Was Trevor St. John FIRED From One Life to Live or Did He QUIT?





There's an old adage that goes there are three sides to every story, yours mine and then the truth. According to sources, the truth about popular leading man Trevor St. John's upcoming exit from One Life to Live isn't quite what it seems.

"Trevor has been saying he was leaving One Life to Live for over a year," says a setsider.

Reportedly executive producer Frank Valentini went to St. John and convinced him to extend with the show into July, in order to give his character, who may or may not be the real Todd Manning, a proper send off.

"He even got time off to do another project as part of the deal, but he still said he was leaving, right up until the last minute, then he changed his mind. By then it was too late, and storylines had been written too far in advance."

St. John's advanced notice that he didn't plan to re-up with the show caused the storylines to shift so drastically that there wasn't enough time for a quick fix to simply go back and write his character back onto the canvas, says one network insider. This coupled with the return of Roger Howarth and the serial's cancellation, made it impossible for the brass to turn on a dime once St. John changed his mind.

"They wanted him to stay until the end, but he kept saying he was done. The show took him at his word."

 

 


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I agree who knows what happened we will probably never know i still love TSJ and wish the best for him in whatever he does.I still want Todd/TSJ/ and Tea to be endgame Blair can have the other todd.

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Well if he said he wanted out then I guess he got his wish.

Too bad cuz I think there is room on the show for both men.

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Yeah, I expected there was another side to this. And probably the real truth is a little bit in-between.

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We will NEVER know the real story, but I wish there could have been a way for BOTH Trevor and Roger to remain on the canvas until the end. Clever writing could have allowed that to happen. However, no use crying over spilled milk. What's done is done. I wish Trevor the best of luck in his future endeavors, and as I have said before, I THOROUGHLY enjoyed his run on the show.

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He's always seemed like an arrogant jerk to me. Personally, I'm glad RH is back.

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This now makes more sense. OLTL could have a goldmine in the 2 Todd's story. I would have preferred 2 Todds until the end but I can live with my disappointment as long as RH is the last Todd standing.

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Been ages, it feels like since I posted on DC..

While a former ABC viewer, fully ensconsed in CBS (The Young and the Restless), I've always seen SUCH similarities between TSJ and Michael Muhuney (Adam). Both in LOOKS, and Acting. And in characters to be honest. Dispicable, questionable, "how CAN THEY be redeamed" kind of guys.

Anyway, while terrified my show may be gobbling up some former ABC stars this summer/fall (terrified would be Rebecca Budig or Cameron Matheson. I couldn't even deal; FANTASTIC would be Michael E. Knight or the obvious OLTL actors -INCLUDING Trevor St. John. Adam needs a NON Newman relative, dammit! Hope could have had a kid brother we don't know about, right?

I do hope TSJ sticks around in Daytime, tho not many shows are left. Here's one Y&R viewer who'd LOVE to see him in Genoa City!

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There is always more to the story. I will miss TSJ, but I understand that the story was written and his change of heart at last minute wasn't enough, especially considering that the show only has months left.

This behind the scenes drama makes me wonder how much some of these actors care about their shows, characters, etc.

I wonder what it is with soap stars these days. Do they not realize that soaps are struggling to stay alive? I don't get the power struggles they give the producers of the shows. If you want to leave, do so. If you don't want to take a paycut, like Y&R's MTS, then be prepared for less airtime or possibly being let go. If you believe in the genre, your show, and/or your character, the financial climate in daytime right now says you are going to have to make some sacrifices, probably in the pocketbook. As fans, we have accepted less sets, less top dollar designer clothes, no more location shoots, etc.

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Amen Soap Stud!
These people expect to play hardball and win. It doesn't happen anymore. It's either be a team player or go to another team.

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Well if he wants off then bye, will be good to focus on the real Todd for the last few months.
I wish people like GT would stay as Kelly and that Dorian will be back before the end, or at least pre tape if she could.
I really would like to see a lot of the newbies gone so that old vets can be afforded to come back. Need Destiny, Rama and her husband (whatever his name is, how bad are they???), the Ford brothers, that Sebastian guy. Cutter is major eye candy (especially shirtless!), Ford too, but if it means old faves can come back instead then good.
Tina needs to come back for sure!

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Like everyone else has said, I knew there was more to the story than what was being told....it's a shame that Llanview couldn't have both RH & TSJ til the end, but it is what it is.

Now can we stop with the RH vs TSJ "who's the better actor" or "one got the other fired" ridiculousness....I really don't give a damn bc my OLTL is still ending in January.

(I will say that I want RHTodd w/Blair & TSJ w/ Tea as their final goal)

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Oh, please. Trevor St. John has been treated horribly for months, if not years. He is not a bookmark for Roger Howarth, although he has been set up as such. Whatever the 'real facts' are, the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of ABC. The last two days of Todd and Téa onscreen are proof of that - nice way to undo eight years of Trevor's artistry and commitment and everything that Trevor and Florencia Lozano have built over the last two years. I wouldn't be surprised if Florencia was next, if ABC would let her out of her contract. But wait, I'm sure ABC will humiliate her, too - probably some variation of being kicked out of the penthouse naked to highlight more of - I'll stop here.

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If this is true, then I'm definitely disheartened that TSJ couldn't see fit to stay until the show ended a couple months later. The best of luck to him because he definitely deserves it.

Is there something to read between the lines here about the fate of his character? If the way the story plays out couldn't accomodate an extension in his contract, I have the feeling that, whoever TSJ is, his number's up. (I also have the feeling that - no matter how much I hate it - he isn't Todd. I think that's definite at this point.) I would hate to see the character just killed, but I would hope, at least, that they give the story adequate time for whatever the fallout of this Two Todds story is.

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I dont buy this convenient storyline dictated exit BS. If Valentini wanted him to stay he would have written for him. He is done using him since Howarth is back.

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I was thrilled that RH was coming back and have been excited about the 2 Todds SL. But I have yet to see any evidence that they've put much effort into writing it. I'm tired of Todd skulking around. Obviously this story is going somewhere but the slow annoying pace with near misses and no insight into the character isn't setting the stage for good story and certainly doesn't give me a sense of confidence in where the writers are taking us. Maybe they should take TSJ wanting to stay (or any other excuse) and revisit the mess they have planned.

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I still don't buy this.

I think OLTL wanted him out from the very second RH came back

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NAN wrote:
He's always seemed like an arrogant jerk to me.

You DO realize he's ACTING, right?

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I was gonna post this on yesterdays show recap (and I probably still will) but did anyone see a spark of chemistry between Tea and Sean on yesterday episode?

THAT would be REALLY interesting and something I had would never think about, but kind of like the idea

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Either way, I think that TSJ should have been a big part of this show's ending and FV should have insisted on it. But when the prima donna RH decided to sign on finally after months of dragging his feet, demanding things from ABC, I'm sure that TSJ was questioning where the Todd role would be going. I also heard he took a big paycut in February, which is why maybe he threatened to leave? Who knows the real story? All I know is, I met Trevor a few times and this guy is a straight-shooter so I don't see him making sh*t up especially when it comes to his livelihood. After all, he's just another guy needing a paycheck to pay his bills and feed his family like everyone else, so why would he want to up and leave not having another gig in hand? Besides, I wouldn't believe anything TIIC says anyway. They have been proven to be liars over and over again, and I wouldn't be surprised if they threw Trevor under the bus to justify one LAME decision after another! So the bottom line is, did they ever really care about the fans? NOPE! NEVER!

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Well, there's no doubt TSJ has the acting chops, but this saddens me not in the least because Todd is the gold standard for irredeemable characters in my book(and this whole storyline with nuJack is also ruining Tea; I love FL, but Tea has become one of the dumbest women on daytime in the last few weeks). As it stands, I'm glad TSJ's Todd is not long for this show.

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DonnyA2001 wrote:
I was gonna post this on yesterdays show recap (and I probably still will) but did anyone see a spark of chemistry between Tea and Sean on yesterday episode?

THAT would be REALLY interesting and something I had would never think about, but kind of like the idea

I thought that too. Sean was a real sweetie with her.

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I don't think TSJ quit, I just don't think that's the case. I am starting to wonder if this was TPTB's plan all along, bring Roger back and push Trevor to the side.

The two Todds could've been a gold mine, TPTB really dropped the ball on this one.

Time for a "Wishful Casting", Jamey!!!

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OLTL is turning out to be the one soap that won't go gently into that good night. Why do we have to have this tawdry fingerpointing at the end of a forty-three-year-old institution?

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This story is pretty much what I thought went down when I read TSJ's statement.

I also believe that Tea has been all but ruined since her return. It's difficult to say and to believe that Tea's departure from the canvas would not sadden me anymore than her involvement in Todd's storyline since defending him for rape and almost everything after. I hold out some hope based on Tuesday's show that maybe she's finally going to break free of Todd and become the Tea I once loved but if not, she's one less character I am going to miss once my show is gone.

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Either way, I think that TSJ should have been a big part of this show's ending and FV should have insisted on it. But when the prima donna RH decided to sign on finally after months of dragging his feet, demanding things from ABC, I'm sure that TSJ was questioning where the Todd role would be going. I also heard he took a big paycut in February, which is why maybe he threatened to leave? Who knows the real story? All I know is, I met Trevor a few times and this guy is a straight-shooter so I don't see him making sh*t up especially when it comes to his livelihood. After all, he's just another guy needing a paycheck to pay his bills and feed his family like everyone else, so why would he want to up and leave not having another gig in hand? Besides, I wouldn't believe anything TIIC says anyway. They have been proven to be liars over and over again, and I wouldn't be surprised if they threw Trevor under the bus to justify one LAME decision after another! So the bottom line is, did they ever really care about the fans? NOPE! NEVER!
I co-sign this post. And to go further I'll believe Trevor before I'll ever believe Frank Valentini. This is thanks Trevor gets. He covers their butts in his blog by stating I wasn't fired to make them look good on their decision.
Than gets slapped face again all so FV can cover his butt and look good! Sorry Frank it's too late. You already burned Trevor and burned his fanbase so live with it. Trevor fans are already leaving after his last show. And some already left. So live with you'll mistake. You made you'll choice now live with the choice you made and all backlashed that comes with it!

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Does this story really sound that farfetched?

Rumors have been out there forever that TPTB wanted RH back....both while he was on ATWT and after it was cancelled.

As an employee...how would you feel knowing that your bosses were constantly looking for your replacement? Personally, I would want to look for other opportunities as well.

So once the rumors began heating up...would you blame TSJ for saying that he wanted out and not buying it when TPTB wanted him to stay? And since the show is cancelled, can you blame TPTB for not being that flexible? They don't have time to change directions and hey...if you say no so many times, people will think that you mean it.

Both stories can be the truth (its about context)....doesn't matter if TSJ said he was leaving and changed his mind at the last minute. In the end, TSJ offered to stay and was turned down.

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Wait just a doggone minute! Be leary of the ubiquitous "setsider"! What is that, anyway? A dog? Oh, that's a SETTER. It might as well be a "little birdie" whispering in Jamey's ear for what the truth's worth. Is this the same Jamey that said the issue was MONEY in Renee (Evangeline) Goldsberry contract negotiations when clearly Renee has said it was not about the money!!! Jamey also tweeted me that TPTB asked Renee to come back when they decided to pull the plug. Renee has stated in print that she was "very, very sad" that they killed Evangeline off and that OLTL did NOT contact her! So am I to believe some musings by Jamey Giddens? No! And so what if Trevor expressed wanting to leave? When I taught school, I wanted to leave every year and I wish I had stayed in the Marine Corps. We all question our decisions from time to time, especially when things don't go as you expected. Trevor's human! I'm sure he has been disappointed by all the crap going on around him! (Let's start with the Emmy fiasco.) So Trevor kept saying he was done. That is the height of speculation! And a lie perpetrated by people who WANTED him out! Period. And I still want to know who this virtuous veritable vermin "setsider" is. No fan of Trevor's, that's for certain.

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Either way the fans of this 40 year old powerhouse don't need any controvery at this point. Just enjoy what happens on the screen. There is not a thing one could do about it at this point. Whether he was fired or quit this week, is pretty moot since the show should be wrapping up it's shooting sometime in october or early november when he was gonna get fired anyway. We are talking around four months of employment...... Don't get upset just enjoy your show!

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That's a good way to think of it Marknspro cuz this time next year AMC & OLTL will both be gone.
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@marknspro: i agree with your logic, but my gut tells me to not trust the "setsiders", OLTL's showrunners or ABC Daytime. I do not think they have the audience's best interest at heart, evidenced by a laundry-list so long I will not bother to go into it.