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Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Passes Away As Soap Stars & Fans Remember Her Love For Her Soaps: Y&R and B&B

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The world continues to mourn the loss of the one and only, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died this past Thursday at age 76.   For some time, Aretha had been batting advanced pancreatic cancer.  The voice that meant so much to so many, and inspired so many female vocalists of today can never be replaced, and her songs and performances will live on in our hearts forever.

Over the last few days, television news programs have brought to us some heartbreaking, emotional, and uplifting moments from her dear friends: the incomparable Stevie Wonder, who shed tears while speaking of Aretha on the CBS Morning News, and with whom he went to see shortly before she died,  as well as Franklin’s longtime friend, Smoky Robinson, who spoke about his relationship with host Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

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This weekend, several tributes are on tap paying tribute to the mighty Franklin including those on TV One, and on OWN, with Oprah Winfrey’s Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Oprah Interview  tonight at 8PMEST.

But daytime fans were clued in to the fact that Aretha had a passion for the soaps.  She loved The Young and the Restless, and the character of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).  In fact, Aretha was thrilled to be asked to help introduce the Y&R Daytime Drama Series nomination clip package at the Daytime Emmys in 1997.  She expressed why she was superfan of the show: “I watch it in the morning. I watch it when I’m at home. I watch it when I’m in concert. I watch it when I’m asleep …  I watch it!”   And one of the main reasons she loved Y&R, was Victor Newman: “Victor is one of my favorite characters in The Young and the Restless.  I love the way he makes his approach to a woman.  He’s the all-time player.”  The ‘Queen of Soul’ even did her own impersonation of him.

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At the 2005 Daytime Emmys, Aretha presented the Outstanding Drama Series Award alongside Eric Braeden.  It was a thrill for her, and also notable for Braeden as he tweeted about his mishap where he accidentenly said, “God Bless, Eric Braeden,” when he meant to say, “God Bless, Bill Bell”.

Upon learning the news of Franklin’s passing, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Eva Basler (VP Communications for Bell-Phillip Productions and The Bold and the Beautiful) recalled on Twitter: “It was my first year at The Bold and the Beautiful & we were at rehearsals in NYC.  Aretha Franklin was on stage & looked down to the floor & screamed, “RIDGE! THORNE!” excited to see them in the front row. Later, I had the honor of escorting Susan Flannery & her thru the gifting suite.”

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The official show Twitter feed posted: “The cast & crew of The Bold and the Beautiful are sending prayers & good thoughts up to Aretha Franklin & her family. Some of our cast met The Queen of Soul, who is a huge fan of B&B, at Radio City Music in NYC Pictured here with Susan Flannery. We LOVE you Aretha!”

Throughout the last few days so many soap stars have posted their sadness on the loss of Franklin, and what she meant to their lives and to all of ours.

Now below, watch the two moments of Aretha’s from the Daytime Emmys were she talks her love of Y&R, and presents with Eric Braeden.  Followed by the emotional interview with Stevie Wonder on the CBS This Morning and then Smokey Robinson’s remembrances. 

Then let us know your thoughts on the passing of Aretha, your favorite song of hers, and how wonderful it was to know that this American treasure was actually a soap opera fan, just like so many of you via the comment section below.

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I too was a lifelong fan of this wonderful artist. I have all of her 60s/70s Atlantic catalog CDs, favorites being LADY SOUL and SPIRIT IN THE DARK. Then in the 80s she started wowing us again with classics like FREEWAY OF LOVE and a stunning cover of JUMPING JACK FLASH. Certain people can be imitated but never replaced: Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Barbra Streisand, Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, Tony Bennett, and most certainly Aretha Franklin. She’ll be missed. But please, no more vocal tributes by talentless wannabes like Ariana Grande. It’s insulting.

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I totally agree!!!

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Soaphound…oh, I TOTALLY AGREE with you about that talentless Ariana Grande. I find her to be BEYOND ANNOYING!!!!!

Later.

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Doesn’t it make you laugh, jaybird? It’s just another way for these oversized egos to make Aretha’s death “their moment”. Too bad they can’t imitate Aretha’s class, dignity, and originality rather than butchering her songs. Show a little genuine RESPECT. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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Soaphound…EXACTLY!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, Ariana Grande’s brother Frankie (from his season of Big Brother) is just as annoying as his sister Ariana. BEYOND BLECH!!!!!

Later.

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This is why my husband and I are into the “Golden Oldies”. Not our generation, I know, Soaphound and Jay…..but today’s music, with the exception of a select few, suc*s. The 80’s gave birth to notable music…… We do like the 90’s metal, as well. My faves are, in order: Freddie Mercury, Paul Rodgers, George Michael, Sebastian Bach….of course, Elvis and Aretha…..so many more; Gene Pitney, Del Shannon, Bobby Vee ….do not want to bore you guys, but you get the picture? The Rolling Stones, but not the Beetles too much. Is that weird? Not liking the Beetles much?? My… Read more »

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Celia, Rolling Stones AND Freddie Mercury AND Billy Miller…I knew we were kindred spirits. I admire some Beatles but, for some reason, their music depresses me. Always has and I’m not sure why. But the Stones? To me, GIMME SHELTER is the greatest rock record ever made, and some others are not far behind. I also love the singer/songwriter period of the early 70s. Joni Mitchell’s songs literally saved my life after a bad breakup, and I still listen to Carly Simon, Jennifer Warnes, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt regularly. And they produced great music for several decades. So hard to… Read more »

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Soaphound…to this day, my ALL-TIME FAVE Rolling Stones songs are Emotional Rescue, Harlem Shuffle and Waiting On A Friend. And…to me, the Stones’ music especially peaked (successfully and all) throughout the 1980’s…TOTALLY!!!!!

Later, Soaphound.

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How about “Hang Fire,” Jaybird??? I remember that song oh so well from the summer of what, 1982??? Seemed to be playing at all the parties and teen hangouts I frequented during those halcyon days. And “She’s So Cold,” too, I think was from around the same time??? I was serenaded with that one by a particularly musical beau who had an impressive repertoire of sexy tunes! LOL.

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Yeah, Soaphound….our Billy deserves someone who loves him as much as we do… My Freddie died too young…..I was five when he died. Had I been old enough I would have sought him out, LOL. Although he was bi, the love of his life was a woman….I read every piece of literature written… The Stones….”Painted Black”…LOVE IT!! As my husband, I love Aerosmith, as well. My husband is from Boston and he worked his way through College, until Medical School, at a health food supermarket there, Bread And Circus— he met Steve Tyler, who frequented the store regularly ( Tyler… Read more »

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As someone who remembers Aerosmith from their crazy, hazy days of rock and roll excess, the notion of Steven Tyler shopping in a health food store is a rather amusing one, to say the least! (I know he finally cleaned himself up, but still….Lol.) As for Freddie, bet you cannot wait to see “Bohemian Rhapsody!” Oh, and count me in as another not-so-much Beatles fan…there are a few songs of theirs I really fancy but beyond that, I can take them or leave them, although I always liked Ringo!!! (You’re Sixteen! It Don’t Come Easy….) So where have you been,… Read more »

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HaHa, Shaybelle….that’s funny…Steve Tyler ( Tallarico) frequenting such a food store does throw one aback….he mainly bought organic, LOL. As far as Freddie? You bet…can’t wait … I hope Malek does him justice. I truly and sincerely have never loved ( imagine…postmortem) a celebrity, dead or alive this much. He was just so gripping….everything about him was raving mad ( in a good way, LOL)….I still watch his videos…mesmerizing!! I never tire….each time is brand new!! His moves, his voice, his stage presence was/is immeasurable and unparalleled. I think Elvis, along with Michael Jackson and Prince had that “je ne… Read more »

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Celia…myself personally??? I’ve always been a BIG fam of music from the 70’s…and an EVEN BIGGER fan of music from the 1980’s (and the music videos that came with it)…and SOME of the music from the 90’s. Music memories…lol. Celia…you and your husband ROCK ON…TOTALLY!!!!!

Later, my friend.

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Right, Jay? I remember you saying how much you love Joan Jett…..I love all that music… I grew up with both my parents and grandparents listening to the genre of the time….. My maternal grandparents have a an extensive collection of 45’s and albums…..love listening to them over and over….music has always been alive well in my family. My husband is the son of Italian immigrants and experienced the same rearing…MUSIC EVERYWHERE– anytime… I mentioned some of my faves….I forgot THE ANIMALS….” House of the Rising Sun”? Oh, my….what can I say!!!! We have cookouts almost every weekend, when home.… Read more »

jaybird369
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Celia…quick correction: Fan and not fam. Sorry about that. My bad.

Later, my friend.

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R.I.P. Aretha Franklin. Listened to her greatest hits today. ” The moment I wake up/before I put on my make-up”…

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RESPECT!

jaybird369
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Rest In Peace Queen Of Soul. You will be truly missed. Amen.

Celia
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R.E.S.P.E.C.T–love dancing to this ‘bestest’ song.
You got it, my lady…all my respect and love.
May your eternal repose be peaceful.
Condolence to the family. You lost a world’s treasure!!

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Hey, CeeCeeGirl! Never followed this lady’s music all that much, but I still have to say that her “viewing” featuring her attired in a different snazzy ensemble each day and arriving in a classic LeSalle are truly special touches that even those of us not that into her tunes can “respect!” Aretha is going out in style!

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Anne Heche Final Autopsy Reveals No illegal Substances in Her System at the Time of Fatal Car Crash

The final autopsy report is in, which puts a bit more into perspective what happened to Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), when she crashed her car into a home back in August, which ultimately took her life.

It has been suggested for months that Heche was impaired while driving erratically on August 5th, which ultimately caused her to crash and suffer a life-ending brain injury.

However, the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner‘s office revealed that the final toxicology results (concluded from blood and urine tests taken when Heche went to the hospital) showed the presence of benzoylecgonine, an inactive metabolite of cocaine. That indicates past use, the examiner confirmed. Results also showed prior use of marijuana, but not at the time of injury. There was no alcohol detected in Heche’s system either.

There had been speculation that Anne was inebriated at the time of the accident which was further fueled by an image that appeared to show a liquor bottle in the front seat of her vehicle.  In addition, the Fentanyl detected in Heche’s system was administered in the hospital after her injuries were sustained.

The medical examiner had determined that Anne died of inhalation and thermal injuries. She was trapped in her Mini Cooper for around 30 minutes before she was rescued by first responders. The official report lists sternal fracture due to blunt trauma as another “significant condition.”

Heche was hospitalized immediately following the fiery car crash. She went into a coma and was declared brain dead the evening of August 11th.  However, her body was kept on life support until August 14th when her organ recipients had been found.  She was 53-years-old at the time of her death.

What do you think about the autopsy report on the death of Anne Heche and the ending of such a talented and respected actress? Comment below.

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2023 CRITICS CHOICE TV NOMINATIONS: Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Murray Bartlett, Amanda Seyfried, Renée Elise Goldsberry Score Nods

TV nominees for the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards were announced on Tuesday, which featured nominations for This Is Us favorites in their final season, Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore, plus soap opera alums, Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, GL). Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni, AMC ex-Lucy, ATWT) and Renée Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline, OLTL).

ABC’s Abbott Elementary led all the nominations with six, followed by AMC’s Better Call Saul with five nods.  The Talk Show category featured nominations for daytime favorite, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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The awards will be handed out in ceremony that will air live on Sunday, January 15th at 7pm ET/6 pm CT on The CW.  The second part of the nominations for the Critics Choice in films will be revealed on December 14th.

Check out the just announced TV categories featuring the aforementioned nominees below:

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Diego Luna, Andor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Antony Starr, The Boys

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Kelly Reilly, Yellowstone
Zendaya, Euphoria

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Girls5eva
Devery Jacobs, Reservation Dogs
Jean Smart, Hacks

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BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
Lily James, Pam & Tommy
Amber Midthunder, Prey
Julia Roberts, Gaslit
Michelle Pfeiffer, The First Lady
Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Murray Bartlett, Welcome to Chippendales
Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient
Matthew Goode, The Offer
Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
Ray Liotta, Black Bird
Shea Whigham, Gaslit

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BEST TALK SHOW
The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)

Check out the full TV nominations here

What do you think about the TV nominations for the 2023 Critics Choice Awards? Happy to see some of your favorites from This Is Us, and those who started in daytime and went on to success in primetime received recognition? Comment below.

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Hollywood Reacts to the Death of Former ‘Cheers’ Star Kirstie Alley

Over the last 24 hours, friends, colleagues and former co-star have paid tribute to Kirstie Alley, the former Cheers and Veronica Closet star, who passed away at age 71.

On Tuesday, a rep for Kirstie Alley confirmed to PEOPLE.com that the actress died from complications from Colon Cancer.

Alley rose to fame in 1987 as Rebecca Howe on NBC’s Cheers. For that tole she earned a Golden Globe for Best Actress and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series in1991. In 1994, she received her second Emmy win for her portrayal of Sally Goodson in David’s Mother.

Some of her other roles included: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Summer School (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), It Takes Two (1995) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).

Alley also starred on in other TV sitcoms such as: Veronica’s ClosetFat ActressKirstie and Scream Queens.  She later appeared on two reality series: A&E’s Kirstie Alley’s Big Life and was a celebrity competitor on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars.

Alley’s children, True and Lillie broke the news of their mother’s death via an Instagram post: “To all our friends, far and wide around the world. We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother. We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

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Kirstie’s controversial relationship with Scientology had been much talked about in the press and through her years in Hollywood.  The late actress shared in the past that through Scientology, it gave her the strength to climb out of her drug addiction and depression. In her 2012 memoir, The Art of Men, she noted that she stumbled upon Scientology at a very dark period in her life; that for 26 days, she drove from Kansas to Newport Beach, California, to visit a Scientology center, stopping periodically along the way to buy drugs.  After, she said Scientology helped her kicked her addition, Kirstie then became a devotee and spent decades publicly defending the church and building friendships within it, but later in life, she found some of those relationships fracture such as with Leah Ramini.

Below are some remembrances from stars from daytime, primetime, and motion pictures that offered up their sentiments on Alley’s sudden passing:

Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS): “I am beyond thankful to have had the pleasure to embrace your love, laughter & kindness!!! All my love & prayers”

Finola Hughes (Anna, GH): “#rip #kirstialley one of a kind”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy (DWTS) “My dearest Kirstie, We haven’t spoken lately and I’ll tell you everything when I finally see you, but for now I want to say that I love you very much and I wish you the most peaceful rest. You were one of the most unique people I have ever met and easily one of the brightest moments of my personal and professional life.  Some of our relationship is heavily documented. Most of it is known to select few. All of it was like a wild rollercoaster. From Maude to DJ Lil Buttercup you were always all in for life. As I’m typing this, memories of our time together rush to my head, I remember how absolutely wild you were and I start to tear up. Something you’d absolutely hate. And now I can’t help but smile because I remembered exactly what you wanted me to say at your funeral. Don’t think I can do it here… I thought you’d be around forever.  I wish we spoke often. Thank you for everything. I love you Kirstie Alley”

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Ted Danson (ex-Cheers, ex-Mr. Mayor, ex-AW):  “I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. “I watched an old episode of Cheers.  It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it. Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny,  She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”

Kelsey Grammar (ex-Cheers): “I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.”

Rhea Perlman (ex-Cheers): “Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless. We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created.  She had massive Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the entire crew of the show, and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I’m going to miss her very, very much.”

John Travolta: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.  I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

Jamie Lee Curtis: “I’ve just heard the sad news that Kirstie Alley has died. She was a great comic foil in Scream Queens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree about some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news.”

Share your thoughts on the passing of Kirstie Alley in the comment section below.

 

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