This week on The Young and the Restless, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is a millisecond away from the truth that will send shockwaves throughout his very core. For Jack’s wife, Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and brother Billy (Jason Thompson) have been having an affair, and whether they cool their jets for a moment or not, it seems Phyllis and Billy are in love.
What will happen when Jack learns the truth? Well, during last week’s Y&R 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City, On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman chatted with the man at the epicenter of the drama, Peter Bergman. This mutli-Emmy winning star previewed what viewers can expect when Jack finds out about the duplicity going on within his family right behind his back!
Peter teaaed on the upcoming reveal: “It’s very powerful stuff … the audience gets its just rewards for waiting patiently for Jack to figure things out.” When asked, “Will Jack wreak havoc on everyone who wronged him?” Bergman simply replied, “It’s not going to be pretty! Jack’s not handling it terribly well.”
Bergman also addressed the exit of Justin Hartley as Adam Newman, whom Peter shared numerous key scenes with. Peter expressed: “I am heartbroken that he has left the show, but quite frankly, I can’t wait to see his new show (This Is Us, NBC). Those promos are wonderful! Justin is a wonderful actor and it’s giant loss for us, and a giant lucky thing for the other show.”
As Y&R fans know Jack had a special relationship with Adam, something that Adam did not have with his own father and Jack’s nemesis, Victor (Eric Braeden). Bergman weighed-on on his Genoa City alter-ego’s feelings upon learning of the”demise” of Adam: “He loves Adam, and Adam as far as Jack knows is dead, and it’s a giant loss for Jack.”
Since Y&R has accomplished yet another milestone with their 11,000th episode, and the pace and budgets of daytime have changed over Bergman’s tenure with the show, he says that it takes a special cast right now to make things work: “The kind of actors that can survive this are really good actors. I am surrounded by a really good cast. I have been around here for 27 years, and we have never had a cast this good.”
And lastly, for what we will see Jack go through in the weeks again, Peter teased “Grab a hankie!” And as daytime soap fans know, Peter Bergman is one of the best criers in the game!
Watch Peter Bergman’s Y&R 11,000th episode celebration interview below. Then let us know, are you looking forward to Jack finding out about the “Philly” affair? What do you think Jack will do once he finds out the devastating truth? Share your thoughts on this and Peter’s sentiments shared in our chat in the comment section below!