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Genie Francis on Y&R Gig: "I Would Not Have This Job Without Oprah Winfrey"

One of daytime's most legendary leading ladies credited another daytime great for her new job today on The Talk. Former General Hospital star Genie Francis (ex-Laura) appeared on The Talk  to discuss her new gig on The Young and the Restless as Cane and Caleb's (Daniel Goddard) mobster mama Genevieve Atkinson. When co-host Holly Robinson Peete asked about how Francis' new job came about, here's what Francis replied:


"I must thank Oprah Winfrey here and now. I would have have this job without her. She made my dream come true as well." 

 As a point of reference, earlier in the episode The Talk ladies had highlighted one of their employees, Paolo Presta, who came to fame after Oprah helped him secure his own dream gig, a walk on role on then favorite sitcom, NBC's Will & Grace. Presta went on to book a recurring role on General Hospital before landing his current job with The Talk. Now that's what I call six degrees of soaperation between Francis, Presta and The Mighty O.

Francis went on to recall how Y&R's showrunner Maria Arena Bell conceived the idea of Genevieve after hearing Francis detail how she was over playing soap victims. Maybe Y&R's "vacationing" leading lady Melody Thomas Scott needs to do more talk shows? Watch a clip of Francis on The Talk after the jump!

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