The Young and the Restless fans slam Billy’s 'absurd’ & 'cringe-worthy' storyline & beg show to stop ‘torturing’ viewers

THE Young and the Restless fans have blasted the show over Billy Abbott’s “absurd” podcast storyline.

Viewers have begun begging the soap opera to cancel the character’s “cringy” audio show and put them out of their misery.


Billy, played by Jason Thompson, started The Grinning Soul podcast to anonymously work through his personal issues, while also hoping to possibly help others.

Fans insisted, though, that they are most definitely not one of the ones being helped by the pod.

Tuesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless once again had Billy discussing the future of the show with his girlfriend Lily Winters (Christel Khalil) before then going on to record another installment.

After having to once again sit through those scenes, viewers took to Reddit to beg the soap to stop the “torture” and cancel the podcast.

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The original poster wrote: “Please god… MAKE IT STOP! 

“Who in their right mind would actually listen to his podcast? Seriously Billy, pay a therapist!”

Other fans were quick to agree, sharing their own agony with the storyline.

One annoyed watcher said: “This whole podcast thing is getting stupid. They need to abandon this immediately.”

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A second commented: “I skip those parts. It's cringy and I just can’t.”

“Absolutely absurd. Make it stop,” a third begged.

A fourth confused fan sarcastically asked: “Who wants to sit through a podcast where a guy whines and rages about extremely personal issues?”

Others were shocked that Jason, the actor behind the character of Billy, would be okay with this plot going on for so long.

“It is so bad I can’t believe he hasn’t gone to the writers to complain about the storyline,” one surprised fan said. “It’s awful.”

Others said “it’s painful to watch” and that “unfortunately, it seems the character of Billy Abbott isn’t really needed,” so Jason might just be happy to “get all that airtime to himself.”

Despite fans not loving the storyline his character has been following lately, Jason was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

He earned a nod in the Lead Actor category, which also features his Y&R co-star Peter Bergman, Days of Our Lives stars Eric Martsolf and James Reynolds, and The Bold and the Beautiful actor John McCook.

Upon finding out about his nomination, Jason shared a sweet photo of himself and his co-star and fellow nominee, Peter, smiling.

In the caption, he wrote: “My TV brother #PeterBergman and I just found out we are both nominated for the @daytimeemmys in the Lead Actors category. 

“I love my job. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to work in the business with this cast and crew and on this iconic show, @youngandrestlesscbs. 

“To be an Abbott on #YR, with this man here, and the rest of the Abbott crew is an absolute joy!”

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Jason added: “Thank you to my daytime peers and most of all…the fans of our daytime community. 

“You’re why we do it, and we appreciate your incredible support.”


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