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Kim Delaney To Be "Killed-Off" Of Army Wives As Series Has A Reboot!

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Well, Kim Delaney is not coming back to Army Wives, like, ever! The former All My Children alum, who had been the lead in the Lifetime series for the past six seasons, will be killed-0ff as Army Wives goes through its own rebirth or reboot for the 2013 season!

According to TV Line, here are the details:  “Leading lady Kim Delaney, who has played Claudia Joy Holden will not be returning. Executive producer Jeff Melvoin confirms that her character (who is currently traveling overseas) will be killed off in the season premiere — a tragedy that will serve as a launching pad for an almost rebooted program.”

“The first two episodes will be very emotional, and it will confirm that Claudia Joy is no longer among the living,” he says. “It’s been very wrenching for us to write, and I think it will be very wrenching for the audience to go through. “Kim and Claudia Joy have been the rock upon which we based the show,” the EP continues. “But we have to continue to move forward and keep the show fresh and unpredictable.”

Melvoin goes on to say, “We’re trying to return to the show’s roots. The central conceit of the show is friendship that transcends rank featuring women from different walks of life and with very different outlooks. But it’s not going to be like you just flip the page and suddenly you’re looking at a different show… It’s the same show with some fresh new colors.”

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So why do you really think the show decided to have the ax fall on Delaney?  Story-dictated?  Delaney issues? Reboot?  Will you miss Kim from this wives club?  Weigh-in!

 

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Bill
Bill

Wonder if it is about $?

L Fleenor
L Fleenor

I was full of tears watching the first part how will I get through the second one? I have loved this show from the begining. I am unsure of how the future will carry on. I wish it would stay to true to the experience of being a military spouse and a tribute to the ones who serve. Goodbye Claudia Joy. You will be missed!

Iakovos
Iakovos

When a series does this, I wonder if it may be time for the series to end. I know other serieshave had major changes and go on but Delaney was such a core character. Once upon a time, a series did not do this but in recent seasons, surprising departures and cutting major players is commonplace.

Christine
Christine

Delaney issues would be my guess.

sdiane
sdiane

sadly, I believe you are right.

Tom
Tom

I gave up on the show during the last season, and it looks like I jumped ship at the right time. It’s time for Lifetime to put it out of its misery.

Karen
Karen

Well just because one woman leaves doesn’t mean that the show is in the crapper. I think at times they were overplaying her Diabetes and such, although it was good to put that in – she was a bit dramatic about it all. There are other strong personalities on the show also – like Denise and especially Roxy! They should bring her back from maternity leave ASAP and Pamela also needs to be back!

nicki
nicki

i agree.. like CSI for example.. lost many key characters and it stayed strong.. its up to the show to make sure that whoever they bring in can capture the fans attention the way the original characters did. But she was whiney and annoying at times with her “im perfect”attitude could get kind of annoying.. She was probaly my lest favorite person on the show to be honest. I do think bringing ashanti in is a big mistake… However she may be able to pull it off.

ethel
ethel

i am thinking delany issues also……………

SZima
SZima

It is most likely issues with Kim.

I think the show can go on…she wasn’t on the show for almost the entire second half of last season and it went on OK. Time will tell though…

If it fails, it will be because too many of the original characters have left the show, not just because Kim left.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I loved Claudia Joy! I thought she was a strong character!!! I hope that they can bring Roxy (Sally Pressman) and Pamela (Brigid Brannagh) back to the show! I would miss them more if they didn’t return! I hope that S7 isn’t the final season, this is one of Lifetime’s best series.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m also happy that they’re returning to the show’s roots, they’ve needed it. It’s going to be more about ARMY than anything else!

lori acierto
lori acierto

WRONG, WRONG !!!! Wrong character to kill off IF you TRULY want to get back to the original basis of the show!!!!
Kill off Jackie & Kevin, Joan or Frank Sherwood but NOT Claudia!!!
You WILL lose a LOT of viewers, possibly even me, if you do!!
I have watched Kim Delaney since she was on All My Children – SHE is the reason I even watched the the show in the 1st place!! You writers are NUTS & will killl the show if you do this! Not that fans’ opinions matter to you !!!!!!

Julie Marks
Julie Marks

I agree totally. Kim was great, and we don’t need Jackie and Kevin, etc.

Debbie
Debbie

I heard Kim was at some function honoring Army Wives, and got up on stage drunk, very drunk. That is why they are letting her go. She dishonored Army Wives.
That is what I heard. I am sad she is leaving, but will give the show a chance to redeem itself. Though I don’t understand how Gloria can still be a part of it. She is not a Army wife. She should not be able to get on the base now.

Carly
Carly

this is so worng killing her off

Laura
Laura

Army Wives was my favorite show until season six — parts one and two.

Between the reuse of previous storylines from past seasons (Claudia Joy’s dislike of Jackie and Denise “seeing” Jeremy), to the way the character of Jackie was literally pushed in our faces and the basic lack of originality from the writers had me questioning why I was still watching this show and wondering if the show would have been better off ending after season five, like originally planned.

Now I read that my favorite character, Claudia Joy is being killed off ….. and my decision has been made. Kim Delaney was the reason I started watching Army Wives in first place and her character being killed off will be the reason I no longer watch.

Wilma
Wilma

I agree that Claudia Joy was the wrong character to kill off. I have watched the show and there are two many new people coming on at one time. I am torn as to whether I want to continue watching this show. The only reason I look at is ois because of Denise and Frank. If they leave, I am done.

wordlady
wordlady

ok, is her slurred speech at that military event last season the reason for her getting the ax? come on.

Julie Marks
Julie Marks

I bet it was, and that is lame.

Sheri
Sheri

So very sad to hear that Kim Delaney will not be returning to Army Wives. I’ve been a fan of the show since the beginning and have always felt she was the heart and soul of the show. Kim aka Claudia Joy will be very sorely missed. With a show “reboot” or overhaul, why kill off a crucial character?!!!! Very bad decision from this fans’ viewpoint.

Sandy
Sandy

So wrong to kill her off! I know she has had some personal problems,but the show won’t be the same without her! I may not watch anymore.

ERL
ERL

It was obvious that KD wasn’t coming back. AW was one of my favorite shows until last season which is when it became like a soap opera. I’ll watch it this season to see if it gets better. If it doesn’t, I’ll be watching The Good Wife instead of using the DVR to record it.

Jean Childers
Jean Childers

Kim Delaney was a very importment part of Army wives. I will probably not watch this show with Delaney gone.

Diana D
Diana D

Just watched the season opener….real tear-jerker. I know it is just a show but you get so drawn in you honestly feel like I just lost my own family….I know I will continue to watch this show but will definitely be different with Claudia Joy gone.

Barbara
Barbara

I TRULY HATE THAT YOU SEEN FIT TO KILL OFF CLAUDIA JOY HOLDEN, EXPECIALLY SINCE YOU HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN RID OF ROXY AND PAMELA, I JUST DONT THINK THAT THE SHOW WILL EVERBE WHAT IT WAS WITHOUT PAMELA, ROXY, AND CLAUDIA JOY. WHOS NEXT DENISE?

toatoa
toatoa

if they kill off Denice. the show will be over. I hate they took off Roxy and killed off Claudia Joy. Could they not just lefted her over seas for a long time and then bring her back. thet still can bring her back. they can make it where someone was having a really really bad dream. then they wroke up and everyone is back.. please do that. I love whatching Army Wife with Claudia Joy, Denice, Roxy, and Pam.

Daphne
Daphne

I started watching Army Wives due to Kim Delaney. My watching will be limited this season without Delaney. Bring Roxy and Pamela back & get rid of Jackie, her character is boring. What a dumb move killing Claudia Joy.

Niki
Niki

Agreed, I still like the show but what is happening? Pamela, Roxy and now Claudia? I see Brooke Shields is coming on. Really? Plus Ahanti? When did she start acting. I love the shoe but am disappointed in the direction it is going.

Dee
Dee

Ashanti has been acting and been in several movies.

Billio
Billio

Just because a person has been in “several” movies doesn’t make them good actors !

Dianna
Dianna

I do not believe the show will make it to another series. Without Claudia joy there is no show. That’s who we all loved. If anyone thinks Brooke shields can replace her then think again. This show is over
.

Dianna
Dianna

I do not believe the show will make it to another series. Without Claudia joy there is no show. That’s who we all loved. If anyone thinks Brooke shields can replace her then think again. This show is over
. The ones who made the show a hit are being taken off so what do you expect?

sherry faust
sherry faust

I hate the fact you have taken Claudia Joy Holden off of the show. It won’t be the same. I will also miss Roxie and Trevor. I really missed Pam last season. You can keep the original cast and still add new people to the story. My favorite show but not sure if it will be the same and I can’t promise I will still be a huge fan.

sherry faust
sherry faust

I hate the fact you have taken Claudia Joy Holden off of the show. It won’t be the same. I will also miss Roxie and Trevor. I really missed Pam last season. You can keep the original cast and still add new people to the story. My favorite show but not sure if it will be the same and I can’t promise I will still be a huge fan. Really disappointed in the direction the show is going. Really might want to rethink all this.

Alicia
Alicia

The show will not be the same without Kim. Watching the premiere knowing she is not returning makes me want to stop watching the show.

H. wells
H. wells

The show will never be the same without Kim Delaney. Bad move on your part, she was the heart of the show. Now will be boring……

Connie
Connie

Good riddance to KD. She canNOT act. She embarrassed herself and the show last year with her slurred and nonsensical speech. It’s fine that she goes. Catherine Bell can easily fill the role of ‘lead’ army wife. Army bases are usually highly transitional places anyway. It makes sense to me. I will miss Roxy and Trevor, but I think the new characters and story lines will manage fine. Brian McNamara did an outstanding job of acting the grieving widower tonight. Truly impressed with his gut wrenching performance.

Julie Marks
Julie Marks

Sorry, but Kim CAN act!

wendy
wendy

killing off claudia joy was a mistake. and bringing in brooke shields is a BIG mistake. can’t stand her. not sure if i will continue to watch as can’t stand brooke & will miss pamela, roxy & roland will not be on much. writers should have rethought this. glad to see they kept gloria though.

anne
anne

i saw the show and i believe it just did like the titanic it is going to sink. to many cast changes to fast. should have left well enough alone as for kim delany being fired that is where they really screwed up as for being fired from other shows shes ever been on for alcohol abuse she needs help because she is a good actress. she made that show so did sally pressman and bridigid b. i doubt i will continue to watch any more of army wives with the new cast because i saw previews of upcoming episodes and your going to need a more powerful cast than brook shields to make it as good as it was i say they should have left well enough alone. i predict this will be its final sesson.

Paula
Paula

Pamela, Roxy are gone…. now killing off Claudia Joy was a was a big mistake. Should have killed off Jackie Clarke. What were the writers thinking. Brook Shields very boring. Very disappointed. Time to find a new series.

Joyce Michael
Joyce Michael

I think this is the biggest mistake a series can make. Almost every show that does this – kill off a main character and bring in multiple newbies very seldom works. People don’t accept new people thrown into the mix. I began to lose interest when you moved some away.

Lisa Leonard
Lisa Leonard

Well, I’m gonna get a lot of bad publicity for this but…killing off a main character is NOT going to stop me from watching Army Wives. It is about military and changes and losses so to continue to be believable, changes and losses have to happen. I’m not completely happy with the choice but I’m still gonna watch and see how the new season unfolds. I hope it continues to have success despite all the hurt feelings of losing an important character. I just hope the writers don’t let us down. As for Kim Delaney, if the reason she was killed off is due to personal addictions, I hope someone assists her in getting the help she needs. We’ve already lost a lot of special people from addictions and accidental over doses. This is a serious claim on Ms. Delaney and should be treated as more than the loss of a main character.

jckie
jckie

I was afraid they would fire her after the problem last year with her speech, they fired her from CSI Miami too, please get help, I have been watching you since you were jenny on all my children.. Best wishes to you

Veronica
Veronica

I agree, I will miss Claudia Joy’s character. At first I thought may-be she was actually dead, or seriously ill. If you remember, when they started with her diabetes and then the Kidney transplant, I started to notice she truly was looking tiered and sickly looking. It wasn’t make up either, it was showing all over her face. If, and I’m saying if ,she has a problem with alcohol, it would definitely reflect in that way on screen. That tiered, drawn, sick look. If it is the case, I hope she gets help. It may be too late for the show, but not too late for her. She was a wonderful character on the show, and again will be missed.
On with other characters, that they have seemed to be pushing off the show. I hope they will find a way to bring Roxy and Trevor back. I never cared that much for the Jackie and Kevin characters, actually I thought they felt, they made a mistake too. When Kevin was injured, I thought they were rethinking the addition, and were going to find a way to write them out. They could easily bring Roxy and Trevor back, by Trevor being reassigned back to their base. As for Pamela, that might be harder, because of her husband chase, leaving the army for an outside job. I just hope they don’t get anymore drastic with character elimination, it could ruin the show, if it hasn’t already. Time will tell. They may have already gone too far, with Pamela, chase, Roxy, Trevor, and now Claudia Joy gone, and all the new characters, it’s sure not going to be easy after 6 years, to hold the interest of the viewers, with all the changes so suddenly. I hope they have a truly strong writing staff, their going to need it. I will reserve my judgement on the new characters, played by Brooke Shields and Ashanti.

Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson

I was in tears the entire show. I will miss Claudia Joy. I hope the show can continue. Roxy’s gone, Pamela’s gone, who next. I think they could have chose someone else to write off. Leave the main characters alone, they are the ones that make the show.

Yami g
Yami g

I was in tears to see such a great character killed off. Claudia Joy was the one character in the show who bonded everyone together. I doubt Brooke Shields can fill those shoes. I cannot foresee whether I will continue being a true fan or not, only time will tell. But I must agree, this was a poor decision made by the production. God speed Army Wives!

coffeecake
coffeecake

I will miss Ms Delaney I have been a fan of hers since AMC. I hope she gets the help that she needs, please keep Roxy and. Trevor we need them.I hope the show goes on.

Julie
Julie

Really sorry that the writers couldn’t come up with a better solution for “Claudia Joy”. She was the heart and soul of Army Wives. Anyone with a pulse knows that Kim Delaney has a drinking problem. So why not try (again) to help her and not kick her to the curb. And losing “Roxie” and “Pamela” at the same time is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. Good luck with your rebooted show. I won’t be watching.

Jane
Jane

HATE HATE HATE that she is gone. She was the core of the wives and now what.. they are going to try and replace her w/ Jackie? PLEASE!

One less viewer here.

Gary
Gary

I think she was the wrong person to kill off also. I just wanted to turn the channel but I’m sure Kim Delaney just wanted to move on to a new experience. What can we do? We also had to say goodbye to her on AMC & Law & Order. My guess is we’ll be seeing her in another show or a movie sometime soon. I’m definetly BORED with the show. I’ve been losing interest since they killed off Jeremy. 🙁

Rod Goraj
Rod Goraj

I feel the reason they killed of Jeremy is to show how evil war can be,and how difficult it is for parents to bury their children. They are not living in a rose garden,and military families must realize this when your country is at war.

Ann Coker
Ann Coker

Do not like the fact that Kim is no longer on the show, and do not like it that Pam and Roxie are also gone. I will not watch the show any longer. You get a good show going that everyone likes and then you change all the characters, which is stupid.

Julie Marks
Julie Marks

I agree with everything you just said. The show was the best with the original characters.

Rod Goraj
Rod Goraj

Did she leave because she wanted more money? Or did she do it for the good of the show. There are plenty of good stars to revolve the show around. I like everyone on the show. Each has there own star qualities, and that is why I think the show is so great. There seems to be a lot of teamwork involved putting this kind of show together.

Melissa
Melissa

Unbelievable! I was already upset that Roxy, Trevor and Pamela were barely on anymore and now this! Really??? I really like to know the reason behind why Claudia Joy (Kim) is no longer on the show, her choice or the stupid writers and producers? Everytime there is a great show they always do some stupid change like this and then the show gets cancelled and then they all wonder why. I started watching Army Wives for two reasons, one: KIM DELANEY and two: my hubby was in the Army. My hubby just started watching last season and really became a fan because of the Army factor. It was great watching a show that we both enjoyed. UGH!!! Better get more air time with Roxy, Trevor, Pamela (and her husband) if you do not want to lose ratings.

Diana J
Diana J

I will definitely miss Kim Delaney’s character (Claudia Joy). I thought she did an outstanding job during the death of her daughter Amanda. She was the glue that kept everyone together but the show will go on. It will be hard because her character became such a part of our television life…all the tears and heartache over Kim’s leaving are proof of that. I will continue to watch the show. The only reason I would stop watching is if the cast of characters and storyline do not meet my expectations. Kim, I wish you all the best. May God Bless you now and always. Thank you for all the seasons you entertained us. You’ll be missed….

Julie Marks
Julie Marks

I loved Kim Delaney on the show! She is a great actress, I have enjoyed her in the past on All My Children, and I think she is great. I think it is a mistake to let her go. She is the reason I tuned in the first place.

Sandy
Sandy

What a mistake to kill of Claudia Joye and change the format of the great friends we have grown to love. The show will not be the same. It looks like this will be Army Wives last season. I loved this show and I grieve what has been lost.

Val
Val

A whole bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t say it enough. Can’t imagine how they will carry the show without her!

Debbie
Debbie

I really think it stinks, that Claudia joy had to leave the show. She was an important part of Army Wives and I loved her character.

LP
LP

Absolutley not the same without Kim Delaney or Roxie’s character. They are the foundation of the show. All series grow and change, but do not lose their main characters. Do not know if I have an interest in watching the rest of the programs and I really looked forward to this program each week. The dynamic among the main characters was heart-felt and real. Big mistake. Very open to new characters coming on board, but the way these characters have grown and changed it what made this work. Extremely disappointed!

Yashica Tate
Yashica Tate

Each season someone leaves this show, please let the viewers know what is going on. Claudia Joy was a the main character and now she is gone. The story line is just tragedy after tragedy. How much must one town go through?

Marti
Marti

Unfortunately I think this is the beginning of the end. The first 2 episodes were so sad it was awful. I like Denise but she is really alone. Would love to know what really happened with Kim Delaney. Even with the new girls the show wont be the same.

Sharon Wiley
Sharon Wiley

pull up on ask.com what happened to Kim Delaney. They will tell you all about it. It is sad and I am so heartbroken with the way this show is going. You are right, this is the beginning of the end for this one.

Gig
Gig

Huge mistake to delete three main character’s parts. Roxie and Pam leaving was bad enough, but now that Claudia Joy has been “killed off”, I am no longer interested in watching. Why would you mess with success, I wonder? Kim Delaney was the glue that held everything together. Bad move, Lifetime! Adios.

Sharon Wiley
Sharon Wiley

OMG when I first tuned on this year, I have never cried as hard in my life. My husband was worried about me at first. Claudia Joy, Roxie, Pam and Roland. I can not take this all at once. Please reconsider bringing Brooke Shields on this wonderful show. She will not be accepted by me if you do. I will honestly say I may quit watching it. I was almost sick when I heard this. Catherine Bell can carry this show to completion. Move Roxie and Pam back on base and pull the team back together. Please Please Please. I love this show and have been hooked for 3 years but I will surrender watching if it keeps going this way. Thank you .

Cheryl
Cheryl

Change to a show may be good, but nobody mentioned Pamela, Roxy, and Emmalyn going separate ways, now Roland is going to do a study at major hospital? Please it is the best show in such a long time, but killing off one major character, now four more are out there in no man’s land? Oh yeah what about Frank and Joan off to again serving in our military overseas? Way too many changes to make one of the best shows a viable show to make it through this season and then return for another. Thinking someone fell and bumped their heads, should have had said head examined before all these changes.

Mary
Mary

I agree. No longer army wives. Change the name. I will change my tevo

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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