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Y&R's Stephen Nichols speaks on his shocking new role!

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The soap shocker of the week had former DAYS fan fave, Stephen Nichols, replacing William Russ in the new role of Tucker McCall on Y&R!  Russ had only aired a few weeks and already the soap decided to make a switch.  In a great interview out today with TV Guide Magazine. Nichols lets us in on how the quick recast happens, what we can expect from his “Tucker” and his thoughts on the demise of Patch and Kayla!  Here are some excerpts!

Nichols on how he stepped into the role with a chance phone call from the shows execs:  “I tend to be a very lucky person. My wife reminds me of that all the time, and this is yet another stroke of good luck, especially because the call came from Y&R. Every actor who works on soaps flips channels in his dressing room and every time I landed on Y&R I’d find the acting to be fantastic. I wasn’t laughing at anything. Nothing seemed hokey and stupid. The production values were great. The writing was better than most. And now, on my first day here, I picked up my scripts and could not believe it. There wasn’t one sentence or phrase that was hinky, nothing I felt had to be fixed, and that’s really refreshing. There’s total organization at Y&R. The characters are solid, and the stories are character-driven from what I can tell. And all the actors are exemplary. There isn’t a weak link in the whole bunch and I’ve never done a show where that’s been the case.

Nichols on filming scenes as Tucker: “I had some great scenes today with Jess Walton [Jill] and Jeanne Cooper [Kay] and Daniel Goddard [Cane]. Tucker is coming in to take away everybody’s toys. I really like this guy. He did not come from money but rather he’s a self-made success, a regular guy who can tend bar and shoot pool and talk s–t with anybody. He’s very unassuming in many ways.”

Nichols on being dropped by DAYS with on-screen partner Mary Beth Evans, along with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogetyn in late 2008 and early 2009: “It was unfortunate. But I have to say that from the moment I came back to that show I could see it was in disarray. It just seemed to be really schizophrenic. Nobody had a real vision or thru-line as to what was happening with the stories and the characters. The show was all over the place. So I knew from the get-go that we might not last. Mary Beth and I had a talk about that right at the beginning. We were like, “We better not get too comfortable here. This could end at any moment.” That’s how crazy things were. Plus, with the economy and the budget being cut, it didn’t look good. Ed Scott came into the picture [as executive producer] and morale went up and all the actors were happy, but then there was another [executive producer] change. It was all about politics and personalities and dollars and cents. They fired four expensive people and that’s the reality. I did not take it personally one bit.”

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i used to watch y&r because of nick and phyllis..however, since MAB destroyed what they had and the wonderful character of phyllis played by the best actress in daytime, Michelle Stafford it has been hard to watch. I adore Stephen Nichols and have for over 20 years. From Days to GH and back to Days, he has and always will be my favorite. How about MAB be smart this time and pair the great Michelle Stafford with the great Stephen Nichols. What a dynamic duo they would make, sexy, naughty and smart.!

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Lexi Ainsworth Returns to General Hospital

Recently on her Instagram story, Daytime Emmy-winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina), revealed she is back at work at General Hospital.

The actress who debuted as Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis’ (Nancy Lee Grahn) daughter back in 2009 has been on and off the series through the years, and fans have wanted to see Ainsworth back with more story on the Port Charles canvas.

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Ainsworth tagged General Hospital in her IG story post and noted Prospect Studios were the show is taped along with a call sheet.

Lexi was last seen in September of this year, when Kristina was reunited with her very-much-alive father, Sonny Corinthos.

Kristina’s last few storylines involved becoming involved in the Dawn of Day cult and falling in love with her professor, Parker, played by Ashley Jones.

No word yet on when Ainsworth will be back on air on GH, but stay tuned!

Do you hope Lexi is back for a run of story? What would you like to see happen to Kristina next? Comment below.

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Justin Hartley and Renée Elise Goldsberry Receive ‘Critics Choice Award’ TV Nominations

Soap alumni showed up in this year’s television nominations for the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards.   

The awards will be given out on January 9th on a simulcast live that air on both the CW and TBS in the East from 7-10PM.  It will be tape delayed for west coasters.

In the running for the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series is This Is Us star, Justin Hartley (Ex- Adam, Y&R and Fox, Passions) for his role as Kevin Pearson, and in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category, former One Life to Live favorite Renée Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline) scored for her work on the Peacock streaming series, Girls5eva.

This Is Us also scored for Best Drama Series and a Best Actor in a Drama Series nod for Sterling K. Brown (Randall), as well as his on-screen lady love, Susan Kelechi Brown (Beth), in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

HBO’s Succession led the nominations with 8, followed by Mare of Easttown and Evil with five nods.

You can check out the full list of TV nominees here.

So, happy to hear Justin and Renée scored nominations for their performances? Comment below.

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Ingo Rademacher Speaks Out On His Dismissal From GH Sharing: “I Was Hoping to Play Jax For Another 10 or 25 Years and Unfortunately, That’s Not Going to Happen”

For the first time since he was fired for not adhering to General Hospital’s and Disney/ABC’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate, Ingo Rademacher (Ex-Jax), addressed his exit from the soap opera via an “official video” message on his Instagram account.

Ingo expressed: “I’m sorry that I didn’t put out this video earlier, but this is about thanking you guys, the fans of the show and also the GH crew and cast. I was on the show for 25 years. They were like my family a lot of the people there. I was hoping to play Jax for another 10 or 25 years and unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. I want to thank you guys for sticking with Jax for 25 years and I’m sorry that I’m not there anymore to play Jax, which is still something that I am trying to process  … it’s just kind of crazy.”

Rademacher also took aim at his former co-star, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) for announcing on Twitter that he was no longer on the show, before he had a chance to do so, which he says was a huge disappointment to him given that they worked together for 25 years.

He went on to say how he appreciated all the positive comments from the fans adding, “A lot of you come on there to say that you’re vaccinated but stand for medical freedom, I love hearing that, because I believe it should be a choice.”  Ingo continued to express his view, “I don’t agree with vaccine mandates or corporations ever being able to mandate a vaccine to keep your job.”

The actor closed with another nod to the viewers of GH adding, “Thank you so much for supporting me for 25 years. I will have more news later on, but for now, just wanted to thank all of you amazing fans. Thank you.”

You can watch Rademacher’s full statement via his IG post below.  Then, let us know what you thought of Ingo’s long-awaited exit message in the comment section.

 

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