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Hoover decides to pull Ads off of ABC due to OLTL & AMC Axing!

Many fans are grinning ear to ear this afternoon with the announcement on the Hoover facebook page that the vacuum cleaner giant is pulling their advertisements from the ABC line-up effective April 22nd due to the cancellation of One Life to Live and All My Children! Brian Kirkendall, Vice President of Marketing for Hoover posted that his wife and mother, and co-workers are avid OLTL and AMC viewers, and the news of the cancellations disappointed them. Hoover has thus decided to discontinue their advertising on ABC as of April 22nd, maybe sooner!

Here is what the entire facebook post said from Kirkendall: “To all the loyal ABC soap fans, I want you to know from me personally that we hear you loud and clear. My wife and mother are both passionate viewers of All My Children and One Life to Live, as are many of my colleagues here at Hoover. We were and are as disappointed with this news as you are. In fact, we will discontinue our advertising with ABC this Friday, 4/22. We’re making every attempt to pull our spots from these programs sooner. Because we feel that’s not enough, we also want to help get your voice heard with ABC. So, we’ve set up a special email address. SaveTheSoaps@Hoover.com, to help pull together the mass emotional outpouring of support for our beloved ABC soaps and get it to our contacts at ABC. Please, send your emails to us at SaveTheSoaps@Hoover.com, and we’ll get every, single last one of them to ABC. We’re 150% committed to doing what matters most to you – so if there’s anything else we can do to help or you have any ideas, please email this address, and we will respond to you personally. Thank you for standing up for what matters to you! We need more of that in this world.”

So how about that one soapers?  Standing up for Soaps by pulling out advertising!  It’s an interesting concept considering the big thing on the networks execs minds is always the advertising dollar for their programming slots.

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Heidi
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Heidi

Way to go Hoover!

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

Not a fan of either show, but what a wonderful gesture on Hoover’s behalf. Amazing! Wishing them luck in their endeavor!

Heidi
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Heidi

If more advertisers would take the same stand they could go to another network with all the advertisers needed to sell OLTL and keep it going! They could even start their own network!

Beth R.
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Beth R.

I have not watched either show in years (although I do still keep up with what’s going on online) but I tell you this….when I need a new vaccum? I’m buying a Hoover.

rmw
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rmw

Thank you thank you thank and I will only consider hoover products from now on no matter what the outcome because of you support.
Oh i have begun boycotting ABC immediately

ethel
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ethel

thank you – thank you – thank you hoover co!!!
my family only uses hoover products

andrea R.
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andrea R.

What a classy company. Imagin that… putting the customers/fans ahead of your own agenda. ABC needs to take a lesson!

Marilyn S
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Marilyn S

Hooray!! Hoover is tops in my books! Thanks for supporting us in having a voice about something that just isn’t right! Thanks from a 40 year fan of OTL & AMC and Hoover!!

lisa
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lisa

Go Hoover !!!

gordo
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gordo

Next vacuum I buy will totally be a Hoover, good people!

Jeani Gibbon
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Jeani Gibbon

RIGHT ON, HOOVER!!!! I will never buy another vacuum that is not a HOOVER. The word, “hoover,” has been incorporated into my vocabulary as a verb.

mike
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mike

One great American institution trying to save another, I love this country.

lew
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lew

Yahoo!! Way to go Hoover!! Are you listening ABC/Disney/Mr. Frons?

shawn
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shawn

this is awesome..now let’s see if other companies follow suit..abc you better be real careful here your treading on thin ice that is about to break

Brian
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Brian

Thank you Hoover! Hopefully many other business will join in the support. To show mine, i will continue to purchase Hoover products.

Todd
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Todd

I applaud your stance and courage in pulling your ads from ABC due to the cancellation of AMC and OLTL. This must be a first in marketing and is simply brilliant. Most don’t understand that the advertisers are the people where appeals must be made. I hit the demographic they so terribly desire to reach and vow to you that any product I need that Hoover makes will be the only brand I consider when making a purchase. KUDOS TO YOU! Why doesn’t someone put Brian Fronz out of a job. The money he makes as an individual could probably… Read more »

KATHLEEN
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KATHLEEN

After reading another discussion board re: companies pulling advertising on ABC due to the cancellation of One Life To Live and All My Children. I applaud Hoover for the action that they have taken in response to their customers complaints about the cancellations and pulled their advertisements from ABC. I will be a loyal customer of Hoover products and will be making it a point to purchase Hoover products in the future. I have written to ABC and informed them that I will NOT be watching any shows on ABC after the cancellations of these soaps nor will I be… Read more »

marie rogers
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marie rogers

excellent teach abc a hard lesson i buy hoover products and thank you for your decision to boycott fantastic keep up the good work hope other sponsers do the same as i will not be watching new shows on abc

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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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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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Soap Vet, Broadway Star and Artistic Director, Robert Lupone Passes Away at 76

Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Photo: MCC Theatre

Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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