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Susan Lucci Recounts Thoughts On Ending Of All My Children: "We Were All Blindsided!"


In a full-length interview on AOL’s Build series, former All My Children icon and now star of Devious Maids, Susan Lucci was the special guest.

When it was time for those in the studio to ask questions of Susan, one audience member asked Susan (Ex-Erica Kane) her thoughts on the ending of the iconic daytime soap opera when it was cancelled by ABC back in 2011.

Susan answered: “We really all were blindsided … we didn’t expect it, and it was like the loss of a loved one.”  Lucci made note of grieving the loss of the series, and what a close-knit family cast and crew had become.  She also revealed she was so concerned over the crew losing their health benefits when the show was closed down by ABC.  When asked what helped her get through the loss of the show, Susan said it was the people to this day that she meets in airports or along her life travels:  “People stop me and tell me how much they love Erica and what an influence she had on their lives. Those things are very gratifying.”

Devious Maids is currently filming its fourth season in Atlanta, and as Lucci previewed. viewers will learn the upshot of if  her role of Genevieve saved Zoila’s (Judy Reyes) life, or the maid’s baby in the season premiere to air this spring.

So, what do you think about Susan’s comments almost five years later on the disheartening end of AMC?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. k/kay

    February 24, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I love her on Devious Maids she is actually quite good at comedy. She tells the truth plus all the actors that sold their homes in New York and took losses to move to Los Angeles when they knew all along they were going to be cancelled.

  2. Beth

    February 24, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I think, respectfully, that some actors on AMC knew that the end was near. I’ve read and heard interviews with several actors where that was acknowledged. I think it was a bad move for ABC to deny, deny, deny each time Susan Lucci asked about the odds of the show being cancelled and she went on talk shows and repeated what she’d been told, but it’s not true that no one thought the end was coming. In addition, many of us fans who followed Nielsen ratings knew it was likely to happen (especially after the show moved to L.A. and we knew it was on borrowed time), and the rumors on the internet were white hot, starting in January 2011. Having said that, I do miss AMC, and IMO, a lot of what is left in Daytime now is not nearly as good as AMC was on its worst days (and it had some bad ones). I watch Susan on Devious Maids and she’s excellent, but she’ll always be Erica Kane to me. I’m glad she still feels the support of AMC’s fans. She was always a great ambassador for AMC and for Daytime.

    • Iakovos

      February 24, 2016 at 11:16 am

      ABC indeed botched the cancellations of AMC and OLTL, a real shame as ABC was the network that really boosted daytime popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. I miss Pine Valley and Llanview. Each series was so important and engaging. I pray for a renaissance of the genre.

    • Llanviewer717

      February 24, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Beth says, “a lot of what is left in Daytime now is not nearly as good as AMC was on its worst days….”

      I couldn’t agree more Beth.

      • Marc

        February 25, 2016 at 11:56 am

        Although the quality is lacking i can rebutt that just by saying……..Zarff !!

  3. Deidre

    February 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I was so mad that they canceled All My Children……..I grew up watching the ABC soap operas including AMC……..I wish they could’ve found a way for the show to continue on ABC……..Why did they cancel such a GREAT show ……..I miss all of the stars who played on there…….Now you see the actors and actresses are on other soaps……..And some has passed on which is such a sad thing……..I Love and Miss all of you…….And Good Luck …..Life after All My Children!! ♡♡♡

  4. Rapids

    February 24, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Her comment about being blindsided is just ridiculous. It was widely reported the show has been canceled a couple months prior to the official announcement. she and her husband are quite savvy, I don’t believe for a minute she was blindsided.

    • Nikki

      February 24, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      I have to agree. I remember the rumor mill as well as the poor ratings. I like Susan but I think she has sour grapes. I liked AMC as well as G.L & As the world turns but they ran their course & she needs to let go of her anger and get on with it.

    • Mel

      February 24, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      I believe that Susan Lucci asked repeatedly if AMC was going to be cancelled and time was told “no”. I doubt Susan and her husband would have made the move to LA if they believed the show was going to be cancelled. Why would she? Susan’s children and grand children live on the East Coast. Nor do I believe that the others in the cast would have made the move unless each was convinced by the producers that AMC would be cancelled.

  5. CTwidlheart

    February 24, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I know, even with all the rumors, I was blindsided. My Pine Valley and Llanview families of 40+ years were leaving! It broke my heart and still breaks my heart.
    Love you Susan.

  6. Jonathan

    February 24, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    ABC knows it even if they don’t admit it. What a mess Frons created and he is gone…

    • Andrew

      February 25, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Frons was hired to kill the soaps and when he succeeded, they let him go “mission accomplished”

  7. Jean

    February 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I still miss AMC and all the talented cast. I’m still hopeful that ABC will reconsider and bring back AMC. I refuse to watch the Chew.

  8. mark

    February 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I’m glad Susan has gone on to prime time but I wish she was still im daytime she was so much fun to watch.

  9. Lin

    February 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    She said all this years ago, as I remember. I remember seeing her interviewed on a show. Just a couple of weeks before she had told an interviewer it was not true that AMC was being cancelled.

  10. Carole Melchior

    February 24, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I still miss AMC!!!!

  11. MBmomof3

    February 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Love her on Devious Maids. I encourage anyone who misses Erica Kane to watch DM. I think you’ll really love her as Genevieve. It is a very entertaining show.

  12. Sherry

    February 24, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    The viewers were blindsided as well. I was able to watch it on Hulu and at the end of the season, we were told that the show would be back. I watched it for forty years and I still miss it. I wish someone would at least do a special and tie up the loose ends.

    • Rapids

      February 25, 2016 at 1:00 am

      How were the viewers blindsided when the ratings for this show had been on the bottom for four or five years? Cancelation rumors started about 2007. Millions quit watching. One soap opera columnist went on the record saying the show was canceled and Agnes Nixon had been informed
      I don’t believe for a minute Susan Lucci did not see this coming but I recall her saying this before and she is sticking to her story.
      The actors moved to keep their jobs a while longer. No job is guaranteed. I firmly believe they all Knew they were on borrowed time.

  13. CeeCee

    February 24, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Miss Erica Kane and her spectacular, bigger than life persona, Susan……my heartfelt best wishes to you and to everyone from AMC & OLTL.

  14. Melody

    February 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    My email to – & ___ “Just want to let you know that WHEN “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are back on ABC Daytime programming, then I will also return. The only program that I watch on ABC now is “General Hospital” … nothing else in the daytime and certainly, nothing in the nighttime!

    You did a great disservice to the Cast & Crew of “AMC” and “OLTL” … as well, as the longtime, loyal viewers of “AMC” and “OLTL”.”

    • KansasGuest

      February 24, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Lashing out at 2 people who had nothing to do with cancelling AMC or OLTL is immature. Those shows were cancelled by Brian Frons, head of ABC Daytime, back in 2011. At the time, Ben Sherwood worked in NYC in the ABC News division. Channing Dungey has worked in ABC’s Primetime Division since 2009. Why is primetime responsible for anything that happens in daytime? What a childish response…

  15. Llanviewer717

    February 24, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I still grieve the loss of our beloved All My Children and One Life to Live. We viewers have lost so very much.

  16. Jane

    February 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    They botched it alright. AMC & OLTL didn’t deserve their fate. Reality T V is the worst bringing low lives from all over to where real actors should be in good dramas.
    Some of us just eat up reality TV and continue to help it along.

    • David

      February 25, 2016 at 9:53 am

      AMC deserved to be cancelled, ratings were very low and storylines were horrible. OLTL had good ratings, that was a big mistake for cancelling OLTL. Brian Frons better hide, or I will kick his ass Lol. Brian Frons is a punk and sob.

  17. Liam

    February 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Although GH has always been my favorite daytime show, I also grew up watching AMC (since the late 70’s). It still holds a very, very special place in my heart. It was unique in that while it focused on youth, it also offered storylines that heavily involved characters who weren’t all teenagers or 20-30’s, but middle-aged to older characters (Phoebe, Ruth, Joe, Opal, Palmer, Daisy, Chuck, Mona, Langley, Myrtle, Enid, Lars, Pat, Ray, Olga, Adam/Stuart, Marian, Ellen, etc., and the list goes on and on..including characters who began on the show as a part of the younger set and then grew to become established, older characters.

    God, I miss that show I miss all of its opening credits.

    • Jim Preston

      February 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

      I sure miss it too, when I watch DAYS OF OUR LIVES, just to get a “soap fix” I think to myself…geez “all my children” was SOO much better than this! I watched AMC for over thirty years…geez….don’t like to admit that – and I really miss it.
      I think, in fact I know that they should have just trimmed it down to a half hour as well as One Life to Live and kept them going.

  18. Chris B

    February 24, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    AMC and OLTL were pure class and sophistication too. Quality shows, both of them. A huge loss.

  19. Kate

    February 25, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Bring back our soaps! Daytime tv is horrible for the most part. I have been watching DOOL and Y&R but DOOL is my favorite right now. It is really good. Y&R is not that good right now. Storylines are slow and really could not tell you what is going on. I can’t figure out who the young people are in Y&R. They all look alike. Girls tend to be skinny blonds and guys are same height and dark hair. There are way too many young people on Y&R. Yes I know the name is Young And The Restless.

    Bring back Susan and AMC!

  20. jcrew

    February 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I always wondered why after the shows were cancelled, when I would go to sites like this, the only thing that I ever heard about was oltl. They faired basically the same in viewrs. Im referring to respoce of fans. I didnt start watching the show until I heardit was cancelled and was amazed at how much I enjoyedit. Really great acting and cast. However when went to view it online there was only a comment or two for the days show. Then when I went to gh, the show I normally watch, there were pages and pages of comments under just one episode. It became clear that the shows were in two different places. Its unfortunate bc I think that if the show got a new producer and new writers and uped their game and shook things up a little, amc could still be on air.

    • Barbara from Atlanta

      February 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      “Its unfortunate bc I think that if the show got a new producer and new writers and uped their game and shook things up a little, amc could still be on air.”

      In my opinion, this exact same sentence could have been said about ATWT, which had over 50 years of history and 6-7 actors remaining who had been on the show a minimum of 25 years. It bothers me when I see the frequent comments criticizing the cancellation of OLTL and AMC that the longer running ATWT rarely is mentioned. ATWT seems to have been almost forgotten when it was cancelled. (I’m NOT suggesting that OLTL and AMC deserved cancellation. It just irks me the way many sites and the comments fail to mention ATWT, which did not deserve the fate it got).

  21. Alvin

    February 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I do believe the AMC cast was blindsided. I believe the initial plan was to cancel only One Life To Live. I think had AMC performed better in the ratings after its move to California it would have lasted a bit longer.

  22. nellie

    February 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I have really tried to get past the cancelling of both AMC and OLTL and then the sabotage of Prospect Park. Other than GH and DWTS I no longer have much use for ABC. I appreciate CBS commitment t o quality daytime shows. ABC could bring back a hybrid soap but then have to admit they were wrong.

    ABC make amends to your loyal daytime fans.

  23. Joann

    February 26, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I cannot understand why the powers that be at ABC did not put their soaps or one of their other cable channels. If the rating is down put it on a station that shows old reruns. Or something else that is just filling up time until evening! I think that this could be a solution. To save money, they could cut it down to 3 days a week and take out all the crap that prolongs the story line.

    • Nellie

      February 26, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Great idea! ABC listen to your viewers.

      • Joann

        February 27, 2016 at 5:21 am

        Thank you

  24. Rj

    February 26, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Have to admit I miss AMC. I wish it were still on eventhough I only watched it once in awhile. I knew the characters, and I liked to tune in every now and then.

  25. marishka ruth embreus

    March 14, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    will never forget my oltl and amc(I watched oltl since 1960s) they should have just combined the shows or put them on lifetime network thier other affiliate. idiots..idoubt if they could collect all the actors nd bring them back now. they are truly over l..sadly…let’s all move on .will miss my “sis ” Vicky lord and nora bucahanens anfdtheir families forevah.

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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.

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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 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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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

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 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, 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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