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Kelly Ripa Returns To "Live" Says What Transpired Opened Up A Conversation About Communication, Consideration & Respect In The Workplace!

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“Our national nightmare is over,” joked Kelly Ripa on her return to “Live” Tuesday morning.  Addressing the studio audience and viewers at home, Ripa says she spoke from the heart, but did not want to mess up this important speech.

After walking out with Strahan hand in hand, she spoke solo and began:  “I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show. The show of support in this bizarre time has been overwhelming.”

Kelly reminded us that she has had a long 26 year relationship with ABC starting form her days at All My Children, adding: “I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right.”

Making it an issue of the time we live, Kelly added: ” What transpired over the course of a few days has been extraordinary, in the sense that it started a much larger conversation about communication and consideration and most importantly respect in the workplace. And since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace. This is my second home.”  She added that there was an upside to all the controversy: “Our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority,”

As for Strahan exiting for GMA, Ripa expressed: “I am thrilled for Michael. I am thrilled for you. This is a tremendous opportunity and I couldn’t be, and we couldn’t be, prouder of you and everything we’ve accomplished together.”

Watch Kelly’s return to “Live” after the jump.  Then let us know what you thought of her speech! Comment below.

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Vicki Black
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Vicki Black

Class act. Snipers in the wings be damned. She is being very generous to Michael. Personally, I am ready for his exit now.

Maureen Lynch
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Maureen Lynch

I agree with you and yes I’m ready for him to leave. No reason to hang around now.

Patrick
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Patrick

Michael Strahan….

tall dark and HANDSOME

with gobs of personality… with a loaded sense of humor

he’s as natural as they come

former NFL STAR

so at ease with himself

HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER DEMOGRAPHIC BOOSTER

I am certain… after awhile… being around obvious and same ole same ale gets stale and puts a damper on “things”

ABC knows what they want

Kelly Rippa is in a panic

Leslye A.
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Leslye A.

I think Kelly did great. She hit the right tone – a little serious and a little humor. The ABC/Disney execs are the ones that screwed this up..

Carolyn Hare
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Carolyn Hare

Agree. ” Class act”. Kelly Ripa is the Queen of Daytime. ♥

Kevin
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Kevin

SHOCK!

Jonboy
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Jonboy

If I did at my job what she did at hers I would have been terminated.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

THIS.

Frank
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Frank

Kelly Ripa you are loved and happy that you are back. ABC are vultures, they will stab you in the back. Cancelling OLTL and AMC, was the worst mistake ABC made. They won’t admit there mistake.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Oh, Frank, don’t you see it? Yes, they canceled those soaps but they created a new daytime one just last week and it is called LIVE WITH KELLY and (whomever). This is becoming comical. They had me last week, but now I don’t believe one word of this “story.”

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Show got a lot of badly needed publicity…

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Uh huh. I know where you are going with this and I agree. 🙂

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

“Our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority,” When the alphabet network/mouse company says that, it’s time to start packing your bags. Do not trust those people.

mark
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mark

Kelly is so classy. Love her!

PJ
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PJ

Kelly is 100% a Class Act and a consummate PROFESSIONAL. Michael came from a different area of “entertainment”, sports. Thus, he may not have fully understood the importance of keeping your “partner” in the loop, I think he REALLY gets it now. The ABC brass is another story, after the “Soaps Debacle”, you’d think they would have learned a lesson or three. Apparently, NOT. Hopefully, they will at least start to recognize that “business as usual” i.e. doing whatever without regard to the feelings of others, or simply common decency, is just as important as “ratings”. Good on You, Kelly,… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Not my usual, but since I’ve been commenting on this subject thought it was only fair to see how it turned out. I realize there must have been a lot of “negotiating” between all the parties as to handle today, but I thought Kelly rose to the occasion as well as could be expected. She did seem just a little uncomfortable, but that’s to be expected based on all the attention the whole thing got. I was glad to see the powers that be let her mention the subject of “communication and consideration and most importantly respect in the workplace.”… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

you see… she has to “start” running her “show”

“her” act just took a hit… a huge one

a gaping let on her comfort level

earn you $20 million dollars Ms. Ripa

all one can ask

Patrick
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Patrick

I really like your 2nd para…. spot on… what is glaring… is : I respect… that Ms. Ripa… in other blogs… if you will…. took one for the team… and I sincerely have posted this as well when Men and Women can look each other eye to eye… WITH EQUAL PAY… would certainly align put to rest so much unnecessary bile of “ego” AND “power” I’t certainly makes one wonder… since we focus so much on all the comings and goings of this genre… all the money and reasons behind all the energy per your nicely stated : “…Luckily for… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Ripa was announced as official replacement on February 5, 2001.

she’s been co-hosting… 15 years plus

deb
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deb

Kelly did exactly what was needed to turn the page; she placed the blame where in belonged on the exces. People calling for her to be upset with Michael IMO are being ridiculous.

Freddie King
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Freddie King

Why all the applause ? What did she do ? She’s a spoiled no talent little prima donna. I’m sick of seeing articles about her & her husband. She’s SOOO envious that Michael is moving on , and she ‘s not. This show has a history of choosing the WORST possible women to co-host. Kathy Lee Gifford is the most nauseating annoying person I’ve ever seen besides all the candidates this year and al sharpton. The ONLY woman that ever had any class on this show was Joy Philbin. I’m glad Michael is moving on. I wish Kelly would move… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

She makes $15 million a year. I seriously doubt she is envious he is moving on.

Patrick
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Patrick

her “nest” is so loaded…. set for life

I watched yesterday show… I winced and was reaffirmed

she’s not good at all

in comparison: Regis and Michael… are huge

Liz
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Liz

Kelly should be careful because the same “parent company” that told her Live was a priority told Susan Lucci that All My Children was a priority so she would do their bidding and cancelled the show despite their assurances. I love Kelly but was appalled the the network didn’t let her mention David Canary’s passing. Especially because they mention almost anyone’s passing in thei first segment. It also doesn’t sit well that the network execs think they handled or managed her poorly and came in today to “manage” her. She doesn’t need handling or managing. She needs the respect she… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

Did that really happen, “the network didn’t let her mention David Canary’s passing”? I hope that’s just a sad rumor!

Liz
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Liz

Here’s the facts….she didn’t mention his passing!!! She did tweet one tweet about it but didn’t mention it on the show. I find it very hard to believe that was her choice when they mention every other death on the show. They mention people they’ve never met. Mr. Canary won 5 Emmys while on said “parent network” and was without question one of the biggest ABC Daytime stars. No mention? I don’t think so. ABC doesn’t want to hear Kelly mention ANYTHING about All My Children because it makes the audience angry. They don’t want to be reminded and definitely… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Sorry she is an employee not a producer she has a job makes lots of money !! What has she got to be pissed about? I find her annoying like nails on a chalk board . Regis thought he was worth tons of money seen him lately? Count your blessings!!!

dmr
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dmr

I completely agree with you. I can’t even stomach to watch her Colgate commercials. She comes across as very fake to me. Not genuine.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

dmr…y-e-s. A-n-d…THANK GOODNESS for the invention of the Mute button on the remote control…LOL!!!!! Y-e-p.

Take care, dmr.

Nikki
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Nikki

Kay You took the words out of my mouth. So they didn’t tell her. I really do like Kelly but I think she’s gotten a bit too high on herself. There are so many people out of work right now that would think they died and went to Heaven for a job like she has. One hour a day, act funny, interview people and get a million dollars a year. I don’t want to sound cold but try helping”doctors without borders”, help out at your local soup kitchen, take a look at the homeless on the streets of New York… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

k/kay…E-X-A-C-T-L-Y!!!!! k/kay…check this out: Years ago, I read an interview in Soap Opera Digest (I think) where Kelly Ripa actually admitted that she’s very, very bossy. Yikes. Oh… and BTW, Kelly needs to realize that it’s a B-U-S-I-N-E-S-S…PERIOD!!!!!

Take care, k/kay.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Quick correction: ‘Oh…and’.

My bad.

Peace.

donna
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donna

Kelly is awesome,she spoke the truth and from her heart,maybe the big shots could learn a thing or two,about communication!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO,and RESPECT. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blake
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blake

Kudos to Kelly Ripa. The people are behind her and I can’t wait for her new co-host. I think it would be best if Michael went ahead and went to GMA so we can start the new search.

Jerry O’Connell would make a fanastic co-host!

Dino
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Dino

I love Kelly, she is a beautiful lady and I worship her lol

blake
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blake

Just read that Michael’s last day will be May 13th!

Rj
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Rj

I did not see it, but she brought up an important point about respect and communication in the workplace. This is an issue that is so important to be addressed in addition to the pressing issue of income inequality! All the best to Kelly and Michael too!

Charday
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Charday

TMZ is saying that Strahan is out in 2 weeks. Can’t blame him wanting to get away from Kelly the Ripper.

Peter
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Peter

Lol Charday, Kelly is innocent and a sexy lady. She spoke from her heart today, I am proud that Kelly Ripa is a classy, sassy lady. Michael will fail at Good Morning America. I am so happy Michael is leaving, don’t let the door hit you Mikey lmao.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

He is getting a promotion. She had a meltdown. If I were him I’d be disinterested in sticking around. I suspect, sadly, her days are numbered. It’s too much drama for network executives to ever ever want to put up with. I get the hard feelings over AMC and OLTL (heck, I still miss Guiding Light). This isn’t that. Her co worker got a promotion. Everyone should be thrilled for someone else’s success. If you’re a producer, do you hire someone who behaves like this or do you hire someone a little more stable in their ability to roll with… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

First of all, I loved the class and humor Kelly used to calm everyone down about this situation. I love Kelly and have since her “AMC” days. My question is how many times has ABC Daytime dropped the ball concerning the way they handled delicate situations. Didn’t Kathie Lee feel like she was forced out years ago? Has there ever been more of an injustice than having the cast of “AMC” move to Los Angeles and then have the show cancelled within a year? Michael Easton being fired from “GH” only to be brought back months later? The cancellation of… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

The standing ovation was a bit much and I did not feel as though her rehearsed speech was heartfelt. I thought it was very fake. I think she came across as a spoiled, entitled brat. If I were to pull those antics at my job, I would have been terminated. I do not think that Michael did anything wrong. Like most people would, he took advantage of a great career opportunity-which most likely, he was legally bound to keep quiet about. I think Michael has remained poised and professional during this entire debacle of her terrible behavior.

Charday
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Charday

Yes, so phoney. Why did she (like usual) have to turn it into all about her? It should have been about Strahan–he’s the one leaving! Time to cancel this trainwreck.

sandie
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sandie

I completely agree…as I too have watched her since her AMC days… I am totally disgusted at her behavior toward Micheal. The snide and rude behavior she is showing is NOT professional. And honestly I wish Micheal all the best… He seems to be the only one who seems sincere and at the same time you can see the hurt all over his face…its so not cool. As I said.. I’ve loved Kelly for years.. But now…nope..not anymore. Advice to Kelly…you need to step down off your high horse and remember your roots and start behaving more like a lady… Read more »

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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