POP THE CORK

Wil­liam deVry (Ju­lian) and Robert Palmer Watkins (Dil­lon) started fans’ day with a bit of bub­bly

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Be­fore GHFCW’s of­fi­cial kick­off, Wil­liam deVry (Ju­lian) and Robert Palmer Watkins (Dil­lon) wel­comed early ar­rivers with a cham­pagne cock­tail hour. With deVry de­layed by an au­di­tion, Watkins warmed up the room with a lit­tle Q&A — and since his con­tract hadn’t yet been dropped, Kiki and Dil­lon’s ro­mance was the hot topic. Iron­i­cally, it was deVry who had to field ques­tions about his sta­tus with the show — he was feel­ing pos­i­tive about how ne­go­ti­a­tions were go­ing and, as he’d hoped, he’s since signed back on with GH! Once the cast­ing busi­ness was ad­dressed, it was good times for ev­ery­one. Af­ter some more of the Q&A ses­sion, deVry and Watkins turned the mic on the fa­mil­iar faces in the crowd — ask­ing them ques­tions and catch­ing up. Then the guys made the rounds, toast­ing, dish­ing and snap­ping pic­tures at in­di­vid­ual ta­bles. If we’re be­ing hon­est, there were a few ef­forts to get the hunks out of their shirts… but for bet­ter or worse, they de­cided to keep their per­fect pecs cov­ered.

“The fans come to this once a year

and meet up, so it’s kind of like hang­ing out with a bunch of old fam­ily friends,” mar­veled Watkins, pos­ing here with his co-host. “They re­ally do care about me — and

each other. It’s cool.”

Though deVry con­sid­ered skip­ping the event due to his con­tract stale­mate, he de­cided, “This is about the fans. If you take your­self out of it, it be­comes a no-brainer.”

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