Y&R: Old Articles in Discuss The Soaps Posted 1 hour ago · Report reply 8 hours ago, Paul Raven said: From what I have gathered, Irna considered Bill her right hand man and they worked together on ATWT, OPW and AW. Maybe the feeling was that at some point, Irna would 'gift' a show to Bill. Perhaps co-creating was a step towards that but AW wasn't a great experience. So when Bill was approached to take on Days it was obviously tempting. Maybe the fact that the show was up and running but not really established was appealing and he was offered free reign. Wasn't there an interview with Bill Bell where he said Ted Corday basically on his death bed asked him to save his show ? Corday died in 1966. Ken talked about the barbaric cancer treatments at the time where they would zap his father with radiation, pack him in ice and bring him back to the house, carry him up the stairs and put him into bed.