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On-Air On-Soaps names Worst Soap Moments of 2010!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

On-Air On-Soaps couldn’t let the year come to a close without taking a look back and the truly worst of soap opera from 2010.  From horrible storylines, ridiculous individual moments, character assassinations, unwelcome new characters that badly took up screen time, and terrible judgment calls by head writers, producers and networks, our Top 25 choices comprise the many, many missteps of the soap year.

So in honor of that, we present to you our Top 25 image countdown. These moments had us scratching our heads, throwing more things than usual at our TV’s, and in our opinion, showed viewers some bad soap opera. You can view our Top 25 Worst Moments of 2010 Countdown Photo Gallery below.

Remember, to view the final ten moments in the photo gallery, make sure to click on the “Next Group” button to the right of + symbol, which is next to the last image in the row of the first 15 photos, or you can sit back and relax and just watch the slideshow.  We hope you enjoy, and of course, we welcome your thoughts on if you agree with our picks, or may have some more of your own to add to the mix.

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George
George

Michael, I agree 100% with you on your #1 pick for worst ever moment/decision by producers and writers. It is not only the worst decision of 2010 but of the entire soap history. I wish VH and ESS the very best and hope they win Emmy awrads for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. But, I sincerely wish that CG and JP (formerly on ATWT) should never even be nominated. And, It would be amazing if they are rated the worst ever team in soap history. They compeltely deserve that dishonor after they killed one of the most beautiful love stories (LURE) to ever grace the soap screen, with the horrendous ending.

mepariseau
mepariseau

I agree 100% with you. LuRe was the best couple and didn’t deserve what JP & CG gave them.

mmc
mmc

I couldn’t agree more!As a long time ATWT watcher this had to be the worst ending in the History of Soaps! To kill off one half of the best couple EVER on soaps and leave the other half devastated and alone was a slap in the face to all who loved Luke and Reid and their wonderful and unique love story!

mepariseau
mepariseau

I definitely agree with # 1 and # 2. Chris didn’t deserve to live and Reid didn’t deserve to die.

Although in my mind, there was never a train. Reid made it back from Bay City with heart for Chris and Luke and Reid are living happily together.

George
George

Michael, I also agree 100% with you on your # 2 pick for worst ever moment/decision by producers and writers. It is absolutely appaling that CG and JP actually killed one of the best characters (Reid) on ATWT, left the best and most loved caharcater (Luke) to a life of perpetual pain, suffering, and misery; and the biggest irony is that all this was done to save probably one of the worst and most boring character (Chris) so that Katie (who changed husbands at the drop of a hat) could have one more man toy to add to her ever growing collection. All the three gay characters (Luke, Reid, and Noah) got miserable endings while every straight couple was given a happy ending (including the grand old Lucinda and John). Now, that’s 100% homophobia and 0% consideration and respect for LURE and NUKE fans world-wide.

HW
HW

Van Hansis was so perfect and so beautiful in those scenes of Luke mourning his boyfriend’s reid death that I can’t fathom it was the worst moment. That’s sure that Luke’s story ended sadly for him, being alone and very depressed, but Van Hansis did an amazing work and for me that was the most memorable moment in the soaps.

mepariseau
mepariseau

It’s not the acting that made it the worst, it was the story of Reid dying that made it the worst.

ESS and Van hit it out the park with their acting and they both deserve an Emmy for it, but there should be no credit given to JP and CG for the “story” to be considered the best of 2010.

Epstein
Epstein

ATWT should have allowed Luke to seek comfort with his ex, Noah during the final episode. It didn’t have to mean that he “forgot” Reid, just that Noah could finally be the guy that I (and Luke) fell in love with in the beginning: A standup guy, who would be there during Luke’s time of need.

Karen (limeybird2)
Karen (limeybird2)

NO

mmc
mmc

You have to be kidding!!!!! Luke loved Reid….don’t you understand? You don’t substitute one love with another.Luke would NEVER go back to Noah.Reid and Luke became better for loving each other!, so bite your tongue!

traciamc
traciamc

Absolutely not! It was completely inappropriate with the way their relationship had progressed over the past year even before Reid came to town…it started with the election and Mason! Noah had just told Luke that he couldn’t even be friends with him, so for Luke to seek comfort with Noah? No. And Noah kissing him 2 days after Reid’s death and inviting Luke to LA – also completely inappropriate.

I can see Luke and Noah remaining friends in the future, but not now. Luke has a lot to work through. Reid’s death was idiotic to begin with, but everything that happened after it was ridiculous and poorly written. The ONLY thing making any of it decent was Van’s acting!

Nicole
Nicole

I’m not sure what you mean by “seek comfort”. Noah did comfort Luke as a friend. That was appropriate given their bond, but if you mean they should have hooked up, then eww. I am a complete Nuke fan, but that would’ve been not-cool so soon after Reid’s death. I hated the ending all around, but given what happened to Reid, it was appropriate that Noah and Luke reconciled as just friends for now.

Karen (limeybird2)
Karen (limeybird2)

Michael i definitely agree with #1 & #2. Chris & Katie had zero chemistry together which is ironic considering how many husbands she’s had & had chemistry with every one of them & he was one of the worst written soap characters on there, i don’t know how many times he was written out & recast.
Then Luke finally fell in love with a guy who appreciated him for who he was & encouraged him to be himself & love who he is & to not apologize for that & they decided in the middle of the “big” triangle to go into a different direction & not use Noah any, & use Luke & Reid as only props for Chris Hughes & his stupidity.
Of course Van Hansis & Eric Sheffer Stevens knocked it out of the ballpark with their acting & should be rewarded for taking the crap writing they got & made us cry & yell for them still to this day & CG & JP should be run out of town for their writing & decisions they made to destroy a 54 year old institution.

mmc
mmc

I’m still crying at this awful ending and the fact that ATWT went off forever.But we should be thankful that we had this glorious story of luke and reid.i loved them, I loved their love story, and I loved the superb acting from Eric and Van.Having Reid die and Luke left alone was cruel and insensitive to the fans.and having Chris live so he and Katie could unite was just so stupid.She still had a small baby….how much did she love Brad if she could get involved with another man.And how many marriages did she have 5, 6, or 1000?who cares….i’m missing Van especially….his acting was superb!!!!

mepariseau
mepariseau

Karen,
I so agree with what you wrote.
Chris and Katie = zero chemistry.
Luke and Reid = off the charts

Since I can’t say anything nice about JP & CG, i’ll just keep my mouth shut about my feelings there.

Jenelle
Jenelle

It’s NOT Chris’ fault that Reid died! As a fan of the Hughes family for many years, including Kim, Bob and CHRIS, etc, I was glad to see them front and center as ATWT wrapped up in a heartbreaking, Emmy-worthy storyline. Why is everyone focusing on trashing Chris, and not recognizing the brilliant performances by Kathryn Hays, Don Hastings, Terri Conn, Ellen Dolan, Scott Holmes, etc? Michael Fairman – you singled out Van Hansis in your best moments of 2010 (rightfully so) but I’m disappointed that you didn’t also make the point to acknowledge the other positives, particularly that this storyline gave great material to Bob/Kim and the rest of the Hughes clan in your end-of-the-year wrapup . Instead you decided to rile up the Lure fans and invite another round of Chris bashing and claims that Katie didn’t deserve a happy ending (which I also vehemently disagree with especially given that she lost her husband Brad).

Don’t get me wrong – I was a fan of Reid/ESS right from the get-go and would have preferred it if he didn’t die. But I don’t blame Chris at all – the writers could have easily let Reid live and Chris get his new heart but they chose not to. It wasn’t a choice of killing off Chris OR Reid. It wasn’t one or the other.

But I’ll play the ‘Reid or Chris game’ for a moment… With all the Lure talk of Chris *deserving* to die (a bit harsh, no?), isn’t that proving the point that the writers made the right choice? If no one “cared” about Chris (despite ATWT viewers seeing this character grow up over the years – admittedly in a SORAS’d/recasted manner), then his death wouldn’t have the emotional punch that Reid’s did. People would be “cheering” his death and it would have had the exact opposite effect that a soap opera death of a beloved character should have. Even though this outcry over Reid’s death irks me at time since it tends to get focused on bashing Chris/Katie, it just proves that Reid’s the exact, intended impact that it should have had… It rocked viewers’ hearts to the core, as a character death near the end of a show should do.

Jeannette
Jeannette

Of course it wasn’t a ‘Reid or Chris’ choice- the writers could easily have had BOTH characters live. And I didn’t want Chris to die- but neither did I want Katie to get stuck in a piss-poor rebound relationship with Chris. ATWT overplayed their hand by acting like Chris and Katie are some epic love story. They’ll be divorced in a year at most. Hopefully Katie cheats on Chris with Simon.

mmc
mmc

We didn’t want Chris to die, there was no reason for anyone to die because this soap was going off forever.Doesn’t it seem strange that they would destroy the most popular couple in daytime/And for what? To leave us long time viewers with such sad thoughts of a show that was on for 54 years.if anyone in charge had listened to the fans, Luke and Reid would be living together for a long time.I can’t accept the horrible ending so I’m writing my own and it will be done in a few weeks.

mepariseau
mepariseau

Why I feel Chris deserved to die was that he refused to seek treatment for his condition. As a doctor he knew the consequences of his actions, but instead of telling his parents, he went golfing. Are you kidding me?

And if Chris wouldn’t have needed a transplant, then Reid would not have been on the RR tracks to get hit by the train. That is why Chris is blamed for Reid’s death (all goes back to his refusing treatment)

If it had to be Katie with a new husband (what number will Chris Hughes be) or Luke to finally have a great life partner then I say that Luke deserves it more. It is not that Katie doesn’t deserve happiness, just that she doesn’t deserve it at the expense of Luke’s.

Karen (limeybird2)
Karen (limeybird2)

i was always a Hughes family fan, they’d bring Chris on & he’d be on a year before they’d write him off again, they never knew how to write a great story for Chris that made you want to like him.
but what they did at the end of the show made everybody forget the death of Nancy Hughes, a lady who’d uttered the first words on the show & was on the show the whole 54 years when the actress died in real life. the memorial service they did should of been all about her & showed more old clips of her over the years.

traciamc
traciamc

I never saw anyone say that Chris “deserved” to die, although in a way, he hid his illness from everyone and as a doctor, that was irresponsible and stupid. I agree, though…neither he nor Reid needed to die. He could have most definitely have gotten his heart some other way.

Nancy Hughes (and Helen Wagner, God rest her soul) had died…there didn’t need to be another death for impact. That should have been the focus. Instead, it was almost swept under the rug and didn’t get nearly the attention it should have. She was a legend and her death should have been treated as such.

As far as Katie, she did deserve a happy ending. But Chris and Katie had no chemistry, and their relationship seemed to me to be thrown together. Just my opinion. I wish that they had kept Simon in Oakdale, but that was not to happen.

George
George

No one has said Chris deserved to die. But, Reid should never have been killed; and Luke should never have been left devastated. Going by the majority of viewers and fans opinions; Chris and Katie were no match for Luke and Reid as love interests. And, Chris was one of the most boring characters (also acted very badly); while Luke and Reid were the best and most loved characters (and acted brilliantly). CG and JP made a mockery of the ATWT loyal fan base by ending a wonderful love story in a horrendous manner. If they knew that Luke and Reid were red hot property of ATWT, and they were convinced that Reid’s death and Luke’s emotional aftermath would have a lasting impression on fans; then they could not have been more wrong and stupid than they already were. They could have taped the whole death episode as a dream; and when Luke did wake up from his horrible nigthmare, he would have the love of his life, Reid for the ages. In that way, everyone would have been a winner. ATWT would have gone out with a bang and high note; the actors would have had a shot at Emmy’s, CG and JP would be held in high regard by fans worl-wide, and most of all the fans would have been extremely happy that a show dared to depict a beautiful love story in a magnificent manner. But, the truth is, that was never meant to be. CG and JP succeeded in making most of the ATWT fans hate them with a passion.

George
George

Katie and Chris (probably the worst pair on ATWT) definitely did not deserve a happy ending at the expense of Luke and Reid (perhaps the best couple of all soaps in 2010). If you have genuine love for someone, you don’t jump into another man’s arms in less than a year of your of beloved’s death (as in Katie-Brad-Chris story). Thank God! that CG and JP, as stupid as they are, at least had the sense to not push Luke into Noah’s arms immediately after Reid’s death.

mmc
mmc

It rocked viewers hearts to the core for sure, but not when a show of years was going off forever.We were dealing with losing “our soap forever,” we didn’t need to be devastated by this horrible and unforgiveable ending for Luke and Reid”!!!!!

mmc
mmc

I agree Michael ….When Reid died and Luke lost the love of his life was the worst soap moment of 2010 !!!!!There was no reason for it because this wonderful soap of 54 years was going off forever.I know if had stayed on TPTB would not let this hot love story continue.We all know that, but why not give Luke and Reid a happily ever after like everyone else.To me they showed more love, had more chemistry and were wonderful to watch. Seeing them smile at each other, be in each others space,helping each other was mesmerizing to watch.Eric and Van are both great actors, but Vans acting when Reid stopped breathing ripped the heart out of me.If Van doesn’t win an Emmy somethings wrong….and i’m missing him!

mepariseau
mepariseau

I also agree with #4 … OLTL getting rid of Kish was horrible. At least they got custody of Sierra-Rose before they disappered. I have a feeling that some day Sierra-Rose will be aged and will seen again, and hopefully will bring her dads with her.

Margaret
Margaret

well said….the abrupt and unexpected ending of the Kyle and Oliver love story was the worst mistake of 2010 and one that OLTL/ABC will never be forgiven for…hopefully as you say they will have the good sense to bring Kish and their daughter back again and most especially the amazing Brett Claywell and Scott Evans….I miss them so much…

Michael
Michael

I’m going to completely agree with Michael’s choice for #2 and #1 worst moments. Just reading all of the comments regarding Michael’s spot on choices almost got me crying again. I still miss ATWT, Van Hansis, Eric Sheffer Stevens. I’ll never forget the heartbreaking scenes where Luke (the mesmerizing and the amazingly talented Van Hansis) said good-bye to Reid (the equaling mesmerizing and the amazingly talented Eric Sheffer Stevens) as Reid breathed his last breath. I was bawling so hard that even thinking about it now, I’m starting to tear up just writing this.

Chris Goutman was just picked by several panelists on DC Confidential’s year end review for 2010 as the worst show killer of all. That is a distinction that will stay with him for as long as he lives. In all honesty, I hope to God he never works in the entertainment business again. I also thank God that Maria Arena Bell (executive producer/head writer for Y&R) totally laughed off the idea that Goutman would be doing some directing at Y&R. At least that was one of the smartest decisions she has made this year.

If Van and Eric do get nominated for Emmy’s and actually pick up those Emmy’s, I hope to God that they don’t even think to thank Goutman or the writers at ATWT.

That’s all I gotta say. There are some things I’d love to write about Goutman but in reality, they’re very unprintable. I’ll just leave you to imagine what I would have said about Goutman, who gutted our show and gutted LuRe!

George
George

Oh! I agree with you 100%. I am in the seventh becuse CG has been named the worst show killer of all for 2010. In fact CG and JP should be named the worst show killers in all of soap history. I wish that the two stupidest beings on this earth will bite the dust in each and every of their endeavors (if someone is sympathetic enough to include them).

bottomchef
bottomchef

Fath and Lavosier are awful so it’s great that they’re on this list.

On Air On Soaps team should have included Franco’s hilariously bad, “artsy,” pretentious death on GH.

It’s expected that the On Air On Soaps team mentioned how the same gender couples were treated on OLTL and ATWT since that upset a large amount from their audience. But at the very least those soaps actually had same gender couples that showed affection, even if they were dumped from the canvas or had a storyline their audience hated. On Air On Soaps should have put B&B on their worst list bec it is worse than OLTL and ATWT for its refusal to include any gay and lesbian characters in LA fashion! B&B has never had such a large cast full of useless on contract, recurring and guest soap thespians, yet not a single char is gay or lesbian. Not only is that unrealistic, but it’s pathetic. Yet B&B is never mentioned whenever the soap press complain abt lgbtq storylines. For its lack of gay and lesbian chars in fashion, that alone makes B&B the worst. Yet there are other terrible aspects of B&B.

Statue Howen vs. Statue Rick was on this list! Great!

Amber’s pointless return. Dumb Thomas. Boring writing for SJB’s Aggie. No storylines for Felicia. The appalling trio of Bill Junior, Liam and Katie. They should be on this list.

Noelle
Noelle

As a staunch Luke/Noah fan, I still agree with Michael completely on #1. ATWT left its three gay characters dead or alone, while nearly every straight couple got a happy ending. No matter how any of us feel about the Luke/Reid romance, the storyline was badly mishandled, and the ending was cheap and ridiculous. The show belittled everything the Luke/Noah romance meant to so many people for years, shortchanged a major legacy character, and put far too much emphasis on a brand-new character (however interesting or well-liked).

Yes, the actors (all three of them) did amazing work, and Van Hansis in particular deserves every award in the book. But what was the point, other than to make Luke miserable?

Lu
Lu

The point? To get Van Hansis crying, because he’s brilliant at it. I mean, it was a cheap thrill, in my opinion.

And a very, very stupid point, because he’s brilliant at everything he did on that show anyway. They didn’t need to do this in particular, to get a great performance, or a dramatic ending out of the gay storyline. I would have much rather had something character-driven, and about Luke’s REAL emotions about his new love Reid, and his first love, Noah. Not what Luke felt like just because Reid was now dead. They turned Reid into an absolute saint after his death, which he wasn’t. He was hilarious, snarky, rude, intelligent, and entertaining. But perfect, pleasant, thoughtful? No. If he was, we’d not have liked him so much. He wouldn’t be “Reid.” I mean, the emotions that went with losing someone were very relatable, (and flawlessly acted), but I could hardly swallow all the glorious praise everyone had for him. It just didn’t make any sense to me.

Also, I thought it was painfully obvious how they rushed (and yet didn’t show much of) Luke and Reid’s romance, so that they were “in love” with each other by the end. I don’t blame people at all for wanting to see them in love. I certainly enjoyed the years I was afforded seeing Luke and Noah that way. But I felt we were only told, not shown, that they were in love. And it was way too cliched that they were all of a sudden made for each other, and then wham, Reid gets killed. Of course, on the very same day he says “I love you.”

That said, I feel cheated also because I wanted Luke and Noah back together eventually anyway. I know there are people who were rather violently against that, and that’s okay. But I just liked what I liked, and there’s nothing wrong with that either. It wasn’t because I didn’t like Reid, it was because I just liked Nuke. But I felt that the show was completely and utterly unsympathetic at all to Noah’s blindness, never displaying his point of view, only Luke’s, making Noah look like an absolute villain to so many people. He’d gone blind, and yet the only person we felt sorry for, was Luke. Thus leaving Luke free to want someone else, who the show ended up taking away from him in the end anyway. All to get Van Hansis crying. None of the three ended up happy in the end scenario. Noah was last shown leaving the only place he’d really felt he had a home, or a decent family, and still hopelessly in love with Luke. Luke shown grieving over the loss of what he thought was his future: Reid. And Reid no chance at all.

I found all three actors to be engaging, and to me, the acting was the one and ONLY good thing about the way that ended.

Noelle
Noelle

Yes, yes, and YES to every word of this.

Seriously, the way Reid was lionized after his death reminded me of many years ago when my great-aunt died and a preacher who never met her eulogized her by saying she never complained, never gossiped. Er, yes she did. She loved griping and she LOVED gossiping! And the people who knew her knew that about her. They didn’t know that person the preacher was talking about. That’s what ATWT did with Reid. Terrible, terrible storytelling, saved, as usual, by amazing acting all around.

George
George

I agree with you 100%. I don’t think the LURE and NUKE fans will ever understand why CG and JP decided that the best and most loved character (Luke) on ATWT had to be left alone, miserable, and devastated in the end. This is the worst ever ending in soap history for a character who was perhaps one of the best in daytime. If CG and JP have any shame and pride left in them, they should never work in soap production and writing. I pity the shows that will hire them, because they are sure to bite the dust in no time. One thing that is definite is that I will never watch anything that is even remotely associated in any form with the two biggest idiots on this planet, CG and JP. They truly deserve the title of worst show and character killers in all of soap history.

mmc
mmc

You took the words right out of my mouth!

mmc
mmc

This truly was the worst ending in soap history.I watched the death scene only once and i couldn’t watch it ever again.To see Luke so devastated and alone was sickening.i cried so much that i felt like I was about to die. But Vans acting was so amazing as always.The last few weeks of this show was so rushed it was hard to watch.Didn’t a 54 year old show deserve better/And didn’t the best love story deserve a happy ending too/What a disgrace!

GAELYN THOMSON
GAELYN THOMSON

i want him to be alive he deserve to have a happy ending with luke

Doe
Doe

I don’t know what all the fuss is about.Everyone is entitled to their opinion and are allowed to speak to their opinion of who,what and why the characters on soaps live or die, etc. Unfortunately, the writers and producers control it all. And, I wonder how much thay are concerned what you or I think. It’s tough when we get so invested with the characters. I agree with Michael’s picks of best and worst.But again, it is one man’s opinion, even if he is a professional. I do think Jerry verDorn is doing a great job of sustaining Clint’s diabolical and methodical dirty work in his revenge against Bo and Nora. Obviously, he has gone too far.Now, every character is being zapped in one way or another. He is very suble in the way he sets his victims up, and then plays the good guy that everyone talks to , including his brother Bo, who he wants to hurt the most. I think this is written and played out so well because of Jerry. And , same show, Florencia has proved what a gifted actress she is in an untenable story that was so cruel. Well, this is only one girl’s opinion. We shall see at awards time…..

Ashlee
Ashlee

Um, who cares about the token gays ATWT introduced in the last few years?? Soap operas were built on romance and love, not gay. I am more disturbed that LISA didn’t even have a scene in the finale. Tom and Margo were reduced to hand-wringing pathetic parents with no life beyond that of their absent children. Lily and Holden acted like random strangers. Barbara spent her last moments dancing like a moron with Henry, instead of relating with her family. This show had a year to prepare for its demise, and it was disappointing on every level, the LEAST of which was Luke’s angst.

mmc
mmc

Van Hansis as Luke was one of the best stories on ATWT…not to mention that he is such a fabulous actor.The finale of this wonderful show left a lot to be desired in every way. Soap operas are about love and romance and about real life.And those that are gay are part of real life.The Luke and Reid storyline was so well done.Unfortunately the writers, the producers, CBS ,P& G and TPTB had no clue as to how a soap of 54 years should end!

YRviewer
YRviewer

Definitely Shadam is the hottest, most exciting couple around. You might find them “cringeworthy,” but they are the only reason I tune in to Y&R — and I am not alone.

anonymos
anonymos

The worst couple I have ever seen. The two of them are horrible. Not only for what they did but, I don`t see any chemistry between them. Sharon is out of her mind.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

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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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

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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