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Billy Miller In His Y&R Exit Interview On Contract Talks: "To Pass Was The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done!" Bids Farewell To Cast & Crew!

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It was a very sad day for soap fans and cast mates and crew at The Young and the Restless this past Thursday when Billy Miller left the building for the very last time at the CBS soap opera.   The two-time Daytime Emmy winner taped his last episode as Billy Abbott!

Miller, who gave his one exit interview to Soap Opera Digest in the current issue on newsstands now, is a must read.   In it, Billy gives some insight into what went down behind the scenes that ultimately led to his decision, but when all was said in done, it seemed most to be about getting the breathing room to be able to do other roles and different projects within his acting career.

When asked that in the past during contract negotiations, he eventually signed back with the daytime drama what was different this time that he chose not to re-sign, Miller said: “I was made a generous offer to stay on Y&R.  It was definitely a chance to gain veteran actor status.  To pass was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.   I was caught between a rock and a hard place.  This is a great role to play.  It afforded me a unique lifestyle.  However, I realized if I took that contract I would never know what else is out there.  In the past we were able to venture out of the Y&R world; now it seems there is no longer that flexibility for me.”     Billy has also alluded later in the interview on the contract negotiations:  “I can say that somewhere within the negotiation, it just felt like it was time to move on.”

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Thursday evening, Billy’s long time co-star Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Laura Walsh (production, Y&R) threw Miller a goodbye bash attended by many of his cast mates!  As many saw on Jessica Collin’s Twitter account, Billy shared some fun with Jessica Collins (Avery), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea).  Jessica stated “That’s a wrap for my dear friend #BillyMiller at #YR. We will miss you. XoJ @gregrikaart @mclaireegan

Veteran Y&R icon, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) yesterday also shared his sentiments on saying goodbye to “Billy boy”, when he tweeted in part: “Said farewell to Billy Miller last night! Great guy and actor!!”

So Y&R fans, Billy Miller has officially concluded his time on The Young and the Restless!  We are sure we will see great performances from him again soon as he continues his career in film and television!  What do you think about Billy’s statement on the contract talks? Any parting thoughts you want to post here to wish him well? Comment below!

 

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Mary SF
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Mary SF

I hope he finds what he is looking for. No one wants to spend their life wondering what could have been. Leaving on your own terms rather than being shown the door is always a much more positive experience, so he should be glad about that. It is the shame the show would not be flexible about allowing him to try other projects in order to encourage him to stay, but maybe he is better off leaving now before the show gets any worse. I wish him well and hope to see him in many projects to come.

PatF
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PatF

We’ll all miss him.

But can we now please stop saying he was let go? HIS decision to leave.

toscanti
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toscanti

Respect the man as a person and a wonderful actor, Good Luck Billy Miller you will succeed no matter where you land.

David
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David

A big loss and though I hope the best for David Tom I was never impressed by ANY of is soap roles

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Wish him the best on his journeys in the industry.

SteamySteffyfan
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SteamySteffyfan

Billy Miller have loved every minute of watching him as Billy Abbott is an exceptionally amazing talented actor #irreplaceable will miss my #Villy will always be one of Favourite couples of all time on #YR. Wish Billy the best of luck with whatever projects/job opportunities come his way every success with everything you do and hope to see you on our screens soon. #LoveandSupportBillyMiller4ever

Linda Gloria
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Linda Gloria

You are really gonna be missed. Im done with Y&R when you and Adam are both gone. After over twenty years of watching the show has just gone down hill. Now losing Billy & Adam , I believe it’s just a matter of time before they get rid of the veterans actors too

su0000
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su0000

He is young, nobody should be stuck in a soap for more than half their lives, becoming old, wrinkled and gray and full of Botox in a soap opera..
Billy Miller is still young, and getting out!!!
Something good will come his way ..

Patty
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Patty

Billy Miller wanted to stay but JFP refused to budge on giving him outs.

I think once Billy turned down her 1st offer JFP hired DT. Billy had no idea.

Sorry but DT can’t fill BM’s shoes. JFP should have been willing to compromise with her very popular, Emmy winning actor.

It’s YR’s lost.

Vicky
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Vicky

This is just JFP.CBS being AHs …. The man just won his Second EMMY. He has ALWAYS had a contract that let him do other projects, and they let Steve Burton fly in and shoot 2 days worth of scenes and go home to TN .. WHY THE HELL COULDN;t THEY GIVE THE BEST BILY EVER at least what he wanted?!?!?!?!?!? THey are CLEARLY trying to ruin the show, make the ratings drop so they can cancel it…Then No one will be TRUE To CBS every single day of their lives from 12:30-2:00 om ET. BE CAREFUL WHAT ZYOU WISH… Read more »

Chiquita hector
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Chiquita hector

Actually, they couldn’t give Billy what he wanted. That’s why he is telling Y & R goodbye. In lamen terms he didn’t get fired like MM…he quit. They couldn’t offer him freedom to work some place else.

Stacey
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Stacey

I hate Billy Miller is off the show! He was such a great asset to the show! Not sure if the new/old Billy will be any good! Can’t say I will welcome him with open arms! :((

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Guiding Light’s Robert Newman Pays Tribute to the Brilliance of Lisa Brown

On Sunday, longtime Guiding Light mainstay, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis), shared a heartfelt message on his Facebook page on the death of his former co-star, Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon).

As previously reported, Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 67 from cancer. She portrayed the beloved role of Nola on the CBS soap opera from 1980-1985 and was front and center in many stories which featured Nola’s antics, fantasies, and of course, her love affair with Quint, the late Michael Tylo.

In his message on Brown’s death, Robert Newman expressed: “I was greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of the great Lisa Brown. When I first joined the show in 1981, Lisa was pretty much the center of everything. A real whirlwind. Her work with the late Michael Tylo was fantastic. I particularly have fond memories of Nola’s fantasies …Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, etc. I don’t think I was ever a part of those fantasies, but I remember watching them being taped in the studio and she was just amazing.”

Newman goes on to say: “One of my fondest Lisa memories, however, was sitting in the audience at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC watching Lisa head up the cast of 42nd Street with Lee Roy Reams in 1981 or so. It was one of those times when you see a colleague that you know from one genre, Daytime Drama, in an entirely different genre, Musical Comedy, and you are completely surprised and blown away. Again, she was just fantastic in the role and I as a fellow musical comedy performer, I had great, great respect for her. Below is a clip from a television performance of her as Peggy in 42nd Street. Her death at such a young age is a great loss to the daytime community. Love and prayers to her family and friends.”

Michael Fairman TV also shares below the video posted by Robert below, which reminds us of just how multi-talented Lisa was for her fans, the audience, and to all that knew her. On a personal note: “Lisa always performed at the ‘Night of the Daytime Stars’ benefit for AMFAR in New York City during the AIDS pandemic that I created and produced.  It was the annual event held the night before the Daytime Emmys, and she was always willing to lend her support and talents to help others in need.”

Share your thoughts on Robert Newman’s remembrance of Lisa Brown via the comment section.

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Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson Share Disagreement with Each Other Over Vaccine Mandate; Will Continue ‘Stone Cold and the Jackal’ Shows In 2022

On the latest episode of their That’s Awesome podcast with Steve and Bradford, released over the Thanksgiving holiday, General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Steve Burton (Ex-Jason Morgan) took some moments to address how Steve’s decision to not adhere to the ABC and GH Covid-19 vaccine mandate (which caused the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star to be let go from the show) would affect their live shows, podcasts, content moving forward, as well as if it has caused a riff in their friendship.

When addressing listeners of the podcast, Anderson shared the the two would continue on with their projects, but that he disagreed with Burton’s decision to not follow the GH vaccine mandate.

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Bradford expressed: “If you know us, and know are brand, if you will, it’s built on friendships, and like all friends, we have disagreements.  I disagree with Steve’s decision and he knows that. But over are years of friendships, we have had plenty of discussions about this and other topics, and sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t, but at the end of the day we are still friends.”

Steve added: “We usually don’t get into decisive things on the show.  Look, I have a right to believe in what I want, and you have a right to believe in what you want, and that’s what makes this country great and we have never been about division.”  In addition, Steve was clear that he has not agreed to any interviews at this time on the subject of his exit, and that he is already moving on, sharing: “I am just grateful for my time at General Hospital and the people and the friendships I have made there, especially with the fans.  I have had an incredible life. Listen, I’m OK. I’m at peace. I ‘m moving forward and I am excited about it.  Like I said in my video, when one door closes, multiple doors open, and that’s what happened already.  I’ve gotten a lot of requests for interviews that I don’t want to do, because I don’t want division … that’s the bottom line.”

Look for Anderson and Burton to hit the road in 2022 and continue with their successful Stone Cold and the Jackal live comedy show and appearances.

What did you think about how Steve and Bradford addressed their disagreement on the vaccine mandate within the podcast? Will you be seeing Steve and Bradford live if they come to your town in 2022? Comment below.

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Christian LeBlanc Marks 30 Years as Y&R’s Michael Baldwin; Soap Plans Special Episode to Air in January

Three-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Christian LeBlanc, is celebrating today his 30th anniversary in the role of Michael Baldwin.

He began his portrayal of the legal eagle troubled bad boy back on November 26th, 1991. Since that time the character of Michael has evolved into one of the fan favorites in Genoa City.

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The Young and the Restless has revealed that coming in early January 2022, Christian and “Michael Baldwin” will have a special episode dedicated to them to honor the milestone.

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LeBlanc has won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy in 2005, 2007, and 2009 for his riveting performances.

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To make the occasion on Friday, Christian and Y&R celebrated his 30 years with a special look-back video of some of his most memorable moments where LeBlanc provided commentary.  You can check it out below.

Share your congrats to Christian for 30 years on a job well-done on The Young and the Restless via the comment section.

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