Susan Lucci, soap opera Queen, recently appeared on Good Morning America to talk about the possibility that All My Children’s epic run may be coming to an end. You can hear her comments in the video above. News first broke on TV Squad that ABC was considering calling it quits on the long-running soap.
But, Lucci didn’t have a whole lot to offer on the rumors. “We’ll see,” she said of possible cancellation. Lucci also said the show has many “passionate” fans in its corner. But ratings for the show are dramatically down (34% from last year), and it’s in last place.
And that does not bode well for the soap, which has been on the air since 1970. Lucci has been with the show for its entire run.
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Good Morning America took a moment to be somber on Wednesday in honor of legendary actress, the late Elizabeth Taylor. Barbara Walters made an appearance to pay tribute to the incomparable star, which you can see in the video above.
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Survivor: The Australian Outback contestant and View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is signing on to Good Morning America as a contributor. Hasselbeck is famous for her rigid right-wing approach to issues on The View, though she does not label herself as conservative.
Hasselbeck will cover “hot-button family, lifestyle and child-rearing issues.” Her first report, which looks like a real barn-burner, will cover the hot-button trend of parent-child tattoos. It airs on Monday.
In addition to her reality TV experience, Hasselbeck has a Fine Arts degree from Boston College and notorious GOP leanings … which definitely makes her qualified to cover news-related issues important to American families.
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On today’s Good Morning America broadcast, Sesame Street‘s executive producer explained why Katy Perry’s segment with Elmo was pulled from the kid-friendly program.
“We would never produce anything that we thought was inappropriate,” Carol-Lynne Parente said about the clip which featured a questionably-dressed Perry. “We were surprised by not only the amount of feedback, but how fast it came in. It was a lot.”
“Sesame Street has a long history. We have a great interactive relationship with our viewers, especially parents,” Parente insisted. “So we viewed a lot of feedback and made what we thought was an appropriate decision.”
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-Oscar winner Kevin Spacey could be making a home on television. The American Beauty star is in talks to play a cult leader in a The Crux, a new HBO series. Details on the project are scarce.
-A reported suicide attempt won’t keep Fantasia Barrino from a publicity tour. The former American Idol winner will being promoting her new album next week. First up, an appearance on GMA on August 24.
-Will Jet Blue steward Steven Slater slide his way onto a television show? Stone Entertainment has reportedly offered the flight attendant a chance to host a reality series about disgruntled employees and their dramatic exits.
-The Office will soon be opening a new headquarters overseas. Creator Ricky Gervais has announced that a Chinese version of the comedy is currently in development. The U.S. version will start Season 7 on September 23.
George Stephanopoulos could have a very interesting roundtable on his hands.
Tomorrow morning on GMA, the show will welcome two names quite familiar to singer John Mayer: Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson.
The two women - exes John referenced in Mayer’s recent Playboy interview - will be appearing to promote their individual projects. Simpson will talk about Monday night’s debut of The Price of Beauty, her new reality series for VH1. Meanwhile, Aniston will discuss The Bounty Hunter, her new movie with Gerard Butler.
Will these ladies have to share a green room? Will Robin Roberts be questioning them both about John? This is exactly the kind of potential awkwardness that helps get me up on a Monday morning!
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After nearly 11 years of waking up at ungodly hours, Diane Sawyer said goodbye to the viewers of Good Morning America this morning.
Sawyer’s final day on the job came with a number of tributes - some funny, some more emotional - and a recap of her memorable stories. Meanwhile, Chris Cuomo, who is leaving the program to cohost 20/20, handed over his newsreader reins to Juju Chang and watched George Stephanopoulos introduce himself as the new coanchor.
“I’m going to take the advice of that immortal philosopher Dr. Seuss, who said, ‘Don’t cry because it happened, smile because it happened,’” Diane said. “And this morning I am beaming at all of you. My heart is smiling and the privilege of sharing my mornings with all of you has been more than I can say.”
You can watch the late night comedians say goodbye to the “queen of morning television” after the jump.
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UPDATE: It’s now being reported that Cuomo may be the new co-host of 20/20. Juju Chang would then replace Chris on GMA.
Within the next few weeks, viewers will see changes on ABC’s midseason schedule and in their news department.
It was just announced today that Diane Sawyer will officially be leaving Good Morning America at the end of the week. Diane’s exit will give her just over a week to transition to her new post at World News Tonight. She will begin on Dec. 21, just three days after Charles Gibson signs off from that chair.
Although it’s been widely rumored that George Stephanopoulos will become the new GMA anchor, it’s unknown whether ABC’s chief Washington correspondent and This Week host will accept the offer. Meanwhile, Chris Cuomo has denied that he will be leaving the network if he doesn’t receive the promotion.
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What’s worse? Homosexual suggestion or highly-publicized domestic abuse? ABC seems to think the former is far worse - at least, to Good Morning America viewing audiences. On the heels of canceling Adam Lambert’s early-morning performance, the show is getting ready for Chris Brown to appear.
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If the folks at ABC were counting on Adam Lambert to apologize for his AMA performance, it’s probably a good thing they canceled his Good Morning America appearance.
The American Idol alum showed up to The Early Show instead and did admit that catching glimpses of his favorite pop stars sparked more of his energy.
“I admit I did get carried away, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. I do see how people got offended and that was not my intention. My intention was to interpret the lyrics of my song and have a good time with it.”
He also made no apologies when asked about how he felt with children watching his performance: “It didn’t cross my mind - children. It was almost 11 o’clock at night. I was in the audience and it was mostly adults… I’m not a babysitter. I’m a performer.”
Check out his Early Show performances after the break!
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