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Former Y&R Star Chris McKenna Lands Role On NCIS: NEW ORLEANS!

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While Detective Harding, who was supposed to be keeping the citizens of Genoa City safe, but was actually murdering people, it spelled the end of the line for fan favorite Chris McKenna (Harding) on Y&R!

McKenna, who in his younger acting days played Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live, tweeted that he has landed a guest star role on CBS procedural drama: NCIS: New Orleans. (Tuesdays 9:00PMET)

Chris revealed: ” Seems the New Orleans PD needed some added muscle. Copy that. Officer Tate en route.@CBS @NCISNOLA” 

This is not the first time McKenna has played a role on the NCIS franchise, having appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles back in 2010 where he played a CIA agent.

When McKenna learned that Harding would be killed off and revealed to have murdered some of the characters in the Scooby-Doo Murder story, he related to Soap Opera Digest:  “I have to mourn Harding.  I mean, I love the guy. I helped make him, so I have a lot of affection for him. So, it was sad to see what happened to him and what he had done, but I just used that to make a convincing performance.   During the time I’ve been on the show, you didn’t see different sides to him, so near the end, you got to see him actually be broken and sad and filled with regret and conflict, but still that hard-ass you got to know. It was nice to make that all work.”

So, will you be checking out Chris on NCIS: New Orleans? Do you wish Y&R had not killed-off Harding? Share your thoughts below!

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elm51
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elm51

tptb were so foolish to let this talented actor go – he will do very well on ncis new orleans………

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I very fond memories of Chris as Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live. He has become a fine man. He did a great job as Harding. I was sorry to see Harding go. The Genoa City PD is in desperate need of staff besides the chief, the computer guy and the barista.

Best of luck to Chris. I’d love for him to get a steady job. Days are you listening?

Patrick
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Patrick

I really could see him helming the DiMera…. as a recast for Peter Blake

I do not know his work… I just think he’s out of this world Yum

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Loved him as Joey on OLTL and as Harding on Y&R. Foolish to let this one get away. Happy for him though.

Effie
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Effie

I loved him on Y& R. Loved him on State of affairs. I watch NCIS : New Orleans anyway. But I would have made a special effort to watch if I wasn’t already. Chris Mckenna is a wonderful actor. And easy on the eyes too. Hope he finds a permanent home on tv soon.

Timmm
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Timmm

Good for Chris. Y&R has been the number one soap for 27 years and also the number one soap to fire or let go some of the best talent ever on daytime! Billy Miller, Michael Muhney, Michelle Stafford and now Chris. He wasnt in their league yet but he was climbing and it shows since a high profile prime time show snagged him!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am so glad to see him again. He and Kevin were do good together as co-stars. I watch both NCIS shows regularly. I love New Orleans. I spent much of my College breaks there with friends. So much to see!! And, so much fun, fun, fun.

Timmm
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Timmm

CeeCee “Gone Wild!”

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Boy, it was a dumb move to make Harding turn out to be the killer because there were lots of storyline possibilities with that character but at least Chris is now moving on to prime time where he will do very well too. I guess this is what you’d call “laughing all the way to the bank”.

mary
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mary

miss him on Y&R so I might turn in to NCIS just to see him….hope he lasts longer there than on Y&R….big mistake to let him go

Richard
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Richard

He is gorgeous!!! They Def made a mistake letting him get away!! That storyline was dumb AF anyways!! YR has no depth these days. Pratt is writing like he wrote for Melrose Place.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Great for him. Hopefully it springboards into something bigger and long lasting. Y&R totally ruined his character and let him go. Horrible.

Bjtripp2
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Bjtripp2

He needs to join GH. Recast of Steven Lars Webber. Liz needs her brother and he’s also Franco’s brother and Olivia’s ex.

Timmm
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Timmm

Great idea! And the other thing is Patrick is gone so we need more medical staff on the show!

Patrick
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Patrick

OMG ! “let’s hear it for @Bjtripp2

that is the best idea… LOL bar none

talk about sprucing up GH in a big way…. “AND”

taking away, if you will…. from the blase Sonny/Carly – Jason/Sam

GH ! “GET THIS”

Patrick
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Patrick

I love all the posts… about how “dumb” ; said show was to let him go

Talent! is Talent ! fans know….

MF… their needs to be a thread as such

DAYS : hire this man

DAYS : Kassie DePaiva and Daniel Cosgrove… serious mishap

I’ll get over all my postings of; except maybe Kassie DePaiva’ Eve

j9
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j9

Happy for this guy! He has such charisma. He could have been a great character on Y & R had they planned it right. Best of luck to this gentleman!

CMD
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CMD

Good for him. The hack Pratt wasted him at Y&R.

Rosemary Patterson
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Rosemary Patterson

I’m not one that criticizes the “powers that be” trying to run the show for them and I do love all of Y&R’s cast mates and even the behind the scenes people I’ve had access to in one form or another and may like some more than others of course. I do wish some had stronger storylines like Tristan Rogers, Jess Walton, and I could keep going on. What outstanding talent Y&R has at their fingertips and they don’t even use! Chris is just one more that did not get a great role. I personally loved State of Affairs and… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

Y&R was so stupid to get rid of Chris McKenna. He’s super hot and is a good actor. I’m still mad that Harding and Kevin weren’t a couple. That would have made me a faithful viewer. I rarely watch Y&R anymore.

MrCapehart
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MrCapehart

I honestly hated to see him leave Y&R. LOVED him as Harding, but incredibly happy to see that he’s found other work.

Julia
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Julia

I love NCIS New Orleans and I knew he was the killer on Y&R, I had him picked from the start!
Hope his character isn’t like his Y&R one!

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