Sunday, May 26, 2024

“General Hospital” Star Michelle Stafford Has Sneaked Scientology into Nickelodeon


Scientology may have been outed on HBO’s “Going Clear” but it’s going strong at Nickelodeon.

The children network’s website is currently featuring short films from Michelle Stafford, the extremely mannered actress who jumped from one soap opera–  “The Young and the Restless”– to another–  “General Hospital” last year.

Stafford is an avowed member of Scientology. So is her production: everyone involved with her “Secret Mind of a Single Mom” is from Scientology. Just about the entire credit list, from actors to crew, are members of the cult.

That includes– and I must say, I’m shocked– an actor named David O’Donnell. He’s the grandson of famed Kennedy adviser and chief of staff Kenny O’Donnell. Kennedy– as in President John F. Kennedy. Unlike his Harvard grad grand-dad, David O’Donnell — according to his bio — skipped college and headed west where he studied acting with famed Scientologist Milton Katselas (now deceased).

Frighteningly, O’Donnell seems to be a 20 year member of the cult, working his way up to Operating Thetan level 5. This means he knows where the aliens are, and believes in them.

Meantime, Stafford’s project is similar to the web series she produced two years ago. I wrote about it then, and it’s all the same people. It’s unclear if Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom, knows what’s going on. Coincidentally, Viacom also pays Tom Cruise millions for his “Mission Impossible” movies.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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