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Y&R's Latest Promo: Jill Finds Phyllis In Bed With Billy!

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Things are about to get red hot next week on The Young and the Restless as summer temperatures are rising!

In the latest promo released on Friday, none other than Jill played by the phenomenal Jess Walton happens upon Billy (Jason Thompson) and Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) in the throes of passion. Later, Jill confronts Phyllis and says, “What were you doing in my son’s bed?”  How will Phyllis get out of this one?  Will she? Having a master manipulator like Jill know your secret can’t be a good thing!

Meanwhile, it looks like Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) is infliatrating Billy’s  life, as her takedown revenge scheme on Adam (Justin Hartley) continues on.  And, is Billy her bady daddy? In addition, it looks like Victor (Eric Braeden) is up and about reclaiming his life!  Plus, Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil) hit the sheets!

So, what do you think about Jill being the one that finds Phyllis in bed with Billy?  Shall we say … let the fireworks begin?  Watch the latest promo from Y&R after the jump, and then share your thoughts and theories in the comment below!

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Rose
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Rose

Glad it’s Jill. She’s the only one who can go head to head with both Phyllis and Billy. Plus it gives more screen time to Jess W. And I’m really getting tired of Phyllis’s “conundrum.” As for Billy, he’s a train wreck, and as same-old as Patrick could be sometimes on GH, I liked prefer Jason back in PC.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Jason Thompson has been given much more to work with as Billy Abbott than he was given to work with as Patrick Drake. He’s become a leading man on The Young and the Restless, something he was kept from becoming on General Hospital.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Scott..
naww that’s not true..
Jason Thompson/Patrick was a big star of GH. A leading man for decades.
He and Robin, both, were stars, great stories..
When Kim/Robin left then after poor Patrick was left alone with no more anything.

I like JT’s Billy much better than Billy’s Billy ..

rose
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rose

You’re right Scott about Patrick having more to work with at Y&R. and I do like him as an actor. I’m just having a hard time liking the Billy character. Have the same problem with Liam on B&B.

Dylan
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Dylan

Decades, Su? 2005-2015. That would be a decade.

Celia
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Celia

I am ready to kick both Phyllis and Billy to the curb, Rose. Her act of perpetual martyrdom and his of the family drooling brat is getting too, too old.
I suppose Jill is the only one who can beat some sense into both of them….as her story goes: been there, done that.

Ava
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Ava

Jill is the last person who has room to judge considering her history.

Celia
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Celia

I cannot stand what Billy and Phyllis are!! I do not care what ‘hurt’; what ‘itch’ brought these two together. You crave the flesh of another man, Phyllis? Your brother-in-law’s? Get a darn divorce and hop on Billy’s and every other bed in GC. And, you, Billy? Stop being the proverbial forlorn hot to trot, salivating tomcat, teen-ager after his first infatuation. Okay, whew!! Now, that I got that off my chest; Jill is the last to talk. She was ( she may still be) as unscrupulous and as immoral as her son. I have it from the best source,… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

hey CC..
I luv Phil & Bill !!!
At least they can get it on lol
Jack is a dull and sexless as toenail nail clippings.

((I am really disgusted ishy with the mens haircuts, they look like a halfazzed mohawk greased down.. yuck (in both gh n yr ..

Nikki
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Nikki

Oh my gosh Sooooo you made me laugh with the new hair cut. I was wondering if it was a new male style. It looks terrible but I read that he’s a new father so I assume it’s easier to shower, shave, feed baby battle, brush teeth & go to work. I love Jill being back. I wish they would bring Tracey Abbott back as well. It was no surprise that old Vic got out of jail for the umteen time but I hope Chloe gets him good.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Jack is a dull and sexless as toenail nail clippings ” I appreciate the in your face honest when it has to be if Y&R has any respect and class left… they will right the ship that is : Abbott Peter Bergman’ Just Jack solidified this SHOW right – alongside – Victor Newman ’nuff said WRITERS : this is the perfect time to right the wrong of how weak Jack is written dear old bag scum that Victor is …. still “mans” UP REAL’ly… why not JACK ? this show is ” ALL ” that and a bag of chips… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Nikki.
Hi, Nikki,
I had replied to your question, but I do not see my comment.
I don’t know about Jason Thompson’s haircut, but, yes, Nicks is a ‘comeback’ hair-style from the 30’s. I actually like it. Then again, Joshua Morrow is so hot, it makes no difference what his hsir looks like….well, as long as it’s clean. Unwashed hair is a complete turn-off.
And, I like Jason’s hair when it’s longer. I guess it’s easier to manage?

Nanci
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Nanci

Totally agree! Those two are disgusting, and in my opinion, have
no chemistry anyway.

May be old-fashioned, but my view is if people get a yen for
someone other than their spouses, at least get a separation,
if not a divorce, before jumping in another bed.
But I know it’s a soap, so what would be the drama in that?

I am not really buying the constant angst, either, that Phyllis
portrays…nothing about this affair rings true for me, or has
ANY appeal.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Jill also slept with Katherine Chancellor’s husband Philip and had his baby….

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Jimmy, she did. Low morals, all around.
But, at least, she wasn’t married to Mr. Chancellor’s father.
Sleeping with her stepson was just trashy. So, perhaps Jill should school Billy, considering she did something similar. Then again, this is so typically Billy. It is the second time he has slept with one or more of Jack’s wives.
I don’t think he slept with Nikki. YET!!

su0000
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su0000

Hey Jimh..
Y&R has the most recycled couples / bed hopping, than any other soap.
Seems everyone has had sex with everyone, at one time or another lol ..

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…my dear, your nanna is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ON about Jill!!!!! W-A-Y back in the day, Jill was QUITE THE HUSSY!!!!! Celia…check this out: Over the years, some of Jill’s, uh, ‘men’ were the following: Jack, a masseuse named Sven (who, later on, tried to kill her), Rex Sterling (who was married to Katherine), Michael Crawford (a lawyer), John Silva (another lawyer), Victor (he and Jill once had a one-night stand), Jed Sanders (a guy who, supposedly, was Nina Webster’s biological father), etc. The list goes on and on…LOL!!!!! Y-e-p.

Take care, my friend.

Celia
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Celia

Wow, Jay. Thanks for that!! My Grandmother didn’t dig that deep. She just called Jill a run-of-the-mill ‘bleep’. If I used some of her Scottish colorful language, you would turn crimson. And, she makes no excuses, either. Later, pal.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Jay…don’t forget Nikki; the other doozy. She slept with her son-in-law, Cole Howard. Was that his name? Not sure.
Well, they are both stellar actresses. They play their respective roles to the max. I do not necessarily like the characters (Nikki still ‘falling’ for Victor’s ‘truth’), but, my gosh….they are resilient.

Ron
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Ron

Add Derek Thurston to that list! And Stuart Brookes.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh, Celia, you always say it better than I can. You know, they have “ruined” Phyllis for me several times before, but Michelle Stafford was so great she somehow won me back. Gina T is also a formidable actress and I hope she can do the same. As for Billy, I still ache for Billy Miller’s beautiful face and eyes and hair and explosive talent in this role. So I fear Billy may be permanently over for me. As for Jill…pot meet kettle. But hopefully it will still be great fun to watch!

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

The fact that Jill has walked a mile in Billy’s shoes is all the more reason why it is perfect that she is the one who discovers him in bed with his sister-in-law.
Jill will not engage in moral posturing, she will not play the Church Lady to her sinful, disgusting, gyrating, revolting, fornicating son.
Rather, she will tell him exactly what he stands to lose with this torrid affair. She’s lived it, who better than Jill to give her son the what for?

k/kay
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k/kay

Jack was anything but boring when Terry Lester played him he was smoldering he made these young actors look like amateurs

randy
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randy

phylis and billy just dont work,,, scenes are even awkward between the two actors,,,the billy character is being written so out of character its hard to get into,,,,as for jill jess just isnt around enough to keep the character interesting,,,either recast or write out the character all together,,

Ava
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Ava

Blame the writing, not a talented actor who is doing his job.

randy
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randy

ava try reading very carefully what i said no where did i say anything about the actor,,in fact i stated the writers so understand before commenting wityh your snotty lil remarks,,

Timmm
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Timmm

Chill out! He wants MORE of Jill, whomever!

Celia
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Celia

Agreed. I wish the writers would get that, randy.

k/kay
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k/kay

Sometimes no mater how great you think an actor is they just don’t get the character I can’t stand what he has done and Jill is a waste of air time! Move on

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

Randy–Phyllis and Billy are great at acting all Randy around each other.
I don’t like it but I do like it. These two have great chemistry.
I honestly think this storyline wrote itself when the producers saw what they had with these two actors.

Mateo
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Mateo

I can’t wait for the scenes with Jill and Phyllis and the whole reveal. The only thing I am SICK of is Cane and Lily. My God they screw so much and it’s always the same result. Don’t either of them have anything to do? Cookie baking for Lily? Meetings for Cane? Soccer practice? Anything? I hate how the only thing those do is the “deed”. Give them a real story. Daniel Goddard is getting a little long in the tooth to be shirtless in every scene. He can act, give him a real story.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

For me, I’d rather see Cane and Lily take the backseat, and bring back Michael and Lauren to the forefront of the canvas. Trading one couple for another.

And, if they have to write Adam off, I’d rather see them pursue the Cane and Chelsea pairing; they teased it a few years back, but never pursued it!

Timmm
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Timmm

I would like to see Chelsea move to Paris with Connor.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I get it, Timmm. You do not like the character of Chelsea but, I happen to thoroughly enjoy her character and what she brings to the canvas.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Mateo is right about Daniel Goddard. He is criminally underused and misused as just eye candy. He has a lot more to offer. Maybe his resumption of career in business will help facilitate that. Lily has become such a dull, predictable character that I feel sorry for Ms. Khalil.

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

Agreed–he’s a damn fine actor. I loved the scene which transpired between he and Billy. Loved the way Cane grinned after Billy punched him in the mouth before he slugged him back. In fact, that grin was reminiscent of his daddy’s grin–they do look alike. Why not bring back Colin (Tristan Rogers) and give father and son an exciting story? I think Goddard is wasted on that simpering fool, that forever 21, twit named Lily.

Celia
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Celia

Love Lily….she is a very pretty ornament. But, the writers have turned her into a shrew, for one so young.

k/kay
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k/kay

Daniel Goddard is a cheerleader of this show where is a storyline where is their home! God I hate Phelps and Pratt for literally destroying this show

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

I like Lily when she goes after Hillary!!!

Celia
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Celia

Right, Souphound. As I said, I always loved Lily. But, I think the actress is written more as a middle-aged woman than a young woman in her twenties.
The behavior doesn’t fit the role, in my opinion.

Boes
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Boes

Lily has been ruined on the altar of Cane. It was good to see him deck Billy, for sure, but the crap Cane has pulled for so long on so many is even worse.

meg
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meg

it’s Billy Chloe should be going after not Adam,

meg
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meg

jill will probably ask viki to come to brass and sassy,

meg
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meg

hope the baby is kevin’s ,but chloe will lie and say bella is bill’s.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, meg, I also fear that. They’re making Chloe such a wacko that would be right up her alley. Wonder if Victor knows whose it is. Hard to believe he won’t have an opinion.

Celia
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Celia

I thought the same thing, meg.
Now we know Bella is Billy’s. Chloe had his semen ( her hand-bag) in a neat, little receptacle with his name printed on it.

Nanci
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Nanci

I imagine scenes with Jill yelling at Billy, saying the same old
things about how he should grow up and stop being self-destructive
and selfish and cruel, etc etc.
But will she tell Jack?

Ava
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Ava

Phyllis and Billy are the best part of the show. Hands down.

Gina and Jason work very well together (did I say how pretty they are?) and have amazing chemistry. Nobody can say they don’t with the new promo.

Both actors are great and and they make things real.

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

I agree with you. I love both actors and they are certainly hotter together than with Victoria and Jack. I love what they’ve done with their portrayals though the writing is poor, as usual.

Celia
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Celia

Well, Jack’s not even in the running anymore. Bad mistake matching him up with someone (Gina) young enough to be his daughter. Ugh!!
Also, Gina Tognoni has never been known as the sex kitten. She’s a wash compared to Michelle Stafford. Great body; great actress; no sex appeal…same goes for Thompson.
But, it is preference and what pushes our button. This couple just doesn’t do it for me.

Ava
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Ava

You should watch their love scenes on Guiding Light and General Hospital.

And Michelle Stafford CHOSE to leave. Just move one.

k/kay
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k/kay

Yes Stafford left and I for one can’t get into her character Nina on GH sometimes you just have to shelve characters on soaps we have been thru how many Billy’s? Billy was off the canvas for years they should have taken their lumps and moved on . The same with Adam I think JH is a good actor but no edge to Adam

Lew S.
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Lew S.

So sick of Billy & Phyllis! Please end this storyline soon!! Also, Jason Thompson is a tad bit too old to play Billy as a spoiled brat. Jill, give them hell!!

Ava
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Ava

Jason Thompson has nothing to do with Billy being “a spoiled brat”. Blame the writing.

Celia
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Celia

No one ever said Jason Thompson was a spoiled brat. I said BILLY was. Please do not confuse actor with character.

Ava
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Ava

Where did I say that?

I know you said BILLY was a spoiled brat.
You also said JT was too old for that. So yeah, blame the writing. He is just an actor who he is doing his job. You can’t blame him for the lame writing.

Celia
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Celia

You said it just above me, right here. Ergo, my reply. Why do you attack everyone for having an opinion?
Read your statement. Figure it out!! “Jason Thompson has nothing to do with Billy being a “spoiled brat”. That sentence suggests that, I, called JT a spoiled brat. You misread everyone’s intent.
Please let’s end this nonsense. It’s getting out of hand.

Timmm
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Timmm

Blame the casting director!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, Lew. He can’t play the part as an overage frat boy the way Billy or even Burgess did. It’s just not playing for me.

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

What I hate is how Ashely and Jack sit around and talk about Billy’s love life. They act like he’s sixteen, not thirty-six!

k/kay
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k/kay

Eileen Davidson is being wasted on this show as others Pratt must really hate women I know Phelps did

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

k/Kay–I also hate how they wasted Michael E Knight and now they are letting him go. It’s very sad. Some of us tunned into Y&R just to see him !

Lillian
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Lillian

CHLOE: Hendrickson did not attend rehearsals for the 36th annual daytime emmy awards. This fact could hinder any daytime win. Can a sincere apology correct this oversight in the minds of the voters?

k/kay
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k/kay

What has Pratt done to this show? First Billy & Phyllis would never have happened with the history of her taking her grand baby back from Victoria & Billy. I absolutely hate this version of Billy and Gina was too young for Phyllis and wait until Daniel comes back no way could these two be Mother and son. It’s just awful every character on this show he has ruined just awful.

Ava
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Ava

It’s a soap.

Billy was engaged to his rapist Chelsea.

Why couldn’t Phyllis and Billy happen?

k/kay
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k/kay

Because he was not even bloody born when Phyllis came on the scene!

Celia
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Celia

….Because this ‘coupling’ would have never gone down if things had stayed status quo……Because this Billy is in lalaland, living in a fantasy of his own making, Ava. I do believe that the writers may be purposely writing Billy this way to accelerate what an idiot he really is. A misfit.
With all due respect, you need to not misinterpret what we write.

Ava
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Ava

Cassie died 11 years ago before Summer’s birth.
Summer is 21.
What does age mean in a soap?

Ava
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Ava

Billy in lalaland… LMAO
Yah, I’m not going to try arguing with you.

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

Ava, you’re doing a damn fine job irritating folks in here but thank you for the reminder that it’s a soap opera. Some of us were on the phone with the airlines trying to book a ticket to Genoa City for our summer vacation with visions of hanging out in the coffee house and later going for a dip in the Newman Towers swimming pool.

Bart
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Bart

Pratt has ruined this show – somebody show him the exit, please! Anyone who claims to enjoy the offal that is being chucked into the airwaves needs a labotomy, STAT!!!

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

Well, I enjoy the show………and I do not plan to join the Frances Farmer society thank you very much.

Helen
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Helen

For me, the story line is beyond ridiculous ~ however I am thrilled to see fore of Jess on screen. Her Oregon home is not far from me! What’s up with Gina T. not finishing words? Examples: gonna, wanna, tryin ~ where in the world was she raised and does the script actually call for those pronounciations?

Nanci
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Nanci

I hadnt really noticed the “gonna, wanna”, etc., but I think it was Harry (?) awhile
back who mentioned her always speaking in a whisper, and THAT I notice more
lately…kind of annoying!!

k/kay
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k/kay

She is a much better actress then this but she does not fit the character! Phyllis should have been shelved as should have Billy !

Helen
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Helen

I confess to comparing Gina with Michelle .. which I shouldn’t do

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

It’s a realistic portrayal; a lot of people say “gonna”, “wanna”, etc.

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

I’m gonna kill you! Says Sonny almost every day.

Celia
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Celia

It’s called slang, Helen. Perfectly acceptable in dialogue an colloquialism. As a matt er of fact, even in script; it is considered acceptable as long as it is in quotes.
I just cringe at Phyllis’s hushed tones. I need hearing aids.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

This upcoming week looks fantastic! Love that Jill is back in the swing of things, and it looks like it’s going to be another fun-filled, adventurous week!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I totally agree with you on the Jill factor. I am hoping that this time she brings her hubby along with her. I have been a fan Tristan Rogers since the glory days of GH, watching him strutting around Cassidine island shirtless. I also love when he has scenes with Daniel Goddard. Listening to two Aussie accents for the price of one. Wonderful!! I am hoping with Jill back, Lauren could be front and center a little more. Send Stitch and Abby to be with Max, and take Lauren and Michael out of hiding. We can only hope that Ms.… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

yes!

It’s gonna be YUUUUUGE! …

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

Yuge?
And SaopQueen, I could not agree with you more as evidenced with my above post on the same subject.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Lol…that was your Bernie impersonation, right Su?

k/kay
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k/kay

When Jill slept with Jack years ago when she was married to John the storyline was great Katherine had the goods and toyed with them gosh I miss thiose days. Jack has been neutered and so has Jill

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

Katherine forced Jill to give her a pedicure–it was soap opera historical gold!

Celia
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Celia

I wish I had had been born and old enough to have witnessed that, Osgood. Alas, I am delegated to watching clips on Utube.

Belle
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Belle

My problem with Phyllis is that the writers have her playing holier than thou when it comes to Victor. She states that he should be in prison for what he did to her; she should have choked when she said that because writers are allowing her character to get away with attempted murder. When one set of writers allowed that to happen , it caused me to leave the show for a while. Even worse, the same writers gave Christine , Paul , and other characters amnesia because not a soul mentions the incident..

Celia
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Celia

You ‘betcha’, Belle. Your words are music to my ears!

Timmm
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Timmm

Nikki Newman gives ALL women a bad name! All the diamonds and furs and she is still nothing more than a cheap stripper! The way she held her head high in the courtroom as she testified on behalf of the almighty greatness that is Victor Newman! What a dumb, rich, classless tramp! All those Newmans looked cheap!

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Timmmy. Why does Nikki fluctuate like that? I mean, the writers , new team or not, copy each other. The are making a mockery of family and marriage. It just is sooo out there. Now, everything is la-di-da again. I give them six months, TOPS!! What next? Victor is out of jail….feels invigorated and rejuvenated….life is wonderful.
Victor feels so ‘springy’, he invites Meredith to move in with them. Nikki hits the bottle again. And, life goes on.

Timmm
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Timmm

Victor is like the 1960’s Batman, no matter who shows up to fight him, The Joker [Nikki[ The Riddler [Nick] or Catwoman [Victoria] he defeats them every time! Yawn, yawn, yawn!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
Great analogy, Timmmy. Got me laughing…love it!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…’six months’, huh??? Sorry, my dear, but I give them W-A-Y less time than that…LOL!!!!! I mean…to me, BOTH Victor and Nikki each fall apart (or whatever) AT LEAST once a week…EASY…MORE LOL!!!!!

Just saying……….

Later, my friend.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tim…laughing-wise, you’re killing me here…LOL!!!!! Oh…and BTW, as always, you are TOTALLY SPOT ON!!!!! Also, more and more, all of those serious looks on Nikki’s face make her look like she wants to constantly throw up…MORE LOL!!!!! Bottom Line Here: Nikki is nothing but a HUMORLESS DOWNER!!!!!! Beyond lame.

Later, dude.

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Jay. You are probably right. I am just tired of watching these two….The writers are not holding my interest when they keep pulling these stunts with Nikki. They make her out to be a real bimbo. This is love? No, this is insanity.
Couples normally look forward aging together in peace.
The kids are gone, the family is healthy, his legacy is sealed. They should take trips with their youngest grandchildren….These writers give married couples’ future a bad name.
I look forward rocking in my rocking chair on the porch with my aging husband rocking with me. LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

AND Jay, I guess vodka cures MS???

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tim…dude…’Vodka’ (and all other forms of alcohol)…which makes Nikki look EVEN MORE STUPID!!!!! Truly pathetic.

Later, Tim.

Boes
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Boes

Poor Jill. That’s a sight nobody should have to see

Celia
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Celia

But, a super-delish one, Boes.
Uh-oh….Jill, the watchdog, is on the prowl. I have been waiting a while for this ‘confrontation’. I surely hope the ‘castigation’ will leave a few burn marks as Jill rakes Phyllis through the coals. So well deserved; Jill, ma’am.
I understand Jill skipped ‘through the tulips’ more times than she can even remember. But, this is her SON, her baby. Puts a different spin on things.
All I can say is, “Go get ’em ratz”!!!!!!!

Celia
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Celia

My super-delish was meant sarcastically, Boes. I am no fan of neither this Billy-type, nor this Phyllis-type. I know I am not being fair; but I actually welcomed these two great actors with open arms. Sadly, and I really mean that, they did not come through for me. Gina is too young, and Jason is too old, as was Burgess. Billy Miller is only a few years younger, but he looked boyish…..In my mind’s eye, I saw him with his hands in his jeans’ pockets, kicking rocks. He was so endearing to me as Billy A, I could forgive him… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

Timmm you are right on. I knew he would walk before the court case. If this we’re real life he would still be in jail for locking up Julia (his first wife) in the basement so many years ago but it’s a soap I guess it’s ok as long as nobody tries to live it!

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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Linda Evans Joins the Virtual ‘Dynasty’ 40th Anniversary Reunion

Look who’s been added to the line-up of Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon Carrington) upcoming Dynasty reunion? None other that one of the iconic series most notable stars, Linda Evans (Ex-Krystle).

In a tweet on Wednesday, Samms shared: “OMG… Look who’s joining us for the Dynasty Reunion! It’s only LINDA EVANS.  I’m so grateful, but not surprised by the kindness of her heart. It’s to raise funds for research into Long Covid.”

On Saturday March 20th you can help raise funds for world-leading research into the global pandemic’s, Long Covid, which has gripped many who have come down with Covid-19, but are still feeling the effects of the virus months after their initial illness, and have developed additional medical complications because of it including: breathlessness, fatigue and muscle aches.

So, join Emma and Linda along with previously announced Dynasty stars: Heather Locklear, Jack Coleman, Catherine Oxenberg, Maxwell Caufield, John James, Pamela Bellwood, Al Corley, Gordon Thomas, Stephanie Beachem, Terri Garber and more for a virtual reunion brought to you by Coastal Entertainment.

For ticket info click here.

As soap fans know, Emma also plays Holly on General Hospital and when last we saw her, viewers found out she was alive and well but being held captive, but where o’ where? Samms taped the key scene from England last year.  Fans hope to someday see the pick-up of the story.

So, excited to hear Linda Evans is part of the Dynasty reunion? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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