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She departed CBS’ “” last year with her character Phyllis Summers in a coma, and now  has returned to daytime with a new role on “” as the comatose Nina Clay. An ironic character choice for sure, but ABC promises fans that the truth surrounding Nina’s mysterious circumstances will reveal itself in the weeks and months to come, as her tangled web of family history starts to unravel. But until then fans are left wondering how the show managed to keep such a reveal so secret and how it all actually came together. 

In an interview with Daytime Confidential, “GH” head writer  shares that the scene aired today revealing Michelle in the role of Nina was actually shot only recently. “GH has been on hiatus for the past two weeks and Michelle doesn’t really start taping until we resume. But we realized that as soon as she did, the news would be out there long before her episodes began airing. It was actually Frank’s idea to try to slip her into an earlier show that had already been written and shot, so we could take everyone by surprise. So he snuck her into the studio recently, at the end of the day, to tape the one scene you just saw. That was inserted after the fact. We’ve been sweating it out ever since that it would stay under wraps.”

Carlivati also put rumors to rest that Stafford’s joining had been planned almost immediately before she wrapped her run at “Y&R” last year. Referring to an image of Stafford alongside “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini, Carlivati says, “When you hear that an actress of Michelle’s caliber and popularity might potentially be available, of course you can’t help but think, ‘What if?’ But I was there when those pictures were taken, and all you’re seeing is a bunch of people having fun at an industry party. Although I must admit that my memory of that evening is a little fuzzy. I vaguely remember a tequila shot or two…”

For more on what the writer has to say about Stafford and keeping secrets in this day and age, click here.

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  • Bexx

    Small penises, eh?

    • sands of time

      It’s OK if you choose to watch her on GH. You know you want to! JFP was and is the problem. Btw, do you plan on watching Eileen Davidson on DAYS? She may win the best actress emmy!!!

    • Bexx The Clown

      Excuse my twin and their obsession with small penises. When Bexx is not on internet soap opera sites hating on Gh, a show Bext still watches every day the rest of Bexx’s time is spent looking at pictures of small penises

    • sherwood

      This is the perv that the entire board despises. It must be great to know that the world hates your guts.

      • Bexx

        Small penis are Stafford’s words, not mine, little girl. And if world, you mean a couple of non factors on a soap website, then I suppose you are right.

        • RedRiver38

          Bexx, you’re a hateful bully. You should be banned permanently for your hateful crap. You are a sick pervert.

          • Bexx

            This coming from the loon who spends hours looking and shirtless photos of Muhney? Hmm k.

          • RedRiver38

            He’s a hell of a lot better looking than your fat tush. People like you are fat slobs eating garbage food typing your poisonous trash online. Typical pervert troll obsessed with penises. Sick.

          • Bexx

            So you are in love with a sexual predator, does your family know? I think I’ll go have a Twinkie, while I gaze at my treadmill.

          • RedRiver38

            I’d rather be around him than you pervo. You’re the one injecting your sick and twisted hate on this board with you lying bullying tactics. You can’t conduct yourself in a civil manner. You just start insulting people for sport. You think it’s funny. People like you love to injure others. You just love to insult and fight. You couldn’t have a decent discussion if your life depended on it. That’s truly sick. Get help, you need it.

          • Bexx

            So you’d rather be around a man who preys on a young girl for his own sexual sport, than someone you would never meet in real life? I suppose that makes sense. The ‘decent’ conversation you are looking for involves pretending that you are anything but an obsessed loser, who gets easily offended when someone insults your favorite actor. Sorry, but pretending you are anything else would only encourage your behavior. In the end, you will thank me for my tough love method.

          • sherwood

            You’re an abuser of people. Leave, you have no place here.

          • Bexx

            After you!

          • sherwood

            You’re like diarrhea. You’re runny, stink and just make a big mess. You’re just as appealing too.

          • Bexx

            So you have diarrhea on a regular basis? I’m actually starting to wonder if you are good old Red, you guys seem to show up at the exact time, and sound exactly the same.

          • sherwood

            You remind me of the toilet I flushed this morning.

          • RedRiver38

            You have no proof of that statement, just your own BS. You’re just a lying sack of crap. In the end, you’ll get what’s coming to you a-hole.

          • Bexx

            Yes, my own BS along with CBS and Sony BS. What do I have to lie about? Muhney is happily living unground, you should join him. AND FYI personal threats are against the TOS.

          • sherwood

            You’re the sexual predator. It’s obvious your sick comments fill this board. You’re a rabid dog that should be put down.

          • Bexx

            You must have me confused with Muhney. I keep my hands to myself.

  • Patrick Ferrando

    This really wasn’t a surprise to anyone. I guess she needs the work, so congrats. Not sure this is a good career choice… :-)

    • Yvonne

      It’s Jill Farren Phelps running everyone outta the Young and the Restless. All of the old cast are leaving.

      • TV&MovieBuff

        It’s not Phelps. It’s Sony. They’ve been putting a stop to a lot of the stuff that has been allowed to go on for a long time. They did with Days too. They wouldn’t even give Peter Reckell what he wanted to stay and he left. Phelps can’t give what Sony won’t let her give.

        • sherwood

          Phelps doesn’t have the nickname the “soap killer” for nothing. She’s ruining Y&R right before our eyes. It’s just awful now. Who cares about Betty Crocker and her Zombie boyfriend?….oh yeah, the 80 year old grannies that watch this show in-between enemas.

        • sands of time

          That’s just like you to try to drag DAYS down with Y&R. The Peter Reckell situation is nothing compared to the implotion going on at Y&R. The difference is poor leadership by JFP and family loyalty by Ken Corday. Ken Corday loves DAYS like a sibling. JFP does not give a rat’s ass about Y&R!

          • TV&MovieBuff

            And that is all according to you. You have no idea how Phelps feels about Y&R. Corday loves Days as much as the Bells love Y&R, but they both have to do the bidding of Sony because they need the money. Corday has loved Days so much in the past that he has put some very poor folks in charge of his show — the same way the Bells put Maria A. Bell in charge of Y&R. Both of them have made very poor decisions. Corday is very far from innocent on that. Many of his choices have almost gotten Days cancelled many times.

    • jonboy

      I say the same thing about Donna Mills, although I guess at her age how many offers is she going to get. And if you don’t want to work much, GH Is the job to have. Some are lucky to see one day a week.

  • TV&MovieBuff

    If I were Kelly Monaco and Laura Wright, I would be worried. They are clearly being pushed aside for Cartini’s stars. Bernard and Geary have kept a place on the forefront of things at GH while the GH women like Wright and Monaco have found themselves pushed further into the background. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of them gone. There are a lot of divas on the show at this point.

    • TV&Moviebluff

      You claim in many threads that you stopped watching GH and this proves it. Laura Wright has been featured quite often. They rotate the stories in arcs but Laura Wright as of late has been on a lot. Sam had a big story with the Silas thing and this will just give her even more of a story now. There is nothing to indicate they are being pushed aside other than your agenda of hating on Cartini

      • TV&MovieBuff

        As you said I have not been watching and I don’t care. But I can read GH headlines on message boards and see what is happening with stories and such. If you notice what I said I said they were being pushed in the background meaning not as important. Geary and Benard have had stories about them. Wright and Monaco have been on but their stories haven’t been about them. Even before I quit many times it was all about other folks — the same way that basically Liz has been used for a long time now. Liz could be easily replaced at any time. They are no longer crucial to any story the way they were in the past.

        It was the same way that Guza did with characters like Monica, Julia, etc.

        • TV&MovieBluff

          Really again just more of your propaganda in your campaign to hate on Cartini. Laura Wright is highly involved. She has always been invovled with stuff with Sonny. If I had no life like you I could spend hours on the internet reading about other soaps and then posting stuff about them to push a hatred propaganda. You really are sad and pathetic How is your diabetes and eye sight doing by the way?

          • Bexx

            David, is that you? LMAO

          • sherwood

            Charlie, is that you?

          • Bexx

            Speak when you’re spoken to! Attempting to inject yourself into a conversation you know nothing about makes you look foolish.

          • RedRiver38

            You’re the ass. No one wants you here.

          • Bexx

            I’m going to need you to understand how the internet works.

          • RedRiver38

            Is that supposed to be a come back? You’re slipping pea brain.

          • Bexx

            No really, but I do expect you to understand the basics before you you attempt to to engage me. How many more times can you tell me to disappear, the outcome always result in a loss for you.

          • RedRiver38

            You’re sub-human and ruin everything. No wonder so few people post on this site.

          • Bexx

            Actually comments increased when I showed up. Of course I didn’t expect any thanks. What do you contribute each week other thank your YR sucks rant?

          • TV&MovieBuff

            How much do Cartini send you every week to go about all day looking for people criticizing their work and defending them. Maybe if they spent more time producing GH in the correct way they might have gotten a nomination in writing, directing, or even one for Best Show at the daytime Emmys. The guy that Carolyn Hinsey interviewed from the Emmys said they found the show too campy. Its been a lot of years since GH got shut out of all 3 at the Emmys. Look around on the Internet you will find that a lot of fans are saying it was well deserved.

            Now go earn your money and zap off another email so that you can get your check. After all your obsession with Cartini is the only thing you have.

          • jonboy

            Whereas the writing on GH is amateurish I see nothing wrong with the production level and, for that alone, it should have gotten a nod. I am having a hard time of wrapping myself around an actress of Staffords caliber joining GH.

          • TV&MovieBuff

            As I was discussing with you on the other site, the only reason they didn’t get a nom on production values for Best Series the show chose the wrong episodes and turned off voters. That is from a person with the Emmys. They told that to Carolyn Hinsey in an interview. The Emmys are about the reel you choose to turn in. They chose the wrong episodes to show to voters. The voters said the episodes were too campy. Frank and Ron did the same thing when they were at OLTL.

          • Bexx

            Do you know what episodes they submitted?

          • TV&MovieBuff

            See the reply to jonboy above Bexx.

          • jonboy

            From what I understand the episode submitted was when Robin revealed herself at the wedding of Patrick and Sabrina. The last minute of that episode was good; the rest was standard fare. I don’t mind camp, sometimes, but RC has turned this show into a camp-fest. Pisses me off because there is so much potential but it is not being handled properly.

          • TV&MovieBuff

            That was the for Best Writing. The ones for Best Show according to several sites and the guy from the Emmys at least one of the episodes was the Nurse’s Ball that featured Richard Simmons. He specifically said that voters said Richard Simmons cost them the nomination. They lost interest when they saw him.

          • jonboy

            Well, if they submitted that crap no wonder they didn’t get a nomination. It wasn’t “best variety show”, it was “best daytime drama”, Or am I missing something?

          • TV&MovieBuff

            As to the Emmys one more thing — the Emmys are not about a whole years work. It is about the short reel they turn in. Even prime time is often only based on 1 or 2 episodes. Any actor or any show esp. in daytime can find enough to submit a good acting reel. Thus why we have had many surprising winners through the years. GH could have found some good stuff to submit — even in writing — the sadly just chose wrong.

          • TV&MovieBluff

            I get a huge cut every week. They got rid of Sean Kanan so they could keep paying me to go around finding people that criticize them. I am barley on here maybe 2 or 3 times per week usually on the day ratings are going to come out You however are on here numerous times per day and not just this site but numerous other sites as well. Ane you cannot handle when anyone calls you out. How much do you get to hate on Cartini? Have you checked your sugar today?

          • Bexx

            I’m guessing that’s exactly why he showed up. It’s gotta sting that OLTL got nominated and they didn’t. Majority of the GH fans agree with the lockout.

          • jonboy

            Hey Bluff, you’re really getting out of control with that poster when u start attacking his disabilities. It’s making u look more of an ass then him. Relax!

          • TV&MovieBuff

            jonboy, I have tried to be nice to you for months now. I enjoy discussing things with you. I have ignored David for a long time, and I tried simply to state an opinion I had about Wright and Monaco. Then he creates another name thrown toward me. Yes I should have ignored him again like I have been doing but I didn’t. I apologize for that and getting it started again. I have even been ignoring Sands of Time and his BS. And David I am not being drawn back into your childish BS. If you can’t handle a negative opinion about your heroes, I’m sorry. You will just have to deal with it.

          • Bexxx The Clown

            Its you who cant handle an opinion. Notice TV totally ignores the part about the muliple posting names he has used int he past. Its TV who cannot handle when someone has a different opinion or states that the facts are wrong. Your and Bex’s agenda have been obvious for quite some time and you both need to realize everyone has a right to an opinion. The only thing you dominate on is having no life and spending too much time on soap opera message boards.

          • sands of time

            I really don’t understand the BS you’re talking about.

            Simply put, you do use DAYS as a shield when people have negative things to say about Y&R and it’s soap killer, but I would never make fun of someone’s disability.

            Btw, it’s not nice to talk smack to posters about other posters.

        • TV&MovieBluff

          Also notice you say you don’t care but you spend hours per day making comments on GH and other soaps some that you claim to watch some you don’t So to me that means you do care. If you didn’t care you wouldn’t spend all that time reading about something you supposedly don’t care about You should spend more time worrying about eating right and controlling your diabetes

        • Andrew Hass

          Maybe Wright and Monaco are okay with their characters been supporting players in other stories because they know eventually they will have a story of their very own.

        • Elizabeth_Erwin

          Your first sentence says it all – being able to keep up with the entire show by reading message board headlines simply illustrates how shallow and run by nothing but plot points the show has become under Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini.

      • Bexx

        Another idiot using multiple aliases. FYI GH wackos have been complaining for weeks about Silas and this dead wife nonsense.

        • sherwood

          Another idiot with nothing to add except insults. Troll.

          • Bexx

            Another airhead with an unhealthy crush. Loon.

          • RedRiver38

            Another vile, hateful pervert on full display. Drop dead.

          • Bexx

            My name is not Michael Muhney!

          • sherwood

            No, it’s Eric Braeden.

          • Bexx

            Sure! I’ll be Braeden – he still has an income.

          • sherwood

            Sounds right. You’re both hateful Nazis.

          • Bexxx The Clown

            My twin Bexx and TV&Movie are the biggest loons on here. They both have no life and spend hours posting on numerous boards about soaps and get upset when anyone has a different opinion than what they have.

        • TV&MovieBuff

          It’s not another idiot. It’s the same old idiot David. The boy just loves to create multiple aliases. Poor child. Moving on and ignoring. You can’t discuss anything him with any intelligence.

          • TV&MovieBluff

            TV&Movie is the last one who should be calling someone out on multiple aliases. On another board TV&Movie was at one point Richard. Then when people got tired of him thinking he was god he disappeared for a few weeks then came back as Mike. Had the same posting style and comments as Richard. At that point people pointed out how he was different names before the Richard and Mike. Then when that site switched to Disqus suddenly TV&Movie appeared and Mike was gone. Yet TV&Movie used the same posting style and opinions of Richard/Mike. So I wouldnt be going around throwing out accusations when you do the same. really seriously control your diabetes and go out and take a walk instead of spending so much time on the internet trying to hate on Cartini and thinking that your opinion is the only right way or one that matters.

          • Bexx

            Yeah, after his last message I caught on. I’m guessing he’s my single white female as well.

    • Bexx

      I actually love that Stafford is going to GH, where ever she goes drama is bound to soon follow. It won’t be long before she’s crowing about the writing, and trashing the untalented Monaco, and Easton. People were upset that the Livers were given so much airtime, and now with RC penning new families, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some key players quickly depart.

    • Andrew Hass

      I think Kelly and Laura are both on GH.Kelly’s Sam will most likely be involved in a triangle with Silas and Nina and then there’s always the possibility of Jason returning.So Sam may have a lot to do coming up.As for Laura Wright’s Carly she’s probably going to be involved in the fallout of Sonny killing AJ in a big way.

  • Andrew Hass

    I’m happy that Michelle Stafford is on GH now and i’m amazed how they kept it quiet.So i’m wondering if the other actors knew or if they are just as surprised as we are.

  • http://sojustlikethat.wordpress.com/ omg

    I’m glad I started watching GH after the Y&R MM dismissal. Now I’m up to speed and I get to see Phyllis… ok Nina! It will be great.

  • jonboy

    Shocked but not for the obvious reasons.

  • timsdale4ever

    Great addition for GH!

  • Toni

    What a picture. Hilariously nasty. Been a long time since I had to see her on Y&R. So glad I never will again.

    • Bexx

      Amen!

    • TV&MovieBuff

      I love Stafford as an actress, but the character of Phyllis needed a rest. And I hope that rest continues for awhile longer.

  • Greed

    I just started this site and people act like that and say horrible things to one another; then don’t post anything

    • Bexx

      What exactly are you trying to say?

      • sands of time

        Exactly!

        I believe Greed is trying to say if a poster does not have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

        That would end all the sites!

        • JayTN

          Well, people should be able to comment and discuss something – in this case, a TV soap opera – without vulgar comments and insinuations thrown around. I try not to respond to people who act that way. As the old saying goes, “you can disagree without being disagreeable”.

          The very fact that several comments seem to have been deleted (whether by the commenter or site moderators) should tell us that some people crossed the line in their comments.

          • sands of time

            Are you a professional writer? Did you always have the gift of writing?

  • Elizabeth_Erwin

    Another new character with a big price tag. Many GH viewers would have preferred to see Genie Francis back. Of course that is too much effort since Laura actually has a history on the show… better to flood production with strangers so the writers don’t have to do any research. SO tired of that approach under Cartini.

    • Lynn

      Who cares that Genie Francis has a family and a business in Maine. She doesn’t WANT to work full time all the way across the country.

      • Elizabeth_Erwin

        You’re several years behind the times. Genie sold her business in Maine and moved with her family to Southern California a while back.

  • Melanee

    I’ve started watching/DVRing since hearing this news! I’m lost having not watched since the 80’s Luke & Laura days. lol Hope the news of Ron Moss is just a temporary role, I don’t know if I could stomach that, Michelle fan or not. I wish they’d pick up Michael Muhney, now that would make for a super soap, leading the ratings week after week!

  • alwayzblessed

    Loved the character of Phyllis on Y&R; however Michelle is notavery pleasant person if all the things that she’s said and have been written about her are even half true. I just hope she’s matured and added some class to her repertoire over the years, or KeMo and Laura better watch out. And we real fans shouldn’t get complacent figuring she’s not tired to any real family in PC….neither was Phyllis when she got to town, but MS catapulted her to a darn near legacy character. Fine line TPTB are walking and writing. Just make sure to support KeMo and Laura wherever you can. Don’t be unpleasant to/about MS, but don’t let our gals feel any less love the writing starts to get skewed.

    • alwayzblessed

      *not a very pleasant
      *that she’s not *tied
      *less love *if the writing

  • tandm84

    Michelle on GH…….WHY?????……better on Y&R

  • shady

    I know Michelle Stafford is supposed tobe some Emmy-winning lead actress from Y&R, but all I can say is WHY or HOW? I don’t watch Y&R so I’m not familiar with her work as an actress, but her portrayal of Nina on GH is godawful!!!!!! She’s unwatchably bad!!!! I thought maybe playing sweet and simply just didn’t suit her, but now that she’s evil (as I understand she normally is on Y&R) she’s still unwatchably bad!!!!! I had no opinion on her joining the cast one way or other because I literally only know OF her as stated above. But her acting is really, really BAD. They can’t kill off Nina fast enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or at least re-cast someone who doesn’t pull me out of the story because the acting is so noticeably BAD!