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Y&R’s Joshua Morrow Chats On Phick’s Future, His Co-Stars & Nick’s Penchant For His Exes

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Viewers of The Young and the Restless knew it was just a matter of time before Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) truly circled back into each other’s orbit and hit the sheets again … they’re seemingly favorite thing to do together, that, and video games!

It’s been several years since Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow had worked together romantically in a storyline, and created the on-screen magic that fans on social media dubbed as the duo known as “Phick”. But now that Nick and Phyllis have the ‘hots’ for one another again, is that all there is to their relationship? Or this time, maybe this time, the two might make a go of it and find the deeper connection that they came close to having previously, but failed miserably at? This week on Y&R, may mark a turning point in their relationship, but which way might it turn?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Joshua Morrow who day in and day out is one of daytime dramas MVP’s. Always delivering solid performances, and always championing the show he is a part of, and the actors who are part of the team.

Morrow weighed-in on: if he thinks Nick and Phyllis stand a fighting chance at an enduring love, and what it has been like working with one of his favorite all-time scene partners in Michelle Stafford. Plus, we take a look at Nick’s complicated history in the love department which seems to keep circling back to three main women: Sharon (Sharon Case), Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and the aforementioned Phyllis. And if that wasn’t enough, there is his ongoing feud with half-brother Adam (Mark Grossman) and other key Genoa City denizens that keep Nick on his toes. Here’s what Joshua shared.

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Michelle Stafford comes back to Y&R, and finally, we’re getting back around to the Phick hotness and relationship with your recent screen-scenes together. Did you know the show was going to finally revisit this?

JOSHUA:  I wasn’t sure.  I don’t really go in and want to know future story.  I just kind of want to play it as it comes, but I think the writing was kind of on the wall especially when Michelle Stafford came back.  I just love the energy that these two people have around each other, and with each other.  Listen, Nick’s love life is a game of musical chairs.  The music is playing right now for Nick and Phyllis.  I don’t have any prediction on how long it will last, but Stafford and I are going to play the hell out of it while we can.

Is there any pressure coming back to Phick years later?  Like, “I hope this will still be as great and fun and sexy as it was before?”

JOSHUA:  Zero pressure, and it just simply comes from my unbelievable confidence in her and me playing it as fun and light and sexy as we usually do.  You know, writers put stuff on paper, but ultimately, it’s up to two people having the charisma and chemistry to be able to pull it off.  Michelle and I have always had fun with each other, and I think that’s the underlying quality usually: it’s fun and sexy, and Nick and Phyllis usually have a lot of fun and a lot of sex.  It’s been great.  I love Michelle.  I love her brain.  I love the unpredictability of it all, and she’s a home-run hitter, every time.

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Right now, where is Nick at in his head with it? Does he want his relationship with Phyllis to go further than fun and sex … and be all-in emotionally?

JOSHUA:  Well, listen, he’s crazy about her.  I think ultimately, what he wants is for the two of them, like a couple of grown-ups, to decide where this is heading.  They’ve been playing games with each other just based on their previous back and forth, and I just think Nick’s like, “Listen, it either is or it isn’t.  We’ve got to decide if we are either doing this … or we’re just going to keep playing these games,”  I think there’s a part of Nick that’s okay with that if that’s what she wants, but they’ve just kind of been ignoring this kind of conversation.  Nick just wants to know what they’re dealing with here.  He kind of puts her back against a wall and is like, “Hey!  Where are we going with this?  If it’s this thing, then we are going to do that, but if it’s not, then we’ll keep doing this.”  I just think he’s trying to be as grown-up about it as possible so if they are going to go down this path, the relationship is as healthy as it can be.

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Would you say; Nick is not sure where Phyllis is at with where to take their relationship?

JOSHUA:  I think she is definitely more reluctant just based on where things ended last time.  You know, she rolled over on Nick’s sister and his mom, and those are the ladies in Nick’s life, and you just don’t do that, and it ended very badly for them the last time.  So, she is probably still reeling and little hurt from that.  Nick did not understand at all what she was doing, and in typical Nick fashion, was very stubborn and heard-headed about it, and all he does is want to protect his sister and mother at all times.  So, she was a little sore still from the way things ended, and again, their track record is not amazing.  They tend to hurt each other on a regular basis, but they have fun while their doing it, that’s for damn sure.

If Nick and Phyllis were a bonafide couple, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) would not be happy about it!

JOSHUA:  I don’t think anybody is happy about it, literally not one person in town, but one of my favorite qualities about Nick is that he just doesn’t give a crap about what anyone thinks.  He does what he wants.   Nick angers his father on a daily basis because he doesn’t care about what he thinks of what he is doing.  He’s just going to do what he wants on his own terms and that’s that.

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Sharon is going through her cancer, and things aren’t going well for her with the treatment at the moment.  They have to figure out if she will have surgery next, etc.  Nick is obviously going to be there for her and the kids.  How is he feeling about what Sharon is going through?  

JOSHUA:  Nick knows this is the battle of Sharon’s life, and she has to commit fully to this.  So, Nick will offer her anything he can in any regard whether it’s just being a friend or spending more time with the children or helping Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) out, he’s going to do whatever it takes to make this as easy as possible for her.  Ultimately, this battle is just about Sharon and her ability to fight it, but he’s going to do what he can and be the guy that everybody knows he is.

But doesn’t it break Nick’s heart that here is this woman, who is his star-crossed love though the years, and she is frightened for her life and what could become of it?  It must hurt him deeply on some level.

JOSHUA:  Of course.  He’s very hurt by this, and he sees the pain and the toll that it’s taking on her, and he knows that he can only do so much.  Nick has fought his whole life to protect Sharon and can definitely be too overbearing at times, but he wants to help her.  He loves her still.  Right now, there is nothing romantic going on, but it doesn’t detract from the love he feels for her.  This is his first love and the mother of some of his children, and he cares deeply about her.  So, it’s just a matter of being there for her as much as he can.

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I have to say that I don’t know anybody quite like Nick!  He is somehow able to stay friends with all of his exes.  Who does that? (Laughs)

JOSHUA:  You know, it’s funny, but if you think about it, he just kind of can’t turn the page on them.  He finds these great loves in his life, and he always goes back to them.  He can’t be single.  You know, he’s danced around the sheets with a few random chicks, but he knows who he likes, and it’s a few of these women in town who he just keeps going back and forth to.

For example: let’s look at Nick and his relationship with Chelsea.  Where does he sit with that now that she’s with Adam?  Does he still love her?

JOSHUA:  Well, of course, he does.  When he sees Chelsea, he sees what should have been.  He knows that his love for her is what forced him to ultimately decide for the both of them, “We can’t keep doing this.”  He knows that there was some story left untold between her and Adam because of the circumstances with the explosion that “took his life” and Victor and all of that stuff, and he had to make a very difficult decision.  I don’t think it was ever going to work for them this time, not to say that it never could, but she’s got to figure out her situation with Adam – if he was the love of her life and was taken away from her – then she’s got to figure out what’s going on.  Now, that being said, Nick is seeing some qualities from Chelsea kind of bubble to the surface that he is really turned off by.  You know, Adam can be very manipulating, but it doesn’t seem like Chelsea is a real wallflower in this.  She seems toe-to-toe with him showing some pretty devious behavior.  I think Nick’s a little taken aback by the turn that she seems to be taking.   He cared deeply about this woman, and he really wanted to be a good man to her, and to Connor, and to really help the two of them get past this thing, and I think Nick sees this as one of his biggest failures.  He really thought that he could help the two of them get through this situation with Adam, but he just couldn’t do it.  It didn’t matter how hard he tried or how much he pushed; he just couldn’t get the foothold that he needed to make a healthy relationship between the two of them.

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How can Nick stand to be in the same room with Adam?  

JOSHUA:  He can’t.  He literally hates him.  I so much appreciate that the show has decided to take this route.  I remember when Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, now Kevin, This Is Us) was on the show, and they were playing it as Nick was stepping up for Adam.  I’m like, “Really? This is not what they should be doing!”  I love watching these two characters in a room together, and any scenes they have, I’m like, “I am never going to play a scene where I look like I am going to trust this guy for a second.” Nick just can’t stand him; he is evil incarnate to him.  Now, Adam can be on his best behavior, but he’s just got a thing about him that Nick does not trust, nor does he like.  He just can’t even be around him.  In the scenes, I want the hatred between them to feel palpable.  Nick is just waiting for this guy to do something so Nick can bash his skull in.

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Does Nick have the same feeling for Billy at this point?  

JOSHUA:  Jason Thompson (Billy) and I laugh about this all the time.  I think deep down, Nick badly wants to be friends with him, but the problem is Billy just keeps crapping on his sister, who is of course his favorite human being on the planet.  So, they’ve got a very complex relationship which Nick fully understands.  He’s been down this path with his own loves of his life, and Billy just can’t be the man that Nick feels Victoria deserves.  Now, it may be a pedestal that in Nick’s mind is way too high.  Maybe it’s never attainable for any man to be what Nick thinks would be a good fit for Victoria, but he knows that Billy has got a place in Victoria’s heart, it’s never going to go away, but he keeps disappointing her, and if you’re going to disappoint Victoria, then you’re going to be on Nick’s bad side …  period.    I love the kind of energy that these two have with each other.  You’ll see that it goes in cycles.  There will be times that Nick and Billy are kind of joking around with each other because I think deep down, they like each other, but that Newman/Abbott blood war is thick, and it’s hard to get past.

When Mark Grossman first came to Y&R as Adam, did he talk to you, and did you give him get any pointers?

JOSHUA:  Mark did the exact right thing, which is he came in, he watched the show, he picked up a lot of history, and he asked questions. He kept asking questions to everyone who mattered, and that inquisitive part of him is what really helps translate on screen.  He’s done an amazing job.  The thing that I think he’s done the best job with is that this character has done horrible things in life, horrible, awful things.  He’s hurt this family up and down.  What is crazy is that the fans have such empathy for him.  They get it.  They know that he is a wounded person who has been through a lot.  I promise you that is 100% due to the kind of soul and heart that Mark Grossman has playing it.  My biggest compliment to him is he has taken this absolute, pathological, sick character and made the audience feel sorry for him.  That is a true testament to Mr. Grossman’s abilities.  He’s great.

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Recently, Adam has been back to playing dirty pool against Victor (Eric Braeden).

JOSHUA:  Right, so, he of course, can’t just function within the family.  There’s been moments where it’s like, “Okay, he’s on his best behavior.  I know he’s a good dad.  He seems to have Chelsea’s best interests at heart,” but he just can’t let it be.  He’s got to try to take over the company, and screw over the family, and show everyone that he’s smarter than everyone.  So, it’s just kind of par for the course with him, and ultimately, that is either going to be his downfall, or he will rise to this level that he thinks he should be at.

Now, are Victor and Nick in a good place?   I also just want to say; when you gave your speech at Eric Braeden’s 40th anniversary on set celebration back in February,  I loved what you said, because you had some fun antidotes about working with Eric that people probably never heard before.

JOSHUA:  Oh, thanks man.  I love Eric so much.  Eric cares so deeply about the show and the people who are on it, and the quality of it, and he and I have had a great relationship since I started on Y&R.  As far as Nick and Victor go, I think they’ve finally gotten to a place where they’ve just said, “To hell with it.  I am never going to get this guy” (and I’m talking about both of them) and to accept what each other is trying to do.   Victor is trying to carve Nick and make him be the next him and run the company, and Nick is just not into that.  He’s like, “I’m going to be who I am,” and I think Victor is slowly like, “I’m never going to fix this guy.  He is who is he.  He’s not what I was hoping, but I know he’s a good dude at heart.”  So, I just think they’ve kind of reached an impasse.  They’re just like, “We are going to get along for the good of the family.”   Nick promises him that he’s not going to let anyone hurt the family.  Victor is getting older.   I just think they’ve kind of accepted who each of them are for the time being.  Now, that won’t last, but right now they’re in a good spot.

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Will Summer (Hunter King) be pro-Phick or no-Phick?

JOSHUA:  She will not be pro-Phick.   She, like everybody else in town thinks that this relationship will have a shelf life.  They’re not a picket fence pairing.  I don’t think they’ve got the love that’s going to stand the test of time.  There is going to be fireworks at all times, both good and bad, and for the most part, I don’t think that really plays to a very healthy relationship for the long haul.  For the short term, yes, it’s exciting, and fun, and sexy, and they love each other, and they can’t wait to take each other’s clothes off, but a relationship is built on so much more than that.

There’s always that Paris remote to go back to where Phyllis in that hat and she comes upon Nick and Sharon kissing with the Eiffel Tower behind them burned in her memory.

JOSHUA:  Exactly!  In Phyllis’s defense, she knows this guy does not have a great track record for being with one woman for an extended period of time.  So, I don’t fault her.

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Did Michelle ever talk to you and say, “Okay, they’re putting us back together.  Do we really want Nick and Phyllis to be together?”  Have you ever been concerned that if they married Phick, it might make them a boring couple?  

JOSHUA:  I’m not worried about that at all because it’s just not who they are.  I am so excited that they are together.  I love it and I love Michelle to death. I never have as much fun as I do with her.   If they get married, great, because I know there will still be some fireworks in it either way.

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It’s a very strange time now for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. How are you, and your wife, Tobe, and your kids been dealing with it?

JOSHUA:  One of the great things about our country and our way of life is that you can just kind of do whatever you want; you don’t have to answer to anyone.  For everyone in our entire society to have these restrictions placed on them; it’s like this almost unbelievable psychological experiment.  It’s been tough.  It’s been harder on the kids because they lost all of their sports, they lost their school, they can’t see their friends, they, for the most part, know they’re going to be healthy, but all they see is their dad preventing them from doing the things that they love.  It’s hard.  I live an extremely active life.  I like working; I like working out.  You just have to find a new normal.  It’s crazy.

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And then … all major league sports and college hoops have been affected by the coronavirus and seasons or events postponed or canceled.  I know how much you love “March Madness”, so I’m sure you were going through the roof when they eighty-sixed that.  I was bummed too!

JOSHUA:  I can’t even talk about my depression about that – and it sounds so small to even complain about it.  Sports is everything to me: from watching my kids play, to me playing, to watching it on TV.  I mean, March Madness was an absolute gut-punch that we did not have it.    At the end of the day, you’ve got to think about the people struggling to stay healthy.  We are all doing our best to stand as one to beat this in the most efficient way possible.

So, what is your prediction … will Phick go bust or go all-in for a relationship together? Who do you want Nick ultimately to wind up with? Do you like the Adam vs. Nick feud? Share your thoughts via the comment section below on our conversation with Joshua.

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Kelsey M.
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Kelsey M.

Love Phick!!! So happy Michelle is back and that they can play this again. Thank you Joshua.

DENIS ADAM POMPA
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DENIS ADAM POMPA

Good article, but sorry Joshua Morrow I know you like and love Michelle since you worked with her first and for many years, but Gina T as Phyllis was so much more awesome and when they did have you with her on screen ya’ll were a very hot couple together. Gina T is missed dearly! The story lines of the Y&R with this dump writer are just re-runs that we seen in the past, boring boring boring, the only story line that is awesome is Sharon Case dealing with something major. The love scenes with Michelle every time ya’ll are… Read more »

Elaine
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Elaine

I have to fully agree with Denis Pompa. He hit the nail on the head and I think they treated Gina very badly

Margherita
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Margherita

Agree on all fronts!

ALEXA
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ALEXA

Boy – I am thrilled that Y&R was smart enough to have MS come back as The REAL Phyllis! That was a brilliant move! GT is a lovely actor but she was NEVER Phyllis

Nancy Herman
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Nancy Herman

I’m sorry guys Michelle Stafford is an awesome actress she’s fuñny gorgeous sweet but yet gets to the point with things(acting) she tells it the way it is I love her character & Joshua(Nicholas)morrow they(Phyllis&nick)make an awesome couple

Nancy Herman
Washington pa

Sherri
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Sherri

And all the people said, Amen!

Kay
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Kay

I agree totally with you I just can’t handle the show anymore but I think we will all agree Gina left with class and you never read or heard about her whining on social media ! Class act all the way!

Nancy Herman
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Nancy Herman

Sorry!! Your wrong MS is the best always was Phyllis & always will be
Nancy Herman
Washington pa

Deebo
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Deebo

ABSOLUTELY spot on!

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

I agree

Timmm
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Timmm

Gina had ZERO sex appeal!

Marie-Eve Mongrain
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Marie-Eve Mongrain

Nick thought Chelsea was a good person after how she left town next time and how she came to town? It shows he never knew or loved her at all. Adam does and loves her flaws and all, and she loves him the same way. Josh has a super simplistic view of Adam. Adam is half devil, yes, but he is half heroic angel too. He saved the lives of half the town, including Victor. His bad deeds mostly come out of a place of hurt and rejection and desperate need to be accepted by the only family he has… Read more »

Vergena K Brooks
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Vergena K Brooks

Nick and Phyllis is a joke, you call Adam evil , but you look at evil every time you sleep with evil you have a daughter with evil, Phyllis is the most evil person Y&R she is right up there with Victor, the show is boring !!

Peewee
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Peewee

It is boring just a lot of sex with Nick and Phyllis the show is like watching trash tv.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Sorry…I’m never going to walk away from Shick. Nick and sharon remind me of Gary and Val from Knots landing. They had a good marriage until it fell apart from nowhere and they spent so many years where it looked like they would find their way back to each other. That’s what Shick reminds me of.

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

I agree with Nick and Sharon always and forever

Judy
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Judy

Love phick!!!!zYou two are a super staple..Love Adam would LOVE to see him GET A BREAK,respect,and for Victor to accept and love his protégé.I wish someone would knock Victoria off her high horse and Adam Do a SUPER job at Newmans.young and restless the BEST

Wanda D
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Wanda D

I don’t like Phyllis and Nick together I feel that they have nothing in common but the sex, they’re very immature as a couple, and I just don’t see them working again in the long run. I love Michelle Stafford and so glad she’s back because NO ONE can play Phyllis like she can, she’s the originator, but she needs a more mature man who can really handle her not someone as wish washy as Nick. With that being said, I will always prefer him with Sharon I feel they are the Victor and Nikki of the future for the… Read more »

NoneofyourbusinessTJ
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NoneofyourbusinessTJ

Sharons to boring, sometimes you have to have fun. Sparks & firewoekd. That’s what phicks is. So I love michelle stafford, she’s bold, like adam, everybody expects the worse, they both like victor are bold and people are afraid of boldness. But I love adam victor & phillis,(michelle stafford). Nick has always been my favorite, the rich dude is no longer the rich snot people look at, he makes his own decisions.

Sherri
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Sherri

I’m glad Josh is happy to work with Michelle. I haven’t watched a day since the far superior Gina Tognoni was let go. Michelle has two modes – over the top sideshow clown or sexpot. It’s not cute. It’s not entertaining. It’s not anywhere near appropriate for a character that should have experienced some level of evolution with age and experiences. When you hire a limited actress, you also limit a character. It’s a real shame writers don’t have the ability to see this.

ALEXA
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ALEXA

GT had to modes too; surely and scowling…Phyllis is supposed to be outrageous, sexy, saavy, and dangerous!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Love Joshua Morrow and love his portrayal of Nick Newman!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Sorry, ain’t down with the Nick and Phyllis reunion. Just because you have sexual chemistry, it doesn’t mean you will have a mature and loving adult relationship. If this is why they dropped Gina Tognoni to recapture the lust between Nick and Phyllis, then Gina is better off, because she is too talented and versatile for that. Nothing against Michelle, because she deserves a better storyline as well.

Damien
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Damien

Huge fan of Joshua Morrow! However I ve never ff’d sooo many scenes of his as I have in the last month. The scenes of him and Phyliss are pointless and gross. Theres no consequences to their relationship which is the only time they work. Nick only works with a vixen if theirs a price. Listening Phyliss s insecurities about them together like shes a sweetheart innocent flower is revolting. Nothing against Michelle Stafford either but both actors must really be rolling their eyes at this crapfest. Nick should be supporting Sharon and Phyliss should be threatened Play off that… Read more »

Lew S.
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Lew S.

In total agreement!

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

Did you hit the nail on the head, or what?!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hey! I like him. He sounds like fun. Never watch Y & R, but think I would like to watch him. Down to earth. Comfortable with himself. I like that.

Violet
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Violet

Put someone with Phyllis that will challenge her narcissism and her superiority. Someone she can’t control with her sex.

oGeeGee
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oGeeGee

I want Nick and Sharon back together
I really liked Phyllis and Jack together. I still really like Victoria and Billy. I have been watching Y&R 40 years. I cried like a baby when Katherine Chancellor died, and Kristoff St. John. I felt like I lost family members.

Toni Damulis
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Toni Damulis

Totally agree!!

oGeeGee
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oGeeGee

I also absolutely love Joshua Morrow. I really would stop watching if he left the show.

Tamiko Cherry
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Tamiko Cherry

I want Nick and Sharon to get back together. Sharon is Nick one true love and Nick is Sharon put them together like Victor and Nikki is and make it last forever.

GC. Crew
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GC. Crew

Nope, sorry, Phick is played out. We are talking about two middle-aged people (Phyllis being a grandmother, no less) acting like two immature, horny teens. We’ve seen this all before. It’s stale and uninteresting. I never bought villainous Phyllis as the type of person “good guy” Nick would ever fall in love with and stay with. Come on. Bill Bell no doubt has been rolling in his grave over the debacle the show has made of his masterpiece super couple Sharon and Nick, modelled after Victor and Nikki. It’s great Josh and Michelle want to hang out and joke like… Read more »

Monica
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Monica

I love, love,love that Phick is together again. They are magical together. This is acting at its best. They bring excitement to Y&R. And for those who complain that they did Gina T wrong, I wont speak on that. I just know that Michelle and Joshua have much better chemistry together.

Leigh
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Leigh

Michele stafford and Joshua morrow have chemistry off the charts. They were my favorite couple all those years back and I stopped watching when she went to GH. Now that she’s back I’m back to y&r and enjoying every second of phick. Always hated him and Sharon what a bore. Good job y&r!!!!

Cynthia Norman
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Cynthia Norman

I want Nick and Sharon back together. I don’t like him with Phyllis.I want Nick and Adam to have a good relationship. Maybe Adam and Chelsea can even become part of Team Sharon. They could all deal with it together as a family.

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

I have always seen the love in Nick’s eyes when it came to Sharon and same with Sharon. She is an amazing sweet person and puts 100% love and dedication in every relationship especially she and Nick. Unfortunately Nick always finds a way to hurt and betray her when it comes to them being together with Phillis and I don’t get it. Everytime Nick gets close to Sharon, it’s almost like Phillis gets jealous. So, but either way we know Phillis and Nick isn’t going to stay together. It’s based on sex and the physical attractions and I feel nothing… Read more »

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

Nick and Sharon has always been my favorite. Been watching for 35 years and this my true opinion. Phillis has always been the reason Nick and Sharon can’t make it. The part about Cassie’s adoption just put me so much more insync with them and how the Newman’s accepted Cassie as their own. Nick has 2 blood children with Sharon. And if you count Cassie/Mariah, it’s 4. Why can’t they 2 just find happiness especially now that Nikki is being so supportive of Sharon. Btw did he forget how Phillis threw Sharon, Nikki, and Victoria under the bus?!?!?! Nikki defended… Read more »

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

I can’t stand the fact that every other day it’s sex with Nick and Phillis. Their not teens I mean get over it now!!! Geez, the mother to two of his biological kids life is at stake and this is all he can think of while his kids is hurting and during this hard time. Nick you have always been one of my favorite characters you and Sharon. Please don’t sink down to phillis’s level.

Cynthia Spagnole
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Cynthia Spagnole

Never liked Phick,and I still don’t. Always loved Sharon and Nick together. Writers should make them like Victor and Nikki whereby they always end up together because it’s a great love!! However, I just hate the way the writers made him cheat on Sharon with Phyllis the last time Sharon and Nick were supposed to remarry. I think it was that head writer Mal White’s horrible and stupid idea to bust up what was to be a beautiful love story.

Stella
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Stella

Me too I love Nick and Sharon ❤. I don’t like phick either.

ALEXA
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ALEXA

Personally I enjoy Nick and Phyllis as Friends with Benefits for a good time not a long time! They have a good FUN chemistry! Nick and Chelsea were horrid together – boring! I still would like to see Nick and Sharon find themselves together again! They have so much chemistry it just sizzles! I truly think that Sharon can give Nick the stability that he needs and he can give her the joy that “true love” can bring! Rey is a nice guy but he and Sharon are only friends – there is zero passion or any chemistry at all!… Read more »

Pamela Rabalais
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Pamela Rabalais

Really! Nick and Phyllis? Not again.

Judy M. Knisley
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Judy M. Knisley

Get a new women!!!

Natacha Caliste
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Natacha Caliste

I love. Nick with Phyllis….

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Y&R’s Christian LeBlanc and Michelle Stafford Talk On Their Enduring Friendship, Sharing Scenes & Preview Special Episode

Coming up on the Monday, January 10th episode of The Young and the Restless, the CBS daytime drama series will mark the 30th anniversary of Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin.

In it, Michael will being trying to figure out what’s next in his life, after he has been a successful legal eagle for decades, with the assistance of several characters and some memorable flashbacks that might inform him.

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LeBlanc debut on Y&R back at the end of November in 1991, and has won three Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series throughout his time in Genoa City.

To celebrate Christian’s 30th anniversary, Michael Fairman welcomed Christian and his longtime co-star and dear friend, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) for a special conversation on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel along with some memorable clips.

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During the chat, Michelle and Christian reveal their favorite scenes together, how they met, the key to their enduring friendship, and and how they have gone through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Later, Christian shares his reaction to the on set celebration in his honor with his co-star and previews his special episode.

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In addition, during the holidays, Michelle helped organize a toy drive for the second year in a row to help children and families in need along with the NAACP and the National Action Network, which Christian participated in along with several Y&R cast members, and they discuss how the toy drive came together during these trying times for everyone.

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Now below, check out the full interview with Christian and Michelle, followed by the promo for LeBlanc’s special episode.

Let us know in the comment section what your favorite part of the conversation was, what are your favorite Michael and Phyllis scenes through the years on Y&R and share your congratulations to Christian on a job well-done for his 30-year milestone.

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Y&R’s Joshua Morrow Chats On Nick’s Standalone Christmas Eve Episode

Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) is one tired Santa! After delivering presents to the less fortunate for Christmas, he is tuckered out, and thus will begin the special episode The Young and the Restless is serving up on Friday, December 24th.

The Christmas Eve airing of this all-new standalone episode marks the fourth time in Joshua Morrow’s career that he has been featured like this on the top-rated CBS soap.

In this story, Nick will try to come to terms with where his life is headed when he is taken on a journey through his dreams. Enter plenty of your other favorites from the Newman clan and more, who will definitely make an impact on Nick.  At the end of it all, will Nick come away with some revelations and reflections? Will he learn anything that will change him for the better and give him a clear direction?

As viewers recently witnessed, Nick and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) called it quits in heartbreaking scenes, leaving Nick once again at a loss in the love live department.  Will he, in turn, eventually reunite with Sharon (Sharon Case), when all is said and done?

Michael Fairman TV talked with Joshua to get insight and a preview on what to expect during this holiday episode including: if he feels Nick is adrift, how he sees each of the characters from Adam (Mark Grossman) to Victoria (Amelia Heinle) impacting his alter-ego, and of course, Nick’s relationships with the women in his life.  So, with that, ‘ho, ho, ho,” here’s our yuletide chat with Mr. Morrow.

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How did you feel when you got a script for this special Christmas episode, and that it was all centered-on Nick?

JOSHUA:  My first reaction was, “Do people really want to see more of Nick? (Laughs) When you see an episode like this, you instantly know that you’ve got to do a lot of work. You’re basically in every scene, and I think it’s pretty common knowledge that I learn my lines in the morning when I get to work. However, on those days, you can’t do that, so you just know that you’ve got to prepare, and everyone is counting on you.  I like doing my scenes as fast as possible, but when you have that much material, you’ve got to put the time in.  As an actor, you hope it’s written well, and that you perform it the way they want you to, and you just go from there.

It’s not about which women Nick should sleep with next?  (Laughs)

JOSHUA:  I think all of Nick’s dreams are women-based. (Laughs) He’s walking around town going, “Who’s next?”  No, it’s a dream about figuring out who he is.  He is going through this kind of loop in his life where he’s not entirely sure where he is, where he should be, what he should be doing, how he’s treating people … it’s just kind of a look inside himself to see if he can come up with any solutions because he knows that what is happening and what he is doing right now is not working.  He doesn’t necessarily know why or how he got to this place, but with the help of some family, hopefully he will figure it out in the dream.

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Sounds like Nick is very much at a crossroads here.

JOSHUA:  Yes, that’s a good description of it.  He’s just kind of wandering, and the biggest thing (and he’s been going through this a lot throughout his whole life) is that he just doesn’t know why he gets to this place.  It’s like, is it something he’s doing?  Is there something wrong with him?  He’s just questioning a lot of things, so during the holidays, it seems like the perfect time to come up with solutions for oneself.

So, in his dream, should viewers expect to we see different characters coming to him, like we’ve seen in other Y&R episodes similar to this?

JOSHUA:  Yes, in the dream, we’re seeing his family coming into his life, and they’re talking about who he is, the good parts about him, sometimes the bad …

… Wait, Nick has bad parts about him? 

JOSHUA:  Well … just maybe some things that he needs to improve on. (Laughs) Without him knowing it, I think Nick is kind of hard on people.  If they don’t necessarily think like he is, without knowing it, he tends to hold that against them.  Just because somebody doesn’t think like you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re wrong.  He is just struggling with where he is in life.  He is wondering if he is doing things right.  The dream comes up, and it helps him realize some things.

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You and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) did some wonderful scenes recently that aired when Phyllis and Nick broke up.  Do you remember taping those?  How did you feel about the on-screen relationship going south … again?

JOSHUA:  For me, Stafford is my bro.  When you start doing those types of scenes, you realize it’s the end of something for now.  I realized that there was a window when I was with her every day, laughing, making fun of each other, doing the fraternity style comedy that we do with each other.  I did those scenes with sadness because I knew that they were breaking us up and that I wouldn’t get to see her every day, but they were great.  Michelle is such a freaking tornado of talent. I was excited to see her really do the thing I think she does best, which is just unbridled passion, whether it’s positive or negative.  She obviously crushed it.  I was just happy to be a part of it.  I don’t have to do much heavy lifting in those scenes. I just wanted to be there for her.  I think that the scenes did turn out very well.  I wasn’t happy to do them, but I always want to do good work.

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So, where is Nick at with Sharon (Sharon Case) at this point?  How does she impact him in the holiday episode?

JOSHUA:  Sharon is in the special episode offering Nick a lot of advice and guidance.  Sharon is one of Nick’s biggest cheerleaders.  She is constantly trying to make him feel good and better about things that he does.  They’re really good friends.  They are coparenting, you know.  I’m no dummy, obviously the writing is on the wall as to where this will lead, but the journey of how they get there will be the question.  I don’t know when it will happen, but obviously Nick and Sharon have a tremendous history, and anytime they get together it is usually beautifully told.  I don’t know for certain because I don’t ask, but if that is indeed the path that they are going down, I am sure that it will be something the long-time “Shick” supporters are very happy with.  Like I said, there is no romantic anything at the moment. They’re nothing about that.  It’s just that around the holidays, it’s tough not to have someone, and they’re there for each other.  They’ve got kids, and they’re just trying to have a good Christmas.

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Nick and Adam (Mark Grossman) have a very contentious relationship that is very complex. How does that figure into the equation?

JOSHUA:  It’s an interesting dynamic because Nick is forever grateful to Adam.  I literally think he has saved every one of Nick’s children’s lives at some point in their past, and maybe even Noah a couple of times (Laughs) It’s a delicate relationship because whether he mentions it or not, Nick is jealous that Victor (Eric Braeden) seems to turn to Adam now.  Despite all of Nick’s, “I want to do my own thing, leave me alone, etc.” it really hurts him that Victor turns to Adam when the family needs it.  For all of Nick’s, “I’m my own man,” he still really believes in the strength of the Newman family.  He will always have its back, and if it’s being threatened, like it was with what Nick perceives Ashland (Richard Burgi) to be doing, and Victor doesn’t come to Nick to help with that (or … he does in the beginning, but when it comes to an end, he basically casts Nick aside), that really bothers him.  It’s hard not to take that out on Adam. Still, he doesn’t trust him fully, and he is always kind of on edge around him.  It’s a delicate balance of trust and acceptance with Nick and Adam.

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Does Nick feel like the ‘odd man out’ with Victor, when it always seems that Adam and Victor team up?

JOSHUA:  He absolutely does, and again, Nick had brought a lot of this on himself.  He is constantly saying, “I’m going to do me.  I’m going to make my own decisions.  I don’t want you impacting any of those,” but then when Victor turns to Adam and not Nick in a very important situation that involves his sister, Nick is pretty hurt by that.  Nick does feel like Adam has come into his relationship with his father.  They’re working together very closely.  It seems like Adam had Victor’s ear.  It seems like Victor trusts Adam – at this point, maybe even more than Nick.  That definitely bothers him. I don’t fault Victor in this because all Nick has done is stomp is feet and say, “I don’t like the way you handle things,” and, “Leave me alone.  I’m going to handle things my own way.”  It’s an interesting situation for Victor to be in because I think he wants Nick to be in the fold.  He wants Nick to be there whenever he needs him, but Nick has not made that easy.  He is very hardheaded when it comes to the family dynamic at times.  Nick has created all these difficult relationships now in his family, except with his mother.  He and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) are at odds.  He and Victor are always staring each other down at opposite sides of the fence, and then Adam comes in, and threatens what he perceived to be his role in the family, and that also kind of leads to the whole dream.

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You brought up Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott).  How do you see the bond between mother and son?

JOSHUA:  Nick and his mother have always had an extremely close relationship.  Nikki leans on Nick to bring peace in the family, and Nick leans on her to talk him off the ledge at times because he does overreact, and he acts impulsively at times, while Nikki is very cool, calm, and collected at all times.  Usually, he does everything she asks of him.  Nick is very clearly a Momma’s boy, and he always will be, and if his mother needs him, he is going to step up and do what she wants.

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In terms of his sister, Victoria, how does Nick feel about their stormy relationship?

JOSHUA:  I feel like they are not contentious now, but there is a level of sadness because they’ve always been the best of friends.  They have always relied on each other for everything, and now that has been completely cast aside.  They realize they are no longer each other’s person, the person they go to for anything: advice, support, comfort, whatever.  That is gone for each of them now.  It started with the Phyllis situation with the hotel, and now, it is certainly taken to another level with the Ashland thing.  I think that’s what the overall feeling is between the two of them at this time.

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What’s amazing is that you, Amelia, Eric, and Melody are all really close in real life.  It’s like you truly have a second family.

JOSHUA:  It’s a real family.  The four of us are, for sure.  Without question, my favorite scenes to do on the show are when the four of us are together because we really are so close. Those dynamics are the fabric of what the show is about.  It’s not just the Newmans, but with the Abbotts and the Winters as well, and when the show highlights that, and really puts those small details at the front of the show, the fans realize that you don’t need those big, dynamic stories.  You don’t need the big explosive things.  When you just see those tender moments between those family members, that is everything.  That is the Bill Bell (Co-Creator, Y&R) playbook.  It’s easy to play because we care so much about each other, and I think it comes across on the screen.

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Now, you’ve got a new Noah in Rory Gibson, and you got a new Faith in Reylynn Caster, both who came on to the show in the last several months.  How are they doing, and how has it been for you to adjust to working with them as their on-screen father?

JOSHUA:  It’s been awesome.  I’ve always said it’s a very tough job because I fall in love with these kids who play my children, and eventually they go off and do something else, or when they are little, sometimes there is a window when they turn about four, where they go, “I don’t want to be here! (Laughs) But when they’re babies, they’re just kind of in your arms, and it’s hard not to fall in love with them, but then when they get older, I see them grow up and turn into young adults.  Rory is an absolute stud. I did screen-test with the actors auditioning for the role of Noah, and he went first. I’m not exaggerating when I say two beats into our rehearsal, not even the actual screen-test in front of the network, I locked eyes with him, and I went, “This is him.  What are we doing?  I don’t need to do this with anyone else.”  He’s got a soul to him that is really amazing to watch.  He’s got depth.  He’s a really tremendous actor.  He’s a good kid, too.  He works hard, and he really wants to do well, and he’s humble.  In the special episode, Rory steals the dream. He does a scene in this show that is going to break women’s hearts around the world.  I am excited for people to see what he can truly do.  The sky is the limit for this kid.   I love having him here.  I super miss Robbie (Robert Adamson, Ex-Noah).  I love him like he is a son of my own, but Rory has taken this role and done something really good with it.  So has Rey-Rey.   She is obviously a tremendous talent.  Losing Alyvia Alyn Lind (Ex-Faith), who was one of the great loves of my life, killed me.  However, I couldn’t be prouder of her.  We text weekly about what’s going on with her, and she’s off crushing it, and the world is not ready for Aly, trust me!  Rey-Rey has come in, a beautiful, talented, young girl, who really wants to do well, and she fits right into the Newman mold.  I’ve been very, very blessed.  The casting department has really knocked it out of the park with these two.

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I know Hunter King (Ex-Summer) is not on the show right now, but I know you two are really close.

JOSHUA:  Yeah, good grief.  It’s hard for me.  Probably Hunter and Amelia are the two others loves of my life along with Aly.  Hunter and I will text each other constantly, making fun of each other.  We have such a special relationship.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss her.  I just know that she will be back someday.  I don’t know why.  Whereas I know Aly is gone forever.  She is off, and she is going to be a huge star.  Some fish outgrow their ponds, and I said that about her when she left.  Aly is off to a much bigger world, but I have a feeling (and maybe it is more of a hope) that Hunter will come back to me, and I say “me” because nobody loves her more than me. My kids are just everything to me on this show.  Honestly, it is one of the things that keeps me coming back for now almost 28 years.  I love them.  They’re all great people.

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What are you and your wife, Tobe, and the family, going to do for the holidays?

JOSHUA:  We always go snowboarding.  We didn’t go last year obviously because of staying safe from COVID, but we tend to go Colorado every year, and we will be doing that again.  My oldest is away at college this year, so it will be fun to get him home and go off and do what we do.  I remember when I was in my teens learning to snowboard, I was like, “Someday, I cannot wait to lead a bunch of sons down big mountains!” and I’ve been doing that for years with them.  Two years ago, my middle son, who is just this testosterone-raged-alpha-male, finally said, “Dad, I’m leading us down.”  I was like, “Okay.”  He is the one son who has surpassed me in speed, and now we follow him. (Laughs)

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Now let’s talk College Basketball! (Laughs) Gonzaga has already had two losses and it seems every week there is a new team at #1 in the rankings.  Who do you think is looking good? 

JOSHUA:  I only watch Oklahoma hoops. (Laughs) The days of going off to March Madness with all my friends and acting like jackasses for multiple days are gone because I have soccer and lacrosse commitments with my family, but I am still equally as passionate about Oklahoma basketball as I’ve ever been.  I always say it, and it is definitely more heart than mind, but Oklahoma is going to win the national championship this year.

Okay, Joshua.  We will put it out there in the press!

JOSHUA:  You’ve got to put it in the universe!

So, looking forward to Nick’s Christmas journey on Y&R? Which women in Genoa City would you like to see Nick have a relationship with next? What advice would you give Nick Newman to get his life on track? Share your thoughts on this, and our conversation with Joshua, via the comment section below.

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DAYS Chandler Massey & Zach Tinker Chat On ‘WilSon’, Being Recasts, ‘A Very Salem Christmas’ and that Drag Show

Chandler Massey (Will) and Zach Tinker (Sonny) are back for another streaming special, reprising the duo of “WilSon”.  Massey and Tinker can now be seen in the holiday film, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now on Peacock.

In a new virtual interview with Michael Fairman for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Chandler and Zach talk about their scenes and their participation in the Salem Christmas tale.

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As many know by now, in story, Will has to act fast to come up with a story for his script with his Christmas Eve deadline approaching.  Sonny decides he will assist Will and help conjure up the story, and thus we get an altered version of Salem from the guys that plays on the history of Days of our Lives.

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During the conversation, Zach weighs-in on being a recast for Sonny (previously played by Freddie Smith), and Chandler shares that it’s always challenging to step into a role played by someone else – something he also had to do when he began on DAYS.

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In addition, the two discuss reprising their drag roles of Amanda Bottom and Sonny Delight for the holiday number to help save Salem business owners from eviction in Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem.

The actors also banter about the importance of maintaining a presence for ‘WilSon’ as one of the only LGBTQ on-screen duos as part of a daytime soap opera.  The question is: will the airshow write them back in?

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Chandler also weighs-in on: if he was writing Will’s holiday script, what would he like to see befall the good citizens of Salem? You’ll hear his answer.

Check out the interview with Chandler and Zach below.

Now let us know, are you enjoying Chandler and Zach as the new version of WilSon? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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