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The Young and the Restless 40th Anniversary Pre-Episode Cast Retrospectives Debut Monday!

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The Young and the Restless is kicking their 40th anniversary celebration up a notch starting on Monday, March 11th. For three weeks, each new Y&R episode will be prefaced by a brief on-camera interview with one of the show’s stars.

TV Line has the first one with Daytime Emmy winner Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) posted exclusively.  “The videos are a love letter to longtime fans and will also help new viewers develop a greater appreciation for the fascinating history of these iconic characters,” said Y&R’s executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps.

Other “love letter” videos to expect leading up to Y&R 40 on March 26th are with: Eric Braeden (Victor), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Joshua Morrow (Nicholas), Sharon Case (Sharon), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), Doug Davidson (Paul), Kristoff St. John (Neil), Daniel Goddard (Cane), Billy Miller (Billy) and Michael Muhney (Adam).

Let us if you are excited to see these pre-episode retropectives?

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jim
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I wish they could somehow bring back Jamie lynn Bauer ex Lauralee for a brief story arc to celebrate the shows 40th plus Jills brothers Snapper and Greg and a few others from the shows past. Then id feel itll b worth celebrating almost as much as GHs 50th which is far more exciting with some of their vets paying a visit.

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John Eric

I agree, Jim. A GH viewer since 1973, I am LOVING all the returns from every decade of the show! I only first tuned into Y&R in 1978…I NEVER liked how the show’s first families, the Brooks and Fosters–except Jill, who many re-writes and story twists later isn’t really even a Foster–were all written out and forgotten. NOT good soap opera. Tells me in another decade or so they will choose to forget the Williams and Abbott families, too. I think they should have long ago introduced a beautiful young girl as Jennifer Foster, the daughter of Snapper Foster &… Read more »

jim
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jim

Yeah, it would be nice if these shows stayed a little more with their history and brought in the next generation of foster children. And it does feel like the Williams and Abbots will slowly disappear like you said, except for maybe Jack.

RUBY C.
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RUBY C.

I hope it comes out Summer is jacks and Dru comes back and Dylan is Sharons brother. Sharon and Adam are the super couple of the show. That is what Im hanging on still for

Marco
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Marco

I am so proud to be a Y&R Fan! The Young and the Restless is so much more than a television show. Y&R is family and the writers and actors do an amazing job of embodying the human condition. Here’s to 40 more years!

Liza
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Liza

Nine men, but only 4 women chosen? 70% male. Why not, it’s reflecting who’s valued on the show, and the older female vets are not. The have picked their tokens & have traded the rest in for some younger models. Nikki can’t even be in the 40th Anniversary photo on the CBS website , Victor must be pictured with Chelsea and Avery’s breasts in stead of Nikki. How that does that have anything to do with the 40th. they have Summer doing a memorable moment video for the 40th. What does she have to remember? I guess they think 60… Read more »

David Larsson
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David Larsson

Will any FOJ’s be interviewed?

kalamaty
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kalamaty

This is VERY exciting news, but I’m a bit put off by relegating Jess Walton’s interview segment to one of the “other 16” interviews, and not airing before a show. Slap in the face, if you ask me!

Will
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Will

Seems to me that its an easy way for JFP to save money. At the end of three weeks that’s probably going to equal one episode worth of time spent just talking to a camera. It seems a bit tacky. These should be online exclusives or a full one hour retrospective. Not just cutting into the actual airtime of the show.

Jolene Beth Morgan
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Jolene Beth Morgan

I began watching Y&R when Eric Braeden joined the cast, I believe that it was in 1980. Had been a long time fan of his from the mid sixtys, so was thrilled when he joined Y&R. Each actor is so perfect to play his or her particular character, and the characters are so clearly defined. Love them all, but I must admit that my very favorites are Eric Braeden ofcourse, Melody Thomas Scott, Joshua Morrow, Billy Miller ( love Billy Boy), Peter Bergman, Michelle Stafford, Michael Muhney,Amelia Heinle, Christian La Blanc and Kristoff St. John, Marsie Rylan, Gregg Rigart, but… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Same here- they got me hooked with the story line of Victor keeping that poor guy locked in his basement to keep him away from his precious Julia- kept me entertained ever since- hope the show makes it to its 50th.

mo
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mo

How cool. Can’t wait.

Derrick
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Derrick

Very interesting! So happy to see Y&R getting prepared for the big 40th!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Saw the first one today here in Canada- well done– lots of good clips- it doesn’t really eat into too much of the show- nice little treat that everyone can enjoy. Looking forward to seeing the others.

Christi
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Christi

I’m really liking the idea of celebrating 40 yrs. with the Y&R we all (family) started watching from the beginning.

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Daniel Goddard ,Billy Miller, Michael Muhney should have been replaced by Jess Walton, Tracy Bergman & Lauralee Bell. After all out of respect alone LB should have been allowed to speak for the fact their would be no Y&R without Bill Bell and his wife Lee. All three ladies have the longest tenure with the show over the three guys just mentioned. Congrats Y&R!

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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