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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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OLTL Alum Arlene Dahl Dead At 96, Son Lorenzo Lamas Shares: “She Was The Most Positive Influence In My Life”

Another loss for the soap world and its extended family.  Arlene Dahl, who had a notable career in film and television, and who appeared on both One Life to Live and All My Children, has passed away at the age of 96.

Her son, former Falcon Crest and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance and Ex-Hector, respectively), shared the news via his Facebook page: “Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest. My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who, for the last 37 years, made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever ♥️ #ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP”

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Dahl came on to One life to Live as Lucinda Schenk Wilson, the selfish and manipulative mother of Mimi King played by Kristin Meadows.  Arlene made appearances on the ABC soap starting in 1981 and eventually was offered a one-year contract that took her through till 1984. A decade later, Dahl came on to play Lady Lucille on All My Children for a short time.

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On One Life to Live, Arlene mixed it up with Phillip Carey’s Asa Buchanan and Jeremy Slate’s Chuck Wilson.  Dahl is also well-known as one of the regular panelists on the game show, What’s My Line?

While still working in TV and films, Arlene branched out into beauty and cosmetics, eventually becoming an executive and beauty columnist.

Throughout her life, Arlene was married six times.  She had been married to Marc Rosen since 1984 and they remained together till her death.  She is survived by her son Lorenzo, two other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Watch Arlene with Phillip Carey in scenes from OLTL below.

Then share your condolences to Arlene’s family, and share your remembrances, via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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Steve Burton Confirms His Exit From General Hospital

Steve Burton has spoken and after so much speculation, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star has confirmed he is out as General Hospital’s Jason Morgan.

In his post on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Steve shared that he was let go by the ABC daytime drama series due to their vaccine mandate and that even though he applied for medical and religious exemptions those were denied.  Thus, he has to exit his role.

In story, viewers saw on Monday, that Jason is MIA from being under the rubble of the cave that collapsed in Jason’s attempt to apprehend Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his post, Burton shared the following: “I know there has been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts, but, this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me. I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you, so I will always be grateful and I believe when one door closes multiple doors open. That’s always been my perspective, so I am excited to see what the future brings. ”

Steve went on to say, “Maybe one day when these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor, and if not, I am going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful. I have got to say, that I am forever grateful for your love and your support over the years. It means so much to me. Thank you. I don’t know when my last airdate is. It may have aired or it might be tomorrow or the next day. I am not sure. I want you guys to have an awesome Thanksgiving. I know it is hard, maybe, in this type of situation to be thankful or grateful, but we have so many things to be thankful about. Being grateful really is the key. Love you guys.”

The popular actor began his run as GH’s Jason Quartermaine back in 1991. Later in 1995, after a car accident he had a major personality shift and became Jason Morgan. Burton went to Y&R to play Dylan McAvoy for a four-year stint from 2013-2017, before heading back to his home at GH.

A source close to the show told Deadline that Burton’s last tape date was October 27th.

You can watch Steve’s video announcement below on his GH departure.

So, how do you feel about Steve being let go from GH? Do you hope Steve can return at some point? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

 

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