I wasn't happy to hear about MST either. She was in a similar situation a few years ago and I think all of the Newmans (Sharon, JM, EB, Heather Tom) have gone through this at some point. I know times are tough, and while I understand the theory that no one is ever immune, I still think certain actors/characters should be catered to (for lack of a better phrase) a bit more. Especially, when they've earned it and/or there are multiple characters a show can get rid of.
I just read a new interview with Lauralee Bell and she said she's been keeping a watch on what Nina and old/new Phillip are up to and Paul & Nikki. She said she gets a little itch every time she sees them kiss. I'm no Chris fan but I did enjoy her very much with Paul.
As for that couch, it needs to be burned, buried, or thrown off a cliff.