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WATCH: Agnes Nixon Tribute Extended Version: Stars Of AMC and OLTL Shares Their Remembrances

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During the 44th annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies on April 30th, attendees and fans online were treated to a touching segment and tribute to the late and iconic creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, Agnes Nixon.

While Susan Lucci anchored the tribute with her speech honoring the woman who launched her career and created her character of Erica Kane. she also introduced a clip package produced by On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman featuring several former cast members from both of Agnes’ daytime drama.

While for time, the segment featuring those actors and more had to be kept short and tight, the extended version is now available online, which tells the story of Agnes’ journey, the impact Pine Valley and Llanview had on the audience, the seismic cancellations of both soaps, and ultimately Agnes’ passing.

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Fairman went back to tell the story the way he originally envisioned the piece featuring emotional and riveting moments from: Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL), Thorsten Kaye (Patrick, OLTL and Zach, AMC) , Peter Bergman (Cliff, AMC) Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC), Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC) Darnell Williams (Jesse, AMC), Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC), Brynn Thayer (Jenny, OLTL), Robert S. Woods (Bo, OLTL), Kim Delaney (Jenny. AMC)  and Andrea Evans (Tina, OLTL).

The Agnes Nixon Tribute Extended Tribute was originally posted on Michael Fairman’s You Tube channel, The Michael Channel.  You can visit the channel and subscribe for my features to come.

Now, watch the extended Agnes Nixon retrospective tribute after the jump. Then let us know if it made you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more? And let us know whose story within the tribute touched you the most? Comment below.

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dmr
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dmr

When daytime television had talented actors and storylines devoted to real issues (with some exceptions). I miss daytime of the 80’s and (part) 90’s!

Lisa Z
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Lisa Z

This is a beautifully done production. I loved these shows especially in the 80s when I started watching. The actors gave wonderful tributes to Agnes and were honest in how she changed their lives. I found the remarks made by Peter Bergman and Michael E. Knight to be the most moving and emotional. They all made me cry. The audience cared about the characters, and that is what kept us tuned in. I watched OLTL until the end, and this piece makes me miss the shows so much all over again. Thanks so much, Michael!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Thank you Michael for this wonderfully moving tribute. It is beautiful. Once again, thank you Agnes Nixon for All My Children and One Life to Live. I want to say more but I’m crying so hard that I can hardly type.

su0000
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su0000

Agnes Nixon . I heard of the legend and her legacy. However; seeing what I just watched it’s sad I wasn’t there through her time. Quoit- she cherished the ability to bridge the space between real and fantastic and make it all believable and- no one was ever safe not even the good guys.. “The Great and the Least, The Rich and the Poor, The Weak and the Strong, In Joy and Sorrow, In Tragedy and Triumph, You are ALL MY CHILDREN” I like that ^^^ .. If I were a Billionaire; I would create a network to rerun both… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

“You become part of the viewers’ psyche.” Michael E Knight.
This.
I’m not crying. Really.

Patricio
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Patricio

Thank You Mr. Fairman for the heartwarming tribute to a woman who touched more lives than anyone could imagine. Thank you to tha actors who shared their memories. They all showed such gratitude to this great storyteller. Let me add my voice as well. God Speed and God Bless !

Naomi
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Naomi

Om I’m crying.I miss these two shows like,an old friend.Great to see these characters I loved for so many years.Agnes was one special lady and so talented..I can’t beleive how emotional this was for me.Thank you to each of you for sharing with us.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Absolutely fantastic! Beautiful tribute to a woman who touched so many lives…actors and fans alike.

What a walk down memory lane..such nostalgia….puddle of tears over here….

Mary
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Mary

We need to bring back all my children and one life to live on abc we miss all the actor and actresses It is not the same they were a big part of are lives.we are hope to reboot them like they are rebooting so many other show now..Agnes was the one and only she will be very hard to replace

ShelleyDenman
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ShelleyDenman

This is just beautiful! The amount of respect these actors have for her is amazing and it says a lot about her. Great job Michael!

Beth
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Beth

Thank you so much, Michael, for putting this together and for treating Agnes Nixon and AMC and OLTL with the respect they all deserve. I love the group of actors you included in this tribute. These are veteran actors who were excellent spokespeople for the hundreds of actors who worked for Agnes. Michael Knight did me in. It was so great to hear him talk about that last scene on AMC where Tad toasted everyone. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Kim Delaney stayed in touch with Agnes even after she’d left AMC. Thanks so much for allowing us… Read more »

jeanette
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jeanette

that was a beautiful tribute. i miss those shows so much. and at the end credits, the amc theme played and i started to cry.

Barbara
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Barbara

I loved this. It was beautifully done and I think I cried through the entire thing. I still miss All My Children, the actors and the story lines and of course Agnes Nixon. Thanks so much for sharing.

brian
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brian

Bravo Mr. Fairman and thank you. And yes, i did “well-up” and it was so worth it. What more does ABC need to know ? These shows are still missed very much !

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

I grew up watching NBC and CBS soaps. But I kept up with other soaps by reading soap opera digest and soap opera weekly. Like Bill Bell, Agnes Nixon is a true legend.

Jay
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Jay

What a wonderful tribute to such an iconic lady.

One thing that I noticed about her work, particularly on OLTL, was that she would have the controversial storylines like the Cathy Craig drug story or Carla passed for white as well as traditional romance stories. She would interweave the characters and get the audience to invest in stories that they might not have otherwise embraced.

Becky
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Becky

Wow Michael. That was just stellar! I especially loved seeing the characters from long ago speaking of their time on the show and what Agnes means to them. A+++++

EastTXSoapGirl
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EastTXSoapGirl

love Love LOVE … exceptionally done … I think AD would be proud … and we, her fans, are eternally grateful for her life’s work … #AllMyChildren #OneLifeToLive

KATE CASH
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KATE CASH

What a gift this woman was to so many! She tackled so many issues with grace and dignity. Agnes, you will be missed.

Patrick
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Patrick

when actors “appreciate” GOOD writing man!   the acting mindset… there was no limits the audience :  feasted the combined RAW TALENTS of headwriting and just combustible acting… soared I HOLD ON to ALL my years and decades of watching this beloved genre. you can feel the welling up of emotion… dam spill this genre had power, respect, awe inspiring, the whole canvas in sync.   for all the actors who were and or ARE still a part of this .   heartfelt reach. Michael E Knight – what a man he turned out to be , right?   Tad the Cad… MEK is… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

ie: @Peter Bergman. thank you thank you thank you for the kind, humbled, heart reach. I would have loved to have @minimum shaken James Mitchell, ( ex-Palmer Cortlandt, AMC ) hand… hug too. I loved the dance… between Palmer and Adam. this is how Shakespeare entered serial. everyone else who courted with… were just happy to be . yet I truly believe the words of Peter Bergman and Michael E. Knight when they share just how ???? amazing it is to have worked with the best. like any other fan… @the emmies… I would have liked to have seen James… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Michael, thank you for the wonderful tribute to Agnes Nixon. It was a delight to see the performers in the show clips and your on camera interviews.

OLTL is one of my all time favorite TV shows, first started watching it about the time “Cathy Craig” was a teenager and her drug addiction story. I think that may have been around 1969.

I hope to see Erika Slezak again, always wanted to see her in a stage play.

Keep up the excellent work, Michael.
Thanks, Mark

John Gibson
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John Gibson

Beautiful tribute!

ASHLAND CRIPTON
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ASHLAND CRIPTON

I just miss these shows so much…

Everett
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Everett

Beautiful! Thank you Michael.

blake
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blake

Great tribute to Agnes Nixon!

Seeing Andrea Evans makes me miss her on soaps, she was great on OLTL and Passions. I wish she was still on daytime.

Margie-Rose
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Margie-Rose

Michael thank you very much.

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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.

Share your thoughts on the their remembrances via the comment section below.

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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.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Regis Philbin in the comment section below.  

 

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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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