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The Young and the Restless Billy Miller Delivers Power Performance Of The Week In Controversial Episode!


On yesterday’s episode of The Young and the Restless viewers witnessed  basically a one-man show from two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Billy Abbott).

As Billy finds his daughter, Delia (Sophie Pollono) at the side of the road after being struck by a car,  (Was it Adam… Or Nikki … who was the true culprit?) he calls 911 and waits for what seems like an eternity …  five minutes … for the ambulance to get there.

This provided the dramatic back-drop for Miller to strut his acting chops, which surely will be his Emmy reel for the 2014 campaign.  Billy Abbott, fearing for the worst that his daughter will die conjures up images and scenes of what Delia’s life would be like as she grows from a young child, to a teenager, to adulthood, to becoming married herself, to having a child, and finally moving out of town clear across the country to California and away from her dad!


Many have taken issue with the writing of this story, the Miller episode script, and the hit and run of another child and all of the controversy surrounding the decision to do so.   What we are merely trying to do here is separate out Miller’s performance from all of that.   Here is an  actor that takes the material given to him, runs with it, puts his own very unique “style” into every moment, and rises to the occasion and surely improves what is written on paper, which if you talk to any director, or writer in show business is what they can only hope for when a talented performer gets a hold of their material.

Special kudos also go to the grown-up Delia played by Christina Scherer, who for coming into this story and playing against Billy Miller, did an excellent job in the touching scenarios and holding her own.

So, what did you think of the performance of Billy Miller on yesterday’s episode of Y&R?  If you are unhappy with the story, can you look at the performance of Miller an isolate it as a great actor at work?  Share your thoughts below!


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jill faren phelps ruin billy for ever

Well…Jill Farren Phelps is ALREADY CLEARLY RUINING Y and R I mean…DUH!!!!!!

I agree. What’s with all the retread story
Lines? Mac and billy is now summer and Kyle. A Newman needs a body part so they kill another Abbott? Victor running around like a totally megalomaniac – o wait a second that’s not a retread that just all, big yawn, the time.

Janine…YES…THANK YOU!!!!! And, let me see:
1. NU Summer and NU Kyle are the absolute PITS!!!!! All Summer does lately is cry and whine. Wah Wah Wah. Oh, spare me already!!!!! And, Kyle walks, wanders and stumbles around like a pretty-boy idiot. No thank you. Next…
2. I never did care for Victor all that much. I mean…Victor has ALWAYS acted like an overgrown BULLY whenever he doesn’t get his way and whenever the rest of those Newmans (aka family members) do something that he doesn’t like. Oh, that Victor…what a fire-breathing NUT…LOL!!!!!
3. And, now…Y and R (and ESPECIALLY!!!!! that POWER-MAD Jill Farren Phelps) has killed off sweet and adorable Delia. NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!
Take care, Janine. XOXOXOXOXO

Why couldn’t we finally have Chelsea killed off and her eyes go to her son. She threw away Johnny like garbage and she destroyed Dylan and Adam is drinking and so unhappy. I want sharon better and Dee dee alive or Im so done

Seriously… You know they’re ACTORS playing parts that are SCRIPTED for them, right? It’s ray get ironic that you’d invest time to read an article about the show and then comment that you will stop watching if they don’t write it YOUR way. Huh?

To be clear… The story is that the Chelsea character was single and unemployed so she let the biological FATHER raise the child with his wife. If she kept that baby, would you have accused the Billy character of “throwing Johnny away like garbage”?

Honestly… It’s a TV show…. Not real life. Either watch it for what it is, or don’t…but taking the time to THREATEN TO STOP watching is pretty juvenile.

I watched Fri 11th but I refuse to watch Y&R this week! How horrible to kill Delia! This is just too depressing for me to watch . What is the matter with the writers?

I like Chelsea. She was being pushed into not telling the truth but wanted to. She never meant to hurt anyone. I do think they didn’t have to kill off Dehlia. A little on the morbid side. Y&R could have used an anonymous child to be donor. Not a cute girl we enjoy seeing. Not cool Y&R.

I don’t want Chelsea killed off because she is a very good actress and beautiful. Personally I can do without that interfering Chloe. she was always
giving Chelsea horrible advise! I also feel so bad that they had Adam be the person who accidently killed Delia. Why do the writers keep making Adam a scape coat? He is another actor who shows such great subtle emotions . He says so much with his eyes and mouth . The only character that I can do without is Victor UGH, he is the devil.

Positively distasteful grotesque depressing killing a child and ruining favorite characters and writing horrible storylines for the past two years. This was the last straw! Fire the Producer and the entire writing team. Pink slips need to be given out today! I is so twisted. Chelsea needs to go not this child

Does anyone know all the reasons that this decision was made? Is it possible that the twins who play the “Delia” character have something else coming up….or maybe want to focus on school or try something else? Saying “Chelsea should go” is ridiculous… It’s not like they HAVE TO kill someone off and sit around taking votes on who it should be. If you hate the show and the writers so much…why do you watch or take the time to read an article about it?

There are other actresses to take her place. Honestly Y & R. It is totally disgusting to kill yet another child on the show. It shows no taste at all. Then of course its Adam again. Can you not think of any other direction for Adam to go. You are depressing your faithful viewers. I’m not thrilled with this at all and I canceled my recordings of Y&R. Not going to watch. for how long? who knows. but you are wrong. Killing a child again???? Distasteful

At least they haven’t wrapped the script around into a vampire story , which is totally tasteless , even if it is almost Halloween . jmo .

GL…hey…the character of Chelsea is not the problem here. It’s that so-called Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. After all, JFP is the one who is CLEARLY ruining Y and R with her awful and stomach-churning storytelling ways. Bottom Line Here: Jill Farren Phelps is the one who needs to be pink slipped and shown the door (aka FIRING)…NOW!!!!!

I agree with every one that says this whole bunch should be fired. The last year of this show has been horrible. They’ve replaced just about every one. This Kyle is just plain creepy. Every scene is so predictable. But killing Deliah was desperate and despicable. Why not kill of Nick and Sharon’s kid…..she’s another creepy one! Then Sharon could really go off the deep end. My husband and I have watched this show since the beginning but boy is it getting hard. Oh ….let’s get rid of the GHOSTS PLEASE!!!!!

So agree. Been a faithful viewer for 35 years. They need to fire Jill Farren Phelps. Post haste. I was thisclose to being out the door with the other disenchanted viewers with this recent killing off of Delia, but now to hear that even the fabulous Billy Miller is off the show for the mediocre David Thom to take his place?
Stick a fork in me. I’m SO done.

The desperate attempts from falling ratings with these current stories have just left fans wondering why they still watch this show and how much Bill Bell’s creativity and morals are missed. Yeah that’s right Chelsea you just wait for those eyes. You snake! Im sure if you let Chelsea near Johnny she’d have no problem ripping the eyes right out of little Johnny’s still warm body. When did Chelsea ever give a shit about that child? NEVER! Guess delia will save Johnny and Connor. With Chelsea and her schemes nobody is safe. Well. we know that Victoria will have a girl now. We see how well this worked out with Nick and Sharon. Nick left Sharon alone to have Faith in a hospital. Faith never did replace Cassie and bring Nick and Sharon back together. Nick only messed Sharon’s head up more! Giving a Abbott’s organ is a waste. Colleens sweet heart couldn’t save Victor’s soul from the Devil. We need fresh stories not this sad crap

Yikes. You are a little TOO invested, you know it’s a TV show with fictional characters, right?

It may be fictional, but I understand where Shadam is coming from. What was the point of killing Delia off the show, these shows have a way of growing characters up or changing them altogether, they could have just faded her out, instead of killing her in such tragic event. I guess this is the miracle for Conner, to get a transplant.

Really?????? You need to relax. It truly is just a show.

Why could they have not made it Adams’s eye disease which does not require a transplant! Why is no one blaming Dylan for a dirty loft apt… If Chelsea did not lie the baby would have been born in a CLEAN hospital. The character Dehlia was so sweet and would have loved to see her grow old like Billy imagined. Was so not necessary and agree would rather see Chelsea character leave!!! They love to blame everything on Adam which is getting redundant. Writers are sick! There are a million kids that would have re-casted her.

Seriously, Chelsea should go? So, a young woman letting the father of her child give a better life to a child is wicked? Really? Sooo many people on this show has done horrible things way more serious than what Adam or Chelsea has done. If you wanna get rid of a character that is egotistical and cold-blooded, let it be Victor. However, that will never happen as he seems to be the bread and butter for this soap for some reason. I do agree on the idea that killing another child off is absurd. They could have simply replaced her character. Look what happened with the Cassie character…they ended up needing her for certain story lines. Its also getting really irritating for Adam to be the fall guy for everything bad in Genoa. Can’t the writers be a little bit more creative? As far as Billy Miller’s performance on this episode…steller…it always is.

So true

First of all Chelsea had nothing to do with Delia’s death so I don’t get where you get that and what does Johnny have to do with any of it. I’m sorry, but that’s so off base.

This story line is terrible, shame on the writers for killing off a sweet child like Delia. She was one of the bright lights of the whole show. If they had to get rid of someone it should have been Sharon, she has outrun her time on the show, sick and tired of her antics, time for her to GO!!! Bring back Phyllis. If there was a reason Delia had to be written out of the soap then I wish they would make it public to appease everyone. Was it a school issue, or health issue, or moving to another program or whatever, let us all know why … please!

I agree totally. And why is phyllis leaving how horrible is it to let sharon ruin summers lif

Agreed. I know it’s just a show but you do get attached to these characters. And what makes Connor so much more important than Delia? The storylines coming from this mistake the writers made had better be fantastic to make up for the killing of such a popular child as Delia.

I agree, get rid of that demented witch Sharon and bring back Phyllis 🙂

I agree they should go public with the reason she was killed off. I didn’t care for her much on the show, but to write her off like that was ridiculous. Seems like lately it’s all the same story lines just different characters. They were doing good for awhile with the new music being played when Nick and Avery got together and at the end of the program showing each character while the music played. That added a Grey’s Anatomy feel to the program which was nice and modern. I don’t think they made Connor more important than Delia I just think the actress that played Delia had something else going on, but I don’t understand why they couldn’t send her off to boarding school like they do the rest of those little rich kids.

It doesn’t matter how well Billy acted. What matters is that he wis forever ruined by being the cause of his daughter’s death. Those writers were absolutely horrible. Can we have a Dallas moment where it’s all a dream?

Not another dream nonsense like Dallas!!

I totally had nightmares Friday night, when I did sleep. I don’t feel it is important to kill children on the show. There is enough tragety in the world to have it on your favorite daytime show.

Killing another child on this show is the last straw for me. If they keep on they will have to recast 2 new families to write about.

I agree, the last straw. The child killing is too much. Not only is Delia gone, but now the characters surrounding her are all ruined too. Is this all for a cornea transplant? Every child is a target on this show. Stop. Even though fictional, it still hits a very painful spot in the viewers’ hearts.

i am said and i agree with all especially PAIGE.
i m seein it at night,1st time on MY DVR,as i blog here,post i mean and i hate it.
i am sad, catching up with friday’s mondays INCREDIBLE epie,and tuesday next.
i m very sad tonight i m crying the TEEN bigger D.D. aka DELIA aka Cordelia so pretty! i m sad, WHY ANOTHER ABBOTT ugh! and not fair at all,for newman again WHATEVER JILL PHELPS,i like u over at gh,for the MOST part,and now i m liking u over at YR,but not to kill off such a sweet lil girl.and i do not care if it is only a soap i cry because it is a EXTREME reality storyline i m sad seeing this,and i m knowing now she is dead,from spoilers,and today is the 15th,i am getting caught up all nite of friday and now on monday’s epie at home tonight,in tears. but YES CUTE HANDSOME BILLY MILLER is a emmy 2014,winner i m seein it already so sad,i m just knowing everyone will be crush beyond so,when they learn delia will die,like cassie but way younger,going back to watch so sad,not right WRITER!!!
from morgan farantino
nj ny

lol this is probably true! The stache and jack will be gone… Then the rest of the abbots and bam! We gain Ramirezes and Browns

Billy’s performance is always unique and stellar.
But I have to agree with all other comments that killing off Delia was horrible. I, like many others feel that there are enough bad things happening in the world today and I watch the soaps to get away from constant horrible news. I am sick over the latest story line and I have deleted all upcoming Y&R shows from my DVR. I have been watching Y&R since the 70s. This was over the top in my view.

For Heavens sake! Get a grip. The actors did an amazing JOB! with Delia’s death. IT IS THEIR JOB! Its JUST a show. The writers CAN”T make everyone happy.
Sit back and enjoy tthe SHOW. I have been watching it for 30 years and I
can’t wait to see what will be coming up next. Eveything changes; in real life and on TV. If you don’t want to watch it…thats your choice!!

I agree with you all… It is shameful on the writers part to kill off the children of the show. Seems like every child on this show gets shipped off to “school” until they come back grown… One of the only children (Delia) that has remained on the show, has to be the one killed off?? I see all over this page where everyone is saying “it’s only a show”…. Well, yes, it is only a show but it is on every weekday and people do get attached to the characters.. Besides the obvious of killing off so many people (Phillis starting her own web show, Katherine dying in real life, and now Delia’s hit and run).. a hit and run is the reason I do not have a brother… He was hit and killed at the age of 5 and my sisters watched it happen… Sometimes it’s not looked at as “just a show”, maybe sometimes it just hits too close to home and is not something I want to watch for “entertainment” purposes… It’s not entertainment… It is something I have no interest in watching!! Yes, Billy Miller did do a stellar performance, but he could have a standing O for something other than a tragic scene… How about his ongoing role as the wonderful father he portrays?? And then, already they have sent someone in to ask about the cornea transplant?? Totally distasteful and it honestly disgusts me that the child needing the transplant is the son of the one that killed her!! I also agree that it is a bit ridiculous that Adam is yet, once again the fall guy… Come up with some new material, stop with the melodrama and come up with some new plot lines… enough people are already leaving the show apparently so bring Sophie Pollono back.. and if she does not want the part, just replace her with someone else instead of killing off her character… She has been on the show apparently since she was born and I would like to see her grow up on the show… not killed off!!

If I were given the choice to either watch The Young and The Restless ,or , to watch the news and listen to how Obummer is ruining our country , by pressing us up against the wall with that losing proposition ” The Obama Healthcare Plan ” guess which one that I’d choose . If you say ” The Young and The Restless ” then I’d say ding, ding , ding give this lady a cigarette .

I feel as you do. I had to push myself to watch last night, but I knew I had to watch, and it would be Billy I needed to see. I am used to tuning in for Micheal Muhney’s performances, so it was such a revelation that Billy Miller made me feel for him as if he were the real father of this child. I hate the idea of the hit-and-run. It makes me sick. But now I will be watching Billy Miller more closely and cheering for his character. As with any great actor, I wondered last night, where did those feelings come from? Billy Miller, you are an Actor.

I really would have appreciated the story if they made it more real and kept little Dee Dee ALIVE. Linda I feel as you do, Billy Miller is an excellent actor, but , he wouldn’t have left her in the car with the dog, its not who he is about, he has always been a good dad. I mean if your gonna make the story work for what it was, then keep the child alive (help us learn to not leave children and dogs unattended in a car), and everyone can be dramatic as she heals from her injuries. Killing off offspring makes no sense, stupid writing, I am done with this show for awhile. Where is some happy happy!??!

Love Billy Miller; he is an excellent actor and continues to provide outstanding performances no matter what the writers throw at him. Yes, he handled this latest scenario in an awesome manner; however, I am appalled at the direction Y&R has taken. Why not write little Delia’s character off for a while and bring back a teen actor next year! I have been a loyal Y&R fan since it started and I am removing it from my daily viewing…the VCR will no longer capture every daily episode. I am finished! Y&R writers seem to love to pull at our heart strings and this is the last straw. Like so many Y&R fans I am still in shock after the death of Jeanne Cooper and now, having her character’s beloved Delia die…it’s just too much. Plus, the story line with Victor, more dastardly than ever and he’s the patriarch of the Y&R clan; Nikki facing MS, what more can you do to Adam, can’t he have a cathartic return to favor, Michael in jail and Lauren traumatized by that phsyco stalker; Dillon’s Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Phyllis’ coma, Summer’s leaving, Neil and his family threatened; it’s just too much to deal with….what a downer — day in day out! Now with the death of Dee Dee and Chloe’s baby “probably” the recipient of her corneas…it’s enough for me to call it quits. I agree with comments Timmy C. made…Where is some happy??? Good by long time friend Y&R, you are no longer the friend I thought you were…enough is enough.

Sorry, I meant Chelsea’s baby Connor.

As a CT resident living very near to Sandy Hook, the home of the tragic shooting of so many young school children, I find The Delia storyline in very poor taste. This country is still reeling from the death of children around Delia’s age. I know families grieving those losses. This storyline is hitting very raw nerves and was not necessary. Obviously the writers do not have there finger on the emotional pulse of this country because if they did, they would know this storyline is just too raw for people to watch.
As for Billy Miller, he is s great actor and is giving a very convincing performance of a grieving dad. I also don’t believe he would ever have left a child alone in a car!

I agree on the fantiastic performance of Billy Miller, but I am beyond upset at the writers at Y&R for stooping so low for ratings. This story line is WRONG!!!!!!!!!!

Absolutely Billy Miller has earned another EMMY!

I have watched Y&R since 1973 and it is getting harder and harder to watch. I can’t believe they are going to pin this death on Adam. It’s bad enough they killed off Delia but to victimize Adam is almost too hard to watch. Isn’t being Victor’s son punishment enough for him? I wish they would pin it on Victor instead!

10/15/13 episode. It took me two days to watch this entire episode.

Very painful to watch.. Billy Miller and Elizabeth Hendrickson’s acting was off the charts!

As much as I hate the character assassination job on Billy Miller, Bravo to the performances of these stellar actors!

The acting by Billy has been superb…so has Chloe. The script is exactly how parents feel.

great very very good

I liked the episode, too. Miller is one of the actors this show must keep forever. Billy Abbott is endlessly fascinating to me. And the story, though sad and grim, does turn focus on something human and true. I laud the performances and the way we got to see Billy say goodbye to Delia. It was a wonderful noteworthy episode. Good job!

Beautiful episode and BM’s performance was powerful!

Iakovos ,
I agree with you , Luitenant , what you said I stand by it .

That’s what I said’s gonna change the whole tone of the show in my mind!

I agree completely. Billy did an amazing job portraying a very terrified father with all the tremendous hopes and dreams for his beloved daughter. I was in tears the entire time. He definitely earned Emmy recognition for that performance. Kudos to Christina Scherer too. She certainly held her own. And the final scene where the grown up Delia waves good bye and turns into the little girl again. I was a mess.

As far as the storyline goes, if they had to kill a kid, why couldn’t have been that miserable brat Faith? She’s the one who needs to go, not sweet little Delia. That would have been the last straw for her wacko mother, Sharon, and they could finally put her in the nut house for the rest of her days.

Emmy award performance .
Why couldn’t it have been Sharron &Faith??????????
Dee Dee’s cornea’s will work for Connor.
More entriege for the Abbot & Newman families.

quit killing the children …. there is enough of that in real life. why not kill sharon if u needed somebody to die. have watched the show for 30 years and will not watch it again. I hope they go off the air.

I was flipping channels while waiting for the last ABC soap General Hospital to come on. I came across The Young and the Restless. I watched that episode. I was hooked. I told my daughters that I did something bad. I am a Young and Restless fan now! Billy was amazing and so was the young lady that played his grown up daughter !!!

Billy was amazing in his role. I do agree, but to kill his child was uncalled for. Faith’s role is not a good one since they have her betraying a brat. You should have dealt with that, not by killing her but something. And for ONCE stop having Sharon be a psycho. She is a good actress, do something good with her. This is just the WORST story line ever. Mr Bell. You need to find creativity in another way. This isn’t art at all

Killing Faith no way sick I mean really Chelsea makes me sick the entire story killing a child makes me sick. Please Sharon is Adams true love not Chelsea.

LOL, about Faith, yes she is a brat, yeah she can go (not killed off) just go, I sick of Faith.

Producers: If you want to sustain the life of the show, then you can’t kill off all the major actors children, they are the future of YR! I agree Faith is a brat, but don’t kill children, there is enough violence in the world now, it puts a big depression logo on this show, I need a break from it, sorry YR, you let me down in your writing. Billy Miller and grown up dee were great but I hated this story.

I am all kinds of torn about this story. My first response is STOP KILLING KIDS!! Claire Labine did it first and did it BEST and any other attempt has mostly fallen flat on every soap and reeked of copycatting. Does JFP NEVER learn from past mistakes?? I would like to be in a meeting with her some time and see how she processes things. “Who hasn’t been raped yet? And long time fan faves we can knock off? How about a kid!!!”. I just don’t get as entertainment. Yes…it will be a tour de force of acting all around. Yes…the show will win Emmys. It is overkill…literally. The pacig is all wrong. We have katherine’s recent death, then Carmine murder mystery and now litle delia dying. It is very dark. To throw the whodunnit aspect into the mix of delia’s death was unnecessary. It should have been random. Some positive outcomes will be that Billy and Victoia will have a biological child…or they better. They have lost more kids than anyone. Chloe and Kevin could have children too. I hope the show uses this to strengthen and solidify these couples…not tear them apart. I hope Sharon can find some redemption and friendship with Chloe and possibly Victoria. Again…we lose an Abbott daughter. Ashley has lost many children..Traci lost Colleen…now this. Sometimes a good story idea does not take into account the history of the show. But…its done….I will be watching the fallout….I hope the new writing team can tell an ultimately uplifting story and not one of constant misery and heartbreak.

Actually, the first killing off a child was Joanne Tates son on Search For Tomorrow in the 1950s…this did not go well with the late Mary Stuart who played Joanne…the young child was played by her real life son which made it even more difficult to play …i read that somewhere many years ago(i wasnt around in the 1950s but watched SFT with my late mother in the 1960s to early 70s)…i think she almost quit because of it!!!

I should clarify. I know Claire dd not write the first death of a child. But she did write the first child death/transplant story hat has been copied by every soap since. And not always a child death, but the transplant part. AlL My Children and guiding Light did it twice…so did One Life to Live. It will never be duplicated.

Very well said.

In the past 20 years or more…they have killed off Phillip, Colleen, Cassie and now Delia….there is totally ridiculous….I know dying is “real life”….but 4 kids in the families on this soap opera….is not real!…..

Yes Billy Miller was fantastic, but I am no longer going to watch the show after Monday because I find the storyline so upsetting/disturbing. I cannot bear to watch for months the characters grieving.

LOL it is a make believe story, not real..
It will be a journey to see how all rebound from it..

yes, but it is entertainment. We all know it is a story and it’s not real. We watch it to enjoy it. Child killing is not enjoyable. Seriously. I don’t know what is happening to the writers.

Yes, I agree. I am a new viewer and was enjoying the show, but will not watch anymore. I want to be entertained, not depressed. I had a bad headache after the show and I fear my stomach will turn in the coming episodes. I don’t need to be sad. This is not enjoyable!!

So you took the time to find an article about it, enter a username and email address and type a comment about a show you will no longer watch. Oh the irony.


Melanie I agree with you. We just had MRS. C’s funeral, now we are killing off Esters grandchild? sigh.

As a side note…the dreams Billy had of delia’s future should have been done later after the funeral. Just another example of awkward timing and pacing. And could they not have dyed Billy and Victoria’s hair to make them look like they had aged 20-25 years? And Billy’s references to Uncle jack…I highly doubt in 20 years Uncle Jack will be around let alone running Jabot. He would be well into his 80’s if still alive. But I guess having an idyllic picture perfect vision for the future helped him cope in the moment.

I really liked what you said in your first post, and thought you made excellent points.

Here though, I disagree with you with your first and second line. I get what the show was trying to do- they were attempting to portray how endless 5 minutes can be when the life of someone you love in hanging in the balance. They showed these long “foreshadowings” over several decades, and contrasting them to the cell phone that showed only a minute in real time had really elapsed. I think that was the only aspect of the entire show I thought was interesting. It was a well designed way of setting an otherwise unnecessary episode, showcasing an uninspiring story.

LOL at Uncle Jack. I bet he’ll still be around. Now, grandpa Victor buying cars? That I’m not so sure about.

Hi Johnny- Mary SF here- I am going to reply to your reply to my post here. You asked how would Adam know DD was a match for Connor? This was explained in the doctor’s office– if you missed it, the doctor told Adam and Chelsea corneas are not connected to any blood vessels so donors don’t have to be a match, any corneas will do– don’t know if that is true, but that is what the doctor said– on Monday’s show you will see Adam making a phone call to the black market to buy some corneas for Connor at any cost– this is why I thought they are setting him up to take the blame, not just for hitting DD but doing it on purpose– but maybe I will be wrong, but this show is so lame it looks like that is direction they are heading.

It was Billy’s fantasy and in his fantasy, he hasn’t aged. That’s what I thought when I watched it to allow for the non-aging of everyone but Delia.

It wasn’t “ACTUAL” future… It was supposed to be Billy “imagining himself and Delia” in the future.
When you imagine the future… Do you think about how much grey will be in your hair?

Excellent! Billy has always been one of the best actors in daytime. He surely will have at least an Emmy nomination, if not a win, with this performance. Kudos to Jill Farren Phelps, Josh Griffith and the rest of the team for breathing new life into Y&R and to Billy Miller for his fabulous performance.

Daisy Day…ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!? Jill Farren Phelps (actually) breathing new life into Y and R??? Um…NO!!!!! My dear…you need to take another look at Y and R and the stupid and unnecessary damage that JFP is causing at Y and R…behind the scenes and all. Seriously………..

Jaybird 369
You have voice , creativity , and you have vision . I would like Jill Farren Phelps , to step down , and you to take her place . You got a better chance of winning back this unhappy crowd 🙁 and put a little sunshine back into this show 🙂 , I think that you ROCK !!!!

Starla Dawn…girlfriend…thank you for the compliments!!!!! I think that you ROCK, also!!!!! A few things:
1. I do have a voice and it helps me to be VERY VOCAL about things.
2. When it comes to creativity, I have my moments here and there…LOL!!!!!
3. As for my having vision, whenever I see something that I feel and know is unjust and unfair, I will speak out about it.
4. As for my, um, taking Jill Farren Phelps’s place…I WISH!!!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have years of experience (or whatever) in the soap opera industry. But, I’m very flattered on this point. Thanks.
5. Starla Dawn…listen…HOPEFULLY, that Jill Farren Phelps won’t be Y and R’s Executive Producer for the long haul (or whatever). If there is at least 1 thing that I’ve observed while watching soaps over the years is this…Executive Producers come and go ALL THE TIME. And, yes, Jill Farren Phelps needs to be replaced…BADLY!!!!! But, honey, as soap viewers, we gotta be patient. And, hopefully, one day…Jill Farren Phelp will get and understand the meaning and all of the following words…KARMA, BABY, KARMA!!!!!
Starla Dawn…take care and have a good one. XOXOXOXOXO

P.S. – Starla Dawn, one final thing: Over the years, I have read countless articles in soap opera magazines about Executive Producers. Some of it good, some of it not so good. Whenever I sit down to catch up on my soaps, I try to have an open mind and I hope and pray for the best. Period. Again, take care.


Oh, Daisy…trust me…Jill Farren Phelps is NOT breathing new life into Y&R. Not at all. A few things:
1. JFP DOES NOT CARE about us soap viewers and what we want to see on-screen.
2. JFP DOES NOT LIKE working with soap opera actresses over the age of 40.
3. JFP prefers working with soap opera actors younger than her (aka SOAP HUNKS).
4. JFP has a HISTORY of openly feuding with soap opera actresses over the age of 40.
5. JFP is so POWER-HUNGRY as a so-called Executive Producer that she will run over/mow down ANYONE who gets in her way.
6. JFP has a HISTORY of treating MANY soap opera actors and actresses like TOTAL DIRT.
So, Daisy…Jill Farren Phelps is N-O-T breathing new life into Y&R!!!!! No. It’s the opposite. Jill Farren Phelps is VERY HORRIBLY sucking the life out of Y&R. Remember that. Take care.

Amazing performance but I certainly wouldn’t expect anything less from him.

Billy Miller deserves acolades for this touching episode. His talent shines, in contrast to the witty and whimsical side of Billy Abbott.
To the nay sayers of the story line, IMO, art (acting, theater etc) imitates life. Soap operas are mellodrama, but certainly reflect it as well. We, our family, have had 2 deaths of chidren within 6 months of each other. Life and death happen.
Poor writing? Well JG is gone and the new writers’ story lines will be starting soon.
I for one WILL be around to watch them.

If Delia’s accident and death were the actual storyline I might agree with you. Tragic things like this happens everyday, and I am sorry that your family had to go through it because it one of the most painful experiences in life.
But in this case her death is merely a device to kick start another story line- my guess it will — the one where another Abbott death gives life to another Newman (or in this case corneas) And it will look the Abbott Newman feud might end– until it is discover that Adam might be the one to have hit her and because he kept saying he would do anything to get Connor a donor everyone will assume he did on purpose and the Abbott and Newman feud will get stronger– so that is what I object to, using this death as a plot device, and that is what they are doing– they are not trying to tell the story about losing a child under tragic circumstances–
It will gut wrenching to watch and the performance will be great and it will be sad– but it in the end mark my words this story will devolved into something silly and when it does it will do a disservice to those who really lost children in this manner– I really want the new writers to prove me wrong– so I will watch and hope– that this story isn’t an easy way for Y&R to get scenes for a good Emmy reel, so JFP can say she got another Emmy while EP of a show.

Now that would be a ridiculous plot point if adam is accused of deliberately hitting Delia. He was on a dark road….he would have no idea of delia was a match for Connor. He would not just mow down a kid no matter what he has done in the past. I fear the writers will go that route and thats a shame.

Thank you for your insightful reply to my comment. I in no way wanted to sound callous about the death of a child, either in a storyline, or my life. It truly does take you from the peak of the highest mountain to the depths of the darkest hole, and it is the emotions showed on this episode by Billy Miller, that did indeed take me back.
I agree that it is this that should be expanded on, not a ploy for more anger and revenge, but then again, Y&R is a soap currently stuck in redo and repeat.
On anohter note, I thought I read somewhere that the sweet girl who played Delia has landed another role on an evening show. Soaps answer to this = death or indefinite coma.

Not really sure how the writers will take the “Adam did it on purpose” role. Adam is another really good actor on the show, a and to see the fear and shock on his face as he is piecing it all together makes me think that he truly did not know that he may of hit Delia. I also read earlier someone said it was either Adamoor Nikki, did I miss some thing somewhere, where would Nikki come into this?

@Megan— I don’t think Adam did on purpose at all– if it was his car that did the deed then we know it was accidental– but because of his history and because throughout that whole episode he kept saying to everyone- the doctor, Chelsea and then later Jack– he would do anything to find a donor for Connor– I suspect everyone in GC will think he did on purpose, just a hunch, but I’ve been wrong before. As for Nikki- there was a very brief shot of her driving her car on the same road that night. It was so brief of a shot a lot people missed it. But that why some are saying she might be a possible suspect for hitting Delia.

I haven’t watched the whole ep yet. Have to watch in pieces as it’s so sad. But Billy, as usual, is doing a great job.

Not happy with the story as I hate when the kill a kid and I really like Delia and the relationship Billy and Chloe have with her. I didn’t see Nikki, just Adam driving.

I’m with you Mo…I didn’t see Nikki either. Guess I need to go back and watch clips 🙁

So I just watched some clips, and I STILL didn’t see Nikki driving. Could someone post a link?

It was on Thursday show, not Friday’s where we saw Nikki driving. It was towards the end of epsoide there was a shot of Adam driving, then a shot Nikki driving if that helps.

Mary SF, I did watch Thursday’s show again (the last part) and I still didn’t see Nikki. The shots of the drivers weren’t too well lit, so I guess I just missed it 🙁
Oh well, the previews showed Adam looking at a broken light on his car, so I’m guessing he’s the one who hit Delia 🙁
I don’t think we need Nikki going through even more problems than she has going on now. I like Nikki, but can only take so much of her! LOL

Yeah, I was going to say I didn’t see Nikki either. And now that we see the light chip from Adam’s car, we know it was Adam. Plus, we saw him and Dash so it was Adam who hit her. In addition to hating that they’re killing Delia, I also hate that they’re bringing Adam into it as the killer, even though inadvertent and also I’m sure, Chloe will blame Billy because he left Delia alone in the car, which he shouldn’t have. Dash should also have been restrained. My dogs ride in crates in the car. Safer for them and other occupants. And then Chelsea’s son will benefit from the death of her BF’s daugther. Adds another wrench into things. Connor’s eye probs are because of how he was born? When he got tot he hospital, wouldn’t they have cleaned him up, etc.? Is this something real?

I thought he did an incredible job, tore my heart into pieces, he’s a very talented man , just wish delia wouldn’t have died! wish they could write up a miracle of her coming back to life, from the morgue or something good. such a shame to have a child die and have such great parents as Chloe, Billy, Victoria , is there something they can do bring Delia back not in spirit form like John Abbot? “A Miracle ” please!

couldn’t agree more, BM was outstanding

I think Billy Miller did a great job for what he was given. I felt his fear and desperation when he was lying beside Delia on the road, it was raw and honest. But those progessions of “what could have been” were awful. Even Billy Miller’s performance went from top notch to falling flat. I couldn’t connect with ANY of those scenes. Delia was NOT a Newman yet she was surrounded by Newmans. And I was not aware Victoria gave birth to Delia yet there she was, at her wedding and bedside after she gave birth. The only progession I felt connected to was the end with the “Goodbye Daddy”. That slayed me, especially as we saw little Sophie once again. So yes, Billy Miller was good but he has done better. Even his scenes with Chloe at the hospital in July were filled with more emotion than these!

the story was very sad well done sorry to have had it done at all –I see Delia is going to do another show — could she not have left a different way — I hope they do not blame Adam he did not hit her intentionally He would have stopped to help had he know it was a child – They did a wonderful job on it just too close to Mrs C final show
Billy Miler and the rest have done great job — Would enjoy seeing more Happy things to come now please

I am sure they will blame Adam if he is in fact the one who hit Delia. Blame will be going around, that is the entire point of killing her off. The drama it causes. Billy will blame himself (he left her alone in the car, he bought her the dog that ran off, if he hadn’t stopped for Victoria’s errand, etc). Chloe will blame herself (if she wasn’t at the movie with Kevin, if she hadn’t turned off her phone, etc.) and Chloe will no doubt blame Billy.

I still felt the “what could have been” flash aheads were sterile and lacked any real emotion. Though that could be because Billy was in no way a single parent and had I not known better I would have thought Delia was a Newman born from Victoria’s womb.

Those weren’t ACTUAL future events… They were Billy’s imagination…. How HE saw himself and his wife living through Delia’s life events. His imagination wouldn’t necessarily include Chloe, Jack, etc. seriously.

I never called them future events. If you read my comment I called them “what could have been” moments. So yes I know they were Billy’s imagination. But I PERSONALLY felt that Billy imagining Delia’s life without her family in it came off as sterile and lacked the emotional punch needed for such a storyline. Had I not known the history and watched those scenes I would have thought Victoria was Delia’s mother. Conidering how Billy and Chloe have managed to co-parent well for the most part deleting her from Delia’s life, even in his imagination, did not make these scenes stronger.

Billy did a fantastic job about Delia getting hit by car.He is A very good actor.along With Steve he is a fantastic actor. Also Adam he is a great actor.I ‘ve watched the show since the first show thanks to all the people on the show are great actor.

I adore Billy Miler and think his acting is exceptional! Didn’t like actress used to lay grown up $ Delua…teenage Delia was right on tho!

What an absolutely brilliant edition of the programme! Billy Miller’s performance was award winning. He had me in bits during the entire hour. It was truly amazing. The young girl playing Dee Dee in her later years was perfectly matched for those scenes with her father. This was a definite STAND OUT edition for The Young and The Restless. Cheers! x

He’s a Powerhouse!

Of course the acting was great– only an actor made of stone could fail to make those scenes alive and touching. And being in Canada I have already seen Monday’s show and he is stellar on that episode too, as well as AH playing Victoria— I cried throughout both shows– as I said in an earlier post– these type of story lines hit us where we live— it doesn’t take much writing to make it dramatic.
Not sure if I will ever agree this was the way to go, but it is done—yet so unnecessary and short sighted of the writing team that came up with this one.

– and I too liked the actress playing grown up Delia she looked so much like the actress playing Chloe I thought they might have been sisters–

I thought he was amazing! I cried thru the entire episode

Good job with the material he was given I just watched it tough but I did. If he does use this material then he needs to enter in the Lead Actor not Supporting!

I thought Billy played it just right. Not over the top, just very moving and sad. I have a feeling this could escalate into drama queen territory if not kept under control. Guilt will drive him over the edge (as it should) for leaving Delia in the car alone. He should suffer inwardly and not give us everything at once.

I am a fan of Billy Miller and have been since he was on All My Children. He really knew how to play evil. That aside, I was only able see a few bits and pieces of yesterday’s show. I was hoping to catch his full performance on TVGN but they do not show Y&R as often on that channel as Soapnet did when they had it. Anyway, the parts that I did see were breathtaking. Every so often Y&R gives Billy Miller and chance to shine and he knocks it out of the ball park. I still remember years ago when a Christmas episode was focused on him. What the Abbotts life be without him. It broke my heart when he saw that Chance was walking and adult Delia down the isle. Y&R is lucky to have him.

It’s a Y&R story that will fall short, as most do..
Or will spend the next 20 years devoting a week to Delia (yuck) as they do with Cassy, sigh, way over kill on Cassy.

This story will turn into an Adam story, eventually..
This story is not about Delia , it is about the families struggles, and will go on and on and on for an year ….

Soaps are known for the sad drama but–
Delia won’t be on screen any longer however, (Sophie Pollono) is alive and well and is sure to be moving on she has talent and will go far..

If you think you get over a death of a child then you are so wrong the one thing that Y&R has done right is the fact Sharon has never gotten over the death of her child it has haunted her forever as it would. Jack Smith & Kay Alden did a wonderful story that child grew up on our screens. Sharon Case should also be mentioned as a power house performer I cryed more over her breakdown to Nick this week then want happened on Friday with Delia because I saw that coming a mile away and it was typical JFP looking for an emmy. My vote for Best Actress for 2013 is Sharon Case hands down she has put her heart and soul into a storyline that has people bad mouthing the character & actress and still she goes to work and holds her head up high.

Can’t bring myself to stomach watching Friday’s ep. I’m sure Billy Miller did a great job. As is often the case on this show in the last several years, the performances are the glue holding all the sloppy writing and producing together.

That being said, I’ve grown increasingly disgusted with honchos Angelica McDaniel and Steve Kent for not only keeping JFP employed but defending her. Especially Angelica. A successful woman in the industry who’s linchpin show is all about marginalizing women and children. I’m over the smoke she blows where Y&R is concerned. As for Steve Kent perhaps he’s the next person who should get the ole ax. Since he’s been in charge at Sony and overseeing Y&R it continues to flounder. Who hires these hacks? We as an audience can be upset with JFP all we want but someone gave her a platform to repeat her recycled failed ideas over and over again. She’s like herpes. Void of a cure and certain to pop up again.

Lol @ herpes comment. You are absolutely correct that this story is an EXACT replica of an awful storyline that JFP spearheaded while she was at GH. 2 peeps driving, kid gets killed, not sure whodunit, organ from deceased saves another. Hated that storyline on GH, and am certain this one will yield exact same results, as, despite all signs pointing to Adam, I feel certain it was Nikki who actually hit poor Delia. This will send Nikki running to the bottle, exactly like it did with Luke on GH. Great acting all around, but merely a device in order drive future storyline(s). Sadly, this is the 2nd or 3rd GH copycat story she has used in her short tenure at Y&R!!!! Thanks for the amusing comments!

Great points. I noticed the similarity in storylines; didn’t think about how JFP was in charge at GH then. I didn’t watch Friday’s episodes, and don’t want to. Way too sad for me.

Herpes, bawhahahaha

Watched it and totally agree Michael!!! Billy’s performance was unbelievable and I so hope Delia will be ok!!! It was a fantastic episode… but terribly heart wrenching!!! Brought me to tears a few times! Way to go Billy Miller!!!

ONe WORD for Billy: MAGNIFICENT, Another emmy!

Wonder where the storyline came from??? GH………Luke hits and kills his four year old grandson. Adam, a major character hits a family member, yes by marriage, Adam being Victoria’s brother. WELL, JFP, guess you want to see how the story plays out on another network.

Yes Billy Miller delivered a tour de force performance….and I can certainly isolate that from the rest of the content.
Billy is my favorite actor on Y&R ,he has been since he began on the show – no matter whom he is acting opposite.
He deserves ANY award that may come his way.
Having said that – I hate the fact that the writer’s have “killed off” yet another child.
It has been hard enough with the Cassie Newman death, with which her “ghostly” return this time via Sharon’s mental illness is grinding on my nerves.She really is unhinged.
But I must have missed something in the episodes – why is Nikki a contender for having run down Dee Dee ?

Just a thought – I don’t think it’s Nikki,just because she has enough to contend with her MS and her new found son Dylan and the fallout that, that is going to create within the frame work of her family and then of course there’s Victor…..always Victor.
I think it being Adam makes greater sense…. he was at the scene,the missing piece (exact shape and size from his taillight) has been found.
He is aware of the accident and where it took place – given the condition of Connor,he is going to feel enormously conflicted about his role in Dee Dee’s death and using her cornea’s to save his son’s eyesight….but then again he is Adam.
It just makes for better story than it being Nikki.

On the night it happened there was a shot of Nikki driving in her car– but that’s it. I guess that shot was there to a- suggest Nikki might be a possible suspect or b- a red herring. Of course Adam will get blamed and since he kept sprouting he would do anything to find a donor for Connor– everyone based on his history will assume he did it on purpose. So once again an Abbott death will save a Newman, but in the end it will only add fuel on the fire of the already overplay feud between them. And that is why I dislike this story– if they just made it simply a tragic accident and the consequences of it, like real life I might of understood, but using a child’s death as device to kick start lame story line that has already been done on this soap and others– lacks vision and creativity imho

It was not Adam who hit DD..
Adam had little damage to his driver side of the car..
DD was in the right side ditch from a hit from a car hitting her from the passenger side for her to end up on that side of the road/ditch..
Adams car did not hit her ..

Well the most stupid part of this storyline and it all is stupid so obvious where they were heading is baby Conner’s eyesight problem because of a difficult birth. The woman did two grunts the kid was born in a white blanket and not one drop of blood. Huh?

su0000 – wrong. The damage to Afam’s car was on the PASSENGER SIDE. Watch it again. Front orange light – PASSENGER side.

I thought Billy did an excellent job and I congrats to him for putting everything he has into this role, But I do not like what happens to Delia on bit. Do you not think that the Y&R have had enough sad stories to last them for a long time? There was break ups, the death of Mrs. C and a whole lot more, Now Delia, could you all not have used the donor bank ? Think about it…. I am quite upset with this….

The writers need to make Delia’s death another one of Billy’s dreams…please make it all go away..bring Phyllis back to while you’re at it.

Excellent job by all in a very tragic and sad story!

i always like billy miller. he seems to be smiling even when he’s sad. a very good actor also. it is the person that hired the writers, that should be writing for a horror movie not soap opera. get a grip on the fans feeling. slowly and surely u r losing fans. a dead / almost dead child in the bush along the road !!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a diehard fan of YR. Casual at best and I do follow the stars & plots via social media and the soap mags so I know what’s going on. That being said, I just can’t stop wishing that Jill Farren Phelps would just STOP the killing. You name them…veterans, newbies, children…she kills them off. No matter what show she helms, and she’s been at most of ’em, they suddenly get very dark, depressing, violent (GH & Another World especially), and most of all, tries to distance the show as being too soapy….like she’s mortified that she’s gotta actually show romance.

I remember when Phelps first joined YR and she granted an interview with Michael Logan at TV Guide who did ask her about her many character killings on her shows. She said the infamous Frankie physical assault (which was the WHOLE episode), then murder was NOT her idea…maybe, but it was on her watch and she could have nixed it. GH’s beloved Emily was raped by that Nikolas lookalike (one of the worst plots EVER) then murdered by a plot driven serial killer (who also killed another beloved character, Georgie). Beloved veteran Stuart Damon of GH was also killed off during the Metro Court hostage crisis. I enjoyed that whole arc by the way BUT killing off Alan was such a waste that it was the LAST straw for me. I quit watching GH on a daily basis. I couldn’t handle watching my favorite characters be needlessly killed off and have Jason/Sonny/Carly remain 24/7.

Phelps then had little Jake, a legacy character…the son of Elizabeth and Jason…be killed off (run over too!) by Luke Spencer. Anthony Geary did tremendous work as usual and craves dark storylines like this (as he just reiterated to TVGuide again), but it made Luke TOO dark. Who wants to rush home from work or school to watch that??? Not me…no matter how many awards it garners. I did however love when GH did it’s BJ/Maxie heart transplant storyline. Just watch on YouTube. Tears, hope, family and tragedy all merge for excellent drama. This wasn’t plot driven but rooted in character and still is felt to this day.

GH is still recovering (quite nicely I might add) from the Phelps/Guza decade. You might say GH is too campy right now but I love it. During it’s heyday of the 80s, campy was GH’s name…freezing the world…and people loved it as it was rooted in romance, family, humor, and not taking itself too seriously. GH is delivering daily surprises in this spoiler mad/social media mad world. That takes dedication and care to honestly surprise the audience. I feel YR is quickly delving into what GH became. I want to escape from reality. Especially dark reality.

Absolutely famtastic! Billy Miller you are AWESOME! Great acting and superb writing. I see an Emmy in someone’s future.

Very good. But alittle over whelming. But very attentive.

I have stopped watching because of this terrible over used plot devise. Phelps truly is a show killer.

That’s a shame! I’m happy as long as she stays away from DOOL!!!
JFP is a YesseR. She says yes to everything bad to soaps!

Don’t get too smug there– Sony owns both Y&R and Days, and it was Sony who hired her– so once she done killing Y&R– Days will be only soap left for her destroy—it could happen

It was very hard to watch and I am hoping they aren’t going to kill off Delia. We Soap fans love watching these kids grow up on TV.

Billy Miller…… one word…..BRILLIANT!

And he’s so easy on the eyes too!

I agree with you Billy did a great job. Delia should not have been killed so that Adam’s son can see. I have been watching Y&R for years and I think they need a better writing team. I am sick and tired of seeing them use the same storylines with different characters over and over. This show is loosing ratings and they need to listen to what the viewers are asking for or they may not be on the air much longer.

Are you kidding me?!?!? Watching yesterday’s episode of Y and R (aka 10/11/2013) was BEYOND TORTURE!!!!! If Y and R wanted to kill off a female character, they should have killed off that annoying and VERY UNWATCHABLE Hilary. That would have made A LOT MORE SENSE!!!!! But NOT sweet and adorable Delia!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO!!!!! This is NOT about soap storytelling or plot twists. It’s about that power-hungry, soap-opera-hunk-obsessed and insufferable Jill Farren Phelps running amok on a power trip. I hope that JFP gets bombarded with all kinds of hate mail.

I’m sure without a doubt Billy Miller did amazing work, but I won’t be watching. I stuck with YR through Lynn Latham’s mess and then when MAB all but destroyed most of the characters I love. This is the last straw however. I’ve never been a fan of JFP and her work over the years, but I was willing to give her a chance. JFP and her writers have further destroyed Sharon, botched the Carmine and Katharine’s will story lines and has pimped Dylan as the next big thing. But killing Delia?? SHE IS A LEGACY CHARACTER!! The daughter of an Abbott, step child of a Newman and pseudo grandaughter of a Chancellor! I expect heartache and tears on my soaps – but I don’t want them by watching a child die! After 20 plus years as a loyal viewer, I deleted Y&R from my dvr. I’ll miss the characters I’ve loved over the years, but I won’t watch them be destroyed for the sake of a ratings stunt and to give SB a bigger part.

HAHAHAHA…. so you took the time to read an article, enter your name and email address to comment on a show you no longer watch. You don’t even know why the character was killed off. Perhaps the twin girls who portray Delia have another job or want to pursue something else.

I do not think Adam hit DD..
we will be lead to believe so and as time goes bye and Adam is once again mentally destroyed it will be reviled a Newman actually hit DD because they are always not guilty/do not pay for their terrible deeds..
so, all will be well and move on ..

I agree, in my earlier post I said Adam will get blamed, not that he did it. And they will think he did on purpose, maybe even go to court for murder– but eventually it will come out someone else hit DD– perhaps another Newman– and that was my point– this death is just a plot device to kick off another lame Newman Abbott feud– most likely will destroy Billy and Victoria’s marriage in the process– all of which has been done before with other characters. A lot melodrama but no substance. And that is why I believe this whole story line lacks imagination.

This was a terrible story line destined to ruin many of the chartacters, now would be a good time for “bad dream” escape..please bring Delia back.

I agree 100% please let it be a horrible nightmare and bring DD back. Too depressing to watch.when the characters grieve, so do the fans and I have enough sadness in my real life. Please writers fix it!!!!

Well put 🙂

Billy Miller was awesome. Can someone answer this question: Why does JFP hate children? It’s bad enough she’s killing Delia but to carbon copy the killing of Jake. JFP is no executive producer!

Very moving performance. Excellent job!

Was very good acting I hope the writers don’t kill the young actor off it would b a true shame . But he did a great job of al life flashing before your eyes of all the things that might or might not be.

I think Billy Miller — as usual — did an amazing job with a lousy story line. JFP is a lousy writer who destroyed my beloved GL & ATWT. If…and that’s a big if….she wanted to kill off a Abbott child to give Connor a set of eyes, it should have been Johnny. THAT could have been an epic story. Chelsea would be happy for Connor but truly devastated that her first born had died and now would be giving the gift of sight to his bio brother. Adam could have been thankful that Johnny was a blood relative so that there would be less chance of rejection and been a tad cavalier about the whole situation. That might have made it somewhat worthwhile to kill another Abbott. But not Delia. She’s the daughter of two core families…yeah I know Chloe’s not a Chancellor but she might as well be.

Once and for all…JFP did NOT produce As The World turns. She has been executive producer of Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, Another World, One Life to Live, General Hospital, and Young and Restless. I am of mixed feelings about her body of work, but I don’t get the personal hatred and attacks against her personally. I loved her work at Santa Barbara!! Guiding Light, under her early tenure was hailed by all critics and magazines as utter perfection until they killed Maureen. She reinvigorated Another World totally until they blundered and killed Frankie. Nothing from her time at OLTL really stands out for me other than Drew dying, another core family member. I loathed General Hospital during her tenure, but I cannot take away that the show was brilliantly produced by her. The epic sweeps stories always looked like cinematic extravaganzas. And at GH…she was sandwiched between Guza and Frons….two of the most misogynistic men in the world of soaps. The personal attacks against her are just so vicious. None of us know her. Producing a soap is a huge collaboration. I don’t think every bad idea originates and is carried out by her. She is one cog in the wheel. We are all free to dislike or like what is on our screens, but do we really have to personally attack and wish death upon his woman? FYI…I am not saying you did that Robin. But many have. 🙂

I take your point about the level of vitriol, but I do think (unfortunately) that Jill has earned her reputation as a bad executive producer. She does some things very well, but in many other areas her judgment is truly awful–and as someone pointed out higher up, she does not learn from her mistakes. Though I loved Santa Barbara, I found her work far inferior to that done by her predecessors, the Dobsons and Mary Ellis Bunim (though there were others who came after her who were worse still, admittedly). Guiding Light I can clearly say was excellent but it wasn’t JFP; it was terrific as long as Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest were around, but once they left and there were several other headwriting teams (but still JFP at the helm), it was much less good. (I’d actually say Maureen’s death was some of the best-written and best-acted television I’ve seen–I find it agonizing to watch, heartbreaking, even today–and is an example of how excellently JFP can produce material that is well written, when she gets out of the way and just focuses on producing. But killing Maureen off was still a terrible decision and the beginning of the end for GL.) I didn’t watch Another World steadily enough during her time there to comment; I must not have seen the reinvigoration you’re speaking of, though, because otherwise I would have been all over it (Another World was my first soap love and I always wanted it to recapture its glory). Her time at OLTL was disastrous in my opinion, but I attribute that more to Megan McTavish than to JFP (though again, JFP’s propensity for disastrous decisions was in evidence; killing off Mel/Stephen Markle was a big mistake). And that dark, long decade at GH speaks for itself (though even there, I’d say she was not the only one charting that dark course; I think she was conforming to what Brian Frons wanted GH to be).

She seems to me to have two big strengths: she does know talent when she sees it (despite all of the Friends of Jill talk–and she does seem to hire and rehire her favorites–most of them are very talented actors, though she does have a few blind spots as well, people who are not as good as she seems to think they are), and when she sticks to producing, she seems to have a good sense of what is dramatic, what is striking, what will be effective on the screen. But she’s only as good as her writers; she is not an EP who can transcend bad writing, and she doesn’t seem to have very canny judgment about what good writing is and who can give it to her (what I fear from watching her decision making in that regard is that the writers she thinks are good are the ones who will do what she says; on the other hand, she had the good sense to hire Harding Lemay several times as a writing consultant, and he may be the best writer soaps ever had, so she’s got something on the ball somewhere). She also makes disastrous personnel decisions–not only in regard to killing, killing, killing characters and thus losing actors who are often fan favorites, but also in casting talented people in roles that are wrong for them (example: Tim Gibbs is an excellent actor and was excellent on both SB and Another World, but he was so totally wrong for the role of Kevin on OLTL that one cannot imagine how she thought it would work). And she has often seemed oblivious to the individual styles of shows and to whether her own creative vision meshes with what viewers of a particular show (or in general) will want to see; she seems to get locked into her own vision and unable to pull herself out of it and see, objectively, whether it might be otherwise excellent, dramatic, moving, etc. but just wrong for the show or even damaging to it: there’s just the here, now, won’t that be a great scene, etc. And those things have been constants through her years as an EP across a number of shows, and she doesn’t learn–so consequently I think she deserves her reputation as a soap wrecker.

Like you, I can’t justify the personal viciousness, but other than that, she deserves her bad reputation. (And I’ll say this much in partial defense of the viciousness: I think people are infuriated by how arrogant and self-congratulating she often sounds while her bad decisions are wrecking their favorite soaps. Still not an excuse for wishing death on somebody, of course–but I can understand the level of fury.) I don’t understand why she continues to be hired; her ratings successes have been outnumbered by her failures, at this point, and anybody paying attention should realize by now that even if she can goose the ratings, what she does is so damaging to a show’s long-term viability that it outweighs whatever short-term ratings success she brings. (Then again, maybe nobody is thinking of a long-term future for soaps anymore.) I can only account for her continued employment at Y&R by the fact that Steve Kent was a producer at Santa Barbara; from what I’ve seen, she’s just made a further shambles of a show that was already damaged by the LML and MAB regimes. Of course, I don’t know what the rest of the field is like; I have no idea who is available. But somebody with a past history of building and repairing a show, like Wendy Riche, would have been a much more sensible choice. And in particular for Y&R, it would have to be someone much more attuned to the style of a particular show; Y&R always played very differently, under Bill Bell, than the other shows–it had a very distinct visual feel, scenes that were constructed in a very particular way, and other characteristics that made it very distinct from other soaps, and that’s all very important to many Y&R viewers. JFP is much better, in my opinion, at imposing her style on something than at disciplining her talents to serve an established style.

This is a tough one. First of all, I don’t think the character of Billy would leave Delia alone in the car even with the dog. The whole episode was heart rendering. Billy Miller has always been an incredible actor…he just draws you in whether he is playing endearing or evil (Ritchie on AMC). I thought his acting was excellent. Now must note that I was shocked and saddened to see adorable Delia hit by this car. No child should undergo this fate in real life or on a soap opera. But if Y&R was to pursue this choice, they should have used that “hard to watch” Sharon and her daughter for this storyline. Last point: using Delia, Chloe, Chelsea, Billy, Victoria, Nikki and Adam will be powerful because of all the interconnections. However, I personally, may find it too hard to watch.

Death is soap fuel for high voltage drama stories that sets flame to 3 families, for a long time..
many changes for characters etc..
it is what Y&R needed, actually..

new story life always comes from soaps deaths..
children do not have rolls outside of cute walk ons, so the are easily let go and on their way out they create tons of drama for the others….

It blows my freaking mind that I have seen so many people post that they WISH it was faith who would have died! Sharon lost Cassie and also grieved for faith after Adam nabbed her. Faith dying would have sent Nick and Sharon to the nuthouse and believe that viewers would have been so disgusted they would have immediately tuned out, People are all outraged and angry that Delia died and yet so many have wished death on Faith. Those who did ought to be ashamed of themselves! Faith is a little cheeky and a little bratty but so were we all and so was every kid at hat age.

Well said Johnny. It is horrible to wish death on any child, even the bratty Faith.

To be fair to the little girl who portrays “Faith”….SHE’S ACTING and is given lines and direction to be “bratty”.

Clarification for person who responded to my post. It was immediately stated that I would rather that NO child was hit by the car. The families that will be effected by this storyline have also had some very rough times. Personally I have nothing against Sharon. Nick or their daughter, but still stand by the opinion that if the show mgmt chose this direction Sharon’s daughter would have been another logical choice. Now this discussion is too creepy for me……so I’ll get back to the original point….prefer that a child was not hit by the car to begin with. And yes. there are other ways to advance storyline.

Billy Miller makes a great Billy Abbott. It is a role he claimed from the start, making it his own, much like his onscreen mother did back in 1987, when she took over the role of Jill from the iconic Brenda Dickson.

I’m not too much a fan of killing off legacy characters though. Didn’t JFP do this to poor little Jake on GH? It sounds like an almost identical scenario. Cassie’s death worked because it was well constructed and fueled story for many years. On the other hand, this story seems totally unnecessary. I won’t be following too closely.

While I LOVE Billy Miller, as a mother whose own son just moved out unexpectedly without any warning I was not in a state of mind to watch the episode! I actually just fast forwarded thru all his parts. I am sure he did brilliantly. I also didn’t care for the story line, either.

I don’t want to see a child die! The show is becoming so dark . We have already lost Catherine and Phylis…..I am no longer looking forward to watching the show …

I was in tears through most of this episode. Partly because I couldn’t believe what was happening, it was a big shock, Delia is a great little actress. Billy Miller is a great actor, he carried this episode alone! I stand amazed at his ability.

Twins play “Delia” and MAYBE they were going off to do something else?

That is what I have heard. The actress who played Delia has a new job and this storyline was written to let her out of the contract.

I wanted to add that the grown up Delia’s were good in their parts also. Especially the college grad and the working girl and the bride and the mother. Kudos to all…..will miss Delia now she brought such happiness to all around her.

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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.


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 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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