Write Y&R! Write the Soap magazines! Let them know you want Eden to remain on The Young and the Restless!!

On Tuesday, September 13th, TPTB at Bell Productions’ The Young and the Restless displayed a shocking lack of class and basic common courtesy when Emmy-winner Eden Riegel learned she had been let go from the show via Twitter. Rumors had swirled for over 24 hours that she, Tristan Rogers, Darius McCrary and Sean Patrick Flannery had been fired (Tristan had confirmed his exit via his Twitter account) and Eden quickly responded that as far as she knew, this was news to her.

edenriegel Eden Riegel

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. I hope. #spumors

She went on to say that, although she wasn’t saying the mags were wrong, she had not been informed of any such decision.

edenriegel Eden Riegel

It’s not for me to say they’re wrong but I have not been told of my departure. Boy would that be embarrassing!

Imagine the shock when less than an hour later she took to Twitter again to announce that she had, in fact, been let go from the show.

edenriegel Eden Riegel

Oops. I take it back. Apparently my run on Y&R is soon coming to an end. It was a fun ride!

It’s utterly reprehensible to treat an Emmy-award winner in this manner.

Eden won’t say it, she’s dealt with this entire fiasco with grace and dignity, but I will. What Y&R and the idiots in charge did in handling this situation is an embarrassment. To themselves and to Eden Riegel. To not contact her and explain the situation shows a frightening lack of integrity and respect. I think it shows a startling lack of ethics and common decency for Y&R to not have jumped on the phone right away to Eden and given her some information, whether it was to deny the rumors or confirm them, instead of letting her twist in the wind and respond to her fans on Twitter herself. But I think we’ve seen recently with Brian Frons with All MY Children and One Life to Live at ABC and Ken Corday with Days of Our Lives that basic common courtesy means nothing to those in a position of power in Daytime television.

I, for one, really enjoyed Eden’s Heather Stevens on Y&R. After a pretty bumpy start, the character was finally starting to settle in. The relationships with Chloe (hateful), Ronan (playful) and Paul (gentle) were finally starting to gel. The relationship between Heather and Ronan (HeRo) had started to really grow and develop before Jeff Branson departed. The hate/hate between Heather and Chloe had some wonderful snarky moments, even though Heather came to Chloe’s aid when Delia’s custody became an issue (Eden’s maternity leave coincided with this arc, thereby not allowing the relationship to play out, which I think could have led to a frenemies dynamic that could have been a lot of fun for both to play). To say the writing for the actress and character was a let-down is an understatement. We know that Eden is a wonderful actress and given the time and better writing, she could have made Heather Stevens a vital and viable part of the Genoa City landscape.

I’m disappointed and angry that Eden was let go from Y&R. First disappointed that she was released at all and second, incredibly angry that she learned of her fate in such a ridiculously crappy manner.

I plan on writing The Young and the Restless and the soap mags and expressing my displeasure of both.  I urge you to do the same.

Let TPTB at Y&R and the soap magazines that you want Eden to remain on the show!

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The very first podcast of Absolute Eden, the official fan club of Eden Riegel, Emmy-award winning actress as Bianca Montgomery on All My Children and currently Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless, is up and ready for your listening pleasure!

Check it out here: http://abpod.libsyn.com/episode-1-part-1

And check back in a couple of days when part 2, yes, you read that right, PART 2! will be posted.

As announced last week, Eden Riegel, most famous for her Daytime Emmy-award winning turn as All My Children‘s Bianca Montgomery, the first major gay character on daytime television, has signed on to The Young and the Restless in the role of Heather Stevens. This is a huge departure for Riegel as Heather is an aggressive Assistant District Attorney with an attitude and who has had just a few bed-mates of the male persuasion…

One of the benefits of this move is that Riegel will be reunited with her longtime friend and former on-screen paramour Elizabeth Hendrickson, who plays headstrong, conniving, funny Chloe Mitchell. (both Heather and Chloe are the offspring of legacy characters in Genoa City, as well) If they have any interaction is yet to be seen, but that will be a lot of fun to see since the characters are not friends as Heather most recently hit the sheets with Billy Abbott, the father of Chloe’s child. The other will be watching Eden take on a character the total polar opposite of Bianca; arrogant, aggressive, seriously flawed and miles from the moral center Bianca was to Pine Valley.

I, for one, am excited to see Eden stretch her wings and play a new character. She will forever and always be Bianca Montgomery, but there comes a time when you have to take that next step and try something new. It will be jarring to see the visage of sweet, honest loving Bianca as a single-minded, envelope-pushing legal eagle, but it most certainly will be fun!

Thank you, Eden, for everything you gave to All My Children and its viewers. You went above and beyond in many instances, including taking the wrath of a viewership and then Writer/Producer (using the terms incredibly loosely) Charles Pratt when he blamed you for his own massive shortcomings. Sadly, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, most obviously the ones who have blinders on or absolutely no idea what the hell they’re talking about while believing they do.

And best of luck on Y&R. I know you’ll be fantastic.

As reported by Soaps in Depth Magazine, TPTB at The Young and the Restless have realized a good thing when they have one and signed Elizabeth Hendrickson (Fashionista Chloe Mitchell with a decidedly blunt and prickly personality ) to a one-year contract, bumping her up from recurring status. Chloe, as you may recall, showed up on the scene at Jabot after Lily won the Fresh Faces of Jabot contest, hired by Jill Abbot to turn the neophyte into a full-fledged model. And possibly to come between the teenager and Cane. I don’t think the former ever came to pass, but look out big time for the latter!

With Liz now on contract status, here’s hoping the writers give Chloe a great backstory and let her loose on the good people of Genoa City. Especially now that Y&R has hired a new headwriter and he has a pretty clean slate in Chloe to work with. Watching Liz sink her teeth into this intricate and interesting character has been great fun. I, for one, am looking forward to watching Chloe grow.

Big time congrats to Liz on this great news!

Liz Hendrickson as Chloe Mitchell