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Nick Benedict, All My Children, The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives Star, Dead at 77

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He was at the epicenter of the hottest storyline on the early days of All My Children as Phil Brent, and now comes word that actor Nick Benedict has passed away at 77 years old.

According to the Jake’s Steakhouse Facebook Page, where Benedict’s wife, Ginger works as a bartender in Tehachapi, California. it stated, “Nick Benedict’s birthday was July 14. He went to be with the Lord this day. Please pray for Ginger.”

Benedict’s passing comes following the set-up of a GoFundMe page, which detailed that Nick had emergency spinal cord surgery on July 2.  However on July 4, he was admitted to hospice, paralyzed from the neck down.  Apparently, ten days later in Arizona where Nick and Ginger lived, and surrounded by his loved ones, Nick passed away.

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All My Children fans remember fondly, Nick taking over the leading role of Phil Brent from Richard Hatch in 1973.  Phil was involved in a romantic triangle with Tara (Karen Lyn Gorney) and Erica (Susan Lucci).  Phil was the second in a long line of husbands for Pine Valley’s Erica.  Throughout his career, Benedict played Phil three times during the ABC soaps run (1973-1975, 1975-1977 & 1988).  He also received a Daytime Emmy for his performances back in

In 1980-1981, Nick came on to The Young and the Restless as Michael Scott, the nemesis of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), for the love of Victor’s wife, Julia (Meg Bennett).  Y&R fans recall, Victor locking Michael up in a cage in a basement with a bunch of rats.

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Benedict also played the abusive Curtis Reed on Days of our Lives.  In 1993 he debuted as the treacherous father of Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna), Curtis Reed (Patrick Muldoon) and the ex-husband of Kate Roberts.  Curtis was killed by Stefano DiMera (Joe Mascolo), but Benedict returned as his ghost several times over through 2001.

Throughout his acting career, Nick appeared on Santa Barbara, Tribes, Knots Landing, The Dukes of Hazzard among other TV series and films.

Nick is survived by his wife, Ginger Benedict and his loved ones.

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I am so very sorry to learn of his passing. He was wonderful as Phil Brent on All My Children. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

I’m so sorry for his wife and Loved ones. He was so handsome and everyone Loved him. Even my Mother in-law. How could we not.

I also had an urgent Cervical surgery ACDF & was necessary as it was close to the spinal cord & anything that shifted would render me paralyzed frm the neck down. We’re all wondering did he have an accident of some sort. Oh Dear Lord take him in your arms and hold him close till his Wife & Loved ones are with him again

Sad news. I remember him very well on All My Children back when I first started watching soaps. I didn’t even know until later that there had ever been another Phil–he was Phil to me, rolling his eyes in exasperation at Erica’s antics and trying to be with Tara. Sorry to hear things went this way for him at the end, but I hope he’s in a better place now.

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Chrishell Stause Stars in New Lifetime Thriller ‘You’re Not Supposed to Be Here’

Selling Sunset star and soap alum, Chrishell Stause (ex-AMC, DAYS, Y&R), will star in a new Lifetime thriller, You’re Not Supposed to Be Here dropping on  November 4th.

In the thriller, Stause, along with Diora Baird, play a lesbian couple, enjoying quality time together before the birth of their new baby in a remote mountain town. Zoe (Stause) is pregnant and along with Kennedy (Baird), are offered a break from their stressful lives when Kennedy’s boss gives them a key to a cabin in the woods. Watch out!

According to The Wrap, “When they arrive, they are met with less than welcoming arms, prompting Zoe to sound alarms of homophobia, which Kennedy attempts to tamper down. ”


The official loglines from Lifetime share on the story: “Just as the two let their guards down, their nightmare begins. They realize they are completely unprepared for what is in store, and that the townspeople want something the two have.”

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In real-life, Chrishell is currently married to Australian singer and rapper, G Flip. The two tied the knot in May of this year.  Formerly, Stause was married to This Is Us and ex-Y&R star, Justin Hartley (ex-Kevin, ex-Adam). Their marriage ended in 2019 and their divorce was finalized in 2021.

Stause has been featured in the current season of the reality/real estate series, Selling Sunset which streamed its sixth season on Netflix beginning in May. A seventh season is said to be on the way.

So, will you be checking out Chrishell’s new thriller on Lifetime? Comment below.

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos to Kick Off Season 36 of ‘Live’ with New Show Opening

The new season of morning talk shows begins this week, and one of them, Live with Kelly and Mark, is starting things off with a new show open starring the hosts and married couple, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, formerly of All My Children fame.

Make sure to circle Tuesday September 5th, when Kelly and Mark begin their first official season together as co-hosts of the long-running show now in its 36th season.  As many know, Consuelos joined the show back in April of this year, after Ryan Seacrest made the decision to depart the series and move back to Los Angeles full-time, since the talker is shot in New York City.

In the concept of the new opening, the husband and wife duo are seen brushing their teeth in their apartment, then going through a couple of outfit changes/looks, before they settle on what they wearing as they are driven to their New York City studio where ‘Live’ emanates from, and arrive in its corridors.

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In addition, this season will have a new trivia game segment called Stump Mark.  In it, Mark will try his darnedest to keep the coveted Live mug away from trivia callers trying to stump him with their two statements — one true, one false.

Scheduled guests for the week: Derek Hough, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Etheridge, Josh Gad, Shinedown, Phillip Phillips, Nikki and Brie Bella and more.

Take a look at the opening title sequence for Live with Kelly and Mark below, and then let us know what you thought of it in the comment section, and let us know if you are looking forward to the new season of the talk show.

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Kelly Ripa Teases New Season of ‘Live’ with Husband Mark Consuelos: “Our Show Is Best When It’s Going Off the Rails”

Since Mark Consuelos joined his real-life wife, Kelly Ripa on the morning talk show Live with Kelly and Mark, the ratings have never been better.  In fact, according to the Nielsen ratings, the former All My Children stars came in second behind The View for the 2022-2023 television season in total viewers averaging 2.293 million.

Now with the new season upon us come September, Ripa spoke with the Purist about what fans can expect now that Mark is coming into his own as her co-host.

Kelly shared, “We’re going to provide the same sort of humor and irreverence that people have come to know and love. Mark has taken the trivia game, where Ryan (Seacrest) and I would just give away coffee mugs to the audience, and decided that he’s not going to do that any more. There are no participation trophies in life, he says. If they want to win a mug, they’re going to have to stump me. I don’t really follow the ratings, but from what I’ve been told that since Mark has taken over, people stay with the show all the way through because they want to see whether or not Mark gets stumped.”

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When asked what favorite segment on Live is her current favorite, Ripa expressed, “I love talking to the trivia callers. Our show is best when it’s going off the rails, when our audience gets to see the slip-ups. It is not this highly polished, Hollywood thing. It is two people meeting, having coffee, having just read the paper. We never cover actual news, we cover absurd news. When you factor in a person calling from their cellphone in the parking lot of a grocery store, what have you, it is rife with the ability to derail very quickly, and I think that’s what I love the best. I also love our viewer feedback at the very end of the show, where we take our viewers.”

So, are you looking forward to more Live with Kelly and Mark? Enjoying the duo on-screen together on the morning talker? What are your favorite staple segments from the show? Comment below.

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