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It's A Wrap For Y&R's Longtime Associate Producer Josh O'Connell!

On Friday and throughout the weekend rumors circulated that a change had been made on the production team of The Young and the Restless, and as we have come to find out it was the series longtime Associate Producer Josh O’Connell who was let-go after 20 years with the daytime drama.  It would seem that at present, Y&R is making a few shifts behind the scenes.

O’Connell started in the production offices and being associated with the show back in 1994, and has always had a close relationship with the Bell Family – the late great Y&R creator Bill Bel,l and his wife and co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell.  In 2003, Josh was promoted to Associate Producer where he has been for the last 11 years during his tenure with the number one soap opera.

Today on his final day on his job, Josh send out a special message to those colleagues and friends whom he has worked with for decades.  We asked Josh if it would be OK to share a part of his message with you.

Josh wrote: “Twenty years ago I began an incredible journey at The Young and the Restless which has changed my life in more ways than I can begin to express.  Since my tenure began in 1994, I’ve had the privilege of working with a number of extraordinary teams, starting with the creative genius of the late Bill Bell Sr. and with the remarkable co-creator Lee Phillip Bell.  I believe in this unique generation-spanning genre as much now as I did my first day on the job. As I move on to my next journey, I want you all to know how grateful I am to each and every one of you for irreplaceable memories and friendships that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.”

Share your thoughts below on the exit of Josh O’Connell from The Young and the Restless team!

 

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suzazq
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suzazq

I think that Pratt is to blame. and Cady McClain tweeted an ominous tweet also, like she may be leaving. I think Young and Restless may be in DEEP trouble!

vinman
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vinman

Cady….pass on the banana pancakes!

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s the saddest thing… I mean this… seriously

having watched serial… for generations… over 3 decades plus

I’m lost without this… devoted… soapbox me… I care

I’ll fight this

LOL… Cady McClain stirred… does fit… if she’s next in line of… let go

along with this associate producer… it’s a crime

a pull to the heart of what television IS

a staple that rips tears and lets go a piece of this everlasting genre that doesn’t need to budget a piece of history…

I think of all the other actors… who once shared

ATWT
AW
Santa Barbara
Guiding Light
AMC

and so on and so on and there it goes

salute

Patrick
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Patrick

I know I needed to include OLTL

Mo
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Mo

What did Cady tweet?

Earika
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Earika

Notice he did not mention the current PTB as being “extraordinary teams” Y&R seems to have a way of ruining people’s holidays. Last year it was Billy Miller and Michael Muhney…this year it’s Josh and I am sure others are yet to come. How about getting rid of the real problem, Jill Farren Phelps!!!!

su0000
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su0000

wow..

Y&R has lost their core true-characters with the loss of their actors, the ones that made Y&R great..
(BM, MS, MM) and top of heap others.. all gone..
their replacements are all a fail, not doing well..

Too many people are walking out of Y&R..
where there is smoke there is fire / burning behind the scene….
Now– we have Pratt as head writer/producer.. that is good..
I see a huge change on the horizon for Y&R, and that is good thing..

Nikki
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Nikki

I hope so but if he was any good he would get rid of the dead-wood. Did anyone see today’s show. Poor Nick remembering everyone that hurt him. Good grief Sharon never had issue’s until she got involved with the Newman’s, although Phyllis went after Nick when he was married and grieving Cassie he still loved Sharon & Phyllis knew it. He broke Amy’s heart but that didn’t stop him from taking advantage of her, and Grace was someone he used when he felt down & out. What a prize. Come-on writers how about the truth? And while your at… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

The actors are fine. Its Jill and co.that arent!

CindyC
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CindyC

Jill Farren Phelps is the problem First it was her group of friends she brought in from H.H, then the scenery, then favorite actors. Now this please stop her!

su0000
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su0000

There is no one to replace Jill Farren Phelps that has her experience..
And– there are few, very few, who even wants the job..
Who would even want the job and have the experience to do it..
I doubt there are any eager takers or any CBS would hire / outside of Pratt, perhaps..
Jill Farren Phelps is going nowhere ..

Peggy
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Peggy

How is Pratt a good thing? He hates soaps. thinks that they are beneath him and was part of the team that almost killed GH. He’s a great friend of JFP. So happy I left and all of the most talented actors are gone.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It seems to me that he was fired because he was one of the last links to the Bell run drama– many of the behind the scenes people who worked for the Bells for years were fired the first year JFP came on board. I guess they will spin this as they don’t need an associate producer when the got two producers in Pratt and Phelps, although Pratt is supposed to be in name only— we shall see. It does seem the predictions about Pratt are coming true if they fired the one guy left who might have fought to… Read more »

Lawrence
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Lawrence

JFP will let go anyone that was under the bell tenure. Look at all of the new directors and writers for y and r. There is nothing classic left and they might be killing off Michael. I will give this show 5 years before its cancelled.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Michael, Christian isnt leaving

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Eileen… I hope you know something I don’t because the rumors have him leaving the show. If you know otherwise, please put my mind at ease! 🙂

Not a JILL FAN… I just don’t trust her or her motives.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Jill and Angelica, again. It will never stop.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Instead of hiding behind the facade that Y&R is still the great daytime serial it was, JFP should just admit to trying to cut every last tie to the Bill Bell era the show has. Firing popular and talented actors, getting rid of long-time production staff, bringing in newbie actors, characters and and crew members is all part of JFP’s grand plan of systematically destroying Y&R. Now with Pratt on board, things will likely only get worse. Sony and CBS need to start doing things RIGHT for Y&R, by first getting rid of the biggest problem of all – JFP.… Read more »

Derrick
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Derrick

Not a smart move there!

Don
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Don

More firings to come in the next months

toscanti
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toscanti

I believe they want Y&R to fail. Why else would the HACK JFP still be here. I despise that arrogant Bitch!

Sward81333
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Sward81333

Don’t the Bells own the soap? Why are they letting Sony get away with all of this?

richard
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richard

Can’t Brad Bell step in and do something??? His family owns this soap, do they not?? I know he’s got his hands full with B&B but he shouldn’t let this show go down the drain!!!!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Nope, the Bells dont own the soap now.

seattlegirl
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seattlegirl

The Bell’s do own a share of The Young and The Restless but unfortunately they do not own the majority of it, Sony does. Unless the Bell’s can purchase some stock back from Sony or a 3rd party buys it, Sony has the control. Sony has allowed the Bells over the years to have creative control, but that too has been taken away. The show is solely the people Sony put in charge Jill Farren Phelps, and soon to be Chuck Pratt. As far as The Bold and The Beautiful, Bill Bell didn’t have to give any shares away so… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Why did Bell have to give away shares of Y&R?

seattlegirl
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seattlegirl

If memory serves correct Bill Bell was under contract with the Corday Family at Days of Our lives. He wanted out of his contract to start The Young and the Restless. In order for him to get out of his contract it was agreed that he would give shares to them. In turn they later gave their shares to Sony, who also owns Days of Our Lives. The Bold and The Beautiful was created after Bill started The Young and the Restless so he was able to retain full control of that serial. It’s a good thing he did. It’s… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Loath as I am to defend JFP, or appear to, I am not so sure I would lay this particular move at her feet (though she may not have done anything to stop it). I suspect it’s Sony, rather than JFP, that does not value the ties to the Bell years and the Bell family. It has become clear from Sony’s hiring decisions, and from the direction the show has taken as far back as when Lynn Marie Latham was in charge, that Sony doesn’t understand what made the show so popular and isn’t interested in following the principles that… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

Well look what happens after Chuck Pratt is hired, one of the people that have been part of the classy Y&R for years is fired.

And sad that Cady McClain has to go through this again. The same soap hack once again.

Time to sit back with popcorn and see what Pratt will do to Y&R.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

REALLY?!?!? Oh, Y-E-T ANOTHER nail in the coffin……….

Mo
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Mo

Wow. After 20 years. Well, hopefully he save his money.

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‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’ Josh Flagg to Make Guest Appearance on Days of our Lives

From real estate agent to soap opera star, that’s where Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles star Josh Flagg finds himself when he visits Salem and Days of our Lives on-air next spring.

According to a report from PEOPLE.com, Flagg will appear in the May 12th, 2023 episode streaming on Peacock.

The details of his character’s arc is being kept under wraps. But when looking at the first look exclusive, Flagg appears in scenes with DAYS Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Abigail Klein (Stephanie).

When questioned how he came to be cast on DAYS, Flagg shared that the Days of our Lives casting team reached out to him because they thought he would “play this particular character very well.”

Turns out that Josh is a longtime fan of Days of our Lives and recalls watching the soap with his mother growing up.

In addition to his DAYS stint, look for Josh tomorrow night, December 8th, when an all-new season of MDLLA bows on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET.

So, what do you think of Josh Flagg coming to DAYS? Is he playing a real estate agent? Comment below.

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Anne Heche Final Autopsy Reveals No illegal Substances in Her System at the Time of Fatal Car Crash

The final autopsy report is in, which puts a bit more into perspective what happened to Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), when she crashed her car into a home back in August, which ultimately took her life.

It has been suggested for months that Heche was impaired while driving erratically on August 5th, which ultimately caused her to crash and suffer a life-ending brain injury.

However, the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner‘s office revealed that the final toxicology results (concluded from blood and urine tests taken when Heche went to the hospital) showed the presence of benzoylecgonine, an inactive metabolite of cocaine. That indicates past use, the examiner confirmed. Results also showed prior use of marijuana, but not at the time of injury. There was no alcohol detected in Heche’s system either.

There had been speculation that Anne was inebriated at the time of the accident which was further fueled by an image that appeared to show a liquor bottle in the front seat of her vehicle.  In addition, the Fentanyl detected in Heche’s system was administered in the hospital after her injuries were sustained.

The medical examiner had determined that Anne died of inhalation and thermal injuries. She was trapped in her Mini Cooper for around 30 minutes before she was rescued by first responders. The official report lists sternal fracture due to blunt trauma as another “significant condition.”

Heche was hospitalized immediately following the fiery car crash. She went into a coma and was declared brain dead the evening of August 11th.  However, her body was kept on life support until August 14th when her organ recipients had been found.  She was 53-years-old at the time of her death.

What do you think about the autopsy report on the death of Anne Heche and the ending of such a talented and respected actress? Comment below.

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Tony Khan Confirms William Regal’s Exit from AEW to Return to WWE

On Wednesday, ahead of tonight’s AEW Dynamite on TBS, and to promote Saturday’s Ring of Honor Final Battle pay-per-view, AEW President Tony Khan spoke with the media and answered questions on several topics.

Chief among them is the status of William Regal who reportedly is heading back to the WWE.  In story, Regal was taken out by MJF on last week’s AEW Dynamite, after Regal helped MJF become the AEW World Champion during the main event at the Full Gear pay-per-view in November.   During last week’s episode, Regal was carried out of the ring by stretcher after being clobbered in the head from behind with brass knuckles by the new champ in another swerve.

Today on the media call, Khan reportedly explained the Regal situation sharing that Regal approached AEW executive Megha Parekh and requested to be released form his contract so he could go back and work his “golden years” coaching his son, Charlie Dempsey, and to the WWE.

This all went down around the time Khan was with his mother in Toronto, who was undergoing a major operation when doctors found that she had a spot on her heart and if the spot was removed, that it the best chance of stopping the strokes she was having.  She has already had two strokes, previously.

During this time, Khan arranged a call with Regal and shared that Regal had good intentions for wanting to go back. He was very empathic to the situation, given what he was going through with his mother and his own family at the time.

Khan added that Regal is still with AEW through the holidays, but he wishes William all the best and that it was “hard to see him go”, and they’re going to make some on-screen sacrifices to help him do the right thing for his family.  In addition, Regal’s release was on the condition that he could not be on TV next year, meaning Regal could then only work behind the scenes at WWE, anyway.

Tonight on ‘Dynamite’ look for Khan to address the William Regal situation.

Reports from Pro Wrestling.net, Fightful.com, David Bixenspan

So, what do you think of William Regal obtaining his release from AEW to go coach his son and return behind the scenes to work with the WWE in 2023? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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