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B&B's Brad Bell previews the fall storylines & if there might be cast-cutting!

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s head honcho, Brad Bell, spoke with On-Air On-Soaps previewing the fall storylines he has planned to kick B&B into high gear over the next couple months.  From Stephanie’s cancer storyline, to Adam Gregory’s Thomas 2.0, to the decision to give Bill Spencer Jr. a son,  Brad shares with us his thought-process.  However the question on the minds of many long time viewers of the soap and new ones seems to be, what can be done to ensure that some of the cast gets more airtime.   Brad has a revealing answer to that as well.     Below is our “quickie” interview!

Fans always make comments and write to me, and it is indeed true, that it seems there is not enough airtime for all these characters you have on a half hour show. The complexity seems to come when you keep going back to the core original characters, while actresses such as Sarah Brown (Aggie) are put on the back-burner. How can we see more of everyone on the canvas?  Is there any plan set in motion to fix this, although it must be daunting?

BRAD:  “Those people writing to you are 100% right. There are too many characters and it is a juggling act right now. I do feel it is something we need to work on, and a character or two may end up dying this fall, or into next year.  We may have to make some hard decisions and drop people from contracts, but just when you have somebody waiting in the wing, who is a great actor, there is a plot twist and you need them.  So you can’t just get rid of them.  This is a difficult time in soaps, but here at B&B we are also building the foundation for the next generation that is going to be a part of the show for years to come. That is how I am justifying our large cast right now.  It’s trying to find who can carry the show forward along with our main core characters.  I think we are getting a young group together now, that are just wonderful.”

Stephanie’s cancer storyline was a shocker that no one was expecting, and that is a great subject one to tackle. Is this story going to play out over the next few months?  We suspect this storyline could contain your Emmy shows for this year’s competition.

BRAD: “We are investing a lot of time, effort, and location shoots going into this very special story arc featuring Susan Flannery (Stephanie) and Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) in a story that should be very touching and moving.  This was a story I have wanted to tell for maybe five to eight years.  It has been in the back of my mind, and I talked myself out of it many, many times.  It has to do with the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles. And, now I am telling this, and it is interwoven into this story of Stephanie’s cancer.  The two stories collide in a very unique and inspirational way.   This will play out in the end of October really, and into November.”

And, you have a new Thomas in Adam Gregory?  What can we expect… a total bad-boy?

BRAD:  “Yes, we have a new Thomas and we are going to turn the show upside down with this new character.  He is going to be very much like his father, Ridge, a little naughty, very sexual, a rule-breaker, and yet a hero so we are trying to do that balancing act.  And we have some fashion shows coming up for November and some twists.  Amber gets in the came and does what she does best, causing some trouble.  And there may even be possibly a wedding coming up.”

Why the decision to give Bill Spencer Jr. a son and have Liam as the “chosen one”?

BRAD: “I knew I wanted to round out Bill Spencer Jr’s family.  I knew once we secured Don Diamont (Bill), that we want to build around him since he is a force. Don nailed the character of Bill Spencer.  I think of it as “Dr. Evil” and his son, Scotty!  And in doing so they are polar opposites and would provide the show with humor, which I think is so important, and we created this family with Heather Tom (Katie), Scott Clifton (Liam) and Don Diamont. The thought of that was very alluring to me. They are three great talents.”

Your mother, Lee Bell ,just won another award and recognition for her legendary career from IATSE.  Lee tells me she is still on the set every day.  Does she ever call you, or come up to you and give you advice on the characters or what to do with a storyline?

BRAD:  “She is very involved and here everyday.  She watches the shows before I watch the shows and calls me with comments.  She will be like, “Shouldn’t there be more romance in these shows?” And I go, “Yeah, you’re right.” Her comments are very broad and very wise.  And still at my mom’s age she will say to me, “Get Ridge’s shirt off!” (Laughs)  She likes the influx of young talent on our show, and knows it’s key to what we do and that grabbing a young demo is key.”

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Sally
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Sally

I’d like to see B&B give Thorne a storyline. He is wasted. I almost wish he was Liam’s father. That little we got to see of him during the blood test scenes were great. They should also age his daughter too.

I also wish they’d have a storyline where Massimo dies and Ridge and Nick fight over who should control the family business. Have it where Ridge feels he should run that and Forrestor creations.

John Eady
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John Eady

I too, would like to see Thorne have more authority with Forrester and also his daughter come in with a bang, puting Stephanie, Thomas and Hope look bad. She could be a nauural designer having been self taught with Thrones help.
I would like to see Massimo come back and get even with Nick by taking over Jackie M having been a secrete silentpartner in the ownership [holding the note] on the Jackie M loan.

Doe
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Doe

Nice to hear from Brad Bell. I’m glad he is addressing the problem of too many characters without story. It seem such a waste.And, it is not easy when you are doing only a half-hour show. I hope they do justice with stephanie’s cancer story, because many people will be watching that have been touched by cancer in many forms. Good interview, Michael….

bottomchef
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bottomchef

This is Brad bell. Remember that “major” death years ago that turned out to be Samantha’s dog?! If ppl don’t remember her, it’s no surprise. Sydney Penny portrayed Samantha, 1 of B&B’s most boring chars ever! B&B did the same w/ Pam’s dog Tiny. And the fact that he describes Bill Junior and Liam as Dr. Evil and his son, well that says it all. Bill Junior and Liam are awful, whether it be in their ridiculous attempts at comedy or drama. If Brad bell thinks the younger cast can carry the show if/when Flannery retires, he’s mistaken. Matula and… Read more »

Mudlo
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Mudlo

Bill and LIam add humor give me a break. It now makes sense of the lame character of Liam, are now watching a semi sitcom, only its not funny its irritating. Really who wants to see $Bill as a daddy yuk! The younger cast are just not doing it for me and its the storylines, the writing fix that and you’ll have generations to come viewers. If they persist in this story line repeat loop they will loose viewers. Give us back drama, solid plot lines, beleiveable, well written characters and drop the lame arse comedy. Steffy Hope Liam Oliver… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

As a long time viewer of ATWT i started watching B&B because it came on right before ATWT.i will say that it’s so refreshing that Bradley Bell listens to his fans and cares what they think unlike TPTB of ATWT.Our beloved show went off after 54 years and it was rushed and ended with most of us having our hearts broken.I hope mr. bell will continue to give a voice to his fans.i hated the Oliver Brooke having sex storyline.To me it seemed so stupid that Oliver wouldn’t know that Hope would never want her “first time”to be in that… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

I have some ideas for Mr. Bell: 1) Get rid of the Jones family. Theres just no time for them unfortunately. That includes Taylor and Whip. 2) Make the rivalry between Hope and Steffy more than a Taylor/Brooke retread. Its tired already. a hot girl Like Steffy hardly needs to horn in on Hopes action all the time. 3) Marcus needs to go, he cant act anyway. 4)The core familys are the Logan’s, Forrester’s and Marone’s. They should bring back Massimo. I actually want to see Brooke and Stephanie get along, they are more fun to watch in the current… Read more »

bottomchef
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bottomchef

1. Even if SJB is a good actress, they need to completely revamp Aggie if she’s to stay on the canvas. Aggie is useless, as is Whip. The only Jones they really need is Oliver. The party boink could always be revisited. Oliver could go after Brooke. Or if Bridget is paired w/ HOwen, then Jackie should go after Oliver instead of Rick. Lowder is an awful actor and Rick/Jackie dynamic doesn’t work. Rick wouldn’t need to draw her baths/dress up in demeaning outfits/etc bec Rick doesn’t need to. He’s a rich Forrester, while the cougar/cub dynamic is all abt… Read more »

Lynda
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Lynda

I have been watching the show since 1990 when my first child was born. It was great tehn. I feel that Bell has lost touch with the fan base. He completely destroyed the Taylor and more or less ignore her fans(which is reflected in the ratings). He alos ruined the the once charismatic character of Nick. I haven’t given up yet; but I am having a hard time hanging on.
If you are not a fan of Brooke, this show is not for you.

Jassy
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Jassy

Give TAYLOR a story BRADLEY!!! What’s it gotta take? A house to fall on your @ss!!!

Fielding
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Fielding

Bell, swallow your pride and give Taylor a nice, juicy story.

chooky1954
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chooky1954

So tired of the constant Brooke in every single storyline….try back burning her for a chage! And who cares about the love life of Hope? I am disappointed that it seems that Stephanie’s cancer seems to revolve around what Brooke…thinks…feels….Someone said it perfectly….if you are not a Brooke fan then this show is not for you! It’s a shame because alot of us fans from the start feel cheated! Tired of Bell trying to turn Brooke into some kind of saint!

Diane
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Diane

For those of you who think this show revolves around Brooke….think again because the character with the most story and awards is Stephanie!!! She gets away with murder and still comes out smelling like a rose while Brooke is always painted as evil. I say lose the following: Aggie is blah! Taylor is disgustingly unprofessional and a poor parent! Hope/Steff remake of Brooke/Taylor is BORING!!! Since ATWT went off the air and this show has went to some of the poor quality stories …well I have fast forwarded through so much I wonder why I bother except for sexy $Bill!!

mmc
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mmc

i’m still mourning the loss of ATWT.But I do watch B&B once in a while.It seems to lack so much of the heart and soul that ATWT had.I do love Don Diamont as Bill Spencer.Even when he’s bad he’s good.and sexy…he’s not getting older , he’s getting better!Thorne is wasted and that’s sad, Brooke and Oliver having sex was really stupid,Hope dropping Oliver and falling for Liam is too fast.I like Oliver….so cute and so niceAnd Steffy has become a young woman with no morals at all….and she only wants who and what Hope has. Bridget having Owens baby is… Read more »

SC
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SC

Lynda, you are SOOOOOOOOOO right, If you are not a Brooke fan, then B&B is not for you! I still can’t figure out why Bell seems to believe no other character is deserving of some airtime other than Brooke & her boring daughter Hope, who seems to be heading the way of Brooke 2.0. I don’t know if the old saying about “gentleman prefer blondes” is true but Brad Bell certainly seems to prefer them, doesn’t he? Nu-Thomas is a waste of airtime. Either re-cast or back-burn this kid quick! He looks like the casting dept went out & tried… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

Do you really think the new Thomas is like Owens twin.?I think he’s actually a younger version of Ridge.Rick Hearst and Windsor Harmon are wasted.I hate that Steffy is becoming a spoiled , self indulgent ,brat with no morals.I love Hopes character.She’s sweet and a “good girl”, which is lacking in most soaps and T.V shows and life in general!

SC
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SC

Yep, Nu-Thomas & Owen give off the appearance of double vision to me. I think it’s all the dark hair & slim build body or something. I love how spoiled and sexual Steffy is coming off, but probably not for the reason most people do. I like it b/c I get a good chuckle out of all the folks who were swearing it was not bad behavior when Brooke was doing the same thing when chasing Ridge, Nick, Eric, etc; it was just her pursuing the love of her life, her destiny. Now when Steffy does it, it’s terrible &… Read more »

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I’d like to see Thorne given some screentime for a change. But I guess unless you are Brooke your character is never given any airtime.

And it’s time for Aggie to go. She is completely USELESS and I HATE her with Nick. It’s boring.

bottomchef
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bottomchef

Aggie/Nick’s a lot better than spoilers saying Amber will kiss Nick! Here’s hoping Aggie mops the floor w/ that tramp Amber. It’ll be interesting if they fight since both of them are trailer trash that have crawled their way to the red carpet of fashion. But Amber’s trashier of course. LOL. Regarding Brad bell, it’s not as if he’s only neglecting characters now. He’s been doing this forever. People seem to be writing here like Brad bell used to use everyone, and now he can only write for Brooke, Ridge and Stephanie. That’s not the case. He can only consistently… Read more »

dani700
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dani700

Mr. Bell: You are doing a great job with the storylines. Stephanie and Brooke have some of the greatest scenes together as I write and hopefully, this will not change as the majority of us are enjoying it. Some of the characters, Aggie, Whip and Oliver can be forgotten very easily so if you decide to cut costs, I would like to see these cast members leave B&B. Other than that, I am enjoying the show!

mmc
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mmc

I like Oliver…he’s so cute and i liked him with Hope.For some reason I’m uneasy about Liam…and i hope that Hope doesn’t give him what Oliver had so much patience to wait for .I’m still missing my beloved ATWT and B&B and Y&R don’t seem to have the heart and soul ATWT did!

Diane
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Diane

I SO AGREE!!

tiffany
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tiffany

i love that stephanie and brooke are showing emotions toward eachother. It is getting a little annoying with steffy chasing hope’s men, but then it just shows how sexuality doesnt always get you the guy. so i love that part. i also think that B&B should go to one hour. if it had a whole hour you wouldnt have to cut anyone and then we would get more show time for the other characters.

bottomchef
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bottomchef

I think B&B gets vacation time bec of the 30 minute format so i doubt they’d go to an hr. The cast would probably whine abt going to an hr. LOL! Also, Brad bell can’t even write the show well w/ 30 mins so going to an hr would make it even more of a mess. LOL. I hate the new Steph/Brooke arc. That slide in Steph’s party was soooooooooo stupid. This new arc is false sentimentality at its worst. I like how pathetic Steffy is appearing, chasing after anyone Hope likes. Steffy needs to get slapped already. Brooke should… Read more »

kmaye
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kmaye

I was hoping to hear that B&B was going HD, With Days going HD in Nov and OLTL to follow according to rumors But B&B is a top rated soap an no rumor of HD

Kylie
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Kylie

The young actors do not have the substance to carry a successful show like that. I like Thorne and Taylor but rarely be seen. However, I watched the show for many years just to see how ‘Stephanie’ is defending her life. Susan Flannery is a great actress but she obviously wants to retire (thanks for all) and Bill wants to create a new teenager team to carry on. I will leave the show when Susan Flannery leaves. There will not be much to look at afterwards, I am afraid. Thanks to all the cast for nearly 20 years entertainment and… Read more »

John T
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John T

I’ve watched B&B for many years except when I get enough BS and quit for 5 or 6 months at a time but then go back and find all the chnages but still just another bunch of the same SOS. GOD help me, I sure would not live a life like these people. They don’t respect anyone, not even themselves. Something good always turns bad. That’s not all true. Maybe in Bell’s life but not in mine. Yes, you have my P.O.’ed attention and I watch but get disgusted when I do. Make someone “”””good””” a super hero or example.… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

Amber has to go away…i don’t like her at all.When she’s on I turn the TV off !

David Smith
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David Smith

Taylor Should be given a better Storyline…. Thomas, Steffy and Phoebe should be the core of the show. Also Taylor should maybe have another child with Ridge Maybe when she was suppose ly dead she was pregnant and had s child a girl or boy who coems in search of her. Also if it is a girl maybe she could fall in love with Thomas and spin story line around that or same could be said about it for Steffy. Also Ridge and Taylor need to unity and get married again. Maybe Bill might be interested in Taylor and chances… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

Phoebe is dead, so unless she comes back as a ghost it’s not happening.But this is a soap after all so nothing would surprise me!

J02T04
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J02T04

I have watched B&B since the very first show with the exception of missing a couple years here and there. I agree that Thorne and Taylor need more of a storyline but I love Whip’s character. Rick Hearst is a wonderful actor and I was so happy when they brought him back. I’m not a fan of Aggie and do not like the Nick/Aggie story at all. I miss seeing Nick on his boat or in the bar. I am also surprised that Nick isn’t more involved in Hope’s life because they were so close when she was young. I… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

I’m loving Don Diamont…he really is so sexy without even trying!I know a lot of people don’t like the beard, but I love it.Shame on me….I’m old enough to be his mother!!!

semaj
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semaj

i would love for a stephanie and eric reunion and a bridget and owen pairing

Kathleen
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Kathleen

I love the B&B and it is the highlight of my day. The cancer story line and the homelessl story are very touching. I am enjoying it very much. Susan Flannery is my favorite and I also love Pam and Jackie. I wish Thorne had a bigger story. Thanks

Teresa
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Teresa

Would love to see “Thorn” (and his daughter) given more of a shot at some spotlight. It’s as though he’s the “step-child” in this show and never really gets much of a opportunity or the recognition one would think he would have as a constant fixture in the family and at “Forrester”.

Judy
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Judy

The story line with Nick and his constant inappropriate sexual relationships is getting old. He is the male version of Brooke. The only good tht i can find is that I won money on a bet that I made with a friend, months before he bedded Aggie. With her first appearance on the show, it was obvious tht the marriage would end and he would be with her!! Comon guys, couldn’t you try to have some semblence of reality in the show?

Riptide
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Riptide

Ashley Jones has been sacrificed for the most boring stories ever to appear on bold from the homeless fiasco to the “younger” generation. Aggie and Nick are a dud and this show is on a downhill spiral. Get Jones back Brad. You are a fool to let her even go on recurring for newbies no one cares about at all!

sis988
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sis988

I am in agreement the Aggie character is a dud. She contributes nothing to the show. My goodness – doesn’t she feel just a little bit slutty? After all Nick NEVER takes her any where. Not even to his house. Have you seen them anywhere together, since him and Bridget split, except screwing in his office? I’d be getting pretty tired of that if I were her. This story line with Brooke and Thomas, better not go down that dark path, the writers seem to be eluding too. There are just some story lines that shoud never be. Leave Brooke… Read more »

BENSAADA
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BENSAADA

SALi

John T
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John T

Well, I see you ar at “it” again and don’t even ask what I’m talking about. I think your Tomas is headed down the wrong path. You don’t give your characters [sp] much sense on how to choose women. You’ve got it where, when a new woman come on, all the men start sizeing her up with one thing on their mind. When do the guy’s ever get out on a stag party and live it up faithfully? Is this your iminaginary life style or was you raised the way you write? Come on, give your men a little self… Read more »

John T
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John T

Well I’m back!!! Still have your male actors playing “hen pecked”. This Lian and Hope and Brook! Whats up now? Why don’t you just let Lian tell Brook to hit the road and get out of his and Hope’s marriage OR tell Brook he has had it with her trying to tell him how to live his life, that he didn’t marry her, to but out or he is through and for Brook and Hope “stick ir” and turn walk out and tell them he is through. Why let Ridge, as usual,be a p*()(&(*^? He should stand up to Brook… Read more »

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All My Children is having a bit of a renaissance of late. First with the previously announced primetime series in development, Pine Valley, and now a new series on E! Entertainment Television.

Coming up on the June 10th episode, which kicks-off the new show, Reunion Road Trip, several of your favorites from AMC are part of the first episode.

Look for Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), and Jacob Young (Ex-JR) along with Alicia Minshew (Ex- Debbi Morgan (Ex-Angie), Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse), to appear.

According to EW.com, who broke the news, viewers can look for Budig, LaRue, Mathison, Young, to come together at an exclusive Hollywood mansion to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary where they get some surprise visitors in the form of Minshew, Morgan, Ripa, and Williams.

Reunion Road Trip airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT with other episodes to feature the former casts of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, A Different World and Scrubs.

So, looking forward to seeing the Pine Valley crew on Reunion Road Trip? Comment below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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