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GH's Laura Wright Appears on The Chew to Promote Wine Business While Mario Batali Tries To Save Face with Soap Fans!

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Courtesy/ABC

Daytime Emmy winner, and a nominee again this year, Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks) of General Hospital was the very special guest on today’s episode of the ABC foodie show, The Chew.   Wright was on to promote her increasing popular wine business, Standing Sun complete with a look at Laura and her husband John’s home and their winery.  After the very nice at home and business segment, Laura watched and assisted Chef and co-host Mario Batali cook a pasta dish along with Michael Symon.

What caught our eye was how Batali kept looking at his note cards, when asking questions to Wright or trying to sound informed about her soap life!  And then came Batali’s attempt for The Chew to save face for soap fans who may have tuning into to see the talented Wright.  Batali said,  “Daytime TV fans weren’t quite ready for us when they started, but I think we made some moves, and a lot of people that used to watch some of the shows find them at different times, and now we’re part of that same beautiful daytime pop culture which makes us very proud.”  One thing was for sure, the studio audience was extremely excited to have Laura on the show!

Then One Life to Live star, Robin Strasser (Dorian) took to her Twitter account to air her feelings on Wright’s appearance! Strasser tweeted, “Laura Wright is wrong praising the Chew, confusing protecting her own job with love/fun/or that bad food. 800 jobs lost when OLTL cancelled.  My Toxic tweet now out there, I’ll add that I think Laura Wright is talented, beautiful, and strong. Nobody’s perfect- The Chew is the proof.”

To us,  Wright was on the show to help promote her business venture.  Something that makes logical sense given the cross-promotion on the ABC lineup and Wright’s winery fits in with a food show.  However, some are skewing it differently.  Now, watch the two video segments with Wright after the jump! And then let us know about how you think Mario Batali did in the cooking segment with Wright!  And, your thoughts on Laura appearing on The Chew!

 

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Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

sorry Laura, I won’t watch the spew………….even if you become a co-host. :<(

rebecca
rebecca

surprised she did the show. she’s apparently torn between beting a soap actress and promoting her wine business which she does all the time on Twitter. think it’s a betrayal to the soap audience.

rebecca
rebecca

“being” not beting… a soap actress.

Susan M.
Susan M.

The cew doesn’t impress in the least…I find it GOOFY!!!!!!!!!!!!! The whole package is kind of silly to me………………

Nancy M
Nancy M

I agree 1000% with Robin Strasser whom I miss very much. I am so glad I am not a writer because their jobs have been stripped from under them. The proof is the the loss of viewers for all of ABC shows except GH. They think they know the programming that we the viewers want to watch. They are dead wrong and are paying the price.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Laura should not have done The Chew if she cared about the soaps, the fans ABC screwed, & her job! She is just encouraging them to cancel GH! What a traitor! I hate Mario with those stupid short pants & sandals! And he steals tips from his restaurant workers too! They sued him!

barbara t
barbara t

Her wine business is doing ok she didn’t have to cross the line to go on the chew. She slapped the soap fans right in the face, we are all sticking together to trash those awful shows that replaced our soaps and unless she is living on mars she has to know that and doesn’t care, there is no excuse for her showing up on that garbage filled show, Robin Strasser said it best A lot of people are out of a job. I’m with you that Mario guy is a nasty looking clown with his shorts and those god awful shoes. Good grief abc put that dumb show on the food channel, bring back our soaps or your daytime and prime time ratings will sink we are not going to watch no matter who you put on. Those shows are cheap, cheesy, and above all else not watchable.

Caroline
Caroline

Mario still doesn’t get it about soap fans. I enjoyed the clips because I love Laura Wright, but I wouldn’t turn on The Chew if I were paid to.

SZima
SZima

I DVR’d the show just to watch Laura, and that’s all I watched. I couldn’t believe it when Mario said that stuff about daytime fans. He just doesn’t get it. I will never watch his lame show unless there is someone I really want to see, like Laura, but that is the only segment I will watch. And even that was painful once the idiot hosts started talking. The whole thing was awkward.

I did enjoy seeing the recorded segment of Laura’s home, winery and family.

Lori S
Lori S

All I can say to the cast of that daytime show that took our show’s place is GO BACK TO THE FOOD NETWORK you guys, where you belong. And those of you who are 18-49 you need to let your voices be heard more. Laura has children to feed and a business to support, I get that but it really felt icky even just watching the clips.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Yes they should go back to the food network…That’s where all the cooking show’s belong……The Chew makes me sick to my stomach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t stand their commericals either………………………..Again they belong on the food network.. We don’t want them on daytime programming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LisaZee
LisaZee

I didn’t even think about it when hearing Laura was going to be on The Chew. AMC was leaving , nothing could stop that, sadly. Something was going in that time slot and it happened to be The Chew which I think has turned out to be popular. Laura didn’t effect anything by appearing. I certainly don’t think it was wrong or a betrayal to soaps. The show that replaced OLTL bombed, but it doesn’t mean we get OLTL back.

Susan M.
Susan M.

True…………………….

Susan M.
Susan M.

I will never watch the chew…Haven’t watched it from day one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t like cooking shows and never watched one ever..They don’t interest me at all…………I can’t understand why this show is still on the air!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everytime I see the comerical for the chew when I’m watching GH I change the channel………….This farce should have been cancelled long ago…I won’t watch it mo matter what guess actor appears on it……………………….

gloria
gloria

My reaction when I saw the promo of the Chew that Laura was gonna be on there was HORRIFIED. I thought oh no way. Why? They are obviously super successful & she does not need to be on this hideous show to promote anything-ESPECIALLY A SHOW THAT TOOK AMC for Pete’s sake.

However, in the interest of trying to keep an open mind & not letting my disgust of the Chew get in the way-I forced myself to watch the clip (which is the longest time I EVER watched this show) and that awful blond girl licking her hand while the awful guy in purple narrated. The segment at Laura’s was wonderful but boy do I agree with Robin Strasser, 100% Laura Wright should not support this show or any other that replaced a soap. PERIOD. Oh Robin Strasser, I love & miss you so much.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with your comment about Robin Strasser.. This did replace AMC….I wil not watch it for that reason………………………I miss her too.. DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rebecca
rebecca

and…on anothe note…it’s a calculated move by ABC to draw the soap audience to The Chew. really pisses me off that Laura played along with them. very self-serving. (no food pun intended!) 😉

Teresa
Teresa

I agree. Thank you for the clip because I love Laura as well. But I will not be tuning into the Chew.

KatR
KatR

I understand why she did it (and to be honest, she probably didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter. When your boss says, “hey will you…”, you do) but ABC Daytime Fans are never ever going to watch The Chew.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with you……………

melissa
melissa

I really love LW..Not crazy about her being on the Chew.Will never watch shows that take AMC/OLTL spots ever..I did watch the clip and what’s his name? seemed akward reading from his cards..Surprised she did it but still a huge fan of hers.JMO..

Susan M.
Susan M.

I’m surprised also that she did it….

david
david

I couldn’t watch the clip once Batali started reading from his cards. Pathetic that he can’t prepare. I can’t believe Batali is still on television after settling out of court for $5.25 million for illegal tip skimming. I will never watch The Chew.

I tend to agree with Strasser, but what choice did Wright have about appearing on The Chew when she works for ABC? She “outsources” most of her grapes? Not a bright comment to make when promoting a winery.

PAURETAJT
PAURETAJT

Laura Wright has choices, one being the Rachael Ray cooking show, that is still an ABC show…

Helen
Helen

I agree with Robin Strasser! This was a slap in the face to all the fans working so hard to get their soaps back! I never have and never will watch anything but General Hospital or Oltl if we are fortunate enough to get it back!!! I have no respect for any actor that promotes anything on these inane replacement shows!

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with you Helen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

Your right Helen, And so is Robin Strasser.

gloria
gloria

AGREE!

ethel
ethel

absolutely!

mike
mike

I think it was wrong for her to be on the show that killed AMC and could still kill GH to sell a few bottles of wine. I have lost all respect for her.

barbara t
barbara t

Me to.

gloria
gloria

Me three.

ethel
ethel

me four!

PAURETAJT
PAURETAJT

Me 5…

tim
tim

I will never watch the chew but,I fully support Laura’s decision to promote her business on the program.GH isn’t going to last forever,and her main concern should be for the future well being of her family.

Ron
Ron

But her wine business is already very successful so she did not need to go om The Chew to promote it! And how is her wine business any business of GH? How ABC force her to promote her private business on that piece of crap show?

gloria
gloria

REALLY! Everyone who follows Laura & GH knows about her winery. Soap Opera Diget has mentioned it more than once & I’ve even looked at her winery’s website. It is no secret. I hate the effing Chew. Makes me want GAG.

tim
tim

How do you know that GH “forced” Laura to appear on the Chew?

ricardo
ricardo

robin strasser is a great actress. but robin you need to mind your own business. you are pretty nosy for making that comment. laura wright is promoting her wine on the chew. i did watch the chew today because of laura wright. robin strasser can be a diva sometimes. laura wright you are a smart lady to promote your wines on the chew. who knows how long general hospital will be on the air. alot of soap actors have jobs on the side. smart move laura wright. also i loved your work on guiding light loving and the city. you are a wonderful gorgeous actress.

Debbie
Debbie

I so agree with the prior post. I love Laura Wright but will never watch the Spew even if the entire cast of the ABC soaps past and present were on it. also, Mario said some unforgivable comments about daytime soap fans and has not made amends nor attempted to. I liked watching his show on the food network. He needs to go back there! I feel Laura was trying to promote her Winery but she should never have gone on the Spew. It just moved her down a peg.

Nicki
Nicki

Laura didn’t have to go on that horrid show to promote her winery! There are many other shows that she could have appeared on! I also agree with Robin and just because Laura was on that show doesn’t mean it got high ratings! As for Mario trying to save face with us was a crock just like those awful orange crocs that he wears! I will never like the hosts or watch that horrible show!!!

Torrey
Torrey

Find another way to promote your wine business, Laura, because there is no way in hell I will ever tune in or support The Chew. I have yet to watch one second of that show, and I don’t intend on starting any time in the future. I’m actually surprised to hear of her appearing on this show. I know it’s all about business, and she is still a part of the ABC family, but as a soap actor I would think that she wouldn’t want to have anything to do with a show that was a part of the demise of one of daytime’s Iconic series. I don’t have any ill will towards her for wanting to promote her business, but just my opinion…. Down with The Chew!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Love Laura Wright and understand that she wanted to go on Chewv to plug her wine business. But, I am still boycotting the Chew and anything else that took our beloved soaps places! Can’t blame Robin Strasser for her tweets. Lots of jobs were taken away cuz of Chew. Glad they at least showed clips of GH!

Franny Wright
Franny Wright

Laura was as sweet & lovely as always & I enjoyed the clips with her but Mario definitely failed at trying to appear like a soap fan.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Didn’t watch it……………I just can’t watch the chew……………..I am a loyal soap fan…

Franny Wright
Franny Wright

I’m a loyal soap fan too, watched AMC since day one & OLTL almost as long. I was heartbroken when they were cancelled. No one had to tune in to the show, Michael has the clips here on his site. Laura also promoted GH besides her winery. I am not a fan of “The Ewww” & do not follow it…..I would much rather see AMC back in that timeslot where it rightly belongs followed by OLTL!

barbara t
barbara t

Susan m. I know that we have seen on several sights that abc renewed general hospital, But we never heard it from them, they never, that I am aware of, made a statement from their network that it was renewed. I go all over the net and I never seen a statement by them, they are getting rid of the revolution but they are replacing it with good afternoon america when that katie show starts in september where does general hospital go? On a brighter note I heard this morning that the chew isn’t doing as good as all my children, still, that is good and it proves our point that we want soaps on in the afternoon not garbage filled shows that make no sense to us. Abc/disney is loosing in the afternoon and I am happy that our boycotts are working, I also hope that general hospital went up this week in the ratings, I haven’t heard anything yet.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Barbara t. You read about the ratings : GH shows gains in total viewers and key 18-49 women demo Gh did both adding 29,000 put GH in third place..That’s good news…Positive news for GH….This is for 6/2……….What do you think about this??????????????

Heather
Heather

I’m not bothered by Laura Wright appearing on The Chew. CBS has its soap actors appearing all the time on The Talk and Let’s Make a Deal so it was only a matter of time before ABC did the same.

I didn’t watched The Chew’s episode with Wright, just like I didn’t watched any of The Talk’s episodes with soap stars in them. A soap replacement remains a soap replacement no matters who are the guests. But I won’t disown soap stars who decide to appear on these talk shows. I’m not their mother and they’re old enough to make their own decisions.

barbara t
barbara t

That’s not the point, She went on a show that we are still boycotting, all my children was in that time slot and why should any of the fans be happy about what she has done, anyone who did watch because she was on is wrong for doing so. aren’t we the soap fans trying to bring the ratings down on that dumb show to? The soap stars know that and that is why I feel she made a big mistake going on that horrible replacement for all my children.God knows there are other food shows and talk shows that she could try to sell her wine to. and if this is a move by abc to bring the soap fans on to watch the chew it didn’t work it backfired every place I have gone to today there are posts a lot of them of the fans disappointed in Laura Wrights visit to the chew. Sometimes there is nothing wrong in just saying no, we fans are trying to save general hospital and the soap stars should not betray the fans her job at gh isn’t that safe, if it was, abc would have renewed for longer then a year and I never heard that abc did renew general hospital, They have never come out and said anything and that has me worried that we will loose general hospital, I hope I am wrong.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I think I read on this site that GH was renewed for another year………I read it a while ago . Michael had article on it…Yes I remember reading it…

Misty
Misty

I feel from a business prospective Laura did what she had to do for her Winery. I personally don’t agree with her choice of shows. As part of the soap opera genre she should have been more considerate and supportive of her colleagues that lost jobs because ABC made these ridiculous choices Maybe promoting on the View or Live would have been a better choice. It seems like she is only trying to help her AMC boss’ get viewers for this “show”, Her business venture could have easily been promoted on another show and still showed ABC her support for the soap genre by NOT appearing on a show they cancelled it for. JMO

ethel
ethel

mario is a straight up @$$ – he said that daytime tv fans that used to watch the different shows find them at different times………mario acts as if amc & oltl changed their time slots – he is just as delusional as ever!
as far as laura being on the chew, i see it as free advertisement for her wine business……………..

Theresa
Theresa

What world does Mario live in!? What a load of cr*p! One of these days the spew will sink by the hands of soap fans. Pop culture indeed..there is NO comparison!
Sorry Laura..didn’t watch and never would! I hope the show got low ratings.

Elhu
Elhu

I love Laura Wright and GH, but could not bring myself to watch her on The Chew, because I also loved AMC and OLTL. She has every right to promote her own business, and since the category falls under that of what The Chew covers, it does make sense, but I still could not tune in. I also see how ABC would want to mesh the two worlds (reality tv and soaps), in hopes of possibly getting the fans of either/both shows to tune in to the other, that does make sense, and I sure do hope Laura appearing on The Chew brings more fans to GH, but I highly doubt that soap fans will make the same jump to watching Batali and company, I know I will not !!!!!

el
el

She seems very uncomfortable everytime they speak about the soaps. I have never watched this show and OMG i can not believe how freaking boringgggggggggggggggggg it is!!! Is the audience paid actors? they dont seem like they really want to be there if you ask me.how is this crappy show still on air!!!!

Susan M.
Susan M.

I don’t know either why this show is still on the air ????????????????? They should stick to the food network…That’s a good place for them….And leave daytime programming for OUR STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

I’m proud that Robin Strasser had the gumption to speak her mind. Laura Wright made a bad decision here. Laura states that it was just to promote GH but why go on a food show & talk about soaps..it was mainly about her side business of selling WINE! She even hawks it at her fan events. It’s too soon for any soap star to appear on THE SPEW. Sure, it won’t bring back AMC but it was symbolic that a current soap star would appear on the show that replaced a soap opera just last year! Mario probably wouldn’t have known who Wright was if it wasn’t for his note cards. His speech about slowly being accepted by daytime fans was nauseating to say the least. This is a big deal and I personally feel betrayed. I’m so happy that people are not being quiet about this.

Susan M.
Susan M.

She could have went on the food network to sell her wine for her buisness……….

barbara t
barbara t

I am very upset about this I don’t know who to really be mad at, abc for telling her to do it, The people of the chew who put her on their dopy show, or Laura Wright for showing up, I guess all three, Abc is a deceiving network which will lie and yes, cheat to get people to watch their circus like shows. The hosts of the chew for pretending to be soap smart, Does that ass really think he is being accepted by the soap fans, I don’t think so. Now Laura, She could have just said no and went on some other dopy talk show to sell her wines. I am really upset in her crossing the line to go to the enemy, abc cancelled all my children and One life to live and they are working on getting rid of general hospital and she goes on that show that is the start of the killing of the soaps. Bad move on her part.

ChrisCat
ChrisCat

Enjoyed watching the clips. Thanks for that. I don’t ever watch the Chew nor did I watch the Revolution. I think Mario B is about as unlikable as a person could be, The rest of the cast of the Chew are not bad and likeable. As far as Robins S tweet she has the right to say whatever she wants but I think she should thought more about how it would come off. To me it was offensive. That said I sure miss OLTL but I am so glad we still have GH. Love that Ron C and Frank V are now helping to make the show better.

Ron
Ron

Robin and alot of actors lost their jobs so yes she should be offensive whenever she can. She deserves to vent whenever she can. ABC stole something very precious from us and we are not about to just accept whatever they want us to watch!!!

barbara t
barbara t

Well said Ron. And I will continue till the day that I die to boycott abc/disney, that means I want my soaps back and general hospital stays put, if not, That network or anything disney will never be welcome in my home again. What Robin said was the truth and she did have every right to speak up, a lot of lives were turned up side down because of abc’s decision to kill the soaps.

Brian
Brian

As much as i like Laura Wright, I wonder if she would have appeared if it had been General Hospital that had been cancelled.

Susan M.
Susan M.

That’s a good comment……………..Would she have???????????

barbara t
barbara t

General hospital is not even safe right now, that alone should have kept her off that show.

kay killgore
kay killgore

My sister came over and had a copy of June 11 Soap Opera Digest page 53. Laura Wright makes comments about how THRILLED she is to be working with the OLTL actors because all of the sudden their show was gone and they were out of jobs she also stresses how she is happy their fans get to continue to watch these characters they loved. So you are wrong if you think she is unloyal to her fellow actors on ABC. She is sure not responsible for the bonehead decision to cancel them & I am sure she is aware that they could do the same thing to GH. Cut the gal some slack!

Mo
Mo

Mario, I can’t catch the soaps at diff times because SoapNet is now gone. Plus, for those who watched cancelled soaps, how are they going to watch them if they’re no longer on air?

Granted, I don’t necessarily think it’s Mario or any of the other hosts’ faults the state of ABC. If they hadn’t taken those jobs, someone else would, but it would help if he had maybe embraced the soap community.

I can see both points of view. Laura works for ABC and she is given an op to also promote her winery, but on the other hand, The Chew led to the demise of other soaps and could also have killed GH. I think she was probably between a rock and a hard place and at the end of the day, it was an op to promote her winery so she did it.

Susan M.
Susan M.

There are repeats of OLTL on the soap channel on the T.V. I have watched some of the old episodes of OLTL…The one about Tommy..Todd’s kid.. That Marcie is on the run with…And Todd is looking for her………It’s on at 7:00am & again at 8:00am…Check your listings..I probably have a different cable provider ..May not be on the same times………….MISS MY OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ron
Ron

Alot of cable providers and satellite providers have dropped Soapnet as it is owned by ABCDisney! Ppl cannot watch their cancelled soaps on line if they don’t have internet!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Well I get the soap channel..I have Bright House Cable in Fl……..I watched it this morning (Fri.)……………………………..I guess I am lucky I still have that channel..And they show GH on it if you missed it …………And for the wk. too….

barbara t
barbara t

I have direct tv in florida and I still have soap net.

Mo
Mo

I have Comcast and they told me Soapnet is no longer available–Disney has closed it down due to low ratings. Lady I spoke to said she was surprised it had low ratings since they have received A LOT of calls about it. I went to Soapnet site and it looked like it was still operating so I called again and was told it’s been shutdown. I don’t know what the real story is, but it’s gone.

As for watching online, my computer chair is not that comfy that I want to watch online programming.

ethel
ethel

mario made it seem as if our shows continued on @ soapnet – any idiot knows that soapnet is only running reruns of amc & oltl…..this just shows how big of an @$$ he is…………smh
laura did not need to be on the chew to promote her winery because she talks about it @ her fan events plus she mentions it on twitter 24/7………………….

Mo
Mo

I didn’t know Laura promoted her winery 24/7 until reading these posts. Since she does that, it’s no surprise that she went on Chew. I guess if you don’t like what Laura did, don’t buy her wine, don’t follow her on Twit, etc.

barbara t
barbara t

mo, comcast is not being honest with you , I have direct tv and I just looked because of your post and I still have the soap channel.

Mo
Mo

That’s what I didn’t understand because I went to the Web site and it still looked like Soapnet was up and running and I also couldn’t understand why there weren’t any media reports of Soapnet going black. I guess I will have to give them another holler and be on hold foreva. Thanks.

barbara t
barbara t

Good luck with comcast, I would give them a earful.

Mo
Mo

It seems that Comcast decided to drop Soapnet sooner rather than later. Even though it is still on air, they’re not airing it. Don’t know why. I’m not the only who complained, but it ain’t coming back. I don’t know when it will go dark for all, but enjoy it while you can.

barbara t
barbara t

Mo , I am hearing that soap net may be turned into disney family, I don’t know there are so many rumors I wish someone would just come out and say once and for all what will happen to soap net and when will it end, I think that abc has some real stupid pr people working for them.

Mo
Mo

Yes, I know it’s going to be turned into Disney Junior at some point. An idea which I think sucks. Why can’t they air Disney stuff during the day and soaps at night? I wish another channel would take on airing the soaps. There is a demand for it. And even airing defunct and current soaps from the beginning. I don’t know when Soapnet will cease once and for all, but I just wish Comcast would air it until that day. Maybe Disney wanted them to pay some money. I don’t know. I was even willing to get another package if it meant I could get Soapnet, but Comcast is apparently not offering it at all. Guess I was lucky to have it for as long as I did.

barbara t
barbara t

I guess I should be happy I have soap net for now, I did hear that a lot of parents are ticked off at direct tv because they choose to not put on disney junior at this time so that means disney junior is up and running just not on direct tv they wanted to keep soapnet. I really wish that some one, any one would give us a soap channel, there are to many kid channels and a lot of sports channels, whats wrong with one soap opera network that will put on the old ones and produce new ones and bring back my one live to live and other soaps that have been cancelled.

angela
angela

I agree with Robin.God bless that woman she says it like it is!!! Laura should not have done that show. I realize she wants to promote her winery and she should, but not on a show that replaced a soap. I didn’t watch just because she was on and I am sure there are many others who felt as I do, There is NOTHING that would ever make me watch that show! No GH actor or abc actor past or present should make an appearance on that show. We should never let abc forget how they dissed their loyal daytime audience.

TS1
TS1

After watching the recording it seems Laura was there to promote her wine business. Chew thought by putting someone from GH fans would tune in. They could have chose C. Mathison who works with GMA to be on the show, but than Mario couldn’t have made his Soapfan dig of being excepted in Daytime. Chew or Katie will never be accepted by “Soapfans”. We won’t give up the fight!

lillysmoonfire
lillysmoonfire

Mario will never get it about soaps because hes an idiot. I do not and will not watch the chew. its a boring mind numbing experience. Laura Wright can do as she pleases, promote her wine stuff where ever. Doesnt mean she will intice me to watch, nor will i purchase the products being shown on that vile show the chew. Mario is an arrogant bastard that really needs to get a clue. Just watching clips of the show as you have posted here is just boring. Its mind numbing. Give me action, love and adventure! Give me the keep ya on the edge of your seat, wait till tomorrow, programs that we all know and love for many many years. Give me back my OLTL and AMC! Robin Strasser!!!! I LOVE YOU MAN! Miss my Dorian! Im not a Laura Wright fan. I watch GH, have for my whole life, but OLTL is just better in every way.. More CLASS! MARIO BATALI can jump off the nearest cliff and it wouldnt matter to me one bit.

barbara t
barbara t

Talk about crossing the line and going to the other side, How sad is this move by Laura Wright, Robin Strasser is so right about her showing up on the chew and 800 people loosing their jobs, Talk about stabbing the soap fans and showing up on a stupid talk show for idiots that is part of the killing of all my children and one life to live and is she not aware of everything we soap fans are doing to save General hospital a soap that she is on? I am disgusted in her I can’t believe she doesn’t know what she is doing, even selling her wine is it worth hurting the fans she had like me who no longer has respect for her place on general hospital. Bad decision on her part to show up on that awful show, If abc asked her to do it, All she had to do is say No, I can’t see selling your ass to the network who is destroying the soaps because of money and she is making money on that show that has gone cheap, whatever I am disgusted, Wrong move on your part Laura.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with you barbara t……………………………..Why didn’t she go on the food network !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was like a slap in the face her being on the chew …

barbara t
barbara t

Susan m. She should have gone to the food channel, How many shows do they have? I am really upset that she showed up on the chew, Of all the food shows, How many months has it been since general hospital was renewed? she could have lost her job, This was a wrong move on her part. I really like Laura wright I can’t believe she did this.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I don’t watch the chew….Not interested in cooking shows…Never watch them at all..Haven’t watched the chew from day one & never will..No matter what actor or actress is on this show I will NEVER watch it……………Why isn’t this show off the air by now…Soap fans don’t like the chew…I know that for sure..

kay killgore
kay killgore

A great Winery & their is nothing wrong with being smart enough to have a backup plan if your acting job is stripped from you things happen she is one smart cookie . If you are in the area go visit. She was being gracious they invited her on and it is not her fault two soaps got cancelled on ABC implying she is a traitor is just stupid.

rebecca
rebecca

no she’s not one smart cookie…she disingenuous. she’s on Twitter primarily to sell her wine…she went on The Chew to do the same. but in a sense she “crossed the picket line…”

if you’re an actress in a genre that is threatened with extinction, you show solidarity and support the fans that make you a “star” in the first place. If you want to prove to a network that The Chew and other reality shows can’t match the numbers of the soaps…you don’t go on the show which may in fact help boost their ratings when you’re on.

No, the hosts of The Chew didn’t wipe out the soaps. They’re not directly responsible. But if a genre is to survice the network execs have to work with numbers. She shouldn’t be helping to boost the numbers of a show that has replaced a soap.

There is no excuse really. Sure, promote your winery. But not at a time when execs are still looking at the fallout from the cancellations of the soaps.

Strength in numbers…Laura just scored one for herself and The Chew. Not the soaps and soap fans. Finally, if she’s keeping up with the fans protests, she KNOWS that they don’t want The Chew…she KNOWS that they resent the show and any show that replaces the soaps, she KNOWS they still hold out hope of getting them back on the air.

Really selfish move on her part…

barbara t
barbara t

Very well said rebecca. I agree with everything you said, she did cross the picket line and it was wrong on her part, She has to know what the fans are doing to save general hospital and how we feel about loosing all my children and One life to live she should have told the chew and abc, thanks, but no thanks.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with Rebecca…………………….

ethel
ethel

well said rebecca & i agree with you 100% – she better hope this doesn’t turn around & bit her in the butt – she could very well loose her fan base on gh over this…………

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

This made me feel ill. I can’t stand Chew people. Please don’t ask me to watch any of these stupid shows that replaced my soaps again! Obviously Batalli was told what to say!!!!

ethel
ethel

he is not even intelligent enough to remember what they told him to say – he had it written down on cards & they were lying on the counter…….

Maria
Maria

I don’t begrudge Laura a chance to promote her winery and GH at the same time. In a way it makes sense to have soap stars go on other daytime shows as cross promotion. Yesterday was the first time I watched The Chew and the last time unless other GH stars do their show.

With all due respect to Robin Strasser, she needs to STFU. Laura going on the Chew is not going change what happened with OLTL and AMC. LW was given a great opportunity to reach a lot of viewers about her wine and she’d be an idiot not to take it. Considering that GH could be cancelled in a matter of months these stars have got to look elsewhere for their livelihood. I don’t fault her for that.

On a side note: I think Laura would make a great TV talk show host. She has that special quality.

Ron
Ron

And you just boosted the ratings of that piece of crap show we want cancelled by watching it!!! If you were a true soap fan you would never say what you did!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Gh was renewed for another year.. By doing this it didn’t help GH ratings..She should have went on the food network…There are so many other cooking show on the T.V. I thought going on the chew was a bad move on her part..She could have said no to the chew….Doesn’t she realize soap fans are totally against the chew because of AMC which it replaced…………..

Maria
Maria

Ron you really shouldn’t make generalizations like that about a person you don’t know. FYI I’ve been watching GH for over 40 years. I think that more than qualifies me as a TRUE soap fan. I’ve have NEVER tuned into the Chew before yesterday and don’t plan on viewing it in the future. I as a true soap fan was supporting GH by watching a GH actress promote the soap. Since the network barely promotes General Hospital, Laura going on the show was a way to support it. I really doubt that my 10 minutes of viewing the Chew will having them soaring in the ratings.

PAURETAJT
PAURETAJT

While I like watching Laura @ work on GH, there was absolutely no excuse she can give for going on The Chew, when only 6mos ago her very job on GH was threatened by ABC also. There are a hundred food shows she could have chosen from. ABC’s Rachael Ray show perfect to promote her wine. I have bought my last bottle of Standing Sun. She broke my heart.

Susan M.
Susan M.

You said it all…………….DITTO………..

Sara
Sara

Won’t watch for anything…………..

Susan M.
Susan M.

Me too……

Susan M.
Susan M.

ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chaz
Chaz

Look, a smart business person does whatever they can to promote their business. I look at this as a promotional event for her. I am sure that LW knows that her ass would have been called on the carpet had she arranged to appear on an NBC or CBS show. I have not, will not watch The Chew – MB is a gross man who gives me the willies – but, LW knows that one day she will no longer be a soap star….GH could be canceled, she could be written off, etc and she is building a business as an alternative income source.

Much as I adore Robin Strasser, I think she let her emotions control her fingers in this instance. The Chew will be airing despite the cancellation of AMC & OLTL. LW appearing isn’t going to change that fact.

ethel
ethel

robin strasser had the guts to say what a lot of other soap stars were thinking & i applaud her for speaking her mind………..
robin has always spoke her mind & thats why her character was ruined on oltl because she always called it like is & i respect her for that…………..

barbara t
barbara t

I agree and respect Robin to. she spoke the truth and the truth does hurt sometimes.

mary
mary

I have never watched the Spew.I won’t even watch these videos.I love Laura,but she had to know that this would provoke the wrath of soap fans.We are still hurting over the loss of AMC and OLTL,and we will not forget what ABC/D did to us.I pray that Laura doesn’t have to find out how much this hurts.Stupid move,L.W.!

Robynne
Robynne

I LOVE both Laura Wright and Robin Strasser. I do not fault LW for going on the Spew, although I am not thrilled. I understand that she needs to do what is best for her and her family and since the continuation of GH is tenuous, I don’t blame her. I wish she didn’t go on or at least spoke up more in defense of us fans and her show.
I also don’t blame RS for speaking her mind. She tells it like she sees it AND she made a point to say how much she likes LW anyway.
I have only seen the clips above – won’t watch anything ABC/D except GH anymore – and I cannot believe this show is still on the air! Boring and bad are not descriptive enough! Mario’s comments were absolutely ridiculous and insulting. Find our shows at another time???? They were cancelled…and you know it! This makes me glad I have not watched before and furthers my resolve to never watch! What a jerk.

Christine
Christine

Robynne, I think you took the words out of my mouth. I feel exactly the same way.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I don’t like the chew at all…………………………..Why is this cooking show still on the air??????????????????????? It should be cancelled ASAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Every time I see a commerical of the chew when I am watching GH I change the channel…LOUSY SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mario’s statement doesn’t make any sense what so ever ………….

Shelly
Shelly

Agree! I also saw her interviewed on CBS’s Sat. morning show a couple of months ago. It’s obvious she’s preparing for a career beyond soaps which (I suppose) is the right thing for her

Mary
Mary

This first clip of the Spew is the only time I have seen this awful show ( except for the commercials which are nauseating in themselves ). The whole thing seemed very awkward and even though I wish that Laura Wright or any other soap actor would refuse to appear on it, I was even more put off by Mario Batali. He is a disgusting man and obviously didn’t endear himself to soap fans with his inane comments and his note cards. ABC/D and this show killed AMC and OLTL, and I will never watch it , no matter what soap star might be on it, Why couldn’t LW do a guest appearance on The View, Live With Kelly, or GMA? I don’t watch those shows either, but at least those programs didn’t replace a beloved soap.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Have never watched the Chew, never will. That said, I am glad to see ABC cross-promoting GH because it needs all the exposure it can get! I thought Laura was a good choice.

Mario Batali reading from note cards…pathetic. Shows, yet again, his lack of understanding or care for the daytime audience (or his guest). Insulting.

Robin Strasser is entitled to her opinion and I am a fan. I don’t think she should be too mad at Laura for seizing an opportunity to promote GH or her wine business.

If the Chew hadn’t replaced AMC, I might have actually watched it on, say, the food network or somewhere else. I like Michael and Clinton. I have no knowledge or use for the other 3 cast members. Don’t like Mario Batali at all. Blech!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I have to think Laura Wright is playing the company way which anyone would in her position. She is top talent in the daytime drama world, a sphere that admittedly has spun wobbly of late thanks to influences from outside and from within. The GH cast and crew surely is working to be a good ABC player as to remain on the network and have it support. Wright also has a personal business to nurture she has every right — wright? — to do that. She has not betrayed us.

THE CHEW is not a well done program, and it breaks no new ground. I would prefer it not exist and ALL MY CHILDREN remain in production. I do not choose — CHEWz? –to watch and you know? Maybe it says something that the program is reaching within its ABC arena to book guests. That is sort of sad.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Like it or not, Laura HAS to play nice with ABC right now. She would have caught MAJOR flak from GH/network brass had she NOT done the show-as much as I would have loved to see it. Both shows need viewers, unfortunately. I don’t begrudge her for going on-I just wish there would have been another realistic option…

Christy
Christy

ooooh Laura! how could you??!!! boo hiss! Go sell your wine on the the Food Channel! Even QVC! shame on you! bad form! I agree with Robin Strasser! The Spew leaves a bad taste in my mouth and it can not be rinsed out with Ms. Wright’s wine! ha!

gloria
gloria

Good one Christy! I agree.

barbara t
barbara t

They did raise the ticket prices again at disney, I also agree what you said about Laura, the food channel, and qvc, she didn’t have to show up on the chew even if abc told her to do it. We don’t support the soap killers even if we have wine to sell.

Christy
Christy

and you know as well as I do, we disgruntled OLTL soap viewers have more than enough WHINE to go around! bwahahahaha

Christine
Christine

I have to agree that Mario and his orange Krocs have not been embraced by daytime television fans. If they have it is ONLY because our shows have been canceled. I have always liked him (as well as Clinton and Michael) on CABLE. I do not know the other two co-hosts. Clinton has a real presence and talent. He could be successful somewhere else.

Mario is great for Food Network and other cable shows. I am afraid he is lost in national TV. I am third-generation Italian so I appreciate the Italian pronunciation, but I am sure it is lost on the many other viewers and I am sure they just do not care. His recipes are too sophisticated.

And I do not know if I am the only one or not, but does anyone really like to watch PEOPLE EAT ON TELEVISION?!

I can’t blame Laura for going on national television to promote her winery and/or to promote GH and/or to do what the ABC brass tells her to. In the end, she has her own family to think about.

barbara t
barbara t

No, I don’t like to watch people eat on television.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I don’t like cooking shows at all…I find them BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never watched one and never will..That’s not ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christy
Christy

hey Barbara T, they should call this The Chow! I don’t know that I’d call what they do on that show ‘eating’ It’s more like ‘hurry – gotta cram something the size of my foot, into my mouth!’ te he he You chew a bite… you Chow like a horse!

not appetizing in the least!

Jan
Jan

Shame on her. She did cross the line, there’s alaways QVC or HSN.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree……….There are so many other cooking shows on different channels..Food network………………………………………………………. Bad move on her part…Soap fans can’t stand that show…………………..Including me……..The chew should be cancelled……..It needs to be cancelled. It doesn’t belong on daytime programming….

ethel
ethel

she had better hope this betrayal doesn’t effect her gh fan base – outraged soap fans can be very damaging

General Hospital

Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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