On Monday’s episode o Marie, host Marie Osmond celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Young and the Restless with very special hour devoted to the iconic number one soap opera!
In various segments, Marie welcomed Peter Bergman and Melody Thomas Scott, who spoke of Jack and Nikki’s relationship. That was followed by a playful segment featuring Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow, the couple many have come to love as “Phick”. Will they ever reunite? Next came, Doug Davidson and Lauralee Bell, as Paul and Christine where Doug was cracking jokes and telling Y&R stories. And that was followed by the true supercouple of Y&R, Jess Walton and Jeanne Cooper as they relive and discuss the enduring relationship of Jill and Katherine!
At the end of the episode, Marie had the entire cast back on stage and launched into a heart-tugging tribute to the late Bill Bell, the creator of The Young and the Restless. Osmond began by reading a quote from Bill Bell on storytelling: “You have to have interesting stories with a heartbeat to them. Stories viewers can relate to, escape with, and learn from in terms of social issues. I’m a strong believer that we are here to do more than entertain. That we are here to impact on the lives of our audiences.”
What followed was an archived video segment of Bill Bell talking about how much he loved and how he is proud of his daughter Lauralee. And on that note, it brought tears not only to Lauralee, but to Marie and the cast on stage. In addition, Jeanne Cooper also retold the story of how Bill Bell saved her life in her battle with alcohol addiction which was also another tear-filled moment.
Watch the Bill Bell Tribute after the jump from Marie, or you can watch the entire episode. Then, let us know what you thought about the special moment between father and daughter, and Marie’s one hour special devoted to The Young and the Restless!