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Y&R Alum Matthew Atkinson is B&B’s New Thomas Forrester

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A familiar face to the CBS Daytime family has been cast as the new Thomas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.  The on-screen son of Ridge and Taylor last played by Pierson Fodé, will make his way back to the screen in the form of Matthew Atkinson (Ex-Austin, The Young and the Restless).

According to Soap Opera Digest, Atkinson will make his debut on BOLD on the March 14th episode.

What viewers last knew of Thomas was that he was living in New York with Caroline and their son.

On Y&R, Atkinson played the role of Austin Travers a cameraman and photographer who kidnapped Avery, shot Paul Williams and was romantically involved with Summer Newman.

So, what do you think of Matthew as the new Thomas Forrester? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Damien
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Damien

Was hoping josh would find a way to bring him back from the dead on y n r!
Oh well. Y n r s loss is b n bs gain.
Cant wait to watch him

Bart
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Bart

The character has been LONG GONE from “Y & R” – it was an ill-conceived character at best…

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

They do manage to keep the same look of the character whenever they recast him.

Hal
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Hal

This particular one looks younger, similar, but younger.

Toscanti
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Toscanti

He’s a good actor, I’m not sold on his taking over the role of Thomas Forrester. Pierson Fodé will be a tough act to follow. I’ll keep an open mind.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Yes, will be a tough act to follow for Pierson was my favorite Thomas…

Emily
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Emily

Awesome. I loved Pierson so much and was worried I would be disappointed on the newbie. I’m very excited. Loved Matthew on YR. Congrats to him! Can’t wait to see him and the next Thomas storyline. Bored with the whole stolen baby one lol 🙂

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Bad choice. Bad, bad choice. I was not sold on him as Austin, and I doubt I’ll be sold on him as Thomas. Am hoping TPTB push Brad Bell out of his positions, and get someone in there who can properly work a 30-minute soap opera. Hollyoaks is the prime example of how to properly run a 30-minute soap opera without running into a continuous spin of love triangles, etc.

Hal
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Hal

Brad Bell seems intent on keeping that old played out Ridge-Brooke-Taylor triangle with Liam, Hope, and Steffy, good lord, the man needs to put that thing to rest for once and for all and move to something different, and not dead babies different either! The same old tired triangle storyline and the endless recaps are getting to be too much! They will literally open a scene with the characters recapping what the viewers just saw in the previous scene, like they’re airing it for Alzheimer’s patients! Needs fresh content!

BakerMom
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BakerMom

Agreed. Acting is one note.

Bells
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Bells

Seconded. Terrible, self conscious, squinty.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Well this was a surprise! But a very welcomed one. Matthew was great on Y&R, even if his character wasn’t. He certainly has the look to play Thomas, and the acting chops. I just hope they have an actual story planned for Thomas, and don’t do what they did to Ingo Rademacher. B&B needs to refocus on it’s core characters and trim the fat of ones like Reese, Florence and Zoe. Rick & Thorne should both be in front-and-center story instead of recurring status, and they should bring back Felicia and Bridget.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I am sure they will be using Thomas to break up Sally and Wyatt. I hope Sally tells him where to shove it, after the way he left her to go to NY to be with his ex twit, whom we are putting up with now on Days. I liked this guy though, and felt sorry for him, to have to put up with with Summer.

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

Interesting selection to say the least.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

He’s got the right look. Just hope they give him a real story to play.

Momo
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Momo

Yes, and not join Thorne in the basement.

Momo
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Momo

I liked him on Y&R. I wonder what Thomas will be up to now.

stevie g
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stevie g

My favorite Thomas was Drew Tyler Bell. I wish they would bring him back. Although I approve of this new choice of actor, hopefully B&B will give Matthew a better role than Y&R did. It’s just amazing that he is now the fourth actor to play an adult Thomas. I think the only other B&B character to have four portrayers is Thorne, but that was over a much longer period of time.

paul_mcpane
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paul_mcpane

I was hoping for new blood not a new relative. I want a man for Steffy and not so many babie s. They need not looking young m en, someone else besides boring Liam and Wyatt.

Hal
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Hal

Yes! Drew Tyler Bell was the most authentic

stevie g
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stevie g

For sure Hal.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

For any veteran ATWT viewers………..

I’ve always thought Atkinson bears a strong resemblance to Ed Fry, the actor who played ATWT’s Larry McDermont (one of Susan Stewart’s ex-husbands and the father of Allison Stewart). Fry easily could play this guy’s dad.

Lucine DerHagopian
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Lucine DerHagopian

Do not like the new Thomas Forrester

Chris
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Chris

This guy is awful!! Bring Pierson back please!! Otherwise I’m fast forwarding whenever he’s on scteen. Did not think he acted well on young and restless!

Stephen
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Stephen

He is horrible and the whole storyline is even worse. That is not how Thomas acts. Definitely feels like a forced storyline that was not developed very well.

Maggie
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Maggie

Agreed. He’s awful.

Renee Wright
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Renee Wright

Agreed

Donna Searcy
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Donna Searcy

NO! NO! NO!!!! Not this guy as NEW THOMAS FORRESTER.

Kimberly Jacobson
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Kimberly Jacobson

Absolutely the worst recast as Thomas Forrestor. He was ok in Y & R’s Austin roll, but this is simply painful to watch. He has no depth of character, no chemistry with anyone. Sorry, I hate to say negative things but it is hard to watch him with anyone. Nice looking fella but not even close to as good as the last actor.

Lynn Lundy
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Lynn Lundy

I hate the new Thomas.lousy actor whimpy looking guy.

ALI
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ALI

GOOD CHOICE OF CHARACTER. HE HAS THE NASTY PIGGY LITTLE EYES TO MATCH THE NASTY PIGGY LITTLE CHARACTER HE IS PLAYING

Rhonda
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Rhonda

He is so creepy

Vivienne Triscott
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Vivienne Triscott

I don’t think he is right for the roll I love the B&B

Vivienne Triscott
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Vivienne Triscott

When is Hope going to find out about her Baby it has gone on to long . I never miss looking at the B&B my favourite TVShow.

C White
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C White

Not a fan…
does nothing for the role at all…. helping me to hate Thomas though.

RHONDA DORNBUSCH
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RHONDA DORNBUSCH

I don’t like him!

Bells
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Bells

Horrible actor! Being dark haired and good looking is not enough, you have to be able to act for heaven’s sake. Casting decisions in recent years have been seriously questionable, it’s a shame and BATB is becoming a parody of a soap.

Tired
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Tired

The new Thomas is AWFUL! He sucked on YnR and is worse on TBTB. This storyline is so BAD. I fast forward through all of Thomas n Hope’s scene now. About to scrape watching at all! Time for new material.

Angry in N.Y.
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Angry in N.Y.

Every time he comes on the screen I think about giving up watching the show. This whole baby thing is getting ridiculous too. How long is this going to be dragged out, until the baby is grown?? I don’t believe that Ridge gives a carp about Hope’s happiness, he just wants her out of the way for his daughter Steffy. Loosing all respect for him too.

Larry J Graves
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Larry J Graves

He doesn’t fit the part. Just to creepy.

Susan
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Susan

I agree! Creepy! So sick of looking at him without his shirt! Such a strange replacement. Hope they write him off or replace him.

Renee Wright
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Renee Wright

Matthew Atkinson is ruining B&B for me and alot if others. The story line is just offensive. I cant watch it now and did watch since the beginning.

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Krista Allen is The Bold and the Beautiful’s New Taylor Hayes

In a shocking casting move, former Days of our Lives star, Krista Allen (Ex-Billie Reed from 1996-1999) has replaced long time B&B favorite, Hunter Tylo in the role of Dr. Taylor Hayes.

According to EW.com, Allen will take over the role of beginning on December 10th. Tylo, had previously played the role of Taylor for over three decades on the CBS daytime drama series.

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The report also notes that The Bold and the Beautiful did reach out to Hunter about reprising her signature role but was unsuccessful.

For fans of the show, Taylor has been absent for many key story points since 2019 including: her son Thomas’ brain surgery and the recent marriage of her daughter, Steffy’s marriage to Finn, plus the birth of her grandson and more.

In a tweet following the casting news being announced, Allen shared on her Twitter account: “This is gonna be a fun one! Very excited to step into this iconic role and be back on Daytime after 25 years! … Omg T-W-E-N-T-Y F-I-V-E years?”

Krista will start taping at B&B’s CBS Television City soundstage this Thursday, October 28th, and will share her first scenes with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge). Will there be trouble ahead in his marriage of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge with NuTaylor back in the picture?

Allen was recently seen on the TV series 9-1-1, and numerous primetime and film appearances.

So, what do you think of Krista Allen becoming the recast Dr. Taylor Hayes? Comment below.

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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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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