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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.

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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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Jimh
Jimh

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 all things medical-unbelievable!!!!

JayDogg
JayDogg

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
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 about trump everyday.Nbc will do the same thing in the fall of 2019.All of daytime will be the election of 2020.The networks know that the next election will be more fighting.The democrats like kamala harris,corey booker,elizabeth warren and eric holder need extensive coverage non stop to defeat trump.Also, trump will again be having rallies 3 times a week for a year.Both sides will be could for ratings.I’m sorry that this will occur.However,we always will have you tube to watch old episodes.I knew 35 years ago that the young and the restless would be the only show to survive in the future.It was the only show that had a completely different look and style.Nbc and abc would not copy Y&R.They ruined all the shows by not doing what the best soap did.Incidently,bold and beautiful will be picked up by a foreign country.However,the cast members will have to decide if they want to travel and live in either ITALY OR MONACO.

Celia
Celia

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

Michael
Michael

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

Rodd
Rodd

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

Jeremy
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 that’s a other story).

fginaspy
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
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
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
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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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

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Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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NATAS Launches New Streaming Service App As Destination To Watch Daytime Emmys and More

Looks like the place to view the Daytime Emmy ceremonies continue to change, and now evolve with the times, with news on Wednesday from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

While the annual kudofest used to be on major network television, the last several years have found the Emmys not having a broadcast outlet and having to be creative.  As fans of the daytime community know, most recently that show has been able to seen on You Tube, Twitter, and the like, via social media.

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Now comes word that NATAS has launched its very own streaming service app to be the epicenter for all of its award shows.  According to Variety: “The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.”

With the introduction of the new OTT app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp shared that viewers will know where to go instead of  how it went down in the recent previous years.“We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way. But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”

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NATAS is reportedly building out the OTT app  be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.   The new app is said to be free, at least for now, and without commercials.

One more important note is that Sharp says to be on the lookout for more content to enhance the Emmy and award show experiences delivered from NATAS that will include: past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives,.

In addition to that, looks like there will be some original short form content as well; including its first one “Behind the Emmy” that will combine backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.

So, what do you think about the upcoming launch of NATAS’ new app and the place to watch this year’s Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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Freddie Smith Reveals That He and Chandler Massey Will Be Exiting DAYS

In a shocking and special videotaped message and posting on Wednesday from DAYS Daytime Emmy-winner, Freddie Smith (Sonny); the actor shared that he, along with his longtime on-screen scene partner, Chandler Massey (Will), have been reportedly released from their contracts at Days of our Lives.

Freddie relates that the two are currently wrapping up their final episodes, as of now, with the long-running NBC daytime drama series, which was just officially renewed for another season by NBC.

According to Smith, what he posted with the video said:  “I know it’s a bit shocking, but it’s true. Will and Sonny’s last episode is projected to air September ”

Remember, DAYS tapes months ahead of air.  Smith says he will not divulge how Sonny and Will leave the canvas.  He also says that Massey will join him for a special podcast tomorrow to discuss the situation further.

Within the video, Smith shares his thoughts on being part of the power couple of WilSon that has meant so much to so many fans of the series and the LGBTQ community.  He adds on the upcoming departures: “It was not our choice.  We were looking forward to staying on and keeping the story going.”

In a tweet today, Chandler Massey added: “Wish it weren’t coming to an end, but I will be forever grateful to everyone who went on this journey with us.” While Smith shared: “I will miss Salem so much!! Thank you all for the incredible love and support throughout the years. I really feel we told a love story that will live on forever.”

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Watch the video below where Freddie talks about his exit at DAYS and his thoughts on it.

Now let us know, what do you think about Freddie and Chandler exiting Days of our Lives? Share your sentiments in the comment section.

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