NEWS ROUNDUP: Christel Khalil Leaving THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS? Greg Rikaart Speaks Out! Vanessa Marcil Files For Divorce!

Greg Rikaart: No one is saying that Melissa Reeves doesn't have a right to free speech
"Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, is also entitled to his opinions and beliefs but he's funding organizations that are hate groups, organizations that want to criminalize homosexuality in this country and throughout the world, and that's where Melissa Reeves' alignment is really disappointing to me. I am proud to stand up and be an advocate for LGBT rights. This is the last hurdle of the civil rights movement. I'm glad this is such a hot-button issue. I'm glad people are so impassioned about it, even the people who are against equality for all Americans because they are reacting out of fear, fear that the LGBT community is winning. And it is winning!

Part of why I stand up and am proud to be an advocate is because this is less about grownups than it is about children. This is no different than kids being bullied in a schoolyard. People wonder why there is an epidemic of bullying in this country. Well, it's because kids are learning it from the grownups, from people like Melissa Reeves who is a grown-up bully. I believe in respecting everyone's religious beliefs but those beliefs don't belong anywhere near my rights or anyone else's."

Christel Khalil leaving THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS?
According to a post on her official website: "Rumors can be such an ugly thing so here is the answer floating about the internet. Christel Khalil is indeed leaving The Young and the Restless. It is not her decision to leave. An agreement could not be reached during contract negotiations. I have confirmed this information with the source."

THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW moves to a new studio
Williams is leaving the old DARK SHADOWS studio on 53rd Street in New York City.

GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kelly Sullivan enjoys a bikini break with boyfriend
Sullivan "looked trim and toned in her white and green swimsuit as she strolled along the sand and frolicked in the water with her equally buff boyfriend, Eric Schneider."

Vanessa Marcil files for divorce
Marcil has filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Carmine Giovinazzo. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and asked that the court terminate its jurisdiction to award spousal support, according to documents filed Aug. 17 and obtained by E! News.

Kathy Griffin Nurses Kristin Chenoweth in Hilarious Twitpics
Chenoweth was injured while taping her first episode of THE GOOD WIFE and had to quit the show as a result.


  1. Good for you, Greg. I could never understand how this was a Freedom of Speech issue if all parties involved WERE allowed to have their say? Did not compute. Still doesn't. A violation of Free Speech is when your Freedom of Speech is violated or denied (usually by an authoritarian entity like the Government). Hey, it's America, you can still say ANYTHING you want -- as long as you're willing to face (any) consequences.

  2. Won't miss Lily and don't care about the character at all without Drucilla.

  3. At the risk of sounding cold-blooded, I hope they can get Davetta Sherwood to play Lily now. I thought she was terrific (and truly seemed like Dru's daughter) last time. Wow, all these events going on in Soapland are enough to make you think there are 10 soaps on the air instead of 4!

    Must be a sad time for Vanessa Marcil. I wonder if the tragic miscarriage may have put further stress on the marriage.

    Greg Rikkart's post was indeed eloquent. Although I was never a Days viewer and I've never had a bite of Chik Fil-A, it is always a bit surprising when you encounter intolerance in a field as diverse as the entertainment industry. Everyone is entitled to their views of course, but tone speaks volumes.

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  5. I did like Davetta, and she's prob available because she hasn't done much (according to IMDB) since Y&R.

  6. I'm liking Greg Rikaart more and more