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OLTL's Erika Slezak on taping Robin Strasser's Goodbye Scenes, "I sobbed like a baby!"

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The incredible Erika Slezak (Viki) of One Life to Live chatted with Liz Smith in an interview for WowoWow.com (The Women on the Web) where the six-time Daytime Emmy winner discussed the ending of  One Life, what she would like to do next in her career, and taping Viki’s final scenes with Robin Strasser (Dorian).  As many already know, Strasser is having to exit OLTL earlier than had been anticipated due to impending back surgery.

So, just how did Erika and Robin make it through the taping of the final scenes of rivals and some times friends, Viki and Dorian? Well according to Slezak it was not an easy task.  Erika  revealed, “We just did our goodbye scenes and I sobbed like a baby.  I can’t believe I won’t have the joy of that magnificent talent to play against every day.” And neither can the fans of daytime or One Life to Live, for that matter!

When Liz Smith also inquired to Slezak, what is it like to have been playing the same character for 40 years, Erika answered, “You know, nobody has ever asked me that before! I know Viki very well.  She is so familiar to me. The minute I get to the soundstage, I go into Viki mode.  She’s not like me at all, but I love her.  She’s a wonderful, flawed woman, who always makes a huge effort to do and be better, sometimes to the pain of friends and family. To do this sort of work — soap work — requires extreme focus and concentration.”

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ethel
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ethel

erika slezak is my all time favorite daytime actress – she is such a classy lady!
i think viki & dorian are the infamous dynamic duo of daytime!!

Torrey
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Torrey

I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to OLTL at all….I’m sure I will be sobbing like a baby, myself. I have watched for so many years, and these characters are an extension of my family. I can’t believe what these tv executives are doing to their networks and their fans. I will be glued to the television, in support of OLTL, until the very end.

Brian
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Brian

Torrey, i could not agree with you more. You have summed up how I feel and I sure that there are many, many, many more views out there who feel the same way. I have watched since 1979.

todd
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todd

This gives me hope that Erika will end up somewhere great and I will still be able to enjoy her work. I’d love for them to create a roll for her on United States of Tara. Seems obvious. Or something completely different…..True Blood.

David
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David

Sorry, but US of Tara was cancelled.

Brian
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Brian

What a wonderful acting team Erika & Robin make together! 🙂

steve
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steve

The great Erika Slezak has played Viki since 1971 . Erika has given the viewers many many great storylines . I wish Erika Slezak the very best in Her Career Move after January 2012 . A very heartfelt thank you from all the ‘One Life To Live’ Viewers .

Susan
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Susan

Robin and Erika are both class acts. I will miss seeing them on my television screen everyday.

Sue
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Sue

Robin and Erika are such beautiful and talented ladies. They will be missed so much by their fans.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

A classy lady and we could not give her a tribute at the Emmys! Folks these are the people that made Daytime TV they deserved better.

Rose
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Rose

OLTL was my first soap. I remember when Erika took over the role of Vicky and watched for many years with my mother.

Let us know when Dorian says goodby to Lanview- I’ll tune in.

david
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david

Can’t understand how I will miss Viki and Dorian who are characters that don’t exist played by women I have never met, but I will–and it really hurts to think about it. Thank you Erika and Robin–love you both.

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celestasensable

I am so sad : o ( too see ALL My Children and One Life To Live go off air!! The Drama of daytime Soaps makes me forget all my problems (drama) in my own life. Vicki and Dorian act more like sisters lol Clash and Clan like most sisters do. I will miss the the sisterly love. LOL. PLEASE DONT TAKE AWAY OUR SOAPS. Did you know even the prisoners watch soaps. I have heard that of course….anyways if you can make hardened criminals cry then you have even calmed down the prison for a couple hours. I bet… Read more »

glori
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glori

I have watched vicki since the beginning-I didn’t have a good role model mom-I actually looked up to vicki and how she handled family which I loved. I don’t know I’m losing a best friend I loved everything about the house, vicki, and of course the life-as I agree this is truely one life to live- I love you vicki – thank you with tears in my eyes, thank you everyone on the set glori

inna
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inna

I never watch this show before 2011. when my soaps GL and ATWT ended, i stat to watch OLTL. Erica and Dorian became my favor personage in this soap, i will miss them . I wish to see them in the other soaps and together.

Nancy
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Nancy

Seeing the two greatest actresses in daytime, Robin and Erika, saying their “farewells” was really difficult for many reasons. First, they are to me two very good friends of MINE. I have always appreciated their outstanding acting skills over the years when I would have the opportunity to see OLTL. Second, the wrong show was cancelled. It should have ben GH. When I watched the these two women last week, it hit me how greatly they and the show will be missed. Their history has been dramatic, funnier than hell, touching, vehement — all emotions/all levels. I do wish that… Read more »

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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres Address Toxic Workplace Issues & How She is a ‘Work in Progress’ in Talk Show Season Opener

Today marks the return of daytime’s Ellen DeGeneres Show for its 18th season in syndication.  Ahead of its airing, the show dropped the video of Ellen’s opening monologue where she addresses to the audience at home the allegations that came to light over the summer regarding her, and the toxic work environment behind the scenes of her popular series.

Those allegations prompted an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, which led to the dismissal of several key producers at the talk show.

Previously, Ellen shared that she would address what had happened during the new season, but she did so at the top of its first episode back, and repeated some of the same sentiments she also shared in a letter to her crew and staffers.

DeGeneres expressed  “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres.”  She was quick to point out that she is turning the page and that “today, we are starting a new chapter.”

Addressing what has been her off-screen behavior vs. her on-air persona, Ellen said: “The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things.  Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress… I don’t think I’m that good of an actress that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me, and my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry for that.”  Within the monologue she shares how she became known as the “Be Kind Lady” a moniker that also came back to bite her during the summer.

So, what do you think about what Ellen has to say at the top of the new season of her show? Do you think this is enough of an explanation to the public? Are you ready to watch her new season? Comment below.

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72nd Primetime Emmys: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Sweeps Comedy, ‘Succession’ Takes Drama, Zendaya Becomes Youngest Lead Actress Drama Winner

The first ever virtual Primetime Emmys were held last night amid the coronavirus pandemic with host Jimmy Kimmel presiding over the proceedings in an empty Staple Center in Los Angeles and nominees streamed in from locations in the United States and around the globe.

After the dust settled, Canada was having quite the night with the clean sweep by Schitt’s Creek in the comedy categories.  The series, which ended after its sixth season, saw all of its nominated stars win in all the comedy performer categories: Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’ Hara and Annie Murphy.  Dan continued to be on a hot streak also taking the Writing and Directing categories..  The show then won the Comedy Series award.  The impressive night for Schitt’s Creek make it a record-breaker with seven trophies in a row.  That, coupled with their two wins during the Creative Arts Emmys, set the new record for most Emmy wins.

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In the drama categories it was Succession which racked up four major awards including: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Jeremy Strong, and in the writing and directing categories.

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Zendaya bested some heavyweights in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Euphoria making her the youngest winner in this category in TV Academy history at 24.

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The complete list of winner’s from Sunday night are listed below.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
CATHERINE O’HARA as Moira Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
EUGENE LEVY as Johnny Rose   Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
DANIEL LEVY, Written by Schitt’s Creek –  Happy Ending

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
ANDREW CIVIDINO, DANIEL LEVY, Directors  – Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
DANIEL LEVY as David Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
ANNIE MURPHY as Alexis Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
SCHITT’S CREEK

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
REGINA KING as Angela Abar / Sister Night Watchmen

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
MARK RUFFALO as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey  I Know This Much Is True

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Watchmen

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Unorthodox

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II as Cal Abar / Dr. Manhattan  Watchmen

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
UZO ADUBA as Shirley Chisholm  Mrs. America

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
WATCHMEN

OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
JEREMY STRONG as Kendall Roy Succession

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
ZENDAYA as Rue Euphoria

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Succession – This Is Not For Tears

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Succession – Hunting

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BILLY CRUDUP as Cory Ellison  The Morning Show

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
JULIA GARNER as Ruth Langmore Ozark

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
SUCCESSION

So, what did you think of the winners at the 72nd annual Primetime Emmys?  What did you think of the virtual ceremony … thumbs up or thumbs down? Comment below.

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‘This Is Us’ Guest Star Ron Cephas Jones & Jasmine Cephas Jones Become First Father-Daughter Winners In Emmy History

On Saturday night, Ron Cephas Jones took home his second Emmy for his guest-star turn on the hit NBC drama, This Is Us.   Jones, plays the biological father, William Hill to Sterling K. Brown’s Randall Pearson.  Jones took home the gold during the final night of the Creative Arts Emmys leading into Sunday’s night’s major ceremony on the 72nd annual Primetime Emmys on ABC. (8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST).

But what made last night all the more special for Ron is that with this win, he, along with his daughter actress Jasmine Cephas Jones, became the first father-daughter duo in Academy history to win Emmys.  Jasmine won on Thursday night’s Creative Arts Awards for her work on Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn.   Ron won in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series, while Jasmine took home the gold in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category.

In the virtual press room following his win, Ron expressed: “As a parent that’s the most fulfilling that I could ever feel at the moment. Winning another Emmy is the icing on the cake, but to see my daughter progress and move into this place where she’s earned an Emmy is beyond words and I tear up every time I think about it to be honest with you. To see my daughter become healthy and happy, that’s a parent’s dream.  I’ve always focused on the work ever since she was a little girl, and coming from the theater it’s always been about trying to do good work…when you do what you want to do and you’re happy and you’re healthy that’s the win in itself… When we found out she was nominated, I was expressing to her that’s the win in itself when your work gets acknowledged and the win itself is the icing on the cake that keeps you humble and keeps you hungry.”

However, Ron’s win did not go off without hitch!  The broadcast announced The Outsider‘s Jason Bateman as the winner, and then suddenly cut to a commercial.  After the break, a title card acknowledged the mistake and confirmed that the This Is Us star was the actual winner.  In the virtual press room an announcement to all was made that: “They announced the right winner and the right slate, but the voiceover was incorrect.”

So what do you think about Ron Cephas Jones second Emmy win for This Is Us, and his daughter winning an Emmy the same Emmy season? Comment below.

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