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151 January 14th, 2016 Jason Thompson Makes His Y&R Debut As Billy Abbott! What Were Your First Impressions? What Did You Think Of The Episode?

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Now that’s the way you to make an entrance!  Wisely, The Young and the Restless did right by the audience, and by their latest cast member and star, Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott)!

In a pivotal and must-see episode in the history of the Abbott clan, Billy has been taken off of life-support.  All of Billy’s loved ones are sufferingm and trying to come to terms with forever losing him in their lives.  This set the stage for a fantastic entrance by Thompson, who played the out-of-body-experience of Billy-  talking to each of his family members as they talk about him and discuss what they should, or shouldn’t have done as he listens in and reacts to it.  Of course, the one catch … they cannot hear him.  Yes, we have seen this plot device before, but in the hands of Thompson and in his first episode inheriting the role, it all seemed pretty seamless to us.

Thompson owned Billy Abbott with his own styles and nuances out of the gate.  And for those who thought they were just going to see a complete retreading of Dr.  Patrick Drake from General Hospital, we think this first impression should put that to bed for those who watched his work at ABC.

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Thursday’s Y&R also continued to give some strong material to stalwarts: Jess Walton (Jill), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Peter Bergman (Jack), Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis).  All of them A-listers and all of them Thompson’s new castmates.   We even got a snarling Billy, when he drops in on the conversations going down in Victor’s  (Eric Braeden) office!  We also got the emotional Billy when in a key moment he is greeted by the vision of his late daughter Delia, complete with the rings of Katherine Chancellor on her fingers.  In that moment, she tells Billy to go back and fight for his life, and for Victoria.   At the end of the episode as the family has gathered around him to watch him take his last breathes, Billy has a brain signal and is coming back to life.

So, what did you think of the debut of Jason Thompson as the new Billy Abbott on Y&R? What did you think about the episode, and the way the powers-that-be brought Jason onto the canvas using this vehicle, which also served as showcase for him to springboard into the part?   Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. mollie says:

    Honestly, I thought, it’s going to be okay with JT playing Billy Abbott. He is going to fit in quite well and despite my initial reservations about this re-cast, it is going to go well.

    Certainly, JT is a very good actor. He’s with an “A” team. They interacted beautifully today.

    And, I think JT’s entrance as Billy was interesting and well written.

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    Fay replied

    I agree well done I can’t wait to see more

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    Sammie Jo replied

    Me too, I didn’t think so at first but when I saw him acting, I think it will be just fine, maybe better than fine.

    Phyl replied

    I think he has done a great job as Billy Abbott so far, and that he is a very handsome man and will fit in fine!

  2. mollie says:

    Additionally, I thought JT’s dark looks, so unlike the Abbot clans fair countenances, would be distracting. But, the episode and acting was so interesting to me, it didn’t matter at all.

    Nice to see the role in the hands of a very good actor.

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    Carolina replied

    I agree with that. You must admit, Thompson looks more like Professor Korbel than he does any of the blonde Abbott’s.

    Time will tell.

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  3. Matilda says:

    I tuned in to see Jason and how he would portray another character. I didn’t see Patrick Drake. I believed he was a character named Billy Abbot. That is the mark of an excellent actor, which he is.

    The reaction I have seen on various sites and messageboards have been overwhelmingly positive. A far cry from what happened on GH with Howarth never getting a handle on Franco and just playing him like Todd. Jason is the real deal.

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    Harry replied

    Matilda, he is quite the chameleon, is he not?
    It as if JT were just chomping at the bit to get out of that starting gate to show viewers just what he can do.
    I LOVED it–he is channeling the spirit of Billy Abbot. One gets the feeling that JT actually studied the role before he took it on.
    I love Billy Miller but he always seems to be playing Billy Abbott no matter what. I don’t think he has the chameleonic abilities which JT has.
    I cannot help but think that is a case of Patrick Drake finally beating the pants off of Jason Morgan.

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    Matilda replied

    Yes, he’s quite a chameleon. He’s really able to transform into another character and not have you thinking of Patrick. GH really made a huge mistake with Jason. Patrick was a doctor, a legacy, connections throughout the canvas, a rich ten year history of his own and played by a fantastic actor that has so much range and ability yet he wasn’t a prioroty.

    I’ll miss the character, I’ll miss the actor and as a viewer, I regret the missed opportunity. But good for JT. He is an actor with the kind of talent that provides him opportunities and he took one. I expect him to be a fixture on Y&R for a long time; a prominent character on the number one soap, well done.

    Elizabeth replied

    GH has made so many casting mistakes under Frank Valentini that it’s difficult to remember them all. He may be great at keeping a budget, but that is a small victory given all the rest. Dropping or losing many GH legacies, bringing in other soap stars for dismal and unnecessary characters and plots , the Prospect Park mess…. Just sad.

    Elizabeth replied

    ForGOT to say, I did watch JT’s premiere as Billy (and I don’t normally watch Y&R). I agree with everyone who has said he knocked it out of the park. He will be a great Billy and it is our loss as GH fans in a big way.

  4. su0000 says:

    Jess/Jill is knocking it outta the park! outstanding performance!

    I really cringe knowing it will be the same old junk= Billy and Victoria ..
    can’t there ever be a couple that is not worn out and the same ol’, and to have them move on and start a new life, just once.
    Billy and Victoria are antiques! New stuff , please..

    JT, well- I’m luvin him ;) great casting!

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    Lillian replied

    I wanted a portrait of the whole Abbott family together at Billy’s bedside to say their final goodbyes. Traci should have been in that hospital room! If Billy and Victoria are divorced, I don’t want her hovering around Billy.

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    Nikki replied

    I agree totally. Bring back Traci Abbott. Although everyone did a fine job Jill and Traci we’re the best. Now she says she’ll never forgive herself for being so distant…GREAT Then bring her back under contract.

    Mo replied

    Jess has been great. Nice to see her onscreen. But where is Colin? It’s like they can’t have them on-screen at the same time.

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    Nikki replied

    I think he’s gone to General Hospital.

    Laurie replied

    He’s at GH. Ironically, he’s NuBilly’s father-in-law on General Hospital and they just had several scenes together! I thought Tristan was just going to GH for a few wks but now they’re talking as if he’s staying. Who knows?

    Harry replied

    I agree, Suoo! Jess Walton is an amazing actress and vastly undeused.

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  5. CeeCee says:

    He’s got it!!!! The role is his. Jason did not skip a beat, as Billy. Celebrate!!!!!

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    Patrick replied

    giddy laugh out loud

    such high praise going… from start to finish, up to this point (10)

    1. I truly like Jason Thompson’ acting
    2. i’m guarded … and awaiting his acting w/ Amelia Heinle’ Victoria

    i’d appreciate your candor… I can take it ie: w/Victoria

    great to read these positive posts

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    Fanny replied

    @CeeCee…Sweets, wasn’t he just perfect !
    Jason has what it takes to keep people watching,
    good looks and undeniable acting chops…

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    CeeCee replied

    We all agree, my lady. This is a good sign ….with better days to come.

    Shay replied

    @Fanny….I’ve no doubt that is exactly what Jason is displaying as Y&R’s new Billy….which begs the question, why did he have to relocate to Genoa City in order to utilize those God-given gifts which GH nearly totally squandered during his last few years in Port Charles? It simply makes no sense…whatsoever!

    Fanny replied

    @Shay….Hi, hope all is well by you.. Agreed, over the past couple
    of years very little attention was pd to the hospital or the prominent
    Dr’s on staff… Be it Patrick, Silas, Dr.O, even newbie Lucas… Wasted
    talent….TPTB wrote them into a corner and didn’t care enough about
    these characters to give them their time to shine in the sun.

    Shay replied

    Right back at ya, Fanny!!! As I’m sure you’ve already noticed, GH’s genius answer to focusing back on the hospital is to introduce yet another newbie as a doctor after ignoring all the aforementioned talents they had at their disposal only a few months ago! How frustrating…to say the least!

    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    He sure did!

    I have been waiting for this day ever since it was announced. It is like a little warm spring breeze blew through the airwaves yesterday during the cold winter. It is like growing up with the seasons and looking forward to Valentine’s Day in February because it is a distraction from all the snow, sleet, and cold weather.

    This is one casting move where it is good to be friends with Jill. I am so relieved that the character of Billy Abbott has fresh blood pumping into him now. It’s been too long. Burgess Jenkins was not horrible, he was just vanilla. There was nothing to get excited about with his portrayal. It’s a shame, but not every casting move is great.

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    CeeCee replied

    You bet, Chrystie. Yes, Jason/Billy IS getting fresh blood pumped into him…..in more ways than one. Love your play-on words. Very clever of you. I like that.
    Burgess never drew any emotion from me; that was the problem for me. And, at the risk of sounding shallow, his looks didn’t help. For those who say that looks should not matter; well, perhaps…..but, when there is no acting oomph either….what’s left? Jason was on for less than 45 minutes. Look at what he gave us. Spunk, determination, passion, compassion and a stirring of the heart. He gave us what we breathlessly awaited for how long? Later, my friend.

    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    Every time Burgess [Jenkins] was on I could not help but think of Burgess Meredith (from Rocky, Batman, Grumpy Old Men) and if he were still alive, he could have acted circles around Burgess Jenkins. Burgess Jenkins just seemed too geriatric in his portrayal of Billy Abbott. It is not his fault, he was miscast.

    I truly believe they got it right this time. I just hope they do not screw it up. :-)

    Harry replied

    I agree, Cee Cee—we got to see Patrick morph into Billy.
    And he did so seamlessly. How many times does one come in here to read comments which are all in concurrence with each other? Answer? NEVER–this is a first.
    Okay, and because I am a negative person, I have to express one negative thought and am directing it toward you, Cee Cee, because I think you will agree with me on this one. Why oh why did that foolish and silly Nikki decide that the waiting room outside Billy’s death bed was a good location to play her stupid high school games? Oh yes, going into the waiting room full of grieving family who are all preparing to say goodbye to their loved one is a perfect opportunity to make Victor jealous. Great idea, Nikki. Drag in the equally stupid and hapless Neal and pretend to be lovers in order to poke Victor is just a GREAT idea.
    Can they please find a way of giving Nikki a story line without making an absolute fool out of her?

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    CeeCee replied

    Harry, my dear friend.
    I suppose you did not read my comment about this very thing on another site. I can taste the ridiculousness of what Nikki and Neil are trying to do, and it tastes like caca. NIKKI?? Of all women? What in Sam Hill are these writers thinking? You are right….this schoolgirl play-acting just isn’t up to snuff. Many find Nikki so ‘wow’…..I never found her as the ‘it’ girl, even in youth. Her uppity countenance just turns me right off.

    jaybird369 replied

    CeeCee,

    RIGHT ON!!!!! Also, that airhead Nikki using Neil (who ain’t too swift himself these days!!!!!) in her petty and childish games is BEYOND RIDICULOUS!!!!! I mean…is this a soap or high school?!?!? Furthermore, I’ve always found Nikki’s off-and-on snobby, hoity-toity and condescending attitude to be a MAJOR TURN-OFF…B-L-E-C-H!!!!! TRULY LAME ALL-AROUND!!!!!!

    Later.

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    Timmm replied

    How old are Neil and Nikki suppose to be!

    JUDY K replied

    SO AGREE….NIKKI AND NEIL????? SPARE US THIS RIDICULOUS STORY..A WASTE OF TIME…..

  6. Wendy says:

    I’ve never seen Jason’s acting previously, so had no preconceived opinions of his acting in another role. He had more challenges as an actor in this first hour than I’ve seen any other actor on YR in a new role have to complete.
    As we know, most actors say the emotional scenes are more about reacting to the other actor or actors, in this hour, Jason had to act truly alone pulling up emotions which were varied along the entire spectrum. I think he did a magnificent job. I was in awe of the talent of the small isolated sentences he spoke and the emotion in his face too. The only person he was able to act with was the young ‘Delia’ and it was delightful to watch them both.
    He didn’t seem new. And this is not dissing the previous ‘Billy’ but he just has assumed this role being a consummate actor with obvious skills, experience in his background. I’m sure the other cast members are going to look forward to their own scenes interacting with him in the future.
    I’ve even suggested that perhaps this recovered ‘new’ Billy could (if he is going to be behaving better) could maybe change his name to ‘Bill.’ Then in scenes with Eric, he can’t be called ‘Billy-boy’ anymore. A more mature characterization of this developed person who needs to be there for his wife and children in the role.
    So, who know what lies ahead but guaranteed, Jason is going to be able to successfully depict anything the writers put on the pages of the script.
    PS Thank you Michael for enlarging the font of these comments as it’s much easier to read and notice any errors.

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    Yeah, the “Billy Boy” references have gotten out of hand over the years. In the beginning Victor would utter that maybe every so many months, now it is every freaking time he refers to him.

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    Nikki replied

    Oh how I agree. I am so sick of the term”Billy boy Abbott” from that old fool.

    Timmm replied

    Great post. Thats what I saw, mega challenges for the new guy on the set AND like you said, he acted mostly the whole show isolated.

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  7. Sheila says:

    I thought the writers and directors provided Jason with the perfect vehicle to get to GC. It was magic to watch. I’m in a group where some members are grieving over the loss of Billy Miller these few years later so even though I felt confident Jason would bring Billy Abbott to life I was in awe of his performance as were many of the doubters. I believe first impressions are so important and his was great. He could have walked off that set doing a Jose Bautista bat flip in my opinion because he knocked this performance out of the park.

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    Rose replied

    Sheila..I’m a Blue Jays fan so I know what you mean, plus I saw that game. I think Patrick made an impressive debut onto Y&R. I also really liked how the story-line helped set him up to “meet” everyone else important in his life.

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    Sheila replied

    And Jason is Canadian so if he reads this he will also get it

  8. Ashifa Shivji says:

    I’ve been a fan of Jason Thompson since day 1 on GH. He’s a phenomenal actor! I think this character and a good storyline will allow him to shine and really show how good he is. Wish GH gave him better storylines and allowed him to have more scenes with different actors. I predict with this role on Y&R he will get the Emmy he’s so deserves!

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    Elizabeth replied

    Yep. Jason is totally deserving of an emmy. Maybe this (next) will be his year.

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  9. Sandy says:

    If there were a Daytime Emmy for best first day on a soap, Jason would finally have his Emmy with today’s scenes! He was simply fantastic! Watching him go from regret to anger to snarky, and back to regret was amazing! The scenes with Kevin and Mariah, and Victor and Noah, were great because we got to see such an incredibly funny side to Jason, and you can tell he was having fun! The scenes at the hospital, and with the kids, so sweet and so well done. Jason is great in any scene with kids! I’m looking forward to seeing what he does in real scenes with Amelia, Jess, Peter, Eric, and everyone else that he was “in” scenes with today! The role of Billy Abbott is definitely and fabulously being played by Jason Thompson!

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    Timmm replied

    The amount of pressure on this guy and he hit a grand slam!

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  10. Dee says:

    I love JT. He excelled in emotional scenes on gh. The guy is a powerhouse . I thought he did well considering the material was very heavy & emotional. He looks just like Jill. It wasn’t that hard for me to see him as Billy because if you watched when Patrick first arrived to gh (before they matured him of course) he was a lot like the character of Billy. I was never the biggest fan of Villy, but I must admit, he and Amelia (Victoria) look gorgeous together! Swooon YR: Give him a chance & the right material and I promise JT will shine.

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    Patrick replied

    right on! on your post!

    ie: “… He looks just like Jill. ”

    @MarySF… said as much

    I agree! and it’s like a nice testament to Jill … that when she sees her son… she she’s HER side of the family.

    Jess Walton is also knocking it out of the park. WOW and Woah at the same time… this is must see stuff. wish I was

    Dee… you made my morning : “… but I must admit, he and Amelia (Victoria) look gorgeous together! ”

    you mean this, about; JT and AH? right !

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    Patrick replied

    Amelia Heinle and Jason Thompson : Victoria and Billy in his hospital room

    Victoria: ” I’ll tell you a story – about; …an entitled, slightly reserved, obnoxiously reserved princess;

    and a gambling womanizing but oh so charming… “frog”

    i’m not sure about the ending… but i’m determined to make it a good one

    so… once upon a time”

    scene fades….

    tears… isn’t this why we tune in

    ———-

    Amelia Heinle character

    I’ve always been about underdog… and wanting for a character to grow

    she may be seen as daddy’s little girl… but how could any child grow under those circumstances…

    Victor… the tough as nails.. his way or the highway… not showing any kind of love.. on screen anyway… and the shabby way he treats Nikki… and the sun rose and set with Nicholas ?

    I’ve always rooted for the character of Victoria… like she always “lived” under the radar and less than spotlight… over shadowed… by her own father and mother and younger brother… the royalty she , it would seem… was never really accolade, at least for AH… Heather Tom was a spoiled brat!

    so.. hence… when Amelia Heinle was cast , after Heather Tom left… was the emergence of Victoria becoming an adult and growing up.

    I’ve always liked how she … has never really wavered between the power plays going on with … the Newman and Abbott

    when she met Billy and one for the books romance… budded took hold and stratosphere the best couple to come out of Genoa City… from veteran legacy … ( very much in the same context; that Robin and Patrick; from GH melded)

    so… to see Victoria take hold her own life… was been nothing short of riveting for me

    LOL… ugh! watching Yand R yesterday and todays eps: Victor is still dead and dull as ever!

    hoping for the best : Victoria and Billy

  11. Mister Media says:

    Wow! If there was an Emmy for a stand-alone episode, this would be the clear winner.Y&R is on opposite my soap, GH, where I live. I turned on Y&R to see Jason in his new role and never returned to GH. I thought the episode was beautifully written and immediately established Jason vis a vis all of Billy’s key relationships. Putting him in a scene with daughter Delia was a genius move which cemented him in the role AND elicited tremendous emotion. Bravo to all involved, especially Jason Thompson…but now I have a dilemma. Tomorrow I want to stick with Y&R but I want to be faithful to GH. Could one actor make me switch allegiance? I know I can see both shows, but the one I watch when it is broadcast is significant to me. In an unrelated aside, last night I dreamed that it was announced that Anthony Geary was returning to daytime – On Y&R!!!! I woke up thinking it’s probably only a matter of time. Meanwhile, Long Live GH!

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  12. Fanny says:

    I knew Jason T. would be the resurrection of Billy Abbott !!!
    Given the right material he was bound to shine…. I’m so
    glad his move prompted me to start watching Y&R a few
    weeks back, so I’d be ready for his debut as Billy…
    Smart casting move JFP.

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  13. jaybird369 says:

    All I can say is…W-O-W!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to the Y&R Family, Jason Thompson!!!!!!!!!!!

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    CeeCee replied

    Hey, you. Where have you been? I’ve asked after you several times, Jay. I am so glad you’re back, my friend…..welcome…my friend.
    I am also happy to hear that, obviously, you have been watching. Wasn’t Jadon just soooo fitting in?

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    CeeCee replied

    Lol, Jason….

    jaybird369 replied

    Thanks, CeeCee!!!!! It feels great to be back!!!!! Yes.

    Oh…and HAPPY BELATED 2016 to you, my friend!!!!!!

    Peace.

    CeeCee replied

    @Jaybird.
    Thank you. Happy New Year to you. Please stay, this time…LOL. Later.

    Jamesj75 replied

    Welcome back, jaybird369! I echo CeeCee’s sentiments…

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    jaybird369 replied

    James…thanks, bro!!!!! Much, much appreciated!!!!!

    Later.

  14. Lisa M says:

    Guess what? I think Y&R got it right this time. So far so good. I am an avid watcher of GH and his acting was great. So yes Jason will ace the role of Billy. He has the energy, drive and some mannerisms of the Billy we grew to love. I think Jason will bring it and knock it out of the box. No he gas no resemblance to the previous Billy but change was necessary to get it right. Kudos to Y&R#chicago

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    Timmm replied

    He looks like Jess Walton and facially he has some of Peter Bergman’s looks. Great actor regardless!

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    Harry replied

    He does indeed look like he could be Jill’s son.
    And speaking of Jess Walton, she hit it out of the ballpark with those hospital scenes. Jill has not been in a scene in ions and suddenly she comes in like gang busters making us all cry along with her and making us actually give a damn about Billy.
    My only complaint is the next day when Billy wakes up, the whole Abbot family and Jill are gone. Only Victoria is there. We barely got to see the family’s reaction to the news that Billy is going to live.

    Soapluv2010 replied

    I agree, he does look like Jess and Peter. I had forgotten how well Jason does the entire range of emotions. They took a huge chance with those scenes. In the hands of a lesser talent, they would have bombed big time BUT, the risk was rewarded and JT finally gets scenes worthy of his mastery of the craft. It’s been a long time.
    I’m really happy for JT. It’s life lessons for us all: Never be afraid of change. When you know you’re not optimizing your gifts, don’t whine and complain, move on. Be confident, not scared. Take a chance on you.
    Everybody loves a winner and Jason is….Winning!

  15. april says:

    He was fine, yes. I’m trying to recover from Dylan being Instacop,

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    Timmm replied

    Harding should be assistant chief and not Dylan. That sucks!

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  16. Deanna says:

    I was just hooked, immediately. Kudos to JT. My condolences to the producers/writers at GH who are like the shopgirls in Pretty Woman today. “big mistake. huge”

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  17. Nate says:

    In a word, brilliant. The past week Y&R has (again) been on fire. The emotions of each scene with JT and the cast, e immediately just became Billy. Right away I forgot I was watching a new actor in this big role, and was fully focused on the story. The entire cast, led by the outstanding Jess Walton, have all been hitting home runs all week. And if you were not crying during the Delia scenes, you’re not human.

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  18. Penny says:

    Fantastic! I think Jason is the perfect Billy! Episode was very well written, too.

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  19. Annie says:

    In all of the decades I’ve been watching soaps, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recast adapt and become the new character so quickly. The scene between Billy and Delia was amazing – the chemistry, I actually believed he was her father, like they had known each other for years (little Delia played a part in that too, I might add!). Wow, this is going to be fun!

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    Harry replied

    GREAT point, Annie. Yes, you felt that father daughter connection instantly–it was if those two actors had played many scenes together beforehand.

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  20. Sissy says:

    What a fantastic episode! I’m a longtime viewer of both GH and YR so I know Jason would be great. What I ddin’t expect, was for the writers to give him such an opportunity on his very first episode to showcase his talent.

    Great job, writers and beautiful performance by Jason!!

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    Sissy replied

    Also, after watching him for years on GH…..I never once thought of Patrick Drake during today’s YR. That’s a pretty huge testament to Jason’s incredible talent.

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    Timmm replied

    Thats true. Thats a testament to JT as an actor. Patrick who?

  21. Cathy says:

    An outstanding way to introduce a new Billy..Jason was at his best only wish GH appreciate his talent and gave hm more. Powerhouse cast A+ performance. Y&R gain a big loss for GH!

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  22. Mo says:

    I thought he did really well. I never watched GH so don’t know Jason. But he is already much better than his predecessor. Hope this bodes well for the future.

    And Kevin is such a jerk. Didn’t even give time for Billy to die before he ran off to Victor.

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    Kevin is Kevin. I am still waiting to see when they are going to develop this character into a viable human being. He has so many chances and so much potential, but ultimately the character of Kevin is first and foremost a narcissistic and childish prankster who really should have done a little jail time.

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    RON replied

    No sooner do we have a wonderfully written set of episodes about Billy’s demise that we get sucker-punched with another lame tech peril tale with Natalie: too many holes in this one to bother writing about. Y and R needs to step away from these tech espionage sagas like come off like B movies and work more with drama like euthanasia… so much more to explore for viewers.

    RON replied

    “that come off” sorry

    Lillian replied

    In regards to Kevin, the actress playing Natalie would have been a good Mackenzie Browning.

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    CeeCee replied

    I have been waiting for Mackenzie for years, now. And, Daniel, too.

    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    She reminds me of a mix between Kerri Russell and Elizabeth Hendrickson.

  23. Marisa says:

    I am not a Y&R fan, but tuned in to see Jason Thompson’s debut. He is an exceptional actor, was not surprised to see how well he performed. I also understand why he left GH and made the move to Y&R. When was the last time he had more than a few minutes of screen time on GH? Even when they wrapped up the Patrick/Robin storyline, he was on screen in short spurts (if you blinked you missed most of it). He was on our screen for most of yesterday’s episode on Y&R, which I am certain will be the case in months to come with this character. Kudos to JT! I may have to start watching Y&R to get my fix. ;)

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    Timmm replied

    Thats just it, GH gave him very little to do in 2015. Who wouldnt leave and go to Y&R to a juicy character that will never be killed off and the show has been number one for 2 and a half decades!

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  24. Deb says:

    Loved it. Loved JT. Love the episode. Beautiful. Well done, Days.

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    Mo replied

    This is Y&R, not Days.

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    Harry replied

    Days is the Marcia Brady of Daytime.
    I swear, it’s always Days, Days, Days!!

  25. Kelly says:

    He will and is doing a great job as Billy Abbott!!!He’s a great actor so I had no doubt:)

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  26. Timmm says:

    THIS is what a soap opera should be! WOW! Chuck and Jill did a masterful job in doing something different. THAT is tough to do in all the years soaps have been on TV. They introduced Jason as the new Billy. Loved it. No bandages covering his face. Thank god! THEN, they dont ease Jason into the role of Billy. They boldly have him interact with EVERYONE who is in his life in ONE show! THEN to have Delia show up and have a scene with Jason was so brave of the show since she and Billy Miller had such a bond BUT Jason is a master at acting with children and he made me cry with their scene. He had tears in HIS eyes to. She tells him to go, its okay, and he walks right through Victoria and I said THIS is why I watch, great stuff. Soapy stuff that tugs on the heart strings with brilliant actors! Jason Thompson, I KNEW he would succeed. I knew it! Wait, what color is his hair? WHO CARES!

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    Bravo, Timmm!

    I wholeheartedly agree! I hate when those say that so-and-so does not look like the other characters. Who gives a flying fig?! They could all look like the Coneheads, but as long as they can stir the emotions in ME, I don’t care. That is what Jason does, he stirs emotions. He makes you feel things.

    Sadly Burgess Jenkins only made me feel that his Billy Abbott was not far removed from a farm boy. He just did not have the demeanor and said “Vic” just too many times for my taste. He also didn’t stir one emotion in me during any of his grieving scenes over Delia either, but Jason comes in and one day pulls out real tears and emotion. That is talent and that is what has been missing from Y&R for far too long.

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    Timmm replied

    Oh Chrystie, I was blown away with Jason’s performance and when Delia showed up that was it, I was taken! JT is a mega talent who was sadly wasted on GH in 2015. I knew he could do this! Thats it, Burgess couldnt pull any real emotions out of himself when he needed to. It really shows just how bad he was as Billy because when JT comes in, DAY ONE, and lights up the screen with ALL the characters. Amazing!

    CeeCee replied

    It was ingenious writing, Timmm. That’s the way to do it. So, when he is up and running, he will have had his introduction. Loved everything about the way Jason was given to us as Billy….what a gift!

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    Timmm replied

    It was. Think of all the stories that have been written over the years. It would be tough to write something different and fresh. As I said before, Jill and Chuck get a lot of heat for their EP duties and their writing but this was excellent and we should all recognize that. They have had their blunders but this episode of introducing JT should be put on the top shelf all shiny and gold!

  27. Steve says:

    I felt the same way I felt the day Laura Wright took over the role of Carly in GH. Jason Thompson gave the part a depth that has been missing since Billy Miller left. He honored the character of Billy but made it clear he was going to put his own personal stamp on it.

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    She sure did, Steve. It helps that she has not vacated the role, but I remember how strong an actress she was from her LOVING/THE CITY days. Jason is also that strong and I look forward to YEARS of his performance on Y&R (God willing).

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  28. Trudy says:

    Jason Thompson rocked it. He didn’t miss a beat as he stepped into and fully inhabited the character of Billy.

    And the writers also nailed it – this single episode gave Jason more material to work with than he’s had in years on GH.

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  29. k/kay says:

    I commented on another thread about how well I think Jason Thompson did his scene with Delia made it look like he had been working with her forever. The performance was flawless. All I can say is he is great with children he is going to make a great Dad.

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    Timmm replied

    He was great with his daughter on GH and what a brilliant move to have him act opposite of the sweet little Delia the first day! JT has that special touch with the kid actors. Great episode that I will never forget!

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  30. Nanci says:

    I love him!
    I felt his charisma before he even opened
    his mouth to say his first line. I think his
    portrayal of Billy will be awesome.

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  31. Chrystie_Delancey says:

    I never had any doubts about Jason Thompson taking over, but one episode does not a character switch make. He WILL own the role of Billy Abbott by the end of the year. It will be hard to get Burgess Jenkins’ version out of our heads for a while as he was not there merely a few months. I am CRAVING the character development for Billy Abbott that I know Jason can deserve as he did that with Patrick Drake. That is what soaps are all about – character development. I am still waiting for that to happen to Kevin, Sharon, Victor, Nick, etc., but I will take Billy’s transformation because I know it is imminent.

    All that being said, I am SO glad they did not do what the rumors had said and gave him a face transplant. Viewers can actually accept the fact that another actor is playing a part without these plot devices.

    You forgot to add that Jason got to show his snarky side of Billy both with his interactions with Kevin/Mariah and Victor/Noah.

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  32. Shirley says:

    Doing and amazing job and looking forward to Jason/Billy.

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  33. Carla says:

    What an actor. The transition was seemless. Now if he can bring on the humorous side of Billy Abbott I’m sold.

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  34. Michael says:

    I will say this much, this was Y&R’s best casting decision that they’ve made since Billy Miller vacated the role of Billy Abbott almost 3 years ago now, and that includes the castings of Phyllis and Adam. I’d say the casting of Jason Thompson is # 1 with Justin Hartley as Adam # 2 and Gina Tognoni as Phyllis # 3.

    Jason now owns the role of Billy Abbott. He absolutely killed it yesterday and the scenes with little Delia were beautifully done and you can see the tears welling up in Jason’s eyes during those brief scenes with little Sophia (Delia). It was pure magic! Well done Jason and thank you for shutting the doubters up! Also, kudos to #YR for bringing Jason over to CBS!

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    Barbara D. replied

    I agree with you in one hundred % ! Thank you, thank you ” The Young and
    the Restless ” for hiring Jason Thompson to play the role of Billy Abbott.
    Jason is a wonderful actor . Also, he is incredibly handsome and chemistry
    between Jason ( Billy ) and Amelia ( Victoria ) is downright palpable. I love them
    together and I am convinced that they will be a dynamite couple.

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  35. Mary SF says:

    I thought it was a brilliant way to introduce JT into the role. He got a chance to shine alone, but interact with all the characters so a viewer could mentally adjust to a new actor in the role. And as much as I normally hate unnecessary melodrama like seeing all the characters believe Billy was going die, when viewers know he isn’t– this time it was forgivable because it was the perfect way to make the transition.

    And looks wise, when JT was standing behind PB as Jack, to me, they look like brothers and since Ashley had a different mother and father, it doesn’t matter if he looks like her- and I was right JT really looks like Jill, so I think look wise he is totally believable as Billy.

    But it is his acting that will win over viewers and he made a great first impression that I think this time, we have a keeper.

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  36. Tani Sterling says:

    It seems unanimous! As one with no background on this fellow he pounced on screen with such energy; no easing into his new character. As other have said the entire cast poignantly portrayed the immense difficulty in dealing with end of life decisions. Kudos to the writers on this one.

    It would be good to stop with this positive review. However, the mafia storyline is troublesome for me. The glimpse of a man in the elevator with a black bag over his head evoked thoughts that were uncomfortably ominous .

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  37. toscanti says:

    Amazing! I’m absolutely thrilled to have JT in the role of “Billy”. Finally, life back into the character. Thank You Y&R for getting this right.

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  38. Tristan says:

    Y&R received and gave a gift. It received the gift of JT’s talent, and gave the gift of a beautifully written and structured episode to introduce him to the viewers as Billy. JT hit a home run at Y&R with his first at-bat. As a GH viewer I really have to accept that JT made absolutely the right decision for himself in leaving GH for Y&R. GH had nothing for him, except to be a side-liner in the ongoing Jason-is-God storyline. In the long-run, GH did itself no favors letting this talent go. JT played the last on-contact doctor, and one of the few undoubted good guys on a show that traffics in mob and murder.

    Congratulations to JT on landing a part that will really use and stretch his talent! GH? What were you thinking?? Or…were you thinking??

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    Barbara D. replied

    I could not agree with you more !

    I look forward to watching every episode in which Jason Thompson plays.
    He is so talented , charming and handsome that it is sheer pleasure to see
    him portray Billy Abbott. I just hope that Jason’s wonderful acting skills will be
    truly appreciated by ” The Young and the Restless ” powers that be.
    Congratulations to Jason and his wife on the wonderful news about baby that
    is to be born in May. All of the best to you both.

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  39. Ashleigh says:

    Wow, I’ve never EVER seen everyone on this board agree. Has soap opera hell frozen over?!?!

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  40. ginger says:

    story line not a good idea. It gave false hope to people who have loved ones that are brain dead. As far as I know, once a person is brain dead there’s no coming back. They went too far this time

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    Tani Sterling replied

    You are correct Ginger. I thought about making a comment on that. However, the topic and dynamics of opposing opinions were rather well presented. Thank you for pointing out the reality.

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    CeeCee replied

    I tried saying something flip on another site…..trying to be sarcastic, but it did not turn out that way, and my comment failed miserably. I said that miraculously coming back from ‘death’ happens more often than we know, meaning that this is believed to be true, and “by the grace of God”. I don’t mean to sound controversial, but, when someone is declared ‘brain dead’, the person is dead, period. The reality is, people mistake ‘brain dead’ with being in a coma……very different diagnoses or state. But, it does happen!
    A miracle or wrongly diagnosed? As I said earlier…..a cosmic mystery. Those of us who believe in miracles and the metaphysical accept the impossible….yet, those of us who believe in the scientific opposition, dispute this very possibility, except for scientists/doctors on soaps. It’s a very touchy subject; especially if faith comes into play….then, we are walking on shaky terrain. The struggle, created by man, between God and science is ever alive….as is evolution versus creation.
    The point is, it’s a great story, albeit fictitious. Perhaps, this very subject could be delved/tapped into by TPTB…. Could be a very illuminating storyline…..point is, Billy’s back. Very exciting!!

    madluv4u replied

    I’m sure that people who watch a soap opera realize it’s just that. I don’t think they look to soaps for anything but basic entertainment. If you watch soaps you know how to stretch the limits of reality. And if people are truly offended, they change the channel. I’m not trying to argue with you, I’m just presenting a different view. Upon further thought, I actually really dislike when soaps try and tackle truly heavy storylines because the characters will get over the trauma and move on to their next story, but it doesn’t work that way in real life.
    For example: Elizabeth on GH was raped many years ago, and yet today she never has any issues with it or “it” doesn’t interfere with her everyday life. I think someone who suffers that always carries it around with them. So I am right here, right now reversing my opinion and admitting I…..was…..not completely ….right. Whew! That was tough to admit. Ok have a good one!

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  41. penny says:

    JT was great but you know what’s not great? The silly storylines going on right now. Not for nothing but a 5 year old could tell better stories. Y&R has lost it’s D*** mind. It’s all over the place and nothing makes since. Luca and his wife needs to go. Kevin needs to find someone he has chemistry with and for goodness sake can Chelsea shut the H*** up!

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    Sheila replied

    And that is why the show is the most watched of the four remaining……has remained solidly in 1st place for god knows how long. Maybe it’s just too complicated for you. The solution is to reach for he flicker and change the channel because you are obviously in the minority.

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    penny replied

    Whoop De Doo it’s the most watch out of the remaining soaps. The numbers have the declined over the years. You can believe I’m in the minority if that gets you to sleep at night but the numbers show people aren’t watching and if they aren’t watching. why would they comment?. Too complicated, ha..ha..haa.

    Sheila replied

    And yet you watch……

    penny replied

    Well I can’t dream up a comment.

    Barbara D. replied

    Sheila, you are right.

    Deborah replied

    I so agree, Penny. Luca and that whole storyline is just ridiculous and am quite sick of this mess. Don’t care for this back and forth storyline with Hillary and Neil. That is getting old as well. They truly need some better writers here and quick!

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    Theresa pink replied

    JASON THOMAS IS AN AWESOME ACTOR
    ILL MISS HIM ON GH BUT ITS GOOD TO
    SEE STEVE B&JASON T ON THE SAME SHOW!

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  42. Mark Y says:

    Well, I’m happy to see JT as Billy. He’s got to have chops or he wouldn’t have been so popular on GH. He might be physically different than the previous Billys I have known but I think he fits in well with his siblings. It was a nice way to integrate him but there was zero suspense. Despite all the hand wringing and tears, we knew Billy would be just fine. No story at all.

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  43. Deborah says:

    I am happy to hear of a new Billy Abbott. Did not care for the last one as I didn’t think he was a good match with Victoria and I didn’t see any chemistry between them. So my vote is still in limbo at this pooint until he recovers from his coma at least. I did like Billy Miller tremendously who played Billy Abbott once upon a time and I thought he and Victoria were the perfect match. Time will tell here.

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  44. Kate Baker says:

    LOVE Jason in this role – can’t wait for him to wake up! Had to laugh tho when they turned off “life support” since he wasn’t hooked up to anything and wasn’t even on a ventilator

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    Barbara D. replied

    Yes, it was a ” slight ” oversight . Thanks to it, though, Jason was so handsome
    on his deathbed ! Nothing ( no ventilator, etc. ) could spoil his amazing good
    looks.

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  45. Susan says:

    I hope when Billy finally completely wakes up he remembers the conversation he overhead in Victor’s office. That way, Billy can give Victor payback for helping Adam escape justice for Delia’s death. And also get some justice for both Phyllis and Jack.

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  46. robert says:

    I thought the episodes were terrific. JT instantly became Billy. His scenes with Delia was some of the best acting i’ve seen. Y&R gave JT more material than what GH gave him in a year. GH’s loss is Y&R’s gain

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    Barbara D. replied

    @ Robert : you are absolutely right ! Casting Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott
    was the best decision . I agree that the scenes with Delia were very touching
    and wonderfully played. Loved them.

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  47. Marcie says:

    Jason along with writers gave us the #Best recast of Billy Abbott Ever..Kudos!

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    Barbara D. replied

    Yes and yes !

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  48. Rose says:

    At first glance, I am not sure. His seems more serious than the previous billys. Didn’t feel any chemistry between him and Victoria. Will give it a few more episodes.

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  49. Lucia says:

    I was completely disinterested when I heard there would be a new Billy (I didn’t feel that Billy Miller could be replaced but I do think for some strange reason Burgess Jenkins got better in the last month) and then I was completely SHOCKED by how much I enjoyed JT’s performance. I wasn’t prepared to believe right away and yet there he was, tearing up with Delia, tearing up with his mother…and totally owning the role. I hope that his “rebirth” of sorts will be the beginning of him kicking Victor’s butt to hell.

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    Nicki replied

    I still love Billy Miller.

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    It is funny how someone’s abilities get better in the final months. I think it is because they know they are leaving and the weight has been lifted from their shoulders.

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    Barbara D. replied

    That may be the case but I am of the opinion that Burgess Jenkins was
    never really suited for the role of Billy. He was too serious all the time,
    hardly ever smiled and there was a ZERO chemistry between him and
    Victoria.

    JUDY K replied

    LOVE BILLY MILLER BUT TO MY SURPRISE JT WAS TERRIFIC….I LOVED THE ENTIRE EPISODE….A GREAT DAY FOR ALL ACTORS INVOLVED…..FINALLY!!

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  50. Laurie says:

    Saw a poll on a site called SoapShows if I’m allowed to mentioned that. Out of almost 3,000 votes almost 60% said he was doing a terrific job already, 20% said they didn’t know yet, too soon to tell and 20% said no, he doesn’t fit the role.

    I’d take those numbers if I was Jason Thompson. That’s so much better ALREADY than most actors taking over a popular role get. That and I think many folks just didn’t feel BJ in that role, including me! JT has sooooo much emotional range. He will win that 20% that unsure right now over in no time!

    1 other thing I want to say is that JT DID get great roles on GH!! He exited right in the middle of the leading, hottest sl going and was knocking it out of the park! He had so many great sl’s on GH-that’s why his submitted material earned him 5 Emmy noms. It’s just that the show went months and months at times w/o giving him a sl at all! They became too far and too between.

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    Patrick replied

    I can’t help but think… to increase those numbers in Y&R favor

    is to keep Jess Walton on full time… should she want that

    she, more than any other actor… would expedite and solidify his character belong

    it would be a major treat and uproariously good time seeing this mother and son duo … bond and reconnect these two characters

    Jill Foster Abbott Chancellor is a force of nature… with Jason Thompson by her side… he’s got all the character in his genetic

    and he doesn’t even need Victor

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  51. madluv4u says:

    I hate to say I told you so…..no wait, no I don’t…..so here goes – I TOLD YOU SO!!! Lol, I tease, I tease. He did what I knew he could. My confidence in JT never wavered, cause that’s what good actors do.
    I wish SB could do that with Dillon, Dylan(?). Every movement, every gesture, even the way he expresses emotion reeks of Stone Cold Jason Morgan. As a well seasoned actor one should know how to re-create a character. Instead I think if we were to meet Steve in real life we would see little difference from the way he carries himself on screen and in reality. Just because someone has done something for a long time, doesn’t mean that they are “good” at it. Maybe they should be, but not necessarily.
    Anyhoo, bravo and kudos JTon a job extremely well done!!!!

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  52. Catherine Climpson says:

    Jason Thompson is the best actor on daytime; bar none. He did a fabulous job at General Hospital as Dr. Patrick Drake, and he is going to do a marvelous job as Billy Abbot on the Y & R. I can’t wait to see it everyday if her is on. Lol I am watching the Y & R as a new show because Jason Thompson is on it. Good luck Jason; you’re not going to need it, because you are fantastic!!!!!!! :)

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    Barbara D. replied

    @ Catherine : you took the words right of my mouth . I agree with you in every
    respect.

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  53. DixieRD says:

    I’m having a hard time swallowing all the accolades being heaped upon the new “Billy”, JT. It is far too early to address his acting ability. I have not been impressed. I was not happy when “Billy” and “Adam” we’re replaced, but, I like the current “Adam” and was finally accepting Jenkins as “Billy”. JT’s appearance is wrong for “Billy”. He looks too much like “Victoria”. It’s creepy seeing the two in a romantic scene…. It’s like watching brother and sister kiss…. So wrong!!!!! It’s not just the dark hair. Bring Jenkins back or find someone else. Please! It appears JT has a lot of friends and fans … Why did he leave GH if he is so popular there?

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    Barbara D. replied

    With all due respect but saying that Jason and Amelia look like brother and
    sister kissing is , to put it mildly , silly. In addition, Jenkins was wrong for
    the role of Billy. No charm, no charisma, no chemistry with Victoria.

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  54. Susan says:

    Billy Miller has proven to be a hard replacement. Jason Thompson isn’t the answer either!! The Billy Abbot that Billy Miller created was a fun mischievious, bad boy with a heart, someone Heine can easily be in love with. Jason Thompson is far from that, he looks like a sneaky backstabbing relative of the Luca Santorri clan. He’s making the billy abbott character too dark.

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    Barbara D. replied

    I totally disagree. I liked Billy Miller as Billy immensely and I agree that he
    possessed the traits of character you described. Jason Thompson is wonderful
    in the role of Billy and I admire his acting abilities. He equipped ” new” Billy
    with charm and warmth and there is no denying that there is a very strong
    chemistry between Billy and Victoria. Maybe Jason’s dark good looks made you
    think of comparing him to Luca Santorri ? Although in the good looks department,
    Luca can not hold a candle to Billy.

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  55. Susan says:

    Billy Miller had a light hearted playfulness to him and Billy Abbott was never portrayed as a dark haired character. Jason Thompson is no Billy Abbott. He looks way to old, definitely doesn’t look like a little, (younger) brother the other Abbotts. He is make the character too dark, more sneaky.

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  56. HT says:

    Can’t stand the guy, Should’ve took them time to find a better fit for the role! Imagine him with Chloe, he looks old to have had a kid with her! When I hear him talk all I can think of is the teacher on Charlie Brown, so I just fast forward when he’s on. The actor that plays Billy needs to remember Billy is a fun loving party guy, but this new Billy seams evil, dark, & creepy! It seams like the only people who like him are GH fans which I am not! At this point I wish Billy would have been killed off the show. I’ll give it a few more weeks but if there isn’t a better Billy soon I’ll have to move on from young & the restless After 25 years of watching.

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    Barbara D. replied

    I have never watched ” General Hospital”. In spite of that, I think that Jason
    Thompson is a wonderful as Billy Abbott. I wonder how anybody can think otherwise. In my opinion ( but with all due respect ) Burgess Jenkins did not
    fit the role of Billy. In addition , no hair colour can make someone dark and
    creepy. I assume, HT, that you were referring to that and not Jason’s acting
    abilities.

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  57. Rita Anderson says:

    I think Jason Thompson was an excellent choice for recast of Billy Abbott. He and Victoria really have some heavy duty chemistry together..you can practically see the sparks fly! Jason just flew out of the gate with his very first appearances as Billy. I will always love Billy Miller in this role and believe nobody will ever do it better. But from what I see of Jason Thompson so far, he may eventually be comparable to Miller with his own vision of Billy..and that is the highest praise I can give him!

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  58. Lorraine says:

    I think the the new Billy looks like Victoria’s brother more than her longtime love interest. My favorite was Billy Miller (of course) and it is going to be hard to replace him because he was “Billy”. Please try and find a better Billy that fits the role better.

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    IS replied

    Lorraine – how refreshing to find someone who shares my views. Billy Miller was the best actor for this role. He was passionate and believable. He was the black-sheep, bad boy, screw- up who we all loved as Billy Abbott. Jason Thompson, while he was fine on GH, bores me to tears as Billy Abbott. I don’t see what most people see but he is my least favorite Billy. I think he needs to be more passionate and make us believe he wants to embrace the Billy persona. He’s not gritty enough for Billy Abbott but I will be fair and keep my fingers crossed.

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  59. Linette says:

    Bottom line, bring back Billy Miller! None of the others can measure up.

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  60. BSF says:

    As a devoted viewer of this show of 25 years I can see I’m also in the minority but I do not like this new Billy. His attempts at humor make me cringe. His timing is way off. He is too dark and cold to be Billy. Definitely closer to creepy than charming I’m sorry.

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  61. Phyl says:

    I think, Jason Thompson’s, debut went well and I think he has followed thru well as the new Billy Abbott, I like him a lot.

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