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Maura West speaks on her departure from Y&R & her decision to tackle the role of Diane!

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One of the finest actresses to ever grace the soap opera genre, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maura West opened up about her dismissal from the number one soap, The Young and the Restless after signing on to resurrect the role of Diane Jenkins, after the cancellation of As the World Turns and finishing up her star turn as Carly Tenney Snyder.  West spoke with Nelson Branco in a new interview for Soap Opera Uncensored.

In addition, Maura also weighed in on the recent cancellations of OLTL and AMC and how the shows were attempting to move online via Prospect Park.

Here are a few excerpts!

Maura in hindsight, if she feels she decided to take on the role of Diane too soon after ATWT:  “Frankly, I did jump in rather quickly because I didn’t want to be the last person to have a seat in this [casting] game of musical chairs. So, I took the first seat available. Yeah, when [my husband] Scott [De Freitas], my agent and I speak in retrospect, we all agree I should have waited for something else. Originally, I didn’t realize Diane was a recast of an existing character. After I found out, I expressed concern about the age discrepancy, but was told the [de-SORASing] was an intentional age change. And that’s cool! For God’s sake, it’s a soap opera. It happens — and it’s not unusual to play with characters’ ages. But I would have asked more questions, for sure. I mean, Diane’s my mother’s age! That should have raised some red flags. But I was excited with the prospect of working with a group of extremely talented people on Y&R. I also wanted a change. [Moreover], I was excited about moving to LA. There were a lot of positive reasons why I took the job, but there were also some reasons why I shouldn’t have taken the job.”

Maura on if she was surprised that the powers-that-be at Y&R were killing her off just as her character was picking up steam: “No, and I’ll tell you why. I may not be a genius but I’m no Forrest Gump, either! It was very clear to me, even by week two, this was not a character anyone was particularly invested in. The second time Diane showed up and dropped her overcoat, I was like, “Oh, I see what’s going on here.” I wasn’t surprised. No, in fact, I was really let go, time-wise, I before all that fun, sparkly stuff with Michael Muhney’s Adam. I already knew I was on the way out shortly after working with Muhney.”

Maura’s thoughts on Prospect Park trying to save the cancelled OLTL and AMC and move them online: “I don’t like seeing anyone, ever, ever, ever, out of a job. It’s terrible. There are a lot of people on these shows — people who aren’t lead actors — who aren’t able to stock away money. They’re grinding away — and they’ve lost their f**ing job! That makes me very sad. That’s my answer to that. I really believe these shows, which have been on the air for so long, need to be scrapped so we can start over. I don’t mean to sound harsh but it might be OK if we do that. Prospect Park? I don’t know much about it. Online shows scare me because we’re union actors and I don’t know if we’re protected. Some of these online productions don’t pay their actors… they just get lunch! [Laughs] Our union doesn’t like that. There has to be some kind of protection for us. It seems like it’s the wild, wild west right now.”

What do you think of Maura’s sentiments? And how she was written out of Y&R?  Let us know!

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Scott
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Scott

LOVE MAURA WEST!!!!!! She is a class act!!! I wish she would’ve talked more about why she shouldn’t have tackled the role and the fact she saw it as short-term doesn’t surprise me. But she rocked it as Diane, and didn’t deserve the treatment she got from the show. She deserves better and I know in the long-run, she’ll come out on top!!

rono3849
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rono3849

MW was screwed over by MAB, who got her nose out of joint about MW being hired by Sony. MAB is making Y&R into a joke. She is the one who should be fired. MW made Diane a great character to watch. Her scened with Michael Muhney were terrific. SHAME on CBS & Sony for letting MAB fire MW and ruin Y&R.

Scott.
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Scott.

Like Maura said in this interview, and to me directly, she wasn’t ready to tacke another role immediately following Carly on ATWT. The show had plans to recast Diane anyway, so Sony saw it as a chance to nab Maura to gain viewership. And once Maria got the chance, she dropped her.

Maura, to me, seems bitter about it and could give two hoots about the character.

Tommy Burke
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Tommy Burke

I absolutely LOVE Maura West. I went to High School with her and actually got to act with her in several plays we competed in. I started watching Y&R for the simple reason that Maura West was on it. Now that she has been killed off I no longer watch Y&R. I wish Maura would have said more about her future plans. Will she be on another soap?? or will we see her on the BIG screen??? Love ya Maura. You are one of the BEST!!!!!

Maura
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Maura

Tom!!! Wow. It’s been a long time! Thanks
For your kind words. Made my day! Who new
Mr. Fairman would be responsible for reuniting
old friends! xox

Joyce
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Joyce

I also love Maura west. I started watching The young and the restless just to be able to see this very talented actress. I wish T Y and T R would bring her back. I would love to see her linked romantically to Jack Abbot. Please writers, find a spot for this terrific performer.

Webbie
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Webbie

I’ve always loved MW; she’s a wonderful actress. I’m very interested to see where she lands next.

rono3849
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rono3849

MW should be on primetime. CBS would be smart to get her on one of their hit shows ASAP. She’ll only make the show better.

Katherine
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Katherine

Maura would be great on primetime. Other soap actors have made the transaction. Maura would be an asset to any show.

Jill R
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Jill R

would like information on Maura West’s future acting gigs. She is so talented that the role she lost on The Young and The Restless seemed way beneath what she was capable of.

harlee
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harlee

LOVE you Maura, you go woman and hope to see on back on my TV screen and hopefully with Michael Park, steaming up my monitor!

todd
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todd

That was offensive. She states that these shows need to be scrapped, so that we can start over. I’m sorry but OLTL is still fresh, funny, touching, and thought provoking. There is nothing about OLTL that needs to be scraped. There were many times I felt like ATWT needed to be scrapped, and AMC was horrendous most of the time. I feel that way about GH right now. Clearly she never watched OLTL and shouldn’t be publicly commenting on it.

aria
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aria

I agree she miss spoke there, granted she’s entitle to her opinion, but hello ms. i’m no forrest gump either, they are not starting over w/ soaps, they are just getting killed off and not replaced. so her remark was very forrest gump of her.

Torrey
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Torrey

Yeah, she had me until she made that statement. OLTL should not be scrapped. It is the best soap on daytime.

gloria
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gloria

Me too! I used to watch ATWT & loved her (most of the time) & even loved her on Y&R but her comments about scrapping OLTL-that is crazy-start over’s ass. You don’t start the best show on effing tv OVER. You keep it FOREVER!

rono3849
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rono3849

Well, OLTL is being scrapped. ABC has already made that decision. End of story.

Heather
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Heather

Sorry Torrey and Gloria but Maury West is right.

I’m not pro-union. But why in the world would Erika Sleazak (or any other soap opera actor for that matter) want to work in a non-union environment?

Tara
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Tara

Maura West is a brilliant actress and more importantly a phenomenal person. This woman is simply amazing. Yes, I am a huge Maura West fan! I guess that’s why I’m in shock that some of you are offended by what she said. There are very few people that possess the type of character that she has. She was stating her opinion about what she sees and feels about soaps. Which anyone can do. That doesn’t mean she misspoke. I can understand the emotions that OLTL fans are feeling right now. Believe me, I felt it when ATWT went off the… Read more »

Todd
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Todd

What is wrong is not the show. It is the greed of the profit margin. Talj shows cost less.

Torrey
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Torrey

I don’t recall ever stating that I was offended by what she said…I just said I didn’t agree with her. I feel like OLTL is the best soap on television, and should not have been cancelled. ABC has had it in for their soaps for some time now…and like Todd stated, it’s all about money. Talk shows are cheaper to produce, so they choose to fill their line-up with chatter shows, because that puts more money in their pockets. And I also agree with the opinion of others that there is nothing wrong with OLTL. I don’t believe the cancellation… Read more »

Tara
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Tara

Torrey, We could go back and forth on this and probably never come to an agreement; however, I do respect your opinion. I stand by what I said just as i’m sure you will stand by what you said. We will just have to agree to disagree. Hope you have a lovely NYE!! Hopefully, 2012 will bring great joy to everyone. Maura, thank you for all the pleasure you brought to your fans with your portrayal of Carly. You and Michael are surely missed on screen. BTW, I LOVED your interview; I totally agree with your viewpoints and I just… Read more »

love the soaps
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love the soaps

maura west is a talented actress. the emmys she won are a testament to that.. the character of diane was ruined by abysmal writing and the fact that she slept with almost all of the men of genoa city , another excellent actor who was used shamefully.. i caught a glimpse of y/r and saw kevin with some horrific jersey shore wannabe.. bill bell would be sad to see what his flagship show has been reduced to

Frances
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Frances

Maura is a great actress. I think the problem was Diane was not someone anybody wanted to see and the story line sucked. Id like to see them kill off a few vet. actors like Eric Braeden who has been the city’s bully for far to long. Melody Thomas Scott is another big ticket that could save them money. Nikki has been treating Sharon like cray for so long its sickening. When those two come on it’s bathroom break or tea break.

tasneem
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tasneem

I loved Maura on ATWT loved on y&r will continue to love her I’m really pissed they killed her on y&r she’s a brilliant actress. She will always remain one of my fav characters on ATWT Maura miss u are a legend and will be in my eyes. MAB is such an idiot for getting rid of a legend and talented actress

Heidi
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Heidi

IA with everything Maura said especially the age thing. This woman supposedly broke up Jack and Patty but wasn’t even 40? I also think that tptb made Diane so unlikeable that no viewer would be sad she was killed. I still couldn’t care less who killed Diane but I admit having wanted Kyle to be the killer.

Judy
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Judy

I’ve read the entire interview and it’s a good read that I recommend. I was happy to finally hear Maura’s thoughts. As an admitted big fan of Maura and not a long term Y&R viewer I had no problem accepting her Diane but I get with the age difference that was difficult for long term viewers. Heck most hate recasts and newbies anyhow lol. However many of them started coming around at the end. If she had been given strong writing at the beginning she could have made it work but clearly there was no real plan for Diane and… Read more »

Maura
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Maura

I agree. And thank you!

Kristy
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Kristy

Your comments are “right on” with my thinking, Judy! I too am a big Maura fan and the age difference thing didn’t bother me either. I watched the Y&R simply because Maura West was on it, and now I really could care less about the show. I can see how it was hard for the forever fans to accept a new Diane. But, to me, it was refreshing to see her as Diane. I missed Carly Tenney Snyder, but it didn’t take me long at all to accept her as Diane. I was cheering for her every week! Maura is… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Live and learn but she will land on her feet. I knew from the start she was not right for that role but people need to work. I personally think she would have made a great Kate Howard on GH!

Carol37
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Carol37

It was an injustice to have hired such a beautiful, talented actor like Maura West then have her die in the manner in which they decided. They wasted her talent and her time. Maura, I hope they paid you well because you are great. I would love to see you on my TV along with MIchael Park in Prime Time. The demise of soaps are imminent. Poor Mr. Bill Bell Sr. must be dervishing in his grave if he could see what the present writers have done to our best loved show. The entire team of writers need to be… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

Love Maura West! A seriously talented Actress. Wish TPTB thought to rehire her for the other Bell soap B &B- Jackie M sure could use a designer and MW would suit the role very well:) and can’t you just see her tangling it up with the Forresters:)

Cindy Lou
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Cindy Lou

Absolutely a Maura West fan here as well, but I can’t agree with putting her on a show like B&B–that would be an absolute travesty & a huge slap in the face to a talent like MW’s. Though I’ve not watched every single soap on TV, so I can’t speak for or against any other, I was a huge Y&R and ATWT’s fan for many years. When my work schedule permitted, I’d watch both with B&B tucked in between, but the latter just got so ridiculous & repetitive in the storyline, not to mention marginal acting talent. KLL is the… Read more »

brian
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brian

ouch!! scrap OLTL???… you will never have me as your fan for saying that!

barbara t
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barbara t

AGREE

pj
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pj

it seems to me, she’s simply saying PP should create a new soap as opposed to bringing a shell of one online.

barbara t
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barbara t

with all new people,it wouldnt be the same,when pp was going to put oltl on line 13 stars were signed up to go along with the writers,pp backed out,some people say pp said they were saving the soaps just to shut the fans up about abc canceling amc and oltl.guess we will never know,I feel bad that oltl has 12 more days left.and the crap they are replacing the soaps with ,what kind of people watch these shows ,how many more shows like that do we need ,abc has crap on in the daytime and crap tv at night ,cheep… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

Exactly PJ. She didn’t say any soap should be cancelled. She said though once they have been cancelled it’s better to start new than to resurrect them online. What was likely to transpire online would likely be a shell of what they had once been and not what people had loved.

rono3849
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rono3849

What’s the big deal? OLTL is dead. It’s over. Get over it. GH has become a mess and looks likely to join AMC, ATWT, GL and OLTL on the ash heap very soon as well. Seriously folks, get a life.

Heather
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Heather

@rono3849

Actually I think that all soaps (not just GH) will be gone by 2020.

@barbara t

The actors of OLTL have moved on and some probably have already found jobs. If OLTL was to come back, do you seriouly think it would be the same show as the one on ABC? This would be OLTL in name only with a bunch of unknown actors and characters, and a total insult to the legacy of OLTL. Maury West is 100% right. Just start a new soap.

Brian
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Brian

hmmm… sounds like you are the one who needs something. why are you so bothered just because some people have watched and like a show ?

anyway, you try to have a happy new year rono3849 !

barbara t
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barbara t

SHUTUP,looks like you need to get a life,and find something else to do other then insult people for caring about a show ,and ONE LIFE TO LIVE is not dead ,it was canceled ,but the fans saved it, we need to find backing to keep the show on,abc wants to go cheep with crap reality shows because they think we need help to maintain our lives.If you dont like soaps why are you keeping up with what is going on here ?

rono3849
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rono3849

barbara t, please get back on your meds. You jump to conclusions and you don’t even know who I am or what I like or don’t like. My comments were just a reality check. I liked ATWT and CBS killed it. The fact that I like a show and it’s cancelled is TV. One just has to face facts, deal with it, and move on.

I’m sure you love OLTL, but don’t take your disappointment out on me. ABC killed the show. Life goes on, and BTW, I have a very nice life, thank you.

barbara t
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barbara t

your comments are a reality check,no one is taking any disappointments out on you, I think its the other way around.and you should go back on your meds,you dont know me either ,here are your words ,GET A LIFE,maybe the only life some people have are on there tv sets .and there soaps are a part of that .however I do agree with you abc did kill the soaps and I think you are here to say nasty things to people ,get over yourself and you have a happy new year to.

lipity
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lipity

Very talented actress, I loive how they bring on other former soap actors and actresses to act on Y&R. Go to B&B. I started watching B&B after a 10 plus year hiatus. I starting watching when most of Y&R ended up on there.

Deb
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Deb

I, too, love Maura West and still miss seeing her as Carly so much. I had watched Y&R from its inception and always considered it my favorite soap, so when it scooped Maura up after ATWT’s cancellation, I was to say the least very excited! Unfortunately, Y&R not only completely wasted Maura’s talent and contributions to the show, they did their fans an injustice by not allowing people not familiar with Maura/Carly to see, hear and feel her brilliance as an actor. I no longer watch any daytime soaps but would love to see Maura hit prime time a la… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

Yep I can totally see her on those types of prime time shows. Not necessarily those shows but that type of prime time soap and so hope one is in the future for her! She would be amazing! That’s my wish too.

Therese
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Therese

Loved MW as Carly on ATWT. With that being said, she was definitely miscast as Diane. She did a great job with what she was given, but quite frankly, YR’s HWs didn’t deliver much. MW would’ve been a fantastic, long-term addition to YR as a new character and I wish the current HW and EP team had a little more foresight and a lot more talent. 🙁

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Bless You, Maura. We Evanston, Illinois ATWT/Y&R Fans Love You Very, Very Much!!

Brian 😀 😀

Debra
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Debra

Maura’s performance was one of the very few saving graces of Y&R this summer. She was badly miscast, but that’s on PTB, and her talent is missed.

Jared
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Jared

I like Maura West. She was great as Carly on ATWT. However, Alex Donnelly always will be Diane Jenkins, and I really don’t understand the two recasts, especially the Maura West recast, because of the obvious and jarring age discrepancy. The current regime’s disregard for timelines and history make no sense to me. That’s probably why I don’t get invested anymore. Y&R hasn’t been the same since LML and later MAB took over. I’d like to see Y&R get back to its roots and stop this deconstruction before it’s too late, if not already too late. As for “scrapping” ONE… Read more »

tiana d.
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tiana d.

I think that they didn’t understand how talented Maura really is! She can act circles around those people on YR. I was so excited to learn she had a job so soon after ATWT. And I was hurt and disappointed when she was let go. Maura is my favorite daytime actor. What an absolute waste of talent!!!!

rono3849
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rono3849

Jeanne Cooper publicly stated that MW was treated terribly by Y&R. You know she was talking about MAB, who should be ashamed of herself, if she ever had a conscious.

Maura
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Maura

Cooper is The Queen. And I, a loyal subject.

auotb
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auotb

she would be great on Revenge

Justin
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Justin

I have thought that as well since I watched the first episode. She would be perfect in Revenge. What a Great show!

Janice
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Janice

Miss ATWT, miss MW. I agree , she would do a great job on Revenge . Which is my favorite show on tv.

Karen R.
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Karen R.

i loved watching Maura on ATWT & i started watching Y&R on her first day, only watched a few times when i knew she’d be on just for her but i hated the rest of the show. i watched it years ago when Alex was Diane & they did miscast Maura as that character. she was wasted in that part & they should of wrote her a new part & i don’t know why they hired her so fast just to do this to her. i hope Maura finds work worthy of her talents & is not wasted on another… Read more »

Lynn
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Lynn

I was really going it was not a done deal. Loved her playing the character of Diane.Maybe she is not REALLY dead?

Barbara
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Barbara

I like Maura West and enjoyed her very much on ATWT. However, as a long-term (more than 30 years) viewer of Y&R, I knew immediately that West was seriously miscast as Diane. “Immediately” means when I first read the news on one of these sites, not when West actually appeared. Diane was sleeping with Jack in the early 80’s when Maura likely was in grade school!! The character was entirely too old to be played by West. West should have been cast as Phyllis’ sister. The writing for Diane was not good but the real problem was the miscasting. Frankly,… Read more »

Maura
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Maura

I appreciate your comments. You did not, though, read carefully what I said. I said that when the role was first offered I was unaware it was a recast. Actually, the name Diane came up later in conversations. Then, when I did realize it, and before I accepted the role, I expressed concern…but was told that they wanted to “age Diane down.”. They know my age, for goodness sake. And I believe I did take some responsibility. Still do. In retrospect: I should have been more patient. But for the reasons I spoke of, I wanted to give it a… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Frankly, we shouldn’t fault Maura so completely for accepting the part not knowing the character’s history…share the blame – I definitely think so! But the ones in charge at Y&R should take the lion’s share of the blame for thinking they could so easily deSORAS a character like that and make it work. SORASING works with children (for the most part – I don’t agree, however, when they do what they did with Abby and Kyle – children who were clearly born close together on the show but then they SORASED Abby several years beyond Kyle) but I think they… Read more »

Dwayne
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Dwayne

Mauras Carly was my favorite on ATWT. I had watched around 40 yrs (I am 44) and Maura became my reason to stay tuned in when at times the rest of the show was not up to par. Y&R should have know what a goldmine that they had with Maura. Instead they wasted her talent. IMO the only reason they hired her was to try and grab ATWTs viewers and keep them watching Y&R. Well they do not know what they missed out on! Maura keep the fire burning at ATWT, without her it would have been cancelled several years… Read more »

Pamela
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Pamela

Well im mad because they took As The World Turns and The Guiding Light off the air…i have watch both soaps since i was a child. When u watch them for so long its like the ppl on the soaps become part of ur family…just wanted to say how much i miss watching both of the shows…

barbara t
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barbara t

torrey ,you are right ,every thing you said ,they cant bring back one life to live with all new people , will never be the same.and one life to live is the best soap Ive ever watched in 50 years of watching the continuing stories its always kept me interested as I am today ,the other soaps never did that ,so one life to live was not taken off the air because it was bad.but because abc is cheep ,and I was faithful watching there soaps for decades ,and now they pay me back by killing amc and oltl.they also… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

The big question I want to know and probably can not get it answered is did Peter Bergman or Eric Braeden ever question the casting knowing their ages did they not go Huh! But like I said before I wish if they were doing a recast of Kate Howard they would have looked at Ms. West. Good luck to her and MAB is ruining Y&R they need Kay Alden and Jack Smith I think that was his name who worked under the great Bill Bell. I do know Christian LeBlanc was in her corner.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Hey Maura if that is indeed you on this board, you should have sued them for killing you off in that awful green and white dress. Happy New Year everybody and laughter is the best medicine for everything!!!

Billie
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Billie

Diane was the female equivalent of Adam. I miss her conniving ways. Y&R messed up big time.

Tralala
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Tralala

hey Maura, please girl try to get a prime time gig (i know it is hard, even more when you come from daytime soaps and well when you are not a teenage girl..it is Hollywood for you..yep) but maybe Michael Muhney can help you..he comes from prime time (Veronica Mars was one of the best tv show from these last decades imo) and when he get bored of his Adam gig on The Young and the Restless he can join you and you can work together again..this time really work together and in better conditions (to be honest i like… Read more »

Lolo
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Lolo

The only issue I have re: Maura’s statement about unions and online original programming is that it is backwards. Though I fully believe that Prospect Park’s plans were waaaaaaay too ambitious for this stage of viability for online programming, this is not a flash-in-the-pan. Perhaps if nothing else, this was a kick start for unions to pay attention and figure out exactly how to structure deals for actors, writers, etc. They HAVE to do it, that much is clear. But they have to be realistic. In the beginning, it can’t be like how it is now for television and film.… Read more »

EJ
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EJ

Maura West is an amazing talent – I loved her work for years on ATWT and I enjoyed her portrayal of Diane Jenkins on Y&R . TPTB made a huge mistake in the treatment of Ms. West and Diane Jenkins. I keep hoping that the character played by MW will be discovered alive and well in Switzerland. Don’t know that she would want to go to to Y&R but I hope to see her soon on another soap or better yet primetime. She would be a major asset for any venue fortunate enough to have her.

Kevin
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Kevin

Maura you need not aplogize or explain yourself. You said nothing wrong, I know you did not mean anything negative by your remark. On another note in my opinion, you did a bang up job as Diane. I personally was suprised you were hired for that role as well since I was familiar with the previous actresses, however I never liked the character until you took on the role. You are very interesting to watch on screen. Best of Luck in whatever you do. I hope everything works out.

Roxanne
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Roxanne

I am 51 years old and have been watching ATWT and Y&R since I was 14 years old. Very few actors make a big impression but Maura West is certainly one of them. Her talent is endless and I can see her in many different types of roles, serious ones and comedies too. She is quite versatile. I questioned the role of Diane for her but thought she did a very good job with what they gave her. It seemed as just as she began to completely shine, they let her go. Quite a disappointment. I want to thank Maura… Read more »

charella
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charella

Maura you’re the best!

Pati V
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Pati V

I just loved Maura on ATWT. She truely is a wonderful actress. I only tuned into Y&R after Maura joined the cast. I thought she did an amazing job as Diane.I think they made a mistake letting her go, she is far to talented for that.I am so sad that the soaps are being taken off the air. I am from the generation of women who loved them.I grew up watching them with my mother and older sisters. I too feel bad for the folks out there who worked on the soaps and are now unemployed. Some of the shows… Read more »

bvh
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bvh

What is Maura doing these days? Any news?

Becky
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Becky

I watched ATWT mainly because of Jack & Carly. What Y&R did with her character was disgraceful and I only watched it until they found Diane’s killer, then stopped. She is one great actress and Y&R were stupid to do what they did to her character. She should have come on as comeone completely new and ended up with Jack instead of the insipid Genevieve.

Kailey
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Kailey

Bring ATWT back! I miss Carly & Jack played by Michael & Maura!

lwo Coulouros
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lwo Coulouros

I am very against the way Maura’s character on the Young and the Restless was taken off. Maura is the only reason I went back to watch this soap opera. I continued watching As The World Turns for her role as Carly and Micheal Parker as Jack. I don’t where they are acting now and it bothers me.
If anyone knows where Maura West is acting please let me know. Thanks
There should be others people aliminated from Y & R who are seriously worthless in acting.
Maura was such a great actress, they were afraid to keep her.

shirl ward
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shirl ward

Oh boy, am I a fan of Maura’s and for ever so long too. Terribly sad to see AWTW go away and knowing the fine actors we have grown to love (or hate) would be out of work, etc. Was great to see Maura go to Y & R because occasionally I watched Y & R and was glad to see her back at work…Diane Jenkins thought? uhhhhh huh??? The writing did not suit her and neither did her spot on the show…nothing was right. Such a beautiful woman and such an amazing talent and look what happened! They threw… Read more »

shirl ward
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shirl ward

Yep, I watched ATWT since the beginning, when it was blk/white and a half hour long…1956…lunchtime. I remember Grandpa Hughes, Aunt Edie, Jeff Baker, Penny God bless her, Bob wasnt even around then…Lisa was, Alma and Henry, Mike Bobs brother…all of them…what a wonderful show it was. It has taken many turns, not always good, but we rolled with them all…even all the different Betsy problems…so many many changes throughout the years…BUT…when Carly came along she added problems too, but such a smiling face and such a great actress…Carly and Jack…yep yep yep. Maura, I certainly hope we see you… Read more »

Barb
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Barb

I was surprised that they let her go, she’s a talented actress and I wish her well, I wish she wouldn’t have been Diane Jenkins, she played it well, but she is more suited for the Carly role that everyone loved, she probably would’we still been there had she been given a role like that! Good luck to you Maura, hope to seen you on tv soon!

Susanne
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Susanne

Would love to see Maura on TNT’s new “Dallas.” Maybe if it gets picked up beyond the initial 10 or so episodes that have already been filmed? 🙂

punkin
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punkin

I would have loved to hear her talk more about what happened with Y&R. What so strange is right after ATWT ended I remember thinking Maura West is such a sultry actress she’s a better fit for Y&R and wouldn’t you know the she was but as Diane. I still expected the character to become apart of the Y&R tapestry but like she said when she kept sleeping with everyone I knew it was temporary. Still a fan ..they should find a way to revive her. Hell Phillip Chancellor is back from the dead .. so .. anything is possible.

Joan Fritts
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Joan Fritts

She is one of the best actresses and I miss her! Hope to see her on something soon, she is too talented to be wasted.

Johnny
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Johnny

Why isn’t award winning great actress Maura West, both in comedy and drama, hired by network excutives for a prime time series? She would be brialliant in Mad Men, or a comedy like Anger Management. She should have her own series.

Ms West would be wonderful as a femme fatale in TV or film.

Why arn’t the casting people paying attention? Maura West is a major talent the audience wants to see.

M
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M

I miss ATWT terribly…Have been a fan since ‘Lisa was young’!
Maura, Michael, Jon and Lily along with the veteran castmembers were great.
They became like family. Maura played the heck out of Carly!
(Would it be to much to ask to just move all the characters from ATWT to
the remaining Soaps?)

M
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M

correction…I meant Martha!

kodi
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kodi

We need Maura on a Primetime show, as a regular character. Put her on REVENGE. or REVOLUTION . or ONCE UPON A TIME.

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Tyra Banks Named New Host and Executive Producer of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

On the heels of the departures of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as hosts of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, comes word of just who the new host will be!

That gig is going to none other than former America’s Top Model host. Tyra Banks, who will also serve as the ballroom-dance competition’s executive producer for its upcoming 29th season set to air later this fall.

DWTS is watching very closely the coronavirus pandemic of just how and when they can begin production and how the show will look.

With the pick of Banks to helm the show,  ABC said that the team is planning to refresh the format, while “honoring the show America loves”.  DWTS is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, alongside Andrew Llinares.

In a statement, Tyra Banks expressed: “I’ve been a fan of DWTS since its beginning. The fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances, it’s always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk. Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”

Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment shared: “Tom has been an integral part of the ABC family for nearly two decades, from hosting AFV to Dancing with the Stars – we are grateful for all he and Erin have done to make Dancing a success.  As we gear up for the show’s 29th season, we can’t wait to welcome Tyra Banks to our Dancing stage. Tyra is an award-winning multi-hyphenate whose fierce female prowess and influence across many industries have made an indelible mark. Her fresh take on America’s favorite dancing competition will surely bring more than a ‘Smize’ to fans everywhere.”

Valerie Bruce, general manager, LA Productions, BBC Studios, added, “Tyra Banks is an icon whose powerful presence, trademark confidence, and industry-leading achievements inspire us. We are proud to partner with ABC to welcome her as the new host of Dancing with the Stars. This represents a landmark moment in our 28 seasons producing Dancing with the Stars as we take this iconic show in a new creative direction. We offer our sincere thanks to Tom and Erin, whom we will always consider part of the Dancing with the Stars family.”

So, what do you think of Tyra as the new host and EP of Dancing with the Stars?  How will she liven up the format of the show? Comment below.

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Jai Rodriguez Named Host For Digital Drama Daytime Emmys; Loni Love To Host Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation Programming Edition

The next two Daytime Emmy ceremonies to be given out virtually this year have announced their hosts.  The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today revealed that Jai Rodriguez, producer and actor best known for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will host the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony honoring Digital Dramas.  That event will be live-streamed this coming Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

In addition, The Real’s Loni Love  will host the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony for Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation programming.  That event will be live-streamed Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

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In a statement, Adam Sharp, President & CEO of NATAS shared: “The far-reaching consequences of the global pandemic have challenged our industry and our community in ways never before imagined, These unprecedented circumstances demanded new and exciting ways to recognize the great talents creating Daytime television. Building on the success of our Daytime Emmys telecast on CBS, we continue to applaud and acknowledge the contributions of our diverse field of incredible nominees.”

NATAS also announced today more dates for their annual awards –  the 41st Sports Emmy Awards will live-stream on Tuesday, August 11th, at 8 p.m. EDT.  Meanwhile,The 41st News & Documentary Emmy Awards will stream in mid-to-late September, followed by the 71st Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in mid-to-late October.

Two dedicated specials will also debut in the fall of 2020: one recognizing Lifetime Achievement honorees in Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary and Technology & Engineering programming, and the other recognizing Spanish-Language nominees across the genres.

All events will be viewable on desktop, mobile, and smart TV platforms via  TheEmmys.tv.

So what do you think of the choice of hosts for the Digital Drama Daytime Emmys this Sunday, and the Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation programming edition the following weekend? Comment below.

 

 

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Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews Exit ‘Dancing with the Stars’

The ballroom dance-competition will look quite different when season 29 of Dancing with the Stars makes its return on ABC.

Longtime host of the series Tom Bergeron (he has been with the show since 2005) and sidekick and co-host Erin Andrews are not returning to the series.  Andrews joined as co-host in 2014 and was a previous contestant.

On Monday, Bergeron got ahead of the news addressing his departure on his Twitter account sharing: “Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?”

On Tuesday, Andrews  put out a statement sharing:  “Thank you ABC and the entire Dancing with the Stars family for 6 memorable seasons.  Those years wouldn’t have been as special without my loving host Tom Bergeron, the talented dancers, and witty judges. I will always cherish my days on that set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels.”

In a joint statement from ABC and producer BBC Studios, they thanked the duo: “Tom Bergeron will forever be part of the Dancing with the Stars family. As we embark on a new creative direction, he departs the show with our sincerest thanks and gratitude for his trademark wit and charm that helped make this show a success. Erin will also not be returning, and we appreciate all that she brought to the ballroom. Fans have been rooting for her since she originally competed as a contestant back in 2010, and her signature sense of humor has become a hallmark of the show.”

Just how the dance-reality competition series will look comes this fall in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be seen.

So, what do you think of the departures of Bergeron and Andrews? Who do you think will be named hosts of the series for its upcoming season? Comment below.

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