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Y&R's Eileen Davidson dishes on Ashley's plight, her new book & a former co-star!

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The Young and the Restless, Eileen Davidson (Ashley) chatted with TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco about her latest novel, the third in a series featuring Eileen’s fictional heroine, Alexis Peterson.  This time the book, Diva Las Vegas, kicks off when Alexis shows up at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween Party and murderous mayhem ensures, and while Davidson reveals more about her book,  she also discusses: Ashley’s burgeoning romance with Tucker, the fizzled romance with Neil, the Ashley/Adam bizarro relationship and gaslighting, and her thoughts on Victoria Rowell’s recent tweets.   Here are a few excerpts of this compelling interview!

Davidson on Rowell backstage claims: “As for all her [grievances against Y&R] on Twitter, I heard that [Rowell claimed that] our [former] hairdresser, Nancy Morrison, never did anyone except the black actresses on our show — Nancy did my hair! She was terrific and I loved her. Nancy was extremely talented. Clothes being passed down? That happens to all of us because the wardrobe people go out to buy clothes for a specific actor — they’d buy for Melody [Thomas Scott], Vicki — but if the clothes didn’t fit, they’d bring it to the next actress to see if it might look good on them. Many times Mel’s clothes have ended up on Michelle Stafford or me. That’s just part of the drill. Some of these things I’ve heard aren’t exactly true. We all got hand-me-downs. And Nancy just didn’t do African-American hair. And this is from my perspective and my experience. Even though she has some valid points, I think it’s all gotten lost [in translation].”

Davidson on being gaslight by Adam in last summer’s shocking storyline: “Can I tell you what I think about that? I think the character really suffered after she stole Victor’s sperm from Diane. Well, she really just took it, she didn’t really steal it, but that was always lost in translation. After that, the viewers lost a lot of respect for Ashley. People wanted Ashley to pay for it. My opinion? Although last summer’s gaslighting storyline was used to propel a lot of other stories, it was also about making Ashley pay. Now we can close that entire chapter because Ashley paid. It was Ashley’s redemption.”

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I can only comment on what MF on air on soaps excerpted since I refuse to read the interview in its entirety. It’s interesting to get Davidson’s differing perspective on the Rowell situation. However, Davidson only elaborated on the aspects that she disagrees w/ Rowell abt. Davidson says that Rowell has “valid points” but she doesn’t enumerate what these valid points are exactly? So Davidson appears very one sided. And she can’t say she’s not elaborating on the pts she agrees w/ bec she’s employed at Y&R. How many times have Strasser, Zimmer, Moss, Braeden, Slezak, etc complained abt their soaps while still being on them?

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Davidson’s wardrobe comment is illogical. If wardrobe does not fit MTS, then how could it be passed down to Davidson or Stafford? They don’t seem to have the same proportions at all. If wardrobe was too loose on MTS, then all the more would it be very loose fitting on Davidson and Stafford. More importantly, if actors really are getting hand me downs, then that is a very inefficient manner of running the wardrobe dept. Most of the Y&R actors have been there long enough for the wardrobe dept to know their measurements. It shouldn’t be difficult. Also, what’s the basis of choosing w/c actors they specifically shop for clothes? Nevertheless, this seems like a very unsophisticated way of running Y&R’s wardrobe dept. There has to be a more efficient manner for them to dress their actors. It’s interesting though how Braeden, KSJ and I think Morrow have talked abt Rowell in a flattering light, while Khalil, Davidson and most especially Bergman have not. Soapnet interviewed Y&R’s cast years ago, including Bergman, Davidson, Chapman, Diamont, Rowell and I think Douglas. Cast members were being called on stage 1 by 1. When Rowell joined them, you could tell there was tension. When Rowell began talking abt the portrayals of black characters on Y&R and the audience of Y&R, some of the cast members present were not comfortable w/ what she was saying based on their body language.

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It is true that characters get hand me downs sometimes.Van
Hansis of ATWT was talking about when one of the cast members left he inherited his wardrobe..Just letting you know it happens!

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Hansis and Rowell can’t really be compared. She’s a soap vet that’s been in Daytime since the 80s and has kept returning to Y&R. He was on ATWT for a few years. Her contributions outweight his.

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Really? Dont you think you are reading just a little too much into this?
The interview is not about Victoria Rowell, Its about Eileen Davidson.

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Wardrobe pieces are passed around and reused constantly on soaps. There are usually tailors to alter the appearance and fit so it’s not so obvious.
BTW- VR had an amazing wardrobe, the best I’ve ever seen on Y&R. Where did those items go?

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Linsey Godfrey Addresses Caroline’s Death On B&B; While Matthew Atkinson Makes His Debut As Thomas

If you caught the end of last week’s episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, you know it was a crushing moment for the Spencer and Forrester families, when news traveled that Caroline had died, thus bringing back to the canvas, Thomas Forrester and his young son with Caroline, Douglas.  This storypoint served as the impetus for the debut of Matthew Atkinson in the role of Thomas last played by Pierson Fodé.

In story, Bill (Don Diamont) learned from his sister, Karen that Caroline died of a blood clot, although no more specific details were given, or asked about in regard to her passing.  When Thomas arrived at the Forrester mansion with his young son in tow, friends and family where there for him in his time of need.

Meanwhile, current Days of our Lives star Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton), who played Caroline from 2012-2017 and appeared also in 2018 in the role, addressed Caroline’s death via her Instagram and social media accounts with this statement: “Hi Everyone, So I just got back from Caroline’s funeral..it was beautiful. It appears it’s time to say goodbye to our Caroline Spencer. I just want to first say a huge thank you to Brad Bell (executive producer/head writer) and the entire Bold and the Beautiful family. I truly adored every aspect of the wacky, feisty, sassy Caroline. I loved my time at Bold! Don’y be sad, even though she is gone, I promise Brad and the writers have some awesome drama up their sleeves for you! Thank you for all your support and love over the years! Don’t worry I hear Caroline has a brunette doppelgänger over in Salem, might be worth investigating.”

Check out a couple of clips below from B&B featuring Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope (Annika Noelle) learning the news of Caroline’s death and Matthew Atkinson’s debut as Thomas.

Then let us know, do you think B&B should have killed-off Caroline? What do you think of Matt Atkinson in the role of Thomas on first impression? And finally, what did you think of Linsey Godfrey’s statement on her former soap alter’s death? Comment below.

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Kassie DePaiva Talks Eve’s Machinations & Eric Martsolf and Victoria Konefal Take You Behind The Scenes On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

Oh what a twisted web Eve Donovan weaves on current episodes of Days of our Lives.  Seems like Eve is in cahoots with Claire to have Haley arrested and deported all to help Jack advance in the Salem mayoral race and…  her quest to become Salem’s first lady?

On the latest all-new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, daytime favorite, Kassie DePaiva (Eve) talks with host Michael Fairman all about Eve and what she is up to, hiding, and how she is scheming to ruin the life of Jennifer Horton, and keep Jack under her thumb.  In addition ,DePaiva shares what it has been like to be reunited with her former One Life to Live co-star, Robin Strasser since both have been taping at DAYS recently.

Later, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman behind the scenes where the guys visit the hair and make-up department and get the lowdown on how the actors are turned into the characters they play, and the fast and furious life of a soap star, who has to get camera ready before they hit the set.

Finally, Michael speaks with Victoria Konefal (Ciaria) on how she “Becomes Ciara Brady” as we visit her dressing room and find out just how she gets that Ciara-look that turns the head of Ben Weston every time she walks in to a room.

Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming at NBC.com, the NBC app, and on the network’s You Tube channel.  The latest episode will be available for download on iTunes and major pod platforms beginning on Monday, March 18th.

So what did you think of our chats with Kassie, Eric, and Victoria? Comment below.

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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Are Among Dozens Charged In Alleged College Admissions Scandal For Their Kids

On Tuesday, two women very familiar to soap audiences, actresses Felicity Huffman (Ex-Lynette, Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (Ex-Jodie, Edge of Night) are among dozens of wealthy parents, elite college coaches and college prep executives accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious colleges, according to a massive federal indictment that has been handed down.

According to prosecutors, the scheme was in two parts: either parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers.  Then, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual abilities.  The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes.

CNN is reporting: “As of now, 50 people were charged in the criminal investigation that went by the name ‘Operation Varsity Blues.”‘ Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents, according to Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts.

The parents were alleged to be from a “catalog of wealth and privilege,” including actors, CEOs, a fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.  “This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud. There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy,” stated Lelling.

As to Huffman and Loughlin’s parts in the scandal: Felicity has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  She was arrested without incident at her home.   Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to William Rick Singer’s fake charity the Key Worldwide Foundation to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says.   Another cooperating witness told authorities he purportedly traveled from Tampa to a West Hollywood Test Center to administer Huffman’s daughter’s exam.  She received a 1420 on her test, which was 400 points higher than a PSAT taken a year earlier without the same administrator, the complaint states.

Loughlin, best known to TV audiences as Becky on Full House, and now its reboot, Fuller House. is facing the same felony charge: conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

According to documents, the duo allegedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, even though they did not participate in crew, the complaint said.   The complaint includes emails between Singer and Giannulli in which the two discussed a “game plan” for his older daughter, whose academic qualifications were at or below the “low-end” of USC’s admission standards.  Singer facilitated bribes to Donna Heinel, the senior associate athletic director at USC, who then got the students in to USC as recruited athletes, according to the complaint.

Giannulli was arrested without incident, and the FBI served a warrant for Loughlin, but she was not home at the time. She is on a flight to Los Angeles where she is expected to surrender at the Central District Court later this afternoon.

So, what do you think about this shocker involving Huffman and Loughlin, and the corruption via the those of privilege, wealth, and status? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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