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‘Peloton Girl’ Monica Ruiz Lands Guest Spot On The Bold and the Beautiful

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Keeping in line with their previous stunt castings of bringing over some current social media sensations to The Bold and the Beautiful (remember the Golden Globes Fiji Water girl?) comes word via TMZ, that actress Monica Ruiz, who played the wife in the controversial Peloton commercial, is set to tape scenes for an upcoming episode next Tuesday.

Ruiz is reportedly doing a one-day shoot and her appearance will air sometime in January. TMZ shares that if things go well,  and the audience takes to her, she could be back for more.

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The ad which in which Ruiz appeared and garnered much backlash featured the actress as a wife, who is an already-fit mother who is beyond thrilled when her husband buys her a Peloton exercise bike for Christmas.

Next, she records her year-long fitness journey as a vlog, and then gives her husband the full video of it the following Christmas and thanks him for ‘changing’ her life.

Social media and critics took note and fired-back and accused Peloton of sexism, while still others interpreted Ruiz’s performance as a woman trying to deal with a case of emotional abuse from her hubby.

Right afterwards, Ryan Reynolds featured Ruiz in an ad for his gin company playing off the fact that she needed a stiff drink after all she has gone though.

So, what do you think about Peloton Girl Monica Ruiz getting a guest spot on The Bold and the Beautiful? Comment below. But first watch Ruiz in the Peloton Ad which shot her to notoriety and then the Ryan Reynolds gin ad.

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Stunt casting is right. B&B does a lot of that.

If she can act and the role isn’t just something added in, I’m fine with it.

As for the ad, I thought it was a bit inane. I didn’t read as much into it when I saw it as others. I guess because I don’t analyze ads or I fast forwarded through it. Maybe she had a Peloton on her Christmas list. Who knows? Too much ado about nothing.

Mono…Agree with you. Way too much read into the ad. I for one would be thrilled if my husband bought me this type of bike for home. Usually not an inexpensive item, and I’m sure other family members would want to take a spin on it as well. And depending on her role on B&B, I would hope they would capitalize on Monica’s gift of playing it with her sense of humour. The show could really use it.

I read she plays a doctor and in the picture, she was in a scene with Flo.

There has long been stunt casting for decades…i remember watching Sammy Davis Jr. on Love Of Life back in the 70s…as the add goes whats wrong with it..just a fit person staying fit..anyway if they showed an over weight woman people would be outraged by that, saying her hubby has a problem and insulting his wife for being too over weight…people are outraged by every little thing,,,with mass shootings happening several times a year and in schools…our music movies and tv vulgarized with foul words, gross violence and women used as sex objects i say there are other things to be outraged over than a silly harmless add!!!!

JimL..Good to see you back. Add Elizabeth Taylor on GH opposite Luke. Monica is not Elizabeth but, depending who she’s playing and how they want her to play her role, she could bring a little much needed levity to B&B storyline. Or take us away from the constant musical chairs of if “love triangles” with main characters. Maybe help hope as a designer for Hope For the Future line. And I agree about what we show really be outraged about and could add a couple of more to your list.

Liz Taylor as the original Helena Cassadine had to be the ultimate in “stunt casting”. So successful that the first two or three attempts at a Helena recast never got off the ground. Constance Towers managed to pull off the role, but it took them 16 years to find her.

Roseanne Barr as Luke’s “ex wife” (and Frank’s daughter) Jennifer Smith in the mid 1990s was pretty good too, though that was more comic relief than a serious portrayal.

I never really left…had my name posted as jim so i changed it back tho i did leave briefly due to continue illness!!!

Hope it helps to be back with MF. Prefer Jimh. :))

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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Y&R’s Joshua Morrow Reveals on Losing the Role of B&B’s Dylan: “I Was Meant to Play Nick. Not Getting Dylan was the Greatest ‘Failure’ of My Life.”

Can you imagine that if things had turned out differently, The Young and the Restless’ Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) would not be celebrating his 30th anniversary on the top-rated soap opera, but instead might be welcoming his son to the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful alongside of him?

In several interesting twists, Morrow, who this Friday, June 21st, celebrates his 30th anniversary on the show as Nick Newman (standalone episode and all) spoke about his original audition for CBS daytime that had him going up for the part of B&B’s Dylan Shaw, a Forrester Creations intern. As the behind the scenes story goes, that part when to Dylan Neal.

Joshua spoke to Soap Hub on his humble daytime beginnings, recalling, “B&B was a long, drawn out, multi-week thing where I had to audition like three times, and then, I had to go in for producers, and then, there was a screentest. He added, “It was demolishing. I was like, super cocky, and I was like, ‘Oh, everybody loves me.'”

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From all indications, it was that audition for Dylan that led him to his prized Genoa City role of Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor’s (Eric Braeden) son. As Morrow remembered it, shortly after meeting with series Bill Bell (then co-creator and EP and head writer. plus then executive producer Ed Scott, and Heather Tom (ex-Victoria, Y&R, then Katie, B&B), he was hired to play Nick.

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At from that moment on as Morrow explained it, “It was kismet. I was meant to play Nick. Not getting Dylan was the greatest ‘failure’ of my life.”  Now in the summer of 2024, Joshua’s son, Crew Morrow, has landed his first soap opera role as the new Will Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful, the son of Katie (the aforementioned Tom), and Don Diamont (Bill).

While father and son will be on opposing but sister soap operas, might a cross over from Nick to Los Angeles be the ticket, so Joshua can finally say he was on B&B and someone share a scene or two or three with his on-screen son? Ya, never know in soapland.

So, what do you think about Joshua losing the role of B&B’s Dylan to Dylan Neal which set up him becoming a cast member at Y&R? Comment below.

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Arianne Zucker Reflects Back on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape with Donald Trump, and Speaks to Her Exit from Days of our Lives

It’s been eight years, but somehow seems like ages ago, that Arianne Zucker was thrust into the mainstream public limelight, unfortunately not for her work as Nicole on Days of our Lives, but for the Access Hollywood taped that surfaced when former president Donald Trump  and current Republican nominee, visited the set of the (then) NBC soap opera, and met Zucker.

The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

Speaking on the moment, Zucker opened about it on Rachel Uchitel’s Miss Understood podcast, where the video version of the interview is now on Uchitel’s You Tube Channel. Back in 2005, Arianne was the scene partner with Trump in his Apprentice/Days of our Lives crossover appearance, because her character of Nicole was at the time a gold-digger.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

So, what do you think of Arianne’s comments reflecting back on the Access Hollywood tapes media frenzy with Donald Trump, and her upcoming exit from DAYS? Weigh-in. But first, check out Ari on Rachel’s podcast below.

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