Debbi Morgan CUT From The Young and the Restless!





When we first saw all the buzz about Debbi Morgan having tweeted she was out at The Young and the Restless, we proceeded with caution, because there are two Debbi Morgan accounts on Twitter. However, CBS Soaps In Depth is apparently confirming the news.

While beloved as the iconic Dr. Angela Baxter Hubbard on the now defunct series All My Children, Morgan never managed to catch on as recovering crackhead Harmony on Y&R. We're sure it won't take the mega talent long to find a new gig!   

 

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  1. Profile photo of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    I didn’t see her previous work as Angie (?) but I think she’s a great actress. They should have had her playing a NuDru instead of Whorelonda. Another shining example of MAB’s hiring practices (get the “get” and worry about who they are going to play later!)

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    Divatude58

    Well, I loved Harmony. Now since they are getting rid of her, who is probably the best pairing KSJ has had. I am expecting an announcement any day now for an AA female to replace her as his love interest. I should be VR as Drucilla. But I do believe that if they are going to bring VR back, it will be the last announcement after the bloodshed…you know…as to say, yes, we have about stabbed you to death but here is the stitches to stop the blood flow…or they might recast Dru…or recast Harmony with a “hotter” actress. Remember JFP’s statement about KSJ,

    PS…they had better not keep Stephen Nichols a$$…let Tucker die so Devon can inherit those billions and McCall unlimited. Make the Winters family a major player in town.

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    Divatude58

    [quote=Coffee_Junkie]I didn’t see her previous work as Angie (?) but I think she’s a great actress. They should have had her playing a NuDru instead of Whorelonda. Another shining example of MAB’s hiring practices (get the “get” and worry about who they are going to play later!)[/quote]

    I think that MAB would have been for a Dru recast with DM…but DM was adamant that she would NEVER play that role being that she didn’t want anyone ever plaing her role as Dr Angie Hubbard. She said that she would never do that to VR. And she knew that the fans would not take the recast well.

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    TraceyAbbot101

    I think the three cuts announced, so far, ARE shocking.

    Both Genie and Debbie are TALENTED actresses who were not cast in their roles because of their talent, but because of their names.

    Both ladies will go on to bigger, better things.

    Marcy was cut, I feel, do to fan’s responses.

    I guess I will sit back and see who else is lying on the battlefield come early next week.

    “Off with their heads” said the Queen.

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    TraceyAbbot101

    I think the three cuts announced, so far, ARE shocking.

    Both Genie and Debbie are TALENTED actresses who were not cast in their roles because of their talent, but because of their names.

    Both ladies will go on to bigger, better things.

    Marcy was cut, I feel, do to fan’s responses.

    I guess I will sit back and see who else is lying on the battlefield come early next week.

    “Off with their heads” said the Queen.

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    Restless Fan

    Not the least bit surprised. The cast needs to desperately be trimmed down. She got hired on when MAB was already not writing for several of her key characters. She was merely collecting actors she had an affection for and never really knew what the big picture was for any of them.

    On that note I would like to take this opportunity to address what I call the fickle fan syndrome. If you look closely it often rears its head in blogs. Earlier yesterday everyone was praising the new Y&R regime for getting rid of Genie Francis. Fast forward several hours later and everyone is burning them at the stake for firing Marcy Rylan. Here are the tangibles as I remember them. I have been a reader of DC Confidential for several years now. During that time I have seen a lot of bloggers compile their own list of characters that they didn’t believe were working and wanted gone. Abby was a character that was often mentioned. Now she’s gone and everyone is crying fowl. Come on people!! Stand by your word and remember why you felt that way. As much as I like Marcy I’m personally not sad to see her gone. The character of Abby is a representation of that Birth of A Nation Jeanne Cooper was recently talking about. Abby NEVER should have been SORASED!! Her main purpose since Marcy joining the show has been that dreadful on again off again naked heiress act. That seemed to be Abby’s only reason for existing. It never caught on with fans and frankly made the character mostly intolerable to watch. My final straw with Abby was last year when she escaped being prosecuting for almost killing Tucker after drinking and driving. MAB wrote the character into a corner and to get her out dumbed down the vets who all decided to protect her…including Tucker. The character has only recently been made interesting because of the screen time she shares with Marco Dapper’s Carmine. IMO that is not reason enough to keep a character around who’s mileage seems to have run out long ago. She mostly interacts with other pointless characters like Kyle and Eden. I get that she’s an Abbott but over the years she has mostly shared screen time with the Newman’s since MAB decimated the Abbott clan.

    I’m all for getting rid of what isn’t working. Carmine and Abby are rarely seen anyways. Frankly that’s not enough for me to keep a character around who 80 percent of her run has been obnoxious beyond belief. Again something I have seen fans address on occasions too numerous to mention on this site. If it’s Marco Dapper who everyone is afraid of losing (and I think that’s where the anger REALLY stems from) I say, I get it. He’s Hot! Charismatic! And makes his otherwise under developed character work. I’m sure if the show chooses to keep Marco around and finally develop Carmine he will have no problem creating chemistry with some other leading lady…or man (I WISH!!!). I’m going to hold out praising or criticizing the new regime until I see how their vision unfolds. If the writing is there, they will have my full support! Abby or no Abby!

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    Yoryla

    Love Debbi Morgan – shame things went this way. The role of Harmony was a waste of her talents and it didn’t help that she never made it to the forefront.

    Funny how all the fired ones are women!!! So Sony – what about the men??

    BTW – Sony & CBS brass are totally behind these firings – JFP is just the executioner.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    Not surprised! She just didn’t fit into the show, and the character of Harmony was terrible. I was an All My Children fan, the problem was the Young and the Restless tried to bring actors from that show, but, besides Billy Miller, none of them worked. ABC should never have cancelled AMC and OlTL, all it’s replacements have been terrible. Jill Phelps is really cleaning house. What worries me is Y & R is the #! show, and there are so many budget cuts going on? Welcome Steve Burton , soon, and more to come.

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    MsAgentProvocateur1

    To me, it is not a question of talent as Debbi Morgan is exceptionally talented, especially in this genre of storytelling, as are Francis and Rylan.

    It is a question of their characters’ directions and place on the show’s canvass. Debbi Morgan made the best out of a bad situation. She showed true professionalism but even she couldn’t salvage such a horribly written re-conceived character (frankly the character was more effective, when she was just Yolanda in the last incarnation). I wish that MAB, HS et al, would not have taken the character in such a ‘funky’ direction from the original incarnation–it was all horribly forced. Debbi tried to make it work, and you got the notion that will 80% better writing, she could have accomplished this but even throwing her into a relationship with Neil, I still had to wonder…where was this character going?

    One thing I hope the new regime will take into account is–please don’t shove characters together just for the sake of a new couple. Develop characters fully first and let them find their way.

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    Bartman202

    KEEP GOING!!!

    This cast is horrible over-bloated – get rid of what’s not working (Genevieve Atkinson was ill-conceived and horribly mis-cast; Abby Carlton Newman didn’t need to be SORAS’ed; Yolanda/Harmony didn’t need to come back to GC)!!

    Now start getting rid of some of the male characters that stink big time (the SORAS’ed Kyle who blows; Carmine; Tucker; Ronan)

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    Restless Vixen

    @Restless Fan – Cosign, cosign, COSIGN!

    The show needs to change. The cast is too big. Cuts are necessary – even though I hate to see people lose their jobs. People being cut from soaps is not some new phenomenon anyway. I guarantee at least one cut will make each and every fan unhappy – not always the same one, but still. I highly doubt there will be one fan who doesn’t poo-poo at least one cut when it’s all said and done. But Y&R cannot sustain itself with the status quo. It just can’t. People demanded change, but I’m seeing some condemn the regime without having seen nary episode of theirs and (what’s worse) ask for Maria Arena Bell back. What zehell! That’s foolywang to me and smacks of overreacting.

    I’m fully prepared to not like at least one of these casting changes. But I’m still hanging on to “One monkey don’t stop no show”, even if it’s my favorite monkey. So far no Y&R vets have been cut, so I’m nowhere near outrage – even though I fully expect at least one to be cut before the this is over. I just want my show to return to its former glory; and I won’t know if that can happen until I see what new stories are developed.

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    Divatude58

    [quote=MsAgentProvocateur1]To me, it is not a question of talent as Debbi Morgan is exceptionally talented, especially in this genre of storytelling, as are Francis and Rylan.
    It is a question of their characters’ directions and place on the show’s canvass. Debbi Morgan made the best out of a bad situation. She showed true professionalism but even she couldn’t salvage such a horribly written re-conceived character (frankly the character was more effective, when she was just Yolanda in the last incarnation). [b]I wish that MAB, HS et al, would not have taken the character in such a ‘funky’ direction from the original incarnation–it was all horribly forced.[/b] Debbi tried to make it work, and you got the notion that will 80% better writing, she could have accomplished this but even throwing her into a relationship with Neil, I still had to wonder…where was this character going?
    One thing I hope the new regime will take into account is–please don’t shove characters together just for the sake of a new couple. Develop characters fully first and let them find their way.[/quote]

    It was DMs decision and acting choices that took Yolanda/Harmony so far away from the original character. She said that she felt like the character would not have good grammar because of the druggie life she lead. And the wigs were also her choice because she said she wanted her to look totally different from Angie Hubbard. IMO, much as I loved Harmony and DM, what was wrong with the character and the issue many fans had with her was of DMs own doing. I think it was those poor acting choices, along with not being written for or fleshed out, that led to the character not being well loved. Becaue DM has the ability to turn Sh*t to Sugar any given day and she often did that with what she was given.

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    noway

    [quote=Bartman202]KEEP GOING!!!

    This cast is horrible over-bloated – get rid of what’s not working (Genevieve Atkinson was ill-conceived and horribly mis-cast; Abby Carlton Newman didn’t need to be SORAS’ed; Yolanda/Harmony didn’t need to come back to GC)!!

    Now start getting rid of some of the male characters that stink big time (the SORAS’ed Kyle who blows; Carmine; Tucker; Ronan)[/quote]

    Bartman

    You are so right about Kyle…..he sucks

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    noway

    [quote=Bartman202]KEEP GOING!!!

    This cast is horrible over-bloated – get rid of what’s not working (Genevieve Atkinson was ill-conceived and horribly mis-cast; Abby Carlton Newman didn’t need to be SORAS’ed; Yolanda/Harmony didn’t need to come back to GC)!!

    Now start getting rid of some of the male characters that stink big time (the SORAS’ed Kyle who blows; Carmine; Tucker; Ronan)[/quote]

    Bartman

    You are so right about Kyle…..he sucks

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    really

    seriously what do I have to do to get LW swapped for Debbie Morgan. I mean I will send money to Y&R to trade these actresses. It would be like trading community theater player for an Oscar winner. Come on RC get me a new doctor, and she played one on PC bring that character back. I don’t want her to be Angie, Angie and Jesse were the only AA supercouple and more importantly amazing!! So I want them to keep their HEA.

    Please bring on DM, she is just to talented and the idea of her in a scene with JE, FH, and TG is just to exciting.

    I am sorry for Y&R fans to lose this talented of an actor, I dont’ watch the show so I don’t know anything about the character and if its a loss to the show, but I am sorry you lost that level of talent. IMO DM is one of the best in the history of daytime.

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    80srockfan

    cant see Stephen Nichols Going anyplace something tells me the new role thats been cast is the woman he was talking about the other day Maybe his half sister thats been stalking Cane

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    rozzberry

    I love DM, but Harmony is a really dumbed down role for her…it never suited her in the slightest. So I can’t complain losing the character. I’m guessing this will mean DW is on his way out as well. Other than Jack, TPTB haven’t exactly weaved Sarge into the canvas. I’d LOVE to see Tucker/SN on his way out too. Probably the #1 character I ffwd.

    As for MR, I thought she was more misused than miscast. I think TPTB really missed opportunities on several occasions with the Abby character. I’ve been a fan of MR since GL, so I am really bummed to see her go. I’m guessing Carmine will be dropped like a hot potato w/o Abby(unless recast I suppose).

    I’m one of the few that actually likes GF as Genevieve, so I’m sorry to see her & the role go.

    As over-bloated as the cast is, I’d imagine this is just the beginning or should be.

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    brettyboy

    This saddens me; I adored her on AMC. I think the problem with Harmony is that she needed to be written better, so why not do that instead of getting rid of Debbi!

    Any chance Dr Angie could go work at General Hospital?

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    Divatude58

    [quote=david46208]@everyone: I do believe that Jesse and Angie would have been better placed on GH over the OLTL additions.[/quote]

    I so agree. Not just them but their entire family. They could have filled the void for AAs in every age range and gener group.

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    MysteryStory

    I don’t think good things are going to happen to the more mature actresses at Y&R. JFP was not kind to them on GH. Look at what happened to the screen time of the actresses that play or played Bobbie, Monica, Felicia, Laura ( boy JFP has something against Genie Francis), and Alexis. They had their screen time reduced or completely eliminated without fanfare or explanation. I feel really bad for Y&R, its cast, and it’s fans like myself. Yeah the stories were badly written and characters were changed but I have the feeling some people may start wishing for the bad old days of Maria Arena Bell. I did not like GH under JFP even though I believe she was in control during the writing of two very kickass female characters ( Faith Roscoe and Claudia Zacchara) and over time my watching dropped to nil. I hope that isn’t the case for Y&R but it might be.

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    MsAgentProvocateur1

    [quote=Divatude58]It was DMs decision and acting choices that took Yolanda/Harmony so far away from the original character. She said that she felt like the character would not have good grammar because of the druggie life she lead. And the wigs were also her choice because she said she wanted her to look totally different from Angie Hubbard. IMO, much as I loved Harmony and DM, what was wrong with the character and the issue many fans had with her was of DMs own doing. I think it was those poor acting choices, along with not being written for or fleshed out, that led to the character not being well loved. Becaue DM has the ability to turn Sh*t to Sugar any given day and she often did that with what she was given.[/quote]

    IMO, that is what the Director is for– to guide an actor ‘back from the brink’ when they are going too far. The writers/producers etc should have discussed what direction this character is going in– it should NEVER be left solely to the actress, and if TPTB are putting it solely on the actor then they are shirking their responsibilities. Speaking from the theatre side of things, I know we sit down and give notes to actors and discuss choices and directions. I know that the soaps move at a fast clip and all but they should at some point sit down with the actor and discuss some of the choices and what everyone hopes to get out of these choices.

    Yolanda, imo, bore no resemblance to Harmony in character– the character became a muddled, inconsistent mess. This is the job of the characters creators, not portrayer to get this character sorted out. The actress then clarifies these character threads for her own purposes and relates this persona to the fellow actors and the audience. If the character is unclear and has no clear direction nor purpose, how is the Actress supposed to be successful in relaying this to an audience??

    In any case, the character did not work out, so this all comes as no surprise.

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    TV Gord

    Is Darnell still on Y&R?

    I agree that it would be great if Angie and Jesse could relocate to Port Charles. And remember, Angie knows Tracy Quartermaine from their days together on The City!

    I would love a scene where Tracy sees them and calls Jesse Jacob! LOL!

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    Divatude58

    @MsAgentProvocateur1 Well DM should have and clearly needed to be pulled from the brink. Here’s the thing also, MAB did not create Yolanda. That was LML and probably Victoria Rowell (just saying….). So do I think MAB had any direction for the character in her head. NO. Do I think that she wanted DM to come in and fill a void left by VR. Yes. So I don’t think any of DM’s acting choices bothered TPTB at Y&R at all. But with the characters back story and the viewers seeing and knowing it over the last 8 years…and HATING her for it. DM had a very hard row to hoe. If the show had written her better, i.e. more in depth and had fleshed out her back story with Tucker more then maybe the character would have gone over better.

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    MsAgentProvocateur1

    @Divatude5858: Yes, I am aware MAB did not create Yolanda but she did create Harmony and had the nerve to pass them off as one and the same and imo, they were not.

    I do agree with you, in that, DM had a very tough row to hoe and her hoe already came buried in a concrete layer directly under the patch– impossible for her to get hands on, to get a firm grip let alone wield it with any power or purpose.

    Good luck to her though. Y&R is still lacking a strong female woman of color and has been for years now. If they can’t/won’t get VR, they should strongly consider Tonya Lee Williams, even in the interim, and test her chemistry with Jesse, I mean Darnell. Or is the fact that they have the same surname just too weird? (LOL)

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    Divatude58

    @MsAgentProvocateur1 I agree that I always thought that Olivia would be a good pairing for Sarge and/or Jack. She needs to be brought back full time along with Nate and let TPTB focus heavily on that side of the Winters/Barber clan for awhile instead of trying to find a replacement Drucilla for Neil (cause that is all they have been doing with the last 3 AA characters with Tyra, Sofia, and Harmony).

    I agree that Harmony was not the same character at Yolanda. Maybe that’s why the name was changed. But no one wanted to see some stereotypical BW in Genoa City. No one. Especially if they were going to have Neil rule out developing any feelings for Sofia for her. It was just dumb all the way around. It would have made more sense if Harmony had gone to and finished college and had been sober and free for a good period of time. Afterall, Yolanda was said to be a math wiz and very smart under LML. But MAB couldn’t resist having her “know about nothing but music”. Just a poor attempt on MAB’s part to do a pygmalion Dru retread story. DM was too old for that story.

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    Soap_Stud

    Morgan played Harmony well…she just had poor story. I love Debbi and wish things had turned out better for her..but I understand and embrace this decision. I would much rather see her go than a longtime cast member.

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    pjc722

    Maria Bell jumped at the chance to bring on all these notable stars and then gave them ABSOLUTELY nothing to do.

    Tucker was played by 2 leading actors of primetime and daytime and the one who lasted the longest has had the dullest of stories told around him.

    Genevieve was brought in and the character was out for revenge and I have to say that’s when I liked her the most. It would have been interesting to have had her push Colin off the ledge, see him go off to prison and then work on her relationship with Cane and left the canvas. A one year gig. Maria kept her and made her pathetic.

    Sarge and Harmony were brought on with yet more superstars in the roles and DUDS/

    Honestly, I won’t miss these characters but I do hope that they write in new cast because otherwise Victor will have to eventually marry Summer.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    NO NO NO I do NOT want angie and jessie in Port Charles. I love the characters and I love the actors and while i would welcome D and D as NEW characters, i say the same thing I said about VI’s david. I dont want GH to inherit the stupidity that was the last few years of amc. Sorry, but thats how i feel – plus honestly why one earth would jesse leave pine valley to be just another banana in PC. Dante already seems to be demoted for john and you have anna as commish. Why cant morgan come as a new doc and Williams come as another ward (or justus back from the dead). Conversely Williams could play a new doc to switch it up and let morgan come as maya’s mother. She could be after a share of edwards money for her daughter or niece (i dont remember mayas back story regarding her parentage). She could also come as tjs mother – another option there and how refreshing if they brought her on first and didnt immediately make sean and her character lovers (i hate that the second you have two black characters, and only two, the writers feel like that means they have to be a pairing even if theres no chemistry. That thinking is such a throw back and really doesnt reflect modern society one bit)

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    Marcelle

    [quote=TV Gord]So, I’ll ask again. Is Darnell still on the show? :-)[/quote]
    As of now, yes. The new AA male character they’re bringing in is supposedly Darnell’s character’s nephew.

    Now, whether they’ll keep DW on after Sarge ushers his nephew onto the canvas is another question, LOL.

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    pferrando

    Even though it can be denied, I know Sarge was brought on to be an eventual third in a snooze fest that was Neil and Harmony. So really who cares about his nephew. It’d be more compelling to have Olivia back to town permanently with son in tow BOTH at the hospital. Dru’d show up somehow, so that would mean we’d need to see Mamie. Let’s beef the Winters clan back up. Not wanting Sarge’s nephew when no one wants Sarge. Just my opinion.

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    tedew

    TV Gord … your desperate pleas took so long to be responded to because probably no one could believe you were on a Y&R blog site but knew nothing about nor even watched the show. Beside, the information you were seeking was already readily available right here.

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    ChrisGa

    Not a surprise and no loss in my book, as far as the character goes. Love DM, but there was no chemistry with Kristoff St. John and frankly her interaction with Darnell Williams wasn’t that great here either. Ill-conceived from start to finish so I’d say this is a needed cut. Who’s next? My money’s on Tucker, Sarge, Kyle or Eden.

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    blondi5622

    I agree with you on letting Tucker go….he is annoying!! I posted yesterday that I am getting a lil worried that as many cuts as they have had to make due to $$ that this soap might be taken off the air too!!! I will cry :(

    This is the only soap I watch!!

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    TV Gord

    [quote=tedew]TV Gord … your desperate pleas took so long to be responded to because probably no one could believe you were on a Y&R blog site but knew nothing about nor even watched the show. Beside, the information you were seeking was already readily available right here.[/quote]

    I don’t know what you mean by “readily available right here”. Where? I googled for the answer, but couldn’t find it. I didn’t think it was a big deal to ask, which you seem to think it is. I am a fan of Morgan’s and Williams’ from their years together on AMC and The City, so I was interested, but I have never watched Y&R. Does that clarify things for you?

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    Divatude58

    [quote=ChrisGa]Not a surprise and no loss in my book, as far as the character goes. Love DM, but there was no chemistry with Kristoff St. John and frankly her interaction with Darnell Williams wasn’t that great here either. Ill-conceived from start to finish so I’d say this is a needed cut. Who’s next? My money’s on Tucker, Sarge, Kyle or Eden.[/quote]

    They missed the boat on this one. DM had far better chemistry with SN but in their effort to black box up the black folks together, they looked past that. I will never understand why they did that. MAB botched the entire Devon daddy SL. the missed the chance for a real rival for Neil. They act like they are scared to pit him against anyone but Malcolm. He and Tucker should be hating each other’s guts with a passion right now. But they rarely speak.

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    days4ever

    [quote=TV Gord]So, I’ll ask again. Is Darnell still on the show? :-)[/quote]

    I’m pretty sure he is still on the show but very limited and he will most likely get axed as well. I say bring Angie and Jesse to Port Charles. Maybe Jesse is a cousin to Shawn on GH or something. Make a connection and keep these great actors on soaps but just playing characters that the fans love.

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    KristalBlake

    I think it’s unfortunate that during MAB’s tenure, Y&R was able to get their hands on some really great talent, known actors with established fan bases, some who I really enjoyed on other soaps, like Stephen Nichols, Marcy Rylan, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams, Eden Riegel, Genie Francis, Maura West, Jennifer Landon, (I loved the last two on ATWT), but because of such terrible writing, I really had/have no interest in any of their characters.

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    tashikins

    Bring back Olivia and Mamie and Nath(the son.)Olivia and Neil always had chemistry but pair her with someone else(Jack) or some young hottie. Tonya is a great actress. Why is not there?

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