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Y&R Alum Jay Bontatibus Passes Away After Lengthy Battle With Cancer At 52

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Sad news to report this evening in the soap world. Soap Opera Digest divulged that former Y&R actor Jay Bontatibus passed away on February 12 in Los Angeles after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Bontatibus is best known for his portrayal of Tony Visacardi on the CBS sudser, a role he played from 1998-2000.  In story, Tony fell in love with Megan Dennison (Ashley Jones) and was eventually was run over killed by her sister, Trisha Dennison (Sabryn Genet).

Later in his daytime career, Jay had recurring roles on General Hospital and Port Charles  (ex-Andy, 2002-03) and was last seen on the soaps back in 2008 on Days of our Lives in the role of Rob.

Bontatibus was married to current Days of our Lives casting director and former Y&R casting director,Marnie Saitta from 2002 to 2005. Family and friends have supported Jay through his difficult and heartbreaking ordeal and have thanked the fans for their support.

Send your well-wishes and condolences to Jay’s family, and your remembrances of his soap opera career, in the comment section below.

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Wendy
Wendy

How very sad to read this news. Cancer can be so unexpected in a younger person and always family and friends are hopeful for a healthy outcome for their loved one. I’m certain he felt very loved during his illness by those who knew him well and his fans near and far. God Bless his soul. Condolences to his family and friends.

Elaine Alford
Elaine Alford

RIP Jay, my prayers are with his family & friends

Karen wallace
Karen wallace

Jay was great on the Y&R and will be greatly missed.

Moneca
Moneca

So sorry for their loss. Sending prayers for God’s healing Grace on them.

Fact checker
Fact checker

May he rest in peace. But he was Tony Viscardi #2. And he played the role from 1999-2000. Nick Scotti was Tony Viscardi #1.

randy
randy

very sad,,, to young to leave this world,,
i remember his storyline very well…r,i,p.

Patty
Patty

Rip and he was a wonderful actor. Prayers to the family
Way to young!!

Joe
Joe

I only knew him on GH and Port Charles. I always enjoyed his portrayal of Andy. So sorry to hear about his passing. Far too young. RIP.

Deborah
Deborah

So sorry for your loss

mark
mark

Jay was a wonderful man and a complete professional as well. He was terrific on General Hospital & Port Charles, and I am lucky enough to have gotten to know him personally as well.

Mackenzie Grey
Mackenzie Grey

I still remember him on Y&R. Awesome. Loved him and Megan together. Hated when Trisha set it up to kill him. Sad about his battle with cancer; but his acting is remembered by a lot of appreciative people 🙂

Kathleen Frazer
Kathleen Frazer

So sad! Such a talented actor! Prayers for r his family.

Roberta
Roberta

My condolences to your family.

Addison
Addison

This is so damn sad. He was a handsome and talented actor and some kind of inherent sweetness came through his performance.
He’s left this world way too young.

Ricardo
Ricardo

So sad, what a loss to the Daytime Community. Jay was a wonderful actor and I loved him on Y&R. May he RIP.

Penny Short
Penny Short

So for your loss.

Drake
Drake

How sad. I remember him form Y&R. He had that indefinable quality that lit up the screen. So very handsome and talented. Condolences to his family and loved ones.

Rena Hall
Rena Hall

So Sad…RIP Jay Bontatibus:( Gone Way too young. Prayers for his family and friends & for all the Y&R Cast who worked so closely with him. Y&R Fan here since the 80’s.

Elle
Elle

I remember when Jay took over the role of Tony on Y&R and immediately liked him. I was so sad when his character met his tragic end on the show. I was happy to see him on GH as Andy Cappelli and hoped that character would stick around longer than he did.

Jay was a beautiful talent and I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. My condolences and prayers to his family and friends. May he now be at peace.

Rhonda Haug
Rhonda Haug

Such sad news ! My thoughts are with Jay and his family.

Caroleen Mewborn
Caroleen Mewborn

Praying for the family. It breaks my heart hearing this news. I watched Jay on The Young and the Restless. Also praying for friends and people that worked with him on the soap operas.

mare tripp
mare tripp

Thank you for bringing your talent and love to so many in this world. YOU WILL BE MISSED GREATLY.. RIP.

salvatore
salvatore

what a wonderful and talented man I never missed anything he did on tv I will miss him . my prayers go out to his family . rip my friend!!

Andre
Andre

My condolences to Jay’s loved ones and his Y&R family. A great talent gone way too soon.

Bev
Bev

Wow so sad he was a great actor he will be missed Rest in peace…

Diana
Diana

I don.t rember him

Stephen Delray
Stephen Delray

God Bless Jay.
-SD, CHS class of ’85

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Katelyn MacMullen Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary On GH; Now, What Will Happen When Willow Finds Out The Truth About Wiley?

Since Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) first appeared on the General Hospital canvas as the school teacher who needed to let Charlotte’s (Scarlett Fernandez) parents (Valentin, Nina and Lulu) know of her bullying tactic sat school, the character has become quite intertwined to others in Port Charles.

We eventually learned that Willow shared a dark past with the late Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), and even had his child, but never told him about it.  Later, Willow seem to get the attention of two young gentlemen; Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard).

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As of now, Chase and Willow look to be quite the happy couple.  But, what will happen when Willow learns the devastating truth- that the little boy she gave up -that is being raised by Brad (Parry Shen) and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) isn’t really hers.  In fact, her son died when Brad took Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) baby to replace the baby that died.

In a post on her Instagram, Katelyn MacMullen shared that it’s hard to believe a year has past since her debut on the ABC soap opera expressing gratitude: “It’s been a year since I’ve joined this incredible cast! I love this show so much, and every single person involved. I’m so grateful 🖤 It’s been a pretty crazy ride for Willow so far, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it 🌚 Thank you @generalhospitalabc !! 🙏 #GH #oneyearanniversary”

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Now the questions become:  What will happen when Willow learns the truth about Wiley? Will it draw her and the child’s real bio-dad, Michael C. closer? Share your theories on what’s to come and congratulate Katelyn for one-year in Port Charles.

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Chloe Lanier’s New Short Film ‘The Reveal’ Releases First Trailer

As previously reported, Chloe Lanier, the actress who plays naughty Nelle Benson on ABC’s General Hospital, has been busy at work on a special project. And while Nelle is upset having just been denied parole on the ABC soap opera, (something tells us nothing will stop her from getting out of the slammer), Lanier on the other hand has been very excited about her new short film, The Reveal.

The Reveal in which Lanier stars, co-wrote, and co-directed along with her boyfriend, Kevan McClellan also has some very familiar faces along for the ride from Port Charles and Genoa City. That’s because Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Josh Swickard (Chase, GH) are also part of the film.

The action takes place at a gender reveal party for a baby, and according to the loglines of the short: “Zoe and James are a young couple attending their new-age friends gender reveal party. As they attempt to find their place amongst the eclectic group of party guests and friends, unsung wishes and hidden resentments begin to surface within their relationship.”

Watch the trailer from Lanier below.

Then, let us know if you are intrigued to see the short film when its out via the comment section below.

The Reveal-Trailer from Chloe Lanier on Vimeo.

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Five-time Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, and former Nashville star, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, Ex-Avery) has released a new music video for the new single “The Days Are Evil” along with his band Enation.

The music video features shots of Jackson in a very dark incarnation, and the track will also appear on Jackson + Enation’s upcoming album due out later this fall, Ultraviolet Empire.

Jonathan says of the new album: “Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record. It’s a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take -just letting the band play.  It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral.”

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album  Anthems for the Apocalypse and their successful 2018 tour in Europe opening for Echo & The Bunnymen,

Check out the music video featuring Jonathan released this week below.

Then, let us know, should Lucky return to Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball with his band and play a tune off the new album next spring? Will Jonathan come home to GH for a guest appearance? Will you be checking out the new music from him in the coming months? Comment below.

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