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General Hospital casting rumor: Is Billy Miller headed to Port Charles?

General Hospital casting rumor: Is Billy Miller headed to Port Charles?
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Billy Miller decided to leave “The Young and the Restless” and exited his role as Billy Abbott almost 5 months ago. Fans were not sure why Miller decided not to renew his contract, but now they are hearing rumors that he is headed to “General Hospital” as Jason Morgan.

If the report from June 12 is true, Billy Miller is headed to General Hospital, but no one knows for sure which character he would portray. “General Hospital” could have created a brand new character for the canvas, or they may have brought him on as a recast of Jason Morgan.

Fans may remember that Steve Burton, who portrays Dylan McAvoy on “The Young and the Restless” now, was Jason Morgan on “General Hospital” for 21 years. He also starred as the same character in the SOAPnet spin-off “General Hospital: Night Shift.” Some may find it ironic that Miller, who reportedly left “The Young and the Restless” because of tensions with executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, will assume the role once played by Steve Burton.

Sorting out the complicated relationship of “The Young and the Restless” characters Billy Abbott and Dylan McAvoy only highlights the additional irony. Billy Abbott, currently portrayed by David Tom but soon to be portrayed by Burgess Jenkins, is married to Victoria Newman. Victoria is the daughter of Victor and Nikki Newman. Following the death of Katherine Chancellor, Nikki discovered that Dylan McAvoy, portrayed by Steve Burton, is her son. This would make Victoria Dylan’s half-sister.

In addition to being Dylan’s brother-in-law, Billy Abbott also has another connection to Dylan. Chelsea Newman is the biological mother of Billy and Victoria’s son Johnny. When Chelsea became pregnant after a miscarriage she led Dylan to believe that the child was his and not soon-to-be ex-husband Adam Newman’s. Dylan married Chelsea but the union was short-lived when Connor developed a rare eye disease that he could have only had if Adam were his father.

Fans will need to wait for the official announcement, but it seems as if Billy Miller joins the cast of “General Hospital.” If so, he will be the second former “Y&R” cast member to do so. Michelle Stafford, who portrayed Phyllis Newman on "The Young and the Restless," now portrays Nina Clay on the ABC daytime drama.