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Kate Mansi Resumes The Role Of Abigail On-Screen On Days of our Lives

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If you caught last week’s Thursday and Friday’s episode of DAYS, you know by now that Kate Mansi has taken over the role of Abigail on-screen from Marci Miller, thus continuing the gut-wrenching storyline where Abigail has been committed to Bayview sanitarium wrongly, thanks to Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus)!

As viewers also know, Kate Mansi became extremely popular in the role of Abigail from 2011-2016; including winning a Daytime Emmy for her performance back in 2017.  When Kate made the decision to exit the show, DAYS recast the role and Miller took over for the last two years and also became extremely popular.

Now resuming her role, Kate is involved in emotional story points. Abigail has told Chad (Billy Flynn) she never wants to see him again, because he refuses to let her out of the sanitarium, and does not believe she is not suffering from DID.

Abby’s next move was to summon Stefan (Tyler Christopher), where she tells him that she is Gabby with a “Y”.    Has she flipped into her alter, or is this a set-up to get Stefan to get her out of Bayview asap?  If so, how will she continue this charade?

Mansi told Soap Opera Digest (in the latest issue on Newsstands now) on her return and reacquainting herself with the character of Abby and Abby’s alter “Gabby” for the first time: “Before I started people were informing me about the real differences between Gabby and Abigail, and it came down to Gabby acted more from her emotions, and Abigail is more rationale, and that Gabby was a little more brave and self-assured.  That was the most difficult thing for me to adjust to because all of the qualities they were telling me of Gabby were qualities that I strongly connected to and enhanced with Abigail.”

So, are you enjoying see Kate back in action in Salem?  What do you think will happen next between Gabby and Stefan? Comment below.

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I mean no disrespect toward Kate Mansi, who is an incredible actor, but I am a huge fan of Marci Miller. I will miss Miller in the role!

Afraid i got hooked with Marci in the role. The first few days she was on after she took over were a little tough because I was so used to Kate but after seeing what she did for the last 2 years, it’s going to be very hard for anyone to nail the part of Abigail no matter how good Kate was when she played her. Marci gave Abigail new layers and what a power she was.

Agree with you…Kate’s acting is not strong enough to match Marci’s as the character has become much more evolved…hope Abby stays committed off camera after awhile.

I agree 100%. I wish they would keep Marci as Abigail,she was great . No doubt another soap will scoop her up quickly. Great actress

here come the haters miller did an exceptional job in the role but mansis original take is excellent as well cannot wait to see kate mansi with matt ashford

I agree.

I said Kate was a great actress… but I like Marci! No hate here!

Agree Richard!

I am thrilled to see Kate Mansi back. I enjoyed her so very much during her previous run as Abigail. I hope she’s going to stick around a while.

Me too.

Sadly.. it’s not going to happen…Billy Flynn is slated to wrap up around V day so i imagine they ride off into the sunset… I LOVE Kate Mansi.. to me she is Abigail.

I love that Kate is back.

I really enjoyed Kate Mansi as Abigail during her original run and was super bummed when she chose to leave the role; I really did not think anyone could take her place. That is, until Ms. Marci Miller stepped into the role and completely rocked it! Her take on Abigail was complex and very well-thought out. Now, with the switch back, the role of Abigail seems hallow under Mansi’s return. Something about Miller’s brilliance and complexity in the role has really made it impossible for Mansi to step back into those shoes, and to truly portray the role right.

Ultimately, I really wish either Miller has agreed to stay an addition 4-5 months to finish the role out, or that TPTB could’ve just written her out with Miller’s exit. This just feels wrong now and like the character is taking steps back to years ago, and that’s just disappointing.

I loved Marci Miller, but also love Kate Mansi… On Kate’s first day back, I was like Marci who? I’d be fine if they rotated back and forth like the two Becky’s on Roseanne.

Marci Miller is a powerhouse, I’m not sure Kate Mansi has the same acting chops. I prefer Miller’s take on the character. I wish both actresses luck.

I like them both.

I think that Kate hit it out of the ballpark on Friday. Both actress do a fine protrayal of Abby. It just takes some getting use to when they switch actresses like this.

Sooo glad to see her back!

Never cared for the character of Abigail until Marci Miller assumed the role and after seeing Kate Mansi’s interpretation of “Gabby with a Y” on Monday’s episode, I am ready for Ron to just write the character off the show or leave her off camera in Bayview…

I believe it was Abby’s interpretation of Gabby with a y, Alan, because the alter hasn’t emerged. It’s just Abby tricking Stefan so he has her released.

As much as I liked Kate,I grew to love Marci in the role of Abby. I just wished they could have dressed her better, she deserved more than the dowdy clothes she wore, making her mother look better.
She made Abby come to life and in a more grownup and sophisticated way. Liking Billy so much, it was hard to see his character change the way it has, and felt sorry for Marci in scenes with him crawling out of his skin, with all the stammering and stuttering and weird eye movements. In scenes when he’s telling his wife, she’s still sick, I felt like he was the nutty one! Now Abby and Chad are supposed to leave Salem together, with the kids as a family, after the truth all comes out. Well, I don’t think I could be so forgiving, to everything he’s done, claiming he did it all out of love. What happened to trust and believing your own wife over some bimbo like Gabi. Good luck to Marci, I will be looking for her in the future.

Sorry Kate but I am a Marci Miller fan.I like you to but I prefer Marci more.I hope she decides to come back some day. If she has to play someone else so be it. Oh Kate I did see you in a couple of Lifetime movies and you were very good in them.Don’t mean to hurt your feelings but Marci was Abby.

I am SO happy that Kate is back! Her acting is far superior to Marci Miller and so is her beauty. It is such a joy to have her back. My friend and I complained every day for two years about Marci so we are thrilled to see the real, one and only Abigail.

I will miss Marci as well but we have to understand that Marci should of finish this story line before Kate jump in . I for one love Kate and I am so happy to see her so lets try and give Kate a chance like we did with Marci with the role she has to fill of Marci story line .. It would of been different if Kate came into the picture with a new story line but she did not .. I will miss Marci but I am so happy to see Kate back on Days

I’m so happy that Kate Mansi is back as Abigail. She brings so much life/energy to the role that was is much needed. She’s so beautiful also, and brings out the sexy, especially as Gabby. I know she’s back for a few months to wrap up the story, but I hope she comes back as Abby in the near future.

So glad to see Kate back. I hope she is coping well with her anxiety. I can sympathize!

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New Details Emerge in Fatal Shooting of General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor; Was Protecting Female Co-Worker From Armed Car Thieves

The brother of Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) has come forward with some new information on the act of violence that took the life of the General Hospital favorite on Saturday May 25th in the wee hours of the morning in downtown Los Angeles.

As valiant as man as Johnny was to all those who know and loved him, he was through and through that man till the very end. According to Grant Wactor, Johnny actually shielded a female co-worker at the time of the crime before he was fatally shot.  Three men were trying to steal Wactor’s catalytic converter from his vehicle, one of which fired the shot that killed the former GH star.

According to a new report from the Daily Mail, Wactor was leaving his side job as a bartender at a downtown LA rooftop bar with a female colleague at around 3:25am when he saw the three men near his vehicle at West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street.

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Believing he was being towed, he approached the men to try to discuss it. One of the men then looked up and pointed a gun at Wactor, who put his body in front of his female co-worker as he was shot. Police say, the three men were all wearing masks, and then fled the scene in another car.  The suspects currently remain at-large.

Grant commented on his brother’s last act of bravery, “We’re Southern, born and raised, and we would never let a female walk to their car by herself.” He added that Johnny, “Thought his truck was being towed. So he said something to the guys, like, ‘Hey, are you towing?’ And then once he turned around, he saw what was happening and he put his coworker behind him. And that’s when they shot him.

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Sadly, Grant revealed, Johnny was shot in the chest, and that Johnny and his co-worker had to park about two blocks from the restaurant, so they were walking to their cars after they finished their shift when the incident unfolded.

Grant shared that he hopes justice will be served and the men are caught, “I hope they are able to track the people who did this. I am glad in a way that this is getting the publicity so that it could shed some light that things need to change, or find ways so that no one else has to experience this – whether it be a murder or being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In what has already been horrific that we lost Johnny to a senseless act of gun violence over an attempted theft, learning that the actor died right after protecting somebody else, only reinforces the kind of man Wactor was to all those who knew and loved him. Share your thoughts on the latest details on Johnny’s death via the comment section below.

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‘General Hospital’ Favorite Johnny Wactor Dead at 37

Former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin), has died. Wactor’s mother, Scarlett confirmed to TMZ, that her son passed away early Saturday morning on May 25th. He was 37-years-old.

The details surrounding Johnny’s death are harrowing. He was reportedly shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles after three unidentified suspects were allegedly seen trying to steal a catalytic converter from his car,” shared Scarlett. She was also told Johnny didn’t try to fight or stop them. However, the men shot him anyway before taking off and fleeing the scene of the crime.

According to police reports, the paramedics rushed to the scene just after 3 AM PT, but Wactor died on his way to the hospital. At this time, police have not shared the description of the three suspects, but Johnny’s mother, is hoping they will be found soon.

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Wactor made his GH debut in 2020 as Brando and was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Brando fell in love with Sasha Gilmore ( got married and then the couple lost their premature son, Liam, which tore them both apart. In 2022, Brando was killed by the serial killer, The Hook, which turned to be Heather Webber (Alley Mills).

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One of Johnny’s first acting credits was in 2007 on Lifetime’s Army Wives. He later starred as Johnny in NBC’s Siberia, a supernatural drama filmed in the reality competition series vein. He also had several dramatic guest-starring roles in series such as: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Station 19 and more. As well, on the film side, Wactor had a featured role in 2016’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, a World War II drama starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore. More recently (in 2024), he starred as Marcus in Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.  Wactor was also seen in several national commercials.

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Johnny is survived by his mother and younger brothers, Grant and Lance.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Johnny’s family, and please share your heartfelt remembrances of Johnny, who tragically is now gone too soon, via the comment section below.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this developing story.

 

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‘Entertainment Tonight’s’ Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner Back as Hosts for 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

CBS and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday that Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are set to return as hosts for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, airing live on Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

This marks the third Daytime Emmys in a row that the ‘ET’ combo has hosted the festivities, having done son in 2022 and 2023.

In addition, Frazier and Turner are also nominated this year for Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Daytime Personality- Daily category. That is in addition to ‘ET’ being in the running for Outstanding Entertainment News series.

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Frazier has been co-host with Entertainment Tonight since September 2014. Previously, he was co-host and managing editor of The Insider and a correspondent and weekend host of ‘ET.’

As for Turner she has been the co-host of ‘ET’ since 2021. Nischelle first joined the entertainment news program as a correspondent back in 2014. Turner is an award-winning journalist with ‘ET’, and often lends her voice to entertainment and political news shows, along with joining their coverage on the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She was previously was an entertainment contributor for CNN.

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This year marks the 18th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network. The show will broadcast live from the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

So, what do you think about Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner returning as the hosts of the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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