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Y&R’s Jason Thompson Pays Tribute to Billy Miller: “For as Long as the Opportunity is Mine, I Will Forever Dedicate Myself to the History You Built for Billy Abbott”

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The soap community is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved actors, Billy Miller. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winning star passed away on Friday, in Austin, Texas at the age of 43, just two days before what would have been his 44th birthday.

Throughout the last 36 hours, heartfelt videos, photos, and posts have been shared all over social media by so many of Billy’s friends and castmates, sharing their grief at the loss of such a talent, so suddenly.

The Young and the Restless’ Jason Thompson took to his Instagram on Monday. In his video, he tried to express how he feels about the passing of his colleague and former co-star.

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Thompson and Miller share the interesting distinction of both playing the pivotal role of Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless, and working together on another soap opera, General Hospital. 

Miller played Billy Abbott from 2008-2014, and Thompson took over the role in January of 2016 and has played the part ever since. On General Hospital, Miller played Jason Morgan, while Thompson played Dr. Patrick Drake.

Jason talked about Billy in his IG video, expressing: “It’s hard for to think about him being gone.” He added, “More than a few years ago, I was very much aware of Billy while I was on General Hospital, because he was a fantastic actor. I remember being in the audience when he won a few of his Emmys and he had that kind of thing when he is up on screen where you believe every word that he said … he was in it.”  Thompson noted, “We got to work together and became friends.”

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Accompanying the video, Jason posted these words in tribute to Miller: “Billy was a special actor. My heart goes out to his family, his friends that loves him so much, our cast mates and his many, many fans. Billy-thank you for keeping me honest. For as long as the opportunity is mine, I will forever dedicate myself to the history you built for Billy Abbott on @youngandrestlesscbs. Light and love, my friend. ❤️”

Later, Jason posted a second video to continue his thoughts on the loss of his friend and former co-star.  You can watch both IG videos below.

What did you think of the sentiments shared by Jason Thompson at carrying on the legacy of the role of Billy Abbott from the late Billy Miller? Let us know in the comment section.

 

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I posted a comment earlier can’t find it but brain was moving faster than I was writing. When I said laughing on the outside crying on the inside I was referring to Billy obviously if reports are true he was troubled and I hate that because the guy had so much class and each role he portrayed on different soaps he left his impression on them. God speed you were loved

Jason is so gorgeous and so classy.

Beautiful JasonWhile we mourn the loss..You have made Billy Abbott your own and you are a fabulous Actor and Billy Abbott.. Many know this..You are so humble humble an endearing quality..Don’t ever lose that..You’ve brought on a more mature Billy Abbott that was necessary and your loved in the role..You are such a classy gorgeous man..You’ve made the character your own.. Very very sad that Billy passed so sudden and young..May Billy Miller rest in peace in Heaven. Condolences to his loved ones and all who loved him..

I am 77 and have watched Y&R since the 1st show. I have always loved Billy Miller. He makes you smile when he smiles. He is special. He reminds me so much of my own son. They look alot alike and my son has challenges also. I just related to him and am heartbroken from the loss of a wonderful actor and person who touched me so deeply. GOD BLESS YOU BILLY.

How very sad you don’t know and I hope all of them can find some peace

Jason. you made it your own. Billy Will so be missed. we do love him so much. but don’t think for a moment we don’t love you just as much. Sending love and prayers to his family friends and you. You hold the torch! burn bright Jason!

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General Hospital’s John J. York On His Health Battle & Living Life While Waiting for Bone Marrow Transplant: “Let’s Just Go One Day At a Time”

John J. York’s positive outlook on his current medical diagnosis is quite remarkable, as his approach might be one many facing the same circumstances might consider.  The beloved General Hospital vet, where he has played Mac Scorpio for 22 years, revealed last week that he is battling cancer.

The popular soap star shared that he has been fighting myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, and multiple smoldering myeloma: two blood and bone marrow disorders.

York spoke with PEOPLE about how he found out about his diagnosis, the support his wife Vicki has shown throughout, and how he lives life day to day, while he waits for an all-important bone marrow transplant.

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The actor shared what happened the moment he learned of his diagnosis: “(The doctor) was explaining all these different things and cells and all different levels and words that had, you know, 25 letters in them. And I didn’t understand. And Vicki finally came out and said, ‘Does John have cancer?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’ And I’m sitting there, I’m really just like a fly on the wall, listening to him talk to Vicki because she was the one asking all the questions.  At the end of his doctor’s conversation with Vicki, York’s one question was simple: ‘Why do I feel so good?’”

Vicki and John were in the process of moving to Tennessee to be closer to their daughter, Skyler, but considering UCLA in Los Angeles as John’s treatment center.  In the end, Skyler’s husband suggested Vanderbilt University for John’s cancer center so he did not have to travel back and forth to the west coast.

Since March of this year, John has had IV chemo treatments every month, with another one coming up in September. On that, John expressed: “It is what it’s, you know what I mean? And then everybody’s gotta get their treatment. And then you go home, go about your life and you play with the kids. And here we are.”

Currently, York is waiting for a bone marrow transplant. He has been moved up the donor priority list. If anyone is interested, and you are between 18-40, you can join the registry here bethematch.org/matchformac.

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York shared how Vicki is coping with what’s ahead: “Yeah, she’s scared, but believe it or not, I really kinda wasn’t because I feel great. Personally, I feel like it’s in God’s hands. God’s will be done. It’s gonna work out okay, one way or another. I’m either gonna survive or I’m not. And life goes on and things are gonna be okay for everybody… Let’s just go one day at a time.”

Share your well-wishes, and support and love to John, as he goes through the next phase of his health battle and let’s hope a bone marrow transplant donor is found for him soon. After all, we all want to see Mac Scorpio return to Port Charles, but more importantly, we all want John to feel better and beat this.Comment below.

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Mark Grossman’s Mom to Appear on The Young and the Restless

Look who’s coming to Genoa City? None other than Mark Grossman’s (Adam Newman) mother, Patricia! The talented actor revealed on a series of posts on his Instagram story, that mom will be a part of an upcoming episode of the The Young and the Restless.

Accompanying his video shared on September 19th, Mark  “When Mom comes to the studio… we put you to work!” He then wrote, “Crushing it.”  Another video showed Mark’s mom receiving some blocking directions from one of the members of the Y&R crew.

In that video, the crew members instructed Patricia to smile while at the counter before walking away to the other side of the set.  That’s when Patricia remarked, “Can I have a cookie?”

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Still another moment that was captured featured Patricia sitting in the background while Michael Damian (Danny) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) were engaged in what looked like quite the conversation.

Look for Mark’s mom to make her Y&R debut on the upcoming October 24th episode of the top-rated soap opera.

Ever think it might be fun to the moms and dads of the cast of Y&R be extras for one-day? Let us know your thoughts, and if you are looking forward to seeing Mark’s mom on the soap via the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Favorite Lamon Archey Welcomes Baby Girl

Congratulations are in order for Lamon Archey (Eli, Days of our Lives) and his wife Krissy Terry.  The couple have welcomed a baby girl into this world named Kennedy.

In a beautiful photo of Kennedy with her mom and dad via Instagram, Lamon shared: “Blessings on blessings on blessings on blessings. #Blessed  @monicamartinphotography”

Terry added,“My princess. Kennedy Archey. You are my everything. I pray I am everything you want me to be in a mama. I never thought I’d love so deeply the way I love you, baby-cakes. I’ll forever be your guide, protector, and nurturer.”

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This is Archey’s fourth child. His three other children are: Machiah, 21; Caden, 14; and Gaia, 11

Several of Lamon’s Days of our Lives co-stars shared their well-wishes on his IG post including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Galen Gering (Rafe) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

Lamon and Krissy were married back on March 25th of this year.

Send your well-wishes for Lamon, Krissy and new little bundle of joy, Kennedy via the comment section below.

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