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Susan Lucci speaks out on Agnes Nixon being thrown to the wolves & Chuck Pratt sinking AMC!

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Brava to Susan Lucci! In her new interview with TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco, she candidly reveals her inner-most thoughts on some of the behind the scenes maneuvering at AMC, (especially the show’s head writer position), that played a major part in the downfall of the series!  Lucci also addresses that she feels that Brian Frons and ABC disrespected the creator of AMC and OLTL, Agnes Nixon, and that if anyone hand a major hand in destroying Pine Valley, it was none other than former head writer, Chuck Pratt.   Here are a few riveting excerpts!

Lucci on Agnes Nixon being thrown to the wolves by ABC Daytime, not her: “When you asked earlier if I felt I was thrown to the wolves, I’d like to add: I don’t understand why both of Agnes’ shows were cancelled. So if anyone was thrown to the wolves, it was Agnes. I find it disrespectful to this genius, iconic woman. Despite her longevity in the business, she is quite a modern woman. Her contributions to the art form should be respected. Certainly if I were the head of ABC Daytime, I would not want to make this decision on my watch. I would never throw Agnes out the window on my watch.”

Lucci on Brian Frons decision to make Chuck Pratt  head writer and the consequences of that action: “My feelings are that Brian Frons was handed a very healthy daytime line-up when he arrived and then he hired Chuck Pratt to be head writer. Chuck said to all of us in a big team meeting that he didn’t care about characters. He said, ‘I will not be writing character-driven storylines. I don’t care.’ In individual meetings with him, people would come out weeping and distressed because he would [dismiss their characters and histories]. Almost immediately, our ratings dropped. As actors, we did everything we could to save and respect our characters and their histories; although on paper nothing was there for us to work with. The producers listened to the fans in the focus groups, and fans are sophisticated because of columns like yours and talk shows and so on, and they knew the writing was the problem. Chuck Pratt taking AMC down didn’t happen over night. And he was allowed to stay for two years. And unless it was Agnes or Lorraine, no one could dig us out of this hole.”

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What do you think of Lucci’s sentiments? We agree 110%!

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leah
leah

i want some serious house cleaning.. I want Pratt ,Guza , Frons and Sweeney Gone.. who are they sleeping with that they keep their jobs.

Susan
Susan

Honest and very revealing. All Susan is doing is telling the truth. My fear is GH is already headed down the same dark path as AMC and OLTL. Disney and ABC must think the viewers are stupid. Most of us have college degrees.

Ellen
Ellen

I appreciate Susan’s honesty, as we have seen very little of that from the powers that be at ABC, as of late. She is a well respected icon of soap operas, and I am sure she is telling the truth, not to mention the fact that sadly, she has nothing (else) to lose by doing so, now that the writing is on the wall for AMC (& OLTL). I still find this extremely sad, but honestly, I do not know why I am shocked by these revelations, as sadly this is how many major businesses are run, giving little or no thought to those in the position to lose the most (ie in this case, the actors of the show, directors, makeup people, security, and all those behind the scenes that give their all to make our ABC soaps as great as they are). I am sure Frons was brought in to do a job, and Pratt was called in to put it in motion. Too bad we could not stop this train wreck before it happened. I have been a devoted ABC Soap Fan for 30+ years and will tune in every day until the end of AMC and OLTL, and after that, I will watch ABC for one hour a day tivoing GH. Much good luck in the future Susan!

Sue
Sue

Good for Susan for finally speaking out. I guess she feels she does not have to be the loyal company girl since the bosses decided to throw her show in the garbage.

Glad she trashed Chuck Pratt. Fronz left him at AMC for 2 years while his stories gutted the show. Sickening.

I agree the actors did the best they could, but if its not on the page, it’s like asking soldiers to fight a battle with a pen knife instead of a automatic weapon.

The shock and sadness of cancellation is wearing off and Susan is starting to get angry thinking about what went down and the way it went down. So are we.

ethel
ethel

we the fans have been saying this for how long??
i am glad susan came forward with her statement – i knew she couldn’t say anything before but i am glad this is out in the open!!

Margie. Dalton
Margie. Dalton

110% also definitely threw the babies ouy with the bath water! Totaly disregarde what us fans want
Rich history of stories & actors we grew & do love. We will get even!

joanne tichbotne
joanne tichbotne

I love that Susan spoke out. Charles Pratt caused irreparable damage to amc and that is Brian frons fault. So honchosat abc why does someone so incompetent still have a job. Frons should be fired. I am boycotting abc. Thank god I live in Canada so I can watch oltl on a local channel. Who else hates Brian frons.

monica
monica

All I can say is that I miss those 2 shows now as much as ever. I watched them all my life; I would even pay to get them back again!!

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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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