As much as fans love a good catfight onscreen, yesterday’s social media drama between “Days of our Lives” Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan) and “General Hospital’s” Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) proves that real life catfights take the cake!
Lilley, who filled in as Maxie when Storms was on medical leave in 2011-2012, took to Twitter to write about her new “DAYS” character, stating “I feel like Theresa could kick Maxie’s ass with one hand tied behind her back.” Storms caught wind of the tweet via a fan and responded with “Maybe her Maxie. But not mine.” That set off a firestorm between the two actresses in which Lilley revealed that she helped keep Maxie from being killed off when Storms wasn’t well enough to return. And, as if the drama wasn’t hot enough already, Farah Fath (ex-Mimi Lockhart, “Days of our Lives;” ex-Gigi Morasco, “One Life to Live”) jumped in to fan the flames.
Hoping to put an end to the situation, Lilley clarified her first statement with a longer message: “Please untag me if you are posting negative tweets. This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. I simply wrote a tweet, which was only intended to be funny regarding my portrayal of two characters. I wasn’t commenting about Kirsten or her performance as Maxie at all. Those who follow me or have even read one article of mine know that I would never say something negative about another person, especially not Kirsten Storms. Life is too short to be mean-spirited.
“I am sincerely delighted that she is well enough to resume her rightful place a Maxie Jones on ‘GH.’ And I am having the time of my life as Jeannie Theresa Donovan on ‘DAYS'; there’s no place I’d rather be. But even if I didn’t have a job, i would be happy for her. Good health is worth more than any job, and there’s no role in the world worth being bitter over.
“All I meant was based on what’s written, I think Theresa is one tough cookie. The fact that I need to even clarify this is beyond me. Some people live to make mountains out of molehills. If you are a fan, I am asking you to help extinguish this rumor mill and respond with grace and love. We can’t control how others respond, only ourselves. Choose love and grace. If haters will hate no matter what, then lovers should love no matter what.”
When Soap Opera Network caught up with Lilley during the Daytime Entertainment Emmy awards last month, she told us the exact same thing: She’s thrilled that Storms has returned to the role — and even hoped to meet her that night! Watch the video below to see her comments.