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Kelly Ripa Returns To "Live!" Tuesday After Issuing Statement; Source Says Michael Strahan "Never Wanted Any Of This To Happen"

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Will these two be laughing and smiling together? That is the question after the drama behind the scenes at Live with Kelly and Michael as it continued on Friday and through this weekend.

First came the news from Kelly Ripa herself that she will be returning to the main host chair on Tuesday’s episode of the ABC/Disney syndicated talker, explaining her sudden disappearance last week.

Ripa did not show up for work and had several guest co-host fill-ins, after Strahan announced to the “Live!” staff that he was departing come September for his new full-time gig on Good Morning America, leaving Ripa without a co-host once again.  Kelly started her career on the series with Regis Philbin as the series co-host.

In a statement to the “Live!” staff late Friday, Ripa related: “Sorry for this late Friday night email. I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information.  Your kindness, support and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning. Love, Kelly.” ”

Meanwhile a source told PEOPLE.com that Strahan is “looking forward to having Kelly Ripa back on “Live!” and that he never wanted any of this to happen, and he got why she was mad but it was out of his control.  He spent the last few days reaching out because he wanted her to come back.”  The source added that Strahan was “prepared to go on by himself if he had to, but he is relieved that it all worked out.”

So, will you be tuning into see how Kelly and Michael will interact with each other on Tuesday’s episode of “Live!”?  What do you think about Kelly’s departure and statement and Strahan’s latest apparent remarks?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Aria
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Aria

clearly a big misunderstanding , I know she wanted to be in the know, clearly the higher ups messed up here, and now Michael strahan is being made look like he was insensitive but I’ve been in meetings were your told do not discuss what’s going on so he was put in a rock n a hard place and he probly thought the higher ups would tell in way in advance so shame on abc.

sheryl
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sheryl

i’m glad they worked out everything.

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

She makes 10 million a year for working 1 hour a day,, She needs to get over herself already. Michael was told not say anything and he followed the orders.

Charday
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Charday

Agreed; and cancel the show…please!

JUDY K
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JUDY K

AGREE WITH EVERY WORD YOU SAID!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Kelly Ripa: KNEW… KNEW from the beginning… what was going on… a FREE Ride

Regis Philbin lined her purse with CASHOLA

she rode that wave that much more… made easier… with Regis STAR

TPTB worked… to FIND Ms. Ripa a co-host…. Michael Strahan… imploded the show… and ratings soared year in and year out

once again… Ms. Ripa… nested .. smelling millions of dollars… doing nothing

she has no sense of humor… sense of timing… shes a fish outa water…

i’ll take some relish see flounder and lights out

kmayne
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kmayne

Since we do not know all the facts Weather Micheal went looking or ABC went looking for him Kelly should have been told. It was pretty gutless of ABC to not inform Kelly of what was happening. The whole situation should have been handled better by Network.

And has any confirmation that ABC is expanding GMA to another thus cancelling Live altogether?

D H
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D H

” Live” is not just on ABC stations. It is syndicated to any and all stations. In the New Orleans market, it’s on the CBS station. So, I doubt that it will be canceled.

Mo
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Mo

I’m sure she works more than an hour a day on Live.

Tim S.
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Tim S.

I agree… Makes great money and has talent and does a good job at what she does, but ….. does she really work that much… Show up for work for that one hour and suck it up…

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Agree. Agree. Agree.

How does his getting a promotion translate in to psycho drama from her?

$5 sez she has no gig this time next year. As someone he actually hires and dismisses people(never a task I take lightly nor enjoy) the folks who need to leave our company announce themselves. She made herself easy to fire.

Rose
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Rose

It’s interesting reading your take on this on this page based on your firing and hiring background. You’re probably right in some regards…sad. All the more reason to have let Kelly put some humanity into it…whether you like her or not, how much she gets paid, or “she wasn’t professional enough,” had a melt down, etc. It just gets sickening to us regular folk how business can be conducted, and the the geniuses behind it.

blake
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blake

It will help a lot if they can squash it right away on Tuesday and both own up instead of playing it off like nothing happened. Because if they do the latter it would be a PR nightmare.

I’m sure Kelly feels better now after taking a week off, blowing off steam and being assured that Live is not going anywhere.

Rebecca Zertuche
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Rebecca Zertuche

Kelly was suckerpunched. Whether it was by Michael or the higher ups is beside the point. She needed some time, as she says, to process.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

A $10million annual salary means you’re time to process is zero. The first words out of her mouth needed to be ‘Ve wonderful for you.’ When the network says a coworker is promoted, tuck it in.

Jay Keaveny
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Jay Keaveny

This may end up making the Bruce Willis/Cybill Shepard relationship look benign.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

But that saga was REAL this is fake, fake, fake. I see the evidence everywhere!

Someone pointed out that Michael waited until “the end” of the show to address Kelly’s absence to the audience. Really? The end? Why make your loyal audience plus the looky loos tuning in for a good piece of gossip wait until the end? Oh, because you want people to watch the whole show in expectation of an explanation. I see. What a magnificent ratings ploy!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Her biggest mistake was right there in her email– we are family– uh no, they are your co-workers, you are an employee–no one should mistake the work place for family- work is business, no matter how long you have been there, no matter how well like, business will always come first– look at a relative of mine who was downsized out of a job after 26 years- just came to work one day and was told he no longer had a job and escorted off the premises-no time to say farewell to co-workers, no goodbye party, no cake, no nothing–… Read more »

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

AMEN. PREACH.

David
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David

Kelly Ripa is a wonderful lady, I adore her so much.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Her best bet would have been to hash it out on air but the higher ups probably told her to take time off so nothing rash would be said on air… Making her look bad in the process and themselves absolved..
Who knows.. Anyhow.. AWKWARDDDD

Patrick
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Patrick

“AWKWARDDDD”

she doesn’t have the chutzpah to move

suffer

did she put star behind her tail

H Parson
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H Parson

IMO – this has “PUBLICITY STUNT ” – written all over it.

Patrick
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Patrick

of course.. it’s a stunt

why else… envelope.. all that Michael Strahan did… whilst Ripa coasted

isn’t bambi real

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Yes! Yes! Yes! A thousand times YES! People forget that Kelly is an ACTRESS. This was all planned. They already have her co-host on contract, I bet my life on it. They will do the dog and pony show this summer (for ratings) and trot out all the potential prospects to “audition” but the new person has already signed on the dotted line and is just chilling and enjoying the time off LIVE until he/she has to report to work. This is nothing but a ratings grab and absolute baloney! One thing I have learned over the years is that… Read more »

Ellen
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Ellen

This is all on Disney. They show no respect to Kelly They should have told her earlier in the week. I feel for Michael he is caught in the middle. Hope they talk it out way before the show on Tuesday. I will be watching for sure. Will be interesting to see the interaction between them. Wish them the best.

Sue
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Sue

Kelly makes more money in a year than most people make in a Lifetime. I understand she was upset but Please… BE AN ADULT instead of running off like a Spoiled little child

Patrick
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Patrick

if she had a sense of humor… to command 15 MILLION DOLLARS a year

is she in the same realm and tour de force as Johnny Carson

reality

mark
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mark

Kelly is, has been and always will be the reason to watch that show

Harry
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Harry

which is why I do not watch, Mark.
Honestly, does anyone? Who really cares about all of this?

Lori Simmons
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Lori Simmons

I think Kelly has every right to be pissed off and the people at the top of ABC/Disney are like any other company trying to win the ratings game. People are cattle to them, who cares which cow gets slayed. Incredible, did they even stop to think that we might be watching that show because Michael is on there? Idiots.

D H
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D H

You know what? Kelly might be pissed because Michael got the job and not her. Just sayin…

Kayden
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Kayden

I think it is all fake and set up to help the ratings of a struggling show. Yes, I am aloud my opinion.

Alan
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Alan

Personally I think if GMA wanted Strahan so badly he probably had enough clout to ask that Kelly be told before it was announced. I’ll definitely be taping Tuesday’s episode — the backstage drama at that show is the most interesting thing in daytime this past week…

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

” I’ll definitely be taping Tuesday’s episode — the backstage drama at that show is the most interesting thing in daytime this past week…”

ABC Brass: Reel him in, boys! We got another one! Ka-ching!

Timmm
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Timmm

This seemed like a big story until Prince died. Now, I say, WHO THE HELL CARES! They are both millionaires! Life goes on for both of them and their tea toddling ways. SOMEONE will be with Strahan this week. Either way, I wouldnt tune in regardless, he is a pompous ass! If it were up to me, LIVE would reboot in the Fall with Erin Andrews and Anderson Cooper!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I think anything we see on the screen will be fake and phony—Kelly will rightfully always be pissed no matter what and who could blame her?

Patrick
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Patrick

rightfully pissed

shes floundering for a sense of place.. humor… angst

she’s the definition of sinkhole

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I do sympathize with Ripa in all this, and I feel that Strahan is the villain in the current scenario.

That being said, I suspect that Tuesday’s episode will be a chance for Ripa to show off her acting chops…

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…at this point, I think that Strahan is somehow letting his success (or whatever) go to his head. Just saying……….

As always, peace, Brother.

Dmr
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Dmr

This incident makes her appear to be completely unprofessional, IMO.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

I bet her employers at ABC feel the same way…..

tskyent
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tskyent

ABC cares nothing for there employees! They took 2 Soaps off without notice,Endless employees there! Even relocating them! None of this was a miss understanding. He will be making more money. For someone not to show up while making that type of money?? You don’t deserve the position your in!!! Just saying.…

Patrick
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Patrick

I mean … “really”

look at that pic above

Michael Strahan is laughing fullout joyously and enjoying his gig

Kelly Ripa… is still “posing” schmucking for the camera without PERSON’ality.. and sense of self

go figure

Mo
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Mo

I don’t think you can judge anything by that pic. You don’t know the context in which it was taken.

Carol
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Carol

It is time to cancel the show. Ripa needs to grow up and act like an adult not a spoiled rich kid!

Mo
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Mo

I get she’s upset. Glad she’s coming back because it does not make her look good to have staged a sick-out. Especially considering her job and salary.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I am certainly not president of the Kelly Ripa fan club. That being said, I think the woman (and the executive producer “Gelman,” who has remained very quiet about all of this) should have been informed about the move much earlier than is being reported. Only four years ago, Regis Philbin retired from the show —– basically leaving Gelman and Ripa to work to keep the show going as Regis really was its “star.” Michael is hired for the position and everything seemed to have worked out. I certainly have never read the show has suffered from poor ratings in… Read more »

Liam
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Liam

I may be totally off-base by saying this, but I wouldn’t have put it past ABC to purposely hire Strahan for Live with the sole purpose of knowing they wanted to eventually cancel the show in order to lengthen GMA. So, they slowly incorporated him into the GMA fabric only to eventually move him over permanently while Live implodes.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Recommendation on replacement, either go it alone or get another Soap Alum to do the job. Cameron Mathison is great on ET, there are so many wonderful Soap Stars, you could rotate them and give them the work they deserve!

penny
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penny

This was definitely a pass over weekend.

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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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