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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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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!

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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

GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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