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Susan Walters Returns to The Young and the Restless as Diane Jenkins

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In a highly-anticipated ‘back from the dead”, The Young and the Restless revealed today that none other than Susan Walters has returned to the CBS daytime drama as bad girl, Diane Jenkins!

The character of Jenkins, last played by GH’s Maura West, was killed-off when Nikki axed her in self-defense back in 2011.

As for Walters, she played Diane from late in 2001 to 2004, and then made a brief return to the role in 2010.  Alex Donnelly also previously played the role.

In story, Diane Jenkins now calling herself “Taylor Jensen” is interested in buying Keemo’s house and she will be sharing screen-time with Jack’s granddaughter Allie played by Kelsey Wang.  So, is Diane also the one that has been texting Jack (Peter Bergman)?.  Will she pass herself off as Diane’s twin?

Following the reveal today, Y&R released this teaser of what’s to come now that Susan Walters is back on the top-rated soap.

So, are you excited to see Diane back on the canvas? Comment below.

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Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

To answer the question above.Why would anyone be excited to see this horrible woman back on the show? It was bad enough the first time with her marriage to Victor and devious conniving with Jack resulting in Kyle’s birth. Beware Devil Woman!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Violet! They need to add another category to the Emmys: WORST REGURGITATION OF A BAD PLOT. How many times? Is this all they can come up with? I call it Creative Bankruptcy.

Shari
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Shari

Exactly! What a horrible character to bring back.

Margherita
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Margherita

So does this mean that Michael Mealor will return as Kyle Jenkins Abbott, Jack and Diane’s son?

Damien
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Damien

I hope so! Michael as Kyle is terribly missed. The show needs a young jolt especially since Abby and Mariah are married and pregnant etc. I would’nt mind if Summer stays in Milan and a lonely Kyle hooks up again with a also returned Lola! Either way it seems there’s a new energy at y n r , I just hope it lasts!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Ask Keemo LOL. They never brought him back, and suddenly Diane Jenkins is crawling out her grave. Bwa-ha-ha. Y&R got jokes.

Michael
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Michael

Yes. According to SOD, Michael Mealor will reprise his role as Kyle with his Mom back in town and very much alive. Kyle will be none too happy that Diane lied all of these years.

SonniOrSolita
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SonniOrSolita

Wow. Kudos to Y&R for actually pulling off a surprise return. Love Susan Walters, great idea to bring her back to spice things up. Especially because, at the moment, Ashland seems to be the only villain on the show.

Lisa Woltz
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Lisa Woltz

I agree. Walters is the main reason I’m currently watching.

rose
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rose

Lisa & Sonny… I wasn’t watching Y&R when Diane did her original damage. Wasn’t sure if I could get interested in her. But watching her now, she has a slithering, silky way of putting herself where she wants to be. And Susan is very good playing the new and improved Diane who wants to be redeemed. Caution!!!

Su000
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Su000

I read that when Ava was Diane that Diane was killed?
I really don’t recall- before my time.
I thought Diane was dead..
Or–
did she kill someone?
Anyways– anything concerning Jack will be a sleeper.
Jack is simply a dull gullible dud, IMO lol
the 3 G’s–
Time will tell.. I’ll be hopeful 🙂

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO Hi there. Yes, Diane was supposedly killed by Nicki and I can’t wait for her explanation as to how she’s still alive. I don’t know how much Kyle knows about his mother and her terrible reputation. I think she slept with every man in G.C. she will bring enough excitement to the show without Jack. OH, she is 10 years younger than he is, by the way. You asked about Keemo in another post. Once he was gone I don’t remember any communication between he and Jack, like Jack is telling it now. At least Diane’s arrival will provide… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

Hi Violet 🙂
Thank you!
Looks like Y&R will be intriguing, finally.
I’m looking forward to the new storyline.
Jack will, without a doubt, forgive her or some such stupid thing.
He is quite gullible, indeed.
Hey- it would be great to live in soap- we’d never die LOL 🙂
Violet, be safe take care–

Lisa Woltz
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Lisa Woltz

Diane slept with about as many men as Phyllis and Nikki have over the years.

JenW
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JenW

I agree with the above – “why would anyone be excited to see this horrible woman back…” I hate back from the dead storylines; regardless of how this plays out and who she is, this sl sounds ridiculous. Having not heard Keemo mentioned in years, all of a sudden we are in the middle of a “Keemo related” sl. Can’t the writers do better than this? Obviously not. Much as I love Jack, and am always happy to see him on the screen, I would much rather see him in a major business sl. We hardly ever hear about Jabot… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Thank you, JenW. I was wondering if Devon bought Jabot when I wasn’t looking! I so prefer boardroom to bedroom stories and I enjoyed when Gloria created GLO-ON-THE-GO years ago. At least it was an attempt to represent a cosmetics giant. Also, Adam needs to cut his losses and leave Newman; I fear his progress toward being a kinder, gentler Adam is going to be left in the dust. But that would fit the show’s pattern… the same thing over and over.

Momo
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Momo

Don’t understand this. I didn’t watch when Susan played Diane.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Momo
I think you will prefer Susan better than Maura West’s version.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I agree Susan Walters was better than West in the role. However, Alex Donnelley, the original actress to play Diane, was the best portrayer. I would have preferred to see Donnelley return rather than Walters.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Barbara from Atlanta
I had completely forgotten the fact that Alex Donnelly was the first Diane, for 3 or 4 times actually before Maura West .I do like Susan Walter’s version though.

Timmm
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Timmm

Hmmm, this is a GH move, clearly seeing a character die and miraculously bringing her back to life! So what, at least Jack has a love and Kyle gets his mother back! Lots of drama!.

Richard
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Richard

Yandr needs to get it together Diane is one of there worst characters of all time. Even when Maura west came over it was a bust. Bad idea while it’s great to see the return of the best actor ever to play Kyle it’s a shame they are bringing Diane back. This writing team needs a big change

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Agreed, Richard. You know you’re in trouble when the brilliant Maura West can’t make a character viable or interesting. What a debacle that was. Can’t wait to see how Diane survived having her head bashed in. But at least we have the return of the handsome and talented Michael Mealor. Now Adam and Noah have some eye candy competition. Lucky us!

George Wilks
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George Wilks

I’m glad Diane is back . I would have been happier if it was Maura West. This show needs drama, villains , psychos . It has been painful the last 7 years . Still not ready to watch . Bring back original music scores please!! Put more money into the sets !! Have actual dramatic scenes . I feel like I’ve been watching a cheesy hallmark movie. Any fans should watch clips from 90s to early 2000s and see what it used to be and can be.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Please let this not be a resurrected Diane Jenkins. She’s dead. And that’s OK. She is not missed. Y&R (Was it Maria Arena Bell who penned the story?) had Maura West (!) and prime opportunity to craft an enduring vixen who would always be present as she is Kyle’s mother. Blew it by having Nikki kill yet someone else. Please let this not be a lame atempt to recreate Sheila storytelling. Lightning rarely strikes twice. I don’t mind her conning her way into Genoa City but again, no GH or DOOL madness. Y&R never played by that rule book. This… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Boy she’s good! Almost forgot why she was so hated back then, but the flashbacks helped. She seems sincere now but we know what they say about Zebras.

rose
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rose

When I want a predictable, romantic time out without Diane, Esme, Carly and guns I go to the Hallmark Channel. So FYI…If you are looking for Summer 1, Hunter King, she will be staring in Hallmark’s “Hidden Gems” tonight in my market. Right now Ryan Paevey is on “A Summer Romance.” Seems soap actors can make a little extra change on Hallmark.

All My Children

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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Days Of Our Lives

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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