Connect with us

All My Children

Celebrity Escort Chris Gaida Talks About Susan Lucci In New Book, Arm Candy!

Courtesy/ArmCandy

Courtesy/ArmCandy

Celebrity escort to the stars, Chris Gaida, has written a new book that is set to hit bookstores at the end of this month on January 31st entitled, Arm Candy!

Fans have often seen these escorts, who walk and assist celebrities through the crowd at the Daytime Emmys, Golden Globes, movie premieres, anywhere there is a red carpet event.  Gaida has had the opportunity to walk with some of the biggest stars in motion picture and television and details it all in his new book!

In Arm Candy, Gaida reveals that he has spent a good deal of time with All My Children icon Susan Lucci, escorting her at the Daytime Emmys and several other events.   The celeb escort to the stars relates that La Lucci is one of his all-time favorite celebrities, and in an excerpt from the book Gaida talks about how gracious Susan really is!  Check it out in this exclusive below!

Gaida on Susan Lucci:  “The thing I discovered about Susan Lucci is that she truly LOVES her fans. Every time I have  escorted her she has gone out of her way to meet them and take pictures. This night was no different. The crowd started to worm around the extensions, walking on the carpet and surrounded us and the other soap stars.  She tried to greet them all and was posing in pictures one after another.  This seemed like it could quickly become dangerous,  so I rushed her along and told fans that we had to keep moving. Of course, many didn’t think I meant those words as they continued to try to get close to her and beg for a quick photo. She was very gracious and wanted to accommodate them, but I insisted that she didn’t have the time to stop anymore. Usually I am very nice with this. I understand the fans’ point of view, however, things were getting out of control.  I get to the party at this point. If she stopped to meet everyone, we would needed to make sure Susan was safe. Besides, I am sure we all wanted to be there for hours.

When we reached the elevators, three hotel security officials  were already positioned there for some added assistance. They had blocked off fans from this elevator bank so only people attending the party or people with rooms, requiring that elevator could enter. There were a few party guests already by the elevator doors anxiously waiting. When the elevator door opened, the people waiting filled the elevator. Just as the door was about to close, one security guard held the doors open and asked everyone to exit the elevator so that Susan, Helmut, our guests and myself would not have to wait. They clearly recognized Susan as a star and wanted to give her their version of VIP treatment.

Horrified at such a request, Susan told those people to do no such thing and she would wait for the next elevator. She thanked security, but told them it was not right. These people were waiting first. The last thing she wanted was for them to be inconvenienced for her. The people did exit and gave up the elevator. Susan was embarrassed and thanked them repeatedly as we entered the elevator quickly. The elevator doors closed with only us in it. We headed to the Penthouse Suite. She was now out of the public eye, so I knew the next moment would confirm what I already knew about her. After about two seconds of silence, she stated she felt bad the security guard asked them to get out for her. She hoped none of those people were in a hurry or upset about the inconvenience. Her publicist and I reassured her they were okay and that everyone knew it was security’s doing, not hers.

This was one of those special, private moments where a celebrity reveals their true identity. I already knew Susan was an incredible human being, but I was still so very proud to be by her side.  Most people would not have said anything or even worried about it, but she cared moments later.”

So soapers, Gaida confirms what many of us know, that Susan is one of the most approachable and considerate stars of them all!  Wouldn’t you agree?  If you have had any encounters with Susan Lucci, share them with us here! And make sure to pick up a copy of Arm Candy to get some more inside scoop on some of the biggest celebs and more on Susan Lucci!

Click to comment
Advertisement

Leave a Reply

avatar
TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I love Susan Lucci! She is the best! By the way, Happy Birthday Michael. I hope you are having a great one.

su0000
su0000

Susan is very generous..
I wonder if she would lend her escort to me for a day or two..
I would love to be escorted, on his arm , to Target and Walgreen’s 🙂

Liz Arnold
Liz Arnold

I hope that she will honor her fans & return to #AMC. If not on contract, at least an appearance every now & then. I know she’s moved on & is busy but I still hope she will give it the old college try.

su0000
su0000

Agnes Nixon is now with PP and Susan will be there for her most cherished friend Agnes..
We will see Erica in Pine Valley.. 🙂

Kathryn
Kathryn

This book sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to read more.

louisa
louisa

This is so nice to hear. I hope she comes back to AMC. I quit watching awhile ago, but will check out the new show when it returns.

Jenn Parker
Jenn Parker

Great to hear the details from behind the scenes! Can’t wait to read more!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

At the Super Soap Weekends in Orlando Florida, Susan was always there for her fans,she always stopped to talk to us.She was always interested and made sure we were having a good time. We would standing by the bathrooms at MGM and wait for her and all the others actors from AMC,OLTL and GH. Everyone was so nice and would take pictures with us and let us take their pictures and Susan and Helmut come over to us and show us pictures and talk us like we were their friends , those were great memories.

Skater Boy
Skater Boy

I really would love to see Susan on the AMC reboot; it wouldn’t be AMC without her but I am fearful she has two ironclad contracts with Deadly Affairs and Devious Maids I hope people see the value of her on all three shows. At least recurring role but surely someone cna figure something out. I hear her part on Devious Maids isn’t that big so maybe she could handle it – although the other rumour is that she is stealing scenes. Idon’t think she will want to disappoint any fans BUT she isn’t getting younger. And more important maybe AMC or PP don’t want her? Sad if this is true.

All My Children

8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

Continue Reading

All My Children

George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

Continue Reading

All My Children

WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

GH icon Genie Francis chats with Michael Fairman about her return to the soap as Laura after being taken off-contract earlier this year. Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

  • Kay: “Many actors were put on recurring it happens DD got on Twitter and made a ass out of himself it…
  • Kay: “You know what do not wish Rey gone I think he is great with SC it is taking some time…
  • Shay: “Actually, Joe, I will absolutely deny that GH has been better with that so-called “OLTL influence” you apparently like so…
  • Shay: “Absolutely, Kansas Guest! It’s interesting—not to mention, blatantly unfair!—that we GH-ers have been expected to welcome all the “intersoapers” to…
  • Shay: “Amen, KansasGuest! The magnificent Constance Towers made the elegantly evil Helena her own...even eclipsing the original portrayal by the uber-famous…
Advertisement

Power Performance

Kin Shriner as Scott

General Hospital

Airdate: 4-2-2019

Advertisement

Popular