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Brytni Sarpy Lands Contract Role On The Young and the Restless

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Congratulations are in order to Brytni Sarpy, who has played Valerie Spencer on General Hospital.  In casting news today, Sarpy is moving over to Genoa City from Port Charles, and joining the cast of The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Sarpy has been cast in the new contract role of Elena Dawson.  She will begin her run next week on the CBS Daytime drama when she begins taping episodes.

As to what will happen to the recurring character of Valerie on GH, well that remains to be seen.  Brytni debuted in the role in 2015.

No word yet on Sarpy’s first Y&R airdate.

So, just how will Y&R’s Elena come on to the canvas?  Who will be her love interest?  What will be her story?  Weigh-in on your thoughts for the new character and Sarpy in the comment section below

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Satan
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Satan

Yet another Spencer disappears from Port Charles. I’m sure they will take the convenient option and make her Ryan’s next target.

Don’t blame Brytni for taking a contract at all, but it sucks what GH has done to the Spencers under the post Feb 2012 regime.

Liza
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Liza

New loveR for Devon

Bren
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Bren

No please not that little tyrant. GH make her a offer she cant refuse I love her as Valerie.

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh please, dont let Devon ruin another character!

SZima
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SZima

Spare me!
Devon is SO boring, but I suppose now, as the only adult Black character on contract (I think), they will try to keep him relevant. Problem is, he’s NOT. Never has been.

Carrie
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Carrie

Congrats. I’m happy for her.

su000
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su000

She was brought in for the sad-sack Devon.
being she is not Newman or Abbott she will quickly fad to eventually let go..
It’s rare a newbie lasts they are tools for 6 months then gone..
(count them all)

but, she wasted on GH so good for her to get out.
perhaps she will also be tied in with Neils exit, to be written.

still, she’s for Devon.

Patrick
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Patrick

@ Y&R : FOR THE LOVE OF GOD : NOT w/ DEVON. PLEASE altho that’s hard not to.. shoot @General Hospital WASTED her HER the last time I just hollered laughed out loud.. as she’s @Charlies w/Kristina and Kristina is telling her she’s looking good Valerie: “in this old thing” LOL Valerie was NEVER given full out the gate… yeah she moved with Dante… OH YEAH hard knock she was about ready to move Kristina… Valerie should have been featured with her aunts Bobbi AND Laura… to no avail @Frank Valentini YOU LOST ANOTHER TALENT… your continued drivel stink on… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Yes, Duh Yawn will ingest her with one gaping yawn! Pair her up with Jason’s Billy Abbott. I don’t want him back with Phyllis or Victoria. He needs a new love.

Bren
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Bren

YESSSSS. I like that idea

Chadam
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Chadam

The only question is what will happen to Valerie on General Hospital? My guess is that they will either write Valerie out or recast the role with a different actress.

G C
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G C

Your guess? Those are LITERALLY the only options. Either the character disappears from the show or somebody else plays her!

Timmm
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Timmm

Recast the role? Who the hell in Hollywood would give up their job in a restaurant for appearing on GH 3 times a year!

Tim
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Tim

Or she could end up being one of Ryan’s victims.

Harry
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Harry

Can Ryan make a guest appearance on Y&R so he can kill Mia, Duh-Yawn, Summer, Nate and maybe Cane?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Harry…I LOVE that idea…YEAH!!!!! Then maybe he can, uh, inject Nikki with a much-needed and long-overdue sense of humor…lol. Hey…just an idea…

Later.

SZima
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SZima

They need to just write the character off. The only storyline Valerie had ruined her character.
They blew up one of the popular couples (Dante/Lulu) on the show for her Big Storyline, and that ruined her for me.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Colour me shocked about this. Admittedly, when Ms. Sarpy first debuted as Valerie Spencer, I hated her and the character. However, since her teased pairing with Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth), I’ve warned to the character and actress some. I’m happy for Ms. Sarpy, though, considering it seems like TPTB at General Hospital seem disinterested in utilizing her and the potential of a quality pairing that audiences seem to truly want. Am hoping that TPTB at The Young and the Restless can put good use to Ms. Sarpy’s talents as an actress.

Damien
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Damien

I guess that means we re going to have to wait longer for the return of Mishael Morgan. Which everyone is really hoping for. In meantime would ve prefered Leslie and her brother Tyler to return which i think Josh created the last time

Drake
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Drake

So happy for Brytni! I love GH but African-American characters tend to languish there. I don’t get it! Brytni has the chops and I know she’ll do an amazing job @ YR.

Harlee
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Harlee

This would be great for her new character be the daughter of Malcolm. I’m sure SM is coming back for appearance for KSJ Neil’s death. It would be great for SM to help set up the story and give Lily someone to play off of on canvas.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

May the switch from GH to Y&R be as good for Brytni as it was for Jason Thompson, who went from the typical GH sporadic appearances and meandering story lines to consistent, center-stage appearances driving story. GH is actually being hindered by its bloated cast, resulting in uneven, drawn out or simply inexplicably dropped stories. A soap magazine recently published a feature on the complete casts of each soap. While the other soaps characters / actors comprised 2 pages each, GH required 4 pages! In any case, while I’m disappointed that the barely there but potentially great story of Valerie’s… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

I’d like to see her with Devon. It’s time for him to begin getting past his loss and he will be losing Neil in the spring. It would be nice if he could find someone sans baggage but that’s probably totally unrealistic on ma part!

Steve
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Steve

Kudos to Sarpi, as she was grossly underused at GH. She’s a fine actress who will do well at Y&R.

As she landed a contract role, GH would not have a chance to write an exit story. Until Dante is recast, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Valerie recast as the PCPD needs another body

Susan
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Susan

She could be the new Lilly

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Did not care for her on GH,so hope she has a better role oh Y&R, probably as someone for Devon, which gives me hope that M.M will not be back as Hilary. One go around with her was quite enough, for me. She had so many fans, but I found her very self obsorbed, conceited, etc.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

GH just didn’t utilize her enough. I hope she gets put to good use on Y&R. She is fun to watch.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Can’t figure GH out. They wasted this gorgeous, talented model/actress; never really gave her a story and we STILL don’t know who “Valerie’s” father was!!!! You would think since she was a Spencer that we’d at least find THAT out! They paired her with Dante, Dillon, Curtis, teased us with the possibility of her and Kristina… but just dropped her from each possibility of a relationship and story. She never got more than a nod from “Bobby.” Just, as said, a wasted. Not sure why they brought her on as a Spencer… …just as they have done to Matt Cohen… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great points, Rebecca! Your first statement sums it all up: “Can’t figure GH out.” That has been my mantra for quite a long time… From your reporting, it seems as though the writers/producers are constantly changing course. Why else would they proclaim Valerie a Spencer and Matt a son of Duke? What seems like a great idea one day morphs into a “meh” moment later on, so they wash their hands of it, change direction, rewrite history, and hope the viewer doesn’t notice or perhaps even care. Continuity, which is commensurate with soaps, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. So… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Valerie never felt like a Spenser to me…i blame the writers…thought the new guy playing Marcus would turn out to be her father

Jimh
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Jimh

I thought Marcus was going to turn out to be her father…also thought Jordan’s husband Curtis would turn out to be Marcus’s son and then they learn they are half siblings and having to deal with their past but brief relationship!!!!

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, I love it when we are on the same page–it happens so seldom. I do agree with you on the points you assert here. Yes, Valerie was always playing second best to Dante’s Lulu, Curtis’s Jordan and Victoria Gotti’s (Kristina) Parker. Valerie outshines all of of the aforementioned and ought to be wearing a t-shirt which reads,”I Am NOT your Chopped Liver!” I also agree that Griffin should have been given more opportunity–he should have been Anna’s son which would have given her unmitigated joy instead of foisting Faison’s spawn on her. I don’t know about you, but I… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey, Harr…long time! Sooooooooooooo, we’re going to disagree again. I LOVE Peter! Adored him from the beginning. His looks, his smooth voice, his easygoing manner. And, he and Maxi have had more dialogue and shared moments than they ever gave Maxi and Nathan. While Ryan Paevy is striking, Peter is a smooth, mellow but delicious wine in comparison. But I digress… 😉 Ya. They completely wasted Matt Cohen. I love Ava. (hated Kiki ALMOST as much as I hate Carly…and that’s saying a lot.) But Griffin and Ava didn’t click and it’s not about age, they’re not even a decade… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

It’s Y&R so she’ll walk around looking for a story for 6 months to a year and then be written off…

Timmm
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Timmm

Good for her, GH is a tease for actors and fans! I hope she goes to Y&R and hits a home run! She has the ability to do so. She just cannot be written into the Winters clan! They suck the life out of you! I hope she is connected to Adam, J.T. or just some bartender that gets hired at Abby’s new restaurant who catches Billy’s eye?

Celia
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Celia

Good for Brytni—-the character of Valerie was not given any justice. She was not really accepted by the audience, nor the locals. Poor Valerie was an outsider looking in …..never truly fit into the familial embrace…. and to add insult to injury, she became PC’s little hussy, when she took up with Dante. Satan has a point….the best way to be rid of Valerie is to make her Ryan’s next victim……which will serve two purposes: get rid of her, and exculpate Franco, at the same time, as he would be in jail when the murder goes down. Just proposing a… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

The last thing Y&R needs right now is a new character. The Rosales family has barely integrated itself into the show without their constant presence still feeling jarring, and vets like Paul, Michael, Lauren & Jill are barely seen anymore. Y&R needs to refocus on its core characters and stop adding newbies. As for the actress, I wasn’t a fan of hers on GH, but the writing for her character was also terrible. Valerie is a classic example of the show bringing in a new character for a specific storyline and not knowing what to do with them afterwards. Hopefully… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Y&R…whatever you do…DO NOT pair that new character (Elena Dawson) with that GOD-AWFUL AND BLAND Ken Doll wanna-be Nate…BEYOND BLECH!!!!!!!!!!

Hey…just saying…

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Following the tragic death of Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), now comes word that the follow-up to her 2001 memoir Call Me Crazy will be released in January of 2023 posthumously.

Independent publisher, Start, shared an excerpt of the upcoming memoir, Call Me Anne, this week with the AP and Publisher’s Weekly.  The book’s publisher, Jarred Weisfeld, signed a deal with Heche back in May, and shared that she had turned it into a manuscript shortly before she died.

In a statement, Weisfield shared, “Anne was an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. This book deserves to be read by all of her fans. We are grateful to have the opportunity to share her message with the world. While we are very sad that Anne isn’t here to see the book be published we know it’s what she would have wanted.”

During her podcast “Better Together” with co-host Heather Duffy, Heche had mentioned she was writing a sequel to her original memoir, and that ‘some of the truths’ about her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres would be revealed.

Ellen and Anne’s relationship in Hollywood in the late 90’s, ultimately led to her being blacklisted in Hollywood due to the twosome being one of the first openly gay couples in Tinseltown.  In an excerpt from Call Me Anne, Heche shares, “I was labeled ‘outrageous’ because I fell in love with a woman. I had never been with a woman before I dated Ellen.”

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In a epilogue to the book, Heather Duffy expressed that Anne’s, “wish was that this book could help others get to the other side of pain and learn about her philosophy, which allowed her to remain in a life where she woke up each day looking for opportunities to find joy and spread kindness. So, in some ways, knowing her the way I do and knowing that spreading her message of kindness is what mattered to her most, she would be content that the last thing she worked on was this book.”

Anne passed away on August 14th at the age of 53, after being taken off life-support from injuries sustained from her fiery car crash into a home that eventually took her life.

What do you think about Anne’s second memoir coming in 2023? Will you be intrigued to see what she had to share? Let us know in the comment section. 

In case you missed it, Heche discusses with Michael Fairman in a virtual interview two years ago, about her time with DeGeneres and how it impacted her getting work in Hollywood and more.  You can watch it below.

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The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.

Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”

Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout.  In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

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In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Ralph became only the second black actress to win in the supporting actress category in 35 years – the first being none other than Days of our Lives’ Jackée Harry (Paulina) who won for her performance in 1987 for 227.

After Sheryl sang when she hit the stage to accept the award, she clarified what she was singing about adding: “I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist as a woman, especially as a woman of color … I’m an endangered species. I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs. And there’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life, find your voice and put it where it belongs.”

In an historic Emmy-win, The Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae became the first actor in a non-English series to win iLead Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Netflix’s South Korean smash hit.

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In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.

Now, let us know, who you were most excited seeing take home the gold statuette during the 74th Primetime Emmys via the comment section. But first check out, Murray, Amanda, Sheryl Lee and Lizzo’s winning moments below.

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James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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