Daytime Emmy winner Jeff Branson, who finished up his latest run as Ronan Malloy on the number one daytime drama, The Young and the Restless, spoke to MSN Entertainment Canada during his recent visit to Toronto with cast mates, Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe).
Branson addressed the reason that he is not continuing on in Genoa City, especially when the timing seems so off when he would have been smack dab in the middle of the teen bullying storyline involving the teenager Ronan has been mentoring! Here are some interesting excerpts below!
Jeff on if Y&R EP Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith had asked him to stay on past the end on his contract cycle: “It was a contract that was only supposed to last six months and it came to an end. They didn’t show any interest in wanting me to stay. We could have talked about that, but I can’t control that. I’m just currently doing both CSI and CSI: New York right now…I’m staying in the CBS family.”
Jeff on the story that was never given the proper airtime – that of Ronan and his mother, Nina (Tricia Cast): “I feel like a big ball was dropped there and I don’t know who was responsible. Tricia Cast is a powerhouse of an actress. I deeply wish that she and I had more time. There’s so much story there that was never touched…so much. You could still bring the Chance character back for it. I’ve told Jill Farren Phelps that if she wants to call me, I’m right by the phone. If I come back, I would more than anything play out a story with Tricia Cast and really do the Phyllis/Ronan storyline properly, which I think was the way it was going…it was more loving and real. More than just hooking up and having beer and pizza. There was real potential there.”
Jeff on leaving so soon after the bullying storyline (which features the teen Ronan is mentoring, Jamie) is becoming a front-burner storyline: “That was frustrating for me. But again, things were out of my control. They had decision to make and they had to go another way. I wish it wasn’t the case. That storyline is extremely important, either way. Whether I’m a part of it or not, I’m happy it’s being played. It’s extremely relevant and needs to be talked about. Kids can be very hurtful and social networking makes them 800 times more dangerous. I’ve left it in good hands, Christian LeBlanc is an extremely talented actor and I know it’s going to be done the right way. I was just happy to be part of it.”
So soapers, do you think Jill and Josh should have done everything to keep Jeff Branson on Y&R? Would you have liked to have seen the Nina/Ronan mother/son relationship explored more? Let us know your thoughts!