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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

Days Of Our Lives

Alison Sweeney Reveals She Is Making A Return To DAYS In 2020

Looks like Sami Brady will be back in action on NBC’s Days of our Lives later in the New Year, according to Alison Sweeney, Sami’s portrayer.

During a visit on Friday to the set of Hallmark Channel’s morning talker Home & Family, to promote her upcoming holiday film for the network entitled, Time For You To Come Home For Christmas, Sweeney chatted it up with hosts Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos.

During her segment, Alison revealed “Sami is back, causing some trouble.”  But she was quick to note that it will be awhile before she is seen on-air clarifying “My scenes are not going to air until next Summer, next August.”

Sweeney promised the viewers and DAYS fans that there was great stuff coming up with her visit.  And if Sweeney’s last few returns are any indication, whatever is cooking in and out of Salem that may bring her back on to the canvas, we know it will be juicy, because when Sami is around the pot gets stirred!

So, excited to hear Alison will be back on your DAYS screens in 2020? Comment below.

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Paging Dr. Griffin Munro! Matt Cohen Makes A Return Visit To GH

Looks like a medical crisis will bring Matt Cohen (Griffin Munro) back to General Hospital today on Friday’s episode and next week on upcoming episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

In addition, we wonder if Cohen might appear in scenes with Maura West, who’s Ava Jerome is checked into Shadybrook trying to deal with her emotional state, which unbeknownst to her is being caused by Nikolas Cassadine (Marcus Coloma).

As GH fans know, Cohen first came on to the GH scene back in 2016, but departed the series earlier in 2019.

Meanwhile, Matt has landed a gig on Entertainment Tonight as one of their correspondents and anchors while continuing to do directing, and acting projects.

What will bring Griffin back to Port Charles? Happy to see Matt again on GH? Comment below.

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WATCH: Steve Burton & Bradford Anderson Take On Grammy-Nominated Hit ‘Old Town Road’ With A GH Twist

Leave it to the comedy of Stone Cold and the Jackal AKA Steve Burton (Jason, GH) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) to come up with a hilarious send-up of one of the top music hits of 2019 in a viral video spoof!

In this just released video, Steve and Bradford do their twist on the hit by Lil NAS X and Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road. That track by NAS X and Cyrus has been nominated for several awards in the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Needless to say, the video spoof contains many General Hospital references and some that include All My Children icon, Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane)

Check out the viral video below.

Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section. We couldn’t stop laughing!

Make sure to check out more on the Stone Cold and Jackal podcasts and appearances here.

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