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Vinessa Antoine Reveals She And General Hospital Have Parted Ways; After Landing Primetime Series Lead

After the fantastic bit of casting news for actress Vinessa Antoine  (Jordan Ashford) over the weekend, today, via her social media accounts, Vinessa has addressed her future with General Hospital.

As viewers know, Vinessa has been cast as the drama series lead in the new CBC production of Diggstown, and it is groundbreaking making her the first black actress to star in a series on the legendary Canadian broadcasting network,   Originally it was presumed that Antoine would go recurring on GH, while she was away filming, but that is not the case as she revealed in her heartfelt message today.  She and GH have mutually parted ways.

Vinessa’s statement: “There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at General Hospital.  You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford.

I believe that I have taken her as far as I can.  To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her.

With that, we decided to mutually part ways.  It’s time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I’m grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you’ll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo”

An ABC rep told Soap Opera Digest that the role of Jordan is being recast.

So what do you think of Vinessa leaving GH for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below and let’s wish her much success!

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Wish her the best but i never cared much about the character that never grew on me…i do not like the way they written the commish and her involvement in every crime scene…also tired of how anyone can just walk into the jail…and how patients can walk into any doctors office and can be seen in the snap of a finger…and that you can see any doctor who seems to specialize in everything medical…it may be a soap but they still need some reality in their stories…just like Days…Kayla is the Chief Of Staff and the Go To Doctor for… Read more »

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Well that casting that went out for a “new” black female character in her 30’s was clearly for a recast of her role..I wish her the best of luck 🙂

Edmund
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Edmund

Why are all these actors and actresses quitting on every soap?I think everyone better be prepared for cancellation of 3 soaps next year.I do not see good news out of all these resignations.The fall of 2019 will leave us with one soap.The young and the restless will continue on cbs for years to come.Last year cbs gave only a 2 year renewal for the talk,the game shows and bold and beautiful.Cbs wants to put all news on all day long in the fall of 2019.This will cost nothing.Remember this fall abc replaces the chew with good afternoon america,which will be… Read more »

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Celia

Gee, Edmund….you cheered me right up!!

Michael
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Michael

I wish her well in this new endeavor, but I wasn’t a fan of the Jordan character.

Rodd
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Rodd

Sad to see her go. Hope she does well in other projects. All the best, Vinessa!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

A true class act. I knew from day 1 when Vinessa Antoine debuted on GH, I felt she’d go far. Fantastic actress and I wish her the best for her Canadian show, super amazing! She did her thing on GH, and I hope they have a loving send-off with her and TJ, especially. I loved her portrayal. I hope GH will send her off better than they did with Dominic. Vinessa is moving onward and upward, I’m so pleased with her. And, appreciative of her acting chops – will miss her scenes mostly with TJ. (which were so sporadic, and… Read more »

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fginaspy

I wish VA nothing but the best. She is a true talent. She will be missed from the canvas. I look forward to seeing her in future projects.

Linda
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Linda

she is such a good actress I hate to see her go but realize she feels the need to move on and wish her well.

Christine Kaufman
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Christine Kaufman

Hey Vinessa!! I met you a few times and i felt very comfortable with you. Im so happy of your new journey and i will stand proud along with you.

Satan
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Satan

Well, I guess that clears up the question of what role GH was casting a couple weeks back. The character description sounded like Jordan, though a lot of people suspected it might be this mystery woman Aunt Stella keeps calling on the phone.

Guess we know now.

Best of luck to Vinessa in the future, as she’s apparently making a bit of Canadian history with this role. Unfortunately, we don’t get CBC here in Hell, so I’ll probably not have the opportunity to see her new show. She will be missed around Port Charles.

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Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Days of our Lives Shuts Down Production For Two Weeks Due to Positive COVID-19 Test

NBC’s Days of our Lives is the next production to put a halt in their taping schedule due to a positive coronavirus test result.  This one from member of the production team as reported by Deadline.

The long-running soap will now shut down production for two weeks   According to Deadline, “The cast, crew and staff of the daytime drama were just notified of the temporary shutdown in an email from Corday Productions.”

Taping is slated to resume October 26.  The pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s  original episodes on NBC will not be disrupted.

The individual who received a positive result as part of the production’s Covid-19 protocols has been placed in isolation.   As well, Preliminary contact tracing has been completed, with the people identified as close contacts to the affected individual placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, Corday productions will have a deep cleaning and disinfecting process for their production facilities, before any taping is to resume.

So, what do you think about the halt in production at DAYS due to a Covid-19?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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FRIDAY: Knots Landing Cast Reunion On Tap From ‘Stars in the House’

Seaview circle comes alive again to benefit the Actor’s Fund when the highly successful virtual reunion series “Stars in the House” hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley welcomes cast members from Knots Landing!

Participating in the livestream virtual event will be: Donna Mills (Abby), Joan Van Ark (Val), Michele Lee (Karen), Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Knots Landing’s creator, David Jacobs.

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This is also the first time the leading stars of the legacy primetime CBS soap opera that ran from 1979-1993 will make an appearance together since the passing of their beloved cast member, Kevin Dobson (Mack).

 

This event as well as all others brought to you by Stars in the House is to support those impacted by COVID-19 in the entertainment industry and as Donna Mills expressed: “The Actors Fund helps people in all branches of the entertainment industry during this very difficult time.”

The Knots Landing live reunion is scheduled for Friday October 8th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST and you can watch it here.

So, will you be checking out the KL special?  Let us know in the comment section below, but first, if you have not done so already, check out Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with Michele, Joan and Doona from earlier this year when we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic show.

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