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Billy Miller Pens “Goodbye” Letter On His Exit From General Hospital

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On Sunday evening, Billy Miller’s (Drew) longtime manager, Marnie Sparer, posted via her Twitter account a short video that was accompanied by a tweet that said, “Officially. Billy. Miller.”  The video contained a very heartfelt and thoughtful “goodbye” letter written by Miller on his departure from General Hospital.

Miller’s last day on the set was reportedly Friday, July 26th, although unconfirmed by the show at this time.  A three-time Daytime Emmy winner, who joined GH back in 2014 as Jason Morgan, Billy later took on the role of Drew Cain, back in 2017 when Steve Burton returned to his original role as Jason. Before coming to GH, Miller previously had a six-year run on CBS’ The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott.

In Miller’s goodbye letter on his exit from General Hospital, he expressed: “Hello Friends, with a slight air of sadness, it is time to ponder what “Goodbye” means.  However, instead of dwelling on what is gone and sure to be missed, there is another way.  Maybe our goodbye really is remembrance of love felt, an appreciation for lives shared, and the lifelong reminisces that come from embraces given and received.  Maybe our goodbye is an earnest hope for the brightest path forward for us all.  Maybe our goodbye is honoring growth and lessons learned. Now, instead of sadness, I am filled with gratitude for all your support, encouragement, and every emotion shared. I cherish the journey we have taken together. Thank you for allowing me into your homes and lives. With every ounce of myself, I thank you for being you.  I would be remiss in this crazy, unpredictable world we all love so much if I did not hold out the possibility that maybe our GOODBYE is really… UNTIL NEXT TIME. All My Love, Billy Miller”

Miller also shared one very special thank you to his enduring scene-partner, Kelly Monaco (Sam), with the touching words:  “To the best partner I have ever had, who has my back and I have hers because it takes two! deuces – love, Billy.”

In addition, the balloons pictured in the video are from Miller’s fans, of which Bellqbanita tweeted: “We sent these balloons to Billy (they spell We Love Billy and some Cowboys ones). Two donations were made in his name to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. He also has a brick dedicated to him in the hospital’s courtyard. #WeLoveBillyMiller”

You can watch the video messages containing Miller’s ‘goodbye” below.

 

So, what are your thoughts on the heartfelt sentiments shared by Billy in his “goodbye” letter? Sad to know that he has left General Hospital? Do you hope he will one day return?  Comment below.

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Charlene
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Charlene

I think Billy’s leaving is such a big mistake. He has been one of my favorites. His scenes with Sam were fun, emotional, sexy etc. these scenes have never been duplicated with the return of Jason. Good luck. You will be truly missed. Hope to see you soon.

Pansy Mabe
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Pansy Mabe

I agree he was always my favorite the mystery about his role was so sexy loved him.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

I mean the writers didn’t write for him. Frank didn’t demand story for him. Can’t blame him. He’s a good actor and easy on the eyes. Here’s to future success. And hopefully a co tract for Typer Christopher with the freed up money.

terithecook
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terithecook

I love Billy Miller and i watched GH for Billy, Michelle and Roger. My hope is Billy ends up back on Y&R. He really is the only Billy Abbott but he will be wonderful wherever he goes!

GramS
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GramS

Hell no!!!!! I love Billy Miller but Jason Thompson does Billy Abbott just fine.

Damien
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Damien

As long as hes kept far from Genoa city
We know Griffith dusted off his Dehlias death script from his last run. The last thing we need is Billys monotone delivery from those days before he left. Jasons the only thing great to watch in this story.In that hes gutwrenching in his grief. Griffith redux needs to be contained.
Maybe Griffith can rehire Mia, Anna and Dinah , three magnetic ladies in the middle of exciting storylines before he came back and fired them because he wet himself in anticipation of continuing this lame story he penned.

Colin
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Colin

Who are Mia, Anna, and Dinah??

Christine Milligan
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Christine Milligan

Mia Rosales..Lola’s sister-in-law…Anna I think Devon’s sister..Dinah can’t think of it..ha.ha

Eden Maddox
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Eden Maddox

I believe you are thinking of DINA, the mum of Jack, Ashley and our beloved Tracy. X

Kay
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Kay

Nobody can deny that Thompson gives 110 percent a lot of people think JT will be fired who knows. I guess that will depend on if Miller wants a steady pay check I do not think he would have left if he had not had a offer he is almost 40 and he is not setting the world on fire in prime time or movies. I agree totally with you and they are still losing viewers

Karim
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Karim

Who will take his place as Drew now?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I don’t believe they’re recasting the role, at least, I’m hearing they aren’t for the time being.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No need; the character was created messily.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Actually, per TV Source, TPTB have been attempting to recast since June 2019.

Satan
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Satan

They won’t need a new Drew, because Frodd will become the “old” Drew.

Colin
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Colin

Good riddance, he can sleep through scenes elsewhere.

Mary
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Mary

It was not Billy Miller’s fault that the writers dropped him as soon as Steve Burton returned

Helen
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Helen

Please have several seats.

Patrick
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Patrick

God, I love you.. said this

he’s still uphilling but wavered not ” at the top ” he’s

Patrick
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Patrick

your heart stimulated… unrequested here to fore

Patrick
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Patrick

I needed you

Patrick
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Patrick

shell shock, no? for all those in and around

Frank / Jean / Shelly / Chris : left him

after the beautiful romance w/Liz… that never blossomed… did “he” leave

oh my god… watch the story end with him savoring his last 5 years of life… even tho Sam clearly chose Jason even with Scout . it was my hope that Drew as Jason… at least was out of the clutches of any thing Corinthos’

to no avail the writing – never – surfaced

at the very least … have a few closing scenes with Leslie Charleson’ Monica

this is cry

Timmm
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Timmm

ZZZ!

Phil
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Phil

Not at all surprised! They did him wrong at GH! I wonder if they will recast, or if Drew will leave Port Charles? I would not be surprised if Drew has plastic surgery to look like his old self. Lord knows how obsessed everyone is with Steve Burton. Best wishes Billy Miller. Don’t go backwards, go forward and try something new like DAYS!

Michelle
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Michelle

I’d watch DAYS again to see Billy.

Timmm
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Timmm

The stars are lining up and Y&R is fixing their show to not only continue being #1 BUT deserving it! They have Michelle Stafford back and she is wonderful and now Billy Miller back as Billy Abbott only makes sense. See you later Jason Thompson! GH is calling and you will be great again over there. Recast Robin if Kim isnt interested in playing Robin again! BOTH shows can benefit from this change.

Steve
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Steve

Certain characters cannot be recast. Robin Scorpio is one.

Timmm
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Timmm

100 percent agree. BUT, if you need the character. Same with Lucky. F JJ, if he doesnt ever want to return, bring in Greg Vahn, he was good!

Lena
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Lena

Jason Thompson is terrific as Billy Abbott, Billy Miller wanted to leave GH. Billy Miller has no plans to come back to Y&R and that’s fine with me. Billy Miller is a wonderful actor but he has a new show, coming up in prime time.

Timmm
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Timmm

Honestly, I am not a big fan of Billy Miller. He mumbles lines to often and doesnt always express emotions well. I didnt know he had a prime time gig. I wish him well.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Tell me, please, about his new show.

Marie
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Marie

I’m so sad Billy Miller is leaving the show. As soon as they hand Michael his son, I may leave General Hospital as well.

Jimh
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Jimh

Im already qoing to quit once the baby story is over and Shilo’s murder is solved!(i think it will happened soon)

Steve
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Steve

We all knew this was coming. One wonders if they gave him a more powerful storyline, might he have incentive to stay.

With probably a month left before he departs, we’ll likely get a rushed conclusion to the flash drive story. Is that “the drive” Franco is not supposed to take?

Is Drew going to depart, or is Steve Burton going to permanently take on a dual role?

Satan
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Satan

The dual role wouldn’t really work, since Drew isn’t supposed to look like Jason anymore. Though I’m guessing there will be a lot more flashback appearances in the near future. There is an actor who would be a good fit for the role, if they went for a recast. Don’t know the actor’s name but he’s the male lead on the show “Blood & Treasure” that has been airing on CBS this summer. Dude’s voice is very similar to Steve Burton, and he actually looks like what Steve might look like after “reconstructive surgery” (which admittedly, Billy never really did).… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Soaps have a history of ignoring plastic surgery. Max Holden and Janet Dillon are classic examples

Satan
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Satan

Probably the best example of this is when Philip Kiriakis on Days got a “face transplant”… which made his face look exactly like it did before a horrible recast. (original actor came back, obviously)

He also somehow grew back a leg that got blown off in the Iraq war, but they didn’t even try to explain that one with plastic surgery

Davy
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Davy

Steve Burton in a dual role? That sounds dreadful!

Nancy Pickering
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Nancy Pickering

I predict Steve’s dual role will happen!

Satan
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Satan

And yet not nearly as dreadful as Frodd walking around with Drew’s memories.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think Franco is going to be implanted with Drew’s memories, which means he won’t be in love with Liz, but will be in love with Kim! Lol…cray cray here we come!

Satan
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Satan

Yeah, it looks like where they are going. Never mind the TWO major plot holes involved here…

1) The entire brain mapping thing was about TWINS. Frodd & Drew are distant cousins (via the Susan/Heather connection For that matter, Cameron wasn’t related at all to either of them.

2) Jason could not accept Drew’s memories because of his AJ-induced brain damage. Frodd also has brain damage (the infamous “tumor”) so he would also not be a viable subject for transfer even if there was enough genetic compatiblity to….. however the Hell this all is supposed to work.

Nancy Pickering
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Nancy Pickering

My guess that Steve Burton will take on a dual role, a great opportunity for him but not for Billy Miller! May Billy become a star in primetime. He can do it!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

This is really sad news, especially now that Drew is finally going toe-to-toe with Shiloh and their backstory is slowly being revealed. I really hoped that Drew would help take Shiloh down, and we could see him get his memories back. But with no love interest and Oscar’s recent death, it may be time to give the character a rest and bring him back in the future. Or maybe they will recast. It’s too bad that Mark Lawson was hired for the role of Dustin, because had they known Billy Miller would be leaving, Mark would be a great recast… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Michelle Stafford wasn’t openly available, though. Anthony Morina and Josh Griffith admitted she told them she was happy where she was, which means she was intent on staying at ABC.

DMRR
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DMRR

Not surprising. Billy Miller was underutilized. The character was brought down by horrendous writing and boring costars. It’s a shame, because Billy Miller can actually act (unlike the Parking Lot). NuNina is awful. Lulu is as irritating as a skin rash. Liz and Hayden bore me to tears. Just such a shame.

sam
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sam

agree

Rodd
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Rodd

Does anyone know where he’s going, what he’s doing next? I think it’s very sad that he. as another Quartermaine, is leaving. I thought there was so much more story potential for him. Will he remember what happened with Shiloh and bust his scheme wide open? Will he decide to go ahead with the memory program to regain them and be okay? What about all his friendships and family members he’s so invested in? Aurora and his partnership in Jax? There is sooo much more than I’ve even written here. Makes me think a Drew recast may be in the… Read more »

sam
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sam

Always loved Billy Miller…. he is a great actor. They never gave him any good storylines…..

Wanda Burgess
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Wanda Burgess

Hate to see him go. His character was such a decent human being to everyone.

brian
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brian

This is very sad news. GH get a bunch of great actors then loses them due to poor storylines. Very sad about Billy Miller leaving. Missing Michelle Stafford more than I thought I would… she is Nina. I wish the new actress would stop trying to be Michelle Stafford… her wide open eyes drives me nuts and wish should would just make “Nina” her’s than trying to have eyes like Michelle.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Cynthia Watros has been doing that wide-eyed look since her days as “Crazy” Annie on “Guiding Light.” I don’t think she’s trying to emulate Michelle Stafford; that’s just something she also does.

Boop
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Boop

So true

Harry
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Harry

Funny, I now love Nina since Cynthia took over. She’s damn talented and is finding her grove as Nina. Hated Stafford as Nina. Cynthia is actually funny in a good way.

Kay
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Kay

Surprised he stayed this long hard for people to accept a recast if the actor has been in the role a long time my understanding was when Ron was writing the show he wanted Miller but not for the character of Jason did not think it was a good fit. They should have just left Jason dead until Burton came running back after mom Phelps got fired from Y&R .

Jimh
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Jimh

GH never wrote anything good for him but then there isnt much good about the show anymore…i will stop watching when Nell’s baby story wraps up…im still watching Days for now but im tired of the silly mask story and people hurting each other almost weekly…and Jack story dragged me to boredom…

aria
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aria

I liked billy miller when he first came on and was linked to Elisabeth but as soon as he became “Jason”. and got paired w/ sam then he became annoying, I was glad he became drew who is a great character in his own right but unfortunately the victim of gh biggest problem, writers or executive who are awful at following up with storyline for him. the possibilities were endless, but the writers were lazy as fuck.

Patrick
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Patrick

you have no idea : how happy I am that @Shelly is retiring. let the happy dance begin. however heated the disparaging remarks made @ WRITING TEAMS… I still must address Frank Valentini lack of imagination. dour. he’s just one big ole blank. sadly at the helm of General Hospital. love the expletive

su000
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su000

We got rid of one lame horse now-
when will Frank Valentini be replaced??
GH needs young writers with new updated ideas,

GH, for the past years, has been a humongous Rerun !!
It’s been rerun plots, reruns of most every storyline with little to no new..

mike
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mike

will miss him, sadly they chose Steve over him. I do hope Tyler does not come back, I think daytime has had enough of his on and off, off and on runs.

su000
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su000

ABC/GH had given Billy the role of Jason !! Steve left GH for Y&R to be Dylan. And Dylan/Steve was hardly out the door at Y&R when GH took Steve back giving him his character of Jason back throwing Billy Miller under the bus, and folks, that was a horrible thing to do to Billy. Absolutely backstabbed Billy Miller. It was Shameful what they did to Billy Miller!! I’m amazed Billy stayed on as long as he did, After Steve came back they never gave Billy a good story the put their effort into Steve/Jason. Billy Miller is one of… Read more »

su000
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su000

Also–
Billy Miller cast as Jason Morgan.
In March 2018, for his portrayal of Jason, Miller earned a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor In 2017

sam
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sam

Billy Miller is a great actor…. He deserves better

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

suOOO, again we agree: “they never really gave him a good story.”

su000
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su000

What was done to Billy Miller was disgraceful if not shameful !!
He was hired/brought in to be Jason Morgan.

How it played out;
Steve left GH to go Y&R for higher pay and perks.
Billy was brought in to GH to be Jason.

When Y&R wrote out Dylan then Jason went back to GH to reclaim his role as Jason and shamefully throwing Billy under the bus with no remorse for doing so.
Doing that was beyond wrong to do to Billy.

Billy was doing an awesome job as Jason, many liked him better as Jason than Steve as Jason..

Bottom line;
Billy Miller was totally screwed over.

Harry
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Harry

I could not agree with you more, SUOO. Thank you.

Sandie Hull
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Sandie Hull

Billy Miller is a FANTASTIC actor. After Steve Burton return it was downhill from there. What angers me is here you have a 3 time Emmy winner and the writers couldn’t write for him. They bring in a somewhat military storyline,,and with a “writer” who is an actual veteran,,they couldn’t even do that. I do not blame Billy Miller for moving on. He has an exceptional attitude and talent that will leave the PTB in awe. If the rumors are true,,he should take Kelly with him and be HAPPY

Lavinya Galarza
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Lavinya Galarza

Stayyyy dont leavee

Ccran
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Ccran

Not a fan of Steve Burton I really liked Billy’s Jason much more
I have stopped watching for a few weeks the story lines are boring
Just won’t go back

Deborah Koss
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Deborah Koss

I loved Billy MILLER ON general hospital.The story line of when Billy came to Pirt Charles not knowing who he was. When the story realized he had memories inplated as Jason Morgon was great. The second story line is when he fell in love with Sam McCall. There love seem to gradually grow. After they get married it was love that keep Billy trying to remember who he was with Sam by his side. Good luck Billy you will definitely be missed.

Timmm
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Timmm

If GH wants to step it up and become a contender again, hire Michael Muhney as the next Drew Cain. He would chew Jason a new…!

Harry
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Harry

No he wouldn’t because TPTB wouldn’t allow it. Anyone who goes against Sonny and Jason always loses. This is what happened to Miller’s Drew. It’s a rigged system.

Timmm
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Timmm

Good point.

Boop
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Boop

I totally agree , Harry. I’m doing my best not to leave General Hospital because the writing is in favor of certain people: Sonny, Carly , and Jason.

Satan
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Satan

“In favor of”??

Well right now, you have Sonny dealing with a father with Alzheimer’s, Carly facing the birth of a child with a serious illness, and Jason having to restrain himself from killing a psycho piece of shit cult leader who has kidnapped Sam about 666 times.

If that’s what you call preferential writing, I’d like to see how you write for the characters you hate!

Boop
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Boop

Yes, I won’t change . You fail to mention Jason taking the law into his own hands by breaking out of jail , beating Shiloh , at Drew’s office when the safe was broken into , kicking in doors looking for Sam , etc. Are the writers planning to have him charged for any of what he’s done? Sonny in the police’s business when it comes to Shiloh or anything else that goes on in Port Charles. When I say Sonny , that includes Sam, Carly, and Jason. I wouldn’t trust the police in that town because all of them… Read more »

Cheryl Ann Garmela
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Cheryl Ann Garmela

He will be missed!

Carri
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Carri

I think Billy’s leaving was a mistake. They could have paired him up with a love interest and kept him. Love him and dont want to see him leave the show. Keep him there.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Goodbye, Billy–sorry your character got such a rough deal. Hope you have better luck in your future endeavors. Take care.

Harry
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Harry

Billy Miller indeed got a raw deal, Nancy. First, he should never, ever had been cast as Jason Morgan. Jason Morgan should never had been recast period. Miller is the polarized opposite of “Stone Cold.” Miller naturally exults a bubbling, charismatic, effervescence. Then Steve Burton decides to come back as Spider Man in monochromatic black and poor Miller, as Jason Morgan, fades away. As Neil Young once sang,”It’s better to burn out than it is to rust.” I hate this Burton-Benard dynamic which seems to have a hold on the natural development and progression of GH. I am sure this… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Again, we are solidly in agreement. 🙂
And so glad to hear that you and I are simpatico re the “superior Tristan Rogers.” When he is in any scene, he makes it his. He brings so much gravitas
whenever he is on. I am confounded as to why he is not given a front burner story line! TPTB are missing a treasure!

Giorgi
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Giorgi

I will miss him. I loved the depth of his heart….

Harry
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Harry

Me too.

Mary
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Mary

I Love Billy Miller on The Young &TheResless he wasa great Actor.

Mary
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Mary

Billy Miller was the bestActor on The Young andThe Restless.

CarolynT777
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CarolynT777

I’m very happy too see him go. He stopped acting along time ago, and was just sleepwalking through his role of Jake Doe Drew Cain. So maybe he will be happy somewhere else!*

Michelle
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Michelle

Big mistake…I will miss him terribly. GH did him wrong. I wish SB had never come back. I haven’t been this upset about a person leaving since Michael Easton. I hope one day to see Billy back on GH. ❤

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Love Billy Miller. There’s something so real, so down to earth about his presence. Drew fast became one of my favorite characters and one of the more realistic, genuine characters in Port Charles. Was hoping against hope there’d be a last minute negotiation and felt a disheartenung moment when I read his departure was confirmed.
Sigh..much luck in your new gig, Billy. Hope to catch you on wherever you land next…and will SO miss your portrayal of Drew…

Nancy Pickering
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Nancy Pickering

Billy Miller is a great talent. They could continue Drew’s story, but they are favoring Steve Burton’s opportunity to play both twins like David Canary. Billy deserves to go on prime time like Justin Hartley has been able to do. He deserves to become a big star!!

Jackie Martino
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Jackie Martino

Will miss you Billy. You’re a great actor !Drew n Sam Had such chemistry apparently on n off camera for a while wish it had worked for u 2 i am Very sad you didn’t have the story lines you should have . Would have been great for u n tamara to grieve and fall in love and have another baby And truly enjoy. Kind of b that stable couple shows need Anyway I wish you the best Hopefully a great part inNY or Cali. Even a bisit back to Port Charles.

Nik
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Nik

I am probably in the choir chanting to General Hospital’s writers, why did you ignore this talented actor after Jason came back? Instead of bringing “Ryan” back (like, why not let him die) to the canvass you totally ignored Billy. I have admired this actor since the first time I saw him on All My Children. Hoping I will see him again in a program on regular TV or Cable. Best of luck to ya Billy.

Starla
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Starla

I wish him well. I stopped watching GH years ago but I can still relate to the fans who hate to see him leave. I still miss him on Y&R.

Wherever he goes from here, I truly wish him the best. He is a class act and he is wonderful at his craft.

Deb
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Deb

Billy Miller was a terrific Billy on YnR, but on GH his talent was wasted. Very difficult to hope around on the soap world, as Steve Burton knows all too well from his experience on YnR. Sometimes it’s magic, sometimes not. But i am sad to see Billy go. I always hoped they would write something worthy for him, but that never happened. And I don’t blame him for moving on. Wishing him the best of luck and hope to see him on big or small screen again soon.

Jenny Fischer
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Jenny Fischer

He’s great.bHope he will return. He will be missed

Karen Leigh
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Karen Leigh

Its such a shock to see the talented Billy Miller leave. I’m praying that he will come back. He belongs on GH!!!!!!Billy please please come back!!!GH will not be the same!!!!!
We love you and miss you!!!!
A fan of GH since 1979. And loved every scene do did with Kelly!!! Please come back

Karen Leigh

Satan
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Satan

Now that even the whole story of Drew’s memories & the flash drive has turned into Frodd Redemption Project – Part 666 who the Hell could blame Billy for wanting out?

So Drew will be gone, but in his place will be…. Drodd?? (Frodd with Drew’s brain map)

Kate
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Kate

Yes, I want Billy Miller to return back to GH. I wished that he was able to do both shows. Goodbye sweet Billy. This fan truly loves you for you. You’re talented and you seem to love being an actor and I know that the GH cast is your extended family members on and off camera. Keep on smiling and keep on being you Billy. Love Kate. Thanks for being Drew Cain etc. Characters in GH. I still don’t think he should of exit from GH. Billy should of have exit out temporarily to do this show. I hope that… Read more »

Brenda Baumgart
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Brenda Baumgart

Just when things finally start to get interesting, figuring out who Drew is. Why the heck? GH as far as I’m concerned doesn’t deserve him. The second Steve Burton came back GH swept him off to the side. What a damned waste. Sorry to see Billy go, he is an amazing actor. Whatever he does next will be amazing, and you can bet I will be watching.. GH I’ve been pretty faithful viewer from Luke and Laura era, but you have really been pissing me Off with the stories you choose to write and the paths you choose to go… Read more »

Vicki
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Vicki

Miss you Billy

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood deliver the Power Performance of the Week as Steffy’s drug addiction leads to a confrontation and intervention by her loved ones with dire consequences.  Here is the last seven minutes that featured Emmy-winner Wood at her best. Leave A Comment

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