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Erika Slezak Shares Statements On the Deaths Of Former OLTL Head Writer Michael Malone and Actress Robyn Griggs

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It’s been a sad few weeks for One Life to Live fans with the passing of two people associated with the beloved soap opera.  Now, six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (ex-Viki) has shared her sentiments and sorrow over the deaths of former OLTL head writer, Michael Malone, who passed away over the weekend at 80, and actress Robyn Griggs who lost her battle with cancer at 49 over a week ago.

As One Life fans know, Michael Malone was instrumental in creating Viki’s additional alters in the riveting DID storyline where we learned where that Vili was sexually abused by her father, Victor Lord.  The alters included: Jean, Tommy, Princess, Tori, plus previously known Niki, and even a Victor Lord alter.

In her statement on Michael Malone, Erika expressed: “I am so deeply saddened by the news of Michael Malone’s passing. He was a charming talented and wonderful man who created such great stories for One Life to Live and Another World, including the development of Viki’s other personalities. He challenged me in the best possible way; what fun we had together. But he was also the author of so many novels, all of which I have read and loved. I send sincerest sympathies to his family and friends.”

Erika also shared her thoughts on the passing of Robyn Griggs: “I am so sorry to hear the news of Robyn Griggs’ passing. She was a delightful woman and talented actress. How very difficult for her to have dealt with such a terrible illness. I am glad that she is finally at peace. God bless you Robyn”

Malone had been the head writer at One Life from 1991-1994, and then again from 2003-2004, and Griggs played the role of Stephanie Hesser, (Carlo Hesser’s niece) from 1991-1992.

Watch below. the now classic confrontation played brilliantly by Erika and Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian), that began the reveal of all of Viki’s other personalities.

Then. share your thoughts on this powerful story by Michael Malone and Erika’s statements on both his and Robyn Griggs passing in the comment section.

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Erika Slezak is a true class act, her statements on Mr. Malone and Ms. Griggs are substantive and thoughtful–I always recall her being so fond of Michael and his work. I recall another rather mature actress, back in the day, on “another” show making “scolding” public comments on Ms. Griggs’s supposed behavior…I am glad that Ms. Slezak remembers Robyn’s talent and delightfulness. As well as her struggle with such an illness at a relatively young age. We must strive to see the best in everyone is the message, our time here can be so limited.

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My first thought was that I hope Ryan Phillippe will comment on Michael Malone . He wrote such a beautiful storyline giving Ryan his first prominent role. As well the storyline helped many people in their coming out process including me.

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Very touching statements from an extremely classy lady.

The clips you included once again demonstrate that Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser are absolute magic together. I’m in tears all over again watching them. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss One Life to Live.

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Robin Strasser could read the phone book and I’d watch on the edge of my seat from A-Z!!!

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Ditto, Echo.

All My Children

Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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John Cena Sets World Record After Granting 650th Wish for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

There is nobody more requested at the Make-A-Wish Foundation than John Cena. The 16-time WWE wrestling champ-turned-actor for years has granted the wishes of children with critical illnesses for the non-profit foundation.

Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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