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Oprah's Soap Star Spectacular- What did you think of the show?

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Yesterday, soapers were ecstatic that the The Oprah Winfrey Show was designating a full episode devoted to Soap Opera Legends. And while many fans have written to us that many of their favorite soap legends were not included, and that as we saw certain segments seemed shorter than others, especially Tony Geary and Genie Francis’s reunion as soaps all-time power couple, GH’s Luke and Laura, there were some highlights that should be pointed out.

All My Children’s Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), who got the most time on the show, showed fans why she is the reigning soap icon.  Who didn’t love the surprise moment when Lucci got to reunite with all of her former TV husbands, or one of our favorites moments, when Lucci  let the Oprah Show get a glimpse of her New York estate, in which she shared and was brought to tears of what her then young daughter Liza (Liza Huber, former Passions star) had written for her after one of Lucci’s many Emmy losses! And then there was the famous clip of Shemar Moore pronouncing, “The streak is over” when Lucci won her long-awaited Emmy.

We could not also helped but be moved by The Young and the Restless Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), who choked back the tears when explaining what playing Katherine has meant to her and to so many people.  We wish Jeanne would have had a much longer segment, because at 81, she is truly a legend, and has so much to say!

Earlier on the broadcast when seeing, Tony and Genie back together, didn’t Francis look beautiful? And how about the question of would she consider coming back to General Hospital, if she was asked. Francis stated, “There is nothing in me that is willing to play a victim anymore. I”m sort of done with the wounded in my life,  If I were to come back, I would like her to be funny and have a little bit of an agenda that might look a little bit vengeful, but it really isn’t. I think she’d have a plan.”  And also let’s not forget the moment when Geary admits he had a two-year relationship with Elizabeth Taylor!

AMC’s Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan and Michael E. Knight rounded out the broadcast, who all seemed to seek praise and gush over being on the Oprah Show! Surely, an exciting moment for these soap stars, indeed.  Watch below the clip of when Lucci is reunited with her TV husbands and make sure to visit Oprah.com for more videos and moments from the broadcast.

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KelseyUSA
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KelseyUSA

Considering that my favorite soaps are Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives, I was pretty disappointed with Oprah’s show. Having Luke & Laura on there was nice but other than that I wasn’t really into it.

Sally
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Sally

I was not impressed at all. Oprah usually puts her all into a show. First of all, the show should have been in 2parts that included Robin Strasser, Victoria Wyndam and George Reinholt discussing the AW Steve ,Rachel, Alice storyline of the 70’s as well as discussing the late Jacqueline Courtney ,Alice. Erika Slezak & Robin Strasser Vicky & Dorian OLTL, Maggie, Marlena, Bo & Hope, Days. Reva and Josh GL. Cruz and Eden Santa Barbara. Stephanie, Ridge and Brooke B&B. It would have also been neat if she could have had a reunion of Helen Gallagher( I am not… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

I loved seeing Genie and Tony together again and wish ABC would get smart and bring the lovely and immensely popular Genie back to her signature role, Laura Spencer!!

Sally
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Sally

I also want to include Eileen Fulton & Bob Hastings Bob & Lisa ATWT discussing their roles on their show and paying tribute to the late great Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes.)

mmc
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mmc

She should have had some of the ATWT actors.I watched that show for most of its 54 years and i don’t think at the end it ever got the respect it deserved.And it had some of the best storylines through the years.In all fairness this is Oprahs show and she had the right to have her favorites on.Still, i feel cheated and would have loved to see ATWT alumni! I’m still missing it and can’t find any soap to love.it truly had so much heart and soul!

Laurie
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Laurie

I loved it! Would have liked more of Tony & Genie but the entire show was great.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I agree it should have been done in two shows! Genie Francis is too great of an actress to waste her time anymore on GH. Tony Geary and Maurice Bernard could not allow her to come back their and Guza’s egos could not stand it!

Chrissy
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Chrissy

It was AMAZING to see Genie and Tony together again!! They need to give Genie what she wants and get her back ASAP! Wasn’t she adorable? And she made Tony look ten years younger. Why haven’t they gotten her back yet? Seems to me a waste considering they need the ratings!

Jen
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Jen

HEY ABC /GH! BRING GENIE FRANCIS BACK!!!!

Dre
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Dre

I LOVED it! There are certainly additional actors that could have been included (like Crystal Chappell, Erika Slezak, Deidre Hall) but I appreciate Oprah using her worldwide forum to support the soaps! Having Susan Lucci (an icon) and Luke & Laura (most known soap couple of all time) was a great tribute to the genre.

Brian T
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Brian T

They should have at least had Deidre Hall on or Peter Reckell & Kristian Alfonso. Someone to represent Days. I think Oprah really likes AMC which is fine.

sus
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sus

So not enough Tony Geary and Genie Francis to me. We knew the answers to the 3 whole questions and with the amount of work those two incredible actors have given their audience over the years, Oprah could have sustained a whole show just with them. Genie Francis looked beautiful, but even more than beautiful she is an incredible actress and I so do not understand why ABC doesn’t have her back. Dying to see her work with Jonathan Jackson again, if not TG. Mr. Geary looked dapper as usual and about a decade younger sitting next to Ms. Francis.… Read more »

Erik
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Erik

People are missing the point. Oprah did not have to do any sort of showcase for daytime soaps during her last season. But she did it anyway and devoted a entire hour to the soaps! Also Oprah is allowed to have whomever she wants to on her own show. The mere fact that Oprah shined a big spotlight on daytime soaps should be applauded especially since NO ONE else is willing to do so at this dire stage in the soap industry. I loved the show. I felt that Oprah’s love for the daytime soap genre and its actors shone… Read more »

Inez
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Inez

Thank you and TOTALLY agree! Even former soap stars like Martha Byrne, ex-Lily from ATWT, was excited for the show and ATWT wasn’t featured. She was even tweeting about how fun she thought the whole show was while watching and that she was happy that Oprah took time to dedicate her show to soaps at all. It didn’t matter who was featured. Not all my faves were on there, but in the end, I’m a SOAP fan. It’s not limited to one network, one show. Oprah’s taking the time to do anything for us fans, when she clearly doesn’t have… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

I loved the whole show. I do wish that Tony and Genie had been allotted more time. It was almost too rushed. I still have no idea why Genie isn’t asked back to GH or why the show doesn’t want to capitalize on it’s greatest super couple. That remains a mystery to me.

Inez
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Inez

Genie wants a strong Laura, as she said to Oprah and the audience that she is done playing a victim. It’s been clear for a long time that TPTB have no idea how to pen a script that doesn’t include women, much less beloved heroine’s, as victims.

gail
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gail

It’s too bad that Genie and Tony weren’t given more time. I think that Oprah wasted a question and time when she asked Tony about Elizabeth Taylor – who cares about an affair that happened 30 years ago? Not me!

ABC – Bring GENIE FRANCIS back to GH for the long haul even if it means she’s there w/o Tony Geary!

Lisa
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Lisa

It was wonderful seeing Tony and Genie together once more!!! Doesn’t GH understand that THIS is what the fans want?? My God, the reaction these two Icons received from the audience was unreal!!! I’m one of many life long fans who simply can’t bear to watch this once great soap anymore.. the reasons are clear enough so WHY does this soap continue ignoring the voices of longtime fans? This is the fix, the shot in the arm that GH needs so go figure??????

Cocoapuff
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Cocoapuff

I was so happy to see Genie and Tony together again.
I applaud Oprah for doing the show on Daytime Soap Legends, I too wish,
more time had been spent on Tony and Genie.
Genie looked more lovely than ever and I echo the sentiments of those who are at a loss as to why General Hospital refuses to bring Ms Francis back in her signature role.
Soaps are a dying breed, reuniting the popular pairing of Luke and Laura would a much needed balm to this wounded animal.

rb
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rb

Well, obviously Oprah was indulging her fascination with Erica and AMC. For me, the highlight was seeing Tony Geary and Genie Francis together on stage. I can’t help but wonder what really goes on between two individuals who’ve been connnected so closely through their LnL experience and yet manage NOT to be friends beyond that experience. I also wonder if Tony has any resentment toward Genie for her business decisions regarding GH and how they have affected his career, for example, the ill fated Bill Eckert character and his recent decent into drunken bufoonery as Luke with Tracy. I can’t… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

We need Genie on GH!! I was so glad to see her!! What on earth is the hold up?!?! They need to get to writing her return!!

Shelley
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Shelley

I loved seeing Genie and Tony together. The whole show was wonderful. I want Genie back too with or without Luke but they are too caught up with Sonny and Brenda. It is getting hard to watch and boring.

todd
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todd

Erika Slezak is a multi-emmy winning actress. She deserved to be there. She is celebrating 40 years on the show. She is not as high profile as Susan Lucci, but she is a fascinating interview. Susan Lucci is known as the actress who didn’t win Emmys. Erika is the actress who no-one knows, that actually won all those Emmys. Shouldn’t Oprah be celebrating that? It was a missed opportunity.

Doe
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Doe

Okay, Oprah did a show on soaps, But really, did she? I don’t know waht all the fuss about Susan Lucci, except Oprah seems to love her. Yes, she has been around a long time, but was she ever that good an actress.And what tiny women was ever a fashion model? Please… And what about the morals of marrying eight men? She took up the longest part of the show and was she pushing exercise equipment? Certainly, the show did not allow the same amount of time and respect for Genie and Tony. Tony has won more Emmys than all… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

I was embarrassed by the small amount of time given to Jeanne Cooper.This 82 year old woman who has been at Y&R for so many years deserved better.

Lulu
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Lulu

Loved seeing Oprah salute the soaps! Would have enjoyed seeing less Erica and more of Luke and Laura and Mrs. Chancellor. Oprah did the Erica and her husbands thing years ago, and this seemed like a repeat. I wanted Oprah to ask Genie Francis and Anthony Geary more questions about their experiences on GH and what is keeping ABC from bringing Genie back. The show is not worth watching as it is, and Luke’s character on the present show is just embarrassing. He really needs Laura to bring back his humanity.

Allison
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Allison

I was really looking forward to this show- but I was more than a little disapointed. 🙁 I think that Oprah was EXTREMELY remiss- shall we say? by not telling Genie how absolutely GORGEOUS she looked…I actually found this quite odd, since almost every interview (at least the ones that I’ve seen) where the person has lost an amount of weight, Oprah has commented on how great the person looks, etc…I loved seeing them together- and proving that their chemistry, even after such a long time, is as strong and as spellbinding as ever. 🙂 I also thought that Oprah… Read more »

dale allen
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dale allen

I didn’t watch the show because I heard she was not putting Days of our lives cast in! And it won’t be a show that I will try to catch as a repeat especially if I have to sit and watch Erika being interviewed! I love Oprah though!

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Recalls His Acting Start as All My Children’s Reggie in SNL Opening Monologue

Last night, Michael B. Jordan hosted Saturday Night Live.  The Creed star, who is the director of the upcoming Creed III due out in March, took to the stage to deliver his opening monologue, and right off the top he mentioned his beginnings as All My Children’s Reggie.

Jordan portrayed Reggie from 2003-2006 on the ABC soap opera (his character was eventually adopted by Jack Montgomery).

When Michael hit the stage, he shared: “Yesterday, I had a crazy full-circle moment. We pre-shot some videos for the show and when I got to the studio I realized it was the exact same place where I shot one of my first acting roles on the soap opera All My Children.

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He then tossed to a clip of his 16-year-old self in which Reggie says, “sometimes the animal in me gets kind of crazy” and then howls life a wolf at the end of the scene. Back to the SNL stage, Jordan said mockingly, “I’m pretty sure I hit puberty mid-howl.”

Jordan ended his monologue by looping it back to his early acting days on AMC, sharing: “I just want to say, I’m so grateful to be standing on this stage. Sometimes, I can take myself a little too seriously but tonight, I’m going to have fun, I’m just going to go for it. And maybe, just maybe let the inner animal get a little crazy.”

Watch Michael’s opening monologue below.  Then let us know, what did you think of the the AMC Reggie clip reference? Do you recall Michael’s days on the ABC daytime drama series? Comment below.

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NBC Celebrates Carol Burnett’s 90th Birthday with Retrospective Special Featuring Susan Lucci and More Celebrity Guests

The beloved Carol Burnett will get the star-studded affair treatment for her 90th birthday when NBC airs Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love.

The two-hour special career retrospective will air Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will stream the next day on Peacock. The special is set to be filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.

The evening will include musical performances from Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Jane Lynch, Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth and more.

Special guests include: Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vicki Lawrence, and many more.

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One very special guest for soap fans will be that of Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, All My Children).  As everyone knows, Carol Burnett was a huge fan of All My Children and Lucci, and eventually got a part written just for her when she appeared not once, but three times throughout the daytime drama’s run on ABC as Verla Grubbs.  The character turned out to the daughter of Langley Wallingford (the late Louis Edmonds).  Burnett appeared in Pine Valley in 1983, 1995, and 2005.

In a statement on the big soiree’, Burnett shared: “I’m so excited NBC decided to throw me a birthday party and invited all of my closest friends. I can’t wait to look back at so many wonderful moments throughout my career, I feel so lucky to share this night with everyone.”

“This special is going to be the best party ever,” said Mark Bracco, executive producer and president of Silent House Productions. “It will be an evening of music, comedy and dozens of big stars paying tribute to the one and only Carol Burnett.  We look forward to everyone at home celebrating right along with us.”

Viewers will see some of the funniest and most memorable moments of Burnett’s legendary career including moment from the acclaimed sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show.

So, looking forward to the special honoring Carol Burnett’s legendary career? Hope they bring up her role as Verla on AMC? For now, check out this scene featuring Carol, Ruth Warrick (Phoebe) and Louis Edmonds from All My Children, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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