The Young and the Restless has stopped production in order to remember late alum, Billy Miller. This is a sweet gesture, not just for the soap community but for the cast. They are truly grieving their beloved friend and need to take some time to process all that has happened since September 15th. Read on for more details.
Y&R Stops Production, Remembers Billy Miller
Billy Miller tragically died on September 15th at the tender age of 43. This has been a heartbreaking loss for the entire soap community and fans alike. They have reached out with tremendous tributes that have shown how amazing Miller really was. Sadly, he struggled with manic depression. He fought a great fight but ultimately, he just could not win. Billy’s mother recently spoke out about her son’s death. First, it was to thank everyone for their support but then it was to clear up any myths surrounding his passing.
As everyone grieves Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless is doing something even more special. According to Monsters & Critics, the soap has stopped production in order to honor Billy, who played Billy Abbott from 2008-2014. In order to do this properly, a special memorial was held on the set for the cast and crew. This way they could all mourn together and be there for one another in this time of need. Michelle Stafford shared part of the memorial on her social media and gave a shout-out to production as well as the network for what they did.
It seems that it was only a short halt in time but it was meaningful, nonetheless. They had flowers and a photo of Billy winning one of his Emmys. It was so impactful that it made its way over to Reddit where fans chimed in with their thoughts of the meaningful celebration. “Really cool of Y&R producers to let cast and crew take time to grieve Billy,” the OP wrote. Another Redditor added: “That is super classy and makes me generally feel better about the show higher ups.”
It is unclear if General Hospital will follow suit as Billy Miller played Jason Morgan and Drew Cain over there. It would be really special if the cast also got the chance to grieve together. Jason Thompson, who worked with Billy, already sent out a heartfelt message about what an impact he left on his life. This has been devstating all around and the soap community needs time to come down from everything but it won’t be easy.
What do you think of The Young and the Restless taking time to mourn as one? Will this help the cast come together and heal in a more constructive way? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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