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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

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Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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  1. Margaret Johnson

    May 24, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    While All My Children was replaced by The CHEW, ABC hasn’t picked ANY winner in One Life to Live’s spot. (& wasted millions of $$) Bring back the 2 soaps. It’s time

    • Bobbie

      May 25, 2018 at 3:35 am

      7 yrs isn’t nothing to smirk at. I agree, no ones replaced OLTL with any success! I think the chew should stay or give us our soaps!

  2. Jason

    May 24, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Karma is real. Yes. I’m so glad The Chew was cancelled. All My Children was unceremoniously cancelled, for a show no one was clearly interested in watching. I’ll watch Food Network if I want to watch a cooking show, which I don’t because I hate cooking. Queen Erica Kane should still be ruling the airwaves, and hopefully ABC regrets their decision. Unfortunately it won’t bring All My Children back. Goodbye to The Chew. I truly wish I never knew you.

  3. John Gainor

    May 24, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Should have never cancelled AMC – idiotic mistake by ABC TV

  4. Mark

    May 24, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Yes!!! Glad that show was shown the door. Never could watch more than five minutes of it. ABC should never have cancelled OLTL & AMC. They will never find shows that will last as long as those dramas.

    • Patrick

      May 30, 2018 at 11:52 am

      I had grown so irritated @ the CHEW… you know that dvr when it show’s the last minutes of the show, before recording GH… HATED how each co-host would ham it up for the camera. ha ha ha … right back atcha. ok my one rant

  5. Sandy

    May 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Glad they are axed. I still miss AMC and wish they were reborn again.

  6. Lisa

    May 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    AMC should not have been cancelled (or OLTL either), but the Chew is a decent show. I’ve definitely improved my cooking skills since it’s been on. There’s no reason for another hour of “news”, just so ABC can copy NBC’s Today show format.

  7. Soaphound

    May 24, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Whatever charm THE CHEW once had is long since gone. It morphed into a pseudo talk show with Carla’s immature antics and that overgrown manchild Michael Symon cackling that phony, irritating laugh. Recipes are thrown together like they’re running a 50-yard dash and many of the “celebrity” guests just embarrassed themselves by proudly proclaiming, “I can’t even boil water, yuck yuck.” I won’t miss the show at all.

    • Jimh

      May 25, 2018 at 3:12 am

      Carla and Micheal are horrible hosts…watched a few times and the food never looked like something i would want to eat!!!!

    • Patrick

      May 30, 2018 at 11:54 am

      oh it was one ham bone after another. irritable hosts. cya

    • Sharon

      July 5, 2018 at 7:13 am

      Bring Back the TV show The Chew

  8. rebecca1

    May 24, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I don’t think this is a good thing. We KNOW that AMC and OLTL aren’t coming back. Good Morning America might cost less to produce than The Chew. If it’s successful, GH could be the next to go. People need to keep tuning in to GH if they don’t want it to be the next fatality on the chopping block (see what I did there? The Chew/chopping block?) 😉 too!

    Keep watching GH!

    • Shana

      May 24, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      We can not lost General Hospital, don’t even think of it.

      • Sam

        May 25, 2018 at 9:33 pm

        Time to cancel GH, and bring back OLTL. GH has gone down hill.

    • Alan

      May 24, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      If GH wants people to tune in, it needs to get its act together and get new writers who understand that the constant focus on Sonny to the exclusion of beloved vets like Laura is driving viewers away from their show instead of to it.

      • rebecca1

        May 25, 2018 at 4:51 am

        I dont miss Laura at all, Alan. The character had become very boring and it took Kevin down, too. Watching them babysit Spencer or hold hands during a stroll did nothing for me. And though I like Genie and was thrilled when she originally came back…just wasn’t working for me. I AM loving Scorpio back and I wish they’d keep him on. Would love to see Mac back, too.

        I’m loving the Peter/Henrik story; just love him. Hoping they keep him on. Valentin, Nina, Drew, Franco, Jason…good stuff. Mike’s story is hearbreakingly perfect. And Carly FINALLY being the victim is gold. Waited a long time to see her pay.

        Still, none of the soaps are safe and GH can’t afford unhappy viewers tuning out. Better to turn your set on, ever, FF if u don’t like a story because ultimately ABC can ax GH as easily as they did the others if it’s not profitable.

        • jeffrie

          May 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm

          laura was boring because the writers wrote her that way!Wish i agreed with your review but this fan tuned out months ago…. its such a drag to see the last of abc soaps go down, but they have no one to blame but themselves and abc micromanaging!

          • rebecca1

            May 28, 2018 at 6:53 am

            Well since all our characters are “written” I can only go by how she was written. And her last stint was little bits here and there, she had no story accept as mother/grandmother, she wasn’t dynamic and even if they had made her “mayor” not sure where that would have even gone. How often do we see the mayor on any given day, month year?

            I love Kevin and I love seeng him back vital and working. They need to bring Mac back; they’re friendship was fun and sincere.

            Laura depressed me.

  9. James

    May 24, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Justice served on a plate.

    Mmm…mmmm..Good.

  10. Shana

    May 24, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    I never liked it, too silly, I have no interest in cooking show’s, but loved All My Children. Maybe ABC should have left well enough alone.

  11. robert

    May 24, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    i’m glad it’s gone. i’m surprised it lasted this long. GH needs to step it up or their gonna be next

  12. su000

    May 24, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Cooking shows are bad for health..
    Some have need to prepare everything they see and that contributes to Obscenity.

    It’s good it’s gone; save a life.

  13. Liz

    May 25, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Hell yeah, I’m glad. I’m breaking out the bubbly and dancing a jig! Now please let ABC bring back AMC & OLTL in some form or fashion. Things will never be right for the mouse network until they do right by the fans.

    • su000

      May 25, 2018 at 6:23 am

      hi Liz[[
      Never ever in a 100 years will ABC bring back AMC – OLTL..
      ABC will never bring on another soap they’d be happy to be rid of GH ..
      Soaps are going the way of dinosaurs and only a selective group will watch a soap, that’s mainly the boomers and there never will be New viewers of count to bring the numbers up.
      the soaps viewers are what they are and that’s it.
      ABC is well aware of that fact 🙁

      • su000

        May 27, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        LOL
        the truth hurts 🙂

  14. aria

    May 25, 2018 at 12:26 am

    primetime is enjoying across the board all these reboot of past successful shows (i.e Rosanne,wil and grace) daytime needs to do the same, bring back oltl and amc, and combine them into an hour, just saying.

  15. HELENE GAW

    May 25, 2018 at 12:39 am

    I WATCH THE NEWS ON FOX 2 NEWS, AFTER THAT THE ONLY THING I WANT TO WATCH IS THE CHEW! TO CANCEL IS JUST NOT FAIR!!!!!!

  16. Rodd

    May 25, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Not thrilled, but not sad either. I didn’t watch The Chew, but didn’t blame the show for AMC or OLTL’s cancellation. I blamed the idiots in charge at the networks. Now, with word coming the GMA is expanding, it’s just more bad news. I don’t want more news/talk show shows. Yee-gads! Haven’t we enough?!? Bringing back the soaps would be lovely but too much of a fantasy, I guess. Would love to see ABC spend more money on GH and bolster it with GOOD advertising, not the insipid ads they run when they run them.

  17. Craig silver

    May 25, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Never liked the Chew. Was a big fan of AMC & OLTL.

  18. Mary SF

    May 25, 2018 at 2:53 am

    It would be justice if the show was cancelled and AMC was returned to its spot- otherwise this is just another daytime show that is suffering the fate of lower ratings and the need to replace original content with something less expensive to produced

  19. Jimh

    May 25, 2018 at 3:11 am

    I dont care for the Chew but i dont care for an expanded GMA…news!…News! News!…why does so many people need news and information shows so much???

    • rose

      May 29, 2018 at 7:12 am

      Hi Jimh…don’t know if it is a matter of people needing or wanting more news and information. I think it’s a matter that it’s less expensive for the networks to put them on air.
      Just another idea. So I’m thinking networks like ABC must have access to, or a corral of good writers who are currently not working since shows like Scandal and Lucifer are over or cancelled. Or retreads aren’t living up to the originals. Maybe enlist them to a “soap challenge”…to write a daily, one half hour story (since “preferred demos are time challenged), using the traditional soap formula with a contemporary feel.

  20. Patti

    May 25, 2018 at 3:21 am

    I never watched one minute of The Chew…it probably didn’t make a bit of difference to anyone but me but it was all I could do. Miss AMC and OLTL still. That ship has sailed and no bringing it back but would sure love to see ABC do something innovative …..maybe a new fresh soap but have some of our favorite characters (that are available) all on one show.

  21. Bobbie

    May 25, 2018 at 3:33 am

    I am NOT watching 3 hours as GMA. Yes it has good ratings because it is better than other morning news shows, but no one wants 3 hours worth!

  22. Llanviewer717

    May 25, 2018 at 4:01 am

    All My Children and One Life to Live are very popular, extremely successful, long term programs that cannot be replaced by cheap, thrown together talk shows. Too bad the powers that be at the alphabet network don’t realize that.

    • rebecca1

      May 27, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      They would never have cancelled the soaps if they were turning a profit. The days of millions upon millions of soap fans tuning in are forever gone. So, it’s not that they’re unaware that they were popular but they just weren’t turning a profit. Keep saying this but while it’s entertainment/escapism, whatever, to viewers, it’s still a business. And it has to be cost-effective.

  23. Ray Johnson

    May 25, 2018 at 4:53 am

    If I had my way, “All My Children” would come back, but most of my favorites probably would not be back. I do not want ABC to give us stories that I watched earlier in the morning. I hope they take a fresh approach, similar to “Hoda and Kathie Lee.” I am surprised with the success of “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price Is Right,” ABC did not replace “The Chew” with a game show. I would love to see a modern take on “Password” or “Concentration.”

  24. Carla

    May 25, 2018 at 9:23 am

    The Chew was a great show in the beginning. Oz and Batali departure killed the chemistry of the show. Mario was one of their greatest assets.

  25. Ryan

    May 25, 2018 at 11:27 am

    It’s vindication but not justice. Everything that has been plugged in place of “One Life To Live” failed, in the case of “The Chew” replacing “All My Children” it simply took a little longer to fail. Justice would be a reboot/revival of either AMC, OLTL, or a hybrid of both shows with the characters folks remember best.

  26. Linda Stockdell

    May 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I am glad that Chew was cancelled as it was a stupid and ridiculous show with terrible hosts. What is next to replace it? Another food show or crazy talk show.

  27. Joe Wells

    May 25, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Erica Kane called, she wants her timeslot back – . I know THAT’S not gonna happen. I am sorry to hear that anyone lost their job, but I also wonder how many people lost their jobs at AMC and OLTL. My fear is that ABC will continue to expand GMA to 2:00 p.m. and cancel the now lowest rated soap, GH. There really are no winners here, despite the karma joy I admittedly feel.

    • rebecca1

      May 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      That’s what I wrote above, Joe. I agree with you. That’s why people need to keep tuning in to GH even if they don’t like a character, a story line or are angry that a favorite actor is let go. Their “protests” are only going to hasten GH’s demise.

      Hoping that the “desired demographic” holds steady or goes up because without the desired age group the advertisers look for we’re done.

  28. Charday

    May 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Don’t care about Chew’s cancellation–I saw a few minutes of episodes here and there, but it never clicked for me. As far as GMA’s expansion, who would want more of Liddle George Stephanopolos??? No thanks. What’s next, another hour of The View (barf).

  29. Debbie Lypn

    May 25, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    This makes me so angry, if The Chew lost viewer’s because of something Mario Batali did, this is very unfair to Clinton, Carla, and Simon! I enjoyed The Chew more after Mario left, it seemed like it was a more relaxed atmosphere and they were having so much fun and it made me laugh! I am so sad they they are cancelled, it’s just not fair at all!

  30. jaybird369

    May 25, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Y-E-P…KARMA IS A BITCH!!!!! At long last, that GODAWFUL show The Chew is cancelled…WHOO-HOO!!!!! 3 of my best friends are WAY BETTER COOKS than those 3 DORKY AND ANNOYING Chew hosts!!!!!

    SAYONARA!!!!!!!!!!

    • Claudio

      May 25, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      Amen to you my friend jaybird the chew finally got cancelled, it was painful to watch lol. The hosts were annoying to watch. I would rather watch Days and Y&R. I miss Vivian my madam is gone for now. She will be back sooner than later.

  31. Gina Sarduy

    May 25, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    I stopped watching ABC during the 1 to 4 pm afternoon shows because they cancelled my Sopa’s serves them right bring back my soaps

  32. Louise Bischoff

    May 25, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I hate to hear that this show will end. I just began watching it a month or so and have enjoy it so very much. Three hours of GMA is a bit much.

  33. Louise Bischoff

    May 25, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    This show is very entertaining and the people on the show are very fun to watch. It takes the mind off of the news programs. So now GMA will give us more political nonsense.

  34. Fran

    May 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    What about OLTL Why I are They always left out . OLTL was A great show it had higher rating then GH and AMC . It was always the red headed Step Child of ABC . And yes I am Glad The Chew was Cancelled it was long over due.

  35. jaybird369

    May 26, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Carla Hall…now that your IDIOTIC show The Chew has now been cancelled…PLEASE GO AWAY…FOREVER!!!!!

    Thank You.

    • David

      May 27, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Carla Hall needs to go away and never come back to tv. She is very annoying.

      • jaybird369

        May 29, 2018 at 11:13 am

        David…EXACTLY!!!!! BTW, in that photo, what is up with Carla Hall’s hair?!?!? Her hair looks like the color of a snowball flavor…lol. Beyond dreadful.

        Have a good one.

  36. Amber Rizzo

    May 26, 2018 at 5:53 am

    ALL MY CHILDREN fans finally got their revenge. THE SPEW has been axed, Now fans of AS THE WORLD TURNS and GUIDING LIGHT fans should get their revenge by having THE TALK and LET’S MAKE A DEAL cancelled. To think that the Bauers were replaced by a reboot of a crappy game show. The Hughes clan were replaced by five cackling yentas blithering on about diarrhea, gynecologists and enemas.

  37. Sandra W Evans

    May 26, 2018 at 6:27 am

    So now Carla,Clinton and Michael are shouldering the blame for Mario? Love this show!
    Do not miss Mario!! The remaining hosts are great

  38. Barbara

    May 26, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I stopped watching when Ms.Oz left, the other woman does nothing for me, then she shows up on the only soap I watch GH.

  39. Melissa

    May 26, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I think justice would have been if it had ranked right away! Though to be honest it wasn’t a bad show as compared to other cooking/style shows.

  40. LeRoy Davidson

    May 26, 2018 at 11:45 am

    The decisions to dump two iconic soaps for a food show were ill advised to say the least. I want to be entertained. My mind is already full of so much “information” and I am ready for an escape. The soaps were always that for me. “One Life..” was doing very well in the ratings, and AMC could have been saved by a good writing team and top brass who actually cared for the genre.

  41. Dmr

    May 26, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I never watched The Chew. All of the hosts creeped me out. Not looking forward to more GMA. Ugh.

  42. Joan Nehlig

    May 26, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I’m only sorry that it lasted 7 years. I totally refused to watch anything they put in AMC’s timeslot. or OLTL also. So good riddance.

  43. carla carter

    May 26, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Bring My ALL MY CHIANDREN

    • David

      May 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Yes I agree,bring back All My Children. Man do I miss Erica Cane. She was the bomb lol.

  44. Mary K.

    May 27, 2018 at 7:03 am

    I am sorry for the people who work for the show, but I get little satisfaction that good shows were cancelled for something so inane when there are cooking channels for people who want a cooking show. I would love to see General Hospital be extended into that time zone so that we might collect an entire hour of the show rather than the measly 32-37 minutes we now get.

  45. Chgohighlife

    May 27, 2018 at 10:46 am

    What useless and inappropriate gloating. The Chew lasted seven seasons which proved it had a good audience and a good run in today’s terms. Best of all, they didn’t need a cast of dozens for their success. AMC and OLTL are gone for good. Soaps have been relegated to online.
    It’s 2018. The world is moving forward. Not backwards. Soaps are not Roseanne. Their best days are behind us. I’m a fan but I am also realistic. Not one soap draws even half a million in the key demo. Advertising is dirt cheap. Not a formula for success.

  46. val

    May 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Daytime soaps are done. They economics don’t make sense. Crying for their return is like crying for silent movies or vaudeville. The best you can do is ask the network to do a week-long 5 episode reboot of AMC or OLTL during sweeps. Days and Y&R are doing some interestng things but the glory days are gone.

    • James

      May 27, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Other countries seem able to continue producing daytime soaps (or broadly daily serials) without much hassle, from the UK to the Philippines, all the way down to Australia.

      US television seem unable to cope with the times and to modernize daytime soap operas in order to remain relevant and sustainable.

      • rebecca1

        May 28, 2018 at 7:14 am

        Seems to me they have different formats and most of their soaps run in the evening; some don’t run five days a week.

        Not sure why the networks don’t try to cut the shows to several times per week or half hour formats (as B&B) to cut cost; perhaps with a greater chance at staying on the air.

        • James

          May 29, 2018 at 4:46 am

          In the Uk alone, some of their top-rating soaps air 5 days a weeks, with one day dedicated to double bills. One soap airs a “first look” of its next episode in its digital channel before airing that same episode in its main channel.

          I mean there is so much effort and dedication in making this format remain relevant to their audience that the US pales in comparison on how crappy they are in giving a single care to their own.

          • rebecca1

            June 7, 2018 at 7:19 am

            Hi James…not sure if you’ll see this since it’s been over a week and we’re still not getting notified if we have a reply.

            But, just did a little research and this came from an article (I’d supply the link but I’m not sure if links are allowed here) in the The Conversation (2015…from a random search):

            The great decline
            The scene is very different now. In the course of the past ten years, several of the great American daytime soaps have finally bitten the dust. Guiding Light came to an end in 2009. With around 19,000 episodes, it is undoubtedly the longest-running story in the history of mankind, taking more than 70 years to narrate. It was followed in 2010 by As the World Turns, which had clocked up a mere 14,000 episodes.

            “Germany has gone from six daily soaps to two, Italy and the Netherlands from three to one, and the form has disappeared entirely from the Swedish television landscape. And the survivors are all suffering from declining viewing figures.”

          • Michael

            June 7, 2018 at 7:43 am

            Hi Rebecca:
            I have checked with my development team and they told me that users are receiving emails and are being notified if they get a reply to their post.
            Did you check your “spam” folder perhaps it landed in there?
            If not please let me know.
            Thanks
            Michael

    • Harry

      May 27, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      The sad thing is we need escapism more than ever right now. Failing that, some great comedy which is why I have been binge watching The Office.

      • davlestev1

        May 28, 2018 at 2:41 pm

        I agree Harry. So why not try a 30 minute soap modeled on the British way of soaps. In studio sets but a free standing outdoor set that mimics a real town. Like Guiding Light attempted in its final stages. And write the older residents like REAL people. Turning 60 does NOT slam you into a brick wall. 70 either. Have small businesses, a real park, town square. Like Peyton Place back in the 60’s. And call it Village People. At least TRY.

    • davlestev1

      May 28, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      I was with you through the first sentence. But a 5 day ONLY sweeps reboot?? HARD PASS.

  47. donna rossikmiotek

    May 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I would like to have amc and oltl back on abc I miss them very much I am a loyal fan of both shows

  48. Karen

    May 28, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I love the chew & I especially since Mario is gone! Can’t stand him!

  49. Margaret

    June 18, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Was so upset about AMC being cancelled that I vowed to never watch the chew, and I didn’t. switched networks and started watching Days of our Lives.

  50. Brenda

    June 22, 2018 at 7:11 am

    No. I loved watching the Chew. They were a unique show that I have watched for the last seven years. I will NEVER watch a third hour of GMA. There is no need for more talk about news.

  51. Janet

    June 28, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I don’t see anything to rejoice about. Let’s face it, the cancellation of The Chew won’t put back All My Children on the air and may actually even endangered General Hospital if the third hour of Good Morning America goes well in the ratings.

    I never cared about The Chew. But at least there was some stability at ABC Daytime over the last of couple of years with Chew and GH as a tandem. Now I’m back again wondering what future lies for GH, much like I did when AMC and OLTL were cancelled in 2011.

  52. D. Grubb

    July 5, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I am so mad at whoever decided to cancel one of the funniest, educationall, uplifting shows in a long time for daytime tv. We and everyone I know are not happy with ABC’s unfortunate decision and are banning this channel.

  53. Lauralee Belden

    July 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    After All my Children left there was another show from the GMA with Lara Spencer someone else so then ABC had to cancel the Chew for another show possibly won’t make it as the same as that one possibly , that’s going back 6 1/2 years ago, hope it doesn’t become a flop , l really don’t know where their going thus way with another shot if GMA 3rd hour kind of stupid! I think something better than that should be on just saying gd luck to ABC see if it gets any more better ratings!

  54. Karen

    August 1, 2018 at 8:17 am

    The axing of two successful soaps was a tragic stain on ABC! To this day they have lost viewers for their decisions. It surprises none of us who loved these two that their replacements have bombed! Alot of money went down the crapper!

  55. Mibo

    August 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Stopped watching All My Children years before it canceled and never watched more than 5, if that, episodes of The Chew. As for it only lasting 7 years, that’s actually not a bad thing. Most shows, daytime or primetime would do well to last more than a season. These days hitting 4 or 5 seasons says you are doing or have done something right. Canceled shows mean lost jobs so that is never a good thing but in the grand scheme of things and to answer the question as to whether or not I’m glad, I have to admit I am indifferent.

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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 EW.com 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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