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Joanna Johnson Leaving B&B As She Is Unavailable To Tape More Episodes! However, Crystal Chappell Remains!

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After The Bold and the Beautiful finally launched its first same-sex storyline and couple, and after Joanna Johnson (Karen Spencer) publicly came out, word is the talented actress, producer, and writer, has to bow out of the CBS soap and the storyline due to the new series she is producing for the CW, the medical drama, Emily Owens, M.D.   The show is set to debut this fall.

And according to CBS Soaps In Depth, as of now, ” Johnson is currently unavailable to tape more episodes of B&B, which is all part of the long-running understanding she’s had with B&B’s executive producer and head writer, Bradley Bell.  That means the broader story being planned for Karen and Danielle may have to wait, for now.  “Unfortunately, Joanna’s time is being taken up with this new show. Her storyline is not necessarily going away, but it’s being refocused,” said a B&B spokesperson.

So what does this mean for fan favorite, Crystal Chappell and her role as Dani?  According to sources, she is staying put and the B&B spokesperson says, “that fans can look forward to continue seeing more of Caroline’s other mom, Dani”

That begs this question, what should B&B do for the role of Karen Spencer?  Recast?  Bring on a new lady for Chappell’s Dani?  Or, just wait for Joanna to return to the role she created, when she becomes available again, and give the mighty Chappell a big story of her own? Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. Cindy

    July 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Damn. Chappell just can’t buy a break on soaps these days!

  2. Katie

    July 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Crap! I really do like Karen and Danni together so I wouldn’t want a new relationship for Danni maybe just give Danni a “normal” storyline until Joanna can come back.

  3. Lynn

    July 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I’m sad because I was really looking forward to the Dani/Karen storyline. In the short time they have been on screen you can see that they have real chemistry. I hope that B&B waits for Joanna’s return & gives Crystal a big story of her own. Would definitley love to see more of the hsitory with her daughter.

  4. Bren

    July 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    As long as CC stays on my screen, and they treat her and her character respectfully, I’m game for anything!

  5. anothercc

    July 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Crystal Chappell is an awesome talent !!! I vote for giving her a big story while we wait for Joanna Johnson to return to B&B. Love the #DaniKa story and CC can sooo pull off a story on her own. MORE DANIELLE !!!!!

  6. MBmomof3

    July 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Emily Owens, MD looks like a really good show. Happy for her. Best of luck, Ms. Johnson.

  7. Carolyn

    July 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’d prefer a recast so that the story can go on , but if that is not possible then having a bigger story for Dani would suffice!! Looking forward to her coming back . Looking forward to whatever story /stories unfold whenever they do , I will be watching!! I like what they have done so far!!!

  8. PalmGirl73

    July 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Mighty chappell is right! As long as they keep Chappell on B&B its a Win! Chappell would raise the bar and knock a solo story out of the ball park! She has too much talent to let go!

  9. MBmomof3

    July 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Crystal Chappell rocks! She can pull off any story.

  10. S

    July 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    As much as I appreciate and enjoy watching Joanna Johnson’s amazing talent as an actress and fully support her decision to “coming out” on @BandB_CBS, I think that her character should remain and give Dani, played by the gorgeous and talented Crystal Chappell a bigger storyline with a sec way of getting involved with someone else. I say bring on Jessica Leccia as that mysterious lover. CC n JL have amazing on screen and off screen chemistry that will blow BandB ratings thru the roof. We need that Otalia connection back on our screens. A thought maybe? Thank you!

  11. Karen

    July 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Talk about a day late & a dollar short. This is a week late. I read this “news” last week in Soaps Uncensorsed.

  12. TS

    July 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Crystal to getting a stable full time soap job as to Susan Lucci is to getting an Emmy.

  13. Eileen Hargis

    July 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Wait on her to return, CC can be kept busy just referring to her partner for a good while.

  14. dionne

    July 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Bring Judy Evans on to temp fill the role. Recast for sure. Don’t just redirect now that we’re all interested and paying attention

    • TS

      July 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      I would even watch that. Good idea… Lure me away from Days of our lives.. it would not take too much

    • Patrick

      July 4, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Excellent idea. Why DAYS… continues to back burner her and Justin… staggers me. I just loved her on Another world… as well. Paulina and Joe Carlino were my favorite couple… along with Vicky and Jake. i almost wish… DAYS would bring in “guest” stars.. from another world. have to add frankie and Cass… Grant…Donna.. the whole show rocked. loved John and Sharlene.

      absolutely, loved kim rhodes… with mark pinter… cindy and grant….

      Judy Evans… She’d be Hot with, Crystal Chappell…

      Please B&B… Do not, back burner… quality. OR, let her Go.

      BOTH JUDY EVANS AND CRYSTAL CHAPPELL… BELONG ON SCREEN.

    • SZima

      July 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

      Judi Evans is a great idea. I’ve just started watching this show so have no history, but if an actor is gone for an extended period of time, I feel that role should be re-cast or the SL will die. I remember loving Judi on Another World and would love to see her on a soap I watch again.

  15. karlayvette

    July 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I think they should wait for Joanna to return and let Crystal Chappell weave her talents into other story lines while keeping her involved with daughter Caroline. Crystal’s popularity among fans has already proven to the commitment of their story and the characters of Danielle and Karen. Keep the family together.

    • Susan

      July 4, 2012 at 7:36 am

      I agree with your assessment Karla. Why not let Danielle develope her own relationships with the existing character on B&B while waiting for Karen to return?

  16. David Connor

    July 4, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I swear this is a non catty question–Do they even show these two anyway? I flip toBB to look for CC specifically and all I ever see is Liam, Hope and Steffy.

    • kay/kay

      July 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

      They weren’t he changed his mind again just like Sean Kanan was suppose to stay I heard their will be some cat fighting between CC character and KKL because Brooke wants Rick with Caroline and Dani can’t stand him! BB is going to continue with the main focuse on Hope/Liam/Steffy so I removed it from my DVR and watch once in a while.

      • kay/kay

        July 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

        Need to correct my post some I don’t ever think he intended to do much with this couple and they were as you said David never on so who notices if she leaves if he knew JJ was not going to stay why even bring up a story he sure is not the writer his Father was.

    • Lucy

      July 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

      I’m with you on that one David. It’s only a 30 minute soap and so many characters to fit into such a short time. Karen/Dani screen time is not often enough or long enough for me to even attempt to watch. From what I have read it can be many days between appearances and that just doesn’t work for me to get interested in or invested in the characters.

  17. Justin

    July 4, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Recast with Maura West, but only if they don’t screw her over like Y&R did.

    • Iakovos

      July 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

      EXCELLENT IDEA ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  18. PJ

    July 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Mighty Chappell indeed! I sure hope B&B utilizes Crystal’s talents to the fullest throughout the time period that Joanna is away. However, I would love to see Dani & Karen back on screen again, no sooner it’s possible. Crystal and Joanna are good together, and their story was beginning to look like a winner. I’m thankful though, that I’ll still get to watch Crystal on the show.

  19. nnn2u

    July 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    As long as Crystal has a good, prominent sl, I can wait for her return. But I don’t really care, as long as we stop with the Steffy/Liam/Hope all the time. Sorry, but that is boring. Bring on Crystal front and center. Maybe a flirtation. Of course would love to see Judi Evans or what a ratings coup it would be to surprise everyone with a little something with Jessica Leccia. But whatever they do, I hope it is with Crystal with a prominent story line!

  20. lenafreed

    July 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I will continue to watch as long as CC stays on the show. I will miss JJ – I appreciate her acting and I’ve been enjoying the story. I would love it if they hired Jessica Leccia. I love watching her act with CC.

  21. mo

    July 5, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I thought this would be the problem all along and didn’t understand why they were bringing on a partner for Karen when Joanna had other committments.

    I think they should just wait until Joanna is available. They can do a story with Crystal that doesn’t involve Karen and Karen can just be in the kitchen or out-of-town, or sick until Joanna is available.

    It does sound like B&B knew Joanna had a prior committment so hopefully they planned for it. Does throw a wrench in the story though.

  22. CK_One

    July 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I’m torn on this one. Mostly, I want CC to have a lot more screen time b/c she’s the only reason I’m watching, but I don’t want the answer to that to be hooking Dani up with a new love interest. I was looking forward to the Dani/Karen story and we are still just learning about them. They haven’t been on enough to really get invested in them, but I like that they’ve been in this committed relationship for so long. There are enough stupid triangles in soaps. It was nice to have them as a solid couple. So no new love for Dani. But I can’t decide between recasting Karen and giving Dani a meaty solo story. Watching CC show off her acting chops solo vs watching her in love with someone…it’s a win win.

  23. Brian Greene

    July 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Please Hurry Back To B&B, Joanna. We Love You! 😀

  24. Perla

    July 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Brian I agree with you hope JJ returns soon she and CC looks good together in this story.

  25. Junebuggnc

    July 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I love having Crystal Chappell back on my TV and yes, I was so looking forward to the planned story for Dani & Karen. I can understand Joanna Johnson needing to honor her committments, so I am in the group that doesn’t want a recast, just send Karen out of town and have her character off screen.

    I like the suggestion of Dani being the protective momma bear and going toe to toe with Brooke over who Caroline should be with. I also want to see Crystal Chappell and Susan Flannery on screen together. I’m sure Bill Bell can come up with one or two storylines to occupy Dani until Joanna Johnson is available again.

    Love me some CC!!!

  26. barbara t

    July 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Recast her and carry on.

  27. Misha Long

    July 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Cast Jessica Leccia as Karen! CBS could redeem themselves!

  28. dave

    July 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Yawn

  29. Pat

    August 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    As a long time viewer I’m unhappy that you’ve chosen to show a lesbian relationship. I have no prejudice against them, but think their lifestyle should be in private. It’s a real turn off for someone my age to watch them. I don’t care to see two women making out. If I couldn’t fast forward through their scenes I’d have to stop watching the show. Please reconsider your choice to keep this story line going.

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