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Is Brian Frons on his way OUT at ABC Daytime?

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This morning, the New York Post has a very intriguing item that ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons, who just canceled both One Life to Live and All My Children may finally be on his way out at the alphabet network! But before you get to excited, ABC reps are denying it.  Here is the juicy tidbit from Page Six at the NYPost!

“ABC Daytime honcho Brian Frons is in hot water over the cancellation of  One Life to Live and All My Children, sources said. After Hoover announced it will yank ads over the soap axing, other advertisers like Hershey’s and L’Oreal are getting heat from consumers to pull ads. Insiders are pointing at Frons, with whispers he may be in his final days.

And Kelly Ripa and The View hosts have been told to cease their death-of-the-soaps talk. An ABC rep said Frons “is not leaving the network . . . There has been no directive to the ladies of The View or Kelly Ripa.”

So what do you think soapers? ABC had denied reports that both AMC and OLTL were about to be canceled and then they were! So could the Frons report be the truth, or just wishful thinking?

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Brian
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Brian

ABC would be wise to reverse this cancelation. How much money would be saved (since this is what it is about to them) if they do indeed fire Brian Frons?

dorothy
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dorothy

brian frons is the spawn of satan he needs to go!

Carolyn
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Carolyn

ICAM!!

Sharon King
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Sharon King

I hope that Brian is on the chopping block—-along with his STUPID ideas for daytime TV. The way that he “broke the news” to AMC and OLTL about the cancellation was inexcusable!!! Fifteen minutes before the “official announcement??!!!” I hate cooking/talk shows—–will not be watching. ABC has lost another loyal viewer.

Jason
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Jason

step one almost done for getting our soaps back.

Matt S.
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Matt S.

ABC also denied that OLTL & AMC were going to be canceled, too, so their word doesn’t hold a lot of weight with me at the moment.

dorothy
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dorothy

with me i wont be watching abc after the last show is aired and they can thnk Fons for that and for thousands of folks like me i am thinking of putting abc on child block just so i dont make any mistakes nothing they have on that network is worth the loss of AMC

Carolyn
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Carolyn

This was my first thought, as well. That’s what I did when CBS axed ATWT. The only thing I watch there is Y&R and B&B. I keep myself amused with cable shows.

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

i sure hope he goes and save the soaps

dorothy
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dorothy

ill pay his cab fare home He needs to go

Jon Jensen
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Jon Jensen

My money is on abc will fire Frons as a PR decision to try to stop the negative feedback for cancelling One Life to Live and AMC. NY Post wants to speak with Robin Strasser and she claims on her Twitter that she has been given a directive not to speak.

Jen Bryan
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Jen Bryan

I always go with the opposite of what ABC says. They are liars IMO and I don’t trust them.

dorothy
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dorothy

you got it friend and it will never change as long as Brian frons is employed

Rob
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Rob

I dont think they are going to save both soaps, if any.

OLTL stands a better shot of being spared, but Im not holding my breath. Gotta give it up to the viewers for pressuring the advertisers!!!

Norissima
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Norissima

Can we please get Frank Valentini as daytime prez. Fronzies time is soooo over!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

When he goes can he take the President with him. Does anyone find it strange we have food shows replaceing soaps. Michele Obama teling us how to eat as she stuffs ice cream in her face. Get out of our lives I want my country back!!!!!

Karen
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Karen

Lady, I don’t know what planet you’re from, but your comment is ridiculous. The Presidentand first lady have nothing to do with this. You want your country back? Why don’t you get in a time machine and go back to the nineteenth century. This forum is about the cancellation of the soaps. It all has to do with ABC/Disney/Frons. They don’t want to spend the money to produce the soap operas. They want to replace them with cheaply produced cooking and reality shows.

dorothy
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dorothy

like we realy need another cooking show we already have an entire network on it The food chanell !Not being interested in learning to cook at 71 yrs of age i will have no trouble rejecting this !and any other show on abc after all my childrens last day!

Kaydee
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Kaydee

Karen, NICE comeback! I was confused about the Obama reference. too

lisa
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lisa

Be still my beating heart …could it be true ??? 🙂

Brian Frons on his way out ?? 🙂

dorothy
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dorothy

there is a GOD

lizzievee
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lizzievee

I think the heads of ABC are liars and hope the news of him leaving this is true.

dorothy
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dorothy

so hard to believe a habitul liar isnt it?

ashley
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ashley

I DONT THINK THEY WANT TO LISTEN TO US BECOUSE THEY JUST DONT CARE I THOUGHT THE TV NETWORKS WERE HERE TO GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT TO WATCH GUESS IM WRONG THEY JUST WANT CHEEP SHOWS BUT IF NO ONE WATCHES WONT THY LOSE MORE MONEY? WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE BRIAN ALL THE WAY TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE THEN YOU CAN SIT HOME AND WATCH YOUR DUMB SHOWS YOU WILL BE THE ONLY ONE WATCHING

Ellen
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Ellen

I would love nothing more than to see both AMC and OLTL come off the chopping block, but even if they don’t 🙁 , letting Frons go would still be a wise move. I honestly do not believe TPTB at ABC had any idea how powerful a group ABC Soap Fans (and soap fans overall) are, and we will not let it go until we are heard – all petitions signed and advertisers pulling their ads. Thank you Hoover for listening and acting! Let’s hope other advertisers join the fight!!! I think this endeavor can still be WON !!!!! Let’s… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

I wouldn’t be surprised if Frons is indeed on his way out. I seriously don’t know how he has kept his job this long with the way he has pissed off fans and destroyed daytime television.

Sally
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Sally

I am loving this article. It has to be huge if it made Page Six , whether true or not!!!!! LOL 🙂 Remember the old commercial, “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature?” All I can picture is a new version, with Agnes Nixon saying, “It’s nice to mess with Mama Nixon” LOL and another version with Susan Lucci saying, It’s not nice to mess with Erica Kane!!!!” LMAO!!!!

Sally
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Sally

I hate typos LOL. It should have said above, It’s not nice to fool with Mama Nixon.

Karen
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Karen

We definitely don’t need anymore reality, cooking or so called lifestyle shows! The networks love them because they are cheap to produce. Thats really it in a nutshell. Even if they don’t change their minds, we can still make our opinions about these cancellations heard. It is going to hurt ABC and it already had. Frons may indeed one day become their fall guy and take the heat for it. I won’t be sorry to see him go, he had no compassion on the actors, production crews or the fans of these soaps.

Heidi
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Heidi

Being un-employed I do not wish anyone to be out of a job…but if it would help to rumor it a bit to get him and his superiors to re-think their decision that would be a very good thing!

Jeffrey More
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Jeffrey More

Mr. Frons favorite is GH you can tell but i’m sure it too will one day be on the chopping block.

mike
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mike

We all have to call L’Oreal and Hershey and keep up the pressure. One of the shows could still be saved or a least we can get rid of Frons.

Kevin
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Kevin

Having been a GH fan since 1977, I finally gave it up 2 years ago as the show has become unrecognizable. Frons & Phelps let Guza run wild with stupid plot driven stories, killed off all the vets or shoved them into the basement at GH never to be seen again. One thing I loved about the soaps is that if you stopped watching for a period of time you could turn it on and see some of the same core families/characters and jump right back in due to having respect for the history of the show…. The Three Stooges… Read more »

Afrodite
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Afrodite

He should have been gone YEARS ago.

argh
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argh

There is a reason the soaps lost ratings. They write complete crap. Try writing what the fans want and maybe we would tune in. DUH

david
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david

Impossible to know because it is impossible to believe anything surrounding ABC in the absence of multiple, independent confirmations. People working with ABC are pathological liars or they couldn’t hold their jobs. Their major job requirement is the ability to lie constantly and under all circumstances, witness Barbara claiming Frons cried.

ashley
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ashley

BARBARA IS A OLD WRINKLED UP BITTY FIRE HER AND BRIAN TALK ABOUT OLD PEOPLE

Em
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Em

If abc were smart they would listen to al lof the fans and let this “rumor” be true hoover seems to ne the only one listening to its fans. Hopefully others follow suit

Merry Joy
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Merry Joy

If you did your homework, Mr Frons has been planning ‘doing away with soaps ‘ for many years… He had friend Mr. Pratt hired to write for shows, and Pratt also doesn’t like soaps. Pratt purposely wrote bad scripts to discourage viewers. Frons is known for his sexist remarks. He is a greedy, Corporate w—-. That is putting it nicely. Soaps have many important topics they deal with…domestic abuse, drug/alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, bullying, aids, abortion…… People who don’t know facts, there are many in this case, should just think before you voice YOUR opinion.

Lisa
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Lisa

Brian frons is the one who brought the ratings down on both soaps. Truth is I don’t believe the ratings are correct. There are millions of soap fans who dvr, tape and watch the soaps on a daily basis. I am one of those fans. Since the news of canceling the soaps I’ve stopped watching ABC except for my beloved soaps.
This is a huge mistake and ABC will suffer the consequences of their actions.

ashley
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ashley

I DONT EVEN WATCH THE LOCAL NEWS ON ABC ANY MORE MY FAMILY NOW WATCHES CBS

Patrick Trubia
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Patrick Trubia

Me neither, ABC used to be the network of choice in my home, it was on all the time. Those days are OVER!

lew
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lew

If we are successful in saving our shows, changes should be made. We blame the writers, but they get their direction from the executive producers, who get their direction from the networks. The shows need writers who understand the genre and are committed to telling great stories. They also need to hire good actors. Back in the day, the soaps hired stage-trained actors, not the Barbies and Kens that we see today. The shows also need to listen to the fans. I understand that you need new characters for the future growth of the shows, but don’t forget about the… Read more »

Theresa
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Theresa

Have watched GH since the days of Jessie
Brewer back in the 60’s! Watched
AMC in college and OLTL
off and on. Also have watched
soaps on other networks, but
always loved ABC soaps the
most. This has just left me
incredibly sad and disappointed.
Hoping beyond hope that
Frons really does get the ax.
Poetic justice for sure!

Skyla
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Skyla

He needs to go and OLTL and AMC need to be saved. OLTL went up to number three while he was canceling them and shoving money in his pockets in return for his quest in decimating an entire genre of television. The sponsors will continue to respond as long as we continue to call them. Frons need to be held responsible… he needs to go!!! There is NO WAY he should continue to be in charge!!! Screw The Chew, Down with The Revolutinon, and Fire Frons!!!!

anna
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anna

Stop watching ALL ABC programing especially during primetime. They will know it is in protest of axing the soaps. It will especially hurt ABC if their ratings are down in May during “sweeps”.

Patrick Trubia
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Patrick Trubia

Brian Frons deserves to be fired for his egregious mistake in misjudging the fans of OLTL and AMC! We will continue to fight and will not let this go. I and many are not watching any ABC programming other than OLTL & AMC. This network used to be on all day at my house and also many programming at night ,like the news, DWTS, Castle, and others but NO MORE! And there are many just like me! Stay tuned!

Dean
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Dean

The departure of Brian Frons would be the best news any soap fan could hope for. I doubt it is true but at least there is a glimmer of hope.

Jean
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Jean

Frons is a destroyer…….he has destroyed good programming. He has betrayed loyal viewers so we will betray ABC. The only good shows on ABC are AMC, OLTL and Oprah. They will all be gone soon and the only crap they will offer us is The View and the two new idiot shows that will replace good TV. Barbara Walters and her crew are not age appropriate and yet we can’t seem to get rid of that group. Frankly, ABC has nothing to offer once the soaps are gone so why bother tuning in? ABC will tank!! Mickey Mouse would do… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

Firing B.S. Frons would be a great first step combined with the announcement that the cancellations of AMC and OLTL are being reversed and AMC is relocating back to NYC. The next great step would be to promote OLTL’s EP to Frons’ former position as President of ABC Daytime so that he can keep the shows under budget. My next recommendation would be to replace Jill Farren Phelps with Wendy Riche and replace Julie Hannen Carruthers with Pat Filishi Kuschel. I think David Shaughnessy could be a great fit for OLTL. ABC would be smart to lure Patrick Mulcahey to… Read more »

Susan bushee
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Susan bushee

I truly hope it is true. Brian Frons needs to be fired. I will not watch anything that is put in place of AMC or OLTL. There’s not much left worth watching on ABC once the soaps are cancelled. The only decent show left is Castle. If the soaps are cancelled I will watch nothing on ABC.

cheryl horner
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cheryl horner

Good, I hope they get rid of Frons! Alot of older people that have retired and have always watched their soaps in the afternoon are very very disappointed. Do you honestly think a chew show and health show is going to make it for ABC? Don’t think so, I am going to tune in for CBS from now on in the afternoon. If you get rid of GH as well, I don’t think ABC will be in business for long. Its not all about FRONS, and what he wants, its the viewers. Thank you!

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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.”

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

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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.

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Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

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In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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