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ATWT: Van Hansis Thanks Fans
Topic Started: Sep 14 2007, 10:30 AM (412 Views)
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'As the Word Turns' Actor Thanks Fans for Supporting His Controversial Storyline

September 12, 2007

Until now, the five-second kiss between Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer (Jake Silbermann) on As the World Turns is still the subject of controversy in forums and message boards on various websites. While their locked lips made history on daytime television, it has also divided viewers into those who are for and against the Luke/Noah storyline. On the other hand, Van Hansis, who portrays Luke, is quite fond of his gay plot and even considers the love story as a huge success.

Most of the polls set up in various websites, which gauges just how much viewers of As the World Turns love or hate the Luke and Noah romance, have resulted to a nearly equal score for those who voted against and in favor of the plot. For Hansis, however, fans' reactions are overwhelmingly positive.

“The kiss between the two was a hit, as I think everyone involved knew it would be,” Hansis said in his blog on the CBS website. “On YouTube the video was the second most watched for the weekend after it aired on CBS. The response Jake [Silbermann] as well as the producers and I have gotten has been so overwhelmingly positive. In fact, out of the over 100 emails and letters I received, only one was negative. So in my mind that says that the pairing has a 99 percent approval rating. I consider that not bad for something that not too long ago would have been considered edgy.”

Nevertheless, he is also aware of those who do not want the Luke and Noah story to develop further.

“We need to accept each other and embrace differences of all kinds,” he said. “We need not to label someone who has a different skin color, sexual orientation, social class, or country of origin as 'the other.'”

As for the positive reception, Hansis thanks viewers who have embraced the controversial pair, as well as the long-running soap, which he is pleased to be a part of, and hints that there will be more things in store for Luke and Noah.

“The letters I have received, the blogs I have read, and the message boards that I have visited make me really proud of the story that As the World Turns is telling, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. From everything that I have heard, the show is excited to continue moving forward with this story and I can tell you that Luke is just starting his journey. There is a lot more to come and I hope the fans stay with him for the ride,” he said.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: CBS
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