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Tyler Christopher Opens Up on Being Let Go from GH & Days: “It Was Devastating for a Myriad of Reasons. One, the Thing that I Love the Most was Taken Away. Two, I Threw it Away.”

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In a raw and candid appearance on the latest episode of Maurice Benard’s State of Mind series, former General Hospital and Days of our Lives star, and Daytime Emmy winner, Tyler Christopher opened up about his struggles.

Tyler, who formerly played GH’s Nikolas Cassadine and DAYS Stefan DiMera, cleared the air on what happened that cause his sudden departures from both daytime drama series, which found his addiction to alcohol as the root cause.

Christopher expressed: “It crushed me, because I took for granted the one thing I love the most. It was devastating for a myriad of reasons. One, the thing that I love the most was taken away. Two, I threw it away. Nobody took it away from me. I dropped it, okay? Having to walk out those doors under that circumstance, was like, ‘Wow, this is for real, dude. This is for real.  My pride and ego were very quick to intervene. ‘Who can I blame for this?’ And when I looked in the mirror, there was only one person to point the finger at.”

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Throughout his conversation with his former GH co-star, Maurice Benard, Tyler revealed that he took his first drink at age 9 and how he flatlined and almost died three times – twice from alcohol poisoning and once from withdrawal.

During his withdrawal, Tyler took a terrible fall resulting in having an emergency craniotomy to save his life, and he was eventually put under a medical guardianship by doctors orders, where he ended up in Ohio for a time with his sister.  Sadly, he next told the story of how he became homeless when trying to restart his life in Los Angeles.

Like Benard, Tyler has suffered from bipolar disorder throughout his entire life.  Now, Tyler is writing a book on his life story in an effort, he shares, to help others with addiction and bipolar disorder.  Watch the full episode below.

Then let us know, what did you think of what Tyler shared on what has gone on in his life for the last several years? Do you hope that someday we might see him back on daytime? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Kay
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Kay

Tyler one day at a time one day at a time ! Prayers for you it’s a battle but you can beat it

Penny
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Penny

Yes!

PN
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PN

There is no question that he is an amazingly talented actor. And so many people come back from their rock bottom bigger and better than ever…I hope that happens to him. Sending good thoughts…

Dan
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Dan

Very fascinating interview. Maurice does an excellent job on these. Tyler looked and sounded good. I applaud him for trying to get his life back on track, and being open about his struggles. I lost a family member to alcoholism, so I know what a daily battle it is. He’s got the right mindset about it, now it’s about following through and holding himself accountable.

I know he’s probably a long way from this, but I would love to see him return to GH some day. No disrespect to Marcus Coloma, but Tyler will always be Nikolas Cassadine in my book.

Phil
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Phil

I wasn’t a fan of his Nikolas! I prefer the current one. I liked him better as Stefan on DAYS

Damien
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Damien

Yes
Prefer Tyler as Stefan on Days way more than the current Jake/ Stefan. I think he and Ava would ve been crazy hot!
Maybe B n b can break away from the repitive Brooke/ Ridge, Hope/ Steffy stuff and bring Tyler in as a love intrest for Katie! Such a shame Heather Tom is being wasted there

Beth
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Beth

Me too!!

Elaine
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Elaine

me too, Tyler Christopher will always be Nikolas Cassidine to me

camille728
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camille728

me too

Harry
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Harry

Tyler was THE Nikolas, darkly soulful and tormented. Marcus plays Nikolas like a goofy buffoon.

Nancy
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Nancy

I think Tyler was the best (and sexiest) Nicholas! I loved him and Emily). Plus the heat between him and Elizabeth! Whew! please come back , Tyler!!!

Margaret Hartfield
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Margaret Hartfield

So true. He has that look that says forbidden fruit so tempting.

Margaret Hartfield
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Margaret Hartfield

I said the same thing. He will always be Nicholas Cassadine to me too.

Michael
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Michael

As someone who deals with bipolar 2, this hits home. Thank you Tyler for sharing your truth with all of us. Hopefully it will help others. Peace man and like someone already said, one day at a time.

Carol
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Carol

I have always been a big Tyler fan. This interview was really riveting and I am truly sorry for his struggles. Prayers to him that he will beat this battle and continue to do the work that he loves.

Rodd
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Rodd

I wish him well and thank him for sharing his story so others may find encouragement.

Kelly Mccormick
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Kelly Mccormick

Total bravery and courage. From coming out of the darkness to now being so present in ur children’s lives everyday is unbelievably brave. Kudos to you and being a longtime GH fan im hoping to see you back soon in whatever project you choose. Looking forward to ur book.
❤️ Kelly

Carolyn Daley
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Carolyn Daley

I hope he get another chance , i loved him as Nicholas

aria
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aria

wow, I didn’t know about the bipolar but did about the alcoholism, to have to struggle w/ an addiction and a disorder is a tall order. I wish him the best, hope he’s going in the right direction one day at a time. Hope also he has the support he needs from family and friends.

Patrick
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Patrick

Alcoholism : isn’t it ALL about hereditary and genetic ? a predisposition, you are completely taken I was surrounded by this, during, my upbringing I am stating this, because i do not agree that it’s a learned behavior. You are addicted i can’t even begin to equate how bi-polar AND alcoholism ( do not mix, as in medicated And the effects that alcohol bring ) I am stating, that Mr. Tyler Christopher , has no mindset with his addiction. who should? Mr. Tyler Christopher, is a mega-watt STAR !!! how does this bode with his inner-demon KNOWING THIS … does… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

2 key items – 1. wish i hadn’t of used LOL. at the time i was thinking… dag! Fan gush and beam … okey dokey … my intent , for this Man , is wishing only the best

2. ^^^^ “… I am stating, that Mr. Tyler Christopher , HAD no mindset with his addiction. Who should? ” being flippant… this is not something he, alone, coulda woulda shoulda… and it cost him… and we the fans

Sir

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Patrick
You said it all, although I need my decoder ring from the Cereal box to understand most of your sentiments but with practice,I’am getting there. All the best to you and no Lols.

Vicki
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Vicki

I hope Brad Bell Jr thinks about adding this talented man into the mix. B and B needs one or two more good men that can act.

Dan
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Dan

I remember being so happy for Tyler when he won the Best Lead Actor Emmy in 2016. It was an unexpected surprise. I figured Tony Geary was going to win again that year for the flashback episode where he played Tim Spencer, and it was revealed that Luke killed his mother and father. But Tyler was a deserving winner, no question. It’s pretty amazing what you said about Geary, Maurice and Tyler being the only actors from GH to win for Lead Actor. To bring up a sore subject for me from 27 years ago, I still can’t believe Brad… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Brad Maule AND Ms. Jaklyn Zeman : Tony and Bobbie PERIOD !!! LOL oh the heart strings that unleash Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 Nominee Daytime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital (1963) 1995 Nominee Daytime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital (1963) Jaklyn Zeman (Bobbie) nominated the same years, in supporting. when we factor in, ALL those years ago… when there were upwards of a DOZEN PLUS SHOWS to ring up nominations ???? oh jeepers… it was like looking for diamonds… the competition unquestionably , just to be nominated ? when the… Read more »

Audine Kenney
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Audine Kenney

He’s an incredible talent. I give him all the credit in the world for facing his demons, seeking help and fighting his way back! I wish him all the best, he deserves it!!

Carrie
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Carrie

The sense of hope and relief in his voice when he described this new doctor he found. What a blessing. Everyone deserves a doctor who truly understands and who has compassion. Keeping Mr. Christopher in my prayers. I hope his book becomes a best seller and restores his livelihood. He deserves another chance.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Carrie
I thought the same thing when he was telling Maurice and thinking, please God, don’t let this Dr. just be taking advantage of Christopher’s wanting and needing help so badly. I am not usually so skeptical, but these days, who knows.

Margie Hickey
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Margie Hickey

Margie from Fredericton, new Brunswick, Canada I loved Tyler on general hospital ,and hope that someday he comes back .not the same without him . And I’m looking forward to reading his book . I’ve already read Maurice book ,excellent !

Robin J Methena
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Robin J Methena

I watched the entire interview with Tyler Christopher..I was so moved by it…It shows us all that nobody can know what is going on in another persons life…It took enormous strenght for Tyler to pick himself up and do the work to get past his demons…I will definitely read your book and hope to one day see you back on GH…Tyler, you helped me to open my mind to a family member that is in distress….Im so glad your friend found you on that bench…

Liz Palmer
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Liz Palmer

Hope to see Nicolas cassidine someday back on General Hospital miss him on GH

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Of course I’d like seeing him back on Days too, although Brandon Barash is doing a good job but to me there was only one Stefan.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I take back what I said above. I don’t wish that show on anyone. It sucks! It’s crazy and disgusting at times, it’s unrealistic and ., yet we’re still watching it, so who are the crazy ones?

Kathy
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Kathy

I hope that he rejoins the daytime soap General Hospital. He is soooo much better than the current Nicholas. We all have shortcomings and deserves a second chance.

Tosheba
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Tosheba

What the hell is going on what GH storyline I hate them why do this always happen to me why me GH writes why do you always have to destroy everything I love why me why do it always have to me all the time

Eleanor A Carson
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Eleanor A Carson

Tyler, we miss you soooooo much as Nicolas. Having been there, remember one day at a time! Let go and let God – He WILL get you through this and prayerfully back on GH.

Smith Sonja
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Smith Sonja

Miss you and hope you are succeeding in your recovery. I have 34 years of sobriety and how well I know❤️

Denice
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Denice

Wow! So moved by this segment! I’m proud of you both! Very inspiring. Thank you Tyler for sharing your story! Your life isn’t over… a new beginning! Go’s blessings to you!

Lenora Holt
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Lenora Holt

My heart goes out to you with what you are going through. You sre very strong and do hope you will come back to GH. Miss you.

Patty
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Patty

Godspeed Tyler

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Prayers to Tyler Christopher. I know he will triumph on his road to recovery. Blessings and special thanks to Maurice Bernard for his work with his podcast and helping and serving others.. First class actor world class humanitarian.

Debbie
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Debbie

So shocking to hear Tyler’s story. I thought he was the best actor on GH. I miss him so much! I always hoped he would be back. I wish you the very best!

Deb Y
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Deb Y

Definitely one of the sexiest men on TV! Kudos to getting your life together. You. Have it all and don’t know it. I hope you can beat this, and believe you can.

Ja
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Ja

I pray one day for him to make his rebuttal back with GH. That would be amazing comeback! I’m rooting for him. I can relate to a lot of his struggles. Go Tyler aka Nikolas!

Dona Lange
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Dona Lange

I really enjoyed watching you and sonny sorry it’s a habit with the names you played. I hope you some day can come back to general. Ohio isn’t bad I have been here all my life and I know I am older than you ha ha and I know It’s far from Hollywood. Lol but this is all I know. I really hope you come back some day Take care friend.

Mark W. Noonan
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Mark W. Noonan

Breaks my heart. Now I know why GH flat out refused to use Tyler Christopher.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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