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Antonio Sabato Jr. On His Way To Be Part Of Trump Inauguration: Set To Appear At Great American Ball

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While reports continue that may celebrities have turned down invites to appear at the presidential inauguration for Donald Trump Friday, as well as other groups  set to boycott the event, one celeb that is on their way to participate in the affair is longtime soap star, Antonio Sabato Jr, (Ex-Jagger, GH, Dante, B&B).

As daytime fans know, Sabato Jr. has been an avid suppoter of Trump, and endorsed him through the primaries and spoke at the Republic National Convention, along with another former soap star, Kimberlin Brown (Ex-Sheila, B&B and Y&R).

Now, Antonio took to his Twitter account to share that he is participating in the Inauguation and will be present.  First expressing he in route to Washington DC: “On our way , can’t wait to support our military our country our next President @realDonaldTrump”

In addition, the actor announced that he will indeed be part of inauguration night appearing at The Great American Inauration Ball. Antonio shared: “Excited to be part of @GrtAmericanBall – Fri Jan 20 (Inaugural Nite – honoring US Military & Charities) @MGMNatHarbor

So, what are your thoughts on Antonio appearing at, and supporting Donald Trump, during the president-elects big day on Friday?  Share your thoughts below.

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Mo
Mo

Have fun.

su0000
su0000

Oh well to each their own, when it comes to Trump, but it goes to show.

I could puke over that filthy piece of crap living in the prestige white house, and his wife doesn’t want to leave NY and her Golden Tower to live in the lowly white house in Washington DC LOL .
His little son doesn’t want to leave his own floor, yes he has a floor of his own in the tower, to go to the white house. LOL .
Crazy stuff ..

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yep. There’s NOTHING a soap could write that would match the criminal//horror show that’s about to unfold…

jaybird369
jaybird369

Rebecca…OH, I AGREE!!! And it’s only gonna get WORSE!!! God Help Us All……….

Addison
Addison

Yes, indeed. I don’t even think Ray Bradbury, HP Lovecraft and Stephen King could have come up with this script!

Justin
Justin

Agreed!

Celia
Celia

Hey SuzieQ,
The prestigious White House has house many a lecherous President through the centuries. And, Mr Trump’s wife will remain in NYC so that her young son can finish the school year. Just as the Obamas will remain in DC for the exact same reason.
As far as music of the 60’s….the music today would have had a different face had it not been for the 60’s music revolution, sex revolution and the feminist movement. All part of history.
Tony Orlando is not a has been….he has dedicated his life and music to US Veterans, dating back to the ’70’s with his ( and Dawn) song, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree”.
The symbol of the yellow ribbon started during the Civil War when the women wore a yellow ribbon in their hair awaiting the return of their men from service.
Do not get sick over it and puke, su. Sorry you feel this way. I truly am fond of you, my friend. I hold no resentment. And, I hope you feel the same way about me. We can all live in harmony; even with different points of view. “Put a little love in your heart”….
Every American has the right to run for President, su; whether we loathe him/her, or not. And, life goes on. We need to look forward and hope for the best, as Americans.
Stay calm. Be happy.

Shay
Shay

Hello, su000….I’m just wondering, would you be happier if the Trumps kept Barron in a room the size of a broom closet, made him live in a cardboard box or perhaps his father (aka, “The President”) could just stash him under his desk in the Oval Office, ala “John-John???” Would that make your life better??? Honestly, class envy is so unattractive! This lovely boy is the first young male since the aforementioned JFK Jr. to be part of a First Family….can we not just appreciate the historical aspect of his existence and let him be as he adjusts–at his own pace–to this much more public exposure he is now experiencing? Regardless of his wealth and privileged lifestyle that you have so mockingly referenced, he is still a ten-year old child whose deserves some space to just be a kid.

Timmm
Timmm

Antonio, you have my love and respect brother! You will probably never work in Hollywood again but at least you had the red, white and blue balls to stand up for what YOU believe in! God bless you and lets make America Great Again on January 20th 2017.

Brian
Brian

America is already great.

rebecca1
rebecca1

And Antonio hasn’t worked (other than his home remodeling show) for years. But he’ll continue to say he was blacklisted…lol…

Who knows? Maybe if he keeps repeating his lies (about being blacklisted) like Trump does, the “supporters” will believe him and “demand” that someone hire him. Maybe that’s Sabato’s plan to FINALLY get some work.

Timmm
Timmm

Yes but soon it will even be greater, my friend!

Addison
Addison

America is already great!! And the “again” part worries me because it suggests a desire to go back to the days of Jim Crow.
And judging by his cabinet picks, it looks like America will become greater for white billionaires while the environment, public schools, first amendment rights and social causes will be hurt.
But let’s not despair. Participate in those marches, write and call your local congressman–stay involved and use your voice! Just do not acclimate to this insanity and do not accept this as the new normal. This is not normal

rebecca1
rebecca1

No it’s not, Addie…It’s the furthest thing from…It’s surreal. Truly. Why do good soaps get cancelled and the one that’s about to unfold have a four-year-run. “Even with bad approval and low “ratings.” Sigh. Let’s hope for early cancellaton on this reality show.

Shay
Shay

Amen, Timmm! Welcome to the “Great American Renaissance!!!” We came so perilously close to forever losing the heart, soul and character of this country, so to witness Donald J.Trump taking the oath of office as our 45th President is beyond special and inspiring…it’s faith-restoring! I’ve never been more proud and touched to hear Lee Greenwood’s live rendition of his signature anthem than at yesterday’s inaugural event…God Bless The USA!!!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I couldnt have said it any better Shay. A virtual hug to you and all true Americans! I cannot wipe the smile off my face, my chest is sticking straight out and I am shedding red, white and blue tears of joy!

Harry
Harry

I don’t want to fight with anyone. I really don’t. But all I can hear ricocheting in my head are the lines from John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale.”
In other words, “My heart aches and a drowsy numbness pains my sense as though of hemlock I had drunk.”
I did not watch the inauguration today but instead, had TCM blasting on my channel. “Breakfast at Tiffanys” was playing. While tending to chores around the house, I heard Audrey Hepburn sweetly singing,”Moon River” and I broke down in tears. This song sort of captured the emotional tone of this day.
As an unprofessional historian, I can tell you that character is destiny. The Greeks believed this to be true.
If anyone thinks that Donald Trump is suddenly going to undergo a huge character transformation at age seventy because he is suddenly our president then, well, I have some swamp land in Florida I’d like to sell them. No, he’s not going to suddenly grow up and develop impulse control issues. Rather, he is going to become even worse while drunk with power. Within minutes of his swearing in, the presidential climate control website was deleted. So, we know what we know about this orange faced, thin skinned, humorless, ignorant, misogynistic, man who cannot exercise restraint to save his life. Moreover, he mocked and imitated a man with physical disabilities. As a parent of a disabled child, that just about killed me and it was a deal breaker. I cannot even go further than that–case closed. And let us not forget that he’s Putin’s puppet. Those of of you who idolized Ronald Reagan must take some kind of umbrage with the fact that our president feels compelled to suck up to our cold enemy number one and ask yourselves why is he doing this?
There is so much to say but suffice to say, Shay and Timm, you both seem like good, smartand thoughtful people and so when this all blows up in your faces, I will not come in here to tell you that I told you so. I will feel too forlorn for that and I will not take pleasure in being right.

JK
JK

THANK YOU SHAY AND TIMMM…..RIGHT WITH YOU…..NOW, FINALLY AGAIN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Shay and Timmm, Were you waiting for me? Hey, my head is not so swelled to even think that, LOL. Well, c’est moi! I have just returned from DC, this afternoon. My family and I were honored to be in attendance ……it was extraordinary, profoundly humbling. Proud to be an American. Something my son will always remember….he cannot stop talking about ‘the fun’. No one should be shamed for exercising his/her civil rights. We, Trump supporters did not committ a crime. I would have accepted anyone who won the office of the Presidency. I am so sick of the caterwauling and wah, wah, wahs. I wonder what goes on behind some of these sanctimonious people’s closed doors. Move on, I say. Everyone is above reproach? ‘Gimme’ a break. Donald Trump won for a reason. And, it wasn’t the Russians . He campaigned with a vengeance, tiredlessly. Plus, what a beautiful family…..LOL. I think that is another reason…envy. Speaking of using high morals as an excuse…….no one is pure, we all have imperfections. How soon we forget the very person who bashes President Trump for his offensive words, is the worst potty mouth himself…Alec Baldwin. I seem to remember a recorded phone call he made to his then 12-year old daughter, Ireland. He called her a pig, among other distrurbing words…what a guy! What a father! Celebrities? Please!!!! Morals!!!!! Since when has Hollywood become the disseminatress of law, dignity and righteous indignation? Today, at least, there was a cause to protest…..I stand behind the women’s cause. It was done peacefully, respectfully, and it meant something. Unlike yesterday’s anarchists….rebels without a cause. All these people who were moving to other parts of the world…well, they are still here. Hypocrytes. Making fun of a little boy (Barron) is infantile and shameful. Donald Trump is one of the kindest people, ever. He will go out of his way to help anyone who asks. Middle America does not care about his mouth. The average Joe worries about how he will pay his next food bill, heating bill, insurance bill….the forgotten man. He is still being flagellated and massacred…..that’s okay. Nothing will deter him from his purpose. Why is it that so many spew so much venom against Mr. Trump, but Miss Hillary gets a pass? They are both flawed. Bill Clinton supposedly has a child (Danney Williams) with a black woman. It seems that Mrs Clinton put the fear of God in this woman. I really do not want to enumerate all her crimes….however, anyone else would now be serving time. But, golly gee, we are not to speak any word against Hillary. God forbid Mr. Clinton were back in the White House. The hairs on my nape stand on end, at the thought. Madonna is another one…..she is irrelevant and tries very hard to have a voice. What a symbol of womanly virtue. To incite violence will only meet more violence. Why can we not leave Donald Trump alone and let him do… Read more »

Rose
Rose

Timmm…I really meant to keep out of this, but…I am another True American who like the popular majority did not vote for this man, and find his rise to power a regression of a sorts the U.S. has never experienced…certainly not a renaissance. Why do you think there is such a visceral reaction to this man, his cabinet/advisor picks, projected policies, etc. And it’s not being a sore loser, believe me. I’m from Woody Hayes/OSU country so I learned about winning, losing and character at a very young age. But the damage this man can inflict between games is beyond scary, and the moral compass he has shown in his campaign comments and actions is reprehensible.

Okay, you didn’t like the last administration, or Hillary, or the Dems. That’s fair. But I find it especially interesting that serversl pro-T supporters on MF are just the ones who can be very critical of certain stories, characters and actors, (or Hillary), and many times claim the moral high ground, have been just the ones to conveniently overlook the many flaws, baggage, non-disclosures, transparency issues in their new “leader” that started with things he said and did during his campaign. There’s a word for that, but I’ll just call it denial.

So good luck with the new guy…as you sow so shall you reap. Just too bad you’re going to take so much good stuff, other True Americans and their kids with you.

k/kay
k/kay

Celia last post ever blocking and erasing my e mails accounts ! The women’s march nothing more then a pro murder march abortion is murder!! Theses women are beneath contemot

k/kay
k/kay

Contempt

rebecca1
rebecca1

Rose and Harry. It is beyond exasperating to come on here and hear idiocy being spewed. The utter crap about “patriotism” and hearts swelling with pride as this (?) took office is disgusting. The man is a con. Pure and simple. You can read his biography, watch his biography, listen to his jumbled words, read his idiotic, infantile tweets, laugh as he fights with Saturday Night Live, the cast of Hamilton because his widdle feelings are hurt…while he sees nothing wrong with mocking others, calling them ugly, fat, pigs, losers, etc. He’s a hypocrite, an ego-maniac, a narcissist. And the stupidity of the the comments here…”people are jealous of the beauty in has family?” My G-d! Just exemplifies the makeup of many of his voters…which of course would be reason for them to not see Trump’s flaws. This is a hideous time in America’s history. And while it is true that Trump did indeed make history…in a win that consisted of voters from about less that 25% of the country, (if you consider that less than half the country voted and of that less than half he lost by three million), winning with the help of Russia, winning by conning lower-class Americans that he was “on their side” and “hears” them…and by rich people who want their taxes cut and their privilege upped even more. He won because of an electoral college that even he opposes…calling it a “disaster” before he himself won because of it. He and his cronies don’t believe in science, the environment, wildlife, toxins polluting our air…or healthcare for all. People who screamed “repeal Obamacare” … many of his less financially well-off voters who were on Obamacare didn’t even realize it. They thought they were on the “Affordable Care Act”…which is one and the same. Shame… He is cutting the Endowment for the Arts…which will effect our fantastic programming on PBS as well…He is not a learned man…he is a money man. He is not a mature man, he is an infantile man. He is not a compassionate man, he is an emotionally removed man. He is not a man of insight, he is a man of no sight. He doesn’t hear, he talks. He is beyond power-obsessed. I’ve asked this in a post above but…really??? A “victory tour?” If that didn’t spell narcissist I don’t know what does. Alec Baldwin will have material for years should he hopefully continue to take it on… I cringe when I hear Trump talk…when I see those ridiculous maestro moves he makes as he pinches his fingers together and moves them up and down as he spews his jumbled thoughts. There’s a reason there were protests all over the world. ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!! Ya…I think people were protesting because his family is “pretty”…yep…that’s why the ENTIRE WORLD was protesting. SMH… I take comfort in knowing that intelligence, wisdom and compassion are on the side of right…that there are so many smart, creative, culturally aware people who see through… Read more »

rebecca1
rebecca1

oh and…”the average Joe” just got his health care repealed and mortgaging a house just went up about $500…”In one of his very first substantive moves as president, Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will result in a hike to many first-time homeowners’ mortgage bills.

I repeat…what a guy….

Timmm
Timmm

Rose, lets face it. Michael Fairman put this post up to get peoples juices flowing. I am happy the election went “My Way” but I am not gloating. I sat through the Obama years and waited and waited for good things to happen. I never protested or missed one day of work because I was depressed. The country spoke in 2008 and 2012 and I accepted the results. All I am asking you and others is to give the guy more than a day in office before you write him off. Give him his 100 days and see how he does. I would have done the same with Hillary. I am an American first!

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl….(and Timmm, too!!! Thank you for your “star-spangled” reply! JK, too….)..Reunited and it feels so good…and if not for this joyous occasion, than when, I ask you???? Where to begin, where to begin??? Okay….Yes, I do believe I may have spotted you at the inauguration! Something just told me you were there, and I do recall when the parade of fashionable attendees was pouring in before the cameras, that I noted a particularly attractive young blonde in a smashing red ensemble, and I even thought to myself then, wow, that could actually be CeeCee…no kidding! So, did you make your “grand entrance” before the tv audience…was I right???? I am sure the thrill of being there was beyond description since even watching it amongst the comfort of an ecstatic group of close friends the excitement was quite palpable…Wow, it’s so great that your son accompanied you….it is never too early to experience a living, breathing lesson in civics, let alone one as unforgettable as this! At any rate, you have struck so many of the correct chords, that I needn’t expound much further upon most of them except to say, that I totally concur with your words in defense of Barron…what a lovely, composed young man he was during Friday’s festivities…he did both of his parents proud, and you can tell Melania’s guiding influence has been particularly strong in his upbringing…I love her devotion as being first a mother, then a “First Lady.” And was she ever…not a foot out of step, quite a “feat” in those stilettos! (The powder blue Ralph Lauren design was simply sublime, as were the two fitted black coats and ethereal ivory ballgown….just stunning! And you’re right, “BillyBoy” agreed…not only was he caught leering at Ivanka in photographic proof for all of posterity, but I also noticed him fixating on the First Lady as she turned and walked away from his table at the post-inaugural luncheon….LOL.) As for the ravishing Reem Acra “golden” number??? Could that have been Mrs. Trump’s cheeky, subtle slam at the phony intelligence dossier? (You know she has it in her after the fuchsia Gucci “pussybow” blouse from the debate night….you go, girl!) But I digress…you are so spot on when you call out the oft-repeated, yet highly-questionable, meme of the popular vote tally….it is my hope that the administration will do a forensic examination of it in due course, since I strongly suspect it will undoubtedly reveal plenty of illegal voters of the non-citizen variety…particularly in those large Western states that employ the use of motor-voter laws to swell the electoral rolls with plenty of ineligible individuals…even a few of those more populous regions could easily more than account for the margin of error in that now-hackneyed assertion of victory. As for your comments on what I term the extremely disingenuous “Women’s March?” Well, that is where we must slightly part company, my friend….in truth it should have been referred to as “Only Certain Women’s March,” given that… Read more »

Timmm
Timmm

Shayster and my dearest Celia, I have ONE question, where were all the women with their “P” hats back in 1998 when the Lewinsky scandal hit with our “Beloved” President William Jefferson Clinton? Why were these women not outraged? Why didnt they march against Bill and his outrageous behavior? Why didnt Hillary throw his ass out of the White House? [Well, we kind of know why] I was heartbroken as an American when “Our” President cheated on his wife! He or and married person should NEVER be trusted again!

rose
rose

Timmm…I agree MF has put this post up ” to stir the juices.” I fact I’ve tried to stop commenting on it few times, but blame it on passion, love of country, or, borrowing from Shay, “the heart, soul and character of this country” as I’ve grown up to see it. And I, too, like “Moon River,” but did not “delight” in regarding Trump supporters as she described in her comment. Frustrated, even angry, “Yes.” But not delighted.

But right now I’m more inclined to be like what Harry originally said…”I don’t want to fight anymore.” No one’s winning, or changing minds. I’d rather try to concentrate on the this we can agree on.

Timmm, like you I have also worked through administrations I didn’t vote for. But this one was somehow very different in the tone that was fueled, and other things I don’t want to re-hash. I’ve been in a funk every day during the campaign and since. I was brought up the spoken and written word are very powerful, and a “person’s word is his bond.” if that is so, and this campaign was an “interview” for the job for the top job in America, the way I and many others heard them, and appointees, makes us scared, nervous and unsettled.

I’m in a bit of a nostalgic mood the last few days and re-read my Grandfather’s bio. He immigrated from Italy alone, from at fourteen. After landing Ellis Island and spending 5 days in immigration being checked for health, etc., he progressively worked his way to Ohio. There, he and Grandma, who also immigrated and he eventually married, made a life as a well respected and loved restaurant owners. Plus, great food. Even made it to NBC’s list of best restaurants in the States at one time. One page in the book which takes place in the 20’s describes some of the prejudices we are now seeing surface again…immigration quotas, religion, ethnic, “the other,” etc. In fact in my community at one time council was thinking of building a wall between where the Italians could live, and everyone else. Until a progressive Minister at a local church rallied against it.

I wander, but must add…I recently saw “Gladiator” again. Maybe it was because it was during the end of the campaign and pre-inauguration, but one line that Maximus/Russell Crowe made when dying, and passing on the responsibility for Rome’s future was, “There was a dream that was Rome, it will be realized.” Well America had/has a dream, too. We all know what happened to Rome so lets find some common ground. It will require some compromise, looking at the other sides concerns, and lots of civility, but I’m game.

Shay
Shay

Well, Timmm….If memory serves, those femmes that were actually alive back in the Bubba Days were too busy partying with him, praising him and promising him “favors” (ala Monica and Madonna…) for passing those pet policies they promoted with passion. In other words, they were so engaged in being his adoring groupies they had neither time nor inclination to find fault with what they considered to be his “charming peccadilloes.” Nope, no “P” hats back then!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Madonna makes my blood boil! If she was playing a free concert in my backyard I would call the police! You can take her, Rosie, Amy Schumer, Ellen, the goof ball Judd and sadly, Scarlett Johansson and dump them on the other side of the WALL.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Do we really want to go down this road again?

rebecca1
rebecca1

so no…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, Rebecca. The bad feelings on display during the last political discourse here were unfortunate. Let this ex-soap star do whatever he wishes. Other than this current foray, he really isn’t in the public eye anymore and definitely not involved in soaps.

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…as always, A-M-E-N to what you’re saying here!!! As far as I’m concerned, this is one road to AVOID…ALTOGETHER…PERIOD!!! Y-e-p.

Have a good one, Brother.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, Brother! I believe that discussing daytime drama is admirable in and of itself, without creating drama among the posters by slugging it out politically. Perhaps it’s more admirable to avoid lightning rods…

Rhonda
Rhonda

If you rewrite the headline to read,”Ex Soap Star Honors Ex Reality TV Star” it’s really a lot less controversial.
I don’t mind if folks discuss politics in this case because it’s in keeping with the blog Fairman posted. What I hate is when someone throws in a political dig when the subject at hand as nothing to do with politics.
Yes, sometimes I would like to escape this political horror show!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m sorry, James (hanging my head)… 🙂 I agreed with you and I meant it. That was my first instinct when I saw the headline. “Uh-oh…here we go again…that can of worms…”

But then, lol, I succumbed. Forgiveth me. (With that said…TV’s off tomorrow!!!) 😉

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

No need to apologize or hang your head, Rebecca, for speaking up for what you believe in. 🙂 (As you know, with me, you are speaking to the choir!) It’s hard not to speak up when you feel so strongly. I’ve been there, too…

But my brief advice (Do we really want to go down this road again?) is not what I followed the first time out. I try to avoid conflict, and I try to not to engage those on the other side. — I make enough enemies here by my comments on the GH Sonny character! 🙂

I have hope that we will get through this… Stay well, my Friend! 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, James! LOL…I haven’t mastered the art of not engaging yet. My dismay/angst/disbelief is stronger…

Sonny? Compared to Trump (and Carly, lol) he’s up a notch. 🙂

Rhonda
Rhonda

Rebecca, now more than ever we need to speak out. Since posts about Trump are on topic in this regard, I think it’s perfectly fine for you and the other to voice your opinion about our 45th president.
You seem to do so in a temperate and a non insulting way.
It’s hard to remain civil because we have never really had a president who predicated his entire campaign on hate, separatism and ignorance (ie: denial of climate change and man’s contribution to it).
The only time I object to political posts is when the blog Fairman has written or posted is about a soap opera story and/or character. As long as it’s on topic, I think it’s completely fine for everyone, be they Trump supporters or not, to utilize their first amendment rights.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks again, Rebecca. I always enjoy reading your posts! Take care, Friend!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Rhonda…

I agree with you; not only do we have to take a stand for our rights but there’s comfort in solidarity. The only reason James brought it up and I agreed was because last time Sabato was mentioned on this site it caused major arguments (not like we need an excuse…this site can be a hotbed of opposing views when it comes to GH and its “citizens.”) So I guess we felt like it was just reopening a can of worms by mentioning Sabato again. And going round and round again. To no avail. Sigh…

Nice to know we’re on the same wavelength when it comes to the current surreal, hideous current climate. Gloria Steinam said something like…”Trump isn’t qualified to live in the White House. He’s not fit to have lunch in the White House.” (not verbatim). Basically sums it up, wouldn’t you say?

Rose
Rose

Rebecca…saw his game-changer, spinner, alternate facts, spokesperson on Meet the Press Sunday. Couldn’t help but notice how low her blouse was cut, showing cleavage. Oh well, what is okay for her doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone I guess.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Rose…Ha! Well, ya know…she’s not Alexis. Maybe she’s still the proper age category? 😉 I’m still dealing with her Nutcracker outfit! Nut…being operative word.

Kevin C
Kevin C

I also agree with you Jamesj75…This site is about daytime dramas for where we want to escape…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, Kevin. An “escape” is exactly what I need!

Rose
Rose

Hey everyone…I needed an escape, especially today. And I am trying to keep my politics out of MF’s page. As others have said easier said than done. Luckily a local ABC affiliate in my area wasn’t broadcasting the “festivities” and instead did a GH Christmas-time rerun…Laura and Kevin making up/ making out, toys for tots at the hospital, Anna and Alexis pooling info on Valentin, etc. I could even handle Sonny and Carly talking things over about Morgan’s death (? Still don’t think he’s gone forever)

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for your reply, Rose! Kudos to that ABC affiliate in your area!

Addison
Addison

Bah ha ha!!
Meanwhile Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have canceled.
Opps, I mean a COVER band of Bruce Springsteen has canceled their appearance at the inauguration. They call themselves The D Street Band.
Even the D listers want no part of this circus.

su0000
su0000

from online=
The Latest: Tony Orlando to perform at the inaugural ball ((from the 60’s …
And– that other guy that Sam Moore who was one half Sam and Dave duo from 1961 (in his 80’s)
how much worse can it get for him .
—— Nursing Home Night Inauguration … ahaa!

Most that voted for Trump weren’t even born when those guys were doing their thing.. They as me– ((who are those guys?))
EMMBARRASSING FOR TRUMP– ((I never heard either of them))

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…did you hear Alec Baldwin’s latest? It was hilarious! …”…Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence will be at the inauguration… courtesy of Madame Tussauds.”

rebecca1
rebecca1

And you know what’s even more pathetic? Aside from the fact that out of the approximately 53% of the country that even bothered to vote…and this buffoon is going to run a country when he actually lost by three million of that small percentage that voted…but I digress…what’s pathetic is that many of those shouting to repeal Obamacare are probably on it and don’t know it. They didn’t know Obamacare is the same as the Affordable Care Act! So, those that should have signed up and would have been qualified didn’t realize they could get it…and many of Trump supporters who are receiving it are going to lose their coverage and probably wind up having to go to clinics or the hospital every time they need to see a doctor. Or…maybe they’ll get to save and put away all their “extra” money for a health savings plan. That’ll REALLY help mid-aged people who live paycheck-to-paycheck, won’t it? Yep! Make Amercia Great Again! The rich get richer and the others well…get sicker. What a guy that Trumpster!

Addison
Addison

Amen, SuOO and Rebecca.
Alec Baldwin is doing a great job. I just wish the president elect could learn to laugh at himself the way Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, senior and junior, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama did when SNL parodied them.
Instead, he is so thin skinned and egotistical, he throws tantrums on Twitter. When will he realize that until he learns to laugh at himself we the American people will continue to laugh at himself.

Addison
Addison

opps, at him, not himself. Sorry!

Rose
Rose

Hey Rebecca, is there still original Harry? Because I responded to a Harry who sounded like the old Harry, and commented on another MF story. Or is he the mysterious Addison? What do you think?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Rose. Happy New Year! Long time…(haven’t been posting as much…lots going on.) LOL and I don’t know! Harry/Addie has got us goin’ round in circles! hahaha…I’ve been asking said person (s) to fess up but to no avail. I guess, as I mentioned earlier, if you’re going to change your identity there’s no point if you then reveal said identity!

I think they’re one and the same. Addison sounds like Harry and hasn’t questioned me with a “what are you tawkin’ ’bout” every time I ask, so I’m going it’s the same person,

Give me am H for five hundred! 😉

Shay
Shay

@Addison, aka, “Harry”…..Thank you for your heartfelt reply. Despite the fact that we will just have to “agree to hugely disagree” on the subject at hand, I nonetheless always send my best to you, as evidenced from my previous holiday greetings. At least we have a shared love for “Moon River”…let’s focus on that! Take care, my friend.

Timmm
Timmm

Andy Williams kicked ass on that song BUT seriously, check out the Clay Aiken version, not bad!

blake
blake

Very cool. He’s still hot as hell! yum!

Rhonda
Rhonda

Who? Donald or Antonio?

Celia
Celia

Rhonda, you are a breath of fresh air.
Re, to your comment on the bottom of page, thank you for mentioning the rights that the First Amendmend affords us. But, there are many on this very site who have tried more than once to shame me for voting for Trump. I am not ashamed. I did nothing untoward. My choice, my right.
I feel for Hillary the same way the other less than a quarter per cent feel for Trump. I was ready to vote for Hillary, but, after weighing the issues, I went with him. Does that make me wrong? A bad person? It is an individual and personal conclusion. The vicious attacks were vile…..to the point where one poster decided he could not be part of a conversation with me in it.
You have spoken your feelings. I so appreciate that, even if we may be on opposite sides of the aisle. We are human beings, first and foremost.
You feel that Trump will be inpeached. Let’s hope not, for all our sake. I do hope he walks the right walk.
Wasn’t Bill Clinton impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice? The senste acquitted him….nice….let us not forget his peccadillos (and, ogling Ivanka, lol). And, there was always the chance of Hillary being impeached had she won….classified info strewn in the wind on her private server.
As I said, I thank you for your frankness, civility and fairness.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL Rhonda!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

No words.

Rhonda
Rhonda

You said a mouthful.

Charday
Charday

Wish I could go to the Ball with him!

JK
JK

GOOD FOR YOU….HONOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR MILITARY!

Janet
Janet

Yes have fun. While this country is based on our freedoms , speaking, voting.
This is the free world not third world country. Trump should be able to enjoy his day.

mgb357
mgb357

dittos

Shay
Shay

You are so right, Janet! It was an absolute shame that President Trump and those of us who supported him were not granted the same courtesy of a joyful, stress-free celebration over his inauguration that the previous occupant and his followers were allowed by those of us who were equally less than thrilled with the outcomes of the 2008/2012 elections…It just goes to show that there are always two sets of rules for different people (and political parties) when it comes to enjoying victory. It was particularly galling that certain performers were bullied by the left into not appearing on behalf of DJT…..many of those were his personal friends and were put in an impossible position of whether or not to attend these once-in-a-lifetime events, most particularly the visually-impaired Andrea Bocelli. Here was a disabled man with a God-given voice who was willing to travel to a country not his own in order to salute our new leader until some repulsive gems of creation actually had the inhumanity to threaten him with death. How could any decent person abide or condone such a depraved act and not condemn it in the most disapproving terms possible???? (I particularly aim this question toward those who have mentioned Trump’s supposed mockery of a handicapped person–which, for the record,really didn’t happen as it was depicted in a slickly-produced campaign ad by the opposition. There is actual video evidence out there that his actions were merely an oft-used, generic imitation of a flustered or confused person that DJT has repeatedly employed, even when describing himself in a tizzy. In fact, the person that he was purported to be portraying in jest in reality has very limited use of his body, so such frantic movements wouldn’t have been physically accurate anyway. I realize this is a very sensitive subject, and no offense is intended, but I just wanted to finally put this false narrative to rest and get the information out there since it has become a widely-accepted and pretty much undisputed myth amongst his naysayers. Suffice to say that the proof is there for those who care to seek it.)

robbie
robbie

What a Huuuge star for the event

Addison
Addison

I smell sarcasm!
What will he do for an act?
Pose and preen in his Calvin Klein underwear.

Celia
Celia

Perhaps he can be two people, Harry: Victor/Victoria.

Linda
Linda

that is up to him if he and other celebrities go to this event. Trump will make sure nobody outshines him. I won’t bother to watch any of the inauguration and will be at the gym Friday. Too bad GH won’t be shown on my local ABC alternate channel. I have a feeling everytime Trump wants to “speak” to the press, GH will be pre-empted. I’m so sick of him!

Timmm
Timmm

Hey Linda your FORMER president Obama interrupted GH repeatedly for EIGHT years and he had to do it ONE more time on Wednesday for his EXIT speech!

Addison
Addison

I am totally fine with Trump interrupting our soaps just as I was fine when the other presidents did so.

Celia
Celia

Incredibly true and profound post, Timmmy. I go far and above the call of duty helping the needy.
I have been fortunate in many ways. I have also lost so much in life…..some things are worth more than any amount of money.
I have more than I need, but I help those less fortunate than I.
These issues which are being protested are age-old….they have been around forever. Nonetheless, all the problems have been lain on Trump’s shoulders, who has barely stepped into the presidential shoes. He did not create all these issues. The timing of these protests is sooo perfect, isn’t it?
Yes, I despised what he said. No excuses, period. However, I know him as a completely different person.
As, President Trump supporters, we are all despicable, all deplorable, all racists, all whatever else ….. just think about the absurdity of that. It is those exact words which helped Trump win.
We are the haters? Really? Look at the hate hurled at Antonio Sabato for supporting Trump. Listen to these Hollywood bigots.
Who the heck is Hillary Rodman? Is she better than Trump? Had my husband done to me what Bill did, I would have run as if the very devil were on my heels. Instead she stayed. To save her marriage? What marriage? That’s a marriage? No, dhe stayed to garner her own career, doing what is right be damned!!
What is so wonderful about Obama? Look around us….He went as far as abandoning Israel, left our ally, recklessly vacillating in a row-boat full of holes, amidst a tempestuous sea. Nice!!
So, we should not judge, lest we be judged. But, it serms, that’s all these radicals do….judge. Why? Because they all are exempt of sin and they all wear halos.
It is a real evil, distorted way of looking at things, when I read or hear that people actually wish Trump to fail?????? If the president fails, the country fails, we, Americas, all of us, fail. For shame!!!!
Love you, Timmmy. I hope we all fare well. I have said enough, and, I hope everyone else has, as well.

Chaz
Chaz

Not a Trump fan at all,,,,,but, NEITHER he nor President Obama ( nor any other president) makes the decision to interrupt programming….that falls to the networks to decide. So, wanna complain, complain to your local stations….they choose to cover or not.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Thank you, Chaz. That needed to be said.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree with you Linda. This narcissist will probably be “interrupting our regularly scheduled programs” every other night! Seriously…who tweets and does a “victory tour?” LOL. He NEEDS attention; we’re going to be catching up on every show on any time of day or night. If it wasn’t so frightening it’d be hilarious.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh…one more thing. Not sure if we have to worry about him “speaking to the press” as he has distanced himself from what he calls…”false news.” So, basically, every time he utters a falsehood, exaggeration, incorrect info…he’ll insist it’s the truth and the actual truth is “WRONGGGGG.” But no doubt even without the press he’ll be “addressing” his ‘court’ on a continual basis. Stay tuned. (ummmm, well, not to the inaug…)

Rhonda
Rhonda

Well, I give the man two years before he is impeached and forced out of office.

Karen
Karen

Have a safe trip. Good for him sticking to his guns. (No pun intended)

k/kay
k/kay

Tired of the vile filthy talk as of tomorrow I am closing all e mails except for my personal business account! Maybe you posters think this is fun but I think it is sick makes me sick to my stomach ! Got two words for this nation! Get Jesus!,,

Celia
Celia

Hi, Kay,
I really hope you change your mind about truncating all communication, albeit I understand how you feel. Some stuff that is said by fanatics and done radical actions disturbs me, as well….people seem to forget some have no cause or purpose.
I will come on the GH site sparingly….as it is the only site where the conversation does get vile by a distinct few. No respect for anyone, or his/her opinion. We should all be able to state our thoughts without having a lynch mob after us if what we say does not match up with said mob.
Now, the ideology of women’s rights encompasses many aspects/issue, not necessarily all about abortion, albeit I believe in freedom of choice. I doubt any woman, unless under dire circumstances, wants an abortion. I would think that when a child, herself, bears a child is inconceivable to me (pardon the pun), and she may be ‘made’ to have an abortion by her parents. Personally, I believe that would be the right thing to do….or a product of rape. I have a baby daughter. I ask myself what I would advise her to do, if it should happen to our family? This would be a family affair….it involves everyone.
It is such a delicate matter; personally and individually. As a Roman Catholic, I sound like a heretic; however, I do not always agree with the teachings of the Church. All these rules are a result of the Reformation. ‘Things’ had gotten wild, at one point with the Catholic Church. But, I believe in freedom of choice……in a myriad of things, such as equal pay, and no double standard.
As an observation,……where were the protests when Obama and Hillary were fraternizing with the Saudis, accepting million afer million of dollars from them, the very people who de-humanize women and gays? But, as so many leftists, they can do no wrong.
Just as our newly-elected President said; he will leave the abortion issue up to the state. He will not interfere with that. Is it the right thing to do? Who knows. He would be criticized no matter what he says and does. …..between a rock and a hard-place?
I do think that there are people with a true cause….my hats off to those women who have the courage to ‘speak’ by demonstration. But, many follow just because……that simply diminishes the meaning of standing up for a cause.
Madonna spoke some very radical, treasoneous and terroristic words. Now, she excuses it by saying she did not mean it? Really?. Had any of us said it, what would have happened? Had she lived in another country other than the US, she’d be in chains and at the whipping post by now. But, she is a “star”, a dried up, prune, at that.
I hope to ‘see’ you, again, Kay….if not here, then over at Y&R?
Bye.

Timmm
Timmm

Religion and Politics are always going to a hot button issue. I never judge anyones choices unless they boast about “Their” candidate or “Their” God. To each his own. If we disagree we move on. Sometimes people will NOT let it go. To those who shoved Obama down my throat for eight years are the same azzholes who will not give Trump ONE day in office. Get off the streets, put your signs away and clean the house, walk the dog or go back to work, quit breaking windows, starting fires or hurting our wonderful police! I have an OPEN mind. I will listen to anyone who makes a valid point. Dont spew hate and then tell me you are not a hater. God bless Celia and this country, goodbye K!

Shay
Shay

Just as an aside, to those here who delight in regarding Trump supporters as somehow lacking in knowledge or possessing less intellectual gifts than they whilst smugly decrying our new president and his proposed agenda in the most condescending of terms, let me assure you that everyone with whom I am acquainted is quite aware of the policies of the past administration and what they entail….in large part, that is precisely why we voted the way we did this time around…we are not interested in having the personal aspects of our lives micro-managed by the government on a cradle-to-grave basis. We are adults and fully capable of handling such details and responsibilities by ourselves, thank you very much. As related specifically to the “Affordable Care Act,”–which really isn’t—it will be our fondest wish fulfilled to have this horribly conceived, illegally implemented and intrusively imposing monstrosity be repealed and thus, permanently removed from the insurance landscape. In the process of shoving this load of bureaucratic bunk down the throats of the American people, far too many individuals suffered the loss of their own superior policies that they had earned as a benefit of the fruits of their labor, or had simply purchased according to their own needs and desires. In other words, those most satisfied with their current form of health coverage were denied the right to keep that product to which they were freely entitled and often forced to replace it with one of an inferior quality and at a much more expensive price, even though they didn’t want it. This happened to so many people I know, I’ve lost count…and even once they complied with the new laws, they often lost one policy after a short while and had to go in search of another in order to meet legal requirements and have something, anything, to call their own coverage. (And don’t get me started about how the new deductibles are sky-high and the costs astronomical…chances are that even if these policies are ever used, it’s doubtful they would deliver…regardless of the “discounts” so “generously” afforded to those on that mess of an exchange.) It was only through the grace of God that my own private policy somehow survived over these past eight years…I guess it was grandfathered since I initially purchased it after graduating college and transferring directly from my father’s corporate account on to a similar individual one with the same company, but it was a white knuckle experience each year wondering if I was going to receive one of those dreaded notices that my provider was no longer permitted to offer my policy of choice. Now that I have thus far escaped becoming a casualty of this horrible law, I want the future threat removed. And so do all those I know who are only too aware that what they have is courtesy of the ACA or the more pejoratively-named “Ocare.” No matter what it’s called they don’t need it, they don’t like, they don’t want… Read more »

Timmm
Timmm

Thats one of my favorite things about President Donald J. Trump, he is NOT a lifer, a Washington insider, he has no Azz to kiss, he does what he believes is best for the country and not whats best for his future political agenda. He is a billionaire. I believe that all the campaigning that he did, and he did a lot, he met folks that he would never get to know while living in NY, flying in his copter or golfing at one of his courses. He has had a wonderful silver spooned life and through this campaigning experience, he has learned how many good, hard working people that want to thrive with his help. People in this country work hard, they struggle and they need a lift, some assistance, not a lifestyle on stamps but a lift. Donald will do that. He WANTS to be the greatest president that ever lived! EVERYTHING he has done in life he wants to be #1. Some would say he is spoiled. Well, winning is earned, it not about holding your hand out, its about working hard. Mr. Trump sleeps 4 hours a day. Everything else he does is about becoming better and more successful. He did it with his companies and he will do it for America! On a side note: All these celebrities who spoke out against Trump and the the singers who rallied against their President, what you are saying is anyone who voted for Trump, stay home, dont come to my concerts, we dont need you. Okay, the list is expansive but Madonna, Lady Gaga, Springsteen, Joel, Bon Jovi, Streisand, Dixie Chicks, fine by me. The actors who dont want ALL people to buy movie tickets, Streep, DeNiro, Tarintino and other, who cares, goodbye. And oh, Alec Baldwin, how about treating your daughter like a human being, loving her like a father loves his daughter, not calling her a pig and then I will listen Alec! And Rosie O’Donnell, you want martial law? How about raising your kids, nourtering them and then I might listen! Hollywood Hypocrites!

Timmm
Timmm

Damn it, how could I leave Madonna off the “Hollywood Hypocrite” list! She leads the pack as one of the biggest haters out there! She is a mean mean women who fans are suppose to lean on EVERY word she says as being gospel. IF you disagree, you are deemed a loser. And get this, she is a “Mother!” I have more respect for a Kardashian than I do for a 80’s has been!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well I find it interesting that Trump supporters are criticizing Trump protesters for their ill behavior…which by and large was committed by a very few of the vastly huge population of anti-Trump people here and abroad…they seem to have a short memory of the abhorrent acts committed by anti Obama protesters who shouted the “N” word…threw nooses around trees, burned down a black family’s home, set fire to a newspaper of an Obama supporter and taped it to her home, another shot two Latino women. In all, the Southern Poverty Center counted more than 200 “hate-related” incidents around the election and inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation’s first African-American president.

As per ridiculing Barron Trump, Trump’s young son, I agree it’s despicable. This gorgeous boy is off limits. That said, so should have been Chelsea Clinton whose looks were a continuous source of ridicule when she was just a little girl in the White House.

I also didn’t hear any condemnation of the disgusting Trump supporters calling Michelle Obama an “ape in heels.”

The Affordable Care Act? “Care” is the operative word. One needs to “care” about one’s fellow citizens who need help affording astronomical premiums. The Affordable Care Act did just that. Twenty million people had quality health insurance. Were there flaws with the system? It seems so…for some who weren’t on the Act. The difference in the Sanders, Clinton vs Trump? The first two wanted to “fix” it…work on it so that it would be equitable for all. Trump and his good ol’ boys? GET RID OF IT!!!! Their alternative? Oh! They don’t have one. Maybe they’ll allow the 20 million to go to free clinics…or set aside money they don’t have for a health insurance savings account.

Let those who can afford insurance go without. Walk in your brother and sister’s shoes…then see how you like Trump. Then see how you “deal with it.”

penny
penny

Thank You for speaking the truth. Selective memory has always been as easy escape for trump and his minions. One thing I do know for sure, Trump is the most hated President Elect in American History. That will be his legacy and the only selective memory I’ll have of him.

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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