Friday, April 13, 2007

WTF! Evangeline [Renee Elise Goldsberry] Leaving OLTL

Found this bombshell at
So much for the fan's fantasies about Evangeline and Todd being Llanview's next super couple. i should have known something fishy was going on when out of nowhere a sibling rivalry was in full heated 'mits offa my man' mode between Evangeline and Layla, when Evangeline mistakenly thought her 5 minutes ago ex Cristian and Layla were having an affair. There was a lame hint at a backstory of the sibs having a history of man stealing on Layla's part, but again it seemed to come out of nowhere. There was so much potential for more developement between these characters. A shame it won't be expanded upon. i'm not even so much disappointed at Ms. Goldsberry's departure as i am of the completely unimaginative way the character is being written out. Lazy and pathetic are the printable responses i can convey to express my ire to this choice by OLTL.

Here's an excerpt from the exclusive interview Ms. Goldsberry gave 4~9~07 to TV Guide Online's Daniel R. Coleridge Daniel's Dish What do want to say about leaving OLTL?
Goldsberry: Yes, my contract expired on April 1. I have finished taping. I don't know when my last air date is, but I did work until the contract expired. And since we have not been able to come to terms on a new contract, Evangeline will go into a coma. And out of all that has been reported about this negotiation, that is the extent of what is true. I've read a lot out there about why the contract negotiations fell through. Some suggest you want too much money, while others say OLTL denied you outs to do other projects. What's your response?
Goldsberry: It is hurtful when I hear of people reporting so erroneously about the negotiation. But I don't believe in discussing the details of contract negotiations publicly, even to prove them wrong, so I won't comment about that any further. I will say, however, that though we are at an impasse, there is no bad blood between ABC and me. How interesting that Vangie will be comatose. Vangie's pal, Nora, also went into a coma when Hillary B. Smith's contract was up back in '05....
Goldsberry: Yes, Nora and Evangeline have a lot in common. They are both defense attorneys turned prosecutors. They were both blind. And Nora also suffered a coma that took her off of the canvas for quite some time. Hillary has often jokingly said that Evangeline is a big copycat. It seems she's right again. How do you feel about leaving Llanview in this way?
Goldsberry: It is difficult to let a character that is so much a part of me just fall asleep. I'm sure it is difficult for all parties. It's been an awesome four years. I celebrate every day I had playing Evangeline. We created this groundbreaking character. And by "we" I mean everyone involved with her — the network, the writers, producers, directors, co-stars, and the fans. The opportunities she ran away with in Llanview and all of the opportunities that I've had at ABC are nothing short of miraculous. I believe they were truly divinely orchestrated. That's why I am confident that if it is meant to be, I will play Evangeline again — and if not, I will do something else that is also important, and the show that I have loved since I was a child will continue to be as wonderful as it has always been. I believe — even in the darkest hour — things really do work out for the best.


prettyboots72 said...

for all fans who know in their hearts that Evangeline needs to be back, i have started a petition to bring her back.
If you wish to sign on it, go to


sookietex said...

Thanks for the heads-up on the petition prettyboots72. i just signed. O.K. all you OLTL Evangeline and Goldsberry fans, show your support, sign the petition [thanks :-)]

IPetitions Bring Evangeline Back Now

Anonymous said...

Yes, i hope the petition gets the attention of the folks at OLTL and Renee...she plays the character so well, and that character brings life to the show. I'm gonna sign the petition.

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