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10 April 2nd, 2012 Jess Walton Takes A Break from The Young and the Restless!

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Daytime Emmy winner, Jess Walton (Jill) is taking a six-month leave from the number one soap, The Young and the Restless with her last tape date being tomorrow, April 3rd.

According to Nelson Branco, in the new issue of Soap Opera Unsensored, Walton stated about her decision, “I asked (Y&R executive producer and head writer) Maria Arena Bell permission if I could take a short break after working non-stop in daytime for the past 28 years. I’m expecting a grandchild and settling in Oregon for eventual retirement. Maria agreed —and was fine to give me that short time off. I will be back. I wouldn’t leave without Maria’s approval; she’s been very gracious to give me this time off.”

Soap fans will be a bit disgruntled not only missing Walton, but the fact that Tristan Rogers (Colin) is headed back to Genoa City too, and Walton won’t have the opportunity at this juncture to mix-it up as Jill and Colin!  “It looks like fans will have to wait longer for a Colin and Jill reunion. Talk about bad timing!”

Charles Sherman, Walton’s publicist spoke withSoap Opera Digest, just to clarify any rumors that Walton is not returning! “There are a lot of false rumors going around that she is gone for good but Jess is absolutely coming back. She talked it out with Maria Belland Maria is fine with this arrangement.  Jess’s last day of working on the set is on April 3 but she will be back.”

So how will Jill exit the canvas for the time being?  Let us know!

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  1. Leisha says:

    Can you find out if she is going to have a real story upon her return? With her family? Will she have a love interest? Jill has been on my screen but she’s been on story-line hiatus for over 2 years now.

    Instead Jill has been the host to newbie after newbie. I’m tuning in to see the Chancellor family and all I get is some defeated old lady named Katherine Chancellor wandering around Genoa City and Jill jumping from job to job without explanation. Does she sleep at home or behind the Gloworm bar?


  2. Christine says:

    She will probably be off doing some work for Fenmores or Jabot that sends her to another country.

    Or perhaps she goes to visit Philip in Australia.

    In any event, it really stinks that she will not get to interact with Tristan THIS time around, but he said it would be a short visit THIS time and then longer the next. Hopefully Jess will be back for that one, but SIX months is a long time. She always said that it was about Tristan and Genie and she was just the foil. Gosh Y&R just can’t get it right.


  3. Tom says:

    Glad that she’s not leaving for good, but having a vet sidelined isn’t good for a show that’s seen plummeting ratings thanks to Crazy Daisy.


  4. kay killgore says:

    I really have to be sarcastic on this one! Will their be a Y&R to come back to?


  5. MJ says:

    Welcome to Oregon Jess! Bring some Ca. sunshine with you please.


  6. ricardo says:

    just when jess walton renewed her contract a few weeks ago now she wants a six month break. something here sounds fishy. why not bring brenda dickson the first jill and play her for 6 months that would be better and jess can come back. i have a feeling jess walton will not come back to the young and the restless. hopefully im wrong because i love jess walton great actress and wonderful lady. i have met jess 3 times a nice classy sassy friendly gal.


  7. Brian Greene says:

    Return Soon Jess! :D


  8. kalamaty says:

    Argghhh! The sensible, whole-wheat side of me wishes her well and that she enjoys her time off, but the frosted side of me selfishly wants her to stay; she is so FANTASTIC and UNDER-RATED!! Jess is a Y&R institution: so funny and indignant at the same time! Hilarious!! Hurry back to GC, Jess! We love you!


  9. Charlyn Logan says:

    Where is JIll? Please ,Please bring her home, It ‘s going to be a long winter without her !!!


  10. Elinor Horton says:

    So glad you are back.


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