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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Talks Steffy’s Predicament & Her Future With Liam Or Dollar Bill!

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What a tangled web, The Bold and the Beautiful’s new mom, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finds herself trapped in!  After giving birth to her baby girl, and making the decision to move forward with a life with Liam (Scott Clifton) on recent episodes of the CBS Daytime drama, she found herself on the receiving end of a blackmail attempt from the man who protests and protests to love her more than any man alive ever could!

With much bravado, Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) has been pursuing Steffy non-stop after their passion was re-ignited and they had sex. That move cost Steffy months of venom and anguish from her beloved Liam; when he found out that his wife slept with his father!  Now with baby Kelly to take care of Steffy wants to move forward, but Bill stops her in her tracks, and she “postpones” her wedding to Liam.

That move could prove costly! As viewers saw on Friday’s cliffhanger, Hope (Annika Noelle) took a pregnancy test, and if she is pregnant with Liam’s baby that could seal Steffy’s fate and she could head straight back into the arms of Bill, blackmail, or no blackmail.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with one of our favorite gals, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood to shed light on all the conflict and all the emotions stirring inside of Steffy as she has to navigate through the manipulations and events that could transpire to keep her and Liam apart, and make it possible for the duo known as “Still” to become lovers once again. Here’s what Jacqui had to say about it all!

Let’s start with playing those labor scenes!  What was that experience like for you?

JACQUELINE:  I have so much respect to woman who have done those types of scenes before me, and for woman who have given birth.  It is a toughie.  Obviously, you are playing the scene, and for me, I wanted to make it as real and authentic as possible.  I wanted no make-up in those scenes, and to play it for what it is.  Then, you are pushing, but you can’t push too much.  I mean, you’re not really pushing a baby, but it’s like I could really do this on camera right now!  (Laughs)  Hence, why I respect all the other actresses, because that is a whole other art form in itself! (Laughs)

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What did you think of the name chosen for Liam and Steffy’s baby girl, Kelly?

JACQUELINE:  I like it.  She was named after Liam’s mother, Kelly, I believe.

You have such a vocal fan base; would you say they are rooting for her to be with Liam – #TeamSteam, or are they rooting for you to be with Bill – #TeamStill?

JACQUELINE:  It’s pretty wild, and the fights have gotten pretty revved up online.  I feel like right now, Steam fans have been fighting for this.  Before, I felt it was 60/40 the other way, but right now I think its 60/40 in favor of Steam.  And again, the way things are unfolding with Bill, I think people may be a little quieter about it.  But people are still fighting for Still, but with the scenario of Bill blackmailing Steffy and threatening to put her mom in jail, there have certainly been a few ugly moments that have been questionable. Fans are questioning … is the love real there?  So that’s why Steam may have recently been ahead, but it does go back and forth, however, with the storyline coming up there is a possibility that Still may take over again.

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How are you playing Steffy at this point? Does she love Liam with all her heart, or is she torn in her feelings about Bill?

JACQUELINE:  This storyline has gone on for so long.  Many things have happened that have added on to it, which makes it great, because at one point there is that love for Bill, even though she is not showing it right now.  After he threatens to throw Taylor in jail, that makes Steffy become very protective of her mom.  Right now, her mom is extremely weak and frail, and not in the right head space at the moment.  Knowing that; it kind of disgusts her in what he is doing, and it made her look at him quite differently.  She is also looking at Liam quite differently.  Steffy does not want to be a carbon copy of her mom, and watching her mom believing in her dad about monogamy.  Steffy will fight for her family to be together, but not if Liam is constantly flip-flopping and sleeping with her, and sleeping with Hope.  She won’t put her daughter through that.  She owes it to her daughter to be a strong mother, and that she provides emotional stability for her.  Right now as new parents, there is that love that is going to be there, but again, she is really thinking about her daughter in all of this.

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Liam has been all flip-floppy and was going to marry Hope!  What does Steffy think about that “almost” event?

JACQUELINE:  Right, he was!  Liam put Steffy through hell for the last year.  She is supposed to be OK with the questionable things he does?  There is all of that, but again she has to think and go, “I can’t freak out.  We had this child and she needs a present father and someone constant in her daughter’s life”.  I think for Steffy it’s almost this type of “mob boss” mentality of “I will keep this family.  I don’t care about the exterior noise; we have got to think about this”. To Liam she is like: “I love you, but I need this to work!”

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When Bill says to Steffy words such as: “You know you feel the passion that you have with me that you don’t have with Liam.”  Does she feel that way?

JACQUELINE:  Absolutely!  I mean, the writing is kind of on the wall.  Bill has been so many things to Steffy.  He has been somebody that she loves; and he has been somebody that she has hated.  He has been someone that she can lean on.  So, she cannot deny those times they have been together, even years ago, they still had something.  There was no alcohol involved when they slept together, and so it definitely meant something.  She can deny that all she wants.

With Sally back in town and Hope as well, and Liam bouncing from woman to woman over the past year or more, what does Steffy think of all of that?

JACQUELINE:  That’s the thing; it’s becoming a turn-off to her; wish-washy, flip-floppy, and there are just so many emotions and things going through Steffy’s mind.  One of which is trying to avoid Bill like the plaque, and trying to get him out of her life so she can focus on taking care of her daughter, and being able to take care of her family. She is sleep deprived.  She hasn’t been taking care of herself. Steffy is trying so hard to nurture he daughter, and on top of that nurture her relationship which she doesn’t even know if it is working.  There are moments of her being upset over Liam almost marrying Hope, and moments of her being insecure and questioning things … and then there is what happened before between Liam and Sally!  That is questionable, too.  There is such history.  Steffy was really trying to accept Liam back into her life, but it has to be with a clean slate,

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So when Liam and Steffy are lovey-dovey in the hospital together after their daughter is born, is Steffy feeling the love for Liam?  They certainly looked happy together!

JACQUELINE:  I think she is in love with the moment, but even after she had the baby, she said to him, “You can go be with Hope”   I think for her, everything shifted and she now sees the bigger picture.  Liam is definitively seeing that something has shifted in Steffy.  In reading the scripts that are coming up, it’s a new journey that I am excited to be on.

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If it’s revealed that Steffy actually had Bill’s child down the line, how would you feel about that?

JACQUELINE:  I’m OK with that. (Laughs).

You know, how these tests can get screwed up on the soaps?  (Laughs)

JACQUELINE:  Exactly!  People were fighting on Twitter just the other day about who was the true father of Kelly.  Even Scott Clifton commented, and went “It’s for sure, Liam’s. Whoa, Whoa Whoa Whoa, you never know.” (Laughs)

How do you like working with nuHope Annika Noelle and Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra?

JACQUELINE:  I love working with them.  It’s so fun; they breathe fresh air into the storylines.  The other day, Annika came over to my house, and it can be challenging coming in as a recast and replacing a person, and kind of finding this character, and still being respectful of the character.  At the beginning, you are trying to find that fine line of whether to be respectful of the actor before you, and kind of playing what they did and in their style, or taking risks and doing it your own way.   You don’t know how fans are going to react, especially how quickly we move through story.  I think it’s been great watching Annika now taking on the role and seeing the strength in Hope, and seeing a shift in the character, and in Annika, by really making the character her own.  As for Courtney; she is fun and so vivacious, and such a badass.  I think this show needs that.  There is a lot of our storyline coming up, which I am very excited to see on-screen.

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Is Steffy going to get to be more of a badass again, or be more of a stay-at-home mom with child?

JACQUELINE:  I’m going to be a cool mom! (Laughs)

Earlier this year, you received a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.  You had quite a lot of great work to choose from.  How did you go about deciding what you would actually submit for the competition?

JACQUELINE:  There was a lot of material to look through, but there was also the break-up that aired in January, so that could not count, but there was this whole build up to it last year. I was proud of myself, and the work.  To be able to access emotions I needed for those scenes so quickly was on my bucket list, and so I was able to check that off.

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You have one of the best Instagram accounts of anyone I know.   It’s filled with fashion photos, fun videos, and more.   How do you plot out what you are going to post?

JACQUELINE:  I am very in the moment – like one video was, “Let’s go back to Coachella.”  We filmed it in my backyard with a bunch of my friends.  I brought with me a garbage bag full of wigs, and somehow we ended up doing a music video in the backyard!   I love filming things and I love editing.  The “make-up challenge” that myself and Kelly Kruger (Mac, Y&R) did that came about because we hung out together the day before, and we thought, “Why we don’t do a blind make-up challenge!” (Laughs).   I like to have light and happy vibes on my posts, and I like to also put things on my Instagram where I can be a voice for causes that are important to me.  I think it’s great that if you do have a following to use that platform to help people.

The clothes in your photos are always amazing.  Are many of them from fashion shows, or shoots, or from your own closet?

JACQUELINE:  It is a mixture.  My closet is a little world all of its own and it’s a “sparkle party” in there.  (Laughs)   I go to a lot of fashion shows so that helps, but I love fashion. People always ask me, “What is your style?”  I can never pinpoint it.  I always say; “I am very experimental and I love trying different things.”  I may miss the mark, but I at least like to say, that I tried that look.

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Last week, Steffy told Bill that she does not want to be with him, and her postponing her wedding to Liam is only temporary.  Bill told her Liam will leave her eventually “no doubt about it”, and that he knows her relationship with Liam is doomed.  He goes on to say that, “everything he does, he does for her, and he loves her with all of his heart.”  What’s a girl to do with that info?

JACQUELINE:  When Bill does that, she sees this evil dark side of him, and to do something as disgusting to Steffy to threaten to put her mom in Jail … it is extremely scary!  She knows her mom would not make it one minute in jail.  She sees what is happening with her mother, and now the essence of Taylor is not even there anymore, and so Steffy has to be the mother in this relationship at this point. Steffy realizes she has to come up with some sort of game plan – hence why she needs to postpone her wedding to Liam – because she is still trying to figure out what she is going to do.  Is she going to have to keep pushing this wedding off … or will she finally say, “Screw it.  I love Liam, and I am just going to marry him,” and in turn hope for the best that Bill won’t do what he is threatening to do?

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Does she think this will all work out in her favor?  

JACQUELINE:  I don’t think she thinks it’s going to work out right now.  She wants to work things out with Liam, but she doesn’t know what to think.  No one had quite threatened her and her mom like Bill did before.  She has never been in a position like this.  There, there is another looming threat to her potential happiness with Hope taking that pregnancy test!

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Could this all turn out to be #Steffylovesherblackmailer?

JACQUELINE:  Pretty much! (Laughs)

So, are you rooting for Steffy to end up with Liam or Bill?  What do you think Steffy should do, because of Bill blackmailing her about her mom shooting him? Do you think it will be revealed down the line that Steffy’s baby daddy is really Bill? Share your thoughts on our chat with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in the comment section below.

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Debra Uzzle
Debra Uzzle

I think the story line makes Bill look like a stalker. With the #MeToo movement everywhere today, I find it disgusting to say the least! Liam & Steffy belong together and always have from the beginning. Kelly should remain Liam’s.

Loretta Parker-butler
Loretta Parker-butler

I AGREE KELLY SHOULD REMAIN LIAM

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

She is Liam’s Scott Clifton said so and so did bell she is Liam’s daughter

Robin
Robin

For now

Krystal S Walker
Krystal S Walker

Scott Clifton also swore Liam shot Bill.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I do apologise. I had forgotten all about reading that. I’ll have to pay closer attention now.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

She is Liam’s baby

Kim
Kim

I agree

rebecca1
rebecca1

It has nothing to do with the “metoo” movement. He’s not a person in power taking advantage of an employee or a powerful man wielding his influence on a young, innocent woman. Metoo is about sexual violence and abuse. Steffy was with Bill willingly.

He was her lover, she was in love with him at one point and he’s just being Bill; an obnoxious, control freak who seems to never have possessed the ability or concern for doing the right thing.

Threatening to report her mom to the cops is more of a “soapy” thing to do. Blackmail; a staple of soaps. And, in his own warped way he really loves her. Bill thinks he controls the world and everyone in it.

Jeannine
Jeannine

Thank you. Everyone thinks that Steffy is the victim when she willingly slept with her father-in-law. She was ready to leave her husband over kissing another woman. She was disgusting sleeping with her father-in-law.

Judy
Judy

Amen

Lyn
Lyn

I agree

NikkiM
NikkiM

Agreed, Steffy did this… willingly and SONER! All Liam did was try to start over and was about to until he got “pushed” to go back to his baby and make their family whole. He was about to marry Hope, meaning he wanted to be with HER. Now she’s pregnant, and that’s where he belongs. Being forced or guilted to be with Steffy (or anyone) will never end well.

Robin
Robin

Exactly!
Steffy wanted Bill way before Liam. & she only fell for Liam when Bill dumped her for His wife’s health! If Liam was so much the “love of her life” she never would’ve slept with Bill over a kiss ! Nor would’ve “Steam been married 3 times! Kelly is Bills! Otherwise why have the ONS & steam get back together

ImSo
ImSo

Sounds like the guy in the WH.

Nelle
Nelle

Steffy was in love with Bill years ago but they were never lovers. He even bought the apartment she almost drowned in the tub. Rick later bought it for Maya. That was the beginning of the Liam and Steffy saga. When Katie found out she had a heart attack and Bill decided to not divorce her. Steffy had played Bill along and wouldn’t sleep with him until he divorced Katie. Fast forward to now and Steffy had “revenge sex” with Bill cause Liam kissed Sally. Steffy and Bill have only slept together once, which makes his statement about loving her all these year bogus as hell. What about his “great love”for Brooke. He was supposed to not ever loved anyone the way he loved her. This whole story is unrealistic and needs to end with Bill being confronted by Steffy family on what he is doing. They need to tell him to tell the police and make the call for him. At this point Bill has lied so much about who did shot him (Ridge) and now he couldn’t see them. Why would the police believe him now. Plus Steffy should record him making the threats and turn the table on him. Tell him she will have him arrested for sexual harassment and attempted blackmail. She is giving him to much power and Taylor need never know. But the writer wouldn’t do it because it’s a simple easy fix and they like conflict and bull crap.

Jewel Fulcher
Jewel Fulcher

Its disgusting. Bill is the baby grandfather. just quit qatching when hope is pregnant. Get on with it.

Bupie
Bupie

I agree with you totally. I have decided if Liam and Hope end up together I’m done with this show. I think Brook and Bill should be together because they both are evil

Emily T Autry
Emily T Autry

agree

Super Nanny
Super Nanny

Brook and Bill deserve each other! You’re absolutely right

Esther
Esther

I agree with you completely I’m done if steffy gets with Bill

missie
missie

I toldly agree with you

Robin
Robin

Bell cares about his ratings & right now “The Steffy Show” is tanking

B. Nader
B. Nader

That is because The actress playing Hope is the worst actor on the show. She must be working for nothing. I am quitting this show if Hope continues.
Not even pretty.

Tawnya R Jennings
Tawnya R Jennings

That i agree with, and ridge should be back with steffys mom.

Bell
Bell

Agree

Lori fraser
Lori fraser

I agree totally

Karen
Karen

Agree with you totally. Don’t like that Hope is pregnant and don’t like wish washy Liam. If Liam leaves Steffy I’m done.
You are right Brooke is downright evil. Ridge is to good for her.

Robin
Robin

Liam has left Steffy many times for Hope!
Steffy even told Liam (shown onscreen) that SHE knew she was seconds to Hope

Demetria L Streeter
Demetria L Streeter

I agree

Sandracouvillon
Sandracouvillon

Ridge has had plenty of indiscretions himself!!!

Von
Von

I agree completely with every word.

Myrtle perry
Myrtle perry

True

Angel
Angel

I agree Steffy and Liam belong together Kelly is his baby

missie
missie

steffy was already Pregnant
when she sleep with bill

Sylvia hernandez
Sylvia hernandez

Yes, they deserve to be together, get rid of Hope she’s so immature.

Bell
Bell

She’s manipulative like Brook

Pamalla
Pamalla

I agree 100% with Debra…

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Yes he do need to be with Stephanie and there baby girl Kelly

Roylene R. Coleman
Roylene R. Coleman

I totally agree please let Steffy and Liam be together I am so sick of Bill they think it’s all about it’s supposed to be the Foresters not the Logans and they have taken over the whole show keep Liam and Steffy together send hope back to Paris I am beginning to really hate this show the way they are I am rooting for Pam to fix it.

Diane wilson
Diane wilson

No like Hope

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

I don’t like hope

Karen
Karen

I don’t like Hope or Brooke. Both conniving.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

I feel the same
Way

Ann
Ann

I’d like Kelly to be Liam’s. That being said I wish she would leave them both in the dust ( Liam n Bill ) n find someone who loves her and only her n who isn’t such a nasty guy…. I love Don but hate his character… too entitled and nasty.

Sandra couvillon
Sandra couvillon

He’s changing!!!

Jeannine
Jeannine

Just because you have a baby by someone does not mean you need to stay with that person. Two miserable people do not need to raise a baby. They can coparent. Why should Liam stay with Steffy when she slept wth his father.

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Because of the baby

ethel mcilwain
ethel mcilwain

why so the baby can be miserable like the parents are???

Janet Roberts
Janet Roberts

I agree totally the whole storyline is disgusting Kelly should remain Liam’s.

Hope
Hope

Steffy n bill yes

Hope
Hope

Bill’s baby kelly

Sally
Sally

I think Steffy falling in love with her blackmailer seems exciting to me. Still has more chemistry than Steam. They are both in their league…connivers, schemers and not afraid to do anything. I say go for it!

Ally
Ally

Agree!

Nehemie Sylvestre
Nehemie Sylvestre

Bill needs to be with sally, they look alike. (2 evils)

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Yes he do and hope

Christi Q.
Christi Q.

Steffy was Bill’s first. She loved him first. He only cut it off because Katie had a heart attack when he was dumping her.Bill always kept Steffy in his life and manipulated Hope and Liam so that Steffy could stay in his life too. Liam and Steffy have nothing in common. Bill is 100% right about Liam and Hope being the same. Hope is his true love, Steffy just excites his wild side that fantasy men look for, but they do not share the same business values, family values or life goals past parenting. Steffy was way bettermatched with Wyatt because he is a more honorable verson of Bill. In the end Steffy and hope deserve better than Liam!

Cadrona
Cadrona

Exactly

Cheryl
Cheryl

Bill. Is not the one for Steffy. Find someone his age. No. No, No………

k/kay
k/kay

Okay let’s be honest if you had a choice between Don Diamont and Scott Clifton ??? Don all the way yes they have written horrible for him but he is still one hell of a man at 50

Sharell
Sharell

This so true

Tisa
Tisa

I agree. Liam is too wishy wasy. Team Still!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Liam might be wish wasy but he’s for Steffy

Delisha M Anding
Delisha M Anding

Agree…#still

Debora Frederick
Debora Frederick

Steffy and Liam all the way

Jeanie Thompson
Jeanie Thompson

I agree

Janis
Janis

Me too!! They belong together. They have been partners in crime for years, might as well put them together with baby Kelly. Set Liam free to be with the love of his life. Hope!!

Julieth Thompson
Julieth Thompson

Please do not let steffy end up with bill because I will be tuning out if it does

Shrly pab
Shrly pab

I am with you all the way never with Bill

Loretta Parker-butler
Loretta Parker-butler

ONCE AGAIN THEY NEED TO PUT AN END TO BILL’S THREAT..WHY THING’S CONTINUE TO WORK IN HIS FAVOR..HE NEEDS HELP..PUT HIM IN AN MENTAL INSTITUTION

missie
missie

yes I agree 100%

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

Me too. Liam and steffy have always had a powerful relationship . They r the only reason I watch the show. If he goes to hope and steffy goes to bill I quit

Michelle Sprout
Michelle Sprout

There are the only reasons why I watch the program

Connie Forrester
Connie Forrester

Same with me , I love that couple and Bill needs to leave them alone

Tammy
Tammy

Me too,I hope this show tanks if they but Liam with that pathetic hope!!!I know I will not be watching she is a tramp just like her mother!!!

missie
missie

so true like mother like daughter

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I think Liam’s character could be like the man with all the sister wives, and slew of kids,keeping them all happy and satisfied.I can see him every night, trying to decide which door to pick…if he had the stamina!

Tawnya R Jennings
Tawnya R Jennings

Lol, right

Sandra couvillon
Sandra couvillon

I wish the show was an hour long!!!

Tammy
Tammy

I agree with you! I will quit watching!

Cindy Savoy
Cindy Savoy

Omg really! Liam should be with hope. If it wasn’t for stuffy being a hosebag they would be

David L
David L

Liam is quite boring,too conservative and “goody goody “. Bill is quite the opposite and offers that “fire” and spontaneity to Steffy that poor predictable Liam simply can not. And Steffy knows it ! That’s why she is so afraid of Bill

missie
missie

i will stop watching the show if they put hope with liam and steffy with crazy bill

Connie Foster
Connie Foster

I agree,lets leave it alone,steffy and bill do not belong….showing a family is reassuring,that mistakes can be made but can be overcome and forgiven

June Pack
June Pack

I agree, if Steffy and Liam can’t be together then I will stop watching the show.

Von
Von

Agree.

Joyce Johnson
Joyce Johnson

I AM DEFINITELY WITH YOU ,ANY TIME A PERSON HAVE TO GO AS FAR AS THREAT BILL IS MAKING,IT TRULY IS NOT A ACT OF LOVE.GOING AFTER HIS SON’S WIFE IS SICK.I AGREE NOT WITH BILL.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Me too. I will be so done with B&B if they split Steffy and Liam apart. DONE!!!!!!!

Angie
Angie

I agreed

Darlene Johnson
Darlene Johnson

Me too, Bill don’t belong with Steffy at all.but it’s easy to figure out the storyline I’m tired of this show

Jen
Jen

Right there with you. I refuse to watch a stalker win his prey. It’s disgusting and demeaning to all women who have been victims of this in real life. I can’t believe the show in today’s era is actually considering this to be a romance. Bye bye to my Bold watching days it was nice while it lasted.

Dawn Penner
Dawn Penner

I posted this on face book Steffy should put on a pair of steel toed shoes and kick him where it hurts. Then when brooke says that Liam should be with hope cuz she’s pregnant steffy should tell brooke that she didn’t think it was important for her to be with Liam when she was pregnant why should it be any different for hope

Jacqueline Buchanan
Jacqueline Buchanan

A men

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

Yeah!!

Loretta Parker-butler
Loretta Parker-butler

Right

Felicia
Felicia

Exactly…I can’t stand Brooke znd then Logan sister…I did like Wyatt with Katie

Nehemie Sylvestre
Nehemie Sylvestre

Hope is just like “such mother, such daughter”

Amira Gomez
Amira Gomez

I can’t take hope and her mother so I’m done with this show

patti
patti

I absolutely agree with you I believe Brook just stay out of it turned back to pages in her life what all the things she’s done

Angie
Angie

Yes she is nasty anyway she slept with Brigdette husband. Liam and Steffy.

BRENDA COVINGTON
BRENDA COVINGTON

Liam and Steffy, Liam and Hope are boring. Bring a new man for Hope and make her character exciting, this is repeat of Ridge and Brooke, sick of it.

Angie
Angie

Right

H.means
H.means

Brook looks at this like a game she always won Ridge over Taylor no matter what Taylor did to try and keep him. So she doesn’t want Steffy to be the love of Lliam life she wants her daughter to be that. Taylor needs to wake up and give her daughter a hand.

Angie
Angie

Yes

Vanessa Patrick
Vanessa Patrick

It’s disgusting even thinking about Steffy being with $Bill if so I’m tuning out she made a mistake now move on from it

Angie
Angie

Yes I’m going to quit watching too.

BJ Faries
BJ Faries

Agree!!!

cheryl cross
cheryl cross

agree. I really dont care for Hope and Liam . There is no chemistry. Steffy could carry the whole show . The same cannot be said about any other person on that show . Especially Hope . The woman cannot act . She needs to decide whether shes a grown up or a spoiled mommies girl. Hope being PG is a joke !!

Angie
Angie

I agreed

Beth
Beth

Steffy needs to end up with Bill because Kelly will end up his child AND they belong together just like Liam and Hope with their new baby BOY (or twins)!!

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

The baby is Liam’s

Lady L
Lady L

Hope should not be happy with being second choice and if she ends up with Liam that is what it will look like

Bammie
Bammie

Thatsbso true. Bill and Stephanie belong together it’s more fun to watch them together because they make a REAL CUTE AND GOOD COUPLE.

Lorraine Hardy
Lorraine Hardy

I hope so too Liam and hope need to get together

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

I hope the baby is Bill’s. Steffy and Bill are cut from the same cloth. They belong together just as Liam and Hope do.

Marcia A Whitley
Marcia A Whitley

Hope and Liam are so boring. Steffy and Liam is exciting. Hope it’s just a boring character trying to come off as so sweet and want to do the right thing. She should never have accepted Liam’s proposal because it was obvious he was was upset about Steffy. Instead of just coming out with what Wyatt told him, he jumps to conclusions.

BRENDA COVINGTON
BRENDA COVINGTON

Bill to old, need to take his and sit down, should never been allowed to sleep with his daughter in-law, writers stop letting family sleep together, don’t look good for this young generation. Disgusting!

terrell
terrell

No the hell she doesn’t how would you feel if your daughter was dating an old man old enough to be her grandpa

Tawnya R Jennings
Tawnya R Jennings

@ Terrell, I would freak out. That’s disgusting

Debora Frederick
Debora Frederick

How can this trick preach abstinence and she is pregnant

Robin
Robin

The same way Steffy preaches blackmail to Bill when she blackmailed Bill first

Pamela Spearman
Pamela Spearman

I agree!

Robin
Robin

I believe Hope will have Liam Jr.

And we all know Kelly is Bill’s. The daughter who will be like her parents & run SP lol

Amy D
Amy D

I think once Steffy finds out Hope is pregnant it will ruin things between her and Laim and for Ridge and Brooke. That little philly Kelly is Bills baby. He paid someone or changed the paternity test himself. He wanted her to be happy bc she wanted Laim but now Bill can’t hide his love for her. Their night together is etched in his mind. It was a hot love scene!
Good luck to all the characters!

Lady L
Lady L

The so call love making between Steffy and bill was not hot it was sick. Steffy was messed up and hurt by Liam and bill took advantage of his son wife yuck what kind of father would do that to his on son. If the writing allow bill to get away with what he did to Liam that means bill can do the same to Wyatt and little will when he gets older. It’s sick

Amy D
Amy D

So was it sick when Ridge stole, slept with and married Caroline his brothers wife and Brooke’s daughter in law?
Steffy and Bill had a history and love that went way back. There was no alcohol no one was drugged. He didn’force Steffy.
Regardless of who was in that love scene, right or wrong in your mind it was fricking hot. And so is Bill!!!!

Nehemie Sylvestre
Nehemie Sylvestre

Agree with you. That’s immoral. I think teen need to stop watching this show because there is no moral lesson watching it. I know it’s soap, but at less the writer needs to remember that people with different background, view, are taking note of what you as a “writer is offering the public. I would like an answer from the writer: What do you thing about “ethic” when you are writing these stories? Is that what you teach your own daughter or son?

Sandra palmer
Sandra palmer

Bill will never do that to wyatt because wyatt is with sally and i can’t see bill sleeping with sally in the story lines.

Cindy Savoy
Cindy Savoy

She wanted Bill,just like years ago, she knew what she was doing so don’t put the blame on Bill that’s bullshit

June Pack
June Pack

That the the worse thing that the writers could ever come up with. Disgusting for them to have Bill and Steffy sleep together and then have Bill harass and blackmail her during and after her pregnancy. There’s no love in any of that. Infact, this entire storyline is just pure nasty and sick.

Tawnya R Jennings
Tawnya R Jennings

@ Lady L, absolutely, I’ll let bb go if that goes down with Bill and steffy.

Demetria L Streeter
Demetria L Streeter

It’s not Bills kid its all ready been confirmed by the writers

BRENDA COVINGTON
BRENDA COVINGTON

Being with the father in-law, I beg the difference, wow family sleeping together, SMH

Linda Perry
Linda Perry

I do NOT want Steffy to end up with Bill, and I don’t want Liam to end up with Hope. If Liam continues to be so wishy-washy I wish Steffy would cut him loose, too. If she could find a man worthy of her I’d like to see her with someone new. I hate what the writers have done to Taylor’s character and how they won’t let Steffy and Liam have any happiness for longer than five minutes. Stop it with the three-ways!

Lady L
Lady L

I agree Linda this stuff with Liam and hope is so boring and I like to see Steffy stand up to Liam about his back and forth behavior and how she can’t allow him to do this to their daughter Kelly. I wish she tell Liam to grow up and don’t be like her dad ridge because the writing are having Liam do the same thing ridge did to Taylor and Brooke. I like Steffy to be the woman that gets Liam to get his shit together and have Liam the right kind of dad for Kelly. And don’t let hope pregnancy be real. And B&B needs to bring some additional men and women old enough for bill, ridge and Brooke and hope I’m so sick of see the other same people get involved with each other. Plus I’m so tired of seeing bill and Justin getting away with everything.

Amy D
Amy D

That ain’t going to happen! Steffy is going to be with the stallion! Not the whimpy Laim.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

I agree too

Christi Q
Christi Q

Lol. you mean Ridge who stole his fathers wife, Stole his son’s son and tried to pass it off as his son and cut thomasout all togethet? Or Ridge who flip flopped between Brooke AND Taylor, but never took the blame? Brooke always got slut shamed. Most women on theseshows are not role models for women. Steffy and Hope have matured but liam has not. Dump him ladies and raise your kids to expect better out of a man! Sorry Steffy and Liam won’t make it because eventually Bill is right about his assessment of Liam as a flip floper.Hope sees to accept it but a strong more self confident woman wouldhave cut him loose. Wyatt is the best match for Steffy. He was great for Hope too but rather see Steffy with Wyatt or Bill. Liam has no dignity how will he teach Kelly any self worth? Ridges flip floping is clearly why Steffy hasn’t kicked Liam out yet, but she should. Women deserve better than Men like Liam.

June Pack
June Pack

I agree 100% with you Lady L. because no one should get away with things like Justin and Bill has done and still doing.

Susan Lawrence
Susan Lawrence

Amen to that hun

Ted
Ted

I agree Liam needs a rude of Awakening

Kim
Kim

I totally agree Linda.

Karen
Karen

Totally agree…The Bill storyline is sick!!

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

I totally agree.

LISA P
LISA P

I completely agree with you Linda Perry!!

cheryl
cheryl

totally agree. If Liam does not end up with Steffy just put him with Sally .I cant stand Hope . The PG storyline with Hope is a joke However, I hope that she struggles even more then Steffy did when she was pregnant . Hope did her best to put Steffy thru hell . Hope will never be good enough. She cannot hold a candle to Steffy . B&B you also better take the #Me to movement into a count # when writting . Its time to show women can fight back . What Bill is doing to Steffy is creepy .

Soapstef
Soapstef

The history with Bill shouldn’t be ignored. She truly loved Bill. She gave him everything and her biggest hurt came when he went back to Katie.
She rebounded by shifting her focus to Liam. Its never felt like a healthy relationship. She’s always known that he loves Hope. She just keeps overlooking things to make it work. Steffy is supposed to be stronger and I hope being a mother now means she will dump Liam and take charge of her future.
She’s headed down Taylor territory at the moment. She will have 3 kids and Liam will still leave her in the end for Hope. Its brilliant but a sad fate for Steffy.
STILL could set fire to this town…let them. Steffy has only been able to count on one man her whole life…and it wasn’t Ridge..it was Bill.

Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson

I agree with you! The STILL combo would be hotter than fire and ratings would soar.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

No way

Kelly Larrimore
Kelly Larrimore

Preach!!!

Melissa
Melissa

No,no,no! Not Bill.

Lady L
Lady L

You forget at the time when Steffy was with bill way back Steffy was upset with her dad ridge. Steffy hated Brooke because ridge was with her so Steffy was acting out by going back and forth with hope and when her dad made her stop Steffy knew ridge didn’t like bill and so she flirted with bill and don’t forget Steffy was even younger and bill was that older Father figure image that Steffy wasn’t getting from ridge. And when bill took Forrester creations from her father Steffy set Bill up to get her family company back so Steffy has never been in love with Bill. And regarding Liam wanting to be with hope not true. Liam likes hope for being this young girl that cares about the world and wanting to make it a better place so he loves hope but he never been in love with her. Because that day Liam was looking for hope in Aspen he could have told Steffy no and not married her but he didn’t he chose to marry Steffy 3 times and the only time he chose hope was when Steffy left him when she loss Liam first child. Hope has always been Liam second choice.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

Yeah!

Cindy Savoy
Cindy Savoy

You have no idea what u r talking about! He was in love with hope first.

Karen
Karen

You are so spot on!!

cheryl
cheryl

You are so right . Liam loves Hope innocents but its Steffy who has his heart. FACT . Hope will never be able to hold on to him. She just doesnt have it . Dont let this Pregnant story be real .

Robin
Robin

Evidently Steffy don’t “have it either” cause Liam keeps going around Hope, even has begged her to marry him in front of everybody in his underwear! Made out with Hope on Steffys clothes!
Now Hope is pregnant with Liam Jr.
Seems Hope is “holding” just fine
If Steffy HAD Liam, only would of been 1 marriage

Robin
Robin

You are so wrong on all of it!
Steffy fell in love with Bill, wanted him to leave Katie. He dumped Steffy over Katie’s health! Steffy rebounded on Liam! Steffy even told Liam b4 she slept with Bill that She knew she was seconds to HOPE! Only reason Liam married the skank cause either Hope dumped him, or the Skank Steffy was pregnant!
Hell the skank even watched Lope make out on HER clothes! The skank also took Hopes used wedding ring. ! If they were the lovebirds meant to be, Steffy never would of cheated with her FIL. Liam never would’ve slept with Hope when she came back!
Maybe you need to re-watch

Amy D
Amy D

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Christi Q
Christi Q

100% AGREE!!!

Melissa Barela
Melissa Barela

I agree Steffy and Bill are more alike and exciting together this could be the great love story both of them have been waiting for great storyline

Krystal S Walker
Krystal S Walker

AMEN, Bill has always been the man for Steffy. Bill has shown Steffy more love, loyalty, commitment and devotion than Liam ever has and ever will.

Robin
Robin

She still has him coming in her house & is still touching him

Peggy
Peggy

I would like to see Stephanie and Liam together to raise Kelly. They have tried to be together for a long time things keep popping up. I don’t like Hopes character being pregnant now it puts another loop hole with Liam and Stephanie. Why can’t they just get married and be a happy family. I guess it’s just a soap lol

Beta pierce
Beta pierce

If you go to Bill I am through with B & B. It is sick to not marry Liam! I am just about over Bill too bad te lived! Too bad Fake Hope cane vavk

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Liam need to married Stephanie and leave hop alone

Linda Lou
Linda Lou

LIAM IS TOO SISSYISH CAN’T MAKE UP HIS MIND TOO WASHY WASHY/ BILL TRUELY LOVES STEFFY……WANT BILL & STEFFY TOGETHER…….
LOVE SALLY & WYATT TOGETHER YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Resa
Resa

Bill doesn’t love Steffie, he just doesn’t want to lose. Not to long ago he was in love with Brooke and had to have her. Steffie is a challenge and Bill likes challenges, he likes to possess and own things and people.

Bhl
Bhl

Marry Bill let it be his baby

Lady L
Lady L

So you are good with a father going after his son wife? So that means it will be cool with you if bill does the same with his son Wyatt and when his son Will grows up it’s ok if bill goes after his woman. This is so sad and sick

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

That’s because the writers seem to think we loveee that I don’t

Christi Q
Christi Q

Steffy’s dad Ridge did this to get Brooke and again with Quinn. Liam loved Hope FIRST. She wanted to wait for marriage to have sex. Steffy was mad Ridge took Brookes side and fired Steffy after a tribute to Brooke was Sabotaged and it was humiliating to Brooke. It came from Steffy’s computer, Justin accessed it while Liam was fixing the computer. Steffy fell in love with Bill but dumped her because he was afraid Katie would die after he tried to divorce her for Steffy. To get back at Brooke, Ridge and Hope(who only found out Ridge wasn’t her father by accident of ridges big mouth)Steffy kept trying to tempt liam into a girl who “wasn’t saving” herself aka Steffy.
She went after Liam to prove she could get him, she only “loved” him later. Steffyand Liam just do not fit together just like Ridge and Taylor never fit together. Please end this STEAM thing. Put us out of our misery. Both young women deserve better than Liam.

Robin
Robin

Ridge has done the same & worse!
Steffy has been with dad & both sons, so maybe Will is next for her

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

No Stephanie is going to married Liam so bill need to married hop

Tricia
Tricia

I want Steffy to stop walking on egg shells around Liam. When she finds out Hope is pregnant she should show Liam the same mercy and kindness he showed her….not! Time for him to man up or get out. Bill has been right all along about Liam, but Steffy needs to protect herself and her daughter with a giant pre-nup and a loop hole free contract giving her 51% of Spencer Publications! Time for Bill to put his money where his mouth is!

Cynthia lewis
Cynthia lewis

Ihope that it’s Liam child but i think the baby is Bill

Beverly Montez
Beverly Montez

Steffy is a strong young woman and doesn’t “need” a man to fulfill her life now that she has Kelly. Hope, on the other hand, is needy and very immature, still looking to mommie for answers. I want Steffy with Liam ONLY because that seems to be what she wants and she’s my girl. But if she decides Bill is the man for her, (after an amazing, knock yourself out courtship where he gives her the world on a platter) then I am okay with it. I think she could be the one to give him a heart and make him a better person. Ridge may freak, but let’s face it, he has never been father of the year. He left Steffy and siblings in the dust to be in Brooke ‘ s bed. I hope the disagreement over their girls splits up Brooke and Ridge forever. Let him take Taylor under his wing and help her to heal. Reunite their family. No one ever loved him like Taylor (except maybe Caroline). All things considered, Steffy and Bill could become the super couple of the show and be front and center. Liam is weak, Wyatt is the better man in that family. Steffy should have stayed with him!

Rosetta
Rosetta

I cocur with you. I stopped watching it for the fact that Bill keep coming around. This should be a happy time for the new parents. Hope is so self rigthous why she can find her owm man.

Brenda B Meeks
Brenda B Meeks

Why do people keep forgetting steffy and bill stopped liam and hopes wedding every time liam and hope tried to get married someone stopped it.Steffy does not respect the kind of man liam is.She ask him to keep the fact that Caroline was not dying a secret.something that Bill came up with.Staffy and Bill have a long history and are more similar in personality.Does anyone remember that steffy nearly made Ivy die by being electrocuted.Liam repeatedly ask her to stay away from Ivy.They just don’t make a good couple.Liam is to laid back for Steffy.she needs someone with an edge to there personality.

Christi Q
Christi Q

Yep!

Nessy
Nessy

Why do people keep forgetting about Quinn and Wyatt’s interference in Lope’s relationship also? How quickly Hope married Wyatt because Liam was saving Ivy thanks to Quinn. So if she wanted Liam so bad why didn’t she wait on him even if it took another day. She married his brother instead. Hope is another Brooke.B&B needs new Characters. Hope, Brooke, and Bill need new love interest. Steffy needs to tell Liam,Ridge and the Forrester family about Bill blackmail so they can put a stop to him for good and help Taylor heal. Who better to help Taylor than Ridge, Thorne and Eric. Ridge and Taylor need to be back together.

Robin
Robin

Steffy married Wyatt also when Liam was ADAM. Steffy lived w/Liam while married to Wyatt. So is Steffy lovessss Liam so much why sleep with her FIL over a “ Kiss”, why is she still keeping secrets from Liam?!?
Why has Steffy had to marry Liam 3 times?!?
Pregnancies, lies & manipulations is how she has gotten Liam

cheryl
cheryl

This new Hope has no chemeisty with Liam . Hope acts like a little girl . She even had braided pigtails . Not a good look for a grown woman . Sorry

Christi Q
Christi Q

Lol….Liam was Hope’s first. Please do some Google research. Also both women deserve better. Wyatt fits Steffy and Hope but they both dumped him over his mom.Liam deserves Liam. Steffy always loved Bill first. Also Ridge slept with Taylor and accidentally knocked her up while married to Brooke. Who he stole from HIS FATHER!He felt guilty so he annulled his marriage to Brooke even though he did notlove her to raise their baby Thomas. Taylor was dead he married Brooke and she helped raise Taylor’s kids and loved them. Taylor came back from the dead and Ridge went back out of pity (see a pattern) then when he found out his mom lied about Taylor cheating on him with James it was back to Brooke till he left the show. Ridge always loved Brooke and if he had stayed put all that pain Taylor had and caused out of jealousy wouldn’t have happened. It is these men who need to be men on this show. Plus why hate so much,itisn’t REAL people.

Cindy Savoy
Cindy Savoy

Liam was with hope first, stuffy should have found her own man

Lady L
Lady L

Bill and Steffy together is disgusting. The sight of a father going after his son wife is sick. So how can bill say it’s sick for his son Will to call his brother Wyatt dad but it’s ok if Bill grandchild to call him dad. Bill is a jerk and it’s about time for Bill to get caught and taught a serious lesson from Liam, Steffy and Ridge joining forces now that would be something to see.

Robin
Robin

Ridge also married his sons wife
If Steffy was a “strong woman” she never would’ve settled being seconds to Hope.
She herself admitted to Liam b4 she slept w/her FIL

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

That baby Stephanie have is not bill it is Liam baby and hop is no pregnant

Staci
Staci

wow! I’m a Steam fan! Too hard for me to think of Steffy with Bill. After all he’s done. Bills the reason Liam even entertained the idea of Hope again and slept with her. I think Liam will lose his popularity and Still would not be an ideal couple. Feels ad though ratings will drop soon. Was so looking forward to a real STEAM chance. Sad how this storyline yool the turn it has.

Gracie
Gracie

Wonderful Interview! Answers so many of fans questions! thanks Mr. Fairman.

Ginger
Ginger

Leave both Waffle and his dad. Take her daughter and go be happy.

Elizabeth Shaw
Elizabeth Shaw

I hope the baby is Bills.you can see the love in steffys eyes when he speaks to her about their past and the night they made love

Jacqueline Buchanan
Jacqueline Buchanan

I am a true Steam supporter and if that is not going to happen then I will need to cut my ties with B&B. Steffy and Liam are the only couple I have liked being together on this show. So I truly pray that is the direction it’s going….full STEAM ahead!

Jean Brooks
Jean Brooks

I just hope the baby is going to be Bill Steffy has always been so mean to Hope so I hope Liam and Hope will find they love together and we know Hope we baby is Lam

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

I hop and pray that hope is not having a baby I don’t want her and Liam together

Micki
Micki

They waited too late to reboot STILL. Now Bill is no longer the man she respects and leans on. They had a good ride or die friendship. It’s ruined. Now I just want Taylor to shoot him again. Storyline is not entertaining, it’s offensive to many female viewers.

Rita
Rita

Agreed! The women on this show can’t go one second without being married, and they let the same men walk all over them. Steffy has never been mad at Liam once even when she knew he was sleeping with Hope while they where still married. Disgusting

Susiesangus
Susiesangus

Steffy deserves Bill. She is as conniving and lying as Bill. Liam is a good guy who deserves a good girl . Plus, we are gonna find out tbar baby is Bill’s. Hope will have Liam’s baby and that will just kill Steffy ! Haha

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

No hope is not going to having a baby by Liam he his a baby girl

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

Scott said Kelly is Liam’s father, so that’s what I believe. Bill is going to do some horrible stuff. Why would steffy want him.

Krystal S Walker
Krystal S Walker

Scott also said Liam shot Bill.

k/kay
k/kay

Why wasn’t the baby named Phoebe after her twin sister? Hey Steffy take another tumble in a bath tub maybe you will get your brains back and remember you were never into Liam !!! This show Taylor would never have shot Bill and she sure would not have let Steffy be black mailed over it!

Jennifer
Jennifer

I eant Steffy to be with dollar Bill and Liam with Hope they are more compatable.The fire between Steffy and Bill is hot and theove between Liam and Hope is true

cheryl
cheryl

no fire between Liam and Hope. There boring.

dmr
dmr

NuHope is very boring and lackluster. Today, the actress did her best to show emotion and fake cry during the pregnancy test results, but it just fell flat. She doesn’t have any oomph or pizazze-IMO.

Mary Morgan
Mary Morgan

I think bill & steffy are good together they think alike and she could have so much more with bill Liam Love’s steffy but he loves hope more and he will protect hope and that’s is going to come in between him and Steffy and I think the baby is Bill’s and bill is going to use it as his last Resort

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Again that baby is Liam baby girl she look like him

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Now , thats really Scarey! You do know that the actor, Scott Clifton, is only acting, right?

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Sorry, I was wrong.The baby is Scott Clifton’s child.I had fogotten reading about that being the case.

resa
resa

Bill could pay to have the paternity test say there was an mistake and he is the father, but I don’t believe he is,or he would have played it already.

Chrissy
Chrissy

Before Limabean existed onscreen there was Steffy and Bill,that’s what I’m waiting on a decade later.

Jenna
Jenna

Same. I have been waiting forever and besides Liam has his chance with her for years. It’s STILL time.

jennifer
jennifer

I really hope that steffy finally realized she loves Bill and they will find out the baby is Bill’s also. I want to see them become the next power couple on t.v.

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

She do not want bill she want Liam I can not stand hope bicth ass

Connie
Connie

I love Steffy, she and Liam have something special! I won’t them to have a happy life together! The writers have really screwed with this show, much more of hope, I will not watch it anymore’ why mess with a good thing!

Roma
Roma

Steffy and Liam forever marry him and be happy with Kelly

Edie Warner
Edie Warner

I loved the article and hope she and the baby will be with Bill

James Ijames
James Ijames

I think that Bill should get a life and lose some time.

June M MORTON
June M MORTON

I would love to see her and Bill together, They have chemistry and we need to see that when people scheme, lie and cheat, they don’t get their happily ever after. Liam and Hope should have been together years ago but Bill and Steffy kept them apart. Let Liam and Hope be together now and Steffy and Bill.

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

No Liam and steffy should be together forever and hope and bill should be together forever

Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson

Steffy and Bill are a smoking hot couple because they are strong, aggressive people. They belong together! Let the wimps(Liam and Hope) have each other. Bill should have never left Steffy years ago,for Katie. He regrets it, and deep down, Steffy knows Bill is really better suited for her personality. When the baby news comes out, I want Steffy to clear her head and run right into Bill’s arms!

Lila
Lila

I want Steffy and Liam together. Bill has blackmailed her. He almost caused another miscarriage. He has been harassing her for months even though she turned him down every time. He is a sick perverted and obsessed man. He tried to kill Ridge, and planned to push a pregnant Amber off a cliff. Liam is a waffler and Hope was his first love, but he sincerely loves Steffy and he is a good person. Steam has the best chemistry!

Ivhocke
Ivhocke

I hope not Liam and Stephie belong together!!!!

Dee
Dee

This is completelydumb. What kinda chick would end up with a man that has lied onyou, Slut shamed you, blackmailed you, stalked you and on and on and on? Dafuq? The character I ROOTED FOR would get EVEN with someone who threatened her happiness and her mom.. Not sleep with them! So I’m order to get Steffy, all you have to do is treat her like shit. Great! Well, it’s she ends up with her STALKER I’M DONE. In the times of the #MeToo movement, to even consider it is disgusting and appalling.

Sylvie
Sylvie

Steffy has been jn love with Bill for a loooonnng time, back when she was his mistress while he was with Katie, so it’s only logical that she would end up with him!!

Carol
Carol

I think it’s a really bad idea to give the idea of loving your blackmailer to young women watching the show, or to young men that they can get what they want through force, physical or mental.

Snooper
Snooper

I like Hope and Liam, but don’t want Steffy to be with Bill. And I love Wyatt with Sally!!!

Dekisa Denning
Dekisa Denning

I think she should be with Liam they have a baby together and for bill he make me sick it’s time for him to go

Tasha
Tasha

I am still rooting for Steam! I hate Bill and I pray that Kelly is indeed Liam’s. I hate that the Logan’s always get their way with everything. It’s annoying

Cecilia
Cecilia

Just go back to Bill, leave Hope & Liam ALONE, especially after everything you have done to Hope

Vickg
Vickg

Bill and Steffy gross me out!! Sorry: but when I see them together it’s like she’s with her daddy!!! Yuck!!! I’d have to fast forward!!!

Rose
Rose

Although its not the best way to end up. I think Bill and Steffy have more chemistry than Steffy and Liam.Steffy will get bored with Liam. Bill probably will turn out to be Kelly’s dad. Then throw Taylor into the mix it can make for some intetesting shows. Usually the happy couples get noring on the soaps.

Maxine
Maxine

Stay with Liam

Amy Blais-Virden
Amy Blais-Virden

I want Steffy and Liam together and be a happy family. They both wanted this for so long. It’s not right to split them up when there is baby Kelly involved. I love Steffy and Liam together. The chemistry is there. I really don’t want Hope to be pregnant. I want her in a triangle with Wyatt and Sally or date officer Sanchez. I would love one couple to be happy with no negative in their life. What it boils down to is the only victim in this is baby Kelly. It’s sad to see this happen with a baby involved.

Lorna Sullivan
Lorna Sullivan

Time to end this story line. Let Steffy be happy with Liam and Kelly, let Hope find a new love of her own (a new character would be good) and let dollar bill disappear for a while!! There will be enough drama with Ridge and his situation

D Dunning
D Dunning

Steffy shoot and kill $ Bill and No Hope does not need to be pregnant

Ddeese
Ddeese

I think the show should have at least one couple who stays together forever like Nicki and Victor. Let Steffy and Liam live that happy life quote going from person to person.

General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Jonathan Jackson Talks Avery’s Love Quandary, Saying Goodbye To ‘Nashville’ & If He Would Return To General Hospital

With just three weeks before the series finale of CMT’s Nashville, Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson) finds himself in a major conundrum.  The woman he has loved and had a child with, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre) has returned home after escaping a cult compound, just as Avery has opened himself up to the start of a new relationship with Alannah (Rainee Blake).  After not hearing from Juliette, added to the many times he felt she abandoned him and their child, will a betrayed and hurt Avery want to find a way to patch up their relationship … or try to keep Alannah by his side?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson to get the lowdown on what transpired over the last few episodes and how it may end for Avery, as we inch closer and closer to having to say farewell to the Music City drama.

Since Nashville wrapped its sixth and final season a few months back, General Hospital fans have been wondering and hoping, if now is the time that Jackson would return to his role as the beloved Lucky Spencer, the son of Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis). Jackson originated the role in 1993 and stayed with the series till 1999.  He next returned in 2009 for a few years, then left again, and was cast on Nashville.  Jonathan made a special return in 2015 to appear in a storyline that reunited him on-screen with Geary one final time, before the soap icon retired from the show.  In this interview, Jackson addresses a return, some of his favorite moments of all-time on GH, what he learned from Tony and Genie, and more.

Those that follow Jackson are aware that his talent knows no bounds.  He is also focused on his music career, and his band Enation, which has been building on its success, playing recent sold out shows in Europe, while Jackson also had been on the final Nashville tour performing with the cast.  So, buckle up!  The next step in Jackson’s career will be one to watch.  Now, check out our insightful and heartfelt conversation below.

Avery is caught in a compromising position by Juliette, when she walks in while Avery is making out with Alannah, who has just has taken her top off.   What goes on in Avery’s mind at that point?  Is it, “Oh, no! I’m busted!” (Laughs)

JONATHAN:  It’s all sorts of things.  There is the visceral reaction, and then in his mind trying to figure what to do.  It’s sort of awkward, because they are in her house and her photos are everywhere (Laughs).  However clumsily and strange it is, he is trying to move on and get a life together with someone, and yet deep down he still has feeling for Juliette, which is mixed with anger and all of that.  He is having all different confusing conflicting emotions, all at the same time, and for Alannah as well.  It’s kind of a mess!

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By the end of this week’s episode, viewers saw Avery and Juliette start to talk, with Avery letting her know just how he feels about her leaving him, and that he has decided to move out.  All Juliette is asking is that he keeps talking to her.  As Nashville moves toward its conclusion, the big question for the character of Avery will be … who is he going to end up with, if anyone?  I would assume many longtime fans would be rooting for Avery and Juliette, because they have gone through so much together.

JONATHAN:  Yes.  However, I have been receiving messages from fans, and talking to fans on tour, and they are slightly conflicted, too.  There is a lot of love for Avery and Juliette, but there is also frustration around the whole thing, and that they want Avery to move on and be happy. 

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Where is Avery at with his relationship with Alannah?  He was getting close to her, and now she is attempting to put distance between them since Juliette resurfaced.

JONATHAN:  It’s difficult to pinpoint where Avery is at right at this moment.  There is a lot going on, and a lot of it is rooted in the fact that he went to Bolivia to try and bring Juliette home, and when she refused him that was so devastating for him.  The Alannah relationship snuck up on him. In some sense his heart is still attached to Juliette, but his mind is telling him it’s over, and that she is gone.  Avery and Alannah are connected to each other on a certain level.  It surprised both of them.  I think he has genuine feelings for her, but it’s also him pushing himself to move on from Juliette, which is something he has not been able to do.

Without Alannah, the band flounders with Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery, and then there is the health situation with Will (Chris Carmack).  Alannah’s presence really put a kink in Gunnar and Avery’s friendship.  She stared out with one guy, and was on her way to being with another.

JONATHAN:  Gunnar and Avery are really good friends and care about each other a lot, and it is certainly an awkward moment in their friendship.   In terms of the band, they lose Will who has been through this health crisis, and then Alannah.  The music components are kind of imploding and they are just trying to hold on to their friendship, and not have that implode along with the band.

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Brad (Jeff Nordling) is making advances towards Alannah, and she originally tells Avery about it.  What does he think of the situation?  Now, she may do whatever Jeff wants her to do to get ahead in the music biz, since Juliette came back into Avery’s life.

JONATHAN:  I think Avery is trying to be supportive of Alannah.  It was a little bit of a blow for her to leave the band, but he generally wants to support her.  Avery has this instinct to be protective, as well.  He kind of has to hold himself back a little bit and not complain too much. He knows Alannah is an independent person, and may not want his help.  With the situation with Brad, Avery is aware of it, but she is walking into that in her own way.  It’s a moment for Avery to sort of step back and trust her that this is how she wants to go about her career.

Did you know Rainee Blake was going to be your potential love interest this season? Did you screen-test with her?

JONATHAN:  We did not screen-test together.  I think relatively earlier on I heard that this might happen, but it is one of those things were you never really know.  Often times, the writers and the producers bide their time and see how things develop as a couple, and how the audience responds to the on-screen chemistry.  You never really know if it’s going to materialize.  I actually did like how Avery and Alannah started to connect on the tour bus several episodes ago. The audience got a tease of a different side of Alannah, and Avery kind of brought that out.  Rainee was great to work with.

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You have gotten the opportunity as Avery to tug on the heartstrings, as a dad raising his little girl, Cadence, all by himself, with a the runaway mother who never shows up.  How was the journey working with Hayden Panetierre?  You two had to battle, bicker, fight, and had to play all these ups and downs together to make the story work over many seasons of Nashville.

JONATHAN:   It was really amazing, and for me that is one of the things I will miss most about working on the show, and that is working with Hayden.  It’s such an interesting thing when you work with people for so many years, and all of the emotional ups and downs that the characters go through.  Often times, we would be doing a lot of intense and emotional scenes, but for whatever reason, we would find a way to have a lot of fun and find the humor when we are doing those.  I have a lot of love and respect for Hayden.  I think she is incredibly talented. We both started off in soap operas (Hayden was Lizzie on Guiding Light) and thus had a certain approach to our work, and our work ethic.  For me, it’s always a highlight in my career when I get to work with somebody that the scene is already great, because of the person you are working with.  We would constantly share ideas back and forth between us.  The thing about working on Nashville was the friendships we developed in the cast, especially going on tour with the cast and to experience all of that with everybody else.

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What happened when you found out that this sixth and final season of Nashville would be its last?  Did you have any idea that this was coming down the pike when you wrapped season 5? 

JONATHAN:  No.  I don’t think anybody knew when we wrapped season 5.  We did not know till right before everybody else that this was going to be the last season.  We were in production maybe halfway through season 6.  I think that it helped having that time to adjust, and it gave us some time for reflection.  It really did help in a sense, because you know other shows they might wrap a month, or two later, and it’s over.  You don’t get to say goodbye, but we really did.  We got to say our goodbyes.

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I can imagine that was heartbreaking.  When you think of the rollercoaster ride you and the cast had been through together which included: the cancellation by ABC, then the show coming back on CMT, only for it to be cancelled again, it’s quite a lot to deal with and not knowing if there is job security.  Do you recall your last day on the set?

JONATHAN:  I do remember it very well.  There were a lot of beautiful moments with people, and having so much love for the crew and so many amazing people that worked on the show.  We wrapped on April 10th and then we flew to the U.K. on the 12th   It was two days later that the tour started.  Even though filming was over, we were on a plane and then on a bus together, which was really good for all of us.  I know it was for me to have another ending.  In some ways, the end of the tour was even more emotional, because that really felt it was the end.

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Do you think there were more stories to tell on Nashville … or, do you think the series is going off the air when it should, as the stories can tend to get repetitive on any long-running series? Do you think this was the right time for Nashville to say goodbye?

JONATHAN:  I don’t know how other people’s perspectives are about it, but I know from my perspective, I think we told the story that was there to be told for these characters.  That is sort of the bittersweet reality of it.  It’s painful to say goodbye to a lot of people that I had become very close to, but at the same time, there was a sense of peace about it.  It really did feel like the right time.

What can you say tease about how Nashville concludes? The series finale airs on July 26.

JONATHAN:  One of the hardest things about being in a long form series; whether it be in the primetime format, or the daytime format, is often times the lack of resolution that takes place. You are pertually in Act 2 and in all the drama.  So, knowing that the show was over, allowed the writers to approach everything from the perspective of the end, and Act 3.  Certain storylines have resolution, and others are left open-ended.  There is a good overall balance from the writers of what the audience is going to experience with the end of the show.

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I produced the General Hospital 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys.  I remember looking at some of your storylines and touching performances all over again that still hold up to this day.  One in particular was Lucky pulling tough love on Luke (Tony Geary) during his father’s intervention.  Lucky is such a valuable character on the canvas.  Would you consider going back to GH? 

JONATHAN:  My perspective on that is; I don’t really put that off the table.  I really don’t have plans to do that, because after coming off six years on a series, that is a lot.  I am definitely looking for other projects that have an Act 1, 2, and 3, that happen a little sooner than Nashville did.  I always have going back to GH on the table, because it’s like a family for me.  I have always said that that even when I left in the 90’s; that GH would be something I would come back to.  But, I am very committed and excited about what is happening with Enation, and excited about some other projects that are out there on the acting front. I don’t see going back to GH in the near future, but I never write it off.

When you last returned you did come back to be part of Tony Geary’s exit.

JONATHAN: Yes, yes, which I was really happy to be a part of.

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Still years later, when you think of all the stories you portrayed as Lucky, is there one, or two that stand out to you among the rest?

JONATHAN:   There are many.  There were a lot of stories, and the writers wrote so much material, and that is a double-edged sword.  It’s great to have, but it was so much that I really couldn’t continue. (Laughs)

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I remember saying to you years ago, “You cry so well on camera. They are going to keep expecting you to cry, and they will be throwing scripts like that to you every day!”

JONATHAN:  And that is exactly what happened!   But for me, it’s the moments with the co-stars that I will always carry with me.  There are endless ones in my memory with Tony Geary. “The intervention” was certainly one of those moments.  I had those moments as well with Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas, now Stefan, DAYS), and Becky Herbst (Elizabeth).  I remember having these scenes with Maurice Benard (Sonny) when scenes on the soaps were much longer.  And of course, earlier on, with Genie Francis (Laura) as well.  I feel like as an artist, I was really formed by Tony and Genie’s presence and observing them and watching how they worked.  I asked so many questions to them as I really wanted to learn.  They really protected me in so many ways, and yet gave me the freedom to try to find my own way through a whole process as well.  Those are the things that really jump out at me, as well as working through the scenes prior to filming, especially with Tony.  He and I would go pretty deep with what we were trying to figure out; what the scenes were, and what they were about, and how to approach it.  That part of the process was really memorable to me.  The unique thing I think in this industry for me was that I started at 11-years-old and got to come back to the show in my mid-20’s, and got to have that connection with another actor, and explore this father and son relationship.

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I don’t think, and I really mean this, that there has been a father/son relationship on television like Luke and Lucky’s.   It was so multi-faceted.   Have you stayed in touch with Tony?

JONATHAN:  We definitely stay in touch.  Again, when I left General Hospital, I did not know if anything like that would happen again in my career where I would form sort of long-lasting friendships with people.  Most of the time you do a film and you get to know some people, and you go your separate ways, and that’s just how it is.  So I was really grateful for Nashville, because I feel like we were able to have those long-lasting relationships. I can’t really put into words my relationship with Tony.  It’s just a lot of love and gratitude, and respect that I have for him.

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Meanwhile, your music career is very exciting of late.  Last month, you played the Royal Albert Hall in London with your band, Enation.  How was that experience?

JONATHAN:  It was amazing.  I went overseas with the Nashville tour and then Enation did a couple of shows, and then we opened for Echo & the Bunnymen.  The last gig on that tour was at Royal Albert Hall.  I have loved Echo & the Bunnymen for such a long time, and so this was wonderful for us.

Will Enation be touring more coming up?  

JONATHAN:  We are looking to go back to Europe later this year, or the spring of next year, and are working out those details.  We are going to be touring in the United States later on this year.

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Did your wife Lisa (Ex-Hannah, GH) meet up with you on this recent European tour?

JONATHAN: The Nashville tour ended in Ireland, and then my wife and kids came over for the last two shows there. Then, got to go around Ireland for a couple of weeks and drive around, and it was fun.

Did you notice a difference between the European music fans of Nashville as opposed to those in the U.S.?

JONATHAN:  Yes, and no.  One of the things I have noticed playing over there is that the distinction in musical genres isn’t quite as a sharp as it is in the U.S.  Over there, the radio seems to play a lot different kinds of music.  So, it was a pretty seamless transition for a lot of the people that came to the Nashville show.   We see a slight difference in the music fan base, and it mainly has to do with that they may go to a country show one week, and a couple of weeks later go to a rock concert, and not think twice about the genre.  It’s just they are looking for good music.

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Hard to believe we are turning the page on another great character played by Jonathan Jackson as Nashville heads towards its finale.  What would you like to say to the fans, the #Nashies, who have loved, and have stuck with show every step of the way?

JONATHAN:  Just a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for all the support, especially when the show was cancelled.  CMT saw the enthusiasm and support from the fans here and internationally, and that was a huge part for us to be able to get the last few seasons.  It has really meant a lot to us creatively to write that 3rd act, sort of speak, and have that sense of closure. I also would just say to the fans that have come out to the Nashville concerts as well, that it has meant so much.  We feel like we have had some beautiful moments with everybody, and so I am very grateful for that.

So, what do you think will happen to Avery at the end of Nashville?  Do you want him to end up with Juliette, Alannah, or by himself? Should GH try to lure Jonathan back to the his role as Lucky Spencer? Comment below!

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Talks On: Jack Finding His True Biological Father, His Co-Stars, And If He Would Like A New Love Interest

On The Young and the Restless turns out Ashley (Eileen Davidson) is not the only child raised as an Abbott; whose father is not John.  As viewers learned back at the end of March, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is not the biological son of the Abbott patriarch, either!  This has sent Jack on a pursuit to find out who he truly is, and who he truly belongs to, because being John Abbott’s (Jerry Douglas) son meant everything to him.

Once again, this story has given multi-Daytime Emmy winner, Peter Bergman an opportunity to play the complex layers of one of daytime’s best characters.  Recently, Jack had gone through his mother Dina’s (Marla Adams) old diary, where there was a key page missing out of it.  He then located a photo, which led him to believe that none other than late Phillip Chancellor II (played by the late Donnelly Rhodes) is his real father.  Is Jack a Chancellor?

Hell-bent on exhuming the body for DNA proof, Jack is getting massive pushback from just about everyone on Genoa City.  It is not helping the situation that Dina is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and her recollections of what transpired years ago when she had an affair, may not be accurate.  Now this week, Jack has a plan that may backfire and ends up involving his son, Kyle (Michael Mealor) in the process.  Will these two work together to get the proof of the truth?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the actor’s actor, Peter Bergman to get his take on: the surprise story twist he never saw coming, if Jack has the purest of intentions, or if he is just chomping at the bit get his hands on Chancellor Industries, if he would like to see Jack have a new love interest, and more.  It’s always a treat to speak with Peter.  Here is what he had to say about Jack’s latest inner-turmoil.

Jack is not John’s Abbott’s son.  He is searching for the answer of who is his biological father.  Now, Jack believes he has found the answer in the photo he found that included Phillip Chancellor II, and then went to Dina to confirm the answer, even knowing his mother is battling Alzheimer’s disease.  Don’t you think he jumped on this notion of Phillip being his dad all too son?

PETER:  Jack has stumbled upon evidence that this is for real with the photo he found.  He went to Dina on what was a very lucid day for her, and she was pretty damn clear.  So, therefore it wasn’t just the ramblings of a lost woman.  Jack is very eager for an answer.  Could it be argued that he jumped on this as a possibility? Yes, and for a number of reasons.  First, he feels somewhat utter-less and needs to be connected to something, but he also knows his family, and the history of this family, and “Oh, my God” could that be a way out of this untethered feeling that he had.  So he is really grabbing on to this pretty quickly.  Second, it is not lost on Jack that part of inheriting all of Phillip’s traits might also bring him part of the Chancellor estate, which would belong to Jack and perhaps he could pick-up at the corporate level where he left off.  So that is exciting, but certainly not central to his thinking.

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Everyone thinks from Cane (Daniel Goddard) to Jill (Jess Walton), to Billy (Jason Thompson) , that all Jack truly wants is to stake claim as an heir and to try to take control of Chancellor Industries.  Are they that far off from the truth?

PETER:  How honest is Jack being with himself?  We will find out!  He would want to stake his claim … and maybe a little bit more!

What was your reaction when you learned that Jack would be revealed to be the son of Phillip Chancellor II, when for decades you have been playing so much of what drives your character that he is the son of John Abbott?  Were you like, “What!??” (Laughs)

PETER:  I have been doing this much too long, to go “Why?”  I, quite frankly ask, “Where do you want to go with this?  Where do you want to take me?” The things that I have done in the past that I have fought the most have usually been the things that really led me somewhere.  I tell the story all the time of John Abbott dying.  They decided to bring him back as Jack’s conscious, and he would appear in scenes with Jack and talk to him.  I thought “C’mon. This is The Young and the Restless, and I am doing a ‘ghost’ storyline?”  I fought it and I didn’t like it, and I was wrong.  It was fantastic, and it worked great, and the audience liked it.  I learned from it.   I don’t go, “Whaaat?” that much anymore.  There have been a few of those including: the whole doppelganger story, while it confused me at times, and I thought this had gone a few steps too far, but it led us to Billy/Phyllis/Jack story. It was a direct line to that, and one of the most dynamic storylines I have ever been in.  So, I see this current story, and I go, “That is an interesting turn.”  Then, as an actor, I dig into it.

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Jack wants to exhume Phillip’s body and everybody from Jill to Cane is objecting.  Esther (Kate Linder) is worried Mrs. C. will roll over in her grave if he does this move.  As we will see, Jack does not take “no” for answer.

PETER:  Jack eventually all but gives up, but then a door opens slightly for him to look at this a different way   Jack reluctantly walks through that door.

Do you think Jack has ever thought of the possibility of: “What if I am the son of someone from the circus … or the former pool boy at the country club?”

PETER:  I have thought it’s amusing when I have met people who have explored their past lives. They have always been a prince or a princess. They were never menial laborers.  I think he looks back and is kind of curious.  I think Jill points it out to him that he is not at all suspicious that he is the pool boy, or the golf pro’s offspring?  He knows the tryst happened at the country club, and so the first person you think of is one of the elite of the country club. 

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It would be such a huge devastating fall for Jack if something like that turned out to be true!  Jack so wants to belong to a family that has wealth and prestige that goes along with their name.  I wonder what it would be like if he had to say, “Yes. It’s true.  I am the pool boy’s son!” (Laughs)

PETER:  I don’t know how that would fit Jack.

How is working with the latest Kyle, you’re on-screen son, played by Michael Mealor? The part had been recast multiple times and the actor didn’t stick.

PETER:  I cannot say enough good things about Michael.  This is an extremely disciplined, very talented, and very professional guy.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him.  I think he is doing a great job.  Michael gets looser every show.  He likes to take big chances and try a lot of things.  We have had a lot of young actors on the show and what they do is try to project that they are cool.  They don’t go outside of the, “I’m going to be cool, and honest, and real.”  They say, “I am going to be solid, and make simple choices.”  Michael takes big chances doing large stuff, and going overboard  That’s scary do to as an actor, but I watch him in scenes with Hunter King (Summer) where he is trying to appear cool, but just her physical prescience gets to him.  You can see it in his performances and it’s wonderful to watch.   It’s lovely to see in a 26-year-old and it’s fantastic.  I have high hopes for Michael.

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This version of Kyle seems to be a bit of a chip-off-the-old-block.  He can play dirty just like his dad!

PETER:  As far as where Kyle is at … he is like Jack Abbott.  He is not a good guy, nor a bad guy.  Kyle is a bit of an opportunist with a heart, who wants to feel a part of things, but he also takes advantage of the situation, in a way that sometimes works against that. 

We saw Jack stumble and drink again as he fights his addiction when learning the news that John is not is biological father.  Do you see him stumbling again, and going back to popping pills and booze, if Phillip Chancellor II were not to wind up being his dad?

PETER:  I don’t know if he will see him spiraling, but it is worth saying for someone who is a constant and has a had guiding light of  ‘what’s right, and what’s wrong” and that now has been taken away from him essentially when John Abbot goes “Jack!”, that is a game-changer.  What we can expect from Jack now may change.  Jack isn’t as bound by “what would dad do” as he once was.

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So, we may be surprised with a turn in attitude from Jack?

PETER:  You may be surprised.  So much of his life, and certainly so much of what I play is that Jack has spent his whole life trying to be like John Abbott, because John Abbott is his father.   Now that is not so. So, how much effort should Jack be putting in to being like John Abbott?

Good point!

PETER:  It will be interesting to see where that goes!

We have seen many actors in the soaps portray drug and alcohol addiction. When Jack’s played itself out originally, it was one of the most harrowing to watch.

PETER:  He got to a dark place very fast.  It was out of control.  It was an important part of the Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and Jack story, because he honestly did not have the strength to do it by himself, and he had somebody to help him through it   As it turned out, it was a formative experience for Jack and for Phyllis; one that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. They know things about each other that the rest of the world does not know.

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Billy recently read Jack the riot act, when Jack told his brother about being Phillip Chancellor’s son.  Having had it with Jack, Billy threw him out of his office.  Where do you think the relationship stands between the brothers at this point?

PETER:  It’s really hard for Jack.  He is still on the board at Jabot.  He has family ties there, and he still gets the checks, but it feels so weird for him, it really does.  He is trying to be a bigger man and let Billy do what Billy is going to do.  Deep down inside Jack has known Billy for a really long time, and when Billy sort of combusts, boy, does he go! Jack hates that Billy is holding the reins of Jabot, if things fall apart for Billy.

Viewers are seeing Billy turning to gambling again.  What would Jack do if he finds out what is happening to his brother?

PETER:  I don’t know what he could do.  I am not sure what he could do to stop the CEO of the company as things currently stand.  It’s hard for Jack to relax around Billy. It’s not a promising situation.

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Do you think the Jack and Bill will ultimately be there for each other when the chips are down moving forward?

PETER:  Jack has a soft place in his heart for addicts for reasons we both know, and a soft spot for family.  It will be interesting to see how well Jack’s patience holds up, if Billy should go down that particular rabbit hole.

Do you think Jack might visit Chancellor Park and have a chat with the late Katherine about the revelation about Phillip and Dina?

PETER:  I think Jack is really trying to be realistic about all of this.  It could clearly be proven, but he is impatient.  He could wait for Chance and Phillip III to come back from their Himalayan trip, but he does not want to wait.  It’s just so easy if everyone would be practical about this, and get some fragment of Phillip’s remains, and there would be a DNA test.

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Jack’s nemesis, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) is having a lot of issues, too.  This includes his mysterious health diagnosis …

PETER:  Oh, damn! (Laughs)

How does Jack feel about Victor these days and the plight that he is in?

PETER:  Jack has such contempt for Victor.  However, Jack can occasionally see that Victor is important to some people, but Victor to Jack is everything that is wrong in the world.  As to the fact that he is struggling right now, does Jack wish bad physical health on him, or anybody?  No. However, if things didn’t go easily for Victor, Jack would not lose any sleep over it.

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Don’t you think it’s time for Jack to have a real, honest-to-goodness, love interest?

PETER:  Jack should have a new love interest.  I think the writers and the producers of The Young and the Restless are paying me a lot for half of what I do.

Jack should find true love.  Someone who will be with him and whom he loves with all his heart, and someone who loves him back, flaws and all.  A romance where he is not manipulating her, or she is not manipulating him, for financial or corporate gain.   Do you think at this point that is even possible?

PETER:  I think that would be a swell thing, but that would be a daytime show investing in an actress that is over 40-years-old.  They have done it, but it’s a rare thing.  But yes, I do feel like we are seeing two-thirds of Jack.  There is another third of him that is completely unexplored and that’s a shame.

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We saw those heartbreaking scenes that aired last year where Jack had to admit to Ashley that his mother has Alzheimer’s.  How is he going to continue in his relationship with Dina knowing she has had multiple affairs throughout her life, and when married to John?

PETER:  This is a real difficult place for Jack.  Obviously, he has his mother back in his life in one sense, but his mother has been responsible for pretty much everything that has gone wrong in his life over the last two years.  It’s just one thing after another.  Had his mother been faithful to John, Jack would not be in this situation.  Had his mother not returned, we could have gone on with life as it was, and now all this mess is in part Dina’s doing.  Now, Jack has moved out of the house and so his mother is slipping away by the minute, and Jack is not around for it.  He keeps visiting, and he keeps stopping by, but it just doesn’t feel like it’s enough.  Jack struggles with that a lot.  He should be more in Dina’s life and be around for that, but being around for that means being in the Abbott house.  Everywhere he looks are reminders that he is not who he told himself he is for his entire life.

One of the more endearing moments came at this year’s Daytime Emmys, after Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) took to the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Lead Actress.  She thanked you while you were in the audience.

PETER:  This is in keeping with my new plan for the Emmys each year,  What I do is: I try to get a nomination so that I can sit in the audience after I have lost and hear the winner for Lead Actress thank me personally. (Laughs)  I am two for two in the last two years! (Laughs) Gina Tognoni had won that category the year prior.  Eileen Davidson is the greatest, and she has been for all intent and purposes my leading lady on Y&R.

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Now, Eileen Davidson has announced, and made the decision to leave her role as Ashley.

PETER:   I can’t say enough things about her.  I adore her … I adored working with her. She is every bit as good as everybody thinks she is.  She comes to work prepared   She never needs hand- holding or spoon-feeding.  Eileen is the real deal; had she been one of Jack’s lovers that would have been over a long time ago.  The fact that she is his sister is fantastic.  Now with her exiting the show, I will miss her terribly.

In closing, viewers should watch for Jack’s next move?

PETER:  Jack is not leaving any stone unturned.  He has to figure out who he is, and desperate times call for desperate measures.

So, do you think Phillip Chancellor II is truly Jack’s biological father?  If not, who do you think is?  What have you thought of Peter Bergman’s performance in the storyline? Would you like to see Jack have a new love interest?  If so, who would you like to see the series bring onto the show to play opposite him? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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