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Is Y&R About To Recast Katherine Chancellor's son, Tucker McCall?

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As Jess Walton noted in the tribute episode to the late Jeanne Cooper on The Young and the Restless, the series will eventually deal with the death of Katherine Chancellor and are deciding how best to craft the story.

Of course, the natural thing would be to develop a story on who inherits the Chancellor fortune, company, mansion, etc, and that would mean bringing back the character of Katherine’s son, Tucker McCall last played by Stephen Nichols.

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Uncensored, “Insiders report that Tucker is returning to Genoa City long term but he won’t be played by fan fave Stephen Nichols, who returned recently for Jeanne Cooper’s tribute episode. Says a mole, “They’re working on finding someone to play him since Nichols will not be returning.”

So the question is; who do you think should be  a “Tucker” recast? Or, would you like somehow for Nichols to return to the role?  Weigh-in!

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I would love to have Nichols back. I doubt he would return considering he was sorely underused when he was there.

Tucker’s in England having started a new company. Would seem strange to just leave it all behind. I don’t know that Katherine would leave him Chancellor. What about Murphy? I know he can’t run it, but she could leave it to him. I thought they were a bit estraged before he left.

I’m almost certain that it will be Cane in order to cause friction between him and Jill.

UGH!!!!!

Not really a big fan of the character. Not invested. Soooooo many new faces/recasts in G City. But if it means tons of Kay/Jill story, then I’m all for it.

Just for the heck of it…. why not…. 1/2 to Jill and 1/2 to Nikki?

Get Nikki out from under the “Newman” Men… honestly…..

course, i’ve heard it said before… women always cat fighting…. but, this would give Nikki a whole new lease on life.

I don’t know… I was more thinking about what to do with Nikki…

she’s evenmoreso… A Pivotal character… what with… Katherine, Phylllis… and Ashley gone.

I do think Katherine’s death needs to be an umbrella story for all the vets and not only the business aspect but personal. Leaving Nikki some property with millions and Nikki refurbishes the building…it was once where the “The Colonnade” once stood and she reopens the fining dining establishment, Gina is administrator of dining…close the ugly “On the Blvd”!

U are right Nikki is so pivotal for character with all departing. The mansion should be Jill has her half, Katherine leaves her half to Nina & Mac…and the saga continues Jill vs Nina…think about some of the cat fights Jess & Tricia could do now as Jess & Jeanne!

I definately agree about giving Nina more air time… she’s central as well.

Jess and Tricia going at it would lend itself credibility… as they’re known for it.

Nichols would be cool, but they should do a twist to it, and have it turn out Paul Williams is really Catherine’s son, Since Doug Davidson was like a son to Jeanne anyways, and would give him more airtime.

Wow, can’t believe they aren’t planning on asking Nichols back! He is one of the finest actors in Daytime (of all time). Their loss…and ours:(

Ditto…. kind of a slap in the face, if they don’t ask him…. SN may not see it that way… but… he’s TALENT… and they wasted him, like SOOOO MANY others.

Patrick I was under the impression that JFP did not like him that’s the reason his contract was not renewed.

It will be a friend of JFP so take it from there. Or she could always put aging stage makeup on Steve Burton and he could do dual roles! And if you think I am kidding I am not if she thought she could do it she would the nails in the coffin are almost complete.

The nails in the coffin of the once great soap Y&R she has doubled down on what MAB started.

I hope there is re-cast because he was no fan fav on Y&R. I loved the Tucker played by William Russ, he was outgoing, optimistic, romantic, and seemed like a corporate raider. I still smile when I remember Tucker bring Jill breakfast in bed and surprising her with red stilettos and diamond earrings.

The re-cast with SN making Tucker into this brooding spoiled old man who took delight in being nasty to woman he had sex with was a huge turn -off. The rock and roll hippie who had sex with groupies and calling each other by groupie names- just stupid. SN had no chemistry with Jill and was boring with Ashley.

So full of crap. nichols is definately a fan favorite.

Fan favorite yes but not on YR he displayed no real qualities for the character, please recast if we need this character.

Harlee, that’s your opinion. I’ve been watching Y&R for over 35 years and I thought SN was a great addition! I thought his scenes with JC were always stellar. He brought a uniqueness and layers to Tucker. He is the one that made me stop and take notice of Tucker. I can’t speak for everyone, but from what I’m seeing online his portrayal of Tucker was far more popular with Y&R viewers than you think.

Yes this my opinion, I been watching as you a longtime viewer for 40 years and I just didn’t see the layers but again it goes back to this period of the writing and that is what I didn’t enjoy. Jeanne was always stellar regardless and you’re correct. Some scenes were very good wJeanne you didn’t find SN performances as stellar….good at times yes according who he was doing a scene with and other times just horrible. I think it’s a mixed bag there are plenty that would agree with you but there are plenty that would agree that if the character returns to recast.

Once again, it’s all about Jill. Judging an actor on whether or not Jill gets some loving is absurd. The character of Tucker is not defined by Jill. The actors don’t get to write their own storylines. The actor is not defined by Jill and who Jill sleeps with or who she looks good with. As far as SN being popular with Y&R viewers, check the boards. It’s only the same one who runs from one point to the other and complains about how Jill was treated that seems to have the biggest complaints.

I think SN is a great actor, but I didn’t like him as Tucker. I liked the original guy who played Tucker and ticked off that they didn’t keep him.

Fan group polls mean nothing. I love Daniel Goddard, but I don’t think most viewers would consider him the best actor on Y&R. Regardless he wins the weekly best actor contest/poll all the time & has for years. At least his fans are mostly Y&R viewers. The SN/Tucker polls/thread get many of it’s votes/support from Days and/or GH viewers who don’t even watch Y&R, And even then it’s just not that many.

Tucker may not be defined by Jill, but Katherine was (in part) as was Jill defined (in part) by Katherine. They were developed together since day 1 and it continued for almost 40 years. For MOST viewers the mention of either character brings the other to mind. The only thing connecting Tucker to Kay is the stroke of a writer’s pen connecting DNA that can easily be reversed, and often is on soaps. Whereas 40 years of onscreen stories together can’t be taken back. And sadly for SN, MAB did not connect his version of Tucker to the other half of what Jeanne Cooper, and millions of Y&R viewers, considered a super couple so he isn’t of much value now.

What’s more Stephen Nichols Tucker wasn’t onscreen with Kay very often. He spent a majority of his time with YoHarmony, Sophia, Ashley, Gen, Abby, and/or Devon. Most of those are gone now. He was on the program for 3 short years, and they were the poorly rated & viewed, MAB years. Y&R has kept its core vets for 10, 20, 30, and even 40 years, so 3 years is insignificant in comparison. I couldn’t even name all the actors and/or characters that had a 3 year run on Y&R, and I’ll bet most others couldn’t either.

Associated with Katherine Chancellor/ approx years onscreen
Jill – 40
Nikki- 34
Victor-33
Ester -31
Gina Roma-27
John Abbott-24
Danny Romalotti – 24
Christine-20
Brock-19
Nina-18
Little Phillip/Chance-14
Liz Foster-13
Billy Abbott-13
Phillip 3- 10
Mitchell Sherman- 10
Derek-9
Rex Sterling- 8
Larry Warton- 8
Dina Abbott – 8 years
Mackenzie-7
Murphy-6
Brittany-6
Chloe-7
Cane-6
Amber -4
Tucker -3

So I agree with you that Tucker is not defined by Jill, but he really wasn’t defined by Kay either, or anyone else left on the show and that’s exactly why it’s easy to re-cast him. No it’s not all about Jill but its even less about Tucker…. alot less.

Liza, I didn’t see any mention of fan polls in the comment you’re responding to, but yes, they do mean something. They show the popularity of the actor in the role. I think Little Kittens was talking about reading actual postings on message boards. Clearly, if you read them you will see that, one, SN was very popular as Tucker, and two, those posters that are posting about him do watch, otherwise they wouldn’t have detailed knowledge of Tucker’s past storyline. Funny, being that SN is currently not on contract with Y&R, GH, or Days (that we know of) you would think that would cause a divide not a unification of fans. Fans of his role on Days would be vying for his return there, fans of GH, there and so on. There might be a handful that would throw their support everywhere, but that wouldn’t be the norm, that’s for sure!

The rest of your post doesn’t make sense in the context of this articles’ purpose, which is to debate whether Tucker should or should not be re-casted. A history of Jill and Katherine and how long Tucker has appered on screen is not needed to answer the question.

I’m not talking about polls. If you actually read the boards before posting, you’d know. No one else defines the character of Tucker solely by his association to Jill or by Katherine. The show is not all about Jill or Katherine. It’s an ensemble. Your reasoning suggests that if Tucker had been on the show for multiple years, he would then be acceptable. Since that is not the case, by your reasoning, a recast wouldn’t be acceptable either. Apparently, you are going to have to find a different way to bash the actor, since that is your motivating factor.

Perfect list and so appropriate of the last 40 years of Katherine’s connections but 80% is “All About Jill”…Jill now is playing the Anne Baxter role which it should be because the use of this long history opens the floodgate of story for Jill alone….sigh…

Bring back her son Brock. He should get the money.

Me! I’d love to be a Tucker recast!

I would love to see Tom Eplin back on daytime– he could play the new Tucker, does anyone know if he is one JFP friends or one of her enemies? But if not him someone who used to be on AW that I haven’t seen in ages would be cool. JFP must of made some friends on that show that she could now import onto this one.

This SL could be good if they have all the Chancellor’s back- Brock, his daughter Mac, Phillip and Chance– with Devon and Tucker thrown in, all competing with Jill for their share of the pie. Of course after Katherine fake death a couple years ago, Esther inherited half the house– so you could get her and Chloe and Kevin in on this too.

Wow! GOOD. idea! Tom Eplin was Amazing on Another World.

That would be something that would start me watching again.

I won’t be happy unless Tucker is played by Nichols. He is a great actor and bringing is anyone else is a bad idea. He even had a physical resemblance to Jeanne Cooper and Devon.I have watched Nichols play Patch on Days and Tucker on Y&R he is such a good actor that I easily accepted him in both roles.

bring tom eplin ex jake another world. he would be really good as tucker. oh robert kelker kelly too. why not. both are very good actors. jill pharren phelps needs to be fired. i cant stand this woman. she is a soap killer. young and the restless will be on life support sooner than later. she always brings her friends teachers pet on the young and the restless and creates roles for her friends. steve burtons new role is boring. cannot even act. a friend also to jill pharren phelps. lol.

If it is going to be an ex AW person it will be Kale Browne/Michael Hudson he was on the set just a few months ago and he is the right age and he is a FOJ! I happen to like KB so I do not care the only problem I have with them bringing the character back is I wished it will be short term and take Devon with you. RKK is definitely to young for the role and he is basically retired and flying now. As for JFP my husband would not permit me to go to the Daytime Emmys this year I had the chance he made me pass he is afraid I would scratch JFP ball headed he is right!

Knowing JFP it will be another cast member of Hollywood Heights like Grayson McCouch or Carlos Ponce. Someone they can get cheaper than Nichols.

My picks would be:
– Grayson McCouch
– Leigh J McCloskey
– Tom Eplin
– Laurence Lau
– Timothy Gibbs
– Gordon Thompson

All good choices

Leigh J McCloskey is already present on YR as Nikki’s doctor which original was seeing Ashley originally years ago….hmmmm we need Brenda back like yesterday if we can’t have Eileen…please YR!

Stefan Cassadine to GH. Stat.

What about Brock? If the original is not available, then a recast. I think Laurance Lau would be a fabulous choice to play Brock. It would be an easy transition since Brock hasn’t been seen regularly. I just can’t see her leaving Chancellor Industries to just recently found Cane or grandson. Her husband has no corporate skills – he can inherit enough money to ensure a comfortable last years of retirement.

NO BROCK RECAST!!!!! FIRE JILL FARREN PHELPS, I loath the Bitch!

I loathe her too. She’s a power-wielding, destructive, ineffective hack who’s now using Jeanne Cooper’s death to soften her own tarnished image and deflect criticism of her total lack of talent and leadership. How she’s lasted sooooo long in this business is a mystery.

rickie i agree with you. jill pharren phelps is a bitch. she needs to get fired now and go away. she only likes her favroites like steve burton and her other teachers pet friends. jill is a soap killer.

No recast on Brock!…the original would probably be delighted to return FT…has major history wJill…much more logical compare to T-u-c-k-e-r…it’s no brain who the audience does know that has a deep connection to YR canvas is Brock…opening the door for Mac to return, making way for Chance to return (recast)…and goes on…Tucker has Devon, this family tree branch is short compared to Brock & Jill’s family tree ihas many branches spreading and deep connections to Katherine….

I wish Stephen Nichols comes back to GH i miss him .

Praying for the return of Stephen Nichols as well to the role of Stefan Cassadine! Laura needs the only man who truly cherished,loved & encouraged her & that was Stefan! Old man Luke & whiny Scott have got to go! Francis & Nichols chemistry is fantastic onscreen,he was the one man that finally tore L&L apart never to be the same again! Stefan & Laura were my favorite couple on GH & again when he played Tucker & she was Genieve on Y&R. It’s time for them to have the real romance they should of had many years ago. I loved Nichols as Tucker as well but the show never used him properly and Stefan has so many more facets for Nichols to portray. GH needs him to return asap!

I was never a fan of character of Tucker played by either actor. I think it was the story on how it was conceived in the beginning. Now, with the death of Katherine looming and you can’t undo all this mess now it seems almost a necessity to have Tucker back for story with Katherine dying. If they can recast Tucker then they can bring back Brock at the same time, Brock has equal shares of CI. Let it be Brock vs Tucker.

My next question is Phillip & Chance are the REAL Chancellor why not have those two back instead of Tucker?

I think Susan Flannery should be figured into this whole thing— there arent too many grand dame’s of daytime left and she could fill these shoes if she has had enough of retirement!

They should bright back the original Tucker……Stephen Nichols

But he’s not the original “Tucker”

Willam Russ was the original.

Brock will never be interested in running his mother’s company.
I think it will fall to Cane – which will ultimately lead to conflict with Lily and Jill….and Tucker.
I do wish he was going to be played by Stephen Nichols again tho.
It will be strange to have a new actor assume an established role and no prior relationship to any of the actors/characters.
Not impossible – but a challenge.

Not if Y&R doesn’t want the type of Tucker that was established. As someone on twitter stated “Who wants a bitter rich septuagenarian with abandonment and commitment and sluttishness issues. NO ONE.”

I hoping the new face also means a new personality, and what better time to become a completely new man than at the death of the bio-mom he obsessed about for ages. If Y&R want to bring back the audience that tunes in for the funeral they are going to want a character they like. SN was only in the role for 3 years, on Y&R that’s a drop in the bucket, so it not a big deal. Besides his Tucker spent most of his screen time (was established with ) YoHarmony, Ashley, Gen, Ashley & Sophia( who are all gone) than Kay. How often was he in the mansion with Kay? 5 times maybe? lol Jill is the MOST established character with Kay, & Tucker hardly knew her. It’s the perfect time to start anew. Now a new Phyllis would be weird.

First off, SN is in his early 60s. Just clarifying that.

Second, I think you’re confusing or rather blurring some lines here. Tucker is a character that is scripted – not a real person – therefore his personality is scripted by the writers. SN’s personality is not Tucker’s and Tucker’s is not SN’s. Whether Tucker has a new face or is played by SN, the writing will be the same. SN has played the role since its inception, except for the first month. He has all of Tucker’s history with Katherine.

“Not if Y&R doesn’t want the type of Tucker that was established. As someone on twitter stated “Who wants a bitter rich septuagenarian with abandonment and commitment and sluttishness issues. NO ONE.”

Uhhh… you said it, under one of your many aliases.

The twitter quote is from @MarkHsoap, a regular #YR tweeter. That’s not me, but obviously you are going to believe what you want so if you want to give me credit fine. LOL

LOLOL… doesn’t matter. Tucker is not being recast, so I guess all this ‘banter’ doesn’t matter. LOLOL…..

P.S. Did you get permission from this Mark guy to repost his info and tweets? I mean, I know Twitter isn’t exactly private, but still. I don’t think I would want anyone helping themselves to my stuff and using it for their agendas. Just a thought.

Stephen Nichols should be asked back! It’s a no-brainer! He has three years of scenes encompassing every emotion with Jeanne Cooper, all which could be used in flashbacks! Seeing a recast play the part of the grieving son will ring hollow with viewers, who will expect to see Nichols. It would be a disservice to the storyline to cast an actor that hadn’t worked with Jeanne!! The only one who could do the part justice is the one who had the most scenes with Jeanne in the role. Stephen and Jeanne worked so well together!! I hope he is asked to come back.

Yes!! That is brilliance Kat!! The flashbacks that would lead to more and hopefully better storylines are right there waiting to carry Y&R into Years of rich,far reaching stories for everyone!!

Bradley Cole ex Guiding Light worked with JFP for a little while on GH, he could be an excellent Tucker.

Another good choice

Stephen was brilliant as Tucker and I loved him during the tribute to Jeanne episode. However, if they chose to recast, I would be welcoming it, but only if the recast was equal to and/or better than Mr. Nichols!

Of course… I would love to see Stephen Nichols on any soap… GH first and then either YR or DOOL. He’s fabuloous!!! Don’t think it will be Y&R though…

I can’t say this surprises me at all. It makes story sense to bring back Kay’s children — both of them. Especially Tucker from a business perspective, and let’s not forget a funeral coming. My thoughts are that JFP and SN don’t adore each other, so one of them very likely doesn’t want tot work with the other, or maybe both. So, either one wants the role to go to SN and one doesn’t, or they both mutually agree that they’re happy not to work with each other. Either way, it’s not surprising to me at all, and it’s really unfortunate, because SN had a ton of charisma in that role, he had huge character chemistry with Jill — and it doesn’ thave to be romantic, I mean CHARACTER chemistry, their interaction was always compelling. But nooooo. I’m just hoping that if SN said no that one of the reasons is because Days came a’calling. Either way, there’s no way this recast won’t be a FOJ.

Stephen, you were a great Tucker. If the character is really being recast, I’ll miss you, and I won’t be watching.

OMG bring him back. Not someone else, PLEASE! If you have to bring someone in could it be George Clooney!

Brock is her son too! If it is not the real Tucker Brock will do. I am sure you can make a story line for Brock. But if Tucker is gong to be a player and the real Tucker is not in the picture you will have to bring in some very handsome, loveable character.

I would prefer Stephen NIchols to any other Tucker but if this is determined to be a recast I would be shocked if it wasn’t Kale Brown.

Grayson McCouch is about 20 years too young. It would be awesome to have Tom Eplin back on soaps, but he is a bit too young as well. I’d suggest Kale Browne or David Forsyth. Both are Phelps faves, but that doesn’t bother me here, since both are good solid actors, and either would have chemistry with Jess Walton and other cast members. I am also waiting for the reveal that Cane is actually Tucker’s son. This was strongly hinted at before Genie Francis and Nichols were axed, so the story couldn’t proceed. But with a recast the story could move full steam ahead. Tucker never really caught on because he was written with no purpose, personality, or point. Any talented 60 ish could play the part well provided they fleshed out the character and gave him some dimensions.

Robert Newman aka Guiding Light’s Josh Lewis.

I’m thinking Kale Brown will get the job. She brought him over to OLTL as Sam Rappaport and made him s HUGE part of that show.

Sorry but I could never watch another friend of Jill

Just as long as it’s not Devon. I can’t stand his punk self.

I like Robert Newman as Tucker or even John Wesley Shipp (ATWT, GL)

I would like them to bring back Stephen Nichols. He’s Tucker and will always be Tucker in my eyes.

Stephen Nichols needs to return in order for the storyline to work. I don’t understand
Why they let him go and put all those kids that have no storyline and that are so
Boring!!!! I’ve watched Y&R for 40 years, we need our vets back on with a new
storyline, it’s gotten where its same storyline just repeated!!!! Wake up and get this
Soap back where it needs to be!!!!! Use our Vets don’t waste them, cause they are
All great!

Stephen Nichols is NOT a Y&R vet. He was on for 3 years- the MAB years- the lowest viewed years in Y&R’s history. Many viewers who come back for Kay’s funeral will have never heard of Tucker.

I think the Y&R veteran actors are perfectly capable of making the story line work.

I second that no SN…his performances were lazy and uninspiring at best….too lackadaisical & no feeling is what I saw and this is why I couldn’t warm up to Tucker…maybe with the right actor & writing~~~possibly…hmmm

the writing was lazy the actor was superb. Now boring one note acting is Steve Burton as Dylan and Goddard as Cane

I just respectfully disagree on SN. Absolutely the writing was lazy and seen many big name stars make sugar out of shiz and turn it to gold we all could name a few…SN doesn’t fall in that category he brought nothing to the role at least on YR. I’m not saying SN couldn’t be good in the right character role but Tucker wasn’t one of them that shined.

Michael Park.

I agree with Gia, Michael Park would be great.. I am sick of JFP and her friends on the soap, also sick of The Chelsea show…sick of seeing her and hearing her laugh, maybe it’s time for me to turn off Y&R..

I love me some Michael Park, but he is not Tucker McCall material at all!

I want Nichols back. He was great. Loved him with ED as Ashley. Fabulous chemistry. I wish they could both return.

Why would they recast? Unless Nichols does not WANT to return (because, let’s face it, who would after being canned?), I see no reason to recast. Nichols is supremely talented and had great chemistry with cast mates (granted, most of whom he played with are no longer there). Also, unless they really intend to use Tucker, I’d rather not have the character on the canvas. Y&R has too many good characters being wasted these days and I wouldn’t like to see Tucker as the next casuality.

Stephen Nichols should Return. JFP however has proven to EXCLUSIVELY HIRE HER FRIENDS. i will not watch if its one of the FRIENDS OF JILL. I ALREADY CANNOT WATCH BURTON

Tom Eplin. And Jensen Buchanan in some way!!!

Count me in as NOT wanting a recast of Tucker McCall!! Stephen Nichols was perfect in the role! I’ve been watching ‘The Young’ for close to forty years and no – I wasn’t a fan of Stephen’s prior to his being on the show. Sure, I had seen soap mag covers of ‘Patch’ and such, but never saw his work. It’s a bit irritating to have to say that as if it it assumed that Tucker as a character could not possibly be well received on its own merit, but yes, he can and is by many I presume. Anyway, the minute Stephen took over the role, I became fascinated with Tucker. I thought he was an interesting departure from your typical business man – mogul – billionaire. My only gripe is that he wasn’t used enough in certain storylines.

So I’ll reiterate here: PLEASE DON’T RECAST TUCKER! GET STEPHEN NICHOLS BACK!

I want kay alden back as a principal writer of this show. Since her and bill bell left , the show became really boring. I do miss jack vs victor , dru vs phylis , nickki vs diane , jill vs kay . Not to mention about super couples she created. She knew how to pull it out.
Bac ( david tom and ashely b, jollen thad and lindsey , raul and brittany etc.) All of them have good chemistry together.
Today most of couples on this show are very boring , i can’t stand one of them.

SN COULD COME TO GH AND PLAY THE ROLE:

STEFAN CASSIDINE

OR KELLY MONACO FATHER

I think they should bring back the latest Tucker McCall. He is very handsome and there was great chemistry between him and Devon

AEW

AEW’s Tony Khan Talks Hiring of Soap Vet Jennifer Pepperman, Sting’s Retirement Match at ‘Revolution’ and His Well-Deserved Send-Off

On Thursday during a media call, AEW President, Tony Khan fielded questions from the press leading up to Sunday’s AEW: Revolution pay-per-view (8 pm ET). Khan spoke on a myriad of topics including: the hiring of former One Life to Live executive producer, Jennifer Pepperman, and that Sunday will be the final match of the iconic Sting’s wrestling career.

Pepperman, who made news last week when she jumped from rival WWE as Senior Writer/Producer to AEW as its VP Content Development, brings with her experience as not only the former EP of Prospect Park’s One Life to Live, but as a Daytime Emmy-winning director for One Life, As the World Turns, as well as the digital series, After Forever.

Khan addressed the addition of Pepperman and what she brings to the table for AEW, “I love the world of soap operas and I think it’s fascinating the work she’s done. She’s an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and it’s a very different medium than soap opera, but obviously there are similarities. It was a unique hire when she joined pro wrestling and now she’s learned the wrestling business. There are a lot of wrestlers that have great experience working with her and so she was a popular hire. I think she adds a lot.  She would add a lot to any women’s story. She can add ideas, but she also adds ideas to men’s stories. I think any aspect of it wrestling or television that you’re working on, Jen, can be insightful, and she’s very additive. I wanted to bring Jen in to help just with AEW all across the board.”

“Jen is somebody who’s got a really great wrestling mind,” Khan expressed. “It’s really nice to have somebody like Jen who has experience in pro wrestling but also a lot of experience in television.  A lot of the people who had worked with Jen previously, had really great things to say about her, and on my visits with her I really liked her a lot. She was very excited about what she’d seen in AEW and she’s fitting in great. We’ve done a lot of shows now, and she’s been doing a great job catching up on it. She brings a lot of knowledge of pro wrestling and television from outside AEW.”

Photo: AEW

It’s going to be a sad day for Sting fans all around the world, when he wrestles in his final match this Sunday. Khan shared how important it was to him, to AEW, and to Sting, for him to go out with one final historic match. “I’m very excited about AEW Revolution, first and foremost being Sting’s last pro wrestling match and Sting’s retirement,” Tony shared. “I think he’s been a huge part of pro wrestling for my entire life. He’s been a hero since I was very young and when Sting came into AEW, I was so excited. This is exactly where I hoped we would get – setting up an incredible retirement match for Sting this Sunday at Revolution. He’s an incredible pro wrestler and an incredible man, and giving him the send off that he deserves – these past few years has been really important to me and now having a match for the weekend with high states, a personal rivalry, a great story, it’s going to be a tremendous show. It’s got certainly something that nobody will ever forget and that is Sting’s final wrestling match.”

The Greensboro Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina is where Sunday’s AEW Revolution will emanate from. Khan believes, “It’s the perfect place to pay tribute to Sting’s great career in the Greensboro Coliseum. It was where Sting really first arrived on the national map in 1988.”

Sting appearing on Wednesday night’s AEW Dynamite was also special. Khan felt, “It was very fitting that he had his final appearance last night on TBS.”  Tony added, “Sting coming down from the rafters one last time I thought was a perfect way to cap off the final ‘Dynamite’ before ‘Revolution” and the final ‘Dynamite’ of Sting’s career. After 37 years on TBS .. and being so identifiable with it, it’s pretty special and pretty rare, and it’s befitting the great career and the great person that we have in Sting.”

While some feel Sting may be back in some capacity with AEW behind the scenes, Khan says anything is on the table. “When Sting came back in 2020, he did not need the money. Sting is very, very well off and has earned a lot of money in his career and is taking care of it very well,” Tony related. “He’s really a great person and he’s made great investments and he does this because he loves it. He loves the fans and he wanted to have a great run in wrestling and for these past three years, that’s exactly what we’ve done.  So for me, I would love to have Sting back in AEW anytime. I know he said he would like to come back. We won’t hold him or force him to come back at any point. Now is a great time for Sting to take time for himself and his family after this and whatever the result is Sunday, I think Sting can take pride that he’s had the most incredible final run.”

So, what did you think about the words Tony Khan expressed on the hiring of Jennifer Pepperman who brings both her soap opera and wrestling experience to AEW? We have always said that pro wrestling is a ‘soap opera in the ring’ and apparently Khan knows there is link to the two as well.  And, are you ready for Sting’s final match in his legendary career? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Sloan Recast: Natasha Hall Temporarily Fills-In For Jessica Serfaty

Sloan will have a new look for several upcoming episodes on Days of our Lives. Natasha Hall will step in for Jessica Serfaty the week of March 4-8

A spokesperson for DAYS confirmed to Soap Opera Digest, that Hall will take on the role of Sloan Petersen for three episodes.

If Natasha looks familiar she was seen on Netflicx’s The Kominsky Method and has appeared on The Rookie, S.W.A.T., Mom, HBO’s Entourage and the movie Game Night.

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Serfaty began in her run as Sloan back in August of 2022, and has been heavily featured in the Nicole baby switch storyline where along with Melinda Trask (Tina Huang), Sloan is passing of Nicole and Eric’s baby, as her adopted chid, while Nicole continues to mourn the loss of the little bundle of joy.

Since Days had been taking 6 to 7 months ahead of streaming its episodes on Peacock, Hall taped her scenes filling in for Serfaty months ago.

So, interested to see what Natasha Hall brings to the role of Sloan, while Jessica is temporarily off the show? Comment below.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Reacts to ‘The Bachelor’ Joey Graziadei Having ‘No Idea’ Who She Is On ‘Live with Kelly and Mark’

Let’s set the stage! Kathie Lee Gifford was previously mentioned by Today Show’s Hoda Kotb and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos as someone who would make a great lead for the upcoming dating-reality series competition, The Golden Bachelorette.

Then came the Wednesday February 28th episode of Live with Kelly and Mark, when the current ‘Bachelor’ leading man, Joey Graziadei was the guest.

During his interview, Kelly and Mark asked Graziadei what his thoughts were on Gifford becoming the first-ever ‘Golden Bachelorette’.

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Graziadei’s response was: “I will be honest… I have no idea who Kathie Lee Gifford is.” That prompted some boos and some laughs from the in-studio audience. Joey added, ‘I’m only 28! I’m sorry!”

In a response to a post on X featuring the faux-pas, Gifford reacted by saying: “I don’t expect him to know me. I’ve got shoes that are older than this kid is!”

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Gifford received the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. She has also been in the chair occupied by Ripa on ‘Live’. From 1985 to 2000, Kathie Lee and Regis Philbin were the co-hosts of  the morning talk show. She then went on to co-host the fourth hour of Today in 2008 and continued till 2019.

When E! News asked Kotb about Gifford potentially getting the nod as the “Golden Bachelorette”, she shared, “By the way, she would be a 10 plus, and she’d get her choice of all the men, and you know how she is all flirty and cute.”

So, what do you think about Joey not knowing who Kathie Lee is? Could it possibly be that ABC would cast Gifford as the ‘Golden Bachelorette’? Comment below.

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