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Ex-American Idol Runner- Up Diana DeGarmo lands contract role on Y&R!

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Here’s some inspired casting! Former American Idol runner-up and Broadway star, Diana DeGarmo has landed a contract role on the number one soap opera, The Young and the Restless!

According to TV Guide, “DeGarmo will be playing Angelina, the Jersey-girl daughter of mob boss Angelo (Mike Starr). The actress-singer starts shooting the CBS soap the week of September 22 and is expected to hit the air late October.”  Those will recall that Diana DeGarmo placed second to Fantasia in Season 3 of  American Idol in 2004. The talented singer/actress has since been busy  appearing in the Broadway productions of Hairspray and Hair, as well as the off-Broadway hit The Toxic Avenger.

So what will this mafia princess be doing in Genoa City? Who will she be after, linked with and why?

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Skyla
Skyla

Umm-okay… good for her I guess but what is MAB thinking. We’ve got too many newbies on there already that are taking up airtime. They hardly have enough ideas to do anything with Eden, that chick Noah hangs out with, Heather, Sophia, and we hardly ever see Roxanne. We already have to contend with our canvas filled with newbie characters: Colin, Genevieve, Ronan, that girl Noah hangs with, Sam, and even Avery who I’m actually enjoying but seriously? Now we have to deal with Angelo having a bigger role. I mean wasn’t he connected to Jeffrey who we hardly see anymore & he and Gloria were entertaining. I mean I’m a fan of Debbi Morgan but soon she’ll be another newbie in Genoa City too along with Ricky, Paul’s son who has been MIA since he was a baby. This is getting ridiculous… Y&R fans want MTS back and we want to see the focus back on our core characters who have a rich history to build from and off of with real story telling and character driven storylines, characters we actually know and care about. This is getting ridiculous!!!

chris
chris

Probably has something to do with Devon’s music, and i wonder if the MOB connection could lead to storyline regarding Kevin/Gloria and-or Diane’s death?

cindy
cindy

like the ideas of having new faces on the soaps and gives to new twists…

Julie
Julie

I like Diana. I’ve seen her on Broadway, playing Sheila in “Hair.” She’s a very engaging actress and I hope that translates to the small screen.

ethel
ethel

ummmmmmm here we go another newbie…………………..smh

David
David

Y&R fans, as an avid DAYS watcher who saw the show slip nito “unwatchable” with new people and old characters shoved to the back burner or turned unrecognizable, I feel your pain. I watch Y&R off and on and it is way off track. Victor Newman holding his son-in-law in a cell? That seems a bit silly to me.

kay killgore
kay killgore

I think MAB has gone absolutely mad!!!! Everytime Eden Riegel is on I cringed as with all the other newbies who gives a flying whoop about Angelo’s daughter I mean I did not even remember him.

Rob
Rob

Did Y&R hire Ellen Wheeler of Chris Goutman, cause this show is tanking!!!

Heath
Heath

Wasn’t every character you now love once a newbie? I’m disgruntled with the overall direction of the show but I won’t assume anything negative about Diana or her character. She might be one of the new people who stick. *shrug*

Rachel
Rachel

I’d rather the show not bother with creating Angelo’s daughter but I’m looking forward to seeing Diana anyway. She was my favorite years ago on idol and she’s fantastic on Broadway. I’m kind of excited to see her broaden her horizons and give soaps a try. I think she might be pretty good.

Lew
Lew

MAB – PLEASE review the old Y&R tapes of your father-in-law. I like change and new chararacters are good, but this is just TOO much!!! Are all of the daytime execs trying to kill their soaps?!

JustSaying
JustSaying

Why does this show have no direction? A mob princess now. Come on. What can the mob do that other newbies haven’t been able to do.

Will she somehow, SOMEHOW take out Adam? Doubt it.

aria
aria

what a cheap casting, i mean, y&r fires all these talented vets and on the heals of doing that hire degarmo, lol, this is bad, whose next kim kardashian.

Sarah
Sarah

My mom watches Y and R, and I try to get into it, but I really like Lily and Cane only much, but anyways, I love Diana DeGarmo!! She is my fave person from Idol as well!! I wish she should have won! Anyways, maybe I can watch more now. I like Abby too.

Tom
Tom

Perhaps she and Abby can collaborate on a new reality show–Lake Geneva Shore.

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Jussie Smollett Cut From Rest Of Season Of EMPIRE; Tells Cast He’s Innocent Of Charges

Following the turn of events for Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon, Empire) where he was arrested and charged on multiple felony counts and then posted bail, the producers of Fox’s sudsy primetime drama have decided to pull him from the remaining two episodes of the season.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo, and Dennis Hammer said in a statement this morning following the legal fallout for Jussie Smollett and his arrest stemming from an alleged hate crime reported on January 29th that he staged on himself.

The producers went on to say: “Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

This happened even after Smollett returned to work on Thursday, and even after the actor/singer reportedly apologized to the cast and crew of Empire for any embarrassment the recent allegations may have caused, but at the same time, sources reported, that he maintained that he was innocent,

According to CNN: “The person at the meeting said they were shocked and dismayed that Smollett stuck to his story of innocence. For the most part, the source said, Smollett paraphrased what was in the statement that his attorney put out that afternoon, blaming the legal system and the media for his woes.”

So, what do you think of the Empire producers decision to cut Smollett from the last two shows of the season? What do you think of Jussie still maintaining his innocence to the cast? Comment below.

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‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Turns Himself In After Being Charged With Allegedly Filing False Police Report & Facing Criminal Charges

In major developments in the last several hours, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon, Empire) turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning, just hours after he was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself late in January on the streets in Chicago.

In a press conference currently being conducted by the CPD supervisor, Eddie Johnson and Commander Edward Wodnick, they revealed that Smollett turned himself in quietly and without issue.   In addition, the Chicago PD are outlining the events and timeline that led to Smollett’s arrest.

Smollett turned himself in at the Central District police station in Chicago at 5 a.m., police reported.  Thursday morning, Smollett was scheduled to appear for a bail hearing Thursday at 1:30pm central time on a felony charge of a class 4 disorderly conduct, and with that charge Smollett could face up to 1.5 years in prison.

Jussie’s attorney’s released the following statement on Wednesday night after Smollett was charged by the Chicago PD: “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

Smollett reported that he has been attacked as he was walking home around.  He claimed two masked men shouted racist and homophobic slurs as they beat him, put a noose around his neck, and poured a chemical on to him.

Enter two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, who Smollett knew, who were arrested last week, but later released as suspects. The two brothers told police they helped stage the attack with Smollett.  They were paid $3,500 to orchestrate the attack by Smollett.  In their press conference, the Chicago PD revealed that they have the check as evidence were Smollett paid the brothers that sum.

The brothers left for Nigeria hours after the attack, and were arrested days later when they returned to Chicago.   On Wednesday, they testified to a grand jury. Smollett was later charged with disorderly conduct.

What do you think now about the events and the arrest of Jussie Smollett?  Comment below! But first watch the Chicago PD police department.live feed of the press conference on Smollett’s arrest.

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Thad Luckinbill Back Taping At The Young and the Restless

Well, well, well! Look who is back on set at The Young and the Restless!  Thad Luckinbill, who is presumed dead as J.T. Hellstrom, was seen walking around the sound stages at CBS Television City on Wednesday.

That is because Thad is taping again at the number-one soap opera!  In a tweet put out by the series Twitter account with a photo of Thad (see below), they reveal: “Spotted On Set! J.T. Taking a coffee break. Stay tuned!”

So now the mystery begins!  Will J.T. be alive after all, which would exonerate Nikki, and her gal pals in crime, Phyllis, Sharon and Amelia from a murder rap?

Could Thad just be back to appear as a ghost?  Will he come back alive and continue his abusive ways towards Victoria?

When Luckinbill returned to the show in late 2017, fans were in for a shock when once nice guy, J.T. was turned into a spousal abuser.

So, what do you think of J.T. coming back to Genoa City … or is he? How will this story play out now that it is in the hands of head writer, Josh Griffith? Comment below,

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