Thursday, May 26, 2011

CASTING SHOCKER! Two-Time Emmy Winner Maura West is OUT as Diane!

Though she's less than a year into her run on The Young and the Restless, and are reporting that two-time Emmy winner Maura West (Diane Jenkins) has been let go.

According to Soaps In Depth, West is out because the actress "just couldn't get the same lightning to strike twice with her Y&R role." The magazine states that insiders found that West was "miscast" in her role on the CBS soap.

In receiving her Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2010, West let it be known that she wanted to continue in daytime -- and that she wanted to do so on CBS.
"If I [were] to stay in soaps, my loyalty [is] to CBS, where I’ve been on for 15 years. That's where my loyalty lies," West responded when asked if she'd consider joining another soap.

With her Y&R hiring, West became the third actress to tackle the role of Diane. The role of Y&R's Diane was most recently played by Susan Walters. Walters appeared in the role from 2001 to 2004, but popped up in Genoa City last February for a two-day run. Alex Donnelley originated the role and had two runs with the show, one from 1982 to 1986, and another from 1996 to February 2001.

During her 15 years with As the World Turns, West was twice awarded the Outstanding Lead Actress trophy at the Daytime Emmys. She also received four additional nominations -- three as Lead Actress and one in the Supporting Actress field.

There is no word yet on when West might last air. The Young and the Restless does not comment on contracts. However, sources say that the character will be exiting in a rather dramatic way. Stay tuned for more details!

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