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Jessica Collins Speaks Out About Her Exit From The Young and the Restless!

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While fans of The Young and the Restless are watching Jessica Collins (Avery) give a tour de force performance in her final weeks of storyline on the number one soap opera, the talented actress who wrapped her run in June, opened up about what went on behind-the-scenes that led to her exit in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands everywhere today.

The actress who will bid farewell to Genoa City on-screen very shortly had a very frank and candid conversation with SOD, and shared this on what led to her decision to leave.  Collins related: “I’ve been disappointed with the story and the direction and integrity of my character for quite some time, but I was still hopeful we might all be able to turn it around. Then my contract was up for renewal and I wasn’t happy with their offer. I was told there was no room for discussion, which made me realize there wouldn’t be much discussion for the character, either.”

Jessica went on to further say it was very difficult to decide to leave: “The truth is, I wanted to stay on the show.”  Collins went on to say that communication sort of broke down, after her agent presented the series with a solution to keep her on the show.  But she added, “I had to be really honest with myself, and the reality is… Avery isn’t the character I originally fell in love with playing. And although I was trying my best to make it work, I wasn’t enjoying this new version of her. I went with my gut. It was time to move on.”  She also was so appreciative of the four years she had in Genoa City calling it an, “An amazing ride.”

Make sure to check out the entire interview in SOD where Jessica discusses Avery’s rape storyline, and the shift in her character, how she loves the fans, and how she feels about her oh-so-talented co-stars, and more.

What you think of Jessica’s comments on what transpired to led her to leave The Young and the Restless? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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Li
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Li

She’s a great actress. I bet she will be on GH shortly!!

Rosanna
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Rosanna

she could although the canvas is extremely full @ #GH she is a talented actress and im sure she will find a new role soon!

Amy
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Amy

Yes! Please go to GH! You would be a great asset to them. I could most definitely see you in Port Charles! Go Jessica Go! GH fans will welcome you with open arms.
Silas needs a woman in his life. You would be perfect! Great love story!

Carolina
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Carolina

Agree. Her being saddled with Steve Burton for two of those four years did not help matters.

me3
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me3

I’ll miss her on the show and won’t be watching much longer anyway. I’m glad Y&R’s ratings are up but the show is unrecognizable to me. Good for JC that she stood true to her own integrity.

madluv4u
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madluv4u

Agreed!

damien
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damien

i knew i loved jessica collins in real life as much as i ve loved avery! when jessica brought so much to her character as avery in terms of shining through as caring and nurturing its only natural in real life shes just as rational and firn in her beliefs! good for her, she should nt have compromised in her beliefs. y n r heads should ve tried harder to keep this talented and beautiful actress on the show! i will miss her and what could ve become of her and joe! hope she returns soon when the writers can… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I wish Jessica Collins well in future roles. She’s not a bad actress but I never liked the Avery character from the beginning. I will not miss Avery at all.

JayeLynn
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JayeLynn

No surprise to hear of Ms. Collins’ horrific treatment by Jill Farren Phelps. The woman is a horror. She has her favorites and then she has her targets. Some day this woman will get the comeuppance she so richly deserves.

PGP
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PGP

Jessica, you should join DAYS next! Though it is owned by Sony so probably not a stop you will make, but GH would be good too!

Sandy
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Sandy

Well Jessica, hopefully you will be able to build on the character you played on Y&R and move on to a brighter future. I agree with you that you were not given a better storyline to act on and no passion or connection with your male partners. A better fit is waiting for you. Good luck.

su0000
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su0000

Jessica–
a great actress and a great part of Y&R with family ties could not nogoschite with the suits..
” I was told there was no room for discussion, which made me realize there wouldn’t be much discussion for the character, either.””

And yet fans think they can get the suits to listen to them and do their bidding ahha yah sure LOL
Thing is.. all the complaints go to deaf ears, even Jesica was not head..
Complaining holds no leverage, wants and needs do not matter, don’t waste time writing..

I believe we will be seeing Jessica in another soap.. 🙂

Nanci
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Nanci

So true, Su.
They didn’t even consider Jessica’s thoughts about the
character SHE played. So cold.
So, yup, not like the input of fans could make a dent in their
egotistical ways of thinking.

Bart
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Bart

While I think Jessica Collins is a very talented actress, the character of Avery Bailey Clark was ill-conceived from the get-go as created by ex-EP/HW Maria Arena Bell. She was used to usher the now-grown-up (and now dead) character of Ricky Williams and we know what a bust that storyline turned out to be, don’t we?!? Through three other head-writing regimes, the character of Avery changed too much for viewers to care (baking cupcakes & an internet cooking show – REALLY?!?). It took Chuck Pratt and his illogical brand of storytelling to really give mean to the term ‘character assassination’.… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Avery isn’t the only character who’s been “re-written” by this current regime. I hate the dialouge that Eileen Davidson’s been given. This character you see on screen is not Ashley Abbott. Ashley is now just snarky all the time, and it pains me to watch. Some days I wonder if they gave an 8th grade class a shot at writing scripts, because that’s how bad it is (no offense to 8th graders.)

Lucia
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Lucia

I completely agree Joe. Would the Ashley we know get into a tug of war with her daughter over a man? It’s disgusting.

JUDY
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JUDY

GOOD LUCK AND I HOPE G.H. PICKS UP ANOTHER WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS.. Y&R TOTALLY RUINED THE CHARACTER…..AND SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD WITH MICHAEL NOW……THEIR LOSS…….HER GAIN I AM SURE. GOOD LUCK JESSICA!!!

The_Moustache
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The_Moustache

I hope she joins General Hospital as Elizabeth’s sister Sarah Webber!

mark
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mark

she is so pretty but i wasnt thrilled with avery both on the page or on the stage.

Harry
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Harry

Her performance today was impeccable and moving. I find it interesting that Ms Collins did not like the direction her character had taken. See? I felt quite the opposite in that I did not care for this character for the first two or three years of her tenure on Y&R. Why? Because Avery was perfect, little miss Suzy homemaker who bakes cupcakes while holding a law book in one hand and while bouncing that little, over grown cry baby Summer on her knee. Avery was superwoman who could do no wrong, and therefore, she was boring. But this last year… Read more »

Nanci
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Nanci

I feel the opposite. Having a female character who is nice to the core,
as well as accomplished in a lot of ways, is a good thing. I never found
her boring. And why is she “little miss suzy homemaker” just because
one of her interests/hobbies is baking?

su0000
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su0000

hey Harry..
yyuuuup!
Jessica/Avery was the best she ever was during these past couple of weeks!
Her exit story was the highlight of her time with Y&R..
When was being the Nun Avery and the Miss Cupcake Avery it was a total snore!!

Too bad she got her best material on her way out the door..
She will do well in her upcoming movie playing a crazy mother ..

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree when MAB created Avery she was tough as nails lawyer who had an axed to grind against Phyllis– loved that she originally slept with Nick just to hurt her sister. Then shortly after creating Avery Josh Griffith came in as head writer and suddenly Avery turned into like you said Ms. Perfect, all sunshine and lollipops, madly in love with Nick– Then they created Dylan– the mysterious man from her past, and that had potential but Griffith left and Altman the new head writer basically made Avery Dylan’s shadow and not much more– then Pratt came in and… Read more »

phillipbradley
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phillipbradley

On point…….totally agree.

Lucia
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Lucia

You are so right -I’ve been waiting for that pairing between Avery and Michael and was certain it would happen because of the sparks that were so obvious between them.

Torqumada
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Torqumada

It’s not a new all-time low until Great Grandmother Nikki climbs on to a stripper pole.

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Inhave loved Jessica Collins since her Dinah-Lee days on Loving. She is fabulous! I hope she joins GH too, after all GH did revist Corinth not so long ago…..

lisa
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lisa

I liked the character of Avery – I’m sorry to see Jessica leave Y&R,but truth be told I don’t like any of the storylines currently running.
Best of luck to you Jessica.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well like Kenny Rogers said in song–” You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run….”

Jessica endured three head writers changes, and she finally realized it was time to run– good for her.

k/kay
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k/kay

You should read the whole article if you can I think you better getting ready also for Sage to pick up even more air time to bore us to death. I went to a women’s luncheon yesterday and a former very popular daytime actress set next to me in fact a Emmy winner she has retired now lives about thirty minutes from me got a great earful about how the soapy world really is and she worked for a certain EP great fun. Take care Mary going to be gone a little while again !

davidevansmith
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davidevansmith

LOL, to GH as Nina’s sister? That would be eerily familiar, and she could work as Donna Mills’ daughter… But there isn’t one man on GH I could see her with.

Ghlover
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Ghlover

I can see her with Ric or Silas…

Harry
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Harry

No, non, no–let us hope Donna MIlls and Nina go away. Terrible, ill conceived, badly drawn characters,

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, Harry. I agree about Donna Mills. Not Nina. She can be saved. If the writers cannot dig Nina out of this rut in which they have thrown her, before she is completely buried….then, yes, Michelle/Nina needs to start fresh, somewhere else.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

She has been with y and r for like 4 years now and no room for discussion for her contract. I would have left too

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Lawrence. The poor woman was given no leeway.

robert
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robert

Jessica sounds like a really good person. She was definitely wasted on Y&R from cooking to the dud Avery and Dylan pairing. They had her paired up with the one person she had no chemistry with for 2 years. I feel this current regime has wronged her. Chuck Pratt came and completely destroyed the character. There’s very weak storylines on Y&R right now from dopplegangers to pregnancy to baby switches all which are outdated. I fear Y&R will be shoving Sage down our throats which will be unwatchable. She had to go through 4 different writing regimes. I wish her… Read more »

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Jessica Collins….you showed your acting chops… I LOVED the sweetness of Avery resting her head on Michael’s shoulder…she ended up being a wounded bird.

GH…take notice…pair her with Patrick …he deserves a great story and a second chance at crazy love… this “thing” with Sam is just stale at it’s best….

su0000
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su0000

hi Elite Advisors.
everything with Sam is ”stale” .. George Clooney couldn’t wake her up/snore

Jessica is going to do a movie and nobody, nobody wants to have any live bodies added to the cast of GH .. lol

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

su0000….

Pretty sure you are right…even with George Clooney! I really don’t know why they are SO intent on keeping her front and center?

I do agree that GH has way too many actors already that are underutilized, at best… it’s great that GH scored a few big wins with their talent, but at least give them the storylines, and please cut the fat… KIKI really should be first on the list…it’s painful. 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Exactly, Elite…”a wounded bird”. Very well expressed.
That is the crux of the matter, and, I believe, Jessica’s contention. If I read her correctly, she hinted on the fact that she did not like the character/persona she had become. She came in roaring like a lion and out like a lamb.

PatF
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PatF

GH can’t keep picking up former YR cast members. They already are struggling with the bloated cast they have. She’ll be wasted there and given less screen time.

Avery’s character while pushed to the front under Josh G’s pen was never written properly. I prefer her supporting role when she was introduced under MAB.

A fine actress. I see her moving on beyond daytime.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This is a genuine loss for Y&R. Miss Collins is a joy to watch, and Avery provided a perfect counterpoint character not only to her sister Phyllis but to all the denizens of Genoa City who are scheming and struggling. Avery was a light and now there is no one who is that way. Maybe I am off but I thought Avery a Viki Lord type character, one from whom goodness seemed possible.

Nanci
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Nanci

Exactly how I feel, too.
And I am going to miss her a lot.

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

I respect Jessica’s candor so much. Her character wasn’t the only one being trashed right now. I wish her much success in her future endeavors.

k/kay
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k/kay

Oh gosh get in line Sharon has been brought to the bottom of Bb version she was on what four years Case had been on forever and they turned her into a slut kleptomaniac the town pariah! I have a bucket you can cry in I am sorry but veterans of this show have been destroyed this is how it goes down! Good luck but excuse me but every female on this show has been destroyed!

su0000
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su0000

Fans must love em being destroyed they are tuning in to watch it happen.
And since Pratt has entered the ratings have climbed up and up!
Seems many are luvin Pratt and tuning in in numbers..

k/kay
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k/kay

I only care what I like I do not care to be quite honest if tons of people are crazy about Pratt making every woman a needy whiner is not entertainment. I also don’t give a flying leap about ratings they mean nothing to me it will continue to stay on the air because it has had the same time slot forever and they aren’t going anywhere as long as they are pulling numbers. I also do not wish it to be cancelled but if it ever does and people lose their jobs they will find others. I wish JC… Read more »

april
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april

Gorgeous and talented, and obviously has integrity, something jfp and Prattfall don’t understand.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thank you, April.

Jackie
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Jackie

I will miss her God bless in all you do and hpoe you will return

SZima
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SZima

Congratulations Jessica for standing by you principles!!

I liked Avery in the beginning and with Nick, but the character was assassinated when she was paired up with the horrible thing called Dylan (or more correctly Steve Burton).

CarTini did such a hack job with the Avery character, I don’t blame her for getting out while she could still hold her head up…well, with the help of a neck brace!

Susan Miller
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Susan Miller

Jessica i will miss u so much looking forward to a new role on the series u choose for ur next character. We luv u n wish u the best of luck in ur endeavors from genoa city to the next town u live in may u love it just as much as we loved u in genoa city ! God bless

Clare
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Clare

This is going to be a loss for the show. There are other characters and actresses that would not be missed. The girl that ays Summer is a bore and the character Lily is just filler.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I also think Abby is superfluous. TPTB are constantly pushing her front and center. Now, she was given a high executive position without knowing what it takes to run a conglomerate of that volume. Never heard of such a thing…it’s a soap, after all; I need keep reminding myself of that.
I really thought there was some promise, but she is treating this responsibility as a game.
So, yeah, Clare, I’m right behind you.

Lorna
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Lorna

I hate the writing team of Y&R. The are destroying my beloved soap. They keep getting rid of awesome actors, storylines suck and are boring. They keep repeating the same storylines over and over. Bring in a team that would make Mr. Bell proud before it’s too late. I loved Jessica Collins character but of course they had it destroy it.

GRACE A Loehr.
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GRACE A Loehr.

I love Jessica Collins. I agree that the Joe/rape story was not her character. I will miss her. Maybe see her on something better. She’s a good actress.

linda dupuis
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linda dupuis

J is a great actress she will find something new and better try bold

Melanie
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Melanie

Sorry Avery Y&R starting to get on my nerves First Adam now you there are silly …we should just all stop watching VICTOR does no wrong…indoors

Marilyn
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Marilyn

Jessica will do well where ever she goes. What a loss for TY&TR. Avery will be missed by this fan.

Willie Bettner
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Willie Bettner

I have been watching the show since 1975 and alto it has had some great story lines, Victor has had some of the most unreal story lines and gets by with way too much. Nikkei story line odds just stupid. The whole show is getting too off the chain for me. If it doesn’t change soon I can find something better to do with that hour I spend watching!

Tricia
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Tricia

I love Avery her character is the best a great lawyer and she was going to be married to Dylan but didn’t work out then in comes her ex-husband Joe I didn’t like what she was going through what he put her,through. But don’t leave. I guess you have to do. But if the writer, finds someone who takes your character I hope they are not anything like,you did you know. You will be missed.

Anne McKinnon
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Anne McKinnon

They ruined her character as they did Michael, Jack, Vicky, Nikki, Billy, Jill, and even Victor. In fact the bad storylines, shoddy fillers have ruined the integrity of the show and the acting has bece mediocre e.g. The new Billy. Can’t understand the ratings at all. Do they make them up or do they have people whose job it is to boost them by phone stats?

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Anne – I totally agree with you!

JBS
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JBS

I Love Y&R. Avery is a great actress I wish her the best.

Mo
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Mo

She and her character never vibed with me so I’m glad she’s leaving. That said, her character did change and do things out of character. Good for her for standing up for Avery.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

So, the conclusion I had come to, proves me right. I have had this nagging feeling for the last few months that Jessica’s ‘outlook’ and persona as Avery had gone through a subtle change. I felt as if the acting was forced, not natural. When she first walked on the Y&R stage, she was a powerhouse of a woman…..a self-assured, assertive attorney, and a loyal friend. But, no sooner than the ‘anointed’ one (Steve Burton) made an appearance (can’t remember who joined the cast first), and Dylan and Avery became an item again; Avery became this helpless, dependent being. Lately,… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I agree with you CeeCee! Avery changed after Dylan appeared. She was such a great character before that, a power house as you said. Now, they have destroyed her. . They have changed many of the characters. Victor was never a cold blooded killer? Michael was always this voice of reason and now they have destroyed him too. After surviving cancer, etc, Lily cheats on Cain with the town pariah. Ashley is after her daughter’s boyfriend who is 20 years younger than her. Devon betrays his father with his father’s wife, etc. Speaking as a long time viewer, none of… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You are right on cue, Abruzzfan. I have been watching since my early teens…..it’s been fifteen years now. I do understand drama, I get the fact that soaps can be campy and sometimes step out of reality. But, I have always found Y&R to be steadfastly within the boundaries of what makes sense and no cartoonish dramatization. As yourself, I am saddened. It’s almost as if the writers are competing with themselves to achieve something that does not exist. Characters in soaps have always done ‘things’ that made me go, ‘hmmm’, but they have ALWAYS been in character….maintened that unique… Read more »

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q

I 100% agree‼️‼️‼️ I’m so extremely sic of these writers, on Y&R, it’s like they are writing either in the dark or w/their blind folds on‼️Y&R writers get out now, find another day job, it’s Not working for Any of You, sic‼️‼️‼️‼️

Rose
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Rose

Cee Cee…I know you are not a big Alexis fan on GH, but there was a time when she was a very good lawyer, and both she and Diane were formidable in court. Then they had to have them work for, and sleep with mob. It seems in both Y&R, B&B and GH they don’t have any strong female characters any more like a Vickie/Erika Slezack (sp?), or Stephanie on B&B. For that matter that seems to apply to strong guys as well. They just emasculate everyone…male and female (does this term apply to females?). And just look at the… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Rose…the voice of reason: that’s how I think of you and Fanny…LOL. I respect your wisdom. No, I do not like Alexis’ behavior. Obviously it is not the character’s fault. She dances to the writers’ tune. I love the actress, mind you. It just bothers me why TPTB give these well-seasoned actresses/actors such demeaning roles. That entire scene with Julian at the restaurant and then the hotel room, was so infantile. The same could be said about Michelle Stafford. Look at what she has been reduced to? And, Donna Mills? It’s like watching an episode of THE THREE STOOGES.… Read more »

Albert Reese
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Albert Reese

I hate to see her leave.but she knows best,it is what it is.Albert

Deb
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Deb

I totally get where she’s coming from. Her character was completely destroyed with this last storyline… whining and whimpering… afraid of the shadows…. Certainly was not the same character she came onto the screen with.

madluv4u
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madluv4u

Wouldn’t it be weird if she joined GH….because didn’t she and Billy Miller used to date, but now he’s dating Kelly Monaco – ijs..

Lucia
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Lucia

I will miss Jessica Collins and Avery. And I like her even more knowing that she walked away from a job she loved with people she loved because she felt the storyline didn’t respect her character. It has been painful to watch words come out of Avery’s mouth that the old Avery would have never said. My mouth nearly hit the floor yesterday when she was sitting on the park bench with Nick saying that she didn’t want to tell him what had happened because “you’re such a good person”. Whaaaat? I know she felt guilt for leaving him at… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Well said Lucia! The original Avery was a breath of fresh air amongst all the Cray-cray ladies! Ashley and Lily are heading down the same path. Very sad!

kaffen
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kaffen

You think Sam is Stale..you are wrong..don’t call Sam stale

Is she coming to GH to play Lizzy sister..or will she be a roadblock
For Jasam

Nanci
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Nanci

Maybe TPTB do actually want fan input, hmmm.
Have you guys done the survey online?
I saw the message scrolling while watching Y and R
yesterday and then later did the survey.

DEBBIE
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DEBBIE

JESSICA, AKA Avery, I only watch the Y&R because my mom watched it religiously and had me watch it with her. (Some how watching it now gives me a feeling of her presence in the room with me). I do not like how the story line is going g either. I really enjoyed the fact that you and Dillon were a good couple, I wanted that to work out. And I do not like how Victor seems to get everything and get away with everything and suffers no consequences at all. What does it really teach people, that it’s ok… Read more »

Jill
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Jill

I am very sad to see Jessica leave the show. She is such an
Asset. Y&R should think twice before letting her
go. Y&R has done this with too many of our
favorites. I’ve been watching since the first time
It aired. I feel it’s time to stop watching and being
such an avid fan.

Jill
Guest
Jill

Please bring Jessica back!!!!!

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Airdates: 9-9/10- 2021

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