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KISH gets the ax – OLTL writes off Kyle and Fish!

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In breaking news today, One Life to Live has made the decision to end their same-sex storyline of KISH, better known as Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish.  Actors, Brett Claywell and Scott Evans have been let-go.  TV Guide Magazine broke the terrible and disheartening news for the LGBT community and fans of the on-screen couple.  OLTL’s executive producer, Frank Valentini made this statement “We are concluding the story that we set out to tell with Kyle and Fish. We are very proud to have broken new ground with a same-sex couple on daytime.”

According to the report, even though KISH has been a big success with the media and gay-advocacy groups have shown favor to One Life to Live’s efforts,  the  ABC Television Network says the duo failed to resonate with the mainstream audience, referencing Fish’s coming out story as one reason for tanking the ratings.

The TV Guide item feature also gave details that on the upcoming March 29 episode, Fish will learn that he’s the biological father of baby Sierra Rose, and with all the  rumblings of a custody battle with Gigi looming,  the law will be on Fish’s side and the two dads will start a new life with the little bundle of joy.  Making this all the more shocking is that Scott Evans tweeted today the following, after the news broke.  “Anyone who thought my tweets were foreshadowing, that is not the case.  Tweets were for something completely different. This is news to me.” And, one more little item, One Life is nominated for the GLAAD Award to be handed out this Saturday.  If they were to win, and they just let-go their same-sex couple, how will that look?

Come back tomorrow to On-Air On-Soaps for a special video interview with Brett and Scott taped just last week in New York!

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LoveKish
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LoveKish

Feel so bad about this news…
As a straight female viewer, I really like Kish storyline and the actors’ acting. It is a purely love story to me … it is an honest, real and romantic relationship between man and man.
Through the Kish story, I started knowing the society that I would never have a chance to know. And thinking about gay marriage/equal right that I have never thought before…
Will say byebye to OLTL when Kish leaves…

md1347
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md1347

I only watched OLTL for Kish. After they are gone, there is no reason to watch anymore. I do not buy OLTL reasoning.

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

Alas, I don’t believe that it is OLTL’s reasoning/excuses but ABC’s. And it’s just Kish that are going around that Sierra Mist s/l. Also off the page (already gone is the character of Stacey), exiting are: Schyler and Rachel. And soon to be Kim (though that is the actress’s agents who no longer want her on soaps). The only ones remaining from that storyline will be Rex, Gigi and their son. OLTL is getting to the end of that baby storyline – finally. Really sad to see Kish go, as it’s another gay/lesbian storyline out of mainstream media. The only… Read more »

Cheryl
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Cheryl

actually, they took the kid who plays Rex and Gigi’s son off contract…so you’ll see even less of him now, not that he was on it a lot anyway…they weem to have forgotten they have their own bio kid!

Mark
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Mark

This is a big disapppointment. What a bunch of cowards ABC is. They are throwing out a great storyline and two wonderful perfomers. Unless they change their minds, this longtime viewer (since just after the show went on the air) will stop watching.

Tim
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Tim

I haven’t watched soaps since jr. hi (the 70s) but I have been feverishly following this story line since I heard about it (and caught up on missed shows via YouTube.) I’ve also made plans to attend the Bway Cares Event next weekend. It was smart, well written, superbly acted. This story about two people becoming the love of their lives (and ours) was inspirational….the rest of the show is about rapists, murders, and adulterers…same old stuff that’s been on for decades that I refused to watch in the past. I will NOT continue watching or supporting ABC if they… Read more »

Jean
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Jean

It would be sad if people disgusted by the end of KISH only stopped their OLTL support. We should take a step further and target any company related to the “Disney experience”…

I surfed the internet yesterday and realized there was a LOT of those companies and subsidiaries that could be boycotted or flooded with e-mails. Just go to the following website :
corporate.disney.go.com/corporate/overview.html

Since Big Brother Mickey is soooo unproud of a gay family storyline, make him realize you’re not out anymore, you’re in for the fight and the glory of KISH !

Lasha
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Lasha

I have been watching OLTL on and off for 30 years and am deeply saddened by ABC and Brian Frons decision to axe the Kish storyline – they were the only thing keeping me watching OLTL these days. The “gay” storyline kept this MAINSTREAM viewer watching. Scott Evans & Brett Claywell’s acting was amazing, as was their storyline. ABC has made a big mistake with this move. If they think getting rid of Kyle & Fish and allocating more funds to bring back Thorsten Kaye as Patrick will keep this fan around, well, OLTL is sadly mistaken. When Kish goes… Read more »

Doe
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Doe

Are they nuts? They are cutting this story off at the knees! I am stunned. I can’t believe ABC is so narrow minded, and I don’t buy their explanation. Fans are really going to be disappointed. I wanna barf……

Jeri
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Jeri

I don’t buy Mr. Valentini’s “excuse” that Kish was not popular among mainstream viewers. To the contrary, what caused OLTL’s bad ratings was Dorian faux lesbian storyline and the gay PSAs that Mr. Carlivati tried to “attach” to the Kish storyline and shove in people’s faces. As a 57-year-old married female, I found Kish to be one of the best storylines to hit daytime in many years. A true love story between two beautiful people. I have been a lifetime viewer of OLTL, but NO MORE! Kish was the only reason I was even sticking around in the first place.… Read more »

Wes
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Wes

I only started watching last year when I heard about the Oliver/Kyle storyline, now I also have no reason to watch. I think they are going to loose a lot more viewers than they think.

Rita
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Rita

It’s certainly another sad day for the LGBT community. I’ve never watched the show, but having seen what happened…or more to the point, what didn’t happen with Otalia, I’m not surprised by this sad development. My thoughts are with the actors concerned, whom I’m sure put their heart and soul into playing this pairing.

Margaret
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Margaret

I am a long time middle aged female viewer of OLTL and this news has absolutely broken my heart….i adore this couple and Brett Claywell and Scott Evans have done an absolutely phenomonal job of portraying Kyle and Oliver in a realistic and believable way….they share such an amazing chemistry that its impossible not to fall in love with them…this has been the most beautiful and romantic love story i have ever seen in all my years of watching soaps and ABC/OLTL is making a monumental mistake in ending it and losing the two most talented and deserving actors on… Read more »

Patrice
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Patrice

KISH was killing the shows ratings. Can’t sell a homosexual couple, two men in bed having sex to a TV audience that is at least 95% heterosexual and 97% female! That was the arrogance of OLTL’s
homosexual head writer Ron Carlivati and Brian Frons let him do it! I stopped watching the show,
it was too repulsive but loved watching the ratings crash lower each week!

Kim
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Kim

im pretty sure the ratings were in the toilet before KISH came so be like ABC throwing the rock and hiding your hand!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Funny how all the message boards around the soap community overwhelmingly condemn the firing of Scott and Brett and the dismantling of the KISH storyline. As one of your 95% and 97% demographic, I find it utterly appalling that they are cancelling this storyline.
But thanks for your unsubstanciated information and your obvious homophobic attitude, Patrice. I bet Todd Manning…you know, the rapist…is your fav character, isn’t it?

Skyla
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Skyla

This really sucks!!! I am a straight female viewer and I absolutely love Kish. They are so cute and i have loved watching their story unfold. I actually don’t know anyone who watches OLTL that doesn’t like this pairing so I really don’t buy that they didn’t resonate with viewers. I am extremely disappointed in the powers that be at OLTL for backtracking out of this story… they are one of my favorite pairings on the show. I wish Brett Claywell and Scott Evans all the best and hope to see them soon on another soap, preferably together. Perhaps Llanview’s… Read more »

C.L.B
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C.L.B

I’m very saddened, shocked, and dissapointed that TIIC has fired SE and BC from OLTL!!! The reason that they axed them is totally RIDICULOUS and MORONIC!!!!! It totally was not their fault the ratings went down because of the kish gay s/l. It was REALLY because of the Stacy “Fiasco” Morasco s/l that flushed the ratings down the toilet!!!! I’m also PISSED that they failed to ever offer SE a full-term contract with the show!!! WTH OLTL!!!!!!!

Hendrikje
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Hendrikje

The story of Kish is a wunderfull story and the only reason I watch OLTL. The 2 characters are doing such a great job and are a joy to see together. I am not so much interested in a bible thumping rapist or a mobster who thinks he is above the law and get away with everything. When Kish leaves I will stop watching OLTL, especially after you have to read that they did not had the decency to let Scott and Brett know about this and they have to find out like the rest of us through the internet.… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

Blatant HOMOPHOBIA.

ABC should once again hang its head in shame.

Kim
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Kim

i like many others only tuned in to watch OLTL because of KISH. this is heartbreaking and it feels like someone took a knife to my gut! I have cried, drank, and i listened to their song all night. to say that they were the reasons for the ratings tanking is absurd! they brought in a lot of viewers including me. after mid-April i will be done with OLTL and give my full attention to you tube. ABC set out to portray to love story between two people and did not make it half-way! WTH????

md1347
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md1347

I would like to have seen Kish bring home Sierra and show the issues of 2 gay men trying to raise a baby. It’s not something we see on TV and that would have been interesting to watch.

JoJo
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JoJo

I, too, was hoping that KISH could become a core family while they raise little Sierra Rose. Fish works for the PD and Kyle for the hospital. Why do they have to leave? I will join the consensus and also quit watching when they leave. My other favorite characters are David, Roxy and Rex, but it is not enough for this blatant Homophobia or lobbyists. It smells of somebody being in sombody’s pocket. I may even just quit soaps altogether after this.

Blacxkjaxs79
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Blacxkjaxs79

This truly bites! What does the term “mainstream” infer, and who would be considered mainstream? This just doesn’t make any sense to me, but I myself would blame the tanking ratings on multiple rapist who has half the women in town chasing after him. I know critics love TSJ Todd, but on the boards he (and John) are almost universally loathed, and yet they are always front and center. Just once I would like to be in one of these focus groups, or know someone who has been in one.

OLTL longevity is clearly waning by the day!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I started watching OLTL once I found out about this storyline. I knew of the actors and I was really interested to see how the story played out. As a 21 year old straight female, I guess I would be what Ron Carlivati calls “mainstream audience.” But that doesn’t seem to matter. They are taking off one of the best relationships I have ever witnessed. I feel kind of silly for this, but when things in my life were extremely difficult to deal with, I would look forward to KISH days on OLTL. I loved to see them interacting and… Read more »

Michele
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Michele

I wholeheartedly echo what is being said in the comments. (most of them anyway) I am part of the mainstream viewership as a 40 year old, married, mother, and I live in the midwest. As the so-called mainstream viewer I can say the only reason I watched the show was for the wonderful KISH story. The talented actors have amazing chemistry, it is a beautifully written story, so much better than just about anything else on daytime television. I am sickened and disgusted by ABC television to blame the low ratings on this pair. I too will bid OLTL goodbye… Read more »

bottomchef
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bottomchef

The blame lies with the bad writing, OLTL’s political agenda and Scott Evans’s acting. A major part of why Kish didn’t work is bec Evans is a talentless, goofy actor not at par w/ Claywell. Evans is a major factor in Kish not working bec he plays Fish. For gay chars, the acting is all the more crucial since they’re a harder sell. That’s how it is, they have to overcome the audience being potentially uninterested or against them. So casting the right, talented actors is all the more impt. They got it right w/ Claywell, but not with Evans.… Read more »

Jeri
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Jeri

If I didn’t know better, I would think you were likely Brian Frons brother! Too bad you don’t know half of what you are talking about. To say OLTL “pimped” Scott Evans over Brett Claywell is unbelievable. OLTL doesn’t PIMP any of their cast. Scott was vigorously sought after by the media for interviews, comments, etc. because he is an openly gay man playing a gay character. Brett isn’t, although he has also attended many of these interviews and other events WITH Scott because he is very supportive of Scott and the entire gay community. He has also become very… Read more »

bottomchef
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bottomchef

Brian Frons’s brother? LOL! I’m not even caucasian! There’s no way I’m related to him. I don’t even know him. I’m a fan of the Daytime genre as everyone else is on here. It’s really strange how paranoid and full of conspiracy theories the fans of Kish are. Of course shows “pimp” their actors when they let their actors promote their shows. Why the heck would they send actors to events or let them talk to the press? To promote their shows of course. Naturally someone like Scott Evans would generate interest from not only soap press, but from mainstream… Read more »

Jeri
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Jeri

Well, you better check your facts next time around instead of “judging” first. Soap sites are now indicating that it was, in fact, Brett Claywell who caused the commotion and filming interruptions on-set, NOT Scott Evans! Apparently Brett partied a little too hard when he had friends in town visiting the night before. At least that is the story that is being given. That being said, personally I highly doubt if it was EITHER of them. I think they are both the ultimate professionals and both take their work very seriously (as has been stated by several of the older… Read more »

bottomchef
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bottomchef

How interesting that it’s Claywell who is allegedly the hard partier that caused disruptions on the set. Then it’s all the more logical to write out Kish if Claywell was allegedly the problem since Claywell is Kish. Claywell’s acting is what’s making the pairing work since Evans is sub subpar in acting. If there’s no Claywell, there’s no Kish. The soap press is not going after Frank Valentini at all or the soap press is not going after Valentini with the same intensity as they went after ATWT’s Goutman and GL’s Wheeler. The soap press, for a prolonged period of… Read more »

Bobby
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Bobby

When Kish is gone, so am I.

Peg
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Peg

I think One Life to Live is making the biggest mistake ever. I look forward to every show and Love Kish. They are great. I think the shows rating will fall after this happens. After all these month of getting everyone use to the idea of a gay male couple,people fell in love with these guys and now they want to get rid of the story. So much more can be done with these characters. LOVE THEM Shame on One Life to Live. I vote KISH all the way. Please don’t destroy them

DARLENE OVERTON
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DARLENE OVERTON

I AM SO BUMMED THE OTLT WOULD LET KISH GO. I LOVE THE STORY LINE. THERE WAS SO MUCH STORY TO TELL WITH BABY SIERRA ROSE. ANOTHER SOAP TO FALL UNDER THE PRESSURE OF MEDIA. OLTL IS MY FAVORITE SOAP. I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WOULD LET GO OF SUCH A SUPER COUPLE.

fgina
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fgina

Sad to hear this news. I love Kish too. However, I am looking forward to the reveal.

steve
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steve

i along with all fans should go on line and sign kish petition to keep scott & brett on oltl tweet scott & brett to let them know we the fans & gladd have their backs frank & ron make me sick ron standing in photo with scott & brett at gladd awards on march 13th and knowing about axeing them that is a cowards way.i am going to disney site and post my committe this is a sad week for oltl and abc they should be in black and in mourn the loss of the greatest acting duo in… Read more »

christa lyon
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christa lyon

they need to come back to lianview and raise their daughter sierra rose together and it was sad week for oltl and bring them back and show air date for their return to the show i do agree they desiver a chance

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