It's Oprah's 25th and final season and she is indulging herself. On todays show (Wednesday, February 9, 2011 with guests including Susan Lucci, Tony Geary, Genie Francis, Jeanne Cooper, Michael E. Knight, Darnell Williams, Debbie Morgan, David Canary, Walt Willey, Michael Nadar and other soap stars), Oprah comes clean about her mandate of telling producers for her final season she wanted people on stage that she wanted to interview.
Enter stars of All My Children, General Hospital and the Young and the Restless. "We're having a rendezvous with the biggest soap stars in the history of SOAPDOM," bellowed the talk show host.
In promoting this show, Soapdom received feedback that some fans wondered why there were no NBC stars or stars from other CBS shows, like the cancelled As the World Turns and or Guiding Light.
Oprah answered that question on air when she confessed her addiction to All My Children, sharing that when she was just starting as a reporter out of Baltimore, Maryland, she got herself a small day player role on the soap and treated us to a clip.
Turns out that Oprah even got an interview with LaLucci back then.
Oprah and Lucci, who plays the ever colorful Erica Kane on All My Children, exchanged a little mutual admiration when Susan said that she was so impressed with Oprah's interview skills from that time, saying it was the best interview experience she'd had. Oprah was surprised Susan even remembered it. Oprah made note of Susan's kudos in a journal back then. Susan was amazed that Oprah remembered that particular interview and that it stood out enough for her to journal about it.
Oprah also had a big surprise for Lucci. She invited all eight men that had married Erica Kane to appear on the show. Some of them married Erica more than once! Lucci was overjoyed to see everyone, giving current love interest Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) high marks for being a great actor, saying "we just worked together yesterday and he did not leak a word of this!" As for her husband of 41 years, Helmut Huber, he told the audience and then the gaggle of former Kane hubbys, that all those fictitious husbands notwithstanding, Susan comes home to him every night.
It was great to see Tony Geary and Genie Frances (Luke and Laura, General Hospital) together again. The Luke and Laura wedding garnered over 30 million viewers back in 1981, a record not yet broken for daytime TV. Frances said she'd definitely consider another return to Port Charles, especially if the character of Laura can have a sense of humor, and be her own person. "I am so done with being the victim," she said to a great round of applause.
Geary then spilled the beans about his relationship with Elizabeth Taylor, who starred for a time as Helena Cassadine on GH. "We had an affair that lasted a few years. It was a very special time in my life!" Talk about a big reveal!
Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan, who play Jesse and Angie on All My Children took the stage next. Even Morgan cries when she sees the scenes of Jesse and Angie's recent reunion. After all, Angie thought he was dead for over 20 years and now they are together again. "Only the African American couples stay together in Pine Valley," quipped Williams.
Oprah then brought out Tad the Cad himself, All My Children's Michael E. Knight. This after showing a number of clips and photos of Michael as the young, dashing, cadly Tad, bedding just about every lovely lady in Pine Valley – including his high school sweetheart, Liza, and her mother Marian.. "You are aging so gracefully," said a Tad fan in the audience. "Yeah, I look at those old clips and pictures and then look at me now and say – what happened?" quipped the ever humorous Knight in regard to his more mature, graying look of today.
Oprah closed the show with Young and the Restless Jeanne Cooper who discussed her groundbreaking on camera surgery storyline. "I wanted people to not be afraid."
The show was a fun send up of a genre that is at risk of dying off. All My Children, General Hospital and the Young and the Restless are three of the only six remaining soap operas still currently on the air. Over the past two years, CBS cancelled Guiding Light and As the World Turns, Procter & Gamble's foray into daytime TV and creator of the genre. It was great of Oprah to give the soaps some rekindled exposure and to admit before her audience and millions of viewers of her own love of the soaps.
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