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Greg Rikaart Wraps His Run As DAYS Leo Stark Expressing: “Playing This Role Has Been A Gift.”

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He took the Salem canvas by storm, earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for his role as dastardly Leo Stark and now following Tuesday’s airshow of NBC’s Days of our Lives, finished his run.  Greg Rikaart played Leo for all his worth and then some, a gay villain something truly not seen on daytime, previously.

With great zippy dialog and zingers from DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati and his writing team, Rikaart lit up the screen every time Leo trounced in to cause trouble in the lives of Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey), and anyone else in his path in his quest for money and power (and flirting with a plethora of “straight” male characters in Salem).

However for Leo, every scheme ended up backfiring on him, complete with learning his evil mother, Diana (Judith Chapman) lied to him about John Black (Drake Hogestyn) being his bio-dad.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Rikaart said a public goodbye to the role by stating: “That’s a wrap on Leo. Thanks for all the love. Playing this role has been a gift. An absurdly fun and delicious gift.”

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In story, after finally having no choice but to sign Sonny’s annulment papers of their bogus marriage, Leo gives the ‘Evil Eye’, a curse, and stares down and puts in on Will.  Later, Will develops a terrible headache and is not feeling well, setting the stage for the next leg of Sonny and Will’s attempts to finally be together once and for all, problem free.  But this is a soap after all, right?

So, sad to see Rikaart’s Leo exit the canvas? Do you hope they write the character back in somewhere down the line?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Karen
Karen

Leo was so much fun to watch. Greg is a fabulous actor. I truly wish him well and hope against hope that Kevin comes back to Genoa City sooner rather than later.

Toscanti
Toscanti

He was fantastic in this role, especially the scenes shared with Judith Chapman “Dianna”. I hope they both return to Y&R.

Celia
Celia

Wouldn’t thst be fantastiv,Toscanti?!…Two of the best actors!!
Greg is so authentically versatile. We have seen him act the infuriating maniacal menace transforming into this really good guy ( Kevin, Y&R).
Both brought drama, comedy and hope to DOOL—-
My interest has been piqued regardless of their exiting the show….
Is Rafe Jordan’s baby’s father ( if there really is a child)?
And, is Melissa Haley’s mother? Not her sister?

Timmm
Timmm

Y&R is rebuilding and Greg is a block that it could use!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am so sorry to see him go. I love Greg. He’s terrific in that role. I loved seeing him leap across the table to strangle his mother. That was priceless. They should keep Leo around. After seeing the horrible person his mother has become, Leo could slowly reform. I’m really shocked to hear this. I expected him to stay and Diana to go off to prison. Maybe they aren’t finished with her yet since she has a connection to the rotten snake Ted. Whatever happens, I wish Greg much success in his future.

Momo
Momo

Yes, what is going on with Diana and Ted? I thought her connection to him would mean she would get off. I was not expecting them to leave now. I want them on forever!!! Kinda disappointed they made John not Leo’s dad.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I have to say this kinda sucks because it was fun watching a gay villain on a soap. I think Greg was hilarious when his character would go after the straight men in Salem.

HOWEVER…I wouldn’t mind seeing him back on Y&R and Genoa City. His other character, Kevin Fisher, was alot of fun to watch too. Maybe there’s a certain soap god listening to me?…

Momo
Momo

And Leo with Gabi! Priceless. So many good scenes.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Am sorry for Mr. Rikaart to leave DAYS but could it mean a return to Y&R? Look, if a return of Adam is in the works as many here speculate, then the whole reason for Chole’s underground life is unnecessary. Like the course correction that seems to be playing out currently — JT is alive! Brain tumor caused his evil actions? Do over? — Adam’s return would nullify all that stupid story about Kevin and Chloe.

Also, DAYS does gay right. Y&R could take a lesson here.

I liked Leo Stark and the pairing of Mr. Rikaart with Judith Chapman on DAYS. Kevin and Gloria were favorites of mine on Y&R even when written poorly. You need some troublemakers with sense of humor. you need some actors who are watchable and engaging!

Jeff
Jeff

I would like to see Leo stay in Salem and on a road to redemption. I will miss seeing Greg Rikaart on the canvas.

Momo
Momo

I didn’t know yesterday was his last show. I’m super sad to see Greg and Leo go. He brought humor and fun to the show. And an awesome wardrobe and fun dialogue. “I”m half Black.” Calling his mother Meryl Streep. LOL

mike
mike

He was a bright spot on the canvas. You could tell he was having fun.

Jason Anders
Jason Anders

He did a great job, sorry to see funny Leo go, he was an interesting character

Satan
Satan

I can almost tolerate Leo if they give him something else to do besides come between Sonny & Will. But for Hell’s sake his bug eyed lunatic mother has to GO!

Harry
Harry

Good! Now Kevin can come back to Genoa City!

Boop
Boop

Maybe he’ll return to Young and the Restless ; however, I hope not because I’ve never liked him on that show.

Jimh
Jimh

They keep rotating characters on this show so when some leave it doesnt mean the end…also rumored to return is Bo Brady!!!!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Greg had a good run, making us laugh as well as hate him. I hear good old mom will be sticking around for a while. Can’t believe we will have to see this crazy curse thing continue with Will. So disappointed that he would be so susseptable, if that’s the right word, to something like that. Anyway, hope Greg finds his way back to GC, minus Chloe. Bad enough seeing her in PC. Thought she was leaving soon.

Rodd
Rodd

He was a breath of fresh air. I do hope they bring him back. With all the build-up, I thought he and Judith (Diana) would be in Salem a lot longer. They sizzled as son and mother.

carol green
carol green

Oh no not another one.I liked Leo he was so funny and those loud suits he would wear are something else.I thought this actor would be on the show for awhile.Everyone keeps leaving Days.Why?I really enjoyed watching him even though he could be a pain in the a-s.He made me smile something I so needed.Hope he will come back soon.

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Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood Back As Hosts Of The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Announced today on the CBS Daytime program,  The Talk, Extra host Mario Lopez, and The Talk’s very own Sheryl Underwood will once again be the hosts for the upcoming 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to take place on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Burbank, California.

“I am thrilled to have one of the most entertaining combinations in daytime television hosting our grand gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime, (NATAS). “With their combined wit and charm, plus America’s favorite Arbiter, Judge Judy, receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award as well as the best of Daytime nominated in all genres and a stellar list of presenters yet to be announced, it promises to be a memorable night for the daytime community.”

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is happy to announce that two of daytime television’s brightest stars, Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood, will lead the magnificent celebration planned for this year’s 46th Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Adam Sharp, President, NATAS.

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In addition, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, announced that David Osmond will host the Creative Arts Celebration on Friday, May 3rd, and that Daytime Emmy-winner Carolyn Hennessy (GH, True Blood and Revenge) will be returning as host of the Daytime Emmy Awards LIVE STREAM from the Red Carpet and Backstage Post Show interviews with the winners on May 5th.  Fans can tune in and ask their own questions via Twitter at twitter.com/DaytimeEmmys and Facebook at www.facebook.com/DaytimeEmmyAwards or follow on Twitter/Instagram @DaytimeEmmys

In addition, as to where to watch the The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 5th, NATAS is can be watched LIVE via the following outlets:

On The Web: emmyonline.tv

On Facebook: facebook.com/TheEmmys  and facebook.com/DaytimeEmmyAwards

On Twitter: @TheEmmys and @DaytimeEmmys

On YouTube: youtube.com/TheEmmys, as well as on the KNEKT TV network (www.KNEKT.tv) on Apple TV, Roku, iOS and Android.

So, what do you think of Mario and Sheryl getting the hosting duties once again for this year’s Emmy ceremony? Comment below.

 

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It’s A Wrap For Jason Canela and Noemi Gonzalez! Y&R’s Jordi Vilasuso Shares: “My Heart Broke Today As They Filmed Their Last Scenes”

On The Young and the Restless, it’s never easy to come into an existing soap opera and be a new on-screen family that no one had heard of before.  When Jordi Vilasuso came over to the top-rated soap opera to play the newly created role of Rey Rosales, the series, under then EP and head writer, Mal Young, also had plans to add to expand the Rosales family.  Enter Rey’s-screen brother, wife, and sister.

But as previously reported, two Rosales’ are exiting the series, and now Jason Canela (Arturo) and Noemi Gonzalez (Mia) have officially wrapped their runs and taped their final scenes as of this past Friday.

According to a post on his Instagram, Vilasuso shared: “Feel blessed to have had @jasoncanela and @iamnoemigonzalez become like family to me. My heart broke today as they filmed their last scenes and are moving along in their journey. They have inspired me beyond belief and I’m SO GRATEFUL to not only have worked with them but also to have grown with them. Here’s to my Rosales familia!”

Sasha Calle (Lola) who remains with the series posted in response to Vilasuso: “I gotta say, today was a tear fest indeed. So grateful to you all.  I love you.”

Jason Canela responded by adding: ‘I’m forever grateful to be blessed enough to meet such incredible people and will forever consider everyone who makes up part of The Young and the Restless team a part of my family. You are my bro for life playaa.”

Share your thoughts on the sentiments shared by Jordi, Sasha and Jason.  Then let us know, how do you think Arturo and Mia will leave the Genoa City canvas? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless & CBS To Say Goodbye To Kristoff St. John In Story Arc, Tribute Episode & On ‘The Talk’

The Young and the Restless will say a very emotional goodbye to Kristoff St. John in a four-episode arc next week beginning on Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 26, that will culminate with a tribute episode on Monday, April 29 with former and current Y&R stars sharing memories of Kristoff. and the iconic character of Neil Winters he played for over 28 years.

According to CBS, in the special arc of episodes, Genoa City will gather to remember one of their own when Neil Winters passes away unexpectedly. Neil’s family and friends come from near and far to pay their respects and remember their cherished father, colleague, brother and friend.  Neil’s family learns of his passing on Tuesday, April 23  and the story will be featured prominently for the remainder of the week.  Shemar Moore (“S.W.A.T.”) reprises his role of Neil’s brother, Malcolm Winters, for two episodes, on April 25 and April 26.

Christel Khalil (Lily Ashby) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) also return for this storyline. Additionally, actor Stan Shaw, Kristoff’s longtime friend and co-star from Roots: The Next Generations will appear as the Reverend at Neil’s funeral on the April 25th installment,

Monday, April 29, Y&R will air a special tribute episode to Kristoff.  The episode will include current and former cast members sharing memories of their dear friend, along with memorable Neil Winters clips spanning his 28 years on the show.  Former Y&R cast members Moore, Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla), Eileen Davidson and Mishael Morgan (Ex-Hilary), will be part of this important episode.

In addition, The Talk will remember Kristoff in a special segment on Friday, April 26th. The segment will include a conversation with Moore, Rowell, Christel Khalil and Bryton James (Devon). Clips of Kristoff through the years as Neil Winters will also be shown.

So, what do you think of the upcoming plans to honor Kristoff and his legacy as Neil Winters on Y&R? Will you be watching? Make sure to have plenty of kleenex nearby as we say farewell to one of our most beloved members of the daytime community.

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