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The Death of Kobe Bryant: Daytime Stars Mourn and Share Reactions

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NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in the hillside of Calabasas, California in foggy conditions at 10 a.m, PST.  Bryant was 41-year-old.

The heartbreaking news spread very fast over social media on Sunday; as millions around the world struggled with the sudden death of this beloved superstar, who meant so much to so many, and especially in the City of Angels.

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Other victims included: John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa. Payton Chester, a 13-year-old basketball player, and her mother Sarah were also on board, and  Christina Mauser, a coach, was also killed.

Celebrities, politicians and athletes, and Bryant’s legion of fans all took to social media to share their grief and shock.  Here is just a sampling from some of your favorites from daytime below:

Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R): “A part of LA DIED TODAY!! I’m devastated!! KOBE NEVER left LAKERS! He will forever be an integral part of this town! I always admired his work ethic, his drive to NEVER GIVE UP!! I understand that drive! There was a purity about his passion for excellence!”

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William deVry (Julian, GH):  “Well after all the rumors. Reports. After the dust has settled… it’s truly a tragic day. RIP Kobe. Devastated. RIP Gianna. Horrible horrible day for us all. All families. All humans.”

Donnell Tutner (Curtis, GH)Rest In Peace, Kobe and Daughter. Thank you Mamba  This one Hurts Lakers Nation”

Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, DAYS): “This is a soul crushing, heart wrenching, truly devastating story. My heart.. all I can think is about Kobe’s wife Vanessa, her other 3 children and the other children of Coach John Altobelli and his wife, Keri. I can’t even imagine.. Please hug your loved ones.”

Brandon Barash (Ex-Stefan, DAYS) “As a sports fan this is deeply saddening. As a father, this is devastating. Gutting. #ripmamba #ripgianna”

Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS): People are flying @Lakers  flags on their cars and I’m crying. @kobebryant #LakersNation #RIPKobe #Mamba #Mambaforever24″

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R):  “One of the greatest to ever play the game. To lose a husband and a child. My heart and prayers go out to Vanessa and the family and the family of the others killed. Much Respect Kobe” She tweeted also, “God Bless all of these amazing parents who were on their way to do something wonderful for their children. God Bless these beautiful babies”

Ellen DeGeneres: “Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant. My heart is broken for his wife and family.”

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In addition, The Talk posted this photo of the hosts with Kobe with the following tweet:

Share your thoughts and your condolences on the passing of Laker legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna .and the 7 others passengers who lost their lived in the tragic helicopter crash on Sunday via the comment section below.

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No words, except you just never know. My heart goes out to his wife and family.

Michael
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I was floored and shocked by Kobe, his daughter and 7 others passing away after a horrific helicopter crash on Sunday. Kobe was and always will be a sports icon. This one will hurt for a long time. I’m hoping that LA decides to rename Staples Center after Kobe, after all it was the house that Kobe built.

Patrick Rose
Patrick Rose

I haven’t watched “NBA” since , the Detroit Pistons’ Bad boy … check Bill Laimbeer’ WOW

the pistons did go on to win 2 NBA titles…

no less than the LA Lakers… Chicago bulls, boston Celtics.. these guys WON

I will miss.. Kobe Bryant ‘ Philanthropic .. that was huge and you could SEE … how much he steered

dynamic presence

if only, Magic Johnson would PSA “bullying”

I pray his remaining wife with… offspring… find their way

rose
rose

I was a huuge fan of the Boston Celtics during Larry Bird era. Laimbeer was a Bad boy. Happened to be at one of the Celtics/Pistons game when Badboy and Kevin McCale went at it because of one of Bill’s cheap shots. And being a Celtics fan I was never happy with the Lakers. But I’m still very sorry about the Kobe helicopter crash. Just awful.

Jimh
Jimh

Too many helicopter crashes with so many lives taken…i really think all these tragedies need to be looked into and why so many over the years… issues need to be worked on..ya many car accidents too but i will take my chances on the ground at least you are more likely to survive a car accident than a plane crash

Jimh
Jimh

Very tragic losses…Kobe was a celeb and his daughter only 13 but there were others on board who were also killed and they nay not have that star status but that still doesnt make it any less tragic

rose
rose

Agree.

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Robert Newman Shares Why There Has Not Been a Return to Springfield & ‘Guiding Light’ On-Screen Reunion

Robert Newman, best known to daytime soap fans as Josh Lewis on Guiding Light, sat down earlier this week for a wide-ranging interview on his career with Lauren Van Hemert via her You Tube Channel.

The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

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Robert also added, “In terms of what you are talking about where there might be some sort of production, where there’s an actual reunion, and we see where Josh and Reva are today and that kind of thing (on their probably 15th marriage) … unless Procter and Gamble is somehow willing to shake loose the rights to the show, I don’t see it happening.”

Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.

 

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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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Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams Daytime Talk Shows Returning With New Episodes & ‘At Home’ Content

Starting this Monday, April 6th, both the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Wendy Williams Show will resume airing new episodes with original’ ‘at home’ content with the hosts thus resuming production remotely of the popular daytime talk shows during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ellen and Wendy will now both host from their respective homes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter: “New material from Williams will be included in episodes that taped before production stopped on March 12.”

Williams also let her viewers know on the change: “I may not be in my purple chair, and it may not look the same but I’m very excited to get back to my Wendy Watchers.  There’s so much uncertainty in all of our worlds right now and we need each other.”

Guests for Ellen next week will include: Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, David Spade, and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany.  In addition, look for the series resident dancer and DJ, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and executive producer Andy Lassner to be a part of the new content and episodes.

Ellen said of her new ‘at home’ hosting gig with her show:  “Since going into quarantine two weeks ago, I’ve been doing my show at home every day. But only for Portia. Starting Monday, you’ll be able to see it, too, and I can’t wait.”

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In the wake of the COVID-1 pandemic, Ellen and Wendy will join other daytime talkers who are doing their show from home including: The Talk, Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Tamron Hal Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and the also just announced return of Rachael Ray; where Rachael will broadcast two new shows (April 6 and 10) from her kitchen in upstate New York.

So, what do you think of the efforts the talk shows are going through to continue to air new content and episodes during the coronavirus pandemic? Comment below.

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