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B&B’s Scott Clifton Takes to SAG-AFTRA Picket Lines in Support of Fellow Actors

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While his soap opera character of Liam Spencer was signing divorce papers on Wednesday’s July 19th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, three-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Scott Clifton was out on the picket lines supporting his union and his fellow actors.

Scott took to the picket lines with other members of SAG-AFTRA as they fight for a fairer deal with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers).  As previously reported, Clifton, as well as all actors on the four major soap operas (DAYS, B&B, GH and Y&R) are working under a different contract than the one the union members are having a stand-off with. That means, that Clifton and other soap stars are allowed to work and must work under their Netcode agreement.

Obviously, that puts many a soap star in the position of wanting to show their support of the strike, but not losing their jobs when they are contractually obligated.

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In his Instagram post, Scott explained: “In a technicality, daytime dramas aren’t affected by the SAG-AFTRA strike, as they fall under a different kind of contract. So I’m counting my blessings to be able to work at a time when so many of our fellow actors are out here every day, sacrificing all comfort (both financial and physical) and taking an absolute beating from the July sun to ensure a better, fairer future for the performers—and writers—who make the films and shows we love possible. It was a joy to tag along today.”

To clarify, SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP are fighting over topics such as: regulating the use of generative AI in entertainment, basic pay increases and a proposal the union put forth to have TV and film casts share in subscriber revenue from streaming projects.  However, there are also many other, smaller work concerns as well for union members that the actors want adjusted to meet the times we live.

So, do you stand with Scott and other soaps stars, as SAG-AFTRA stands in solidarity for a fairer deal for their members? Comment below.

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Love Scotty
I think I read once soap actors are on radio contracts when soaps were on the radio.

He just wants an article and photo to show everyone how great he is !


Can’t blame them

I stand with the actors- studios are being greedy JMHO

Really these actors make alot of money to read and act . What about people that works outside all day like construction, or custody, daycare . Shoot I would love to make what they are making and have a nice house. We get pay just a little bit barely having any money left to go .

They also live in a state with a high cost of living, not to mention the extra expenditures for security. Most actors have to pay an agent, a manager, a lawyer, a PR firm, and sometimes other workers as well (security, hair/makeup for promotions, etc.). So in a sense, they need a higher than average salary.

That said, this strike isn’t much about pay except for in areas where it is grossly out of whack, like streaming shows. Not to mention the CEOs of these companies take home $200 million to $400 million per year. If they gave up even just a little bit of that money, these demands would be resolved. On top of that, there are a lot of non-pay things that they are asking for, like an increase in the penalty to studios for not giving actors a food break for more than 8 hours. That penalty hasn’t been raised since 1961.

Aside from all of that, workers everywhere should consider forming unions to improve conditions. Corporations are running wild since they were ruled to have the same rights as people by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, not to mention the deregulation and union busting that have occurred under certain administrations. If this strike is successful, it might inspire other industries to follow suit.


Ryan Seacrest on the Key to Success for His ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Hosting Gig: “You Just Don’t Mess With It”

Over the weekend, Ryan Seacrest talked about becoming the new host of the legendary game show, Wheel of Fortune.  The current season is Pat Sajak’s last, so following that, Seacrest will step in to the spotlight for season 42.

When speaking to PEOPLE about how he plans on handling the hosting chores and what might he make different, Ryan shared, “You don’t mess with it, just don’t mess with it. Just get out of the way, say ‘Good evening’ and let’s play.”

As to his excitement for when the gig is finally his, Seacrest added, “I think I have so much adrenaline rushing through my body. Excitement is the word because it’s such a phenomenal show I’ve been a fan. I grew up watching the show. and I can’t wait to take over after the legendary Pat Sajak.”

Ryan’s new gig comes after he left Live with Kelly and Ryan back in April of this year.  He was with the syndicated morning talker for almost six years. Seacrest’s departure paved the way for Kelly’s husband and former All My Children co-star, Mark Consuelos to take over Ryan’s spot in the co-host seat.

However, Ryan has no regret on that decision, sharing, “It was a good time to go, and then fortunately a couple of weeks later, this other great opportunity came to fruition. I’m a kid in a candy store.”

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Seacrest also was ecstatic for the welcome news that saw Wheel of Fortune staple, Vanna White, sign a new contract to remain with the show.  Ryan shared: “Vanna has been such a staple on that show and in our living rooms for so many years. I have been very excited to work with her, but now that it’s official, I can say, ‘Congratulations Vanna! I can’t wait.'”

Looking forward to Ryan spinning the wheel on the popular syndicated game show next season? Will you miss Pat Sajak? Glad Vanna is joining Ryan and remaining with ‘Wheel’? Comment below.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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Hayley Erin Talks On Her Second Chance to Return to The Young and the Restless

Hayley Erin began her soap opera career on The Young and the Restless at 14 in the role of Abby Newman.  She later went on to score a Daytime Emmy for her performances as Kiki Jerome on General Hospital – a role she last played from 2015-2018, and with a return appearance in 2019.

Now, Erin is coming home again to her original soap stomping grounds in Genoa City when she debuts in October as a new character, Newman Media businesswoman, Claire Grace.

Y&R viewers recall the last time Erin was on Y&R as Victor (Eric Braeden) and Ashley’s (Eileen Davidson) daughter (2009-2010), but that role is currently played by Melissa Ordway. As Erin noted in a discussion with Soap Opera Digest, that only in soap operas can something like this happen for an actress!

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Hayley expressed: “I love the rules, or lack of rules, in the soap universe. I had never expected to come back, and I didn’t think it would happen, but I had hoped! I always thought, ‘Maybe they’d let me.’ And I’m really happy that the soap opera universe is so fluid and these kinds of things can happen.”

As to her new Y&R role, Erin is very excited to jump in to the skin of the character,  expressing: “What I love about Claire is that she is a fantastic businesswoman, which is something so different than what I’ve gotten to play before. She’s smart and driven, and a lot more put together than I am!”

So, who do you think Claire will be involved with in the romance department on The Young and the Restless, when Hayley Erin beings her second run on the CBS daytime drama series? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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