There are more changes headed to the Passions canvas later this month. As previously reported, Ryan McPartlin
) has left the show. Now comes word that two contract stars have been downgraded from contract status to recurring. (Click here for more
Soap veteran and Emmy winner Kathleen Noone
) and Kelli McCarty
) will be dropped from contract status beginning September 1st.
McCarty is an original Passions cast member, having joined the show during its premiere episode in July 1999. Prior to joining the cast of Passions, McCarty appeared on primetime soaps Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210.
Noone, meanwhile, has only been with Passions for two years. For much of her time with the show, Noone's character had no first name. Show execs said that they wanted to find just the right name for her character. Despite roles on Sunset Beach and Knots Landing, Noone is best known to daytime viewers for her Emmy winning role of Ellen Chandler on ABC's All My Children
Ryan McPartlin to leave Passions for primetime series.