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Loren Lott Wraps Her Run At The Young and the Restless

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Via a You Tube video, The Young and the Restless, Loren Lott confirmed she is exiting at the CBS daytime drama series.  Loren, who came on to the scene as Devon’s (Bryton James) sister, Ana Hamilton back in November of 2018, as a recast for the role last played in 2012 by Jamin Simone Nash, was apparently let-go from the soap as she detailed in her heartfelt message that accompanied her video of her last day at the CBS Television City soundstage.

In her message, Loren expressed: “What an amazing journey! I’m so grateful to God for this step in my career. I have learned so much and I have had so much fun. I’ve received thousands of hugs and kisses and had several Dream Come True moments. I am so excited to move on to what’s next for me. I was a little bummed at first when I was told that creatively they didn’t know what to do with my story line and they wanted to spend their budget increasing other people’s storylines but I appreciated their honesty. Everyone has told me how much they love me and showered me with so much encouragement. Y&R is still my family forever and I have no bitterness towards them at all! Plus I’ve learned that certain no’s are an even bigger yes somewhere else. I’m grateful for every storyline I participated in and every song I got to sing. How cool that I got to sing and act on TV. All I wanted when I left Broadway was for my grandparents to be able to turn on the TV and see me without having to travel to support me as they are getting older. I got exactly that. Thanks God. I’m so excited for what’s next.”

Watch the video of Lott’s final day below, and then let us know if you think Y&R should have let Loren go via the comment section below.

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whynot
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whynot

This is the version of Y&R that all the whiners were crying for: the previous regime tried to drag the show kicking and screaming into the 21st century, with people of all types, races, etc., and people cried like babies. So now you get what you want.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

You said it, whynot.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

You said it, not us! But you’re speaking the truth. Now they’re complaining about the changes, while those of us who didn’t ask for them are laughing.

su000
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su000

Loren Lott /Ana, was DOA from day one .. Anyone that is not a Newman or Abbot, or their offspring, or partners is a short stay.. The Hamilton’s was near to exit, but- they made Devon a Billionaire to continue on. All the families of Y&R are Billionaires or very wealthy, and the fact is there are not many African Americans that are Billionaires to ‘fit in’ with the Newmans and Abbot’s money and lifestyle. Therefore Billionaire Devon. Ana was not wealthy and not needed. The Hamiltons were kept alive by being wealthy and because they were/are the Only African… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

Loren as Ana grew on me, she is a terrific singer and actress. Y&R are making more changes soon according to soap opera digest.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

So disappointed! Best of luck to Lauren!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Nothing against the actress but the character of Ana is something the writers never seem to know what to do with. My guess is that we won’t hear about that character again.

Sunni928
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Sunni928

Plus, she was Devon’s half sister, so not a lot of love interests for her.

Nate is Lily’s cousin, Devon is Lily’s adopted brother.

Damien
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Damien

Speechless Lets dump another young exciting minority representative actress ( first Noemi Gonzales s Mia now Loren) for returning vets and new expensive ones Officially this show is no longer Young and Restless but the Old and tired. Like put me to sleep. Vic is not going to die. Although i really like the new Adam, we dont need crazy Chloe trying to kill him again or Billy having nightmares over the wretched rehash of Dehila getting hit while out for icecream As a white viewer myself i cry foul over another non white character getting cut. I dont need… Read more »

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

This was just a travesty that they fired her in the way that they did. I mean, she just got herself in the opening credits two weeks ago and now she’s gone????? Seriously, Y&R screwed this one up big time. It’s like they just don’t know how to write for African American characters. They need to rehire writer Susan Dansby, one of the only African American writers on daytime.

Kay
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Kay

Oh boy can’t find a storyline for a beautiful woman of color ? JG and all his pets he brought back eating up the show with storylines that are reruns and ratings are still in the tank.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

“…I was told that creatively they didn’t know what to do with my story line and they wanted to spend their budget increasing other people’s storylines…” How’s this for an idea? Pair Ana with Theo (either romantically or professionally), and slowly get her involved in the party life that he and Kyle were in while they lived in New York. We’ve already seen that Theo isn’t exactly the greatest influence, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to have him get Ana involved in drugs and alcohol. A lot of musicians go through this phase, especially in their twenties. Give Ana… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Not interested in Ana or Theo (who I hope leaves soon).

I do wish they had not let Mia go. She was good and could have stirred up trouble and her trying to ingratiate herself with higher ups was fun.

Elena bores me.

It’s a shame, because with Neil and Lily and her kids gone, no Winters on the show.

Timmm
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Timmm

Elena bores you because they have her hitched to Devon and he sucks!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I am confused. When the Rosales family appeared, everyone complained they were on too much. There wasn’t much love for Keri, Ana or the other actor who played Nate. And everyone wanted Mal Young fired. Well, they got their wish! Tell me, how is Y&R old and Restless, when you have characters like Kyle,Lola, Summer, Theo, Mariah, Tessa, Abby, Devon, Elena and Nate leading stories or prominently featured? These are characters /actors in their 20s & 30s. Let’s not forget it’s B&B that introduces new characters and writes them out in a few months. And DOOL currently only has three… Read more »

Gracies Girl
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Gracies Girl

This new regime at Y&R give new meaning to the words incompetent and uninspired. It takes no creativity, no brains, no thought, no care to get rid of great performers. This is exactly what they’ve done. They started when they let go of Brooks Darnell, a gorgeous, talented, exciting actor who could’ve done so much they bothered to give him a part to play. And they replaced him with a dud who has ZERO chemistry with Mel. Then Gina who is a FAR better Phyllis. They’ve made define into a spoiled whack job who has suddenly fallen madly for Elena.… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Why was she added to the opening credits if she was going to be dropped?

Ana never had a decent storyline. I was not interested in her or her story.

Jennifer W.
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Jennifer W.

So disappointed … she’s a beautiful talented actress/singer and if they don’t know how to write for her that says a lot about THEIR lack of creativity/talent IMO. How can they let Ana, who had so much potential, go and yet keep Tessa who should have been gone long ago. Devon decided to put her with Theo for mentoring, and all of a sudden he’s working with Phyllis. Devon’s big interest is in his music division, there was a role for her. The show is all over the map. As a side note – I will never forget Ana’s rendition… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Why do people immediately cry foul and pull out the race card when a non-Caucasian is let go from a soap? You look like a moron! She was let go because it was a character who was not relevant and probably would never be relevant. Who the hell tunes in to see what Ana is up to today on Y&R? NO ONE! Its still a show that people for years have watched because of VICTOR and NIKKI!, period! They are STILL relevant! Anyone else who comes along has to make an impact or they are gone. No matter what COLOR!… Read more »

Marie
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Marie

I’m just so upset Devon is losing all of his family! I understand the loss of Neil Winters due to the passing of Kristoff St. John, and Lily deciding to leave, but he has nobody but Nate who they’ll probably write out as soon as the writers get tired of him and Abby. This is just one of many reasons I don’t watch the show anymore regardless of who they’re bringing back!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

The YOUNG and the RESTLESS is now The Blah and the Boring and I have quit watching…I stopped watching years ago for a while and when Sally Sussman and Kay Alden returned I started watching again full time and even made it through Mal Young, yes for a while I did complain about Mal but now it’s so dull… I will say this again, Y&R has not been directed, produced or written well IMO since 2007 when Kay Alden was let go as Head Writer and the beautiful background music was replaced…I know at times the wonderful Mr Mike Dobson… Read more »

tom j
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tom j

Ana had such great potential. Lott was a good singer, fine actress and beautifully glamorous. Y&R dropped the ball. Mia also had great potential.

Saddest thing to see is that people wanted Mal Young gone and since he left the ratings have dropped considerably whereas the ratings stayed pretty stable during Young’s time on the show.

tom j
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tom j

I think Y&R was heading in the right direction with a big Rosales family. Mia should have been written as a character similar to Roxy on OLTL–funny, but with an edge and annoying. With Kristoff’s passing, I felt like the Winters family needed a new patriarch or matriarch. I was hoping Victoria Rowell would return. I think the show needs the Rosales family because they are/were all new characters. With the Rosales and Winters families nicely balancing out the Abbotts and the Newmans. Devon should lose or give alway his fortune. Would be interesting to use Victor’s illness to bring… Read more »

Becky
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Becky

Just reading the other comments, I’m under the impression that the young and the restless don’t believe in equal opportunity. The funny thing about that show is the worst of the worst can roll into town, and with the best of luck ends up being a left behind or rejected family member.What is really weird is the writers always writing someone out of the show and then later bring them back as another character. Instead of bringing Hillary back they should have kept Ana and gave her a spot on the show. It’s very dumb when the person died on… Read more »

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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