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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Jill Is Heartsick Over Billy Turning Katherine's Mansion Into "A Bordello For Depressives!"

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On Thursday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, Jess Walton made another triumphant return as legacy character Jill, who had plenty to say to her son, Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson), and in turn viewers gor to see some screen time between two soap stalwarts.

When Jill returns to Genoa City, she first visits Chancellor Park with Cane (Daniel Goddard), and wants to ensure that Katherine has her own dedication by her major donation to the Winters-Abbott Foundation for a wing in Katherine’s name.  Jill really misses her, and recalls how hard the Grand Dame of Genoa City worked and struggled to get sober.  Hilary (Mishael Morgan) arrives on the scene.  Jill and her throw barbs at each other, since Hilary is trying to make the wing become a joint dedication named for Katherine and her mother, Rose, who was an addict.

Next, Jill visits Billy’s home which was Katherine’s mansion, and she is apoplectic at what she sees!  She is heartbroken at how Billy has turned Katherine’s home; where Jill has so many memories tied up in it, into a “man cave”.   She is shocked he painted it blue.  Then in the best line of the day, she says that he has turned the mansion into, “a bordello for depressives!”  She cries that he could have at least left Katherine’s picture up. He shows his mother that it’s now in the entranceway!

Jill has also caught Billy half-naked with new arrival Bethany (Chrishell Stause)!  She is saddened that Billy has “bimbo’s checking out the wine cellar!”  She had intended giving him Katherine’s home  as a place to give his children a wonderful home to grow up in,   When Jill exits, Bethany reminds Billy of his old gambling days, and then leaves after Jill has “killed the mood”.

Later, Jill makes another stop to the GCAC where she speaks with Jack (Peter Bergman) and Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and lets it slip out that she just saw Billy with a woman in a sheetat his house!  She lets Jack know that Billy is imploding his life again.  Phyllis is visibly rattled.

What did you think about the return visit of Jess Walton on yesterday’s Y&R?  Did Y&R make a mistake by having Billy turn Katherine’s mansion into a “bordello for depressives”?  Since the set was changed, fans have been quite vocal about it on social media. Share your thoughts on it via the comment below!

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k/kay
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k/kay

This set was changed without CBS approval seen the Abbitt mansion lately! When does it stop? For heavens sake we are trying to keep the four soaps on the air stop the crap with playing favorites get back to what made the soaps great I just want to pull my hair out you are just about blowing up daytime

k/kay
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k/kay

And yes I am passionate if it is not broke it does not need repair! Please put me in a room with JFP and Pratt they won’t be able to get off the floor!

blake
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blake

Well if you can meet with JFP take me with you. I’d like to lay that witch out for things she’s done on the other soaps too!

k/kay
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k/kay

If I ever get in a room with that twit you are welcome to join me ! Everybody has personal conversations at that stupid club or a bedroom in the stupid club the man with no neck Dylan is in every freaking storyline and dumb as a stump . Nick acting like Herbal Spring was thelive of his life that dumb kid Summer in every storyline also and we turned the chancellor estate into a man cave for the eighthBilly! Stop the madness throw Pratt and Phelps out the door!!!!

k/kay
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k/kay

And after my rant everybody have a safe memorial weekend

jaybird369
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jaybird369

RIGHT ON, k/kay!!!!! Also, I think that the Chancellor estate now looks like a trashy-ass party house (or whatever)!!!!! Most of all, I agree with you about those 2 clowns Pratt & Phelps. I wish that one of the higher-ups at CBS would FINALLY GROW A BACKBONE ALREADY AND PERMANENTLY SHOW THOSE TWO CLOWNS THE DOOR!!!!! SAYONARA!!!!!!!!!!

Have a good one, k/kay.

Dylan
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Dylan

I have heard people say this is the worst remodel in soap history. We can all agree to disagree on that, and we could all offer probably at least 5 sets from various soaps to back up our claim. We ALL have to realize that cutting sets is a big cost cutting measure!! I don’t like it, I miss the grand old soap mansions of yore. But soaps cannot be produced that way anymore. It would be very entertaining to have a bunch of misfits living there in the original Chancellor house, like Billy, maybe Esther, Chloe, Devon, Kevin, etc.… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Dylan, what an excellent post!
Thank you.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Great post, Dylan. A little off topic what I’m about to say but I always marvel how ANY storytelling form can transport us…as a child…as an adult. Such a gift to be able to enter so may different worlds thru the imagination…whether it be a mansion in 2016 or one in 1816….

Sammie
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Sammie

There is very little difference between the remodel and Victor’s cell or visitor’s room.
I think they painted the jail set and had too much paint left over so did the Chancellor estate.
They need to paint it again without the doom and gloom. I expect Morticia to come down the stairs any minute. lol

tskyent
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tskyent

These writers have to go, they turned this show into a different family and town 🙁

Mr. X
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Mr. X

I loved me some hurricane Jill! Her reaction after seeing what Billy did to Katherine’s mansion was priceless! I’ve been waiting for those scenes. If only she wanted to work on Y&R more often. She has been missed!

mollie
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mollie

Jill really was great, wasn’t she? I got a jolt of the Y&R that I miss. Don’t get me wrong, I am a die-hard fan, but seeing Jill in action really brought it back! I hope she STAYS 🙂

Harry
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Harry

Jill spoke for us fans with her rant. I loved her saying the house looked like a “bordello for depressives.” PERFECT! It also looks like a place where The Blue Man’s Group would party.
Why does Katherine’s house suddenly seem so small?
On another note, Jill is clearly on to Billy as far as his intentions toward Phyllis are concerned.

Celia
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Celia

Same here, mollie. But, we are just being teased….like giving candy to a child and then take it away.
This is simply chaotic, unimaginative writing. I find it ironic that Billy’s playmate is a barrista as is Victoria’s. What a ‘coinkydink’. Was this ‘dramatic’ creation done as a joke? Or, to show how looow can one goooo!!!!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

YES, Jill’s input/rant was sorely needed and long overdue. I actually had a twinge of hope that they will right the “very very ” wrong and restore the Chancellor mansion to its previous glory. Is nothing sacred? Kudos to Jess Walton for reminding me of some of the reasons I fell in love with Y&R back in the 70s.

Nanci
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Nanci

Totally agree, Harry. And yes! The house appears to have shrunk in size, too.
What the heck. Not inviting at all anymore.

dante williams
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dante williams

Totally agree. She made the show not only watchable, but must see.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

As a longtime fan, I am loving the fact that Jill is back. The initial reaction to her seeing the renovation of the Chancellor Mansion was excellent. It was nice to see her getting reacquainted with her son, even though I am still getting used to the “new” Billy. My one wish is that they keep around for a good long while. I loved the way she got in Hilary’s face yesterday. Classic soap opera cat fight. Then again, for it to be a real cat fight, Jill should have hauled off and given her a good old fashioned face… Read more »

mollie
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mollie

Hillary has more than met her match in Jill. Oh boy. Jill does not back down from confrontation, yet she has heart and soul…so I always root for her. Jess Walton delivers. P.S. Loved that Hillary got her comeuppance in the war of wills with Jill 🙂

Harry
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Harry

Mollie, I feel a whodunnit murder mystery is coming up. So many characters hate Hillary with the heat of a thousand suns so if she is murdered the list of suspects will be longer than ZZ Tops’ beards.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
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Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

To be honest, I was surprised the writers would script any sort of criticism towards Pratt/Phelps, because ever since his arrival in FEB 2015, Pratt has been allowed to run rough-shod through the 43-yr legacy that Bill Bell expertly laid-down and his grandiose explosions, drug-lord doppelgangers and Scooby Doo murder mysteries have alienated and disenfranchised longtime viewers. Jess Walton (Jess) gave a tour-de-force performance yesterday that seemed to channel what devoted viewers have been feeling: that the desecration of the Chancellor Mansion and the downward spiral of Billy Abbott have left us incredulous and wondering why this show has been… Read more »

carol
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carol

They should have brought Jill back sooner. May sweeps was a dismal failure.

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen sister!

Lisa
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Lisa

I haven’t really watched since Sage found out Christian is alive – so I have missed quite a bit mostly out of disappointment with story lines.
However I love Jill (I always thought somehow she would inherit Katherine’s mantle as Grand Dame of Genoa City ,Lord knows in the early years she coveted it enough).I too am disappointed with what they have done with the Chancellor manse.
But I will tune in again just for Jess Walton.

su0000
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su0000

Billy is a man, the house is his, he can do what he wants with it.
No man would live in a dead woman’s decor.

Katherine has a whole park immortalizing her, a huge monument to Katherine is her park, named ‘Chancellor Park’ ..

Billy can do what he wants to his house. I like it.

blake
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blake

That’s a good point. No man, especially a young man, wants his house all floral and dainty.

su0000
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su0000

hey Blake..
So right.. no young stud wants to live in dainty flowers anything..
they don’t even buy flowered sheets or frilly throw pillows LOL
Katherine mansion was pure elderly woman decor ..

man needs his manly stuff..

blake
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blake

Damn straight!

Sammie
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Sammie

Big difference between floral & dainty, and a crypt. lol

Timmm
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Timmm

I know, next Jill will bitch about the types of flowers that are planted in kay’s park!

Celia
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Celia

I love flowers.

Celia
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Celia

I guess, su. But, if the changes had been made gradually; ……shown the progression, as it were, I think the overnight transformation would have gone easier on some of us.
However, if truth be told, I am soooo NOT into Jason as Billy; I care not what his story is; come what may.
Jason’s representation of Billy A is not sticking to me. The many lives of Billy Abbott should be a sub-title.

Timmm
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Timmm

C, I was wrong, I thought Jason would be great as billy, no, I was wrong,it’s a bust!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
So was I, Timmmy. I gave Thompson too much credit. But, what a bummer!!
Sometimes we get too used to an actor portraying a certain character, thus, letting go of that image becomes an effort.
I was never into Mr. Thompson to begin with (even as Patrick)….just did not do it for me then, nor now……however, I always try to give the benefit of the doubt.
Perhaps it’s the fact that no one else measures up to Billy Miller’s Billy A for me. Just my personal feeling.

Harry
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Harry

Interesting how we can all see things differently. I think Jason Thompson is doing a terrific job and instead of emulating the past actors who played Billy, he is making this character his own. As someone said (forgive me, I cannot recall who it was) Thompson plays Billy as more of a Foster than an Abbott.
Here’s where I feel I was wrong–I thought Billy Miller would make a terrific Jason but for me, he’s just not working. I would never imagine in a million years that Miller could be so dull.

Celia
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Celia

@Harry.
Yes, Harry….we do have a difference of opinion. I shall stick to mine, albeit, as previously stated, I do agree that Billy Miller’s proverbial charm is lost in the role of Jason.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I was ticked off that they didn’t have Jess and Patrick share a scene after Billy came out of his coma. Mama Jill was there keeping vigil, fought to keep him from being taken off life support– he wakes up and what no scene with his mother– what a let down. As for the set, since they rebuilt it anyway, and use very little of the original and shrunk it beyond recognition I don’t see why it was necessary to say Billy moved to the old Chancellor mansion, they could have just said Billy bought his own house, or they… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Tucker should live there!

dante williams
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dante williams

Tucker and Devon should be there, with Mac, Nina, her sons, and Esther. You’re right. Billy makes no sense there.

Celia
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Celia

Right, Timmmy. And, Devon should be made to take a DNA test to prove he is really not his son. Let’s see how long it would take Hilary to divorce a penniless Devon. She will make a beeline for either Victor, or Jack, for sure. Maybe, even slither her way back to Neil’s bed.
Bring Mac back; the true heir!!

Sammie
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Sammie

It wouldn’t matter if Devon wasn’t Tucker’s son, Katherine left the money to Devon, not Tucker’s son.
I won’t swear to it but I think they did do a DNA test way back when….
That’s a good point about Mac though, why wasn’t she left anything or Brock?

Kevin
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Kevin

Always glad to see Jill back. Jess Walton is one of daytime’s finest actresses (as she proved yesterday). Hope she stays around (minus Collin). I like all the changes on Y & R. Like life, nothing stays the same. Catherine and her mansion are a distant memory, and glad the show is moving on. I also think Jason Patrick has brought new life to Billy ~ he’s confident, sexy and comfortable in his own skin. I have said it for months, YandR is firing on all cylinders, best it’s been in years!

Kevin
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Kevin

…meant Jason Thompson (not Patrick)

su0000
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su0000

JT has totally given us an awesome manly sexy Billy..
He is the best Billy, in my opinion.
JT is the first deep dark Billy.

Harry
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Harry

Wow–I agree with Suoo on this.
However, I don’t agree that Billy’s decor is good. It’s too dark and feels almost claustrophobic–it has terrible feng shui He is supposed to have his children stay there on his time with them and there is nothing about that house which suggests mental stability.
Jill nailed it with her “bordello for depressives” comment. It’s not a house I would want to visit.

Celia
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Celia

I agree. Love Jess. She steals every scene.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…E-X-A-C-T-L-Y!!!!! That CLOWN AND CHUMP Devon is such an idiot!!!!! And, that Hilary chick is nothing but a MONEY-GRUBBING S-K-A-N-K!!!!! Most of all, Mac was (and still is) W-A-Y MORE DESERVING of Katherine’s $$$ and N-O-T Devon!!!!! Oh…and BTW, Hilary ‘making a beeline’ for THAT OLD GOAT Victor…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! TOO FUNNY!!!!!!!

Later.

JK
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JK

IF YOU TURN ON THIS SOAP NOW, YOU WILL NEVER THINK IT IS THE Y&R WE WATCHED IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS! SO MANY CHANGES, SO MANY NOT SO GOOD……MISS KATHERINE AND JILL. AND BOY THE STORY MISSES THEM.

Michael
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Michael

Oh, you are so right, JK! They have the very first episode of Y&R available online for free! When I watch Y&R today, I would never believe that the people in the very first episode were ever a part of Y&R! It seems these characters are completely forgotten, and they made the show so popular in its heyday/early years! I would love to see these episodes again! I hope they make them available online! I really miss the early years of Y&R! Not the same show today! To me it’s just very cold and all business related! I understand that… Read more »

damien
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damien

jess and jason really look great together as mother and son … speaking of sets…. where are all the sets?… how many times can phyllis and jack have a glass of water at the gcac?, cane and lily meet at the park? … dont they live in a home? lauren and michael have a coffee at that cheesy new park cafe?!… no abbott home, no ashby home, no baldwin home…. geez, y n r is really budgeting… you d never guess its the # 1 soap by the looks of it… as well the music score s gotten a little… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Next they will all act out their scenes in a high school gymnasium !

Mary SF
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Mary SF

More than likely they will act in front of green screen and some tech guy will fill in the rest— wait that might actually be better than the low quality sets that have taken over the show— thank God for B&B– that soap reminds all soaps fans what a real sets for a soap are supposed to be–mansions that look like mansions and not a New York studio apartment.

Harry
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Harry

Damien, now that you mention it, we have not seen the Abbott mansion in ages. Do you think they tore it down? And if so, why?
I also have not seen the Newman ranch in ages. I know Sharon burned it down but I thought they rebuilt it.
The only homes we see are Sharon’s house and Chelsey and Adam’s penthouse.

Michael
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Michael

I don’t believe they tore the Abbott mansion down, Harry! I believe I saw it a month or so ago! Yes, Sharon burned down the original Newman ranch, then they rebuilt it, but I haven’t seen that set for quite a while now, but I would assume we will see it again at some point in the future! Katherine Chancellor’s mansion, in my opinion, was very beautiful, and should have been left as it was! Billy really ruined it! The sets on Y&R today, to me, are very cold, with the exception of the Abbott mansion, which was always very… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Michael, what a fun post to read!
Thank you for the summation of Y&R’s sets throughout the ages.
I also fondly Mary William’s home. I appreciated it because it was realistic–there were doilies, Bibles and Reader’s Digest on the coffee tables and crucifixes on the walls.
Mary Williams was a fascinating character because so many of us have known mothers like her. I remember the way she went after all of Paul’s wives with the Bible in one hand and a rolling pin in the other!

Harry
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Harry

Michael Fairman, thank you so much for addressing this issue/story line.
Man, was Jill a sight and sound for sore eyes and ears or what? She said EVERYTHING we fans (and soap bloggers) wanted to say about Billy’s remodeling of Katherine’s mansion not to mention his choices in life. Damn, I love Jill something awful.
And has anyone noticed that Jess Walton and Jason Thompson really look like they could be mother and son?
Please stay, Jill Foster Abbott. Damn, you are so needed.

Timmm
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Timmm

Harry, I said from day one, think of nubilly as a foster and not an Abbott.

Harry
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Harry

Yes, you did say that, Timmm.
And when you think that his mother (Jill) had an affair with her stepson (Jack) this whole Billy/Phyllis mess seems plausible. And this is why Jill is going to see right through her son and she will know what is going on before anyone else does.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Timmm, It has become a travail for me watching Jason T be Billy. I get a pang each and every time. Billy Miller is not cutting it as Jason on GH either for me. Billy A is not really a Foster because Jill was adopted. The true Fosters were of a lighter complexion. But, yes, if we can get Billy Miller’s image as Billy A out of our head, and appreciate the fact that Billy favors his mother’s looks, then I can definitely look the other way and accept it. And, to add to Harry’s comment, I, too, find… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Harry, I’m replying to your post on Mary Williams’ home on Y&R! I completely agree with you! The Williams’ home was also a very warm house and it’s true what you say about Mary Williams! She did go after all of Paul’s wives with the bible in one hand and the rolling pin in the other! She especially didn’t like Lauren, who was very wild and cruel to Traci Abbott because of Traci’s weight! I’ve always liked Traci, and felt she was the heart and soul of the Abbott family, as was Mary to the Williams family! Mary was a… Read more »

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

QUESTION: I CAN RECALL WHEN JACK SLEPT WITH JILL. WHICH JACK WAS IT: TERRY OR PETER? MY MEMORY VARIES WITH WHAT I HAVE RECENTLY READ. THANKS.

k/kay
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k/kay

@Tani that was the original Jill /Brenda Dickson and Terry Lester the original Jack. However when Peter Bergman and Jess Walton had an affair again after they started portraying the characters.

Michael
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Michael

Harry, I also forgot to mention in my most recent and very long post: another thing Susan Flannery and Jaime Lyn Bauer have in common is that the two of them also played Dr. Laura Horton on Days of Our Lives, in addition to both of them also playing John McCook’s wife on two other soaps: Jaime on Y&R, and Susan on B&B! Susan Flannery was Laura #2, and Jaime was Laura #5, on DOOL!

Michael
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Michael

Jill was absolutely right in regard to Katherine’s mansion! It looks absolutely disgusting, and should never have been changed! It seems that Billy never learns from any mistakes he made in the past! Did anyone know that Jill is the only character from the original cast of Y&R that remains to this day, but Jess Walton is the fifth actress of six to play Jill! Jill was originally played by Brenda Dickson (1973-1980; 1983-1987), and then by Bond Gideon (1980), Deborah Adair (1980-1983; 1986), Melinda Fee (1984), Jess Walton (1987-present) and Judith Chapman (around 1992 or 1994)! As you may… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Wow, Michael–thank you. You certainly are well versed on the history of Y&R. I started watching Y&R in the mid 80’s and hence, do not recall the Brook’s family. Yes, I love Traci and Lauren was one of those horrid mean girls we all know and hate from high school. I remember after she taunted Traci at the swimming pool party, Traci hid in her room with her pink princess phone and ate a box of candy bars she kept hidden in her closet. Y&R was ahead of its time as far as addressing bullying and I can hear Janis… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Harry, I agree with everything you say here! Another coincidence about the Y&R sets is that after the Brooks family left town in the early 1980s, the front of the Brooks house, doors included, served as the front for some sort of soda/ice cream shop! Poor Traci was sitting at one table, and Lauren, who was also there, spitefully ordered a big banana split for Traci, knowing full well that Traci had a weight problem ! When the waiter informed Traci that the banana split was compliments of Lauren, Traci went over to Lauren’s table with the banana split, and… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

By the way, I forgot to mention, speaking of Billy destroying the Chancellor mansion by remodeling it, they should change it back! As one of the people commented here, the Chancellor mansion is an iconic piece of Y&R history, and should have been left alone! As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Speaking of Y&R homes, the Brooks house was one of the most beautiful houses on Y&R years ago! I’m sure Y&R viewers have heard people mention now and then, the Genoa City chronicle, which is the town’s newspaper?! Well, Stuart Brooks was the… Read more »

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Triumphant return INDEED!!! OMG! I didn’t realize how much I missed Jess Walton on Y&R until she blew in like a tornado!! All hail the Queen of Y&R! She absolutely dominated every scene she was in… in the inimitable style that is all hers! I howled with delight and had to keep rewinding to see her in action against that evil bitch, Hillary! Also THANK YOU writers for giving Jill a chance to say what’s been on EVERYONE’s mind about the revamp of the Chancellor Mansion! Proclaiming he ruined the house that was once her and Kay’s “battlefield” was such… Read more »

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

Obviously the emphasis is on the “Young” in “Y&R”. But why paint a house prison gray? Did they get a discount on gray prison paint, or are they all depressed from writing the most unpleasant character portrayals I’ve ever seen on daytime TV?

Celia
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Celia

You said it best, Dr.
These “unpleasant” characters are downers…..and Catherine’s mansion is cloying and confining….which does not lighten the ambiance one bit. The house used to be so airy and welcoming. It has been desecrated, in my opinion. I suppose the atmosphere fits Billy’s disconsolate mood.
As it now is, the house feels like living in a box…..open up those walls and let the it breathe so we can breathe.

k/kay
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k/kay

Why did they not just give the new Billy a condo and never show the Chancellor Mansion again problem solved. If Jill was going to give that house to anyone it would have been Cane and Lilly and their children she has always been closer to Cane.

Timmm
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Timmm

Jill, welcome back! Where is Colin? Dear god, if you are not using him, ship him to gh immediately! I liked Jill tearing everyone a new azzhole, especially that skamk Hillary! Bring back the original tucker darling!

Mark Y
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Mark Y

I”m just glad Billy has a place of his own to live. I”m tired of all the action taking place in the park. It only makes sense that he would redecorate.

dante williams
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dante williams

You know, I was about to give Y&R another rest and then I saw Jill in the previews, I said hell yes!!! I didn’t expect it to be that good though. The way she was all over the canvas showed me the connections she had to the show and that she needed to stay. She made what was already there better. If the writers are good enough to notice how bad the mansion looks, then why aren’t they good enough to change it? I’d like to see Jess Walton back on permanently and Pratt/Phelps out. This show needs, wants, and… Read more »

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Took the words right out of my mouth! Couldn’t agree more on every topic you hit! Please LORD let Jill be back on the canvas permanently! Sorry, Jess… I know you love Oregon, but we love you, too!

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Jill “hit it out of the ballpark.” Thank god someone on the show can stand up and see what is happening and speak up. Can’t the writers see that the viewers have become the “restless” in the “Young and the Restless.” I recall a picture in the Chancellor mansion living room which looked surprisingly familiar; it surely was an original. Could Billy not have preserved and valued the interior pieces while letting viewers know. Or, why not redecorate without desecrating? The home must have been on some sort of historical register in Genoa City. There was a story in that… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Tani Sterling, I’m replying to your question on Jack Abbott! When Jack and Jill slept together, Jack was played by Terry Lester, who originated the role in 1980! Jack was temporarily played by Brett Porter in 1985, who bore quite a resemblance to Terry Lester! Terry Lester returned to the role, and played it until the summer of 1989! Peter Bergman took over the role of Jack in November 1989, and Terry Lester passed away fourteen years later, in November 2003! When Jack and Jill slept together, Jill was played by Brenda Dickson, who had recently returned as Jill in… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Michael wasn’t Terry Lester upset with the nepotism which was afforded to Lauralee Bell ?

Michael
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Michael

Yes, Harry! Terry Lester was very upset that Lauralee Bell was getting a great deal of onscreen time, which I think played a big role in his leaving Y&R! You may remember the second eldest Brooks sister, Lauralee, also known as Lorie, when she returned to Y&R for six weeks in the summer of 2002! In fact, when the late William J. Bell created the character of Lauralee “Lorie” Brooks, he named the character after his daughter, Lauralee Bell!

k/kay
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k/kay

Yes he was and with good reason she had no training and was in every storyline like Steve Burton is now unprofessional pleas don’t get me started I like Peter Bergman but he will never in my eyes fill Lesters shoes as Jack! Some characters you just can’t replace , the only friend in the soap business I have ever known so yes I am biased!

Michael
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Michael

Harry, I thought I’d give you some more information! I read a very long time ago, that the front doors of the Brooks house were actually from a real Beverly Hills mansion! I see no reason why this wouldn’t be true! Y&R started as a half-hour soap when it premiered on March 26,1973, and expanded to one hour on February 4, 1980! Y&R replaced the daytime soap Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, which ran from 1967-1973! William Gray Espy, who originated the role of Dr. William “Snapper” Foster in 1973, and was later replaced by David Hasselhoff in 1975,… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Whoever wants to listen go do your research and please quit listening yo Nast gossip Terry Lester to me was the only Jack go look at some of his interviews he was a consummate professional was he tough to get along with probably so my husband and I met him in Bew York when he had just started on ATTWT a very private person w loved him an that is all I can say he was one of the best in the industry I adored him and god how I miss him

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Thank you Michael. Funny, I saw the episode in question but didn’t recall it with Terry Lester, nor that Jill. My life traveled a bit in those days which were bereft of recorders. Thanks again and all of your history.

Michael
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Michael

Thank you, Tani! If I remember correctly, Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) had pictures of Jack (Terry Lester) and Jill (Brenda Dickson) sleeping together, made into a jigsaw puzzle, and she mailed John Abbott (Jerry Douglas) a piece of this jigsaw puzzle every day, until it was completely assembled! I don’t recall how John found out about his son and wife sleeping together, but when he did, I believe he divorced Jill, and then years later, they remarried! Jill was now played by Jess Walton, and Jack was now played by Peter Bergman! When John and Jill remarried, this was when… Read more »

Geena
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Geena

The Billy & Phyllis affair is the only thing that resembles a soap on this show. Everything else is stupid beyond belief!! I guess their idea of fixing the blunder of the mansion is to have Jill disapprove. I highly doubt they will make any type of improvements on the worst remodel I’ve ever seen in daytime.

Lillian
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Lillian

Y&R SUGGESTION: Please provide a better portrait of Katherine Chancellor. An oil painting – collage of Jeannie Cooper throughout her years on Y&R – would be most desirable.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

AGREED!!

Harry
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Harry

Thank you, Lillian.
That picture is horrible and reminds me of the one Napoleon Dynamite drew for the girl he liked.

Michael
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Michael

Harry, I forgot to mention that Mary Grover was supposed to play Leslie Brooks, when Y&R premiered, but never made it to the screen, and the role went to Janice Lynde, who was later replaced by the late Victoria Mallory, who got the role of Leslie Brooks, I believe, through her real-life friendship with Doug Davidson, who has played Paul Williams on Y&R since around 1979, I believe! I don’t think Doug Davidson is any relation to Eileen Davidson, who plays Ashley Abbott on Y&R!

Michael
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Michael

Harry, I thought you might be interested to know the following: Jaime Lyn Bauer didn’t come on Y&R until December 1973, nine months after the show premiered! It was explained that Lorie was away at school in Paris! She returned home for the wedding of her younger sister Chris and Snapper! When Jaime Lyn Bauer couldn’t handle the six-day-a-week work schedule after Y&R expanded to one hour, she begged William Bell to be released from her contract, which he graciously did! What he didn’t tell her was that he was waiting for just one more person to leave Y&R, and… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Harry, another coincidence is that Dorothy Green, who played Jennifer Brooks, and Jeanne Cooper, who played Katherine Chancellor, on Y&R, passed away five years to the day of each other! Dorothy on May 8, 2008, and Jeanne on May 8, 2013! The day Jeanne Cooper passed away, Dorothy Green turned up as a guest-star on the 1970s prime time series, The Six Million Dollar Man! This was eerie, seeing as Dorothy Green was gone five years in real-life that day, and she turns up on TSMDM! Also, Jeanne Cooper and Dorothy Green are standing next to each other in the… Read more »

Dawn D
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Dawn D

I also hated the new set. I guess black/grey is the new in color but I can only take it in small doses. I like all types of styles modern, classic, Victorian but I just can’t handle depressing. I love Y&R for the most part and I did watch in the beginning. It is totally not at all like it was then. But I like most of the characters. I’m not hung up on all the old ones like many are. I was attached most to Katherine. But I like much of the somewhat younger folks. I love Billy/Jack. Jill/Gloria/husband… Read more »

Carl Tompkins
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Carl Tompkins

I’m married to Bond Gideon who played the 2nd Jill Foster back for a several months in 1980. I have been looking for ANY Y&R vids of her time on the soap to save for our daughter (who goes by Tory Taranova. a SAG-AFTRA actress now out in LA since early 2015) . Tory was in Linklater’s last movie and is working hard in LA to establish herself. looking for her first big break. She was on American Idol during Hollywood week in Season 13. She is quite a guitar playe rand musician and plays electic guitar and piano/leyboard and… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It’s going to be very hard to find 1980 footage, Carl, because the VCR didn’t become popular until 1984. That is about the earliest I’ve ever found of my show, which is also distributed by SONY. Maybe the Bell family, CBS or Sony can help you. Have you asked them? BTW, I don’t watch Y&R, but your plight made me want go to YouTube where I found a comment/question by you as to if the woman in a still photo was Bond…That actress is Jaime Lyn Bauer…I recognize her from her later years as a Laura Horton recast on Days… Read more »

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Tom Pelphrey Set As Series Regular For Amazon’s Mystery Drama ‘Outer Range’

Another great feather in the cap for one of the finest actors we know, former Guiding Light and As the World Turns alum, and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Tom Pelphrey.

Fresh of his star-turn in Netflix;s Ozark as Laura Linney’s on-screen brother Ben, Pelphrey has nabbed a key role in the upcoming Amazon series, Outer Range.

The show also stars Lilli Taylor and Tamara Podemski and Josh Brolin.  Outer Range is from playwright Brian Watkins, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Amazon Studios.

According to Deadline: The story centers on Royal Abbott (Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness.  Taylor will portray Cecilia Abbott, the matriarch of the Abbott family. Cecilia is a woman of deep faith, which she finds tested as never before. Podemski will play Deputy Sheriff Joy. A life-long cop, Joy is running for county sheriff, and is the first gay Native American to ever do so in Wyoming. Pelphrey is Perry Abbott, the dutiful, eldest Abbott son, who is torn up inside by the lingering mystery of his missing wife.”

Coming up this Oscar season look for Tom in David Fincher’s Mank, where he plays Joseph Mankiewicz .

So will you be checking out Tom in Outer Range? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Celebrates Taping 100 Episodes Since Returning to Production Amidst COVID-19

This week on Wednesday, The Bold and the Beautiful reached another milestone in their over 33-years on the air, but this one nobody could have prepared for or predicted earlier this year.

The CBS daytime drama celebrated their 100th episode back in production after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production months ago.  B&B was the first soap and television show back in production in the U.S. in June and since that time has kept the show moving forward offering its fans plenty of drama.

For the milestone, the cast and crew were given new masks to wear, which showed The Bold and the Beautiful logo and the 100 numerical number.

Taking to their Instagram account over the last few days, showing off their masks, and marking the occasion have been cast members including: Lawrence-Saint Victor, Thorsten Kaye, Denise Richard, Matthew Atkinson, Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook, Scott Clifton, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and more.

Thosten Kaye gave a special message and shout out to fans of the series sharing: ” We couldn’t have done it without you, our fans. Thank you.”

Lawrence Saint-Victor shared: “We’ve shot 100 episodes since we’ve been back in production!!  Our incredible team who brought us back and brought us back safely.   We weathered this crazy time.”

Check out Jacqui and Scott celebration pic below, then share your congrats to B&B for providing entertainment and drama during these tough times when it cannot be easy to film via the comment section below.

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DAYS Alum Molly Burnett Promoted To Series Regular on ‘Queen of the South’

Wanna know where you can find Salem’s Melanie Layton, sorta?  You can watch her killing it on USA’s drama Queen of the South.  That”s where former Days of our Lives star, Molly Burnett has just been upped to series regular for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

According to Deadline who broke the news, Burnett will continue to play her complex and delicious role of Kelly Anne.

Soap fans Molly as Melanie on DAYS from 2008-2016 and when she stepped into play the role of Maxie Jones for Kirsten Storms on General Hospital in 2016.

Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.

Burnett’s Kelly Anne is a frequent member of Teresa’s drug operation, has already killed her abusive husband, was an informant, and had a cocaine habit.  When viewers last saw Kelly Anne she was finding her sobriety and her way back into the Teresa’s operations in New Orleans.

Since exiting Days in 2014, Burnett has also been seen on  CSI: Cyber, Relationship Status and True Blood. 

So intrigued to watch Molly on Queen of the South? Comment below.

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