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Y&R’s Jason Thompson on the Billy/Devon Rivalry


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Billy has been clashing with the Winters side of the Chancellor-Winters group on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and things don’t seem to be improving anytime soon. Especially with the ongoing animosity between Billy and Devon.

“I think Billy is sincere when he says he wants to come at this as a collaboration,” Jason Thompson (Billy) told Soap Opera Digest, “but there are certain people he trusts and there are certain people he doesn’t trust.”

Representing the Chancellor side of this blended family business is important to Billy, and he’s going to do whatever he can to make Jill proud. “It’s interesting with the Devon and Billy stuff,” Thompson mused. “Billy is there to fight for his mom, and he’s not backing down. He has no shame of the space that he’s taking up in C-W and Devon isn’t backing down either. It gives the characters the freedom to own that space, so you’re going to say whatever you need to say, to own it.”

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Will Devon and Billy ever agree on anything?Howard Wise/

While Billy and Devon aren’t great co-workers, Thompson and Bryton James are! “I’ve always wanted to work with Bryton,” the actor confided, “and it’s been really fun and even though they’re not working well together by any means right now, it’s still really great because he’s fantastic.

“It’s been a fun storyline across the board,” Thompson added. “There’s a lot of mixing, but it feels like it’s all kind of coming together in a way. I like the idea of taking all of that kind of stuff and living with it and not just going from relationship to relationship and everything is different. They all kind of coincide and I think we’re at our best when you have that collective kind of energy running through the show like that.”

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