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REPORT: Michael E. Knight Done at The Young and the Restless!

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More changes at The Young and the Restless and this one comes about longtime All My Children fan favorite, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad Martin).

According to a tweet Friday morning from Michael Logan of TV Guide/TV Insider, Knight will complete his run as Dr. Simon Neville after a few more episodes.

Logan related: “More #YR news: Three time Emmy winner Michael E. Knight out as Dr. Simon Neville after a few more eps. Decision made before EP switch.”

While Knight’s Simon was put in a storyline with another Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), seems the show may be going in another direction.  Thus far, the CBS Daytime drama has made no announcement or confirmation on Knight’s departure.

Sad to hear Knight seems to be exiting Y&R? Hope he comes to another soap? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I watched a few eps. with him on and he just seemed out of place…jmho

toscanti
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toscanti

I completely agree with you!

Patrick
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Patrick

there certainly hasn’t been any “press” about Ashley and/or Dr. Neville

chalk it up to writing?

I wonder if this is a Mal Young “move” ???

lighting striking twice is so rare…

ED certainly did it… with Ashley and Kristen/Susan/Mary and the man…. LOL

should Mal Young have capitalized on Michael E. Knight Talent… ?

or must he know… his writing team just doesn’t have it in them

we “addicts” are cursed

this never ending gotta love it cycle

Becky
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Becky

As much as I love him, I have to agree with you; he needs a lighter role.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

and i agree with you…a lighter role might have worked better for him!!1

Harry
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Harry

Jiim, Dr Neville was funny as heck. And he didn’t fit in with Y&R because he was never given a chance. They have him in isolation tending to a comatose Hillary in Neil’s boathouse. He could have fitted in–he is an amazingly talented actor who rose above the crap that was thrown at him

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

@Harry – I completely agree!

Lori moore
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Lori moore

Sad to hear that . I am 57 years old .I watched All my Children from day one . I would love for them to put it on from the 1st day.I thank a lot of fans would watch .or some how let the fans by them .

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Maybe “Dr. Cliff Warner” recommended he should rest.

Joe
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Joe

Enjoyed him for years on AMC, but he just never caught on with Y&R. He might have stood a better chance if they had kept Cady McClain and paired Simon with Kelly. Both of them might still be on the show. Just goes to show the Jill Farren Phelps has no clue what soap fans want. Glad she’s gone!

Ron
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Ron

Don’t mind the actor, but I did mind the character– sci fi on Y and R? Here’s hoping things return to the origins of the program, starting back in 1970s with groundbreaking, honest and true stories, especially medical ones.

Rod
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Rod

Loved him and Ashey they had really good chemistry & his quirkiness brought out some fun in Ashley too!! Will be sad to see him go but maybe that will mean less Hillary LOL she’s doing a great job being a witch!!

Nikki
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Nikki

I loved him with Ashley as well. He brought a lighter side to the show and made Ashley laugh as well. I think there all crazy down there from the writer up. They don’t listen to the fans & get annoyed when we stop watching. Oh well no use complaining nobody is going to do anything. Hope your right Timmm and he goes to G.H. they seem to have a better story than Y & R right now.

Terri
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Terri

I loved he and Ashley they were one of my favorite couples on the show. Very sad.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

@Nikki – I agree and also loved him with Ashley. He brought a lighter side to the show. Very sad indeed!

Timmm
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Timmm

GOOD! He was misused. Very talented but never clicked with anyone on the show. I hope he goes to GH and they pair him with Tracy Quartermanine. Those two would be awesome! BUT, you need a good story. Maybe he is Rachel’s father Raymond Berlin? Yummy!

Harry
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Harry

MEK is only 10 years older than that dreadful Hayden.

Celia
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Celia

That would be 15 years, Harry. Rebecca is only 42.

Celia
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Celia

Sorry…
PS.
Remember that William/Julian is only 8 years older than Kelly/Sam (GH), and he plays her father. She looks her age, too….so if we can believe that, we can certainly accept ‘Hayden’ as Michael’s daughter. Rebecca can pass for a thirty-year-old. Not so Kelly, in my opinion.

Timmm
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Timmm

Watch it Harry!

Celia
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Celia

OH, OH, I loooove that idea, Timmmy. What a stroke of genius!! But, isn’t he in jail? I bet you’re on the right track, though.
….Gets out on a technicality: enter Michael. I am fantasizing, now. LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh C, jail smail, Raymond Berlin is out of jail as soon as ABC decides they want to cast the character ! I know he isn’t much older than Hayden but the white hair helps.

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
So true, Timmmy. If TPTB are ready to cast Ray, then, they will. I hope your eish is not out of reach. Technically, Michael is old enough to be Rebecca’s father. It is conceivable. As I said to Harry, if it works between Kelly M and William D, who’s depiction as Sam’s father is outrageous, age wise; then, it should work for Michael and Rebecca.

Celia
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Celia

Wish

Harry
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Harry

Sorry, Timm!
Celia, I guess you’re right.

Melissa
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Melissa

Love love MEK but neither he or Steve Burton
could make me tune into a cbs soap..
Just always an abc soap fan even though
they kicked us all in the teeth:(
Hope MEK ends up on GH..

Lisa
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Lisa

Ridiculous-keep Michael E. Knight and give him a “real” storyline!

Sammie Jo
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Sammie Jo

Exactly! I liked him and his quirky personality and he and Ash were great together.
Maybe they’ll rework the story and bring him back.
I would much rather see hillary go.

Timmm
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Timmm

Wrong role for Michael, wrong guy for Ashley!

Sammie Jo
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Sammie Jo

Well, that’s a matter of opinion. I’ve never seen him before so I have nothing to compare, But I loved this pairing.

JK
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JK

BRING HIM BACK IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS AS A TWIN AND LET HIM FALL FOR ASHLEY……YOU DONT LET A GEM LIKE MICHAEL E. KNIGHT GO!!!!!!!!!!

Sammie Jo
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Sammie Jo

Oh please, lol not ANOTHER twin! LMAO
It really irked me today to see ash take the fall, didn’t she already try that to save John or was it the reverse? Too long ago to remember.

Magneto
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Magneto

Love him as an actor but I think the story has run its course. Honestly it’s time to refocus on the core families and cut down on how many characters are on the canvas. Hilary for example needs to go. Maybe via a “Who dun it?” or drop dead because the meds didn’t work. The whole Victor story is utter trash. I feel for those actors. I want to throw something at the screen every time Victor talks. He never truly pays (even when jailed) and it’s become ridiculous at this point. I’d even suggest him as a victim of… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Dr. Neville could have “cured” Patty.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, he could have cured Patty by ‘de-Jacking’ her. Ha! My Timmmbo!

Linda Cox
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Linda Cox

I’ve watched Michael Knight on soaps since the first day he came on AMC. I was so glad to see him on Y&R and very sad that he’s leaving. I really thought there was a storyline brewing for him with Ashley…..In any event, I truly hope to see him on another soap very soon!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Y&R…VERY, VERY D-U-M-B MOVE ON YOUR PART!!!!! Morons.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

@jaybird369 I completely agree!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Nothing against the actor, but the story they stuck him and his character in was lame beyond description. So if his leaving means this whole miracle drug that isn’t story will go way, I am all for it.

And it is my profound hope that all soaps stop this silliness of stunt casting, bringing in a big name for what are essentially dead end roles. These talented men and woman deserve better–

Harry
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Harry

Right–no actor can make bad writing work for a long period of time. They painted MEK into a corner and then that horrid JPF comes in for the kill.

Bart
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Bart

One of the dumbest storylines ever on “Y & R” – pointless, convoluted and preposterous!!

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

I am in mourning over this. I love him. He was one of my favorites on “All My Children” and was a breath of fresh air on Y&R under Pratt, as he had humor and wasn’t always yelling and screaming at other people. Plus he’s an excellent actor.

Celia
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Celia

You bet, Dr. I’m with Timmm. He should be Ray Berlin on GH. Michael is such a versatile actor-of-many-faces. His good looks and easy-going personality can make one eat out of his hand.
He was, Tad, the Cad, afterall. He can certainly assume the role of Ray B.

Timmm
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Timmm

I pray I’m right C!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
Hey, Timmmy,
What about this…..what if Michael is a Cassadine? I would love to see a wicked Michael. I know he’d be able to work that role.
What if he staged Nik’s fall? What if Nik was not the real Nik, at all? Helena/the Cassadines had the real Nik all this time and an imposter took his place? A creation of Helena’s.
It’s the only route to take in order to redeem him.

Timmm
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Timmm

You are so smart! Yes, michael as a Cassadine, a male version of Helena or an evil scientist who switched Nicks and created impostor Jason! That way sleepy Miller can go and Steve Burton can return! Big story possibilities!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm. Thank you, Timmmy. Those of us who know Michael, the actor…..well, we are well aware that he can play any complex role given him. He, as a Cassadine, would bring the house down with his suave, easy-going ‘stride’. Now, Nikolas! What an enigma!! I can bet we all guessed that the peson (all covered up) sitting next to Ava on the plane was Nik. That scene was heralded by another scene…..’the sleepwalking duo’, Sam and Jason, who were hard at work finding clues on the Laptop about Nik. Too much of a coincidence. As asinine as this story may… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

It is a shame this did not work. Mr. Knight is a delight. But the storyline seemed out of synch with the endless Newman-centric shenanigans. I found it difficult to invest.

Wonder what all we might expect to Y&R in the post-JFP era?

Mo
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Mo

That’s too bad. I liked him, although storyline did seem disjointed at times.

ALEXA
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ALEXA

I think that MEK was one of the better new hires for Y&R… He was terrific in the role and his chemistry with Ashley was off the charts. His interactions with the other actors seemed exceptional along with his sense of humour and delivery… I would much rather have heard that STEVE Burton and Hunter King were leaving the show…. Maybe the new EP can make an executive decision and keep Simon Neville, at least for awhile longer!

Martin Verlander
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Martin Verlander

Hunter King is now recurring since she’ll be on Life In Pieces…

Nikki
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Nikki

She’ll be back, she thinks everyone loves her. That crazy Chloe is coming back Dr. Neville could have cured her If they want to get rid of waste they can get rid of Hunter King for good and send Luka with her.

Suzanne
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Suzanne

I love him! Don’t want him to go. But if he does I hope GH snaps him up!

Mary Lou DeVriendt
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Mary Lou DeVriendt

I started watching Y&R to see him. It was so wonderful to see him again! I thought his chemistry with Eileen Davidson was off the charts! Other than Michael, I didn’t find that much to interest me, so I won’t continue watching. I’ll stick with GH & Days.

Terry L Kershaw
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Terry L Kershaw

I think they should keep him and let him and Ashley become a couple. Everybody rushes to judgements with ratings or study groups. If that attitude went into everything we do there wouldn’t have been Law & Order or CSI or even cures for deadly diaseases.

Carole
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Carole

He had a rapport with Eileen!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Sad to hear that lame excuse.. Oh he was already out.. HMMMM… then that should have been reported… And now the scrambling and rumors begin.. Just a hot mess

Mr. X
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Mr. X

I enjoyed watching Mr. Knight but not so much his storyline. He would have been better off as a recast for a legacy character. Maybe he would have stuck around longer.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

So sad. Did he even have a story line? I know everyone her loves to chant ‘No need characters’. IMHO it should be No Characters without Stories! He and Eileen could have worked. But she doesn’t have a story either. Half the cast on this show have no story. That’s the problem. He’s as talented as they come. But you can’t animate what isn’t there. Stupid. For what it’s worth, I would have hoped he had been retained and finally given something to do. He was a plot point for a character on hiatus who needed to be returned. Well,… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

He is immensely talented and charming. They never gave him a decent story. I guess this is the last decision that that grim reaper of soaps (JFP) inflicted upon Y&R.. This is terrible unfair.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes Harry, no story and no chemistry with Ashley. (no pun)

Harry
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Harry

Good one, Timm!

Trudy
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Trudy

I Neville’s chemistry with Ashley. What a mistake for YR.

Trudy
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Trudy

Oops. I meant to say “love….. I love Neville’s chemistry with Ashley. What a mistake for YR.”

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Loved this character. Unique and comical. I love the pairing with Ashley. Sad to see him go.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

He just never clicked for me. Any romance between him and Ashley just never developed. I think there was just zero chemistry. And I’m still puzzled about what happened to Gwen!

Timmm
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Timmm

BINGO!

damien
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damien

too bad…. doc neville and ash had a genuine sweet rapport!
hate to say this as much as i love eillen s ashley abbott… her imense talent is wasted on y n r!
how come she has nt visited vic, her once great love, father of her child once since he s been in jail?! she used to see the good in vic, moralised him, caused rifts between jack and nikki too
eilleen needs to be back in salem, days, as the fiery kirsten… days really needs her

Nanci
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Nanci

I’m bummed by the news. Love him, and he and Ashley together
are great. They could have had a fun romance. Will miss his
quirkiness.

Cyntha
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Cyntha

This s show is falling apart.. What is the matter? Why is everyone leaving.? Now releasing Michael Night, wha t are they nuts. He is Darnell with s o-partner (Ashley). Better think this over, you timing is bad. too many too fast

Cyntha
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Cyntha

Sorry for typos doing this at work on y phone. He is darling with his co-partner Ashley thanks

sheryl
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sheryl

So sorry to see Michael leaving they should of wrote a different role for him , Eileen and Michael have good chemistry it is a shame they didn’t put them together and write a good story line for them.

su0000
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su0000

The thing with Y&R—
If, a character is not connected to the Abbots or Newman’s, they are disposable; short lived.
It has always been that way always will be; if not of the Newmans and Abbotts then the actor had best have 2 jobs.

Harry
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Harry

Or the Winters family.

Timmm
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Timmm

Unfortunately

Celia
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Celia

Awwwww. Say it ‘ain’t’ so!!!!!
Ah, Michael!….. Your beautiful, familiar face always filled me with a special fuzzy-feeling. Fare-thee-well !!

Harry
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Harry

Me too–they should have made him a long lost Chancelor or something. The Winters family gobbled him up.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…I know. So totally true. Oh…as far as I’m concerned, those bone-heads at Y&R should have kept Michael E. Knight aka ‘Simon’ and FINALLY got rid of BOTH that dim-witted Devon and that FAKE-ASS WHACK-JOB H-O Hilary!!!!! Y-e-p.

Later, my friend.

Celia
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Celia

Too bad the gods at Y&R used and abused this unique actor. Michael is so misplaced as Neville. I saw a possible fire between him and Ashley; but, no one cared enough to fan the flames. Thus, where else could he go except the corner?
Soon, Jay.

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

Noooooooooooo!!!!!! Simon and Ashley was the only story I liked!!!!!! Ugh!!!!!

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

I don’t know if I even want to watch anymore. Now I don’t have my mom any more to watch it with and thr storylines are awful. How depressing.

Dawn D
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Dawn D

I’m going to see what direction they are going in. I liked the doc. I’m just concerned how they are going to change the s/l’s. Sometimes the changes are worse than before as I have experienced on other soaps. So I’ll keep an open mind.

Sean
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Sean

I bet Frank and the people at GH will bring him in as another new character

JOAN ACEVES
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JOAN ACEVES

I love michael and I think they didn’t use him right. I remain hopeful another soap offers him something right. Bah to bnb

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Yes, he may have seemed “out of place,” but I found it delightful. Neville was as close to a dramedy as it gets. I always looked forward to seeing him although it wasn’t exactly clear where and how he would develop. It could have gone several different directions. Wish he could stick around.

Cindy
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Cindy

Hope he comes to GH then, I miss Tad and he could be someone new on GH perhaps a Cassidine!!

Harry
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Harry

I’d rather see him as some lost Quartermaine. Or better yet, make him the new butler since Alice doesn’t seem to be around anymore.

Melissa
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Melissa

Really like the actor and would love to see him land elsewhere in daytime. Maybe the new doc at DOOL? That would make me start watching!

diane
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diane

They really never did anything with his character.

Rose
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Rose

Join Y&R at your own peril…Michael (Tad) and (Cady) Dixie both done wrong. And Patrick (Billy) not looking so good. Some think the same of Steve (Dylan) as well. But then roles at GH haven’t done justice to Roger (Franco), Michelle(Nina) or Michael (Finn) either. Tough to switch from one show/ identity and assume a new one on another soap, no matter how popular. Still I wouldn’t mind seeing MK at GH…I think Harry suggested as a Q.

Leslye A.
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Leslye A.

Stupid decision…..I thought he had good chemistry with Eileen Davidson-lots of potential for story. There are other people on Y&R that I would have liked to see go.Hillary, Devon, Luca for example. Please let another soap hire Michael.

Carla Rodriguez
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Carla Rodriguez

His character Dr. Neville never caught on. Wasn’t a good fit.

JIM
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JIM

I would like to see him on GH or DAYS

lou piikes
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lou piikes

Mk is not needed in Port Charles. GH has enough characters to fill a football stadium.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Lou…y-e-p…and, as far as I’m concerned, MORE THAN HALF of the GH characters (as of late) have been doing A L-O-T of ridiculous FUMBLING!!!!!

Just saying……….

randy
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randy

tey just never developed the character..they brought him in on a rediculous storyline,..that just never took off…they just kept him in a lab coat in stead of developing a love story with ashley…as i did kind of liked the 2 together..now lets get rid of hillary,,devon,,,computer geek,,,brethany i mean cm,on writers please,,wtf…recast jill,,,and give the role to someone who wants to be there,,,some how continue the lagacy of the character of catherine chancellor through a relative maybe a sister,,,Kim Zimmer anyone….put the chancellor estate baxk to its old glory,,,oh yes and send new billy with new phylis to port charles,,dump… Read more »

GraciesBFF
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GraciesBFF

If true, it is heartbreaking, though not unexpected given the miserable treatment of Darnell Williams, Debby Morgan and Cady McClain.
It is clear that whoever is in charge of this show has no clue what talent looks like nor how to write for it.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

You said it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

j9
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j9

So saddened to hear this!. I thought he was a welcome breath of fresh air. It’s too bad he was placed in a dud of a storyline.

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

I’m really sad to hear this, as well. He is a magnificent actor, still so handsome and talented and just right for Ashley. Major opportunity blown, there.

Harry
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Harry

The sad thing is that MEK was all excited about getting this gig and was just glowing about how good his cast mates were.
I cannot but help but think he was too isolated from the core families/characters.
GH made the same mistake with such characters as Nina, Franco and the second character Michael Easman played (forgive me, he’s played so many characters on GH, I cannot recall his name).
I also cannot help but think that if Jeaane Cooper were around this would not have happened. It’s easy to visualize Mrs C taking Simon under her wing

Rapids
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Rapids

Maybe IMDb hasn’t been updated but it does not indicate he appeared in many episodes.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

NOOOO!!!! Love MEK and Dr. Neville. Boooo!

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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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