Is Maura West getting a pink slip? According to CBS Soaps In Depth, the actress has been fired from The Young and the Restless. As of right now, there is no final airdate and Y&R is remaining mum on if the talented actress is out.
Yay! She's dreadful as Diane, absolutely awful!
That would really suck. I like her as Diane.
Maura is a very talented actress. I am sure she will land a good gig. Unfortunately as everyone could plainly see (why the casting dept didn't?) that she was a total miscast as Diane. She would have been great in another role (Vicoria). But that was not meant to be. I think she could be a good fit for Days. I don't have a character in mind but her natural style and strong style would be appreciated on Days. Good luck to her.
i love maura west. carly tenney was my favorite. she never quite did fit diane right. hopefully another show will pick her up because i don't know if my atwt heart could take not seeing her.
I am just glad to see Y&R correcting some of its casting mistakes. Maura West was miscast as Diane from Day One. So, so horrible in this role. In fact, the character of Diane has been ruined so much for me now that I never want to see her again, not even played by the divine Alex Donnelly.
In a perfect world, next Y&R would fire the horribly miscast Eden Riegel and Amelia Heinous.
She was miscast. Plain and simple. LOVE Maura West. She was FIERCE as Carly on ATWT! But Diane Jenkins was NOT the part for her. If they couldn’t get Alex Donnelley, and since Susan Walters was busy filming TVD, they could have easily gotten Colleen Zenk as Diane. IMAGINE her against Victor. She could have totally cougared Nick if they went there with her in the role, and I wouldn’t have been mad at her. MAB’s did a number on Diane with Maura in the role and it was wrong. Hell, she would’ve been a MUCH better Victoria Newman at this point!
I FLOVE Maura West but I agree that she was horribly cast. She is one talent actress that deserved a new character rather than a recast for Diane. She was too young for the role and the writers did not know which direction to take her, so they chem-tested her with Stephen Nichols, Eric Braeden, Joshua Morrow and Peter Bergman. Its's Y&R's loss. I was really beginning to like Diane in the last few weeks because the actress is so good (Plus, I just imagined that she was Carly Tenney from ATWT and living in Genoa City.) Again, I think Maura West should have been written a new character that was a business rival of Lauren and vied for business and Michael. This would have given Michael and Lauren a story and I think in their few scenes, Christian LeBlanc and Maura West had chemistry. With a great actress like this, the writers should have been inspired.
Uh, at least we have a whole host of terrible actors to fill her screen time. Ugh.
Best of luck to one of my favorite daytime talents.
I hope this is true. I also hope she immediately finds another job. Outstanding, wonderful, actress, especially for daytime. I'm not sure who she could play on another show, but I hope she finds another job.
As far as Heather goes, why not recast with Chrishell Stause? She might be good in that role. She looks the part. Or they could just get rid of Heather altogether. I see no need for her character if Ronan will never come back and Chance has left. Is she going to go after Kevin now?
I always thought she would have been a great recast of Grace Turner. She's about the right age and looks similar to the first Grace. Oh well.
I hate to say it, because I enjoyed her SOOO much as Carly on ATWT, but I REALLY hope this rumor is true. She does NOTHING for me as Diane and the character has become so blatantly unlikable and slutty that I really just want her to leave town. If they decide to recast, they need to consider someone like Colleen Zenk (who I will continue to pimp out until they hire her!).
What horrible casting. Maria should really be ashamed of herself for thinking that a woman who is not even 40 yet could play a character who is supposed to be in her 50s. How utterly ridiculous.
Next stop?? Fire Eden Riegel and hire Terri Conn or Rebecca Budig to play Heather!!
I like the idea of Terri Conn as Heather also. All I know is that Eden Riegel should be the next in line to go!
Praise the soap gods! THANK YOU!
This was a classic example of a miscasting. MW was simply not Diane. She had none of her mannerisms and they really didn't know what to do with her. I imagine her firing would have to to do with Genie Francise.
Now, it is time to let Eden R. go. She is the second big casting mistake. I honestly would not care if they just got rid of this pointless character. She was always dumb, and I don't care if Paul needs some family members or not. Terri Conn would be a decent Heather. Whoever plays Heather, just needs to be a believable vixen.
After Eden R. the writers need to get rid of "Baby" Malcolm. And anyone would be better.
Its been reported that Nikki "Melody Scott" is going on a long vacation
could it be "Diane" was fired because they wanted Melody to stay?
She wants money and so does Billy Miller... Maybe they didn't get along?
Maura West didn't really fit in Y&R though shes a good actress
I disagree. West is a great actress. Y&R just did not deliver her writing that was up to her abilities. Instead of creating a role for her, Y&R gave her the thankless watered down role of Diane Jenkins. This version of Diane was never given the chance to really scheme and kick butt. Instead, Diane was a supporting player never given the opportunity to shine as sparring partner against Phyllis or find a true love interest.
Why did Y&R never pair her with a leading man worthy of her talents? Instead, she was saddled with Victor.
West has great chemistry with Joshua Morrow.
Unfortunately, I think budgets came into play here as well as a lack of good writing.
My deepest sympathy to West and her family.
I haven't watched Y&R in over 2 years and even I know that she was a total miscast for the role. I enjoy Maura West as an actress and loved her as Carly on ATWT but she wasn't right for the role of Diane Jenkins. I agree with the others that said Y&R should have made a play for Colleen Zenk; that would have been effing awesome.
Eden Riegel is going on maternity leave. No one fires an employee who's just had a baby. Hunter Tylo sued Aaron Spelling and a GH actress sued ABC for doing so.
As for hiring ABC actors, that's all talk for now.
I read alot of AMC and OLTL actors will be casted to Y&R
Lets hope theres money and air time for everyone !
I still think Maura much of not agreed to do more unnessary
story as shes a good actress. I hope Melody Scott stays
with Y&R but shes been hitting around going to GH ! Sounds like
storylines and money is the issue I don't like Nikki's story
at her age in bed with someone different everyday? plez!
Diane didnt work with Victor
Cane? Plez ! Sorry he's not cane
but hope Genie Francis will bring some class back to the show
What happened to Traci? She off due to what?
I feel so bad for Sharon Case
what a horrible story for her
Shes really a good actress but not given her potential
MONEY + STORY=HAPPY ACTORS !
I'm sorry to see MW go because I love her, but she was woefully miscast as Diane Jenkins. MAB sucks big time but it's Y&R's casting department that is really delusional. Maura as Diane? Amelia Heinle as Victoria? Eden Riegel as Heather? ::rolls eyes:: I hope that MW lands a great part that is the right fit for her tremendous talent. Hell, maybe she and Michael Park can start their own web soap.
Here's hoping those fools know what to do with the powerhouse that is Genie Francis...
With regards to Sharon Case, I think the writers are TRYING to write the character a decent storyline, but this Sam guy is boring as hell. I think the writers kind of wore out and ruined Sharon about a year and a half ago and are trying to fix it. I honestly don't know what they can do to fix Sharon. I do think Sharon should be let go or remain as a supporting character for some time because they really botched her character over the years. I would not say that her problem is the same as Diane's.
At least, GF is coming on as a new character. I am not excited about her entry, but at least that is in her favor.
Recast or new character doesn't matter, Y&R fails at bringing in new actors. MAB is horrible at this, mostly because she or Sony only hire based on some name value, or perceived name value, and the story is meaningless.
The only popular new character in recent years has been Colin, and the show is now happily turning him into a monster just so we can get more Cane/Lily angst.
The only time Y&R manages to make recasts popular is if they just give up on writing for a character entirely and write solely based on what suits the actor's charisma. Adam and Billy, for instance. If there are any characterizations to be found besides one-liners or smirking, it's tough to see them. In Adam's case, I agree with their decision, because Adam was one of the most disgusting characters ever on Y&R before Michael Muhney arrived. Billy on the other hand had great potential before they turned him into a soulless and whiny failure who burned through story so quickly he has had to spend a year holding Victoria's purse.
It's easy to say "Maura was miscast," but the bottom line is why does it seem like EVERY actor they hire is miscast? Because it's easy to be miscast on a show with bad writing, bad production, and many actors who either don't know where they're going or don't care.
Sharon was ruined when they had her as a blow-up doll for Billy, Nick, and Jack. Instead of dealing with her they just had her go crazy a few times and then her storyline became all about Adam. There's nothing of the character left. They were reduced to demonizing her seriously ill, wheelchair-bound mother.
If Terri's OLTL run is any indication, she isn't a believable vixen.
Y&R can't write vixens now, because they see that as prostitute. That's essentially what Diane is now. A prostitute. They only know how to degrade their female characters.
No, no, no, no! Bad Sony! I actually think she nailed the role of Diane, and I WAS enjoying having her on the show. I knew when Genie Francis came on, there would be some collateral damage...but not mah baby!
I hope this is just a rumor
I'm glad to see her go. Maura West was miscast and Y&R has been doing this a lot with the "snatch and grab" they do to get these stars of other soaps. There was no clear plan for the role. They need to send Kyle off with Diane..bring him back in 3-6 months as a troubled teen.
I disagree with those who don't like Eden Riegel as Heather. I enjoy her in the part now. It took me a while but she works just fine for me.
I am willing to bet this same thing happens to Genie Francis considering the storyline they are bringing her into.
Eden Riegel works now? lol! She's never on anymore. She's simply awful, IMO. She's not buyable as some sexy ass lady that no man can resist.
I really enjoyed Maura West on ATWT but can't disagree with the conclusion that she hasn't worked as Diane. The character has been treated horribly by the writers and I found myself wincing each time she was paired with a new man who would then quickly throw her away. Glad that it's over, honestly, though I hope MW finds a new job soon.
Eden Riegel, on the other hand, does finally work as Heather. I don't see any reason to mess with that casting.
Maura was miscast just like Eden Riegel.Y&R has to stop this shit...
I love Maura West but she was miscast in the role from day one. MAB and Co. should of came up with a good character for this two time Emmy winning actress. But the writing also played apart of the destruction of Diane Jenkins as well.
However I wish Maura all the best her talent will payoff she will get another job. She has five children to co - feed along with her husband former ATWT actor Scott Defreitas I heard last time he was doing real estate ?
BULL! These days Diane is one of the few interesting people on the show! once again, Y&R brought on someone, made a huge deal of it, then let us down by yanking them off the canvas.
I don't think Maura was a miscast at all. I think they changed the character dramatically. Look how many guys she slept with in the short period of time she was on? Granted the previous Diane wasn't a saint but she wasn't a ho' either.
Maura is an AMAZING actress but she was miscast in this role. She should have gotten a new character instead of Diane