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Scott Evans breaks silence,"It doesn't make me mad, it makes me sad"

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One Life to Live’s Scott Evans (Fish) has broken his silence with an item to the Boston Herald his hometown paper.  In the piece the reporter begins by saying Scott was, “blindsided by tweets that he was being dropped from ABC’s “One Life to Live”  Evans replied: “With the amount of time and dedication and the effort I put forward with this story line, have the decency to call me.”

As many are aware, GLAAD handed their media award to One Life to Live for Outstanding Daily Drama Series earlier this month, and both Evans and on-screen acting partner, Brett Claywell (Kyle) have earned pre-Emmy nominations for their work.  “We spent the whole red carpet talking about the cancellation of the story line instead of celebrating. We won, but ultimately, we lost,” Evans said.

The piece goes on to say, ‘ABC has flip-flopped on the rationale for the sudden firings. Evans said the actors were told the story did not play well with focus groups. Internet rumors hinted the duo were let go for behaving unprofessionally on-set, an accusation Evans denies’.

“It doesn’t make me mad, it makes me sad. ABC’s decision to drop the characters is a step back for daytime. We did have the first gay love scene on daytime, ever. I think we did break ground. It was a really well-built story,” he said.

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bottomchef
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bottomchef

Scott Evans does not know when to shut up! Enough already with all this whining abt getting axed. Soaps can axe anyone at the end of a cycle in their contracts, and actors can leave if they choose not to renew w/ a soap. It’s part of the business. Clifton, Duplaix and Hunt are not going on a freaking publicity tour abt their axing. How many vets has GH axed? None of them went to whine to every media outlet. How abt freaking Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall? They were the LEADS of Days. The entire soap business was shaken… Read more »

Erikah
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Erikah

Why should he shut up? He’s made very few statements about this, AFAIK. They treated him poorly, and he’s got a right to state his view. Firing people without having the decency to tell them to their faces may be common in the soap industry (IDK – just taking you at your word), but that doesn’t mean it’s okay. If it is common, then maybe more soap actors should speak up about it. Maybe then, such a poor practice would stop. I see no point in saying that people should just shut up and accept something unacceptable without complaint –… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Cheers to Erikah for defending Scott. Bottomchef, you are totally out of line. All the public evidence is that Scott and Brett were treated badly by ABC, Scott in particular, as the network made press releases before contacting him. Common decency and basic values, let alone professional courtesy and ethics, dictate that one personally notifies an employee of his discharge in advance of any public announcements. ABC and the executive producer of OLTL were totally out of bounds here, and so are you Bototmchef. Scott and Brett got raw deals here and Erikah and I are clearly two of many… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

BottomChef is probably Valentini or Frons, so , don’t listen to a word, and don’t even dignify that crap rationale with a response.

bottomchef
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bottomchef

Laura, I am not Brian Frons, related to Frons, Valentini or related to Valentini.

I’d like to meet Valentini since wow he’s sexy!

Despite his sexiness, I do think the soap media has been too easy on him regarding the kish axing. I think if Goutman axed Nuke or Wheeler axed Otalia, there’d be more criticism than what Valentini’s getting from the soap press.

Toscanti
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Toscanti

This just goes to show how the powers that be care only about themselves and the bottom line. These actors put so much wonderful effort into this story and told it better than any I’ve seen in daytime . Kudos to Scott and Brett. Shame on OLTL. Whom ever made this decision has a lack of class for the manner in which it was handled. I personally will be tuning out the day they last air and will await word of the shows cancellation. That must be the plan, too bad the executives aren’t honest enough to just say it.… Read more »

PAmusicSwede
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PAmusicSwede

I agree and I will also no longer be watching after ‘Kish’ is gone. From a respect level (re: how the actors found out, would they have told Brett in person if he had not stopped in to drop off his Emmy reel?) and for not having the courtesy to talk to Scott (pick up the phone at least)
and the Wimp level. They were doing so much with thier writing for the couple. But they wimped out.

Bubye OLTL.

Jardo
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Jardo

Toscanti, I agree with everything you said. ABC Disney and OLTL have shown us they have absolutely no class at all. I am so happy that Scott and Brett have risen above this whole mess and have acted like the true gentlemen they obviously are. It speaks volumes about their professionalism in contrast to that of OLTL and ABC Daytime. All other characters leaving the show were given 2 months notice. These two young men were totally blindsided and kicked in the gut. One has to wonder why? And we have her one excuse after another as to why they… Read more »

Mairead
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Mairead

this longtime viewer of OLTLl will be leaving when Kish does….they were the best couple that the show had and their beautiful love story was a refreshing change from all the infidelity sex and mayhem happening in Llanview that is much more offensive than the true and genuine love between Kyle and Oliver….Brett and Scott did a phenomonal job and brought more positive attention to the show than any other couple did. and were the best reason to watch the show….I hope this heinous decision comes back to bite ABC/OLTL in such a major way that they will have cause… Read more »

C.L.B
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C.L.B

I’m glad and relieved that Scott Evans finally spoke up about his unexpectedly rude and harsh firing from OLTL! I’m just flabbergasted that TPTB never broke the news to him face to face and just let him find out through his friends tweeting him about it through his twitter account!!!!!!! I also wonder about the recent rumor that he refused to sign a contract with the show. This piece of gossip came from TV Guide Canada’s website, the same website that falsely accused Brett and Scott of excessive partying, and having scheduling conflicts with the show. I hope that if… Read more »

bottomchef
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bottomchef

This kind of axing is nothing new in soaps. Sarah buxton found out she was axed from B&B after she filmed her scenes as a psychotic clown wearing KISS makeup trying to drown Stephanie in her bathtub. Yeah you read that right since soaps can be that ridiculous. Many soap actors find out they’re axed when they read scripts that their characters are leaving the show. ATWT sent out recasting calls for Lily while still negotiating w/ Martha Byrne, and she is a vet who plays the center of Oakdale. The GL cast, w/c includes soap vets like Robert Newman… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Bottomchef, how many of the actors you cite in your comments had their characters and personal behavior questioned in the media as part of their discharge. If you look at what Scott and Brett have said, their concerns focus on how they were treated publicly and not on the termination of their storylines. Both actors clearly understand the politics and economics of their professions. I might add that I am not a soaps fan, but I have become a fan of Scott Evans and Brett Claywell.

bottomchef
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bottomchef

Mike: To reply to your lower comment, no I do not think this is a kish bashing board. I’m the only one on this board being critical of kish. No one agrees w/ me on this board, but that’s fine since I’m open to others’s opinions. And I don’t feel the need to personally attack people who disagree with me, unlike some people on this board. As for actors who’s personal behaviors have been questioned in the media as part of their discharge: there are many. The Kish actors are not the first ones. TVGC reported something about the alleged… Read more »

Killington Princess
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Killington Princess

I agree. Finding out that you have been terminated over Twitter should never happen. NEVER. I don’t care how often in the industry it happens, it is inexcusable and SE has every right to speak out in objection to his being treated this way.

C.L.B
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C.L.B

STFU, bottomchef!!!!!!!! Don’t act like a cynical d-bag and accuse Scott and Brett of being whiney jerks! They have every right to speak up and tell their POV for being fired from the show!!! If you don’t have anything nice to type, don’t even bother typing at all!!!!!!!! VIVA LA KISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bottomchef
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bottomchef

The kish actors have every right to speak their minds and say things not “nice” re OLTL. So it’s ironic that you’re proclaiming that the Kish actors have those rights, but anyone including myself who disagrees w/ the Kish actors should (in your words) “STFU”. That’s a double standard. Are the kish fans fighting what they perceive to be an alleged double standard against kish? Yes, so practice what you preach. The Kish actors can speak their minds, and people who do not agree w/ them can speak their minds as well. They are actors and public figures, so they… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Bottomchef, it is clear that you think this should be a Kish bashing board and the venue for your own right to over speak others. – Caio

Erikah
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Erikah

You say there’s no comparison between Braeden or others and the Kish actors, but you’re the main one making comparisons, and finding Kish to be lacking. You accuse Brett and Scott of going to, oh, so many media outlets, but I haven’t seen them making the rounds that much – certainly not more than any other soap actors. Most of the other posts are from fans expressing their reaction to the Kish firing specifically, and to the unclassy way it was handled by the OLTL powers, Only you seem to be providing a behind-the-scenes history of soaps over the past… Read more »

b32guy
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b32guy

I am stunned that anyone would think the axing of the characters Oliver Fish and Kyle Lewis is just business as usual. Yes, actors (and the characters they play) get fired all the time, but in this case, it was totally out of the blue, done calously, a slap in the face to fans, and completely illogical. The couple,KISH (Oliver and Kyle) had featured very prominently for months. The arrival of what viewers knew was Oliver’s baby was also expected for months. Then it finally happens and boom – the actors are fired immediately and all we viewers see for… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

the way this all went down is complete BS! Scott said it best,”have the decency to call them.” finding out through his twitter? come on! and to say that there was no where else to go with this storyline is heinous! their story wasnt even halfway done! i agree with b32guy about Roxy and Kyle, and Oliver and his parents. these firings were completely out of line and i am glad both SE and BC spoke on these accusations! in the words of C.L.B. VIVA LA KISH!!!!!!!!!

Susan
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Susan

Shame on ABC/OLTL for its treatment of the talented Scott Evans and Brett Claywell. Kish was a beautiful and inspiring love story and was only just beginning. Letting focus groups, whose members most likely don’t even watch OLTL, determine the content of the show makes no sense, and that these focus groups are responsible for Kish ending has made me livid.

I am one of the “mainstream” viewers that Kish supposedly didn’t resonate with, and April 16th is also my last day watching.

Temika
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Hello there, Happy April Fool’s Day!! The upset and concerned housewife Rivkah sprang to the telephone when it rang and listened with relief to the kindly voice. “Darling, How are you? This is Mummy.” “Oh Mummy,” she said “I’m having a bad day.” Breaking into bitter tears, she continued, “The baby won’t eat and the washing machine broke down. I haven’t had a chance to go shopping and besides, I’ve just sprained my ankle and I have to hobble around. On top of that, the house is a mess and I’m supposed to have the Goldbergs and the Rosens for… Read more »

James Thear
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James Thear

OLTl’s ratings are suffering due to their ridiculous sotries about Mitch Lawrence impregnanting half of LLanview and the make Doria ngay for votes and the boring boring boring ?Rex gigi Skyler and the kids…Get rid of allthat and you may get the ratings back. The best part of OLTl has been Bree Williams and the Kyle & Fish stories. They are the reason I tuned in again after not watching this show for years. OLTL has had some great moments – especially when they had Judith Light on as Karen Wolek and Bree Williams took over from her in the… Read more »

Jardo
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Jardo

James, I totally agree with you. It wasn’t just a slap to the gay community, however, it was a slap to all of human kind. Kish was a beautiful love story between two same sex individuals. As a married, middle-aged heterosexual female, I didn’t even pay any attention to the fact that this storyline was about two guys in love with each other ….. all I saw were two people IN LOVE. And both of these characters were, as you said, excellent role models for ANYONE. They were certainly better than RIGI who are the absolute WORST couple in daytime… Read more »

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