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Rachael Ray very excited about replacements for OLTL & AMC!

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Looks like syndicated talk show host and cooking expert, Rachael Ray, is the only person in America excited right now about the new replacement series for the just canned, One Life to Live and All My Children!

As announced this past Thursday by ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons, AMC’s replacement is the cooking show, The Chew! And, OLTL’s replacement show is a makevoer show, The Revolution. Ray was seemingly ectastic to have these concepts in the daytime mix.  Rachael stated to Zap2it.com, “I think it’s exciting. My good friend Mario Batali and Michael Symon are going to be part of The Chew and I’m thrilled to see them join the roster.”

Ray also commented that now that Regis and Oprah will be off the daytime landscape as well,  things are forever changed.  “I will miss Regis, of course, but I will be excited to see Kelly Ripa with her new partner in 2012  I’m a big fan of Anderson Cooper, and he’s coming to daytime. I’m a big fan of Katie Couric, and she may be coming to daytime. Those will be fantastic afternoon shows, but I’m interested to see who joins up in the A.M. I always say, ‘The more, the merrier’. The cable and syndication landscapes are blurred, and I think there are more than enough viewers and customers out there for everybody. I’m really excited to see a lot of the new shows.”

Wow Rachael, you are a bit out of synch with the rest of us! How many more cooking and makeover shows do we all need on network television?

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  1. Patty Coyle

    April 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Well I can add her to shows I will boycott-along with ABC primetime,news etc. I will watch the soaps until the last day they are on.

    • jeffrey moree

      April 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      So will i What an ass!

    • Hannah

      April 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Amen!

    • Denise

      April 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Well, Rachael…your show (and magazine, and cookware!!) just went on my boycott list!!

      • Debbie

        May 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

        Me too .. I can easily boycott her show ,, here her show plays opposite OLTL ,,, I guess she thinks people will start watching her instead. it won’t be me …

    • Mary

      April 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      well I guess she is out too!!!

    • Mandi

      April 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Mrs perfect Rachel Ray isnt all that perfect anyways wasnt it in the news awhile back that her marriage is in the shams and besides that Im pretty sure she steals her recipes from others and calls them her own! I cant stand people like her that thinks only of herself and her viewers. What about the viewers of the soaps? maybe she hates the soaps because she tried out for them and couldnt get a role because her acting SUCKS! I wont watch her show havent ever! She will lose alot of viewers because shes that much of an idiot! BOYCOTT this one too! Oh I think I know why she is agreeing with Frons because she is probably sleeping with him! Thats also probably why her show is still on the air too! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!

    • Terrrie

      August 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

      I always watched Rachel Ray’s show, now I will never watch her again in anything ever! ABC will see when it starts losing viewers, and Ms. Ray’s new show will also be boycotted, hopefully off the air!!

  2. Skyla

    April 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    She’s a big moron is what she is. I hope she knows she just alienated ALOT of people…. I don’t watch her show either and don’t know anyone who does. I am frankly surprised she’s been on the air this long but I guess since her programming isn’t quality and that probably only have to pay her in those cooking supplies that she’s a cheap get. It would serve her right if The Chew chewed her on out of daytime too.

    • true

      April 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      LOL, I totally agree. She’s so annoying with her cheesy fake smile.

      • Kim Goodwin

        April 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm

        Of course she is on the air because Oprah got her started just like she got so many other shows started. I never watched her show just read an article that she is too selfish to ever have a child and she is great with that. Than an article of her gaining like 50 pounds in a short period of time. That is about it other than that she is mean for being happy all those people that got laid off and all their fans. I can’t wait to see her ratings drop!!!!!!! BYE BYE

  3. leah

    April 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    u know what Rachel ray needs to be canceled and when this is all said and done she will be on the list.. i am so pissed off…
    we need some of these soap stars to use their contacts discretely to help us get some serious coverage. If protest marches and boycotts of Disney and abc and talks of down stocks make national coverage then we will win… but they are sitting on their thumbs..

    • Outspoken

      April 17, 2011 at 3:56 am

      Leah, the Protest and Boycott dates have been released. I am just in this for Brian Frons’ head. He was after our shows since he came on ABC and it is time he sits on the shorter end of the stick for once. Here is the Info Website for the Actions… it doesn’t matter where you are… let your voice be heard. Even if it just means the feathers are ruffled, it is the least we can do. Soon we will have no soaps and no Soapsites, no Messageboards and no real form of Entertainment. There is no way we are going down, they killed too many soaps already.. it is time to stop the madness!

      Here the Addy:
      http://community-2.webtv.net/dw_m/saveoltl/index.html

  4. Sue

    April 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Well, two of her friends got jobs I guess that’s why she’s so happy. Forget the hundreds out of their jobs.

    Does she have a financial interest in these?

  5. kathy

    April 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Rachael Ray has been removed from my Tivo. Will never watch her again.

  6. Laquon Fouch

    April 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Very disappointed in Rachael Ray’s comments. How many people are losing their jobs not just actors, writers, the crew members, and the soap magazines employees? But its great news because her friend got the new show, wow how lame Rachael. Add my name to the list of people who will now boycott her show as well as her good friend show The Chew.

    • Fran

      April 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Well , I guess I won’t be watching her anymore either. Biggest fake around.

  7. David

    April 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    How insensitive!

  8. Loretta Jamar

    April 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Patti, Skyla and Leah… I agree with all of you, lets get rid of Rachel Ray and BRING BACK ROSIE!!! And keep AMC and OLTL. I never watch RR anyway but she could use a SELF-HELP show to watch … on another channel!

  9. Sharon

    April 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Won’t be watching ANY of her shows on ABC or The Food Network EVER again that’s for sure!!! Way to show how insensitive you are and that you have zero compassion or empathy for the hundreds and hundreds of people who are about to loose their jobs and the millions of fans who are loosing shows they’ve watched for decades!!!!! Rachael Ray is shown on ABC before The View in my area and I rarely if ever watch it. Rarely has now turned into NEVER!!!!!!!

  10. Rosie Murray

    April 17, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Rachael Ray loves to name drop all the celebs she knows. She only cares about the big names. She was recently on Joy Behars show and talked about Celebs who are on her show that surprised her were not very cool in person. They seem all nice and perky but in person they suck… well guess what Rach, in person you suck too, unless of course your name is JLo, or Gweneth, or any other big star that you think you fit in with.. . I know I have actually seen you in person. I am tired of overweight, bloated chefs or in your case Cooks – telling me how to eat healthy. So you can bet I am excited that my soaps are canceled to watch a very bloated Mario Batalli telling me what is healthy for me to eat… One thing I do hope – that THE CHEW beats the RR show in every market and your rude ass goes back to cable where you belong. You self centered media Whore!! Soap Fan BOYCOTT THIS BITCH and Impeach FRONZ for ruining ABC DAYTIME!

  11. Patti Lipscomb

    April 17, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Boycott Rachel Ray, Mario Batali, Tim Gunn, ABC, Disney, Disneyland, Disneyworld, send bars of soap to Brian Fron and Anne Sweeney. People are getting tired of reality shows and afternoon talk shows. With the economy the way it is now, people need something they can watch and escape to and AMC and OLTL are it.

  12. SOAPFAN

    April 17, 2011 at 12:32 am

    HEY RACH!! You hear that sound…??? That is the sound of ALL the SOAPFANS turning off your Crappy show!!!

  13. Outspoken

    April 17, 2011 at 3:52 am

    SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!

  14. Terry Richard

    April 17, 2011 at 7:48 am

    She is a total miscreant whose show should be canned…look at her ratings…no one watches her…Julia Child, girlfriend, she’s not…PLEEEEEEASE.

  15. shawn

    April 17, 2011 at 8:00 am

    wow i used to like her but after that comment im not so sure now..i mean seriously rachel there is gonna be over 600 people out of work here,how happy can you really be….

    • Brian

      April 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      one word can say it all….”Schadenfreude”

  16. Penney

    April 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

    It is very sad that Rachel Ray has decided to completely ignore the millions of fans of the soap operas. Let’s put aside the fact that many of us are fighting to keep our beloved soaps. Her remarks are callous and uncaring for those of us in mourning, not to mention the 600+ people who are loosing their jobs. She has lost a ton of viewers, and her ratings will reflect this. Well, I wish that they would reflect this but let’s face it the ratings system is really flawed. The fate of every show on the air rests with just a few thousand people, not the millions who really watch.

  17. Lisa

    April 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

    What a shame. How would she feel if she was loosing her job, or how how would she feel if her show was cancelled? She’s set with her show..plus she is still on foodnetwork. I am pissed. Forget ABC…. without All My Children no daytime tv for this gal!!!

  18. Tammy H

    April 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Don’t even get me started on Rachel Ray! lol

  19. mmc

    April 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I guess Rachael Ray was not a soap fan.Only a true fan can feel so devastated to lose a soap of many years.These were not my soaps but ATWT was and i’m still in mourning for that show.I only hope if these shows do go off the writers and TPTB will have some respect for the loyal fans and give some sort of decent ending to them.After what was done to ATWT fans and the horrible ending we were given i would never want my fellow soap fans to go through the same.i hope some miracle happens and your soaps are saved.Good luck to all AMC and OLTL fans!

  20. lew

    April 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I used to watch her show, but I found it too boring. She just does not come off as being sincere with her guests. In regards to her insensitive comment, just remember what goes around comes around.

  21. Sunny

    April 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I cannot stand RR…anyone who can’t say extra virgin olive oil and had to make up her own acronym is a doofus!!
    I’d like to fry her ass in EVOO…hope her show is the next to go. We already have the Food Network and the Cooking channel…let’s not have more food shows invade the other channels!!

  22. rodney

    April 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    withe the cancellation of the soaps people may watch new shows instead of hers?
    What goes up goes down shes a great girl but not even a cheif in cooking food?
    well i hope Oprah takes sopa over and boost her tv network OWN

  23. Dr. Donald G. Boudreau

    April 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    RR: They need to give her an I.Q. test… A maker of grilled cheese sandwichs doth not a talkshow host make! WHO, PRAY TELL, WHICH OTHER NETWORK GENIUS LET HER OUT OF THE KITCHEN? SHE DOESN’T COOK ANYMORE, NOW SHE’S A PROFESSIONAL YENTA – WITH BOTH FEET — IN HER MOUTH! Me and mine have watched our last RR show, purchased our last RR cookbook, and that goes for obese Mario, too and his restaurants and product lines! And, for anyone else, who attempts to “replace” OR CONDONE SUCH, the irreplaceable masterpiece of Daytime, OLTL – and its wonderful company of writers and actors/actresses, producers, director, etc, they are consummate professionals one and all producing entertaining programming on contemporary socially responsible themes. The last thing American audiences need today, is another food show and another weight reduction campaign a la”lifetime issues” program with guest “experts.” [talk about mixed messages!] Please. “Chew” on this “Revolution”, ABC management (since obviously leadership is wanting. there..duh). We are going after YOUR corporate sponsors next – one and all! And Karma, RR, Mario, Frons, Disney/ABC Television ad agency et al. is a real bitch! You will wish – that you had – more than one life to live — when OLTL fans get done with you! My wife and I have watched OLTL, religiously, for two decades now…

  24. kay killgore

    April 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    And her brains are in what part of her anatomy?

  25. laurie

    April 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    It would have been nice had she said ‘too bad about the soaps – I’m really sad about that but looking forward to the food shows’ or whatever. But really it was a very stupid thing for her to say.

  26. Megan

    April 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I always found her to be insincere, phony anyway, and this just confirms it for me. Funny thing is her stylist/friend husband is one of the people/actors losing his job on AMC. I guess one friends gain is another ones lost. She is a loser and I am boycotting anything on ABC daytime after OLTL goes off the air. So does my tv channel & DVR machine.

  27. ethel

    April 18, 2011 at 2:50 am

    what an insensitive person!!

  28. Mary Goff

    April 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I never watched her anyway! Learned all my cooking from my mama! Rachel Ray ,you are a very mean person for not caring about all the ppl that this will effect! Who the hell is Mario Batali anyway?????

  29. CR

    April 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Rachel Ray’s food tastes like poop. Her recipes are lackluster, and so is she. Ina Garten, despite the negative press she’s received lately, is a good chef/cook. Her comments about my BELOVED One Life to Live aside, she sucks… BADLY.

  30. Janine Nelson

    April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Well, Rachel, I have watched your show everyday, subscribe to your magazine, but that is all over now! Just what we need another show about food and what we are suppose to eat and what we are not. I won’t be watching you AND I WON”T BE WATCHING ABC IF THEY TAKE MY SOAPS OFF THE AIR. Maybe you will get cancelled real soon!

  31. JRE

    April 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Who the Hell cares what Rachel Ray thinks??? Here’s what I say to your opinion, lady, YUCK-O!!!

  32. Carolyn

    April 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    And I will be very happy when your show is cancelled. I will not be watching it! How mean of you to say that about 2 soaps that so many people love to watch!

  33. Holly

    April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I wonder how her “favorite gal pal Gretchen” feels about these comments in light of the fact that an AMC actor is the father o her child. Way to support your friends there Rach.

  34. Cheryl

    April 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Wow, I knew there was a reason I just couldn’t warm up to her, what a horrible, insensitive thing to say, not only for the soap fans that are devestated, but for all the cast and crew and their families that are losing their livelyhood…unlucky for her we are all already boycotting ABC shows except the soaps. I am going to her website and let her know how I feel or find some contact info…

  35. Kelly

    April 20, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Figures another fat hobag preaching on eating healthy is excited another fat butt is getting a new chew…PULEAZEEEE….I never liked her anyway!!!

  36. Lesley

    April 20, 2011 at 7:55 am

    She is a joke. She will not have any longevity like our soaps. Hopefully, word will get out to boycott her. I personally don’t care for cooking shows. I prefer scripted television. She is also very annoying so hopefully she will be cancelled very soon.

  37. Fran

    April 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    How can she be so sensitive?” Hurrah for me and the hell for them. My friends are coming on now.” Well guess what , you just lost alot of viewers for your cruel remark. Another show to boycott.

  38. Carolyn

    April 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    How would you feel if that was said about one of your shows. They was excited it was cancelled and will love the show that takes it place. Is that what you say to the people who worked on All My Children and One Life To Live. Your “friend” Gretchen that father of her child works on All My Children are you excited he will loose his job?

  39. debbie

    April 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    SHE COOKS ??????

  40. mary surdynski

    April 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    wow what a loser !just sayin

  41. Melanie

    April 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    How would you feel Rachel if your SHOW was cancelled? Would you be excited? From a Avid Faithful Fan of AMC & OLTL .

  42. Nora W

    April 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I can’t stand her. I tried to watch her show a couple of times, but her phony smile, name-dropping, and voice made my skin crawl. Rachel, honey, no one cares what you think.

  43. Carolyn

    April 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    How can you be excited about so many people loosing their jobs? I thought you would remember how it was before you got all that you have now. There is a lot of people like me who love to watch their soaps during the week. I am not skinny myself, but I do not need a over weight person tell me how to eat healthy. When you can see that do not follow their own advice!

  44. Zina

    April 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    She’s a has been. I have never supported her.

  45. Dave

    April 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Rachel Ray is dumps for saying that. Shame on her. She has had La Lucci on her show before too….. she is clueless. Stick to cracking eggs.

  46. Gaynell

    April 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Well i use to like her but i will NOT watch her show anymore..bye bye Rachel Ray

  47. giftofamber

    April 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Rachel Ray got Guiding Light’s old sets. I’ve been boycotting her for a while now. This will only add to it.

  48. Brooke

    April 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Rachel WHO?

  49. Cat lover

    April 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Rachel Ray is jealous of Gretta Monahan thats why she is not supporting AMC because Gretta is with Ricky Paul Goldin.

  50. Lynne

    April 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    She is just thinking of herself thats all. Maybe she should think about losing weight instead of cooking and eating so much. Why should she care whether or not the
    soaps go off. She doesn’t care if people on there lose their jobs. I’m very upset about all this and I would never ever watch her dumb cooking show in a million years. Boo to you.

  51. carolyn

    April 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Will never watch another Rachael Ray show, How mean of her to say she is excited about 2 shows going off the air.

  52. Kathy

    May 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I knew I didnt like her for a reason and her recipes suck too!

  53. Sam

    August 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

    How many more cooking, makeover and talk shows do we really need in daytime TV? After seeing the latest lineup scheduled for the new season, I am finally ready to throw in the towel and get cable. Broadcast TV is a complete wasteland.

  54. nicole michele

    January 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    never liked this bitch!!!

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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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)

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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.

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.

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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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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