One Life to Live’s Farah Fath: “JP Was Being SARCASTIC!”





I just got an email from One Life to Live star Farah Fath (Gigi) who wants to set the record straight about her on and offscreen love interest John-Paul Lavoisier's (Rex) statement to Soap Opera Digest. According to Fath, JP was just joshing:

Hey guess what!  JP was being SARCASTIC when he made that quote about Brian Frons!  JP and I could not disagree with his decision making MORE.  Please set the record straight on your website asap.  Thank you.


Okay, my bad, but in my defense, nothing in the statement denotes that it was intended as sarcasm, so I took it for face value. Anyhoo, glad to know JP doesn't support the douchetastic Fronsinator!

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  1. Profile photo of angrierblackerman
    angrierblackerman

    It’s really tough to know if a lot of this stuff is legit. Already there have been false Twitter posts, and txts, lol! Oh man, everything is so messed up right now!

    I thought they always tell he actors not to look at blogs or messageboards?

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    watchingallday

    I do not think that he was being sarcastic, but a closer inspection of his words could possibly make me give him the benefit of a doubt, if there was not the fact of them being golf buddies. What IS evident is Farrah’s snippy attitude in that email. Her “guess what” with an exclamation point and “please set the record straight” does does NOT belie the tone of someone who is trying to peacefully resolve a misunderstanding.

    What did Cheri Oteri as Judge Judy say-“Don’t pee on my leg and tell me its raining!”

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    Jamey Giddens

    You guys know I shoot straight, and I genuinely believe Farah. Digest has been a bit goofy of late. First the whole Guza is out business, now this. I respect them, and know they’re going through a lot, but I wish someone had clarified with an editorial note that he was being sarcastic.

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    weezny

    I think it’s pretty clear he was being sarcastic. Why would he post a statement about how a boss who essentially just fired him makes great decisions? Even if they ARE golf buddies?

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    gush900

    These two idiots dont seem to grasp what frons did is murder.I whole heartdly believe we wouldve had better storylines if shapiro was still president of abc daytime.Jp’s statement seemed straight forward to me.

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    Marezi

    And maybe he is looking towards his future. I don’t like his character I think he plays him to silly, but I can’t blame him “IF” he was thinking about NOT biting the hand that feeds you.

    They all need to find work after the shows are gone so to me they should watch what they say. I know in the “real world” and when we interview people we do not “like” the tearing now of their former employees. Because if they move on from our company wouldn’t they do the same?

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    nOva

    Really? I don’t think Fath needs to be humble here, particularly if people were insulting towards JPL or making incorrect assumptions about his intentions. I’m sure he’s THRILLED about being out of a job.

    That was sarcasm.

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    nOva

    And there’s something else that needs to be said. The tone of the conversation since the cancellations has been a little misguided. I am a huge OLTL fan and I’m just as upset as everyone else that the show has been cancelled, especially the manner in which it was done. I think ABC, particularly Frons, has been cavalier, trifling, dismissive and, yes, cruel.

    But every little thing that is uttered by a celeb, media outlet or some other public figure that is not in total agreement with the fans does not warrant the torch-wielding villagers. The reaction to Rachel Ray’s comment was unbelievable and snarking on her body by using words like “oink” does not exactly demonstrate a mature, thoughtful reaction to the news. It is not her fault the shows are being cancelled and it’s not even incumbent upon her to give a damn. We can’t act like victims and bullies all at once.

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    appleridge

    Maybe folkks should think before they comment and folks like RR who should realize that thousands are gonna be outta work

    Yes I Get shes happy for her pals but at the same time does she have any compassion for those who were just all fired in order for these new shows to come on?

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    strato

    The best proof to me will be if JPL and FF who are not, IMHO, the best actors of OLTL, end up on another ABC show promptly. If yes, I would say that JPL was not sarcastic at all but thankful to his golf buddy…

    If no, I would agree that JPL was sarcastic… Can he be even more sarcastic and add that “he will be happy to have his days free to play golf with his beloved Fronsie”?

    JOKING!

    But JPL, go check what Robin Strasser and Erika Slezak said and wrote. Everybody understood immediately what they were saying. It was beautiful and sad and it was perfect. And it brought them even more love than before… No need to be “sarcastic”… and probably no time…

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    strato

    Appleridge, I hope Rachel Ray will also be happy/thrilled for the new “new show” that will replace THE CHEW/STEW (whatever) when the said STEW will have failed miserably ;)

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    Thomas

    I think what JPL should do is be more Passionate not Sarcastic not the time for Joking when people be out work and looking for Jobs else where.

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    petitejolie

    I read his comment as sarcastic. I understand that everybody here is upset about losing their shows, but I think everybody is a little quick to attack and blame everyone they can. Even though I gave up on AMC after poison pancakes, I’m going to tune back in for the end. I’m disappointed that OLTL is also ending because of all the daytime shows, it has been the most consistently enjoyable to watch.

    At the end of the day, we have to be realistic. Most of us know that these shows couldn’t go on forever. It’s hard to lose them, but we’re pretty powerless to stop it unless we’re all nielsen households or rich enough to buy these shows and make them for ourselves.

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    troymcclure

    [quote=angrierblackerman]I thought they always tell he actors not to look at blogs or messageboards?[/quote]

    Well we all know Farah reads the baords, she’s made that perfectly clear, middle finger and all!

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    Miry

    My 2 cents: He was being sarcastic. His “Thank You.” at the end sealed the deal for ME.

    What I DIDN’T like however is the way that FF came at ya’ll for re-printing what someone else wrote. I get that they were probably being harassed, but I think that she should have come at it more diplomatically & perhaps the response that she is getting now (& by extension JPL) would be better. I mean, throw a smiley up in there or something!

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    josser

    Give the guy a break. It’s difficult to tell from text whether someone is being sarcastic or not. People inferred wrongly.

    At this point, every one’s emotions are raw; let’s reserve the vitriol for those in the executive suite (Frons and Sweeney) and not a worker bee.

    Acting is a difficult profession. The future is not bright and shiny for JPL or for most of the cast and crew at One Life to Live. There are very few acting, writing, or production jobs. God only knows how long it will be before they find steady work.

    OLTL is entertainment for us but it’s the livelihood to 200 people, who, like JPL will be facing the unemployment line.

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    pumpkin

    I think we better get a grip here. I do believe the explanation.

    JPL has done good work on this shane story. His scenes with KZ were heartbreaking. That said, everybody better step back and breath.

    I have my local affiliate/sweeney addresses here and I am going to write how I feel about the decison of OLTL. I think they are out of their minds getting rid of OLTL. 3rd in ratings in april, creatively praised. Yikes

    I know on here GH is a fav of most so I will duck but I think GH should have gone. It is terrible.

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    pink_shoe

    Did you guys see his follow-up?

    John-Paul Lavoisier Clarifies Statement

    By SOD • Posted: Apr 18, 2011

    Quotes posted earlier today from John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) to sod.com about OLTL/ABC’s cancellation and ABC chief Brian Frons has set off a firestorm on the Internet. Here, the actor clarifies his statement: “The point wasn’t to make anybody mad or anybody happy. The point was for everyone to interpret my comments in any way they want to, at least the last part of the quote. If you’re not happy with my quote, think of it sarcastically. And if you’re happy with my quote, take it literally. It’s a neutral quote that can be taken in either way. But the rest of the quote can be taken literally. Farah [Fath, Gigi] and I are going to L.A. We are going to pound the pavement and I was very blessed to have worked on the final nine years and seven months of a long-running, great show that has a great family. As an actor, it gave me fun stuff to do. The first day that Brian Frons became president of ABC, he could have fired me right off the bat. I spent every day working for ABC under the possibility that Brian could have fired me. So I do thank Brian for not firing me during his reign. I thank him every day that he never made the decision to fire me and I do thank him for bringing on Farah. But everyone needs to understand that you can’t bite the hand that feeds you. There is a lot of world left to live and a lot of jobs to still be had and you never know who’s going to become the president of what. I don’t want to burn future bridges with the professional people who will someday hire me for other jobs.”

    Makes it a lot clearer. NOT.

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    arielade

    Sooooo…. NOT sarcastic then at all. Jamey, you were right on the first time! He’s buddies with Frons and doesn’t want to bite the hand that fed him. Damn. Jamey, don’t doubt yourself! You did nothing wrong here…

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    dkp

    JPL’s clarification is basically “Yes I was ass kissing big time, Yup I am self absirbed, and hey if it bothers you, just think of it as sarcasm”

    Which is pretty much how I read it the first time.

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    appleridge

    JPL Doesnt Seem To Understand That Frons Did Fire Him & All Of AMC & OLTL On April 14th 2011

    There is Nothing Wrong With Speaking Out and saying Your Pissed and Notkissing the gutys ass who just fired you and killed all the soaps on his network

    The shows over why keep toting the company BS?

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    beansmorgan

    Maybe he isn’t heartbroken about this. Is it possible that he is somewhat relieved the show is canceled? Now can head to LA and seek greener pastures without any guilt over leaving a steady paycheck. Think of it as being pushed out of the nest. He’s a young, attractive guy (albeit not the world’s greatest actor), but he could very well find something in prime-time or film.

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    alstonboy4315

    John does seem like the sarcastic type. I have gotten that vibe about him in the past from reading his magazine interviews, but something about this seems fishy to me. Either way, they aren’t doing themselves any favors by trying to wiggle out of this one.

    Guess who has NO chance of going over to GH now???

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    doodleynoodle

    Here’s the thing…we have to diametrically opposing forces (schools of thought) going on here.

    This is the equivalent of Hostess making the announcement that because Twinkies and Ding Dongs are making the 18-49 female demographic have fat asses, they’ve decided to discontinue making them. So they close down every Twinkie and Ding Dong factory in the world.

    As a result:

    a)the women who have been insulted by the thoughtless, idiotic announcement;
    b)the consumer who no longer has access to their favorite treat; and,
    c)every other consumer who does not fit 18-49 female fat-ass demographic,

    are ready to raise 7 different kinds of hell. They have been personally and emotionally affected by the (fictional Hostess) idiots in charge and are ready to start World War 3.

    On the other hand, you have the factory worker who has diligently been showing up to work, living his life and enjoying the fruits of his hard work in the form of steady employment, benefits and awesome perks (ie: all you can eat Twinkies and Ding Dongs)…but now the well has dried up and he’s looking for employment in an oversaturated market, in a bad economy, in an era where everyone is tightening their belts.

    The ONLY chance he MIGHT have to continue in the lifestyle he’s grown accustomed to is transfer to the HoHo factory. Is he going to spit in the face of the Hostess CEO so he can have 5 minutes of satisfaction and endless months of unemployment or do you think a little humble pie might be in order so that he might have the opportunity to work in his chosen industry again?

    What would you do? JP doesn’t what to piss off his fans…but bottom line…they don’t hold the purse strings. I think he shot off his mouth a little bit and in this volatile climate his backhanded comments got blown up into a major thing because everyone is on edge right now. Let that be a lesson to us all (in real life…of which he is participating…whereas, in this case, we are not). When in doubt, plug the spout. Zip it. Shut your pie hole.

    On the other hand, we as fans CAN afford to be outraged, go off and threaten to bring the kingdom down on the (balding) heads of the oppressors and we SHOULD. BUT I don’t think we should give the actors who are covering their own asses right now too much of a hard time.

    That being said I think JP should have shut up while he was ahead…my respect has waned for him over the course of the events we witnessed day. GROW A PAIR JP…either be a man and SHUT-UP or be a man and STAND-UP. Wishy-washy doesn’t work for me.

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    Luke

    I think we all need to step back and take breather. I mean, I am not gonna say I am some guru of interpreting someone’s tone over the net. But I kind of assume he’s being sarcastic. I mean, you don’t say thank you to the man who fired you and mention the words “decision making” in a statement and their not be some measure of snark to it

    And why shouldn’t he be sarcastic? What do people expect the guy to do, mope around and be depressed?

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    sunnydays25

    Whether or not he was sarcastic in his first statement, his second is even more ambiguous. Obviously, as a young actor, he wants more work and you do never know who you’ll meet down the road in the business. But pick a side, dude. Have the cajones to say what you mean without trying to keep everyone happy and talk out both sides of your mouth.

    Oh, and if you have a problem with the way this site is portraying your words, man up and tell them yourself…your GF’s statement is in direct contrast to your rebuttle to SOD. The wishy-washyness is what people are pissed about, not so much the statements themselves. Take a page from Robin Strasser’s book and take a definitive stand…or just keep your lips zipped :)

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