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Y&R's Jess Walton Talks On Katherine's Memorial Episodes, Jill's Love Life & Regime Changes!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Jess Walton (Jill) has been delivering Emmy-worthy performances all through the passing of Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper) storyline  on The Young and the Restless, and while the vote seemed to be split by the fans on if the memorial episodes in Mrs C.’s honor were up to snuff or not, Walton discussed it, and other hot topics with MSN Entertainment Canada.

From the recent head writing and producing changes, to Jill’s love life, to the Nikki/Jill bonding moments and more, to her status with the CBS soap, reading what Jess has to say is an interesting read.  Here are just a few excerpts below:

Walton’s reaction to many fans feeling that it should have been Jill’s bio-son, Billy (Billy Miller) who should have comforted her during her emotional moment at the memorial, but instead it was Cane (Daniel Goddard):  “The trouble is, is that Cane was involved in her storyline at that time and that’s the choice that the writers had made. I would have loved for it have been both Cane and Billy, myself! I would have loved to have seen all of her grandchildren there as well. But, we did have a lot of people there, so I guess they had to make their choices.”

Walton on the decision by former Y&R EP, Maria Arena Bell, and current EP, Jill Farren Phelps, to write off Jill’s last flame, Colin played by fan favorite,Tristan Rogers:  “That was my very favourite romance for Jill, ever! I was completely aghast when she let him go. That was actually a big part about why I left.”

Walton on her status with Y&R which is currently recurring:  “That’s a personal choice. I’m supposed to retired, actually! I had left the show because the last regime didn’t really show much interest in Jill. When Jill Farren Phelps took over, she made it very clear to me that she really was interested in the character of Jill and wanted to bring her back – which is why I came back. But I’m still supposed to be retired! (Laughs) Although, it’s not working out that way!”

So Y&R fans,what do you think about Jess’ comments on the Cane/Billy memorial moment debate?  Was Colin the best man ever for Jill?   Do  you think that Jess should be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her recent performances in the 2014 race?  Comment below!

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Derrick
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Derrick

Wow………..Jess didn’t like what MAB was doing to her character. Someone has spoken up!

jasper
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jasper

Love Jess Walton & Tristan Rogers and really miss Jill and Colin.

Eliza
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Eliza

I wish Jess would return, I’m hardly watching these days and I’ve watched since I was in grade school from the very beginning. Losing Katherine Chancellor was hard enough but losing Jill along with her completely cuts the connection from the beginning of Y&R, and a whole bunch of characters, and a rich family past. We’ve lost a whole family , 1/3 of the show without her. I realize Y&R can add relatives to Kay & Jill with the stroke of the pen, but without the familiar faces it doesn’t have any impact. Devon doesn’t have a connection to Nina,… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Tristan Rogers was great I do not know what is wrong with MAB or JFP you have a great actor that still looks great for his age and let’s get rid of him so we can still have some more non-stop Victor /EB. I mean has that guys storyline or dialogue ever changed? I am not a Cane fan they are screwing up big time Billy is her son end of story. Where the hell was Brock at the reading of the will we give all the money to Devon really? Please send this character to live with Tucker another… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

I adore Jess Walton. She had the unenviable job of taking over an iconic over-the-top character previously portrayed by Brenda Dickson. I remember Jess’s first episode, and I knew that day she was indeed Jill Foster Abbott. The Jill/Catherine feud took its twists and turns through the late 80’s and 90’s; and in the early 00’s, we were rewarded with the mother/daughter story, which, for me, was a beautiful outcome and propelled and fueled this story for many more years. That is, until the destructive forces of MAB un-did history. This was such an important story for me, because I’m… Read more »

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Mary SF

I also think Billy should have been the one to comfort Jill, but since we rarely see the two on screen interacting as mother and son, I guess I can understand why it was Cane. Also Katherine did ask Cane to look after Jill in her letter to him, I suppose he felt more compel than Billy to be there for her. I don’t know if Cane’s father played by TR was her best romance, but they were definitely fun to watch. It was nice to see Jill soften up at bit, and have fun for a change. In recent… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Totally agree about the emmy business but yes Heather Tom has the ego of course she will submit herself. The awards are a joke anyway and in the scheme of things they do not mean anything. I was not impressed at all with Katherine’s memorial service all it has turned out to be as we all know is for a long lost son Dylan to be even more front and center these gals MTS & JW go on and on because JFP throws them a bone but in the end it will be all about her pets as usual.

Joshua
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Joshua

It was an okay interview. She keeps bringing up the fact that she is supposed to be retired so we really can’t gripe if the writers keep shoving Cane down everybody’s throats even though he is related to no one because at the end of the day, beggars can’t be choosers — she is supposed to be retired REMEMBER? lol

Charles
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Charles

Jess Walton is the best actress on the Y&R, less the death of J.Cooper .She walks in a room and her presence, commands respect.She was fantastic with T.R.They really should bring him back.She will get an Emmy nomination,Heather Tom who????She is overly dramatic,storyline is too.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Jess ROCKED her scenes, but, she always has! She had to bring it and she delivered on so many levels. Emmy, you had BETTER be listening!!!

Bart
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Bart

Jess is and always will be a class act – now it’s time to make Jill the grande dame of GC!!

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OLTL Favorite Susan Batten to Guest-Star on General Hospital

A very familiar face to the town of Llanview and the beloved One Life to Live, will be appearing on your screens this week on General Hospital.

Susan Batten (Ex-Luna Moody, OLTL) will make a few guest appearances in scenes with Sasha played by Sofia Mattsson.

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, Batten will play the role of home shopping-star Flora Gardens!

Batten former boss, Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) called Susan and said about the role: , “Okay, there’s this character named Flora Gardens.”  To which Susan responded, “Does she have teeth?”   After the two shared a laugh, Susan said “yes’ to the role.

OLTL fans will remember Luna’s torrid relationship with Max Holden (James DePaiva).

The actress/writer/producer reported that she was a ‘still very nervous’ acting on soap again (she last appeared on One Life in 2012), but said once she got into the rhythm of the shooting and delivering the lines it was all good.

So, looking forward to seeing Susan on GH? Comment below. But first, take a moment to stroll down memory lane in this clip from OLTL, when Max proposes to Luna.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Photos: JPI

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Peter Bergman Signs 5-Year Deal with The Young and the Restless

Some of the hottest news on Daytime Emmy night was the reveal that 23-time Daytime Emmy nominee, and 3-time Emmy-winner, Peter Bergman is staying put at The Young and the Restless for quite some time to come, in fact, at least five more years.

Bergman, who plays Genoa City staple, Jack Abbott, has inked a new five-year deal to stay with the CBS daytime drama series, which is a significant contract in the world of soaps.  The usual contact for actors is somewhere between one and four years, with thirteen-week or twenty-six-week cycle, if the show were to not pick up an actors option.

While Y&R has been renewed thus far through the 2024 TV season, it would seem this move to ensure Bergman is sticking around as the show moves past its 50th year on the air, is a vote of confidence by Sony Pictures Television and CBS that the top-rated daytime drama will live on.

Deadline first reported the contract news.  Peter joined Y&R back in 1989, after first successful soap foray on All My Children as Dr, Cliff Warner.

So, what do you think about Peter signing on for five more years at Y&R? Comment below.

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