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Y&R’s Beloved Jerry Douglas Passes Away At 88

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Heartbreaking news this Wednesday evening. Jerry Douglas, who played John Abbott, the patriarch of the Abbott Clan on The Young and the Restless, has passed away after a brief illness.

Douglas died yesterday on Tuesday, November 9th at 88.  He had just celebrated his upcoming 89th birthday (which would have been Friday) with his former castmates and friends in October.

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Jerry joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in March 1982 as John Abbott. The character was a mainstay in Genoa City until the character’s death in 2006. Douglas later made appearances as the character’s ghost who continued to check on and counsel his children, especially Jack (Peter Bergman). He last appeared in 2016.

In statement on his passing, Y&R’s executive producer, Anthony Morina shared: “On behalf of the entire company of The Young and the Restless, we send our deepest sympathies to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglas. Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits. Our show was lucky to have an actor of his caliber join the Y&R cast and introduce the audience to the iconic Abbott family. His contribution to the legacy of Y&R as Abbott family patriarch, John Abbott is still felt to this day. He will be sorely missed.”

The actor’s obituary read in part, as follows: Jerry was born Jerry Rubenstein in Chelsea, Massachusetts on November 12, 1932. Proud of his Boston heritage and New England upbringing, he won a football scholarship to play quarterback at Brandeis University, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Economics.  He fondly recalled meeting the future President, J.F.K., upon his visit to the University.

Douglas launched his acting career upon graduation from college, studying with Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles. Douglas was also a screenwriter and playwright, having developed projects with Josh O’Connell through their production company, O’Connell/Douglas Productions. He donated his time to Variety Club and the Salvation Army charities, was a life-long golfer and avid reader.

Jerry Douglas joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in March 1982 as the wealthy chairman of Jabot Cosmetics and beloved single father who helped his children navigate adulthood.

Over the span of his long career, Douglas starred in more than one hundred productions. He appeared in numerous feature films, including Oliver Stone’s JFK, Avalanche, The Godson, Head Over Spurs in Love, and Mommie Dearest.  In recent years, he guest-starred in episodes of Cold Case, Melrose Place, The Christmas Wish, Crash and Arrested Development. Earlier in his acting career, he guest-starred in many classic series with legendary stars on The Rockford Files, Police Story, Hunter, The Streets of San Francisco, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Police Woman, The Rookies and Mission Impossible among many more.  His repertoire also included theater and singing engagements in New York, across the United States and Canada. His album “The Best Is Yet To Come” can be listened to on audio streaming platforms.

While his Hollywood accolades were important to him, his greatest role was as the devoted husband of 37 years to Kym, television personality and host (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Home & Family) and loving father to sons Jod (Writer & Product Designer, Oracle) and Hunter (Commercial Real Estate Analyst, Eastdil Secured); daughter, Avra (Trustee, Marlon Brando Estate); two grandchildren, nieces including Kirby Rubenstein and Solo Rubenstein (International Marketing, Universal Pictures).

Services are said to be pending.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the death of Y&R’s Jerry Douglas via the comment section below.

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Jerry Douglas? Class act! I never will forgive producers and writers for killing off John Abbott. I loved the chemistry he had with everyone on the show. God bless!

There will never be a daytime dad like Mr. Abbott.
My favorite storyline of his was the brief one inwhich he and Mamie had a affair, how I wanted them to be a couple!
I ve meet many celebrities in my life given my line of work, but the one I ve been most truly starstruck to meet was Jerry Douglas
I told him so and that I grew up with him and he was my favorite tv dad! He was even nicer in person than on tv!
R.i.p Mr. Douglas

Rest in peace

Sad news about a wonderful actor. I was very upset when Y&R made the terrible decision to kill off John Abbott ): He was an essential character, a legacy character, and one of the main rules of soaps is though shall not kill off legacy characters – unless the actor dies or retires.

John’s relationships with his children and with Dina and Jill were memorable and Jerry Douglas was the reason for those memories to be so vivid. R.I.P.

Speaking of death, they should have never killed him off on Y&R. BUT, they never recasted the character and that was the right move. He and Eric Braeden are one of a kinds. Hopefully Jerry enjoyed retirement. RIP Jerry and condolences to the Douglas family.

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Daytime’s The Price is Right holiday week (Dec 18-Dec 22) will feature animal trainer, author and host of CBS’ Lucky Dog Reunions, Brandon McMillan, and Robert Valandra, nephew of legendary host Bob Barker, who both bring along some furry friends up for adoption. The week concludes with ‘Price is Right’ model Amber Lancaster, an advocate of animal adoption, and some adorable dogs who need a home for the holidays.

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY (Monday, December 4, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings coworkers and colleagues together to cheer each other on as they play for prizes that can be shared and enjoyed by all of their office mates.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: BLIND HOLIDATE (Thursday, December 7, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings in a matchmaker to pair up an audience full of single, eligible adults, and lucky contestants will meet for the first time when they are called to “Come on down!” and compete together as a team. They play for fabulous cash and prizes, pairs of cars, and maybe they’ll even win a love match!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: COLLEGE STUDENTS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Friday, December 8 at 8:00 PM ET/PT) welcomes college students home adorned in their best school spirit gear, teamed up with their parents to play for exotic trips, amazing prizes, and cash for college!

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAYS WITH THE FAMILY (Monday, December 18, 8:00 PM, ET/PT). Parents and their young children compete for some of the most desired gifts Santa has in his sleigh. Decorated in their holiday best, families work as a team to win prizes to make their holidays oh so bright!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAY HEROES (Tuesday, December 19, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) salutes the military to thank America’s brave heroes for keeping us safe all year round. Active-duty military members in uniform compete for luxury items, including trips to remarkable destinations, $50,000 in cash, and cars!

Of note: Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.

Lots of The Price is Right holiday cheer and pet adoptions coming your way. Will you be watching? Comment below. But first, check out a clip from one of the primetime episodes.

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That is an hour shift when the broadcast usually begins at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.  The official pre-show will also begin earlier, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The 96th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with nominations being announced on January 23rd.

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A few weeks ago on November 15th, Jimmy Kimmel was officially named the host of the Oscars for the fourth time. The hosting gig marks the second year in a row for Kimmel. The comedian also hosted in 2017 and 2018.

Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney will also one again, co-write and executive produce, the telecast.  In a statement on presiding over movies biggest night of the year, Kimmel joked, “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.”

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ABC also plans on airing a special episode of their hit comedy Abbott Elementary, immediately following what should be a three-and-a-half hour telecast of the Oscars.

So, what do you think about the time shift with the Oscars starting an hour earlier? Happy about it? Won’t be settled in at that early time slot to sit and watch the show? Comment below.

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Marty Kroftt. who along with his brother Sid, produced many memorable children’s shows throughout his career, including H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost has passed away at the age of 86..

A family representative told Variety that Krofft died of kidney failure Saturday November 25th in Los Angeles, California.

Krofft was often known as the “King of Saturday Mornings”, and along with his brother, Sid also produced primetime variety shows including Donny and Marie and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

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At the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awarda, Marty and Sid were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. The Kroffts also produced Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Bugaloos and Lidsville.

The brothers always shared that they came from a line of puppeteers, and Sid, traveled the world as young man performing an elaborate puppet show. The brother’s partnership worked due to Sid was the more on the creative side, while Marty was more on the business side.

Marty said in the book “Pufnstuf & Other Stuff: The Weird and Wonderful World of Sid & Marty Krofft” (1998), written by TV critic, David Martindale, “Sid was always ‘the artist’. He never did have a business sense. So I came in and filled that vacuum.”

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Krofft’s wife, the former Playboy playmate Christa Speck passed away in 2013. He lived in Los Angeles and is survived by his brothers Sid and Harry; his daughters Deanna Krofft-Pope, Kristina Krofft and Kendra Krofft; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Share your condolences for Marty Krofft via the comment section. But,  first check out our interview with him along with is brother Sid, before they received their Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 45th annual ceremonies below.

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