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On-Air On-Soaps names Worst Soap Moments of 2011!

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

On-Air On-Soaps couldn’t let the year come to a close without taking a look back at the truly worst year the genre has ever faced and endured!

From horrible storylines, ridiculous individual moments, annoying characters and terrible judgment calls by head writers, producers, networks, and wannabes, our Top 28 choices comprise the many, many missteps of the soap year.  2011 was unique in that for the first time there was to be more dreadful behind-the-scenes drama than on the shows themselves, and believe you me, they are taken into account in our countdown!

So to remind us all of what we endured on screen, and off screen, we present to you our Top 28 image countdown. These moments had us scratching our heads, throwing more things than usual at our TV’s and computer screens, and in our opinion, showed viewers just some bad soap opera.

We hope you enjoy, get mad, and share a laugh, 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.

View the Worst Moments of 2011 countdown gallery after the jump!

NOTE: Remember, to view the last thirteen moments in the photo gallery, make sure to click on the “Next Group” button to the right of + symbol, or you can sit back and relax and just watch the slideshow.

Worst Moments of 2011 Photo Gallery Countdown

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Courtesy: ABC, CBS and NBC.

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Doe
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Doe

Michael, what a hoot! You are spot on with the worst happening on soaps this year. Most of these people and storylines have had no purpose, no reason to even be there let alone to even speak. Loved the pictures You are great and entertaining with your pics…

imane assi
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imane assi

So agree:Huge mistake letting go of Nadia Bjiorlin and Crystal Chappell .Both amazing actresses.And Chleo become a prostitue is the worst story ever.So out of character and so unfair to Chloe and Nadia fans

David Larsson
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David Larsson

You forgot the moment when Anne Sweeney announced that ABC Daytime would be no more and renamed “Time Square Studios”. That was a big pisser for me.

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Name or not

I was kind of hoping this list would be more about terrible storylines rather than soap politics off the set.

Carbo Fan
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Carbo Fan

You named it! Though a lot of Days Storylines were a hot mess. Even though Carly’s drug story started off AMAZING, it ended horrible. Carly started off losing Bo as a reason of her addiction, plus her history with Larry and then turned it into an obsession with Daniel and almost ruined a great friendship with her and Jen. Then to go to Rehab just to leave Salem? Plus Viv goes to Bollywood? REALLY?! It left us all empty and unsatisfied. Plus us fans didn’t even get a proper goodbye with Bo and Carly. Such a slap in the face… Read more »

adriana8900
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adriana8900

reunite daniel and chloe 2012

imane assi
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imane assi

No thanks…Danloe reached the point of no return with Daniel’s reaction to Chloe’s suicide attempt:He couldn’t care if she lived or died.There is no excuse for that.No matter how angry,hurt ,upset,you are at the person you claim to love more than life itself, when that person is about to die,your true feelings appear.And Daniel’s did: He couldn’t care less if she lived or died.No Danloe ever again.Bring back Chloe,have her reconnect with Brady,rediscover each other and fall in love again slowly,have them go back to their passion,Singing, have a child together,…There is so much to write for this couple.But keep… Read more »

lora
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lora

So the worst moment for days was firing Braun, Chappell, and Bjorlin? Doubtful. How about in Taylors case DOOL tried fixing things with Natalia versus miscasting braun which made an awful storyline worse. The issue was never the actress, it was the character and story. Chappell good riddance. Her behavior on twitter with Branco condoning his tirade against Kristian Alphonzo that got him fired was disgraceful. Carlys return was awful anyway. And Chloe, Nadia is a terrible actress but I do like her and agree Higley did her wrong. But Chloe is a character that needed a break. Corday damned… Read more »

imane assi
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imane assi

Naida is an AMAZING actress and DAYS failwed to use her talents.In 4 years,since her return in 2007,she ahd VERY LITTLE to work with:The HP,PPD,Chloe, losing her baby.These are the only “meaty” material she got in 4 years and BOY did she rock them.She totally delivered just like she’s rocking VENCIE THE SERIES now,since 3 seasons…HUGE mistake letting go such gorgeous and wondeful talent and a fan favorite with 4 huge fanbases(Chloe) from 1999.

Joe
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Joe

SPOT ON. I just about lost my breakfast having to see that ugly mug (Frons) on the last slide. SO glad he’s been axed; too bad it wasn’t this time LAST year!

Charlotte
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Charlotte

Oh Michael you are too nice with Days..ALL the storylines were AWFUL, contrived and boring except few exceptions at the very end of the year (Johnny missing, Ejami sexual encounter/grieving, Will/Marlena new relationship with Will character development..and that is not disgusting Highley..). But on top of the awful Days 2011 i would add the RoboRafe horrible story (doppelganger with a dull character like Rafe at the front center..au secour !!!) and the uber boring and cheesy Nicole/Ej/Taylor triangle (JS has no chemistry with any of these actresses, painful to watch..well i did not watch for the most part, what i… Read more »

Bart
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Bart

Nice to see that someone else hated everything I hated about “Y & R” this year – bad casting, incoherent stories and a nearly six-month “whodunit” that left NOT ONE viewer on the edge of their seat – just bored to tears.

2011 saw the exit of Dena Higley from DAYS – can Maria Arena Bell and her co-hacks be next??

Dmitri
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Dmitri

That year, 2011, was pretty bad for DOOL. EJaylor was unwatchable, as well as that disgusting EJami grief sex. EJole’s romance was cute, so were Safe and Dannifer. I hated watching the Imposter Rafe storyline as well. Sad to see Chloe and Carly destroyed just for Daniel. Did not like Jack coming back to split up Dannifer, only barely to get any screentime. Hated the whole thing with Melanie stealing Chad from Abby (well, Chelanie were OK), only for Abby to have a crush on Austin. Vivian’s departure was terrible too, but I was glad to see Taylor leave.

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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