Is Maura West getting a pink slip? According to CBS Soaps In Depth, the actress has been fired from The Young and the Restless. As of right now, there is no final airdate and Y&R is remaining mum on if the talented actress is out.
IMO I don't think Eden Riegel is miscast....yes the writing for her character is bad but that's with a lot of characters on Y&R, but I think she works fine with what she is given. She shines when she is opposite Elizabeth Hendrickson's Chloe. I think they just have to find the right match for her romantically on the show. So far her romantic pairing have been blah!
Maura Should Have been Grace Turner. She was Miscast as Diane
I liked her Diane I have seen Diane over the years from the beginning and I think it has more to do with the writing for me. They hired her and its how they wrote Diane to bang Nick, which was starting to work for me....what I didn't get is why the Sam Hell they but her with Victor? And also the age of Kyle was off...Its these things that create the whole picture of the character that is also off for me.
Wow! Isn't it interesting how almost all of us are saying the same thing? I love Maura West; I absolutely think that she is great but from the moment that I saw her as Diane, I was shocked, everything about Diane and Maura West was wrong. First of all, I think that Maura deserved her own character, one that she could create and second of all, nothing about Maura seemed to fit what I think of as Diane. It was a very bad miscast. I wonder if the Bells will put her over at B&B until enough time has passed to bring her back to Y&R as someone new. I think that all of us that are posting here, were excited to have Maura West at Y&R; we all wished her well but I have to agree with the poster who wondered why all of us could see what the casting people at Y&R could not.
She wasn't bad on Y&R, but MAB & Company are the ones who miscast Maura West. They put her in a lousy role and never wrote a decent s/l for her. Maura West is one of the top actresses of her generation and TPTB at Sony & CBS allowed the Bell's to blow it. MAB & Company could have created a role just for Maura and her talents. Frankly, Diane Jenkins was not the type of character that showcased Maura's strengths.
Y&R needs great actresses on the show to continue into the future and this happens? Really?
Everyone sees that soaps are in trouble and this only highlights the mismanagement of these shows. Here comes one of the top actresses in the genre, who moves her family from NY to LA for the role and MAB craps on her. Y&R/Sony & CBS have really blown it.
Just goes to show that just because an actor is popular on one soap doesn't mean it will translate to success on another. I am sick of Y&R (and all soaps in general) poaching stars of other soaps. Y&R no longer looks like Y&R---it looks like a refuge for AMC/P&G stars!
Never cared for Maura as Diane. Think both of the others did a much better job than Maura, although they did have better writers in their corners and that helped some. Thought this one always looked haggard and she had the most awful hair ever. The picture here makes her look a tiny bit better, but not much. Glad to see her gone and it won't be soon enough to suit me and sure hope she takes the brat with her.
MAB decided that she wanted to snag Maura West and just threw her into the Diane Jenkins role without bothering to consider if she would be a good fit and basically turned Diane into a gold digging skank. This was a diservice to Maura and the viewers. MAB PLEASE stop trying to snatch and grab people for other shows WRITE FOR THE TALENTED CAST YOU ALREADY HAVE!
Actually, I hope Diane leaves a rapidly-aged Kyle in Genoa City. Jack needs his son. With too-young Diane off the show, they can make Kyle a teenager without it looking ridiculous.
Considering how horrifically bad Y&R is at writing teenagers, they will probably cast a 30 year old and pair him with Daisy.
I'd rather see Kyle leave with Diane until new writers and producers are around. I can already see MAB polishing up some "ironic" story where Kyle becomes Victor's latest cult member.
Maura is awesome actress but I agree a miscast was done she would have really rocked as Grace. Colleen Zenk would have been a better pick for Diane look at her work with Trent (ex Henry ATWT) and tell me she could not not have acted with Joshua. As a far as the role of Heather the talented Mandy Bruno (ex Marina GL)could have brought the spunk to that role. Victoria is another role quite agree needs to be recast how about Ewa (ex Vienna ATWT) could be a great cast choice too. I wish Maura well she is a great actress always gracious with interviews and her fans too!
Carol2, do you post at SON as CarlD2? Your posts are similarly cynical!
I said it before she was cast on Y&R.
She SHOULD'VE been hired by GH as a recast Nikki Langton (AJ's ex) on GH. They could've written her as hiding her pregnancy when she first left PC. She could've had a child from A.J., and that child would've been not only Michael's sibling, but a Quartermaine heir that didn't interact with the mob. I would've loved to see she and Carly fight over who would be the rightful Quartermaine heir and this would've given Carly a storyline finally outside of Sonny and Jason. It also would've put more emphasis on the Quartermaine family. Being that Nikki was Dawn's (Monica's deceased daughter) half-sister, it would've been nice for Monica to eventually become close with Nikki (since Monica's family is all gone), even though they never got along before.
^^^^ That would’ve actually been a great idea, but under Guza’s tenure??? No WAY were they going to hire another connection to the Q's that they couldn’t kill off in a month! Related or not. That kill happy man wouldn't have allowed her off the bus without a bullet in her head first. Just ask Carly.
Love MW! I say she should be scooped up by DAYS and BAM!!!! Welcome the new Kristen Dimera!!!! I can dream....right? That is one character DAYS needs back, and not many actresses have the ability to reinvent that complex character, but I think MW could do it!!!
DAYS,,,,,, are you reading this???!?!?!!!!!?!?!
No no no!!! Days does NOT need another soap's leftovers!
What a bummer! I only started Y&R last year, and I really liked her acting and portrayal.
How about her taking Kristen on B&B in a recast? That would be awesome. I'd love to see her and Lesli Kay do scenes together. They do share a resemblance. Are you listening CBS?
^^ I like that idea!
Maura also could have been a recast Grace Turner. Grace has history with Nick, so she could have easily merged into a quad with Nick, Sharon and Adam. They would have had to sacrifice connecting her to Bergman, Braeden and LeBlanc, but that's a small sacrifice as far as I'm concerned. They could have portrayed Grace as a golddigger who pursued Victor to make Nick jealous---it would be in character for Victor to fall for one of his children's "friends" while on the rebound from Nikki because he did the same thing with Sabrina.
But yeah, I like the idea of her on B&B as Kristen Forrster. I definitely see a resemblance to Lesli Kay.
Lesli Kay and Maura West always had great chemistry on ATWT, but if Brad Bell doesn't see fit to write any story for Felicia, I doubt very seriously he'd see fit to write for Kristen, even if Maura were playing her.
I personally think that the Grace Turner character has run its course, but I would have loved to see her come on as a totally new character who was similar to the character of Carly Tenney. She could have had a fashion background and went to work at Restless style, butting heads with Phyllis, and maybe even come in between Billy and Victoria.
There are so many WASTED opportunities and "What If?" moments that come to mind when thinking about Maria Bell and her hideous casting decisions. This woman seriously does NOT seem to think long-term and consider what makes sense. It's all about shock value and quick ratings boosts based on gimmicks.