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Jess Walton Takes A Break from The Young and the Restless!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

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.”

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

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Leisha
Leisha

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?

Christine
Christine

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.

Tom
Tom

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.

kay killgore
kay killgore

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

MJ
MJ

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

ricardo
ricardo

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.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Return Soon Jess! 😀

kalamaty
kalamaty

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!

Charlyn Logan
Charlyn Logan

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

Elinor Horton
Elinor Horton

So glad you are back.

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There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Virtual “Bauer Barbecue” Coming Up Featuring Stars of Guiding Light

Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

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Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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