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Phyllis Diller Dead! B&B's Brad Bell Issues Statement On Her Passing!

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Sad news to report this afternoon.  Comedienne extraordinaire Phyllis Diller died in her sleep in Los Angeles today surrounded by her family.  Diller was 95 years old. TMZ.com reported that they were told that Diller had recently fallen hurting her wrist and hip — but her rep says the injury had nothing to do with her death.

Diller recently appeared in a return daytime stint as Gladys Pope  on The Bold and the Beautiful!  The shows executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell issued this statement today; ” I was saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllis Diller who was a life-long friend of my mother, Lee Phillip Bell, and a long term character, “Gladys Pope”, on The Bold and the Beautiful.  Her last television performance, at 95 years old, was on our show.  Phyllis will be remembered by the laughter she brought to those who knew and loved her, including audiences around the world.”

After the jump watch the news story that broke on KTLA in Los Angeles today on Diller’s passing!  Let us know your thoughts about remembering Phyllis!

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Not to take anything away from Phyllis Diller – a great lady, but this reminds me of the passing of my own grandmother back in May. who would have been 95 and who died in her sleep too.

I think once a person gets to a certain age they are just ready to go. They say her injury has nothing to do with it, but I don’t believe that. When you are in your 90s and suffer an injury, I think you get a little depressed. Ms. Diller was probably ready to go and was fortunate to pass peacefully in her sleep. When someone lives such a long life like this, there are no regrets. What a long and illustrious career she had.

caroldee
caroldee

Her laugh will echo in our hearts forever..A legion has died and a great lady who paved the way for women in entertainment everywhere. RIP Phyllis..

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blake
Blake

Love Phyllis. She was so witty and hilarious on everything she did. Especially on Roseanne’s nuts. See the link below to see her on there lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MixTJhgDQQg

susan M.
susan M.

I watched it… Very funny.. And she was as smart as a whip !!!

Blake
Blake

Yes I kept it on my dvr and showed it to friends and they died laughing also lol. And yes she was definitely smart as a whip like when she was a year ago on Rosie O’Donnell’s one hour tribute to her on her show. If you haven’t seen that yet you should!

Blake
Blake

And I loved her on B&B, got to see her last appearance she did a few months ago on there. And love that Rosie O’Donnell had a one hour tribute to her last year with all her old costumes around and the tribute to her from the female comedians who were inspired by her like Chelsea Handler, Kathy Griffin, Loni Love, etc.

mo
mo

I’m so glad she came back to B&B. She was fabulous and fun and fantastic. She was a great lady–so funny. RIP Phyllis.

susan M.
susan M.

Phyllis Diller was smart & very, very funny.. And quick as a whip with her funny comments..She alway’s had her wits in tack….I was just talking about her the other day with my cousin on the phone…And saying she’s 95 & still kickin….Wow!!!! I alway’s liked her a lot..That famous LAUGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She will be missed…

sj
sj

Great Lady!!

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The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

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During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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