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CONFIRMED: Jason Thompson Is Y&R's New Billy Abbott!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

The rumors turned out to be true!  In a move that will reunite five-time Daytime Emmy nominee Jason Thompson (Ex-Patrick, GH) with the executive producer who gave him his soap start at GH, Jill Farren Phelps,Thompson is indeed heading to Genoa City as the new Billy Abbott at The Young and the Restless!

The news was broke exclusively this afternoon by EW.com which noted that Jason will begin airing in January as the new Billy following the departure of Burgess Jenkins in the role.  Jenkins recently revealed he is done at the number one soap opera.

In a statement, Jill Farren Phelps related her excitement on bringing Jason to Y&R: “I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with Jason again. He’s an exceptional actor and a wonderful human being. He will bring so much to the character and we’re thrilled to welcome him to The Young and Restless family.”

CBS Daytime Sr. VP Angelica McDaniel offered up: “Jason Thompson is an incredibly gifted actor and we are thrilled to welcome him.  Playing the pivotal role of Billy Abbott, Jason joins the talented cast of The Young and the Restless as the show celebrates an unprecedented 27 consecutive years as daytime’s No. 1 drama.”

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Thompson who wrapped his run as GH’s Patrick told Soap Opera Digest:  “There are a lot of guys who have played this character and one of them did it for a number of years, Billy Miller (Currently, GH’s Jason]. I’ve become really friendly with Billy and we’ve had a couple conversations about it and he was nothing but gracious to me… It’s going to be hard to fill his shoes.”

So, what do you think of the news that Jason Thompson is Y&R’s new Billy Abbott?  Is GH’s loss Y&R’s big gain?  Share your thoughts on this confirmed casting news in the comment section below!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

To me, he’s not visually right for the role of Billy Abbott. I love Jason as an actor, and while I am not thrilled with the role he’s taking claim of, I will support him and enjoy seeing him grow as an actor in a brand-new role. After ten years as one character, this will be an adjustment, not only for Jason but for audiences, as well.

tatiana
tatiana

I like the actor but I agree that he is not visually right for the role. I seem to be in the minority but I really liked Burgess’ portrayal of Billy. I love his deadpan delivery of insults to Victor.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I loved Burgess before he became Billy, and I grew to really love him as Billy. But I get that he’s deciding to be with his family right now.

Sammie Jo
Sammie Jo

No you’re not in the minority, I see more that don’t think he’s a good fit than do. I don’t know the actor, but just looking at his pictures, that is not Billy Abbott.
They should just scrap the role of Billy & Kyle, they can’t seem to get the right fit for either role. They had it once with Billy Miller, but that’s gone by the wayside, probably never to return.

Carlyn
Carlyn

I totally agree. He is not visually correct for the role. Too dark.

Mimi tiberg
Mimi tiberg

I enjoyed that as well. His bantering with Victor always cracked a smile from me

davlestev1
davlestev1

Let’s see you’re not visually right for a made up tv character in a made up town on daytime tv. No adjustment needed. .glad. BJ is gone abs talent is taking over. .just wear a blind fold during his scenes lol

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

You’re missing the point…. Jason, to me, does not fit the vision of who I believe Billy Abbott to look like. Has zero to do with Jason’s looks themselves.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, dav,
I agree with Scott. I had said the same thing weeks ago, when it was first rumored that Thompson would assume the role of Billy A. In fact, I did not even take the rumors swirling around, seriously. I said as much to Timmm, adding that Thompson would not fit in with the rest of the Abbots….not because of his looks ( he is good-looking, afterall), but because of our image of what Billy A should look like. I went as far as to say that I could not picture Thompson as a blonde. Lol.
Nonetheless, things will fall rightly into place….as it was suggested by Mary SF, this Billy will take after the Fosters in countenance. If you read Mary’s posts, she is always right in assessing situations; and, she does it subtly and wisely.
So, now we have a new Billy. Let us see what he brings to this sumptuous table….hopefully, something scrumptious.

Freida
Freida

I do not like the new Billy on the Young and the Restless,
He can never be Billy Abbott, the looks, acting and he doesn’t even
Look right for Victoria, please pay and bring the old Billy back.

Barbara
Barbara

This guy is not Billy Abbot. When he comes on i fast foward thru. He has no idea how to be Billy. The first was Billy-the one who left when Adam did. 2nd was ok, but this one is not right.
I like the new Adam.

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

I simply ADORE ” new” Billy Abbott. He brings so much to the role of Billy:
incredible good looks ( I like his dark good looks ) , a million dollar smile,
intelligence,good heart, sensitivity and downright wonderful rapport with the
rest of the cast of ” The Young and the Restless”. Jason is a very gifted
actor as well. He portrays Billy Abbott so well that he is not playing Billy,
he IS Billy.

Richard
Richard

I cannot believe this!!!!!! This is fantastic news!!! I sincerely hope AH doesn’t drain the life out of him with her dreadful acting. He will be on fire with Chelsea. Can’t wait to see how this plays out!! Only downside is this talented actor coming aboard and being under chuck Pratt’s SUPER shallow writing. YR will not do him justice. I knew this would end up happening. No doubt he will bring the required depth to the role but it is sincerely time to find out who really killed Delia. Beyond time. Can we get the YR regime of yesteryear back?? Where is Ed Scott, Kay Alden, Jack Smith, or Hogan sheffer???

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Richard….
I’m a little confused? Are you saying you wasn’t Billy and Chelsea back together? Why would he “be on fire with Chelsea”? She’s married to Adam and quite happy. I hope we don’t see any more hanky pinky going on.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh boy….what a travesty this autocorrect is: should read, ‘you WANT Billy and Chelsea….’, and, hanky panky.

su0000
su0000

hey CeeCee,,
couples are doomed from 1st kiss..
Chelsea could have a blowout with Adam and hook up with Billy, again..
it’s the what soap couples roll … lol

Mo
Mo

Ed Scott is working at B&B.

I don’t think Amelia is dreadful. Burgess is the one who is dreadful.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Agreed, Mo. Burgess brought everyone down. Such a colorless personality. Amelia is one of the best actresses/characters on Y&R….steadfast, I say.

Timmm
Timmm

You got that right Mo!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You know what, Richard? I think I may have spoken too soon. As su pointed out, soaps are fickle and their characters even more volatile. Thus, I seem to sense a revival of something between Adam and Sage. In other words, if anything comes out of that, then Billy and Chelsea may very well rekindle what they had.
Billy will get into some kind of accident (crash?), ……hmmmmm, plastic surgery? Facial reconstruction?

penny
penny

I think I’m going to like it. Congrats Jason! 😉

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

Yes, CONGRATULATIONS , Jason. So happy to see you play on ” The Young
and the Restless”.

Reagan
Reagan

Jason is a great actor… but he looks nothing like an Abbott! Remember back when recasts at least TRIED to look like the actor they were replacing? In the 80s/90s, RKK at least somewhat resembled PR (B0) on Days. When Melissa Reeves left Days and was replaced by Stephanie Cameron, they looked like sisters. I could go on, but you guys get the point! I’m sure he’ll find chemistry with the cast, especially if they try to reconnect Dylan & Billy’s friendship that was started with Miller & Burton.

Reagan
Reagan

Though… I’m kind of surprised JT is jumping into another soap right away. I thought he might try to get more episodic work before diving into another soap role.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Newly married and expecting twins?? Episodic work doesnt cut it. He wouldnt have left GH unless he had a better offer lined up.

su0000
su0000

Well, he has to pay the bills .. family to take care of..

Joe Sales
Joe Sales

I am excited about this and very supportive of Jason as he steps into this iconic role of Billy Abbott. I just hope people give him a chance.

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

@ Joe Sales : My sentiments exactly !

sue
sue

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

JUDY K
JUDY K

NOT BILLY ABBOTT….I THINK HE IS A GOOD ACTOR BUT I DO NOT WISH TO SEE HIM TAKE ON THIS ROLE……

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree Judy K. Jason doesn’t have the right personality for “Billy Abbott”. I think he is a great actor with a more serious personality. I think this is a miscast.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Why, Su?

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

The main reason I’m not pleased with Thompson’s departure is because there is no longer one major GH character that is a doctor – RIDICULOUS for a show based around a hospital. I guess it’s very telling that GH has concentrated for too long on stuff outside the hospital when none of the 2nd generation cast has the education or knowledge to realistically work inside a hospital other than Elizabeth Webber. How pathetic is that? Not one Spencer, Quartermaine, or Cassadine under the age of 50 has any medical training. Only the supporting and barely recurring characters have connections to the hospital.

Tony
Tony

Lucas Jones

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

@Tony – You proved my point. “Lucas Jones” = supporting & barely recurring character. Doctors & nurses are no longer considered major players on GH. All but 2 of the major roles are held by criminals, their partners/wife-of-the-season, their children, their henchmen & their lawyers.

Timmm
Timmm

yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Vicki Black
Vicki Black

Speechless lol. A real diss to the writers at GH (they deserve it as they have had awful storylines for Dr. Drake.) Since I love GH and Y&R, I will get my Jason fix in (hopefully) a better storyline.

SZima
SZima

I watch both shows too so I’m happy JT will still be around. I just hope his storylines are better that the crap Steve Burton has gotten.
If that’s how JFP treats her “Pets” then I’m afraid, very afraid!

Timmm
Timmm

I was thinking of the same thing.

Harry
Harry

He could pull it off–he can channel that Billy Abbott energy.
Remember when he first came to GH as Dr Patrick Drake? Aside from being a brilliant young surgeon, he was also an arrogant playboy. Then he got married and subsequently, Robin left, Sparkle Pony spread her fairy dust, Sam wouldn’t stop muttering “Jason.” while in his presence,and Patrick was rendered impotent.

kathy
kathy

Agree. Steve burtons character is a far cry from his jason role, i dont understand why they switch around so much, unless it has to do with money

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Jason Thompson is a talented actor. But he’s going to have a big job to convince me he’s Billy Abbott. I can’t put my finger on it, but as much as I admire him, I don’t see him in this role. I will be happy to have him change my mind!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

I totally agree! I don’t see him having that Billy Miller twinkle in his eye. He doesn’t seem very comedic to me, but I’ll give him a chance. I hope he has chemistry with AH. She does so well with someone who makes her laugh. He looks nothing like an Abbott though. They all look related and now theres JT who looks more like a Newman. Oh well, good luck Jason Thompson. We’re crossing our fingers for your sake and ours!!!

carol
carol

I also totally agree. I just cannot picture him in the Billy Abbott role at all. Since I watch GH as well, it will be very hard for me to see him as anyone but Patrick. I too think that physically he does not fit the character. I’m very disappointed in this recast. I thought Burgess was doing a good job.

Timmm
Timmm

Mary helped me see the light. Think of Jill FOSTER and not John ABBOTT and Jason fits in perfectly!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Timmm, I’ll reply to you here. It also rubs me the wrong way that you said “Holy cow!” in your reply to me. 🙂

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Hi Timmm … Can you explain that again? I am not following “Think of Jill FOSTER and not John ABBOTT and Jason fits in perfectly!” I also just cannot picture him in the Billy Abbott role at all.

Timmm
Timmm

@Abruzzfan. Jason Thompson doesnt look like any of the Abbotts BUT he does look like Jill so what I’m saying is the new Billy gets his looks from JILL’S side of the family.

elm51
elm51

yes michael gh’s loss will be a very big gain for y&r – jason thompson is exceptional in his craft – i really hated to see him leave gh but his talent was just so underutilized – he has not had a decent storyline in a few years now………….i have no doubt he will do well in the role of billy abbott

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I just don’t see it. Jason is a very good actor; but, I do not see him in the role of Billy. I wish him good luck.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree Llanviewer717. I just don’t see it. Jason is a very good actor; but, I do not see him in the role of Billy. I wish him good luck.

ces
ces

um, interesting? I love Jason and wish him well, but never a fan of CBS soaps so won’t be tuning in. Good luck on this role. Seems like an odd recast though.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I feel GH writers had a hard time thinking of something fresh for Patrick once Km left her role as Robin…Patrick seemed to be in limbo land ever since-pairing with Sabrina was a total bust and by the time that disaster ended it was a little to late to make Patrick interesting,,,is Emma leaving too or stayin with Anna?

Kelly
Kelly

So has Burgess Jenkins been fired?

JUDY K
JUDY K

HE WAS DOING A FINE JOB …REALLY GOT USED TO HIM AS HE PLAYED THE MORE MATURE BILLY ABBOTT…..WILL MISS HIM…MAYBE HE CAN END UP PLAYING A DR OF GH??

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

@ JUDY K : I have never liked Burgess Jenkins in the role of Billy Abbott.
His acting was so ” stiff”, ” wooden”, I am trying to find a better term to describe what I have in mind . I hope, you will understand what I mean to say.

Ty1987
Ty1987

No he decided to leave the show. According to him it’s because of the commute and draining story that exhausted him

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

He said he was quitting because the commute was hard, I think his home is in the east coast if I remember correctly, and it was emotionally draining because he has an 8 year old daughter that made the Delia storyline real for him. I’m totally paraphrasing, but that was the jist that I got out of his comments.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

The official story is that Burgess was tired of the cross country traveling each week. He lives in N.C
But I think the truth is YR told him they were replacing him with Jason T.

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

@ Eileen Hargis : I sympathize with Burgess but, at the same time , I am
happy to see Jason Thompson join the rest of the cast of ” The Young and
the Restless”.

KeeLyda
KeeLyda

No he decided that he didn’t want to work so far from home so he quit.

Mo
Mo

He released a statement saying he was leaving because the commute to his home on the East coast was too much.

Reading between the lines I would say he either was or he saw the writing on the wall. Maybe they just didn’t renew his contract and are allowing him to say it’s his choice. Either way he’s gone. Thankfully.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Again, Mo, I think you are right on the mark. Yes, the travel could take a toll on anyone….I imagine it can become very taxing. I would think that if he had been comfortable in his position or if the viewer’s impression was hunky-dory, he could have relocated his family. That’s what people usually do for their bread and butter. Who would reject a steady job while it’s still alive? Then again, no one is privy to his business, soooo…..
However, Burgess was not well-received by most fans from the get-go. So, this was a contrived excuse and the ‘Hierarchy’ humored him, to appease any backlash. Just sayin’.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Hi CeeCee – I don’t watch B&B, but I read an interview with Thorstyn Kaye (sp?) in SD who I read is very well received as Ridge. Throughout the entire article, TK lamented on how difficult it is for him to commute and leave his family every week. Doesn’t sound like his family would consider moving either. I think TK’s daughters are close to the same age as Burgess’ daughter.

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

@ Mo : I agree.

clh
clh

He chose to leave.

damien
damien

i think him and victoria will look smoking together….
this new billy with vicky, adam and chelsea… and hopefully sharon and nick eventually back together are the future of y n r!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hope so, damien. Both of them deserve a long-lasting, strong, yet fulfilling and passionate relationship. It has been a while since Victoria was able to rest her head on a sturdy, supportive shoulder.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Abruzzfan.
Hi,
I hear you. There are ever so many people who reject lucrative job offers because they do not want to uproot their kids. And, of course, we are not privy to their business. However, Burgess did not make an impression on fans. I do wish him well, though.

Mary
Mary

I hope Jason Thompson’s Billy Abottt developed a spine and focuses his anger over Delia’s death in another direction. Like working to get the goods on Victor Newman that finally backs him into a corner. I want to finally see Billy Abott holding Victor’s fate in his hands.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Great post, Mary. Adding to that, I would like to see Delia’s real killer get his/her just desserts, and close this agonizing chapter.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Huh. I can’t imagine him as Billy. He doesn’t look like an Abbott, but we’ll see.

gloria
gloria

That was my first reaction & he seems too tall-most of the Billy’s were shorter, at least the 1st 2 were. But I got to thinking-who is Billy’s mother? Jill! Jason looks more like Jill’s son than any of the others so it may just work out fine.

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

@ gloria. You are right. ” New” Billy inherited his dark good looks from his mother,Jill. Thank good, Billy is dark haired for a change ! I was so tired
of looking at the blond Billy.

Mark Y
Mark Y

I’m a fan of this genre and I accept the recast. Give JT great material to play and the viewers will love him. I think it is as simple as that.

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

@ Mark Y – you summed it up so well.

Jason Loves GH
Jason Loves GH

Yawn…
Although I’m probably in the minority regarding Mr. Thompson’s exit from General Hospital, I am not sad to see him go.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

LOL… I think perhaps you may indeed be a minoirty on this subject…. not hard on the eyes and he does have acting chops… but the writers at GH dropped the ball!!

Melissa
Melissa

A HUGE loss for GH. I think I am going to start watching Y&R.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Wow, this is wonderful news. Jason will do a terrific job, as the new Billy Abbott. Celebrity dirty laundry is right yet again. There sources are on the ball, like TMZ. Lol.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Why don’t they stop this cast swapping and just merger GH with Y&R have it air on NBC, with Chris Pratt and Ron C as head writers and Suooo will be in soap heaven. LOL

Seriously, if JT can bring back the charm and humor this character once had I am willing to give him a shot. But if they keep writing Billy as dull, bitter and angry, don’t know if even JT could get me to like this character again.

Look wise he doesn’t look resemble any of the Abbots, but he does look more like Jill’s side of the family so maybe with JT on board they might bring back Billy’s mom too.

Kathy Horn
Kathy Horn

I really believe that Jason Thompson will do an excellent job in the role of “Billy Abbott”! I can’t wait to see him on the Y&R!! Great job Michael Fairman!

Barbara D.
Barbara D.

@ Kathy Horn : You are right on both counts.

su0000
su0000

0oohh no..
I will never get used to/accept that, I don’t think.. But- ya never know..
He/Jason had no future at GH without Robin..
The writers wrote them entwined, inseparable…
When Robin left the Patrick character withered away.. 🙁

I’m just glad he is employed and happy!
looking forward to seeing him in Genoa City and hope the recasting curse of Billy Abbott doesn’t befall Jason, too.

((And– I don’t think any of us are shocked/surprised; we saw it coming.. 🙂

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Oh, here she goes again, I fear.

Jason Thompson is talented. EXTREMELY talented. Any show is lucky to get him. But I don’t see him as Billy Abbott.

JFP has done this before–put a talented actor from one of her previous shows on her new show in a role for which he’s just not right. The most glaring example I can remember is Timothy Gibbs as Kevin on One Life to Live. Great actor, but he was just all wrong as Kevin. She was smart to want someone of his caliber on OLTL but should have picked a better character for his talents. I think the same thing here: Jason Thompson is extraordinary and she’s smart to want him on the show, but I just don’t see him as Billy.

She does not seem to learn certain lessons.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You have a point, Michael. Look at Michelle Stafford!

AJ
AJ

Jason is a good actor and I wish him well. I’m a GH viewer. Started in 1993 but took a break. Coincidentally that break occurred just before Jason started playing Patrick, so I missed the whole “Scrubs” story. I came back for GH’s 50th and have been watching the past 2 1/2 years. Honestly, the character of Patrick hasn’t had much to do in the 2 1/2 years I’ve been watching. His story with Sabrina was a waste. And clearly Sam will be involved in the Jason story. Yes, they could’ve kept Patrick around had Jason wanted to re-sign, but while GH is losing a good actor, I don’t think the show will suffer from his absence. This is just my opinion and it may not be a popular one…

Soapskates
Soapskates

Wonderful actor. Interesting to note that Burgess Jenkins at 42 was several years older than David Tom at 36, but Jason Thompson is only two years older (39) than David. I’ve always felt that Jason Thompson seems to bring a layer of sophistication to his roles. On the surface, I wonder how that sophistication is going to work with the character history of Billy–but again, Jason Thompson is a wonderful actor. I’m wary of this recast given the character, but it will be interesting to see Jason Thompson’s take on Billy Abbott.

This latest GH/Y&R actor “swap” appears to give credence that there there is some type of bidding war going on between GH and Y&R. Even after watching soaps for decades, I wish I had a better understanding of how budget and outs affect so much of what we see on screen.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Amen!!! Don’t you wish we could see what happens behind the scenes like a football draft? Hahaha it seems like they do the same thing with soap stars!!

Michele
Michele

Thrilled!! Jason will knock it out of the park. He will bring great dimension to Billy.

Now, please confirm that Michael Muhney is the new Patrick. (pretty please!)

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

They are writing Patrick out as he leaves the show, not recasting and if they were, NOT Michael Muhney. His past baggage makes him untouchable!

su0000
su0000

0ohh;
Jill Farren Phelps is a smart woman..
She has decades of connections with the actors via working with many of the soaps best talents, the best..
And she does not hesitate to lure them in ..
Also- Y&R has the budget to make great offers to get the best..

I doubt GH, as of now with J&S that they could lure anybody in ahaa!

Shirley Strickler
Shirley Strickler

I always loved Jason Thompson as Patrick and was disappointed when I heard he was leaving GH. Now I’m excited to hear he was coming to Y&R as Billy,happy for him and wish Jason lots of luck.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Bye Patrick !!! Good luck with the Billy Abbott character.

GB
GB

it wasn’t exactly gracious of Jason Thompson to ignore that there were two actors who played Billy AFTER Billy Miller (and yes, we know how that went, but still…)

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

I didn’t read what he said that way. I took it as they work on the same show and have had a chance to talk about it. He’s not currently working on the same set as DT or BJ. I can see what you’re saying though.

Timmm
Timmm

Exactly, its just someone trying to start trouble. Your damned if you do and damned if you dont! Jason is a classy guy.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you.
That is exactly what I said, Ashleigh. There was no slam, as someone called it. They worked in close proximity and as it goes, they talked about ‘Billy Abbott’…..what the heck is so ungracious about that? Oh, plaeeese!!!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Thank you, I had posted that earlier.

Mo
Mo

LOL That’s right!

clh
clh

I don’t think he was ignoring that, he just had access to Billy to get some character history and not the others. Since Billy was the best one anyway, that’s who I would have talked to about the role.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Yes, GB, that rubbed me the wrong way, too… With all these people stating that Jason Thompson doesn’t have the “look” for Billy Abbot, maybe they will dye Jason’t hair blond. Will that suffice?

Timmm
Timmm

The guy WORKS with Billy Miller! I’m sure if he was asked about the history of the character he would pay homage to anyone who played Billy before. Holly cow!

CeeCee
CeeCee

HaHa, my friend.
James, always the voice of reason. I had actually suggested to Timmm a while back that I could not picture Thompson with blond hair, lol. Many fans said that this Billy takes after the Fosters. I am eagerly awaiting meeting, yet, another Billy.

Mr. X
Mr. X

Confirmed, and with the rumors, not at all surprising. Welcome to daytime’s #1 drama Jason! I’m not sure you’re right for the role but I thought you were great on GH and will keep an open mind as I look forward to watching you make the Billy Abbott character your own.

Sly
Sly

I’m not surprised. This was a very predictable outcome.

Patrick
Patrick

all one has to do … is go to youtube… and watch scenes from his debut on GH… to know… Jason Thompson has all the prerequisite to bring his Billy to life

Wow! I wish I had watched JT from the time of his debut…

I watched scenes with KM’ Robin… before they became involved… what a dastardly hot shot with swag … forefronting his masculine flirtatious self… manning up

Jason Thompson has been emmy nominated for 5 straight years, with and without KM.

I really think he’s going to run with this and be reenergized… and revitalize his talent

oy! now that i’m thinking about his character… I hope he sparks with Amelia Heinle

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Wow, your comment has given me hope, Patrick! He needs to channel that “dastardly hot shot with swag” to make this work!! Ohhhh please, soap gods, let this work!

Rose
Rose

Could never figure out how Robin tamed him (not a big adult-Robin fan…she’s too holier than thou and serious for Patrick). He needed a bit of humbling down, but he became emasculated.

clh
clh

I agree, pairing him with Robin destroyed the character of Patrick. I loved his early time on GH, and to be honest I never really felt any chemistry between he and KM, so I didn’t get the whole “scrubs” thing anyway.

The early Patrick is definitely Billy Abbott material.

Timmm
Timmm

My opinion, he was forgettable until he and Robin hooked up.

CeeCee
CeeCee

So, Patrick, that’s what you meant about Patrick’s machismo. I did not know that Patrick Drake. Now, I understand. So, with that in mind, I do look forward to Jason’s spin on Billy Abbott. I just hope he has the juice to capture Billy’s essence. I will not compare Thompson to Miller. That would not be fair……he is a different entity from Miller; with different nuances and qualities.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for your reply earlier, CeeCee! Keep up the great work!

Patrick
Patrick

@clh: “…The early Patrick is definitely Billy Abbott material. ” without doubt

@Rose : “…he became emasculated ” not going to argue that because it’s true! and it smarts ! ugh! and that’s why I went to you-tube to watch his GH debut and it was all their! THIS MANNED up Woah! has it

@Ashleigh: cute response… soap gods yes indeed…. all the proof is their… from the time of his debut on GH …. 10 years ago….

he sauntered
he swagged
he swooned

10 years have gone by… he’ aged but that doesnt matter… I’ll quote part of CeeCee : he will hone in on his skill… and find that ready character

i’ve defined him as having that it factor and deemed him husband material… and left it at that…

I’m cheerleading Jason Thompson… and want the best for him

April
April

Patrick

You are so correct. I feel better about Jason. He can play a good Billy Abbott with his own flair. I was just entertained delightfully by those earlier December 2005 Patrick (arrogant and playboy) and Robin YouTube videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tr4gt9W_J4

Those were the days.

Then that triggered those July and August 2009 Jake Karaoke nights and Lulu and Dominic/Dante days.

Thanks for bringing those days up Patrick. I was concerned as well based on his current character. It will be okay!

April

Fishystuff
Fishystuff

It’s bad enough that every time I watch old footage of Y&R, I’m watching Jason1 talking to Jason2, but now watching scenes with Patrick and Jason it’s going to be watching Billy Abbott talking to Billy Abbott. Nothing against Thompson, but there are other roles they could have picked for him and they decide to make him play the worst character on the show. If it was my choice, I would have made Thompson play Adam Newman and say that Hartley’s Adam was an imposter that was brainwashed by Adam so he can avoid going to jail and then have Adam reveal himself to his family and watch as the fake Adam or Fadam takes over his life. There would be a two Adam Newman storyline and Adam would have tried to get his life back. Then there would be an episode where Chelsea would have to pick either Gabriel or Adam. As for Billy, i would have the character leave town for a year before recast him!

aria
aria

this is so stupid, i would have respect for him if he was pursuing other work on primetime or movies, but to go to another soap to pay a character thats been played by who knows how many is so pointless, if he left gh because of storyline, it doesn’t make sense why he would join a show equally as crowded, its just suspect, its not like the billy role is a coveted role in soaps, and its not like he needs to make a mark in daytime, cause he already has, so for him to jump ship, i will not follow,so adios to jason/patrick, i’ll miss little emma, hopefully she gets to stay with grandma anna.

Timmm
Timmm

He is going there because of his friendship with the EP and maybe he got a sweeter deal to spend more time with his family?

Ric
Ric

Just my opinion I am an avid fan and faithful viewer of both GH & Y&R, I think Jason Thompson is a great actor however nobody can fill Billy Millers shoes, and the remaining shows should stop with using the same actors over and over in their soap hopping games, it’s exactly the same as recycled writers in order for these soaps to survive bring in fresh talent on & behind the screens.

Carltini fan
Carltini fan

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Nanci
Nanci

He is so far off from who Billy is!
His physical appearance, his seriousness…
but who knows, actually. I hope it can
somehow work. Been through too many
Billy’s these last few years!

Brian
Brian

Good for him and I hope he does well but I honestly think that Greg Vaughn would have been a better choice. I don’t see any chemistry with Amelia Heinle (but I could be wrong since they have not even aired together yet). I think he will have chemistry with all the Abbott’s and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan). I honestly don’t watch Y&R, so I don’t care that much (but I know the actors and characters).

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

That was actually my thought too, Brian, when I heard that Greg Vaughn was leaving Days: he’d be a good choice to play Billy. (Though I don’t know how he feels about JFP; she was the EP for General Hospital when the show rather unceremoniously dumped GV for Jonathan Jackson, and I don’t know whether he holds her responsible or not.) It might have been smarter to go that route and find another character for Jason Thompson to play. I guess we’ll see how well this works out.

su0000
su0000

whoa! I was sorta bored, time to waste,,
I read some of the Y&R boards, the JT threads of him playing Billy Abbott..
WOW! most all posted he is a bad replacement, he is not right to be an Abbott, it was another bad casting, he;s way too dark for an Abbott, he is not right for the role, etc etc on it went..
Not many were happy or welcoming with JT coming on as Billy..
I was surprised to read that stuff, really surprised ..

I really hope he will be accepted, he is an awesome actor!!
((the curse.. recasting of Billy is surely cursed!)

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Yeah, everyone is saying he doesn’t look like an Abbott and he is too serious but the majority like him enough to want it to work and want to give him a chance. Remember how everyone swore to hate Michael Muhney’s replacement? We soap fans are a fickle bunch. I really hope it works. I wonder how many peope are placing bets right now though.

Mark Y
Mark Y

I agree the previous Billys have all been similar in look and I liked that but I think that JT will fit in nicely with Jack and Ashley who are very hip and sophisticated in their looks.

Rose
Rose

Maybe the sceptics were Y&R loyalists who never watched GH and never saw the JT potential. And since when is hair color a requirement for the smorgasbord lineage in soaps.

elm51
elm51

see this is the thing with some soap fans they don’t even give new actors a chance to be on their screen before they start with the negativity which is totally wrong…………………
i watch all four remaining soaps & read the message boards & i see this all the time and that really ticks me off – after one day with a new actor/actress in a role they start posting comments like he/she has got to go…………….unbelievable!!!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I think you may be reading too much into the comments. I’m not sure people who are saying they don’t really see JT in the role are saying they can’t be persuaded. I’m certainly not. He’s extremely talented. He may pull it off. I will definitely give him a chance.

But it’s entirely possible to miscast even a very talented actor, and those of us who have watched soaps for a while have seen it happen often enough to be skeptical sometimes when we hear about casting decisions that seem ill advised. (And at the risk of repeating myself: JFP has had a real problem in this area.)

elm51
elm51

i agree with what you are saying michael (not fairman) especially about jfp’s problem with miscasting actors……………..

Kevin
Kevin

Welcome back to daytime Jason Thompson, I know you will do a wonderful job as the new Billy boy lol. General Hospital are idiots for letting Jason walk away, his contract was up and his storyline went down hill. Good for the Young and The Restless in signing Jason Thompson right away. The man can act and he was robbed again for a Daytime Emmy on GH. Yes he was nominated again and lost. What a joke. The Daytime emmys are a joke. The same people win, over and over.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Kevin, you are absolutely correct about the Daytime Emmys…

Rose
Rose

What a juicy role to get after the last few years of being mostly in Robin limbo. Good forJason, and good luck stirring it up on Y&R. Will be watching.

Sandra
Sandra

WHY do you keep changing people #$##!$$

CeeCee
CeeCee

I can say this much: thank goodness Burgess is out. Please do not castigate me with words. But this guy did nothing for the role of Billy Abbott. All he did was mope and whine. I was actually happy with David Tom; but, when Miller assumed the role, I was ecstatic. Billy Miller nailed the character ….the good, the bad, and the ugly. But, this is not about Miller. I am confident that Jason will hone the character into the Billy Abbot we all seek, in his own special way. I would also like to say that I admire Thompson’s humility, as he regales Miller with that touching compliment….”It’s going to be hard to fill his shoes”. What a guy! I really like that.
I have come to love Jason Thompson. I only hope he will do Billy Abbott justice, albeit I think his looks as an Abbott are all wrong. All Abbotts are fair. He’d be more fitting playing Adam. But, I shall hush ‘me mouth’ and welcome Jason to Y&R……Give us a few great years, Jason, and good luck!!!!! Awaiting with arms open wide!!

Patrick
Patrick

“… But, this is not about Miller. I am confident that Jason will hone the character”

I so hope this

can’t help it… like him

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I would like to see Burgess on GH as the new Nathan West…just teasing you…lol

Patrick
Patrick

rofl

Timmm
Timmm

How about casting Kelly Monaco as the new Chloe? WINK WINK!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Imagine that, Timmm. Jason and Kelly: together again! Oh, the irony! Too funny.
Kelly would have to go to ‘Chloe School’ and take a course in spunk and personality, though. She definitely would not last, my Timmmbo.

Glenn
Glenn

They WASTED his talent at GH!!!!! I will give Y&R a look now!!!!!

GHFan70007
GHFan70007

Disappointing… Jill should have took Maurice instead.

CeeCee
CeeCee

WHOA! WHAAAAT???!!!!???!!!

GHFan, by ” Jill should have taken Maurice”, do you mean you wanted Maurice B. play Billy Abbott? Did I read you wrong?

su0000
su0000

lol
J&S will have poor Sonny in angel wings flying all over spreading his love in angel dust..
So, he might fly his goodwill to GH to bring Billy to life..(good samaritan stuff..

Patrick
Patrick

rofl; I thought the same

be serious

rofl; no way!

I’d like to know who JFP “female” bff’ are

GHFan70007
GHFan70007

Wow… Relax a bit, I have no clue who Billy Abbott is, never watched that show. I was stating that if dragon lady wants to keep taking her former leads I’d rather she take Maurice; could care less what character he plays. Jason you will be missed, best wishes to you buddy!

Timmm
Timmm

Can you imagine Victor calling Maurice BILLY BOY!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, okay. I get it, GHFan. You just want Maurice off GH, not caring where he goes. I can certainly understand and identify with that!!

Sissy
Sissy

I’m beyond excited!! But please, writers, no more plastic surgery stories for a while!! I promise that we, the audience would prefer “the role of Billy Abbott is now being played by….”

Timmm
Timmm

Well, as I stated previously, he doesnt look like an Abbott BUT Jason is extremely talented and he will hold his own with Peter, Eileen and Eric. Plus, I can see him and Amelia having good chemistry. He is more like Billy Miller when you think of the way he charmed people. BUT, as we have seen with GH recently, he tore into Sonny and I can see the same with Victor. Billy Miller is happy at GH and his star will only burn brighter, David Tom didnt grow into the mature version of Billy and Burgess was horrible! He is not a horrible actor and he seems like a good guy but he was NOT Billy Abbott. For that reason alone, I welcome a new Billy. He may not look like an Abbott but Jason Patrick oozes talent and he may just surprises us all. Welcome Jason.

Timmm
Timmm

Sorry, too excited, at the end I meant Jason Thompson oozes talent!

Mary SF
Mary SF

But don’t you think he could pass for the Foster side of the family? I mean he does look more like Jill than any of the other Billy’s– reminds me a bit of Jill’s brother Greg- so maybe there isn’t an Abbott resemblance, but he is only half Abbott so like you I am willing to give this a shot. Yet honestly they better write for the character, because having a good actor is only half of the equation, you need to give the actor the words that will make the character shine.

Timmm
Timmm

MARY! What an amazing comment! Your right, we tend to look at the Abbotts and never the Foster side. Yes he could easily be Jill’s son. However, where the hell has Jill been? Maybe this will bring her back to the show more often? I am excited to see how this pans out and once again, excellent point Mary!

Jules
Jules

I think what I’m most excited for are his scenes with the great Peter Bergman, Christian LeBlanc, Jess Walton, Eileen Davidson, Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott and all the other greats. Just a shame Jeanne Cooper isn’t around; she would have LOVED flirting with him and pinching his ass!

Otherwise, I’m meh over the news. I’ve been a long time fan of his. He is the single reason I went from a 10+ year casual GH viewer to someone who ran home to watch his scenes (with Kimberly McCullough) back in 2005 onward (well, until 2010….and then sporadically ever since, though I haven’t watched GH since KMc left again in 2012) I always knew his potential and believed in his talent and feel like everyone else got in on the secret after me lol. But I just can’t see myself running home again everyday again. Y&R never keeps my interest for long.

Patrick
Patrick

Jules: if I could toast with; you and @Cathy… just a celebratory ..heck gotta go their… lovefest for this impenetrable couple

a couple who… LIVED a dream.. and is a reality

to know that an HIV asymptomatic person… can share … go their…wherever their heart lived

oh believe you me… the love she held cherished and reached…

Dr. Patrick Drake; Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake, Emma Drake

long live

Timmm
Timmm

Jeanne would have loved that azz!

Mister Media
Mister Media

It will be interesting to see Jason take on this role. However, if they put viewers through another plastic surgery / new face story I will scream. Please just let him appear one day with the voice-over announcement, “The part of Billy Abbott is now being played by Jason Thompson” – and then it’s on with the show!

Rose
Rose

Ohhhh, do I agree with you!!!

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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