Irizarry Responds to Claims That He's Reason For Pause on 'All My Children' 2.0 (Updated) - Soap Opera Network
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Monday afternoon, received word of ‘ (of ) rather strong implication on Twitter that [Irizarry's] inability to reach an agreement with production company Prospect Park along with and ‘s “story projections” were a major reason Prospect Park decided to reportedly halt early production efforts to move “” to the internet. The none too pleased Daytime Emmy Award winner responded to the claim on Facebook on Monday evening.

Irizarry was provided with an unexpected birthday surprise on Saturday, November 12 when Giddens revealed that his sources had spilled that “Prospect Park’s inability to make a deal [with] Irizarry is a factor in #AMC reboot stalling. Stories were to heavily involve David… [From a branding pt., was their biggest casting factor, from story it was Irizzary].” When questioned on how that deduction was possible when neither an Executive Producer or Head Writer has been hired for the soap, as opposed to sister soap “,” which has signed talent to the aforementioned positions for their 2.0 incarnation as well as thirteen actors, Giddens added “Agnes and Lorraine worked on story projections for the show.”

On Monday evening, along with requesting the source of the claim that was stated to him in reduced form, Irizarry responded on his official fan page on Facebook  and emphatically stated that “the part re: me and Lorraine is absolute rubbish. We are certainly not the reason [Prospect Park] has put the show on hold.” (Update: 11/16/11) This evening on Twitter, Vincent neither confirmed or denied the accuracy of Giddens sources but did state he felt Giddens comments were “terribly misquoted” to him by the original poster on his Facebook page. The posters original comment stated to Irizarry that it had been “reported that that the show was put on hold…because broderick and vincent cant decide if they want to sign.”

It had been revealed as far back as October 6 that Irizarry had finally been contacted by Prospect Park to join “AMC” as it prepared to go online. This discussion had not led to a signing before the reported stall in early production; similar to the results of reported discussions with major “AMC” names including Lucci (ex-Erica Kane), (ex-Tad Martin), (ex-Greenlee Smythe), (ex-Kendall Hart) and (ex-JR Chandler). From the performers they reached out to, Prospect Park has only been able to secure (Ryan Lavery),  (Cara Castillo) and (Jesse Hubbard).

Irizarry, who just turned a handsome 52-years old, has enjoyed a long and successful daytime carrer which began on CBS’s in 1984 as anti-hero Brandon “Lujack” Luvanoczeck. He played the popular role until 1986. In 1987, the actor joined the cast of Santa Barbara for a two year run as Dr. Scott Clark. Irizarry returned to the soap that put him on the map in 1991 as Nick McHenry Spaulding. He remained on the soap for five more years. Irizarry landed the role of Dr. in November 1997 and remained an integral part of the ABC soap through to the end outside of a two year break between his two stints in Pine Valley where he landed on CBS’ “.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000158079804 Mary Kirkpatrick Bangs

    Vincent, none of the AMC fans belive anything is all your fault. Unfortunetely this is the way it is and there is no explanation why PP does what it does. We can only keep our positive thoughts flowing an maybe we will one day see Pine Valley come to life again. I am a patient person but I have to tell ya, I am ready to see my favorite Dr. David in action. I forgot all about you playing on Santa Barbara. Loved that show. Why is it all the shows I really like get cancelled. First  Another World and Santa Barbara and now All My Children.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve listened to the Daytime Confidential podcast since the first episode (before Jamey had even arrived) and I’ve regularly read their website; so I consider myself very familiar with Jamey Giddens’ work. His style is exuberant, over-the-top and volcanically energetic-but always ethical, honest and completely up-front about the information and analysis he presents.

    As a journalist he is totally transparent regarding whether his statements on the podcast or on the website are fact, rumor, opinion, repeated from another forum and he makes an effort to reveal as much about his sources as he can without jeopardizing promises he makes to protect their confidentiality.  This is obviously a paramount ethical conern for any journalist reporting on such an insular industry-and it is so important that is is protected in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    Twitter, quite frankly can become a toxic cesspool of lies, snowballing rumors and disdainful mis-information campaigns by soap opera viewers who, in response to the slow inevitable demise of the genre, lash out with hateful reputation-damaging rhetoric, at anyone who reveals information they would have preferred not be true.

    Working within the strict boundaries of his profession, Jamey has managed to “break” many important stories of astounding  significance to the daytime drama industry. He is arguably the leading journalist in this field-something I attribute to his boundless energy, fearless commitment to the truth and, above all, his adhering to the clear ethical lines of good journalism. He has even been able to dissect the source of these rumors and has cleared up this misunderstanding: I believe him and I would hope Vincent Irizarry, his fans and anyone who is questioning Jamey Giddens’ integrity has come to believe him as well.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe then – it is his “source” in this case.  Because I do not believe that Victor is the reason for the hold up.

  • Anonymous

    The original item was absurd.  At best AMC might have some sketched up proposed plots.  There’s no way they’d have more than that given the facts that they have no idea who would do what on the show and have all of three actors signed on to do the show if it happens.  At this time, it would be impossible to do any more than that.  And there’s no way that the absence of any single character on the show, with the possible exception of Erica -would be important enough to delay the show  Plus, of course,soaps do re-cast roles when they have to.  And they change plots they have planned out for years often with just a few weeks notice.

    I don’t know what the source of this information was, so I’m not going to comment on anybody’s ethics, but reporters should use common sense and ask whether this story could possibly be true before posting it.  

  • Anonymous

    The original item was absurd.  At best AMC might have some sketched up proposed plots.  There’s no way they’d have more than that given the facts that they have no idea who would do what on the show and have all of three actors signed on to do the show if it happens.  At this time, it would be impossible to do any more than that.  And there’s no way that the absence of any single character on the show, with the possible exception of Erica -would be important enough to delay the show  Plus, of course,soaps do re-cast roles when they have to.  And they change plots they have planned out for years often with just a few weeks notice.

    I don’t know what the source of this information was, so I’m not going to comment on anybody’s ethics, but reporters should use common sense and ask whether this story could possibly be true before posting it.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mieka-Speir/1134515184 Mieka Speir

    Mary, we have to remember that AMC actors have been far more reluctant to sign than the OLTL actors.  Not surprising given the treatment they have been given throught this whole ordeal.  With no actors, sets, or union agreement, it will be hard for PP to start when they planned.  I am persoonally getting skeptical, but I am waiting to see what happens.  I run a facebook page dedicated to saving these soaps and I will have my menbers ready if anything appears shady.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YBLFK77WYNIOJAGPD6763FXXCE eric

    I don’t believe VI is the problem for a moment.  Increasingly, I believe it’s Susan.  Or rather Helmut since he calls most of the business shots for her.