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Y&R's Michelle Stafford on Phyllis being a grandma, Sharon & Diane!

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In a new interview out today with TV Guide, the Y&R’s  fantastic Michelle Stafford discusses Phyllis’s latest drama’s which include sleuthing in New Orleans, finding Sharon and Nick in the Big Easy, her vendetta with Diane Jenkins and becoming an on-screen grandmother.  Here are a few excerpts of what the two-time Daytime Emmy winner had to say!

Stafford on Phyllis becoming a grandmother: “One day someone in our wardrobe department, who gets all the story stuff in advance, said, “You’re not gonna like this! You’re not gonna like this! You’re gonna be a grandma!” People think I should be horrified, but I think it’s awesome! It humanizes Phyllis and balances out all that funky s–t she does. And I just love that! Most women who are at an age where they can become a grandmother do have an issue with that. So even though they’re not really writing it that way for me, I keep playing it as if Phyllis has a big problem with it. I think it’s much more realistic. And it’s definitely Phyllis.

Stafford on Phyllis’s behavior towards Diane, and her scathing expose on her enemy: “God bless the writers because they actually had Phyllis feeling bad but I wouldn’t play it like that. The writers are always trying to preserve any sort of goodness and decency that she has. But I’m like, wait a second! Let’s not forget that Diane worked very hard to put Phyllis in prison. Diane burned down the pool house and threw her body under a car. She did all this to get Jack! It was a two-year storyline! When someone who has done all that suddenly comes back to town saying. “Oh, hi! I’ve changed!” you don’t just take it. You’re, like, fuhgeddaboudit! So, no, Phyllis wasn’t sorry about the effect that article had on Diane’s kid. He should know his mother is a horrible person. Phyllis is trying to do something right for this town — at least that’s the way she’s worked it out in her mind.

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Kalamaty
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I F–CKING love Stafford!!! She is just as bold, brash and sassy as her character on the show. Thanks so much for the interview! Phyllis is just as riveting to watch as she was 16 years ago. She’s an enormously talented actress and my absolute favorite to watch. I love that she’s kicking ass again and taking names! I think she should mow down Diane next!! Can’t wait for the location scenes in New Orleans!

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leave to The Stafford to keep it REAL!!! I love her passion and conviction and belief in her character!!

MF, you really came off as very biased in your questions! Not everyone loves Sharon or SHICK! Sharon was not the grieving little woman sitting at home during the PICK affair, she was a dog in heat going after Brad, who she was ALREADY in love with!

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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As The World Turns

Lisa Brown to be Honored In Virtual Interview With ’42nd Street’ Co-Star Lee Roy Reams

Coming up on a very special edition of The Locher Room, the show will honor beloved ATWT and GL actress, Lisa Brown, who passed away at the end of November in 2021.

Since Lisa was never able to participate in an episode of the series, host Alan Locher is welcoming longtime Broadway star, Lee Roy Reams, who starred along with Brown on the Great White Way in 42nd Street.

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It was one of Lisa’s wishes to have Reams interviewed on The Locher Room.  Lee Roy will chat on his almost 40-year friendship with Lisa, memories of working together, as well as his storied career.

Some of Ream’s other credits include leading Broadway roles in: The Producers, Beauty & The Beast, La Cage Aux Folles, Hello Dolly!, An Evening with Jerry Herman, Applause, Lorelei, Oklahoma and Sweet Charity.

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Circle Thursday, January 27th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST for the interview and you can watch the livestream here.

So, glad to know that the incredible Lisa Brown will be honored through the appearance of Lee Roy Reams on The Locher Room? Comment below.

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General Hospital

ESPN Sports Personality and ‘General Hospital’ Guest Star, Stephen A. Smith Reveals COVID-19 Nearly Took His Life

In a harrowing account of coming down with Covid-19, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who also has a recurring role on General Hospital as Brick, revealed his battle over the holidays that led to him being hospitalized because of the severity of his symptoms.

On Monday, Smith returned to his co-hosting gig on ESPN’s First Take and it was there he shared what happened during his breakthrough case of Covid.  Stephen had been fully vaccinated. Smith said that he had tested positive late in December and wound up in the hospital with pneumonia in both lungs over New Years.

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Stephen A. discussed the details, expressing:  “I had 103 degree fever every night. Woke up with chills and a pool of sweat. Headaches were massive. Coughing profusely. And it got to a point where right before New Year’s Eve, I was in the hospital into New Year’s Day. That’s how I brought in the New Year.”

He went on to say about contracting Covid-19: “For me personally, it hit me differently. (Doctors) told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn’t be here. That’s how bad I was. I had pneumonia in both lungs. My liver was bad, and it ravaged me to the point where even now I have to monitor my volume, get to the gym every day … I’m still not 100% with my lungs, but I’m Covid negative … I’m on the road to recovery.”

On a happier note, Smith shared how glad he was to be back at work after testing negative: “I’m ecstatic to be back. I’ve missed being at work. I’ve used more sick days in the last month than I’ve used in my 28-year career in this business.  And I can’t tell you how lucky and sincerely blessed I am to be sitting here with you guys today because two-and-a-half, three weeks ago, I didn’t know if I was gonna make it.”

So, glad to know Stephen A. is on the mend from a very scary bout with Covid? Share your thoughts in the comment section

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