News Roundup: Baffling Exits, Romantic Updates and a Good-Girl-Gone-Bad’s Anniversary
Plus, fans react when an actor speaks out.
Things happen awfully quickly in the world of soaps, which is why we’re here to make sure you didn’t miss a single story — on-screen or off — from The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless. Better still, we’ve gathered it all in one convenient place!
The Bold and the Beautiful
Kiara Barnes is out as Zoe and we couldn’t help but feel that she deserved a better storyline to see her off. Co-star Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) was sad to see her go and sent out a farewell message. But we have a sneaking suspicion that Zoe will return to Los Angeles sometime soon, and she’ll be coming back with revenge on her mind.
- While Quinn’s life has gone to the dogs thanks to her own bad behavior, the woman who plays her, Rena Sofer has fallen in puppy love.
- In more dramatic dog-related news, Katrina Bowden (Flo) had a close call with her furbaby over the holiday weekend.
In this week’s Bold & Beautiful column, Richard wonders why the show skipped out on the post-wedding fallout, suggests Zoe’s exit might have been the most drama-free ever, and thinks Justin might be an absolutely terrible lawyer.
Days of Our Lives
Take a look at what romance looks like (and how bright and shiny it can be) by checking out the impressive way that Lucas Adams (Tripp) proposed to his longtime girlfriend. And wait until you see the jewel he slipped onto his fiancée’s finger.
- It has been 22 years since John and Marlena first tied the knot and the road has been anything but smooth for them ever since. Take a step back in time with our gallery of their 1999 wedding and a scrapbook full of memories of their tumultuous love lives.
- Celebrating the courageous way that his wife has been coping, Bryan Datillo (Lucas) shared an update on her cancer treatment along with a photo that will leave you feeling inspired.
- We count down ten of the soap’s wildest, most unbelievable moments to have ever rocked Salem. Some of them are almost impossible to believe… but hey, we’ve got the photos to prove they happened!
Lori dives into the mess that is the Ben/Ciara/Theo triangle, ponders Salem’s bizarre housing situation, and muses the moment Brady went too far in the latest Days of Our Lives column.
In his first post to Instagram since Peter wound up in the deep freeze, Wes Ramsey sent a message to the public. Find out how passionate fans reacted before catching a glimpse of Ramsey with ladylove Laura Wright (Carly) as they visited his hometown together.
- Soap triangles don’t get much more classic than the current Chase/WIllow/Michael saga. Get our take on what’s missing and weigh in on whether or not it’s even necessary.
- Never one to forget where she’s come from, Finola Hughes paid tribute to a friend who helped her become Anna Devane.
- Many viewers have been anxious for Sonny to come home, so they probably won’t want to hear this. But unless we miss our mark, Jason and Carly’s engagement means her “dead” husband might be gone a little bit longer. Here’s why we think Sonny staying away is a good thing.
Dustin digs into Spencer’s surprise return and the mess it’s already made, Molly and TJ fighting the system, Austin’s new gig in Port Charles, the reactions to Jason and Carly’s engagement tour, and admits he still isn’t sold on Sam and Dante as a couple in the latest General Hospital column.
The Young and the Restless
Marking the anniversary of her daytime debut, Melissa Claire Egan recalls the twist that changed her career and helped her realize that soaps fans love a good bad girl!
- News that Michael Mealor is on the way out as Kyle following his character’s bust-up with Summer had more than just \ fans in the audience feeling blue. Jason Thompson (Billy) weighed in on his co-star’s departure with a since-deleted goodbye message.
- Feeling reflective, Christel Khalil (Lily) revealed why she’d taken a social media break.
- As the residents of Genoa City begin to suspect that something nefarious has happened to Mariah, we offer up our theory on who may have kidnapped her.
Finally, Candace dishes on Imani’s pot-stirring, ponders Mariah’s fate and speculates as to the he fallout from #Ashtoria’s big announcement. Plus, #Skyle exit rumors and more in The Young and the Restless column.
Find reasons to tune in this week with all the latest spoilers and speculation for what’s ahead on your favorite soap.
- Hope and Thomas work together to prove that Liam did not really kill Vinny, but will it be the homecoming he’s wishing for? Find out in the Bold and Beautiful weekly spoiler video.
- Eric is back and thrilled to reunite with Nicole, but it looks like Sami is eager to destroy their relationship as publicly as possible in the Days of Our Lives weekly spoiler video.
- While Chelsea scares Sharon half to death, Billy cringes as Ashland and Victoria make a personal and business announcement, and Victor is outraged by Nikki in the latest Young and the Restless video spoilers.
<p>“Mm-mm. No. Uh-uh,” we huffed at our TVs when Jaime Lyn Bauer was killed off. “That is <em>not</em> the way you treat a legacy character.” But our TVs didn’t care what we thought, so the beloved heroine once played by Susan Flannery (later<em> The Bold and the Beautiful</em> matriarch Stephanie) wound up dead on the floor of Gwen’s hotel room after taking a blow to the head that was a blow to our hearts. On the plus side, at least it was dramatic.</p>
<p>After months of buildup, we got an epic letdown in the summer of 2021. Kiara Barnes’ model not only missed the big reveal that her fiancé had slept with her BFF, when she <em>was</em> finally informed of the betrayal by her sister, she confronted… no one… and simply slunk out of Los Angeles like she’d been only a fraction as invested in the storyline as viewers had been.</p>
<p>This one, we’ll <em>never</em> understand. The show introduced Tyler Johnson’s character as a hard-to-like jerk, slowly got us to warm to him, did backflips to add a branch for him to the Abbott family’s tree… then sawed it right off with less fanfare than would accompany the delivery of a coffee order at Crimson Lights. Theo — <em>and</em> we — deserved better.</p>
<p>When Michael Zaslow was diagnosed with ALS in real life, the CBS soap… Well, it did pretty much everything wrong. First, it recast the beloved Emmy winner, then it rushed Roger into a marriage with Amanda, shipped them out of town and revealed the news of his off-screen passing… via outta-nowhere son Sebastian (played by tabloid mainstay Doug Hutchinson). Ugh on top of ugh.</p>
<p>When Karla Mosley’s transgender model returned from abroad without her husband, we assumed that we’d find out why they split. We assumed wrong. To this day, the show has never explained why Jacob Young’s Rick remained in Paris. And though Maya theoretically is still in L.A., she never even gets invited to the Forresters’ living-room weddings anymore.</p>
<p>Dare we assume that they lived happily ever after? When the NBC soap decided to drop from its initial cast the future Melissa Reeves (later Jennifer, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>), it didn’t make a big fuss about it. Or even a little fuss. Or even expect the audience to notice, really. Her bubbleheaded alter ego was simply sent out on a date from which she never returned.</p>
<p>Viewers later learned that Billy Miller’s character had been “killed” in a plane crash, but that did nothing to diminish the “WTH?!?”-ness of the way that the Emmy winner actually left the show in 2019. And how was that? Intent on returning Shiloh’s ill-gotten gains to the people of Afghanistan, Drew got on an elevator at the hospital and… Yeah, and… <em>nothing</em>. That was it!</p>
<p>Having somehow failed to keep Emmy winner Hunter King and Michael Mealor on the roster, the show gave the popular pair that they played the quickest of quickie reunions in the summer of 2021, then added insult to injury by having the supercouple retie the knot — <em>off screen</em>. All viewers could say to that was “I do… not believe this [bleep].”</p>
<p>During February sweeps in 2022, we were psyched, as the ABC soap had set up half of Port Charles as suspects in what promised to be the best murder mystery since “Who Killed Susan Moore?” But instead of actually murder the villain that Wes Ramsey had played for just over four years, the show mystified viewers by simply having Felicia whack him upside the head to protect daughter Maxie. Zzz.</p>
<p>As bad as the adios No. 15 got was, Jed Allan’s popular character was treated even worse. When the soap axed the fan favorite to focus on PYTs, the powers that be sent Don out to mail his taxes. Where that post office <em>was</em>, we can’t imagine, because Marlena’s first husband (that we knew of) never was seen nor heard from again!</p>
<p>If there’s one thing worse than a lame exit, it’s no exit at all — and that’s exactly what Doug Davidson’s legacy character got. When the Emmy winner was taken off contract in 2018, Paul began appearing less and less until he altogether disappeared. He’s still in Genoa City, still married to Christine, still chief of police… He just never comes knockin’ on anyone’s door anymore!</p>
<p>Since Kristian Alfonso quit in 2020 before any kind of sendoff, much less a proper one, could be written for her iconic character, our last moments with Hope were spent watching her clutch a photo of “late” daughter Ciara while wearing an expression that, beneath the pain, we took to be saying, “Best of luck explaining my absence when Victoria Konefal comes back!”</p>
<p>If you don’t remember the Martins’ youngest son, we don’t blame you. Though he was a full-fledged member of the family when ABC premiered the soap in 1970, he only appeared in a few episodes. Then what? “I went off to camp, or I went up to get my skis and never came back,” portrayer Michael Bersell told the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em> in 2011. “But I went up the stairs, nonetheless, and never came back down.”</p>
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