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These Y&R and B&B Characters May Be Gone but They’ll Never Be Forgotten


Not even death could keep these characters from continuing to have an impact on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.

Y&R’s John Abbott

The Young and The Restless John Abbott

(Photo Credit: Lesley Bohm)

The patriarch of the Abbott family passed away back in 2006. But his shadow still looms large, not only around the mansion in which the quarrelsome clan still resides but around the halls of Jabot Cosmetics, the makeup dynasty that he founded. In fact, it was only recently that Jack, playing dirtier than dirty, used against sister Ashley the fact that John wasn’t her biological father to ensure that she couldn’t be made CEO of the company. Enraged, she, in turn, fabricated the nastiest of tall tales that Jack wasn’t John’s biological offspring, either — a whopper of a lie that may have fractured the Abbotts for good. 

The Young and The Restless John Jack

John last appeared to Jack in 2016, to encourage him to forgive kid brother Billy for having an affair with his then-wife, Phyllis. (Photo Credit: Sean Smith/

So perhaps now would be a good time for John to pay his son another one of his spectral visits. That’s right — it isn’t just John’s name that gets bandied about by those who love and miss him. The tycoon’s ghost also occasionally appears to son Jack as a kind of conscience to dispense the wisdom that he so very often lacks.

B&B’s Stephanie Forrester

The Bold and The Beautiful Stephanie Forrester

(Photo Credit: Gilles Toucas)

Whether Stephanie Forrester’s portrait is hanging above the mantel in her widower’s lavish L.A. mansion, Eric and his family still get the sense that the late steamroller is watching, shaking her head, judging. And it isn’t just when the frame dislodges itself from the wall in a fit of disapproval that they get that sense, either. It’s all the time! Quinn may be mistress of the manor now, but let’s face it — Stephanie will always be the lady of the manor. 

The Bold and The Beautiful Eric Quinn Pam

Eric couldn’t bear to look as Quinn informed Pam she was going to point at the one thing in the room she hated more than Stephanie’s portrait. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/

And not only is she never far from Eric’s thoughts — as evidenced when he raises a martini glass to the better half he spent decades loving, hating and sometimes both at once! — she still holds a huge chunk of frenemy Brooke’s heart. So we have no doubt that, when she’s making a classic Brooke blunder — like exchanging kisses with ex-husband Bill Spencer when she only recently remarried ex-husband Ridge — she can picture in her head Stephanie rolling her eyes and muttering, “Once a slut from the Valley, always a slut from the Valley!”

Y&R’s Katherine Chancellor

The Young and The Restless Katherine Chancellor

(Photo Credit: Charles Bush)

No stranger to Sturm und Drang, the Duchess must love that she remains in the thick of things in Genoa City. And we’re not just talking about the way she frequently crosses the minds — and her name, the lips — of her nearest and dearest like Jill Atkinson and Nikki Newman (although it’s true that they can’t look at a dazzling bauble or observe a cake fight without thinking of Kay). 

The Young and The Restless Jill Katherine portrait

If Jill needed an umbrella, something tells us Katherine’s portrait could have used one, too. (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/

Since Chancellor Park was named for the much-missed grand dame, it’s as if she’s always a part of the goings on there. And, while sure, she would have been horrified that J.T. Hellstrom had abused ex-wife Victoria Newman and gotten himself “killed,” she’d also have been delighted to have been among the women keeping the secret of his fate — and his temporary resting place beneath that unusual statue in the middle of the park!

For more B&B and Y&R features, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine

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