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Daytime Emmy Poll Results: Slezak, Geary & Woods and GH Voted Who YOU Want to See Win The Emmy!

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The results are in from our Daytime Emmy polls where we asked you, our soapers, to tell us who you would like to see win the most in the Outstanding Lead Actor, Lead Actress, and Outstanding Drama Series categories on tonight’s 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Telecast on HLN!

In the Lead Actor category there was a tie!  You chose General Hospital’s Anthony Geary and One Life to Live’s Robert S. Woods, and in second place was GH’s Maurice Benard!

In the Lead Actress category voters  went with One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak who had 37.55% of the votes and in second place was Crystal Chappell for her performance as Carly Manning on Days of our Lives with 29.37 of the votes.  Looks like the fans are favoring the talented performers from One Life, and also looking for a record seventh Emmy to land in the hands of Geary and Slezak!

And finally in the Outstanding Drama Series category,  the fans voted for General Hospital with 49% of the vote with Days of our Lives with 21.64% in second place, and All My Children in third place with close to 16% of the vote.

Let’s see if your picks match the academy’s picks tonight starting on the Emmy telecast at 8PMEST/5PMPST! And what do you think of On-Air On-Soaps site users choices?  Let us know!

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RobinAshley
RobinAshley

Wow I didnt even know there was a poll, but if I had my vote would have gone for Crystal Chappell!

Debi
Debi

If GH is so popular, why are the ratings so low??

TS
TS

What a joke! They really should have been the best daytime drama???? really??????? it is sad that one life to live was not even nominated….. says allot about the people that voted.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you 100 %………………………………………..They over looked OLTL once more !!!!!!!!!!! I think that REALLY STINKS something AWFUL!!!!!!! OLTL should have gotten some awards… OLTL will alway’s be to me MY OUTSTANDING DRAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OF ALL TIME..

barbara t
barbara t

Oh come on debi, baby steps. However, we only have two and a half months left, and a lot of people go on vacation, we have to kill that good afternoon america like we killed the revolution. That 2 o’clock spot has to go to general hospital.

Debi
Debi

what do you mean we only have 2 1/2 months left??
In my world, when abc cuts GH, it will be picked up by another network if we can get the ratings up.

Have you been to my new blog yet?

Bruce
Bruce

Slazak, and Woodsie all the way!!

Torrey
Torrey

And of course, it ends up going to Heather Tom…..Really? What a joke!!

barbara t
barbara t

That’s what I thought.

Debi
Debi

I was SHOCKED Erica didn’t get it. When they called her up with Susan Lucci you could feel the lack of emotion from her as well.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree……….

Connie
Connie

am i the only one somewhat concerned that the Revolution is being replaced with a new show “Good Afternoon America”? I was under the impression that when the Revolution finally went away, a spot would be guaranteed for General Hosptal since Katy Couric will be taking their timeslot. And since ABC seems to be content with the lackluster ratings of the Chew, I would guess that’s not going anywhere. What do you think, Michael?

barbara t
barbara t

No, your not the only one, I am very concerned and we have to continue to boycott abc/disney, we need to do to good afternoon america as we did to that revolution show. ABC/DISNEY LIED TO US.

susan M.
susan M.

I thought GH was taking the 2:00 spot…………………..

susan M.
susan M.

Highly suspicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

angela
angela

You really need to research the facts. GH will be moving to a 2:00 pm time slot in September. The promos have already started airing on the east coast.

Connie
Connie

according to their advertising, Good Afternoon America is taking the 2:00 spot in July. I have a sneaky feeling that if the reviews are good, you can say bye-bye to GH. Are the promos for GH at 2 brought to you by ABC?????
gee…….

barbara t
barbara t

The promos are saying that starting july 9th, Good afternoon america will be taking the 2 o’clock spot, if it works out and the rating are good and general hospital goes down connie is right bye-bye general hospital.

susan M.
susan M.

Well I am very disappointed in the Daytime Emmy Award Show….I have seen better ones in the past…..OLTL is constantly over looked….I only saw Matthew & Starr at the award show…No one else from OLTL…Saw a little over an hour of the emmy’s & I recorded the rest of it…What I saw was no big deal….Erika Slezsak & Robert Woods didn’t win…. I am extemely pissed-off……………The music played each time the show came back from a commerical & after the person received their award & was leaving the stage . That goofy music came on…Not happy at all with the daytime emmy award show !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will watch the rest of the show tommorrow which I recorded..

barbara t
barbara t

Thank GOD, I am not the only one who was turned off by that awful music.

susan M.
susan M.

Why is OLTL discarded like garbage from this daytime emmy award show????? OLTL just can not get a break……………………………This was their last hurray….And treated like crap again…OLTL will alway’s be #1 in my book.. A lot of talent on this soap and was OVER LOOKED AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooooo angry & upset over the daytime emmy award show… In the past the daytime emmy’s were exciting & entertaining…This daytime emmy award show was a STINKER!!!!!! I could go on & 0n…………………………………..Soap fans what are your opinions on the daytime emmy’s ????? I rate it from a scale from 1- 10..I give it a 4…………….

barbara t
barbara t

It was boring and Once again One life to live was upstaged by ERICKA KANE, I give it a 2, The music was bad. Read all the rest of my posts on this subject because I feel the same as you susan m.

susan M.
susan M.

Erika Slezsak was up staged by Susan Lucci….. She is so full of herself….I will not Ms.Lucci’s show in March.. I could care less…I use to like her but , no more..Seeing how she HAMS IT UP !!!!!! On the emmy’s SAT… She has big ones………………………………….Erika Slezsak is a class act……., She is a team player…This is what Ms. Lucci lacks………….TERRIBLE & BORING SHOW..The music made me BARF !!!!!!!!!!!!!

kay/kay
kay/kay

Susan thanks for updating me I just deleted it without watching it you want to know why OLTL did not get a nomination and AMC did not get the emmy because then they would have had to admit they cancelled the wrong shows they did not want egg on their face. And I like GH but I would have preferred AMC have got it I thought it was just as good I hated the Jake storyline always will!!!

Torrey
Torrey

Worst Emmy’s Ever!!! And was that supposed to be a tribute to AMC & OLTL? What a freaking joke!!!

barbara t
barbara t

Yeah, It was all Erricka Kane. Wasn’t the worse, But it sure was boring and long, I give HLN a break they only had 3 weeks to put it together, Wasn’t that music horrible? I do give 3 cheers for general hospital and Oscar the grouch, ANd his GARBAGE CAN.

susan M.
susan M.

Susan Lucci was hogging the whole thing.. Did you see when she presented a award & all the winners came up on stage Susan was going on her tippy toes so she could be seen on camera………………What a HAM!!!!! Erika Sleszak has a lot of class……

Debi
Debi

I don’t blame hln at all for anything. They aired the show. The show was all about promoting GH and dissing OLTL.
Whoever set out to do that, succeeded.

susan M.
susan M.

I was waiting for the tribute for AMC & OLTL….All they did is have Susan Lucci come up and say a little something with Erika Sleszak & Cameron Masterson,,,I was expetecting more then that…I thought they would show some favorite clips from AMC & OLTL……………………………………It was a terrible tribute….Not worthy of AMC & OLTL…………………….I liked seeing Erika Sleszak…But I wish they would have done something more than just talking about it…..That was VERY disappointing to say the least…………..I rate the daytime emmy at about a three in a half….Pretty CRAPPY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kay/kay
kay/kay

Ok I just watched a clip of the Susan Lucci thing! Sorry Susan you stepped on it this time the show was an ensemble act no one character makes a soap and well I am disappointed. I did read on a blog that ABC would not release the clips do not know if this is true. Sad.

kay/kay
kay/kay

I meant Susan Lucci stepped on it not Susan M LOL!!!!

Charles
Charles

Why was there no video with the tribute presentation with LaLucci, Cameron, Erika??It was meaningless.Why was Bethany the non-talented reality “star” and i mean that with no praise and glory, on the show as a presenter, she was as horrible as her talk show, hopefully it will be short-lived. This production of the show was terrible from start to finish, starting with the ailing muppett and Anderson Cooper. It was a sign of things to come.This show was horrible, more frightful moments of acceptance speeches, too many kids, too many non-acting people on stage, the one highlight of the show was Eric Braden showing up, on the Red Carpet and as a presenter…..there will not be a show next year, mark my words!!!!!! The ratings will be worse than last years show……only other bright spot was Erkia Slezak’s appearance

barbara t
barbara t

Hey Charles, I agree with you about everything you said. But, Come on, I Don’t care about Anderson copper either, He represents those awful talk shows, but give Oscar a break, I enjoyed him and he is a daytime star, I thought the Garbage can was fitting, given all the GARBAGE emmys that were handed out.

Debi
Debi

I like Cooper. Who I could have gone without seeing was Baba Walters.

susan M.
susan M.

Yes it was VERY DISAPPOINTING……………And it was one of the worst daytime emmy award shows…I remember more better daytime emmy shows in the past….This one was a fluke………………………………STINKEROO!!!!!!!!! I was looking forward in seeing memorable clips from AMC & OLTL…..What a RIP- OFF show !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The beginning of the show the muppet character was so STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The show was a ZERO in my book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TS
TS

Regis and Kelley should have been there to pick up the award.. disappointed in their actions of not making the time to show up and accept the award

Dan
Dan

Great night for GH, and I’m very happy about that. There were some things wrong with the show. The stupid music, the lack of clips, and the joke of a tribute to AMC and OLTL. But I’d rather have a show like this than no show at all, or the garbage we saw from Las Vegas the past two years. Those were the worst Emmys ever. Tonight was far from the worst.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you about the stupid music….The tribute for AMC & OLTL yes it was a JOKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Past emmy shows were much BETTER… What happen with this one………………………………………Poorly put together……….Like it was just thrown together at the last minute…In my opinion………..

Mary
Mary

Dan, I agree with you. Yes, there were things on the show that definitly could have been better ( the three things you mentioned are at the top of my list too) but overall it wasn’t too bad for HLN’s first try at producing the awards show. It was good enough that I hope they will broadcast this show again next year. Somebody has to!

Derrick
Derrick

Didn’t have HLN but after hearing how bad the award show was and the winners, I was GLAD I didn’t see the award show. AMC and OLTL went home empty handed was a UTTER & COMPLETE TRAVESTY there. GH winning everything UGHH! Was glad Y&R, B&B and DAYS won. DAYS winning Writing was a SHOCK but I was happy they won; an award they haven’t won since the 70s. That’s pure sadness there!

Jessi
Jessi

If i knew about the poll, Totally Crystal Chappell should have win!

kay/kay
kay/kay

I taped it and I will delete it, I won’t watch now that I have seen the results and read your comments, RHerbst was robbed again I guess she is too nice to get an emmy you have to have a potty mouth and be a political activist no way was Tom better then the other ladies and I am so over Geary!

angela
angela

The Emmy’s just solidify my beliefs that the genre is dead. There is absolutely no respect for daytime dramas anymore. OLTL being overlooked for best show was just too much for words! When the nominations came out I could not believe they didn’t get the nod for bast show! I’m not sure of the show will be able to make nominations next year as I don’t know what the cut off date is but if they do garner a nom they will loose. Oh and HEATHER TOM!!!!! Really??????????

Torrey
Torrey

And someone please tell me what the heck did the alligator, porcupine, cockroaches and other animals have to do with with presentations that Debbie Gibson & Company were making? And why weren’t there more stars presenting awards? Plus it didn’t even seem like a lot of stars showed up for the event…..if they don’t show, then what’s the point of having the show in the first place? You can’t be a star, and complain about how the industry is overlooking you, then not even show up for the award ceremony…shows that you think as little of your industry as the people you are complaining about. This award show was a complete disaster to me. And I don’t understand why Cameron Mathison is one of the chosen mouthpieces for AMC. Towards the end of AMC, his character was totally unlikeable, to the point where a lot of fans couldn’t stomach seeing him or Rebecca Budig on camera…yet for some reason, he is always the one they put out front and center. And just so you know, HLN, that was not a tribute for either show!! I understand that maybe it would cost more money to run old clips for a video tribute for both shows….but it’s better to cough up the money and do it right, than to throw something together and have it turn out like that. I’m a big fan of Susan Lucci, but the speech that she made, where her main focus seem to be talking about ERICA KANE was kinda disturbing. I know she was a big part of the show, but there were so many people and stories that made AMC the show it was, and it seemed kind of narcissistic, the way she kept addressing ERICA KANE…. Plus I didn’t like the stupid video tribute with Agnes Nixon beforehand…..where she didn’t even mention OLTL! I have always had a problem with Agnes and how she seems to favor AMC over OLTL. Susan Lucci is a big star and her name is synonymous with AMC, but if we want to label someone the queen of daytime, why not mention your six-time Emmy winner, Erica Slezak? Just disappointed in Agnes that she didn’t even mention the show. Just another slap in the face for OLTL.

I remember when ATWT was taken off, and how the following year when they had the Emmy’s, they cleaned house at the Emmy’s…and I’m not saying they didn’t deserve the awards, but why couldn’t OLTL at least get some more representation amongst their actors?! I don’t think there will be a show next year, and if there is a repeat of what was aired last night….don’t even bother.

barbara t
barbara t

I think that HLN had to come up with last minute entertainment they only had 3 weeks to put it together, It is pretty bad that they had to get in touch with a alligator, I wonder who his agent was, It , the alligator should be living the life of riley in a pond or swamp in florida along with the other animals that didn’t belong on a leash, what those two people had to do with daytime I don’t know But they did not belong there. It was boring wasn’t it? I was very up set that only Ericka Kane was brought up and Victoria Lord Bucanann was not even mentioned, It was a very sad evening, oh yeah and if they do it next year, forget that awful music, That helped me want to see the evening go much faster then it did. I never will understand Agnus Nixon favoring All my children, Out of all the abc soaps One life to live and Ryans hope was always my favorite, I do like that general hospital took home a lot of Emmys, I hope abc/disney is paying attention And I hope they paid attention to Tony’s speech for best actor.

Debi
Debi

I still say KUDOS for HLN for carrying the show. Without HLN, there would have been nothing. HLN is constanting on Sunday rerunning the show. Back to back.

barbara t
barbara t

Yes they were good at it, during all their shows they would advertize the emmys where going to be on, They showed more ads then any of the other networks EVER did. Maybe next year if they carry them we can give them some advice on what to do and what not to do, and to be sure not to ask Ericka Kane to show up, or the alligator, throw in debby gibson and that frankle woman who did the reality show, What was she there for?

Ann
Ann

Susan Lucci proved what a real diva she is. How many times can a woman mention her character’s name and praise all about herself? The audacity not to mention any of her fine co-stars that helped make her what she is/was. Personally, I didn’t think she was the best actor on the show, just there longer and because she catered to Agnes Nixon. They should have had David Canary out there instead of that Cameron Matheson guy. The guy that played Trevor, the women who played Janet and Natalie were more natural in front of the camera. I thought Susan’s acting of erica was just that…acting. But she showed her true self at the award show.

Tristan
Tristan

The awards show were last minute and looked well last. Poor writing. I think Erika Sleazak and Susan Lucci were put in a horrible position. Lucci is rumoured to be miffed they didn’t show clips (because ABC wouldn’t release them). She did what she was told and read what they wrote for her. I agree it focussed to much on Erica but the show wrote it. Sleazak did seem emotionless about the whole thing ( I do think she deserved an Emmy) and truly Cameron Mathison had no business be up there other than he maybe good looking and he is getting older anyways. David Canary or Robert Woods would have been a better choice Cameron has been so lucky that someone likes him with GMA and movies and such. I wonder if he lost his hair or body how much people would be in to him? Not to be rude but he isn’t exactly a marvel on the screen. I just find too much cheese with the Emmys. It is sad but true once Susan Lucci won that darn Emmy the show fell apart and who really cared. Despite all that talent , yeah not a lot of interest in the daytime emmy’s. And with so little competition in the soaps I expect Deidre Hall will get a nomination and she makes Lucci look like Meryl Streep (oops my inner voice is speaking)

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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)

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

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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