On today's special episode of Daytime Confidential Luke, Jamey, Jillian and Regan weigh in on One Life to Live's shocking dismissal of Brett Claywell and Scott Evans and the end of the soap's popular, groundbreaking Kish love story.
From the quote about Kish not resonating "with the mainstream audience" that has outraged so many fans, to the multiple storylines that have contributed to OLTL's low ratings, DC digs into all the latest in this continuing saga.
The DC gang explores why OLTL seems to be cleaning house of the very minority stars and young talent which has afforded the ratings-challenged sudser such critical acclaim. We pose the question, what has happened to the diversity Agnes Nixon created this show to reflect?
We also ponder, should Brett and Scott return if ABC offers? Do TPTB really think they are giving the majority of the fans what they want, while destroying the show in the process? Jamey wonders, will the move to oust Kish be Frank Valentini's Maureen Bauer moment? What, if anything, can OLTL do to turn things around in Llanview?
No other topic since Daytime Confidential.com's inception, from Guiding Light's cancellation to Victoria Rowell's shocking tell-all interview, has received such a vocal response from Daytime Confidential readers and listeners. More podcast fans have called in to our hotline about OLTL's Kish-trastropy than about the firings of Drake Hogestyn, Deidre Hall, Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols at Days of our Lives. Listen to fans voice their opinions about the controversy at the end of the episode. This is truly an episode Llanview lovers won't wanna miss.
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Brett Claywell is continuing to stand up for himself and screen partner Scott Evans in the wake of their shady ouster from One Life to Live, this time to Zap2It. While Claywell takes the highroad when discussing the
We found out separately. I found out the day before the story broke; I was at "One Life to Live" because I was submitting my Emmy reel. And the same day I'm submitting my Emmy reel, Frank [Valentini] tells me that they're no longer continuing the storyline and that I've filmed my last day.
I do believe there's a certain way that things have to be done to protect the machine, and there are certain things that could be done differently. Scott found out through somebody tweeting him, and absolutely, that's not the way he should've found out. It shouldn't happen that way. READ MORE
Fancast's Sara Bibel spoke with ex-One Life to Live star Brett Claywell about rumors he and his former onscreen partner Scott Evans (Fish) were both fired for negative behavior on set. Claywell fights back and clears the air.
There was a column in TV Guide Canada that alleges that you two were written off for performance issues. I wanted to give you the opportunity to respond to that.
Scott informed me of that yesterday. It’s amazing to me that two people can put so much of their heart into a story that can be so passionate and serious and tell a story as honestly and as truthfully as we tried to and just open our hearts to the world and just try to make a difference, try and touch people and stories like this will come out that are absolutely, 100% false. I’d love for anyone to watch one day of any of the work we’ve done and tell me that Scott and I were not 100% committed to what we were doing. We were so dedicated to our work. It’s hurtful. I’m really offended that someone would make completely false claims. I’m angry. It’s slander.
It struck me that if you were being unprofessional, you probably wouldn’t have gotten an Emmy pre-nomination.
One of the last days that Scott and I worked together, the argument scene that just aired two weeks ago when I had the DNA test, we had all these scenes that were from different episodes, 41 pages of dialogue that Scott and I filmed in maybe an hour and a half. We work so methodically together and so well together. We would film scenes in one take like everybody does. You ask the directors we worked with. The fact that you can spend a year and a half pouring your heart into a story and one person with one article can try to bruise that reputation you have, it’s disheartening and it’s offensive. READ MORE
In response to the rumors that it was one actor's partying and the other's busy schedule that led to them being let go, Claywell laughs, "It's so false it's slander. Scott and I were nothing but professional and completely 100 percent dedicated to our work."
I think we told a fantastic story. Of course we feel like there's always more places it could go. We told an incredible story. It got a lot of great reactions, maybe one or two not so great ones from people who are closed-minded. Now we're done and moving on and I'm excited to see what's next in store for me.
One Life to Live took home the award for Outstanding Daily Drama at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 13 in NYC at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. OLTL's Brett Claywell, Scott Evans (pictured above) and head writer Ron Carlivati attended the gala, which brought together some of TV, film, stage and music's biggest stars. See more photos from the event after the jump.