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Kathryn Joosten on bringing the reality of lung cancer to special eps of B&B!

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As we had reported before the holidays, Desperate Housewives two -time Emmy winner Kathryn Joosten (Karen McClusky) will appear in the very special 6,000 episode of The Bold and the Beautiful to air on February 7th.  In it, Joosten, a real life lung cancer survivor will be part of the lung cancer group that Stephanie Forrester  (Susan Flannery) is looking to cultivate.  Joosten fills TV Guide in on her appearance, a little sneak peek at how Nick Marone (Jack Wagner) figures into the special episode equation, and the stigma today attached to lung cancer.  Here are a few excerpts:

Joosten on B&B’s commitment to continue telling the lung cancer story: “There’s a real stigma attached to all this. Lung cancer today is thought of like AIDS was in the ’80s — it’s considered the disease you gave yourself. Basically the public is saying, “You did it to yourself. You’re not gonna live. So what do you want us to do about it?” People only got serious about AIDS when it shifted to the heterosexual population. But B&B is really getting the truth out there — they’re actually listening to what cancer patients have to say — and that’s thrilling. And this is a very successful soap around the world so the potential here is huge.”

Joosten on how  B&B’s Nick figures into the special cancer episode: “Nick has a spot on his lung — he thinks it’s scar tissue and I tell him he’s in denial. When I had cancer the second time, my doctor saw something on my lung and said it was probably a scar but checked it anyway, and it’s a good thing. I tell Nick he needs to get himself tested. He’s in total denial, you know? That’s why this is all so phenomenal — we got to have real, plain-talking open conversations. Off-camera, too! I was talking to one of the cancer patients who’s going to be on the show. She was diagnosed with stage IV but wasn’t taking antidepressants. She said, “I’m going to just tough it through.” I said, “Why on earth would you do that?”

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‘Ozark’s’ Madison Thompson Joins the Cast of The Young and the Restless

There will be another new character on the canvas on CBS’ The Young and the Restless with casting news on Monday, that Madison Thompson had nabbed the new role of Jordan- a worldly young woman who will prove that there’s more than meets the eye.

According to Deadline, Madison starts work at CBS Television City on Tuesday, with her first episode set to air in late October.

If Thompson looks familiar she was recently seen in season 3 of Netflix’s hit drama, Ozark.   On that series, she played Erin, the 17-year-old daughter of Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) who joined her mother as she moved to the Ozarks to help oversee the Byrdes’ operations.

The young actress has also been seen on on ABC’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.

Not only is Thompson an actress, but a freshmen at USC.

So, who do you think “Jordan” will be involved with in Genoa City as played by Madison Thompson? Comment below.

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Nancy Lee Grahn Kicks-Off Her 25th Year as General Hospital’s Alexis; Thanks Fans & Shares: “What a Ride”

She’s one of the best of the best!  And on Saturday, Nancy Lee Grahn acknowledged the start of her 25th year as Alexis Davis on ABC’s General Hospital. 

Nancy, who daytime fans first loved on One Life to Live and then Santa Barbara, came to Port Charles and quickly became one of its leading mainstays.

On Twitter, marking the occasion, Nancy thanked her fans with this: “Wow! I start my 25th year on  @generalhospital  today. What a ride. It’s been one of my greatest pleasures to be connected to & supported by such a beautiful, loving, loyal #gh audience. We are and have always been in this together. I hope you can feel my most sincere virtual hug.”

Currently in story, Alexis just lost the new love of her life Neil and on Friday’s episode of GH, Alexis was blamed for his death by Neil’s brother when she tried to attend his memorial service.  Later, she landed at the Floating Rib with Valentin – but when he got into it with Ned and stepped outside, Alexis ordered a drink.  Not a good sign for this recovering alcoholic, and all this came on the heels of Alexis learning she has osteoporosis.

Through the years, story after story, beat after beat, we are lucky to have Nancy on our screens with her consistently riveting and honest performances.

What has been your favorite Alexis storyline through the years?  And … make sure to wish Nancy a ‘happy 25th’ via the comment section below.

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Y&R Alum Max Ehrich Says He Was Blindsided By Breakup with Demi Lovato & Found Out Via Tabloid

For the first time, since the apparent split of former The Young and the Restless star, Max Ehrich(Ex-Fenmore) and pop singer, Demi Lovato, one of them has made a public comment in an usual but effective way.

Ehrich took to his Instagram Story on his Instagram account and stated “Imagine finding out status of your relationship through a tabloid.” That was followed by, “While (you’re) in the middle of filming a biopic movie about a pastor in a Christian church whose intention of the film is to help people. God bless.”

In an Instagram post following the split, Max shared “Jesus loves you.” in a typewriter font with a white background on Instagram, captioning the post with a heart, prayer hands and dove emoji. The comments on it were turned off and that is when he shared the same message on his Instagram Story.

From these posts it would seem that Ehrich was unaware of the dissolution of his engagement to Lovato which happened while he has been away in Atlanta shooting the movie Southern Gospel.  Additionally from reports, it seems Lovato called off the relationship.

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But, a source told PEOPLE, “Demi made Max aware that the relationship was over and it was going to come out in the press.”

Lovato also made a post on her Instagram Story not addressing the break-up directly in which she zoomed on what it said on her t-shirt “dogs over people.” In addition, her engagement ring was absent from her left ring finger in the very short clip that is no longer on her IG Story,

So, do you think Max was blindsided? Did he know? As usual with Hollywood break-ups, there are two sides to every story.  Comment below.

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