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The Roger Howarth rumors continue: Is he headed back to One Life?

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For the last few weeks, and over the last few days, a return to One Life to Live, by the original Todd Manning, Roger Howarth have picked up steam.  First, there was the episode on the ABC Daytime series, where a confused Tea, pulled out a picture of Howarth as Todd and was insistent that Trevor. St. John (the current Todd Manning) was an imposter.   Then came a report from Soap Opera Network just a few days ago that declared through their setside source that Howarth was indeed returning to the series sometime towards the end of this year, or the beginning of 2011. Then, last night, noted soap columnist Carolyn Hinsey on her facebook page made this statement:  “Seriously, stop with the Howarth misinformation here please. He is not coming back to OLTL. Case closed.”

In the SON item their source stated, “You thought the tease a couple weeks back with Tea proclaiming this isn’t Todd as she pointed to a picture of Roger Howarth was not the start of something bigger? Think again.”  On-Air On-Soaps did speak to a rep from the series who does not comment on speculative rumors associated with the series, as they are just rumors.

So does a Howarth return make sense?  Well,  in part yes, since Howarth’s run at As the World Turns had ended, and he is in New York City, where One Life now remains the sole ABC series.   But, how would the writers play out this storyline with the plastic surgeries, the Walker Laurence issue, etc?  Would Howarth play somebody new?  The real Todd, the real Walker?   Or, is this all just one more rumor in the the soap world that never materializes into anything ?  And with Trevor St. John, one of the most heralded actors of the daytime genre, would it be wise to displace all the credibility of the character, that he has made into his own over time?  I guess, we will all just have to make our guesses, and see what comes down the pike over the next few months.  For fans, it simply also comes down to a case of who do you believe.

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This is great news, and however it plays out, it’s sure to bring a lot of “eyes” back to OLTO !

Over a decade ago they showed Todd (howarth) talking to himself in another seat on an airplane. They hinted at the idea that Todd had DID like his sister and neice. Could it be that Howarth has been one of his alters and Walker Lawrence new this and stole Todd’s personality? Hopefully because if Trevor St. John is leaving not having a TODD is NOT an option!

TSJ is not one of the most heralded actor to me. If true, where are his Emmys? RH is Todd Manning. Case closed. Even if he never comes back, or plays someone else on OLTL, he created the iconic character.

Roger H was a good Todd, but a very dark Todd. Trevor St. John has brought so many layers of dimension to the character of Todd Manning. Its great that u r loyal to Roger H. but the truth is the truth Trevor makes a better Todd. By the way just because an actor played the character that was created by the powers that be, does not make him iconic. Like I said Roger H. was a good dark Todd. Trevor is a Great Todd! JUST MY OPINION!

In most cases, characters are created by writers. This wasn’t entirely true in the case of Todd Manning. Todd was intended to be a short-term character. Roger was so wildly popular that they changed their plan and kept him. Your view is directly counter to mine, in that I feel Todd lost his depth when Trevor took over the role. I guess we cancel one another out. In any case, I like Trevor’s character. I wouldn’t mind keeping him. I just can’t suspend my disbelief. He isn’t Todd Manning. No one else compares to Roger as Todd Manning. Not Trevor as Todd Manning. Not even Roger as Paul Ryan. Roger as Todd was once in a lifetime.

Sorry, but Trever’s Todd is such a pussy now. Roger’s Todd has that edge. Don’t believe me? Go on youtube and watch the old clips of Roger’s work. Then you’ll see the REAL TODD MANNING!

I totally agree on all accounts…and I couldn’t have said it better myself. I love Roger Howarth, and no one else can even fit in his shoes, let alone walk in them. I don’t criticize Trevor St. Johns acting ability, he just can’t act like Todd…THE TRUE TODD…!!! The one that Roger created. There is only one Todd for me.

Roger IS Todd!!! pure and simple! TSJ was acceptable as Todd, But Roger is sensational and he is the best person to play the role! Todd is Roger and Roger is Todd! Can’t wait for my baby to come back! Loved him and missed him in the role!

Trevor St John, one of the most “heralded actors in daytime”…………LMAO!!!!!!!! Really that statement just cracked me up! This is an actor who can’t even get prenomed by his own castmates for an Emmy, who hasn’t even “sniffed” at any daytime awards or acclaim!!!!!! I think this writer has a man crush on TSJ!!!!!!!! RH will be back because OL realizes that they are lacking in the leading man department and they know what a “heralded daytime actor is”……..that is why they have been begging for him to comeback!!!!! Long live Todd Manning!

I certainly hope to see The Real Todd back on my OLTL soon…I love him, and miss him so much. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Trevor St. John one of the most heralded actors in daytime? When, where and on what planet? No disrespect, but if the execution were the only scenes that anyone can mention as being his best work, that doesn’t scream of a hearlded actor by any means. The news that RH is coming back is the best news I’ve heard since Florencia Lozano’s return. This, to me, is OLTL heading in the right direction. On OLTL, Roger Howarth is and always will be… Todd Manning.

II agree with you Regina! Can’t wait for him to come back! I’m guessing he’ll be back for the May sweeps! Isn’t it convenient that TSJ is out of sight now!? Welcome back Roger! We missed you!

I think TSJ has publicly commented that he does not want to be nominated for an Emmy, as his performance is more of an ensemble thing. I don;t understand it but he has his reasons I guess. I think he desrves an Emmy or two.

I think TSJ is a great actor. I also liked Roger when he was on. In my opinion, this is proably ABC testing the waters to see if fans are in support of Roger returning to OLTL in some capacity. Obviously, they need more viewers and they are trying to see how best to accomplish this. I think the easiet route would be to ditch some of the younger and newer characters and focus on vets. And where is Roxy? Why aren’ t they using her?

He only said that after his execution sl did not garner him an emmy nod. Otherwise, why would he have submitted anything to be considered in the first place? I do believe he was hurt by that. If he wants to play “poor me” and throw pity parties fine. Just don’t invite me.

It figures you can’t compliment Trevor without him getting bashed by the Roger cult members. Yes to them Roger is the be all, end all of actors. But I really find it funny how they all forget all the stuns Roger pulled when he didn’t like the direction Todd was going. I couldn’t count how many times he left and came back. All because he didn’t like the storyline and where it was going.

Yet for the the past 7 years Trevor stayed and did every storyline OLTL gave him. And didn’t take off weather he was unhappy with the storyline or not.

Bring RH back than I can sit and watch RC write for him and see them complain when RH doesn’t give it his all, or his storyline sucks and just watch him come and pick up his pay check. Karma it has a way of hitting those in face real good.

I can count them. Twice. 🙂 Roger followed his conscience, and I applaud that.

I agree wholeheartedly. Roger followed his conscience. And that showed in his performance, and in his sucess. Trevor St. John is a very good actor as well, but he does not play Todd like Roger. P L E A S E bring Roger back. Alot of people will be happy, I for one.

Of course, you can compliment TSJ. I did not read any rule that says that you could not. ; )

I agree with the other two repliers: RH has been loyal to the character by leaving than to play the mess that the revolving door of writers, in his day, wanted him to play. I do not think sticking to your guns is the same as having a hissy fit. If you have convictions than you have convictions.

I enjoyed having the charater come and go because I couild miss him in the end. I’ve been missing him for a long time!

I sure hope your last comment doesn’t come true! I have seen TSJ do just the same. No need for an encore, IMNSHO.

I agree that RH is Todd and always will be. Granted TSJ has revamped the Todd role and made it his own….HIS OWN! RH created the character that was only supposed to be a short lived character on OLTL. There is a way. I am a writer and have a perfect storyline for the return of RH! HE can return as Todd Manning and TSJ can be a twin brother of RH….Mitch brainwashed him into thinking he was Todd and he actually believes it. It would be a great storyline….Please come back Roger!!!!

I am hoping that Roger returns also, lets all keep our fingers crossed.

Good God, you bring Roger back, I’d watch again. I have nothing against Trevor, but he’s just not Todd to me. Heck, Roger played Todd faking a bunch of personalities, finding out Trevor St. John’s been faking Todd, not a bad idea. I want Roger as Todd, though, no one else on OLTL. It would definately be fun, and dramatic, funny, and moving all at once to have him back!


Roger Howarth was Todd back in the day but that is the past and this is the present. Saying Trevor is not Todd is an insult to his ABC fans and the genre of daytime. People come and go and Howarth left and St John came. He kept the character of Todd alive. Imagine OLTL w/o Todd Manning and now fans are saying he is not Todd? BS!! He is Todd and always will be. As for Emmy nominations he was nominated for his death scene. One that he should have won hands down. The Emmy process is a bunch of crap and even those in the industry admit it. Case in point: DREW TYLER BELL winner in Younger Actor Category? Please!!! All of us in the press room that night were scratching our heads and were in shock. It is one thing to like your favorite but to put down a actor for doing his job is an insult. Get over it, Trevor St John is a fantastic actor just look at his credits. He does bif screen movies what has Howarth done besides OLTL and ATWT? Nothing Nada Zip. Dont get me wrong I think Howarth is a good actor I watched ATWT and he was fine but he doesn’t have the acting chops St John does.

RH, did do some other things. He had a bit part in a movie. Can’t for the life of me remember the name of it was a long time ago. Might have actually have been before Tood Manning took Llannview by storm. He also did a short lived night time series called “Prey”.

The way I remember it, RH was trying to take his career in a broader direction, and that was why he left OLTL the couple times he did before he was finally clear of his contract obligations.

I have been a OLTL fan most of my life, but lost touch when I moved to Europe for a few years. Have only recently began watching again. It’s been an adjustment learning to accept TSJ as Todd. Yes he’s a Todd, his own Todd, but to me he isn’t The Todd. RH, played Todd darkly, but as the Character aged he was very capable of letting the vulnerable, caring, “good” part of Todd show through. It would be a huge treat if he was to return to the show as Todd Manning!

I agree…

Sorry you feel that way, but Roger Howarth is truly the only Todd Manning, and IMO there will never be another. Roger is a phenominal actor, perhaps you should check his bio’s, he’s very talented. I wish he would try his hand in Hollywood, because he has what it takes to make it, no question about it. Not knocking TSJ, but he just doesn’t compare to Roger in this case.

Roger gave Todd levels that Trever has never been able to touch! And Roger has work with Spike Lee and Lawrence Fishbourne in case you were wondering. The true Todd fans miss the edge that Todd use to have. When Roger did his thing and the writing was good-you couldn’t wait to see what he’ll do next. That is what a brilliant performer Roger is.

He is in movies but he does bit parts! Blink and you miss him. When he carries a major movie in a major role I will give him all the props in the world.

please keep the present todd , he looks like the children {starr and danni } and that other todd ,{ Howarth } isn’t reliable. remember he walks when ever he wants.

Actually Daniella, and Jack looks more like Roger than Trevor, and Starr, and Blair had amazing chemistry with Roger, I’m sure they’d be so happy to welcome him back, probably Tea too, she seemed to love Roger, he’s just a great guy. But remember that Roger is nothing like Todd in real life, actually completely opposite. But I love the villains, so I am absolutely crazy about Todd as the villain.

Jack looks so much like RH that I have frequently found myself checking his bio to see if they are related. I have chills now seeing RHs picture in a storyline for the second time in two months. I feel sure RH will be back but I have fallen in love with TSJ, much like Blair did when he appeared.

I think Starr, Dani, and Jack looks RH than the other guy. It would make sense. RH is the real face of Todd.

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I really hope Roger is returning to OLTL. Trevor is fine, but the depth, introspection, inner turmoil…great hair… everything that made Todd Manning unique is missing. For now, I’m a casual viewer. Roger + impostor storyline = me glued to the teevee for sure! 🙂

I agree.

I am a Todd Manning fan, Todd manning is the only reason I watch OLTL.
I loved Roger as Todd and it took awhile to accept TSJ as Todd ,but I absolutely love TSJ as Todd and I dont want Roger to come back as Todd.
I would like to see him come back as a twin of Todds since he has the origional face it could be interesting cause Todd would have to see ths guy walking around with his face, and it would fun to see how the other charaters reaction to him.

I agree I love Roger as Todd . But I’ll be just as happy with him as another charactor. The twin idea is perfect.

marty sagebrooke came across a photo of todd’s fraternity during her episode with amnesia. in that photo was a man who was not represented during the infamous rape storyline. his features were similar to the new todd. it appeared at the time, that the writers were preparing for a phony todd storyline pending on roger howarth’s open door return. did anyone else notice that but me?

hello all i hope all is well. anyway i hope roger comes back as todd manning. it only makes since. because roger as todd has some stuff to take care of. i don’t like this fake todd.

Lets keep our fingers crossed, and await his return…I miss him so much.

As a fan of As The World Turns, I would love to see Roger Howarth on One Life to Live. I will definitely be a new watcher of One Life to Live due to Terri Colombino and Roger Howarth joining the soap.

I love both Roger & Trevor as Todd, what I love about Roger as Todd Manning is theeviliness in the early years. What I love about Trevor St. John’s acting ability as Todd
Manning is his warmth & sense of humor. I cried the day Todd was put to death by Lethal Injection for two murders he never commited. But I was rejoycing when Todd was brought back to life & fully recovered from that horrid ordeal. Truly Trevor St. John did a beautiful job in playing a condemmed man on Death Row. I also commend Roger in his acting role as Todd The Rapist who became a redemenned man thanks to Blair Crammer’s love & support. We know Todd changed somewhat but he is still the feisty Todd we know & all love. I hope this storyline works out for both Roger & Trevor I will be glued to my chair watching these fine actors. Christine Klinger

Roger returning would be great but the truth is he’s made it clear he doesnt want to return as Todd I very much doubt he will return as another character . I will always love Roger and want him to return to Oltl
I know its not going to happen . I actually fooled myself to thinking there was a possiblity but deep in my heart of hearts I know it will never be. I do hope he comes back to soaps I love him as actor . Lets face Oltl is not what it use to be the writing is horrible and I wouldnt want him to return to a show that would not showcase his true talent. so wherever he goes I will follow and watch because im a true fan of his and want only the best for him .

I pray that RH will comeback,but only as Todd.He created such an iconic character for OLTL that him playing anyone else would just be laughable.I would just as rather they leave things the way they are than try to pull of something like that.
Anyway,I wish they would officially confirm OR deny the rumor once and for all,I soooo hate hoping!!

The lack of Roger on my screen is extremely frustrating. I’ve been watching old videos, as well as current episodes. There’s just no comparison. Todd Manning just isn’t Todd Manning anymore. 🙁 I’m kind of terrified he never will be again.

I agree, Roger’s being missing is really starting to become a PROBLEM! We need him back for the sake of the character and our eyes…when he graces the screen, there is NO ONE LIKE HIM! Roger, please return. We love you and you are and always will be THE REAL TODD MANNING!

TSJ is very pretty, but Todd he is not. I would love to have Howarth back as the one, the only, Todd Manning. It would certainly get me to tune back into OLTL every day, instead once or twice every couple of months, which is all I watch now. I don’t even care about the ‘shipper aspect of it anymore. TnT, TnB, Tangeline, Tarty…whatever. I just want real Todd back. It might be interesting to have Howarth back in a different role, but to me he’ll just always be Todd–a role that NEVER should have been recast to begin with. (Seriously. Bad idea.) I can’t imagine Howarth and TSJ on the same screen without knowing exactly who’s Todd…and who’s not.

I love Trevor St John and accepted him over time as RH’s replacement . He has made a remarkable change to Todd’s character . But I have always missed RH ‘s portrayal of Todd . I got so excited when I saw the episodes with RH’s face as Todd . Please,OLTL bring him back .
There is so many interesting ways that the writers could ressurect RH as Todd .
I liked the twin brother idea .
But what if Todd was captured years after Patrick was captured by the same terrorist group and they come back together . This brings Marty back to normal and happy that she never really did the dirty consential wise with the real Todd . LOL

The new Todd is soooooooooo boring! And he’s a mega pussy! There’s no edge. He can’t touch what Roger brought to the role. The levels of complexed depts that Roger played so effortlessly. RH is the REAL TODD MANNING! Period!

Please find a way to have Roger and Trevor on OLTL . Hmmm there hasnt been a good amnesia story lately. Fingers Crossed . sro

This coming week is going to make it more obvious that Roger is on his way back as Todd. On Friday, OLTL is reliving Todd and Blair’s 1995 wedding episode in it’s entirety.
It’s an encore presentation. And that painting of Blair has Trevor’s Todd all worried. I think that we will soon know that Trevor has been Walker Laurence pretending to be Todd and the real Todd, Roger, will be back to come face to face with Trevor. I cannot wait to see the scenes between Roger and Trevor. Talk about a showdown. Things were getting too easy for Todd lately. Bring back the VCR!!!!!!!!!

I just went out and got a VHS tape for the VCR for Friday’s episode. Roger has one of those great smiles, but underneath the smile is a sheep. Roger is 2 or 3 years older tnan Trevor although they were both born in September (13th for Roger and 3rd for Trevor). When it first came out that Todd was Victor Lord’s heir and Todd with the long hair. What boardroom at a newspaper has a long-haired CEO at the head of the table. The Sun does and does he look hot!!!!!!!!!!

Somehow that wedding picture ended up in Paris…hmmm. I do believe this is the pre-empt to the returh of RH.

Stop teasing us OLTL give us what the majority of the viewers want RODGER HOWARTH!!!!

Malice…..couldn’t agree with you more……Todd= Roger!

so very true truemanning fan. Those who think that TSJ has brought depth to Todd Manning and not Roger, folks go and get yourselves glasses and hearing aids. Roger’s Todd had so much depth and dimension that know one can even compare the two. Roger has Todd “down pat” as the saying goes since he is the one who created this character!!! TSJ is “now” trying to be angry over Dani and Tomas when he walked in and caught Tea and Tomas hugging, I was totally laughing!!!! Put TSJ where he belongs, Walker Lawrence, that is who they brought him on as to begin with! Oh and by the way, I would like to ask one little question to the TSJ vs. RH as Todd: How many emmies has TSJ won and how many times has TSJ been nominated? Hmmmm??????

Now Frank Valentini, Ron Caravati, Brian Fronns, Anne Sweeney and Robert, STOP all this teasing and starting arguments over Roger and Trevor, who’s coming, who going! Not only is this teasing fans it is down right demeaning. Now if you want to lose both Roger and Trevor Fans, just keep it up and then YOUR RATINGS WILL PLUMMET!! Either crap or get off the freaking pot and tell us what is what! If you don’t know, then just come out and tell us. I will respect that much more than what you guys are doing!

It doen’t matter what Roger does, it is always top notch. When he left OLTL, I stopped watching and followed him on ATWT’s. Even in the pilot “Prey” and I don’t like sci-fi! He is the best of the best and will forward to seeing him anywhere!

A Roger Cult??? Well, there’s a very GOOD reason why there is a Roger cult.. Roger created an iconic role . The writing was superb back then. Not, factured as it is now. Then again how hard is it too write for a buch of teenyboppers. I do like Trevor but he is not Todd Manning. How do you recast a legendary part? You simply can’t because you change the whole personality and dynamic of the character. Days Of Our Lives got away with it because Days has always been a “campy” show. OLTL tried to recast and lost alot of viewers. Just to try prove a point Roger.

Love Roger and love Trevor. would like them both on show/Trevor could pull it off that he was brainwashed somehow to think he is real Todd by perhaps the evil Tomas…

if oltl doesnt make a move soon we will all just stop caring !!! timing is everything… just give us what we want already! ROGER

GRRRRRRR IDK roger is todd bt trevor makes a good todd to but idk twins brainwashed or whatever i want roger back as todd bt whatever happens i have a feeling this is gonna be good 🙂

General Hospital

Johnny Wactor’s Co-Worker, Anita Joy, Speaks Out For First Time Since His Fatal Shooting and Saving Her Life

Those who knew Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin, GH) were well aware of what an upstanding man he was. As tributes poured in when news that the General Hospital alum was shot and killed by one of three car thieves, they all spoke to his qualities as a human being.

Over the first 24 hours since his passing, the public learned Wactor lost his life putting himself in front of a female co-worker when confronted by his assailants, following their shift at a downtown LA bar. The thieves were attempting to steal his catalytic converter from his vehicle.

Now. Wactor’s former co-work, Anita Joy, has spoken out for the first time via her Instagram account of what happened on that fateful morning and her remembrances accompanied by photos and videos with Johnny.  As many now know, Johnny died a hero.

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Anita began, “I’ve needed to take some time to collect myself and my thoughts. I was with Johnny in his last moments and I’m here to be his voice after such unimaginable events. His story is in this post as it happened, please swipe through the top photos and read it. Early Saturday morning (May 25) after our bartending shift Friday night at Level 8 in DTLA.”

“He was killed senselessly by a coward who reacted without care of the gorgeous life he was taking,” Joy shared.  So, I’m angry, I’m sad and I’m all of the feelings and once … but above all, I am here for Johnny’s justice. My friend of 8 years went from laughing together, working side by side, leaving our bartending shift and walking to our cars, to him dying in my arms in the street of DTLA in the dark hours of 3am.”

She went on to say, “Everything happened in an instant. I’ve come to describe it as a glass of water that gets tipped over and you’re scrambling to grab it and save it from spilling out completely but it just runs through your fingertips and is gone.” Joy said that she and Wactor, “cautiously approached the men questioning what they were doing, at first thinking the car was being towed.”

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“We were no threat and Johnny kept his cool as he always did, simply stating that it was his car and for them to leave. Hands open to his sides in peace, Joy recounted. “Johnny was between me and the man who shot him – as I heard the shot ring into the night, he forcefully tumbled back into my arms as I grabbed for him I shouted, ‘Hunny, you OK?’ And he only responded, ‘Nope! Shot!’ Joy went on to say that she and Johnny “toppled onto the street” where she was trying to hold his body up as she was screaming for help and screaming at Johnny to “stay with me.”

Next, Joy details that a security guard named Bryan ran into the street and phoned 911. Anita wrote, “I’m so thankful for Bryan showing up, trying with all his might to save Johnny. My only peace is that I was him and this didn’t happen to him alone. My other peace will be seeing these awful men brought to justice.”

Speaking on Wactor’s character, Joy added, “Johnny had this incredible ability that was truly just his genuine nature – to make anyone and everyone feel so special in his eyes. No matter how well you knew him, he treated everyone like he truly cared about you. He lit up any room – you couldn’t not smile around him. His energy was magnetic and pulled you in so effortlessly – you were safe with him. He treated everyone with love, respect, compassion and he really ‘saw’ you.”

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“He was beautiful, goofy as hell, full of work ethic and values, he never put people down, even when joking, he never made you feel unsure of yourself – he knew how to be hilarious in such a positive way and it just made him that much more lovable. It just filled your heart to be around him,” she recalled.  Johnny made you love him instantly,” Joy added. “Absolutely one of the best men I’ve ever known. I’m so grateful to have been a part of his world and him, mine. My heart is shattered with his loss but I believe l have gained the best guardian Angel out there.  I love you Johnny Wacky.”

Anita then addressed the crime that took Johnny’s life and how Level 8 did not provide parking for its late night shift workers.  Joy explained, “These criminals need to be caught – Level 8 needs to provide parking for their late hour staff as they originally promised- This cannot be something that isn’t responded to with action, it needs to be addressed in a manner to prevent anything like this ever happening again to the best of their ability – Level 8 needs to contribute to Johnny’s family to honor and respect him for all the hard work and effort he did for them.”

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Speaking on GoFundMe page that has been set for Wactor, Anita spoke about Johnny’s family, expressing, “They are on the other side of the country and it’s going to be a lot on them emotionally and financially to get Johnny home to them.”

What do you think about Anita’s account of Johnny dying in her arms after shielding her from the thieves who were trying to steal his catalytic converter in his car? Her remembrances of the man she became friends and co-workers with? Comment below.

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All My Children

Chrishell Stause to Guest Star on Amazon Freevee’s ‘Neighbours’ in New Soap Role

Look. who’s returning to the soaps but this time down under? Chrishell Stause, who before the reality-series Selling Sunset found notoriety on daytime dramas, is set to play a new guest role on the iconic Australian soap, Neighbours.

Stause will play a new character, Yasmine Shields, who is said to be,”a glamorous and successful businesswoman in pursuit of an exciting new opportunity.” Chrishell will make her way to Australia and start filming in July.

Neighbours releases new episodes Monday-Thursday, at 7 a.m. BST, on Amazon Freevee in the UK and the U.S.  Stause is joining the show at the right time as it just received its first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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In a statement, the former All My Children, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless star, expressed, “I am honored and excited to join such a beloved and iconic show.  Coming from the world of soaps in the U.S., it’s back to my first love in the entertainment industry. They pitched me an idea for a character, and I was immediately excited to figure out a way to make it happen. Ramsay Street here I come!”

Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said on the casting news, “We are thrilled to welcome Chrishell to the cast of Neighbours. We created a character especially for her and we can’t wait for her to bring the storyline alive. Expect intrigue and surprises – and many implications for the residents of Ramsay Street.”

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As fans know, Stause married her partner, Australian musician G Flip back in 2022, so now she has additional roots on the continent.

Previously on the soaps, Chrishell played the role of Amanda Dillon on All My Children (2005-2011), Bethany Bryant on The Young and Restless (2016) and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of our Lives (2013-2015; and make returns in: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023).

Since leaving the American daytime soaps, Chrishell has received an MTV TV & Movie Award ‘Best Reality Star’ and a People’s Choice nomination for ‘Favorite Reality Star’ for her appearance in Selling Sunset. In 2023 she was recognized by Variety as one of the ‘40 Most Powerful Women in Reality TV’ and by Us Weekly as one of the ‘Top 10 Reality Stars of the Year.’

In February 2022, she released her debut memoir, Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work. Chrishell is committed to philanthropic endeavors and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.

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The continuation of the long-running series, Neighbours, is about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne—picked up two years after the finale in 2022, which was watched by millions of adoring fans.

As well as on Amazon Freevee in the U.S and UK as mentioned above, Neighbours streams on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia’s Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new chapter of the series. Previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as over 100 iconic episodes, are currently available to stream on Amazon Freevee.

So, what do you think about Chrishell Stause returning to the soaps with a role on Neighbours? Comment below.

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Tonya Lee Williams Says She Won’t Ever Be Coming Back to The Young and the Restless

It’s a different time in her life and she is in a different place, but Tonya Lee Williams (ex-Olivia Barber) addressed being asked back to reprise her signature soap opera role on CBS’ The Young and the Restless.

Tonya told Soaps In Depth the last time the soap reached out to her to reprise Olivia was for its 50th anniversary, “It it would have been lovely to do but I could not imagine doing the role. It takes a lot for me as an actor. You don’t just turn up and start reading a script. I don’t know how to explain it … I trained as an actor. I go through a lot of process into who that character is. And that character was someone from 20 years ago.”

Williams’ Y&R run Williams began back in 1990 and went through 2005. She later returned in 2007 making some appearances in the several years that followed. However, the last time anyone had an Olivia sighting was back in February of 2012 for Cane and Lily’s wedding.

She qualified that she left the show on “great terms,” adding, “I absolutely love the show. It has nothing to do with the show. But I try to explain it like this: Have you ever dated someone for a long time and you don’t want to date them anymore? And you have broken up with them and like, 10, 15 years have passed and people are saying, ‘Would you go back with that guy?’ I’m like, ‘No.’ Because you’re a different person now.”

Currently, Williams is the executive and artistic director for the Reelworld Film Festival. An organization she founded in 2001. Held in Toronto, the film festival features talent from ethnically diverse communities.

So, would you have liked to have seen the character of Olivia show back on Y&R? Perhaps, helping a patient in need since she is a doctor or speaking with/being involved with the Winters family in some capacity? Comment below.

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