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Susan Lucci Chats On The Emotional All My Children Reunion, Her Home And Family Hosting Stint & Pine Valley Memories!

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This week, All My Children icon, Susan Lucci  (Ex-Erica Kane) appeared as the special guest co-host on the Hallmark Channel’s morning show, Home and Family (weekdays 10PMEST/9AMCST).  Susan joined hosts Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos for an event-filled week that featured plenty of laughter, memories, and tears.

At the centerpiece of Lucci’s guest host stint was the opportunity for her, and several of the most recognized faces in Pine Valley to gather together for a special reunion episode that aired on Thursday.  Special guests included: Peter Bergman, Kim Delaney, Lawrence Lau, Eden Riegel, Kathleen Noone, Eva LaRue, John Callahan, Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, and Jill Larson.

Toward the end of the special two-hour AMC reunion broadcast, Lucci & her longtime AMC pals were reduced to tears while paying homage to the series creator Agnes Nixon, who passed away last year.  But then, the Home and Family producers gave the viewers, and Susan, and the cast, a very special moment, which featured a segment paying tribute to their AMC colleagues who have passed away, which included:  Frances “Fra” Heflin, Ruth Warrick, Louis Edmonds, Kay Campbell, Mary Fickett, Lee Chamberlin, Larkin Malloy, Matthew Cowles, James Mitchell, David Canary, and Eileen Herlie.

Following the taping, Susan revealed she will be appearing at this year’s Daytime Emmys where the annual awards ceremonies are set to honor Agnes Nixon.  On Friday, Susan finished up her hosting gig having her daughter, former soap star Liza Huber (Ex-Gwen), as one of the special guests on Friday’s episode.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Susan immediately following Thursday’s heartfelt AMC reunion to get her thoughts on the emotional episode, the cancellation of Devious Maids, if she would host her own daytime talk show, and those amazing Pine Valley memories as the one and only Erica Kane, and more.  Here is what the incomparable Lucci had to say.

What was it like seeing everybody here today on the set of Home and Family, and then seeing the In-Memoriam clip package with so many of your colleagues who had passed away?  I watched you as the cameras rolled, and I could just see how emotional it was for you.  What did you think of all of this?

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SUSAN:  Well, it was emotional.  We have all never been together in the same place at the same time.  We have run into each other individually over the years, but for all of us to be together really washed over me with a flood of emotions, and I can definitely say that we are a family.

Watching you as this all went down, I could see how much this all means to you.  And all of us – those onstage, those in attendance – would go right back to that magical place that was Pine Valley.

SUSAN:  I feel like if we did All My Children again, it would all still be there.  Each person, individually and collectively was fantastic to be around, and to work with.  We spent a lot of time together.  We were in the trenches together for a long, long time. This was just spectacular to have this reunion.

When Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) surprised you during one of the segments on the reunion episode, was that a shocker to you that he was there?  Did you even know, or have a hint, that he might show up?

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SUSAN:   No!  I did not know!  You know, Jill Larson’s (Ex-Opal) name was on the list as originally coming, and then she wasn’t here.  So I was going, “Where’s Jill?  Where’s Jill?”  They told me she couldn’t make it so everyone lied really well. (Laughs)  I, myself, personally thought Michael Knight’s name is not on the list, but Michael did not always go to every event in New York that we did at All My Children, and everyone does their own thing. But, I never thought Michael would be here!  First of all, it’s a huge honor that Michael showed up and did this, but I could tell it meant a lot to him, too.  I could see how touched he was.   He was looking at his life here, and that is how it feels for me, because it was my whole adult life up until five years ago.  When they showed the In-Memoriam tribute, even the thought of it had me in tears.  Seeing David Canary (Adam/Stuart), Agnes Nixon (Creator, All My Children), Fra Heflin (Mona) and Ruth Warrick (Phoebe), Jimmy Mitchell (Palmer) and Eileen Herlie (Myrtle), and on and on as each person came up, everything comes back to you in a flash.  I had memories of each person.  It was incredible.

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You were so close to the late Agnes Nixon.  You attended her funeral as many that follow you saw a few touching photos on your social media accounts, and you will be attending this year’s Daytime Emmys to honor her.  Agnes touched so many people’s lives.  I always tell the story, how I truly believe that as a young boy who had a hard time in grade school, if it wasn’t for All My Children and One Life to Live, I don’t know how I would have gotten through.  So many people have been so profoundly touched and connected by what she created.

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SUSAN:  That is true, and of course, I was there at Agnes’ funeral.  And what you say, it does seem to hold true today how her work touched so many lives.  Many professional men and women who were at a crossroads and didn’t think they could do it, or they wondered if they’d do it, they would think, “I wonder what Erica Kane would do.”  And they would say, “Yes!  She would do it”  That is still just amazing, and so touching to me.

How was your co-hosting gig this week on Home and Family?  Is this a preview to perhaps someday hosting your own daytime talk show? 

SUSAN:  It has been spectacular!  You know, when they asked me to do this for a whole week … I have never done this before.  I may have hosted, or guest-hosted on a show for a day.  I thought this is an opportunity now for me to see what kind of work this is.  I have had the most remarkable time.  I mean, the best time!  And again, it’s so important to be in the right hands.  This group is spectacular, and warm, and everybody is on the same page. Woody Fraser (Creator, Home and Family) has put together an ensemble cast much like when it was on All My Children, and you know the difference.  The bar is set very high if you come from All My Children, and you don’t know if you are going to find anything close to it.  On that note I will say, Devious Maids was a fantastic experience, as is this, so I am very lucky indeed.

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Devious Maids was cancelled, but it was handled much more diplomatically than the way you, and the cast were told that All My Children was being canned by ABC.  How did you feel having to now leave Devious Maids, and the role of Genevieve Delatour behind you?

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SUSAN:  We knew the show was good, and we had a worldwide audience.  I had a wonderful experience, and again, we were in good hands with Marc Cherry’s writing, and it was such a good group that they had put together.  We always felt it was a great show. We had a love fest filming Devious Maids in Atlanta.

Behind-the-scenes last year, your daughter Liza and then you, came forward publicly about your grandson Brendan’s diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.  How did that decision all come about?

SUSAN:  Yes, we did go public with it, but it was something that I thought was Liza’s story to tell when she is ready, and if she is ready.  If she had chosen not to, that would be her choice, too.  I had been working with Cerebral Palsy quietly in New York, but nobody knew it, because it was not my story to tell.  Liza came with me to one of their wonderful events, and she made the decision she wants to tell the story for a number of reasons.  It’s been a wonderful thing. Liza and I have talked about it, and that there isn’t a lot written about Cerebral Palsy.  So we thought this is a chance to shine a light on Cerebral Palsy, and inform people who are going through this that they are not alone.  It’s very important to let Brendan know how very proud we are of him, because he is so spectacular.  What we didn’t know about this was how much light would come back.  Liza has received so many phone calls, emails, texts, videos, that it has opened up a whole community to her.

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Finally, when I was backstage with Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) and others watching the monitor, when they showed you as Erica Kane supermodel in that All My Children clip package, everyone was in awe all over again, and how fun that was to see!  What did you think when you were watching Erica’s modeling days again?

SUSAN:   I loved seeing all of them!  For me, it was a dream come true.  I’m 5‘2” on a good day, Michael!   I’m not 6’3”. (Laughs)  So to get to model on All My Children was so much fun!

What were your thoughts on the Home and Family All My Children reunion episode? Did you missing seeing La Lucci as Erica Kane and Pine Valley even more? Should the show be resurrected?  What did you think of Susan as a co-host? What was your favorite part of the reunion broadcast, and her comments in our interview? Share your thoughts in the comment below.

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Rapids
Rapids

Susan is most lovely but when she guest hosted Live with Regis she was quite guarded in her conversation. It sounds like she opened up a little bit after this reunion.
The show is not going to be resurrected so it is not a matter of what we say on a message board. The show was great back in the day but it needs to Rest In Peace.

P. McMahon
P. McMahon

My favorite part was the tribute to Agnes Nixon and the video homage to the AMC performers who are no longer with us. It is amazing to me how many years those “Pine Valley residents’ entertained me and were part of my daily life. And I miss them still especially favorites like Eileen Herlie and Frances Heflin.

Ray
Ray

Has there ever been anyone more graceful than Susan Lucci? I am always amazed at her level of fame and success that she continues to be so humble, kind and a beautiful soul. To the new generation of actors: take note. This is the way it should be done.

Susan: It has always been on my bucket list to meet you. Several friends that have had that opportunity have said they have been left with meeting someone so special. They also said you have a royalty-like persona that is so wonderful. For that, thank you.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

You nailed it, Ray! Thank you, Friend! 🙂

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…EXACTLY!!! To me, Susan has ALWAYS BEEN AN A+ CLASS ACT…AND ALWAYS WILL BE!!! Yes.

Have a good one, Brother.

Tony
Tony

Susan Lucci is a classy, sassy lady. Wow Susan turned 70 years old, she looks great for her age.

Celia
Celia

She does, doesn’t she, Tony? Amazingly, she still looks great in swimwear. That’s a big feat for an ‘older’ woman to pull off, as the skin loses elasticity…..what we see is NOT plastic surgery. It’s genetic….natural!! She’s one of those ‘forever young’ kind of woman.

Tony
Tony

She is a natural beauty Celia, Susan looks terrific for her age with no face lifts. She is a wonderful actress too,. I miss Erica on AMC. I have always had a crush on Susan Lucci, but she is happilly married and I am too young for her. I am 29 years old.

John Gordon
John Gordon

Well…in all due respect….I doubt that Susan Lucci, whom I adore, hasn’t had anything “done”. But whatever it is, it’s great work that’s for sure.

Celia
Celia

LOL, Tony…no worries. You and I are about the same age, and I’ve always had a crush on Sean Connery, and I’m married. Admiring beauty is akin to admiring a piece of art: never goes out of style, at any age. Nothing wrong with looking or appreciating …..
But, yeah, La Lucci e’ bellissima. And, that hair!!! She always had beautiful, rich hair.

loveafternoon
loveafternoon

Susan Lucci has always been most gracious, it is a beautiful thing that she is more open than ever. What a quality week, a quality reunion to represent the gold that AMC was, including the cream of the crop actors. To see them together reminds that there is a chance to resurrect, perhaps in a new way.

And if Ms. Lucci wishes to host a show again, in any form, she is considered a friend to many viewers. This week and how you have enriched it by your reporting on it, Michael is not only a milestone but foreshadows some great things to come.

Gail
Gail

I missed it

beacon
beacon

It’s a shame they couldn’t do one of these for OLTL. I always feel like it was left in AMC and GH’s shadow and never given any acknowledgement.

David
David

True. But then again, AMC and GH are really the only soaps in history that have achieved mainstream popularity. Not even the highest rated soap opera, Y&R, has been enriched in pop culture as has been AMC and GH.

Pretty much anyone born before the 1990s, soap fans and non-soap fans alike, have heard about AMC and GH.

Charday
Charday

I liked the segments (on Friday) where they showed the Dancing with the Stars team doing her hair/makep-up. Also, the lady who does her costumes showed how they “bead-up” the dancing costumes.

Cathy
Cathy

I laughed. I cried. Now, all over again, I miss AMC.

Diane
Diane

I liked watching all my children soap opera every day. I wish they would bring back the soap opera’s again

Kathyj
Kathyj

Great reunion great to see Susan lucci now and years ago what a beautiful lady inside and out she has so much class and to see the film of all who have passed was hard but shevgot through it she is a champion so emotional to say the least beautiful tribute

John Gordon
John Gordon

I wish the show were back on even in an abbreviated format –

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

There are rumors floating around the Internet that NETFLIX may be interested in doing a re-launch of ALL MY CHILDREN – of course, they are not confirmed officially, but one never knows – anything is possible.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I made her Apple Cake recipe for my book group. It is a keeper. A very simple cake recipe with apples and sugar/cinnamon topping. I found the same recipe online with chocolate chips for a variation. I am impressed with Ms. Lucci. She comes across genuine and sincere. As for Ericka Kane I wasn’t a fan.

Tivette
Tivette

LOVED IT ALL…La Lucci is one class act and the whole reunion was unforgettable! I, too, wish they would do a reunion show for OLTL. Maybe if we all wrote in…

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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10amPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand show via the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Shares Her Grief and Remembrances of John Callahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’

There was always something special about the wonderful actors and the cast pictured here from ABC’s All My Children.  After all, this is where Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) met her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) and where Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) met her ex-husband John Callahan (Ex-Edmund).

Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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