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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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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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Hayley Erin Talks On Her Second Chance to Return to The Young and the Restless

Hayley Erin began her soap opera career on The Young and the Restless at 14 in the role of Abby Newman.  She later went on to score a Daytime Emmy for her performances as Kiki Jerome on General Hospital – a role she last played from 2015-2018, and with a return appearance in 2019.

Now, Erin is coming home again to her original soap stomping grounds in Genoa City when she debuts in October as a new character, Newman Media businesswoman, Claire Grace.

Y&R viewers recall the last time Erin was on Y&R as Victor (Eric Braeden) and Ashley’s (Eileen Davidson) daughter (2009-2010), but that role is currently played by Melissa Ordway. As Erin noted in a discussion with Soap Opera Digest, that only in soap operas can something like this happen for an actress!

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Hayley expressed: “I love the rules, or lack of rules, in the soap universe. I had never expected to come back, and I didn’t think it would happen, but I had hoped! I always thought, ‘Maybe they’d let me.’ And I’m really happy that the soap opera universe is so fluid and these kinds of things can happen.”

As to her new Y&R role, Erin is very excited to jump in to the skin of the character,  expressing: “What I love about Claire is that she is a fantastic businesswoman, which is something so different than what I’ve gotten to play before. She’s smart and driven, and a lot more put together than I am!”

So, who do you think Claire will be involved with in the romance department on The Young and the Restless, when Hayley Erin beings her second run on the CBS daytime drama series? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Mark Grossman Shares “Adam Kind of Goes For Broke” to Rekindle His Romance with Sally; But, Will it Work?

Is it sealed with a kiss for Adam (Mark Grossman) and Sally (Courtney Hope) on CBS’ The Young and the Restless? After Adam plants a a lip-lock on Sally, they run into each other later. It’s then, that the black sheep of the Newman clan has a heart-to-heart with his former flame in upcoming episodes of the CBS daytime drama series.

So, where is Adam at in all of this?  He’s still in love with Sally, and is testing the waters to see how she feels about him!  Who can ever forget the touching performances by Grossman and Hope earlier this year when Sally lost their child.  At that point, Sally pushed Adam away and she continued on with her relationship with his brother, Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow).

Now, in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, Mark Grossman shares his Genoa City alter ego’s motive and his hopes. “He’s really trying to find out how that kiss made her feel,” the actor said. “Essentially, Sally kissed another man when she’s with Nick, and now Adam is playing with her heartstrings. He thinks she wants to be with someone who is more stable, like Nick, because he’s a safety net, while life is too unpredictable with Adam.”

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All in all, what Adam wants is for Sally to admit she still has feelings for him.  Mark expressed, “Adam kind of goes for broke. He’s trying to convince Sally to listen to her heart.” Grossman adds, “Adam thinks by boldly putting it out there, she won’t be able to think about anything else.”

Check out the latest promo from CBS daytime featuring Adam and Sally’s love story below.

Now let us know, do you think Sally will come running back to Adam and dump Nick? Are you #TeamNick or #TeamAdam for the love for Sally? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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