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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
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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
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Elaine Alford

RIP Jay, my prayers are with his family & friends

Karen wallace
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Karen wallace

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

Moneca
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Moneca

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

Fact checker
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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
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randy

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

Patty
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Patty

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

Joe
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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
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Deborah

So sorry for your loss

mark
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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
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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
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Kathleen Frazer

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

Roberta
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Roberta

My condolences to your family.

Addison
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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
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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
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Penny Short

So for your loss.

Drake
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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
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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
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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
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Rhonda Haug

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

Caroleen Mewborn
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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
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mare tripp

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

salvatore
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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
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Andre

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

Bev
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Bev

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

Diana
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Diana

I don.t rember him

Stephen Delray
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Stephen Delray

God Bless Jay.
-SD, CHS class of ’85

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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GL & ATWT Alum Tom Pelphrey On His Role in ‘Mank’: “I Got To Say Rosebud On-Screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher Film. Pretty Cool.”

What we all knew first, everyone in Hollywood and all of America is becoming to realize;  that Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light, Mick, As the World Turns) is just a naturally-gifted actor able to tap into such deep emotional depths in every part he plays that make him a stand-out in every project he is in.

Now, this two-time Daytime Emmy winner, who is coming off a critically-acclaimed run in season 3 of Nerflix’s Ozark, can be seen in one of the talked about potential Oscar contenders, the film, Mank.

In the David Fincher film, Pelphrey plays Joseph Mankiewicz the brother to Gary Oldman’s Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz, and in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tom realizes the enormity of one of the key and most famous words in cinema history that he gets to say during Joseph’s reaction to Mank’s script for Citizen Kane … “rosebud”.

Pelphrey shared on the revelation that his line in the film is part of a huge historic fabric of cinema history: ““Oh my god. I didn’t even think about that. Wow. When you work on something like this, you really try to do your job to the best of your ability, and you really just focus on the task at hand.”

He added, Y”ou don’t really stop and consider the whole big thing- at least I didn’t. But you don’t want to get too swept up in that or get intimidated. You want to just come in, focus on your work and put your head down. And yeah, now is the time to sit back and say, ‘I got to say Rosebud on-screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher film.’ Pretty cool.

Mank, is now available in select theatres and streams beginning on December 4th on Netflic.

So, excited to see Tom in Mank? Comment below.  But first, check out this trailer from the film,

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Soap Vet and ‘Selling Sunset’ Star, Chrishell Stause Dating DWTS Pro Keo Motsepe

On Wednesday, former All My Children, Days of our Lives, Y&R, and current Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause had some intriguing personal news revealed.  She is now dating Dancing with the Stars pro, Keo Motsepe.

Stause, who also competed on this season’s ABC ballroom dance floor competition, was rumored to have been dating her actual pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, when Gleb’s marriage to his wife dissolved.  Chrishell shut down the rumor mill on social media and let it be known that she and Savchenko were nothing more than good friends.

But instead, it appears Chrishell is linked to another dancer from the show … enter Keo.   As DWTS viewers know, Motsepe was the pro partner of another former soap star, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marly, Another World) during the just completed season of the show,.

The couple made their relationship official on Instagram with Motsepe, posting a pic on his account of him giving Chrishell a kiss on the cheek. and another subsequent post on his Instagram story..  Meanwhile, Stause shared a workout of the two masked-up.

Stause was previously married to former soap star and current member of the cast of This Is Us, Justin Hartley.  The couple divorced in 2019.

So, what do you think about the news of Chrishell and Keo as a couple? Comment below.,

 

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