Scott Bryce Speaks on As the World Turns Exit

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As the World Turns fans have finally accepted the news: Scott Bryce has been fired from the show.

An outpouring of support for the actor has followed this announcement, but the man who has portrayed Craig Montgomery for years is taking it like the professional he is.

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Bryce recently chatted with TV Guide about the shocking development: Your followers, and they are legion, are having coronaries over this!
Scott Bryce: I have to say an enormous thank you for their love and support. I'd started thinking to myself, "Wow, maybe I stink" but the response from the fans has been so amazing and overwhelming that it's helped soften the blow. It's touching and affirming and it means the world to me. Word is, your peeps at As the World Turns are pretty bummed.
Bryce: The response from the cast and crew has been equally unbelievable. Hugs and kisses and shock and disbelief. This is a real drag because I've never been fired from an acting job before. In fact, the last time I was fired I was flipping burgers at the Big Top Shop in Westport [Connecticut], so this is kind of stunning. You created Craig in 1982, played him off-and-on into the '90s, then came back to the show just last April. It should have been a triumphant return. What went haywire?
Bryce: I've had dozens of relationships with executive producers and this one, with Chris Goutman, was odd and very disconnected. I think we had an inherent disagreement or a different vision of who Craig is. The plots on the show are so much darker than they used to be — dead babies, pornography, methamphetamines — and maybe I didn't fit into that vision.

It's not the As the World Turns I remember from those many years ago. Chris would say to me, "This is your character, run with it." But when I did he never seemed pleased. Craig, as I understood him, has a need for family and love and fulfillment, and at all costs, which is what creates all the mayhem and madness in his life. Yes, he's a villain but he doesn't know that.

Bryce will appears on the series for the final time on February 21. Read his full interview with TV Guide now.

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I have you to thank for the name of my active 6 year old, Craig.


Scott, I remember your portrayal of Craig from your days with Meg Ryan. No one else has ever played Craig as well as you. I was thrilled when you returned to the show. Your chemistry with so many actors is the best. When you played opposite Elizabeth Hubbard years ago, both of you shined. It is too bad that the fans who adore you and your portrayal of Craig can not fire Mr. Goutman. Best wishes in the future and hopefully the writers can see the error of their ways and we, the fans can see you back at ATWT as the best and really the only Craig we wish to see.


You Don't Stink. The people that Called
you & Fired you Stink. You are a Great Actor Don't Put yourself Down.


Don't feel bad Scott I know how it feels
that no matter how hard you try You can't do anything right by anyone.


As the World Turns Quotes

Noah: So, Luke... I know it was awkward walking on me and Maddie...
Luke: More awkward for you guys. At least I still had my clothes on.

Maddie: Hopefully if we're lucky, Luke will get his sense of humor back.
Noah: Luke's funny?
Maddie: When he's not worried about something, hilarious.
Noah: I'll make a note.