Heather Tom to One Life to Live

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Contract talks fail with Y&R so Heather Tom heads to Llanview

Tom Takes Over as Kelly

It's official. Heather Tom (Victoria, Y&R) will make the trek to the East Coast to assume the role of Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live. Tom's surprising announcement of her departure from her award-winning role on The Young and the Restless put the actress back in the daytime market.

The buzz behind Tom joining the OLTL cast gained momentum when she and her brother, David Tom (ex-Billy, Y&R) were spotted in New York City in early October.

With Tom's addition to the One Life to Live cast, actress Tracy Melchior has been dismissed after just three months with the show. Melchior joined One to Life to Live in July after having been bumped to recurring status on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful.

The role of Kelly was originally created by Gina Tognoni in 1995. According to published reports. Tognoni had been asked to reprise the role, but she and the show were unable to come to terms on the deal.
"Heather and I started on the show on the same month in 1991, and I'm devastated that she's leaving," laments Y&R's executive producer David Shaughnessy. "She is a wonderfully talented actress, and she'll be sorely missed." Adds Y&R's co-executive producer/head writer Jack Smith: "Heather has always wanted to explore New York theater and this is giving her an opportunity to do that. We regret losing her."

Tom will make her first ABC appearance as a guest co-host on The View Oct. 30 and 31. She starts taping One Life to Live on November 3. Look for her first airdate sometime late November.   More on this as it develops.

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