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The Chew's Mario Batali says to NYMAG, "It's as if I chopped off Erica Kane's head!"



Uber-chef, Mario Batali, one of the co-hosts of All My Children’s replacement, The Chew, commented in a new feature with New York Magazine that he is somehow shocked and surprised by the public and soap fan backlash which took the town of Pine Valley off the daytime television map!

Batali stated, “Dude, they are so mad at me. It’s as if I had chopped off Erica Kane’s head. They’re not happy, and they’re on the Twitter-sphere, and they’ve got beautiful vocabularies.” Batali even let out to the reporter that the  soap fans attack him in person, too, calling the show The Spew.

The chef also says he tries to placate the fans by promising to bring Susan Lucci on as a guest, and explaining that, “It wasn’t a Mario Batali decision. It was an ABC-TV decision. I say, ‘I’m just a pawn in the game.’ ”

Does he really think bringing on Susan Lucci as a guest on The Chew is not somehow inappropriate?

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I used to like Mario, but the more he opens up his mouth, the more I want to slap him across the face.. STFU!!

you have that right I don’t like none of them and like we say ( we hope the chew is a flop!) ABC will have a lot’s of ass kissing to do when they see they was wrong for what they are doing.

The Spew, The Poo, The Goo…..
You should have thought twice Mario before you smack talked about soap fans saying they better get over it! Your show will be thrown out in the trash like the sorry apple core logo of your show! Hope you can still afford those ugly orange shoes after that.

Amen i wont get over it i hope the spew poo goo gets flushed asap!!!!!!

We don’t want Susan Lucci on The Chew, we want her on All My Children….don’t they get it yet??????

Are you and the other OLTL fans here mentally retarded or delayed? It was cancelled and its not coming back! There is nothing that any fan or group of fans in the entire world could do to change that. Are you so ridiculously idiotic not to understand that any show that replaced OLTL in its former time slot would cost so much less than it did to produce the soap! I’m not a big fan of “The Chew”, either, but those of us who are adults understand that the cast and crew of “The Chew” had nothing to do with the cancellation of OLTL, nor would any other new show. Grow up, already! Do you really think that if “The Chew” is cancelled that will somehow bring back your soap?If that is truly what you think then I suggest that your family quit marrying cousins or siblings, since the inbreeding is obviously having a detrimental effect on your intelligence!

It worked for Jericho.. And either way ABC is going to get fucked on the ad revenue it will lose with the shitty ratings Chew pulls. Nobody is going to pay the same for ads that don’t get as many viewers.

I’m excited to see The Chew crash land! I’m actually quite surprised anyone ever liked or related to Mario Batali. Anything I’ve ever had the misfortune of tuning into that he was a part of proved that he is obviously an over-inflated, egotistical, and generally unpleasant individual. I don’t care for the other cast members on the show either, but he really makes it unwatchable. I can’t wait for the show to be cancelled. I’m a huge ABC soap fan and I think the entire situation is sad. Especially for all of the people put out of work for the drival of The Chew.

Is he kidding now?? He took on a malicious tone with the SoapFans first and told the fans to “Get Over It” accept it and Move on. He can now go Screw himself along with the rest of The Spew. Scapegoat indeed-if more like a political ass kiss kisser.

I’m hoping Ms. Lucci will support her fans and not appear on The Chew. Can’t wait to see her on Hot In Cleveland!!

Would never watch the show. Don’t like reality TV, especially cooking show. Except for Dr. Oz daughter the people are really ugly to look at too.

ABC made a huge mistake.

I agree that these are the most hideous people I have ever seen. They are so gross to look at. They are nasty looking and I wouldn’t touch anything they cook. I don’t know their names, but doesn’t that lady with those hideous glasses realize how hideous they are? And the bald guy with the huge gigantic mouth and teeth gives me the creeps and looks nasty. And the other guy Mario or whatever his name is, he’s always scratching his nose and then touching the food and they’re always licking their fingers. Gross! I would eat nothing from these unsanitary people. I just can’t stand any of them, they give me the creeps they’re so ugly.

that group will never win the beautiful people award.

These people are ones to talk about vocabulary! From what I have heard and seen that crew keeps up and even out does the soap fans! Mario needs to think before adding insult to injury by inviting Susan Lucci to guest on that trashy show.

I can understand The Chew cast feeling attacked. However, I just can’t feel bad (well, as long as the protests stay focused on us Soap Fans not watching, I don’t condone attack the cast of The Chew) for them. They are benefiting from the demise of AMC and they knew this was their time slot and the purpose of the show (to replace soaps) from the beginning. I am sorry for them, but I hope the show fails. He didn’t chop off Erica’s head, but his boss did so there are repercussions.

How stupid and arrogant is this guy to give himself credit that soap fans somehow give him the credit for AMC being cancelled. We all know that was ABC/Disney’s doing at the hands of Frons and Sweeney. Soap fans are not going to support “any” show in our beloved AMC time slot. We are pissed at his rediculous comments, such as, “move on, get over it” Screw you and the Spew Mario.

He sounds as ignorant as Frons!

This is just the beginning Mr. Batali…… If you want the fans to like you again, just wait until ABC cancels your show….then and only then will you see smiles from the scorned faces of the soap fans.

He is completely delusional if he thinks Susan Lucci is going to be a guest on that crapfest show! That guy makes me sick to my stomach!

Attempting to bring Susan Lucci to the Spew is TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE! He’s got to be kidding! Even if the invitation was extended to Ms. Lucci, I’m sure she would decline. Mario, get real! ABC needs to feel the full extent of the fan backlash. Not only with the daytime replacement shows, but also their primetime programming. It does my heart good to see how the Spew’s ratings are plummeting.

are u kidding me? put susan lucci on the show? what are we getting a TEASER? oh look, someone from all my children must be stupid enough to come on the the chew / spew at the same time we would watch our beloved show? we wont stop till the chew is cancelled due to low ratings and let Brian Frons CHEW on that!

“i’m just a pawn in the game” -it is just like the scab who gets his job when everyone else is fired and says’ if i didn’t take the job somebody else would’….Batali is self centered and nasty. he brought on the wrath by being himself. and his show is a horrible mess.

If he thinks that getting susan lucci on the spew will get people too watch,he is sadly wrong.the only thing that I would be funny is if people watched just for susan and the next day they had low ratings again. Would serve them right in this soap fans opion.oh but im suposse to get over it. Lmao….

I hope The Chew goes belly up with the whole ABC execs who cancelled our soaps.

The guy is 7 different ways of inappropriate. And he doesn’t get to have it both ways. When the carp first started hitting the fan, he told us that AMC’s day was over and it was time for him to bring the public what they REALLY wanted. Well, it seems that now the public wants his head on a platter.

I wonder if he has a recipe for that?

Good Comment!!!! I glad he knows the fans call that crap the SPEW. That’s exactly what it is.

Has the tune Mario’s singing changed since the ratings for his show is not up to par? Maybe those soap fans he so eloquently told to get over it are now needed.

Boo freaking hoo.

I watched todays show October 4/ 2011, and would like to see the recipies that was prepared on that show

Thank you.

uh, wrong place for this.

Ah Marion, you are free to ask but don’t be surprised if you get clobbered here:)

My two bits folks, Mario is lucky to have a job. It is not his fault his opportunity came at the expense of a beloved show. However, his behaviour hasn’t help. He was condescending to soap fans in telling them get over it; soaps are done etc. He is backpedalling because he kind of put down Susan Lucci in the past and she amazingly is still to this day deemed a classy and beautiful person like her fellow soap colleagues. I hope Susan does the Spew, Chew or whatever. Why just so we can see more of her. But I hope Mr. Frons and ABC then realize the next day with a collapse of ratings that soaps and Susan Lucci are iconic and should not be tampered with. Soap fans it is important though you show the support; some how we lost it and the ratings fell on all the soaps.

Marion, if you want good recipes, go to the food network or to the cooking channel. I haven’t watched the chew aka “The Screw” in my household but I did see things posted on facebook and the recipes sounded gross and I have cooked for over 45 years and am a registered foodie. Don’t waste your time watching these losers.

he needs to just go somewhere & sit down – the rating are constantly falling…………….
when the “spew” fails i want him to “get over it, accept it & move the heck on”…………………..

I am no longer a fan of ABC and have not even turned that channel on nor will I since they took All My Children off the air. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought it might be. The only thing left to watch on ABC was the news and I certainly do not need the depression the news brings. So Chew On That ABC !! To many other channels to watch and your ABC channnel is not one of them !!

I agree! I was looking forward to Castle, Greys, and Private Practice but when they took threw my soaps out without so much as backward glance and put this worthless show on I decide enough of ABC I will not watch a channel that thinks so little of it’s viewers.
They never took into account the people that tape (do they say that anymore?) the soaps cause duh… they work during the day or the people that watch Soapnet.
Well ABC, and the chew you’ve lost a lot of viewers and I hope you go down in flames mario (**** go back to the food channel all of you where you belong!)

Vickie you are so right on that comment i have not watched that station yet either and i will not.

Noooooooo! Don’t send him back to the food network. He was crappy there. Hey! When the compost is canceled, he can get a job cooking at our local school.

To Mario Batali I say: Don’t worry, THIS soap fan doesn’t take it personally that your show is replacing a story that has been cherished by viewers for decades. And I’m sure YOU won’t take it personally that I would sooner serve road kill coated in a breading of cat litter than EVER watch your show (and I’m a Days of Our Lives fan). So when we refer to your show as The Spew, just remember… it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with ABC.

LOVE this!!!

Better be careful. Disney might want to create another show featuring your recipe. CAT LITTER SURPRISE

love it too bravo Kathy

ROTFL! Good one Kathy!

I meant Alicia E.

First of all, telling a soap fan to “GET OVER IT” is like putting a bomb in our mouths! We DO blow up! Secondly, I am also on the “Twitter-sphere” and the language is the usual that goes around. Some more so than others. That’s life Mario! GET OVER IT! You replaced an icon of a show. We said we would not support you because we are SOAP FANS NOT FOOD FANS! Again, GET OVER IT! You lost! You AND ABCD!!

His producer said in a interview before the chew was on air, that people who are soap fans wasted a hour a day by watching them. I am not wasting a hour of my day by watching the chew!!

well said!

The chew sucks, i dont even see way they have batali on there he steals his tips!!!!!!!

I’ve watched AMC since I was a kid, okay I admit it, we would yell at our moms to get us home from school as fast as possible so we wouldn’t miss a moment of Dark Shadows and would pretend to be ill so we could stay home that day to watch AMC.

I grew up watching those shows, for some reason it seems we stay loyal to the shows we watched as children for my family it was ABC (even my kids when home only watch, or watched ABC) When I went to college I was one of the kids that managed to somehow have a break in classes so I could watch my soaps.
I remember feeding my kids to the soaps.

I don’t think ABC or the members of the Chew realize what they have done. While we knew that these people were actors and the story lines make believe, we learned things, those soap operas took up ideas and causes that a lot of the country were grappling with, exposed it for what it was made us see that it wasn’t so awful to love someone of the same sex, that drugs were bad, that bad things happen out there and we need to stand up against them.

Yea sometimes they were silly, sad, sexually explicit (come on admit it 🙂 ) funny and poignant but they helped us walk away from a bad day, bad week or a bad life for just an hour.

In this world where the boardroom and the dollar bill is the God some kneel to now, it is forgotten that to most of us while we have to have that dollar bill we don’t worship it. We put people and their needs and what they care about first. Sorry ABC that the altar you kneel to isn’t the people that support you but the shareholders. I hope the heads of ABC someday sit down and watch the old soaps the trailblazers and realize that they lost the heart of the people.

Maybe soap watchers are mellow dramatic but so be it, we lived loved and laughed in Pine Valley and Llanview and now that we have no were to go we hit the internet and let them alllll know how we feel!

Very well stated! Longevity and loyalty seem to have no meaning or relevance to ABC. I have enjoyed AMC since the beginning and miss my “escape” to Pine Valley each weekday afternoon. I am hoping that the soaps can be saved–if not then I’m done with daytime television.

Leave Mario alone………..he didn’t take AMC off the air!!!

are you kidding??????????

no he wont be left alone make a stupid public statement and be ignorant to millions of viewers who would pay his bills he is reaping what he has sewn.

Ditto to Vicki’s reply….Best explanation of this I have read….that is exactly what Soaps do for us. That one hour to laugh,cry or whatever your feeling at that time and have that escape. There are plenty of cooking shows for viewers that prefer that type of show…..but soaps are few and far between and many of us have committed decades to these shows. It is very sad.

Mario needs to lose the clogs and the attitude.hes a nothing.

Did abc really think that taking away an American icon, a show we have grown up and old with, would really score points for it’s replacement shows. Hope you saved a lot of money abc, you’ll need it. Mario batali…you’re a loser who should keep his mouth shut.

Walt would be spinning in his grave if he saw how the “Mouse House” has gone downhill. His goal in life was to bring joy to everyone and when you see the direction they have gone it is just sad.
That the spew got in the middle of all of this corporate greed. Well, Mario…with all of your restaurants and other ventures I would think you had the business sense not to help something so beloved go down.
BTW…You were the one that told soap watchers to go read a book instead. You didn’t want us a viewers and showed such a lack of compassion. We are just following your advice, doing something else.

It won’t be long now before Batali hears, “The Chew…has been chopped.”

Aww, the poor thing.. What does he expect?? He wants to have this hostile, dismissive attitude towards the fans, and the show going off the air, and NOW he wonders why there’s so much anger?? GET A CLUE! Your show stinks!

What an idiot if he thinks by inviting Susan Lucci on his poor excuse of a show that he could placate soap fans. Wow I guess he really doesn’t know who he is dealing with! Here’s hoping that if he does extend the invite to her she quickly and directly says NO!

I could never support a show that tell’s soap fan’s to get over it and any way we are all supost to be on diet’s so we don’t need you cooking show they say we american’s are to fat so why do i need to watch some fat guy so me how to cook and stay fat give me back my soap don’t need to learn how to make soup my gradmother showed me that alond time ago.

Put the whole cast of AMC, OLTL, AND GH on the show and I still wouldn’t watch it. The Spew is just what it Frons wanted – cheap, poorly thought out television. And the ratings so far have reflected that. Good luck with The Revulsion when that comes out. And maybe ABC should seriously consider hiring someone who can put more than two words together. Or is one of the VP’s toddlers in charge of coming up with those highly creative program names?

Ok, i would like to start off by saying i am NOT a soap fan and dont care either way if they are canceled but this Dude is a freaking fat joke. He show is completely stupid and boring, and who is going to take advice from for dude that wears orange crocks with socks on? Who ever came up with this new show concept is a retard and needs to be fired. Who are these people that ABC hires to come up with these stupid show ideas. You need to get in touch with reality ABC and get rid of this fat ass and seriously stop using DR.Oz’s name to plug his unknown daughters stupid new show. It just makes me have less respect for Dr.Oz and it seems like his daughter cant get a job on her own merits.

Your post was the best I have read. You are not a die hard soap fan, but you observed the show and found it to be totally stupid as I have! I grew up on the Soaps and have watched All My Children for ever. Soap Operas are like Baseball and Football an American Icon. The type of replacement that ABC has chosen to make them money is so out there!! I can not believe to this day that this was their choice! I have tried to watch it a couple of times and it is so hard to watch!! To be ohnest I have never heard of these Chefs nor Dr. Ozz daughter. The only one i have seen is the what not to wear man. This reality TV has got to go!! Every channel you turn to it is on!! Now ABC replaces a Soap like All My Children with a man that is a Whoopi want to be!! The View is bad TV also!! I read yesterday Ty was going to be the host on the other show that replaces One Life To LIve!! Good Gosh what is ABC thinking?? I really like TY but not for another hour. he needs to stay his behind on Extreme Makeover and not risk the back lash!! ABC has become totally ridiculous!! This just didn’t start with cancelling the soaps it started with the Election of Obama! They were not reporting News fairly and let him get away with every thing!! What has happened to them??

I swear the President gets blamed for everything!

Oh, boohoo poor Brian Frons. He don’t deserve to have that job. He is a big stupid idiot and has no idea how to run a network. He shouldn’t be allowed to run around the block.

You are so right Bonnie. They did not cover the election fairly or unbiased , or at least have any balance in the matter. I had watched ABC news exclusively for 27 years, but I got so tired of seeing the reports act like they were going to have orgasms as they gushed about Obama that I decided not to watch the news on ABC anymore.

I have not watched the chew but I can tell you the commercials were hard enough to watch with the woman that has the red glasses and the bug eyes, and Mario Batali who looks like a clown with his lack of style and orange crocs. The commercials were hard enough on the eyes.

It just amazes me how clueless ABC Disney is. They gave absolute power to the dim-witted Brian Frons and he ran with it. He axed two beloved, long-running and iconic shows, he alienated a huge fanbase and—adding insult to injury—he tried to force-feed his viewers substandard trash as replacement. Bad idea. Susan Lucci put it well when she referred to Frons as having a ” fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance.” That just about says it all.

As for Mario, he’s clueless as well. Too stupid to understand that he himself helped contribute to the enormous backlash by insulting the soap audience the way he did. His smart-ass “Get over it!” comments didn’t go over very well, in retrospect. And now he wonders what went wrong. This man may know how to cook but he sure doesn’t know how to think! Apparently The Chew is ABC’s recipe for a total train wreck: an idiot in charge of programming who comes up with a very dumb idea, which a second idiot is told to implement. And it doesn’t help that the second idiot can’t keep his mouth shut and that he continues to “spew” inappropriate statements that only make the situation worse.

I have not and will not ever watch THE SPEW…or anything ever again on ABC. I have even stopped watching ABC evening news…switched to CBS. Anybody who says people don’t have time to watch an hour show are just plain ignorant. I have recorded All My Children every day since 1983 and watch it during dinner. We do not need another cooking show, especially with idiots like these. I can’t wait for The Spew to be cancelled due to poor ratings, and i hope Brian Frons gets everything he deserves!!!!!! Idiot!!!!!!

You deserve everything you are getting

I can not find 1 interesting person hosting The Chew. In fact they kind of get on my nerves. Mario and all seem so hyper. Way to loud talk. I really get ill watching all the food and all of them eating. I knew this was not what the public/viewers were or are wanting.

Make this show GO AWAY!!!!!!!!

Don’t tune in even for a minute! This gives them ratings!!!

This is the most important message to get out there…DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW IT DOES GIVE THEM RATINGS.I am so proud of the soap fans for sticking togrther and making a statement.I wonder if any of the AMC actors know the support that is out here for them.This weeks numbers are on the Chew message board on ABC…if they have not deleted it.All negative comments are being deleted as soon as they can get to them.The numbers are even lower than last week but it has been said that ABC is changing press releases and dancing around the true bottom line numbers.

Daytime fans are a commited breed of television watchers and ABC took a dump on us and we will not stand for another insult. Remove a soap for a misfit group of so called chefs you have two channels devoted to your job ABC should have left our soaps alone. And it is not going to matter what they replace this garbage with we all vow that anything that ABC runs in those time slots will fail. Karma is a woman b@#ch and you will feel our venom. Unemploment line is what you are all headed for.

Oh poor Mario. Cry me a freakin’ river moron. The guy insults AMC fans who had just lost something they happened to care deeply about and now he’s painting himself as the victim? Yeah, that’s a good way to build bridges. Jerk!

Take your chew, and put it where the sun don’t shine! It’s going to tank!

Have not tuned into the Spew and never will…will be so glad when it is off the air….Mario needs to shut up as everytime he opens his mouth he offends someone else over our beloved soaps ..I hope Brian loses his job over this bad dicision ..He better see if he can get AMC back on air qiuck before he has no job at all ….Only way to save ABC….

You may not be responsible, Mr. Batali, but you’re happily dancing on the grave of Pine Valley. We soap fans miss Erica Kane and her fictional family. You do not do her or them justice.

The Chew is a joke. The ratings are proof of it. ABC is going to pay for it, when they shouldn’t mess around with ABC soap fans. By November sweeps, everyone will be receiving pink slips.

I am really not enjoying this show. I will not be watching any longer. I try to give things a chance but this is horrible!! I never have like watching Mario, he’s a very hyper man.

It lloks like all the host are scrambling around. To much talk and food. I really don’t want to see these people eating while I struggle to keep food on our table.

Thanks for nothing Chew…..

Uh, why are you tuning in, even for a minute? You just gave them ratings!

What a horrible new show The Chew is. Some of us are in poor health and can’t eat by mouth and here that’s ALL you do. Mario needs to try and have no food by mouth for the last 5 years. Put this on another channel, please. It really makes me sick.

Mario, loose some wait, learn how to dress and lord stop being so hyper!!!

Stop watching!!!!

He steals his waitpersons tips from them. He’s a liar and a thief. That’s why I refuse to watch his spew.

This man is every bit as responsible as Frons & Sweeney. We will NOT be quiet and we will NOT forget and we will NOT stop celebrating the crappy reception and ratings the SPEW is getting… I’m praying it doesn’t make it through the Fall and ABC reverses the cancellation of ONE LIFE TO LIVE, which consistently comes in at #3 (almost #2) in overall ratings and #1 or #2 in other key demographics. If the SPEW is doing so poorly, how does ABC honestly think ONE LIFE’s replacement show is going to do??? Not so well is my prediction.. and that’s NOT just my opinion!!!!

my prayers, too.

This show is horrible! Mario is a loud, spastic, very badly dressed man. In todays times of struggle for so many of us, the last thing I want to watch is all these noisy people cooking and eating. Some of us have a hard enough time getting some hamburger helper on the table. Who cares about centerpieces and crap. We are out here trying to make ends meat!!

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Susan Lucci Joins the Cast of Jonah Hill’s Movie ‘Outcome’

Look who will be part of the ensemble cast in motion picture and film star Jonah Hill’s new film project! That’s right, none other than Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, All My Children).

According to Deadline, the daytime television icon joins other notables including Laverne Cox and David Spade who have been added to the cast of Outcome. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben, Guiding Light) and Cameron Diaz.

In Outcome, which is written by, and will be directed by Hill, the dark comedy centers around Reef (played by Reeves), a damaged Hollywood star who must dive into the dark depths of his past to confront his demons and make amends after he is extorted with a mysterious video clip from his past.

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Soap fans know that following her iconic run as All My Children’s Erica Kane, Susan went on to be featured in Lifetime’s Devious Maids in the role of Genevieve Delatour.  Since her Pine Valley days ended (when AMC was canceled in 2012), Susan has appeared in numerous shows and made numerous appearances.  n December of 2023, Lucci was awarded the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Outcome will debut on Apple and is an Apple Studios production. The film marks the latest collaboration for Hill and Apple Original Films, who are also developing a Grateful Dead biopic with Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions, to be directed by Scorsese, with Hill starring in it and as one of the producers of the project, as well.

So, intrigued to see what kind of role Susan plays in Jonah Hill’s new film ‘Outcome’? Comment below.

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Jacob Young Shares Production Pic of Cast of His New Film Featuring Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin

Last month, during a livestream conversation on the Michael Fairman Channel, while promoting Jason Cook’s film, Four for Fun, and featuring soap notables Jacob Young (ex-AJ, AMC, ex-Lucky, GH, ex-Rick, B&B) and Brytni Sarpy (Y&R), Young revealed some intel on his upcoming movie project.

Jacob shared that he was set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film, Murder Between Friends shooting in Prague.

The actor/director expressed, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova). It’s very ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.”

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Young is currently shooting the film’s principal photography abroad through April 17th.

Over the weekend, Jacob took to his Instagram to share a photo with the cast of the film where pictured is former Dynasty star, Joan Collins (ex-Alexis) and former Days of our Lives star, Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe). In addition, former All My Children star, Trent Garrett (ex-Asher) is seen in director-mode kneeling.

Trent and Jacob are both co-directors of Murder Between Friends Joan Collins shared the pic on her Instagram citing, “This was the #secret I posted about several weeks ago!”

So, looking forward to seeing Jacob’s film when it is released with Joan, Nadia, and company? Let us know in the comment section.


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Barbara Rush, ‘All My Children’ and ‘Peyton Place’ Actress, Dies at 97

Veteran Hollywood actress Barbara Rush, known to soap opera fans for her recurring roles on All My Children as Nola Orsini, and on Peyton Place where she played Marsha Russell, died at 97 on Sunday, March 31st.

Her passing was confirmed by Rush’s daughter, Fox News Channel senior correspondent Claudia Cowan. In a statement, Claudia shared, “My wonderful mother passed away peacefully at 5:28 this evening. I was with her this morning and know she was waiting for me to return home safely to transition. It’s fitting she chose to leave on Easter as it was one of her favorite holidays and now, of course, Easter will have a deeper significance for me and my family.”

Barbara had an extensive career in films and television that included roles in: It Came From Outer Space, The Goldbergs, 7th Heaven,  The Young Philadelphians, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The Young Lions, Batman (TV series ), The Bionic Woman, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and so many others.

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From 1968 to 1969, she starred in 75 episodes on Peyton Place.  In 1980, Rush also appeared in NBC’s primetime soap opera, Flamingo Road taking on the role of Eudora Weldon, who’s adoptive daughter was played by Morgan Fairchild.

Then, in 1992, she was cast as All My Children’s Nola Orsini. In the storyline, Tad (Michael E. Knight) had amnesia and washed ashore from a river and wides up in California. He gets a job at Orsini Vineyards, where the owner, Nola Orsini (Rush), says that he is the spitting image of her missing son, Ted Orsini, who was kidnapped as a child, and insists Tad is him. She takes him in, trains him to run the vineyards, and makes him her heir, completely convinced he is her lost son, and the story unspooled from there.

Rush is survived by her two children the aforementioned Claudia Cowan, and  Christopher Hunter.

Share your condolences for and remembrances of Barbara Rush via the comment section below.

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