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Nathalie Kelley Says She Is Not Returning To DYNASTY For Season 2

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In a surprise admission during an interview with E Online, one of the core members of CW’s Dynasty reboot, Nathalie Kelley revealed she is not filming season 2 of the primetime sudser when it resumes filming next month.

Kelley plays Blake’s (Grant Show) wife, Cristal, who ended the season one cliffhanger in a precarious predicament after being shot by Claudia Blaisdel (Brianna Brown), while the Carrington mansion went up in flames, as well.

Kelley tells E! “I won’t be returning for Season 2.”  She went on to say as of the fate of Cristal:  ” Is it a coma? Is it death? … I actually don’t know. But I know that I’m not going to Atlanta in July, that I’m staying (in Los Angeles) … I’ve got my life back.”

Dynasty returns for its all-new season beginning on Friday, October 12th.

So, disappointed to hear there will be no Nathalie on season 2 of Dynasty?  How do you think they will write Cristal out of the story:  Coma … her body found will not be found … or is she truly dead?  Share your theories in the comment section below.

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Phil
Phil

I’m hoping it is body not found or coma and they recast her eventually. I may be one of the minorities, but I rather enjoyed Nathalie Kelley’s portrayal of Cristal! Obviously she wasn’t happy so they could always recast her with a name star! Not sure who though!

Jeff
Jeff

I am so bummed about this. Crystal was the heart of the show and Nathalie did a fine job with the role. I think this is a HUGE mistake and now I’m much less inclined to watch Season 2.

Mike
Mike

Agreed! The CW made a huge mistake removing Kelley from the cast. I am painfully trying to get through this second season.

Satan
Satan

Haven’t watched 1/666th of a second of this Dynasty reboot (thought it was a bad idea, as opposed to the Dallas reboot which built on the foundation of the original main characters and introduced a new generation)…. but even so, it doesn’t seem it would have even a shred of credibility as “Dynasty” without a Cristal character.

Jimh
Jimh

They should get Paula Abdul to play her…lol

Karen
Karen

Coma or Plastic Surgery from the burns!

Alan
Alan

Cristal will be burned in the fire and put into a medically induced coma, then sent away for facial reconstruction and come back as a new actress. In the meantime, Alexis will sink her claws into Blake and then the all new Cristal will return to fight for her man.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

THIS is bizarre… Count me in as a fan of Nathalie’s work as well as the reboot in general. I’m curious to hear the whole story. “I’ve got my life back.” Just what did they do to her?!?! You can’t have Dynasty without Cristal (or Krystle)! The producers have their work cut out for them…

rebecca1
rebecca1

Just “peeked” in on this thread. I don’t watch Dynasty but I know this actress from the The Vampire Diaries. “Got my life back?” Seems she wasn’t happy on the show of being away from her home.

Hi, Jamesj! 😉

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for your reply, Rebecca! I didn’t know much about her previous work. But as someone who worshipped (figuratively!) Linda Evans, Nathalie did a great job! Take care, Friend!

Karen
Karen

Dynasty is not dynasty without Nathalie kelly. She is a great actress. A nonsense wowan

Cassie Misino
Cassie Misino

How can there be Dynasty with no CC!?

Rodd
Rodd

Already jumping ship? Well, if she wasn’t happy (as her comment seems to imply) than good for her. As for “Dynasty”, I’ll miss her in the role but get over it soon enough. Recast and continue.

Rebecca
Rebecca

It hurts me that Nathalie won’t be returning for season 2, I love every role she played as Cristal

Lawrence Delvecchio
Lawrence Delvecchio

Its not going to be the same without Nathalie kelly playing Crystal. I’m not going to watch it. NOT GOING TO WATCH IT NOW. What a mistake she was great. (Pie)

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Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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With Altman retiring, GH has named former breakdown writer, Dan O’Connor as the new co-head writer of the series who will work with Van Etten.

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