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Steve Burton Returns to Days of our Lives In ‘Thrilling New Storyline’

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Big news as Days of our Lives turns 57 years old!  Steve Burton, who reprised his original soap role of Harris Michaels on the Peacock limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2 earlier this year, is now coming to the mothership of the long-running soap opera beginning early next year.

According to PEOPLE.com who broke the news, Burton’s character will be involved in a “a thrilling new storyline” and will be working in story with  DAYS vets: Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn and more.

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Burton made his soap debut as Harris Michaels back in 1988, before going on to daytime fame as Jason Morgan on Genera Hospital and later Dylan McAvoy on The Young and the Restless.

With Burton coming to DAYS, many are wondering if Steve would ever make a return to General Hospital.  Burton was let go by the ABC daytime drama series for not complying with the Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

However, as of last week, some Disney shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and 9-1-1 have lifted the mandate, while no word yet on if GH would do the same, and if so, if the door would be open for Steve to be able to return.  The character of Jason was last seen before he was buried under a rubble of a collapsed cave.

So, excited to see Steve on DAYS? Share your thoughts, and make sure to check out our interview with the two-time Daytime Emmy-winner from earlier this year about his time on ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2’ and more below.

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Satan
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So…. reading between the lines here a little… Could this mean that they’re going to pick up where “Beyond Salem 2” left off and that we will find out what happened after Bo Brady woke up in Megan Hathaway’s freeze chamber?? Also… going into my Satanic speculation mode…. just because Steve’s going to be on Days for a while doesn’t mean he can’t come back to GH… because Days still tapes about 6 months ahead (according to Jason47, episodes taped the last week of October will air in April 2023). So just like his cousin Ned, he might end up… Read more »

Kat Lee
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Kat Lee

I like how you think

Satan
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Satan

And apparently this has been confirmed by video previews shown at the “Day of Days” event. So Bo & Hope are also returning. Even Ciara… though I’m not sure how they’re going to explain Ben’s absence (for the love of all that’s unholy, I don’t know what would be worsse… a Ben recast, or him playing Ben & Alex at the same time)

Greg
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Greg

I am not sure how I feel about this. I think his message of being happy with not being vaccinated was very dangerous. People listening to him may have felt that if Steve does not need to be vaccinated “I don’t”. A very dangerous message!!

Damien
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Damien

I doubt anyone was taking Steve Burton’s personal viewpoint on being vaxed into consideration over doctors or politicians and if they were that was their poor choice and problem. Doesn’t exclude him from making a paycheck and taking a job. Get real man

Damien
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Damien

Much rather he return to Y n R as Dylan along with dad Paul and ex gf Avery. Sharon needs a story bad. Nikki needs to get away from Newman Headquarters as she’s not believable as a CEO type. We could get appearance s by Christine too.
The Newmans need a break.

JenW
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JenW

I couldn’t agree LESS. He was no great shakes as Dylan and does not warrant a return. Does this actor even smile once in a while. I also can’t stand it when actors leave a role saying they want to “spend more time with their family” blah blah blah and almost immediately turn up on the soap they previously left. As for his stance on vaccination, I agree with Greg’s post above. Better than actors than him have either been let go, or have made a mistake in their understanding of their show’s stance and so have been let go… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

Yes! Richard Burghis firing seemed very severe and Amelia suffered as the potential of Victoria and Ashland as a power couple got cut once he was replaced with the miscast Robert Newman. And you knew the ptb were really invested in Burghi when they created that extraordinary Italian villa set and brought on Tara Locke etc. Too bad. Richard and Amelia had amazing Chem and he seemed like a viable replacement for the aging Eric Braedan as Genoa City’s ruthless tycoon.

Michael
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Michael

I agree

whynot
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whynot

Joining a soap that’s on life support, right before it gets cancelled, is the definition of hitting rock-bottom in your ‘acting’ career.

Satan
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Satan

Right now the show most likely to be cancelled is GH, because they hit a toilet spiral when they threw Jason under that cave-in, and turned it into the Parasite Nina Hour.

Holly’s return might be a good thing for their ratings. I don’t think the ridiculous Jeff & Heather recasts are going to help at all!

OG Steve
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OG Steve

While there are a few questionable storyline situations, GH is probably safe for a few years. The production setup (same entity produces and self distributes) is more cost effective than other 3 shows. GH continues to outdraw some primetime series (as the broadcast tv primetime audience evaporates and daytime has held somewhat steady the past few years. And finally, despite some ongoing issues, Frank continues to be a master budget manipulator.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
Speaking of Heather, why did they bring her back, just for her BLT? Dante already has her in tow , peacefully too on the way back to her Bin. Mabey they won’t make it. I felt sympathy for her today, what a pathetic soul.

Satan
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Satan

The only reason that seems to make sense for a Fake Heather appearance is that they’re going to make her Esme’s mother. Initially I also thought that maybe Heather was also the Hooker, committing violence on Esme’s behalf. But that was very clearly Esme who went after Nikolas with the hook at Windemere the other day… and then denied doing so to his face. I know ReRon isn’t writing GH anymore, but it’s starting to look like they’re doing another dumb “multiple personality/DID” story, with Esme doing the hookings, but not having any conscious memories of doing them. So when… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Glad you mentioned those BLTs, Violet. What are IN those silly sandwiches that makes people drool? Bacon from some royal, pampered porker? How great could they be when Cam can just threw one together while phoning Dante AND being scared out of his wits?!

Soaphound
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I’m with you on the recasts, Satan. Mom seems like a castrating shrink while Dad looks afraid of the wallpaper. Odd choices.

Damien
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Damien

Days is on life support?!
Creatively it’s exciting, almost every episode is non stop development. To say Days as a soap is on life support you are also including all the soaps as a whole.
Also why is your tone is bitter?! Did Steve Burton personally anger you?!
Chill out man, he s just trying to get a paycheque

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Greg

Thank you so much for posting my comment Michael. I was afraid my comment may have been too controversial. But my 82 year old mom, fully vaccinated recently came down with Covid. She was fully vaccinated but her doctors said that if she had not been vaccinated she would perhaps have died. Thankfully because of the vaccine she has fully recovered and is back to her regular activities.

This is why I feel strongly about celebs such as Steve saying they are happy with their decision to not be vaccinated. It is just terrible advice!!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I wouldn’t say DOOL is on life support. Streaming is the future and that’s how everyone seems to be watching their favorite programs now.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Sorry, not interested in the latest in a long line of roles Mr. Burton has decided to “grace” with his overrated, meager talents. Don’t miss him on GH at all. He was tolerable on Y&R because it was a supporting role and the character had some good storylines.

Brenda
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Brenda

Totally agree. Is there literally no one else available for stunt casting to boost DAYS’s ratings? Why would they reward this fool’s selfish behaviour and bad acting? He only plays one character – Steve Burton – and he doesn’t even do that well.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
I don’t miss Mr.Burton at all. I know a lot of people don’t care for new Drew, but at least he can show some emotions. Steve was like a Robot, even with his kids AND without him Sam has lost something I can’t put my finger on. She’s not the little bad-ass she was,shes not the same with Dante,and never thought I’d say this but I miss her all black attire. She was not one of my favorites but she seemed more tolerable. Iam not good with words so maybe you can help me out here.

Michael
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Michael

I won’t be watching.

Momo
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Momo

I saw some of Beyond Salem, but it wasn’t very good. I don’t think Steve is a great actor, based on what I saw on Y&R. I will wait to see how he is on Days.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Absolutely no interest at all… It will be easy to fast forward his scenes.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…EXACTLY!!!!! And so now I can focus and concentrate more on the BRAND-NEW Sony DVD player that I recently bought for my living room. Hell…even my DVD movies/classic TV shows are WAY MORE entertaining, watchable and real than that clown’s wooden and truly awful acting…lol. And not a trace of Burton to be found anywhere. Nope.

Catch ya’ later, Brother.

Take care.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

jaybird369, congrats on the DVD player. I’ve always had the best results with Sony units. And I agree about the “old stuff” far surpassing the new. Pretty sad when any random episode of CAGNEY AND LACEY, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, GOLDEN GIRLS, GILMORE GIRLS, not to mention great miniseries like THE THORN BIRDS, THE WINDS OF WAR, CENTENNIAL…all are 100 times better than most cable fare. Thank heaven for DVDs!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

jaybird369, you’ve made my day! Funny stuff! I agree wholeheartedly. Take care, Friend!

Shellz
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Shellz

GH’s loss is Days gain. Saddens me he was on the receiving end of workplace bullying at his previous job. Good luck Steve!

boes
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boes

If only they’d managed to bully him off the Show 20 years ago, things on GH might have been so much better. Just imagine how great it could be if Sonny Corinthos had disappeared along with him……

Satan
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Satan

Here’s how “great” it would have been: GH would have been cancelled within a year of that. And with Jason gone & Sonny neutered by a “parasitic infection” (named Nina) it will be an unholy miracle if they manage to limp their way to the 60th anniversary without the ax falling.

Assuming there isn’t the usual ridiculous amount of preemptions from ABC and the 60th anniversary episode actually airs on April 3, 2023 (April 1 is on a Saturday) don’t be surprised if the cancellation news doesn’t come later that same week. Unless something seriously changes for the better before then.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

boes
I don’t call it bullying if a Company has rules and regulations and an employee doesn’t follow them, resulting in their termination.

Jamesj75
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boes, I might not agree with you on the circumstances of Burton’s dismissal, but I have never liked the characters of Sonny and Jason (or even Carly for that matter, as played by Wright). I feel that Sonny, in particular, is a polarizing character who has been promoted by the writers/producers as some sort of sympathetic hero when, indeed, he is simply a murderous, abusive, rage-filled thug. I know they have their fans, but I think that the incessant mob storylines derailed the show a long time ago. I agree with you that GH “might have been so much better”… Read more »

OG Steve
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OG Steve

Bullying? Seriously, he chose not to follow a corporate requirement and his was let go per his contract.

Be sad for those truly impacted by bullying, not a well-off television personality.

Thom
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Thom

Well said.

Sharon Sims
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Sharon Sims

Mr.Burton I dont know what to say!!! Enjoy and God Bless

K
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K

I don’t care if he got the jab his life his health his business shocked RC is writing for him since he hated his character at GH and that’s why SB went to Y&R when mama bear JFP was producer and killing the show over there! Circus indeed

Cynthia Hinze
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Cynthia Hinze

I don’t care if Steve Burton is back on days because I don’t watch soaps anymore that’s why I want Steve to quit his career altogether

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Cynthia Hinze
Never read anything so selfish as your statement. First of all if you “don’t watch Soaps anymore”, why do you give a rats ass whose on what show and some actor should give up his career and livelihood just because you aren’t watching anymore. You take the cake lady!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Excuse grammatical errors. This statement really got to me. Still can’t beli3ve the nerve it took to write this trash.

Brenda
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Brenda

Such a shame they are wasting budget on Steve Burton. There are so many better actors out there who are probably more considerate of their castmates too.

Jean Ludwinski
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Jean Ludwinski

What DOOL is not understanding is old time watchers can not afford to pay for the show since it’s no longer free, especially all us old timers who are on SS and lucky we can afford to eat, so every penny actually counts.

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The final autopsy report is in, which puts a bit more into perspective what happened to Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), when she crashed her car into a home back in August, which ultimately took her life.

It has been suggested for months that Heche was impaired while driving erratically on August 5th, which ultimately caused her to crash and suffer a life-ending brain injury.

However, the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner‘s office revealed that the final toxicology results (concluded from blood and urine tests taken when Heche went to the hospital) showed the presence of benzoylecgonine, an inactive metabolite of cocaine. That indicates past use, the examiner confirmed. Results also showed prior use of marijuana, but not at the time of injury. There was no alcohol detected in Heche’s system either.

There had been speculation that Anne was inebriated at the time of the accident which was further fueled by an image that appeared to show a liquor bottle in the front seat of her vehicle.  In addition, the Fentanyl detected in Heche’s system was administered in the hospital after her injuries were sustained.

The medical examiner had determined that Anne died of inhalation and thermal injuries. She was trapped in her Mini Cooper for around 30 minutes before she was rescued by first responders. The official report lists sternal fracture due to blunt trauma as another “significant condition.”

Heche was hospitalized immediately following the fiery car crash. She went into a coma and was declared brain dead the evening of August 11th.  However, her body was kept on life support until August 14th when her organ recipients had been found.  She was 53-years-old at the time of her death.

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ABC’s Abbott Elementary led all the nominations with six, followed by AMC’s Better Call Saul with five nods.  The Talk Show category featured nominations for daytime favorite, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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The awards will be handed out in ceremony that will air live on Sunday, January 15th at 7pm ET/6 pm CT on The CW.  The second part of the nominations for the Critics Choice in films will be revealed on December 14th.

Check out the just announced TV categories featuring the aforementioned nominees below:

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Diego Luna, Andor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Antony Starr, The Boys

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
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Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Kelly Reilly, Yellowstone
Zendaya, Euphoria

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
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Devery Jacobs, Reservation Dogs
Jean Smart, Hacks

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Lily James, Pam & Tommy
Amber Midthunder, Prey
Julia Roberts, Gaslit
Michelle Pfeiffer, The First Lady
Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Murray Bartlett, Welcome to Chippendales
Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient
Matthew Goode, The Offer
Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
Ray Liotta, Black Bird
Shea Whigham, Gaslit

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BEST TALK SHOW
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The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
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Check out the full TV nominations here

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On Tuesday, a rep for Kirstie Alley confirmed to PEOPLE.com that the actress died from complications from Colon Cancer.

Alley rose to fame in 1987 as Rebecca Howe on NBC’s Cheers. For that tole she earned a Golden Globe for Best Actress and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series in1991. In 1994, she received her second Emmy win for her portrayal of Sally Goodson in David’s Mother.

Some of her other roles included: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Summer School (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), It Takes Two (1995) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).

Alley also starred on in other TV sitcoms such as: Veronica’s ClosetFat ActressKirstie and Scream Queens.  She later appeared on two reality series: A&E’s Kirstie Alley’s Big Life and was a celebrity competitor on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars.

Alley’s children, True and Lillie broke the news of their mother’s death via an Instagram post: “To all our friends, far and wide around the world. We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother. We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

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Kirstie’s controversial relationship with Scientology had been much talked about in the press and through her years in Hollywood.  The late actress shared in the past that through Scientology, it gave her the strength to climb out of her drug addiction and depression. In her 2012 memoir, The Art of Men, she noted that she stumbled upon Scientology at a very dark period in her life; that for 26 days, she drove from Kansas to Newport Beach, California, to visit a Scientology center, stopping periodically along the way to buy drugs.  After, she said Scientology helped her kicked her addition, Kirstie then became a devotee and spent decades publicly defending the church and building friendships within it, but later in life, she found some of those relationships fracture such as with Leah Ramini.

Below are some remembrances from stars from daytime, primetime, and motion pictures that offered up their sentiments on Alley’s sudden passing:

Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS): “I am beyond thankful to have had the pleasure to embrace your love, laughter & kindness!!! All my love & prayers”

Finola Hughes (Anna, GH): “#rip #kirstialley one of a kind”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy (DWTS) “My dearest Kirstie, We haven’t spoken lately and I’ll tell you everything when I finally see you, but for now I want to say that I love you very much and I wish you the most peaceful rest. You were one of the most unique people I have ever met and easily one of the brightest moments of my personal and professional life.  Some of our relationship is heavily documented. Most of it is known to select few. All of it was like a wild rollercoaster. From Maude to DJ Lil Buttercup you were always all in for life. As I’m typing this, memories of our time together rush to my head, I remember how absolutely wild you were and I start to tear up. Something you’d absolutely hate. And now I can’t help but smile because I remembered exactly what you wanted me to say at your funeral. Don’t think I can do it here… I thought you’d be around forever.  I wish we spoke often. Thank you for everything. I love you Kirstie Alley”

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Ted Danson (ex-Cheers, ex-Mr. Mayor, ex-AW):  “I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. “I watched an old episode of Cheers.  It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it. Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny,  She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”

Kelsey Grammar (ex-Cheers): “I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.”

Rhea Perlman (ex-Cheers): “Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless. We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created.  She had massive Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the entire crew of the show, and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I’m going to miss her very, very much.”

John Travolta: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.  I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

Jamie Lee Curtis: “I’ve just heard the sad news that Kirstie Alley has died. She was a great comic foil in Scream Queens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree about some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news.”

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