To up the ante of the entire thing, Passions submitted Bam Bam, the orangutan who played the role, for a Daytime Emmy Award, a move which infuriated animals rights activists, soap actors and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences who give the awards. PETA protested, Jane Goodall protested and so did the Centre for Nursing Advocacy who argued that the series was not only degrading to primates, it was degrading to health care workers as well. The protests only pushed the show's producers to argue further for the inclusion of the primate in the proceedings, a move which some suggest may have fueled the general slighting the show has come to receive by the Academy and the soap press in general.
The Academy ruled that they "...must draw a line of distinction between animal characters that aren't capable of speaking parts and human actors whose personal interpretation in character portrayal creates nuance and audience engagement that uniquely qualifies those performers for consideration of television's highest honor." It was precisely such an attitude that Reilly seemed to be skewering in what may heave been a publicity stunt, but may equally have been a pointed attack on the talents of the human professionals in the business. Whatever it was, it's the sort of thing more common to performance art or punk than Daytime TV.
Precious left the series in April of 2005 to take care of a sick aunt. Since then, she's received occasional mention and appeared in more than a couple of flashbacks. Currently, Tabitha plans to go and live with her to avoid the coming apocalypse.