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Jason Thompson and Gina Tognoni Talk Y&R11K, Fall Reveal, Fans 50/50 On Who Phyllis Should Be With!

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All eyes this week are on the juggernaut that is The Young and the Restless as they are heavily promoting, and bringing viewers major story for their 11,000th episode scheduled to air this Thursday, September 1st on CBS.

This morning, series stars Jason Thompson (Billy) and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) sat down with CBS2 Los Angeles news anchors Sharon Tay and Rick Garcia to talk all things Billy and Phyllis, and if their affair will finally be out in the open, as well as being part of the daytime drama as it celebrates their latest milestone.

Gina said the 11,000 episode really helps kick off the fall stories on Y&R, and one story will be the reveal of Phyllis and Billy’s hot and heavy affair behind Billy’s brother back.  That would be none other than Jack Abbott. (Peter Bergman) Not to mention Phyllis is married to Jack and had been cheating on him with his brother!

When discussing the fan reaction to if Phyllis should wind up in the end with Jack or Billy … the duo reporst it seems 50/50 split down the middle with the viewing audience as to who they are rooting for.

Thompson, also talked coming on to the show after a wildly successful run on General Hospital and stepping into the shoes of one of the pivotal characters in Genoa City. While Gina’s last name of “Tognoni” was also bantered about, and the two-time Daytime Emmy winner revealed that she even considered trying to go by an an easier-to- say-last-name, but in the end rejected it for the real deal.

Watch the segment with Jason and Gina after the jump! Then let us know which side are your on!  Do you want Phyllis with Jack, or Phyllis with Billy? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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I vote;

Phill & Bill !

They are thunder & lightening !

Jack is acting like an 80 year old monk ..
He and Phyllis are horribly matched ..

Great interview, Thanks for sharing. Really want Billy and Phyllis together. The ship has already sailed and sunk with their previous partners. Like Johnny Depp said, if you fall in love with two people at the same time, choose the 2nd because if you really loved the first, the 2nd wouldn’t have happened. Best of luck to all of the cast and crew with the 11,000 episode. May there be many more.

I believe Phyllis belongs with Jack ….too much potential heartbreak with Billy.

Phyllis should not be with either man. Billy belongs with Victoria and Jack treats Phyliss more like a child than his wife. They should bring back Ronan for Phyllis!!

Hi Sarah, I disagree!
Billy and Vikki are done I think, and with this Billy, no chemistry.
I didnt care for Travis at first, but now I like him with Vikki.
Jack in my opinion behaves like a super caring husband who
appreciates life more after all the drama he and Phyllis have been
through, and just wants to be happy etc. He shouldnt have to rein
in Phyllis so often, but he loves her.

Phyllis has always been drawn to the wrong man and she passed that on to her daughter. Even though it’s so wrong, Billy and Phyllis spark up the screen. They should be together but I want to see Jack really destroy them both for what they did to him.

I think that the pairing of Billy and Phyllis may finally bring back the Jack Abbott of the past. Jack has become so boring, he used to be a real fighter! Phyllis and Billy definitely have chemistry and the Victoria/Billy love story is DONE.

Billy and Phyllis all the way please. Gina and Jason have explosive chemistry and are so fun to watch. Great interview, let’s get to this reveal so Billy and Phyllis can finally be together

Sorry, Phyllis with anyone but Billy!

Phyllis and Billy all the way!!!! GT and JT have fabulous chemistry and the characters really get eachother, they both push the envelope but also love fiercely when it’s real. Phyllis may love Jack but she hasn’t been in love with him for years… he tries to stamp out yet fire now that he’s gone all soft. Phyllis needs a man who can appreciate all facets of her, not one trying to shove her into a box and silence her.

I was thinking about these characters and the actors that have portrayed them I remember a story years ago when Phyllis was helping do a teen web site and Billy and Mac were dating and Brittany asked for help from Phyllis to break them up. Anyone else remember that storyline? That’s why it is hysterical years later these being involved . Only on a soap opera right!

Well, Gina is exaggerating when she says the audience is 50/50 on the Philly affair. Most people HATE it and they dont like her or Jason as Billy! I guess in Hollywood everyone is a bit delusional?

I’m with you, Timmm. I can’t imagine why ANYONE thinks there’s chemistry there. JT always looks like he wants to strangle her. Except when he’s making (unfunny) sarcastic remarks. Billy comes across to me now as someone incapable of happiness and, worse, of never thinking of anyone but himself. Jack deserves better than BOTH of them.

He looks like he has a huge chip on his shoulder i can’t stand him as Billy he has ruined the legacy of that character if they had waited Tom would have made it his own again !HFP makes me sick her decisions have destroyed this show

JFP excuse me

Yes, Soaphound!!
Totally agree with every word.

Jack will be lower than ant crap BUT you are right, he deserves better and will be better off without either of them in his life.

Jack, what a bunch of BS! He gets crapped on and then vows for revenge and he cannot even relish the thought for a day and nowPaul is brow beating him and now I guess he will be charged with assault? STUPID!

Soaphound, thank you for the explanation of Justin’s new show. You are good! I didnt pick on the twist and I was kind of iffy on episode two. I will watch it now and see if i am shmart enough to follow! HA!

It’s obvious she said that because she doesn’t want to choose a side. A lot of people hate Philly but a lot of people love them, and I think Philly are more loved than Phack.

i like jason thompson a lot better on GH. he was sexy, fun, charismatic patrick drake but on Y&R he’s boring. i tried to watch and get into it but just could not.

Billy & Phyllis for sure!! Jack wants a woman who sits at home and knits. Phyllis realizes he is just to boring for her.

Phyllis and Jack

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GH’s Adam J. Harrington on Being a Recast John “Jagger” Cates: “There is No Way I Can Even Touch What Antonio Sabato Jr. Did With the Role in the Past … If They Are Going My Way They Were Going to Take This in a Different Direction”

General Hospital fans were recently in for a shock when a new man arrived in Port Charles who went by the name of John Cates. As it turns out John Cates used to go by the nickname of “Jagger” and had lived in the town many years ago.

That’s because actor Adam Harrington was recast in the role of FBI Cates. The part was originally made soap-famous in the 90’s by Antonio Sabato Jr. “Jagger” appeared on the ABC daytime drama series from 1992-1994 and then in its spinoff GH: Night Shift in 2008 before the character left Port Charles with his young autistic son. “Jagger” was also the older brother to the late Stone Cates (Michael Sutton).

Now in 2024, GH has brought the character back and Adam J. Harrington is on contract with the series. The actor spoke to Soap Opera Digest about the obvious difference in look and take on the role than “Jagger’s” original portrayer, Antonio Sabato Jr.

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Adam expressed: “My take on it was that it’s been 30 years; they obviously wanted to take this in a new direction and see what they could do with this storyline. And I also thought, ‘There is no way I can even touch what Antonio Sabato, Jr. did with the role in the past.’ Although I know it would be jarring for fans, in some ways, I was very happy that I didn’t look like I was going to try to mimic or echo at all what they had done with that storyline.”

Chiming in on replacing an actor in a role made soap-famous by someone else, Harrington added, “Obviously, if they’re going my way, they were going to take this in a different direction with so much time having passed. TV is immortal and still very much fresh in people’s minds, but like I said, I took the recasting and looking so obviously different as them saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to take this in a different direction and we are not trying to replace or touch what was originally a beautiful story.”’

Previously, Sabato Jr. had a few things to say about not being asked back to reprise his signature role for more than 30 years by the ABC soap opera.

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As to just who this new version of John Cates will be romantically linked with, fans are seeing a spark between he and Jordan (Tanisha Harper), or could he wind up with Anna (Finola Hughes), or another lady on the canvas? “I think there is an element here of him coming to town, throwing a new guy into the mix,” Harrington shares.”We’ll see who he quote-unquote bonds with and who he doesn’t.”

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So what do you think of the recast John “Jagger” Cates? Do you like where the show is taking the character? Do you appreciate Adam’s candor on acknowledging what Antonio Sabato Jr. did with this role in the past? Comment below.

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Y&R Reveals Cast In ‘Nikki Newman Through The Years’ T-Shirts in Honor of Melody Thomas Scott’s 45th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 20th marks the 45th anniversary of Melody Thomas Scott’s debut as Nikki Newman on CBS daytime’s The Young and the Restless.

In honor of the occasion, the official Y&R social media handle on Instagram released a video of many of Melody’s castmates wearing custom-made Nikki Newman t-shirts. The celebratory shirts had images of Nikki Newman through the years and her various looks.

Participating in the video were Melody’s castmates, Hayley Erin (Claire), Mark Grossman (Adam), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Melissa Ordway (Abby) and Eric Braeden (Victor). Melody’s TV son, Joshua Morrow kicked things off acknowledging her milestone.

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Morrow expressed: “To my mama, Melody Thomas Scott, celebrating a huge, huge, huge anniversary, an absolute icon on this show. What better way to celebrate you than with these incredible T-shirts, looking at all your best looks. We love you, the whole world loves you, and you deserve everything. Love you, Mama.”

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Thomas Scott spoke with Soaps.com on her anniversary, sharing, “I’m so fortunate to have a job where I get to do what I love to do and need to do every day and be paid for it.” She added, “My life is heavenly. I’d like to think that I’m a better performer these days than my talent test (in 1979).”

Check out the cast celebrating Melody Thomas Scott’s Y&R 45th anniversary while donning some their ‘Nikki t-shirts’ below.

Now, share your congrats to Melody on 45 years and still going strong on The Young and the Restless via the comment section.

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Steve Burton’s Ex-Wife Sheree Gustin Gives Birth to Her Fifth Child, Weeks After Their Divorce Was Finalized

Sheree Gustin, the ex-wife of General Hospital star, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) welcomed her newborn daughter into the world on February 16th. The little one who’s name is Addy Jay weighed in at 5 lbs., 5 oz at the time of her birth. This is Gustin’s fifth child.

Gustin’s partner, who was in an Instagram story with her and their baby, remains unidentified. This is the second child of Gustin’s within a year or so of each other, that is not the biological child of Burton’s. She previously had daughter Isabella back in February of 2023.

The news of the arrival of Addy Jay comes on the heels of Burton finalizing his divorce from his former wife of 23 years back in December of 2023.  In the divorce settlement, Steve and Sheree have joint legal and physical custody of their minor children. Brooklyn, 8, and Jack, 17. The two also share a daughter McKenna who is 20.

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Burton originally filed for divorce in July 0f 2022. In court documents, the two separated in March of that year as Burton cited “irreconcilable differences.” When Sheree announced the impending birth of her fourth child, Burton took to his Instagram and clarified, “She recently announced that she’s expecting her 4th child. The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve.”

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Gustin, who is a fitness guru, now goes by Sherrie Lynn on her official Instagram account. Since her divorce from Burton, and the births of her most recent children, Sherrie has not addressed the situation publicly.

Meanwhile, General Hospital fans are anxiously awaiting Burton’s return as Jason Morgan on the ABC soap opera with his first episode back slated for March 4th. Just how Jason will be revealed to be alive after a cave collapsed on him, and he was believed to have died, is one of great mystery for soap fans.

So, share your thoughts on the news of the birth of Sheree’s fifth child Addy Jay via the comment section below.

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