Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn

‘Tis The Season For Soap Stars at The 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (PHOTOS)

Soap stars decked the halls and climbed aboard floats at the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. From Days of Our Lives' biggest stars Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn to newcomer Christopher Sean, cast members promoted the NBC soap's 50th Anniversary.

B&B and Y&R Stars Support Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Current and former soap stars and their families mixed and mingled with primetime and film stars at the 2010 “A Time for Heroes” Celebrity Picnic on June 13, supporting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The event helped raise $1.3 million for the foundation. The Young and Restless’ Lauralee Bell (pictured above with her family), Joshua Morrow, Kate Linder, Tatyana Ali and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Ashley Jones were joined by All My Children alum Jesse McCartney, who performed at the picnic. See more photos after the jump.

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Jesse McCartney “Life is Good”

Soap actor turned singer Jesse McCartney was in Philly and did a live interview with Joey Brooks for Q102. Apparently McCartney's meet and greet line was four times longer than anyone else's there. He also revealed that he is writing for Toni Braxton and Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester.

PETA Goes Bananas Over Jesse McCartney Eating Monkey Brains

Uh oh. It looks like soap stud-turned-pop star Jesse McCartney has run afowl, I mean afoul, of the good folks over at PETA. According to Allie Is Wired, the All My Children alum and Greek guest star has ruffled the feathers of the animal activism group by copping to eating monkey brains during a recent trip to Asia. Here's what McCartney had to say for himself: 
It was a little chewy and a little bland. It could have been seasoned a lit bit more to tell you the truth."

Poor kid. Someone should have told him it would have been a better career move to admit to doing heroin or cheating on his taxes than daring to admit to being a carnivore in Hollyweird. Here's PETA's statement:
You'd have to be bananas to eat monkey flesh or any meat. When it comes to the ability to feel pain and suffer, a monkey is no different from chickens, cows and pigs. All animals deserve respect, which is why PETA promotes a vegetarian lifestyle.