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Y&R's Christel Khalil On Contract Talks: "I thought I would be worth what I thought I was worth to them, but I guess I'm not!"

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The rumors spread fast and furious all week long that The Young and the Restless looked like it was recasting the role of Lily Winters played by Daytime Emmy winner Christel Khalil.  As information came to light it seems contract talks were again the culprit, so the number one soap put out a casting call for her replacement.

Khalil spoke to MSN.com and revealed, “I want to stay.  I heard a rumor someone said I was deciding to leave, but it’s not really working that way.  There’s something I want that they don’t want to give to me.  It hurts. I thought I would be worth what I thought I was worth to them, but I guess I’m not.  It would be very weird to see someone brand-new try to come in. It’s sad, because this is like my family. I’ve been here 10 years. I just wanted a few less restrictions, which I feel I deserve. It’s mainly about restrictions, and money. I guess they wanted all or nothing.”

MSN went on to say that Christel hopes things can work out in the final hours of negotiations, but confirmed it is not looking good.   So what do you think should be done here soapers? Work a deal with Khalil?  Or recast?  Let us know!

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Sherry Webster
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Sherry Webster

Good riddance! I’ve never been able to stand her anyway. How she won a Daytime Emmy is beyond me.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Totally agree! That Emmy…I was like WTF?

JAYMIE
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JAYMIE

You 2 obviously don’t have a clue on what she is all about. You should stick to story’s and people on what they do IF you did you would NOT be saying this about her. This is not funny!! Christel is a good person! And she should stay if she can work it out. NO one will be able to replace her,so I guess that is the case then I guess she will have to be killed off,Or whatever CUZ Cane will be okay with taking care of the twins he has alot of help. With Jill out of town(vacation)… Read more »

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

Keep her! This is not how you treat an actress who won your show its only Emmy this year.

Justin
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Justin

I say good goodbye and good luck! She is being a greedy prima donna. She is not a Star just because she has an Emmy. I expect to see it on Ebay real soon. I lost my last job after 8 years, because they moved it to another city. It took me 2 years to find another job. She should suck it up and take what they offer. She is not a star, just another actor. There are plenty of out of work actors who would love to take the job and many of them are probably much better than… Read more »

Kathy Guyer
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Kathy Guyer

I really like her and she is a very good actress. Dont get the hate to her really

Trisher
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Trisher

Young and The Restless should have paid attention to the last time they re-cast Lily (Christel Khalil) is a great actress she play and important role like Sharon & Nikki some actress re-cast just don’t work out it didn’t work the last time they re-cast Lily, stop trying to re-cast her & pay her a little more “Damnit”..when they re-cast Drewcilla that was a Big Flop, Neil role was never the same don’t make the same mistake.We like her keep her on the show…

Christine
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Christine

I wonder what the restrictions were that she wanted lifted. It makes me believe that JFP is going to run a tight ship.

I think something will be done with all the outs that Billy Miller and Jeff Branson, to name a few, currently enjoy. I think they probably want everyone who is employed at Y&R to not have outside projects that take them away for months, but this is just speculating on my part.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

The restrictions were do not bring back Victoria Rowell!! LOL!!

Adam
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Adam

Money money money, be grateful you have a job in daytime and go with it – wow!

Torrey
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Torrey

Sounds like that Emmy went to her head….Never really cared for her portrayal of the character anyway. The show will be just fine without her….as a matter of fact, they could lose the character all together, and I’d be fine.

randy
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randy

ratings are down, y and r need these actors like never before and im sure the big guys up front know this, but would never show it,,to all the actors in negotiations stick to your belief in what your value is ,you may be dropped for a bit but so will ratings ,soon thephone will be ringing and if not then maybe this isnt where you should be,,its about time the powers that be realize why we watch…

Noreen
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Noreen

She needs to go. Maybe now they’ll bring back Victoria rowell

Jules
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Jules

She probably wanted the option in her contract to explore other opportunities elsewhere and they said no. So (IMO), it was between freedom to choose or a steady paycheck, and the network (or whoever) got fed up and chose for her. Sorry to see a single mother out of a job but maybe she shouldn’t have tried to push for something that she wasn’t going to get (even if she felt entitled to it).

Chaz
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Chaz

Despite best efforts on Y&R’s part, I find Lily & Cane boring. Neither Christel Kahlil or Daniel Goddard are dynamic actors. Mystified by her Emmy win, frankly.

aria
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aria

well, they now have GH old boss jfp so i’m not surprise, she didn’t give Jonathan Jackson the break he wanted and less time so it was all or nothing, its like she doesn’t know how to compromise with the talent. its her way or no way.

Scott
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Scott

Christel is amazing as Lily and Sony/CBS cannot see that right now. She is needed as Lily!!!! Keep her! I know I’ll be writing e-mails, letters and tweets in support of Christel!

Blake
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Blake

Maybe now Victoria Rowell will be able to return as Drucilla. One less actor that was against her coming back is gone.

Charles
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Charles

Those previously written remarks by S.W. you are a small person!!!!!!oboviously jealous of her talent!!These actors, run circles around actors in motion picture roles, to treat the only actor in the ensemble who garned a Daytime Emmy is indeed misguided, and dare we say, a sign of things, to come. People you have short memories, look how the producers treated Eric Braden, MTS, and her husband was the executive producer. Such disrespect!!!! Should she leave the show, given how they are disrespectinv her, by doing a casting is outragious!!!!!!Shame!!! Shame on you!!! This is the new executive producer JFP….her handwriting… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

you are absolutely right! believe me this is just the tip of the iceberg to come from the nortorious jfp……..

toscanti
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toscanti

Recast!!!!!!

Kellys angel
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Kellys angel

She should give in and stay. Taking a pay cut is a small price to pay. Christel wins and Emmy. And now thinks she is Susan lucci. Even if she took a pay cut she would stil make more than most women working a nine to five. Its a sad reality for any actress working as a soap actress. Outside of the soap arena it is very hard to get steady work. Christel will go begging for her job back. Her character is forgetable. At most.

ethel
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ethel

no disrespect intended towards susan lucci BUT she played erica kane for 41 years on amc and only won one emmy & that was after 17 or so nominations & christel won her’s on her 4th nomination so why would she think she is susan lucci?

dionne
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dionne

I can’t decide if the character of Lily is boring or if its the way Christel portrays her, but I say recast and shake things up a bit.

Patrick
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Patrick

Jill might not be back.
Ashley is gone.
Noah is gone.
Lily is gone.

all very familiar faces… with Core families. it’s so much upheavel… it’s like spending all our time… thinking about behind the scenes… the writing… who’s coming and going…. Oye…

i’m sure, i missed someone.

MK
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MK

I never like her, I like the recast better she had lots of chemistry with Daniel. She was too pale to be Dru and Macolm’s daughter.

ethel
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ethel

“was too pale to be dru & malcom’s daughter” what her skin color have to do with anything??? what an asinine comment!

karen
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karen

I hope Christel lands a primetime gig with a major role, she will be missed, her character was loving and sweet and it’s a shame peope can’t relate to someone who has morals. People would rather watch sluts like sharon, phyllis, nikki, victor, nicholas and adam hop from one bed to the next. Doesn’t take much acting to do that!!!!! Christel you are a true talent, stay true to who you are and don’t change for anyone.

mike
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mike

Recast with someone with a pulse.

Rob
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Rob

This business is no different than any other when it comes down to money and benefits. She is VERY popular and why shouldnt she capitalize on it? Sony is making money hand over fist on this show, we watch for the cast and story. Without them Sony doesnt have a show. Ronn Moss was also right to leave, B&B makes billions worldwide, why should any of the main stars who have been with the show from day 1 be expected to take “significant” pay cuts? If B&B were the sinking ship that Guiding Light was Id agree that he should… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

“Sony is making money hand over fist on this show, we watch for the cast and story. Without them Sony doesnt have a show.” I don’t know about that, Rob. SPT is generally one of the divisions that makes a lot of profits, especially the home entertainment division (I know this from working there a few years ago. Those people get the best perks!), but news articles say that SPT is turning a profit because of their cable shows in syndication (like Justified, Rescue Me, Breaking Bad) and their shows internationally. They have a new Multi Screen Media deal with… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

The diva-in-training attitude will not fly in the soap world.

Christine
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Christine

Reading all the comments in favor of the recast makes me just wish that they could find a new Roxie and Tatiana Ali could play a new Lily. Ali is so beautiful and so sweet and definitely has a lot more in her than they are letting her do. Just a thought. 🙂

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This is a shame, as the young woman did win an Emmy which should be noted by the powers that be. And she has been a strong performer for the show. As for the Lily story, I would hate for the character to go. I think the Winters family needs shoring up and stabilizing and strengthening… Lily is center to that. What I do not like is the Lily-Cane pairing. It is not beautiful or romantic. Cane has been written from so many angles, I cannot embrace him as hero or anti-hero or villian. I think Y&R could benefit from… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I don’t get all the Lilly love. I feel like I’m watching a different show. I find her character (and the actress) totally boring and a waste of airtime. Other than being a Winters, I will not miss her one bit. I agree that a lot of characters are leaving the canvass, but they need to clear the dead wood. Lilly & Cane are dead wood to me. I do wish they would bring Drucilla back. I don’t care if some of her castmates don’t like her. Suck it up. We’ve all had to work with people we don’t care… Read more »

LJ
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LJ

Well you know, she can always go to one of the other 20 soaps on the air!!!!

faith
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faith

She was boring

Gl
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Gl

CBS should definitely find a way to work it out . I would love for Christel to stay. I want to see more dynamic story lines for Lily and Cane. Christel Khalil and Daniel Goddard are great together and I think they could really soar if given the opportunity with better writing for their characters.

SZima
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SZima

NO ONE is indispensible and the sooner these over-paid actors with over-inflated egos realize that, the better off they will be. The gravy train has been put out of commission and these actors will just have to learn to live on less like the rest of us.
We’ll probably never know what “restrictions” she’s trying to get out from under, but in this day and age, if it’s a job you love, you just suck it up and stay.

Christine
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Christine

When I heard she was talking contract again, I figure she is going to agree to whatever they offer. I agree with everything you said.

JAYMIE
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JAYMIE

“WORK A DEAL” Please!!!! I always look forward to seeing YOU. I love your acting and your since of humor – You just “ROCK” ! I don’t wanna see anyone in your place! –
~I really hope you DON’T leave!!!!! Christel ~
I don’t like Sofia- She needs to be recast.! She and Tucker should hook-up. They seam to be well connected.! I think we all think this SO why haven’t Sofia and Tucker done the bump n grind?

Christine
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Christine

I think the answer to your last question, which, by the way, kind of makes me sick imagining it, is because Tucker is kind of like a father figure to Sofia. 🙂

Dee
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Dee

They want to ditch Christel after she wins an Emmy. Foolish move Y&R. Changing of the guard, looks more like a dictatorship. TPTB has to work out a deal with CK, she is the only Lily Ashby!!

VALERIE SMITH
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VALERIE SMITH

By all means, she’s the best “Lilly” a keeper!!!

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As many are aware, Josh stars in many holiday films, so it’s a bit of send-up about a guy who is in Christmas movies starring in a movie about the making of one.

Warner Brothers posted tune-in info on their official Instagram a few days ago, sharing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… #AHollywoodChristmas premieres in SIX Days! Spend the #HolidaysWithHBOMax.”

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced that Emmy nominee and former 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer (ex-Kenneth), and Emmy nominee and music and social media sensation JoJo Siwa, will host the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards.

McBrayer will preside over the Children’s & Family main ceremony on Sunday, December 11 and Siwa will lead the Children’s & Family Creative Arts Emmy ceremony on Saturday, December 10.  Both events will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

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In addition, XOMG POP!, the all-girl pop group created by Jess and JoJo Siwa, will perform at during Creative Arts ceremony. Dancing with the Stars fans will also recall that JoJo Siwa along with pro dance partner, Jenna Johnson took 2nd place during season 30 of the ballroom dance competition series, becoming the first all-female team to compete.

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McBrayer is nominated this year for a Children’s & Family Emmy for Outstanding Host for his work on Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show. Siwa has two nominations – one for Outstanding Choreography for her Peacock show Siwas Dance Pop Revolution, and one for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Live Action Program.

In a statement, the actor shared: “I am thrilled to be hosting the first Emmys ceremony specifically created to recognize the important and influential Children’s & Family genre.  It is truly an honor to be celebrating all of the individuals whose wonderful contributions remind us that great television can entertain, educate and bring together people of all ages.”

Siwa added, “I am honored to be hosting the very first Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, and to be a nominee in both outstanding choreography and outstanding music direction and composition for a live action program. It’s sure to be a fun-filled evening with my girl group, XOMG POP! kicking off the night with what will be a great performance!”

Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS shared on the host announcements: “We’re thrilled to recognize the fastest-growing genre in television by launching the Children’s & Family Emmys with such cultural powerhouses as Jack McBrayer and JoJo Siwa. Their undeniable energy and enthusiasm perfectly capture the tone which will set this ceremony and competition apart for years to come.”

The Children’s & Family awards are the first standalone expansion of the Emmy Award competition since 1979 and marks the successful culmination of the first full year of the realignment between NATAS and the Television Academy.  With nearly 3,000 submissions, the competition is now the largest that NATAS oversees.

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According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

Two years later, Cara not only picked up two Grammy Awards for her performance, but also an Oscar for  co-writing, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from another 80’s pop culture smash, Flashdance.  At the Grammys in 1984, Irene won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Album of an Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.  She took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1983.

Cara’s rep added, that at the time of Irene’s death they were working on new projects: “Working on amazing projects that would have made her  and her fans incredibly happy. Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”

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