September 22nd, 2011  |  Leave a comment

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.

  1. Nancy Wizner says:

    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, after all, it wouldn’t be the first time! Michael Fairman? Thank you so much for bringing us such a wonderful interview with such a wonderful man. Stay close Michael/Tad, we want you back!

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    toni d replied

    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.

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  2. Kim Pinto says:

    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 about the crap you and so many talented cast/crew members seem to have endured at the hands of short sighted hacks with clear agendas. It makes sense you/others need time to regroup.
    I’m grateful that Prospect seems interested in building up rather than tearing down this genre. It needs/deserves respect and I hope it gets it in large doses. Same as I hope eventually we’ll be seeing you and others taking back the roles you’ve made your own. I love the character of Tad dearly but you brought him to life. Crossing fingers you’ll be able to do so again in the not so distant future. In the meantime though I wish you the absolute best. :)

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    Donna replied

    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, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Eden Reigel, Alishia Minshew, Vincent Irrazary, Cameron Mathison, Ricky Paul Goldin (still with GL) and a few from OLTL as well. It was a blast and I floated all the way home that night..Thank You for everything you have brought to my life. Hope to see all of you very soon… <3 !!!

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  3. Mona Prager says:

    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!

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  4. CINDY CLARK says:

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

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    cheryl peterson replied

    I am going to miss you too Michael

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  5. Karen says:

    Consider yourself hugged!

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  6. Judy Eastham says:

    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

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    grace sinatra replied

    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!

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  7. Cheryl says:

    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 the entire cast moving forward! I would think that Michael, Susan, and ALL of those dedicated to the show would work harder for Prospect Park then they ever did for ABC. ABC did not appreciate or deserve their dedication but what they do deserve is to see Prospect Park and the cast bring back AMC to the bombshell it can be! And watch ABC eat their words and the profits the will be missing. I can forsee if done right Prospect Park putting AMC & OLTL back on television once it gets it fan based where it needs to be! Michael and the rest of the cast really had no choice then to be kicked around by ABC, but they trusted the wrong bunch of people! They now have choice and they should choose to put their trust in Prospect Park, afterall they have all ready received MORE respect from PP than they have for over 5 years from ABC. It makes me sick to hear about the FINAL show?? This is nothing more than final ratings boost for ABC…it’s not final and it should not be touted as final. Truth be known ABC had the final AMC show several years ago…they should NOW be celebrating the re-birth of the REAL AMC to come!!

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    Elsie Snook replied

    Touche!~

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  8. Brian Greene says:

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

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  9. Jenna says:

    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. :)

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  10. Susie says:

    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. It happens in far too many businesses. I guess we never thought they’d destroy the world of daytime, a steadfast vehicle filled with great talent, but they did. They’ll be sorry, even if they don’t even realize it. Come home soon!
    All the best and again, thank you.

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  11. Barb Toker says:

    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 an opportunity to continue to right the wrongs. It is important to remember though that this new era of AMC needs the leadership that only veteran performers who know and appreciate the genre and its viewers – performers like Michael Knight – can provide. As valuable as their artistic talent as actors, it is their insights and instincts, the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, that will make this transition successful. In short, AMC needs Michael Knight.

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  12. boes says:

    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.

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  13. Vanessa says:

    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!

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  14. K. Myers says:

    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 past years, when the show deteriorated so bad. I often wondered what the actors must be thinking to have to act out the awful stuff they were required to do. It was just so dreadful and painful to watch their characters be so unrecognizable. These past few weeks have been heaven for us, though, and I appreciate the hard work that went into settings things right, as much as they were capable of doing in such a short time frame. I hope that Michael gets some rest and finds he can eventually come back to us to make us smile again. His humor is one of the few reasons I was able to endure this past couple of years. Thank you.

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  15. Emily says:

    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!!!

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  16. Julie says:

    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 as to what that future holds for us. We hope and pray.

    May the doors open wide and offer you much success. Till we see Tad again, I wish you nothing but the best.

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    Elsie Snook replied

    Go for it, Michael!

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    Wendy replied

    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, 41 years +, so it’s been like a death in my family when the show ended.

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  17. Leisa says:

    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 so hard on yourself. What was it you said? “Not the prettiest girl at the dance”? I could not agree more. You’re aging beautifully.
    One last thing. Facebook. Please get a fan page where we can keep up with your appearances, both on tv and off. Please? And can you, Walt and the others bring the show to No. CA? Nothing would make me happier. Best wishes always. <3

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  18. Norma says:

    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 show meant to you, like it has meant to me and I just want to cry. I know that ABC made a large mistake and I don’t want to watch ABC, I will be switching to CBS or NBC. I hope they fall on their faces first and their Buttocks. They ruined it for a lot of us SOAP WATCHERS. We did not need another food or talk show, losing AMC, OLTL, Oprah the Regis and Kelley soon to be gone what a mistake they have made, too much to soon. They really did not think that one through. Thank you The CAST and CREW for your hard work on each and every shows that I have mentioned here. Bless you ALL

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  19. Linda says:

    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

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  20. Janice says:

    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 a fan from the beginning of the show, and I remember when you came to Pine Valley. By the time you were working at the Glamourama, you had me rolling on the floor. Thank you for all of the wonderful years! You have always been the “perfect man” for me, gorgeous, funny, lovable, sexy, all the good stuff all rolled into one man! I was thrilled to watch a behind the scenes video, (I think a soap fan weekend) once when you were riding in a golf cart, and being teased for going from “Tad the Cad”, to “Tad the Dad.” You are VERY funny in real life…….you are truly Tad in real life! :)

    I will miss you more than I can say, and I hope I will see you on the internet playing Tad again, together with Dixie forever, in the new PP production of All My Children. I want to see you become the Joe and Ruth Martin of the future! I also hope, more than you know, that the show might even make its way back to television someday, INTACT, with you, Dixie, Erica, Jack, Adam, Stuart, Jessie, Angie, Opal, Joe………ALL of you! I believe your appearances on the internet would be quite influential in keeping things going in the right direction.

    Thank you again, and may you be blessed in every way, Michael.

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    Elsie Snook replied

    Please stay withAMC on line!

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  21. Kathy says:

    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.

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  22. Alicia Rescek says:

    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 for giving me something to look forward to for 41 years of my life and for being part of my life. I know it was more than a job for many of you just as it has been more than just a show for me. God Bless all of you.

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  23. NATHALIE says:

    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 joy. I will miss AMC dearly and most of its actors even more and you are in the very top. Your character was great, really and reading this interview, your personnality in real life doesn’t look very far from that (at least only the good sides of it) : )

    I can’t believe it’s the end today…Feel really really sad about this…It’s like losing a really good friend…I went to the good night Pine Valley event in NY last saturday and met three of your co-stars, Ricky Paul, Alicia and Christina. They were really great and available in such an impressive way! I totally can understand that you love Ricky so much…he really is a sweet guy!

    It was also a pleasure to learn in this article about some of your co-actors that you will miss a lot…It’s nice to hear about the importance of those relationships…

    So Michael, I understand at least a part of the deep deceptions and frustations that you had to go threw in all those years of AMC. And it must have been pretty difficult, which I would have never imagined has much. But I really hope deeply that you’ll be back online, because really you’re the heart of AMC (with Susan Lucci also). (A lot of other actors are really, really important, but you are so very good and have been there for such a long time).

    I wish you the Best, sincerely and to all the actors of AMC. You will all be missed so much…Really hope the show survives online or on cable, it has to, you’re a legacy…people love you so much!

    Take care and thank you a million time for this so profound and revealing interview.It’s been a real gift before the end. Will watch The View today, another great gift and the last episode for sure…Already crying…

    Nathalie (I’m on of your biggest fan from Quebec Canada).

    LOVE XXX

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    Elsie Snook replied

    Please stay, Michael!

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  24. Leona says:

    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 studio a few times. My husband new Ginger Smith so were had a private tour. This was before disney bought the network. I also remember seeing Tad and Liza at Kings Plaza Brooklyn many years ago. My daughter and I were so trilled. My little daughter met Dixie at the studio one of the times we went. It was just wonderful. I don’t know what to say but I hope and pray we will see AMC again very soon and forever. We don’t need more reality shows or cooking shows on tv we need an escape from reality with characters that make us feel like it is real. Characters that we relate too and learn to love or “hate”. Well, Tad you are still the cutest and now you are the head of the clan, The Martins. Be proud of all you have done. Hope that you can stay with it!

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    Elsie Snook replied

    Please stay, Michael

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  25. Mariquita says:

    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.

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  26. Mary says:

    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.

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  27. Karene' says:

    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!

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  28. juJu says:

    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 began but I admit I sort of drifted away when it became unrecognizable. Crazy writing and lack of support from the network contributed to its demise. I know this show can be turned around because of the immensely talented cast and crew. I’ll be in front of my screen eagerly awaiting catching up with my long time friends.

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  29. WesleyanAlum says:

    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 interesting until the bitter end. I’ll miss you All My Kids, I love you Michael Knight. If you go to Prospect Park, I’ll follow you there.

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  30. Suzanne Foley says:

    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!

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  31. Colleen says:

    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.

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  32. Colleen Geraghty says:

    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 as they made me laugh, cry and cheer. Micheal was a big part of that. I will always love you Michael and Wish you Nothing but wonderful things in your future, you deserve it. Remember you are special to the fans, to God and to yourself. You are one of a kind.

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  33. Royal says:

    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/)

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  34. Leona says:

    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. It was so so dramatic. And then there was the shot! I could only say Oh My God!! My husband and I just sat there on the sofa in total shock. We knew something was going to go down but what a cliffhanger. Now, ALL MY CHILDREN must go on somehow somewhere. Best of Luck to you Michael. Great Job today and always

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  35. April Gates says:

    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!

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  36. Rose says:

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

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  37. Brian says:

    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!

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  38. Julia says:

    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 had happened, and that it would last. Tad grew to become everything Joe and Ruth had believed about him. And in recent years, my favorite scenes have been when Tad has been so loving and caring in dealing with his children. Thank you, Michael, for so many heartwarming, loving, and fun moments.Take whatever rest you need. I don’t know if I will get to watch online, but Pine Valley does need you, as you beautifully put it, “as the moral compass who could come in and out of the show” with different story lines. You definitely deserve a chance to have a steady run with All My Children into the future, and still have time for other projects. (Are you hearing this Prospect Park?) I believe that there will be many opportunities in your future. You deserve the best.

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  39. Vicki Bishop says:

    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 finale and afterwards. I don’t know who will be returning or how expensive it will be to subscribe to a cable version, or what a cable version will look like, I will be there for as long as they continue to bring it to us. Thank you so much to Prospect Park. And thank you for this great interview with Michael E. Knight.

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  40. Resa says:

    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 thankful for your work, and hope to see more of it!

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  41. Dee says:

    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 the nastiness that the network threw at him. I seriously hope that once he has taken a bit of a break, he is able to reconcile himself with the PP people and come back. It’s been one day and already I miss my Tad. However, I cannot be selfish and after what he and many of the crew has been put though, I can understand if he wants to permanently divorce himself from this show. I feel very badly that the ABC and Disney with Brian Frons at the helm has tainted what I feel is a wonderful show with an outstanding ensemble of talent and crew.

    Good luck and godspeed Mr. Knight. I hope to see you again soon whether it be on AMC or some funky, wonderful show. Thank you for some wonderful memories and an hour a day where I could be a voyeur and slip into Pine Valley unnoticed.

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  42. Janice says:

    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!

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  43. Peace says:

    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.

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  44. Angela says:

    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 a good day in Pine Valley was based on whether it was a “Tad Day” or not. Even when the storylines were unconscionable, I stayed because you did. Dumping Cady McClain (for any reason, obviously, but especially for the reason I believe it happened) and the terrible story written for David Canary to retire were among the major reasons why AMC kept losing viewers and yet TPTB didn’t get it and still doesn’t to this day. (Chew ads during the finale?! No scrolling credits with the entire cast and crew listed one last time?? And the last show was beautifully done but should have been two hours, even with the cliffhanger rewrite. Insulting, to you and all of us.).

    After all you have been through and having given your heart and soul to the show, I understand your position regarding PP and the future of AMC. I think that while we fans could tell there were problems behind the scenes, most of us didn’t realize until recently just how difficult it has been for all of you. So if what you and the rest of the company need is to take a step or two back, take a deep breath and be very careful what you agree to, we will all understand. I also think that whatever direction you take your career in now (hear hear to the person suggesting a return to NYC), jillions of us who love and appreciate everything about you will follow you there in an instant. Wherever and whenever. Lastly I hope that under the right circumstances you and people like Cady McClain and Julia Barr will have the opportunity to influence the future of All My Children at Prospect Park. It is your insight, undying devotion, and incredible talent that created the magical place known as Pine Valley, and the Prospect Park people would be wise to remember that if they are to succeed. Thanks for all the great times you made us laugh, cry, and remember the importance of family, friends and neighbors. To quote the song, Michael, you’re simply the best. Godspeed now and always. And thank you to Mr. Fairman for this wonderful interview and everything you’ve done in support of our beloved All My Children.

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  45. giucia says:

    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!

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  46. crystle says:

    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 be there…even if it takes years to come back, the day it does, I’m there.
    Michael E. Knight….you’ve always been one of my favs. I had a crush on you and Adam when I was a little girl (that seems to be a pretty common combination hahaha) Thank you for doing this interview and for loving us back. (((Hug))) I agree with everything you said….Cara and Damon were portrayed by some of the greatest actors daytimes ever seen…I was cheering Tad and Cara on from the start.
    We’ll be waiting, no matter how much of a break you need…we’ll be here waiting for ya! Pine Valley just wouldn’t be Pine Valley without You.

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  47. Rosie says:

    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! ;)

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    Barbara J Leggio replied

    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 Martins. I hope to see you online though. (Please don’t display my email address after I submit).

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  48. Aileen says:

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

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  49. Robin says:

    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

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  50. Arlene Lawrence says:

    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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  51. Lin says:

    Michael, I hope you are reading these comments. I totally understand what you are feeling. As a fan, I understood how awful it was when everyone was asked to move. Just that alone, and then to be shut down a year later. I thought all the actors should sue ABC in a class action suit over that. And the disrespect ABC has shown the cast and “brand ” of AMC. Is thing we can to or say to Prospect Park to do something to make the character worthwhile for you to play? Since Jacob Young is not coming back, maybe Dixie coming back was a dream and you can be with CAra? Much as I always loved Tad and Dixie, in 2011, I thought Tad and Tara was much more interesting. Maybe Tad and Dixie could decide they are better off as friends and Tad and Cara decide to take it slow and see what happens? Since we are with a totally new regime, why not bring Finn back or someone else and work out a relationship with your “new: son? Prospect Park execs. if you’re reading this, please ask Michael what he needs to come on. Certainly you must understand what he has gone through. As a fan of All My Children since the beginning, I see no one else more essential to All My Children. NO one!
    Much love to you Michael. Wishing you much happiness.

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  52. Peggy Artz says:

    I have loved the Tad character for many, many years. I hope that after you have time to decompress you will reconsider and go online. It would be a sad to not have you on the show. I will miss having you in my living room each day. Best wishes and good luck to you.

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  53. Peggy Artz says:

    And Michael Fairman, you did a wonderful job with this interview. Thank you!!

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  54. barbara trumpinski-roberts says:

    I credit AMC and Tad the Cad with my marriage (24 years yesterday). My husband and I met in a bar watching All My Children the day after Thanksgiving, 1984. Tad was sleeping with both Liza and Marion and we were both yelling at the screen…it was a match made in heaven. bright blessings, Michael and all of the rest of the extended family on All My Children…

    *hugs*

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  55. Susan says:

    Thankyou Michael, it was such a pleasure watching you through the years. I wish the best for you, always.

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  56. Annie says:

    So sad to see AMC go, I didn’t care for the shooting at the end, or the JR, Merissa, and Bianca drama.

    I love the expressions on Dixie and Tad’s face in the park proposal when the family cheering broadcast out of the cell phone. Great scene!

    I will NOT be watching the CHEW ever. The ads don’t even show healthy looking foods. But, thats what the food channels are for. Most people have a set routine of favorite recipes they already rotate, ABC won’t change that.
    The rest don’t seem to be cooking much if fast food sales are any gage.

    Bye all the cast from AMC will be missid

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  57. Betty says:

    Michael, thank you so much for being Tad so beautifully. You are my favorite character on the show. I love your laugh and eyebrow raises. Your humor has gotten me through so much. I understand your frustration with the writing the last few years. I continued to watch every day but wondered why the direction was going away from family and the family units which made the show so great. I sincerely hope you will continue as Tad when Prospect Park takes over. May Pine Valley be a great place to live again. By the Way, I’m very happy Tad was reunited with Dixie. Thank you for the wonderful years.

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  58. Rossana Sepulveda says:

    Michael,
    What can I say that has not already been said?
    For starters, I have been watching since 1971. Being in middle school, I could only watch when there was no school, afterwards, no work until God gave us vcrs.
    When you joined the cast 30 years ago, it was love at first sight! I still think you are the best looking man there. I love how your character has matured, you now being the Pine Valley Patriarch.
    I truly regret what ABC/Disney/Brian Frons has done to you all. Business & Art don’t mix, they need to work together and respect each other. They have no idea what they have done. So many will boycott ABC. The “new” generation of viewers have grown up in Pine Valley and will support what all of us veteran fans know, they have made a terrible mistake and injustice to all of you. They have taken your loyalty to the show that has become an extension of your families and trashed it. They will live to regret this decision.
    If Prospect Park does not keep the writers, I don’t know if it will be the same. Perhaps they will have to rename it “Pine Valley”
    In any case, Michael, I love you and Tad. It will not be the same without you, but if you feel it is not for you, or there are jobs that will be more beneficial for you, then I will respect your decision and follow you whereever you go, if possible.
    I have been in AMC mourning for the last 2 weeks, unable to believe this was really happening. Thank you for 30 years of taking me away to Pine Valley for an hour every day. I don’t know if there will ever be another show that will compare to AMC.
    I’m hoping PP will allow the cast to make the new version an extension of the classic, unique legend you have been a wonderful part of.
    God bless you always.

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  59. Anton Fury says:

    What annoyed me was you kidnapped and killed
    Dr Madden and they realized what a mistake that was
    because when you say “Tad is the morale compass”
    You were a murderer!!!!!

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  60. Denise Bernard says:

    i still remember the first time i saw you on amc, it seems like yesterday, well done Mr. Night i.will be watching you on any t.v program you will join. good luck.

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  61. john says:

    Michael,
    Thank you so much for this great interview. I started watching AMC in 1983 and have recorded it every day since. I feel such a huge loss with the show going off the air. You have always been one of my favorite characters. I am really hoping you wll sign on with PP and continue on as Tad, just as i am hoping Susan Lucci will continue on as Erica. I love all the characters on AMC, but the 2 of you are just irreplaceable!! Whatever you decide to do, i wish you all the best

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  62. pattie, donna, & ma says:

    DEAR MICHAEL,
    I AM WRITHING THIS FROM ME MY SISTER AND OUR MOM, MY MOM HAS BEEN WATCHING YOU SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN ON AMC AND SHE HAS LOVED YOU SO MUCH SHE RESPECTES YOUR CARACTOR, AND YOU AS A PERSON SO NICE THE BEST OF MEN. MY SISTER AND I HAVE ENJOYED YOU WHEN WE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN WHEN WE WENT ON PERMENT DISIBILITY 12 YEARS AGO FROM A NURILOGIC DISORDER. WE TALK TO EACH OTHER MORE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY’S THAT WE DO ABOUT OURS HA HA. WE ALL LOVE YOUR SHOW AND WILL MISS IT GREATLY. MY MON AND SISTER DO NOT HAVE COMPUTER SO I WAS GOING TO WATCH IT ONLINE AND TELL THEM ABOUT IT EVERY NITE . SORRY THAT IT COULDN’T BE ON NITE TIME TV THE SOAP CHANEL WE WANT YOU TO CONTINUE ON THE NEW SHOW PROSPECT PARK. WE NEED TO SEE NICE PEOPLE PLAY NICE PEOPLE PARTS RESPECTFUL MEN ARE HARD TO FIND I HAVE ONE BUT MY SISTER DOESN’T AND MY MOM HAS ONE FROM THE OLDEN DAYS SHE IS 81 YOU MIGHT KNOW HOW THE OLDER PEOPLE WERE MEN ARE A LOT BETTER NOW MY HUSBAND IS 70 BUT A X MARINE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR ME AND TREATS ME WONDERFULY AND MY MOM AND SISTER ALSO. YOU ARE SO NICE PLEASE COME BACK WITH WHAT EVER PART YOU CAN ON TV SO WE CAN SEE YOU AGAIN. THANKS AGAIN MICHAEL

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  63. Lolly says:

    Michael, (MEK)

    You could never know the joy you have brought to my life and to so many others. I have had a full and busy life, but AMC was always my vice. I have also had some very difficult and painful times, like anyone else, and watching AMC, and especially YOU, has helped me through those times. I sobbed watching the last episode, like sitting at the bedside of a close friend or family member who is dying. Please, please go to Prospect Park. I can’t bear to think of never seeing you as Tad again. What a fantastic and PRETTY actor you are. You have made me laugh and cry.
    Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication!

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  64. Marilyn says:

    I agree so much with each & every comment that’s been made! Michael, you are one of the bright jewels in the soap industry, too bad ABC didn’t appreciate what you & your cast members brought to millions of people every day. Since the last show, I find mysefl trying to occupy that time slot & not succeeding. I truly hope that Prospect Park approaches all the cast members with care & consideration for the hard work that all of you have already done & recognize that they need to work with the taleneted people that you all are & not just promise you things. They need to have Agnes Nixon on board as a supervisor of all things Pine Valley, Thank you to Agnes for having the courage to put on the shows that she did, you made us think about our own beliefs & why we had them. We, as fans, know that all of you need a break from all the business beatings you have had to endure, but we implore you to use this time to recharge yourselves & bring our beloved Pine Valley back even better, those of us who can will be watching for the online debut. To Prospect Park, if you are keeping up with all the fan-mail, don’t forget Canadian viewers & make this available to us too! We love you all & if we could, would give all of you the biggest hug, you’ve ever had!

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  65. Karen H, Houston says:

    I have been a fan of AMC since day one. LaLucci and Tad have been my favorite family members all this time. I will miss you and the AMC family so much I cannot express myself well enough. Several years back (not sure how many) you came to Houston for a Home Show. I drug my husband there and spent several hours enjoying your talk and your company. You were only supposed to take pictures/autographs for about 30 minutes, you spent alot longer with the one on one with your fans. Me among them, one of the best times I can remember. I definately will not be watching the Chew or much else on that station! Only soap left will be General Hospital. Guess I’ll have to watch Soapnet to catch that one. Have you done any more movies since “Date With An Angel”? I enjoyed your performance very much. Hope to see you and AMC again in the future. I think you have aged well and I love your humor. Take care of yourself.

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  66. Susie says:

    ABC has made a huge mistake. They will loose more viewers with the deletion of AMC than they can imagine. I don’t know one single fan who will tune in to watch a ” View” type cooking show. Soaps may be expensive to produce but they are the anchor to mainstream television. The only way I saw other TV shows promoted was when I tuned into my soap. I for one will have no reason to tune to ABC any time soon. Needless to say fans will make the move to internet tv. Please keep us up-to-date. I for one can’t wait to see my AMC family back together.

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  67. asssala says:

    For I still can not believe that the best series disappeared from television, I started to watch it since 2005, has become part of my life, and can not imagine my life without him, I hope to return

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  68. PWS says:

    I also remember Tad the Cad…then my kids were young and I was home much more…since then had to keep up with occasional visits to Pine Valley and reading updates in Soap Opera Digest. Am so sorry to hear the recent news that AMC and OLTL won’t be on even as computer shows. MEK, you sound like a really nice guy…hope you can find someone to play as well as you did Tad. I can’t imagine playing one role for most of your life and having it suddenly end. From all I hear ABC did terrible things to the show and the actors…feel badly for you all…thanks for sharing the details. So depressing, but thanks for the many good years, and hope you have many more, even if not in Pine Valley.

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  69. aline robichaud says:

    is michal knight coming back and susan lucci on all my children if not I don’t know if I continue watching il because there’s no all my children without them

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