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Emily O'Brien speaks out on her exit from Y&R!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

In a brand new interview with Soaps.com, Emily O’Brien (Jana) who was just pink slipped from The Young and the Restless discussed what happened behind the scenes that led to her being let-go, offered her heartfelt “thank you” to the viewers, and what she might try next in her career.  Here are a few excerpts below!

O’Brien on how she found out the powers-that-be axed her! ” I was on a run and my manager called me to say I was let go.  If someone could have taken a photograph of me, I would have looked like I had just been electrocuted. I was thinking all these things. How am I going to say goodbye to this incredible role?”

O’Brien on the reasoning Y&R gave her for her being let-go: “They said that they’re trying to get back to the core families. I think it had something to do with the ratings, and I understand that.”

Make sure to read the entire interview with Emily, who will be sorely missed as Jana Hawkes!

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Rob
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Rob

Core families?!?!?

Give me a break, then Meggie and Daisy better never darken my screen again!!

mike
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mike

Makes perfect sense to get rid of the good actors and interesting characters and keep the bad actors and boring characters. Maria Bell has ripped this show to shreds.

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

I know where you’re coming from, but let’s not forget that Y&R is still the number one show in daytime and has been for a very long time. I’m sure you know that a show has to evolve, somewhat. I’m certain there will be more questionable characters that show up – just like there always have been – but the continuity, the core families and legacy characters and high production values and compelling stories are what keep us fans coming back for more and more of our favorite soap. Don’t count it out yet!! 🙂

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

I’m going to miss the character that Emily so vividly – and above all else, believably – brought to the GC canvas. Wishing her tremendous success in whatever she decides to take on next! She has a very bright future in front of her, that much we know! Thank you, Emily! 🙂

Adam
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Adam

Maria Bell has ripped this show to shreds, this statement is so true!
I wished someone would give her a pink slip, no wonder the show is losing fans, and you know CBS they are quick to cancel SOAPS these days, why don’t they get rid of her!!!!

She’s killing Y&R big time!

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

You must be delusional….. one of my favorite over-used catch-phrases from Y&R….. but this one seems true. Y&R is a ratings POWERHOUSE and there’s not denying it. No doubt, there’s room for improvement, but everyone else is lost in their dust…. by a mile! If it ain’t broke… don’t fix it.

Skyla
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Skyla

I agree with Adam, since MAB has taken over the ratings have gone down and she has made this show go consistently downhill. Yes Y&R is still number one but that’s more out of the loyalty of viewers who have watched for twenty years and are still tuning in out of nostalgia on the hope that maybe it will get back to it’s glory days or even the way it was several years ago before she took over. Quite honestly i still dvr it and attempt to watch, so they are still getting my ratings, though I don’t watch much… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I beleive Ms. O’Brien was brought in by Marie Latham as was the character of Cane and Amber she wanted to erase all ties to that writing team. She is very talented she will prosper when she leaves could she take the character of Heather with her.

mike
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mike

I don’t think we can call Y&R a ratings powerhouse anymore. The show has been bleeding viewers for years. It’s time slot is it’s biggest advantage. I want the show to evolve also but I want it to do so by dumping those Newmans. The Nick/Vick/Victor/Sharon scenes drag the show down. We need more characters with a little life in them. Give us more Nina/Kay/Murphy/Michael/Lauren/Jack/Diane and crazy Gloria.

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

I respectfully disagree with you about the time slot being it’s biggest advantage. Really? To say that is to totally diminish what a talented cast and crew that Y&R has; that has always been the driving force behind the show’s unparalleled, record-breaking success.

jessica
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jessica

yes of course there are so many talented actors in the show. But i wanted to give my opinion about daniel. Many fans including me will miss him.

jessica
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jessica

Hello,i know everyone has their own opinion, but for mine.. I really miss daniel goddard in the show, he was a great and talentuous actor. Why did u kill him off! Many fans all over the world are complaining! We viewers we need to see him back on the show. No cane ! No young and the restless.!

karen
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karen

“Maria Bell has ripped this show to shreds” This statement is so true. I have been watching this show since I was a child. I remember all the old characters. I love how victor had a vasectomy and was still able get Sabrina pregnant. Castrators like Paul’s mom ,sister and cop girl friend just disappear from the spotlight. Amazing how they got rid of migal but hire some different people to take care of victors home.. and not to mention.. What horrible security victor has for his home. Everyone gets on his property. I really liked Amber on the Y&R… Read more »

karen
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karen

Emily O’Brien , you will be missed your such a great actress

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Mishael Morgan Reveals Why She’s Taken ‘A Bit of a Step Back’ From Y&R and Gone on Recurring Status

This past June, we all celebrated the groundbreaking victory of The Young and the Restless‘ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair) as the first Black actress to ever win in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category during the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

In the months that followed, Mishael has not been seen as much on the top-rated CBS daytime drama, plus when fans noticed she was no longer in the opening main credits, it got them wondering just what is Morgan’s status with the show.

Finally today, via video on her Instagram story, Mishael shared some news after finishing her day of taping in Genoa City.

The Emmy-winner revealed she has indeed gone on recurring status with the show: “I just wrapped my last scenes back at Y&R, and I just wanted to let the cat out of the bag a little bit.  A lot of people have noticed that my name is not on the main credits anymore, and I wanted everybody to know that it was my decision.  I decided, actually, back in December, that I wanted to take a bit of a step back from the show.  I just felt like at this point in my life and this point in my career, I wanted to mix things up a little bit. But Y&R will always be home. I have so appreciated this safe place to land that they have given me, so I know that I can be back. They are like family to me, and coming back just reminds me of that.”

Morgan also thanked the loyal viewers and her followers expressing, “I’m so appreciative of you guys, and all the fans who have supported me along this Y&R journey. But I’m still on it, I’m still going to be recurring, so you’ll still catch me in Genoa City.”

The talented star ended with a tease of projects and roles to come, telling her fans to, “Keep looking out for new things.”

So will you miss not seeing Mishael as much on Y&R?  Are you exciting to see what roles and projects she gets involved with next? Are you glad she is still recurring with the show and will continue to make appearances in stories? Comment below.

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As Y&R gets ready to officially kick-off their 50th anniversary season, beginning tomorrow on September 30th, the CBS soap opera will be serving up audio-only episodes in a showcast, and go live on weekdays via podcast platforms everywhere.

Harkening back to the golden age of soap opera which began on radio, The Young and the Restless, will offer up a modern take on the audio soap, making it the first and only network soap opera to do so.  This way fans can listen in to the drama anytime anywhere.

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In a statement to Deadline, Steve Raizes, EVP of podcasting and audio for Paramount, shared: “We are thrilled to be launching The Young and the Restless as a showcast. As we continue to expand our podcast offerings, we find shows that share a deeply passionate fanbase translate well into the audio space.  We’ve seen significant success with this strategy with The Late Show Pod Show with Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show: Ears Edition and expect similar results with The Young and the Restless.”

So, will you be checking out Y&R’s audi0-only episode showcast? Comment below.

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In celebration of beginning her 27th year as Alexis Davis on General Hospital, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, decided to mark the occasion by revealing to her longtime fans an excerpt from her upcoming memoir due out in 2023.

Taking to her official Facebook page, Nancy shared the excerpt starting with contained some of the back-history of her soap opera alter-ego : “I play the role of Alexis Davis. I am a public defender, prosecutor, personnel injury, civil, malpractice, tax and family attorney. I am the bastard child of Mikos Cassadine who died after being thrown into his own weather machine which he designed to freeze the world. My mother, Kristen Bergman was a famous opera singer whose throat was slit by my father’s wife, Helena. Unhappy with the turn of events, I hurled my frail 75 year old stepmother off a five hundred foot parapet slamming her onto jagged rock only for her to walk away unscathed. Even more determined, I shoved her off a thousand foot cliff into the frigid subzero ocean. Helena not only survived unscathed, she apparently scaled 1000 feet up the cliff and continued to wreak havoc on Port Charles.”

Nancy closed the excerpt with some special acknowledgements: “Always so grateful to have an ongoing contract, my own parking space and people I’ve never met who come up to me regularly and tell me how much younger I look in person. It’s a gift that I have been able to and still get to do what I love to do for such a gloriously long time. I love my job the most because it is the job that gave me the security I needed to greenlight Kate as a single mother, raise her while being able to give her the things I dreamed of giving her, put her through school all the way through college, and will hopefully allow me to spoil my grandchildren. The enormous love & gratitude I have for ABC and Disney for allowing me the privilege of working for them is immeasurable. But the real truth is without the support from all of you, this day would not be what it is. As always, I see you and thank you.”

Make sure to read the entire excerpt.  Now let us know, are you looking forward to what Nancy will share in her upcoming memoir? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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