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UPDATED: Did Oprah Winfrey Beg Twitter Followers to tune in to OWN for Ratings?

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We reported yesterday this item on Oprah Winfrey’s tweet encouraging, or as some feel, begging her followers to tune-in to her OWN cable network Sunday night to help her get a higher Nielsen rating while the Grammys were airing and pulling in big numbers on CBS.

Oprah now has apparently apologized for her tweet and said she deleted the message “at the request of Nielsen.”  She added, “I intended no harm and apologize for the reference.”

A Nielsen representative told Entertainment Weekly that the company was looking into the Sunday night incident. “In accordance with our policies and procedures, Nielsen is reviewing this incident with our clients and we may withhold, breakout and/or make a note in the ratings…We take any violation of our policy seriously and will work with clients to resolve the situation.”

Here is our original post for the entire story: Oprah Winfrey who is not in the best of light with many soap fans after her video message saying that she cannot revive “an institution”  when referring to daytime soaps, got herself in a bit of a PR mess, and in possible trouble with the all-mighty Nielsen Ratings.

Last night, while The Grammys were pulling in its highest numbers in decades, Oprah begged her followers on Twitter to turn on her OWN Network to help the ratings! Oprah tweeted, “Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if U have a Nielsen Box”  The questionable public relations tweet was sent out at 8:03PM on Sunday night!

According to Deadline.com, “Look at the time stamp on Oprah Winfrey’s Tweet from last night: just when the Grammys were starting. As if she was going to convince any of her 9+ million Twitter followers to turn the dial away from CBS and one of the most watched awards shows ever to… Hey, does anyone even know where exactly OWN lives on the remote? Nah. Problem is, Winfrey’s ploy backfired. People started attacking her as pathetic and desperate. (“Unethical is a little harsh, don’t you think?” Oprah bleated back…) One big problem: TV types tell me that Nielsen makes its rated shows sign agreements that they won’t openly solicit Nielsen households. Especially during sweeps periods like now. So TV execs expect Nielsen not to issue a rating for last night’s OWN as a way of punishing Oprah going rogue. I think running OWN is punishment enough. It sucks.”

So what do you think of Oprah’s tweet? Desperate? Or, appropriate? What would you have done in this situation if it was your business platform? Let us know!

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Jen
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Jen

Oprah’s cooked her goose with soap fans period. OWN could have been a goldmine for her if she decided to acquire/broadcast AMC and OLTL. Instead, it’s a suck-@ss shell of a network that can’t keep any of their executives longer than 6 months. I’ve never tuned in nor ever will!

Joe
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Joe

I think she should have saved AMC and OLTL when people were willing to tune into these shows on her channel. Not only are fans upset but the programs she has on OWN are not that goneod. The network was already suffering. Saving these soaps would of raised the ratings. Maybe gained interest in other OWN shows, and we would know what channel it is.

Robert C
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Robert C

Joe i would have to agree in that if OWN would have picked upped both One Life To Live and All My Children her network would have 2 shows that have more viewership then any show on OWN has now and also some of those viewers might have watched other shows on the Network.I know Comcast Cable here in Sacramento carries OWN but i dont know or want to know what chanel its on as i have no interest in the shows OWN currently has on now.

Jared
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Jared

Oprah is her own biggest fan. I’m not a fan, never have been. Not much else to say here.

Franny Wright
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Franny Wright

If Oprah had helped out with the soaps, then she probably wouldn’t have to be begging for viewers now. Her ratings would have been much higher. Her move was definitely not appropriate. Bruce opened up the Grammys singing his new single “We Take Care of Our Own” …….Oprah has shown us she’s not one of our own. I would have laughed if I saw her desperate tweet last night…..give up Bruce, Paul M., & all the other great performers to watch the OWN network?? I think not!

Torrey
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Torrey

I stated a long time ago that her making that decision about not taking on the soaps was going to come back and bite her in the ass. The statement she made on Youtube was the worst PR decision in history. If she didn’t want to take on the soaps, she should have just stayed silent….but after making that announcement, it was all downhill from there. I personally think she could have easily taken on at least one of the shows, and built original programming around that soap. Who knows, maybe viewers would have stuck around to watch, after watching… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

I am continually shocked at the lack of programming on OWN. I mean, Oprah is one of the wealthiest women in America and the only thing she can air on her channel is old Discovery/TLC/Discovery Health reruns. Any day now she’s going to start running “My Cat from Hell”/Animal Planet reruns. Launching a channel is no easy endeavor, but Oprah needs to stop expecting everyone who watched her show to tune into a channel just because her name is all over it. Maybe it’s time to call this one a loss and for her to air some kind of quarterly… Read more »

david
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david

I had no idea there was a show called My Cat from Hell on the Animal Planet. Thank you. Poor Oprah–she’s spinning in the drain going dOWN.

Jenna
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Jenna

Yeah, David. I hate to admit it, but I have watched My Cat from Hell.

When I had Directv (cut ties on Sunday finally!!!) there was nothing on and I watched it. Pretty whacked. They have reality shows for everything these days.

barbara t
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barbara t

I never seen my cat from hell ,is it about big cats or little cats?tom I agree with you that maybe oprah should call it quits,and go to abc with another talk show or like you said a quarterly show, I only watch general hospital on abc ,will never watch anything else ,so she can go there where I dont have to see her ,along with katie couric and those idiots from the view, the chew ,the revolution ,and all the rest of the cheep programming they have in there daytime line up.oprah could have been the soap opera hero… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I would have done exactly what Oprah did if I knew I had a strong audience base, as Oprah does. I dont care who you are, you are going to do WHATEVER it takes to SAVE your business. With that said: I wrote Oprah a two/ three in a half paragraph letter, very professional. very business, very direct to the point, of ALL the reasons why she should pick up the soaps. Trust me I didn’t go about it as a soap fan, it was business! I then pointed out in my letter a market X that Oprah or no… Read more »

david
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david

Yes, if she had saved OLTL she wouldn’t have to beg anyone, but she blew it, and millions of soap fans have blown off OWN.

Susan
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Susan

So true. I used to hold Oprah in the highest repsect. Now I will not watch her channel or ABC ever again!

Heather
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Heather

I really don’t understand why everyone is picking on Oprah. There are dozens of cable networks who reportedly declined to pick up the soaps. Yet, everyone is picking on solely on Oprah. I just don’t think that’s fair. Oprah didn’t cancel the soap, ABC did. People shouldn’t turned their back on Oprah just because she choose to not be involved with shows that were cancelled by another network and that she didn’t have anything to do with.

barbara t
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barbara t

Im not picking on oprah I never liked the lady.but she was starting her new network and its true that maybe had she taken one life to live ,Which I already know that abc/disney would have to give her the rights ,she wouldnt have the problems shes having today ,she didnt have to be so cold about it,its all in how she said she wouldnt do it,but any way you look at it, she would have gotten alot of soap fans to help bring her ratings up.oprah walks on water to alot of people ,not to me, and I wont… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Reply Heather: Exacto Heather. Oprah has done allot of good, and now she makes one bad decision (that WE feel is bad) she doesn’t, and now Oprah is mud, and all the good she has done is forgotten. Oprah is a life force that is always envolving, and when U understand the psychology of Oprah, U understand that because of the decline in over-all viewership of ALL soaps, she didn’t see where she could take it forward on her network. Maybe her decision isn’t the BEST one, BUT she has earned the right to make it and as you said,… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

I thought it was sad. If she wants people to tune in then she needs to give us shows we want to watch. She didn’t even say anything about her shows! Just tune in! Tune in to what?!

Jenna
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Jenna

Someone said it was reruns of The Dr. Phil show. I’m not sure if that was true or not.

barbara t
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barbara t

dr. phil isnt even a real doctor ,hes another ass I cant stand,wasting more airtime in the afternoon where the soaps should be.I just cant understand who watches these shows ,I dont know any body who watches talk ,food dr. phil ,the chew ,the view, the revolution ,katie couric,what a waste of time.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Michael, please send Oprah a link to this site, so that she can read the post. Sometimes people REALLY do need to be LEAD to water….!

barbara t
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barbara t

I think she already knows ,when you have to beg people to watch your stupid show ,you have a problem.so we have oprah tweeting and abc giving 30 dollars to see there untitled network talk show,they must be having serious ego problems ,and you disappeared again,where are you?

toscanti
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toscanti

It is what it is, if people are going to watch they will and the ones that won’t won’t. She is Oprah and will do what she wants. That doesn’t mean that the OWN will be successful. I say stop judging and let the chips fall where they may. ABC is learning a harsh lesson currently where daytime ratings are concerned.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

U said that right on both accords. Oprah doing what she wants, and ABC learning their harsh lesson. No need to judge Oprah, she has earned that right to make her own decisions and has made a HELLAVA LOT of AWESOME ones, to be FORGIVEN for her bad judgement in this one with our soaps.

Debi
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Debi

Since I don’t tweet, I didn’t see anything. However, does Ms Winfrey honestly think anyone cares what is on her show?? Isn’t it mostly bad Rosie, Dr Phil & Oprah reruns? I don’t understand how that could be more profitable than to bring on a soap.
Of course she won’t consider bringing anything on now……she would have EGG on her face.

td655
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td655

Oprah has been on my “list” since she said she couldn’t help the soaps. I was a fan of Oprah’s for a long time, but in the last year or so, I’ve concluded that Mizz Winfrey has been highly over-rated. She reaps what she sows, as far as I am concerned.

Joe DiMaria
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Joe DiMaria

Just thinking here but I think Oprah would now give her left nut (if she had one) to have the millions of viewers that AMC & OLTL would have brought to own.

Lori
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Lori

Desperate!! She wouldn’t have had to resort to something so low if she would’ve offered her channel for our soaps, she would have had millions of instant fans!!

Judy
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Judy

Didn’t think she would do something so desperate. Maybe now she’s kicking herself for not trying to save the soaps. Had she provided a home for AMC and OLTL, she wouldn’t have to make such a pathetic attempt to gain viewership for her network. I think she got a little too big for her britches and thought she could do anything and be successful at it. I guess she’s finding out to the contrary.

CINDY BISCORNER
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CINDY BISCORNER

Just my opinion, but I think what she did was just to puff herself up and try and take the attention off of the Grammy’s knowing that millions of ppl would be tuning into it and tuning her out!!! She is a piece of work…..I have NO respect for her and haven’t for a long time!!

gloria
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gloria

If she would save our soaps she would be a hero to millions & never have to worry about OWN’s ratings again. She’d have the “big 3” networks crying, especially ABC..

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

Corporate creations do not necessarily wise television business-people make. Rising to the heights of mega-star status, creating a virtual media empire, providing what seemed like a sincere bid for promoting awareness of topical issues designed to enlighten and help the masses, then….constructing paltry, shallow reality TV mockups for your hallowed, chosen friends instead of opting for a more eclectic, humanitarian format? Demonstrating a blatant lack of empathy and callous disrespect toward legions of the viewing public who helped promote your rise to power via dissing daytime serials with a Red Queen “Off with their heads” attitude and the erroneous rationale… Read more »

Jerri Clorley
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Jerri Clorley

I wanted to watch the Grammys for the Whitney Houston tribute. Seems disrespectful to ask people to tune into her network during that tribute. Soap fans begged for her help to save our soaps and now the tables are turned. I would have fully supported her network if she would have helped out. It is her loss.

Sharon
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Sharon

It’s hilarious that Oprah is now begging for us to watch her channel!!! She dissed the soaps and is probably regretting her statement!!! She lost a LOT of viewers!!!!

chevjuls
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chevjuls

Desperate!

david
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david

Yes, Michael, you are right–desperate, pathetic, and unethical, if you are right about the agreement. Part of The Grammy’s was to memorialize Whitney Houston–and Oprah wanted people to change the channel?! Oprah was too conservative and unimaginative to save OLTL that I don’t care about OWN. She screwed herself and is paying the price.

Torrey
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Torrey

imagine this…..she could have put The Nate Burkess show( which I heard was cancelled by the network), AMC, OLTL & then the Rosie show, or whatever other shows she could come up with…..maybe even a Rachel Ray show, since she’s under the same production umbrella. It would have been a strong daytime lineup, that would have garnered her a built-in following. Now, all she has is a bunch of reruns of her show, Dr. Phil & Dr. Oz…and whatever else is on. I don’t know because I don’t watch, and it’s not because I don’t know what channel it is… Read more »

Marisa
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Marisa

The soaps made Oprah in the early eighties. She became famous on the coattails of the eighties powerhouse General Hospital. In the New York tri state market, the Oprah show followed GH in the four pm time slot. With out the soaps as a lead in, the Oprah show would have been gone many many years ago. She should have been the first person to support the soaps. They gave her an instant loyal audience. She should have remembered who made Oprah “O” in the first place. The OWN network is such a disappointment. The network has no focus and… Read more »

Louise
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Louise

Oprah had a built in viewership of soap fans, but she blew it when she turned her back on AMC and OLTL..

KaShi
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KaShi

I decided NEVER to watch OWN when Ms. Winfrey decided the Soaps were good enough to exploit, by having the stars on her former Oprah Winfrey Show, but on the other hand she couldn’t save them because they were a passé’ institution. YOu can’t have it both ways. If they were passé’ why did she have those shows with the stars on her show? I think her plea for viewers is just an indication that she is desperate. Maybe now she knows a little bit of how the people connected with the soaps feel. Oprah- if you’re reading these comments,… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

i haven’t been a fan of oprah for about 15 years – after that condescending response to helping the soap genre she has been dead to me – karma is a you know what! now who is begging for help……………

lew
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lew

Payback is a bitch! What you put out into the universe, you get back.

Devoted Fan
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Devoted Fan

I always thought it odd that Oprah said she didn’t watch her own show. It seems she relied on her staff to put the shows together and on Gayle to watch them for her. All she had to do was write the checks and show up to host them…? I think that put her very out of touch with what viewers want. And I agree with the comments about her having soap stars on her show, but not having soaps on her network. Doesn’t make sense. Own is on channel 65 in our area but there is very little that… Read more »

angela
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angela

Wow! I think Oprah wishes she had an additional 3-4 million viewers a day. Too bad she can’t “revive” the fans she had when she followed abc’s soap line up every day. Karma’s a bitch.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

So true! The soaps were the only reason her show lasted so long. Viewers just left the channel on & she got the benefits! She’s so desperate for viewers that she’s going to do a Whitney Houston special! Trying to get some better ratings using the dead!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

OWN is too much a vanity project to work. And it was launched with such a lack of orginal programming. Wasn’t Oprah behind Oxygen, a new cable enterprise that was to advance women’s issues and address such in serines and movies? We have SNAPPED and THE BAD GIRLS CLUB! It would not have hurt to try to revive the soaps on OWN. I would have tried to locate the channel. But really, OWN is just poorly conceived. What is its mission, its purpose? To be fair, the other cable webs have become mired in a sameness, shared reruns, carbon copy… Read more »

ios907
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ios907

Good observation. I know Oprah wants to be true to her beliefs but she really should seek out new modern media, and try something innovative.

Sharon
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Sharon

It may be too late for her to ‘seek out new modern media’ we soap fans will boycott her as well as ABC till we get our soaps back.

Samantha
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Samantha

I quit liking Oprah as soon as she said what she did about soaps. If people don’t want entertainment why are there still movies and books? Clearly she doesn’t know what she’s talking about and I feel bad for her that she has to beg for viewers.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Obvious Oprah is desperate. She may not be if she had helped us soapers. If you had helped us Oprah we might have helped you.

barbara t
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barbara t

this is rich,coming from her,she needs people to watch her stupid show,I never watched it before she moved to own ,I dam sure wont watch it now ,she screwed the soap fans ,if she would have fought to have the soaps or soap ( one life to live)on her network,I would have turned it on,not watch because shows like hers are unbearable for me to watch,I would have been one of her fans if she would have at least tried to help us in our quest to save the soaps.she said how she felt and never said a word after… Read more »

kathy
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kathy

wow can not believe that she had to be so desperate to twitter people to watch her tv station she would have been doing great if she would have put amc and oltl on her station but she decided to turn her back on all of the soap fans and when she was on abc everyone watched her because of the soap line up i even watched her but will never watch her again she is only out for herself and oh the best part was that she had all the amc cast on her show saying that she is… Read more »

Perla
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Perla

Drama drama drama, too bad

Shelly
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Shelly

I used to think Ms. O was a smart business woman. I have a question for all you TV experts: In this current broadcast TV climate, when hundreds of cable and major networks are competing for daytime viewers to promote their primetime line-up; WHO THROWS AWAY 3 MILLION SOAP VIEWERS A DAY??? ABC and Oprah, that’s who!

Jenna
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Jenna

It’s just MY opinion, but I think Oprah needs to hand over her Twittering to someone else like Ashton Kutcher did. She has a tendency to put her foot in her mouth.

That being said, I could care less about her network, OWN, and her abysmal ratings. That woman has it all. If she can’t get viewers, that’s not my problem.

Vickie
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Vickie

The viewers might decide to watch if Ms. Winfrey would upgrade her programming to something the viewers want to watch. Its all reruns and I, for one, don’t need more of that.

I never watched her show and I certainly was offended by her comments on soap operas.

Jenna
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Jenna

I’m reading so many comments about how Oprah was approached to save the soaps. I vaguely remember hearing this, but since I have not been a fan or viewer of hers in many many YEARS, I paid little attention. Honestly I don’t understand how legions of people follow her like she is the Messiah. I bet, like many others, that if she had taken on one of those soaps she would be enjoying a great fan base. Anyway, just this weekend our family cut off our Directv after 10+ years. The reasons are endless. Now we have local channels through… Read more »

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

She threw daytime viewers in the trash with that nasty condescending video about how she can’t air soaps. She basically spit on the people who made her who she is. Own is not in my favorites on FIOS and I will never ever ever watch her network.

GET OVER YOURSELF OPRAH. IF IT WASN’T GH’S AMAZING LEAD-IN IN THE 80s YOU WOULD NOT BE WHERE YOU ARE TODAY.

soaps soaps soaps would have saved OWN…no she float alone on her raft.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City
Jenna
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Jenna

Thanks for sharing that Robert in Jersey City. I guess if she can’t hire someone to hold the camera steady, she really doesn’t have the money to save the soaps. Ha! Ha!

I would like someone to take that video and add thought bubbles or something to it kind of like Talk Soup so we could see on screen what we know she is really thinking. She sounded so condescending. She must think we are all losers.

barbara t
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barbara t

robert in new jersey and jenna you both are so right,I always thought I was the only one who disliked oprah,and seen her for who she really is ,a fake ,how many times for a very long time did general hospital lead in to her show?to many,the soaps helped her ,and when it came down to her saving the soaps ,well,she stuck her noise up in the air and walked away,us soap fans could have saved her network by bringing all the fans of all my children and One life to live and then watch her other shows,well, maybe not… Read more »

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Shame On You, Oprah–Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah!

David Larsson
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David Larsson

Just want to mention that you left out a “t” in “tweet” in the second paragraph.

gloeevalens
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gloeevalens

U know I had been an Oprah fan for many years until the condescending statement she made to soap fans after so many of us “begged” her to save our soaps..look who’s begging now!!…She really underestimated the power & intelligence of the soap community & I really thought she was a lot more in touch with the viewing public than that..I guess I was wrong…& so was she…it would be an intelligent move on Oprah & ABC’s part to admit they made a mistake..but I guess those with big ego’s find it very hard to do that..I know I have… Read more »

abby
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abby

who really cares whether she begged people to turn to OWN or not..one group of tv watchers she’ll never get anymore are soap fans, myself included..i was truly surprised since i thought Oprah was a savvy businesswoman..what a shock to learn, nope she had just been lucky..if she had been in need of viewers, she wouldnt have had to beg for them if she had picked up our soaps and not let them die when she had the opportunity..she would be millions of fans richer than what she is now and OWN wouldnt be floundering in the ratings…her failing show… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

I’m not surprised at her feeling the need to beg for viewers, seems she said something on video that has us soap fans boycotting her as well….She needs to get a clue at the importance of us loyal soap fans, and what we want- our soaps back.

Private private
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Private private

Why does everyone hang the words of the famous. She apologized for it. As lots of us blurt out things, oh that’s right we’re not famous so no ones interested. Lol. I get rich and famous are always in the media but there truly should be a limit. Some things that get published about these people is horrible. They deserve privacy in their lives. Because they’re famous doesn’t give the public the right to pick them apart and even ruin some lives because we think we have the right. It must be awesome to be famous and it must suck… Read more »

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Star, Michael Nader Passes Away at 76

Heartbreaking news to report this Wednesday morning. Michael Fairman TV has learned exclusively that Michael Nader, best known for his role as “Dex” Dexter on ABC’s original version of Dynasty, and as Dimitri Marick on All My Children, has died at the age of 76.

Nader passed away on Monday, August 23rd at 11:30am from an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi by his side, and Michael’s rescue dog, Storm.

In an exclusive statement to MFTV, Michael’s wife, Jodi Lister expressed: “With heavy heart, I’m sharing the news of the passing of my beloved, Michael.  We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted. Recently, Michael was so thrilled to reconnect with his friends from the cast of Dynasty during Emma Samms virtual event to help raise funds for Long-Covid research. Michael was working on a book about his life and addiction at the time of his death.  He was a beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills.  I will miss him forever.”

 

Michael’s acting career spanned several decades. His first soap role was that of Kevin Thompson on As the World Turns (1975-1978, then the primetime soap, Bare Essence (1983) as Alexi Theopolous, before landing on Dynasty later that year as Alexis Colby’s (Joan Collins) third husband, “Dex”.  Nader remained with the series until its cancellation in 1989.

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When All My Children came calling, Michael took on the role of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) magnetic husband, Dimitri Marick, a role he played from 1991-1999, then again in 2000-2001. Michael returned to AMC during Prospect Park’s online revival of the series in 2013.

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Throughout his TV and motion picture career Nader also appeared in: The Flash, Law and Order: SVU, Cold Case, Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, Lady Mobster (with Susan Lucci) the miniseries, Lucky Charms, to name but a few.

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Michael is survived by his wife of 18-years, Jodi, stepmother Lillian, sister Stephanie, daughter Lindsay, ex-wife Robin, son-in-law Trevor, and granddaughter Juniper.

A Zoom memorial will be planned at a later date.

Share your thoughts and remembrances of Michael, and send condolences to his loved ones, in the comment section below.

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