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Susan Lucci recalls her legendary run on AMC, bad writers, and Sarah Michelle Gellar!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

The incomporable Susan Lucci gave an interview to TV Guide just shortly after she taped her final scenes of the network television run of All My Children. Whether Susan will be putting away Erica Kane for good and not transitioning with the show when it moves online is still a hotly contested question, even though from all reports, Lucci turned down Prospect Park’s first offer.

In this new piece with TVG, Lucci had some very compelling statements on how the bad direction in writing helped tank the show, addressing long standing reports that she and the original Kendall, Sarah Michelle Gellar didn’t get along, and how after her last scenes she left it with her co-stars.   Here are some excerpts!

Lucci on decisions made by ABC executives that helped kill the show: “I wasn’t alone in thinking that. I mean, the fans were very upset about it because they didn’t recognize any of the characters [from the way they were being written]. I think that it was clear from the focus groups and the falling ratings that the show was in the hands of the wrong head writers. If you could listen to the focus groups, you’d know something was off. I felt it was allowed to go on too long.”

Lucci on the reported feud between her and Sarah Michelle Gellar: “I never had any idea where that came from. I don’t know anything about it. I really was hoping that she and Alicia Minshew [who has played Kendall since 2002] and I would have something to do together. That would have been funny.”

Lucci on how she left it with the cast as they wrapped their final scenes and recalled Agnes Nixon’s moving speech, while yet there were still plans to see the cast at the wrap party before Lucci left for NYC: “We didn’t have to say goodbye last night. We could say, ‘See you tomorrow.’ So that felt good. Tonight, we plan to celebrate.”

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Brian T
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Brian T

But still not response to the report that she is not signing with PP for the online version of AMC?! Susan what is going on? We want AMC still but we need you on the show.

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Brian Greene

I think that Susan & PP will come to an agreement sooner than we think! 🙂

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why are they going off air?

Skyla
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Skyla

I think Susan and PP are probably still ibn negotiations, making counter offers and all that and when they have something firm to tell they will. I’m hopeful they’ll come to an agreement, it’s pretty obvious LaLucci really holds AMC close to her heart & was very supportive in the fan fighting for the show, those at PP have also showed they are truly committed so I think it will happen. We just have to be patient. i’m sure PP will try to have all deals set by mid-October since they plan to start filming mid to late November.

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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