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Andy Cohen Takes RHOBH's Lisa Rinna and Kyle Richards To Task For Calling Their Gay Friends, "My Gays!"

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Watch What Happens Live host, Andy Cohen, who was also the brain-trust behind Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise took to task last night on his talk show two members of the current season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, DAYS) and Kyle Richards (who also has made guest appearances on DAYS).

If you watched this season of RHOBH, there have been several awkward moments where Rinna and Richards have called their gay friends, “My gays”.

Cohen illustrated this point in a compilation of clips which had Richards referencing, “Everyone in town has four or five gays.”  And Rinna saying in a confessional, “I let my gays down.”  And that was just for starters!

The host then launched into his “teachable moment” directed towards Rinna and Richards where he said, “Even though some of your friends might be gay, which is great, they are not yours, you do not own them. We are not cattle, we are not purses. And the next time you think of saying, ‘my gays,’ replace with ‘my blacks’ and see how that turns out.”

Lance Bass, who happened to be a guest on WWHL, also took Richards to task for over clips that have aired this season which showed a gay party she threw.  Bass related, “It was like if they had leashes on them, basically they’re just prancing around ‘their gays.'”

Watch the clip package after the jump! Then weigh-in … do you find it offensive of how Rinna and Richards spoke of their gay friends?  Comment below!

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richard
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richard

I think this was obviously taken way out of context, people these days are SO quick to get offended, calm down people!! Geez!!! When you’re referring to “my gays”, I am sure she meant her really close friends that are gay. EVERYONE says that and it’s not used to be offensive at all!!!! Good grief!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

thank you richard.

ego push : Andy Cohen…. calm YOUrself

dang he’s handsome… I will not watch his “shows”

I did catch a top chef ep… and he was a guest quick fire judge…. and… he is goodlooking….

but that’s irrelevant : “my gays” ARE an endearment… acknowledgement… and supportive …. it meant something positive

yikes! take a chill pill OUT

Patrick
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Patrick

how dare he diss my Lisa Rinna

Mo
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Mo

I think Lisa was referring to her gay friends. Maybe Andy is one of them. If Lisa’s gay friends don’t like to be referred to in that way, they should speak up. I think it’s being used as a term of endearment.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Term of endearment? In what world does that make any sense? If your friends are straight, do you refer to them as “my straight” friends? So, why refer to those friends who happen to be gay, “my gay friends?” Do you give ‘your gay friends’ a different sort of friendship, or consideration? Bah Humbug.

su0000
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su0000

bwaha
the Real Housewives women are attention whores lol.
But- that’s how they make their money, lots of it, that is good..
I have never watched an entire show it makes my eyes ache and my mind tilt while watching their brains idle ..

They have fans, people watch them.. so guess they are charming to some..

mark
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mark

andy cohen is so cute!

Donny
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Donny

Yes he is and I had a one night stand with Andy. He was great in bed and very charming. Now I am engaged to my wonderful boyfriend, who is a actor. Getting married this summer.

Andy
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Andy

I had a one night stand with your wonderful boyfriend and he was not good in bed. Good luck this summer. :/

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Why would you kiss and tell? How old are you? Uh oh…..are you guys pulling our collective legs?….if so, cute, really cute!

philip
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philip

Give us the juicy details Donny. Im jealous. I want to sleep with Andy Cohen too. Yum yum.

Mateo
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Mateo

I find both Andy Cohen and Lance Bass offensive. They do not speak for me as a gay man. I think Lisa Rinna did nothing wrong at all. Her use of the term “my gays” was meant as a term of affection for the gay people she knows. She was completely innocent in saying that. She didn’t even know the terminology “tops and bottoms” so I know she didn’t slight any one. Andy Cohen and Lance Bass both believe they speak for the entire gay community with their hurt feelings and lessons on enlightenment. I have seen Mr Bass out… Read more »

richard
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richard

PREACH!!!! I wish this had a “love” button I could click!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“…She was completely innocent in saying that. ”

exactly.

queen for a day …. fill your dance card complete

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I do not watch these plastic shows….very glad I do not, as my point has just been proven. What positive aspect could any of these programs encourage? The above bombastic statement made shows how shallow, stupid, unimaginative and self-centered these women are.
Why would one separate a gay friend from a straight friend? Is it not the bond of friendship, regardless of one’s sexual preference, that counts? Why categorize their gay friends as “my gays”? Disgusting….shame on you, Lisa.

clh
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clh

Exactly. My friends are my friends, not my gay friends, my black friends, my Jewish friends, my Indian friends, JUST MY FRIENDS.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, clh,
I am a straight woman…married with two small children. Two of my very, very best friends, since grammar school, are gay. I love them so much, I would do anything for these guys; and, they for me. I have never referred to them as “my gays” or “my gay friends”. They are my friends, period.

harry
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harry

CeeCee–thank you. I know Kathy Griffith referred to her gay fans as “my gays” but she is a comedienne and it was not meant to be taken seriously. She was being self depreciating. I think the possessive singular use of “my” is offensive no matter what follows it! My fans? My staff? My peeps? It all irks the hell out of me. Lisa Rinna is an actress and has appeared in many television dramas. She is not famous for being famous. I have no idea who this Kyle person is but both women ought to think twice before applying this… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

A lot of “your” straight soap friends agree with you too, Harry. Ahem. 😉

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I love you, Harry.

mfarris70
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mfarris70

RIGHT ON, Andy! Sick and tired of people who think they’ve adopted us like an unwanted pet, sick and tired of the gay men who go along with it like a poodle with a fancy new collar. Interested to see what Kathy Griffin will say since she’s the first I remember who called her friends “my gays.”

harry
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harry

Mfarris, great minds and all that.
I just responded before I saw your post. Yes, Kathy does use this unfortunate phrasing, however, I always understood her to be incorporating such talk into her self depreciating routine. No one should be attempting to emulate Griffith unless they are as comically gifted as she is.
In any case, people need to stop it.

Mark Y.
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Mark Y.

Is Andy going to go after Kathy Griffin? She’s always talking about her gays.

Charday
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Charday

A big to-do about nothing. We should all get over being offended by words as labels. There are more important things to get excited about!! (Said by someone who could be called a “hurtful” label/category/word, and has been many, many times. Big Whoop!)

Aden
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Aden

Um, sensitive much? People say My Homies, or My Peeps all the time. Its a term of endearment. Not slave like ownership!!

clh
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clh

Homies and peeps are other words for friends. Gay is not. Using your “just a term of endearment” would mean it’s ok to refer to your overweight friends as “my fatties, your homely friends as “my uglies” your disabled friends as “my retards”.

It’s easy to say get over it when it doesn’t slight you. I wonder if she refers to her non gay friends as “my straights”? Would that be a term of endearment?

Aden
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Aden

If you are actually serious right now, I am going to apply your logic. Okay? Follow along with me, okay? Most fat people do not walk around saying “”I’m fat”” Nor have I ever heard of a Fat Pride Parade. And I have never heard a mentally challenged person refer to themselves as a retard, nor heard of a Retard Pride Parade. Still with me?? On the.other hand, most, if not all gay people call themselves GAY. They throw Gay Pride Parades. So, if they use the word Gay and Pride in the same sentence, how the hell is it… Read more »

clh
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clh

ADEN, You’re offensive to comment on what was in no way the issue or part of my statement. I said absolutely nothing about calling someone gay, but referring to them as MY gays. If you had bothered to read the point of the first post you would know it is NOT about someone being called gay. It was being called MY gays as if they own them, like my dogs, my jewelry, my house. Would you seriously introduce your friends or talk about your friends as this? “My blacks, my gays, my jews, my straights, are going with me” The… Read more »

Aden
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Aden

And gays dont let anyone prance them around unless they want to prance.

Nick D.
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Nick D.

Kathy Griffin popularized this usage of “my gays” on her BRAVO show when ANDY COHEN was head of development. He never had any problem with it then. How does he expect Lisa and Kim to know that it’s “offensive” when they literally learned the term from one of Andy’s own shows. This is just to stir up controversy, most likely. Personally, I do think it is inappropriate to refer to people this way – almost as if they are pets or possessions BUT Andy Cohen is the last person who should be calling them out. Also I think it is… Read more »

harry
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harry

Nick, Kyle and Lisa are not even remotely funny and do not understand how to be self depreciating. I think almost everything is funny and it takes a lot for me to offended. I do not find it offensive that these mediocre little known personalities refer to gay men as “my gays.” I do, however, find it annoying and rather presumptuous. What I do find offensive, is when anyone, famous or not, funny or not, who uses the word “retard” to insult anyone. Kathy Griffith and other comics do this and it offends me greatly. No one chooses their sexual… Read more »

damien
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damien

im gay n im fine with lisa rinna and her quote.
ironic that andy would find something offensive on any of his shows considering pretty much the whole show in general is offensive!!! more offensive than anything is the amount of brutal plastic surgery most of these actresses get unnnecesarily! just seeing them on screen looking swollen and filled up is offensive, thanks anyways andy! go save the rainforest…

aria
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aria

I think Lisa and Kyle would be horrified if they knew they hurt anyone like that, goodness grief, he should of know better too, not everyone can be “knowledgeable” about whats right or wrong with any group, we are all humans and not perfect, and he’s often offensive on his show with straight people so he’s nothing but a hypocrite. as for lance bass well, fake comes to mind evertime i see him.

mgb357
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mgb357

why do we care?

mgb357
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mgb357

isn’t this still america where we have freedom of expression (which includes speech). not just non offensive free speech, but free speech… I’m offended by the way christians, republicans and white men are bashed, but everyone has the right to say what they want. if we go down this road of you can’t say anything offensive, then the tv screens would be blank, there would be no music (ever try to decipher those lyrics), books would have white pages and everyday speech between human beings would cease to exist. come on people – get a grip (or is that offensive… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

“Free Speech” is relative. In this day and age, in this democracy, one needs to be aware and wary of what passes our lips. Free Speech or not, words hurt….it is also a moral issue.

Aden
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Aden

Amen!!!! Great post!!!!

Aden
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Aden

I meant good post to mgb!

jonboy
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jonboy

Wonder how they’d react if Andy referred to them as “my bitches?”. But, really, its silly. People are so self absorbed they become personally offended by anything.

k/kay
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k/kay

Oh my gosh a voice of reason!

Mo
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Mo

Another good reason to watch neither show.

Charday
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Charday

Yeah, I’m so over Andy Cohen and the Housewives—they’ve run their course. Next!

Aria
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Aria

Was Kyle and Lisa intent on being malicious? I doubt it, so why is he publicly shaming them? He could of easily email them directly, gone it over with without having to embarrass two women who clearly support the gay community more so then not.. He’s offensive to right out to his own guess by treating his attractive male guess like pieces of meat, not everyone want to be hit on by you Andy!!

harry
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harry

Here’s the thing–they wear “my gays” like an accessory, like a Fendi bag.
No, it’s not horrible but it’s friggen annoying. Good for Andy for calling them out. He was right to do so.
Language matters.

penny
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penny

Cher and many other celebs with a gay following have been using that term for years, it seems kind of strange to make an issue about it now. Well I’m sure the “READING” he gave the ladies will resonate since they’re in it for the money.

Lia
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Lia

I have to admit wondering why they were referencing their gay friends the same way they would their pets. As in “My gays”….” My dogs”. So I have to agree with Andy on this one. I don’t even know why sexual preference need to be included at all. Just say “I’m throwing a mixer for some of my single friends”.

k/kay
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k/kay

Ok let me get this straight we have beheadings people being burned in cages people dying of cancer and aids etc!! And this guy is worried about being politically correct! Loser!!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

As a gay man myself—Stop the Presses!—I’m not offended at all by what these Housewives said. It was meant as a term of endearment, for certain. Similarly, straight and gay guys will refer to each other as “my man” or “my brother” all the time. The “my” doesn’t imply ownership. It’s simply a way of making a personal, altruistic connection. I think Mr. Cohen and Mr. Bass are a bit full of themselves. There is no need to criticize these ladies for saying “my gays” as if these women are homophobic or unenlightened. The fact that they have gay friends… Read more »

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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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