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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Leo Revealed to be Craig’s Boyfriend

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Monday’s Days of our Lives officially confirmed, what many suspected, that Craig Wesley’s (Kevin Spirtas) new boyfriend is someone we all knew.  And voila! It was in the form of Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart).

It all goes down when Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin), with Brady (Eric Martsolf) in tow, are waiting to meet the new man in Craig’s life while trying to calm her nerves over it.  Chloe has been upset what this has done to her parents, Craig and Nancy (Patrika Darbo), and their marriage falling apart.

While the three of them are sitting at a table waiting for the man to join them, Craig is antsy cause the guy is a little late, but he keeps singing the guy’s praises especially his humor! Chloe says humor is a good trait to have in a relationship.

Then, when Chloe points out she doesn’t even know Craig’s new man’s name, Brady turns and is shocked to see Leo Stark enter the room and heading straight to their table.

It is then Leo goes to hug Craig and tells him “Happy Valentine’s Day”.  Thus, Chloe and Brady come to the stunning realization that Craig’s boyfriend is trouble-personified in Leo Stark.

On his return to DAYS, Greg Rikaart spoke to Soap Opera Digest (in their latest issue on newsstands now) and shared: “I found out that I was coming back to be the love interest of a character who had been there. That relationship would, of course, have ramifications for other characters on the show, who are not at all pleased about Leo’s return and also his involvement with that character. There become multiple efforts from many different people to try and sabotage that relationship, much to Leo’s chagrin.”

So, what are your thoughts on Leo and Craig together in Salem? Comment below.

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This is a very distasteful storyline on all levels. It completely trashes Nancy’s character. Making Leo Craig’s love just cheapens whatever they were attempting with telling this story.

Total disrespect to history and throwing the overweight, confident woman under the bus.

Total fast forward material!!

Wait until Nancy meets/sees Leo!

i like Sonny and Will’s relationship. not Allies and Chanels. with regards to Greg and Leo. not so much. I think Leo is conning Craig and he is too blind to realize it, don’t think it will work out. I think Craig is going to be really hurt and used by LEO.

So they had a potential here to tell a serious story about a man coming out later in life (as opposed to Will or Allie in their late teens) and instead they use it to prop the idiotic Leo Stark.

Leo’s actually good for comic relief now and then, like in the Peacock “special episodes”, but who’s going to believe he’s in a “serious relationship” with Craig??

100% it could have been an awesome serious storyline of real life problems and now it’s just a cartoon just like almost everything else with days these days…. I wish I liked the other soaps but days is my only one and it’s getting so bad.. the only reason I watch is because I love all the actors.

Maybe Craig has some kind of brain tumor, I’ve read of stuff like that being the reason for people doing the unthinkable. He’s supposed to be a smart, knowledgeable physician , but he isn’t thinking with his brain.

ReRon hasn’t used the brain tumor excuse on Days yet, so that’s always possible. I expected him to give that excuse to Ben… since he’s copied the Frodd redemption formula otherwise.

Never heard of brain tumors changing sexual orientation…. or did you mean the severely impaired judgment in choosing a boyfriend??

Satan
I meant the latter. How could someone of Craig’s caliber even look at this P.O.S with any seriousness?

I don’t believe that Craig would really fall for someone like Leo. I do think Leo is funny and am glad to see him back. It’s just odd that Craig would want to be with a guy like Leo. I could see maybe an affair, but not leave his family.

Momo
I feel the same. I can see maybe a fling to see what it’s like with this bafoon, but anything serious is unbelievable. I did not see Craig years ago so I know very little about him. I can sure see why he’d want to step out on that harpy of a wife but to hook up with Leo is just crazy!

Craig and Nancy were in-step when they were first on. They were both in on him trying to get Chief of Medicine or whatever post it was and were not against playing dirty. They were high school sweethearts or college sweethearts. So they have a long history of being in love and being together and being in sync.

Nancy wasn’t like she is now. I guess thinking (and then finding out) your husband is cheating does that to you.

Momo
I did not watch Days at the time you mention. I only know what I’ve read and seen in flashbacks, Ghoul Girl, etc.
Iam very old and old-fashioned, so it’s very hard watching scenes with Leo and Craig. At first sight , Nancy seemed much older than Craig and when I checked their ages, was not surprised that she is 74 and he is 62. Maybe back in the day they looked equal in age but to me this makeover Bonnie has done, doesn’t help the age thing. Craig’s little boy toy is still young and whatever, that doesn’t help Nancy either.

Craig looks better with Leo than his ridiculous wife nancy!

Heidi
I think you’re right!

Big fan of Greg Rikaart on both Y&R and Days. Sadly, Y&R under utilizes him and has basically reduced Kevin to almost and under 5. Yes, Leo is over the top which is a lot of fun to watch as Greg stretches his acting abilities. I’m hoping that they keep the humor in Leo but tone it down so he can become a viable character for additional appearances. And, I hope they take the grifter out of him and allow a real relationship with Craig even if it doesn’t last. I get the people who are upset and feel that they are tarnishing Nancy. But, a late in life coming out is not uncommon and I believe that Craig can still love and want to be there for Nancy even if no longer in a romantic capacity.

THANK YOU, CHAZ. I’ve adored Greg since the early YR days. To me, he’s got it all– terrific, versatile actor with a sense of humor, great smile, gorgeous hair, and never afraid to speak out on his beliefs. Leo is the ideal bad boy and let’s face it, Craig’s “love” life won’t be boring with Leo in the boudoir.

Soaphound and Chaz
While I agree with you both I love Greg too from all the years on Y&R. He started out bad with the terrible things he did to Lily and Collen, wasn’t she the one he tried to burn up?,but after Michael came he calmed down and turned good. I loved his first wife but detest her as Gwen on Days. I think most of us love Gloria but personally, I can’t stand Chloe, I had always hoped he and Mariah would get together.

Craig is too good for Leo. I want the Wesley family to become a new addition to the show and for Craig and Nancy to become friends again eventually. I hope Craig finds love and peace with a different and decent guy after Leo breaks his heart.

I don’t want to offend anyone but I also do not think that my being able to turn off the show makes it OK. I do n’t think it is the right time of day to be showing this adult material. It is not appropriate for young children who are watching with parents or other adults.
Also, I bet the Cordays, Irna Phillips, et all are turning over in their graves.I myself was appalled , especially at Greg Ricartt/Leo Starks disgusting performance on Mondays show. Maybe it was meant to be funny or cute, but not to these old eyes.Yes, I clutched my pearls so tight, I almost strangled myself, but still could not stop watching this train-wreck. Where is Devil Johnny when he’s really needed with his pitchfork?

I can’t stand the Devil days but the normal ones are pretty good, case in point , the double weddings . Leo was sure thrown for a loop when he received pre-nup papers from Craig, which I thought was an odd choice of serving them. Wouldn’t this be something that would be discussed face to face? I don’t care if they get married or not, in fact for someone as intelligent as Craig to not be able to see through this Shmuck, deserves him!

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Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

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The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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Kennedy Garcia on Joining the Cast of Days of our Lives: “For a Role to Come up for a Teenager with Down Syndrome was Just Amazing!”

Days of our Lives has made a groundbreaking move for the soaps, by casting Kennedy Garcia in the new role of Felicity. Viewers of the Peacock streaming soap opera will first see the character beginning the week of May 20th,

Garcia has previously appeared on primetime including on 9-1-1, This Is Us and more. Speaking to TV Insider, Kennedy shared: “I have wanted to be on a soap opera for a long time, so for a role to come up for a teenager with Down syndrome was just amazing!”

In real life, Kennedy who has Down syndrome is also a cancer survivor, and becomes he first teen with Down syndrome to land an ongoing role on the soaps. “It’s really such a special thing. I am so proud of Days of our Lives for taking this step and taking a chance on me. Inclusion in this industry is so important and I am proud to help move it forward.”

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As to a little insight on her new role of Felicity in Salem, Garcia shared. “She is sweet, funny and kind. She is also very smart and she never misses anything. Most of all, she loves her family more than anything else. I think that viewers will love her and see the beauty she brings to everyone in her life.”

The actress added, “I hope that everyone will love Felicity and see that even though she has Down syndrome, she is cherished by her family and friends, she is capable of great things, and she’s a hard worker. I’m pretty sure she bakes better than I do. She is also a typical teenager who has real feelings and fears that people will see as her story goes on. I hope no one underestimates Felicity as a character, or actors with disabilities like me. Representation is so important and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to become Felicity and let you all get to know her, and me!”

What do you think of Days of our Lives casting of Kennedy Garcia and the importance of inclusion and representation on streaming and daytime dramas? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: ‘Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer’

On Thursday night May 16th, the daytime community comes together for Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer, streaming live at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.

Stand Up To Cancer, in collaboration with leading daytime community voices Michael Fairman and Alan Locher, are coming together for a first-of-its-kind livestream event, Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

The three-hour benefit will feature stars from the world of daytime drama television past and present, musical performances, and stories of emotional on- and off-screen experiences with cancer. Special celebrity guests will also join the effort to encourage viewers to support urgently needed research and new cancer treatments.  You can watch live on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, The Locher Room or the Stand Up To Cancer website.

In support of the event, SU2C will simultaneously launch a 10-day eBay silent auction, from May 16 through 26, for soap opera fans to bid on a wide range of items, including a meet-and-greet experience with the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives; an autographed script from the cast of CBS’s The Young and the Restless and signed merchandsise from CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful cast; a 1:1 video call with General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros, Maura West and Laura Wright, and with daytime legends Robert Newman, Vincent Irizarry, Colleen Zenk, and more. Full details will be shared the evening of May 16, at StandUpToCancer.org/DaytimeStandsUp.

As part of the event, you will hear, cancer survivorship stories from General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison and The Young and the Restless’ Colleen Zenk, who will reflect on the impact of publicly sharing their diagnoses; and 2024 Daytime Emmy nominee Eric Braeden, who shares his battle with bladder cancer

Daytime icon Jackie Zeman, who played nurse Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 45 years, shared by daughters Cassidy MacLeod and Lacey Gorden.

Elizabeth Hubbard who played the iconic Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns and Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors, shared by her on-screen daughter Martha Byrne and real-life son Jeremy Bennett.

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Jerry verDorn (Guiding Light / One Life to Live), shared by widow Beth verDorn and his on-screen wife on Guiding Light, friend and co-star Liz Keifer.

Andrea Evans, who played Tina Lord Roberts on One Life to Live, shared by her husband Stephen G. Rodriguez and daughter Kylie Rodriguez.

Kamar de los Reyes shared by his One Life to Live co-stars Michael Easton (General Hospital) Trevor St. John (The Young and the Restless).

Poignant reflections from actors who have portrayed breast cancer survivors, including Sharon Case and Eileen Davidson from The Young and the RestlessErika Slezak from One Life to LiveTina Sloan and Kim Zimmer from Guiding Light and more.

Additional talent slated to participate in the virtual benefit include (subject to change): Eddie and Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live)Elia Cantu (Days of Our Lives)The Day Players,  featuring Days of Our Lives castmates Carson BoatmanBrandon BarashWally Kurth (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee), Eric Martsolf (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee)Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live)Don Diamont (The Bold and the Beautiful)Linsey Godfrey (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, Days of Our Lives)Leo Howard (Days of Our Lives)Lesli Kay (The Bold and the Beautiful)Eden McCoy (General Hospital)Kin Shriner (General Hospital)and Michelle Stafford (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, The Young and the Restless).

You can watch the Daytime Stands Up livestream below. Now let us know if you have a cancer story that has affected your life via the comment section below, or how a daytime TV character who went through a cancer battle, gave you strength and courage in your own journey.

 

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