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Katie Couric's Talk Show On The Verge Of Cancellation!

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Persistent reports that Katie Couric’s talk show, Katie is about to be cancelled are stronger than ever, and now comes a new article on how badly the show is performing from The Hollywood Reporter!

Couric’s soft ratings, huge budget, and rumored “disdain” for her female demographic and a very low Q Score, where only 10% of women actually few Katie favorably, could be part of the cause of her almost imminent demise! The decision on whether there will be third season of Katie will come this later this month, but renewal now seems like a long shot!

THR reports, “In fall 2012, Disney/ABC TV rolled out the red carpet for Couric, 56, giving her plum time slots on the best stations, fat license fees and loads of promotion. The initial annual budget was $50 million, according to a show source — including $20 million for Couric over two years. (That budget has been brought down to $35 million. Similar talk shows cost about $20 million a year.) But station owners now complain the daily strip hasn’t lived up to the hype, and several insiders tell THR that internal discord has become nearly unbearable.”

Couric’s show strategy is not paying off to keep or bring in an audience either”  “Despite pleas from staff, ‘she always wanted to lead with experts,’ adds the ex-employee.”Her producers said: ‘Katie, if you want to do this social issue, brings in people who have lived it. Get the kids to tell their mother’s story and empathize and relate. Then in segment six we’ll have the experts.’ What happens? ‘Segment one we’re having the sociologist from Harvard.’ ”Couric’s strategy also has led to difficulty in booking some guests.”

A Couric source says she is adamant about doing a show she is proud of, and she is prepared to move on if the ratings don’t back up her mission.

So, ready for Katie to go off the airwaves?  Does she not resonate with women at home watching her hour talker?   Was this once again another misstep in programming?   Weigh-in!

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

I can appreciate Katie Couric’s approach to a daytime show with substance but the syndicated market, long polluted with the base excesses of the Springers, Lakes, and Poviches… and those court programs!?!?!… will not support it. no one really seems to talk anymore. Even daytime offerings I like — DR. OZ and THE DOCTORS — do their sharing with sound bites and bullet points. Couric’s idea for her show may be better served on a cable news channel. No wide audience there however. She may have lost her broad appeal when TODAY became full of itself and its talent (the… Read more »

John
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John

Maybe ABC could then syndicate PP’s AMC & OLTL from 3-4 Daily

Margy
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Margy

Love that idea John Ya got my vote!

Kim
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Kim

Definitely….as long as PP produces and writes it.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

yeah!

Brenda
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Brenda

That is a great idea. I would love to see AMC and OLTL back on ABC. It’s really sad we had to lose two great shows and now Katie is probably going to be canceled.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Would be disappointing. I do enjoy her show when the guests draw me in. When she has a worth while guest, I do tune in, and it’s a great talk show. She needs to re-tool the show if she wants to keep it.

Sue
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Sue

Made me day hate ABC

Jen
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Jen

ABC/Daytime, your chickens are coming home to roost. Reminds me of Whoopie Goldberg’s line at the end of “The Color Purple” (to Danny Glover), “Until you do right by me, everything you touch will fail!” ….SO, ABC/Daytime, are you going to admit your collosal mistake and do right by the soaps you gutted for shallow fast food programming thinking you were going to make a buck good and cheap?!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Amen.

Sue
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Sue

DITTO THAT AMEN!!

me
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me

Jen, your “boyfriend” (the soaps) has dumped you. He’s gone. He’s moved on. He’s found someone else. He doesn’t want you anymore. It’s time for you to get on with your life. It’s been YEARS. They brought OLTL and AMC back online; watch them there if you want.

You people clinging hopelessly and endlessly to TV programs…think about it, they are just TV PROGRAMS..are the real people with problems, not ABC.

Jen
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Jen

Oh, Katie, get offline and start working on improving your failing TV show that’s going down the tubes with every flush….ooops, I mean episode.!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Great response Jen!

gloria Brady
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gloria Brady

Jen, I agree until ABC bring back OLTL AMC

Susan M
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Susan M

In the interest of full disclosure, I was never interested in the show to begin with and so my feelings about it are probably a bit tainted. That said, I have seen the show a couple of times as it comes on right after GH and sometimes I have gotten busy and forgotten to change the channel or turn off the tv. My initial impression was that there is a real disconnect between Katie C and her guests which makes the show uncomfortable to watch. To me Ms. Couric comes off as disingenuous, elitist, and fake. It would not surprise… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

Could not have described this better. She seems like she has no clue about empathy, no relatability, nothing. She comes across as so phony, even though I can’t stand her it’s so uncomfortable to watch.

Becky
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Becky

Loved your comments. I’ve never understood the draw of Katie Couric, even back on the Today show. I didn’t dislike her; just was apathetic and didn’t understand why people thought she was so wonderful.

Patti
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Patti

Well said

Omar
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Omar

If ABC really wants to finally get some decent ratings, in my opinion, work something out with Prospect Park and air both AMC and OLTL in 30 minutes format in that hour..I am sure the ratings will be SO much better than anything else they can show at that hour.

jenette
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jenette

should have kelp oltl

jon
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jon

Too many talk shows. How much can they friggin talk about?

Anne
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Anne

No one is talking about anything meaningful–just promoting products, going for lowest kind of titillation, hyphing celebrity gossip, going for cheap quick emotional response.

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

What she may be cancelled? I’m shocked said no-one!

Susan
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Susan

Send her back where cam from . Return OLTL. BC how do you like it now?

brian
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brian

Will ABC ever realize that “One Life To Live” would capture the daytime audience again ?

su0000
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su0000

The times have changed..
A huge number of people watch their TV online during the evening or whenever, to bring daytime viewers to ABC no matter what they show..
because most can not sit in front of a TV during the afternoon, most all work…
Not many women and men are even home during the daytime to watch tv..
And that makes a big difference 🙂

brian
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brian

I agree with you 100%… I too was a time shifter and never “sat down” at 1 pm to watch live….

so I guess shows that once were what “daytime” was, is what I am referring to.

just still wonder if OLTL will be given one more shot… here’s hoping.

Mo
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Mo

I get she wants to do it her way, but you need to tell the story first, then bring in the experts. Get me interested in watching. Starting with a sociologist will have me change the channel. That’s if I were home to watch, but I’m not. Guess she should have stayed at Toay, but I guess she’s made a lot of money along the way. I remember when she used to be on local new channel.

Jane
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Jane

SO………..just a thought but with the Prospect Park reboots in seemingly eternal limbo, could ABC possibly take them back and put the soaps in syndication. I mean, if they can pay 80 million for Katie, could they not do something similar for soaps and see what happened?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Too much same old daytime talk…gosh, wish these stations that aired katie had to air the AMC and OLTL repeats just to see whether or not if they couldve attracted more viewers than kc talk show…i want less talk and more action in daytime but i know that’ll never happen! Rather they at least air more game shows instead of talk shows!!!

Marc
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Marc

haha i love seeing abc fail

Brett
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Brett

Glad it’s going, ABC deserve to lose money on these half baked replacements; surely they must regret cancelling the soaps by now.

Hope Martin
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Hope Martin

Bring back the soaps!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Ditto.

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

I did not watch a minute of her talk show. The audience is sick of talk shows! Bring back OLTL as the soap audience is still there. Talk shows were revolutionary in the 1980s. Now, there is so much info available all day on tv as well as on the internet. There is no need to rehash the same topics and recycle the same actors who are hawking their movies on talk shows.

Elizabeth Brown
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Elizabeth Brown

Is it just me who thinks daytime has been dummied way down? Lie detection, paternity and pop culture talk shows. Phil Donahue, Merv, Dinah and Mike D. entertained and informed with less access to info via web. Guess key demo no longer needs empowerment.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Comes as no surprise to me. There are too many meaningless, boring talking heads on TV already. We are saturated with “information” at every turn. People want to be entertained. We had 40 plus years of outstandingly excellent entertainment with AMC and OLTL. Neither should have never been cancelled.

LUCY
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LUCY

Hope their entire daytime lineup is cancelled.

Becky
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Becky

Why? Do you want everyone out of work, even the GH actors and crew?

Maggie Klorman
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Maggie Klorman

Glad this show is going. ABC needs to bring back OLTL and AMC. I have never watched her show, after GH I make sure I turn her off. ABC deserves what they are getting they didn’t care about the fans who have been following the soaps for decades. KARMA.

Peggy
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Peggy

I think ABC believed it could plug Katie Couric into an ‘Oprah type formula’ and it would work. Katie is no Oprah. Oprah is one of a kind, she had all the qualities and experiences to truly relate to her guests and her audience. People felt Oprah was one of them. Katie is detached and seems to place herself above everyone. She talks down to people, she’s very condescending. Even her formula to ‘bring in the experts first’ shows how little faith she has in the intelligence of her audience. She has to educate them first so they’ll understand these… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

ABC will never ever bring back OLTL and AMC, never..
ABC can support 3 soaps, that is crazy and illogical..

ABC is making millions off AMC and OLTL and will continue to do so, so why would they even consider bring back 2 soaps that would break their daytime bank..

GH will be ABC’s only soap.. stop dreaming, it will never ever happen ..

Linda
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Linda

Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person!!!! Karma IS a bitch!!

Lynda Johnson
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Lynda Johnson

I don’t watch KATIE ONLY BECAUSE ITS ON A B C AND.If KATIE was on any other channel I would watch but since ABC TOok my soaps away I only watch General Hosp. then turn the channel.

Annie
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Annie

Then you are in the wrong market. Katie is on CBS here.

And can I tell you how free I feel now that I removed GH from my DVR??? It was becoming a chore to watch. My mom also dropped GH this week.

Kim
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Kim

ABC basically deserves every failure they face.

Dianna Beers
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Dianna Beers

I LOVE Katie WATCH ALL THE TIME PLEASE KEEP HER ON!!!

Charday
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Charday

I’ve watched Katie’s new show several times when a guest drew me in (about once per month). I have to say that Katie generally annoys me as a tv host. She has a bad habit of talking over her guests and also drawing out her questions/commentary to guests for wayyyyy too long. But even more annoying is when there’s a male guest that she clearly has the hots for–her flirtatious mannerisms toward these men makes me cringe. In summary, good riddance.

david
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david

finally good news. get rid of katie, i can’t stand that woman. she is so boring.

ricardo
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ricardo

poor katie couric. her talk show puts me to sleep. lol.

jake r
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jake r

First off, let’s remember a few things: “Katie” and Katie Couric did NOT cause “AMC” or “OLTL” to get cancelled; those shows were going off the air anyway, thanks to Brian Frons. And they were replaced by “The Revolution” and “The Chew” and then that awful “GMA in the Afternoon.” So don’t hold Ms. Couric responsible for the demise of two ABC soaps. Also, not only did the “Katie” show feature a very respectful hour-long tribute to “GH”‘s 50th Anniversary last April, Katie Couric also hosted a Saturday-night primetime episode of “20/20” that went behind the scenes at “GH.” She… Read more »

Patricio
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Patricio

Hello Jake –

Thank you for your thoughtful response. It is tempting to blame Ms. Couric for ABC’s error, but they have nothing to do with one another.

Lookin forward-

Pat

Mausi8
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Mausi8

I agree with Jake .I am the only one in my circle of friends and family who tries to watch that show, but as Jake said, she lacks empathy and it is all about her. Cancel the show already

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Karma.

Kim
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Kim

oh yes.

Shelly
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Shelly

We told you so.

Dixie Carter
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Dixie Carter

Katie’s show bored me to tears!……not to mention her chronic
giggling that feels like fingernails on a chalkboard. Talk shows
have run out of creativity—-even Dr. Phil has resorted to cheap,
tabloid sensationalism and digging into viewer’s pockets to buy
his books—-don’t forget his SON who publishes them…….Oh,
Bother, as Winnie-the-Pooh says……I predicted less than a year
ago that Katie wouldn’t stay on the air very long.

Rj
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Rj

I have only seen the show a few times, and for a little while, so I maybe do not have the right to judge, and I feel bad to say this because I like Katie Couric, but for some reason she and the show just do not draw me in. I would like substance on the show, and glad she is pushing that, but the few times I have seen it I have not actually seen that much substance – maybe I missed the shows of substance. Katie and the show just fall flat, and the style and format is… Read more »

Tiffany
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Tiffany

How about ABC bring in a new web soap, like beacon Hill? PP’s lawsuit against ABC has made it impossible to resurrect OLTL & AMC. Try something new. Many AMC/OLTL actors are already signed on to star in Beacon Hill.

Julius
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Julius

Bring back OLTL and AMC – they got MUCH better ratings especially in the key demos than all these crappy talk and cooking shows. ABC could have the same top ratings with OLTL and AMC that they are having with General Hospital again after this show has turned things around with good writing and story-telling, building on its long and successful history. General Hospital draws almost DOUBLE the ratings in the women 18-49 key demo (last season average) that the OLTL and AMC replacement shows are having. The same is true for CBS and the ATWT replacement show “The Talk”.… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

Personally I really enjoy the Katie Show. I’m sorry to see that it may be cancelled. I don’t tend to watch most of the other stuff on TV as I think most of it is junk. I learn new things from her show and I am entertained. Her show is a bright point in my day. I am a female and like her!

Susan Parker
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Susan Parker

I stopped watching her many years ago, her on air demeanor is partisan and condescending. Recently, while having a manicure at a nail salon in Olympia, Wa. her show came on. Within 10 minutes, a customer asked if the channel could be switched to another station. The salon immediately complied and everyone was happy. If she is being considered for Barbara Walter’s replacement, that show will see a decline in market share . My liberal friends and family can’t stand to watch her. How many shows can she tank? Just look at her ratings over the last decade. Even her… Read more »

Katie Boehner
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Katie Boehner

I can’t believe that you would cancel Katie Couric’s nice, clean, and entertaining show. Heaven forbid, that it doesn’t have cuss words and sex in it. She is trying to spread good around the world. She is so good with her guests and the audience. You know that you have control over violence, sex, and bad language. I realize people have control over their televisions . I choose to find a channel that is worthwhile watching. In case you didn’t know, you have responsibility also for our children and what they see. I know ratings are a big thing,and money,… Read more »

Char Yapp
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Char Yapp

I am very disappointed to hear about the possible cancelation of the Katie Show.
Her show brought on excellent guests. Katie was engaged with her audience wanted to bring the guests an excellent show. Her show has class!! What a breath of fresh air, class and excellent guests!! It is a shame her show may be leaving the air!!

frankie di nunzio
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frankie di nunzio

i like katie but she pushes her liberal side and i can;t stand that…thats ruining alot of shows

Sam
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Sam

I think Katie has some great guests and some good topics but her excess giggling drives me up a wall. She laughs at every single joke like it was the funnest thing she has ever heard – makes it very difficult to take her seriously. Take it down a notch little lady!

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Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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