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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Hilary, Lily, Charlie … Car Crash!

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Tragedy strikes on Wednesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless!

It all starts to unravel when at the end of her live show broadcast, Hilary (Mishael Morgan) signs off with an emotional, yet cryptic message noting how things are changing, and not knowing what will happen next. What is Hillary referring to?

Later at Devon (Bryton James) and Hilary’s penthouse, as Shauna (Camryn Hamm), and Charlie (Noah Alexander Gerry) are about to have sex, they are busted when Lily (Christel Khalil) shows up! Shauna, who has run down the stairs is given an earful by Lily.  She tells Shauna she’s a bad influence on her son.  Just then, Hilary arrives.  Shauna says that Hilary knew Charlie and her were going to rendezvous.

Hilary calls out Lily for being an uptight prude.  Once again, these two begin a battle of barbs that this time will be life-altering.  Lily fires back that she feels sorry for Shauna and for the baby Hilary’s carrying.  All of a sudden Charlie is beside himself that Shauna ran out and he has to find her.

Now searching for Shauna in the car, Lily is driving as Hilary continues to ramp up the bickering from the front seat passenger side.  Charlie is in the backseat.

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Hilary reminds Lily she was no saint at Shauna’s age! Lily has heard enough and she barks that Devon having a baby with Hilary is the worst idea, ever!  She goes on to tell Hilary she has no business being a mother.  All of a sudden a loud horn is heard, and their car is smashed in to, with the passenger side being the first to get hit!

Watch the car crash scene below.  Then let us know, what you think will happen to Hilary, Lily and Charlie in the fallout from this tragic moment via the comment section below.

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I thought it was a great episode today. I think Hilary will lose the baby as a prelude to Mishael Morgan’s exit. Lily will be blamed for the accident and its aftermath by her family, especially Cane and Charlie. Although I like the actor, it would make great story to have Charlie killed in the accident. We’d deal with Lily’s guilt, Cane’s grief and Mattie’s loss of her twin sibling.

Lorraine Bannarn
Lorraine Bannarn

That would be to harsh to harsh especially with today’s climate!

Kaye
Kaye

No pint in killing Charlie. …who will Devon leave his money to?

Lynn
Lynn

Michael Morgan Must Get Killed in the Crash Sence She is Leaving The Show

Cynthia Giannelli
Cynthia Giannelli

I think she looses the baby then leaves town with the friend she was with in the bar

Alberto Guajardo
Alberto Guajardo

Wow, great effects! I knew the crash was coming, but it still shocked me.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Had anyone read that Hilary is being killed off? I know M.M is leaving, but I am wondering why they would be writing all this new stuff for her, only to kill her off. Its more likely, she’ll linger in a coma, as did Phyllis, and then bring her back,voila, new Hilary!

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

Now I would be ok with this storyline. They could always have another baby later or she could be so injured to where lily would have to carry the baby.

Lee
Lee

Lily is unable to carry a child, she had uterine or ovarian cancer and had to have a complete hysterectomy. Mac (Kay Chancellor’s granddaughter) carried the twins Maddie & Charlie for Cane & Lily.

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

I forgot about that. Well, I think lily needs to pay someway and they bring back another Hillary to bring back the feistiness that will be gone from this show.

Jovin
Jovin

Lily is completely gutted and barren. Mackenzie had to carry her kids for her.

Susan
Susan

Really..sick description of a hysterectomy because of cancer!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Wow,I guess that’s one way to put it!

Michelle
Michelle

I think something happens to either Hillary or Lily I’m going more with Hillary and maybe they need her organs to save Charlie and that is why male was crying and Devon

Celia
Celia

Amazing post, Lew….parroting my thoughts here.

k/kay
k/kay

Reports are she dies who knows ? No scenes with Devon I was never a fan but they did have a fan base but MY is putting the final nail in the coffin! You know things are bad when actors are tweeting hey aren’t our stories great ! Ugh

k/kay
k/kay

Well Celia I hope you did not jump on board the Sharon and Nick train like I did because that gets blown up next week ! I guess JM got his way gets to have a live scene with another actress Lordy I wish I ran this soap so off my DVR and back to Netflix I go! Better series anyway

Celia
Celia

Oh, Kay, my lovely friend….I’ve been on the Sharon and Nick train for fifteen years ( when I was just fourteen, LOL)….never got off.
Too bad, right, Kay?…. I thought this was it for them; at last!!
But, Nick had to go and mess it all up…..not that Sharon has been sincere with him, either—what a travesty—
What are the chances for Adam to return? Would he and Sharon hook up? Again?
Dashed hopes. I think I’ll write a storyline for Y&R and send it to the Network. HaHa!!

k/kay
k/kay

The sad thing for me is they were the last super couple Bill Bell wrote for I knew better to get sucked in! Can’t waych this silly stuff they destroyed Sharon for years but Nick is no prize so maybe it is time to move on

k/kay
k/kay

You know if it was true live he would have confuded in her and she him I always felt the last few months of Burton’s run that he and Case were great together. Then he moved back to GH to play robot man and well so it goes

k/kay
k/kay

Oh Celia I have been watching this show since I was a kid I still love Terry Lester as Jack I can’t support what is being done we had a chance Kay Alden and Sally were trying to bring it back they gave them ten months and then boom here comes Mal who knows nothing about the history of this show ! I love this show and breaks my heart that they are once again destroying it I am hanging in there but it’s tough I keep thinking someone had to hear our screams you can still find old episodes ion you tube it was so great then! I will not wish them ill will but not sure I can keep watching a train wreck very sad

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

It’s like the writers don’t know what will keep us on the edge of our seats. They can bring in Jack’s other son but they won’t.

k/kay
k/kay

By the way who was taking care of that baby Christian ?? You know while he was screwing Phyllis oh yeah he is a great psrebt

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

I read Adam is coming back because Victor and Asley are both leaving. Jack is Victor’s brother.

Dreama Hay
Dreama Hay

I knew that a couple months ago when is jack going to find out?

Mira Jourdin
Mira Jourdin

Hillary never should leave the show. She is one of the best character on this show. I love her. She is very good actress. She should stay forever.

Satan
Satan

Well, he owns the clinic, doesn’t he? I would think that could get him a priority appointment, if he needed one. Though I’d rather he got the same treatment Jason got over there….. knock his ass out with drugs and strap a mask on his face so we don’t have to hear him whine again.

Michael
Michael

I believe so, but I’m so sick of these recycled storylines.

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

Speak the truth. Me too.

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

I agree. She brings fire.

Rita Walker
Rita Walker

Yes,HILARY kept it Real and she had Fire and she was pretty/and Classic

Rita Walker
Rita Walker

I agree with you..Devon and Hilary was beginning to be a love story

Gloria Jean Williams
Gloria Jean Williams

YesI love her to I hope she don’t leave

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

And here is where Mishael’s exit story begins…

Robyn Vitelli
Robyn Vitelli

I’m deeply scared that Charlie is going to die and that’s why “Cane and Lily will never be the same” and why Neill was crying so hard. I assume Hillary will lose the baby and leave GC in despair or die herself, since she is leaving the show. #Godihopecharlieisok

Norie
Norie

Happy that we Canucks are a day ahead of you Yanks. So we know what’s happened already. Na nana na na….

Mark Y
Mark Y

How did that happen?

Dyanna McILwain
Dyanna McILwain

Hilary will loose baby and die or leave to get away from everyone to be with this other guy as for Nick he is turning out just like his fatheŕ finally someone stands up to Victor as for Jack I think he will find out he is not a chancellor

Maisie
Maisie

Unfortunately shr doesn’t make it and Lily will be facing charges and possible prison time for running a stop light causing a drsth.

Momo
Momo

I guess Charlie wasn’t paying attention to the road either. I would have been and then said something to Lily. Why didn’t he say, “Mom, keep your eyes on the road?” Even if I were arguing with someone while driving, I wouldn’t need to look at them.

Special effects were great. How did they do that?

k/kay
k/kay

I never will be able to stand the character of Lilly again she is disgusting when was it her job to control Devon and she has taken that stupid Cane back a million times those two make me sick the fact they have a fan base amazes me . I hope someone slaps her stupid whiny mouth she is ignorant and no she is not even close to being Drucilla’d daughter

k/kay
k/kay

So spoilers say Hilary is still alive glad to hear that her and Devon get a exit story ! But I am sure they will make her the villain !

Helen Shehane
Helen Shehane

yea who????

Rita Walker
Rita Walker

You Right ,but that what wrong with The Young and the Restless..Hilary wasn’t at fault that SELF Righteous Lily was are both.Lily can do no Wrong.She is a Hypocrite on this Show.Lily should have been paying attention to the Road.Will Lily be Charged by Police?

k/kay
k/kay

You introduce Nate and the guy never has a shirt on??! Yep I would want him to be my doctor!!! NOT

Cathy
Cathy

As always Hillary’s mouth never stops..maybe she will pay price but doubt it…more than likly Charlie will be hurt or die….and Lily will be blamed.

Mira Jourdin
Mira Jourdin

It is Lily with her big mouth and she should be blamed. Last two years she made too many mistakes and her slammy husband. She should change or go out. Hillary is a bright and smart.

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

I watch this show for the drama and the romance. I’ve been watching for over 40 years. Why are y’all killing off some of the best characters. Why couldn’t you have Hillary leave and come back as someone else. We know when this show kills off characters and you don’t show the body i.e. Drucilla, malcolm and Adam, their character can be resurrected. Why not do the same for Hillary? I love the Hillary and Devon storyline. This is just dumb in my opinion. There aren’t any other characters who can bring a fire and spark like them.

Cathy
Cathy

Hillary’s character is much needed on the show. WHY COULDNT SHE HAVE BEEN RECAST. You bring in New character Shauna, wht happens with her? Lily is annoying as hell. Please do something exciting with Summer, like give her a great job on the other side of the work,and let Jack get Red back. Can’t stand billy,he’s not even good for himself. But I do like Phyllis n Nick. Can’t tolerate Sharon. Wht will happen when Phyllis discovers her daughter is a real snake? will she leave billy or will billy have self control n not sleep with his girlfriend’s snake daughter

Brenda Lowery
Brenda Lowery

I didn’t know Hilary was leaving the show. But I just saw today’s show, and it looks like Hilary died and didn’t make it. Wow! I wish I knew who that mystery guy is who she met with earlier. What’s his deal?

Rita Walker
Rita Walker

I think it’s Awful to take Hilary out the show like that and I’m at work around more than a100 people’s almost all of us FEELS the same way and than not to have Devon there just Awful some of my co-workers are debating if we will continue to watch the show. People’s are tired of SELF Righteous Lily and than for her and her son not to have a scratch on them unreal.This show begin to suck.The best thing it have going for it right now if Nick take down Victor and his sister.Which Victoria is not loyal to Nick and he must see that.For once let Nick,Abby and Jack Win.Somebody needs to Safe this Show the rating will fall. The love story between Devon and Hilary woulda been great.No one Billy back with Victoria. Furthermore, how could the writers in their right mind give that baby of Nick to his dad Victor???It DON’T Make Sense after the history Victor have.Sorry but frontline the writers at this moments. Instead of bring Summer back you should have brought Adam back..(Muhney are someone’s else Adam is the key to this story Now and that is who should take over for Victor ONCE he Retired..(Muhney) are someone like him.Now I feels the show should have done everything in their powers to KEEP Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan)and I do feel as OTHERS the show is low down for taking her out this way.Now I have a Question DO are is The Young and Restless Prejudice to black people’s. Lily, after all is marry to a white person and she may be mix. I FELT LIKE HILARY WAS THE BETTER ACTRESS EVEN BETTER THAN MARIAH ALTHOUGH MARIAH WON A AWARD.SUMMER SHOULD HAVE STAY GOING SO WHAT REALLY GOING ON WITH SHOW?? THE RATINGS WILL DROP.I HAVE WATCH THIS SHOW SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND NOW I’M THINKING OF STOPPING WATCHING IT MYSELF. PEOPLE’S ARE ALSO TIRED OF NIKKI AND THE NEWMANS..NICK THE BEST ONE AND HIS HALF SISTER ABBY. I have been loyal to this Show and i know their are millions of PEOPLE’S out their some that feels the same way i do and others who may not. We all can admits the showl. is going down hill if some Changes are not May. THANKS

Susan Denney
Susan Denney

You had to drop that race card!!!!!

k/kay
k/kay

Not sure she was dropping the race card it took me a long time to adjust to Hillary but I think I knew where she was coming from at the end and everybody seems to forget Neil kept her captive and no one seems to mention it so do not be too quick to judge the actress had a lot thrown at her and stepped up to the plate personally I would have liked her to be paired with somebody else but not to be only wish her the best!

Dreama hay
Dreama hay

I believe Hillary’s contract was up and she wanted too much money

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Rita, while you have made some good arguments, that I agree with,especially MY, whom in my estimation is trying his best to get rid of Y&R, probably to install one of his British creations.
He has systematically ruined or changed every key character. I do not blame Nick for trying to compete with Victor, with his latest endeavour. I do blame his disloyal mother, sister and fiance, for not at least understanding what he is trying to do. It may not be right with him finding a little solace, and sympathy, Phyllis style, but he can be weak, where she’s concerned. I do not agree with most Adam fans. He is not the answer to this show’s salvation. He is as evil as old dad, if not worse. Look up his history of the horrible things he’s done, starting with gas-lighting Ashley,causing her to lose her child, then stealing Sharon’s baby and giving her to Ashley, out of guilt.There’s much more that new-comers don’t know, and others would rather forget,where Adam is concerned. Ashley and Hilary are both leaving of their own accord, and who can blame them? I’d rather lose Lily and that horny husband. I am not sure about Nate yet, just wish he’d put on a damn shirt. I think we all know by now , he’s built like a a brick you know what! I also think he jumped the gun with Hilary’s surgery. Seeing as how there are quite a few people of color, on the show, I didn’t understand your comment about that. I don’t care for Shauna either, but wouldn’t ,if she was green or purple.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I’m nearly as bummed over Mishael leaving as I was when Billy Miller and Michael Muhney left. I hope she shows up on GH or DAYS…or even a quality nighttime or cable series. That said, is anyone as SICK TO DEATH as I am over Lily’s endless moralizing?! She acts like Charlie disemboweled Shauna! We all know sex is a big deal especially when it’s our kids, but she was WAY over the top. So tired of her hypocrisy and her pompous (albeit gorgeous) husband’s terrible treatment of Jack. They act like they’re not even human!

Katisha Scott
Katisha Scott

The storyline for Jack is pitiful. If you want ratings, just finally bring out that he’s Victor’s half brother. Also, the summer storyline is stupid and how is it she is the one who gets Billy gambling again. REALLY? Come on YR, this is ridiculous. You’ve grown up everyone but Faith and then when you bring them back they are boring. Not working out the contract to keep Mishal (Hillary), on the show. That is crazy. The Newman’s are played out because victor always wins.

su000
su000

Hillary and baby will both die.
There is absolutely no-one that could ever replace Mishael Morgan, she is the one and only Hilary.

Lily, well – we will have 6 months of her going off the rails, and the family.
That family is the most boring blah family in the soap world so not looking forward to the aftermath.

to mention;
Mishael Morgan is a headliner star.
and- ALL stars want their exit to be the coveted; go out in a bang not a whimper..
Her being Killed is the prize exit, good for her to be given it.

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Ariel Coger
Ariel Coger

The y/r just lost a fan

Sandy
Sandy

Okay so Charlie wasn’t in the seatbelt because he’s sitting in the middle of the seat and not even a scratch

Alan
Alan

The character of Hilary has been a mess from the get-go because of the writing (a mystery blogger out to destroy Neil because of a retconned plot where he hooked up with her alcoholic mother while on a bender). The show could never decide whether Hilary was a heroine, an anti-heroine, or a flat out bitch so they kept playing her as all three with no success. The only reason the character has lasted this long is because of Mishael Morgan’s talent and popularity.

I think the show will write her off with a teary deathbed scene where she recalls the happiest moment of her life — the time she was a contestant on THE PRICE IS RIGHT — because she will definitely find a job in prime time
(maybe as Dominique Devereaux on the CW’s Dynasty?)…

Mark Y
Mark Y

Love your DD theory!

Judy K. Lusty
Judy K. Lusty

When there is a bad car crash, there are police involved. Where are they!!

k/kay
k/kay

Doug Davidson is no where to be found trust me in the day he had some wonderful story lines I think he got on Twitter and well it backfired

dmr
dmr

Why, oh why, couldn’t it be Lily, instead? Kudos to Mishael Morgan in Friday’s hospital scenes. Great actress.

Norie
Norie

The woman is on her last breaths and she never stops yapping.. No wires, no vitals monitoring, nothing beeps when she passes out. The weirdest way to write a wedding story. I was almost expecting them to ‘get it on’ in that hosp. bed… Now THAT would have made my day in a wonderful way ! haha NOT.

C C Brown
C C Brown

Well, I figured Hil would lose the baby, but if she is still leaving the show, leaving Genoa does leave room for her to return! Probably at the time Devon has a new live interest! Could make for some interesting fall viewing. Writers make note that Devon’s new partner can have children!!

Norie
Norie

Never mind if she ( or anyone else) is leaving the show. I don’t know where people get this infi, I certainly did not know nor do I care. Don’t let that spoiler ,(literally) impact your viewing pleasure.

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Have not seen today’s program.

Mishael Morgan has so creatively twisted her character over the years that it is hard to say something was unique in what should be her final soliloquy as closing her last program. However, it was a rather special display of her “reach” as an actor. It was personal and professional. Hilary needs to die.

Victor is leaving? Ashley is leaving? Jack is Victor’s half brother? Is all that happening?

Slow something down for a bit. Let us all grieve. There has always been, as someone else mentioned, a Shakespearean element with Nick and Victor, but I don’t know if the evolution of son turning into father will play well.

I turn off watching when young ones die, or when torture is involved. If all those just mentioned are leaving, someone break out for me just who is related to whom.

All the actors are doing superior work. It is a “Soap.” Someone asked why the writers don’t take on a serious story line and carry it to a realistic conclusion such as TJ’s abusive behavior or Dina’s inevitable regression. Such themes can easily couple with — I am lacking a word for this, but it can work.

What a difference a day makes if one doesn’t read this or watch daily!

Norie
Norie

I pay no attention to things like he or she is leaving. Just take it day by day for what it is, ( yes, peppered with some hearty comments from me) and when the hour is up, I don’t
for one minute think about it anymore. It’s a story, folks. Like a book, if you don’t like it then you put it down.

Julie
Julie

I think Devon will marry Hillary and the secret guy she met with before her accident is her brother and he will try to put a claim to second fortune because him and Hillary have no prenuptial since the marriage was on her death bead

Norie
Norie

Hilary will not make it from whatever dreadful thing is happening to her ( the doc flubbed his words, so we don’t know)and Lily may get off scot free from running a red light. ( a baby died, folks!)

Christy
Christy

Her body rejected the blood transfusions. I had a friend die the same way .. she lost so much blood and when they gave her transfusions it was like poison..he body rejected it..

Msnaturally
Msnaturally

Gotta tell you, I have been watching Y&R since I was a child. My absolute favorite soaps. I call it Dumn and the useless lol
Anything is possible but surely the life and times will be just as good requardless of what pans out

Rae parks
Rae parks

Makes me so mad . I’m never watching again and all my friends feel the same way! It sucks

JORDAN EDWARDS
JORDAN EDWARDS

Should the police already know about
Lilly’s accident? What about the truck driver? Doesn’t he know what happened?

Linda
Linda

I think the accident is Shauna’s fault for running off…like she always does!

Dreama hay
Dreama hay

The doctor should be the one who has made a mistake on Hillary not Lily really needs to stay in place and really shouldn’t be so ready to forgive Devon as he made her life a living hell

June
June

Where is the police report of the accident. It would be more of what went wrong then witnesses

Suzanne Johnson
Suzanne Johnson

On Y&R Was the guy that drove the truck was he drunk when he hit the car that Lily drove in episode dated July 18, 2018., Hilary and Lily were arguing and Lily ran a stop light so a guy in a truck hit them. My question is was the guy that hit them with his truck was he drunk?

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I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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