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Many fans were up in arms when Billy (Ja­son Thomp­son) made over Kay Chan­cel­lor’s (Jeanne Cooper) clas­sic man­sion into his man-cave in De­cem­ber 2016 (on SA screens). Even the cast was put out. In March 2016, when US au­di­ences saw the makeover for the first time, Ju­dith Chap­man (Glo­ria) ranted her Face­book page, call­ing the Billy re­model “the demise of Katherine Chan­cel­lor’s man­sion from a time­less vi­sion of el­e­gance, taste, love and knock-down, drag-out fun and drama to a grey, life­less, colour­less in­sti­tu­tion, a ho­tel, air­port bland bar”. Yes, the Chan­cel­lor man­sion cur­rently has the same colours as Y&R’s prison set, but that’s about to change!


Billy’s mom Jill (Jess Wal­ton) nick­named the new in­te­rior “a bor­dello for de­pres­sives” in Fe­bru­ary this year when she saw what Billy had done with the half of the Chan­cel­lor es­tate that she in­her­ited. On Tues­day 21 March, Jill re­vealed that she’s giv­ing the man­sion an­other facelift and we’ll see the re­sults on Tues­day 25 April. Be­hind the scenes, Y&R’s new ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mal Young is Jill’s part­ner in crime and he says that “as with the best sto­ries, they’re the ones writ­ten by the char­ac­ter, be­cause we sat in a meet­ing and went, ‘Jill would hate this house!’ And we were pic­tur­ing, ‘Well, there’s the story. She makes him change it. It will be hi­lar­i­ous but it will be real.’ It co­in­cided with the fan out­cry, but we just al­lowed the fic­tional char­ac­ter of Jill to make that de­ci­sion for us, fun­nily enough.” NB! See more on p30. The lively, warm old ver­sion.

The drab, new-look man­sion.

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