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Ex-Y&R’s Hartley Sawyer Fired From CW’s ‘The Flash’ Over Racist, Misogynistic Tweets That Surfaced

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Many saw this coming!  The once Kyle Abbott of The Young and the Restless, Hartley Sawyer (he played the role from 2013-2014), has been given the heave-ho by CW’s The Flash, the series he has been appearing on since 2017 as Ralph Dibny.

Tweets over the past week that surfaced from Sawyer’s past were racist and misogynistic in tone, but all from before he joined The CW series.  The contents within them contained references to sexual assault and contained racist and homophobic language.

Sawyer’s Twitter account has since been deleted, but screenshots of the old posts have circulated online in the past two weeks.   The actor’s dismissal firing  comes in the wake of George Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis that sparked global protests.

In a joint statement from The CW, producers at Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and executive producer, Eric Wallace, they expressed: “Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for the season seven of The Flash. In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”

Sawyer took to his Instagram, saying in part, “My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply.  This was not acceptable behavior. These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today.  I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now.  Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult – in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond. I’ve largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do.   But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them. I am very sorry.”

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Sawyer’s dismissal.

So what do you think of Sawyer’s abhorrent tweets? His firing from the CW? Comment below.

 

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No one should lose a job over that! I hope he finds employment very soon.

anne
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No one told Hartley Sawyer that tweets never disappear. Look at all the people who are being called out by BLM and others for comments made on Twitter, Instagram and/or FaceBook years ago.

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If we review the sins of anyone’s past, we would all be fired from our jobs. What happened to forgiveness? And who are we to judge?

That Guy
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Yeah he does need to lose your job. If he made some comment about Trump, you’d be all over it. Hypoctrite.

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Sometimes i think social media is just not worth it..and on youtube i reported someon fior saying kill the police and other horrible stuff…

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I didn’t like him on Y&R. I do agree his tweets were not appropriate. Strange sense of humor. I don’t know why someone would tweet that. I guess Y&R didn’t find out about these tweets and neither did Flash until now.

Maybe they should give people some training. I do think people can change and hopefully he can.

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May god have mercy on his pathetic soul as everybody who just keeps on with this pathetic shit!! Do you want us to turn communist just how do you morons think that will work for you! You bloody scream about gay rights black rights Etc ! Let’s see how well it turns out for you if we become a communist country ! You want to take a knee try praying because we are at the point of no return!

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Your country is very close to turning fascist at the moment. It’s been sliding that way since November 1980, and definitely accelerating since the Supreme Court threw out an actual election on December 12, 2000. The Orange Imbecile currently occupying the White House only turned it up (insert “frog in a pot of water” reference here) to just below the boiling point, and given his sickening encouragement of police violence towards the people – not to mention threatening to use the fucking MILITARY against the people, the temperature of that water is about 210.5 degrees Fahrenheit right about now. And… Read more »

That Guy
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Shut up. Sit down and shut it with your racist crap.

jaybird369
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I never liked that Hartley Sawyer dude as Kyle on Y&R…and I now like him even less. Moron.

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Ingo Rademacher Speaks Out On His Dismissal From GH Sharing: “I Was Hoping to Play Jax For Another 10 or 25 Years and Unfortunately, That’s Not Going to Happen”

For the first time since he was fired for not adhering to General Hospital’s and Disney/ABC’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate, Ingo Rademacher (Ex-Jax), addressed his exit from the soap opera via an “official video” message on his Instagram account.

Ingo expressed: “I’m sorry that I didn’t put out this video earlier, but this is about thanking you guys, the fans of the show and also the GH crew and cast. I was on the show for 25 years. They were like my family a lot of the people there. I was hoping to play Jax for another 10 or 25 years and unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. I want to thank you guys for sticking with Jax for 25 years and I’m sorry that I’m not there anymore to play Jax, which is still something that I am trying to process  … it’s just kind of crazy.”

Rademacher also took aim at his former co-star, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) for announcing on Twitter that he was no longer on the show, before he had a chance to do so, which he says was a huge disappointment to him given that they worked together for 25 years.

He went on to say how he appreciated all the positive comments from the fans adding, “A lot of you come on there to say that you’re vaccinated but stand for medical freedom, I love hearing that, because I believe it should be a choice.”  Ingo continued to express his view, “I don’t agree with vaccine mandates or corporations ever being able to mandate a vaccine to keep your job.”

The actor closed with another nod to the viewers of GH adding, “Thank you so much for supporting me for 25 years. I will have more news later on, but for now, just wanted to thank all of you amazing fans. Thank you.”

You can watch Rademacher’s full statement via his IG post below.  Then, let us know what you thought of Ingo’s long-awaited exit message in the comment section.

 

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OLTL Alum Arlene Dahl Dead At 96, Son Lorenzo Lamas Shares: “She Was The Most Positive Influence In My Life”

Another loss for the soap world and its extended family.  Arlene Dahl, who had a notable career in film and television, and who appeared on both One Life to Live and All My Children, has passed away at the age of 96.

Her son, former Falcon Crest and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance and Ex-Hector, respectively), shared the news via his Facebook page: “Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest. My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who, for the last 37 years, made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever ♥️ #ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP”

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Dahl came on to One life to Live as Lucinda Schenk Wilson, the selfish and manipulative mother of Mimi King played by Kristin Meadows.  Arlene made appearances on the ABC soap starting in 1981 and eventually was offered a one-year contract that took her through till 1984. A decade later, Dahl came on to play Lady Lucille on All My Children for a short time.

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On One Life to Live, Arlene mixed it up with Phillip Carey’s Asa Buchanan and Jeremy Slate’s Chuck Wilson.  Dahl is also well-known as one of the regular panelists on the game show, What’s My Line?

While still working in TV and films, Arlene branched out into beauty and cosmetics, eventually becoming an executive and beauty columnist.

Throughout her life, Arlene was married six times.  She had been married to Marc Rosen since 1984 and they remained together till her death.  She is survived by her son Lorenzo, two other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Watch Arlene with Phillip Carey in scenes from OLTL below.

Then share your condolences to Arlene’s family, and share your remembrances, via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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