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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
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Janet Malatesta

Mac and Billy

Sharon
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Sharon

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

Elizabeth Laviola
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Elizabeth Laviola

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

Jenn Sutt
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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
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Sam

Cane the pain whispers too much

Laurene
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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
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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
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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
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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
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keren

billy/phyllis and cane/victoria

Sharon
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Sharon

hell no

keren
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keren

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

Sharon
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Sharon

no no hell no

Christina
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Christina

Billy eventually. I want the love story <3

Jennifer
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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
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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
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Catherine

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

Violet Lemm
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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
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Christina

Same with me. Billy and Victoria Forever <3

Shayma
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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… Read more »

Lauren
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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… Read more »

Melo
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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… Read more »

GramS
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GramS

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

Melo
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Heidi
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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
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Pam

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

Kelly C.
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Kelly C.

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

Nicole
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Nicole

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

Luke
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Luke

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

Celia
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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… Read more »

Ron
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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
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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….
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Ron
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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
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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… Read more »

Ron
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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.… Read more »

Celia
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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… Read more »

Ron
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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
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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).
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Amanda
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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
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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… Read more »

GramS
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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
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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
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Karen

Billy

Kelsey
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Kelsey

BILLY!!! True love never dies.

caitlin
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caitlin

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

Fiona
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Fiona

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

Laurene
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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
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Nadege Jean michel

With Billy

Ane
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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… Read more »

Celia
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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
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TAMARA HODGEWASHINGTON

Victoria needs to have new man altogether!

Sharon
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Sharon

i agree

Sharon
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Sharon

a new man not billy not cane

su000
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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… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

highly agree

Bart
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Cane and Victoria sitting in a tree…lol.

Momo
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Momo

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

Pjc
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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… Read more »

Karen Ross
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Karen Ross

Not Billy

Fanny
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Fanny

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

Shannon
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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
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maryrthurman

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

Interviews

Y&R’s Peter Bergman Talks On Dina’s Death & How It Will Impact Jack, His Final Scenes With Marla Adams & Taping During COVID-19

The Abbott family is reeling from the death of their mother, Dina Mergeron, who passed away from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the end of last Friday’s episode; signaling the end of an era for Dina’s portrayer, Marla Adams.  In a pivotal and heart-breaking scene, Dina shares one last goodbye with her children: Traci (Beth Maitland), Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and of course, Jack (Peter Bergman).

Today, the drama continues as the Abbott’s grieve Dina’s death and its aftermath while they remember the life of their flawed mother. This puts Jack at the epicenter of the family, and like it, or not, the new head of the clan.  What does the future hold for him now?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Peter Bergman, who has embodied Jack for over 30 years on the top-rated CBS Daytime drama, to get his thoughts on: how Y&R needed to handle Dina’s death within the confines of the coronavirus pandemic and its safety protocols, what he felt about playing those final scenes with Marla Adams and the significance of the ‘teardrop of love’, and a preview of what fans can expect in the coming days as the impact of Dina’s death will be felt by the Abbott children and extended family.

 

An actor’s actor, you can always expect a conversation with Peter to be forthright, candid and enlightening, and this one was no different.  Here’s what one of the genre’s absolute best had to share about the significance of this story and more.

How has it been returning to Y&R during the pandemic?  I bet you never thought in all of your years in daytime, that you would be doing your scenes socially-distanced, sitting or standing, so far apart from your castmates.

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PETER:  Just getting back to work felt great, loved that.  I wasn’t involved really in romantic scenes at this point, so that I didn’t have to do.  So, all in all, I was very happy to be back, and socially-distancing didn’t really bother me at all, and then Dina died.  Doing that from six feet away was just awful.  You saw the limits at a time where not any of us could be within six feet of each other; where you would usually hold a hand, stroke a brow, and talk softly.  So, I think the writers did what they needed to do to make it work for Dina’s exit.  We are in the middle of COVID, in case anybody forgot, and so you have to ask, ‘Does America really want to watch an elderly woman die in the middle of the Abbott living room or anywhere else?’  So, we had to have Dina’s exit without looking at a dead body, out of respect for the times we are living in.  We had to do a strong, powerful, pivotal scene with our hands tied behind our backs.

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It’s so interesting that you say that because that’s how I felt watching it, knowing what it would have been like, if Jack, Ashley and Traci would have been with Dina at her bedside, up till the end, for instance.  But all of that said, Peter, I got so choked up in your last moments with Marla.  Jack is just sitting there and Dina is telling him how much she loved him and you’re doing the thing that only Peter Bergman can do as the tears well-up in your eyes.  As we have talked about previously, my mom died from complications from Alzheimer’s, so these are always tough types of scenes for me to watch.  I am sure it was also for those in the audience, who have lost a loved one to this disease, many of whom reached out to me on social media following its airing.

PETER:  It’s got to be tough for you to watch.  I get that.

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Yes, so I felt for Jack and Dina in the moment as a son and his mother.  But what did you think about how the scene was written, and what Dina was saying to Jack and his sisters as her final goodbyes to her children and their reactions to it?

PETER:  As written, something in this necklace triggers something in Dina that brings her out of a stupor, brings her out of the murk, the fog for a brief instant to tell the people who she cares the most about that she loves them in slightly different ways.  I have, with everything in me, a struggle to always add in there, “I have a complicated relationship with my mother.”  I’ve added that line in there so many times over the years, you have no idea.  It was a complicated relationship because by the time she dies, there is no kind of straightening that out, there is no kind of Jack looking for answers. The depth of what Ashley is feeling, what Traci is feeling, what Jack is feeling, were kind of lost because of the way we had to do it. The writers had to do it, so I’m not blaming anyone, but because of the way we had to do it, there was no, “Wow, why isn’t Ashley crying?  Why is she just so stoic that this isn’t touching her at all?” because she can’t go there. Traci feeling like she found her place in the family simply by Dina saying, “You’re the beating heart of this family,” and Jack, who is doing the right thing, “She should leave peacefully, she should leave feeling loved, we should all be here, we should give her nothing but love,” damn, this is complicated.  You couldn’t have any of those things.  .  Hopefully, some of that slid in there and we wedged some of those complexities into it, but it was hard to write a complex scene with the situation as it was.  We needed to get it done it one day.  We did not need to drag this out.  Again, were it not COVID time, sure, let’s drag it out.  Let’s spend some time on this.  People die.  Let’s watch the family process a death.

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I just think of what it all means for Jack moving forward.  Dina basically tells him, “You’re in charge of the family. Look after the family.” That’s kind of where it’s been going for Jack this whole time.  I don’t know if that’s what Jack wanted, but that’s where he is ending up.

PETER:  Right!  That’s where he ends up, and you know, this has been a long time coming.  Dad dies, and it is pretty clear that he’s got to step up, and his mom comes into town, and she’s not just his mother.  She’s Ashley’s mother; she’s Traci’s mother, we’ve got to look out for her and give her the dignity and things like that.  Now, there is just no getting around it.  Jack is the head of the family.  That’s the way it fell.  Twenty-five years ago, was Jack ready to be head of anything?  Absolutely not, but I think enough has happened to Jack now: enough heartache, enough growth, enough introspection, enough losing people, that Jack might just be ready for this job.

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When Marla Adams came back to Y&R 2017, and they started telling the Alzheimer’s storyline, it brought up such abandonment issues for Jack and rightfully so, about how a mother could just leave her family and children,  Throughout all that,  you did such poignant work.

PETER:  I wanted that to be in there at the very end.  One of the powerful parts in this whole thing is that Jack wanted to scream at Dina every bit as much as he wanted to hug her.  That was there for quite a while, and Jack had to kind of come to terms with, “Hey, you’ve been leaning on this excuse for quite a time.  She’s here.  She can’t do you any harm.  She feels bad about what happened.  What do you want, Jack?”

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One of the highlights of this storyline was when Y&R explored the history and relationship between the siblings, Jack, Ashley and Traci.  We saw their younger versions as the show flash-backed to when Dina left John and the Abbott family.

PETER:  Between the writers and Peter Bergman, we built this story that the night that Dina left, Dad was upstairs with the girls, they were weeping inconsolably, there was no fixing it, there was no telling them that everything was going to be all right.  He didn’t want to lie to them and say she will be right back, he told them, “She’s not coming back,” and he comes downstairs, and Jack is fourteen-years-old, and a little confused, but decided to say to his dad, “Hey, can I help?”  He looks across the room, and his dad is weeping, first time he had ever seen that.  His father is weeping, and he said, “Jack, you’re going to have to help me with the girls.  I can’t do all of this,” and it changed Jack’s life forever.  Jack was a parent to Ashley for a good part of their relationship.  So, all of this stuff with Jack’s identity, all of the fighting with Ashley, all of the Jabot madness is Ashley finally getting to say, “I don’t need a father!  You’re not my father.  Stop talking to me like you’re going to fix things for me!  I’m sick of it.”  All done by Dina … all truly caused by Dina.

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In my interview with Marla, she told me that at the end of her last scene, you and many others came back to the set to pay tribute to her.

PETER:  We did.  The show had arranged it, and Tony Morina, the executive producer, stepped out on the soundstage with a microphone, and Marla sat on the sofa in the Abbott living room. Tony began telling a lovely, lovely story about how far back his relationship with her goes because Marla and Tony wife’s, Sally Sussman (Ex- head writer, Y&R), also had a long-standing relationship.  Tony was just so grand and gracious in saying that there are some people who, if they weren’t an actor, they’d be this or that or the other thing, but that Marla was born to be an actress.  That’s what she is, and it was so generous.  I think she got three and a half years that she didn’t expect to get out of this.  It was supposed to be a six-month storyline, and four years later, she was still there, and it was a good thing for her, and a unique story turn for the rest of us.  It really was.  It was a powerful thing, and now the Abbott family has a new shape.  There are three adults there: Ashley has established her independence, she is not around as much, she is back and forth between Paris, and Genoa City, Traci is trying to be as supportive and kind as she can be, but essentially, Jack is in the big house by himself.

Yep!  Well, now we’ve got to find Jack a good woman.

PETER:  Yes, or a bad woman.

… Or a bad woman!  I’ll take him in a relationship with someone to stir things up.  I also hear coming up, there will be the reading of Dina’s will.  Is there anything you can tease about that?

PETER:  There is a will read, yes.  No one knows what to expect, and Dina … in the end… comes through for almost everybody…

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Well … that ought to be good.

PETER:  Yep… really comes through for almost everybody, and you know, the Abbott children are wealthier, and all three of them are alone, and in no small thanks to Dina for that.  These are three adults who have been very unlucky in love.  Of course, this is the next challenge.  I don’t mean to assume that I have any idea of what you went through in losing your mom, but there is a point at which you also have to let go and say, “Okay, now it is just me, and what do I want to do with this life?  I’ve used this as a reason not to move forward for a good while.  What am I going to do now?”  I think the next turn in the Jack Abbott story comes pretty organically.  Dina’s death frees Jack to be just as alone as he has ever been.

No matter what Jack does, including the bad things, you always see the inner-pain that is very palpable within him, as you have portrayed him.

PETER:  Yes, but he really has grown in the last 30 years.  Jack is hungry for more right now, and he couldn’t really be that way with Mom in the house.  He didn’t have time for that.  Now he has all of the time in the world.  So, we’ll see what he does with that.

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I understand there is a funeral for Dina, but it will be off-camera?  I guess, because of COVID, it is better that way.

PETER:  That’s true and it’s off camera, that’s correct.  What’s important at most of these things isn’t what happens at the gravesite, it is what happens at the reception afterwards, and that is also a fun turn.  So, they all agree as a family they are going to do it at Society, and they kind of close the joint and make it their own little party, and someone shows up who isn’t expected, and it throws a really, really different vibe into the whole thing, and everybody has to adapt.  It’s actually fun, what it turns into.  It turns into a memory fest with crazy stories of Dina.

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Do you have a favorite moment, or memory, of a scene you played with Marla?

PETER:  I think I had a day where Jack tried to get through to her and tell her, “Do you realize the damage you did?  Do you realize?” and she wasn’t able to take it in, and he went to Traci, and he said, “I want to shake her.  I want to yell at her… and I want to protect her.”  I thought there was something just so rich about that.  That was my favorite moment, my favorite part of it, when Jack finally said, “She’s going, man.  We’ve got to get this conversation done now.  We’ve got to talk this through,” and he was too late.   She was too far along with Alzheimer’s.  She wasn’t up to it.  She couldn’t do it.

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And now here is Jack; and his parents are both gone.  There is no Jerry Douglas or Marla Adams on the show as both John and Dina have passed on within the history of The Young and the Restless.

PETER:  Again, you were generous enough to share your own personal experience, but isn’t it amazing?  Wow, you’re the grownup now.  Isn’t it amazing?  That’s what the Abbott’s are going through: just what you went through.  There is no older generation to turn to for anything.  We are the older generation.  It’s powerful stuff, and I’m really, really grateful for anytime that Ashley, Jack, and Traci are together talking about those things, talking about, “Wow, okay, that just happened… where do we go from here?”  It’s going to be really interesting.  If you asked me, “Over the last 30 years that you’ve played Jack Abbott, have there been many times where you’ve thought, ‘I’ve got no idea where this is going!’”  I would say, “Yeah, right now.”  I’ve got no idea where we are going with this.

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There has been much speculation that the “teardrop of love” necklace will lead Jack to a new romance, or some new adventure in his life.  They spent a lot of time mentioning it in short order, that it would seem it’s not just to bring Dina some closure.  What are your thoughts on it?

PETER:  I think it has legs.  I think you’re going to hear about it again. There is something in there, and I don’t know if it’s the teardrop’s magic charm or that its history is not what it was, or it gets stolen.  I don’t know, but I think we have spent enough time saying ‘teardrop of love’, that there could be a story there.

In Dina’s final moments where Jack brings her the ‘teardrop of love’, wasn’t it symbolic to her because it was her acknowledgement of having her family back together and with her at all times? There is a back-story to that piece of jewelry as well.

PETER:  The point of the necklace is, “This was when I was truly happy, when I had this necklace, when it is all back together,” and maybe we are to know something more about the teardrop…?  I don’t know.  So, this was a gift to her before Jack was born.  She wore it home from the hospital when she brought him home, but we don’t know exactly what year she got it, and we don’t know exactly what year she lost it.  It was stolen, and it was on the black market for a while, and Victor (Eric Braeden) was looking into it.  It was clear that it was very important to Dina.  So, Jack, against his own wishes, said, “No, I’ve got to do the right thing.  I’ve got to try to trace this thing down.  It clearly means something to her.  Maybe she is trying to tell us something.  God only knows.”  So, he did the right thing, not because, “I want to make Mommy happy,” but because he forced himself to do the right thing, to find the damn necklace, and to see what this is about.  Then, we saw the affect it had when he gave it to her.

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It’s always good to chat and check-in with you during these key and historical moments in the life of the character of Jack Abbott.  There have been many throughout your time on Y&R, and it will be interesting to see where this goes from here.

PETER:  It will be, and I’m telling you, this is a real moment.  Normally, we just go from one story into the next, into the next, and this one has been hanging for so long that, “Okay, now that it is over, wow, what is going to happen to Jack?”  I’m just as curious as everybody else.

So, what do you think will happen next for Jack?  Did you reach for the hankies in Peter’s final scenes with Marla Adams?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Y&R Shares ‘Most Memorable Moments Of Dina Mergeron’: What Was Your All-Time Favorite?

Yesterday, viewers of The Young and the Restless needed the hankies as they had to say goodbye to the character of Dina Mergeron and actress Marla Adams who was killed-off the CBS Daytime drama series due to Dina’s battle with Alzheimer’s coming to a a heartbreaking end.

Adams had been with the series on and off for over five decades.  In story and during her run, when Dina reappeared or disappeared it was a game-changer for the Abbott family.  She was a wealthy woman who often put her own needs in front of her children and her marriage to John Abbott (Jerry Douglas).  From affairs, leaving her children when they were young, to becoming a manipulative business woman, Dina Mergeron was no push-over.

When Marla Adams returned to the series four years ago in 2017, it was the intent that during Dina’s decline from Alzheimer’s  disease that she would reunite with her children and help the family find some inner-peace from all the damage and pain she had caused them through the years.

In honor of the wonderful portrayal of Marla Adams, Y&R put together a clip package of some of Dina’s most memorable moments.   You can watch it below!

Then let us know, what was your all time favorite Dina moment via the comment section below.   And if you have not done so already, make sure to check out Michael Fairman TV’s farewell interview with Marla, posted shortly after Dina passed on Friday’s episode.

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Y&R Alum Max Ehrich Drops New Single Following Break-Up with Demi Lovato

First, she dropped a new single about her split from this former soap alum, now he has in turn dropped his own tune on Friday!  We are speaking of pop singing sensation, Demi Lovato and actor and singer, Max Ehrich best known to soap audiences as the former Fenmore Baldwin on The Young and the Restless.

Ehrich just released the song “Afraid” and Max shared on his Instagram: “From the bottom of my hopeful romantic heart. Infinitely grateful to be releasing the first song off of my music project.”

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In the lyrics you here Max sing, “I’m afraid to love you, love you/ Afraid to give in my all.   Then in the chorus he laments: “I’m afraid to love you, love you / Love you with my whole heart.”

 

One of the verses contains the lines: “Don’t want to disappoint you / No, I don’t want to lose you, no, no, no / You make me feel so good inside / I’ve been broken so many times / I’m just trying to stay alive / I’m afraid, I’m afraid.”

“Afraid” has many believing the song was written about Max’s public break-up with Lovato, however, Ehrich tells Billboard: “I hope ‘Afraid’ will help people allow themselves to be vulnerable,  I recorded this song as I was falling in love. It speaks of all the emotions that I was going through at that time.”

You can check out a snippet from the song below from Ehrich’s post on IG.

So, what do you think of Max and Demi both releasing songs after their break-up? Do you like Max’s new track? Comment below.

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