'The Bold and the Beautiful' Cliffhanger Masterpiece: Maya's Secret Revealed! (Video)

Karla Mosley as Maya Avant
The Bold and the Beautiful has been consistently excellent over the past few years but the show topped itself today with the reveal of Maya Avant's (Karla Mosley) secret.

[Wednesday episode spoilers below]

Confronted by her little sister, Nicole (Reign Edwards), viewers seemed headed for one of the typical, and overused, soap "secret" staples: Maya used to be a prostitute or Maya was actually Nicole's mother instead of her sister. But neither thing happened. B&B went somewhere new.

"You're not my sister, Maya. You're not Maya at all," an emotional Nicole said. "You're Myron, my brother."

Myron? Maya used to be a man? When did she transition? And how did she have a child that died? There are so many questions but fans will have an extra long wait to find out. B&B is pre-empted the next two days for CBS NCAA Tournament basketball coverage.

Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer, tells USA Today the story the soap is telling is about love and tolerance.

"It is about people respecting other people's differences and their uniqueness," he says in a statement. "In the end, we all want to be loved, and in order to love someone else you first have to love yourself. If you are transgender, gay, straight, it doesn't matter. It's about finding love in life. This is a love story."

GLAAD, the leading advocate for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people in the media, is happy about Maya.

"Scripted gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters have become more common on television, but transgender characters continue to lag behind," says spokesman Nick Adams.

GLAAD says as many as 90% of Americans know someone who is gay, but only 8% know someone who's transgender.

Watch the big reveal below:



UPDATE:
Karla Mosley tweeted in response to viewers feeling this is a rewrite of Maya's history:

"I realize the main question is about the child Dayzee helped Maya have adopted," Mosley wrote. "She will speak about this on Monday, but we haven't rewritten history. We (myself included) have wanted to know about Maya's past. This has given me insight & connected dots."

26 comments:

  1. IN TOTAL F*****KING SHOCK!!!! THIS ONE IS EPIC!!!!!

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  2. B&B, you did not disappoint. Great reveal!

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  3. I think my mom's reaction says it all in regards to today's show! LOL
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcSnSPHiQKY

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  4. OMG I didn't see this coming!!

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  5. OMG I didn't see this coming!!

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  6. Can not wait to watch this tonight and can't wait to see where B&B goes with this story line! What will Rick's reaction be when he finds out?!

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    1. I'm hoping Rick has a positive reaction, or gets to that place fairly quickly. And it's exciting to think about the possibility for actors that might play Maya's parents, who have to be part of this story at some point.

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    2. Same here. I really love Rick and Maya together as the classic power hungry soap couple. I think the fact that Maya hide something from him could their biggest obstacle since so much of what Rick feels for Maya is based on trust. If there is an Azure C/The City like reveal (surprise front page of a tabloid) and Rick is caught off guard, things could get very soapy.

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  7. I don't know what Rick's reaction will be...or Carter's but I'm so scared!!!

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  8. YOWZA! Its about time that B&B got BOLD and this is a good start. I think Rick will initially reject her when he finds out but then come to realize that he loves her no matter what. I only wish Stephanie were still here to be a part of this. I'd love to see Joe Morton from SCANDAL as Maya's father, but that's too much to ask!

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  9. That's stupid,they need better writers. How can she be a Man when she had a baby that she gave up for adoption. You should have just left it as Maya being her Mom & not her sister

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  10. That's stupid,they need better writers. How can she be a Man when she had a baby that she gave up for adoption. You should have just left it as Maya being her Mom & not her sister

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  11. I say bring in Darnell Williams- Jesse from All My Children- to play the father.

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  12. I don't care what Maya is gender wise, she and Rick are not nice characters at all! I was waiting for karma to catch up with them. Just because Maya was a man we are supposed to forget how they mistreat everyone?!

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  13. Shocking? Yes.
    Do I have any faith the show's writers can manage to craft a moving story about the experience of a transgendered person? NO. I think because of the success of Transparent and Glee featuring transgendered people motivated this plot point.

    As someone who knows and loves a transgendered person throughout his transition, I am skeptical. The majority of audience has no experience with transgendered people. Not confident Brad Bell and Co. can tell and sustain a in-depth long story.

    I like Karla Mosley and Reign Edwards and think they are talented but I burst out laughing at the absurdity of the reveal in today's episode. Maya should have been Nicole's mother. I'm for any story about a trans person but Maya has been established as having mothered a child before going to prison. Why not introduce a new character or make this move on a character with less established story (Aly, Oliver, Pam's boyfriend.)

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  14. D@mn it RC!!! It told you told write a transgendered storyline for either Rosalie or Fluke. Middle finger to Brad Bell.

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  15. I totally agree with Joshua and Lou.....there is no way that Maya's character should now be played as a transgender!? I know there are always twists and turns in the land of soaps but when the plot line for a character is played with a certain history don't try to rewrite it. Your Bold and The Beautiful fans expect better of the writer(s).

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  16. How is this possible when Maya's past storyline reveals that she had a baby daughter at a young age and that baby died in a car accident with the adoptive parents . Now all of a sudden she use to be a boy that Transgender into a women??? Hmmm interesting weird spin of events. How will B & B explain this one......

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  17. Wow, that really caught me off guard. Can't wait to see how all of this will pan out!

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  18. Wow, that really caught me off guard. Can't wait to see how all of this will pan out!

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    1. trouble posting...
      Could Maya have been hermaphrodite or "intersex"? She could have been raised as a boy but then had surgery to be a woman in her teens. That would explain the baby but is that considered transgender?
      I don't know how else this can be explained...

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  20. I need to watch her scenes from years ago w Daizy again. We assumed she was the baby's mother. Perhaps she was actually the father? Daizy certainly didn't want her around.

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  21. I don't have a problem with Maya really being Myron, but I sure hope they have a good explanation for Maya originally coming to town to reclaim her baby. I guess she could have been the father?

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  22. I think it was shocking and exciting.

    However, I hope that the discussion of the story will be respectful. For example, she is not "really Myron", she is Maya and was known incorrectly as Myron for part of her life. Also, she could have fathered a child who was killed which would explain that part of the story. My hope (after reading and learning a lot from Laverne Cox) is that the story becomes more than just a story about a secret and moves into a love story. While I always appreciate transgender representation I think framing it as a secret is not very empowering. So, I'm crossing my fingers because so far its only been a story for about 5 minutes.

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  23. How is Maya transgender if she had a child with jesse??? This is stupid!

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