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Comic Genius, B&B Guest Star & Daytime Emmy Winner, Fred Willard Dead At 86

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Sad news to report this Saturday.  Fred Willard, the comedic actor who was so adept at improv and playing clueless characters has died at the age of 86.

Willard passed away Friday night of natural causes, according to his agent.  The comic’s daughter, Hope said of his passing, that Willard died, “Very peacefully … He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”

From his work on Fernwood 2 Night, (the Normal Lear talk-show spin-off of the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) Everybody Loves Raymond. Modern Family, and as a member of the acting ensemble in all the great Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including “Best in Show”, “Waiting for Guffman” and “Spinal Tap”, Willard left behind a huge body of work.

Having appeared in numerous TV series and film’s over his colorful career, he also landed a recurring guest-star role on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful as John McCook’s (Eric Forrester) on-screen brother, John Forrester.

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Willard first appeared in 2014 and last appeared on the series at the end of June 2015, and we learned that John was the father of Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer). John took a liking to Pam (Alley Mills) and set up a dog show for her to pick a new dog, but Pam couldn’t choose one, in a nod to “Best in Show”.

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In 2015, Willard won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series having tied with GH’s Donna Mills (Ex-Madeline) and Y&R’s Ray Wise (Ex-Ian).

In a tweet on the news of Willard’s passing, John McCook shared: “Fred Willard was a brother to Eric Forrester on B&B.. I should have been so blessed. RIP.”

Share your remembrances and thoughts on the passing of Fred Willard via the comment section; but first watch our interview with Fred, immediately after he won his Daytime Emmy below.

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I still watch Raymond…now all three sets of in-laws on that show are deceased…just lost Jerry Stiller who played the in-law on Raymond spinoff King Of Queens…also seen Fred on Mary Hartman and many other shows…

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I thought he was especially funny on the old Rosanne show. Also too many others to count. A very special man. R.I.P

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Jacob Young Joins Cast of ‘The Walking Dead’ For Its Final Season

Daytime alum, Jacob Young (Ex-All My Children, The Bold and The Beautiful and General Hospital) has landed a role on the upcoming final season of the hit series, The Walking Dead.

According to Deadline: Young will play the role of Deaver.  However, details on who Deaver is, or may be related to, are being kept under wraps.

The upcoming AMC series final season will include a 24-episode order and it is set to premiere on August 22.

Jacob took to Twitter once the casting announcement was made and shared: “Beyond excited to be apart of such amazing and long running franchise!”

Young has won a Daytime Emmy for his role as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and has also recently been hosting and producing his own podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young.  You can listen to the episodes here.

So looking forward to seeing Jacob in his new role on The Walking Dead? Comment below.

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‘Hollyoaks’, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Casualty’ Receive BAFTA TV Award Nominations in Soap and Continuing Drama Category

The nominations have been announced for Britain’s the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards, and while dramas, Small Axe and The Crown, nabbed the most nominations with 15 and 10 each respectively, there was also a soap opera and continuing drama category which saw many beloved favorites from across the pond scoring a nomination.

The BAFTA TV awards ceremony are set to take place June 6 on BBCOne and BBC One HD, while the craft awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on May 24.


In the Soap and Continuing Drama category the nominees are:

CASUALTY Simon Harper, Loretta Preece, Sarah Beeson, Jenny Thompson – BBC Studios/BBC One
CORONATION STREET Production Team – ITV Studios/ITV
EASTENDERS Jon Sen, Kate Oates, Sharon Batten, Liza Mellody – BBC Studios/BBC One
HOLLYOAKS Bryan Kirkwood, Hannah Sowden, Josie Day, Gary Sewell, Colette Chard – Lime Pictures/Channel 4

View the entire list of nominations here.

Now let us know, which soap are you rooting for to take home this year’s BAFTA TV Award? Comment below.

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Carrie Ann Inaba Takes Leave of Absence from ‘The Talk’

In a surprising announcement on Monday, Carrie Ann Inaba has revealed that she will be stepping away from her co-hosting duties on The Talk for now by taking a leave of absence to concentrate on her health and well-being.

This was also echoed by The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood who let viewers know of the change and Inaba’s exit for now with the series.

In a post on her Instagram, Inaba shared: “I have decided to take a leave of absence from @TheTalkCBS to focus on my health and well being. I appreciate the support from you and my family at The Talk and hope to be back soon!”  Then in a follow-up post, Carrie Ann added: “I appreciate your support. I appreciate the love and support for The Talk family and I hope to be back soon. Take care and I’ll keep you updated.”

Underwood expressed: “We’d like to let you all know at home, Carrie Ann is taking a leave of absence from the show to focus on her well-being. She appreciates the support from all her fans and her family at ‘The Talk.’ We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon.”

Inaba’s departure for the moment comes on the heels of Sharon Osbourne departing the series for good, following the controversy that arose with remarks Osbourne made to Underwood on the March 10th episode of the afternoon series.

No word yet on who will replace Inaba temporarily.

So, what do you think of Carrie Ann’s decision to take a leave of absence? Comment below.

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