Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Actor Daniel Goddard Out at “Young and the Restless” After 13 Years as Show Fights for Its Ratings Life


Six weeks ago, when I was in Los Angeles for the Emmy Awards, a source close to “The Young and the REstless” told me they were letting go of Daniel Goddard. The Australian actor had played Cane Ashby for 13 years. “He doesn’t know it, but he’s out,” this source told me. “They’ve been trying to get rid of him for a long time.”

And now it’s happened. Goddard announced his exit on social media on Tuesday afternoon. I think he was surprised. The only reason I didn’t write it was, it would have been mean. I didn’t want to surprise him myself. Goddard is eminently employable on other soaps, easily. He could go to prime time, too. He won’t have trouble finding work.

Ratings for “Young and the Restless” are slightly up in the most recent report, but that’s relative. They are way down from last year and two years ago. The head of CBS Daytime is gone. As I told you the other day, Drew Barrymore’s CBS talk show is threatening the existence of “Y&R” and “Bold and the Beautiful.” Both shows will be paring down and tightening up to meet new challenges.

In Goddard’s case, he lost two co-stars, Kristoff St. John (who died suddenly this year) and Christel Khalil. Without them, his character was left dangling. He would be a shot in the arm to either “General Hospital” or “Days of our Lives.” One of them will pick him up. As for “Y&R,” they’d better get it together soon.

Roger Friedman
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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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