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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Hilary Dies, As Mishael Morgan Wraps Her Run With The Power Performance Of The Week

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As we start the new week something will be different on The Young and the Restless.  There will be no more outstanding performances by one of the most dynamic actresses ever to appear in the genre, Mishael Morgan (Hilary), unless “Ghost” Hilary is coming.

For on Friday’s hankie-inducing ten times over episode, Hilary died in Devon’s (Bryton James) arms.  And, in one of the most heartbreaking sequences we have seen on the soaps in a long time, Morgan went out leaving her imprint as one of those performers who we will all be saying about, “Ah, I knew her when.”  A bright future awaits Mishael and her undeniable talent.  You just need to look at social media to see how many viewers have praised Mishael and fallen in love her work as the feisty, Hilary Curtis Hamilton.

In true grand soap opera fashion, and we mean that in the best possible way, on Friday, after Devon and Hilary were pronounced husband and wife, her condition is making her weaker and weaker from the injuries sustained in the car accident and the complications from surgery.  The newlyweds have a champagne toast with the glasses Shauna (Camryn Hamm) gave to them. Hilary mentions making ‘Hevon’ babies with Devon; which was a sweet nod in the writing to their passionate fan base.  Now getting into the hospital bed with her, Devon holds his dying bride as they start to have the heartbreaking talk as they both know what is about to happen.

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Devon begins to break down as he tries to hold it together so Hilary can let go.  She tells him to make her funeral service a celebration.  She tells him that there will be an amazing woman out there who will create a family and children with him, and that she wants him to move on and be happy.  Next, Hilary let’s Devon know she has had a blessed life, because she got to marry him, and hear her child’s heartbeat before it died, and all of her dreams came true.  She lets him know, all his dreams cannot end with her.  Then, she asks Devon to look after Shauna, who is so special to her, and who will need him when she is gone.  Hilary tells Devon that whatever she thought she wanted in her life, she only just wanted him.  Devon whispers that she has him forever.  Suddenly, Hilary begins to cry and says, “Maybe, I did do something right.”  Next, we see a montage of Hilary and Devon scenes through their relationship, which ends with Hilary telling Devon about the two stars in the sky, “the soul sisters”, which he is now reciting back to her as we are in the present day.  Suddenly, he begins to sob, as Hilary has died.

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Last week, as viewers saw all the emotional beats play out once Hilary landed in the ICU and was fighting for her life, it made for riveting, and gut-wrenching drama. These included: Mishael’s scenes where she accepts Devon’s marriage proposal, their wedding, and the key scene with Hilary’s best friend, Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) were she learns she is not going to make it.  There were those touching moments with Mariah (Camryn Grimes), where she asks her to move forward and keep her show GC Buzz going, that heart-tugging scene with Neil (Kristoff St. John) where Hilary and Neil have a full-circle moment and come to terms with their past with one another.  But most of all, there were the scenes with Mishael’s main Y&R scene partner, Bryton James, who can always break viewers’ hearts since we have watched Devon grow up from a boy to a man right before our eyes through James’ years on the CBS soap.

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As for Mishael Morgan, she deserves several standing ovations for this past week’s performances; bringing the essence of Hilary through all her scenes, and making us devastated to watch the final moments of her life.  Hilary was a force to be reckoned with who caused so much trouble for so many people, yet in the end, everyone on the canvas in Genoa City, and everyone at home, will miss her terribly.  Without a doubt, the Power Performance of the Week goes to Mishael Morgan for this body of scenes, that we will not soon forget.

So, what did you think of Friday’s final moments between Hilary and Devon?  What did you think of Mishael’s performances?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Fanny
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Fanny

The entire week has been incredibly emotional, with Hillary making peace
with everyone in her life… Neil, Mariah,
Lily…and finally accepting her own fate,
sad indeed.

Barb Hayes
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Barb Hayes

Hilary’s performance was outstanding. I cried all week. Well done. Even though this is a soap opera story line, sad to say this happens in relation life as well. Keep up with the great story lines

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

Yes very outstanding that’s why I don’t understand why she had to exit after 5 years. I wish she would have never died off I was hoping for her to have lefted Genoa City and a possible return. So Proud of Mishael Morgan.

Linda mullin
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Linda mullin

Thought it was really sad

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Last week was outstanding. Anyone who missed it missed alot. This is the stuff that has made us hooked on soaps for years.

Fanny
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Fanny

So true

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh, its Monday morning, thanks for waking me! What a snore Y&R has become! Thursday’s episode [7-26-2018] was horrible! I got through it in 10 minutes tops! Why? First, they are killing off a good character who is a very good actress. Secondly, we get to continue to see “Robotic” Devon and “Cue Card” Nate! HORRIBLE! Then you have Charlie. Well, yes, they finally got him smiling but its a teen love thing and that actress is not too good neither! Then you mix Lilly and Cane in there and it is the worst! Cane has to be one of… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

Really need to replace a few characters for sure instead they keep letting the good ones get away…Michelle Stafford..Steve Burton..Billy Miller to name recent losses…find a new Charlie and Maddie…they both are the worst

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You’re absolutely right, Sue. To me, the show has never recovered from the losses of Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford. Now the wonderful Mishael Morgan, too? Why don’t Cane and Lily leave?

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes, I agree and even though its old news and wishful thinking, Michael Muhney is missed, as well.

Kelly
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Kelly

I couldn’t agree more

Timmm
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Timmm

They can take Charlie, Nate and Devon and drive them over a hill! Maddie has a chance.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tim…dude…more and more, I like the way you think…TOTALLY!!!!!

Have a good one.

Timmm
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Timmm

Thanks Jay, U2!

Mark m
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Mark m

I agree wholeheartedly.Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford made that show.I stopped watching it when Billy left.Also…Charlie and Maddie were just born about 7 yeats ago,how are they even teenagers already…So stupid.

Rayca
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Rayca

Watching is not required.

WildBill
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WildBill

Thank you. I am out. All this has turned into the sleeze hour. Phyllis and Nick was it for me. No more y&r drivel for me. Clunk…Mike drop. Now I have my life back.

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

I am pissed about this weeks storyline if y&r doesn’t stop dying off the good characters the ratings will probably go down. Not sure after this if I will continue watching. Hillary role will truly be missed I was always looking forward to watching my Soap just to see my girl Mishael Morgan.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Timmm, I couldn’t agree more. Poor Hilary isn’t even cold and Cane is already plotting how to protect that self-righteous shrew he’s married to. I’m glad Mishael got a respectable sendoff, but killing the character was just lazy writing. Nate? Try “Not”. WHY IS HE ON? He has one expression and even THAT isn’t appealing.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Cane’s protection of “Lily” is so unrealistic– come on any cop worth his salt would know Lily’s car ran the red light and caused the accident– oh wait this is the GCPD we are talking about– my bad.

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

I agree with all of the above my Favorite Soap needs to do better with this Dying off an excellent actress is truly disappointing to me, y&r wont br rhe same without Hilary. I hope they don’t bring Samone back in the picture of Devons life.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Hey Tim…”Cue Card Nate”…LOVE IT…lol. To me, “Cue Card Nate” has the personality of a dial tone…lol. BEYOND YUCK!!!!!

Later, dude.

damien
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damien

the ptb shot themselves in the foot with another senseless death of a popular character acted by a formidable actress . the intresting fallout will be shortterm story for average actors in lily, cane and devon but it meant we had to lose one y n r s very rare leading ladies these days furthermore an african american one. Y N R never fully recovered from the loss of victoria rowell as a popular african american star on the show and they finally found one in mishael morgan. the descision to not only work out a deal with her but… Read more »

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Excellent Damien and I so totally agree…I have said it a million times and I will say it again, Y&R is NO LONGER the same show and IMO it hasn’t been since 2006…So SAD what this once classic show has become…I will be tuning out completely too for CBS/SONY is not listening to us long time fans and they frankly DO NOT CARE about this show…GOODBYE Y&R…This fan for 30plus years is checking out…

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Damien, I totally agree with you. Ilove the characters of Jack, Nikki and Victor, but there also has to be the next generation. Mishael’s Hilary was a hot ticket and her absence will be felt – bad decision Mal Young and the suits! Instead of bringing on more characters we could care less about,invest in those you have been ignoring – There are too many to name! Eileen Davidson’s departure in a few months will be another loss for the show.

Mai
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Mai

I agree completely after Victoria Rowell there are no African American women on the soap. I will not be watching anymore. I loved Hilary and will miss her. The most beautiful woman on Y&R and all this over contract issues which could have easily been worked out. Good Bye Y&R because they got rid of all the African Americans on The Bold & The Beautiful as well you might as well say. The entire Avant Family Just gone. Left us with no one but Justin & those two new teenagers. Please

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

Exactly this was a lazy and senseless act how do us Fans recover from the acts of dying off good characters and we just keep watching and being let down even more. Hilary could have been sick longer or in a Coma or whatever until they worked out Contract negotiations. With a magnificent recovery Hilary could have came back. I will be more pissed if they bring Samone Back in Devons life.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

I agree with everything you wrote. Mishael has been special from day one and this is a huge loss for the show. Although the hospital scenes required a huge suspension of disbelief, they were absolutely worth watching to view her performance. Mishael may be the most beautiful woman in daytime and I will miss seeing her.

Karen
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Karen

I agree with everyone, Damien and the rest. My question is why! Why did she have go? She was so wonderful as this character. Her wit was was outstanding.

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

Because of the laziness of the Producers and Executive Producers to work out an acceptable contract negotiation for Mishael Morgan.

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

Yes but the hospital performances could have been longer I feel they rushed her last performance. As I stated I am very upset with last week’s storyline Hilary should not have died off the show period.

Ann
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Ann

Great performances last week – though i think Hillary’s character was too great to just kill off – they should have recast the role of Hillary

Veeta Parks
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Veeta Parks

yes

Maria antoniette
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Maria antoniette

I think Hilary should have not left she was a person going to miss her on the Young and the restless good luck with your next chapter in life

Dolores Soca
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Dolores Soca

It was absolutely amazing never missed a show. Not enough words

Doris
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Doris

I’m not a Hilary person, however the final scene was very touching.

Valerie Cheers Brown
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Valerie Cheers Brown

I am sad though Hilary went out with a bang! She will be missed but am anxious to see what is coming up for Devon next?

Deborah Lachance
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Deborah Lachance

What a couple of actors. Both Devon and Hillary did a phenominal performance

Valerie Cheers Brown
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Valerie Cheers Brown

I totally agree!

Lora Ristum
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Lora Ristum

Very sad but she did an awesome job.

Valerie Cheers Brown
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Valerie Cheers Brown

Yes, Hilary will be missed for sure and can think of a few who would not be missed that are still there?

Mary Johnson
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Mary Johnson

Cried So Many Tears ! Touched my heart deeply. She’s definitely going to be missed. Truthfully I’m upset that she never got to have the baby & be happy for a bit before tragically leaving the show. I will Always Remember Hillary Curtis Hamilton Forever. Miss her & easily tear up thinking of her losing the baby & death. Time for Lily to have hard days for the hateful nasty things she screamed at Hillary. Let her & Cane suffer; don’t care.

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

Agreed Mary as a devoted fan I to am very upset with these Producers they could have did better with Casting off Hilary’s role they didn’t even let her have the baby first.

Phoebe Beckett
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Phoebe Beckett

Incredible,, gorgeous, real, inspired

sharon long
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sharon long

It was so sad I was crying

Valerie Cheers Brown
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Valerie Cheers Brown

Me too and even though a soap opera, still a good moral & message not to be forgotten that tomorrow is not promised!

Rayca
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Rayca

Mishael’s performance was emmy-award-winning. Perhaps, she now will have her special moment and win next year’s award. So well deserved. Thursday’s show was especially moving. I only wish CBS and Y&R would have wished to have the Thursday build up be on Friday, with Hilary’s final performance. We had to sit through all the other story lines when I think everyone was waiting for Hilary’s final moment. I know I was. Why cloud the issue. It was choppy. I don’t know how it could ever happen, but I sure hope CBS can find a way to bring her back.

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

Once they die off a Character they won’t come back, however the only time that happened was when Adam’s role supposedly died off then re casted for a very short while. I feel they should have stretched the storyline out for Hilary a little longer.

Diana Marion
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Diana Marion

Actually,since Hillary was no longer attached to the machines,I think she didn’t die.She has been taken somewhere for experimental treatments.She will be back.I have seen too many soaps but I would be willing to bet that this is what happened.

Ceecee
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Ceecee

I think they should bring her back and make it like she was dreaming everything that happened while in a coma.

carole feals
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carole feals

I don’t usually cry during soaps but this one had me in tears everyday.
Ill really miss her.
Hope they drop the lesbian relationship, that was sickening!!!!!!

Heather
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Heather

Yes they need to do that really bad

francenestarr
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francenestarr

No — it’s good to see all kinds of relationships and love.

francenestarr
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francenestarr

Get with the times — it is real life.

Hema Beekharry
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Hema Beekharry

I don’t think they should have killed her off. She is a remarkable actress. And all the seens leading up to her death were outstanding and heart wrenching. Y & R @ its best!! “brilliant performance”!!❤

Valerie Cheers Brown
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Valerie Cheers Brown

Yes, an award-winning finale for Hilary for sure!

L. Leaming
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L. Leaming

So are they going to explain who the mystery guy Hillary met with last week when Mariah and Tessa saw her and what that meeting was about, or did I just miss it?

Delsie
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Delsie

I didn’t watch, too heartbroken. I was just getting to like Hillary, I just couldn’t watch even though I PVR I ended up deleting all of it. Not sure when I’ll start watching again. When they killed little Delia off it took me months before to get courage to start watching again. I’ll see how it goes. I wish Mishael nothing but good things in the future. All the best. I’m not sure why the writers choose to kill off these actors not even leaving the door open for their return if like to. A fter watching for over years… Read more »

Heather Jacobs
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Heather Jacobs

As a long time viewer of Y&R I found the ending of Hilary very emotional and beautifully done.

Joe Ann c Adelagun
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Joe Ann c Adelagun

you did not have to kill her off the show. I hate that part.

MAZIE kindness
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MAZIE kindness

It was riveting, I cried watching Friday’s episode. It was the BEST scene on Y& R for a very long time. She’s dynamic and deserves all the accolades that she is receiving. I for one am going to miss her terribly.

Holly
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Holly

This is so crazy for me to be this emotional. I am so heartbroken. I feel as though I lost my sister. Honestly I have loved watching Y&R because of the love story of “Devon & Hillary”. I have been crying every day since the accident. Why did she have to lose the baby and die? Why couldn’t they have had that future they had planned? The producers made a huge mistake letting Mishael go. Big mistake!!!

Angie
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Angie

What??? C’mon…… Well maybe in true soap opera fashion they will bring Hillary back yrs down the road. But plzzzz bring her back

minnie
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minnie

I made up my mind that, even though I have watched since the first show, if they kill off that beautiful and talented Hillary, I will stop watching. They could have done something to keep HER, (or at least her character), around. I HAVE STOPPED WATCHING!

Erma Spand
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Erma Spand

They was awesome and I hate she have to leave the show, WHY????

Linda Evans
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Linda Evans

She was AWESOME i cried from Monday through Friday never watched anything so emotional. I wish her best in her future.

Esmerelda
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Esmerelda

Sad that she is gone and will be missed

Alanna Pinchuk
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Alanna Pinchuk

What a amazing performance Mishaelis a very special talent that i hope one day comes back to young & the restless again. Wishing her the very best with her career and new baby.

Jill
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Jill

YNR let another good actress go…should have negotiated better!! Bad move now no good actors/actresses left on show Smdh

Linda
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Linda

I think Hillary was the bomb beautiful and exciting even in her death. I will miss her I cried as though it was real. Congratulations on you real baby to you and your husband . You are so beautiful thank you for the many year of performance. Looking forward to your next pictures in the future.

Dorothy
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Dorothy

Go miss Hilary very much need her to come back

Joy
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Joy

She spoke her mind and had a very soft heart when it came down to her family. I wish her character would have never come to an end. Wish they could have brought her back.

Edith
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Edith

I was sad toooo see her passing last week spoiler said she an Devon was going to find another. Dr. What happened? I won’t read any more spoilers alert ever.

OCMommy
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OCMommy

I think my opinion should really matter. I have been watching Y & R since DAY ONE! Hilary’s exit was done great. However I really did not like to see her go! It took me forever to get over Drew as she was great!! The show is def getting boring. Hope I can continue on…

Mateo
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Mateo

I honestly found the episodes showcasing the departure of Mishael Morgan were amazing. This reminded me of the power of a good story. It also reminded me of when Cassie died with her parents at her side. This was good drama. I have stopped feeling anger or surprise when great actors move on. I have watched so many GREAT actors leave. It started for me with Beverlee McKinsey leaving Guiding Light and it has gone on and on. I agree that Y&R has been hit hard by the departures of actors like Billy Miller, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Michelle Stafford and various… Read more »

francenestarr
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francenestarr

yes, love is love!~

jay
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jay

She was great, the show needs to pick it up or else it’s going to lose more viewership

Carol
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Carol

Hilary was one of those characters we love to hate. And when they die off, the loss is so emotional that it feels like we are mourning a real death. This actress was so great that I got caught up in her situations over and over through her time on the show and will miss her terribly. 🙁

Susan McLeod
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Susan McLeod

Oh my gosh she was amazing!!Shes such an incredible actress!! I am so sad shes leaving. Her diversity in acting is truly a gift! Please return!

Erica Pollard
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Erica Pollard

I will truly Miss Hilary as my Soap Hour will not be the same without her. Also as a devoted fan I did not like her exit storyline. I feel she should not have died off the show, Maybe just a leave would have been better maybe if hopes. Of her returning or re-cast. You will be truly Missed Mishael Morgan Job Well Done

S Will
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S Will

Me too! I hate writers/producers wouldn’t give her the money she deserved. They could have just wrote her off or in a coma. If I could cause your rating to go down by not watching that’s what I might do

Marsha
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Marsha

I cried for two days. Please bring her back or another Hilary, so her husband can be happy and have a baby. Producers, please bring someone in his life now. It just ended wrong.

Golds
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Golds

Never ever should have let Hilary die..once in awhile there is a Happy story in real life as there should be in soaps as well.

Susan Sundby
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Susan Sundby

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! The scenes with Hilary & Devon were award worthy. Her friendship with Phyllis was great and her relationship with Mariah was well written. I have not like Lily for a while now and hope the show gives her a slap off her pedestal for this. Y & R lost a truly great actress and I can’t wait to see her in future endeavors.

Crystal Elk
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Crystal Elk

Everyone loved to hate Hillary. Misheal’s performance has me in tears over her Phenomenal performance! BRAVO! HOPE TO SEE YOU IN THE MOVIES! Girl!
Sending positive positive vibes your way.
PEACE LOVE & DREAMS!

Penny Short
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Penny Short

I am so sorry about hilarypassing away

Nance
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Nance

Tears came to my eyes never saw anything like this on soaps and I’ve been watching for 52 tears

Pat
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Pat

Outstanding and very emotional acting by Mishael Morgan. Will miss her truly.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

The episodes closing out Hilary departure were phenomenal. The actors portraying Devon and Hillary went beyond their A gamecin their performances. I haven’t cried like that over a movie or a TV the way I did last week if ever. One scene was more heartbreaking than the next. But for reason, I don’t know why, the scene that got to me the most was Devon and Neil hugging in the hospital corridor. When Neil put his head on top of Devon’s head that finished me. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I am so glad Kristoff St.… Read more »

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‘The Talk’ Returns as Sheryl Underwood Shares the ‘Trauma’ She Feels Over Incident That Led to Sharon Osbourne’s Exit

CBS’ afternoon series The Talk finally returned to the air, following the departure of Sharon Osbourne and the tense moments that went down on the March 10th episode between her and Sheryl Underwood.

Monday afternoon, co-hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba along with diversity and inclusion expert, Donald E. Grant, were on the episode.  Grant, served as the moderator as the women discussed what happened when Osbourne came at Underwood when defending Piers Morgan’s remarks about Meghan Markle, eventually prompting an extended internal investigation by CBS.

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On today’s episode, Sheryl Underwood shared: “I didn’t want to escalate things with Sharon, because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend, but also, I knew I had to be an example for others to follow. I didn’t want to be perceived as that ‘angry Black woman’, and that really scared me. I didn’t want to be that and I wanted to remain calm and focused. It’s difficult to go back to that day because I just feel the trauma. I feel fearful, a little apprehensive.”

Elaine Welteroth added, “When you go back and watch what happened in that episode, you will see two Black women walking the same tightrope that Black women are walking every single day in the workplace.  As Sheryl said, we knew we had to stay composed in that situation, even in the face of someone who was A, not listening, and B, who went off the rails into disrespect when we were maintaining our respect within the context of this very complex, charged, emotional conversation.  There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the aftermath of what happened on that episode…this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to speak. And I think it’s really important that we have the opportunity to say that the false accusations that are swirling in the press that frame Sheryl and I as some kind of, you know, people who attacked a woman on air, and were part of some sort of, you know, conspiracy, that is absolutely, categorically false.”

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She later added, “I just want to acknowledge you, Sheryl, on air for how you handled the situation. I think it’s important for people to really know the strength and willpower it takes to maintain that kind of composure in that situation. And I think for me, I was just really entering that conversation with the hope of finding a common ground and I didn’t feel like I was heard.”

In addition, Underwood wanted to go on record stating that while she had received text messages from Osbourne, she hadn’t replied to them because she wasn’t sure she was supposed to during during an internal investigation. Osbourne had said that she sent texts to Underwood and had apologized for her actions.

Sheryl shared: “I have never been through something like this. I didn’t know whether you were supposed to communicate or not communicate.  I have not spoken to Sharon, I haven’t had a phone call from her, ” However, Underwood expressed that if a friend were to come up to her and greet her nicely, she would do that same, “When you’re friends with someone, you stay friends,” she said.

So, what did you think about the sentiments shared by Sheryl and Elaine during The Talk? Was this episode helpful in shining a lot on racism, and successful in dealing with what transpired on March 10th with Sharon Osbourne? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Don Diamont & Scott Clifton Shine In Father/Son Scenes; As Bill Watches Liam’s Meltdown Over the Accident that Killed Vinny

On Thursday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, emotional two-person scenes were the order of the day featuring three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Scott Clifton (who may nab a nominations next year for this story) and longtime soap vet, Don Diamont.

In story, Dollar Bill has done everything to protect his son by covering up all the evidence in his attempt to save Liam from surely a murder sentence and going to prison.

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Bill’s theory: if anyone were to find out that Liam was driving Bill’s car when suddenly out of nowhere came Vinny (Joe LoCicero) – who Liam hates – and he hit him with the car and fatally killed the guy, they would think he had intent and motive. (However, to us there has to be more to the story! Did Vinny just randomly happen to be on the road that Liam and Bill were driving on and walking across it?)

At Bill’s place, Liam is agonizing as he keeps flashing back to the accident.  When Bill comes in from a morning jog, Liam is astonished that his father was out jogging, when they are in deep hot water for covering up their now hit and run.  Bill gets angry and tells him he actually went to see if there are were any cameras near the accident and he is happy to report there were none, so Liam is in the clear.  Therefore, Liam needs to keep his mouth shut and let this go and move on with his life and reuniting with Hope (Annika Noelle).

Not able to live with the cover-up, the lies, and what he did, Liam is insisting he has to go to the police, but Bill shouts: “You are not going to the police!” Liam goes on to his own subplot theory that they can say he hit an animal and then turn themselves in. Bill keeps firing back at his son, that he cannot do anything of the sort. He has done everything to protect his son in this mess and Liam could screw that all up with one wrong move.  Bill says, “All you have to do is…” and Liam fires back, “Pretend it never happened.”

It is then that Bill tells Liam that killing Vinny will haunt him whether he’s behind bars or a free man, and that he should opt for the latter.  Now unraveling, Liam’s convinced the police will figure out their cover-up. Just then, Bill pulls out a news report on his phone about the hit-and-run that has no leads and no ID of the body.  He assures his son there will never be any leads because he took care of everything.

Just then, Hope texts Liam wondering where he is for their lunch date.  Bill tells Liam to text her back saying something came up, he is in no condition to see anyone till he pulls himself together.  Liam texts back that he can’t make it.  When Hope texts back in response, “I hope you’re okay,” that sets up the end of the episode where Liam begins to hyperventilate and cannot catch his breathe, and is frightened and grief-stricken, and horrified at what he has done.  Bill comes to his aid and tells him he will not let anything happen to his son, and to dig deep to put this accident behind him.  Bill expresses that if Liam can’t do it himself, to lean on him.

However, Vinny was just ID’d in the hospital morgue by Finn (Tanner Novlan), so there’s that!

Kudos to both Scott Clifton and Don Diamont for the riveting scenes between father and son within the episode.

So, what did you think of Scott and Don’s performance? How will Bill and Liam be able to continue to cover-up the hit and run of Vinny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, watch the final moments from the episode below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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