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

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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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
Rob

Core families?!?!?

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

mike
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
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
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
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
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
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 of the show these days because of how bad the writing has been for the most part. Yes she has little gems like the Billy/Victoria and I have to admit I was uber surprised with how well the Cane shooting on the steps happened, though the sorry leading up to especially with the immigration thing just wasn’t up to par at all. I am sorry about Emily but to be quite honest I’ve missed Jana ever since after she was rescued from that cage, her character was completely mutilated when they paired her with Ryder and quite honestly she is often on my ff button as of late. I do wish Emily all the hope in the future but if this is the first step of MAB trying to redeem herself and get back to the root of the show then i hope it does, somehow though I don’t think this show will get better though until a new head writer is appointed.

kay killgore
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
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
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
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
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
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 she did a really good job.. I’m glad they brought back kane but what is up with the story line . get with it already. If I have to see cricket again I will vomit. I love the y&R and will always watch it.. but they are really making me angry with killing off all my characters. Everyone dies but Sharon , how many times is she going to push some one off a cliff. You brought back Philip and he is not contributing at all. Bring back Dru to stir up trouble.
Maria Bell, stop messing with my show.. if you think we don’t’ remember things from 20 years ago , think again

karen
karen

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

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In it, Watkins will take on the role of Congressman Harris, who said to be “a Republican and leader of the Moral Majority.”

According to Deadline who broke the casting news, “Black Monday takes viewers back to October 19, 1987 dubbed Black Monday.   t’s the fictional story of how a group of outsiders took on the blueblood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, and the glass ceiling.”

Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall and Paul Scheer also star in the series.

This marks the return of Watkins to the premium cable network where he last played the role of Malcolm Laffley on Beggars and Choosers.  In addition, Tuc has been working on the upcoming Netflix film adaptation of Boys in the Band from Ryan Murphy.  Tuc appeared in the that show on Broadway.

The 10-episode upcoming season of Black Monday will bow next year.

Excited to see Tuc in a new role? Comment below!

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Big news was shared today as Daytime Emmy nominee, Mishael Morgan is back on CBS’ The Young and the Restless!

Morgan, who played the role of Hilary Curtis from 2013-2018 ,and then was killed-off the show is now back in Genoa City in a new role.  As fans of Y&R know, Mishael along with Bryton James (Devon) became part of the very popular duo known as “Hevon”.

Back in April of this year, Mishael reappeared on Y&R as a special guest in several episodes where she played Hilary’s ghost.  Since, Hilary was killed, Devon has begun a relationship with Elena (Brytni Sarpy).

In a post today via social media, Y&R announced the return of Morgan to the daytime drama series in a brand new role. (See below)

On her Instagram account, Morgan shared: “That’s right… I’m back!! This has been the hardest secret to keep! I am so happy & honoured to return to #YR. The time off was such a welcomed blessing, as I learned to juggle life, family & career, but I am so happy to be home! I want to take a second and thank all you diehard fans out there, who supported me so fiercely. This opportunity only came about because of YOU. I am so excited to be back home, doing what I love, with all of you cheering me on. I look forward to this new adventure and I hope to create something new but just as special as that girl you all loved to hate. Cheers to this new chapter, with old friends. Now let’s do the damn thing!

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Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

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