has been “ALL MY CHILDREN” and the trials/tribulations/heartaches, etc. of the citizens of Pine Valley! Once, “AMC” is off the air, my television set will never again watch any shows on ABC.

    • Jean

      October 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      As IF Fronz knows ANY women!!! He doesn’t have a CLUE what women watch!! OR HE WOULD NOT HAVE CANCELLED AMC AND OLTL.. A stupid fella.

  27. michelle

    September 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    people dont have time to sit down to watch a story for an hour, which is completely not true, but they have time to sit down and watch ANOTHER talk show. Yeah, because that totally makes sense.

  28. Torrey

    September 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    This Chew show is not a new concept….they aren’t re-inventing the wheel. So quit holding this crappy show up to some high standard. No one is going to watch this crap!! Especially not any of the AMC or OLTL crowd…, don’t count on those millions of viewers that ABC daytime currently has. Oh, and for the last 28 years, this viewer, has had two hours out of my day to devote to AMC & OLTL….whether it be watching live, recording with a vcr or a dvr…..but I can guarantee you that I will not be wasting 1 minute to view your stupid Chew!!

  29. Nancy Wizner

    September 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    These discussions above are so contradicting it makes me sick! Do they actually think people are stupid? 1) “People don’t have time to sit for an hour and watch a story.” – Does this EP actually think if they didn’t have time, there would magically be time for The Chew? 2) “ABC came to me and said we’ve had great success with ‘The View’, but we would like food.” The truth is ABC cancelled All My Children because they felt it was to costly to keep on. Not because of a drop in viewers! We are all here! 3) “I thought, ‘The View”, food, ‘The Chew.'” Really???? How original. Great imagination Mr EP Elliot. (That’s not contradicting, but it just caught my eye). 4) I don’t appreciate being called a disgruntled REFUGEE (all intentions well). Disgruntled, yes. Refugee no way as it IS going online. However, you are right, we will NOT swallow The Chew. If we even tried, we would spit it right back out! Shari Anne, the audience has definitely NOT shifted. ABC simply need a much CHEAPER show to air. I believe the proper word is “greed.” 5) To Brian Frons: As far as sticking your two cents in, I would love to be able to tell you exactly where to stick those two cents. You are dead wrong with everything you say.

    • Kim Anderzak

      September 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Amen, Sistah!!

  30. Susan

    September 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Why would I want to watch yet anther stupid Reality/talk show when I don’t watch the ones that are currently on? My taste in is geared toward scripted shows such as GH, OLTL and AMC. The only thing I’d change is enough with the neverending storylines. Each storyline would get to have a beginning, middle and an end.

    People have to work. I wouldn’t hold anything against the viewers if they have to DVR the soap. This is exactly what ABC is doing. Penalizing viewers for having to work.

  31. Denise

    September 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I will not be watching your dam show. Last thing we need is a reality/food show. Nothing will take the place of ALL MY CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. leah

    September 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    ABC needs to just fire people who dont know what stupid thing to say or do next… They need to start with Frons(who we keep hoping will drink the kool aide and die) to this clown..

  33. Justin

    September 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This Yahoo had a daytime talk show that failed before. Yes, Paula Deen’s show works for the FOOD Network and he produces it. Broadcast is a different ballgame. He failed in syndication…what makes him think he will do well on ABC?

    It will be like The Talk. One person will rule the roost, the rest of the chicks will fly the coop and he will be stuck with the wife of the network president, just like Sara Gilbert. Then it will be cancelled! Time is ticking for The Talk. I still miss As The World Turns!

  34. Jane

    September 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I can’t believe how stupid ABC execs (FRONS) can be. Or Gordon Elliott. IF women can’t be at home one hour to watch a soap, then how can we be expected to watch an hour of The Chew. I personally will NEVER watch the Chew. And there are millions of other soap fans who feel the same way. Maybe ABC will realize their mistakes and try to get us back into the fold. TOO LATE!!!!!!! We are going to be loyal to our soaps wherever they are. Suits me fine to watch online. SO I’M SAYING GOODBYE TO ABC AND THE CHEW. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!!!!!!!

  35. Deb Rafter

    September 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Who does MR. FRONS think he his speaking for??? AMC and OLTL had the highest viewers in the history of these soaps 641,000!!! I hope all of the fans BOYCOTT this new programing and show the BIG SHOTS they don’t know what they are talking about. BYE Bye CHEW!!! I hope you are history before you get started..

  36. Allister

    September 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Yet again, these individuals demonstrate that they don’t know what the daytime viewing audience wants. I MAKE time in my day to watch an hour-long story. What I don’t have time for is an hour of mindless chit-chat masquerading as “informative” garbage on style or reality television. Soap fans MAKE that effort to watch their shows. Can daytime talk shows like “The View” make that same claim about their viewers?

    Thank you, ABC. I won’t be watching The Chew. I will be finding a network that does show a daytime drama in the one o’clock ET time slot.

  37. Jan

    September 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    You just got burried

  38. Jan

    September 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA! So now they are just plain mean.

  39. Jan

    September 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Gordon Elliott you mean spirited man

  40. Trish

    September 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I will NOT be watching The Chew or anything on ABC!!!!! This show looks stupid and we have a million reality, food and lifestyle shows on TV! We want drama! Soaps have gotten a lot of people through hard times because soaps draw you our of your daily life and problems and during that hour you become a part of the show. All My Children is the only soap I watch and I have watched it for over 8 years every day. AMC has gotten me through 2 back surgeries, a pregnancy and an axiety/panic disorder. My soap is the only thing I can watch and forget about the world around me and today…people NEED that! I hope ABC chokes on the chew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Elizabeth

    September 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I Will NOT be watching the Chew EVER!

  42. Kristin

    September 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I started watching All My Children with my mother when I was a kid and have remained loyal for 25 years. I challenge ABC/Disney to find another show that has that kind of loyalty. You are making a huge mistake and will not win any of us back with some some idiotic show named after masticating – this is one I can’t swallow.

  43. Mira

    September 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Viewers don’t have time to watch a scripted story? Then why would viewers have time to watch a reality/talk show during that same hour? I’m tired of seeing statements that insult the soap genre and its viewers. I do have time to watch soaps, during my lunch break. I take time out for soaps, and enjoy watching the continuous stories and the characters, and the ebb and flow of each story arc. I definitely don’t, and won’t, take time out for reality and talk shows that replace the soaps I love, and I’m in the supposedly coveted demo that they claim to understand so well. I’ll be reading a book or finding other scripted television during that hour if soaps aren’t on.

  44. Reed

    September 3, 2011 at 12:32 am

    The Chew will tank and frons will be eating crow. I thank god for Prospect Park, otherwise my beloved AMC would be gone forever. May it have twice the success online that way frons and company will see the error of their ways.

  45. david

    September 3, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Producer Gordon [Id]iot isn’t very bright to insult and alienate potential viewers before The Chew airs. The hostility and illogic of his statement demonstrates poor judgment and diminished insight. Perhaps he’s feeling desperate.

    Many excellent posts in this thread. People will make time for stories and moving performances, as they have for centuries. It’s information that is the cheap commodity today, thanks to the internet and search engines.

    The best The Chew can do is to sensationalize or fabricate controversy hoping to attract viewers, like The View. Regardless, there will be no substance or information you couldn’t find elsewhere by searching the internet. In other words, “People don’t have time to sit for an hour and wa[ste their time]!”

  46. Kathy

    September 3, 2011 at 5:36 am

    If we dont have to time to sit and watch a soap for an hour what makes you think we will have an hour to watch a show about how dish towels make nice napkins as well? Give me a break….You have pissed off too many loyal soap opera viewers to EVER get any ratings for your show. My only wish is for The Chew to fail miserably!! The truth is we are SICK to death of reality television but hollywood is greedy and is only thinking about MONEY! If One Life To LIve was spared due to the fact its ratings are HUGE I might not have been so angry. You are taking anything that requires the least bit of creativity and tossing it in the trash ! Every time Carla Halls face comes at me on the tv screen during a promo I want to run and hide! Get a grip ABC…BIG mistake!! and PS…I will MAKE the time to continue to watch my soaps ONLINE!!!!

    • Kathy

      September 3, 2011 at 5:40 am

      on another note ..i am in the middle of flooding from hurricane Irene and I STILL make time at night when i am relaxing to watch my soaps…and if i want to see a grown man walking around in clogs in a kitchen I will buy my husband a pair!!

  47. Ellen

    September 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Gordon Elliot and whomever else is involved in The Chew, can say whatever they well please, BUT the proof will be in the pudding, when their ratings come in, as there is no doubt in my mind they will be quite low. I am honestly not saying that as a disgruntled fan, but as someone who does not see this program as a winner at that time of day and on network TV. I think the ratings will be as bad as the name (The Chew), and I don’t see it remaining on air for more than six months, a year tops.

  48. Darcy

    September 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I resent someone telling me what “I don’t have time for” its more of the training method of Brian Frons… tell the little woman what she wants while we good ole boys have milked the cash cow of this genre of story telling .. tell this idiot after commercials the show does not run an entire hour straight, so, people have time to read stories however they don’t have time to watch them? Well hell lets inform the New York times to stop that best sellers list and hey while you’re at it lets burn down all the libraries… He’s hoping to gain the soap audience by insulting them? What I don’t have time for is to watch some cooking show.

  49. Lynne

    September 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t have time to sit and watch this darn show period!!!!!!!!!! Who cares about food. Heck no one wants to get fat!

  50. anne

    September 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Sorry, but i have to agree it’s too hard to sit for an hour –FOR A CLASSROOM OF KINDERGARTNERS!!! Again, the IQ of these network brass must be about 85.
    Once I was more than 6 years old I could sit for an hour. Not you, Mr. Frons? Maybe your momma didn’t teach you right or you have ADD. There is medication for that condition though, so I hope the ABC brass find some before they get rid of all the dramas.
    If I had to make up excuses for why I cancelled a popular show I could do alot better than that. Really? People can’t sit for an hour. That’s some lame excuse a 7 year old might throw together. What idiots!

    • Mary Helmbrecht

      September 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

      I can do several things while watching MY SOAPS-I can also watch/listen from the kitchen while cooking/baking; the bedroom while making the bed; the bathroom while cleaning; downstairs while doing the laundry…I multi-task like MOST people who watch SOAPS—-gee, WE have brains??? I, however WON’T even LISTEN while any other ABC show is on…..since my ABC/DISNEY CHANNELS ate LOCKED OFF on all5 of our TV’s!

  51. Aremid

    September 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Why give us a show about food? The government already says that people in America are too overweight. Does ABC want to contribute to that?

  52. Avellina

    September 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

    the soaps were designed so, unlike other scripted programs, you don;’t have to sit and watch every second. you can do things while the show is playing. anything important to the story will be repeated, in a flashback or conversation between characters. one of the many creative aspects of this genre. that’s why we Don’t sit in front of the tv with our bonbons!
    Gordon Elliot wants potential viewers to buy into ABCD’s line of bs that the soaps are for older women who somehow have nothing to do. they will choke on the chew!

  53. Carolyn

    September 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I will NEVER watch the chew or any other show they put in place of AMC or OLTO! I have also stopped watching any shows on ABC. Even the name the chew sounds dumb. Didn’t anyone tell them chew is tobacco you spit out after a short while. I will not need a short while before I spit it out!! LOL I do not need to waste a hour each weekday to see how to buy cookies from a bakery.

  54. Rhonda Sooby

    September 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    What a bunch of morons. I WILL NOT be tuning in to any lame as food talk show, how utterly stupid can you be? My friends and I have talked of this every since we found out about the cancellations. No one will be watching. ABC, you’re idiots. Not only will I not watch this goofy show called The What? The Chew? I can absolutley do without ABC all together. GoodBye and Good Riddance!

  55. Roseann

    September 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I will NOT be watching the chew, revolution or whatever reality show they put on i could care less forr it, If you want to put these shows on at NIGHT on channel 44 maybe, But I want my ALL MY CHILDREN AND ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!! I refuse to watch channel 7 once the shows goes off the air on channel 7(abc) I am very diappointed in that station and when i go to the gym and i see the station on in their i will be watching channel 4 orany other station… I dont understand why soapnet wont put all my children or one life to live on their… Oh thats right because they want another children station!! I dont think its fair your taking away a soap that women loves BUT we have a gazillion sport stations…. I think we need to get rid of some sport stations and make one of them a soap channel… THANK YOU!!!

  56. diane

    September 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Frons the Idiot, Hope you find a good surgeon to help you pull your head out of your posterior. Cant sit still for an hour? Seriously? Thanks again for your honest take on women’s intellect. Maybe it’s you that cant sit still for an hour, what with your brain up your rear. Does it hurt to be so stupid? Hope so.

  57. Michele

    September 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I will not watch the chew. Gordon Elliot you are stupid to think amc fans will watch it. I like Paula Deen. You got lucky with her. I boycott the chew. And I refuse to watch any show that is in the time slot for All My Children on abc.

  58. C.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    According to Frons & Co. women are without the “attention span” to follow “scripted ” televison. Why then are they in the busine$$ of developing new programming at all, be it daytime or primetime? Certainly a cooking show requires women to pay attention and use basic math skills! The later twist of logic is further proof that network heads value cronyism above rational thought. This is a familiar theme echoed by those who have damaged various industries within this country. These excuses are meant to justify the placement of their own interests above those of the general public (period).

  59. Candice

    September 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    The Chew is like fruitcake at christmas, no one wants it.

    Its stupid.

  60. Jane Coop

    September 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I have been watching AMC for so long now, I feel like I know the characters personally. They are like family. Whoever the character was that stated that women can’t find time to watch the soaps but will find time for this new show( Chew) doesn’t really know who the audience is. We are the working women that come home after a long day to a houseful who need to be fed, who need their clothes washed and their homework assignments checked. And after the long day we get to sit down and watch our favorite soap. We are the housewives who are at home with little ones who just need an hour to get lost in another realm while the kiddies nap. We are the seniors who may be shut-ins or who have had their families move on, who are looking at the soaps as if we are a part of their family.
    Nobody checked with us about what we want to see. I didn’t see a survey to ask my opinion. It will be a sad day indeed on Sept. 23rd when my show ends. Shame on you ABC!!!

  61. Sev

    September 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    This man (Gordon Elliot) is an Idiot…. BOYCOTT “The Chew” I will be and I will follow AMC wherever they go

  62. Rebecca

    September 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

    If we don’t have time to watch hour-long scripted shows, how the hell will we have time to watch an hour-long, unscripted, BORING piece of crap?!

  63. HERB

    September 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm


  64. syilla geisendorfer

    September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I have had time since 1956 to watch soaps while taking care of my babies, sewing clothes for my family, cooking meals for them, washing and ironing and etc. All women viewers are not between the age of 18-49.Those women are at work . But ABC apparently does not care about what the senior citizen wants to watch. , And I am looking for a good soap on the internet now. At age 76, I don’t need any more receipes. I cried when they took off ATWT and GL and so I went over to ABC to find my fix. I am so disgusted with all you people who think you know what ALL your views want to watch. I can assure you , you will not find my TV tuned into cooking shows, reality shows, nor will I be watching a bunch of teenie bumpers trying to sing. I admit I liked the first show of Dancing with the stars, but even that has become humdrum. TV land offers more entertaiment than ABC does now.

  65. syilla

    September 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    where did gordon elliott come from. Oh, yeah, I remember now,, mars. another alien taking over our world. lol

  66. GOLDY

    September 30, 2011 at 9:02 am


  67. Mary Helmbrecht

    September 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I can do several things while watching MY SOAPS-I can also watch/listen from the kitchen while cooking/baking; the bedroom while making the bed; the bathroom while cleaning; downstairs while doing the laundry…I multi-task like MOST people who watch SOAPS—-gee, WE have brains??? I, however WON’T even LISTEN while any other ABC show is on…..since my ABC/DISNEY CHANNELS ate LOCKED OFF on all5 of our TV’s!

  68. Lily Hunter

    October 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Mr Elliot should be so proud of the quality of his newest creation. It seems extremely innovative – I never knew that you could use CHICKEN BROTH in a vegetarian dish. Apparently he believes that most of us have the same lack of attention to detail that he and his “food experts” have, otherwise he wouldn’t have offended potential viewers by saying that we don’t want to watch 44 minutes of storytelling.

    And Brian Frons – the master of offending women (over 49) who have much more disposable income, now has claimed to know what women want. Mr. Frons, you need to get your Daytime house in order, starting with your current cash cow The View. Might I suggest that women are tired of the rudeness. Other shows featuring a panel of women are conducted with civility and manners – NO CONSTANT SCREAMING OVER EACH OTHER or offering opinions that are just uninformed.

  69. dansing

    October 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Why would i have time to watch a cooking show but no time for a soap? Makes no sense! Also,I enjoyed all my children, so i find it insulting that Im no longer supposed to be interested in it. We certainly dont need another cooking show and Im not a bit impressed with the chew. I think the bigwigs have it all wrong! Bring back all my children!!

  70. Maggie Haynes

    October 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

    What I don’t have the time or interest to watch is another stupid boring cooking show. All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital are my escapes from reality. They make me laugh and cry. They have gotten me through some pretty rough patches in my life. I could forget about my own problems for 3 hours a day. I don’t need another reality show – there are too many on right now that I don’t watch. We all deal with reality every day and we need an escape from it for just a little while each day. ABC/Disney has made a really big mistake cancelling these 2 shows while they are still going strong. They will lose a lot of viewers not only in daytime but at night also.

  71. Jean

    October 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    He’s an idiot and HIS opinion is like a BUTT hole. I no longer watch ABC except to see One Life To Live and General Hospital. These are the ONLY shows I will ever watch on ABC again. I have moved over to CBS and late night NBC. The programming on ABC is stupid as are B Fronz and his cohorts.. ABC will soon be RIP as we move to Bounce and other cable stations..

  72. Karen Green

    December 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Yep I don’t have time for an hour show and that most certanily includes a stupid food hour show and a stupid revolution hour show! Yep Yep and Yep

  73. Jennifer leigh

    February 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I find nothing fascinating nor interesting about The Chew. We have so many reality shows out there, I think people just loved having that little hour of fantasy! Soaps reminded me of childhood but also had many valuable story lines as well. I miss my daytime tv.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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, 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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