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Kelly Monaco Addresses Billy Miller’s Departure From GH

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In a post via her twitter account, General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco (Sam) shared her heartbreak on her longtime scene partner, Billy Miller’s (Drew) exit from the ABC daytime drama series.  This was the first time that Kelly addressed the situation in a public forum.

Miller came on to GH back in 2014 as Jason Morgan, following the departure of Steve Burton, who then wound up on Y&R.  When Burton returned to GH in 2017, Miller’s part was then turned-in-to, Jason’s twin, Drew Cain.

Through a great portion of Miller’s run on GH, he was paired romantically on -screen with Monaco and the duo were, and have remained, one of the most popular duo’s in daytime.

Monaco expressed the following in her message: “I feel like I have to address this situation. #BillyMiller ‘s untimely departure from #gh. Honestly, I can not come up with the words to describe how I feel about this decision… a decision that may not be what our audience thinks to be true. I’m heartbroken… more to come.”

Share your thoughts on Kelly’s message via the comment section below.

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Jimh
Jimh

best to wait for full story…but as for GH the Shiloh story has grown tiresome and needs to conclude…the mind switch story is why soaps do not attract more viewers…it did have it moments tho…i thought the weather story in the early 8os and the alien story a bit much as it is but this isnt Dr Who…yes, its a soap but still it needs to be more down to earth like the more popular CBS soaps

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

Love Billy Miller great actor wish he wasn’t leaving he was a great Drew Cain. He will be missed.

Millie welch
Millie welch

Billy Miller is a great actor should remain on the show get rid of shilo

DMRR
DMRR

Oh, but we still have the Juilliard Bootleg/Parking Lot hire, nuJordan, nuTJ, Shiloh, & Kim ZERO.

Demi Pechilis
Demi Pechilis

Although Billy was great as Billy on Y&R, I like the man playing the Part currently.
He was a past GH character, I remember.

Demi Pechilis
Demi Pechilis

Sad to see Billy leave GH- he is nice to look at and great actor.
I remember him as Billy on Y&R & is was great also. I like the current man playing Billy Abott. Past GH cast member.

Jill Marie
Jill Marie

I love Billy Miller and think he’s a real talent. I hope he’s leaving to pursue bigger and better things. That said, why must Kelly Monaco post such cryptic messages which incites Miller’s fan base without really offering any real news? It’s a bit irritating.

Anita
Anita

To all GH executives are you trying to get GH cancelled. You have turned all lead actors into zombies

Que for you
Que for you

Absolutely and all these new characters it’s sad drew for example was front and center and gaining in fans and then we have Laura Wright’s boyfriend why? We could have kept Billy miller! Now we have this tad guy coming ??? And Kendra get rid of them and new Jordan useless! New Nina just doesn’t fit the role … no way is she a fashion icon it’s sad really I’ve been watching 47 years what other show has lasted that long? None! Abc stop ruining our show

Elaine
Elaine

I love Billy Miller but he got screwed by GH. They as much said “you have no standing here” when they took away the part he was hired to play. Y&R said the same thing to Gina Tognoni when for no good reason, they let her go because Michelle Stafford wanted to return. I hope Gino and Billy find great parts better than those they were screwed out of.

Satan
Satan

I’m sure Billy knew what the risks were when he took the gig. Recasts of leading characters on a soap (or any TV show, really) are always a risk for everyone involved. By the same token, if Billy wanted to stay in daytime, he could probably walk right back into Y&R tomorrow and get back the job he had over there.

The problem with how GH handled the situation isn’t that they restored the real Jason. It’s the fact that they created a new character, Drew Cain, and then refused to tell his story, even though they wrote at least a basic outline of a backstory worth exploring. Ironically, this is now finally being done in the stupidest way possible, even as Billy’s final air date approaches, with him taking a back seat in his own story, to Frank’s most over-propped pet, Frodd. Or Drodd, as he is now known. Not to mention tying it all in with the never ending cult dragonshit story. I want Shiloh in Hell by Labor Day, damn it!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I concur.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Well, she does have her own job to protect, so she can only say so much. But then she could have just said nothing at all, I guess.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Jill Marie
She was probably just pissed at the time at the injustice of why or how he left and couldn’t contain herself. The last statement she made is the one I am most interested in, says she can’t describe the way she feels about a decision that was made that we, the fans may not feel to be true. I am still trying to figure that out, so hope we get some more answers.

Corinne Brown
Corinne Brown

They , didn’t give him a romantic partner. What a waste of a talent

Eliz
Eliz

Leave Billy in General Hospital.. Y&R are trying to get him back as Billy…
totally not right.. we dont want him to come back.. we love Jason as Billy

su000
su000

I liked Billy Miller a 100 times better than the emotionless robot Steve,,
Billy brought emotions to the Jason character and he handled a gun just as well.
Billy/Jason was wonderful with his mother Monica…
When Steve came back to GH then it was ”to hell with Billy Miller”

Billy was stabbed in the back by Steve coming back and the writers put all their powers into Steve/Jason, the robot.

I wish Steve would walk out of GH again and Keep Billy ..

Marly
Marly

Billy Miller is a great actor. He deserves a great role to play!

Geri
Geri

Couldn’t agree more! Love Billy Miller! He and Kelly Monaco have much better chemistry than her other pairing.

Daja
Daja

Let’s face though Billy did do the role of Jason Morgan justice, Steve Burton will always own the character of Jason Morgan and will always be the preferred pick on that role.. but your right GH fell terribly short on the character out of Drew Cain, Billy’s an awesome actor they should of really missed the mark on not allowing him to play out that storyline.

Joe
Joe

Billy Miller was screwed. So, he’s hired to be a Jason recast, but…. they changed that story when Steve Burton returned. Well, that’s ok, because at least there will be a steamy love triangle between he, Sam and Jason, right? No, Sam couldn’t decide between the two and dumped them both, only to reunite with Jason. But at least Kim could be a possible love interest because at last he has a family with her and Oscar, his son. No, they killed off Oscar and had Kim get together with Julian. Well, enough of that, he is a business man who owns Aurora Media…until Jax takes over the Crimson portion of it. Surely he will finally get his memory back – dangled over we viewers since Jason’s return. No, his memories are implanted in to Franco. Seriously GH? Waste of a fantastic talent. Good lucky Billy Miller, take Kelly Monaco with you to Y&R.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

That’s a great synopsis of how Billy Miller was mistreated at GH. They really wasted some fine talent.

Nancy Johnson
Nancy Johnson

I love the relationship his character has with Elizabeth. If Franco keeps Drew’s memories I could see these 2 together as before when he played Jake Doe back in 2015. There would not be any undermining their relationship by either Carley or Sam. Elizabeth’s kids already love Drew!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Spot on assessment of TPTB, namely the writers, not knowing how to write character or proper story. Why don’t we all just watch the digital series Chabi in Paris and forget what the networks have done to daytime drama? Yeah…I’m definitely NOT watching that either LOL.

davlestev1
davlestev1

And as for the lukewarm executive response to rebooting One Life and AMC, even ABC knows the train wreck GH is and have ZERO interest in rebooting anything. Period. You’re not fooling me. They’ll do it with the worst relic writers they can find and it will be a bust again. No thanks ABC.

Freida Blaxton
Freida Blaxton

I am truly upset. I hate this love him so on GH. Makes me so mad.Hate some of story lines.

LSH
LSH

So bummed Billy Miller leaving! Watching GH less and less. GH only soap I do watch! Personnel changes (Nina) aren’t working for me.

Dan S
Dan S

…may not be what our audience thinks to be true. Do tell!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m thinking she should be glad for Billy Miller to take advantage of any other role that would offer him more of a challenge–and, most importantly, a character that he could sink his acting chops into; TPTB jerked him (and his character on GH) around badly. Here’s to a role to match Billy’s skills. Too bad, GH, you blew it royally.

Shari
Shari

If Kelly Monaco is so distressed, she can walk out the door with him. Her character and barely audible voice are long past their shelf life. Tired of seeing her just moping around.

Kay
Kay

Can we all be honest for just a minute ?? MB only wanted to work with SB so once Sally showed SB the door over at Y&R he campaigned to get him back! Anybody remember how Greg Vaughn got treated when he played the role of Lucky ? Yep only Tony Geary stepped in for JJ to come back ! For once try running a show and tell the actors to do their job and quit letting the nuts run the asylum! Ugh

Penny Robinson
Penny Robinson

I agree with you. He played a great part in Gh. And he played it good. I was so happy you two had gotten married and sad when you split. Felt so bad for Drew . He played the part so well when his son died also. I think you and Billy should be together in real life.I had heard that you two hang out off the show. I bet if you do you have fun together. Well enough said Good luck Billy!!! Well miss you! As well as your casts on the show! And fotmr you Kelly break a leg!!!!

Colleen
Colleen

I really wish Billy was staying, I think he really does an amazing job of the role.

JKJ
JKJ

Can we FINALLY have him back on Y&R??

KMB
KMB

Why couldn’t they have given Billy Miller the memory storyline a long time ago? Why didn’t he get a love interest? General Hospital’s ratings are so bad, why do they keep making these poor decisions about storylines and characters?

Bonnie McCorkle
Bonnie McCorkle

Please explain why Billy Miller is leaving. He is awesome and he storyline ties with the Franco memories is intriguing. Now doesn’t seem the best time for leaving…. there’s lots more story there……

Sandie Hull
Sandie Hull

As most agree GH PTB has totally lost its damn mind. Losing BM is honestly my last straw. He is a FANTASTIC actor and has more talent than many of the actors that take up screen time.
I have watched the actors on their social media posts,,brag, fist bump each other and not one,,with the exception of Kelly have this mans back. Between the AWFUL storylines that are drug out forever,, the attitudes of the actors in real life makes me sick. As soon as BM is done on screen,,I’m out.

Shay
Shay

I did read that on his social media, Kin Shriner (aka, Scotty…) publicly issued warm farewell and best of luck wishes to Billy. Just goes to show that not everyone on GH is totally devoid of class! But you are so right about the cliquish atmosphere surrounding most of the current GH cast and their juvenile highschool-styleTwitter antics, which seems to have trickled down from the top dogs over these past few years. Those who won’t play the same game simply don’t last.

Que for you
Que for you

We have new Jordan who is unimpressive lulu who just can’t act at all and this new Nina? Now we have two more out of work soap “stars” w tad and Dustin bad decision by the powers that be , Billy had a fan base! How many Jason Thompson’s and Dominic’s have to leave before they start writing stories for the cast we have? I likebilly so much more then Laura Wright’s boyfriend but he gets tons of screen time…

To get rid of Billy now that he’s got a following and people are emotionally attached it’s almost as dumb as the outdated ratings system that doesn’t take into account those who watch online

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Bad enough losing Billy, but not even a goodbye to anyone, including his little girl Scout. Guess they didn’t want to prolong the agony of long goodbyes. I kind of figured when the elevator closed on him, that was our last time we’d see him…on G.H.

Donna scalzo
Donna scalzo

I want Billy Miller back

I.willl him

Cat lee
Cat lee

Billy Miller came on to GH as Jake Doe, where he was paired romantically with Elizabeth (BH), he became Jason Morgan about 2 years into his tenure at GH and was paired with Sam (Kelly Monoco) for a little over a year, at which point he became Drew Cain for his last two years, certain Fan bases commonly confuse their supposed “real” life relationship (which they deny) with their “reel” relationship on the program. It was written physically very sexually, but often lacked the maturity, intimacy and chemistry that Kelly Monoco had with Steve Button’s, Jason. Billy was quoted as saying that he did not research the iconic character before taking on the role, created and played brilliantly by Steve Burton, that Frank V and Bully were trying, in fact to make him more like Jason Quartermaine, which is why the character as played by Billy Miller never, aside from a small fanbase was embraced by the larger audience and with that, the powers that be brought Steve Burton back to reprise the role. They created a new character for Billy Miller, but you could see from his acting or lack there of, that he was unhappy at GH and the opportunity given to him. I will say that losing a three time (on Y&R) emmy winning actor is a lose for GH, but losing an inflated ego that refused to act because he lost a character, he played for maybe 13 months out of his five years tenure on this show, is no loss. Loved BM on Y&R. Not the same actor in GH. So happy Steve Burton is once again playing Jason Morgan and hoping they recast Drew, there is a ratings goldmine of storyline between Drews past and the twin storyline that will be a breathtaking ride for the audience if given to an actor that wants the part and is written well . Love GH

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