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B&B's Brad & Colleen Bell Obama Fundraisers! Foo Fighters Perform! Clooney appears!

Photo Credit: Kathie Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathie Hutchins

It was day and evening that soap opera power couple Brad and Colleen Bell, the head honcho of The Bold and the Beautiful and his wife, the Director of Special Projects, hosted Hollywood elite and very special guests who paid up to $ 35,800 for a dinner and the opportunity to see and meet President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama.

The fundraisers were held yesterday the the Bell’s beautiful Holmby Hills, California Estate, which often is used as the fictional home of Brooke Logan on the CBS soap!   Before President Obama spoke to the crowd, the just crowned five-time Grammy winners, The Foo Fighters, performed on the grounds for $ 250.00 a piece ticket  with a 4-song set including“Learn to Fly,” “Hero,” “Walk,” and “Everlong”.  What followed were short speeches by actors Rashida Jones and Jack Black.  Next, Colleen Bell introduced Obama saying, “He reminds us that change doesn’t come easy or fast.”  Obama then walked on stage to applause.

According to the HuffingtonPost.com report “Obama spoke in front of a crowd of 1,000 Angelenos on the lawn of soap opera producer Bradley Bell and his wife Colleen, with familiar faces in the VIP section included actors Mila Kunis, Don Cheadle and Paul Reiser and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.  After the concert and speeches were over, Obama was led inside the Bell home for a $35,800/plate fundraising dinner. Guests at this more intimate event included actors George Clooney and Jim Belushi.

Days of our Lives star, Sarah Brown (Madison) who appeared a few years ago on B&B posted on her Facebook page, “Had a great night at the Obama fundraiser tonight. It was an inspiring evening! I got to see some of my friends from B&B and had the opportunity to meet two of my favorite artists Herbie Hancock and Don Cheadle! The Foo Fighters, Jack Black, and Colleen Bell opened for the President. Got some great pictures. XO”

So do you wish you were at the events yesterday?  Are you glad to see soap opera movers and shakers participating in such an important time in our country? Let us know!

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Gloria
Gloria

When you can’t say something nice . . . .

Matt
Matt

I love B&B! Glad to the upswing in the ratings in recent months. B&B is my “guilty pleasure” soap. Kudos to the Bells.

Jared
Jared

I’d rather the entertainment industry remain publicly neutral on political matters.

gloria
gloria

Exactly.

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Make sure to circle Thursday, May 23rd for the return on-air of newly crowned Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood to her role as Steffy Forrester on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful.

In story, after being away taking care of business in Paris for Forrester International, Stefffy returns home to Los Angeles with her two baby girls: Kelly and Phoebe in tow.  But when she comes back what will happen when she finds out the news about Flo (Katrina Bowden)?  Will Steffy soon learn she has Hope’s (Annika Noelle) daughter?

As fans of Jacqui know, she was on maternity leave from the CBS Daytime drama series following the birth of her first child, her son, Rise Harlen who was born on March 4th.

Wood is now juggling being a new mom, and her gig at B&B, which other daytime actresses have done before her.

So, what are your hopes for Steffy when she is back in action? Who should be the man in her life, or should she go it alone for awhile as she had previously noted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

But first, check out the latest B&B promo heralding Steffy’s  return, and then check out Michael Fairman TV’s red carpet and exclusive backstage interview with Jacqui immediately following her Lead Actress victory at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Things just got juicy from daytime to primetime after Kelly Ripa let her thoughts be known about the current ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown and the ‘Bachelor’ franchise during her morning show with Ryan Seacrest this week,

During a moment on the syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, Seacrest informed Ripa that the new ‘Bachelorette’ would be appearing on Thursday’s episode to which Ripa said: “You know how I feel about this show? It disgusts me. And I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how we feel ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy.”  She also called the audience out for watching this “gross, gross, show.”

Following her sentiments, The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss took to his Twitter account as did host and EP, Chris Harrison.  Fleiss said, “Easy, Kelly Ripa.  The Bachelor franchise pays for your salary.”  While Harrison tweeted: “Look out @KellyRipa⁩ is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit.”

Next, none other than Grey’s Anatomy franchise star, Ellen Pompeo joined the fray.  She tweeted in defense of Ripa.  Pompeo wrote: “Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage….

And in the end on Thursday’s installment of the entertainment talk show, Hannah Brown made her guest appearance and she weighed-in on the situation expressing that she didn’t follow the franchise at first, but being on the show has changed her mind. Ripa maintained her disgust for the series.

Brown went on to say to Ripa: “Like you, I didn’t really follow the show, wasn’t a big fan, but being part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other.  Some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive.”

So what do you think about what Ripa, Pompeo, Brown, Harrison and Fleiss had to share with each other on their Twitter war? Comment below.

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Say what? Mario Santos Grey of All My Children is coming to Genoa City?   Well, not exactly, but longtime fan favorite Eva LaRue,who played Pine Valley’s Maria (from 1993-2011) is headed to The Young and the Restless in exciting casting news today.

On Y&R, Eva will play the mother of Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) and Lola (Sasha Calle) named Celeste Rosales.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news: Celeste “shares a complex relationship with her children”, Rey Rosales and Lola Rosales.”

LaRue will begin filming next week and will debut on the June 26th episode of the top-rated CBS Daytime drama series.

Currently, Eva is the host of CW’s Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales.  LaRue is very familiar with being part of the CBS network family having played Natalia Boa Vista on primetime’s CSI: Miami. 

So, what do you think of Eva LaRue joining Y&R? Comment below.

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