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From All My Children's Hayley Vaughan To Talk Show Host Extraordinaire, Kelly Ripa Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame!

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And to think we knew her when! On-Air On-Soaps fondly recalls our early interviews and time together with young acting upstart, Kelly Ripa.  Beginning in the early 90’s, the actress won viewers hearts for her portrayal of troubled teen Hayley Vaughan on All My Children. However, after she left the series in 2002, where she also met the love of her life and future husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo Santos, AMC), Kelly moved on to even greater success as co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, working alongside the legendary Regis Philbin.

Later, after Philbin retired from the series, Kelly kept it going strong with her new co-host, Michael Strahan and has now been a multiple Daytime Emmy winner for her work on Live with Kelly and Michael.  In addition, along the way, Ripa got the opportunity to do a sitcom, Hope & Faith, whole on the homefront raised three children: Lola, Michael, and Joaquin.

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On Monday in Hollywood, Kelly received her star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame surrounded by her entire family and special guests:  Jimmy Kimmel, Joel McHale, Michael Strahan, and even Matt Bomer!  The actress/talk show host commented on the honor to the crowd in attendance at the ceremonies:  “It all began with All My Children. And All My Children is where I met the man that I’ve been married to for almost 20 years, the love of my life, the man who taught me how to be a person…and we have three of the most beautiful children that I am so proud of on the planet, Joaquin and Lola and Michael,” she gushed.

Kelly also talked about her professional journey: “You have to surround yourself with people that are better than you and that’s what I’ve managed to do in my career.”  She added, “I joined this incredible acting community in All My Children, and it was a brilliant ensemble cast.  Then I got to sit next to Regis Philbin, who taught me how to be a storyteller, and then, I got to work with Faith Ford and Ted McGinley, who taught me how to be funny and taught me about comic timing.”

And as expected kind-hearted and hardworking Kelly finally added:  “I am certain that there are so many more people who are deserving of this honor, but you will never find anyone who is more appreciative.”

Share your congrats for Kelly on a job well-done and her accomplishments in the comment section below! Let us know if you loved her on All My Children back in the day, and if you watch her on Live with Regis and Michael?

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davlestev1
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davlestev1

She can be as grating as Kathie Lee but i none the less like the woman..and Lola has really grown up.

dmr
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dmr

I agree; I don’t care for her on “Live” and I can’t stand to watch the toothpaste commercials…just appears fake to me. I did like her on All My Children.

Lana
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Lana

She is a class act. Bravo!

Rapids
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Rapids

I am very happy for Kelly, she has been great on Live.

Nikki
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Nikki

I am so happy for Kelly. I loved her on the soap & I enjoy her on “Live”. I think Kelly deserves to have a star and I especially love her in Faith & Hope.

elsa
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elsa

I adored amc and miss it. Lola looks a lot like hayley. Do agree toothpaste commercials seem forced. But ice watched her grow with me along the way. As a jerseyite. We’re proud of kelly and her accomplishments.

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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