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Kassie DePaiva Dishes On: CASTLE's One Life to Live Reunion Episode, Nathan Fillion and Tuc Watkins, Her Daytime Emmy Pre-Nom & Saying Goodbye To DAYS!

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“Cause we only have One Life to Live … but it’s on Castle!”  Sing it!  Daytime soap fans, and those in particular of the beloved citizens of Llanview, are having a reunion of sorts, on a very special Valentine’s Day episode (airing Sunday night, February 14th 10PMET/PT) of the ABC procedural crime drama Castle!  The upcoming episode entitled “Witness for the Prosecution” will feature special guest stars: Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), Tuc Watkins (Ex-David) and Darlene Vogel (Ex-Melanie), who are all involved in the latest murder mystery on the hit series starring Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle (Ex-Joey, OLTL).

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with former One Life to Live favorite, Kassie DePaiva, to get all the scuttlebutt on how it all came together for good friends, Tuc, Nathan, and Kassie to work together again in such a fun capacity … and Kassie teases what to look for from her character of Joanna Mathis, who has some sort of celebrity crush on Castle, that kicks off the reunion episode.

Meanwhile, as Days of our Lives fans know, Tuesday was Kassie’s final episode as Eve Donovan on the NBC daytime drama series.  The actress took to Twitter and shared: “Well… That’s all folks! I had fun! Thanks fans… you made it all worth while.”  Six-months ago, Kassie found out the powers-that-be decision to write-out her character.  But while her time in Salem turned out to be much shorter than she originally anticipated, DePaiva did garner herself a Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination last month in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for her heavy emotional scenes surrounding Paige’s (True O’Brien) murder.  During our chat, Kassie shares what it meant to her to still be in the running going into the blue-ribbon round of judging, especially since she is no longer with the show, plus she leaves soap fans a very special message.  So, here’s what Kassie had to say about a little slice of Llanview coming to Castle, missing OLTL, and her DAYS finale.

How did this all come to pass that you ended up on this special Valentine’s Day episode of Castle, which reunites you with Tuc Watkins, and Nathan Fillion on-screen?

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KASSIE:  Tuc, and Nathan, and I had dinner the night before I found this out, but my agent had already submitted me for a role on Castle!  Then the next day when I was talking to my agent he said, “I submitted you for a role on Castle.”  I said, “Well that’s funny.  I just had dinner last night with Nathan Fillion, and he’s a very good friend.”  My agent said, “Maybe you should text Nathan and tell him you’re agent submitted you for the role.”  So that is what I did.  Then I did not hear anything from Nathan, but then three days later my agent said I had gotten the role.  I texted Nathan and I said, “I got the role!” And then Nathan said, “And you’re going to be surprised about who your husband is!”  That’s when I found out it was Tuc.  I went, “Oh, my God. That’s great.”  Then I found out about Darlene Vogel, but that was just an amazing random thing that she was also in the episode.  It was wonderful to see her; she is just as beautiful as ever.  It was fun.

So, you and Tuc play a couple?  Ah, if only David Vickers, and Blair Cramer were there! (Laughs)

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KASSIE:  Yes, Tuc is my husband.  I play a fan of Richard Castle named Joanna Mathis, so I am not really acting at all! (Laughs)  It’s me sort of fawning over Nathan’s character, so it’s funny.

How long have you known Nathan?  You all were on One Life together.

KASSIE:  We were trying to figure that out: I think it has been 22 years since we had worked together.  I started first on One Life, then Tuc, and then Nathan, but it was all within a year of each other.  I started in November of 1993.  I think those guys started in 1994.

Do you think that the episode contains four former stars of One Life was just so random?  At some point somebody realized they had a way to pull in more daytime viewers to this episode!

KASSIE:  I don’t think it was a planned One Life to Live casting stunt.  I think the stars kind of aligned.  I think Nathan had a say in Tuc and my casting.  I’m not sure with Darlene, because I had never worked with her before.

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It’s very impressive that given that others in Hollywood have shied away from their soap roots, Nathan Fillion has embraced them.  He’s appreciated and respected the medium that gave him his start.  Through the years he has spoken highly, and of how much he learned from: Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki), Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian), and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo).

KASSIE:  The day we all worked together on set, Nathan said, “I wouldn’t be here today, if I hadn’t worked with these great guys, and learned so much doing daytime”.  I’m glad that he feels that way, and proud enough to say that, and humble enough to say that.  In daytime, you can learn a lot.  It instills a discipline in you that you can’t find anywhere else. Nathan has a lot of responsibility being a lead in a nighttime series.  I am sure everything that he learned doing a soap has only given him the tools to be as successful as he is now.  It’s nice that he accredits his placement in his success where his roots were.  I think it’s great.

Did you think when you first knew a young Nathan on OLTL, he would go on to such great mainstream success?

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KASSIE:  You never know that kind of thing, but Nathan opted to leave One Life, and he left at a really great time.  I think Bob Woods (Ex-Bo, OLTL) even told Nathan that this was his time to go, and soaps will always be there.  Nathan is unbelievably quick-witted, and a very, very intelligent guy.  He is really quick on his feet, and he is very special.  Not only is he very handsome, but he can be charming, and he can be the hero, which is nice.  He and Tuc, for as long as I have known them, they are both two of the funniest guys I know.  I just adore being around them.

The three of you must have laughed yourselves silly then while taping this Valentine’s Day episode of Castle!

KASSIE:  Oh yes!  When you see the episode it is funny!  There were takes we were laughing so hard, that we couldn’t get through it.  Nathan sets the tone of the set, and everyone adores him.  He makes everyone feel comfortable.  It was just a really nice, pleasant set to work on.

With the disappointment of being let go from Days of our Lives, it seemed like getting this Castle gig was a nice gem at the right time.

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KASSIE:  You know, if I would have still been on DAYS I wouldn’t be able to shoot Castle.  But, after being over at the DAYS studio the other day, I still would love to still be working on a soap.  I love soap operas.  I wish there were five soap operas in New York that I could audition for, but there are not.  So I’m out in L.A., and since I’m out here I am going to try to land roles on television.  But to answer your question, it was nice to immediately get something after leaving DAYS.

So many soap actors at pilot season, or even when roles that come up that they are right for in motion picture or television, still find themselves at the receiving end of the ‘poor stepchild of entertainment’ stigma attached to being on a soap opera with casting directors, or producers.  Would you agree in your experience?

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KASSIE:  Of course, there is.  The general meetings I’m having with casting people, they have been very complimentary to daytime actors.  But for whatever reason, there is a hump you have to get over.  I do think it’s a matter of them wanting to see what you did last, so as long as you’re working it doesn’t matter.  It’s hard to tell a casting person when it shows up on paper that I have been working almost every single day for the last 25 years!  You know, what I mean? (Laughs).  It’s kind of hard for someone to wrap their head around it.  They will go, “Oh …oh, OK.”   I probably did somewhere between 3500 episodes of One Life to Live.  You think about that, and you realize that is the kind of stuff that is crazy!

The Revolution, Katie and FAB Life have all been cancelled by ABC, or Disney/ABC syndication, or distribution wings of the network.  Nothing that has replaced One Life to Live in its previous time slot has been a success, but instead a mitigated disaster.  In your opinion, and having been a longtime cast member of One Life, do you think anyone looks at it from a network perspective, and says they made a mistake by canning the soap?

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KASSIE:  I have said this to you before: “It blows my mind that within that year ABC Daytime, which was the strongest daytime line-up of all three networks at that time, wiped out so much, and lost so much.”  They lost Oprah, because she decided to end her run, One Life to Live, All My Children were cancelled, and Live with Regis and Kelly changed, because Regis Philbin retired.  So, all of that just changed the face of the day for the network.  The problem with that, from my point of view, is that the loyal fan base was so angry that they boycotted ABC, and they have not come back.  I have gotten letters which have said, “I have not watched anything ABC has put on, but I will watch Castle since you’re on it.”  Those are the kinds of messages I think a network needs to pay attention to.  Maybe it doesn’t matter to them.  They have to have acknowledged that what they have put into place of One Life to Live has failed.  It probably cost more money to put all those failed attempts on than the show they rolled off the network.

So what else can you tease for us to look forward to during your Castle episode, entitled, “Witness for the Prosecution”?

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KASSIE:  I play kind of a socialite, and murder takes place at my home.  I just drove by the home we shot it in over in Hancock Park, and I showed my husband Jimmy (James DePaiva, Ex-Max, OLTL) it.  I shot all my scenes on location, and not on the set.  I said to Jimmy, ‘That’s my house!  It’s a big ole honking mansion!” (Laughs)  It was great.  The episodes of Castle are an hour long, but very cleverly written.  In the first scene you are looking at the murder, but you don’t know who the murderer is.  Everyone is a suspect:  You think it could be me, or Tuc, or this person, or that person.  As the episode develops, Richard Castle figures it out.  The set up is: My character buys Richard Castle at a charity auction to come to do a reading in my home, and while we are there a murder takes place.  Tuc’s character is a cameraman, and Darlene plays a news anchor/reporter.  Everyone is a suspect in the very first scene.

It must have been heartwarming to see the OLTL fans reactions when you posted on social media that you were filming this Castle episode that reunited with you and Tuc, Nathan, and also that featured Darlene Vogel.  They were very excited!

KASSIE:  I know!  I thought it was just really special, and what blows me away is why can’t we just go back and do One Life to Live again?  Why can’t we just do it?  I know we can’t have all those characters because of legal issues, but hey, Ron Carlivati (former head writer, OLTL and GH) is available.

So on Tuesday, DAYS fans saw your final scenes as Eve!

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KASSIE:  Yes.  Eve wants to take Claire (Olivia Keegan) to New York for the Julliard audition, but Belle (Martha Madison) is not happy about.  I got to share some final scenes with A Martinez (Eduardo) too, and then that’s the last I’m seen.

Have you kept in touch with the cast from DAYS since your departure six months ago?  You received a Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for your performance during your time there.  What are you submitting for the final blue-ribbon round of voting?

KASSIE:   First, I have kept in touch with Wally Kurth (Justin), and had lunch the other day with Mary Beth Evans (Kayla).  I also recently had lunch with Kate Mansi (Ex-Abigail) and Missy Reeves (Jennifer).  I met such wonderful people there.  So, it’s all good.  Everyone sent congratulatory Pre-Noms wishes, which was nice.  For the blue-ribbon round I am going with the scenes with A Martinez (Eduardo) after Paige dies, and scenes surrounding Paige’s funeral.

Do you feel that getting a Daytime Emmy Pre-Nom is in any way vindication for you being let go by DAYS?

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KASSIE:   I have no real bitterness about DAYS.  What’s great is that I felt it was a gift to play that part.  I got to finally play the grief-stricken mom, and just go to the dark place, and am lucky I had some really strong material.  It’s now up to somebody’s taste, and what they think is good, and what they prefer, and consider quality acting.  I did the best I could with what I have, but after 30 years of throwing your name in the hat … does it mean something?  Yeah, it means something.  But will it change anything?  No, it won’t.  I mean, if I get a nomination, I was still let go.

Did you participate in the Pre-Nom voting process?  If so, what did you think of the overall performances of your peers that submitted their work in competition this year?

KASSIE:  I did vote in the acting categories, and there were some wonderful performances this year.  I knew about 70 % of the people I was voting on, and some people I was not familiar with their work.  I judged on what I though was the best as far as I was concerned, and when watching some of my friends, I thought to me that wasn’t the best work that I knew they could do, and then there were people that I didn’t know that I would go, “I like that! I thought that was honest, and beautiful work.  I’m going to vote for you.”  I think that is the way people should look at these tapes.

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In closing, what would you want to say to those DAYS fans who loved your performances as Eve, and to those who have supported you throughout your daytime career, and all the twists and turns along the way?

KASSIE:  My “thank you” and my gratitude goes to the overall soap opera fan, and after being on four of these soap operas. (Laughs)  It’s nice to have fans that follow you from soap to soap, and nice to bring new viewers to new soaps that follow you. Then it’s nice just to meet new people along the way.  I think I had an opportunity with doing the two Day of DAYS events, and a couple of other events in Washington D.C. where I had a couple nice one on ones with some really wonderful fans.  I love soap opera fans, and they love storytelling.  I am just glad to be a part of the bigger picture.

So, are you excited to see the One Life to Live reunion on the Valentine’s Day episode of Castle? What did you think about Kassie’s sentiments on Nathan Fillion and Tuc Watkins, and missing Llanview?  Are you rooting for Kassie to land a final spot in the Lead Actress category for the Daytime Emmys, when the nominations are revealed on March 24th? What did you think about her final DAYS scenes as Eve, and her love of the soap medium and its fans?  Post your thoughts in the comment section below!

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I miss so many soaps…when i was growing up there were so many to watch…i miss just having three networks who always had good quality shows including several soaps in the 60s and 70s and it was all free!…I just wish there was a new drama channel filled with old soaps and new ones…id keep it on all day.

Amen!

Boy oh boy… In the late ’80s you had airing new episodes at one time (big breath): All My Children, Another World, As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Guiding Light, Loving, One Life to Life, Ryan’s Hope, Santa Barbara, Search for Tomorrow, The Young and the Restless. Count ’em, 13! And that doesn’t include prime-timers Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, and Knots Landing.

I would love that. I think that would be a smart business decision for a company.

Miss the days of soap from 11:30am-4:00pm….my line-up…
Love of Life
Where the Heart Is
Search for Tomorrow
WorldTurns..GL..EON…SecretStorm…OMG…the good ol’days!!

love the reunion, but it would have been better if Erika (Vicki) and Bob (Bo) were in it also maybe as Castle’s Aunt and Uncle.

So, so sweet, my Kassie. I could listen to her forever. I love her almost as much as Michelle Stafford, LOL. Her smile simply opens my heart. Now, all CASTLE needs is another episode starring Roger, Kassie and kristen. My soap world would be almost perfect. Break a leg, you guys!!

Kassie is the best, great interview Michael

Great interview, as usual, Michael. And I bow to Nathan Fillion for not being ashamed of having worked on soaps–and for sincerely thanking fellow soap actors from which he learned a lot. And Kassie makes some very salient remarks about working on soaps–and is complimentary of the loyal fans. Good for you, Kassie!

Very, Very Excited!

She is such a class act and beautiful spirit, top that off with great acting and it’s no wonder she’s been so successful as an actor for about 30 years. So nice to see her not upset about Days. I hope that she can land another soap or something else.

And it’s great that she got the role on Castle and the pre-nom for Days. I really hope she gets the final nomination, better yet win!!!

Kassie is a classy. sassy lady. I hope she wins the daytime emmy. Kassie will be back in Daytime, sooner than later. GH needs to hire Kassie, in a new role.

Agree, she is classy and smart. I wish there were more daytime options for her than GH though!

Gees… I hope someone at ABC reads this. As Kassie states ” and what blows me away is why can’t we just go back and do One Life to Live again? Why can’t we just do it?”

Bravo !

Thank you for this interview. I can’t wait to see this episode of Castle. I miss our beloved One Life to Live every second of everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the lovely interview. Kassie is a class act and an incredible talent. She certainly deserves an Emmy for her masterful turn as Eve during Paige’s death. I’m happy to hear she submitted her work with A. Martinez. Their scenes together were hard to watch because they were so honest in their grief. Just brilliant.

I’ll be watching her on Castle and look forward to her next project. She is way too talented to be sitting on the sidelines.

Love Kassie and need here back on screens in a regular role this year!

She did some great work on Day’s after Paige’s murder. Really emotional and real. I would love to see her win the Emmy.

DOOL should be ashamed of themselves on how they ended Kassie’s /Eve’s time on the show! That was a HORRIBLE send off for such a wonderful, gifted actress. I’m ashamed to be a fan of the show after today’s episode. Thank you Kassie. You were incredible on the show and it’s sad that it wasn’t noticed.

Amen to you Anna, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. DAYS ARE PATHETIC, IN FIRING KASSIE. ANNA KASSIE WILL BE BACK SOON, ON ANOTHER SOAP.

Maybe I wasn’t paying attention and missed something. Was the character of Eve packing up and moving somewhere? I watched today thinking she was going to be ushered off or kidnapped or hit by a car or something since it was her last episode. I assumed the organization she started in Paige’s honor was going to be in Salem? Was I mistaken? Was it explained that she would be moving somewhere else? It just felt like any other day. Maybe I’m so focused on Chad and Abby and Rafe and Hope that I don’t pay as close attention to some of the other stories happening on the show. I have only been watching the show for about about six months and I guess I’m confused. So far I have only seen the characters get murdered or die of natural causes on their last episodes. Eve’s episode felt more like a fade out like she might be back in fewer episodes. I don’t remember them explaining or accounting for Eve being off canvas permanently. Did I completely miss something?

It doesn’t take long for Hope’s infantile shenanigans to put holes in every storyline and confuse the heck out ot of the viewer, Marie. She has me at a choke-hold, too. What is the purpose of her and Rafe? I am so bored, I just FF through their scenes. Settle this woman down, PTB… And I don’t mean with Rafe or any man. I mean, calm her down….she has been doing the same thing for 30 years. Some guy always ends up stuck to her to continue her half-arsed escapades.
Sorry you started watching amidst another of Hope’s dramas, Marie.

No Marie sadly you didn’t miss anything. I guess that was their “send off” for one of Daytime’s best actresses! I’m so upset right now about that episode and how Kassie/Eve was handled that I may stop watching completely. And you can bet I let the powers that be at DOOL know but they obviously don’t care what fans think anyway. Very unfortunate.

Very well said.

I agree I love Kassie she got a raw deal she was suppose to have had a big role in distroying Jennifer but that never came about,she was going to drive her crazy however I think the new writers put a stop to that.It stinks,Kassie you are a great person and we all love you. and the best to you.Hey maybe she can come back as someone else no such luck.I don’t get why they let one of the best actresses on tv go,what could they have been thinking ?Then again they weren’t thinking.I missed her last show.This is unfair to her.I could think of a few characters that I wouldn’t mind seeing going,like Jenn,darn what is her sons name ya him to.Hopes daughter sorry but she can’t act . Why is Theo,Chase and her even on there? In any case God Bless you Kassie and good luck.

I wish Kassie alł the best. She is very talented, and seems so nice and down to earth. In addition to Castle, I hope we see her regularly on other shows!

I haven’t watched “Castle” this season, but will make a point of catching that episode.

I’m very disappointed that Kassie and Eve will no longer be a part of DOOL. I am hoping that some wonderful opportunities are coming her way.

PS: There’s a place in my heart where Kassie is still Chelsea. My, how time flies.

Days, please bring her back like GH just did with Michael Easton.

So, these brilliant new writers are so good that they decide the best way to write off Eve is to … not actually write her off. While she isn’t in the middle of some hot story, she is playing a role IN a story and the writers can’t be bothered to bring it to a conclusion? That’s just all kinds of disrespectful to viewers and the actress – and incredibly lazy on the part of the writers.

” I am Bitter ”

the quality and intelligence of Kassie DePaiva… will always be Emmy Worthy

I want this to be an in your face, Ken Corday ! an emmy win for Eve character.

you let go the best of the best… she is so professional… so captivating… so endeared by fellow actors and has a huge fan following

mmm that was it today??? shame on days.. she deserved a better send off..

Kassie is the best actress in Daytime, I will miss seeing her in my screen. Days made a huge mistake in firing her. I hope she wins the Daytime emmy. General hospital need to hire Kassie right away.

So looking forward to this episode of Castle with Kassie and Tuck. Wish they could have found a way to have Dorian and Erika on as well. Castle has been one show I break my boycott with ABC to watch because of Nathan and the other roles he’s played since Joey…Mal/Firefly and The Preacher/Buffy. Wonder what happened to Brian Frons and other ABC hachet execs who axed OLTL and AMC? I’m sure the is a rule at ABC to never admit to their mistake in cancelling them. Also what takes so long in cleaning up the Prospect Park thing and free up the cast and characters. I mean we are talking ABC/Disney vs Prospect Park…David and Goliath?

Kassie is one of if not the best actress in daytime tv. The only reason I started watching #DAYS, is because of Kassie. She was absolutely fantastic on #OLTL. My hope is #GH snaps her back up, for either a new character or a recast of a favorite. I cannot wait for this episode of #Castle. Thank You Kassie for everything you have done for the fans. #KentuckyNative #BBN..

That was her last ep, but it didn’t resolve her story. Disappointed in that respect.

Can’t wait to see my OLTL friends together again on Castle. Wish we could see more of the Llanview gang…Kassie absolutely deserves that award for her outstanding acting. Good luck & bring home that Emmy!!!

Well, if it is any consolation, in my opinion Days of Our Lives lately is kind of lacking. This storyline between Phillip and Belle is uninteresting and not at all compelling. When Eve (as played by Kassie) was involved with JJ and Paige found out, those scenes were bone chilling. When Paige died, Kassie as Eve did a great job crying over her, it was totally believable.
Now, I don’t know, the show is just draggy. I don’t care about Cierra getting upset over her stepbrother, I don’t care for the younger set on the show.
As for One Life to Live, it should come back….doubtful that it will, but it’s a nice
dream. Good luck to Kassie in whatever she pursues, she’s a strong acting talent.

Jim I agree that Days is lacking. They’ve brought on all these new actors (and still hiring new ones) instead of keeping a wonderful character like Eve portrayed by one of the best actresses to ever be on daytime. I could care less about Phillip, Belle, Shaun D, Ciera or her friends, etc. I’m not sure what they will be able to do to turn it around. Even characters like Kayla and Patch have been uninteresting and Jennifer is such a bore (but she’s always been). Not sure why they keep Jennifer and especially Melissa Reeves around. Melissa is one of the worst actresses ever. She always has the same look on her face no matter what she’s doing! And don’t even get me started on the fashion line storyline!!! SNOOZE

I guess every storyline doesn’t appeal to every viewer, that I think is a reasonable assumption.
HOWEVER right now the show really IS lacking – I love Abigail, but the actress playing her currently is leaving so I don’t know what the dynamic will be with Chad now – and there really isn’t anything “happening” on the show to me personally that I find that enthralling.
Crazy Ben with Abby and Chad – that was fine, but that’s over. Kassie as Eve, well that was fine but that’s over – I admit I originally watched the show for Will and Sonny, and that’s over. I don’t find Belle and Phillip together to be that interesting a couple, I’m not sure why I don’t but I just don’t.
So, hopefully the writers will start turning things around soon – everything seems to be at a real standstill right now.

DAYS; Ken Corday; needs to take a lesson and cue from GH

right a wrong; rehire back Kassie DePaiva… and / or, if it’s a whole new character

just like GH has done with Michael Easton

very doable

as Kasse DePaiva is the mot relatable talent out their…

I understand how you feel, Patrick, but Corday and DAYS has their hands full with all the returns, including Freddie Smith and the possible return if Chandler Massey.

The previous writing regime hurt Kassie/Eve, but the newest writers managed to give her something worthy, but then Dena Higley gained more writing control before being banished. So, now with Beth Milstein in her place, she and Josh Griffith might bring Kassie/Eve back.

*of

Didn’t know that Dena Higley had been “banished”–interesting. Beth Milstein, you say? Hope she keeps up the innovative work that is happening at Days.

She would be perfect in a Y&R triangle with Jack and Phyllis.

Go to Gh as the Jenny Eckert and go against Paul! And Tracy!! Ohh my! Incan’t be the only one who would love that?!! GH brought back OlTL actors in different roles, they can do it for Kassie. Jenny would fit her to a T! Fingers crossed!

Can’t wait to see the “Castle” episode. I have followed Kassie since “Guiding Light” and besides being such a fine actress, I think she has the sweetest singing voice since Karen Carpenter and Ella Fitzgerald.

Love her, always did always will. I’ll watch anything she does.

While I am thrilled that Kassie DePaiva had gotten herself a Daytime Emmy pre-nomination this year, and may not care when she’s gotten the part on the primetime sudser, “Castle”, but her compliments for her former “One Live To Live” castmates had been very spot-on, I wish that Eve had gotten a chance to tell Justin that she’s really leaving Salem, by saying good-bye to him, before she took Claire to Julliard to follow her dreams. Also, I appreciate Mrs. DePaiva’s deference to the soap opera industry, because it has been nothing but kind to her, and I hope she gets a real Daytime Emmy nomination, come next month, because I love the way that Eve handled her grief, when Paige was murdered by Ben.

I think Kassie has gotten it right. It’s been a long uphill battle to save our soaps and we’re not going to give up. I watched Kassie as Eve from start to finish and loved her scenes. I’m so glad she got than pre-nom for a Dayitme Emmy. It’s well deserved. I wish ABCD will get the big picture, solve the court room battle with Prospect Park, and bring our soaps back. Good news that DOOL got renewed for another year!

I agree with Kassie. ABC did make a huge mistake by canceling AMC and OLTL. I am still boycotting their network after all this time. I wish they would bring them back to correct their mistakes

I am a long time fan of OLTL, and I am one of the fans Kassie was discussing when she said we have not come back to ABC. There are only three shows I will watch, GH, Castle and Jeopardy. They have lost a huge number of watchers with their stupidity, and they won’t get them back. I’ve also been boycotting anything Disney from the day they killed my favorite show.

Days Of Our Lives

Arianne Zucker Reflects Back on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape with Donald Trump, and Speaks to Her Exit from Days of our Lives

It’s been eight years, but somehow seems like ages ago, that Arianne Zucker was thrust into the mainstream public limelight, unfortunately not for her work as Nicole on Days of our Lives, but for the Access Hollywood taped that surfaced when former president Donald Trump  and current Republican nominee, visited the set of the (then) NBC soap opera, and met Zucker.

The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

Speaking on the moment, Zucker opened about it on Rachel Uchitel’s Miss Understood podcast, where the video version of the interview is now on Uchitel’s You Tube Channel. Back in 2005, Arianne was the scene partner with Trump in his Apprentice/Days of our Lives crossover appearance, because her character of Nicole was at the time a gold-digger.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

So, what do you think of Arianne’s comments reflecting back on the Access Hollywood tapes media frenzy with Donald Trump, and her upcoming exit from DAYS? Weigh-in. But first, check out Ari on Rachel’s podcast below.

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DAYS Dan Feuerriegel on EJ Keeping Eric From His Child, “He’s in the Deep End … There’s No Coming Back for Him Now”

On Days of our Lives, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) has been reunited with her biological son, baby Jude. Her husband, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), is now keeping a major secret, and in order to keep it from coming out he had to get Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) out of Salem, and keep both Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) and Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart) quiet and at bay.

However, as in any good soap opera, time is running out for EJ. What will happen when Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan) find out that EJ is not the little one’s biological father, but Eric is? And, what will happen when they realize EJ knew the truth and hid it from them?

This is just one item in a laundry list of skullduggery committed by EJ since he has been in Salem. With Arianne Zucker set to exit on-screen on July 29th, it looks like we are heading into the home stretch of the baby switch storyline.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Dan Feuerriegel to get his take on the situation and what it has been like working with Greg and Ari in the story.

Dan shared on EJ’s despicable decision to pretend he is Jude’s bio-dad, “I know I’m a terrible human being, but I love playing a terrible human being.” Feurriegel added, “Oh, he’s in the deep end. Like, there is no coming back for him now.”

The DAYS star also noted if EJ had done anything more nefarious to Sloan, his character might not ever be able to come back from that. “There’s only so much hatred EJ can get from the viewers that it probably would’ve been a bridge too far for me to just make her (Sloan) disappear,” clarified Dan.

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As to his time working with Arianne Zucker as his on-screen wife, Dan had noting but praise for her. Feuerriegel expressed, “I loved working with her. She’s so good. She’s an amazing actress. She’s fantastic. Every scene that I did with her, I didn’t have to do anything because I just rode on the coattails of what she did. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her.”

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Dan also had high marks for his on-screen nemesis, Greg Vaughan, “Greg is fantastic, like everybody in the storyline was amazing. Greg’s amazing … Ari’s amazing … Jessica was fantastic and that’s what made it work. I’m very grateful to have worked with every single one of them.”

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On soap operas and especially on Days of our Lives, when someone exits, or ‘dies’ on-screen that doesn’t mean goodbye forever, and Dan knows this too. In regards to anyone who leaves Salem, the actor joked, “I’m not going to say the doors closed, because you never say never, especially in Hollywood or on a soap. I mean, I’ve come back and I was like two inches shorter and (with) a completely different face.”

So, how do you think Eric will find out that Jude is really his son, and that EJ has been lying to keep Nicole? Let us know in the comment section, but first Check out our conversation with Dan from the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Return to Days of our Lives to Celebrate Abe and Paulina’s Juneteenth Wedding Anniversary and a ‘Going Away’ Party

There are several reasons that Days of our Lives favorites Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani) are making a return on the Wednesday, June 19th episode of the Peacock streaming soap opera.

First, Lani and Eli come back to Salem to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Abe (James Reynolds) and Paulina (Jackee Harry), which happened on Juneteenth Day which is on June 19th.

Juneteenth, which is a Federal holiday, is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War, has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s.

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Meanwhile, the return also serves as a “apparent” send-off for Johnny (Carson Boatman) and Chanel (Raven Bowens), who are set to depart Salem, since Johnny landed his dream job in California.

Look like Elani is also attending their going away party, but are the departing couple (with Chanel being pregnant) really going to leave Salem? Stay tuned.

Stowers made her first Days of our Lives appearance back in September of 2015. Lani is the adoptive daughter of Abe and the biological daughter of Paulina. As for Archey, he arrived on the scene in 2017 as Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) grandson. Sal and Lamon were last seen on-screen in March of this year.

Looking forward to seeing Eli and Lani back on DAYS? Do you think Johnny and Chanel are exiting the Salem canvas? Comment below.

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