Debbi Morgan Dishes What to Expect on The Young and The Restless



 

All My Children veteran Debbi Morgan is free at last— to talk about her role on The Young and the Restless that is! Morgan gives the skinny to TV Guide Magazine's  Michael Logan on what Harmony aka Yolanda will be up to in Genoa City.
 
TV Guide Magazine: What brings her back to Genoa City?
Morgan: She has no idea what's been happening with Devon — that his father, Tucker [Stephen Nichols], is the son of Katherine Chancellor [Jeanne Cooper]. In fact, that's still a big secret in Genoa City until Phyllis [Michelle Stafford] puts the story on the Internet. Harmony sees the news on a customer's laptop while working at the diner and makes a beeline to Genoa City to reconnect with Devon. Needless to say, she doesn't get a warm reception. Devon's furious that she abandoned him and doesn't want anything to do with her.

Morgan also answers the burning question,  will she and former AMC love interest Peter Bergman rekindle their Pine Valley passion in Genoa City ?
 

TV Guide Magazine: What about Harmony and Jack Abbott? When you and Peter Bergman tried a romance back on AMC there were so many complaints from the audience that Bergman wound up getting fired. 

Morgan: Who knows? [Laughs] Maybe Harmony will turn out to be the black Erica Kane! People have already been connecting the dots and are assuming that Harmony will wind up with Neil [Kristoff St. John]. It'd be really great if we went somewhere unexpected. That was such a thing with Peter back in the day! AMC was getting all that hate mail and we knew they'd have to break up Cliff and Angie and that one of us would be out of a job. I just assumed it would be me, but it was Peter! He had just bought an apartment in New York. His wife was pregnant. I was so shocked they did that to him. But then one day Peter calls me from Los Angeles and says he's going to an audition to be Terry Lester's replacement on Y&R and I said, "Peter, do not walk to that audition. F–king run! It will be the role of a lifetime!" [Laughs] He tells that story to this day!
 

To find out why Yolanda's name is now Harmony and what made Morgan turn down a role in a Denzel Washington movie (Hell no, Debbi!), click here!
 

 

34 Responses

  1. Avatar of MsNixon
    MsNixon

    A former crackhead band groupie turned waitress? Really, Maria Arena Bell? Really? If the love story between Harmony and Neil (because you know it’s gonna be Neil) involves him teaching her how to read, I’m going to throw up. This is Debbi Freakin’ Morgan. She’s an Emmy winning daytime LEGEND. She’s one half of one of the most popular supercouples of all time and this is the best they can do? I know she’s only been there a week or two but she must know this has HOT MESS written all over it. RUN DEBBI RUN!

  2. Avatar of DivaOne
    DivaOne

    New poster in the house. Ok, now I Looovveeeee me some Ms. Debbi, no doubt about it, and have followed her career for years, but honey, I have to say, I don’t know about this one. I’m happy that she’s happy, but the decision between playing opposite Denzel (which would’ve been round #2 for her since she’s played opposite of Denzel before in “The Hurricane”, and was awesome of course!) vs. the Bullsh*t that is Y&R these days should be a no-brainer! I understand the ink was dry when she was notified, and obviously the timing couldn’t be worse, but c’mon homey!! I’ve been anxiously awaiting for Debbi to hit up the big screen again, because she is just toooo freakin’ TALENTED!!!!!

    Oh, and MAB doesn’t like the name Yolanda!?!? Seriously, For real?!?! That ish don’t even smell right…

  3. Avatar of Restless Fan
    Restless Fan

    So Maria Bell hates the name Yolanda and changes yet another thing at her whim. She failed to mention she also hates character development, smart story telling, respect for history and having to work past 5.

  4. Avatar of jphelps
    jphelps

    I get that there are limited options for black women but she had a chance to work opposite Denzel Washington again, awesomeness as he is, and ended up at Y&R? Oy

    And Harmony? MAB is a genius. Well I can’t blame this one on Sheffer.

  5. Avatar of
    An_Emmy_For_Julia_Pace_Mitchell

    Gurls, I agree!!! Things look good this fall on “Young and the Restless”

    That little genius Maria Arena Bell is gonna work some magic for Debbi Morgan. Maybe Morgan will get two Emmy nominations? One for her work on “AMC” and another for “Y&R.” Hey, if Julianne Moore, Holly Hunter, Jessica Lange, etc. can do it, why can’t Morgan?

    Bet sparks will fly between Yolanda and the most beautiful woman in Genoa City, Sofia. Gurl!!! These vixens will have fans wondering, “Drew Who???”

    Two snaps up to Scott Hammer and Maria Arena Bell. Gurl, I know that’s right!!!

    *** YES, PLEASE, ONE EMMY NOMINATION FOR JULIA PACE MITCHELL! ***

  6. Avatar of GHfan-4now
    GHfan-4now

    So Maria Bell hates the name Yolanda and changes yet another thing at her whim. She failed to mention she also hates character development, smart story telling, respect for history and having to work past 5.

    **********

    All of that and then some!

    Debbi’s on my prayer list…

  7. Avatar of arielade
    arielade

    Poor Debbi… I am a week behind on Y&R and have no interest in catching up. *sigh* I almost feel like not making the effort to post a comment. I’m just… totally bored with Y&R. I think I’ve moved past disappointment and sadness to apathy. Thanks MAB.

  8. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    Phyllis …
    All I can say is that it’s too bad that we can’t put on the internet exactly what we know all about you. That would put the shoe on the right foot for once!

  9. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    Yolanda the crackhead. You brought Debbie on to play this bullshit. Come on now come on!

    Wait a minute unless Yolanda was born to hippie parents than black people don’t tend to name their children Harmony. But this is just one more reason why Maria writes like JERK! Think of the Harmony and the city on Passions.

  10. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    Welcome to New Poster in the house!!! DivaOne I remember when I was new LoL

    I’m beginning to wonder if Maria Arena even likes soaps she keeps hiring icons of the genre and making an ass out of them in her stories…I love me some Debbi M. but she has to know the possibility of her being written for is slim. Tristan Rogers, Genie Francis, Maura West, and miscasting…

    I totally agree that Eden Riegel should have been Mackenzie!

    I just think this is just another one she’ll lead to slaughter. Am I to expect a different outcome of the same ole’ song….???

    Its like when I watch the Titanic even though I know Jack is going to die I still expect it to be different (hallmark of excellent storytelling for me) then I see him frozen on the ice and somehow I’m still surprised…with MariaArena I don’t have that same feeling when it comes to her hiring these actors and writing them in her stories. She makes a mockery out of them I’m afraid Debbi will be another in a long list. I hope I’m wrong but I somehow I doubt it.

    ——————

    Yes Moustache

    re Yolanda (Harmony) / Devon storyline the abandonment etc was already done so like the new name for Yolanda I suspect history is about to be tweaked I’m not looking forward to this if Maria screws this up I’m on her like a cheap suit I’m sick of her arrogant ass…honestly

    ………….

    re: the name…I’m African American and there are no Black, Caucasian, Espanol (or any other nationality) Harmonys in my neck of the woods

    NONE!

    And that includes all my decades of teaching Grammar, High School and college.

  11. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    So now MAB hates even characters names and rewrites them too???

    Was a year ago that I thought Y&R becomes Passions … who would have thought that a year later MAB comes up with the name Harmony, which of course is so much better than Yolanda. LOL

    It’s a bloody train wreck right from the start. I can’t believe that Debbie even agreed to do this. It already screams FAIL.

  12. Avatar of koalygirl
    koalygirl

    [quote=GHfan-4now]So Maria Bell hates the name Yolanda and changes yet another thing at her whim. She failed to mention she also hates character development, smart story telling, respect for history and having to work past 5. All of that and then some! Debbi’s on my prayer list…[/quote]

    ~applauds~ You hit the nail on the head! I do like Debbi Morgan, but I have to shake my head on this one because it’s same stuff different day. Just like the storylines are recycled, unfinished state and all, the move to bring new characters will bomb. Move over GF, MAB has a new “it” girl.

    When Tristan Rogers came on I thought Y&R had hit paydirt. Seeing Colin and Jill proved that fact. But like a 5 yr old with ADD who’s been fed a ton of sugar, MAB just can’t keep it together. Debbi will fare no better as Y&R continues to spiral downward. Only ffwding through some of it when Jill and Colin are on. After Tristan leaves, no point anymore. AND, I’m not buying Sony anymore either.

  13. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=The_Moustache]Devon is furious at Yolanda for abandoning him? wasn’t this scene already played out YEARS ago!?!![/quote]

    It certainly was! By the original actress who played Yolanda.

  14. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=The_Moustache][quote=For Whom the Bells Toll]Give it a go people……..who knows, the storyline might work!!!![/quote] just like how Maura West worked out huh?[/quote]

    Amen to that! PREACH IT!

  15. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=An_Emmy_For_Julia_Pace_Mitchell]Gurls, I agree!!! Things look good this fall on “Young and the Restless”! That little genius Maria Arena Bell is gonna work some magic for Debbi Morgan. Maybe Morgan will get two Emmy nominations? One for her work on “AMC” and another for “Y&R.” Hey, if Julianne Moore, Holly Hunter, Jessica Lange, etc. can do it, why can’t Morgan? Bet sparks will fly between Yolanda and the most beautiful woman in Genoa City, Sofia. Gurl!!! These vixens will have fans wondering, “Drew Who???” Two snaps up to Scott Hammer and Maria Arena Bell. Gurl, I know that’s right!!! *** YES, PLEASE, ONE EMMY NOMINATION FOR JULIA PACE MITCHELL! ***[/quote]

    AY, YI, YI! OY VEY! JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL AWAY FROM THIS NUTJOB!

  16. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    Murdering Maria is now rewriting her own history…sad. This is going to be massive hot mess of SHIT! Poor Ms. Morgan because this will not turn out well. Maria is so delusional to honestly think this is good story telling. Her talent doesn’t reside in soap opera writing, not feeling sorry at all anymore for Sony, CBS, or the Bells, because they have all turned a deaf ear so let them destroy Y&R, I left the building for good.

  17. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=harlee490]Murdering Maria is now rewriting her own history…sad[/quote]

    I must clarify here: Maria did not create this character. This was a couple of years before she came on as EP/HW. This was during LML’s regime, not MAB’s. So, in reality, MAB is NOT rewriting her own history here. Although, she is rewriting someone else’s history. The character of Yolanda was on Y&R between 2005 and 2006. Maria did not come on until 2008.

  18. Avatar of CDREW
    CDREW

    I Think Maria’s tent poling story telling in the last week or so has been good.The Problem is as writer, I never get the sense she knows or cares where she is going. Also her fast pace ( possibly dictated by Sony) is the antithesis of Bill Bell’s vision; who moved his stories at a dramatic slow motion pace. As a E.P Maria stunt casting has gone from
    obscure to soap star grandstanding and she has a dope cast all ready. All of that said it may not be doomsday for D. Morgan. She could bring her superior knowledge of the genre and maybe accomplish what her girl Vicky could not; but for sure open the door for. As far as the Harmony, “Hippy” name change ; that may give us an insight into Maria’s ADD writing style.

  19. Avatar of CDREW
    CDREW

    I Think Maria’s tent pole story telling in the last week or so has been good.The Problem is as writer, I never get the sense she knows or cares where she is going. Also her fast pace ( possibly dictated by Sony) is the antithesis of Bill Bell’s vision; who moved his stories at a dramatic slow motion pace. As a E.P Maria stunt casting has gone from
    obscure to soap star grandstanding and she has a dope cast all ready. All of that said it may not be doomsday for D. Morgan. She could bring her superior knowledge of the genre and maybe accomplish what her girl Vicky could not; but for sure open the door for. As far as the Harmony, “Hippy” name change ; that may give us an insight into Maria’s ADD writing style.

  20. Avatar of glowery
    glowery

    So are supposed to forget that Devon’s mother’s name was ever Yolanda and that she spent time in GC living with Dru and Neil and at that time was trying to put the moves on Neil? Are we supposed to forget that Devon and Yolanda already had their big showdown on her abandoning him and the fact that all had been forgiven and they moved on.

    Has MAB ever watched this show before she decided she could write it? MAB just writes one crap fest after another. Ms. Morgan I am sorry you have stepped into this, but don’t count on being around for very long, and be glad when they tell you, you have to go.

  21. Avatar of ssoapygirl
    ssoapygirl

    I haven’t been on in a long time, and I have been reading all of the comments. I will tell you that I really thought it was just me who thought Y&R was being slaughtered. The writing is All over the place, when “Diane” was murdered, it looked like it was being geared up to be a really good murder mystery. Then it just tanked, no mention of Diane for a week , while we watched another story line develop, and then another, and then another. Damn woman how many story lines do you need at one time. I really just gave up. Ho-Hum Harmony, Yolonda, blah blah blah. Who Care’s? Notta

  22. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    I don’t find Devon or Bryton (James, McClure, whatever the hell his last name is these days!) to be boring or dull. Lynn Latham wrote him good material, but Maria Bell simply doesn’t care about African American characters, which is why she’s saddled him with crap. Bryton is a great actor who can bring it when he’s given the chance.

  23. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    matealestlmo … I was just wondering about the NUTJOB comment in your post #25 above.

    alstonboy4315 … I think I have to agree with your thoughts in post #33. There is something increasingly appealing about Devon/Bryton these days. I just hope he stops being Neil II because Neil I has nothing to do these days except be whoever’s scowling waterboy of the moment.

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