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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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Jimh
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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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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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Natalie Morales Set to Join ‘The Talk’ After Exiting NBC News

Looks like the The Talk table will now be set, as Natalie Morales will be added to the line-up of co-hosts for the CBS daytime afternoon series.

Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soap Veteran Michael Tylo Passes Away at 73

Michael Tylo, well-remembered for his roles on daytime soap operas, has died at the age of 73.  Tylo, was most-loved in his role as Quinton Chamberlain, in the Quint and Nola (Lisa Brown) romance on Guiding Light, as well for his time on The Bold and the Beautiful (Ex-Sherman), All My Children (Ex-Matt), The Young and the Restless (Ex-Rick/Blade), Another World (Ex-Lord Peter Belton), and General Hospital (Ex-Charlie).

Tylo’s death was announced by Nancy Uscher, Dean of College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Michael was a film professor.  Michael died on Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, following an illness.

In a statement on the UNLV website, Uscher said of her colleague: “Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special.  He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”

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As soap fans know, Michael was previously married to Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B) and they shared three children together: Izabelle and Katya, and tragically, their late son, Mickey, who drowned back in 2007.

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

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There has been no word yet on the actual cause of death of Michael’s death, while information about services for Michael are said to be forthcoming.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story.

Watch Michael with Lisa Brown in the wedding of Quint and Nola on Guiding Light below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Michael via the comment section.

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Lori Loughlin Returns To Acting; Set To Reprise ‘When Calls The Heart’ Role in GAC Family’s ‘When Hope Calls’

Former Fuller House, Edge of Night, and When Calls the Heart star, Lori Loughlin, has landed her first acting role since jail time and her part in the College Admissions Scandal; where she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, accepted into the University of Southern California.

While, Jade is now also in this season’s Dancing with the Stars, now comes word that Loughlin has gotten her first acting gig since all the legal trouble, and while still on probation following her two months in jail.

Look for Lori to reprise her beloved role of Abigail from When Calls the Heart on its season two spin-off on GAC Family, When Hope Calls.

According to Deadline: Loughlin will appear in the two-part Season 2 premiere titled When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, to air on Saturday, December, 18th.  Lori was last seen on TV as Abigail in Season 6 of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart before she was let go over her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

Last week, speculation began that Loughlin may be back working after a report surfaced from Mercury News  that she had been granted permission by a Boston federal judge to travel to Canada for about a week in late September-early October for “a filming production project.”

So, what do you think about Lori’s return to acting following serving jail time? Will you be watching her as Abigail on When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas? Comment below.

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