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Y&R Poll: Who Do You Want Victoria To End Up With?

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On The Young and the Restless, while Victoria (Amelia Heinle) is trying to recover from her abusive relationship with her ex J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill), and knows that her mother killed him trying to protect her, she has now found herself leaning on another former ex, Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson), and co-worker and friend, Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard).

With Lily (Christel Khalil) drifting further from Cane now that she is serving a prison term for the accident that caused Hilary’s death, Cane and Victoria recently found themselves in a steamy kiss, and drawn to one another.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to deny and see those old feelings between Billy and Victoria, and the history that these two have shared over the years, through thick and through thin.

Big problem is –  Cane and Billy have no love lost for each other, which makes this situation all the more combustible.

So, in our latest Y&R poll, we ask you, “Who Do You Want Victoria To End Up With?”

Vote now and below for Billy, Cane, or  if you think Victoria should not get involved with either, and go it alone for awhile?

Share why you voted the way you did in the comment section.

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Janet Malatesta
Janet Malatesta

Mac and Billy

Sharon
Sharon

heck no dont bring mac back too boring billy needs a new woman altogether.

Elizabeth Laviola
Elizabeth Laviola

Billy dosn’t deserve no woman! He used summer and he is treating Kyle badly!

Jenn Sutt
Jenn Sutt

Cane!! I’ve never been a fan of Cane and Lily. I love seeing DG getting to play something else. Love them kissing and hope it goes further. Great drama with Billy, Cane and Victoria.

Sam
Sam

Cane the pain whispers too much

Laurene
Laurene

” it’s hard to deny and see those old feelings between Billy and Victoria”

Where ? When ?
The guy begged Phyllis to take him back two minutes ago, promised to fight for her and the day after, he wanted Victoria.

Celia
Celia

Well…..this is how I see it, Laurene: the old feelings were between Billy Miller and Amelia–they did have a phenominal connection…..this Billy is a sap.
So, yeah—I agree with your; “Where? When?”….I will add: How? Why?

Denise A Daniel
Denise A Daniel

Billy & Victoria have been over for eons & the have zero sexual chemistry. They’re like brother/sister. A Victoria/Cane romance would drive story. Lily’s in prison. Her family has been supportive of Cane but once they learn about his stepping out they are going to be pissed. Would they tell Lily?
Billy & Phyllis have flaming chemistry. They need to be trapped somewhere where they can fight it out & get past both being unfaithful.
Victoria/Cane need to solidify by the time Lily’s back and then game on! Perhaps she winds up with Nick.

Sharon
Sharon

No Cane and Victoria, bring Lily back with a new Character, No Phillis and Billy nor Nick. A new man for Phyllis a new woman for Billy.

keren
keren

billy/phyllis and cane/victoria

Sharon
Sharon

hell no

keren
keren

hell yes! this is my opinion so i have the right to express it.

Sharon
Sharon

no no hell no

Christina
Christina

Billy eventually. I want the love story <3

Jennifer
Jennifer

While the cane thing is interesting…her soulmate Billy. They’re the true love story and what I hope will be the end game.

Harry
Harry

I agree. And Jason Thompson is hitting it out of the park playing Billy Abbott–I think he has great chemistry with Victoria.

Catherine
Catherine

They have me swooning. I wasn’t sure but their chemistry has been excellent lately.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Oh, I agree with Harry about Billy and Victoria. I do love Billy Miller, but I like Jason’s chemestry with Victoria even more. Also, I want Nick with someone else, other than Phyllis. I just can not stand that woman anymore.

Christina
Christina

Same with me. Billy and Victoria Forever <3

Shayma
Shayma

I want Billy and Victoria find their way back to one another. Victoria is the only woman he ever loved truly and married her 3 times. She grounds him. Also they have family together and Reed trusts Billy more than anyone. They were not given a chance every since he returned his accident. Now Billy fot his lust out of the way, it’s time he return to his family and help Victoria heal from the abuse she sustained last year. He was there to protect her so he needs to step up and the man Victoria wants him to be-her rock and anchor. I want this time Billy fight for Victoria and the writers should explore her pain and recovery. Instead of making her slut who kisses any man she sees or especially a man she can’t stand. This kiss is ridiculous and came out of no where.

Lauren
Lauren

I voted for Cane. Seeing Victoria and Cane’s fight ending in a kiss it was first time in a long these two characters felt alive to me. They felt fresh and new and full of chemistry that could lead to unlimited storylines then later down the line they can add Lily into the mix when she is released from prison. Going back to their Brash and Sassy days I’ve always felt a spark between the characters and I was pleasantly surprised at the turn their fight took. I feel like Victoria and Cane are both in desperate need of new love interests. A thin line between love and hate is such a classic soap opera trope and I really hope the writers won’t be afraid to truly go there with Cane and Victoria.

Billy and Victoria are stale to me. It is so tiring seeing Y&R try this pairing with every single actor that plays the role of Billy Abbott hoping to recapture the original version of them. Billy and Victoria had their time and they were fun while they lasted, but I believe it’s time to let them go especially when I think they do better as co-parents and friends at this stage. When it comes to recasts I think shows to need realize and accept that each actor is different and they come with their own energy and what worked romantically with the previous actor may not with the current. Jason Thompson has made the role of Billy Abbott his and I think what he and Gina Tognoni created with Billy and Phyllis is a better suited pairing for their versions of those characters.

Melo
Melo

What gets me is the way you and others simply ignore Lily She is Canes wife So why should he even be an option. Mal Young in his awful writing threw Lily in prison when Really Victoria,her mom,Phyllis and Sharon should be there Then to add more insult Mal has Cane written to do this As a long time viewer I am extremely insulted and disgusted with Mal Young and TPTB that allowed him to do this. This story event doesnt look good for Cane or Victoria( a once battered woman qho totally disregards another woman) Will no sensible person at YR fix this

GramS
GramS

Christel wanted to go on recurring so the s/l sent her to prison. Her choice not Young’s.

Melo
Melo

Recurring doesn’t justify this story plot by Mal Young It also doesn’t mean prison and it doesn’t mean that you don’t get a viable s/l. CK also said she would be available when needed.

Missy
Missy

I feel like some folks are agenda voting/shipping. I think AH & JT have a natural chemistry. The thing is we never got the chance to explore this version of Villy because right away Phyllis was in the orbit as soon as Jason took over the role. I didn’t mind Philly,but I’m enjoying the Villy scenes more & more now that we’re getting a chance with this version. I never cared much for Cane. I guess they needed a way to keep DG on the show. I honestly would have preferred a villy triangle with Devon!

Laurene
Laurene

Villy were together when JT took the role. They also had months alone at B&S.

They had their chance to explore their version and they suck.
They have zero sexual chemistry and are like dry paint.

Vikki
Vikki

Victoria & Billy has been done to death. Quit selling this pairing as some epic love story when A) She is his fallback for the umpteenth time. He still would be with Phyllis had she not rejected him. B) He always cheats on her. C) She has to be portrayed as a less than so Billy can play hero. D) Her drive & ambition is taken away from her because of the gender inequality being pushed. She deserves better.

Patrick
Patrick

Great Post : have to highlight

first off… the one thing that supersede ^^^ Nick and Sharon, god how dead

Sharon Case is; thee show… okay should Michelle Stafford; Eileen Davidson; RETURN would never dull or diminish… She needs a helluva BIG man… ta da !

Michael Muhney RETURN

what an eclipse this would

C and D :

c: ” ^^^ C) She has to be portrayed as a less than ”
D: ” ^^^ D) Her drive & ambition is taken away from her because of the gender inequality being pushed”

which is so odd.. yeah? considering.. she’s Victor firstborn.. and is always given leverage.. yet he will in a heartbeat bring her down.. lickety split.. right along with mother , Nikki.
AND Nick is so boring any way… that his being stooli suits him well…

Victoria rocketed with Billy Miller : just took off ; she works with Jason Thompson… it was short circuited to save for later… TRUTH… recall all those hospital scenes as Victoria was by his side. WOAH

who wants to see : BORING SEX SCENES w/Phyllis AGAIN AND AGAIN. blah blech

so however @Y&R plays her … she’s stamina.. a hold on … a twist you turn with; I’ve loved Amelia Heinle TAKE.. she’s two time emmied.. boy did she catch up and stay on top of her game… ALL this after Billy Miller left. by all account Period

this topsy turvey game that will always be continually played out till Eric Braden , Victor is DEAD… will always leverage the playing field… I would never count out Victoria

Heidi
Heidi

Cane is MARRIED. What about his wife? I really hate seeing Cane become another Nick . Lily needs Cane so of course have him cheat. Sharon needed Nick when he cheated on her. I know it is a soap but can’t we have a man stand by his wife when things get tough?

Pam
Pam

Billy is Victoria’s soul mate at Nikki is to Victor

Kelly C.
Kelly C.

Billy. They are and have always been soulmates. I hope they finally get the chance to be happy.

Nicole
Nicole

Billy. Thompson and Heinle have been fabulous lately showing these two falling in love all over again. Kudos.

Luke
Luke

Billy Abbott. @ameliamheinle and @myjasonthompson have me fanboying lately hahaha!

Celia
Celia

As long as it’s not Cain……I never liked him; not that I like this Billy, either…..but he’s a far cry from Cain ( the name itself tells a story). Cain sucks the air out of a scene; and my space, LOL.
I don’t think I’ve imagined this…..but, I remember having read that perhaps, there are two JT’s? The fake one is truly dead, but the real JT is somewhere, roaming around with amnesia.
Victoria and the JT I remember, were soooo good together. He certainly was not an abusive maniac.
Bring the good JT back….send Cain packing and put no-personality-spoiled-brat-screw-up-Billy and hey-look-at-me-I’m-the-ever-obnoxious-Phyllis in the same playpen, again.

Ron
Ron

Hi Celia! Loved your post and agree with you. I still think Billy belongs with Mac. Victoria needs a calming soul, like a teacher!

Celia
Celia

LOL….You give teachers a bad name, Ron–my husband calls me a spitfire!!
Seriously, my friend….I like neither Cane, nor This Billy. I cannot fathom how anyone can say that Billy belongs to anyone…..we have not seen Thompson with anyone except crazy Non-Phyllis.
But, you’re right…..introduce someone else—-there’s too much recycling going on. How about Jack? She’s, at least, in her forties–kidding!!!! Nah….
❤️

Ron
Ron

Spitfire? Wow! Keep at it! My wife calls me a keg of dynamite.
Boy, that Jack story unnerves me. Whatever happened to his Vietnamese wife? I don’t recall.Then again, he’s had so many marriages, you would think he realizes he’s not meant to be married.

I await the arrival of the new writers. Let’s see them rescue this show.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Ron,
I do hope this show can be rescued….I’ve been watching since I was in diapers…….life would not be the same without my Y&R.
It was bad enough mourning the loss of AMC, AW and OLTL….I can’t lose this one, too.
I don’t remember what happened to Jack’s Vietnamese wife…..I did mention his son, Kemo, a few times. He should be well into his forties.
This is the reason I am so frustrated, Ron…..Jack should not be dallying; fooling around; indulging….whatever; with a girl young enough to be his daughter. My father is younger than Jack.
The “destruction” of characters is on the writers. It’s silly….Thank goodness they came to their senses by putting an end to Nikki’s “pruritus” for High Schoolers…. what an “Arturian” travesty that was!!
Then, there’s Mia—this woman is a wanton, period!! I am not a violent person, but I want to smack her a few times….And, if the writers want to trick us into thinking she’s sexy? Hmmmm. Nah–she does not have the IT factor. None, of these women, does. Hilary had it all….femme fatale with all the trimmings. Spitfire? LOL.
So, you’re a keg of dynamite? Wow!! I like that….I like your wife.
I never allow my husband to win an argument, even when I know he’s right–ergo, “spitfire”– he does call be “Angel”, though, when I behave. LOL.
By the way…what college did your son decide to attend?
Soon, Ron.
❤️

Ron
Ron

Hi again, Celia– busy here with digging out from several inches of snow. Winter finally arrived in the midwest the past couple of weekends ( in case you haven’t noticed the lack of “wintry” storylines on Y and R!)

I’m guessing the new head writers will first figure out how to undo a lot of mess and end the sophomoric storylines currently running, then they’ll need to bring faith back to the loyal viewers who rely on the show’s history by righting a lot of wrongs. Most of all, I hope the current staff of writers beef up their skills. I have had the hardest time finding biographical information about the staff: their ages, where they attended college, their writing histories, etc. I’m just so stunned by how shallow the components of writing are (as you adeptly pointed out more than once.) I mean, HOW RIDICULOUS WAS IT ON FRIDAY’S EPISODE TO HAVE BILLY SUDDENLY APPEAR IN VICTORIA’S LIVING ROOM WHILE SHE AND CANE ARE LOCKING LIPS?

Don’t get me started about Mia– I fast forward through all her scenes. Double that for Arturo. I’m so unhappy for Abby.

Thanks for asking about my oldest son’s college plans for this fall. He’s been accepted to U Wisconsin, Madison (how fitting for Genoa City!), U Missouri, Columbia and a local private college (who awarded him the President’s scholarship– enough for two years fully paid.) He finished the Dec deadline applications for Notre Dame (his top choice), Syracuse (second choice), Northwestern and Boston College. The only iffy one of the bunch is Northwestern– seems his 34 ACT is borderline (how crazy is that?)

Take care, Happy New Year, and keeping up the great classroom work, my friend in the east!

Celia
Celia

Hello, Ron,
Happy New Year to you and yours….thank you. I was in the midst of typing when, suddenly, the screen went blank….and this, a brand new iPad….I go through them like water. I keep dropping them, shattering the screen, LOL.
So, if you get two replies; that’s the reason.
YEAH… I know about all the white stuff you’re getting. I was talking to my cousin in Toronto, yesterday…..she was complaining about it, too.
We got rain, instead…..but, the temp will only be fourteen tomorrow–icy roads terrify me; I can handle the fluffy stuff, LOL.
I hear you, my friend…..what is the non-love triangle between Billy, Cane and Victoria? They act like teens in their first throes of infatuation. What’s wrong with these writers? And, why would they affix Arturo on Abby?
With the exception of Lola ( most of the time) the Rosales family is flat, uninteresting and boring. No spice. No zing. No gusto!!
I can’t be sure, but was there a “headline” online ( or was it on TV?), asking the viewers what we think of Y&R? Gee!! All they need to do is go on these sites to get a clue!!

34 ( ACT) is borderline? Are they nuts? MIT is lower than that–Harvard, Yale and Columbia, as well.
I think any school in Boston is on the upper echelons of education. But, I’m biased, what can I say? LOL.
Notre Dame ( Our Lady) is an excellent choice!! I wish him well …….sincerely.
It’s been soooo long, Ron….getting a whiff of nostalgia…
Take care….❤️

Ron
Ron

Boston is my favorite US city. Aside from Notre Dame, not much happening in Indiana (our neighbor state.) And, the Chicago Tribune wrote a long article about college entrance requirements and found (after a year-long survey) the two toughest schools to get into throughout the US are #1, Northwestern and #2, U of Chicago. So, my bright son wrote his Northwestern college essay about the definition of IMPOSSIBLE and how doesn’t believe in it!

It was 4 degrees this morning, wind chill -12.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Ron,
As one teacher to another…….Today, while his children were arguing, Cane interruped by saying, ” ….between your mom and I….”. No need to explain to you. Bad grammar is as much your pet-peeve as it is mine—-and, I do not mean typos ( those don’t count, LOL).
❤️

Amanda
Amanda

It should be Billy. I am just not buying this forced angle with Cane and Victoria and what happened to his so called love for Lily? It is just horrid writing.

Celia
Celia

Agreed, Amanda…….This will be another epic fail in a quadrangle-idiotic-love-story.
If Cane and Victoria get together, these writers will make him look worse than the heel he already is. A patsy!! His wife is in jail and here he is having lurid designs on another woman……VICTORIA of all people???? …..why should he be involved with anyone in the first place? His sexual drive must be too insurmountable for him to handle??
Then, there’s Jack and the giant-girl-woman…..every time they make out, my stomach lurches!! Mamma mia; he’s an old man!! Yuck!! Why? Worst writing…..these penners should get some common sense–Jack looks his age. This girl is in her twenties. The willy-nilly writing drives me up the wall……TPTB want Jack to be relevant and involved with someone romantically? Fine! Just pair him with a woman closer to his age….I skip over all their scenes, whether they go at it or not. Their mere presence together is a turn-off.

GramS
GramS

Cane is now and always has been a lying slime ball. No way he should be with Victoria. Let Billy and Victoria renew their love.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Gram S, I thoroughly agree with you. I can’t stand that lousy Cain. Him whining at the prison, when he went to see Lily today, was sickening. I also don’t like Jill always fawning all over him, like he’s so wonderful. She comes to GC for five minutes at a time, but is always right there to tell Cane and Billy how to run their lives. Too bad she can’t see the real jerk of a con man she married.

Karen
Karen

Billy

Kelsey
Kelsey

BILLY!!! True love never dies.

caitlin
caitlin

Cane is kinda a fun distraction but Billy and Victoria are each other’s true North. So Billy

Fiona
Fiona

Billy and Victoria they make a good couple and they have children together

Laurene
Laurene

Who cares about children ? Two people shouldn’t be together because they have children but because they LOVE each other.

Billy and Chloe had a child too.

Nadege Jean michel
Nadege Jean michel

With Billy

Ane
Ane

Cane is not an option he is married to Lily Winters Ashby. I am simply amazed at the number of bloggers and TPTB that be seeing Lily’s life as parts to be portioned off to the next woman in need of a spare part and yes that is what has been done for years use Lily’s life as spare parts. Where is your poll for why Lily should not be in jail for an accident when the real criminals go free and live the high life around GC including getting her husband. I have never seen a poll giving Lily the option to have another woman’s pairing broken up so her husband/partner can be used as a spare part to give to Lily Ashby.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Ane,
The first thing I said when Lily was sentenced was exactly that!! My parents are both attorneys, and albeit this is a soap……it is amazing how these soap-gods twist the law to the extreme.
Lily should have never gone to jail—it was an accident. Yes, someone did die as a consequence, but it was an accident nonetheless.
My mother said that had Lily been drinking, then the writers could/may have used it as an excuse/reason to sentence her.
Bluntly put; the writing su*ks!! Getting worse and worse….and this my favorite soap!! It hurts saying it…..

TAMARA HODGEWASHINGTON
TAMARA HODGEWASHINGTON

Victoria needs to have new man altogether!

Sharon
Sharon

i agree

Sharon
Sharon

a new man not billy not cane

su000
su000

Good gawd!
Listen up!
It the era of the woman, Strong women.
The woman is rising.
Victoria needs no man.

She can Date, hook-up, check out the stock but she does Not need to have a man in her life messing it up.

What has happened to play the field?
this I need I a man or I’m gonna die is crapola..

Women do well, very well without a man/relationship.
And No respectful woman would take a man back that has screwed everyone in her space and caused her much pain, who in Hades does that!

Victoria doesn’t need Billy back– good lawd he has screwed most everyone she knows..
how pitiful bwahaaa!

Sharon
Sharon

highly agree

Bart
Bart

Neither – I hate the character of Cane Ashby (and not a fan of narcissist Daniel Goddard) and Jason Thompson still sucks as Billy Abbott!!

If Billy Miller came back to “Y & R”, then I’d want Billy & Vicki together – Amelia had great chemistry with Billy Miller!!

Sharon
Sharon

victoria needs a new man and sharon should go back to nick they always really loved each other they look better together. Victoria is too high strung and boring for Billy and Cane is very boring and should be taken off the show never the less Cane belongs to Lily.

Lynette
Lynette

I have been a follower of the Young and the Restless for years and I am sad for a couple of reasons that I am contemplating not watching anymore. Number 1. To NOT see the Characters such as Paul Williams or that of Lily, Gloria and others of the cast who were good in their rolls no longer are on anymore. 2. I am sorry the acting of Rey, Lola, Arturo and Mia is not of the best. In fact I find the characters they are playing very boring. You need to have some more creative writing to keep the interest in watching the show or you will loose the audience. Getting rid of the people who helped bring the ratings up is not the way to go in my opinion.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Cane and Victoria sitting in a tree…lol.

Momo
Momo

Don’t want Victoria with Cane. He needs to remember his wife. He’s not drunk this time.

Pjc
Pjc

Neither one. Cane has a wife and if Victoria knowingly goes with him while Lily is in prison, I’m sorry, I’ve got no respect for the character.

PLUS I AM SECRETLY HOPING ON ONE OF HIS DRIVES TO SEE LILY HE IS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT.

Having her with Billy is lazy. Like Nick processing his undying love for Phyllis after processing his undying love for Sharon weeks before at the altar.

Get new cast. Finish the JT story and instead of a love story it’s how Victoria as a strong – ER woman now fights to prove her innocence and it was all in self defence.

Karen Ross
Karen Ross

Not Billy

Fanny
Fanny

Cane is such a dumbass… They shouldn’t waste Victoria on him.

Shannon
Shannon

Victoria and Cane give viewers something new and interesting. Also, the fact that Billy only showed up on Victoria’s doorstep when Phyllis dissed him. I really think that Billy and Victoria are the super couple but they both need some time to heal!

maryrthurman
maryrthurman

I WANT VICTORIA TO GO BACK TO BILLY IF HE IS GOING TO BE GOOD AND LEAVE PHYLLIS ALONE,,NOW,

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I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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As part of “Villains” theme week on The Young and the Restless, Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) and Kimberlin Brown Pelzer (Sheila) reunited for a walk down memory lane of one of the greatest and most twisted knock-out drag-out feuds in the history of daytime drama.

The longtime iconic duo talk about many of their storylines; complete with baby switches, notorious catfights, doppelgangers, treachery and more, with Michael Fairman for a very special virtual conversation on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Tracy and Kimberlin chatted with Michael from their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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During the interview, Kimberlin revealed how: she was originally cast as Sheila, what happened when she thought she was exiting Y&R for good and her run with Sheila was over; only to find out that Bill Bell (C0-Creator, Y&R and B&B) had plans for her to move over to The Bold and the Beautiful and continue playing the role.

In addition, Tracey shares: how some of those iconic fight scenes between the two were physically demanding and tough to do, plus the actresses give us insight into filming some of their most popular scenes; including yesterday’s classic episode that aired (which can now be found on CBS All-Access and CBS.com under season 42) where Sheila wreaks havoc on Lauren and Michael’s (Christian LeBlanc) honeymoon with an assist from “Terrible” Tom played by the late Roscoe Born.

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