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BREAKING NEWS: Legendary Soap Opera Executive Producer Paul Rauch Has Died!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Terribly sad news to report this afternoon that is making its way around the web and the soap world.   Legendary daytime drama executive producer, Paul Rauch has died apparently after an illness.  Rauch’s resume perhaps tells this legends amazing career best with helming: Another World, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, The Young and the Restless, Santa Barbara and Texas!

Colleagues, actors, and fans, are responding with postings on facebook and Twitter throughout the day and into the evening on the loss of soap veteran Rauch.

General Hospital’s current executive producer, Frank Valentini, who was so close to Rauch, and who gave Valentini his start at OLTL tweeted: “My good friend and mentor, Paul Rauch, passed away today…very sad news.  Paul Rauch dedicated his life to soap operas and made a mark like no other. He will be missed, but his legendary contribution will live on. ”

Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, GL) who worked with Rauch for many years throughout her daytime career  posted on her facebook page: “Today I lost my dear friend and favorite boss ever, Paul Rauch! Paul settled for nothing less than perfection from all aspects of whatever show he was producing. I had the very good fortune of working with Paul on Santa Barbara and Guiding Light and I will always cherish the professional and personal relationship we shared. I both loved him and feared him! Something I aspire to everyday of my life! I love you Paul and want you to know how much you will be missed. RIP!”

Crystal Chappell also shared her sentiments via Twitter stating, “Paul Rauch was a dear man to me… he will be missed. Love and prayers to his family.”

Tristan Rogers also shared what Rauch meant to him when he tweeted: “I am sad to learn the passing of Paul Rausch. This man was singly responsible for me lasting on Y&R. He was a big presence in daytime. You think back on the people who you “owe” something too and Paul was one of those people. He revered the history of the genre.”

Jordi Vilasuso, who got his start on soaps on Guiding Light through Rauch tweeted:  “RIP Paul Rauch. Gave me my first big break on Guiding Light and was a champion for his actors and the shows he produced. You will be missed!”

Maria Arena Bell, Rauch’s co-executive producing partner during his time on Y&R stated on her facebook page, “I considered Paul a great friend and he and Israela (Rauch’s wife) were at my wedding. Paul was from the old school of soaps and he really knew how to run a show and understood the value of the writer in the process. I loved working with him and I loved him dearly as a person and am heartsick to hear he has passed. I wish the best to Israela and their grown children and will really miss him.”

Current Y&R head writer, Josh Griffith posted:  “The Soap World mourns the loss of one of our giants, Paul Rauch. R.I.P., my friend. Go produce the hell out of Heaven now.”

We will have more on this developing story throughout the day! Our prayers are with Rauch’s family at this time.

Share your thoughts on the loss of Rauch with On-Air On-Soaps here!

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Mary SF
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Sometimes we watched the names on credits flashing before us and we give little thought to the men and woman behind them and how much they contribute to the product entertaining our lives. For years I seen the name Paul Rauch on many soap credits and today I reminded of the years of quality I enjoyed at this man’s hands. His family are in my prayers and I give a great posthumous thank you to Mr Rauch for his work that help brighten many of my dark days

harriet woods
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harriet woods

i’ve been watching soaps since i was a very young girl I USE TO SEE PAUL THREW OUT THE YEARS NOT KNOWING HE WAS BEHIND ALL OF THE WONDERFUL SOAPS SHOW I’M EVER SO GRATEFUL TO HIS PARENTS FOR GIVING BIRTH TO THE GENIOUS MINE OF A GREAT PERSON CAN’T SAY I NO HIM IN PERSON BUT THREW HIS THOUGHTS HE GAVE ALL US SOAP FANS A WONDERFUL PART OF HIM FOR THAT IM VERY THANKFUL . GOD HADS TAKEN BACK HIS CHILD . GOD BE WITH HIS FAMILY AND SPREAD HIS ANGELS AMONG THEM ALWAYS

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

They say that people should not speak ill of the dead so I won’t. RIP. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

Jules
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Jules

Oh what terrible news. A legend who contributed so much to daytime television. Thank you for all your wonderful work.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

Really wish I had something positive to say. I’m sure he will be missed by some.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Paul was a great mind; RIP to him and condolences to his family!

Eileen
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Eileen

I think it is sad news indeed for a lot of people. However, the word “legendary” and “genius” is flashed around a lot in daytime. Rauch destroyed most soaps he touched.

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Mr. Rauch made largely damaging negative tire-track marks on Miss Ellen Holly (ex-Carla) & Miss Lillian Hayman (1922-1994, ex-Sadie) by heartlessly firing them both (the last 2 original from-the-beginning contract player cast members) from OLTL during the 1983 to 1985 TV season! 🙁

Iinda
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Iinda

It is soo sad tht Paul raunch died , he did so much with other soaps operas

Loren
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Loren

Wow! I wish that I had known this person. Seems to have been a very interesting person and not well liked by most!!! These postings are real and discreetly stated. So often, when people pass into the next life, those left behind become stupid and unrealistic in exaggerating facts about the real person. I have been to funerals and wondered if I was in the right place when it came to the accolades and crying about a person that was not liked or not even a good person. What happens to people when someone dies? Do you all get stupid… Read more »

l Ferreira
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l Ferreira

Rest in peace

karen rosenberry
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karen rosenberry

i so sorry to hear is not hear. he was a very good person and everyone loved him and will be missed alot. god bless for him as will the family too. prayers will be him and the family too. The angles will be with him always and he will look after everyone too. i have been looking at soaps for years when just 11 years old i watch all of the he did and still now too. i am very big fan of his shows. like said god bless him and everyone too.

Karen Clark
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Karen Clark

Mr. Paul Rauch rest in peace. You will be missed by your staff for sure.

Thomas Lounds, Jr.
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Thomas Lounds, Jr.

I remember Paul (and his Shelby Mustang GT 500) in my early days in the P&G Media Section. Perhaps, without his knowing it, he helped me survive as the first African-American hired in that vaunted marketing department in 1963. May he rest in peace.

Angela
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Angela

My prayers go out to your family. you will be missed. .

Tom
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Tom

People often say you should only say good things about the dead. Paul Rauch is dead – GOOD. I am glad he has people who will remember him fondly, but there are a great many who will not.

MsLiz
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MsLiz

Maeve Kinkead, perhaps? Ellen Holly? Both were great actresses and very professional. Maeve deserved to be treated properly and Ellen deserved to be paid properly and introduced at a reunion as a leading lady. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to say that Paul Rauch was not universally liked, and not all viewers appreciated him.

Condolences to his family, I hope he was good to them.

Tom
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Tom

The list goes on and on as to people who did not get on with this man? Jacquie Courtney, Val Dufour, Ginny Dwyer, Stephen Bolster, Lillian Hayman, Al Freeman, Cindy Clark, Robin Strasser, Lisa Cameron, John Cunningham,Micki Grant, James Douglas, Jordan Charney, many others.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

MsLiz…YES…I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!!!! A long time ago, I read Ellen Holly’s autobiography. In it, Ellen talks about (at length or whatever) how Paul Rauch was emotionally abusive and tyrannical to BOTH her and Lillian Hayman. Also, supposedly, the VERY FABULOUS Louise Sorel used to BUTT HEADS and LOCK HORNS with that man. And…I did not know about Maeve Kinkead. Sorry. It wouldn’t surprise me at all. I mean…from what I’ve read about PR here and there over the years, he was N-O-T an easy man to get along with (as a boss or whatever). And…I can only imagine… Read more »

Paulo Benedeti
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Paulo Benedeti

Pauly, Wow… I am so saddened by this news! Just ran into you not to long ago… My condolences to your wife and children, you will be sorely missed. I was still anticipating working with you again. Thank you for creating Jesse Blue for me 😉

tyler rauch
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tyler rauch

Well, its years later, and my Dad is sorely missed. I hope he isnt bossing god around too much! If only he had had a better self image, I MIGHT HAVE HAD A FATHER TO TEACH ME HOW TO NAVIGATE LIFE. RIP DAD LOVE, TYLER

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The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.

Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”

Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout.  In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

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In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

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In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.

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