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Y&R Expanding The Abbott Family! Casting New Contract Role of Andrew Abbott!

Who knew there was a never-before-heard of cousin of Genoa City’s Abbott Clan, named Andrew?  Well, according to Soap Opera Digest The Young and the Restless is expanding the Abbott clan with this contract role, which means another new character will hit the CBS soap soon, probably initially much to the chagrin of Y&R fans, who have begging the show to focus on the veteran characters.

On the bright side, the Abbott’s get an extended family member!  The casting notice that went out says the following: “The show is actively searching for ‘a strong leading man” in his “mid to late 30s’ to play the contract role of the ‘handsome and educated’ Andrew.  The character is also described as ‘very driven and ambitious.”

So what actor familiar to daytime or primetime television audiences, do you think would be a good fit as Andrew Abbott? What do you think about the series bringing in another new character?  OK with it?  Will it shake things up? Or, not needed? Who do you think Andrew Abbott would be romantically involved with on the canvas?  Weigh-in below in the comment section!

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Claire
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Claire

I certainly won’t be surprised if Brandon Barash (Johnny, GH) shows up in this role. If a former GH actor shows up on the show, I wouldn’t mind it being Jason Cook (Matt). I think he is a strong actor who could shine in scenes with Billy and Jack. Other soap actors not from GH that could be considered– Kyle Lowder, Jay Kenneth Johnson, Brandon Beemer, and my least favorite of the group- JP Lavoisier. Of course they could go brand new. I know it is frustrating to see new characters when older ones are not seen as much or… Read more »

Hope Martin
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Hope Martin

That would be so great! I love that guy! I vote yes!!! :O)

su0000
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su0000

well,
I hope this Andrew Abbott will liven up Y&R, as it is now it puts me to sleep zzzzz!

hey! would he be Nikki and Jacks son lol ..

Winnie
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Winnie

Oh would Victor Newman ever LOVE another Abbott around, especially it being Nikki’s Son !!! LOL

Andre
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Andre

Ever since Jill Farren Phelps took over as Exec Producer, I’ve pretty much stopped watching because i too, started nodding off…lol!

Harry
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Harry

How bout that dude who hooked up with Gigi from One Life to Live? God, I cannot remember his name but he wasn’t in the relaunch,

Harry
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Harry

I was thinking of Rex Balsam but now I am not so sure. Can they please re cast Kyle? The dude that is playing him now reminds me of The Jolly Green Giant and he looks weird next to the petite Summer. I fully expect to see him wearing green leotards, green cap when kneeling down to Summer just to say,”Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Green Giant.” He freaks me out, man. I mean, really.

Claire
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Claire

Are you talking about Rex?

Mo
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Mo

John-Paul?

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Yes! SCORE! That lavosier (spelling) actor. he played Rex on OLTL. Perfect. Good suggestion.

I wonder why Y&R just does not bring Keemo home to Genoa City. This is Jack’s son from a Vietnam liaison. Luan, mother, died. Half-sister Mai is not a factor but… Keemo would be in his 40s now. He is already an established Abbott. And he is of an age to do some toe-to-toe with the other male power brokers on the scene.

The thought of Jack discovering another longlost child seems so stale. Keemo, Kyle, supposedly Hope. Really?

k/kay
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k/kay

They will not reopen the storyline of Keemo that was halted in 1996 by Bill Bell. Yes Peter Bergman did not like the storyline not because of the actors but because he felt it was totally out of character for Jack Abbott he had always been a spoiled rich playboy now we find out he served in Vietnam for 2 yrs. and fathered a child. Finally Bell agreed and dropped the storyline but hey his daughter and Paul got a location shoot out of it in search for Keemo. lol

bc
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bc

That’s really disappointing k/kay if what you’re saying is correct abt peter bregman not liking the storyline. Other day sudsers and y&r have had had the most ridiculous and outlandish storylines abt evil twins and plastic surgery and amnesia and other stupid arcs like step sons sleeping w/ their step mothers. Yet it’s completely unrealistic and out of character for a never before mentioned abbott son to be Vitenamese american? Practically every past storyline is out of character on y&r and b&b and other day sudsers. But a storyline abt a Vietnamese american is unbelievable and out of character? Yet… Read more »

bc
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bc

If he’s a never heard of abbot then he could be an adopted racial minority. He could be portrayed by an African american actor. An asian american actor qwould be good too becday soaps need more racial diversity and the only way for racial minority actors to be weaved to the fabric of a show is to have them be adopted chars who are part of core families that are white. It’s the only way. This unheard of abbott should not be cast w/ a white actor. y&r should have keemo abbott return bec they really need Asian american chars… Read more »

jimh(leave to beaver)
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jimh(leave to beaver)

I would love to see an Asian actor in the part!

cynthia
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cynthia

would if be sufficient to say I can not stand jill farren phelps daytime needs to run her ass out!

Johnny
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Johnny

JFP has done nothing offensive as EP of this show. The problem has been Josh Griffith’s writing…or lack thereof. But that will be remedied soon.

PatF
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PatF

What the hell? Are you joking?

k/kay
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k/kay

Johnny are you on JFP’s payroll? Just kidding! Fellow soap fans please remember today is 9/11 and keep those who lost loved ones in your thoughts.

heidi
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heidi

Brandon Barash, JP Lavossier, Kyle Lowder, and many others would be great!

Johnny
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Johnny

Maybe there are too many issues between Prospect Park and ABC but I think JP would make an awesome Dylan Quartermaine on Gh. It could soften and humanize Tracy and he could be thrown into the mix in any number of stories…He is he perfect age that he could mesh well with the AJ/Liz/Nikolas/Brittany group or with the Maxie/Spinelli/Ellie/Sabrina group. He is a gifted performer who has chemistry everyone.

jimh(leave to beaver)
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jimh(leave to beaver)

Id like JP to play Dylan…he could be paired with Sabrina once Robin returns…i pictured them together and believe theyd have wonderful chemistry! You should work in gh casting Johnny!

Lew S
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Lew S

This is so frustrating! The answer is not another new character, when you have longtime cast members with nothing to do! The description sounds like a young Jack Abbott. Out of curiosity, what does everyone think about the Kyle recast?

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Blake Hood’s portrayal was more playful– NuKyle is so brooding–but NuKyle does seem older and more mature than Blake’s Kyle. And when for the split second I thought Summer was going be Jack’s– NuKyle looks more like Summer’s brother than Noah, so I thought that was what they were going for. But now that is not the case, I am not sure why the recast was necessary in the first place. So I don’t hate NuKyle, but I’m thrill by him either, so if they ever wanted to recast again, i wouldn’t cry over it.

Vic Bell
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Vic Bell

I almost stopped watching the show Blake was good!,still have no idea why they recast so much.This new kyle doesnt impress me or anyone I know who watches the show!

H Parson
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H Parson

I can’t stand the actor that’s playing Kyle now.
IMO .. there’s nothing “Abbott” about him & nothing “Diane” either.

Vicsze
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Vicsze

It’s a shame that they are looking for someone who is in his 30’s because Jack Wagner would make a fabulous Abbott man.

Johnny
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Johnny

Peter Bergman and Wagner are very similar in acting styles and even have a believable family resemblance. It’ll never happen…lol….but it would work if it did.

Vicsze
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Vicsze

They would be good together.

jimh(leave to beaver)
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jimh(leave to beaver)

They would make an awesome pair…id even watch more!

Johnny
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Johnny

This show is already top heavy with males in that age range…Adam, Nick, Dylan, Cain, Kevin, Tyler, etc. However all of them are deadly dull. Not to mention that according to the storylineNicholas has to be over 50. Now if Dylan is nikki’s son he has to be at least 55…which means Nikki has to logically be in her 70’s. And If Cain could have successfully passed as Philip then he has to be pushing 50 as well. Wow…did Maria Arena Bell ever do damage here! It is best if some stories are just NEVER mentioned again.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

All this mess is due to SORASing, which is why most fans hate it.

Bart
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Bart

I agree with you 100%, Mary SF – Maria Arena Bell did some irreversable damage to “Y & R” with her SORAS’ing of characters to the point that the ages and timelines have been screwed up royally!!! For exanple – Kyle was a tween (about 12-13) when his mother Diane Jenkins was killed off in that horribly written storyline and he was sent away. Once that dumb plotline was “resolved”, Kyle came back to GC as a college graduate – WTF?? All I know is that the ratings are much stronger these days without MAB at the helm and I… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

I know, this age thing is crazy. I mean how old must Jill be? Victor? Look at Phyllis being Daniel’s mother! Daniel is definitely early 30’s, right? It is funny.

Vicsze
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Vicsze

I agree. The kids age decades overnight & the Adults seem to be frozen in some sort of chryogenic chamber as they age slowly, halt ageing or go backwards & seem to be looking 40 when they are meant to be 50.

Michael
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Michael

I think that this is a possible recast of the role of Billy Abbott. My thinking is that Y&R threw in some “red herrings” to throw us all off the track of the real casting, which in this case and in my opinion, could actually be for Billy Abbott, not a new Abbott. JFP wouldn’t be that stupid…………oh wait, yes she would! Oy!

k/kay
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k/kay

I was thinking of a recast too for Billy Miller I think his contract is up again. Jeanne Coopers death and Michelle Stafford’s leaving has left two big salaries she can fill with boy toys who can’t act so it could be another Abbott man. The new Kyle is a FOJ so he is not going anywhere.

H Parson
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H Parson

A recast for Billy Miller … hmmm.

If I’m not mistaken .. Nelson Branco had a blind item a while back that suggested Y&R would be losing one of it’s fan faves.

Mo
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Mo

Don’t need another character.

Was reading recent SOD last night–article on Victoria Rowell, and I wouldnt mind her returning. Would certainly liven things up! Which is what the show needs. At least now with the Connor paternity reveal, things are getting interesting.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree about the Connor thing. I mean Dylan might be dull but no man could have been that stupid, it was painful to watch. I am glad they finally reveal the truth because it was silly that she lied about it in the first place.

k/kay
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k/kay

Mo I think VR has been put on Sony’s radar if you read the article she supposedly was up for a role on DOOL then they dropped her. VR has not learned that if you want to stay in this business you can’t go out and make statements against the big boys. Her constant badgering about race has gotten old she is the Al Sharpton of daytime. Complete turnoff!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

As a long time viewer of many soaps it is always disheartening when writers feel the need to “invent” new family members, when there are so many family members all ready created that are no longer on canvas or ever mentioned. However as Claire pointed out, if the writers do only make money on characters they created it could explain this annoying trend. And I do get — there is only so much you can do with one character over the span of twenty plus years that it is necessary at times to bring in a new one. And kudos… Read more »

Dottie Wegner
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Dottie Wegner

I hope that Y & R keeps “Murphy” in the story line … we older folks need characters in our age bracket too!

H Parson
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H Parson

So do I, Dottie.

Even if he only shows up a couple of times a year (Christmas being one of those times) it would be great to see him.

Claire
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Claire

I was thinking it would be great for them to keep him around, but I was also thinking today when he was left the summer house in Katherine’s will that he’ll be moving there. 🙁

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It is doubtful– they hardly used the character when Katherine was alive and they were married, now that she is deceased it is unlikely. He must have signed some kind of pre-nup to only inherit a summer house, but it seems like his days are number on the show. I know it is called the Young and the Restless, but Jeanne’s portrayal showed older folks can be young at heart and Murphy could have been kept and been a great addition to the cast, but given JFP is in charge and don’t see that happening.

PatF
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PatF

We really don’t need another new character at all…even if it is an “Abbott”. How about bringing back EXISTING Abbotts?

And no offense to anyone, but we also don’t want anymore ABC actors on the show. How about an unknown? That’s my preference.

Johnny
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Johnny

Who is this “we” you are speaking for? Lol. Some of the best talent on this show is from ABC originally…the actors who play Chloe, Chelsea, Jack, Billy, Dylan, and others. If YOU do not like ABC actors (which is a strange and irrationally sweeping generalization ) then say YOU don’t….but please don’t presume to speak for all viewers. A good actor is a good actor period.

Matt
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Matt

Bravo!

PatF
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PatF

So let me start again.

A LOT of longtime YR viewers don’t want the show turned further in GH 2.0.

A LOT of us don’t want more FOJ to inhabit our show. Dylan has not been welcomed by a lot of the fans. Perfect example. Thanks.

She should look for talent elsewhere.

bstanley
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bstanley

I would like to make a suggestion. Why not let Jill Farren Phelps leave Y&R and create a brand new Soap and hire all the former General Hospital cast she wants. We do not need Young and Restless to turn into another GH, One life to live, or All My Children. The Young and Restless has always been a classic, stand alone soap based on family, rich powerful business moguls, romance, drama, humor, cliff hangers, and the most beautiful, talented cast on daytime t.v. We do not need any more young, good looking men. Just continue to write good story… Read more »

Debbi
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Debbi

I agree with you about JFP. She needs to go now! I have been watching or DVRing this show since 1986 and it was good before JFP came in and trashed it with her boy toys and blase story lines. omg, and the storyline with Sharon is absolutely ridiculous! just say she is off her meds or that she has a tumor making her the way she is that can be removed but the story is ridiculous!!! I also thought they would have a growing attraction betw Summer and Noah since they are not really sibs anymore forcing Sharon to… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

“Handsome, driven and sexy” as opposed to all of the ugly, lazy and repulsive men on soaps. Why don’t they tell the truth– they’re looking for a guy who looks good with his shirt off, no acting experience necessary?

ricardo
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ricardo

i want dina abbott jacks mom to come back. i want marla adams back as dina. if she is not available . recast her with marj dusay ex alex gl. she would be really good. she is a wonderful actress.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

I’m a Capiyol fan too. Either of the two grande dames you memtioned would be wonderful to watch again.

Jared
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Jared

New characters help drive soaps and keep them fresh and updated. BUT you gotta do it right. Y&R hasn’t been able to properly introduce any interesting new characters since perhaps Kevin Fisher. Legacy characters have been brought on and destroyed or killed off: Colleen, Chance, Ronan, Heather, Chloe, Abby, Kyle, Noah, you name it! Summer is somewhat interesting, but isn’t it jarring to anyone that Cassie has been dead for 8 years, but Summer is 18? Plus all of these new faces with only contrived ties to the canvas have me snoozing! Face it, fellow classic Y&R lovers, this show… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Oh Jared– you took the words right out of my heart. Unfortunately the powers that be don’t seem to be able to put two and two together and realized what made this show great in the first place. It would be wonderful if they could find a creative team that didn’t just have experience in soaps, but actually were a fan of the soap they were writing for A team that understands how much time and love fans have invested in a show– and write for us, instead of for ratings. If they wrote respecting the viewer we will reward… Read more »

PatF
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PatF

Agreed. But look at what Phelps did when she took over…she got rid of about 6-7 characters (yes some needed to go) and currently we have about 10 new or recast characters currently clogging the show.

She doesn’t know what she’s doing with the beloved YR.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

JFP has no clue what she’s doing, and I hate that she’s being kept at the helm of a show she knows nothing about. Those 6 actors who got fired were Genie Francis, Tristan Rogers, Stephen Nichols, Marcy Rylan, Debbi Morgan and Jennifer Landon. I liked each and every one of these characters (except Harmony Hamilton), and the each had story potential. Instead of giving Heather a real, meaty storyline, with a new and VERY talented actress who can deliver great performances, they fired her after only five months. Instead of exploring another Tucker story, he was let go. Genie… Read more »

JustSaying
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JustSaying

Why not expand the family of Hope Adams (Newman)? Why not have a long-lost cousin? It would make sense for Adam to have more family on his side rather than the Newmans.

Afterall, Nikki is possibly getting a long lost son. This is ridiculous.

kq
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kq

Not surprised by the reaction. Anyway, whomever it is I hope he’s not paired with that silly and ridiculous sharon or that annoying chelsea.

Shely
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Shely

I’m watching for 2 story lines; the play of Katherine’s will (namely what happens to Jill), and the story of Nikki’s baby. I’m happy to see some of the old, vulnerable Nikki return; not the boring country club snob she’s been for many years. I always did love the chemistry between Nikki and Paul. Yes, I’m old enough to remember Nikki’s days with the cult. I can’t imagine how another Abbott would fit unless John had an affair after the births of the other 3 (possibly to get back at Dina for her affair that resulted in Ashley?) I don’t… Read more »

Carmen
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Carmen

Not trying to spoil things, but because of my line of work requies me to investigate things. So I am guessing, Andrew Abbott is Nikki Newson’s son who she had when she was at the commune. Am I right? Who knows…I can’t wait to see how his role plays out. I love me some Y&R !!!!!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Yes, there are already too many newbies on the show, but at least “Andrew” is part of the Abbott clan, so there is at least a tie to a core family. I hope that someone like Jason Cook (ex-Matt, GH) or Jon-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Rex, OLTL) gets the part. They can both act, and I think they’d have great scenes with Peter Bergman and Billy Miller.

kurt
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kurt

I hope hes gay . Where are the gay people on this soap ? These new people running this show sbould be fired. Its soooooo boring.

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OLTL Favorite Susan Batten to Guest-Star on General Hospital

A very familiar face to the town of Llanview and the beloved One Life to Live, will be appearing on your screens this week on General Hospital.

Susan Batten (Ex-Luna Moody, OLTL) will make a few guest appearances in scenes with Sasha played by Sofia Mattsson.

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, Batten will play the role of home shopping-star Flora Gardens!

Batten former boss, Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) called Susan and said about the role: , “Okay, there’s this character named Flora Gardens.”  To which Susan responded, “Does she have teeth?”   After the two shared a laugh, Susan said “yes’ to the role.

OLTL fans will remember Luna’s torrid relationship with Max Holden (James DePaiva).

The actress/writer/producer reported that she was a ‘still very nervous’ acting on soap again (she last appeared on One Life in 2012), but said once she got into the rhythm of the shooting and delivering the lines it was all good.

So, looking forward to seeing Susan on GH? Comment below. But first, take a moment to stroll down memory lane in this clip from OLTL, when Max proposes to Luna.

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Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Some of the hottest news on Daytime Emmy night was the reveal that 23-time Daytime Emmy nominee, and 3-time Emmy-winner, Peter Bergman is staying put at The Young and the Restless for quite some time to come, in fact, at least five more years.

Bergman, who plays Genoa City staple, Jack Abbott, has inked a new five-year deal to stay with the CBS daytime drama series, which is a significant contract in the world of soaps.  The usual contact for actors is somewhere between one and four years, with thirteen-week or twenty-six-week cycle, if the show were to not pick up an actors option.

While Y&R has been renewed thus far through the 2024 TV season, it would seem this move to ensure Bergman is sticking around as the show moves past its 50th year on the air, is a vote of confidence by Sony Pictures Television and CBS that the top-rated daytime drama will live on.

Deadline first reported the contract news.  Peter joined Y&R back in 1989, after first successful soap foray on All My Children as Dr, Cliff Warner.

So, what do you think about Peter signing on for five more years at Y&R? Comment below.

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