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B&B's Katherine Kelly Lang Reacts To Her First Ever Lead Actress Nomination! – Daytime Emmy Spotlight Interview

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When the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy nominations were announced last week, fans of The Bold and the Beautiful worldwide waited with bated breath to find out if long time series star, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) would finally crack the proverbial Lead Actress ceiling and land her first nomination ever in the category.  Lang, last year scored her first ever Daytime Emmy nod, but that was in the Supporting Actress category.  And as they say, all those come to those who wait … and wait… and Katherine received fantastic news that she was indeed one of the four finalists in the running for Emmy gold in the top acting category.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Katherine yesterday at B&B’s on set celebration for their Emmy nominees to get her reaction to her nomination!  Katherine filled us in on what scenes she chose, how it feels to finally get in the category that has long eluded her, and revealed the endless outpouring of support she is still receiving from her fans around the globe. The Daytime Emmys will be presented in ceremonies on Sunday June 22nd, but for now it’s time for Katherine and all her fellow nominees to enjoy the ride.  Here’s what she shared!

How did you learn you were nominated for Lead Actress for the first time?

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KATHERINE: Amy Farina my fan club president texted me at 5:59AM, but the nominations weren’t suppose to be up till 6AM.  I thought she must have it wrong!  Maybe she is looking at last year’s list! (Laughs) So my boyfriend got online and said, “Let me check!”  And he found out it online and went, “Yep, yep, you’re nominated!”  I was then running around in circles, because I was so excited! (Laughs)

Now after decades on the show, do you feel vindicated in finally receiving this much deserved nomination in the Lead category?  After all, you are the most famous soap actress in the world, and you have done consistent work.  Did you have a moment of “Thank God” upon learning the news?

KATHERINE:  Sometimes I think, “What if my career would end as a soap opera actress and I never, ever really get acknowledged for Lead Actress in a nomination or winning it?”  But it was thrilling getting this Lead Actress nomination, because it has been a long time and there are so many people that are deserving of being acknowledged, and aren’t.  It just does feel good, I have to admit. (Laughs)  If I win or not, doesn’t really matter.   I am just really honored to be nominated.

What scenes did you submit that garnered you the nomination this year?

KATHERINE:  All of them were with Don Diamont (Bill).  The first was when Brooke was mad at Bill about the papers that he drew up and got Katie to sign, and the other one was the back to back shows on the plane when Bill breaks up with Brooke coming back from Aspen.  But he felt really bad about doing it because he loves Brooke, but he wants to get his company back, and then his plan was to come back to her.  His plan was to go, “Look what I did! I got the company back!  I want you back!”  So the scenes were the initial break-up.  You need two people scenes I feel to get a nomination.  All my scenes have been with Don and he is fabulous!  We’ve got to get him nominated somehow next year, because he has had some great scenes!  Don is so easy and fun to work with.

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Why did you like about those scenes when you looked back at your work?

KATHERINE:  It just felt real.  There are some different emotions in it – she is hurt, then she is trying to be rationale, and then she was trying to be grown-up, and then she was mad. So even though it is subtle it is kind of emotional.  It was nothing so in your face, but I like that it told a story.  I think that is good when you make a submission of your work for the Emmys.

What did your fans all around the world say to you on Twitter following your nomination?  It has got to be a pinch yourself moment, yet overwhelming, right?

KATHERINE: It was endless!  By the end of the day my thumbs were so tired from being on my phone (Laughs).  There were emails, text messages, and I am tweeting.  I am still responding to people on Twitter, but it is great.  I love it!  I never thought in my lifetime that so many people worldwide would love Brooke, or my work, or that I would be able to talk to people through Twitter.  It really gives you a feeling that you’re all connected.

Now you have to pick out a dress to dazzle on the red carpet.  Initial thoughts on that?

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

KATHERINE:  I have not thought about a dress yet.  I will probably wait till the last minute! (Laughs)  I had my company Katherine Kelly Lang Kaftans make this really nice kaftan for the Monte Carlo Nymph Awards which I wore on opening night.  It was this sea of turquoise colors and had these gems all over it. It was very hand painted and just gorgeous.  So I am thinking we may do a hand-painted gown, or I might go with a designer.  I am not sure yet.

Finally, did you hear from Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie), who for so long has wanted this for you, and was for 25 years you’re on-screen scene partner?

KATHERINE: Yes.  Susan called me and said, “Congratulations. You know how I have been wanting this for you.  I love you, baby girl.” It was so sweet.  We are going to have the ladies Lead Actress Emmys lunch and we are going to invite her to come too!

What do you think of Katherine finally getting her first Daytime Emmy nomination as Lead Actress?   Let us know!

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andrew hass
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andrew hass

I’m happy that KKL got her first ever lead actress nomination this year.She could win an Emmy her first time been nomiated

Patrick
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Patrick

Heather Tom – 5 time emmy winner (I’m so over – puzzled by her excitable) why?
Katherine Kelly Lang
Eileen Davidson
Arianne Zucker

LOL… I’m so excitable… for AZ’ Nicole… making the picture…. small fry turn to dazzling lead

thee lady of all ladies… insurmountable…. Days of OUR Lives star turned EVERYTHING… she is pitted against the whole lot… and cunning beware… stole time… heaved her presence…. i’m still giddy

KKL : congrats… enjoy your Lead Actress Emmy Luncheon.. you belong with… pick up the check

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m still giddy…. Eileen Davidson

she is charismatic… I’m charmed by her…. she ably : with script … the show comes alive… with her presence

k/kay
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k/kay

Patrick in true honesty I have no idea what you are trying to say? Sharon Case & Finola Hughes & Jess Walton. KKL & HT be gone a producer should not be able to buy an Emmy.

Patrick
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Patrick

“God” If I may… excuse

I think… a documentary… no holds barred… just featuring… the leading ladies lunch … a fly on the wall… peak…. feast

would be something… in itself

we hear about this… each and every year… and think…. coulda woulda shoulda… what a gander of a big time feature

Stefano
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Stefano

I hope Katherline finally wins her first emmy. She is a wonderful actress.

Karolina
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Karolina

It was about time and long overdue. I’m so thrilled for her because I’ve been wanting her to be recognized for her amazing acting skills for so many years now. This year she’s been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress award she so deserves for portraying Brooke so brilliantly for 27 years. She still manages to surprise us all with her many talents as a gifted actress. The Daytime Emmys is on my birthday and I really hope she’ll receive her first Emmy award. That would be my best birthday gift ever. #TeamKelly

alice h rivera
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alice h rivera

I agree it’s her time to win. She’s done a great job.

Joyce
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Joyce

I am thrilled for her. She has captivated people for many years as Brooke Logan. whether you love her or hate her, she brings so much to the role of Brooke. I really hope she wins..she deserves it so much! Go KKL! rooting for you!!

Lisa
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Lisa

Much deserved… I love her acting with Don!

Arleen Denis
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Arleen Denis

I’m not a big celeb follower but have watched B&B for so many years…without doubt KKL is my favorite actor on the show…she has done such an amazing job in her role as Brooke…and have been following her on twitter and really becoming a fan….so deserving…never gets enough publicity but getting out there more now…congratulations!

Jenny Brooks
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Jenny Brooks

She’s far from my favorite as a character, but as an actress she’s fabulous. Long overdue nomination. Congrats to KKL!

Merima Tropoja
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Merima Tropoja

I am so happy for her, she deserves this, I hope she wins.

Adam
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Adam

She really needs to win, it is long time over due, my goodness she’s damn awesome!

B&B Fan
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B&B Fan

I am so happy for KKL. I hope she wins it this year. Heather won enough its about time someone else wins it. But at the end of the day I still love her no matter what.

Maddy
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Maddy

Glad that KKL was recognised. I don’t think her reel is strong enough to win though, IMO. Especially knowing what ED and HT have submitted.

Joyce Reese-Parker
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Joyce Reese-Parker

@Maddy..I’m kind of thinking that also…If HT submits the scenes when Katie finds out about the affair and pregnancy….

Maddy
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Maddy

She did 🙂 MF did an interview with HT post-nomination announcements and she said she chose the episodes after Taylor revealed the Brill affair/baby.

Joyce Reese-Parker
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Joyce Reese-Parker

@ Maddy…Those scenes were POWERFUL!!! I really hope KKL wins…..in a perfect world it would be a tie wth KKL and HT (smle). Personally I hope next year Don Diamont will be nominated…He should….his acting partners have been nominated and won (Scott Clifton/Heather Tom) I hope next year is his year!

Joyce Reese-Parker
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Joyce Reese-Parker

So happy for KKL..She deserves it!!!!!

Rodd
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Rodd

I’m very happy for her. I have only watched a few scenes from B&B over the years, never really followed, but KKL’s scenes with SF always blew me away. I often wondered why SF was always nominated and not KKL. So now I’m glad this lady is finally get a nod. Good luck!

Mo
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Mo

Happy for her, but I feel like previous years have been stronger and she should have won but didn’t even get nominated. I am rooting for several in this category as I also watch Days.

I want Eileen to win because she’s phenom and should have an Emmy already. Heather just to make it three in a row and she does have good stuff. Too bad they can’t all win!

Ann
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Ann

Heather Tom can act rings around all the nominees. You can credit Don Diamont with the improvement in KKLs acting. Ron Moss was the albatross hung around her neck in previous years.

charles
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charles

She was robbed from last year’s Emmy honor, and I will let that pass, she should have a mantle full of Emmy’s but the award process is so flawed, there should have been an independent panel, independent of the industry and of the hoopla……there are so many people who have walked away with this honor,and have really not done enough to merit it, some of the previous winners have won by default,and by pools of voters etc….that’s my personal belief. I hope that Ms. Lang gets this honor,finally she is a stellar actress, with loads of acting talent, charm, and… Read more »

Larkin
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Larkin

Why bother ? That’s the question. Why care when in the media the truth is the last thing to be seen, especially if people are deluded as much as Bell, about this woman. The others SOAPS must be fuming at this point, as much as viewers, to see this happening over and over like a horrible deja-vu; not to mention to loose to a whxre “character” > GH get snubbed again this time in the lead…So i am confused are Emmys nomination for talent or age or the writer favorite?? Because i don’t care who is behind this charade! KKL… Read more »

mk
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mk

Totally agree with your post.

Jake
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Jake

Yay KKL ! Most powerful and subtle actress in daytime! So deserving of the Emmy based on the overall calibre of her talent! There would be no story without this amazing actress! She’s kept me glued to this show day after day for 27 years!

sam moon
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sam moon

Katherine Kelly Lang deserves it.She is perfect.

Christine
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Christine

Heather Tom can act better than KKL hands down, end of discussion. I don’t care if KKL has been on the show for 75 years, she cannot and will never be a better actress than Heather Tom. There’s no comparison. Heather should definitely win hands down. She is one amazing actor and KKL needs to take acting lessons from her. KKL is just an average actress but Heather Tom is an outstanding actress.

Christine
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Christine

Heather Tom is actually the only reason I watch the show now. The other story lines are boring and monotonous. Heather makes the show watchable, without her I’d probably not watch the show t all. Since Steffy and Stephanie and Taylor are gone, Heather and the new Ridge are the only one’s keeping the show exciting. I must admit, Quinn is definitely an amazing actress, I love the spice she brings to the show. Brookes character is just burnt out and dull and highly over-rated. Bring Steffy back please and keep Quinn for God’s sake. Brooke hope and Liam can… Read more »

Darrell
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Darrell

Finally KKL got a lead nomination. There were so MANY times in the 90’s early 2000’s that she should have been nominated…and was so grossly over looked! Congratulations- Katherine!

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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