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Rome Flynn Departing The Bold and The Beautiful; Makes An Official Heartfelt Statement

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Rome Flynn, who has played Zende on the CBS daytime drama, The Bold and the Beautiful is leaving the series.  It is his decision to exit his role.

In an official statement on his Instagram following a live Instagram chat earlier today, Flynn had this to share.

“First I want to thank Brad Bell for taking a chance on this ambitious young kid and giving me more responsibility than I knew I could take on.  I want to thank all of the B&B fans across the world for embracing me as your Zende Forrester. It has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life to share a piece of myself everyday with you.

I worked hard to make sure I never cheated you on work ethic or integrity of this character.  Such a profound responsibility to be one of the few African Americans on daytime television, one I took serious in making sure I made you feel like you knew me. My job is to imitate life in its honesty and truest form. I hope I’ve done you justice.

So many people to thank but I want to be specific in thanking my counterpart through my time here on B&B. @reignedwards  You’re such a joy to have worked with and an amazing talent! They don’t just give out nominations for best younger actress in a drama series 2X IN A ROW.

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But beyond that, you’re very special to me. You helped me grow as an artist and a person. We took on portraying this young black couple in love. We worked hard on keeping it authentic and true. So many hours of work on our own. We had to be vulnerable with each other for this to last, I wanna thank you for letting me in. We laughed together, we cried together, we went to war together & that’s what love is. Thank you Reigny #zencole

This is not goodbye but I’ll see you soon!  Change is good. You must make change to make way for what God has for you.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  Love, Rome Flynn aka Zendaddy “

It appears B&B may be recasting the role of Zende.

What do you think of the news of Flynn departing B&B? Comment below!

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Karen
Karen

I am deeply going to miss this young ma n. He brought to B&B the couple that we wanted to see. How .ca. anyone replace such big shoes.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Ita hard to be a soap fan without accepting a recast. Think how many storylines would hit a wall without new actors replacing other actors

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Exactly. How many Jill Abbots? I loved the original Jack Abbott, the new guy’s kinda okay after three or so decades.

Dave
Dave

Really bummed out.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

What does he think he will do? He hasnt been on long enough for much facial recoginition. He needs to stay longer and gain some.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Disappointed to hear this. He’s such a gorgeous actor wirh talent to boot! He should have no problem getting other work…

Not happy to see him go but I have no doubt he’ ll be back on screen, TV or film, very soon. Wonder if he still wants to do soaps…should come over to GH as a love interest for Valerie. That girl needs a story/ relationship! Well, now, so does Kiki!

First Palmer Watkins on GH ( you can sign the online petition to ABC to keep him)…now Rome Flynn….

Kevin C
Kevin C

It will be very difficult to replace Rome Flynn and sorry to see him leave…I wish nothing but the best for Rome and it’s wonderful that he trust GOD and his future is bright…

damien
damien

redaric williams to replace him!… he has the look for b n b!… if not bring him back to y n r where he and lily can finish where they left off. jordans not cutting it. would love lily and tyler round 2

Lia
Lia

He’s a sweet man. I’m going to miss him, because he was part of something very special on that show. The Avant family is the life of B&B, so that show just became dimmer. Much love, and future success to him.

davlestev1
davlestev1

whatever he does good luck to him. Just as long as he doesn’t make the mistake of going on that hot mess soap Victoria Rowell helped create. The Rich Also DooDoo or whatever it’s called.

Ray
Ray

I love actors that leave a show with grace and class. I wish him much luck.

Chaz
Chaz

Too big for britches. Saw his tweet after last Emmy nominations where he whined about being passed over for second year in a row. His second year on the show!. Think it was Carolyn Hinsey who responded…talk to Katherine Kelly Lang….

Mo
Mo

Okay, good luck. He was okay, but it’s not like someone else leaving the cast. I don’t really have a deep connection with him or his character.

dmr
dmr

Neither did I..

K/kay
K/kay

Good looking young man but th AA actors never last long with Brad good luck to him

Sovie
Sovie

Agreed….totally.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I can’t blame him for moving on. He has no story – he only gets pages when he’s in someone else’s story. (If he’d been given anything much more “I support whatever decision you make” he probably would have hung around.)

He’s young, he has credible experience and he’s ready for projects that will make better use of him. I can’t hate him for that. Its a business. Time for Bold adventures!

I wish him well.

Adrienne
Adrienne

I will truly miss Rome Flynn aka Zenda on The Bold and The Beautiful he just got married on the show will he be recasted to come back to the show.

Iakovos
Iakovos

B&B seems to keep characters for story arcs regardless of connections and histories. Gof or the twist regardless of whether it makes sense. Zende could have done more but that’s the way B&B is.

David
David

Rome Flynn out, Pierson Fodé too. Jacob Young in reccuring status… BB

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Robert Newman Shares Why There Has Not Been a Return to Springfield & ‘Guiding Light’ On-Screen Reunion

Robert Newman, best known to daytime soap fans as Josh Lewis on Guiding Light, sat down earlier this week for a wide-ranging interview on his career with Lauren Van Hemert via her You Tube Channel.

The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

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Robert also added, “In terms of what you are talking about where there might be some sort of production, where there’s an actual reunion, and we see where Josh and Reva are today and that kind of thing (on their probably 15th marriage) … unless Procter and Gamble is somehow willing to shake loose the rights to the show, I don’t see it happening.”

Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10amPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand show via the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today in the comment section below.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams Daytime Talk Shows Returning With New Episodes & ‘At Home’ Content

Starting this Monday, April 6th, both the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Wendy Williams Show will resume airing new episodes with original’ ‘at home’ content with the hosts thus resuming production remotely of the popular daytime talk shows during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ellen and Wendy will now both host from their respective homes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter: “New material from Williams will be included in episodes that taped before production stopped on March 12.”

Williams also let her viewers know on the change: “I may not be in my purple chair, and it may not look the same but I’m very excited to get back to my Wendy Watchers.  There’s so much uncertainty in all of our worlds right now and we need each other.”

Guests for Ellen next week will include: Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, David Spade, and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany.  In addition, look for the series resident dancer and DJ, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and executive producer Andy Lassner to be a part of the new content and episodes.

Ellen said of her new ‘at home’ hosting gig with her show:  “Since going into quarantine two weeks ago, I’ve been doing my show at home every day. But only for Portia. Starting Monday, you’ll be able to see it, too, and I can’t wait.”

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In the wake of the COVID-1 pandemic, Ellen and Wendy will join other daytime talkers who are doing their show from home including: The Talk, Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Tamron Hal Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and the also just announced return of Rachael Ray; where Rachael will broadcast two new shows (April 6 and 10) from her kitchen in upstate New York.

So, what do you think of the efforts the talk shows are going through to continue to air new content and episodes during the coronavirus pandemic? Comment below.

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