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Y&R's Jason Thompson Talks Billy Abbott On Today's HOME & FAMILY: Watch The Segment!

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Former General Hospital favorite, and now the latest A-list soap star to join the ranks at The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, was one of the special guests on Wednesday morning’s episode of the Hallmark Channel’s daily morning show, Home & Family!

Thompson sat down with Home & Family co-hosts: Mark  Steines and Cristina Ferrare to talk about his new role of Billy Abbott in Genoa City, and how he was introduced in his first scenes via a coma on the CBS daytime dramas series. Later Jason was even be tested as to how well he knows his new role in a Y&R pop quiz with three trivia questions.  Check out how he did!

In addition, Jason talked about his  real-life proposal and marriage to Paloma Jonas, as they are about to celebrate their one-year anniversary in April, and how the happy couple are expecting their first child.

You can watch Jason’s segment after the jump.  Let us know what you thought of it, and if you are long time fan of Y&R if you are happy to have him join the GC famly in the comment section below!

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Timmm
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Timmm

I like this show and they often have on soap stars. Jason will be great!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Be that as it may, Timmm, I am not digging Jason as Billy on Y&R. Billy would not have hurt Victoria personally that way….her legacy. Yes, Billy would hurt Victoria in other ways…drinking, gambling; that’s a given. But, not like this. I do not like Jason’s version of Billy at all. Of course, it is not his fault. He is under the writer’s direction. That is the crux of the matter, Timmm. Why are TPTB suddenly writing Billy as a different character, yet again? Are they experimenting? None of the previous Billys, even Burgess would not hurt Victoria with such… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Here is the one thousandth reason I dont gamble, Jason Thompson as Billy is a bust! I Never thought I would type that line! I doesnt bother me because he is a very good actor and I think he is an upgrade from Burgess but I gave it a little time and I agree with you, not digging it at all. I also agree with you that some of this is a writing issue. I guess in their minds they figure, new actor, new Billy. The problem with that is they are not staying true to the character and Jason… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm.
What a beautiful, well thought-out post, my Timmmy. Thank you for that.
Yes, we agree on everything. I do see what you are saying, in that, Jack is being molded into John, his father. Makes sense.
But, I cannot shake my dislike for him. To be honest? I prefer Victor to Jack, albeit my reasoning sounds somewhat screwed up, lol, I do not like Jack one bit.
This is the writers’ fault for putting Jack in a more youthful role than his age. And, Gina is too young for him….luv-ya.

Jonboy
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Jonboy

Jason is a talented actor and I really do like him but, for me, he is just NOT Billy Abbott any more than Burgess Jenkins was. I guess Miller created a character that’s impossible to replicate, although he’s pretty much sleepwalking through GH.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I would bet that any GH fan would gladly trade Billy MIller to have EITHER Jason or Steve Burton back. But it doesn’t work that way does it.

Timmm
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Timmm

Billy back to Y&R and Steve back on GH, 100 percent!

Jonboy
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Jonboy

Re Burton. Not me. Don’t care for him in either role. Not a fan.

Timmm
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Timmm

I thought it would work but it seems to have lost any possibilities!

Nanci
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Nanci

I was so excited about Jason when he first began as new Billy.
Such charisma and all. But lately, not as thrilled. I would love
to see him in a more interesting storyline than the same old
back and forth with his game playing with Victoria, and definitely
dont want him with Phyllis, as it seems to be heading in that
direction. Anyway, Billy lately bores me.

k/kay
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k/kay

I have really not watched it much since he first started when he was in the coma but has he even had a scene with Jess/Jill since he came out. I think maybe they should have shelved the character for a while and then brought him on. Funny Miller brought the charm to the character he leaves goes to GH and sleep walks as Jason. I will say it again thousands of times again some actors make an impact as one character and just can’t get past it ! The

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood Comes Out as Gay

This morning on the highly-promoted sit-down interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, former ‘Bachelor’ lead Colton Underwood, revealed that he was gay and that he has finally come to terms with it.

The ex-football star shared: “Obviously this year’s been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives. For me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time and I’ve hated myself for a long time, and I’m gay. I came to terms with that that earlier this year and have been processing it. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure. I’m like the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”

Underwood expressed he went through a very dark time to be able to reveal his truth: “I got into a place in my personal life that was dark and bad. I can list a bunch of different things, but they’d all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I would rather have died than say ‘I’m gay,’ and I think that was sort of my wake up call. There was a moment in L.A. that I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up,” he said. “I didn’t have the intentions of waking up, and I did. And I think for me that was my wake up call, that, ‘This is your life. Take back control.’ I think looking back even beyond that is… even just suicidal thoughts and driving my car close to a cliff, like, ‘Oh, if this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal.’ I don’t feel that anymore.”’

As to the questions or anger that ‘Bachelor Nation’ are going to have that Underwood misled the female contestants on his season, or he duped the audience, Colton said: “I thought a lot about this…Do I regret being ‘The Bachelor?’ And handling it the way that I did?’  I do think I could have handled it better, I’ll say that. I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was. I genuinely mean that, but also at the same time I can say ‘I’m sorry’ to all of those women, I can also say ‘thank you,’ because without them and without the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, I don’t know if this would have ever come out.”

Colton was highly-promoted during his season as the “Virgin Bachelor”.  He acknowledged he was indeed a virgin at that time, but it was because he was gay, but just “didn’t know how to handle it”.   Underwood also shared he was thankful to God that he was cast on the reality-competition as one of its season’s leads because he thought that would make him straight.  He told Roberts in his talk with God, ‘Finally, you’re letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fiancée, and then I’m going to have the kids, then I’m going to have the house, and then I’m going to have all this.’

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As to his contentious break-up with ‘Bachelor’ contestant, Cassie Randolph, where she had at one time had a restraining order put on Underwood and later revoked it, he admitted: “I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up, I made a lot of bad choices.”  But told Robin Roberts, he indeed loved Cassie, sharing, “That only made it harder and more confusing for me. if I’m being very honest, I loved everything about her. And it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were, and going through that relationship with her was, because I obviously had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”

Underwood shared that his upbringing in the Catholic church and being in the world of high school, college, and pro sports contributed to why he never came out previously, citing,: ” learned in the Bible that gay is a sin. I had made mistakes in my sports and in my athletic career, and when you make mistakes, ‘that play was gay’ or that was a bad… gay was always affiliated with a connotation of negativity, and I think there’s a lot of things when I look back, like, ‘No wonder I held it in.’”

So, were you surprised that Colton revealed he was gay? How do you feel about the journey he expressed in his interview on GMA to speak his truth? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Former Y&R Star Jason Canela Lands Recurring Role on ‘The Rookie’

Jason Canela (Ex-Arturo Rosales) will now join another soap alum, Nathan Fillion (Ex-Joey, One Life to Live) on the ABC cop drama, The Rookie.

Casting news today out of Deadline has that Canela will play the recurring role of Cesar Madrigal, the son of criminal royalty who is impetuous, entitled and in line to take over his father’s empire.

Look for Jason to first appear in the upcoming episode entitled “Brave Heart.”

 

In addition to Y&R, Jason has appeared on The Glades, Camino, Pitch, MissingSingle in South Beach, Make Love Great Again and Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe.

So looking forward to seeing Jason on The Rookie? Comment below.

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