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Susan Lucci releases statement that she is NOT the reason Prospect Park decided to stall AMC!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) of All My Children took to her Facebook page just a short time ago and issued this statement to her fans, to let them know that she is not the reason Prospect Park had decided to not move forward with producing All My Children at this time.   Below are Lucci’s sentiments and her clearing the air!

Susan Lucci: “I want my fans to know the truth. There has been miscommunications as a result of statements in the press that I am one of the reasons that All My Children is not moving forward. This is simply untrue and not the case. We have been in discussions since Prospect Park first expressed interest in moving the series online, and in correspondence dated September 8th, I made it clear that I would be ecstatic to be a part of All My Children in a prominent way if they committed to producing the series for another year. I have not heard back from Prospect Park since then, in fact, I learned of their decision not to proceed with All My Children at the same time you did, through the media.

It’s been a privilege and honor to be involved with the All My Children family for so many years, from working closely with Agnes Nixon to getting to know millions of devoted and wonderful fans.”

First, Vincent Irizarry took his Facebook page to refute the reports that the reason AMC did not move forward with Prospect Park was because it was going to be too David heavy, and now Susan came forward with this statement.
So what is exactly going on with Prospect Park’s decision to halt AMC? It clearly would seem it is about the whole picture, not just about certain stars! Let us know your thoughts!

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vik
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vik

I’m just sad about the whole thing, really wanted to see both AMC and OLTL go on line, heres hoping at least one will survivie?!

Cathy Behrens
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Cathy Behrens

We want answers! We want AMC on your network. What is up with not communicating with Susan Lucci in the proper way……. ? We want AMC on your network like you promised!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cathy Behrens
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Cathy Behrens

We want answers! We want AMC on your network.

Torrey
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Torrey

Is Prospect Park a cover company for ABC? Something to come along and get the fans hopes up, only to crush them in the end…..what is really going on?

M
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M

My thoughts exactly! I feel like this whole thing (PP taking over AMC) was done to pacify all the angry soap fans – an elaborate smoke screen that ABC is somehow behind….

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

I was waiting for a statement from Susan. I didn’t think it was her OR any of the other cast members holding up PP with AMC. Seems more like a PP problem. Not enough money? So they put AMC on hold because the ratings were not as high as OLTL. They are saying if OLTL takes off with great ratings online, than chances are AMC will then return. As they make money, they can take on more shows. One step at a time. I can understand that, but what I do not understand is that we have heard NO word… Read more »

lady love
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lady love

i blame amc big stars for amc not going on now it`seens like ppr are the once to be blame these guys are nothing but big fat liers

Nancy
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Nancy

This is TOTALLY unacceptable. PP promised us AMC and OLTL. We the fans in turn threw our total support to PP and our belief in their word and integrity. They are greatly mistaken if they think we will roll over and let them kick us again. WE HAVE A VOICE AND WE WANT ANSWERS.

Kim Archer
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Kim Archer

I am just furious about how this has all been handled…just a bunch of crazy rumors in lieu of any word at all from Prospect Park. They could fill us in once in a while. I knew Susan Lucci didn’t do what all the rumors said she did. She is a classy lady. And I also know most of the actors haven’t even been approached by PP. I just feel like PP is being disingenuous with us AMC fans and everyone else. I really want AMC back, particularly since we got the big cliffhanger and now we’re not even sure… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

It all comes down to money which they clearly do not have and are apparently scrambling to get. Perhaps they feel like they can only get enough money for one show at this time and OLTL’s ratings were far better than AMC’s ratings so they went with them.

Harlee
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Harlee

OLTL ratings are better but not “far better”, but the mileage PP could use to promote both shows going to the internet lies with AMC and SL. Susan is pop icon and for 41 yrs helped all daytime dramas. Some of daytime divas left and return but not Susan. Talk shows, morning shows, publications, radio etc would want SL because of her celebrity for interviews and that could help with money,, backers and the new launch. OLTL regardless of standing in ratings doesn’t have that type of appeal and will not garner the attention as AMC. This fan of AMC… Read more »

Brian
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Brian

while I do agree AMC was affected more so than OLTL by Brian Frons, I can not agree that OLTL should pay the price…. OLTL has always stood on it’s own…. very crazy at times, but that’s why it’s a soap and why I love it so much….

Harlee
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Harlee

There are first and foremost fans of AMC and then OLTL. I know a lot of people that feel this way and won’t support PP just solely for OLTL and that’s a fact. Viewers are being led and manipulated by PP as ABC and mark my words there will be a backlash. PP is being dead silent speaks volumes.

Michael
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Michael

It may be true that many fans care about AMC and then only secondarily OLTL, but I have to tell you: there are many of us for whom the reverse is also true. I would hate to see either one of them die (again), and I will most likely watch AMC if it ever does make it online, but if the situation were reversed, and AMC was the sure bet but OLTL’s future was questionable, I wouldn’t watch AMC if OLTL didn’t get transferred. For me, the last three to five years of AMC pretty much destroyed the show, whereas… Read more »

Harlee
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Harlee

Absolutely, I we all have our favorites between both shows. I know like myself many fans watched network blocks of soaps. Coming from CBS my favorite was always GL, but I watched CBS’s block of soaps. It is how advertisers “programmed” viewers when soaps started on network TV and along with what network your household tuned into to view. It created many generations of viewers and that was what all wanted …loyalty. This is what I’m saying it would benefit to run a block instead just one soap. Well, now the news yesterday it looks like fans of both shows… Read more »

Brian
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Brian

Please don’t be too hard on Prospect Park…. at least they are trying… and for this, I thank them. Some hope is better than no hope, and yes, any “tv” show involves needing money to produce… but I do think it is wrong to “attack” Prospect Park for their effords.

Wally
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Wally

Get real folks…………soaps on the net will not make it. Not enough people have a fast enough computer or broadband to watch it. In the future, internet tv’s and broadband wil be cheap enough and fast enough for everyone. Now, it would be a tremendous waste of money. Look for Prospect in the next month to say they are delaying the production of OLTL for the net……………………..

Brian
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Brian

Just wondering why you think people are not prepared to watch online. I tend to watch all my tv online thru the networks websites…..

Torrey
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Torrey

In regards to Susan Lucci and her being the so-called reason for the AMC delay….I’m not for sure about the whole PP angle, but it seems like to me that Cady McClain is the one who made the statement about Susan Lucci….she didn’t say it out right, but there was a lot assumption in the air. At least that’s how I felt, after I read her interview.

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

I Totally Believe Susan’s Statements–Absolutely! 🙂

Ellen Turo
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Ellen Turo

Prospect Park jumped on the bandwagon when they saw a profit to be made. But now that a few months have gone by, I think the reality is setting in. They are probably realizing there are a lot of kinks to work out from the actors and writing to the sets to the pricing models and so on.

PP was so concerned about getting the AMC audience before they moved on to something else, they didn’t really think the whole thing through.

Wally
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Wally

Brian I did not say nobody in a country of 300 million people is watching tv online. I said not enough to make it profitable at the present time.

lady love
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lady love

the net is the way to go.i am not a fam of oltl pp need to say something

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Susuan Lucci put her heart and soul into AMC offscreen she has a happy marriage and family she loves that show she was devasted. Remember she was fooled and uprooted to California for filming when her life and her husbands business is in New York. Personally I don’t beleive they were ever going to move them online I just think they were trying to fend off everyone going nuts 4 soaps cancelled in 2 years for game shows cooking shows etc because they are cheaper I have accepted it and the direction the remaning 4 or going they will be… Read more »

Barbara
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Barbara

I don’t believe Prospect Park lied. I simply think it is overwhelmed with all of the financial issues to make this work. The immediate reaction when PP announced that it was licensing both shows and moving them with full episodes to the internet was how the company was going to make it work. If the shows had been profitable, networks wouldn’t be cancelling them at the current rate and other broadcasters would be clamoring to get them. Oprah Winfrey said as much when she announced that OWN was not pursuing them. Lucci’s statement indicates that she wanted a year commitment… Read more »

LUMI
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LUMI

I will not watch soaps on the net,makes my eyes hurt,
we just have to get over having soaps,they will soon all be gone,and that makes me very sad,I have been a fan of soaps over 45 years,I guess its time to say goodby and on to what ever is next for us…

Jan
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Jan

Is this game? Because its not funny to AMC Fans.
I myself being a OLTL Fan.

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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.”

Photo: JPI

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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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.

Photo: MCC Theatre

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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