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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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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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