As Y&R prepares to celebrate 44 years on television; a monumental achievement for any show, and particularly for a soap.
Of course, none of this would be happening without the show’s co-creators, the late William J. Bell and his wife Lee Phillip Bell. Nor would it be happening without the hard work of the shows incredibly talented cast and crew.
The past decade, and past 3 years in particular were trying times, to say the least, with Jill Farren Phelps and Chuck Pratt, two of the worst, most notorious hacks in daytime, at the helm of daytime’s #1 soap. There was no shortage of obstacles and roadblocks thrown our way; no smooth ride to victory. But, loyal, determined and passionate viewers persevered against overwhelming odds and went on to save the show; forcing the removal of both Phelps and Pratt.
This is a feat few have even attempted and even fewer have achieved. It took 11 years for General Hospital #GH viewers to oust Phelps alone.
This would not have been possible without the help from them, All My Children viewers, One Life To Live Viewers, and Guiding Light viewers as well as those who offered insight on the much beloved soap, Santa Barbara. All of these audiences, and their experiences with Phelps and Pratt, respectively, provided invaluable information and insight that made it possible for us to save this iconic soap that so many love. So, thank you, I only wish we had been able to save and stop the damage done to your soaps.
Special thanks goes out to Allicat028, Annie, FaithfulViewerofLane, babblingboo, JemSilk, Margie P., and suzetrup.
This would never have been possible without this group of ladies, who, in one way or another, are a big part of the reason I’m still sane. Well, sort of. 😉 And, who have taught me so much.
Last but certainly not least, we would not be here, celebrating this huge milestone without Tommy Lightfoot Garret and his team at Highlight Hollywood whose determination and tireless efforts were crucial to the #SaveYR campaign’s success.
Thank you to each and every one of you for supporting the campaign and this amazing show for the last 44 years; and may there be many years to come!