Goodness, how time flies! Last week marked Jason Thompson’s one-year anniversary as a cast member on “The Young and the Restless” (Y&R).
A Wild Ride So Far
Thompson joined the gang from Genoa City in the midst of a medical crisis for his character. Billy was in a coma after a car accident. Just when his loved ones made the difficult decision to say goodbye, Billy came back. And Thompson’s tenure as the incorrigible Billy began.
Momentous Life Changes for Thompson and Billy
A briefly-renewed relationship with his ex, Victoria (Amelia Heinle) didn’t last long for Billy. He soon took up with his sister-in-law, Phyllis (Gina Tognoni), in a storyline that spelled the end of supercouple Jack (Peter Bergman) and “Red.” Meanwhile, offscreen, Thompson became a father for the first time. He and wife Paloma Jonas welcome a son, Bowie Banjo.
Thompson’s take on a character played by two actors before him has generally been met with wholly positive reactions from both fans and critics. New head writer Sally Sussman has already overseen the writing of material much more suited to Thompson’s thespian talents of subtlety and nuance. We at Soap Cities look forward to seeing what Year Two and beyond hold for Thompson as Billy Abbott!
Life Imitates Soap Opera
Just after Billy Miller (Jason Morgan, “General Hospital), a former portrayer of Billy Abbott, joined the “General Hospital” cast, Thompson left that soap for the CBS sudser. Soap characters have been known to swap lives, but this time it happened in real life. See a Tweet about how much Thompson has loved his time at Y&R so far below.
— Jason Thompson (@MyJasonThompson) January 13, 2017
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