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As KATIE Soon Flatlines, Will Katie Couric Replace Barbara Walters On THE VIEW? Walters Now Denies It!

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It’s been a whirlwind morning for daytime talk show hosts, Katie Couric and Barbara Walters! First came the New York Daily News piece that related that the end of Katie Couric’s low rated talker, Katie could mean that Couric would then be moved by ABC to the spot on The View panel currently held by Barbara Walters, who is currently in her final season with the morning talk series.

The N.Y Daily News report tipster said in regards to KATIE, “They realize it will never be a success and ratings are down drastically from last season. The ABC development team has been working nonstop on new talk show pilots and are looking at high-profile names to replace her, hopefully by January.”   Another source added, “Katie may ultimately replace Barbara when she retires.”

Next, via Deadline.com, Barbara Walter denies the report that Couric will be replacing her, but the piece does allude to the fact that a denial from Walters, can often mean it is the truth! Just look at Walters track record when she denied she was retiring, and then later announced she was stepping down from The View, etc.   Walters said about Katie Couric, “She is always welcome as a guest on The View and I was recently a guest on her show, but there is no truth to the rumor that she will be taking my place on The View.”

But the bigger question is this … Katie is faltering, The Revolution faltered, the whole ABC Daytime line-up shake up that axed All My Children and One Life to Live did not work in synergy as they had hoped, and the audiences did not support this change, and the revised programming day-part.   So, what do you think of the news of Katie taking over for Barbara? Do you think that is where she will go? Do you think it’s sweet justice that ABC is seemingly, according to the NY Daily News, “working non-stop on new talk show pilots”, when they had two soaps that had an audience?  Are you so infuriated with the whole situation?  Comment away!

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Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

So we lose two soaps, Katie gets all the money anyway. 1000s of jobs dumped by ABC for Katie so they’ll put her on the last semi-tolerable thing left and wreck that….brilliant.

Rosanna
Rosanna

Its comical, ABC thought talk shows would do well, the only one that is, is The Chew, AMC and OLTL will not be back but this will ONLY ignite the flames more now, ill sit back and watch the side show. As for Katie going on the View its as bad as it get.

Robet
Robet

I disagree, I think with the success AMC and OLTL had online, this will force ABC to rethink their colossal mistake! Soaps have rebounded online and on broadcast TV. Take into account the lawsuit, fan demand, and the failure of their current line up…I bet we will see a familiar line up return!!!

Lisa
Lisa

Two words for you: Fat chance.

Rosanna
Rosanna

Propect Park owns the leases, whether the shows return or not ABC/Disney is NOT going to put them back on the network, the sooner the fans realize this the better off they will be.

Fran
Fran

Only AMC is still standing OLTL has been shelved due to ABC/PP lawsuit so ABC/PP is holding OLTL hostage during this Pissing contest.

Chloe
Chloe

Cannot stand Katie & I’d like to see her go away……far, far away. As for ABC, while I never watched AMC or OLTL, as a Days [and therefore soap fan], I’m enjoying all the problems that they’ve brought on themselves by cancelling those 2 soaps. Maybe they should just admit their mistakes and bring them both back.

Margaret Johansen
Margaret Johansen

I think this is what ABC deserves! I will NEVER watch anything that is put on in my soaps time slots (unless they bring back AMC and OLTL!) so they can rack their little brains from now until dooms day to come up with new talk show ideas but I for one, will NOT be watching!!!

louisa
louisa

Here here! Ditto to all of the above. There is NOTHING that can replace OLTL and AMC…except OLTL and AMC!!

me
me

The really sad thing about all this is STILL seeing responses like this YEARS after the soaps were cancelled. You know what you sound like? A jilted teenager who won’t accept the fact that your boyfriend dumped you in high school. So even though it’s years later, you’re going to hold your breath and turn blue until he comes back, except he has moved on, gotten married and had kids with someone else.

MOVE ON. GET OVER IT. It’s just a TV show.

mary
mary

Well said. I will not watch Katie anywhere.

Love my soaps
Love my soaps

You are so right they can keep putting on talk shows and I will never watch. I could care less where Katie goes. What I do care about is when AMC and OLTL will be back on line or even better yet on cable TV or both at the same time so we could watch when ever we want. JUST BRING THEM BACK. I have been watching GH and enjoying it very much, there could come a time that people will give up hoping AMC AND OLTL will come back and will PP keep taking it off line when ever they want.

Jen
Jen

I never watched that witch (couric) talk show and knew it would tank. Loved how she waltzed over to ABC and felt she could call the shots by deciding when GH’s new time slot would be to give her the best advantage and now GH is the best its ever been and she’s going down the tubes. Poetic justice, really.

Love my soaps
Love my soaps

They can put on 100 talk shows , try over and over again and it will never be as much $$$$$ as the Soaps that is why even though they know that it was a BIG mistake ABC will never bring them back.
There almighty 18 to 49 AGE GROUPis the bottom line and always will be. PP came through the first time we need them to keep it going. SO WHEN WILL THEY BE BACK ONLINE that is the BIG question .

Mary SF
Mary SF

Maybe ABC should consider a talk show that talks about soaps LOL.

Lois
Lois

Soaptalk

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was speaking about a talk show NOW, on the main network in the afternoon, not one that was on a cable channel own by ABC earlier in the decade and was on prior to ABC cancelling their own soaps. I just thought it would be funny if after cancelling two of their soaps the only talk show that that might be embraced by bitter fans was a talk show about soaps– I was going for irony, but thanks for the input.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

THAT WOULD BE GREAT TOO and bring Michael Fairman and Linda Hirsch as regulars.

brian
brian

yours is the best comment by far ! BRAVO !

Lois
Lois

I was making a joke. I didn’t mean bring back Soaptalk from Soapnete. Sorry I wasn’t clear enough. Maybe it could be Soaptalk 2.0.

brian
brian

oh… too bad, it works well for the irony of it… cancel all the soaps to do a talk show… and it ends up being a talk show about the soaps.

with everything going on with ABC daytime, who knows…

Talisyn
Talisyn

I’d say an hour slot on ABC has opened up, and I know 2 half-hour shows that would fit that bill quite nicely – with a proven track record that ABC has yet to replace in numbers. Put AMC and OLTL back on TV. Better if the soaps could air and still keep their distance from ABC suits, something, syndication, IDK, but Bring them Back.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

Bring them back in half hour format………….it will work…. or create a new soap opera with the AMC & OLTL cast limited of course. Look how good AMC did without Erica.

Scott
Scott

well they would be a lot cheaper than they used to be now that prospect park is producing them

Kate
Kate

AMC would have done better with Erika. However, it did as well as it did because it had some fan favorites return. I ,as well as many others, hope for her return at some point. Since PP owns the right to AMC and OLTL, ABC can’t bring them back easily and they don’t want to. It would certainly bring some viewers back to daytime tv.

Patience DePhazio
Patience DePhazio

Brianna Frons caused this. As a result, the whole ABC Daytime lineup faltered. No one wanted Katie Couric, THE REVULSION, and THE SPEW. The ABC audience wanted quality (re: AMC and OLTL), not silliness.

Lisa
Lisa

Maybe YOU did not want The Chew, but plenty of people did. It’s doing well in the ratings and is a fun, harmless show. Don’t you dare ruin it for those people. You are NOT so far above everyone else.

And GROW THE HELL UP already with those tired, juvenile names for the replacement talk shows. If you think you’re being clever, you’re dead wrong. It just proves what an immature baby you are.

And soap fans actually have the gall to wonder aloud why they are not taken seriously. Imagine that.

Kate
Kate

The Chew is contributing to the obesity problem in America. Lisa, you seem to be the one having a tantrum .

KarenB
KarenB

Boy Kate I was just thinking the same thing. Do you think she is turning blue yet? roflmao

Wilda K
Wilda K

Maybe she is off her medications?? LOL

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

I think it is sweet Justice for ABC. No doubt. They should have put more time into promoting their Soaps and yes they had a very loyal following. The day time audience does not want to hear talk, talk, talk all day long. HOW BORING!!!!! Give us a good Soapy drama anytime.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

DITTO!!!!

Karen
Karen

Second DITTO!

Lisa
Lisa

I firmly believe now that the cancellations of AMC and OLTL have been totally blown out of proportion by the soap media. I’m sure ABC has zero regrets. With all the so-called talk that soap fans are boycotting the network, ABC’s ratings don’t show any direct evidence at all that a boycott is harming them in any way. And even if Katie fails, ABC is not getting that hour back from local affiliates, who will simply plug in other syndicated and local shows there. They wanted to downsize their daytime schedule. This idea that Katie’s failure will bring back AMC and OLTL to ABC is all wishful thinking. Dream on. Besides, looking at the numbers on OWN/Hulu, it’s pretty clear that this groundswell of support for the shows and genre is not there. Other than a small, loud, loony fan base that could not accept when they were over, nobody cares anymore.

Understand already that The Chew is a success for ABC. It’s at least on par with what AMC did in its final year on the network and it’s much cheaper to produce. That’s a fact, like it or not. And I do not buy that The Revolution failed last year because of any kind of silly boycott. That’s a bunch of nonsense already. It was simply a poorly produced/executed program with a concept that an audience could not relate to. In the immediate aftermath, GH was the safest available option to put there.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

A lot of people do care…as for OWN its a low rated cable station…the reboots would work better on tvgc, lifetime or some other more popular cable channel and shown later in the evening like 6pm to 9pm. Not many recieve own so that is what keeps the numbers down…if these soaps were truly over PP would have never listen to us small looney fan base and brought them back!!!

Lisa
Lisa

Excuses, excuses. Yeah, everything is an excuse with these shows. How about that simply not enough people cared to follow these soaps in a different form to the Internet after a year and a half delay, unlike what only Prospect Park and the most rabid die hard fans thought. Sometimes the truth hurts.

As was proven, some shows are better off being left resting in peace.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

that’s right…….say it loud…..jimh…

Linda
Linda

Do you work for ABC/D? The boycott by the extremely loyal soap fans is woking. The Chew is NOT doing as well as AMC did. That’s why ABC has it run right up to 2p without commercial break to get some of GH’s ratings. No one watched GAA or the Revolution either. We soap fans turn the channel as soon as GH is over so we don’t watch Katie! In case you haven’t noticed ABC ranks 3rd among the big 3 networks in primetime. ABC/D pissed off millions of viewers by showing such disrespect and now they are getting paid back. So instead of looking for another talk show to replace Katie ABC should put AMC & OLTL back on!

Lisa
Lisa

Is that the best comeback you can come up with? Whenever someone presents an opinion that differs from yours or something you don’t want to hear, it’s always tired crap in return like “Do you work for ABC?” etc. No, I don’t, thank you.

If this so-called soap boycott is working, prove it with concrete evidence, smarty pants. This is just a small group of sour, loud fans who think that they represent millions of people but could not be more mistaken. The overwhelming majority of mainstream people in the real world have long since accepted ABC’s decision and gone on with their lives. Imagine that. Sometimes the truth hurts.

Lew S
Lew S

Hi Linda, I think she does. I also think she was the individual who rejoiced at the cancellation of AMC and OLTL in 2011 and insulted many of the fans on Michael’s site. If she isn’t a soap fan, why is she here? If she doesn’t like soaps, don’t watch!

Lew S
Lew S

Or, maybe she is Brian Frons the “genius” responsible for the cancellations of AMC and OLTL!

Karen
Karen

Amen!

Luciano
Luciano

Unfortunately, the truth is it took to long to bring back the two soaps. Also another down fall was the loss of some key characters (original actor’s). And perhaps as odd as it sounds the opening theme songs and sets are drastically different then before. They are very close to being two brand new shows.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I had no problem with your opinion…but if you dont like the shows and others do, why should it bother you if a group of us ‘looneys’ u called us start a writing campaign to bring them back…it happens with prime time shows too…a success or not…there is no harm in trying…if you like talk over action im fine with it but you dont have to call people names like looney because they like something and you dont!!!

Kate
Kate

More and more people are learning the importance of eating healthy. Supermarkets are carrying more unprocessed foods. Restaurants are being forced to add vegan and vegetarian dishes. Our society is suffering from obesity and the health problems that go along with it. The Chew is like cigarette manufacturers, they contribute to making society sick. This is why I do not like The Chew. I do understand the business side in the decision to cancel the soaps. I miss not having AMC on ABC but I get it. I know that Dr. oz’s daughter does do health segments but the rest are usually frying or pouring salt and sugar on everything. It will only have a young audience which is what advertisers want. As the audience ages ,they will develop health issues that will require them to eat healthy or die.

moshane58
moshane58

We know ABC will never bring back the soaps.Anne Sweeney has made it clear she doesn’t like soaps.But we also know the idiots did all they could to take them down before they were cancelled.They brung the idiot Frons in who already got a soap cancelled on another network and took over the writing for AMC.Writers lefted everyday upset.don’t think we hurt them.ABC is what one article called The new NBC.Low ratings on the majority of their shows.Who’s doing the best.CBS.Why because people have went to their soaps and see whats on nighttime and staying there.I use to turn on ABC first thing in the morning.Stay on it all day.Don’t anymore.Just tune in for GH and that’s it.don’t even watch nighttime anymore.Rather watch another network and support it they care about their viewers.I think ABc is hurting.They can’t get anywhere near CBS ratings anymore.they blew it and we know it.

KarenB
KarenB

No she is just a Britch!

Matthew
Matthew

LOL Karen!

brian
brian

Lisa, first off, hope you are not a troll ( as described in the show “The Newsroom”}

OLTL was rushed to production and the showed quite clearly by the lack of storyline the writers wrote. It had a very bad writing team, as they had such a rich histroy to draw from and they didn’t.

I am hope that they is one shot left for OLTL V3 ! With the proper writing team, I still believe it could succeed.

Nothing wrong with being positive and hopeful, is there ?

Mama3
Mama3

I called this months ago when Katie was faltering, Joy and Elisabeth were leaving and Barbara announced her retirement. There should be a journalist on the panel, but not sure Katie will work. ABC will do what they want regardless of their viewers.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I could care less if Katie replaces Barbara Walters…ABC getting what it deserves for cancelling AMC and Oltl…ill continue to support GH being my favorite soap…ABC should air repeats of the soap reboots to see if they do better than Katie but i know thatll never happen…theyll never admit how stupid they are…in a way i do understand why they cancelled but hopefully theyve learn their lesson and realize there is still an audience for daytime soaps! GHs recent ratings rise is solid proof of that!!!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I prefer watching the soaps over any talking or cooking show .. I like drama and stories you can follow each day (M-F)..I watch GH also and enjoy watching it each day. ABC makes such bad decisions on daytime programming. This happens quite often. The Chew should be transferred to the food network channel. That’s were all those kind of shows belong. I have always like watching the soaps and that will never change. GH ROCKS!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

One more thing I am tired of all these talk shows on daytime t.v. They choke you with them on ABC ,etc. Tired of Blah Blah Blah talk shows …I don’t watch them on daytime t.v. I am a loyal soap fan and always have been. I will continue to support GH also.. Hope OLTL comes back soon and everything gets resolved. And I don’t watch The View anymore. Lost interest quite a while ago.

brian
brian

Oh Micheal…. I am sorry, but I just can’t be bothered anymore… if my beloved OLTL returns… to any platform in shape or form… I will watch.. but just so tired of all the behind the scenes stuff.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Double DITTO!

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

It is just incredible to me how dumb ABC/Disney really is! They have killed their daytime line up. They have pissed off the fans who would have supported their nighttime lineup so they are well on their way to destroying their nighttime lineup for pissing us off. And the stupidity continues………. Oh well. Soon I’ll be down to Kelly and Michael and GH. I’m not happy with Jenny McCarthy. I only watch The View now for Whoopie’s intelligence and Sherri’s beautiful spirit. But it’s still a disaster…….. Adding Katie will turn me off no matter how much I love Whoopie and Sherri.

Karen
Karen

Amen again!

ryan
ryan

all my children and one life to live will never come back to abc. i love the chew. the ratings are good. the revolution sucked. it was not a very good show. keep all my children on the internet. one life to live will not be back. there will be an annoucement soon. that its cancelled. katie couric belongs on the today show. this will probably be her last season. her show is boring.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

You actually like The Chew??? Not to many people do. I never watch it at all. Never watch cooking shows. I prefer drama and heart-warming stories. OLTL will come back. I have positive thoughts for OLTL return. Never had any interest in Katie..

su0000
su0000

I can not tolerate the View..
Its a big hen fest.. women spouting their opinions over dunbshit stuff lol
what a waste of air time..

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

AMEN….well said…

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

They seem to talk all at once.. Instead of one at a time.. I still like Whoopie!

Lisa Z.
Lisa Z.

All of the money wasted on Katie and all of the jobs lost by the soaps’ cancellation is just sad. The programming decisions were so obviously misguided. Katie tanked on CBS, so why would she be successful with her own talk show? ABC should bring OLTL back since Prospect Park is so obviously in love with AMC. The former OLTL writers and producer (who are now at GH) could oversee both GH and OLTL. These writers know OLTL and could do a much better job of writing storylines that are much truer to the characters. The first act of business would be to “burn” Shelter. Any actors who do not want to return or who need to go to acting classes could “die” in the Shelter fire.

Omar
Omar

I like your style LIsa Z…I have a feeling maybe it could happen, except the ‘burning” down Shelter..I know OLTL will be back on PP, but something tells me it will be back at ABC..SPOILER ALERT!!! I always ruin a good surprise!!

Mary Moore Fergen
Mary Moore Fergen

I have mixed emotions when I think about how stupid the execs at ABC/D are. On one hand, I’m still furious about the callous cancellations of AMC and OLTL and the cavalier way they have treated their daytime viewers., On the other, I’m getting a grim satisfaction from seeing how they are floundering and frantically trying to come up with programming that people will actually watch. As for Katie, I would prefer that she just go away, but if she ends up on The View, so be it. I don’t watch that show anymore, anyway.

Linda
Linda

Well stated Mary!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I don’t watch The View either.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I lost interest in The View a long time ago. Don’t care for Sherri Shepherd. She thinks she is the head honcho. When there’s an eating segment Sherri is the first one there… I knew Katie’s talk show would fail.. And this isn’t the first time this has happened.

Linda
Linda

I only watch ABC for GH!!!!

me
me

I’d LOVE to see Katie join The View. That way, I can ignore 5 of the most annoying women on the planet all at the same time.

Kate
Kate

Need to add the women on The Talk in the most annoying category.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

How does The Chew do so well up against Y&R and DOOL? Ellen IS NOW on the same time at Katie in many markets………Katie will be way down by Christmas. Most people will watch Ellen just so Katie will not get their time…………Katie will never be on in my home ever……….. will watch paint dry first before I watch her……..GH is the only ABC show I watch period…………NBC, CBS, HGTV, Hallmark, METV, Netflix, Local News, Brian Williams is all I watch………….Good bye Katie……:<( argh!!!!

Jared
Jared

Bring back ONE LIFE TO LIVE & All My Children. Cancel the goo and the spew. Stop rewarding failure. Ms. Couric hasn’t done much since she left the today show.

su0000
su0000

AMC and OLTL will never be on network TV..
Soaps are a huge money output..
ABC can support 1 soap, not 3 ..
GH has a future and will remain ABC’s only soap..

Looking forward to both AMC and OL 2nd season online..

brian
brian

fingers crossed… your first statement will be proven false. one can hope, can’t they ?

Omar
Omar

Katie’s talk show will be cancelled very soon..Taking its place, will be OLTL, who just happens to be in hiatus, since Prospect Park and ABC are working out legal issues..Katie will still be in ABC in “The View” and OLTL will be back and Prospect Park will receive enough cash flow to produce a kick butt “All My Children” which in a matters of months, will ALSO be back in TV, but over at NBC. I guy can dream right??? LOL…All kidding aside, everyone should give Prospect Park applause all around for their efforts and rest assure OLTL will be back, and “The View” will have a huge replacement after Barbara! Looking forward for the next season of AMC and the announcement of OLTL return and The View’s new head hen!

Marisa
Marisa

I said it from the start Katie is so over, I am shocked she lasted this long. ABC needs to realize she is a has been. I would rather watch a slice of white wonder bread on the screen. It would be more exciting.

Rodd
Rodd

I may be crazy, but how about ABC admitting they made a huge mistake in cancelling AMC and OLTL and doing whatever they have to to get the shows back on the network, and treating their soap franchise with the respect it deserves. I would be thrilled to watch these shows on something other than OWN or Hulu with restored budgets and full casts and better writing/production values. The PP people are to be congratulated, and I will continue to support the shows there, but they were so much better when there was more to work with. Just admit you mistake ABC. Nothing else is ever going to replace our soaps!

Karen
Karen

This is true!

Linda
Linda

It’s ironic and sad that we are being called names by the suspected ABC/D employee because we are still pissed that AMC & OLTL were canceled. She thinks we should join the real world and get on with our lives. Let’s see, there is a $17 trillion debt, Obamacare, NSA, IRS and Benghazi scandals, a possible war with Syria, devastating floods in Colorado, wildfires out west, and the boardwalk in Seaside just burned down, so if that’s the “real world” give me my soaps as an escape! Gee I do sound like a smarty pants.

Rose
Rose

Add to your list reality (?) shows that have become like a virus on TV, and all of the gun shootings. I don’ think you’re a smarty pants. Like you I think a lot of us need a time out of ” real life.”

Karen
Karen

Yes Rose , so true!

David
David

First off although Katie is produced by ABC/Disney it is a syndicated show. IN some parts of the country it airs on the NBC or CBS afffiliate.

If Katie gets cancelled that 3pm hour is not going to see AMC/OLTL or any other soap in that slot. The local affiliates were given that hour to program as they want. The ABC affiliates that do air Katie will find other programming to put int hat slot.

As for The Chew, all the numbers I have seen point to it being on par with AMC in its last season. I was determined to not like the show because it replaced the soaps. But over the last 2 yars Ive grown to like it they have some really fun and decent segments. Considering the cost to produce The CHew is just doing fine and is not going anywhere.

The only positive for soaps I see in this is it keeps General Hospital safe for now.

JustSaying
JustSaying

How is the Chew doing better than Katie???

Come on now, this doesn’t make any sense. Just switch the time slot for both shows and see how well Katie does. (Or how badly the Chew does).

jas
jas

wherever Katie is from…wish she’d go back there and never come back. she Is and has always been the worst. she is not well liked by the people who work with her and the perpetual smile and goody-two-shoes act is just that, an act. she would do the profession a lot of good if she would JUST RETIRE already. And along with her retiring, it would be such a good thing if they retired The View. It is awful and has been forever. Absolutely no reason to watch all of those screaming females in heat. You learn nothing, you get a headache and your breakfast is sure to go down the wrong way from getting your morning off to a very bad start. Adios y’all.

Marianne
Marianne

general Hospital is stil on the replacement shows on ly the Chew survives ashow I still don’t watch like Pavlo’s dog. Today on the chew reach for remote

All My Children

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 EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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