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Daytime Fave Debbie Morgan OUT at The Young and the Restless!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith are cleaning house at The Young and the Restless!  First, came word yesterday of Genie Francis, then Marcy Rylan, being shown the front door at the number one soap, but  last evening came the news that Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan has also lost her daytime gig.

Morgan tweeted the news first to her fans stating, “To all my twitter fans wanted to B the first to tell you the new regime has let me go from Y&R. Will tape my last show Oct. 5th & I move on! Have a lot of moving & reorganizing to do after being let go from Y&R so wanted you all to know won’t be on twitter but only 4 short while.”

Debbi, who was so well-known for her role as the beloved Angie Hubbard on All My Children, took on the role of Harmony at Y&R even before the final episodes of the legacy ABC soap aired.  Although she was enthusiastic, as were many of her fans, at the start of her time in Genoa City, over the last several months her storyline never took hold.

What do you think about the axing of Debbi Morgan?  And, who’s next? Weigh-in!

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Scott
Scott

Now this to me is a shock. I loved Debbi as Harmony, and will dearly miss her as part of the cast. The role was a refreshing change for her. But I guess this is JFP getting rid of most of the ABC cast-offs. I see Darnell being next to go, and if he isn’t, then I call a misjudgment on her behalf. I will miss Debbi Morgan with all of my heart!

Christine
Christine

It will be interesting if they let Darnell go as they had a casting call for his son or nephew or something. I don’t remember if that was before Bell was fired or not.

But I see him going as well. He really isn’t needed anymore now that Jack is better, though they could write for him if they wanted to.

Scott
Scott

If they aren’t going to write for Debbi, who has a solid storyline and connection to Genoa City, I fail to see how they could write one for Darnell who has ZERO connection to the show.

jenni
jenni

Im so sick and tired of Tommy Lightfoot Garrett bashing only Jill F. writer. He is so up Maria Bells butt he is bashing in all his columns Jill so un classy when Jill IS NOT the only one to make these cast cutting decisions! Get A Life Tommy. I like Michaels articles much better!

SZima
SZima

Huh? Who the hell is Tommy Lightfoot Garrett ?

Matt
Matt

Would love to see Angie Hubbard on GH!

Phil
Phil

Yep, was thinking the same thing.

Rob
Rob

The writngs on the wall people.

JFP was brought in to pull the plug on a show thats been on life support for some time.

Look for General Hospital to knock this crapfest out off the #1 spot!

Phil
Phil

I wouldn’t be at all surprised, GH is rocking at tbis point!

Liz
Liz

They would have kept MAB if they wanted to pull plug of the show. She was doing fine at butchering the show.

Jules
Jules

The losing streak for Neil Winters in the love department continues.

Debbie needs to start going outside daytime for work. It won’t be easy but she’s so talented, it would be a crime for her not to try.

David Larsson
David Larsson

Morgan is a wonderful actress but the role of Harmony was not for her. Watching her scenes was awkward rather than captivating and interesting.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I wish there was still a Pine Valley that Debbie Morgan could come back to……

Peaches
Peaches

I agree with you David. The role Harmony played was a boring role, even though she is a good actor.

Michael
Michael

This will not be the last of the firings. JFP needs to get rid of MAB’s stunt castings, pare this cast down, get the show under budget and concentrate on the core families on Y&R. I don’t see this as a bad move. As excellent of an actress Debbi Morgan is, her character never caught on with fans, myself included. So, her being let go did not surprise me!

Bart
Bart

I agree with you 100%! News of the four (so far) cast reductions announced over the past day have been music to my ears, especially since none of these characters work in the “Y & R” world.

Genevieve, Sofia and Yolanda/Harmony were typical MAB-created characters: One-note, shrill and just plain annoying. However, SORAS’ing the character of Abby to the alleged age she is not (late 20s…??) was wrong from the get-go – that “Naked Heiress” thing was just awful and that is why nobody likes this whiny character.

jenny
jenny

How come I am not in the least bit surprised? I hope GH grabs up at least Genie Francis. It just as well Debbi, Genie and Marcy are outta there since Y&R wasted them big time in order to keep giving up all the airtime to Victor and his family big whoop. Just what I want to see-more of Prictor choosing his next child bride LOL!

Liz
Liz

Harmony and Genevieve were a bunch of bores. They needed to trim the cast.

jenny
jenny

ITA they were poorly written characters and I won’t miss them. I hope Genie Francis is back on GH by Thanksgiving.

As for Y&R, lately it is Sucksville-stories that drag on forever such as Paul killing his son (good lord it hasn’t even gone to trial yet and I am bored to death of it), Phyllis being in trouble over ancient history for running over Paul and Christine (a story which keeps bring Christine an annoying character back) and now this dumb Tim fiasco. And lord knows how long we will be subjected to Victor’s amnesia and Sharon acting like an idiot on a power trip.

And meanwhile the rest of the cast is wasted like Ronan and Nina who were brought back and I was so happy to hear that but I never see them. Nina has had a handful of scenes and I was hoping to see her and Ronan finally bond but instead Ronan has his head up Phyllis’ ass UGH!

I barely watch Y&R these days and when I do turn it on I get bored fast cause the show is dragging like a pig stuck in the mud with stories I stopped caring about weeks ago.

And JFP hardly gives me hope-I have seen her butchery before. From what I hear, GF, DM and MR are just the first few heads to roll-how soon til someone we CARE about, like a vet of the show gets the axe?

I ain’t sticking around to find out. I watch on GH now!

aria
aria

wow, JFP isn’t messing around, Debbie, Genie, only thing they both have in common is that their superstars and most cost alot but still, wow, hope Genie gets back to GH AND debbie can visit GH too.

Robert
Robert

Yes, bring Angie and David Hayward to GH, that Hospita needs some drama!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Looks like a another soap opera is going to be gone soon, I don’t understand why, I hope someone will step up and save this one before all the others will be gone too. Don’t let them take our soaps away for good.

Mary
Mary

Soaps are dying because they forgotten what they were. A soap’s bread and butter was romance. But they don’t know how to tell good romance stories anymore. They are too quick; a couple meets, hooks up, marries, and divorces in one week. Okay maybe not that fast, but you get the point. Or else, they try to rehash old romances like Nikki and Victor, but you can only break up and reunite a couple so many times before the audience loses interest. Perhaps soaps adapting the mini series format will be better, where the storyline for characters have a beginning, middle and end would work better. I hope this show survives because it use to tell the best love stories and if they can get back to business that might bring audiences back.

ethel
ethel

excellent post & i totally agree!

Rona
Rona

I totally agree with you Mary!

Liz
Liz

They will be gone soon too because FF which ruins the ratings and because people watch online for faster access and people are interested in “reality” shows.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

None of which would be enough to kill the soaps if the writing were good. There’s still an audience out there that craves what soaps used to provide.

Liz
Liz

That is why they are making budget costs to keep the show alive

Brian
Brian

The world has changed, but i hope the soaps survive.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I may have to stop commenting. Three departures this week alone! Surely more to come. Wow! Genoa City’s U-Haul lots will be busy as everyone picks up and goes.

It is a shame so many talented actors, fan favorites all, are left scrambling. Sadly, Port Charles, Salem, and Los Angeles (OK, the Forrester Creations campus) are not big enough to accommodate the refugees. Oh, I wish daytime drama was as it once was, thriving and exciting and embraced by the webs… or cable even! TVLand is finding success with its retro-style sitcoms (HOT IN CLEVELAND, THE EXES). What about a daytime block of half hour serials?!

Ces
Ces

I agree! GH, Days and B&B have full casts, we simply can’t keep adding more because great talent like Debbi Morgan becomes available.

Mickey
Mickey

Like GF, I’m not surprised! Harmony wasn’t really for DM. Love her to death and she will be missed!

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

No surprise here. She was fired by the same woman who killed off Alan Quartmaine.

toscanti
toscanti

MAB hired amazing talent and often, too bad she did not know how to write for them. Just like Maura West, amazing with no story. Hoping Josh Griffith gets back to the core family and great story. Anxious on word of other departues, excited for new material.

kalamaty
kalamaty

Wishing Debbie well. She did a stellar job in her role!

Ces
Ces

Not surprised that JFP is cleaning house, it’s what she does. No disrespect to Ms. Morgan is a fine actress and I enjoyed her for many years on AMC as Angie but, GH is full enough and favorites are already pushed aside for the likes of this stupid Christina/Trey/Joe Jr. storyline that I don’t think anyone cares about ??? Genie is another story altogether. I would welcome her back to GH with open arms given the right storyline. I grew up with Laura and would love to see another L&L reunion. Face it, the whole Anna/Luke relationship is a bit forced. I’d rather see Luke with Tracy if Genie doesn’t get come back.
I think what GH has done with Starr, Todd and John is fine but again, it’s a full cast and bringing both Michael Easton and especially Roger Howarth to the show have been great additions —- but no more!

Anne
Anne

I am sorry to see Debbie go. I never watched YR but followed Debbie from AMC. She is an amazing. actress and I wish her well

Darlene Bell
Darlene Bell

Well I think that there could be room for Debbie at GH. What about a new chief of staff who would be a prominent resident of Port Charles . . . then we could bring on Darnell to mix things up too.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I agree wholeheartedly that the show is a big mess and badly needs refocusing, but when you have talent around like Marcy Rylan, Genie Francis, and Debbi Morgan, I do think it makes sense to try to write something compelling for them before you just give up and decide they can’t contribute anything. Harmony is sort of a pointless character, but that’s not Morgan’s fault, and I would have made an effort to reshape the character and give Morgan a chance to show what she can do before just deciding to get rid of her. Ditto Marcy Rylan. (Genie was a lost cause from the minute JFP was hired; no was JFP would let her stick around.)

Sigh. I’m not sure I’m ready to agree that there’s a hidden agenda on Sony’s part to kill the show, but it’s certainly true that JFP is a perfect choice for that kind of role.

Carol
Carol

This is to make room for Steve Burton who makes a seven figure salary.Why do you think they were axed. I read it on Daytime Confidential

JustSaying
JustSaying

Wow! This week is more exciting than the soaps itself. Can’t wait to see what will happen next week.

I’m looking forward to letting go of Tucker, Kyle and Eden. And a couple of others that I can’t think of right now.

jenni
jenni

I don’t like Kyle Chelsea Nikki or Victor they should go Phyllis needs jail

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I love Debbie Morgan and wish her all the best. She is an amazing talent!

Jared
Jared

Great actress and a beautiful woman. She just didn’t fit in on Y&R. Y&R has its own stable of stars, and MAB did a disservice to talented displaced abc actors by bloating the cast of Y&R and not providing them with good material. Our beloved legacy Y&R characters and stars suffered as well. I’m hoping all of these firings indicate the new regime’s focus on traditional Y&R.

lew s
lew s

This ain’t going to be pretty

Elhu
Elhu

Sorry to hear this. I loved Debbie on AMC, she and Darnell were an iconic couple (that is Angie and Jessie), and always will be. I am a huge ABC Soap Fan, but started watching Y & R to see her work there, and I truly liked how she played the role of Harmony and really thought she and Kristoff St. John’s character looked good together. Then when Darnell came over, I really thought eventually they would migrate together at some point after their new characters fell into their own on Y&R. I am sure she will find work quickly, as she is quite talented. I wish her all the best. Maybe she can make her way to GH at some point!!!!

Donna Sawyer
Donna Sawyer

I think this is a horrible decision!! They finally put her and Neil together and now are not even going to give them a chance.
The stupid powers that be don’t even give viewers time to get really invested in a character before they dump them!!

Logan
Logan

Neil+Harmony=zzzzzz
MAB had enough time to write Harmony better and she failed to do so.

jenni
jenni

Id love to see Drucilla back

ethel
ethel

jfp is doing what she does best & that is getting rid of characters – i knew this would happen when she became in charge – i wonder who will be next………….

Logan
Logan

She’s only getting rid of useless characters so it’s all good.

Molly
Molly

It’s sad but daytime Tv is not what it used to be. There are so many wonderful actors I have grown to love. I STILL MISS All My Children, One Life To Live, Guiding Light, and As The World Turns. I hope Y&R does more than continue to be the NineWives of Victor Newman.

Chaz
Chaz

Just how many bullets does JFP have in her gun? More than the usual 6 shooter? Betting on Neil, Lauren & Katherine as the next targets ……

Liz
Liz

They only got rid of MAB’s castings and characters so far which is a good thing.

Nikki
Nikki

Oh thank god! I was hoping they’d get rid of the character of Harmony. She was useless and boring, and it was honestly awaste of Debbi Morgan’s incredible talents. I believe she’ll find a TV show (be it daytime or primetime) that can really put her skills to use in a manner that is productive for story and character.

Tiffany
Tiffany

Thank god they are getting rid of older newbies that were written so terribly

Nikki
Nikki

Agreed!

Les_In_Co
Les_In_Co

I still watch soaps but I’ve gotten to helping writing online style soap boards. It’s been the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

Tad
Tad

I am not surprised about the “firings” or rather writing off. I have never found Genie Francis a particular great actress or even charismatic. Debbi M is great but sometimes I find her a bit grating. Harmony was not a good match and boring. Debbie and Darnell should be apart; that was a once in a life time pairing and it is time to let it go. I would rather see Susan Lucci or David Canary on General Hospital. Lucci especially could bring some comedy to GH and maybe make some interesting comments to Tracey Q and the gang. And while we are at it, maybe Y and R should stop the nepotism. Melody Thomas Scott, Lauralee Bell, MAB, Bradley Bell all these people involved with Y and R wo had family links or at least at the time of being hired the odds are some of them aren’t going to be that good when you rely upon nepotism to get the door open and in some cases held open wide with red carpeting. Personally I would love a moving funeral of Nikki and Victor. Eric Braedon is so tiring as Victor Newman. He should marry someone more his age. IT seems like they write for him to always be on top; its time to show him losingmore often.

Genesis
Genesis

I have watched Y&R since ’73. It amazes me that there are only a few characters of color in 2012. I have concluded that this is not happenstance. Victoria Rowell and Debbie Morgan are excellent actresses. It appears to me that Y&R is very much like the U.S.A.. Not ready for characters of color to blossom on this particular soap. I see demise in the future for this now boring weekly melodrama. Nia Peoples did a great job, and the actress who portrayed, Carmen was fun to watch as well. There are several veteran and new actors/actresses who cannot bring their characters meaning. I enjoyed Abby and Sarge. Sad to see another daytime drama fall into the same category as the now minority.

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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.

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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.

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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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All My Children Weeklong Virtual Reunions Kick-Off With Ripa, Consuelos, LaRue and Penny

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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