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- Apr 8 2009, 06:34 PM
Nichols: I was surprised that they allowed two of the most beloved characters in the history of the show to just fade into the background and then eventually away. Story had not been there since Ed Scott [former co-executive producer] was let go which, by the way, was a huge mistake. Ed's departure sent morale on the set on a downward spiral.
Nichols: We had our moments and Hogan Sheffer [former head writer] was putting a lot of energy into us. Hogan did research and watched the early shows from our first run. He told Mary Beth and I that, to his eye, it was the best stuff ever on daytime. The trouble was, he was the only one doing the research. Writer's assistants were frequently coming to me and Mary Beth, asking us the history of the characters. You would think the show would have these things written down somewhere. Once Ed Scott was out of the picture, we were in trouble. He fought for us, I know that much.
I love Stephen Nichols. He really is one of the most talented actors in daytime -- not to mention one of the smartest.
Thanks for the excerpt!