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REPORT: Susan Lucci Has Been Contacted By Prospect Park For AMC Revival!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Hot on the heels of the shocker via Deadline.com the other day that Prospect Park is apparently resuming their efforts to bring One Life to Live and All My Children back online, (something they were unable to do at the beginning of this year and thus had to pull out) comes word today via Showbiz411.com, that indeed Prospect Park has contacted All My Children star and soap icon, Susan Lucci to reprise her role of Erica Kane in the new online version that per the rumors they hope to debut in the early part of this year.

According to the item it reads,  “Don’t get excited just yet. I have been told by a very good source that Prospect Park Productions has contacted Susan Lucci, aka Erica Kane, about a revival of  All My Children online and maybe on cable. There have been reports in the last couple of days that Prospect Park, whose license with ABC on All My Children and One Life to Live, is trying to re-activate the much-missed soap operas. A friend of Lucci told me yesterday:  ‘There have been some talks, but the word wasn’t supposed to get out yet.’  Hmmmm….”

The report also goes on to say that Robert S. Woods  of One Life to Live,  told Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman, that, “He’d heard rumblings about Prospect Park’s renewed interest, but that he had not been contacted yet. ‘They may not know how to find me,’ said Woods, who’s been kicking back in upstate New York after 30 something years of service to “OLTL” as leading hero Bo Buchanan.”

So soapers, with Susan Lucci now on Devious Maids on Lifetime, and no official statement from Prospect Park yet on their renewed interest, do you think that La Lucci  being back on an AMC cable or online version could be in her future?  Would Susan take part in the revival after everything tanked last time? Weigh-in!

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carla
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carla

how real is

Rachel Elisabeth
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Rachel Elisabeth

I care more about Robert S. Woods. Bo Buchannon is a character I miss A LOT!

su0000
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su0000

It is looking looking much better this time around to actually happen ..
It is an extremely huge challenge to produce a daily TV soap for the internet, and that has not yet been done by anybody ..
I wish PP all the best in their frontier move to bring a TV production to the internet..
I do believe they will they do it.. they have put a year in getting it together and learned from the mistakes with their first try.
I’m looking forward to seeing my favorite soaps , once again 🙂

Marcia White
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Marcia White

Bring them back! Yes, I do believe Susan would revive her role. She’s publicly stated she still misses it, months after it was cancelled. So many of the AMC stars have not gone to other soaps, so I think they could revive a good part of the cast. Love to see OLTL revived. The Buchanans, Vicki….let’s make it happen!

SZima
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SZima

Susan has too many other irons in the fire with Devious Maids coming up, plus her show on Investigative Discovery, plus her Pilates shows. At 66 (and I’m a year younger than her and retired), I would think she would be looking to slow down a little!

Lynn
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Lynn

Just a little too late I just don’t know how they’d pull it off too many have moved on and OLTL is a mess now with the destruction of the end because of some of the actors going to GH and John geez his character has been totatly turned into sleeze not to mention I doubt ME will leave GH to go to PP which makes that huge story go puff! AMC i didn’t watch the last 8yrs or so I don’t know what that wouls in tail but it wasnt messed with on GH so its in better shape……and… Read more »

Ashlee
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Ashlee

If this actually comes to pass this time, they are going to have to learn from what killed soaps! Dont hire a bloated cast of 30 players. Focus on a manageable 15. Make the shows more like prime time. Dont air them 5 days a week. Dont hire the same old same old writers. Focus on couples not outlandish plots and violence. Let the characters mature and grow. Dont write Erica Kane as a 30 something. Quit with the back from the dead and baby switches and dopplegangers. Write believable, relatable stories. These shows can come back, but there are… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

IMO what is killing soaps are viewers like you, who keep expecting them to be something they are not. They are called soap OPERA- have you every been to an opera- operas take ordinary situation and make them MELODRAMATIC- it is supposed to be a bit unrealistic. But some people want their soaps to be like musical theater. As for soaps being more like prime time- yuck- what is so great amount prime time? Dancing celebrities, vampires, crime shows with gross body parts everywhere, graphic sex scenes, vulgar language, wizards, Honey Boo Boo. No thanks I will take daytime dramas… Read more »

Ashlee
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Ashlee

Once again Mary you completely misread what I was saying. When i said more like prime time i am talking about prime time soaps like Dallas or Desperate Housewives. I said i do not want violence! I meant smaller more affordable casts with less fluff and filler. I meant hire GOOD writers, not the same old ones who write the same crap day after day and year after year. Soaps lost their identity a long time ago and became cartoons of their former selves. Its hard to enjoy what is there when there is little to enjoy. I obviously love… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sorry if I misunderstood what you were saying. I just love the format for daytime television as it is- and it upsets when I read posts advocating changing that format. If they did make soaps like you suggested, in my heart, they wouldn’t really be a soap in the classic sense of the word. So either way, whether they die because no one is interested in the format that is there, or they die because the format is changed to a different form of continuing drama- I’m afraid the soap opera that I have known and loved for over 40… Read more »

ashlee
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ashlee

I hope you have a very “Mary“ Christmas too. Lol. All i mean Mary is that soaps have to change and adapt. They also have to get back to what they always did best when they were cash cows…romance and escapism. They need to stop hiring writers who have no fresh ideas and who fail at show after show. Im all for the conventions and unique qualities of the genre. The reason I can accept all the back from the dead characters on GH is because the last regime decimated the cast. This would not work on, say, Y and… Read more »

Mary Ann
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Mary Ann

Would love if this were true but don’t want to get my hopes up to be let down again. :/

susan M.
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susan M.

Me Too!

Cecilla
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Cecilla

My husband is pessimistic but I am very hopeful have missed them soooooo much

KatieM
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KatieM

I hope it goes to cable, only way I see it working. Would love to see OLTL back on tv.

takeitish
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takeitish

Time will tell

Becky Cloutier
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Becky Cloutier

Yes , My prayers have been answered! Iwish PP the best! Awsome!!

Emily
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Emily

I was wondering when the actors reports and probably tweets would start to come out about this PP do over. The plot is thickening. Still on the fence about all of it. Already burned once. I wonder how the actors feel, getting the rgts to both shows, on what channel (hopefully on cable),etc.. will come into play. Sounds like a lot of hurdles, but it would be a great Xmas present and start to the New Year. I’ll remain cautious but fingers crossed.

Thanks Mr. Fairman for keeping us updated.

Shirley Miller
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Shirley Miller

I think if PP can get together enough of the famous actors of AMC as well as some of the lesser knowns, Susan Lucci may indeed sign on with PP. We need people like Walt Willey, Tad (Michael Knight), for starters for AMC and definitely Bo (Robert Woods), Clint, Viki – Robin would be a plus – and some of the younger stars for OLTL. So many of OLTL stars are on GH now and I doubt that they would leave that soap on TV for a soap on the web. I sure hope they will get enough cast together… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

I think PP is making a mistake trying to revive both soaps at the same time,pick one and see what happens,if enough people watch,then revive the second soap.

Anthony
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Anthony

Excellent observation – I agree 100%. I’d go with OLTL first since key players have been given continued life on GH, and other OLTL characters have been mentioned here and there. You’re right, Tim – start slow and build. We can only hope the PP people have a logical thought process, too.

Torrey
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Torrey

I’d go with OLTL over AMC as well….I think that you both are right. Start small and work your way up to something more. I really think that they should look into having a different air time schedule…maybe not be on 5 days out of the week….or have a Summer break….even a Winter break. Do whatever you need to do, to really give it a great production value. They need to focus on trying to bring the show back, the way people remember it. If you make too many changes, and cheapen the production value, fans will not recognize the… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Not holding my breath for this, but wish them all the best if they are sincere.

Christine
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Christine

I think if Susan Lucci is smart, she will agree to do guest spots on any online version of her old stomping ground. I think for her career, having AMC canceled has been the best thing for her.

Linda
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Linda

We soap fans have been disrespected, lied to and played by both ABC/D and PP. So I personally am not going to get my hopes up. If PP does revive AMC & OLTL there will be many challenges. Major characters andstars have moved on. The sets and wardrobes are gone. It’s December 20th so how can PP say they would re-launch AMC & OLTL in January let alone the early part of 2013. As for Susan Lucci, I would have to be absolutely positive of this re-launch before committing to anything PP does.

danica
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danica

Just seems wierd that they are making movement at the last minute here. I want to be excited but I just am so suspicious of PP. I wish they would have given our soaps back to Agnes Nixon for free. IMHO that would have been the right thing for ABC to do. I am sure she would have found a good steward for them. OLTL was the best show ever! I would love to see the casts and crew of these two shows have their jobs again and am very interested to see what will transpire.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

I find it hard to believe that people will be wanting to spend money to watch this series on line.. Very poor business plan to try to do this a year after the these soap have gone off the air.. .You heard it here for .. this will not succeed…

Any of you that would pay to watch this with an online subscription cost.. please reply.. I would think there are more NOs that YES…

brian
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brian

Sorry, I am a huge YES. I would pay to watch ONE LIFE TO LIVE online.

gloria
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gloria

Of course I would pay to get OLTL back! Good Lord (no pun intended) my life (another bad pun, sorry) has NOT been the same without this show in it. I miss it every bit as much as I knew I would. I still cannot believe both AMC & OLTL got ripped away from us. I would take them back any way I could get them.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I would be more than happy to pay an online fee to watch All My Children online, provided it was being done by the right producer and writer. But either way, I would!

Christine
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Christine

You can’t get something for nothing these days. You might just have to pay to watch them. If you want them back bad enough, you will pay. If not, I guess you didn’t really miss them that much to begin with.

In any event, I wish people would just be happy that this might still happen instead of whining about it.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Yes, I would pay to watch OLTL online.

Patrick
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Patrick

Yes, to AMC…

susan M.
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susan M.

I would pay to watch OLTL!!!!! It’s worth it.. I miss it alot…..

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Thank you for keeping us informed and up-to-date.
I myself am hopeful, but realistic. I do not trust ABC/D OR PP after the way they played the fans AND their own employees. I will believe this when I see it. I will be overjoyed when I do…but until then. *yawn*

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

ooh!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think if they’re contacting Susan Lucci, which was reportedly never done prior (unless rumours of wanting higher pay is true), then it’s likely that they’re more serious about bringing All My Children back online, and that is very exciting! I hope several others are talked into returning like: Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca), Sarah Glendening (Marissa), Cady McClain (Dixie), Michael E. Knight (Tad), Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), etc. Most of the regular cast at the time of the series finale on ABC. As for producers/writers, I hope they allure Julie Hanan Carruthers and Lorraine Broderick back to the… Read more »

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
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Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I think that Prospect Park should use the model of British soaps like Holby City and East Enders. Holby City is on for an hour 52 weeks a year and East Enders is on twice a week, 52 weeks a year. Perhaps with this model Lifetime or Oxygen might be interested in picking it up for cable. All My Children would not be the same without La Lucci playing Erica Kane. One Life to Live on the other hand could thrive if it played up the Buchanans, bringing back Joey and Kevin, and focusing on CJ (who we never saw),… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

Rememeber from years ago the Buchanans & the Woleks! Erika Slezak is the
heart of the show(OLTL). There is Tina & Cord, GiGi & Rex,Bo & Nora,Roxy,ETC….

Ella
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Ella

What are the odds that the resurrection talk is surfacing now because ABC plans to cancel GH and is hoping to dangle the online option again, like it did through the OLTL & AMC cancellations, only to withdraw after the shows went off the air? I’d love to believe PP has good intentions but after hearing about ABC’s reality GH, I think the ABC execs have no intention of keeping GH on the air and wants to piss off the least amount of viewers it can.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I won’t believe it until I see it, BUT…this would lend some credibility to ABC’s story that Melissa Archer is locked into a contract with PP and therefore unavailable to work as Natalie on GH. (Still not sure I buy it as others who worked with PP are currently seen on GH for certain storylines.) I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

mo
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mo

Has anyone from PP commented?

susan M.
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susan M.

What makes PP think they could put AMC & OLTL online this time ! When they failed to do last time. What is different this time? Can they afford the sets, expensive clothes,& be able to pay all the actors ETC……IF it goes online will they charge us an outrageous price to watch them! I rather it go on a cable station where there would be commericals & have sponsers to help pay for all the expenses that go into making a soap opera.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

If these rumors of reviving AMC and OLTL are true, that would be the best news ever! However, we soap fans had our hearts broken before, so of course we are very leery about believing anything that PP or ABC/D might say. I don’t doubt that Susan and the other actors are sceptical, too!

ricardo
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ricardo

i miss susan lucci as erica cane. i hope she signs a contract. i hope all my children comes back on line or cable.

Lisa
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Lisa

Hope this comes to fruition BUT since I don’t want my heart broken again, I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then, I will try to be cautiously optimistic.

kim nester
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kim nester

I hope this is true im ready for some oltl bring them back please!!

k/kay
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k/kay

Unless somebody has some money hidden in a safe that our politicians can not get to it is not going to happen. Please start living in realville. I know this household has given all it is going to to the takers of this country.

Bruce
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Bruce

I think Susan might come back for a short period, to help kick it off because of her love for AMC, but think that she will only stay to help get it off the ground, and either be recurring or leave altogether. Too much time has passed. She has already mourned.

Skater Boy
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Skater Boy

I think we all would love AMC and OLTL to come back – but in good form, not done poorly, professionally and with integrity. I think we all are curious, hopeful but cautiously optimistic considering what happened last time. First, soap operas while in trouble are still a part of the culture. Second, yes, they need to secure the big stars – Sleazak and Lucci as they are the heart of the shows like it or not. Third, which soap to bring back first or either – both at the same time. I see diehards on this web page say… Read more »

gagaluvr
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gagaluvr

OMG !! OMG OMG !! MY SOAPS R GONNA BE BACK ON ???? OMG !!!!!!!! I SPENT HUNDREDS OF DAYS HANGING OUT DOWN AT THE AMC/OLTL STUDIOS IN NYC SINCE JAN 1970 MEETING MY STARS….I WATCHED SINCE 1/70 TOO. I WAS DEVASTATED WHEN THEY WENT OFF THE AIR !!!!! CAN THIS REALLY BE HAPPENING !!!! NOTHING WOULD MAKE ME HAPPIER OMG !!!!!!! THEY NEVER SHOULDVE BEEN TAKEN OFF THE AI RIN THE FIRST PLACE !!!!!!! LAST TIME THIS WAS MENTIONED, I GOT MY HOPES UP AND WAS ALL EXCITED ONLY FOR IT NOT TO HAPPEN.HOW ABOUT PUTTING IT BACK ON… Read more »

Janice Schwartz
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Janice Schwartz

I sure hope AMC comes back for real this time! They are all such great actors. How about making an All My Children movie also!!!!!! That sounds terrific to me to! I, and all the rest of the fans miss watching every day!

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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