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The Death of Kobe Bryant: Daytime Stars Mourn and Share Reactions

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NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in the hillside of Calabasas, California in foggy conditions at 10 a.m, PST.  Bryant was 41-year-old.

The heartbreaking news spread very fast over social media on Sunday; as millions around the world struggled with the sudden death of this beloved superstar, who meant so much to so many, and especially in the City of Angels.

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Other victims included: John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa. Payton Chester, a 13-year-old basketball player, and her mother Sarah were also on board, and  Christina Mauser, a coach, was also killed.

Celebrities, politicians and athletes, and Bryant’s legion of fans all took to social media to share their grief and shock.  Here is just a sampling from some of your favorites from daytime below:

Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R): “A part of LA DIED TODAY!! I’m devastated!! KOBE NEVER left LAKERS! He will forever be an integral part of this town! I always admired his work ethic, his drive to NEVER GIVE UP!! I understand that drive! There was a purity about his passion for excellence!”

William deVry (Julian, GH):  “Well after all the rumors. Reports. After the dust has settled… it’s truly a tragic day. RIP Kobe. Devastated. RIP Gianna. Horrible horrible day for us all. All families. All humans.”

Donnell Tutner (Curtis, GH)Rest In Peace, Kobe and Daughter. Thank you Mamba  This one Hurts Lakers Nation”

Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, DAYS): “This is a soul crushing, heart wrenching, truly devastating story. My heart.. all I can think is about Kobe’s wife Vanessa, her other 3 children and the other children of Coach John Altobelli and his wife, Keri. I can’t even imagine.. Please hug your loved ones.”

Brandon Barash (Ex-Stefan, DAYS) “As a sports fan this is deeply saddening. As a father, this is devastating. Gutting. #ripmamba #ripgianna”

Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS): People are flying @Lakers  flags on their cars and I’m crying. @kobebryant #LakersNation #RIPKobe #Mamba #Mambaforever24″

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R):  “One of the greatest to ever play the game. To lose a husband and a child. My heart and prayers go out to Vanessa and the family and the family of the others killed. Much Respect Kobe” She tweeted also, “God Bless all of these amazing parents who were on their way to do something wonderful for their children. God Bless these beautiful babies”

Ellen DeGeneres: “Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant. My heart is broken for his wife and family.”

In addition, The Talk posted this photo of the hosts with Kobe with the following tweet:

Share your thoughts and your condolences on the passing of Laker legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna .and the 7 others passengers who lost their lived in the tragic helicopter crash on Sunday via the comment section below.

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No words, except you just never know. My heart goes out to his wife and family.

I was floored and shocked by Kobe, his daughter and 7 others passing away after a horrific helicopter crash on Sunday. Kobe was and always will be a sports icon. This one will hurt for a long time. I’m hoping that LA decides to rename Staples Center after Kobe, after all it was the house that Kobe built.

I haven’t watched “NBA” since , the Detroit Pistons’ Bad boy … check Bill Laimbeer’ WOW

the pistons did go on to win 2 NBA titles…

no less than the LA Lakers… Chicago bulls, boston Celtics.. these guys WON

I will miss.. Kobe Bryant ‘ Philanthropic .. that was huge and you could SEE … how much he steered

dynamic presence

if only, Magic Johnson would PSA “bullying”

I pray his remaining wife with… offspring… find their way

I was a huuge fan of the Boston Celtics during Larry Bird era. Laimbeer was a Bad boy. Happened to be at one of the Celtics/Pistons game when Badboy and Kevin McCale went at it because of one of Bill’s cheap shots. And being a Celtics fan I was never happy with the Lakers. But I’m still very sorry about the Kobe helicopter crash. Just awful.

Too many helicopter crashes with so many lives taken…i really think all these tragedies need to be looked into and why so many over the years… issues need to be worked on..ya many car accidents too but i will take my chances on the ground at least you are more likely to survive a car accident than a plane crash

Very tragic losses…Kobe was a celeb and his daughter only 13 but there were others on board who were also killed and they nay not have that star status but that still doesnt make it any less tragic

Agree.

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Matt Bomer Reveals After Exiting ‘Guiding Light’ He Lost the Role of ‘Superman’ Due to His Sexuality

During the June 10th edition of the Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter Podcast, former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade) revealed the role that got away, and how his exit from the CBS soap opera was precipitated to accommodate his burgeoning movie career, only to have his sexuality wind up costing him the part.

Bomer was seemingly set to play the Man of Steel, Superman, in a motion picture version in the early 2000’s, and as he tells it to Scott Feinberg during the podcast, things went awry.

“I went in on a cattle call for Superman, and then it turned into a month-long audition experience where I was auditioning again and again and again, and flying out to New York and doing chemistry reads, an flying out to LA doing chemistry reads, flying back to New York, flying back to LA to do a screen-test,” recalled Bomer. “And it looked like I was the director’s choice for the role. This is a very early iteration of Superman, written by JJ Abrams called Superman Flyby and it never came to light.”

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While Matt was going through the Superman audition process he was still under contract at Guiding Light. Bomer described how he was let go from the soap: “Concurrently on Guiding Light, there was a killer in town, and so I think they needed somebody to pin it all on someone. So, I think the executive producer very kindly wanted to free me up just in case this job came through and said, ‘Hey, you’re gonna be the killer. We’re writing you off the show. Go with my blessing.’ I guess, I basically got fired, but in a generous way.”

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Bomer had good reason to believe he was on his way, and the role of Superman was his after he had signed a three picture deal with Warner Brothers. As to why the part of Superman never came to pass, Bomer believes it was due to his sexuality (Later, Matt would come out publicly in 2012).

During the podcast, Matt explained, “Yeah, that’s my understanding That was a time in the industry when something like that could still really be weaponized against you. How and why and who I don’t know. But yeah, that’s my understanding.”

While Matt has not yet played Superman, he has done stellar work in major projects including: Fellow Travelers, Magic Mike, White CollarIn Time, The Normal Heart to name but a few.

What do you think of Guiding Light making Ben that killer in order to free up Bomer to leave the CBS soap to go and become a star in Hollywood and potentially play Superman, only for his sexuality to take the role away from him by the powers-that-be? Comment below.

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Jason George Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Main Cast for Upcoming Season

Soap opera alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) is rejoining Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season.

According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

So, glad to hear Jason George is returning as a series regular to Grey’s Anatomy? Comment below.

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General Hospital

Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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