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Susan Lucci on Jay Leno on AMC axing, "I found out five minutes before the rest of cast"- Watch the Video!

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In a terrific interview last night on the Jay Leno Show, All My Children’s Susan Lucci discussed the cancellation of AMC and how she found out the terrible news.  In addition, Lucci chats on the persistent rumors that she may be joining Desperate Housewives, and ensures fans of AMC that the show will go out with a bang in the hands of Agnes Nixon come this September. Here is an excerpt below of what she said on how she got the news of AMC’s axing.

Lucci: “I was completely blindsided. I had just started the book tour. I had been to cities all over the country meeting thousands and thousands of people enthusiastic, so excited about the show. I had no idea. I was shocked.  I found out just like the rest of the company of actors. I found out five minutes before. I received a call from Brian Frons, the Vice President of Daytime television, asking me to come upstairs to the producer’s office.  He informed me our show had been canceled and we were going off the air in September. I kind of knew something was going on because when I went up the stairs there were a lot of very seriously dressed executives coming down. I was shocked.  I had asked Mr. Brian Frons what they were replacing us with. And he said a reality show that costs 40 percent less to produce.”

Watch the two part video clip of Susan’s interview with Jay Leno after the jump!

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ANGEL
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ANGEL

I truly like to see AMC and OLTL saved. There are thousands and thousands of disappointed soap fans. I think Brian Fronz if I spelt his name right, needs to reconsider the followers who have been so faithful over time. Very dedicated viewers who enjoyed both these shows. It is not about the ratings. The ratings are there. The fan voices speak the truth and say it all. I HOPE he decides to do the right thing by the writers, the actors themselves and the viewers who made the shows success over the years , Many of the viewers who… Read more »

Andrea Dawson
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Andrea Dawson

How the heck can abc do this to the fans and the cast. I still can’t believe it.

Andrea Dawson
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Andrea Dawson

How about putting the shows up for sale abc????

Lynne
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Lynne

I just cannot beleive that they are cancelling the two best soaps!!!!! I am very very unhappy about this and always looked forward every single nite seening them come into my living room. They were like family.

Brooke
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Brooke

The two best soaps are OLTL and GH.

Brooke
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Brooke

you spelled All My Children wrong.

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

I’ll have to check to see if the clips are up on youtube because Hulu video clips can’t be viewed up here in Canada yet.

I’m still wavering from disbelief and being pissed off that ABC treated the casts and crews of both shows so cavelierly.

Darcy
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Darcy

Poor Susan lied to and had to answer all the inquiries on her book tour…I liked how she said they would give a good performance. “This Mr. Brian Frons” is right Susan says a lot without saying. I like the Agnes Nixon tribute “the one the audience loves.” Great interview.

Brooke
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Brooke

Susan looks fantastic, as does Rob! first & foremost, I am going to fight until the end for this show, but if it doesn’t pan out, I’d much rather see her on Hot In Cleveland permanently than on Desperate Housewives. maybe an appearance episode, but definitely a regular in Cleveland(;

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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Soap Vet, Broadway Star and Artistic Director, Robert Lupone Passes Away at 76

Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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