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Y&R's Thom Bierdz speaks on why there aren't more out actors in daytime!

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Photo Credit: John Skalicky

In a great new interview and pictorial in Frontiers In LA Magazine, and their companion website, The Young and the Restless’ openly gay actor Thom Bierdz (Phillip) talks about dating, cosmetic surgery, his painting career, and why there are not more actors who are out in daytime.

Here is what Bierdz had to say about the daytime dilemma: “The gay actors I know have not explained this to me personally, so I am only guessing that they are afraid of losing their acting careers. When I began acting I was told by my reps to “stay in the closet” as it could hurt my career. So I did, and the pain of that secret kept me from enjoying the very success I was beginning to have. I left The Young and the Restless after three years. Fast forward two decades. After coming out I had a unique opportunity in 2009 to play the same part I did 20 years ago on Y&R, Phillip Chancellor III, who was straight. And now all these years later, as in my own life, the writers have brilliantly written Phillip as gay, and as a son, brother, father, with an ex-wife he adores. My character on the soap has been loved since he was born in the ’70s, and now viewers—even those who think they don’t know any gay people—know Phillip is gay and that the actor playing him is also gay; so they have to/get to experience Phillip as a multidimensional gay man who is as worthy of love as the other legacy characters on daytime.”

Check out the rest of Bierdz interview and let us know your thoughts on his comments.

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OK! What could have been a great storyline was thrown under the bus! This is why I say Siister Soap B&B leave the gay storylines alone you do not have the writer or actors for this! Please hire me to straighten out this mess you call Daytime ! History, knowing your characters not rewriting in the middle to change things! Not hiring actors to play long time charcters who are 15 years younger than they should be. Enough! You insult the viewers!

Keep On Keeping On, Thom. We Love You In Evanston, Illinois! 🙂

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Kim Zimmer Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Last night the stars of daytime came together for a one-of-a-kind three hour-plus virtual event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit For Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story.

Towards the top of the show Daytime Stands Up co-hosts Michael Fairman and Alan Locher welcomed former Guiding Light stars, Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva) and Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian).

During their segment both actresses initially discussed playing breast cancer storylines for their character on the beloved soap opera and the impact it made on them and the viewers at the time. However, later in the conversation, Kim made a heartfelt admission that she is currently battling breast cancer in real life.

 

Kim expressed, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6th. And if it wasn’t for a wonderful circle of friends that I have, and not to mention my husband AC Weary, and my family Rachel Max and Jake, who call me every day, I would’ve fallen apart. But because of my circle that I had, including fabulous doctors, early detection (was possible).

“I did have a mastectomy and I have my last infusion on Tuesday,” Zimmer added. “I would say to anyone that may get a diagnosis like I got. It’s so important that you find a support system.”

On how she is coping with her battle, Kim shared, “I’m a tough broad. But again, if I didn’t have the friends that I have, the support system that I have, the fabulous doctors, a fantastic plastic surgeon, I would’ve fallen apart. And I’m here to say early detection. Early detection. Early detection. Get your mammograms, get them soon.”

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Earlier in the segment, when Kim talked about Reva’s breast cancer battle and how her character would not tell the love her life, Josh Lewis (Robert Newman), which maddened fans of the GL. Kim related, “The fans were like, ‘Why are you not telling Josh?” It made for great drama, though, It bonded Billy and Reva again in life.  We brought in the wonderful character of Colin, who was Reva’s by the book, cancer Doctor.”

“There were a lot of wonderful things that came out of the storyline,” recalled the four-time Daytime Emmy-winner. “I actually went back and watched the (standalone show) that they did on Reva finding out she had breast cancer. And I was like, ‘Wow. I can’t imagine not fighting that story today. But it ended up being written beautifully.”

Share your well-wishes to Kim on her recent medical battle with breast cancer below and check out the livestream below of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer.

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The Young and the Restless Eileen Davidson to Chat Live on Ashley’s Alters Storyline

Fans of CBS daytime’s The Young and the Restless have been watching Ashley Abbott’s (Eileen Davidson) psyche split into multiple personalities. The trouble all started months ago over an argument with Tucker (Trevor St. John) and a flashback to a tragic car accident years ago.

Now Ashley is not herself.  She at times is either Ash, Ms. Abbott or the flamboyant Belle. Although her friend and psychiatrist from Paris, Alan Laurent (Christopher Cousins) has come to Genoa City at the urging of the Abbott family, he has been taking his time assessing Ashley and her behavior.

Looks like Ashley’s alter may be hell-bent on murdering Tucker during her mental anguish as the storyline takes even more twists and turns in upcoming episodes ahead.

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Coming up, next week on May 21st beginning at 2pm ET/11am PT, Eileen Davidson will chat live with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel and discuss taking on this storyline in a storied career which has already see Eileen take home two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on both Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

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Let us know what you think of Eileen’s performances thus far and what you think the next wrinkle in Ashley’s alters storyline will be via the comment section below.  And make sure to be with us on May 21!

 

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Patrick Mulcahey OUT as General Hospital Co-Head Writer

After various reports surfaced, it has been confirmed that Patrick Mulcahey is out as the co-head writer of General Hospital. This is after a very short tenure of under five months.

Mulcahey was named to the position back in January of 2024 along with longtime GH writer Elizabeth Korte. They replaced the team of Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, who had been the head scribes of the long-running ABC daytime drama since 2019.

A source informed Soap Opera Digest that stories created by the co-head writing team of  Mulcahey/Korte team will air through mid-summer. However they added “There will be more news to share at a later date as to the composition of the new writing team.”

In addition, eagle-eyed soap fans have seen that in recent episodes former co-head writer, Chris Van Etten has been credited, as he is reportedly a breakdown writer with the show.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Korte has assumed the head writing duties solely on her own at the moment, while Buzz blog initially reported Mulcahey’s exit.

We will have more on the GH writing team evolution in the days ahead.

What do you think about the writing team changes at GH thus far? Comment below.

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