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The Bold and the Beautiful Bombshell: Maya is Transgender!

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In one of the most surprising twists, even though some fans speculated it was a possible theory, the secret that Maya (Karla Mosley) Avant was hiding came to light!

It all went down when her sister Nicole (Reign Edwards) confronted her in a heart-wrenching scene at the end of Wednesday’s episode of CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. In the closing moments, viewers learned for the first time that Maya is transgender!  She was born as Myron.  As the series celebrates its 28th anniversary on broadcast television, this is a first for them and with a mainstay character.  Today, this story point was trending on Twitter and illicit such a huge response from the viewing audience.

The big reveal came to light when Nicole told Maya she often wondered why their parents never spoke of her big sister, and how she missed having a big sister to grown up with.  But Nicole added, she had hoped that Maya would tell her the truth herself since she stumbled upon some information from a birth certificate.  In the final moments of the cliffhanger of the episode:  A teary-eyed Nicole came forth with the following words:  “You’re not my sister, Maya. You’re not Maya at all. You’re Myron, my brother.”

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Karla Mosley told USA today on the top secret story twist: “My first reaction was surprise, because 10 or 20 years ago, this is not a story we would be telling, and not in a way that’s truthful and not sensational. My second reaction was, ‘Thank you.’ It’s a gift it’s a privilege. It’s a real opportunity to educate our viewers here and all over the world.”

The series executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell said in a statement today on the story:  “It is about people respecting other people’s differences and their uniqueness.  In the end, we all want to be loved, and in order to love someone else you first have to love yourself. If you are transgender, gay, straight, it doesn’t matter. It’s about finding love in life. This is a love story.”

What did you think of the twist? Were you surprised that B&B went there?  What did you think of the performances of Karla Mosley and Reign Edwards in the pivotal scene?  And where do you think this shocking revelations will go from here? Will Maya lose Rick (Jacob Young)? Viewers will have to wait till next Monday, since B&B is preempted for March Madness College Basketball over the next two days!  Watch the reveal below and then share your thoughts below!

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Lynda Westlake
Lynda Westlake

While I respect the story, it doesn’t make sense since Maya first came on the canvas looking for her daughter. Hopefully the writers will tell this story tastefully

Deb
Deb

My thought is dads have daughters too…..

sarah
sarah

I have to agree that that is the only negative of telling this storyline because they really have to completely explain the issue of Maya’s daughter and how she had a daughter if she is transgender. So there might be more secrets that Maya is hiding. I don’t think they will rewrite history but I do think we could see a conversation between Maya & Nicole explaining everything so as soon as they clear all that up the storyline could really be one of B&B’s most memorable storylines its ever had

Lynda Westlake
Lynda Westlake

Yes, Dad’s have daughters, but at one point when Caroline had her Uncle Bill help her keep Maya away from Rick, Bill brought the father of Maya’s baby to a bar. Maya was under a court order not to see him. Bill had his secretary take photos of them together so she he could blackmail her to stay away. He threatened to give the photos to the authorities to put her back in jail. I don’t like when they rewrite history.

k/kay
k/kay

I will be shocked if he addresses that issue of the baby. Heard the names Jack , Bridget and her baby RJ , Thomas mentioned lately? I would not get too excited about this he was going to make ground breaking headway with Caroline’s two Moms seen them lately? The shock value lasted two minutes with me then I realized who was writing this.

TheFlame3927
TheFlame3927

The writers on this soap are really lazy and sad, Yeah she started with a daughter, but i think, and i do realize how nasty this sounds but the truth often is. Maya is a beautiful black woman dating a white man, and i think all this was to taint her is some way that could be (acceptable). This is a serious subject, one that should of been properly treated with respect and a new person.

Angie
Angie

I was so upset with this storyline!!! I understand the message has to be put out that everyone deserves love, but how is that you choose Maya? Finally a beautiful black woman on the show that I have been watching since the beginning and you make her out to be a man?? Really? I was so disappointed and hurt. Why didn’t you make Caroline a man or Ivy? Why is Ivy on the show anyway? She is soooo boring and a waste of air space. I keep hoping that it’s not true and you guys will let Maya be happy. Now I have to wait and watch you humiliate her and tear her down. I just don’t like where there story line is going.

denisefan
denisefan

The shock-and-awe, desperate writing by Brad Bell needs to end. Cancel the show.

sarah
sarah

You better not have been one of the fans that complained that the storylines were so much about hope and love triangles for 5 years than finally Brad Bell actually takes on a storyline that isnt about a love triangle or hope & still not being happy with anything. This isn’t desperate writing far from it so its very insulting to say that. You don’t know what goes on in the writing rooms of B&B but what we do know is that Brad Bell has been planning this for months now so I seriously doubt he woke up one morning and was like ” let’s do a transgender storyline” so he just did it straight away & given the time he and the writers have been planning this they probably have done a lot of research to understand the process of transitioning & the relationships & struggles of transgenders and listen if Brad bell completely screws this storyline up I will definitely say it for sure as I have in the past with his storylines but so far there is no evidences of that. So saying cancel the show is so dramatic and over the top

Nikki
Nikki

I agree Sarah. This has so much thinking put into it. I almost stopped watching when Brook came back because I thought here we go again Brook goes after Ridge whose involved with Caroline, Katie & Brook fighting over Bill, Hope coming back to screw up Liam & Ivy. I’m so tired of the triangles although I have to say Liam belongs with Steffy in my book, and Hopeless can stay gone so this is a refreshing story line.

denisefan
denisefan

Some viewers go for schtick.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It’s a story to avoid the pressure of writing a story between two men or two women. Viewers won’t see two men kissing. They’ll see a man and woman kissing and know the she was once a he!

sarah
sarah

I do think that B&B should have had a front burning story about a gay couple for sure this is the fashion industry I wouldn’t stereotype people but fashion certainly isn’t run by only people who are straight. So if this storyline is done well and well received it could definitely open the door for those characters to be in the major storylines of the show. The world is certainly ready for two men or two women kissing on screen because gay characters are very much frontline characters in many primetime shows. I would actually argue that doing a story about a transgender character is harder. I’ve already seen comments like ” wait so Rick and Carter are Gay” people still don’t seem to understand transgender men and women so if this storyline is written with a lot of sensitivity and respect for the transgender community there would be a lot more acceptances. You might just be making excuses because you don’t want to see a transgender storyline but this is the 2015 and out of wedlock pregnancies and long drawn out love triangles on their own are not going to cut it and B&B have multiple times let social issues play a big part over the years in the show.

Karen
Karen

I agree not a story most want to see for a major character they could have brung in a day player and worked it in some how but really Maya is to big of a character to experiment with.

Nikki
Nikki

I love the story line. Leave it alone. It brings so much out into the open.

sarah
sarah

I agree completely with you on that I really believe with this being well written and some amazing acting which is guaranteed with the actors involved this will be amazing

Mary SF
Mary SF

Wow– miss one show and looks what happens– okay– well considering this show is set in LA and in the fashion industry and they never had one gay male character for them to do a trans gender story line is quite the leap for them– perhaps Brad is finally thinking out of box, or in his case out of the triangles– I hope they do it justice, because those poor souls who are trapped in the wrong body deserve to have their stories told truthfully and with some care.

Patrick
Patrick

awww… geez : thank you Mary SF

you said it better

“…because those poor souls who are trapped in the wrong body deserve ”

this all goes along with bullying… and ignoramus…. to put it mildly

to disparage people with all the same attributes

it would seem… a contented lot who’s comfort level in this medium… are rocked to the core

LOL… I celebrate and laud this genre for … having tried and true renaissance value.. continue to forefront

I imagine the relevance of the 4 remaining… immeasurable

“Thank You” General Hospital, Days of OUR Lives, Young and the Restless, and the Bold & the Beautiful

davlestev1
davlestev1

Talk about a throwback to the storytelling days of old…HELLO KAREN WOLEK…wrap on piece of string into another piece of string and STRING US ALONG as long as you can till the reveal…GO BRAD BELL…MAKE IT WORK!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

First of all my mouth went one way and my brain the other…I haven’t even watched the show but I Laud @MICHAELFAIRMAIN ON AIR/ON SOAPS for GREAT spoilers and in-depth writing. First your stomach sinks and bang your head against the wall for not wanting to miss a post and getting the scoop you didn’t want to get..and then you get over it and read read read…that being said I think of all soaps latest shocks this is going to be the most powerful if done right. On the heels of huge audience reception for Shonda Rhimes and now Empire this could be a story that draws more viewers. I hope it’s one story that draws out and is given the time and secrecy it deserves right up to the wedding day…We need to see the extended family..we need to see the friends who are in the know…I bet Othello is…we need the angst..tension..and outright non cartoonish drama this story deserves…and it’s given to PEOPLE OF COLOR…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BRAD BELL…we suffered through months of Hope/Liam/Wyatt/Steffy…you put your heart into the Union Rescue Mission holiday episodes…PLEASE PUT IT INTO THIS ONE STORY…for ALL your viewers…even those who hate it will eat it up like the best biscuit in a puddle of the best gravy ever made.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I found this to be one of the best shocks daytime has provided in a long time. Aside from the rotting corpse in the Elm street basement on GH back at the end of January, I can’t remember a time where I’ve been this shocked. Today’s episode was great. It’s been really hard for the 4 remaining soaps (especially B&B) to provide that kind of a shock recently, so kudos to the writers, not in a million years was I expecting this.

Also, people that are freaking out about how Maya first came on to the show, looking for her daughter and all, need to calm down. There’s no way Brad Bell has forgotten about that and is going to rewrite history so blatantly for this story. Yes, B&B has a history of bending history, but to completely rewrite Maya’s roots and entire purpose for her introduction on the show? No. I have a feeling an explanation is coming soon.

Here’s my theory: what if it wasn’t hers? What if It was that guy Jesse’s from a prior relationship and Maya took the baby? Or what if she adopted the baby (because, as a man, she can’t have one) and lost parental rights?

I’m just really looking forward to the fallout from this. Rick is going to flip at the deceit, and I bet this will send him further on his downward spiral. Carter and Maya also had a relationship, so I wonder how he will take this.

Also, the acting in this episode was great, especially Karla Mosley. She really shines when she’s given good material. As for Reign Edwards… she’s still growing on me, I don’t think she’s a great actress, but she did well today. Overall, awesome episode!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

What about Maya’s daughter and her first husband?? Brad Bell you have some splaining to do.

Nikki
Nikki

What is there to explain? She was born a male, got surgery, as a female she had a baby, the baby died.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

If Mya was born a man there is no way for he/she to reproduce.

Mo
Mo

Even with surgery, Maya wouldn’t be able to give birth to a baby if she was born male. She could father a child, but reassignment surgery doesn’t include a womb.

Nikki
Nikki

What about adoption or maybe she as a he donated his sperm and his girlfriend at the time gave birth & didn’t want the child. Don’t forget she didn’t come from a great family or friends & even went to jail for awhile. I want to see what Caroline says since she never called her by her real name it was always Merna. Should be interesting days ahead unless her sister keeps quiet but that means Maya will be getting her a job and having blackmail all the time.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Nikki,

I think you may be confused as how reassignment surgery actually entails.

You may want to look into this a bit further before speaking out…

There certainly is a lot to explain, and I am looking forward to the story.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Can they actually give someone ALL the reproductive organs just like that? I would think the character would have had to been born with BOTH reproductive organs and the parents made a judgment call.

I mean, I don’t think you can be born a male (without ovaries) and give birth to a child (without ovaries). I haven’t heard that they can create ovaries and a uterus yet, but maybe I am behind the times. What I DO know, is that it takes a lot to actually get pregnant. Yes, there are those that it happens easily for, but for many others all the stars have to align and the percentages great.

Lew S
Lew S

WHAT!!!!!!!!!

Karen
Karen

This story is BS why give this crappy story to the only viable black female character on soaps in over a decade to be honest I’m offended especially when I thought Rick and maya had a chance at real happiness now all that will happen is rick will leave her/him and run back to caroline or someone else…..bs is my response to this story…

sarah
sarah

So your saying that if the storyline had been given to anyone other than the viable black female character you would be happy. Maya’s ethnicity isn’t at all related to this storyline and if there is any context on that at all the fact that an African-American actress got the most challenging and dare I so most important storyline that B&B have told in 28 years deserves praise on that fact alone. Also Maya is not a he. Maya is a fully transitioned woman because if she wasn’t obviously Carter and Rick would have noticed. Your also assuming that Rick won’t want to be with a transgender woman & completely overlooking that Rick is running with this honesty/no secrets policy. I do think Rick is going to be shocked but what will hit him most is that Maya didn’t trust him enough to tell him she was transgender. I believe that’s where the storyline might be heading. We may even get to met Maya & Nicole’s parents at some point and B&B can really show the struggles of what happens when parents can’t accept that there child was born in the wrong body. This is real life stuff and its really going to impact the whole show and Maya will be at the center of it. This storyline is far from BS its going to be an interesting look on the life of someone who is transgender.

angie
angie

This is an slap in the face to black woman.the only one on this show and she is really a man. So black woman cannot be beautiful. If Brad wanted to tell a story why not Ivy. BUT no never a forrester. How about the only black girl and turn her into a lying manipulative man. So no way rick found love with a black girl but with a lying man. Turning off bold for good

davlestev1
davlestev1

Whose slapping Black women in the face. This could have easily been done with a white character…but to give a ground breaking story to an ethnic actress…no matter how many times it has been done..this time…ON DAYTIME…KarlaMosely ain’t no fool and is thanking her LUCKY STARS…TRUST THAT ANGIE BABY…YOU SPECIAL LADY…you know the rest..something about make believe and what have you…

davlestev1
davlestev1

meant Who’s…but my radio was spinning me round…drawing me into the sound…ahhh wellllll!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You must want the character to be BarB and not BoB.

Patrick
Patrick

Kudos to : honestly, this was my first thought….

that Rick and Maya weather this tribulation

and i’ll put out their as well… that this doesn’t lessen the good run of people of color , being what it is

Nikki
Nikki

If all couples stayed with who we wanted them with, there would be no drama, no story. Katie would have never been divorced from Bill, Brook would be with Ridge, Liam with Hope, Rick with Caroline,Maya with Carter etc. How boring. Maya is perfect for the role. If you ever watched transgender (male to female) after all the surgery they are perfect, without a flaw and that is Maya.

Nikki
Nikki

OMG I am so damn sick of that “black” word being used for everything a person does not like.Please find another remake to use. Oh no Rick is acting like an ass how dare they use a white guy.Brook’s an alcoholic how dare they use a white woman. Do you see how sickening this is after awhile.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Hi Karen,

I don’t understand, why are you offended? What is there to be offended over? Let’s wait and see how the story unfolds first ….

Cameron Williams
Cameron Williams

I agree I am offended by this . I don’t watch anymore

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

I’m behind on episodes so this headline made my jaw drop. First thought was how are they going to explain her baby with Ricky Paull Goldin, but I’m sure they’ll find a way. Glossing over it would leave a lot of people scratching their heads.

But…. WOW. I certainly didn’t expect this twist and hopefully they mine some real emotional beats out of this, rather than let Rick come off as an ignorant bigot or do the showy thing of revealing this on the runway at a fashion show, or have the Forrester girls cattily out Maya as Myron because Maya has been so awful to them… I guess my core hope is that Bell is planning to tell this story with the sensitivity and respect it deserves, rather than use it as the stunt to grab all headlines and then not know how to get out of a corner he painted himself into.

Fingers crossed.

Nikki
Nikki

If he tells the story the way it is in today’s world the girls will giggle, they will talk behind her back, Rick will leave her and if Brook doesn’t like her now just think when her & Katie find out what they’ll say! My son is transgender and he keeps it to himself because he knows from experience how people feel. If Bill Bell wants a fairy-tale story then he will do what you want and have everyone hug/kiss and sing Coom -by-aw and he will lose the great story he has created.

Nikki
Nikki

BTW If you want proof of what I’m saying just listen/read what people are saying about Bruce Jenner.I read someone say he’s a creep,one ugly woman,sick, that’s what happens when you have too much money,filthy,and I even read where someone said he’d be better off dead.This man cannot come out of his house without reporters flashing camera’s at him and laughing just read Radar on line.

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

I don’t want the story to be whitewashed by having it be a lovefest… not in the least. I just want some of the characters to surprise us by being supportive. I don’t want it to be ALL ridicule and bigotry. I think Rick will have a tough time, probably even understanding Maya’s transgender journey, and will be mad about the secret. But I’d like them to go through all those emotional beats and then slowly get back around to them reconnecting.

I like to think that all the Forresters would have trouble understanding/accepting because they have led rather sheltered lives of privilege. I think Caroline would have the worst or most insensitive reaction because of her history with Maya and bitterness toward her. Is there a chance Bill knew about this? Wasn’t he trying to blackmail Maya about her past a while back? And we assumed he was talking about her prison past, but the story kind of faded?

And yet I could see characters like Eric and Ivy being more accepting because there’s less water under the bridge with Maya and they have had more worldly experiences. Yes the Forresters are from LA and work in fashion, but from what we’ve SEEN them experience since the start of the series, they haven’t interacted with the LGBT community. There was a brief suggestion that Thomas was gay, there was NuRidge attending the pride parade with a friend while he was living in Paris, and Amber’s shenanigans with framing Rick for being a crossdresser, but nothing of this weight or heft has been covered with the Forresters, and considering how entrenched Maya is in the family and company, I’m sure this will be divisive.

Nikki, is your son transitioning or completed with his transition and keeping it quiet because of the ignorance and cruelty out there? It’s not my business, of course, but it makes me sad that as far as we’ve come on some issues, the world still struggles this way to just accept people for who they are. It shows how important it is that this story IS told honestly with Maya, not through a rose-colored lens, because it’s got to be a very difficult road for anyone brave enough to travel it. My heart goes out to you and your son.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

There are PLENTY of filthy rich people who are not bombarded by the paparazzi.

There are those who are LEGITIMATE celebrities like actors and musicians whom through none of their own wrong doing are hounded by paparazzi every waking hour. They do not ask for this. Sure they may want to be a celebrity, but ultimately it is about their CRAFT. They do quality work and do their best to keep their personal business to themselves.

However, there are THOSE who choose to be on ASININE REALITY SHOWS, like Jenner, for the soul purpose of getting their 15 minutes of fame by debasing themselves on television or social media just to get recognized.

Jenner made his bed and now he has to lie in it. I do not feel sorry that he can’t leave his home without being followed because he brought it on himself. He gave away his right to privacy a long time ago. I just wish the paparazzi could learn to take pictures of nature or something instead of waste $$$ on these nobodies.

sarah
sarah

I just want to say that I do respect everyone’s opinion and 4ever Days if you weren’t directly speaking to me than I apologies.

Tivette
Tivette

Wow, wow, wow…I was thinking they were going to do a “She’s my sister, she’s my daughter”…you know daddy did it…but this one was brilliant–a stroke of genius! I would bet money that Rick’ s first reaction is total betrayal and goes off the deep end. And later, will wake up to himself and he’ll be living in a whole new world and just maybe become a real human being. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the head!

Karen
Karen

Let’s be honest daytime isnt ready and the majority of people (those who actually still watch) don’t want to see this either.

sarah
sarah

Whether daytime is ready or not they have set the storyline up to compensate for that. The audience of B&B want to see Rick absolutely destroyed. So I would argue that a majority would either be watching to see Maya’s journey to self-acceptences or to see Rick be absolutely destroyed by Maya being transgender. As I have stated before I believe they will play it off more about Maya not being honest with Rick rather than Maya being born a man. Yes there are some very ignorant people in the world but they shouldn’t account nor represent the B&B fan base and certainly not the whole of Daytime audiences globally. The only reason Daytime may not be ready as well is because this kind of story hasn’t been told many times before on soaps. I believe there have previously been only 2 storylines from US soaps that did use a character of this calibar. So yes in the year 2015 there should be main characters on soaps that are LGBT.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I watched British Coronation Street which did a beautifuly written transgender story -Hayley Cropper was once a man-when people found out she had many problems and at first her future husband Roy was shocked and wouldnt accept her-but things cooled down and after some legal obstacles Roy and Hayley married and were happily married for many years-they had troubles like many other couples but they stayed married until Hayleys death from cancer last January…this soap is so realistic and doesnt evade real problems people have and never does anything for shock!!!

JUDY
JUDY

AMEN!!!!!!!!!! TIME TO FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO DURING THIS SHOW!!!!

Nikki
Nikki

According to this blog/comments your the only one not ready.

Tasha Jones
Tasha Jones

As a transgender woman this story is a welcome change at B&B and something that of course is close to my heart. Good for them keeping it quite for one but also giving the story line to a main character. I now am looking forward to watching this show again. Thank you

Robert
Robert

Many different (including this one)forums had the theory of Maya being Transgender. I applaud the twist and the acting is terrific between the two actresses playing sisters. I am sad for what the future storylines will bring once the other characters find out Maya’history. I know some will be supportive but others will be ignorant and bigoted! I hope this is the start of showing other characters who are part of the G.L.B.T. community, it always shock and disappoint me that a show that has been on air as long they have and take place in the fashion industry has not had a main character who was gay, bisexual or lesbian . I do not count Karen Spencer because she is not a main character.

Rodd
Rodd

I don’t follow B&B, so perhaps my opinion will be discounted…That being said, after watching the scene, I say “kudos” to the two actresses involved. They were both great. Sometimes great acting is in what’s not said, the reactions, the listening, more so than what is said. Both ladies did an excellent job.

I’d also like to commend Mr.Bell for putting this story out there and hope he will do it justice for all the B&B fans the world over and for the trans community out there. As he said in is statement, everyone deserves to be loved. If this story can help the trans community feel supported and loved, and help all the other communities learn and love better, than I hope it’s well received. Hope that makes sense.

Lia
Lia

I don’t believe it. The birth certificate could be that of Maya’s twin or older brother. I wish the media would stop reporting this revelation as fact when Maya has confirmed nothing. What happens if Maya tells Nicole on Monday that she’s wrong, that this secret isn’t about her, but their brother? If I’m wrong and this is about her, she will never have a romantic life because I just don’t see either of the men on that show wanting her after this. Good story to pursue, but bad for Maya. They should have given this to Nicole as a breakout story instead.

Rob
Rob

I am amazed and have to applaud them for not doing what I thought they would do, recycle tired plots like “maya is her mom” or “maya did porn or was a hooker”.

This is a huge step for any show, especially when the last five years were based around that nitwit Hope.

I cant wait to see how Carter and Rick react.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I agree with everything you said. B&B could have done the “You’re not my sister, you’re my mother” story (which, to be honest, is where I thought they were going with it), but this was a genuine shock and a very interesting plot twist.

I’m so glad Hope is off the show because too much story was devoted to her and the endless love triangles. This is a definite step in the right direction for B&B that needs diversity in storytelling. I’m really looking forward to seeing this play out.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Me thinks GH will do a transgender story too-Helene Cassidine is really Tim Spencer-Lukes father!!!

Eden
Eden

jimh…don’t you hope that this storyline is even HALF as brilliant as that with our sweet Hayley from Corrie? O:-) X

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I doubt itll even come that close…Hayleys story was brilliantly written and i miss her character-loved her with Roy! Corrie has a fan site chat room-i found it the other day-people discuss everything about that show and no fan attacks the other and call them a hater-from what ive read so far-when someone comments on something they dislike-all you do is google Corrie and youll find it unless you already know of it-its great!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Your comment made me laugh so much! Imagine the dragon lady being Luke’s dad! I don’t think GH would go there with that!

Mo
Mo

I was flabbergast. What a shock! But I’m for it. Should make for interesting story. I thought Reign did a great job. Karla too of course.

Maya had a baby, but maybe she fathered it or got the baby from someone else. Should be interesting to find out.

Wondered why they did the cliffhanger on Wednesday, but now find out no soaps for two days! Boo. I so hate basketball.

Mo
Mo

I don’t think Rick will be happy. He doesn’t seem like the kind to be okay with dating a person who was born a man.

Wonder what Eric and Brooke will think. Should be some interesting fallout. And Maya is Forrester’s lead model! Fireworks coming up.

Patrick
Patrick

when, Jacob Young… was on “All My Children”

his girlfriend…. Marissa, a twin sister to Babe, whom he was both involved with… Babe died, had a daughter… and JR Chandler fell in love with her sister, Marissa

it was later revealed… she is a lesbian, and got involved with Bianca… etc…
it was beautifully written and played out. if memory serves… his character never fully got over her turn… and AMC was cancelled

Jacob Young… is a phenom… a riveting actor… and was downright chilling in his role in Pine Valley

ie: Maya : from all that I’ve read… Maya herself… is no slouch… so this pairing… will play

Patrick
Patrick

*Babe died, had a SON…

PatF
PatF

I think it’s fantastic.

It’s a shock (good) for the viewers, and a well thought storyline. Compare that to what “shocks” viewers on GH, for example, and the contrast is story telling rooted in realism.

Nice work.

PatF
PatF

And yes, some people may not want to see it, so they can turn it off.

Simple as that.

Aden
Aden

Let the stilted dialogue begin!! Well…this is hardly new for daytime. The City told the story 20 years ago with an Asian model. And it went over like a led zeppelin and was written away quickly. I am all for social issues being explored on soaps if they are written well….like by Claire Labine or Doug Marland. They had a way of weaving those storylines organically into the characters, not pushing the characters into a story just for the sake of it. I watch soaps for escapism, and seeing burned children, a hastily rewritten transgender tossed in, bad horror movie rip offs, etc….just aren’t cutting it across the dial.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Exactly!!! Well said!

Jane Ferguson
Jane Ferguson

I was trying to figure out what the secret was prior to yesterday’s episode…and that was one of the scenarios I came up with…so it didn’t surprise me…now we’ll see how Rick accepts that when he finds out!!!

Can’t wait until Monday to see what happens!

Jane

Shane
Shane

I personally think this is a brilliant story! It’s true soap opera!

Torqumada
Torqumada

A tip of the cap to Gore Vidal and Myron who transitioned to MYRA Breckenridge, right Mr. Bell?

Bandele
Bandele

This is disgusting and makes no sense storywise I wont be watching this crap as a KM fan I don’t find this intriguing and I’m out. Done.

Rob
Rob

Turn it off.

Karla Mosely feels privileged and honored to be tackling this storyline.

Your loss.

Derrick
Derrick

Biggest shock…………..I had to call my grandmother on this to see if she watched it!

mark
mark

LMAO what a twist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love B&B

Shelly
Shelly

I’m really curious to see how this will all play out. I really figured they’d have Nicole become Mayas daughter. This Is differant then the Usual love triangle. I can’t wait to see how Rick handles all this. Not only had Maya lied to him but this is a Big secret she’s kept from him

Iakovos
Iakovos

* sigh *

Applaud the unexpected but disappointed with the wrinkle here. Would have preferred to see gay male characters years ago, I will admit. And more diversity earlier on. Maya is so rich with possibilities, an outlier in the Forrester/Logan family. Just not sure transgender was the best way to go here. Will watch it play out and see. That said, the actresses rocked their scene of revelation. Just seems a shock value story development on a series lately rife with sudden shifts in character and tone. Give me a ronace that lasts longer than three months and is based on something real. Please let me have a couple marry and take the vows seriously. Let someone have a baby and raise it properly.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I am so happy that B&B chose to write a storyline that #1 does NOT involve Brooke front and center #2 involve the ever so boring love triangle…

While Brooke and Hope were “away” it was clear that the remaining cast can EASILY carry the show… in fact wasn’t it a welcome change?

I am grateful they are taking a risk with this storyline….now just follow through with great writing and may have something here!

As for those that feel that B&B should not “have gone there” … like it or not, this is our world…it happens every day…. it is a story that needs to be explored, if done correctly, it can be a ground breaking storyline!

Times change…. “Get on board or get out of the way…”

Nikki
Nikki

I was just thinking . Does anyone remember when Caroline first came on the show? She was dating Rick & Thomas at the same time. Rick was still with Amber who took his picture and fixed it somehow and convinced Caroline he liked to dress-up in women’s clothing. Caroline pulled away from him and went out more with Thomas until the truth came out. It should be interesting to see what happens this time since Rick told his Aunt Katie that he’d rather be alone than to be with someone who lies to him. Mind you she didn’t lie but she was not up front and honest with him not to mention Rick wants a family at some point.

cloey
cloey

So stupid, unrealistic, inauthentic, pandering and did I say stupid? B&B is constantly pushing its political agendas and I for one am not interested. Goodbye B&B.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You could say goodbye (B)ar(B)/(B)o(B)!!

k/kay
k/kay

Yes Bell does that but they all do I just don’t need Hollywood preaching to me about anything they do not live in the real world neither does ugly Hollywood Washington DC. As for KM saying she is thrilled to be telling the story it is a paycheck what would anybody expect her to say.

Laurie
Laurie

I’ve just started watching the show about a month ago. I know who some of the characters are though, because I’m an avid reader of all things soap. My husband has seen 1 show in his life, and it was 1 where Nicole was telling her she knew her secret. I called my husband when I saw this and told him!! That’s how fabulous this surprise was! Even he was shocked!

I think of all of the soap writer’s going right now, this is the 1 that has the best chance of telling the story correct. I really thought GH was going to do a transgender s/l w/Luke or his relatives, but ? (Could this propel B&B past Y&R in the ratings? Maybe!)

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

a shocker would be if the actor playing Maya is really transgender.
I hope he/she is outed during the fashion show. Ivy and Caroline can introduce the top model as transgender Myron aka Myrna oops Maya. Then a close up of Ricks face! Wow! Good sweeps show.

Nikki
Nikki

Elite advisors Hi, Yes I realize that but while she was a male could she not have impregnated somebody that later gave the baby up to her? There’s a lot to be told about the story but if told right it’s going to be fantastic. We couldn’t ask for better actress’s either. Mind you I’m a little sick of Rick and his holier than thou attitude.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

I don’t know where they are going with this where it concerns Rick because Rick does not really love Maya, so who cares?! They always have him thinking about Caroline. Maya is just someone who is keeping his bed warm and fighting his battles for him.

liz
liz

I thought when she came on the show they had said she gave birth in jail. I would like to know who is the father/mother because they had Maya’s ex- boyfriend AKA baby daddy on the show. I am not understanding. Am I wrong?

taylor
taylor

i think its neat that they made her transgender plus that baby was his not hers she even said that. i think that rick does love her but i dont think that he will stick around because he wants kids and she can not give him that ill be amazed if he stays with her since she is lying so much.plus when i look at maya now all i see is male features. her arms look like a male to. what i dont get is how rick doesnt see it.

len
len

Well, what a disappointment. Here we have a Beautiful black woman who by the way, is in love with a white man with financial stability and the writers make the relationship a travesty. The writers have made her a Gold Digger and now you have made her a man. I understand that there are transgender people out there but the story-line could have happened with two of the other characters or perhaps they could have introduced a new character who was or is a transgender person. It is the fashion business.

Karee-Breena Whiteford
Karee-Breena Whiteford

Is it a “role” ? Or is Karla Mosley “transgender”?

tish
tish

Learn more before judging and talking and understand without judging someone.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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Justin Hartley Scores Supporting Actor In a Drama Series Nod As 25th Annual Critics Choice Nominations Unveiled

And the nominees are … so say the film and TV critics … in the just announced 25th Annual Critics Choice Awards.  The winners will be announced during a live ceremony airing Sunday, January 12 on The CW beginning at 7PMEST/6PMCST.

In the television categories, This Is Us came up with several key nominations including: being in the running for Best Drama Series, and in addition, Justin Hartley (Ex-Y&R, Revenge, Passions) nabbed a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination for his performance as Kevin Pearson in the NBC drama series,

Hartley’s on-screen brother, Sterling K, Brown received recognition in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Randall.  In addition, Susan Kelechi Watson scored a nomination for her work as Randall’s wife, Beth in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

In an interesting first, The Kelly Clarkson Show received a nomination in the Best Talk Show category and is the only one in the running from daytime, all the rest in the pack are from primetime or late night.

Downton Abbey: The Movie scored in the film categories in Best Production and Costume Design.

Click here for the official list of all the nominations in the film and TV categories competing for the Critics Choice Awards 2020.

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Caroll Spinney, Legendary Sesame Street Puppeteer Behind Big Bird And Oscar The Grouch, Dead At 85

More sorrowful news on Sunday.  Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch,died today,  at the age 85 at his home in Connecticut.  Spinney has been suffering from dystonia for quite some time.

For the body of his life’s work, Spinney received many significant honors.  He was the recipient of four Daytime Emmy awards, as well as the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, the Library of Congress’ Living Legend Award, two Grammy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The Sesame Street workshop put on this press release upon his passing: “Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending. His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.

Welcomed to Sesame Street by Jim Henson, Caroll thrived under a mentorship that led to a decades-long great friendship. Caroll’s unparalleled career saw Big Bird visit China with Bob Hope, dance with the Rockettes, be celebrated with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a U.S. postage stamp, and named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. A favorite highlight for Caroll was conducting symphony orchestras and performing with them across the United States, Australia, and China, allowing him to personally connect with families everywhere through the music of Sesame Street. Caroll Spinney gave something truly special to the world. With deepest admiration, Sesame Workshop is proud to carry his memory – and his beloved characters – into the future. Our hearts go out to Caroll’s beloved wife, Debra, and all of his children and grandchildren.

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Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said of her longtime colleague and friend, “Caroll Spinney’s contributions to Sesame Street are countless. He not only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well. We at Sesame Workshop mourn his passing and feel an immense gratitude for all he has given to Sesame Street and to children around the world.”

Share your thoughts on the passing of Caroll Spinney and his tremendous contribution for bringing to life for children young and old, Big Bird, and Oscar the Crouch and more.

But first, watch Barbara Walters present Spinney with the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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