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Daytime Fave Debbie Morgan OUT at The Young and the Restless!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith are cleaning house at The Young and the Restless!  First, came word yesterday of Genie Francis, then Marcy Rylan, being shown the front door at the number one soap, but  last evening came the news that Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan has also lost her daytime gig.

Morgan tweeted the news first to her fans stating, “To all my twitter fans wanted to B the first to tell you the new regime has let me go from Y&R. Will tape my last show Oct. 5th & I move on! Have a lot of moving & reorganizing to do after being let go from Y&R so wanted you all to know won’t be on twitter but only 4 short while.”

Debbi, who was so well-known for her role as the beloved Angie Hubbard on All My Children, took on the role of Harmony at Y&R even before the final episodes of the legacy ABC soap aired.  Although she was enthusiastic, as were many of her fans, at the start of her time in Genoa City, over the last several months her storyline never took hold.

What do you think about the axing of Debbi Morgan?  And, who’s next? Weigh-in!

 

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Scott
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Scott

Now this to me is a shock. I loved Debbi as Harmony, and will dearly miss her as part of the cast. The role was a refreshing change for her. But I guess this is JFP getting rid of most of the ABC cast-offs. I see Darnell being next to go, and if he isn’t, then I call a misjudgment on her behalf. I will miss Debbi Morgan with all of my heart!

Christine
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Christine

It will be interesting if they let Darnell go as they had a casting call for his son or nephew or something. I don’t remember if that was before Bell was fired or not.

But I see him going as well. He really isn’t needed anymore now that Jack is better, though they could write for him if they wanted to.

Scott
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Scott

If they aren’t going to write for Debbi, who has a solid storyline and connection to Genoa City, I fail to see how they could write one for Darnell who has ZERO connection to the show.

jenni
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jenni

Im so sick and tired of Tommy Lightfoot Garrett bashing only Jill F. writer. He is so up Maria Bells butt he is bashing in all his columns Jill so un classy when Jill IS NOT the only one to make these cast cutting decisions! Get A Life Tommy. I like Michaels articles much better!

SZima
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SZima

Huh? Who the hell is Tommy Lightfoot Garrett ?

Matt
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Matt

Would love to see Angie Hubbard on GH!

Phil
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Phil

Yep, was thinking the same thing.

Rob
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Rob

The writngs on the wall people.

JFP was brought in to pull the plug on a show thats been on life support for some time.

Look for General Hospital to knock this crapfest out off the #1 spot!

Phil
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Phil

I wouldn’t be at all surprised, GH is rocking at tbis point!

Liz
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Liz

They would have kept MAB if they wanted to pull plug of the show. She was doing fine at butchering the show.

Jules
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Jules

The losing streak for Neil Winters in the love department continues.

Debbie needs to start going outside daytime for work. It won’t be easy but she’s so talented, it would be a crime for her not to try.

David Larsson
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David Larsson

Morgan is a wonderful actress but the role of Harmony was not for her. Watching her scenes was awkward rather than captivating and interesting.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I wish there was still a Pine Valley that Debbie Morgan could come back to……

Peaches
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Peaches

I agree with you David. The role Harmony played was a boring role, even though she is a good actor.

Michael
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Michael

This will not be the last of the firings. JFP needs to get rid of MAB’s stunt castings, pare this cast down, get the show under budget and concentrate on the core families on Y&R. I don’t see this as a bad move. As excellent of an actress Debbi Morgan is, her character never caught on with fans, myself included. So, her being let go did not surprise me!

Bart
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Bart

I agree with you 100%! News of the four (so far) cast reductions announced over the past day have been music to my ears, especially since none of these characters work in the “Y & R” world.

Genevieve, Sofia and Yolanda/Harmony were typical MAB-created characters: One-note, shrill and just plain annoying. However, SORAS’ing the character of Abby to the alleged age she is not (late 20s…??) was wrong from the get-go – that “Naked Heiress” thing was just awful and that is why nobody likes this whiny character.

jenny
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jenny

How come I am not in the least bit surprised? I hope GH grabs up at least Genie Francis. It just as well Debbi, Genie and Marcy are outta there since Y&R wasted them big time in order to keep giving up all the airtime to Victor and his family big whoop. Just what I want to see-more of Prictor choosing his next child bride LOL!

Liz
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Liz

Harmony and Genevieve were a bunch of bores. They needed to trim the cast.

jenny
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jenny

ITA they were poorly written characters and I won’t miss them. I hope Genie Francis is back on GH by Thanksgiving. As for Y&R, lately it is Sucksville-stories that drag on forever such as Paul killing his son (good lord it hasn’t even gone to trial yet and I am bored to death of it), Phyllis being in trouble over ancient history for running over Paul and Christine (a story which keeps bring Christine an annoying character back) and now this dumb Tim fiasco. And lord knows how long we will be subjected to Victor’s amnesia and Sharon acting like… Read more »

aria
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aria

wow, JFP isn’t messing around, Debbie, Genie, only thing they both have in common is that their superstars and most cost alot but still, wow, hope Genie gets back to GH AND debbie can visit GH too.

Robert
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Robert

Yes, bring Angie and David Hayward to GH, that Hospita needs some drama!

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

Looks like a another soap opera is going to be gone soon, I don’t understand why, I hope someone will step up and save this one before all the others will be gone too. Don’t let them take our soaps away for good.

Mary
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Mary

Soaps are dying because they forgotten what they were. A soap’s bread and butter was romance. But they don’t know how to tell good romance stories anymore. They are too quick; a couple meets, hooks up, marries, and divorces in one week. Okay maybe not that fast, but you get the point. Or else, they try to rehash old romances like Nikki and Victor, but you can only break up and reunite a couple so many times before the audience loses interest. Perhaps soaps adapting the mini series format will be better, where the storyline for characters have a beginning,… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

excellent post & i totally agree!

Rona
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Rona

I totally agree with you Mary!

Liz
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Liz

They will be gone soon too because FF which ruins the ratings and because people watch online for faster access and people are interested in “reality” shows.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

None of which would be enough to kill the soaps if the writing were good. There’s still an audience out there that craves what soaps used to provide.

Liz
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Liz

That is why they are making budget costs to keep the show alive

Brian
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Brian

The world has changed, but i hope the soaps survive.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I may have to stop commenting. Three departures this week alone! Surely more to come. Wow! Genoa City’s U-Haul lots will be busy as everyone picks up and goes. It is a shame so many talented actors, fan favorites all, are left scrambling. Sadly, Port Charles, Salem, and Los Angeles (OK, the Forrester Creations campus) are not big enough to accommodate the refugees. Oh, I wish daytime drama was as it once was, thriving and exciting and embraced by the webs… or cable even! TVLand is finding success with its retro-style sitcoms (HOT IN CLEVELAND, THE EXES). What about a… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

I agree! GH, Days and B&B have full casts, we simply can’t keep adding more because great talent like Debbi Morgan becomes available.

Mickey
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Mickey

Like GF, I’m not surprised! Harmony wasn’t really for DM. Love her to death and she will be missed!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

No surprise here. She was fired by the same woman who killed off Alan Quartmaine.

toscanti
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toscanti

MAB hired amazing talent and often, too bad she did not know how to write for them. Just like Maura West, amazing with no story. Hoping Josh Griffith gets back to the core family and great story. Anxious on word of other departues, excited for new material.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Wishing Debbie well. She did a stellar job in her role!

Ces
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Ces

Not surprised that JFP is cleaning house, it’s what she does. No disrespect to Ms. Morgan is a fine actress and I enjoyed her for many years on AMC as Angie but, GH is full enough and favorites are already pushed aside for the likes of this stupid Christina/Trey/Joe Jr. storyline that I don’t think anyone cares about ??? Genie is another story altogether. I would welcome her back to GH with open arms given the right storyline. I grew up with Laura and would love to see another L&L reunion. Face it, the whole Anna/Luke relationship is a bit… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

I am sorry to see Debbie go. I never watched YR but followed Debbie from AMC. She is an amazing. actress and I wish her well

Darlene Bell
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Darlene Bell

Well I think that there could be room for Debbie at GH. What about a new chief of staff who would be a prominent resident of Port Charles . . . then we could bring on Darnell to mix things up too.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I agree wholeheartedly that the show is a big mess and badly needs refocusing, but when you have talent around like Marcy Rylan, Genie Francis, and Debbi Morgan, I do think it makes sense to try to write something compelling for them before you just give up and decide they can’t contribute anything. Harmony is sort of a pointless character, but that’s not Morgan’s fault, and I would have made an effort to reshape the character and give Morgan a chance to show what she can do before just deciding to get rid of her. Ditto Marcy Rylan. (Genie was… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

This is to make room for Steve Burton who makes a seven figure salary.Why do you think they were axed. I read it on Daytime Confidential

JustSaying
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JustSaying

Wow! This week is more exciting than the soaps itself. Can’t wait to see what will happen next week.

I’m looking forward to letting go of Tucker, Kyle and Eden. And a couple of others that I can’t think of right now.

jenni
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jenni

I don’t like Kyle Chelsea Nikki or Victor they should go Phyllis needs jail

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

I love Debbie Morgan and wish her all the best. She is an amazing talent!

Jared
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Jared

Great actress and a beautiful woman. She just didn’t fit in on Y&R. Y&R has its own stable of stars, and MAB did a disservice to talented displaced abc actors by bloating the cast of Y&R and not providing them with good material. Our beloved legacy Y&R characters and stars suffered as well. I’m hoping all of these firings indicate the new regime’s focus on traditional Y&R.

lew s
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lew s

This ain’t going to be pretty

Elhu
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Elhu

Sorry to hear this. I loved Debbie on AMC, she and Darnell were an iconic couple (that is Angie and Jessie), and always will be. I am a huge ABC Soap Fan, but started watching Y & R to see her work there, and I truly liked how she played the role of Harmony and really thought she and Kristoff St. John’s character looked good together. Then when Darnell came over, I really thought eventually they would migrate together at some point after their new characters fell into their own on Y&R. I am sure she will find work quickly,… Read more »

Donna Sawyer
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Donna Sawyer

I think this is a horrible decision!! They finally put her and Neil together and now are not even going to give them a chance.
The stupid powers that be don’t even give viewers time to get really invested in a character before they dump them!!

Logan
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Logan

Neil+Harmony=zzzzzz
MAB had enough time to write Harmony better and she failed to do so.

jenni
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jenni

Id love to see Drucilla back

ethel
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ethel

jfp is doing what she does best & that is getting rid of characters – i knew this would happen when she became in charge – i wonder who will be next………….

Logan
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Logan

She’s only getting rid of useless characters so it’s all good.

Molly
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Molly

It’s sad but daytime Tv is not what it used to be. There are so many wonderful actors I have grown to love. I STILL MISS All My Children, One Life To Live, Guiding Light, and As The World Turns. I hope Y&R does more than continue to be the NineWives of Victor Newman.

Chaz
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Chaz

Just how many bullets does JFP have in her gun? More than the usual 6 shooter? Betting on Neil, Lauren & Katherine as the next targets ……

Liz
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Liz

They only got rid of MAB’s castings and characters so far which is a good thing.

Nikki
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Nikki

Oh thank god! I was hoping they’d get rid of the character of Harmony. She was useless and boring, and it was honestly awaste of Debbi Morgan’s incredible talents. I believe she’ll find a TV show (be it daytime or primetime) that can really put her skills to use in a manner that is productive for story and character.

Tiffany
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Tiffany

Thank god they are getting rid of older newbies that were written so terribly

Nikki
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Nikki

Agreed!

Les_In_Co
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Les_In_Co

I still watch soaps but I’ve gotten to helping writing online style soap boards. It’s been the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

Tad
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Tad

I am not surprised about the “firings” or rather writing off. I have never found Genie Francis a particular great actress or even charismatic. Debbi M is great but sometimes I find her a bit grating. Harmony was not a good match and boring. Debbie and Darnell should be apart; that was a once in a life time pairing and it is time to let it go. I would rather see Susan Lucci or David Canary on General Hospital. Lucci especially could bring some comedy to GH and maybe make some interesting comments to Tracey Q and the gang. And… Read more »

Genesis
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Genesis

I have watched Y&R since ’73. It amazes me that there are only a few characters of color in 2012. I have concluded that this is not happenstance. Victoria Rowell and Debbie Morgan are excellent actresses. It appears to me that Y&R is very much like the U.S.A.. Not ready for characters of color to blossom on this particular soap. I see demise in the future for this now boring weekly melodrama. Nia Peoples did a great job, and the actress who portrayed, Carmen was fun to watch as well. There are several veteran and new actors/actresses who cannot bring… Read more »

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Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

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So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

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What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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