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Stars Of Y&R Past and Present Honor The Late Bill Bell On What Would Have Been His 90th Birthday

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The stars of The Young and the Restless, past and present took to social media on Monday to honor the late, great Bill Bell, the iconic creator of the CBS top-rated daytime drama series.

Bell, would have turned 90-years old-today on March 6th, but passed away back in 2005.  Heartfelt posts from the actors circulated with the common throughline of thanking this extraordinary talented man for the roles in which they play, and for many giving them their careers, and for his pure genius.

Included in the tribute were: Eric Braeden, Lauralee Bell (Bill’s daughter), Doug Davidson, Joshua Morrow, Michelle Stafford (now on GH), Greg Rikaart, Christian LeBlanc, Kate Linder, Sharon Case, and many others.

Below is a sample of the sentiments and remembrances shared today.

Eric Braeden: Today would have been BILL BELL’S 90th birthday! We owe him everything! God bless your soul, Bill! We think of you a lot!!

Lauralee Bell: HB Dad! We feel your love around us always! My dad loved being a storyteller so TY for keeping the shows thriving! @YandR_CBS @BandB_CBS

Joshua Morrow:  We throw words around like legend or Icon or genius….this man was truly all of those and more. An amazing man who we miss every day. #MrB

Doug Davidson: Happy Birthday  William J. Bell would have been 90 today. We send our love. God’s peace. We miss you! #goat #youngandrestless #Emmy

Greg Rikaart: HB #BillBell. It’s hard to imagine my life w/o your impact on it. Countless ppl can say the same. Hope you& Jeanne r cutting a rug up

Kate Linder:  There wouldn’t be #EstherValentine w/o #BillBell I will always be grtful #hb @YRInsider @YandR_CBS @YandR_CBS @CBSDaytime #yrthere.

Michelle Stafford: It would have been #BillBell ‘s 90th birthday. He was 1 of a kind. I’m sure where ever he is he is still creating magic! I owe him so much.

Christian LeBlanc: I owe this legendary artist a most amazing, unexpected life…merci pour tout. #YR HAPPY 90TH #WilliamJBell …see ya in the big office.

Sharon Case: Happy Birthday to this great man, Bill Bell !! All my love and gratitude, forever. Sharon.…

So, what did you think of the tweets, and posts from the cast of Y&R honoring Bill Bell?  Do you miss Bill Bell’s brand of storytelling on the soaps? Share your thoughts below!

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Bill Bell was a genius when it came to soap writing…i watched Days when under his pen,,,,he had character driven stories about relationships and family that were well written and he didnt have to depend on the done to death(pun) bring them back from the dead to move a story…or far out plots like weather machines or devil possession to attract an audienc

audience…at Y&R when the show needed revamping due to loss of so many actors who played the Brooks family he had the gift of bringing in two new families like the Abbot and Newmans who were just as interesting and maybe even better…good thing that show had its original creator and writer at the helm who knew what he was doing.

My father and a great aunt who passed away a week apart a few weeks ago both would had turned 90 this year too…

lets see brenda dicksons and victoria rowells sentiments too,,

WONDERFUL with what the cast and crew are saying about Bill and how I MISS Bill Bell, he and Douglas Marland will always be my favorite head writers…Bill, THANK YOU so much along with your beautiful wife Lee Phillip for creating a show that had so much impact on my life for Y&R was like a part of my family with all the wonderful stories and actors/actresses that grace the screen on Y&R…it brought so much entertainment and conversation…Bill, you will NEVER be forgotten.

The Bells are daytime’s answer to the nighttime Spellings only with class!

Mr. Bell was a wonderful man, I always used to call him “Mr. Bell” and he would say “Call me Bill.” How much we miss a genius of daytime.


The Young and the Restless Preview: Ashley’s New Alter Emerges

As promised, viewers of CBS’ The Young and the Restless are about to get a third alter of Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson). So far, we have met Ms. Abbott and Ash, and next week, circle Wednesday’s April 24th episode of the top-rated soap as a new side of Ashley emerges.

In a preview for next week (see bel0w), Ashley’s new alter is at a bar with a lot of lipstick, and a southern accent. Who could this be? What will be her name? What does she represent? Stay tuned.

During a recent interview with TV Insider, Davidson shared on tackling Ashley’s DID storyline, “They’re all vastly different from one another. If I walk by the TV, and I happen to be on, I absolutely know who it is just by the way she’s looking”.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner added, “It takes a lot of concentration.”

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While on the Wednesday April 24th episode shares a new side of Ashley emerging, it also teases that Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) attempts to make a deal with Jordan (Colleen Zenk), while Kyle (Michael Mealor) makes a shocking discovery.

Then. on the Friday, April 25th episode Traci meets Ashley’s newest alter. What will Traci’s reaction be? Will it set off more alarms that Ashley really needs some deep, deep psychological help ASAP?

Check out next week on Y&R below and them give us your first impression of Ashley’s new alter via the comment section.

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Steve Kent Reportedly OUT as Sony Pictures Television VP in Charge of DAYS and Y&R

On Friday, reports surfaced that Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at Sony Pictures Television, is no longer with the company and overseeing the Sony soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, a set side source reported that Kent’s last day was last Friday, April 12th, which was one day after what would have been his final appearance in his Sony VP role at the Days of our Lives 15,000th episode on set celebration.

During that ceremony, Kent gave a brief speech giving kudos to DAYS for its incredible milestone. Days is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, while Y&R is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Kent started his soap opera career as a producer for CBS’ defunct Capitol and then as the supervising producer of NBC’s Santa Barbara from1984 to 1993.

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At Sony, before his role overseeing the soaps, Kent was Senior Executive Vice President of International Productions for Sony Pictures Television International department.

If reports are true, the question becomes who has taken over his position, and would oversee DAYS and Y&R from the Sony side? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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(WATCH) 2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations Special Live!

After exciting morning for your favorite daytime stars when they were revealed to be nominees for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards comes tonight 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special.

Beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, several of the nominees will talk with Michael Fairman on their reactions to the news they have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, share what scenes they submitted that landed in the top five or six in their respective performer acting categories and much more.

Scheduled to appear are: Days of our Lives nominees, Tamara Braun (Ava), Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), The Young and the Restless nominees: Allison Lanier (Summer), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Courtney Hope (Sally), Bryton James (Devon), The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook (Eric), General Hospital nominees, Finola Hughes (Anna) and Alley Mills (Heather), and The Bay’s Mike Manning (Caleb).

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS and streamed on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th and emanating, once again this year from the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

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For a full list of this year’s nominations click here.

Now, watch below as the stars chat it up as we celebrate their Daytime Emmy Nominations. If you have a potential question you might want posed to any of our guests, drop it in the comment section below and we just might ask it on air.

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