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Judith Chapman Returning To The Young and the Restless!

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Looks like new Y&R head writer, Sally Sussman is making some choices to return some familiar faces to the number one daytime drama series.

TV Insider is reporting that fan favorite Judith Chapman is on her way back in December as Gloria Bardwell, the mother of Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and Michael (Christian LeBlanc)! According to a Y&R rep, Gloria returns to Genoa City without warning on Christmas Eve in an episode airing Wednesday, December 21st.

In her interview on her upcoming arrival, Chapman related: “I can tell you that Gloria wants to be reunited with her sons. She has always been led by her heart. That’s why she followed Jeffrey to the ends of the Earth, but it’s time to be with her boys, especially because it’s Christmas. And, of course, Gloria will have the perfect dramatic entrance. She just shows up. Unannounced. Uninvited. Maybe unwelcome.”

So, are you excited to see Gloria after a 21-month absence from Genoa City?  What do you think Gloria is really coming back for her?  Is it just a Christmastime visit, or could there be anything more to it?  Comment below!

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JK
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JK

TERRIFIC……HOPE SHE STAYS AND BECOMES A MAJOR PLAYER…..CHANGE!!!!!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

sally sussman loves her…mal young underxtands the true heart of this genre…thatd why tracy abbot is coming to..in england cougars aten’t cougars they are gorgeous older women who don’t chase but get chased…and every star isn’t a double zero dress size..hello hevah eastenders…linda henry isn’t drop dead gorgeous but what a powerhouse must see actress as shirley carter…phil mitchell is bald pot bellied and hugely popular..ditto ian but he was a cutie in the 80’s…gail on corrie looks like a sparrow but you love her…PEOPLE HE GETS IT…welcome back gloria and tracy

nancy
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nancy

I totally agree!!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

GLORIA! HALLELUJAH!…lol

Patrick
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Patrick

one of the best Laughing out loud… roar I’ve had in a long time

can’t help but smile

Gloria is coming home

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Excellent. A true soap diva.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Am stoked. Ms. Chapman is a daytime drama powerhouse. I cannot say I have enjoyed all the plot points surrounding this family but Gloria does need to be with her sons, especially when they are played by Mr. LeBlanc and Mr. Rikaart. This is a family thread to repair and develop as you can connect Lauren, Jill, Marisa and more.

Thank you for this news today! I sense we will be hearing more positive dispatches that make Y&R legacy viewers very happy indeed.

Patrick
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Patrick

FAN’tastic post

RIGHT ON … to the Bardwell

NICE

Celia
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Celia

Yeeees!!!! C’mon, Gloria….start kicking some arse!!!! Protect your sons: krvin from Chloe and Zmuchsel from Victor.
Show us what you are made of!!
Oh, yeah, WELCOME back. You have been missed.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my gosh….should read; Kevin and Michael.
I hope Gloria is back for good. I never tire of her fashion-sense and antics. She will bring some fun to an otherwise glum atmosphere.
Perhaps she will see right through Chloe, as she slips up where Adam’s desth is concerned.

Patrick
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Patrick

THIS is the biggie !

“…She will bring some fun to an otherwise glum atmosphere. ”

Yes, indeed

Patrick
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Patrick

“…start kicking some arse!!!! ”

NOW

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, Patrick.

Patrick
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Patrick

let the festivities begin

Judith Chapman is a whole – new – show

the allure, decadent, partay … well.. she’s dynasty

Gloria Baldwell and – HER – sons

hell hath no fury

Celia
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Celia

Right on, Patrick. Just look at that pose. Hand on hip. Chin up in defiance….” Go ahead; make my day”! ……love it! Can’t mess with Gloria.

damien
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damien

good to hear sally will be respecting y n r history and bring back fan faves…hope to see soon some more:
Olivia
Malcolm
Nina
Avery
Tracy
JT
..

Ghlover
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Ghlover

I liked Avery but she and JT are not legacy characters.

Dylan
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Dylan

True! Neither is Gloria. She is good fun in limited doses.

Jill Marie
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Jill Marie

Avery is most indeed a legacy character. The actress has been around since forever and is now playing her dead sister’s twin.

Jill Marie
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Jill Marie

Ooops, my bad. I blanked out and was thinking of Mariah, not Avery.
My apologies.

Timmm
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Timmm

ALREADY the new writers are shinning a light on a dark period! YES, bring back Gloria and Jeff. They both have family in town. I would try and have Jeff bond [Scheme] with Kevin. Those two are great together! Have them open a new restaurant and hire Miriah! Gloria would either lover her or hate her! Budget problems? Drop Stitch, Patty is done and Dylan is leaving.

Ron
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Ron

Have Kevin re-open Gina’s place (the one he burned down!) Would love to see Gina back! The show needs a diva lounge singer!

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes. We need a place where Kevin, Michael, Gloria, Jeff and Lauren can hang out.

kevin
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kevin

I so agree with you Ron…I missed Patty Weaver as Gina, she is a fantastic singer.

Mo
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Mo

YAY! Great news. Gloria is who got me hooked on the show.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Welcome back diva…hopefully you’ll target Jill in a fun story. Missing two catty old things going at it

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I agree. Jill and Gloria going at it was always terrific.

holly
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holly

Very exciting news. Love Gloria!

Claudio
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Claudio

This is terrific news,. I said this many times on this site. Please bring back Judith. She is a wonderful actress and please sign her to a contract. I love Gloria. Now bring back kimberlin Brown as Sheila Carter. I miss Sheila Carter so much.

clh
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clh

Yes! Yes! Yes! About time!

Darren
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Darren

Wow this is wonderful news. I am so Happy Judith Chapman is coming back to Y&R, also Beth Maitland is coming back to Y&R as Traci in late November. Judith and Beth can act and are both lovely classy ladies.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I didn’t hear about Beth Maitland. I was happy about Judith Chapman, now I’m doubly happy. Two of my favorites. I hope they are here long term and not just for the holidays. But I’ll take whatever I can get. Maybe we’ll get to see more of Lauren as well. Bring Michael and his family front and center for a bit. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL

Patrick
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Patrick

quote, taken, from soapcentral.com

“Traci has her bucket, her mop and her disinfectant and she’s ready to clean up the mess created by her rich, entitled, ridiculously emotional siblings who overreact to everything,” the actress told TV Insider of her return, which will take place on Thursday, November 17. “These people need to sort things out and love each other, and Traci is the person to make it happen.”

yes… it’s a very good cry… It’s the Abbotts

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m going to cry… Beth Maitland returns

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I opecthar is a happy cry Patrick. Either way I would still give you some tissues if I could. Happy viewing

Dinah
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Dinah

Sally Sussman called Judith Chapman, to come back to Y&R. Bravo to you Sally. I love love Judith so much. Judith is a very talented actress. Welcome back Gloria. Now it’s time to bring back Dina Abbott, cast Elizabeth Hubbard ex Lucinda Walsh ATWT. That would make my day.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i once said Liz as Dina too..another choice would be Judith McConnell

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Victoria Wyndham

Ghlover
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Ghlover

What about Linda Dano?

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

Elizabeth Hubbard would be a wonderful Dina. Classic soap opera diva at her best

Dylan
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Dylan

Yikes! Guys…most of those women are Peter Bergman’s contemporaries! Remember…he was playing a doctor in tbe 70’s!. Liz Hubbard probably closest to age range. I have been watching vintage Santa Barbara lately……and I love love love Judith McConnell. But…is Dina really important to the plot??

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I would love to see Dina Abbott return, even if only recurring. I think there is unfinished business between her and Ashley, yes? I want to see the Abbott family recover and renew from all that has been done to them. This is all too good to be true! I have not enjoyed speculation and anticipation is such a long time!

And yes to Judith Chapman. She and Jill could be wonderful frenemies!

Ron
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Ron

I would love Dina back– maybe it would give Ashley MORE story.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

YES to more of Ashley. Here is a prime example of a legacy who is right before our eyes and is not being used to her full potential. She deserves more story than talking to Abby and Stitch about their failed (thank god) marriage. The same goes for Lauren, who has been doing nothing more lately than listening to her husband cry over his job. Don’t get me wrong I have forever loved Michael and Lauren, but I say get rid of the GCB crap and give Lauren and Michael, not to mention Ashley some nice juicy stories they can… Read more »

mike
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mike

It’s about time.

Jill Marie
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Jill Marie

Indeed. Hello Dolly!

George
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George

Yay!!:))))))))

Billy
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Billy

Very happy to hear this news, Gloria needs a juicy storyline. Gloria can have an affair with Jack Abbott. That would ruffle the feathers of Phyllis. Lol.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Billy. Gloria and Jack. Very age comparable. (Same age).
No dilettante here. What a great idea, Billy!
Now she can be the dowager ‘queen’ at Maison Abbott again. Let’s go full circle. From father to son. LOL. This is so typical for Y&R….why not?

jeanine girard
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jeanine girard

Wonderful news!! Keep these fantastic characters we haven’t seen in a while BACK to GC!! Gloria may be many things but she is never boring!
Can we have a soap draft and trade some of the classic, engaging characters like Gloria for the wooden lame ones?!?! (no names mentioned, but really…)

Patrick
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Patrick

“… Gloria may be many things but she is never boring! ”

class act, right

Nikki
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Nikki

Hi Patrick I also read that Traci Abbott is on her way back to Y&R. Maybe we’ll get lucky and she’ll stay this time. We may even find out what really happened to her & Steven.

Diana
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Diana

It’s about time!!!!! Love Gloria! Please give her a storyline and let her stay!

Manuel
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Manuel

This is really great news !!!

PennySoap
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PennySoap

WONDERFUL!!!

Judith
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Judith

I am so happy to hear this news! It’s about time! I agree with Timmm. Drop Stitch, a Patty is done and Dylan is leaving. Keep Ms. Chapman. I miss her character and the interaction with her sons.

Dorothy Fairclough
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Dorothy Fairclough

Wonderful.hope is on to stay

Trish
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Trish

‘Bout time. Love her.

randy
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randy

oh my 1rst beth maitland now judith next u will be telling us micheal muhney is back as adam,,ooooooooohhhhh somebody pinch me,,

Patrick
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Patrick

I get, high, too

Patrick
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Patrick

??? my disclaimer… I enjoyed the WORLD SERIES – last night

Chardonnay.

Peace

Jonathan Williams
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Jonathan Williams

Great news!!!

Paul
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Paul

Judith Chapman is one of the best actors on daytime and even nighttime. If Jill is going to play matchmaker than we need Gloria back to add “Bitchy catty sarcastic” comments where ever she passes.

I hope this is not just a Xmas visit but a return to the soap.lets have her run one of the two always empty restaurants in town.

WELCOME BACK TO THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFULLY WONDERFUL Judith to our show! So excited!

Patrick
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Patrick

“…comments where ever she passes. ”

she stinks, right on you

pass

Patrick
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Patrick

Gloria Bardwell is thee amazing treat

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

This is FANTASTIC news. I pray that it is for an on-going basis, not just a measly 1 or 2 day appearance!

For the first time in a DECADE, I’m actually looking forward to the show again. It has been a LONG time.

su0000
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su0000

Question asked—–
”’So, are you excited to see Gloria after a 21-month absence from Genoa City? ”

Answer—-
No

Don’t throw shoes at me but that character is far from my liking..

happy for all that can like the character, enjoy .

Addison
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Addison

Oh just when I was starting to like you.

su0000
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su0000

hi Addison ..
It’s ok. Your’er still my BFF … lol

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Judith is another of those women on soaps who is a class act and in a category all her own. Her acting chops always leave me wanting more because she is just so powerful with anything she’s given to play and I’m not just talking about her work on Y&R either. I am very happy she ill be back on my screen!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

she’s amazing…

I remember watching her on General Hospital

I kept thinking… how is it that she’s married to Rick Webber , after Leslie

yet.. she directed… melded and fine tuned her

what a powerhouse.. as you put it

long live Gloria… she’s back where she belongs

The Bardwell Family is simmering… frothing.. lusting.. belonging

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I loved he from her GH days as well. A classic soap actress returns to the fold

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

From one James to another:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Judith was on ATWT and mesmerizing fans even back then!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I knew about that and I think she was on Ryan’s Hope as well. I didn’t know her until she played Ginny on GH. I wonder if Ted Shackelford will follow her back as Jeffrey?

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks for your reply, James! Yes, we’ll see if Shackelford follows Chapman back to the show. You are absolutely correct about Chapman being “in a category all her own.”

Nanci
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Nanci

Yay! So happy to hear this! Have missed her and hoped she would
return. Will be great to have her finally back in GC.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

Yes Paul. I loved when she was running Gloworm. She was such in her element during that time. If I am remembering correctly, in the beginning when Chole and Chelsea first started the business I think Gloria was working with them for a brief moment. Remember she is Chelsea’s stepmother, provided if she is still married to Jeffrey Bardwell. And if they are stiil married I am hoping they bring back Ted Shackelford. I think he and Greg Rikaart 2ould terrifice together

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Happy to welcome Gloria back, but sure hope she leaves her husband behind. He us such a sleeze, as bad as Jill’s husband. Two of these moochers is too much.

toscanti
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toscanti

YES!!!! Awesome news

Lil' Angel
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Lil' Angel

Hopefully John Abbott will wake up from a coma and the last 10 years will have been a bad dream.

Peri Levine
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Peri Levine

This is such good news! I’ve missed Glo and Judith Chapman is daytime royalty to me. It’ll be good to have her back on Y&R.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It all depends what they do with the character– having her back for a few episodes is not exactly a major story line– nor is having her as recurring and trotting her out whenever they need her to meddle in her boys lives– I like the actress but I am more interested in what they are going to do with the character before I start jumping up and down with glee– same with Tracy— it is the story and how they use the character that is important– and although I am hopeful Sally will bring the goods– soaps are produced… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Wonderful news! Gloria is an interesting, fun character. Judith Chapman is an excellent actress. She deserves frontburner status!

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

She is a wonderful actor, but I agree with it depends upon the role. Hope the writers don’t do too much too fast.

Must have missed some episodes because it never was clear to me why Victor knew about Christian’s paternity. As viewers, we knew the potential. Where did Victor step into such information?

Please stop making Jack so stupid!

Please don’t destroy Mariah. She is surprisingly solid.

I feel in neutral about things and am awaiting the new writing. Now the show feels like a salad just beginning to be tossed. Hope it comes together!

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She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

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According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

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Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

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Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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