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Sean Carrigan on the End of his Run as ‘Stitch’: “I Felt Very Honored That Y&R Trusted Me With Such a Heavy Storyline”

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This week was the end of the line for Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn’s return to Genoa City.   After being exposed as Mariah’s (Camyrn Grimes) kidnapper. “Stitch” went on the run, leaving the door open for a possible return down the line for his portrayer, Sean Carrigan, to redeem the character.

In his exit interview in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Carrigan shared he sees “Stitch” as “Emotionally damaged at this point and looking for a lifeline, not knowing what that is, and how to find it.”

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Sean revealed he was most proud of his final scenes with Melissa Ordway (Abby), expressing: “First of all, I feel very honored that Y&R trusted me with such a heavy storyline.  I felt it was my duty to try and give it the true emotions that would come from a deep place within ‘Stitch'”.   He went on to say, ” The explanation of why he did what he did is the payoff that I hope that audience wanted,” adding, “I’m sure everybody was scratching their heads a little bit over why “Stitch” did this, but I hope you saw the emotional trauma this character has been going through, so you can understand, in a twisted way, why he did this.”

Carrigan hopes to have a chance at wiping the slate clean for the character with a return one day to the top-rated CBS Daytime drama series.

So, what did you think about how “Stitch’s” storyline came to a close? Hope Sean comes back again to reprise the role? Comment below.

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Damien
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Poor Sean Carrigan!.. as if he didnt have to make the post of that anti-climatic story he has to continue to lie and act to the press?! This story was a filler that stretched out three weeks too long! Melissa Ordway and he actually have chem and the story couldve gone in sooo many more suspenseful directions: Stitch should ve been innocent with a capable writer and fooled the audience with the false accusation . Max could ve escaped his psch ward and kidnapped Mariah after following his dad and fearing he and Abby would get back together! Or since… Read more »

Lew S
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I think this story was just the lead into Mariah and Devon wanting more involvement in the infant’s life. I see a custody storyline coming.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Lew S,
Ordinarily I’d agree with you about the custody thing, but as Devon considers Abby such a close friend, I don’t know if he could do that. Also, if and when Chance ever comes back, a lot of things are bound to change, including his ideas on all this, especially Tessa and Mariah’s living arrangements. Abby already resents Mariah’s closeness to her son and Mariah wanting to pull him closer. I hope this doesn’t ruin their friendship. What started out as such a boring SL may actually get pretty interesting.

su000
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Hi Violet–hope you’re well—–
I have to ask——
Are my young eyes going weird or—–
is the font/print too tiny to read the posts without a magnifying glass??
—–The print is excruciatingly small. yes???

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO,
Iam hanging in there, thanks for asking. I think you are right and we may be able to adjust the font size in the settings. I’ll get back to you after I check it out.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO
I told you in my previous comment about trying to enlarge font in the settings, and I did and I think it worked. Give it a try and let me know. Someone else may know of a better solution, good luck.

su000
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Hi violet.. there are ways to enlarge but–
it’s also quite easy to adjust the font size for the posts and replies in the post-board codes….
Hopefully, Michael will consider doing that and enlarge the tiny-tiny print.. ..
take care be safe 🙂

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I agree. More problems to come. There should have been counselling for all involved about the feelings and emotions involved in surrogate parents, even between good friends. And then there is the unreliable Chance due to his profession. I know it can be hard to know how much time goes by in a soap, but how could everyone not be worried about Mariah being missing for more than a day in her condition? Even if “she wanted to be alone.” To me that was a red flag. And the absolute disconnect Abby is having thinking Mariah can just hand over… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

rose,
Today was thinking the same thing. This spoiled daddy’s girl, doesn’t have a clue as you say, but is being so unfeeling and inconsiderate of Mariah, and that this is her right and not a privilege. Iam surprised she didn’t offer to pay Mariah.

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I’m with Damien on this. As much as I dislike kidnap stories, there had to be better ways to handle this. And, after all those weeks of torture, it’s wrapped up in, what, two episodes? Never cared for the Stitch character but even he deserved better than this adolescent psychotic break with reality. Saying he saw a man buying protein bars at a 7-11 on the outskirts of town? Sounds like lyrics to a Springsteen song, circa 1980.

Damien
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Damien

Loll Soaphound
This story hasty wrap up along with the Tara/ Kyle story wrap up is total toilet seat scripting

Ozzie Lee
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Ozzie Lee

It is stunning that Josh Griffith continues on as headwriter. In a capable writer’s hands, this story could’ve been riveting drama. Shout-out to all the actors, for making “gold” of what they were handed.

Kay
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Kay

What was the point oh yes to set up a fuss over custody etc I think we had that story from Griffith concerning Christian and now does the kid even exist did we wipe that out? Bill Bell would not even recognize the soap he created.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Kay,
Yes, where is Christain, and speaking of existing, why haven’t we seen that new baby? Do they not want to show a baby of color or are they just going to show Abby holding what looks like a loaf of bread forever?

Kay
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Violet it probably has to do with Covid and no one wanting a infant on set.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Kay,
To tell you the truth you are probably right. I didn’t think of that but now Iam surprised they had the little guy that played Harrison on set so much.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I feel that Sean did a great job, as usual. There was so many possibilities with this SL. I thought he was the kidnapper right from the beginning but did not want it to be, so thought up kinds of other possibilities including Nina locking Mariah up. Even though. they say this is the end, I never say never and with Sean and his mentally ill son out there somewhere, there are endless scenarios to terrorize Abby and Chance.

Timmm
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I never was a fan of Stitch or the portrayer BUT this was semi-interesting and the story went flat, like that! Abby was the best thing that ever happened to Stitch. Why couldnt he desperately ask for a second “Chance!” Why couldnt Stitch reveal himself to Mariah, deliver the baby and keep her captive and have dialogue with Mariah about how this should have been his and Abby’s baby. Or, maybe capture Abby with Mariah and have great scenes between the three of them and finally the girls get the upper hand and foil Stitch! Send him away AND then… Read more »

Dru Hill
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Dru Hill

Wow Y&R brings you back for such a lame story line then just kicked you to the curb…so sorry they did that to you I think you are a better actor than half the idiots they got on this show! Good luck in all you do Y&R you really suck!

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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John Cena Sets World Record After Granting 650th Wish for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

There is nobody more requested at the Make-A-Wish Foundation than John Cena. The 16-time WWE wrestling champ-turned-actor for years has granted the wishes of children with critical illnesses for the non-profit foundation.

Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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