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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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Cameron Mathison Named New Co-Host Of Home & Family!

Home & Family has found their new co-host following the exit of Mark Steines naming Cameron Mathison as his replacement.

The former All My Children star, where he played Ryan Lavery, and more recently Entertainment Tonight correspondent, has previous experience with the Hallmark Channel morning talk show.

According to Deadline who broke the news: “Mathison had been an occasional guest co-host on Home & Family since 2013 and has became a frequent substitute in the two months since Steines’ exit. He will continue to guest host for the rest of the summer, switching to full-time co-hosting duties alongside Debbie Matenopoulos when the new seventh season of Home & Family launches in September.”

Mathison is a great fit for the series which airs Monday through Friday at 10AM, given that he also frequently stars in Hallmark movies.  As for Steines, the longtime host, was abruptly let-go back in May after five and a half years with the series.

So, what do you think of Cameron’s new gig? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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