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Y&R Stars Share Remembrances & Grief Over the Death of Jerry Douglas

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Tuesday evening, the soap world learned of the passing of The Young and the Restless’ Jerry Douglas, who played John Abbott for more than 30 years on the CBS daytime drama series.

Douglas died following a brief illness at the age of 88, and just shortly before what would have been, on Friday, his 89th birthday.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 37-years Kym Douglas, sons Jod and Hunter, and daughter Ava, and his two grandchildren.

Several of Jerry’s longtime co-stars, castmates and former colleagues have taken to social media to share their condolences, grief and remembrances of their time with Douglas, who was as the patriarch of Genoa City’s Abbott family.

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We will continue to update this post, throughout the day as more tributes pour in.

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Here is a just a sampling of Y&R actors past and present who showed their love and fondness for Jerry below:

Eileen Davidson shared: “One of a kind. I owe him so much and I will love him forever.”

Jess Walton expressed: “Rest in peace my dear TV husband Jerry Douglas. Thank you for the laughter all those years. Much much love to you and your beautiful family Kim and Hunter and everyone

Beth Maitland said: “No words. #family #lovemydad #gratefulforeachmoment @youngandrestlesscbs @kymdouglas @jerrydouglas46″

Brenda Epperson shared: “I am so sad to hear of the death of my tv dad. I played Ashley for 8 years & Jerry welcomed me with open arms! I loved & adored him and his wife  @kymdouglas #rip you’ll be missed.”

Kate Linder tweeted: “I had the pleasure of working with #jerrydouglas for #manyyears @youngandrestlesscbs #yr my heart and thoughts are with Kym, Hunter, and the entire Douglas family. Jerry will be #sorelymissed #rip

Jordi Vilasuso tweeted: “RIP Legend”

Daniel Goddard shared: “RIP the great and wonderfully charming Jerry Douglas. You were pure class. Condolences & prayers to your family and loved one.”

Bryton James expressed: “All my love to the family of Mr. Douglas.”

Michelle Stafford shared: “Sending my love and prayers to his beautiful family @kymdouglas Jerry is missed.”

Doug Davidson tweeted: “God bless you, Jerry. Deepest condolences and prayers to Kym and Hunter. I believe that we will have more laughs to come. Rest In Peace.”

Tracey E. Bregman shared: “I’m so glad we had this time together. I am heartbroken at the loss of my friend who was like family to me. @jerrydouglas46 My thoughts, prayers and love are with your beautiful wife and my dear friend @kymdouglas and your amazing children @hunterdouglasss Avra and Jod. ❤️”

Lauralee Bell posted: “Sending my love and deepest condolences to Kym, Hunter, Avra, Jod and the whole family! We all loved Jerry so much! I was lucky enough to know Jerry since I was young. At times he felt like a father figure (maybe because we all wanted John Abbott as our father) and sometimes he’d remind me of my dad, but more often with all the events we’ve had, filled with laughs, he was the kindest man and the sweetest friend and I will miss him so much! Again, feel so fortunate for the group lunch date a few weeks ago. Thank you to Eileen, Peter and Kym for making that special memory possible! ❤️ Rest In Peace Jerry and Happy Birthday! You will be very missed! Love you Kym!#jerrydouglas ❤️”

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Such a lovely man, wonderful actor and classic star! My condolences to his family, cast mates and friends. The soap world has lost another legend.

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What incredible memories these folks must have of Jerry Douglas and the legendary John Abbott. A true gentleman and wonderful, warm actor. The WORST MOVE EVER was killing him off. Unforgivable. I hope we get some classy vintage episodes to wallow in.

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Such a classy guy. Rest in Peace

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‘Dr. Oz Show’ Taken Off the Air in NY and PA Due to Senate Run; Daphne Oz ‘The Good Dish’ to Fill Time Slot

In light of his announcement that he will be running as a republican senate candidate in the state of Pennsylvania, Dr Oz’s daytime talk and medical show, The Dr. Oz Show, is being taken off the air in key markets in New York and Pennsylvania, according to the Fox Station Group.

According to Deadline’s sources, Fox TV Stations proceeded with pulling the Sony Pictures TV-distributed syndicated series because of the prospect of being forced to give other political candidates running in Pennsylvania equal time, expressing that it “would be a nightmare for us, there was no way we were going to be able to do that.”

In its place, look for Dr. Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, to be the fill-in with her show.

Starting on January 18th, Daphne’s The Good Dish, will take over the time slot during the duration of her father’s political campaign.  This potentially could go all the way through November of 2022, if Oz remains in the race through election day.

Last fall, Fox TV Stations renewed The Dr. Oz Show for two more years which gave it life through 2023.

So, do you think more stations will go bye-bye and have The Dr. Oz show pulled? What do you think of daughter Daphne’s series as the fill-in? Comment below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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Dr. Oz Set to Announce Candidacy For Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Seat; Will Likely Take Break from Talk Show

(UPDATED) There is a new celebrity who has entered the political arena.  This time it’s Daytime Emmy-winning talk show host, Dr. Mehmet Oz.

According to TMZ overnight, Dr. Oz will announce his intentions to run for the republican U. S. Senate seat in Pennyslvania.

Oz will run for republican Pat Toomey’s seat.  Toomey is set to retire.

Sources tell TMZ that Oz has already made a multi-million dollar media buy in the state for his political run, and that he make the official announcement on Tuesday night on Fox News Channel’s Hannity,

The report also shares that Dr, Oz already has a  full campaign staff former National Republican Senatorial Committee head, Chris Hansen.

As to the future of the Dr. Oz show, it would appear that Oz would likely take a step back from the show over the next few months, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Since this posting, late Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Mehmet Oz made his announcement that he is indeed running for the republican senate seat in Pennsylvania. Watch the video below, then share your thoughts in the Comment section.

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