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a website dedicated to American actor/writer/director/producer Stephen Nichols. Best known for his varied roles on daytime television, Stephen has just returned to his iconic role of Steven Earl "Patch" Johnson on the daytime soap opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Stephen also played the parts of uber-tychoon Tucker McCall on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as The Dark Prince Stefan Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Dr. Skylar Cates on the cancelled SANTA BARBARA. Stephen has also appeared in films and in episodic television such as CRASH, THE NANNY, EMPTY NEST, SECOND CHANCES, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, RENEGADE, WITCHBOARD, & THE PHOENIX. This is strictly a fan site and NOT Stephen's official site. This site has a strict no paparazzi policy and will not publish photos of Stephen during his private time.

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It’s been confirmed that Stephen will indeed return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Steve “Patch” Johnson for the soap’s 50th anniversary year. For the most part I’ll try to keep up-to-date on his episodes as time permits. If anyone has an airdate for Stephen please feel free to post. Until that time I’ll keep an “eye” on any news. I’ll hopefully have the new Soap Opera Digest article about his and Peter Reckell’s (Bo Brady) return over the weekend. If I do get it I’ll be posting it in the gallery. The original announcement is below.


By SOD • Posted: Mar 18, 2015

Fan faves Stephen Nichols (Steve) and Peter Reckell (Bo) are returning to Salem, and Digest has the scoop. “Stephen Nichols and Peter Reckell have signed deals to come back for the 50th anniversary,” Executive Producer Ken Corday tells Digest exclusively. “They represent two of the most popular characters in the history of the show.” The NBC soap will turn 50 on November 8, but look for the actors to pop up on screen well before then. Nichols was last seen in 2009; Reckell last aired in 2012. For more, pick up the next issue of Digest, on sale this weekend.


Didn’t take long for Jill Farren Phelps to fire Genie Francis as Genevieve on the show, now comes word Stephen has been let go as Tucker McCall on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. In the wake of this comes rumors of Stephen’s return to either DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Steve Johnson or GENERAL HOSPITAL as Stefan Cassadine. The most likely place might be GH since new executive producer Frank Valentini has said a huge Cassadine storyline is being planned. Wherever Stephen ends up I might consider resuming updates to this site. My main reason for abandoning it has to do with the negative response I received from Stephen’s ‘people’. Namely: His fan club president and official website owner. The fact they believed I said something I didn’t and treated me so shabbily didn’t help either. I would have thought as this is the only fan run website on the web dedicated to Stephen, I’d have hoped for a little bit more of a positive response. I also lost interest in Stephen’s storyline on Y&R. It’s a little difficult to enjoy something when the show is so boring and the storyline is really bad. While I’m sad to hear of Stephen’s leaving, I’m hoping he moves on to something that will utilize his talents better. If that be either Steve or Stefan, so be it. No word yet on Stephen’s final airdate though it’ll likely be sometime in 2013 considering Y&R‘s taping schedule.

May 18, 2011

I’m going to open this post with a commentary on something that has been irking me for the past week, and since this is my site and space, I thought I’d take this time to say it. I am a regular poster at the Soapcentral Y&R Board and I posted something I found in one of the latest editions of SOAP OPERA WEEKLY magazine. It had something to do with Tucker’s accident at Abby’s hand and that Stephen was supposedly out as Tucker. It seems I forgot a question mark instead of the exclamation mark I posted. I was told that I needlessly upset the whole whack of Stephen’s fans with the possibility he might have been let go by the soap. I was also accused of saying things that weren’t true here and on my other sites by someone I will not mention. This goes back to when I was also accused of saying that this was Stephen’s official site and I was his official webmaster, something that anyone who does visit my site knows very well I would never do nor have I ever claimed such. As for the post I made to SoapCentral, given the way Emily O’Brien (Jana Fisher) was treated I suspected this might have been the same with Stephen and Tucker. His screentime has been very sporadic at best and up until May Sweeps, nearly reduced to one or two episodes per week and or propping others. This was one of the reasons I posted what I did. However, a certain group of people took it upon themselves to excoriate me like I’m a six-year-old instead of talking to me as an adult-to-adult. This was unnecessary. RENEGADE: STEPHEN NICHOLS ONLINE and RENEGADE MEDIA are the only sites online that is a fansite dedication to Stephen and one would hope that might give some pause for thought. I have unique content and good content, I pay for my webhosting and materials and do all my own capping, clipping, uploading and posting. Donations are on a voluntary basis only. I would hope that as a professional curtosey I would receive some appreciation for all the work I’ve put into this site. I’ve been a fan of Stephen’s for a good twenty five years ever since his debut on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Steve “Patch” Johnson. I would hope that would mean something. I’ve been respectful of these people and only said something to defend myself from those who ‘called me out’ on something that was petty and would have been done with through an email through this site and in private. You know, that professional curtosey and the benefit of the doubt?

Yours, Dianne

I know there’s been a serious lack of updates for Stephen’s episodes for May. And for that, I’m truly sorry. I’ve had a lot of personal stuff going on in my life plus Tamara Braun, Stephen’s former DAYS OF OUR LIVES co-star who played Ava Vitali, has returned to DOOL to play the recast character of Taylor Raines Walker. I also have Stephen’s former GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star Ted King work on ONE LIFE TO LIVE and so far, not enough time. I’m hoping to make things a lot more streamlined so that I can get everything up on the day.

Could someone please kill Abby for me? Seriously. Someone over at SOAPZONE posted a main thread about Tucker and how he’s been treated and I had this to add:

At this stage, I really don’t see a need to have the ONS with Diane come out. What would it serve? Why not allow Ashley and Tucker to get married and let live? I’m tired of Abby and her antics. She should check her own behaviour before she rags on others for theirs. She’s stripped how many times now in public? And let’s not forget she did it right in front of her father and step-siblings. Should Tucker really fear Abby or whatever she might. reveal to Ashley? I think not. She even tried to come onto Tucker. He showed her the door. Tucker is really above reproach at this stage. He loves Ashley and unlike ones like Nick, Victor and Jack, Tucker is a stand up guy. In business he’s a whip. That he has told Ashley what and who he is and she’s accepted that should show us how she will accept the revelation of the Diane ONS. I really think that Ashley won’t care. It was, afterall, just a one night stand at a time when Tucker was having a crisis surrounding Kay’s ill-treatment of him. Does it matter since he’s been totally dedicated to Ashley. To me Tucker McCall is better than any of the other men in Genoa City. Is he perfect? Nope…never said he was. But the one thing that Tucker has over the other men is that he’s been honest to Ashley, dedicated, loving. These are all the attributes I love about Tucker. As for that ONS…I can and do dismiss it. No need to bring it up. Where Tucker is as of this moment, it really doesn’t matter.

That’s all I have to say ……

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While perusing the various Y&R message boards, I came across this that just about made me spit my tea out at my computer…not a good thing since it’s going into the shop to get repaired on Monday. But I digress….. Someone named LilKittenpaws on the IMDB board seems to have her information on Stephen in error. Let’s take a look at what she said… More below the cut.

SN lasted about 5 years on DOOL and for most of the time he was part of a popular couple, not male lead of the show. (I guess he was so popular he was fired? 5 years is not a long run on a soap) He was at GH for about six years after that,and he was part of a wealthy criminal family but not a power player, and not even close to male lead of the show.(And again, so popular- fired again) Then DOOL rehired him and his love interest to give it another try. It fizzled pretty quick, they were let go,(yet once again) after a couple years.

Tucker was originally written to be a wealthy business power player, SN has never played that, and he doesn’t have the bigger than life presence to pull it off. I notice they have tweaked the role to have him sneaky instead, working his business dealings through others. He doesn’t confront the men power players face to face. If he’s in an angry confrontation it’s written with a woman. And even with the women his voice doesn’t project enough power so he must shout at them, which backfires because his ranting looks like he can’t control himself.

Can the writers put Tucker face to face in confrontation with Victor, Adam, or Nick? Sure, but he will look weak. They can write the script to have Tucker overpower every guy in town but it would come off as comedy. Even the thought of the other men characters shaking in their boots over Tucker’s threats or business dealings makes me laugh.

Original link: [ HERE ]

She further states in another post:

We don’t really need a Tucker character. He’s too similar to Victor and we have more than enough Victor. Two old man egotistical Victor-types fighting, two old guy egotistical Victor-types that must win every business deal in town. Who cares? BORING! The woman need to be in the business picture and the younger men need to be developed. The only reason Y&R needs older male characters is to pair with it older veteran female characters.

Ashley can easily be paired with a younger man, she doesn’t need a guy a decade older. He’s unsuitable for Jill (Not Tucker, SN too short/small-framed). Nikki has the male-chauvinist man in Victor, why would she want to be with another that she has no family with? She chooses victor opposites if not with Victor.(Plus SN is small next to her size wise too) Can’t see him with Gloria. And he’s a good 15 years older than Phyllis. I don’t think she would accept him anyway, as a leading lady of the show they would bring in a hot young stub for her (and us) to enjoy.

Original Post: [ HERE ]

How does one counter such idiocy? It boggles my mind. Tucker is not a copy of Victor (Eric Braeden). Not in any shape, form or description. And to say that Ashley (Eileen Davidson) shouldn’t be paired with a man almost a decade older…. That just smacks of all kinds of stupid. What Ms. LilKittenpaws fails to note is that Tucker is the son of a legacy character in Katherine (Jeanne Cooper). So because Stephen is what could be considered ‘short’ (he’s 5′ 11″) he shouldn’t be paired with women who are…also short or tall….? Would mean that Sonny and Cher were all kinds of wrong. Or should I mention Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban? Then there is the obvious misinformation she cites about Stephen’s tenure on both DAYS OF OUR LIVES and GENERAL HOSPITAL. She says that Stephen was fired from DOOL the first time around. We all know Stephen was itching to try something new and chose to leave on his own accord. As far as GH is concerned, we all know what happened when the Phelps/Frons/Guza regime came in. Honestly, this person comes off as a snotty 13-year-old whose parents wouldn’t let her on the Justin Beiber board. Any comments to enlighten this person.

Just a preview today, but what a preview. Looks like Smilin’ Jack (Peter Bergman) is in hot doo-doo. I should have subtitled this the “You’re Fired” edition. Wondering if that position at Jabot that’s about to be empty will be filled quickly with Victoria (Amelia Heinle)? Could it be that offer at Chance’s (John Driscoll) wake has anything to do with it? I’ve also added an article to the press section I promised a few days ago. It’s between Stephen and Tamara Braun on their roles of Steve Johnson and Ava Vitali on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. It’s a really good read. Watch out for the line Tamara throws out there on Stephen’s ‘one good eye’. Classic Tamara. I also have to fix an issue with the gallery banner.

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As you can see, I really got busy this weekend with screencapping some of Stephen’s other work on soaps. I have a website dedicated to Tamara Braun and because of that, I have a lot of clips of Tamara’s six month stint on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as the sexy siren Ava Vitali, a role that won her the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008. But thanks to that, I have some of Stephen’s work during the time. I don’t have all of Stephen’s airtime during that time because I only recorded Tamara’s airdates. I did start to record all of Stephen’s work at that point due to a botched attempt at another website I was planning for Stephen, so I am sorry I don’t have all of his dates, but what I do have, will be included here. I have some feelers out in trying to obtain some of Stephen’s other work during his return from 2006-2009 and I’m hoping they pan out. However, until such time, please feel free to view the caps I do have. I’m planning on clipping up his episodes from the original recorded versions I have saved on an external harddrive and put them up at RENEGADE MEDIA. When I have them done I will post. At this time though, I know I’m going to piss off a whole host of Steve and Kayla fans with the inclusion of a lot of caps of Steve with Ava. All I can say is…live with it! I loved the chemistry between Tamara and Stephen and wished they’d been paired on GENERAL HOSPITAL when they were there as Stefan Cassadine and Carly Corinthos, however, the soap gods were kind to me and paired them on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Ava and Steve. Due to the consternation of the Steve and Kayla fans and some behind-the-scenes machinations, that pairing was cut short and I was deprived of my couple. So I indulged myself on my Tamara site with copious cappies [ TAMARA OBSCURA DOOL SCREENCAP GALLERY ] of my couple. I plan to do the same here. As I said, if you’re a Steve and Kayla fan, as I know most are, I’m sorry. Tamara and Stephen were just too hot to ignore. And I still feel deprived, and this is my site afterall….mine, mine, mine. If it seems as if I’m being petulant, I am. I’ll be posting an interview with Stephen and Tamara soon. Stay tuned.

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