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Jensen Buchanan Pleads Guilty In DUI Case Where Other Driver Was Seriously Injured

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Former Another World, One Life to Live,  As the World Turns, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless actress, Jensen Buchanan, pleaded guilty late last week for driving under the influence and causing serious injuries to the other driver.

Buchanan now faces the possibility of a year in prison, and five years of probation plus up to 365 days in the county jail.

Originally back in October, Jensen pleaded not guilty to the charge of  DUI causing injury, and felony DUI with a blood alcohol content of over 0.08.

The judge in the case reminded Buchanan that the sentence was conditional, until the court hears about the victim, Bradley Asolas’ medical conditions during the sentencing hearing set for October 6th.  According to the Santa Maria Times, Asolas and his wife, Sandy, said they were “shocked and appalled at the outcome of Friday’s hearing.”

In court reports, Buchanan crossed the double yellow line on the highway on May 18, 2016, and slammed head-on into Asolas. The victim suffered serious injuries and had to be flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The crash reportedly caused injuries to the pelvis, humerus, two broken ribs, lacerations of the liver, spleen and pancreas, just to name a few of the injuries Asolas sustained.  In addition, nearly half of his heart muscle died and parts of his spinal column were broken. The reports from the case also add that cardiac problems developed soon after the crash that further complicated Asolas road to recovery.

So, what do you think of the case and what sentence that Buchanan should receive? Comment below.

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Mo
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Mo

It’s not up to me to decide on a sentence. It does sound like the victim sustained horrific injuries.

People need to stop drinking and driving.

Mo
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Mo

If you go to the link, it sounds like she’ll be sentenced to a year in jail and 5 years probation. If, after hearing from the victim, the judge wants to deviate from this, Jensen can withdraw her guilty plea.

Jimh
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Jimh

My cousin Jess died tragically at age 19 after a drunk driver slammed into the car she was riding in-she was her parents only child…people who are drunk driving and causes these horrible crimes deserve more than a slap in the hand and NO forgiveness because that means you accept what has happen and in my book its not forgivable…i am no longer a fan of hers and hope she does prison but longer than a year…do i sound too harsh…i dont care how harsh i sound…

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen Jimmy!

Patrick
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Patrick

Amen JimH

JK
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JK

ANOTHER AMEN!!!!!

Shay
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Shay

Absolutely, jimh! There is too often more mercy displayed for the perpetrators than the victims of these totally avoidable criminal tragedies that never could have/should have happened in the first place were the completely selfish decision(s) to drink and drive not been chosen.

Celia
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Celia

You bet, Jimmy, Timmmy, and Shay…LOL… Lock her up and throw away the key. I have lost all respect for Jensen, of whom I was such a fan. ….just as she has no respect for herself and human life. There is no excuse; nothing for which to understand or forgive. And, for those who claim that we should give a care, show compassion for others’ misfortune, mental state or problems….believe you me, I do…boy, do I, in spades!!!! I reserve those feelings for those who deserve it….for those who are injured. But, she knew well enough to get in a… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…once again, you are SO RIGHT ON!!!!! My dear…whatever respect that I had for Jensen is now G-O-N-E FOREVER!!!!! SAYONARA!!!!!

Have a good one, my friend.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Pay the two dollars.

Jovin
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Jovin

I loved Jensen as Vicky. She was everyone’s favourite! But we have to separate the actress from the characters. Celebrities are human. They have problems and addictions and make mistakes and cannot be above or outside the law. Their actions have consequences too. I hope she gets the help she needs first and foremost if alcohol is a problem. If she does time in jail, I hope it is a time of learning and soul searching rather than a terrible or violent experience. Maybe one day we could see her on our screens again. Melissa or Sarah Horton on Days?… Read more »

Maca
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Maca

Anne heche everyone’s favorite vicky and won an emmy and soap digest award. I feel for Jensen but drinking and driving is just bad.

Jimh
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Jimh

Had to reply here…if my family member drives drunk i would feel the same as i do about her…put that person away…i have had several family members spend time in jail and prison and i tell them too that they got what they deserve…none have killed anyone but if they did i wouldnt have anything to do with them!

blake
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blake

I agree with you Jovin, Jensen was the best Vicky!

Maca
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Maca

She couldn’t even play both parts they had to bring Ellen wheeler back to play marley. Anne was the best, sorry. Jensen’s Vicky was an imitation of Anne. She was just ok.

blake
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blake

Calm down Anne Heche!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

This is BEYOND RIDICULOUS!!!!! That Jensen Buchanan chick needs to be sentenced to A LOT of years in prison!!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!

Ricardo
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Ricardo

She needs life in prison Jaybird, big boo will come after her..Jensen is a drunk.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Ricardo…DAMN RIGHT that woman needs life in prison!!!!! That woman clearly has ISSUES!!!!! Beyond pathetic.

Have a good one, Ricardo.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, I’m right there with you, Jay, my friend. Truly sad all the way around.

Timmm
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Timmm

Throw the book at her! She is old enough to know better and someone was seriously hurt!

Kat Hilderbrand
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Kat Hilderbrand

It’s a tragic case for all. I have respect for her for taking responsibility for her actions. No one really wins in this situation.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

I have to say… a year in prison is NOTHING compared to what happened to the victim. We all know what happens when we get behind the wheel, and sadly most of the time it is always the innocent victims that are the most damaged in these cases.

A year in prison? This man will never again be the same. Tell that to his family.

Sorry but I have no patience in these matters. Unforgivable.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I agree, especially when services like Uber and Lyft abound, in addition to the always reliable taxi. Absolutely NO reason to drink and drive in this day and age.

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

This whole mess is extraordinarily sad and depressing. What a horrific and tragic turn this man’s life has taken.

It’s insane that we still must deal with drunk driving tragedies in 2017. When will people finally get it? Will they ever? Shame on you, Ms Buchanan!

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

It is up to the court to decide, not on a social media blog.

Timmm
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Timmm

Michael posted the article, we will react, its a blog, get it?

Ray
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Ray

I have read so many ugly comments about JB pleading guilty. Do I condone drunk driving? Absolutely not. But for all everyone knows, she could have a serious issue and might need help and support. I am sure she feels bad enough without everyone casting stones. I hope she is getting the care she needs and will come back with a great story to tell about overcoming a horrible issue. I would love to see people stop hiding behind their computers and spewing hatred and have a little more understanding that actors, singers, and anyone in the public eye are… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Mistake?…it isnt like something you can easily erase with a pencil…her victim needs support, not her…she is old enough to know what she was doing….i have problems and i dont drink as an excuse….she chose to drink but her victim did not choose to be a victim!

Timmm
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Timmm

Hopefully the VICTIM will come out of this with a great story!

Celia
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Celia

It always baffles me, Ray, how hate is always used when someone expresses her/his opinion on an article as serious as this which Mr. Fairman posts. Now, I ask; is that fair? Hate has nothing to do with it. You have heard of MADD, I am sure, Ray…..and, with all due respect, I am a mother with children who one day will be drivers. My rldest is eight; yet I worry already. I also worry when he goes to school, when both my children are in the car with my husband and me, or with family. I can taste my… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

I apologize to anyone that I might have offended with my comments. First of all, let me say again, that I do not condone driving under the influence. It is stupid with Uber being so inexpensive. Second, I was raised to help others when they are down and facing issues. I do not drink or takr drugs, b

Ray
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Ray

I was typing on my phone and it sent my comment before I was finished. It was never my intent to hurt anyone with my comments. You are correct, I have never lost anyone in a drunk driving accident. But, I have lost friends to drugs, which is a choice I made early in life never to do. After re-reading my comments, it seemed like I was supporting the “guilty” party instead of having sympathy for the victim. Again, not my intent. It is obvious that Jensen made a very bad decision. It is obvious she needs help that she… Read more »

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Ray, be strong. My faith teaches me compassion. I 100%believe this is horrible for the victim and family. It isn’t wrong to want both sides to heal. It’s irresponsible to drink and drive and this is why we have our laws. But I will pray for both, its how I was raised in my faith. Ray, I’m sorry you got the squeeze here. I believe I heard you express how wrong this is and how she can’t walk this back. You expressed compassion and that is commendable in my family. I wish everyone the best. Even when it’s impossible to… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I appreciate your compassion and faith, Tomas. I am a devout Catholic; however, I never use the word hate, unless to explain a thought, as I did above. Not part of my vocabulary. Not in my household. So, if we are to be so tolerant , we should not call others haters…..and, I definitely would not use the word in conjunction with God. If we do that, then we are all hypocrites. Then again, some of us can never reach the pinnacle of religious purity and absolution as others, can we?? I just wonder how far people’s graciousness and forgiving… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Ray, No need to apologize…not to me, at least. I was not insulted…..just somewhat mortified. I do not want to come across as callous, without feeling or compassion. But, Jensen represents thousands upon thousands of mindless drivers with a devil-may-care attitude, who get drunk and then go on the road and create blood-baths. When will they ever learn? This could not have been the first time….and, it always ends up in tragedy. I feel helpless, as I am sure, so does everyone else. I will sip a glass of wine on social occasions, but never to the point of… Read more »

tony
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tony

Lock her up! No excuses and it will send a clear message to all those other boozy/coked up pill popping actors and actresses that the orange suit awaits if they cause human carnage when intoxicated.

Helen
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Helen

A serious case of what can happen when we combine driving with drinking. My heart goes out to the injured gentleman and I imagine Jensen will pay a hefty price for her criminal act. Sad all the way ’round.

Sprite
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Sprite

I hope everyone involved heals from this tragic experience. Just remember that alcoholism is a disease, not a choice. Jensen is not a bad person trying to become good again. She is a sick person trying to get well. I hope she is getting the help she needs and can turn this negative experience into a positive by in turn helping others overcome their problems with alcohol and drug abuse. Sending her to jail won’t do any good. Still, it looks like she is taking responsibility for what happened and willing to accept the consequences. I hope Bradley recuperates fully… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Sending her to jail wont do any good…so should she just simply walk…if a drunk driver did this to you and your family you are ok with it…is that the message you want out there..that you cant help being an alcoholic so its all right if you hurt and kill someone because its just a sign you need help…let her get her help in prison…its wrong to drink and drive and we must keep sending this message out there…its the only way to get people who drink too much to learn what they are doing is wrong and dangerous…

dmr
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dmr

Exactly, and what about the sick and injured person laying in the hospital bed…I sometimes (usually) feel as though the victim is forgotten about in these situations. Good post Jimh.

Jovin
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Jovin

Jim….with all due respect…what if it was one of your family members who was the driver? I doubt you would be so bold and vitriolic. The thing that most people don’t get is that many people who drive drunk do not set out to do so. What alcohol does is it goes to work immediately on your frontal lobes in your brain. It obliterates your ability to reason, to think clearly, and if enough is consumed it literally blocks your ability to think at all! I am not making excuses, I am just presenting scientific facts. Jensen is well past… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Jovin….You are obviously an exceptional person, and I commend you for your positive outlook on life and deeply forgiving nature, but not everyone is perhaps as loving or spiritual as you to be able to accept their particular circumstances with the same amount of grace or mercy you have repeatedly demonstrated. And quite frankly, I cannot condemn them for their feelings anymore than I would you for yours. We all respond to things differently, and for those of us who truly believe in leading responsible, productive lives, it is indeed a very bitter pill to swallow to give someone else… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Sending ANY human to jail who is a functioning, tax payer who contributes positively to society will do good going to jail and learning a lesson from their poor choices!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I agree with your point that alcoholism is a disease, but I still have to point out that even for those with that disease, there are choices, and choices have consequences. Being alcoholic (if indeed she is) means she has less control than many of us over the temptations to consume it; it doesn’t mean she has to get behind the wheel when she does, and I’ve never heard or read anything to indicate that alcoholics are less aware of how drunk they are than other people, they just have a (much) harder time controlling their drinking and/or stopping themselves… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Very good reply-AGREED. It is/was a choice and choices do have consequences.

Patrick
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Patrick

@Michael

with all due respect to people affected

Thank you for the flip side of the REALITY of alcoholism. I have “lived” with this in my family growing up.

here I am a grown adult – middle age – and the devastation still cuts.

it wears on you… whittles you down. you have to let them live their own

tragic consequences befall all walks

God speed

rose
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rose

Everyone on this story…I am also concerned about how many states are legalizing recreational marijuana. I have heard the state’s reasons why…to cut out the illegal, black market. But i can’t help but think it’s also to get the tax revenue. It seems to me that you are just allowing more possible dui’s on the road.

Maca
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Maca

@jovin: statistically drunk drivers who get arrested have done this before they just have never been caught. She needs to be punished for ruining someone’s life with her carelessness.

Jovin
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Jovin

Um…did you READ my post??

Celia
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Celia

Bingo, Maca!!!!!!

dmr
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dmr

The victim sustained an extensive amount of injuries. What a senseless tragedy. A very long road to recovery for the victim..

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Own up to your mistakes. Be a decent human being and do the right thing regardless of what the law allows you to plead. This is disgusting.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Sorry, but I have absolutely no sympathy, empathy, hope, or good will for Buchanan. And this isn’t simply a matter of “people…hiding behind their computers and spewing hatred.” It’s a matter of an adult “hiding behind” the steering wheel of her car and carelessly, recklessly, unthinkingly committing a heinous crime. She must be punished and provide retribution to the victim!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

EXACTLY, BROTHER…EXACTLY!!!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Jay!

Shay
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Shay

Amen, James! This revolting behavior is given too much of a pass in our society in the name of “compassion”…it’s no different than that of all the heroin addicts who are ruining this country with their unconscionable conduct…it’s costing us an absolute mint, increasing crime and putting innocent people’s lives at risk on a daily basis by allowing this behavior to continue without penalty…especially the poor children who these unthinking individuals are bringing into the world and then refusing to put first, as any responsible and caring parent would do! I’m sick of the lot of them, and tired of… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Shay! Your reinforcement and further insights are most welcome. I appreciate the impetus you’ve provided to consider these other factors as well. You are indeed correct about the “revolting behavior” and “unconscionable conduct…putting innocent people’s lives at risk on a daily basis” and thus surmounting exorbitant costs: monetary and otherwise. I do consider myself lucky never to have become any sort of addict. But each of us is responsible for his or her own behavior, even if that behavior is a criminal offense…

K/kay
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K/kay

Who is paying for the man’s medical costs she was three times over the limit and because it is liberal California probation and a fine will probably all that happens where we’re friends I do not understand how this tragic event happened.

dmr
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dmr

I can’t imagine she will have much left after the attorney’s fees, and I assume, she must be paying for the man’s medical costs? If not now, at some point, she will be, I would assume? What a tragedy. That poor man. A senseless act.

Mo
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Mo

I would hope she had car insurance. I don’t know how much that will cover. It sounds like the man is permanently affected by his injuries.

The article described Jensen as retired.

Anyone else having trouble typing in this forum?

Rodd
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Rodd

I’m so sorry to hear this has happened. I can’t help but feel bad for the family that was injured and I can’t help but feel bad that this terrible decision to drive drunk is going to cost an actress whom I really admired a lot more than a prison sentence and restitution. IT’s a sad , sad warning that people shouldn’t drink and drive.

Mo
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Mo

Agreed. It’s horrible what happened to the poor man and his family.

I enjoyed Jensen on “Another World” and am really sorry to see the route her life has taken.

GemmaG
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GemmaG

Unfortunate accident – Glad she owned up. Drinking and driving happens more often than you think, and we can all learn a lesson here. PLAN if you are going to consume alcohol. Or wait, or Uber it home…. That said, I really loved this actress! And I wish her well.

Patrick
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Patrick

@jovin

thank you for encompassing all facets of this atrocity

i’d like to put out their that @JimH would never come from a place of vitriol

his heart is as wide as yours and mine.

this is such a sensitive subject that I Place so much share with all posts.

this cuts

still I will remain vigilant for all those who share

Patrick
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Patrick

@Jovin

this site is acting up

cannot type

“…what alcohol does is it goes to work immediately on your frontal lobes In your brain. obliterates your ability to reason, to think clearly, and if enough is consumed it literally blocks your reason to think at all ”

the human psyche all have their defense mechanism. their rational is repeated so often that it loses all meaning.

god speed and god bless all those afflicted

jaybird369
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jaybird369

OK…you know what: A year in prison, 5 years in prison and another year in a county jail…WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP!!!!!!!!!! That Jensen Buchanan woman clearly has PROBLEMS!!!!! I say…throw her in front of a NO-NONSENSE AND HARD-NOSED JUDGE who will THROW THE BOOK AND HER…AND BEYOND!!!!!

The End.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I meant to type 5 years of probation and not 5 years in prison. Sorry about that.

Later.

SA2016
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SA2016

My husband was the victim. We still live with her decision to get in her car with an alcohol content of .341 at 6:20 AM. I sat there by his side not knowing if he would live or die. Now he has a heart failure team working to keep him alive. She only spent one month in jail, because of overcrowding in the jail. I do forgive her, but we will forever live with the pain her decision made that day. Last I heard she is in a sober living facility in Santa Barbara County until she gets to go… Read more »

Baby Cakes
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Baby Cakes

She should get the maximum sentence and probation like everybody else. She could afford car service.

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As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

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For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

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