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Y&R’s Susan Walters and Michael Mealor Talk On: Diane and Kyle’s Mother/Son Reunion, Working Together, and Returning to Genoa City

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At the end of Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, Diane Jenkins and Kyle Abbott come face-to-face as the highly-anticipated mother and son reunion is about to take place.  As in any juicy cliffhanger on the soaps, viewers will have to wait till Monday to see how it all plays.

In the meantime, their portrayers, Susan Walters (Diane) and Michael Mealor (Kyle), chatted with Michael Fairman for an exclusive conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel discuss the enormity of the big scenes, working together for the first time, and both returning to the number-one rated soap after time away from it.

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Walters, who recently returned to the role of the ‘back-from-the-dead’ Diane after two decades away, details how the noted bad girl just might try to win back the son she abandoned for all of these years, and just what is Diane’s present state of mind.  Will she go back to her deceitful and manipulative ways to have her son and now her grandson, Harrison, in her life? Is she sincere? What’s up her sleeve?

Michael Mealor talks fondly of working again with his on-screen father, Peter Bergman (Jack) and how he will also be integral to the storyline, plus how nervous he was his first day back to the set and the weight of the scenes involving both Bergman, who reveals to Kyle that his mother is alive and wants to see him, to his confrontation with Diane.

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During the interview, Walters and Mealor also share their thoughts on the fan reactions to their returns.  For Mealor, many viewers were devastated in the summer of 2021, when Kyle was written off the show and Michael went off-contract.  But now in 2022, Kyle is set to be front and center, along with the upcoming return of his on-screen wife, Summer (who will now be played by Allison Lanier).

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In addition, Susan’s chats on her soap beginnings when she played Lorna Forbes on ABC’s Loving, how her husband Linden Ashby (Ex-Cameron, Y&R) runs lines with her and does a terrific Victor Newman impression, and more.

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Watch the full interview with Susan and Michael below, followed by the final moments of Friday’s Y&R cliffhanger, and the latest promo for the CBS daytime drama series.

Then let us know, do you think Diane will find away into Kyle’s heart? What do you happens for Diane and Kyle in story?  Let us know in the comment section.

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I just can’t get to the “why” of this decision to resurrect Diane or the purpose of her possibly reconciling with Kyle. I doubt they’re going to be playing happy families so it must be that the evil Diane is still afoot. Do we really need that? We’ve had perfectly good vixens in the past (like Hilary) that they’ve dispatched so why this boring, colorless character? Someone explain it to me like I’m five. That said, I’m thrilled to see gorgeous and talented Mr. Mealor back in town. I’m hoping for a possible friendship with Noah…he needs a buddy. Or… Read more »

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I’m so glad to have Diane back on the show , she shouldn’t have been killed off. And also very happy to have Michael Mealor in the show. I hope the show continues to focus on the Newmans and Abbotts . If we could have one more bad girl on the show that would be great . I vote for Tara or Gloria . (Make Gloria a villain not comedy

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No way! Diane is a menace to Genoa City. I liked the other one better though. Such a waste of airtime. They let Rey go, then bring boring Diane, Ally, and Tessa’s sister!

Violet Lemm
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I never liked Diane Jenkins when she was the bad girl. I don’t disbelieve nor do I care if she’s changed. For the most part I find Kyle boring, so maybe his mother and new Summer will give him some substance. First thing I’d do if I was him is get that poor little boy’s hair cut, reminds me of Chance. You can’t even see his cute little face. Yes, I know the curly blond hair is beautiful, but I just don’t like it on a boy his age.

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Oh Violet, that poor little boy…are they making him a junior Fabio? What’s going on with that hair..a toddler version of the Biblical Samson? I do like Kyle without Summer; they’re one of those couples that just don’t generate sparks anymore. I’m hoping we’ll see more of Kyle in the boardroom, not the bedroom.

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As I said in another post, Kyle kind of bores me. Don’t know exactly what it is. Maybe I expect him to start singing at any moment, he really reminds me of Buble`. I betcha he’ll give his mother a chance. I hope her change is real and not a con. I do not see Summer going along with this at all, especially with Phyllis bad mouthing Diane all the time. I know in the soap world this happens all the time but in reality I’ve never seen a person change completely.

DD
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DD

Love Kyle and Summer, and the little boy is precious, long hair is very popular right now, my two nephews have it. So whatever!

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Violet…I wasn’t watching Y&R when Diane was the “bad girl.” What did she do that was so bad? Yes, let the little boy have at least a summer haircut.

Violet Lemm
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rose
It would take too much space here. If you can try and GOOGLE Diane Jenkins and settle in for a good read. She’s done everything imaginable to so many citizens of G.C, Jack, Victor with whom she married, stole his sperm where it got switched when she and Nicki were fighting over it and she wound up getting Jack’s little swimmers, aka,Kyle.As I said, so much to learn about this gal.

DD
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Just Google it, so much to write, wasn’t it enough though, that She faked her death and left Kyle?

DD
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Bad? She was evil, she did to a child something that should never happen, a parent leaving, especially how close Kyle was to her. She is a narcissist.

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Iakovos

I always liked Susan Walters. Loved her as Lorna in Loving. Hope she is treated well this turn in Genoa City. I am no fan of implausible resurrections despite their acceptance as a daytime storytelling device. I try to regard this all as another well-meaning attempt to right the wrongs of Bill Bell’s daughter-in-law. It’s tough to build a strong Abbott family when so many… Colleen, Delia, Keemo… are killed or written out. Not to mention husbands (Brad), wives, in-laws, and extended family (Theo). It’s important to keep Kyle strong for the future. Not sure I like him bring a… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Well, things are moving right along with this most recent reunion, come back to life with Diane and all her haters including Phyllis who saw her and Michael together today. This woman reminds me of a feral cat, ready to attack at any moment. I thought I read somewhere that she was leaving Y&R. Even if she does, Iam sure she’ll leave lots of destruction in her wake. I have not decided if I believe Diane’s story yet. Sounds too good to be true, just like Santa Claus.

DD
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DD

Phyllis isn’t going anywhere! I don’t blame Phyllis, I hate Diane too. I still say Victor has Michael watching Diane.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Thought the wedding looked fun and was well done, really not over-the top. Diane looks familiar but have no idea what those far-reaching evil deeds are beyond the obvious. The actress appears to have a lot of talent and stage presence.

Wish Jack had not allowed himself to be seduced and remain neutral regarding his new granddaughter. Too obvious and too immediate to link her with Noah.

Feel a broad distribution of players has been mapped, and they are awaiting their directions; or rather, we are.

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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Graziadei Talks Daniel’s Past and Present, Reuniting with His Co-Stars, and Life as Dad to Twins

Longtime viewers of CBS’ The Young and the Restless are excited that Michael Graziadei has returned to the top-rated daytime drama during its 50th anniversary season as Daniel Romalotti.

Graziadei made his on-screen re-emergence right around Thanksgiving, as in story, Daniel came home to surprise his mother, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), but also for a business idea he wanted to present to good friend, Devon (Bryton James) and Daniel’s former girlfriend, Lily Winters (Christel Khalil).  Seems Daniel has a mega-universe gaming platform he’s created that he wants Chancellor-Winters to potentially be a part of.  But there must be more to the story than meets the eye, right? Will Daniel find himself drawn back to Lily, especially since her relationship with Billy (Jason Thompson) has hit a major rough spot/road block named Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan)?

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In a new virtual interview exclusively for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Graziadei sits-down to talk about coming home to Genoa City with a look at Daniel’s past, present and future.  Michael first appeared as Y&R’s Daniel from 2004-2013, made a guest stop back to the show in 2016, and now at the end of 2022, he is back full-time with the soap opera.

During the conversation, Graziadei shares what it’s been like working with beloved cast mates including: Michelle Stafford, Christel Khalil, Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and more.

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Michael also shared his enthusiasm at getting a chance to reconnect not only with Michelle Stafford, but Daniel’s adoptive father, Michael Damian (Danny) as well, when they all appear in scenes together for the upcoming holiday episodes.

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Just what have been Michael’s favorite Daniel storylines of all-time? Was it Daniel’s part in Cassie’s death (Camryn Grimes) and its aftermath? When they gave Daniel a porn addiction storyline? Graziadei weighs-in.

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In addition, Michael reveals the wonders of being a new dad to twins boys in real-life, Oliver Bear and Arlo.  He opens up about how he and his lady love, Lauren found out they were having twins, the naming process they went through, and what life is like now at-home.

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During Graziadei’s time away from Y&R, he appeared in numerous TV and film projects.  Most recently, Michael was seen in Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer, where he shares what it was like to take on a legal role for the first time in his career, plus what it was like to act and kiss Oscar-winner, Jessica Lange in American Horror Story (a role he played while still at Y&R during his first go-round).

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You can watch the full interview with Graziadei below.

For more celebrity interviews and features make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

Now let us know, are you glad Daniel is back in GC? Do you hope Lily and Daniel get back together all of these years later? What has been your favorite Daniel storyline of all time … and your favorite part of our conversation with him?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Camryn Grimes and Fiancé Brock Powell Talk On Their Roles as Mrs. Claus and Santa in ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Camryn Grimes (Mariah, The Young and the Restless) has been involved in a very special passion project in more ways than one!  Now, everyone will be able can see it, and hear it, when Grimes voices the role of Mrs. Claus opposite her real-life fiancé and voiceover star, Brock Powell as Santa in Mickey Saves Christmas.

The new stop-motion holiday special premieres Sunday, November 27th (7:00-7:30 p.m. EST) on ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, and Monday, November 28 on Disney+ and Hulu.  It features Disney icons: Mickey, Minnie and the gang, who are sent to the North Pole on a quest to save Christmas and find the true meaning of the holiday.

Camryn and Brock Powell became engaged earlier this year on January 7th, which also happened to be Camryn’s 32nd birthday. How the two met all comes back to the world of voiceover and Disney, as you will learn.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the real-life lovebirds to preview Mickey Saves Christmas, how they wound up voicing the important voices of Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and just what Brock thinks of Camryn’s Genoa City alter-ego Mariah being married to Tessa (Cait Fairbanks), and more.  Is Brock #TeamTeriah? Check out what they shared with us below.

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The two of you were actually introduced by Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy! How did that happen?

BROCK:  So, Bill Farmer is my mentor, and through him, that was the first time I actually met Camryn.

CAMRYN: I knew Bill growing up, and in 2020 when I wanted to get into voiceovers, I reached out to him and that’s how this all started and I guess, the rest is history.

Now you are voicing Santa and Mrs. Claus in Mickey Save Christmas. How did it come about that you both landed parts on the project?

BROCK: I got to play the role of Santa in Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, which was the first time I got to voice Santa for Disney, and now I’m returning to the role this time. Camryn received the audition randomly for Ms. Claus on the day we were getting engaged, and it was perfect timing because I had to get her out of the house so I could set up the proposal here.  So, it really was a Christmas miracle because I was sweating!

CAMRYN:  We were cast separately. The production team had no idea that Brock and I were a couple. When I went in to record, they were like, “Here’s the voice of Santa for you to record to, and I was like, “Yeah, I know… that’s my fiancé!”  They were like, “What??” (Laughs)

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Did the engagement go off without a hitch?

BROCK:  Yes, so after the audition process, Camryn returned home. I proposed, and there was a whole Disney/Pixar theme going on in the backyard. It was a really special day. To have her say, “Yes”, and also to have this crazy opportunity for her to audition for the role of Mrs. Claus happening at the same time … and then weeks later finding out she booked the role, it was all amazing.  We were now going to be working on this Christmas special together.  I think anytime you get to voice an iconic character, it’s special.  However, if you’d told me that I would get to return to the role I love, with the person I love playing opposite me … I think I’m done.  I just don’t know how you can ever top it!

Camryn, what did it mean to you to be in this film as Mrs. Claus, because fans saw this post of yours with a photo of you outside the Anaheim Convention Center where Disney’s D23 convention was happening.  It made everyone speculate  just what you were working on, which you shared was a lifelong dream.

CAMRYN:  Yes!  Y&R and CBS is my home, but I’ve always wanted to do something with Disney.  My family raised me on all things Disney and all things Christmas.  They were huge into the holiday, and so this kind of just checks every box.  It’s not only Disney, it’s Christmas, it’s stop-motion animation, and it’s Mrs. Claus.  I think my family was more excited for me to book this then anything I’ve ever done. I think there were tears! So sentimentally, this project really meant a lot to me.

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Camryn, did Brock coach you on doing voiceover work, or give you any tips?

CAMRYN:  I mean, I live with my voiceover coach. (Laughs) It’s amazing!

BROCK:  You know, I do coach for voiceovers and Camryn is my star pupil now.  She’s a talented actress, obviously. The biggest misconception is that, while it starts with the voice, Camryn, as well as most of the amazing voice actors I know, they have access to this childhood imagination which I think makes their performances possible. So, while you’re watching Mickey Saves Christmas, even though we recorded everything separately, what you’re looking for is that energy and every character connecting. You’re inventing the circumstances, you’re inventing your scene partner, where we have to close our eyes and embody a character we may, or may not, have a reference for. I think watching Camryn and hearing Camryn’s work on this, and a couple of other projects she’s worked on, I’m just so impressed at how coming from daytime television where there is a very stringent set routine and at the level that she excels at there, to then come into my world and then just kill it behind the microphone. She was able to let all of that go and have the bravery to try something new. I think a lot of people are going to love what Camryn has done here.  I’m most proud of her to be willing to look silly which is what is required in voiceover.

CAMRYN:  That’s true, and that’s probably the most fun thing about it.

Now, what can you tease us that happens in the story of Mickey Saves Christmas?

CAMRYN: It’s kind of built into the title a little bit, but I think what you’re going to get out of this is a deep sense of community and coming together to fix a problem and being able to lend a helping hand.  I feel, it’s just a really lovely film about chosen family.

BROCK:  It’s about family, it’s about friends, it’s about putting a lot of pressure on the holidays be perfect.  I think everyone involved in this special from the animators to the music team, everything in it helped make this a love letter to the holidays. The film really just talks about that Christmas is who you spend it with, and not necessarily how it turns out. I think it’s a really positive reminder that the most important part about Christmas is being with the ones we love. These are characters that Camryn and I love, not just the ones we voiced. To be with these actors, to be with these characters. it is just is going to be so special with everyone watching on November 27. It’s going to be the first tine for all us watching it together,

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Now Brock, do you watch Camryn on The Young and the Restless?

BROCK: Yes, and I will say sometimes when Camryn is at work, our puppy does sit and watch mommy on TV, too!

Is Brock, #TeamTeriah on Y&R, as well?

CAMRYN: Yes, Brock is all about #TeamTeriah. It was actually really beautiful kind of getting engaged around the same time, Mariah and Tessa did on the show.

In another post of yours on social media, I saw that you had picked a spot for your wedding to Brock.   

CAMRYN: Yes. We don’t actually have a set date (we have three options), but we did pick a location.  So, we will be figuring that all out very soon.

Check out a clip from ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’ featuring Camryn as Mrs. Clause and Brock as Santa below.  Then let us know, will you be watching the special? What did you think of Camryn getting to work on this project and opposite the love-of-her-life, Brock Powell? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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