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BREAKING NEWS: Susan Lucci has turned down deal from Prospect Park to stay with AMC online!

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Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Big developments this morning in the move of All My Children online via Prospect Park.  Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), the most recognizable name of All My Children and all of soaps has reportedly turned down the deal offered to her by Prospect Park, and as of now will not be part of the series when it moves to the web! This in turn has put in question when Prospect Park will launch the series online.

According to Deadline.com, Lucci’s offer was for her salary identical to what Lucci currently makes at ABC. But Deadline also reported that Susan tried to ask for more money, while also asking to work fewer hours, and get a commitment for a primetime series from the company!

In light of this development, it appears Prospect Park may reevaluate their short-term strategy for the two soaps and put its muscle behind the higher rated One Life to Live. Remember the original plan was to launch both soaps online in the first quarter of 2012!

On-Air On-Soaps will continue to bring more on this developing story! A Pine Valley-less Erica Kane, hard to fathom! Perhaps the parties could reach a revised deal and still have Lucci stay with AMC? Stay tuned.

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Sandi Taylor
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Sandi Taylor

I have lost a great deal of respect for Susan Lucci hearing of her being offered the same salary and wanting more as the soaps are launched into an unknown format on the internet. “The Fans Are On Fire” are words we heard repeatedly as the fans worked tirelessly from the MOMENT the cancellation was announced. Greed took AMC off of ABC and it seems Greed will take the MAIN Character off of AMC… Sad news for soap fans… Will AMC survive without the character who has been with the show the longest… will other actors follow Lucci’s lead? Only… Read more »

Z
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Z

Why have you lost respect for her? For crying out, she gave you and millions of other fans 41 years of her life playing Erica Kane. You may not agree with her decision to leave the show and that’s okay. But please, don’t be an ingrate because of a decision she has made after all theses memorable decades she has gave us on AMC.

Ellen Turo
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Ellen Turo

I assure you she didn’t give anyone anything. She got paid tremendously for what she has done…that is hardly giving anyone anything.

And for the record, I am glad Prospect Park stood their ground. She thinks its okay to ask for more because they are an entirely different group. She should have been thankful that they were willing to pay her a similar amount that ABC was giving her.

Kari
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Kari

While Erica Kane is a Pine Valley icon, an Erica-less AMC is totally not a deal breaker for me. I’m appalled that Prospect Park would feel this means they need to “put its muscle behind OLTL,” like AMC is a failure now. Many other AMC actors say they do want to move to Prospect Park!

Andrea Dawson
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Andrea Dawson

I do like to watch Erica Kane in action, but I would still watch without her. Of all of the stars, she was the one that I thought would be most agreeable to join Prospect Park. I must say that after all that we have done to try to save the shows, I am a bit disappointed in Susan Lucci.

Torrey
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Torrey

completely agree with you. it’s sad to see ego and greed have come into play, after all of the effort that has gone in to keeping AMC alive. I can’t say that I wouldn’t watch AMC if Lucci wasn’t on….I mean, AMC has other talent that can be utilized. Bring back Julia Barr and let her be the leading lady of AMC. The only thing that I suggest for PP is to focus on the writers that you have in charge, over at AMC….because that’s where the biggest problem stands.

Torrey
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Torrey

And on another note….Lucci has been going around doing interviews expressing how torn up she is about the cancellation and how she can’t believe it’s come to this, and even thanking the fans for all of their support….and what does she do? she takes all of that love and support and spits in back into the faces of the fans…because she wants more money and special primetime deals. I think it went to her head a bit when the women of The View told her that she would be great on Desperate Housewives……well guess what Susan? That show is in… Read more »

Mary Jo Maltbey
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Mary Jo Maltbey

Wow… Did you READ the article on Deadline.com. The reporter says they “hear”. They did not say it is CONFIRMED, or Susan Lucci has given her statement…I hope you people are not with the any of the groups fighting to save the soaps…who needs Brian Frons, it’s fans like you that are hurting the fight EVERY DAY. Now you are attacking SUSAN!!! Idiots..Just go watch your reality shows. OH, and there will be MORE rumors. How many is it going to take until you get it…This is exaxctly what ABC wants. You shouldn’t even be allowed to watch any soap… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

I don’t know who the hell you think you are calling me an idiot!! It’s one thing to read someones post and disagree, but when you sink to the level of a child and start taking things personally that shows your true maturity. I am allowed to post my opinion on any “Rumor” that I choose to. And I haven’t done Brian Frons any favors, because I continue to watch every day. How stupid will you feel when it is confirmed?

Julie
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Julie

I too would continue to watch AMC w/out Lucci. I like her, but it is NOT a deal breaker for me. There are some others, if they are gone too are not a deal breaker for me. For starters, I would love to see Griff, Cara, Tad, Opal, Krystal, Jake, Kendall etc. stay with the show. But definately it is not a deal breaker if Lucci leaves.

Cindy
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Cindy

Although I agree with some, she probably has skepticism. It really hasn’t been written in stone about this whole PP deal. I will believe it when I see it. All of a sudden now she is not going to go there and we hear from others that no one has even been approached by PP yet. I seriously wonder if it is at all true on any of it anymore. Sorry but when I see it in front of my eyes only then I will believe

karen
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karen

I have to agree because I too, have lost a lot of respect for Susan. This is not the time for greed! Imo, the show can still thrive without her and its only a matter of time before she comes crawling back. I don’t understand the comments however that this is PP’s fault somehow. I don’t see how Susan’s greed has anything to do with them. All I’ve been reading from the other actors has been positive and they seem very excited to join this new venture. Sorry Susan, but I’m very disappointed in you. I think the naysayers need… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

Something smells fishy about this story. I wonder how accurate it really is.

Jill Tidwell
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Jill Tidwell

I agree with you. We don’t need to say we know what is happening when we don’t. We don’t know what she is going to do. We just need to wait and find out what she is going to do.

Sonja
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Sonja

I’m 100% okay with watching AMC without Susan Lucci. For years and years, I’ve skipped the scenes with Erica. I’d actually be happy if AMC continued without Lucci. I’d love the writers to give all that screen time to an actor/storyline that I actually like and enjoy watching. Even though I haven’t really enjoyed Erica in ages, I’ve had no ill will towards Lucci. But if her refusal to take THE SAME MONEY to be on the show online results in the end of AMC, I will definitely lay a lot of the blame at her feet. I love AMC!… Read more »

Deb Rafter
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Deb Rafter

I absolutely would watch AMC w/o Susan I usuallly forwarded thru her parts anyway. She really doesn’t know how to act, she comes off fake. PP needs to reconsider, AMC will be just fine without Susan!!!!!!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Oh my gosh what is the world coming to? No panty hose no lip gloss no over acting no being the center of attention no going thru 12 marriages! The egos of these people kill me my mother use to say it was like watching a bad high school play and I used to get upset with her I think she was right as always!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

And I might add Maria Bell if you hire her for Y&R I am turning you off enough rejects!!!!

Marsha
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Marsha

Interesting that in the same week Lucci criticizes Frons for his mismanagement of AMC that she is seen as a money grabbing diva. I don’t buy deadline.com story. Seems too coincidental, if you ask me.

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

Not sure if I believe this one. This is huge news and the news was picked up ONLY by Deadline.com? Not buying it! I can’t imagine Susan being greedy especially after all the fans fought for this. She IS Erica Kane. No one else can play that part. She knows that!

aria
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aria

I knew it would go to her head when amc was cancelled and there was all this talk of her being on desperate houswives, she got so much attention from the mainstreem media, and now she doesn’t want to be on amc? come on its so obvious she want primetime ect.. hate to brake it to her but she bacame famous only for being nominated 100 times and for loosing 99 times out of 100, I honestly don’t know why she’s concider daytime biggest star? other then for loosing so many times at the Emmy’s .

Metejt
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Metejt

I do NOT believe this for a second. Lucci offered to take yet another cut in pay to keep AMC going. It sounds to me like PP may not be able to make this whole thing fly and is going to make Susan the fall guy. Please wait until there are further reports before passing judgement here. All is not as it seems with this.

Mary Jo Maltbey
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Mary Jo Maltbey

AMEN Metejt!!!!!!!!

Skater boy
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Skater boy

I really would like to see Susan Lucci on AMC when it goes online. Erica Kane is an icon and Lucci brought the character to life. However, I also think the entertainment world sadly did not get to see in the past all of Lucci’s talent because she is so identifiable with the role Erica Kane and was loyal to daytime tv. Sure we got glimpses of her on nighttime tv and in particular movies. Her role is so strong that all anyone wanted though was Erica Kane in some guise. Lucci stayed loyal to daytime when everyone else wanted… Read more »

Edgar
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Edgar

I don’t know if this true but, if it is, it reflects very poorly on Lucci. This probably will mean that All My Children won’t survive beyond ABC. Frankly, I think Lucci is making a big mistake. She has aged well but she is far from her prime. What other offers realistically are going to come her way? Erica is not as crucial to the current show as she was in the past. I totally agree with the earlier poster about David Canary and Julia Barr. With decent writing, the show could work with these actors returning if Lucci was… Read more »

Mary Jo Maltbey
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Mary Jo Maltbey

If you don’t know it is true…..why say anything. This is so sad.

Mona Prager
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Mona Prager

I reserve comment until I hear from Susan Lucci herself regarding this PP deal. Many soap opera sites that I am signed up with have stated that this news is just false rumors that started from Brian Frons camp. I PRAY they are right and we hear good news tomorrow from Susan Lucci herself that she is staying onboard with AMC!

Cindy
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Cindy

The way I see it is that she is actinglike a little wah baby that wants to screw her fans andis a BIG FAKE.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

An actor does need to look out for his/her own career, so I would not begrudge Miss Lucci for making points in negotiations or for seeing the ABC cancellation as a moment to maybe step aside and follow new avenues. All that said, I am not buying this story hook, line and sinker. It conflicts with so much Miss Lucci has said herself in the press. Erica Kane is the legacy character on ALL MY CHILDREN. Her participation in an online reboot is important to this fan, even if she signs on for a limited basis to help guide us… Read more »

Waltina
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Waltina

I really think it’s sad when fans think they can dictate some ones life. Susan doesn’t have to stay on AMC if she doesn’t want to. Fans of All My Children/Susan Lucci certainly can show their bitterness when actor/actress doesn’t do what they think isn’t right. DO PEOPLE MAKE YOU STAY ON YOUR JOB when you may think it’s time for you to move own? If this is true and she’s not signing why not wish her LUCK and Thank her for the many years she have given to this show. And talk about losing respect for her, I have… Read more »

Edgar
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Edgar

I would agree with you except for Lucci’s recent comments bashing how the network and the producers handled the show in the end. She basically put all of the fault for the cancellation on them. Lucci has every right to decide to go with the new venture or not. However, if she planned to change direction and all of this recent news is true, what exactly was her purpose in making her disparaging remarks? If she truly felt that the show had gotten a “raw” deal, I would think that she would have made the extra effort to insure that… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

I’m surprised at the number of people buying this story immediately without question. It could certainly be true, or certainly not be true, or more likely something in-between (i.e., true that she’s not staying but the details of her offer, or why she’s not staying, not reported accurately). But I do think some skepticism is called for. I do have to say this much: what’s being described doesn’t correspond to the Lucci we’ve seen over any number of years, who has been a tireless cheerleader for daytime in general and AMC in particular. (Of course, maybe we never saw the… Read more »

David
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David

I hope Susan Lucci stays. She undoubtably is the remaining essence/core of AMC. However, the soap opera model has been forced to change and move onto new platforms, and she has to chose whether to move forward. The show has already through too many changes, and I don’t know whether the show can succeed without her when it goes online/on cable.

david
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david

Susan’s made good money from AMC for years, in addition to her outside projects. It’s a shame she couldn’t be a little more humble under the circumstances and because of the potential effect of her decision on others. However, AMC can survive without her, and besides, if she doesn’t wish to continue, let them kill off Erica Kane. That in itself would be fun to watch after this pathetic performance.

Carmela
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Carmela

I will watch AMC even if Susan Lucci retires. I wanted her to stay on but whatever she decides to do is her business and regardless I will be a fan for life. It seems that people forget that these actors and actresses are just playing characters. They are real people with real lives just like us. I hate that things have changed but I am willing to give Prospect Park a chance when and if the show still continues online.

David
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David

I agree.

susan proechel
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susan proechel

I will def watch thats not the point i hate when susan lucci acts like her fans mean everything to her. clearly we dont

Scott
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Scott

I’m not heartbroken. Never been a Susan/Erica fan. But the fact she asked for MORE money is outrageous. I’m sure her salary is amazing, and supports her family. I think asking for more, especially in a new medium is completely selfish of her to do.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I can live with or without Lucci. There is enough great talent on AMC that could carry the show easily. Not a deal breaker for me either.

Lynne
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Lynne

This is just to much for me! I cannot beleive all what I’m hearing about Susan Lucci. Ha. ha. It’s her choice what she wants to do, because she’s so used to making lots of money, but you would think that she was more interested in playing the part of Erica, which she loved for so many years. So maybe everything that people are hearing just isn’t true. Will just have to wait and see won’t we?

susan proechel
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susan proechel

well i guess i was right all along its nothing by money to all these so alled loyal soap actors the fact that susan lucci wouldnt even give it a try just goes to prove its all about the money. You have et all your fans down ERICA your nothing more than a soap actor I feel sorry for you that you think something different

soapduo
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soapduo

If SL and AM are not interested it could be a silver lining – i.e. an opportunity to replace them with 2 new story lines that add diversity and international interest. Dr. David H on the other hand is critical – he has been carrying the story line for years. Special emphasis also needed to get Angie back ASAP – and possibly creating a role for Trevor St. John who is a wonderful actor. Here’s the bigger problem – getting non-tech AMC viewers online. Show will need to stream to their TV screens. Hopefully internet providers have a box that… Read more »

Roses9652
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Roses9652

Obviously, they would never be able to put the series on a DVD –can you imagine? ‘Complete Set – Years 1 – 41. Cost: $5,000.00! (or more)’ . though some of us may pay that! haha One thing I would LOVE to see at some time in the future: A week-long tv series of 2 hours per show, where Erika hosts and narrates ‘the story of Pine Valley’ and covers a general overview of the show, with each night covering one of the main families and tells how everyone was related…then shows various storylines of that family throughout that day’s… Read more »

Roses9652
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Roses9652

Sorry…didn’t finish before I hit ‘send’. Then, each different day in the week, there would be another ‘family’ covered..where they would cover each character, and people they became entangled with. Oh, it would be so good! I hope someone (ABC) or the producers, or Prospect Park would consider this. I’m not sure who owns the rights to Years 1-41, though.

Jan
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Jan

They are halting AMC…I swear whats next.

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On Monday, Regis Philbin, who passed away at 88-years-old over the weekend, was remembered on morning television where he spent most of his career, by his former co-hosts.  On Live with Kelly and Ryan, an emotional Ripa along with Seacrest honored the man they had come to know

Ryan shared: “It’s been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us at Live. Kelly, I know a tough weekend for you especially because you worked with our dear friend, a friend that passed away over the weekend, Regis Philbin. A legend on television. A best friend to so many of us who didn’t even know him, across the country.”

Ripa, co-hosted Live! with Philbin for 11 years, said mentioned that she and her husband Mark Consuelos were lucky to have their children surrounding them over the weekend when they learned of Philbin’s death.

Through her tears, Kelly expressed:  “As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards.”

Meanwhile over on NBC, Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on the Today Show remembering her enduring friendship and working relationship with Regis. Gifford co-hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for many years.

Overcome with emotion, Kathie Lee recalled her final visit with Philbin and his wife Joy during a visit to the East Coast. Gifford now lives in Tennessee.

Gifford shared how she called The Philbins and said, “Can we get together, can we have some lunch?’ So they came over about two weeks ago,  We just had the best time.”’

However, Kathie Lee noted after they said their goodbyes:“I just thought to myself, ‘Lord’, is that the last time I’m going to see my friend?’ Cause he was failing, I could tell.  I was just so grateful the Lord gave me that final time.”  She also shared moments with her talk with Joy after Regis’ passing, where Joy said,”Kathie he hadn’t laughed in a long, long time.  I was so worried about him.  The day that we came to have lunch with you was the last time I heard him laugh.”

On their on-screen partnership, Kathie Lee said of her time with Regis: “We always respected each other’s opinions so highly. You know, in all the years we were together, we never had one cross word.”

Watch below the segments from Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Today Show with Kathie Lee below as they remember and honor Regis Philbin.

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TV Icon Regis Philbin Dead At 88; Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa and Susan Lucci Pay Tribute

Sad news to report on Saturday.  Legendary TV host and personality, Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88.  The Daytime Emmy-winning host, was famous for is morning shows including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, and its later incarnation Live with Regis and Kelly,  hosting Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. beauty pageants, his night club shows with former All My Children star, Susan Lucci, and so much more.

In a statement his family shared: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.'”

TMZ is reporting late Saturday afternoon that they confirmed with the Medical Examiner that Regis died from heart disease. He was pronounced dead Saturday at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT

Philbin’s accolades included: Daytime Emmy Awards wins for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Regis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.  He was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career.  In addition, according to Guinness World Records, Regis holds the world record for most hours on US television with more than 16,700 hours clocked.

Three women who worked so closely with Regis each took to Instagram this afternoon to share their grief and memories of their dear friend, and in some cases mentor:

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Kathie Lee Gifford expressed on Philbin’s passing: “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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Kelly Ripa who took over from Gifford and co-hosted with Regis for many years shared along with Ryan Seacrest: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

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Susan Lucci, shared an emotional message: “Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you! Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories. Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.  You were one of a kind, Rege—🎼There Will Never Ever Be Another You🎼 RIP, Regis—and thank you”

Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who passed away in 2014.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Regis Philbin in the comment section below.  

 

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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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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