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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.”

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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
Heidi

Way to go Hoover!

Kalamaty
Kalamaty

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

Heidi
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.
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
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
ethel

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

andrea R.
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
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
lisa

Go Hoover !!!

gordo
gordo

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

Jeani Gibbon
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
mike

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

lew
lew

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

shawn
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
Brian

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

Todd
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 pay many salaries for the crew it takes to run these shows. He has demonstrated that he has no understanding of the medium and is not qualified to be in his position, but hey, McDonalds is hiring!

KATHLEEN
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 purchasing ANY products that are advertised on ABC in the future. I hope that other companies take the same action as Hoover. Disney/ABC obviously does not care about their viewers, but I am positive that they would care about losing profit from their advertisers. I have been a faithful purchaser of many of ABC advertisers’ products over the years and I hope that I can continue to be that same loyal customer in the future.
I will be sending letters/emails similar to this one to each and every ABC advertiser and I hope everyone else does the same.

marie rogers
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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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10PMPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand podcast after 1 pm Pacific on Saturday from the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Shares Her Grief and Remembrances of John Callahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’

There was always something special about the wonderful actors and the cast pictured here from ABC’s All My Children.  After all, this is where Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) met her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) and where Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) met her ex-husband John Callahan (Ex-Edmund).

Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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