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The Michael E. Knight Interview – All My Children

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As the network television conclusion of the 41-year-old soap All My Children is just around the corner, there is one special performer that On-Air On-Soaps wanted to speak to, and bring to you, one final time just before we say our goodbyes to its amazing run on ABC. And that would be Michael E. Knight. As Tad Martin, we have watched throughout the decades his magnificent balancing act of comedic brilliance and dramatic heart, that has won him three Daytime Emmy Awards and made him one of daytime’s most enduring and endearing actors. And while Michael may be most remembered in the annals of soap history as “Tad the Cad”, he and his alter-ego grew up and matured, and now both Tad and Michael have come full circle. Tad has reunited with his soul-mate Dixie, and Michael is leaving his almost 30 year television legacy behind that was not often easy, and fraught with more cliffhangers than the soap opera itself!

A critics favorite, and beloved by the fans, Michael has seen the once all powerful AMC’s fall from grace from the inside … something that has been frustrating and sad for him all at the same time.  In this very revealing interview, Michael discusses the final day on the set, where the show veered off the tracks, his memories of the late Mary Fickett,  and where he is at now with the harsh sting of reality that the place he had called his ‘home away from home’ is no longer standing, as we know it.

In addition, exclusively here for the first time, Michael discusses his contract negotiations with entertainment media company, Prospect Park, who is set to bring AMC online in the very near future and his feelings on the battle they face to make that transition of relocating Pine Valley to its new frontier. And like a true co-star, he gives credit to where credit it is due to Susan Lucci (Erica), Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal) and a few others who have blazed this trail alongside him. We know you will need your hankies by the end of this piece. So be forewarned! And with that, we give you our riveting and emotional conversation with the best of the best, Michael E. Knight!

MICHAEL:

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How was the final day of taping?  I heard you had a speech in the finale?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

I was very honored to be given the requiem speech as Tad.  I think it was beautifully written because it must have come directly from our creator Agnes Nixon or our head writer Lorraine Broderick, because I did not change a word in it.  It was all about home, and what makes a home, and neighbors and family.  And, it was the easiest speech I have ever given in my life.  And at first I thought, “Oh my God. I had this huge responsibility of, ‘Hey.  Here is the limelight.  Say something.’”   I have got to say when I looked at it the night before, it was the easiest thing to memorize.  When I went out on the set, all I had to do was look out at the people.  There were three of us from past, present, and hopefully the future, gathered around and talking about … what is it about Pine Valley that is magic?  And it really is basically each other.  Of course, we had to take two passes because I dropped a section.  But it was lovely and a huge honor.  It made me feel a lot better about a lot of things.

MICHAEL:

So when they yelled, “That’s a wrap!” how did it go for you, and all of your cast mates?  I can only imagine the sadness that was all around the room.

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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It was very emotional for all of us.  We did cast photos with Agnes, and without Agnes. Then Agnes gave a speech in honor of the people who were no longer with us who started the show so wonderfully, like Kay Campbell (Kate Martin).  She talked a lot about what made these people so special, because a lot of them started in television and film way before AMC.  And when AMC started, it was an unknown quantity.  It was about how lucky we were to have people with a kind of skill like that, that started this wonderful legacy.  Kay Campbell had a favorite song, I’ll See You Again, and Agnes sang it to us.  This 82-year-old woman singing to a room filled with about 300 people, and it was really, really sad.  It also made it a little more emotional because it was a very long day and we were all kind of tired.  We really looked around and went, “This is it.”  Then this amazing chef, Richard Ruskell rolled out this cake, who has been a fan of AMC for 41 years.  He baked this cake and on this enormous cake was this tree.  And on the tree were the names of all of the families like the Chandlers, Martins, and the Wallingfords.  You saw all of the family’s branch out and up and out, and it gave you a physical representation of the incredible legacy and history.  And, the reason the fans are so precious to us is because when they see the show, they are the ones that are logging the history.  We are just on a day-to-day basis going, “OK, where do I stand?  What do I say?  And how does this apply to what I said yesterday?”  And so for us, these last moments before we walked out of this studio for good, to give us something like this cake with this incredible representation on it was unbelievable.  I mean, I can’t even imagine what Susan Lucci was feeling.  I mean, Susan was openly weeping at that point.

MICHAEL:

You and Susan have been with All My Children for so long.  My heart went out to both of you.  I could see much sorrow in Susan’s eyes in the last few months.

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

My favorite phrase is, “The last few years have been such a circus.”  So you just don’t necessarily see the horizon, because there is a lot of smog and smoke in the way.  And the closer we got at the end, you said, good, bad, or indifferent, for all of the ups and downs this thing has been to me, it has been a gift that nobody else in our industry gets a chance to see.  I mean, what other actor do you know gets to go to work every day for decades. It’s not to say you don’t pay a price, you do pay a price.  It costs a great deal to do this, but one of the benefits you have is that you have a very stable home environment.  I am very lucky.  I happen to know that other soaps have a whole different personality about them.  One of the things that Susan Lucci is so great about is that she is a very respectful, kind, gracious, and loving woman.  And so the tone of that place, even through it’s darkest times, was home.  So I cannot imagine what Susan has been going through.

MICHAEL:

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What do you think about Susan’s situation with Prospect Park?  Do you think she said a final “No” to moving online with AMC?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

Personally, I feel somewhat angered, because I recently think she has been vilified in the press.  There is someone who has a thing out for Susan, whoever that is.  But from what I know and I understand about the situation with Prospect Park, is that Susan has just asked for a little time.  From what I understand, she has not said “No” to Prospect Park.  The woman has done this show for 41 years.  She has been the face of, not just the show, but of daytime for 41 years!  So if she wants to take a sabbatical, then as far as I am concerned all I want to know is where to send the drinks with the umbrellas in them, because she deserves it. You have to understand Susan fought for this show.  She was actually lied to!  She was out on a book tour toeing the network line knowing that it was just rumors, and saying we are looking forward to the future, and we have invested a great deal of time and money and effort, and we have moved this show from one coast to the other, and don’t believe everything you read.  Then, only to have to two days later (when she gets home) deal with the cancellation notice!  Now I don’t know about you, but as far as I am concerned, somebody must have known!  I doubt over 48 hours they said, “Let’s just pull the plug now!”  Somebody sent her out on the road to be the public face of this show, and in some small way humiliate her.  I think that a woman that has endured this deserves a little bit of downtime and respect.  And I think the fans would give it to her immediately, and she deserves the understanding of people.

MICHAEL:

It is completely understandable that the cast feels jaded.  They were uprooted, they move to L.A., people lost their jobs, they came out here and every moment there were cancellation rumors swirling, there was this and that!  How could that not affect someone at this point?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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God bless you.  I could not have said that better myself.  This is what I would like to say about that.  I am incredibly respectful and thankful to Jeff Kwanietz and Rich Frank of Prospect Park who have the foresight to say, “No. This show isn’t done.”  We have been working for people at ABC, and of the three soaps there, and this is only my opinion, and I am sure I will be blasted for saying it, but we have been treated like the redheaded stepchild of the entire line-up for years! You are exactly right, Michael.  Some people have uprooted their homes, they sold their homes, they took spouses who weren’t necessarily excited about the move, the children they had to put in school, all the while they had people telling them, “We are committed to the brand.”  And only a short year and half later to go, “No, No.  This is not working out.”  People have endured salary cuts, which is totally understandable because the economics of the situation are what they are.  And, how many head writing changes did we have over the last several years?  Six? You could never get a beat ahead, or on top of where you character was going.  Basically, we were working with people who were saying, “We don’t care where you have been.  This is where we are taking the show.  We don’t care what the tone of the matter is, we are going to do Sex and the City or we are going to do this, and that.”   If they were committed to the welfare of this show, and the audience that we spent forty years building, it should be respected.  So you look at a cast and crew of people that have just been bitch-slapped so many times.  First it was, “The show is going off the air.”  Then, it was, “We are not really going off the air. Prospect Park might pick us up.”

MICHAEL:

So what do you think of OLTL’s executive producer Frank Valentini heading over to Prospect Park to be their new VP of Serial Dramas?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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God bless Frank Valentini!  I have known him for close to 25 years.  He knows this business from the ground up on everything.  There is not one job that he could not do personally.  One Life to Live was in a totally different place.   It was on much more stable footing… the ratings were better and certainly the economics of the show were better.  So they have also two months on us.  So the transition is a little bit different for them.  And for the rest of us, this is where my heart goes out to Rich and Jeff, because I think they are getting the short end of the stick.  These guys I feel for them, I really do. I think they are kind of looking around going, “One Life to Live was such a lock. What the hell is wrong with AMC?”  They are looking at a bunch of actors who are going, “I don’t know what to think.  I really don’t.”   But I think Agnes Nixon always let you think, “Order comes out of chaos.”   Things do tend to work out.  Agnes was basically given her walking papers and shoved into a closet for the last five years.  She was willing to give notes to say, “This is what is missing.”  And she was basically told, “Thank you very much.  We will take it from here.”  And we all know how that turned out!  That is not to say that it wouldn’t have happened anyway.  So in the end, it may be that something as expensive and as time consuming isn’t meant for network television any more.  That may be the case, but I would argue that I wish we would have gone out on a stronger footing.  I think the sad thing for me is, I look at the amount of press and the outpouring of love of not just from the fans, but critically!  Susan was just on CBS Sunday Morning. This was once a powerful and profitable show for the first 30 years of pop culture.  People are saddened.

MICHAEL:

Where are you with Prospect Park?  What happened with your contract talks?  Have you made your decision to not continue, or would you consider staying on?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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What happened with me was Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz came to me fairly early and said, “We need this.  And, we need this.”  So they offered me a long-term contract hard and fast.  So because of the last few years I have had, where I felt I have had a gun held to my head by ABC a couple of times, I told them I am not going to do that.  However, I do feel I owe a sense of loyalty to Agnes Nixon, my friends in the studio, and more importantly the fans who have kept me on the show.  There were a couple times there over the last few years, where my contribution was being weighed very heavily… and was it necessary to keep this guy around.  The only thing that kept my ass in that studio was the fans.  When Prospect Park came in and offered me a long- term contract, I said, “I can’t do that for all kinds of personal reasons.”  I have to say I am winded.  I am right up there with Susan Lucci.  But I want to help AMC go forward on a recurring basis, or short-term, or whatever.  I realized responsibly how much of the brand Tad is.  You need the Martins in some respect just so you know you are in Pine Valley.  I am not saying or equating them in anyway with ABC’s All My Children.  Let me just say, their offer was generous and it was respectful.  I was somewhat taken aback, because they said to me, “We know who you are, and what you are worth.”  And so I was like, “Wow. That’s a first.” (Laughs)  I have a feeling they may be frustrated and upset with me, so I apologize to them. But I had to base it on the last few years I had.  I had somebody say to me once, “This is what you are worth.  Take it or leave it, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”  I was not in a position at that time to say, “No”.  This is a time where there are very few windows in this lifestyle, where you have a significant amount of personal power in terms of choice, because this is a long-term thing.  I think Rich and Jeff have a lot of work ahead of them. They are still hammering out how to move this thing forward.  I mean, its kind of hard to turn around to actors who have been on this thrill ride for the last few years, going, “We want you to sign for this. And you can’t see who is writing, who is producing the show, and who is directing the show.”  So what you are saying is, “Do this now, and go on good faith. We pay you, so do what we say.”  I have been through eight years of that.  I am not interested right at this juncture. But, I am saying, “Never say never.”

MICHAEL:

I can tell you that the show for the last few years has been unrecognizable.  I could not till recently get through a whole episode!  I would look at the canvas and these characters and go, “What is this?  What show am I watching?”

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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When I came on the show, Pine Valley had character to it and you could understand why people would come through the town and go, “This is a nice place.”  That kind of went away and it became more fragmented and it lost a lot of focus.  And another thing that factored into my choice with Prospect Park is that I have lost faith in the ability for Tad to tell story because I am looking at the nature and the structure of the character.  It just seems the evolution of his character is the transformation of his soul from my wicked ways, to Tad the Cad, to the thing that promotes change – realizing that I am not so important, but my children are.  I think Cady McClain (Dixie) and I were one of the last great super couples.  We came along at a great time, but then we started to see the industry change after the year 2000.  Certainly, after 9/11 things started to feel different. And Tad had never been able to pull out of that orbit.  The fact is I felt my character evolved to a certain point, and there was not somebody like Agnes Nixon in the wings to shepherd the character forward.  I think Tad lost his ability to drive story years and years ago.  And that is not to say I did not get amazing surprises along the way.  Two of them were Lindsay Hartley (Cara) and Finn Wittrock, who played Damian.  Those were the two times where I felt like there is something going on with the history of the character to go forward.  One of those was his un-looked-for son.  And, just when we got to the point where Damian starts an affair with Liza… now it’s this middle aged man who has got to live through his karma and understand both his life-long friend, and his son, are both carrying on a romantic relationship … it stopped. We worked so hard on that for a solid year. I think Finn is one of the most talented performers.  He is a classically trained Julliard graduate. This is a kid whose next job is doing Death of a Salesman with Phillip Seymour Hoffman on Broadway.  There was nothing missing in terms of the talent pool in the storyline.  They just decided they just did not want to go there.  So, that investment that Finn and I, and the audience made just went away overnight.

MICHAEL:

By the end of the run, Michael, Tad had become the morale center of Pine Valley.  How did you feel about that?   Because in my book, they could hand you anything and you can make it work.

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

Yes.  I became the morale compass of the show.  I became Joe Martin, which I don’t resent.  I had learned to learn a lot of hard lessons about myself over the last ten years.  I was lucky to have this character to play.  You have a very viable function, and in a way kind of fun.  It was relief in a way to be the support for the other characters.  I kind of made peace with that.  But what I didn’t like was that I felt for the last five years that Tad was a tolerated legacy, and under that stewardship his ability to alter, or change the course of events for his family, for his town, was lost.  There were two things that kept this character alive, and one of them was the love of the fans.  I am sure the network asked themselves every time my contract was up if they needed me on the show.  And they looked at the Q ratings and went, “He is part of the brand.  We can’t change that much.”  The other thing that kept the character alive was Tad’s sense of humor because when stuff got boring, he would comment on it.  One of the things I fell in love with, with him, is that he is a pretty eccentric guy.  He is not quite the greatest fit in the world being the family man, but he sure as hell is trying.

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MICHAEL:

When you came home from the final day of shooting, were you drained? You had to be. When did the reality that you will never be going back to that version of AMC set in?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

I felt drained and in shock.  It wasn’t until five days or a week later, that I went, “Oh, I wonder what Bobbie Eakes (Krystal) is doing?”  I realized I would never see Thorsten Kaye (Zach) again in a working situation, or I wouldn’t be able to hug Cady, or joke with Vince Irizarry (David).  These are people that are major presences in my life and for all intent and purposes are now gone.  And Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake)… he was one of the true bright spots for me.  When I went through a horrific time, and I was no longer the prettiest girl at the dance, and thinking, that I don’t know if I belong here anymore, he was there for me.  Here comes this guy who is just as eccentric as I am.  Ricky is a comic genius.  He is just hysterical.  And we are like, “Let’s soup up the Martin brothers!” And… have that weird repartee’.  I just used to adore working with him.  The people back in the heyday would mine the cast for their eccentricities and then they would play to their hand.  These are the Martins 2.5.  They are not your father’s Martins, but they are just a little clumsier at expressing themselves.  I consider myself lucky to have spent the time I did with Ricky.  And, I felt that was the one thing that they could not take away from us.

MICHAEL:

And then came the news just last week that Mary Fickett, who played your on-screen adoptive mother, Ruth Martin for so many years, passed away.  The timing of it as the show came to its conclusion this week was so unbelievable.   How did you find out of her passing?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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Agnes told me, (teary-eyed) and it was hard, and in a way it was like the closing of the door.  I’ve got to tell you, love was such a major part of the show, and Mary Fickett was one of the most talented women I ever worked with.  She had this kind of fierce loyalty to her children.  I remember doing scenes with her where Tad was weighing being a Martin, and that woman would be there with tears in her eyes.  She was in the back of my mind when I delivered those lines recently.  When I found out she was gone (teary-eyed) there was a part of me that said, “Maybe it is an end of an era.  Maybe it is time for me to walk away from this.  The timing of her passing was so weird … like is this a sign from God or what?”

MICHAEL:

I know I was thinking, “Mary! What are you saying to us?”  I also look back to when you first came on the show and Opal was played by Dorothy Lyman!

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

Oh Dorothy!  I consider her responsible in some way for my legacy on that show.  I remember Tad came on the show and he was “Mr. Preppy” with the Izod shirts and saying, “Everybody wants to sleep with me.”  And I was not comfortable with that.  She said to me, “Honey, this is the closet thing to Summer Stock you are going to get to television.  If you have got something, bring it.”  And I said, “Well, if I have to be a jerk, can I at least make him funny?”  And she said, “Well don’t talk about it, show them.”  So I spoke with our executive at the time, Jacqueline Babbin, and I said, “Can I make him funny?”  She goes, “We will give it shot and see what happens.”  It is that sense of humor that saved the character, because when they wanted to get rid of me they did that poll about, “We are going to do a fantasy episode, and who do you want to see in it?”  So it was, “Let’s get Tad laid by every woman in Pine Valley except his bride.”  That was a direct result of the fans and a direct result of what Dorothy Lyman said to me back in 1982.

MICHAEL:

How would you have liked to see Tad’s story wrap up if you were writing it?  What would you have done?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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I am kind of at peace with what they did because I understand it. I think the fans were entitled to one happy ending.  You see it’s all about couples in soaps; getting them together and breaking them up. Happy endings can be boring on network television.  So this was a perfect opportunity to say to the audience true love does really win out.  The problem with soaps is nobody has a template for a show that lasts 40 years.  You know, one of the things I am most proud of is my work with Lindsay Hartley (Cara).  She came on the show and in a very short period of time just took off.  We had not seen that in a very long time.  She is a very powerful actress.  Tad and Cara kind of made sense.  Here is this middle age guy and this beautiful young woman, and he doesn’t know if he has the right to fall in love with her, but he does.  Then of course, you could have gone into the whole Jake/Tad issue with one brother falling in love with the ex-wife of the other.  It could have created the conflict further down the line.  So given that, if Dixie was really dead and did not return, I might have said, if Dixie came to him, she would say, “It’s time for you to move on.  The love that we shared is a part of you. You have to pass that on to other people. That is your responsibility. You are the character who was the product of second chances.  Your life was over when you came to this town as a child.  And through the love, support and courage around you, you were given a life.  Now it is your responsibility to do that for others.”  And I thought Lindsay was a big part of that.  She was a new beginning.  But to tell you the truth, I kind of liked what Agnes and Lorraine wrote for the end.  So if that was the curtain being brought down on the show, Tad is back with Dixie. We were supposed to be together.  And the Martins are still in that house and they are still going strong.

MICHAEL:

What would you say to people, who may not ever see you back as Tad again?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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Number one, I would say, “Keep the faith.”  Things evolve the way they are supposed to. I think things are in a state of flux.  Jeff and Rich are trying to get that show on as quickly as they can because they know their audience wants it and they know they deserve that. I respect that.  But I think Tad had been played, I really do.  I will forever be wondering if I went as far as I could under the regimes that were there.  That is why Vince Irizarry is so good.  A bad guy is so good, and can do whatever he wants.  That is why Adam Chandler was wonderful.  David Canary (Adam/Stuart) is the best actor this industry has ever seen, because his character is damaged enough that he can go off the rails.  Tad you can’t do that with.  He is too lovable a guy.  His lessons are too set in stone.  So I just don’t see what they could do with Tad that would alter that.  The audience would love Tad the way he is.  So if I am the Joe Martin, then I am prepared to be there as a part of the brand, so that people know they are in their beloved Pine Valley.  I would be open to come in and out, and if the show is run well …“underlined” I would consider it.  I don’t think I am the only one, I know others in the cast feel beat up as well.  It was unpleasant, tiring, and the move was one of the biggest stressors in life, and for me, I would understand if Rich and Jeff said, “I am sorry you had your shot.”   They have the right to play the game on their terms.  I want to be part of it going forward, just not right now. So we will see.  The future is never what you think its going to be and thank God for that!

MICHAEL:

As AMC airs its final episode tomorrow, what would you want to say to the loyal fans?

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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We are going to do the “Best of “ Pine Valley, I call it! (Laughs)  But it’s a lot of the great guys that will be appearing in a Tribute to Pine Valley, like Walt Willey (Jack), Cameron Mathison (Ryan) Vincent Irizarry, and it’s a lot of really good people. I will get an opportunity to have some time with our fans coming up.  Guys like Prospect Park’s, Rich and Jeff are not fools… between them they know this industry inside and out. The only reason men like this would put themselves on the line is they know there is nothing in the world like a soap audience.  And for a lot of fans, I feel so sorry for them, because it is like losing a friend, and knowing that you are no longer going to see these people, or be part of that family, or go back to Pine Valley.  It is a loss, and that is the reason the show stands a chance going forward.  People were not given as much respect as they should have been.  They were looked down upon or force-fed by the last administration.  The fact that this stands a chance in hell is because of the remarkable dedication of the audience that they showed to us.  They stuck with us through the unrecognizability of the show.  I just say to them, “There is none better.”  I owe them everything.  I owe them my life. I have had a thirty year run off and on, and I think it factors out to be 27 years there, but I have had a job.  I am forever beholden.

MICHAEL:

I just want to say this to you in closing.  You have been so important to so many people who have loved Tad and have loved you. You have brought a lot of smiles, and tears, and joy to so many.  For million of viewers, you will always, always hold a special place in their hearts.  That alone, must be a very unique and special takeaway from being part of the legacy of All My Children.

MICHAEL KNIGHT:

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One of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned is from Susan Lucci.  I watched Susan with her fans at the ABC Super Soap Weekend one year.  There was a woman who came up to her to get her book signed, and she broke into tears.  And the Disney guys are going, “Well, we have got to move the line along!”  And Susan, all 5’ft 2” of her, comes off her podium and comes to the stairs and to this woman and just holds her and hugs her.  She gives her a kiss and these guys start to come over to her!  Susan looked up … and there is nothing more dangerous than a 5 ft 2’ Italian, let me tell you!  She looked at this guy and said, “I am going to be here for a minute!”  And he kind of evaporated.  I commented on that to her later.  She said, “Mikey! They have loved you for 30 years. All they want you to do is love them back for 30 seconds.”  That was profound!  One of the most amazing things about this is that I meet people from all walks of life.  I was having dinner with Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay, OLTL) and some friends and a woman came by and said, “I am going to miss you.”  And I said, “I am going to miss you too.”  The greatest thing about this job is you get to make somebody’s day just by smiling.  And they walk away a little happier, and that is another best thing about the job.  You just never know what something so simple and so easily dismissed can mean to so many people.  If this soap is their guilty pleasure, then god bless each and every one of them.  I count myself blessed to have been able to be a part of it.  If the fans of the show stood in line, no matter how long it would take, I would hug each and every one of them.

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Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

Tad has always been my favorite character. Michael put his “all” into that character and simply worked wonders with him. Tad IS Michael and Michael IS Tad. A funny, warm hearted, kind and intelligent man. By reading this interview, I can see he is the same off screen. It’s no wonder he’s my favorite. He’s for real! He took the character of Tad and put such humor and love into him. Michael E. Knight, I only wish you THE best and I will pray that in the future you will make your return on All My Children online. I mean,… Read more »

toni d
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toni d

Ditto to everything Nancy Wizner said. I will miss you and your humor the most! I have been watching AMC for all of its 41 yrs and really can’t believe there is only one more show left. Each show this week when a “family” photo was taken in one of the scenes it brought tears to my eyes( and for me that doesnt happen often).
Thank you for your yrs of hard work and entertainment! Hope to see you back on AMC on the web.

Kim Pinto
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Kim Pinto

Fabulous, fabulous interview here. Thank you so much Michael Fairman. 🙂 My mother got me hooked on AMC in 05 when I was a teenager. Her rule if I watched with her..”never make fun of Tad.” I soon came to love him as much as she did when she crushed on him in college. And that’s saying a lot. Thank you Michael Knight. To me, you and Cady’s portrayal as the beyond beloved “TnD” is All My Children. I can’t imagine Pine Valley without the two of you, and don’t really want to. Same as I don’t want to think… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

Wow Kim I could not have put it better myself, so I won’t even try. I have been watching AMC since 1977 and have rarely missed an episode, especialy after the vcr was invented (a god sent). I felt as I have been a neighbor and/or a part of a Pine Valley family. I feel as if I have suffered a devistating loss. Not just the loss of one person but of many. I met a few of the cast in 2004 in Atlantic City and remember and cherish every moment of that day. There was Terri Ivens, Jacob Young,… Read more »

Mona Prager
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Mona Prager

I just PRAY that Susan Lucci and Michael E. Knight will come onboard to the online version of AMC. Without them, I know the show will not have a chance to survive! I feel so sad that AMC is ending it’s network run on ABC tomorrow. I’ve been a loyal fan for over 41 years. It is a tragic loss for all the loving fans! I hope La Lucci and Michael will make tomorrow a happy ending to a n otherwise very sad day by stating that they will continue with AMC!

CINDY CLARK
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CINDY CLARK

Tad can break up with Dixe for some reasom.I can’t do without Tad.DIxie yes but not Tad

cheryl peterson
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cheryl peterson

I am going to miss you too Michael

Karen
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Karen

Consider yourself hugged!

Judy Eastham
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Judy Eastham

I have hope, maybe Michael will return in the future. And I can’t believe that he EVER thought he was no longer the prettiest (girl) at the dance. Michael you will always be the prettiest, inside and out. Take a break and get some rest and just know that we fans will be waiting with our arms open wide for your return. We love you, and want only the best for you. God Bless

grace sinatra
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grace sinatra

Michael I hope you will return to AMC in the near future. I love and miss you already. It has been 5 days without AMC and Iam going crazy. I would be watching the show at this moment…. so to fill in the gap I have read your interview and I watch parts of AMC on you-tube and cry:( I wish nothing but the best for you …..thanks for the memories, I will be waiting patiently for your return to the New AMC….. God Bless You Always!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Tad is such a great versatile actor, I cannot imagine him not going on with the New AMC. I choose to believe that it will be the NEW and IMPROVED AMC! And if Michael truly means what he says about how much the fans mean to him and how much AMC means to him then he NEEDS to be part of its future. As deceptiive and uncaring as ABC may have been, Prospect Park should NOT be blamed for that, and for the greats to back away and remain non-committal about their futures with the how only serves to hurt… Read more »

Elsie Snook
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Elsie Snook

Touche!~

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Thanks & bless you, Michael. This show needs you on-line! 🙂

Jenna
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Jenna

Thanks for this great interview with Michael, a true “knight” ;). What a gracious, intelligent man. Relatively new to AMC, especially love Tad/Cara, Tad/Jake, and always felt happy to see Tad on screen. I hope to see him back in Pine Valley with that mischievous laugh and grin for even greater adventures to come. Until then, thanks and best wishes to an amazing actor and person. 🙂

Susie
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Susie

A class act, Michael E. Knight! Thank you for entertaining us with your talent for nearly 30 years. Whether you decide to bring ‘Tad’ back to life for future episodes, we’ll be there. If not, we will see you in another role, another place. Yes, Pine Valley will always be home for you, but there are other characters with stories to tell and you tell them so very well. Come back home to New York, the theater could use you on their stage. The corporate world tends to interfere much too much in a world they know so little about.… Read more »

Barb Toker
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Barb Toker

That Michael Knight’s contributions to the success of AMC have been immeasurable goes without question. What troubles me, is that he seems to think the value of the character through which he has made those contributions has been somehow diminished. There is so much more story for this character to tell and only one actor who can give it voice. It is easy to understand how a person can be worn down dealing with the chaos that ABCD has wrought upon this classic of American television. But Agnes Nixon and Lorraine Broderick have begun the process and Prospect Park offers… Read more »

boes
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boes

What a tremendous interview. My thanks to both Michaels. Michael Fairman, you’re such a blessing, to do these interviews, these articles, to have made your love for these shows into such a powerful force that you share with us.

And Michael Knight – what can be said, other than that this is a man to admire, someone who not only has given us his all for decades, but also has a heart and mind that are pretty damn special.

Thanks.

Vanessa
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Vanessa

I’ve watched for 25 years and Michael E Knight is my favorite. I hope that the guys at Prospect Park can convince him to stay on full-time for a “Tad” bit longer!

K. Myers
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K. Myers

This was the BEST interview I’ve read about AMC, so thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into the heart and soul of Michael E. Knight. He is such a lovely man. My heart was breaking reading this. I was doing okay keeping it together, until he told that story about Susan Lucci giving that woman the time she needed, when the Disney guys wanted to move her along. The waterworks couldn’t be held back at that point. I so appreciated Michael’s frankness about the hell he and the rest of the AMC cast were going through these… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

BEST interview I have read so far. You guys did a great job of helping us (the fans) understand why AMC actors have not jumped on board. Very sensitive and real interview that speaks volumes. Great job!!!

Julie
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Julie

Michael, I have watched AMC for all the years that you have been part of the show. Thank you. I am encouraged by your sentiment of “never say never” and I hope and pray that after some time you are able to re-join your tv family in the new Pine Valley. I don’t know what the future holds for my ability to view the show when it does go online as I am Canadian and when it comes to tv and ratings our numbers and loyal fans mean nothing. We have not heard a word or even a slight whisper… Read more »

Elsie Snook
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Elsie Snook

Go for it, Michael!

Wendy
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Wendy

I agree with you Julie, living in Canada has it’s drawbacks for sure! I missed sevral episodes of AMC while on holidays and went to ABC.com to view them, and a pop-up appeared stating, “It appears you live outside the U.S.A. therefore you are unable to view these videos” , something like that anyways. I was disallusioned and disappointed to say the very least. Here’s hoping that us loyal AMC fans from Canada will have the opportunity to watch the show when it starts with Prospect Park next year! Oh and I have watched the show for its entire life,… Read more »

Leisa
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Leisa

Michael, dear Michael. I don’t know the words to thank you for 30 years of pure entertainment. I will deeply miss your quick wit and that devilish twinkle in your eye. Oh, how you make me smile and laugh! That you won’t be a part of my daily routine after tomorrow does not make me smile. Anything but! It’s just not right. Thank you so much for doing this interview. It’s a keeper. I will be watching for you to turn up in my family room again sometime soon. I wish you well and continued success. Oh, and don’t be… Read more »

Norma
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Norma

I cannot imagine what and how everyone on AMC if feeling. I will miss all of you, no matter how tired I was and exhausted from work I always took time to see my recorded Soaps. All of the actors who have worked soaps knows how hard it is to put on show day after day. I Thank You all for all those marvelous memories moments you have given me; I take this to the end of my life. I watched AMC since 1974 to now and after reading what Michael E Knight just wrote made realize how much this… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

What a lovely interview with such a kind a gracious man. I’ve loved Michael E. Kinght’s portryal of Tad since the 1st day I turned on AMC. I hve loved his reparte’ with many of his castmates, but none moreso than Cady McClain and Ricky Paull Goldin.

Tad and Dixie & Jake and Tad have made me smile during the darkest days of my life and I thank Michael, Cady & Ricky more than words can express.

Michael is such a gracious and generous man and I will fonly remember all of the relationships

Janice
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Janice

Michael………YOU are the reason I stayed with All My Children during the bad times when the writers were pumping out such destructive and disastrous story lines, and literally ripping the show and its characters off their foundations! It was unbelievable to see how little they cared about the rich history of Pine Valley. When Soap Central had polls asking which actor/character departure would stop them from watching the show anymore, I ALWAYS said, Michael/Tad. I am so sorry you have been through such a beating the last eight years, and am so grateful you didn’t leave us! I have been… Read more »

Elsie Snook
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Elsie Snook

Please stay withAMC on line!

Kathy
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Kathy

Thank you Michael, for the decades that you have made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. You got me through some dark times, and I will forever be grateful for that. I hope you know just how deeply you are loved by so many. Please, keep pounding the pavement if you don’t sign with PP. For me, you will always be the most beautiful girl at the dance. I will follow your career, wherever it may lead. Be happy, and know that your life’s work enriched millions of lives.

Alicia Rescek
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Alicia Rescek

I watched AMC in the summer until electronics became available to tape it. AMC is like All My Family to me. I truly feel like I am losing a big part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without AMC. I guess I will find out on Monday when it’s no longer there for me. I will not watch ABC. How could they do this to all the loyal fans who watched through the good and bad? We were loyal in spite of all they did to discourage us. I want to thank the cast, writers, and crew… Read more »

NATHALIE
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NATHALIE

Michael E. Knight… what a great guy you are on AMC and what a really great guy you really seem to be in life. It’s great to hear about you, but I think it makes it even harder to lose the show…(at least for now and hoping that most of the cast comes back on internet!). Thank you for letting us know about your feelings regarding your role in AMC and the ones regarding your departure also…For me as a fan and I guess for each of us, to know about the actor is such a privilege and a great… Read more »

Elsie Snook
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Elsie Snook

Please stay, Michael!

Leona
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Leona

I have to agree with every email sent before me about All My Children and Michael E. Knight. I have watched since the beginning. Over the years, my daughters watched and so has my husband. It is very sad. This weeks shows have been so heartwarning and down to earth. You can just see right through the actors and how they were and are still feeling. Each episode was unique in its own way. Today, the finale episode will probably be a tear jerker, for me as well as everyone else. In the past, I have been to the abc… Read more »

Elsie Snook
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Elsie Snook

Please stay, Michael

Mariquita
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Mariquita

Dear Michael Knight,
There’s nothing I can think of saying that has not been said yet by the others. You are all that and more, and I will miss you Tad sooooooooooo much if you don’t come back. Thank you for everything, but most of all thank you for saying”never say never”. Love U.

Mary
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Mary

Thank you, Michael, for that great interview and opening up to us, your fans. I’m 41 and have been an AMC fan for the past 30. Thank you for your gift and for being a part of our lives.

Karene'
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Karene'

Today is the day. I have been recording AMC for 30 years now, watching it for 41…and I’m not even that old.
MEK and SL are the best at this soap game and being players, I am hoping they are as addicted to this game as I am. Thank you Michael, for ever!

juJu
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juJu

Thank you Michael, great interview. I hope Prospect Park hires new writers that get back to the core of Pine Valley. Too many characters make it difficult to write for and also difficult for the viewer to follow. Soaps are a character driven series that should not stray too far. Writers need to understand who they are writing for lest they risk alienating audiences. I also miss the Kate Martin,Myrtle Fargate and Phoebe Wallingford type characters of the Soap World. And when Dorothy Lyman would “break the fourth wall” and talk to the camera, PRICELESS! I loved AMC since it… Read more »

WesleyanAlum
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WesleyanAlum

While I left the year before you started, I am a fellow alumna of Wesleyan. AMC has been a part of my life since Love is a Many Splendid Thing went off the air in 1974 and I moved to Pine Valley. Always said I’d quit watching if Susan Lucci and Michael Knight left. Almost gave up when Michael left for his movie career, but so ecstatic when he came back. Thanks for almost 40 years of sinful pleasure in the afternoon. Loved how the show went out, just the right mixture of schmaltz and story line to keep it… Read more »

Suzanne Foley
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Suzanne Foley

I have been an AMC fan for 29 years and am so sad about its television cancellation. Michael, you have given me years of smiles, snickers and laughter all the while providing stability and entertainment through your wonderful character. thank you for coming into my livingroom daily and enriching my life. enjoy your break and I pray to see you in January, it would not be the same without you. Thank you for all the years of you!

Colleen
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Colleen

Thank you Michael, for a very revealing interview. We loved you as Tad and you’ve shown us enough of your true self, that we love YOU, as well. The real YOU. Thank you for the wonderful performance that you gave us over so many a year. What is better for an actor than to have convinced their audience that they were their character? You convinced us; totally. I’ll miss Tad. I hope to see you in another wonderful character one day soon, and will watch for your name.

Colleen Geraghty
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Colleen Geraghty

Micheal has been part of my life for 31 years, AMC for longer,I am only 6 mo younger then him so it was like he was my family. I remember when the bridge blew up and I called my sister saying Tad is dead and I was crying, my sister said Dad, what happened to Dad, I said no Tad, All my Children, she laughed a bit and then said no not Tad…. Michael you are a GREAT actor and a Wonderful person. I will truly miss my visit to Pine Valley to visit my “family” for the short hour… Read more »

Royal
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Royal

I have been watching AMC since 1971.

Oh, sure, I would miss a decade here or there… but it was easy to catch up in the first five minutes before the intro.

I said good-bye today to a community — families — people — that have been with me almost all of my life.

I am…

…broken-hearted.

(For whatever it’s worth, here’s my farewell tribute: http://royalfarros.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/all-my-children-1970-2011/)

Leona
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Leona

Michael, I just finished watching the finale show. I can’t even describe how I felt in the end. It was written and played out so wonderfully. It gave me a feeling of sadness, joy, amazement and surprise. It was such a dramatic cliffhanging ending. I was stunned. Michael, your speech at the party was so real. I could feel the way you felt while you spoke and the way all the actors felt. It was the sound in your voice and the look on their faces. Susan Lucci and Walt Willey portrayed their characters so brilliantly at the very end.… Read more »

April Gates
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April Gates

What a wonderful article. Tad Martin/Michael E. Knight is/was/and will forever be one of the greatest parts of AMC. I’m a 41 year old woman who started watching this show way too young with my grandmother as a child. Life without AMC will be akin to losing a beloved family member. Good luck to the cast, each of them and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the joy of watching AMC and each wonderful character for so many years. God Bless each of you and good luck!

Rose
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Rose

I am just going to miss “My Show” this is really just a sad day for me!

Brian
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Brian

Loved this interview. Hard to believe it has been this long that Michael has been on AMC. I remember when “Tad” joined the show. I hope AMC and OLTL not only go on, but continue for generations to come! I grew up with them, I hope millions more do too!

Julia
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Julia

Michael, I have wached All My Children for 37 years, since the time Tad came into the Martin home. Tad has always been one of my favorites, mainly because of how you portrayed him, handsome, fun, and with a depth that evolved into such a loving person. I absolutely adored Susan Lucci, and all her scenes. Even so, my absolute favorite scene ever is when Tad first met Dixie, and made the statement o the effect that “I think I just forgot every other woman I ever met.” As a viewer, I just knew at that moment that something big… Read more »

Vicki Bishop
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Vicki Bishop

Have watched the show from day one. Thanks to lunchbreaks and TVis in breakrooms, later working close enough to dash home to see it, then the miracle of VCR’s and DVRS and the Soap Network when an occasional show was pre-empted or didn’t record for whatever reason. Because of all of this, I was able to see All my Children everyday. To have it end after four decades is like having a big part of my family just taken away. If I hadn’t known it would return in some form, I don’t know how I would have gotten through the… Read more »

Resa
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Resa

I have been a Tad fan since the day you came on screen, just back from California. You slept with a prostitute, and then stole her money while she was in the shower. Somehow you played it so I could still root for you! Your humor sticks with me, scenes like the day of Emily Ann and Joey’s wedding, when you joked about the (pregnant) bride throwing up into the punchbowl. Lines that weren’t just about serving the plotline, but about the stuff of life: enjoying the day, and the people who are in this life with you. I am… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

Wow – what an excellent interview. As a viewer over the years I have hated what the former “administration” has done to a show I loved. I b***ched, groused, complained about the direction but stuck with the show for the many, many wonderfully talented people who came into my home every day. Never once did I realize that my frustration was but a fraction of what the actors themselves were going through. This article really showed the love that Michael Knight must have for the fans, and the history, as well as this TV family to have put up with… Read more »

Janice
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Janice

I have watched All My Children since June, 1970 – before Michael E. Knight came on the scene. While I have loved many of the characters – including Phil, Tara, Erica, Jenny, etc. – the reason I have continued to watch AMC is Tad and Michael E. Knight. You were the excitement and the heart of the show for me. I love you with Dixie, and I love you with anyone else, too! I am about 8 years older than you are, so I feel I have grown up and grown older with all of you!

Peace
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Peace

The first time they “killed off” Tad, I was going thru a very difficult time in my life and that just felt like the nail in my coffin. When he came back a couple of years later I knew things would get better. Of course it was just coincidence but Thank you Tad, you’ve always been my favorite, I needed to hear these views of yours. I hope I’ll see you again where ever you choose to head. Congratulations on a great run and the love you gave to us all.

Angela
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Angela

Dear Michael, thank you for sharing your thoughts on everything that you have experienced bringing Tad Martin to life for all of us for such a long time in such a beautiful way in this interview, and in your exquisitely written piece for The Daily Beast. Count me in as one of the sobbing, heartbroken AMC viewers yesterday, so sad to see the misguided direction of the last several years play out as it did. For far too long, as more and more of the AMC I loved for years was being eroded, my gauge as to whether it was… Read more »

giucia
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giucia

Michael, you are the reason I still watched through these terrible last years. When I heard of the cancellation, I was shocked, saddened etc. Once the initial shock had worn off, I remember thinking, “I’ll never see Tad Martin again!” I’m sorry that TPTB made you feel unappreciated. Please know that your fans appreciate you so much!

crystle
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crystle

I haven’t stopped crying about AMC in over a week! You hit the nail on the head when you said it feels like we lost a friend…except it feels like we lost 50 friends and watched it happen knowing we couldn’t stop it. Then we had to leave a town behind that we spent most of our lives in. I watched for 25 years, that’s longer than I’ve been friends with any single person in my life that isn’t a relative. My heart aches and I will dearly miss my Pine Valley friends. If/when it goes online, believe me, I’ll… Read more »

Rosie
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Rosie

What a wonderful interview!!! Michael is such a incredibly gifted,generous,kind,and wonderful person,God bless him! Hopefully he will be a part of AMC on Prospect Park-AMC truly would not be the same without him,but,no matter what,we wish him the very best. Thank you,Mr. Fairman,for telling Michael how important he has been and always will be to the fans. We love him and hope to get our hugs one day soon! 😉

Barbara J Leggio
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Barbara J Leggio

I have to agree with Rosie. I have been an AMC fan for a long time. I agree with MIchael about how it is so frustrated that everyone had to move, then they get slapped in the face only to lose their jobs. I also agree how Brain Frons and ABC is nothing but greedy. I hope the Chew chokes. Michael, you were so funny at times. I also feel really sad for Agnes Nixon. She is such a sweet woman. Whatever you decide to do, I will always remember Pine Valley and the Kane family, the chandlers, and the… Read more »

Aileen
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Aileen

As Bob Hope had so approrietly said, “Thanks for the memories!”

Robin
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Robin

Tad is the reason I started watching AMC in first year of collage in 1982. I will so miss seeing his sexy self everyday. I love ya MEK!!! Whatever you do, find peace and love in it & remain awesome! xoxo

Arlene Lawrence
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Arlene Lawrence

I have watched AMC for all 41 years – reading this interview has opened my eyes on what was really going on after the move to California. Thank you, Tad, I really hope and pray that you all come back and keep Pine Valley alive – if not, the best of luck to you and yours. I miss you all to the bottom of my soul because you and AMC have been a part of my daily life for so many years.

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Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Remember Regis Philbin on ‘Live’, while Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls Last Moments With Him On ‘Today’

On Monday, Regis Philbin, who passed away at 88-years-old over the weekend, was remembered on morning television where he spent most of his career, by his former co-hosts.  On Live with Kelly and Ryan, an emotional Ripa along with Seacrest honored the man they had come to know

Ryan shared: “It’s been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us at Live. Kelly, I know a tough weekend for you especially because you worked with our dear friend, a friend that passed away over the weekend, Regis Philbin. A legend on television. A best friend to so many of us who didn’t even know him, across the country.”

Ripa, co-hosted Live! with Philbin for 11 years, said mentioned that she and her husband Mark Consuelos were lucky to have their children surrounding them over the weekend when they learned of Philbin’s death.

Through her tears, Kelly expressed:  “As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards.”

Meanwhile over on NBC, Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on the Today Show remembering her enduring friendship and working relationship with Regis. Gifford co-hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for many years.

Overcome with emotion, Kathie Lee recalled her final visit with Philbin and his wife Joy during a visit to the East Coast. Gifford now lives in Tennessee.

Gifford shared how she called The Philbins and said, “Can we get together, can we have some lunch?’ So they came over about two weeks ago,  We just had the best time.”’

However, Kathie Lee noted after they said their goodbyes:“I just thought to myself, ‘Lord’, is that the last time I’m going to see my friend?’ Cause he was failing, I could tell.  I was just so grateful the Lord gave me that final time.”  She also shared moments with her talk with Joy after Regis’ passing, where Joy said,”Kathie he hadn’t laughed in a long, long time.  I was so worried about him.  The day that we came to have lunch with you was the last time I heard him laugh.”

On their on-screen partnership, Kathie Lee said of her time with Regis: “We always respected each other’s opinions so highly. You know, in all the years we were together, we never had one cross word.”

Watch below the segments from Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Today Show with Kathie Lee below as they remember and honor Regis Philbin.

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TV Icon Regis Philbin Dead At 88; Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa and Susan Lucci Pay Tribute

Sad news to report on Saturday.  Legendary TV host and personality, Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88.  The Daytime Emmy-winning host, was famous for is morning shows including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, and its later incarnation Live with Regis and Kelly,  hosting Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. beauty pageants, his night club shows with former All My Children star, Susan Lucci, and so much more.

In a statement his family shared: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.'”

TMZ is reporting late Saturday afternoon that they confirmed with the Medical Examiner that Regis died from heart disease. He was pronounced dead Saturday at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT

Philbin’s accolades included: Daytime Emmy Awards wins for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Regis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.  He was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career.  In addition, according to Guinness World Records, Regis holds the world record for most hours on US television with more than 16,700 hours clocked.

Three women who worked so closely with Regis each took to Instagram this afternoon to share their grief and memories of their dear friend, and in some cases mentor:

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Kathie Lee Gifford expressed on Philbin’s passing: “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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Kelly Ripa who took over from Gifford and co-hosted with Regis for many years shared along with Ryan Seacrest: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

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Susan Lucci, shared an emotional message: “Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you! Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories. Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.  You were one of a kind, Rege—🎼There Will Never Ever Be Another You🎼 RIP, Regis—and thank you”

Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who passed away in 2014.

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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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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