It has been quite awhile since fans have seen Tristan Rogers or Jess Walton on The Young and the Restless. The CBS daytime drama’s viewers are in panic mode as they slowly come to the realization that Jill and Colin may be off of the show for good. Y&R head writer, Chuck Pratt, Jr. has slowly changed the soap opera to something many fans do not recognize anymore. One of the first changes fans noticed when he started writing for the soap opera was legendary characters like Christine Blair (Lauralee Bell), Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc), and Jill Atkinson (Jess Walton) slowly started disappearing from the storylines, only to appear when they have a crisis in the family. In other words, they became “propping characters.”
Celeb Dirty Laundry reported that Jess Walton has been seen very little since Chuck Pratt took over writing for the CBS soap opera in February 2015. If you think about it, Colin has not been seen in months, and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) was only recently seen. Before her recent stint, Melody was off canvas for months, with only a mention from with her husband or kids to remind the fans that she was still a part of the show.
Last week, Kristoff St. John, the actor who plays Neil Winters, took to social media to reveal that he will not be seen much at all in the next eight weeks. In fact, he said that he would only be in — at most — four episodes, and noted that was if they didn’t cut any of his scenes before airing. He seemed frustrated by the lack of work and stated that Y&R was focusing on other storylines.
In November, General Hospital revealed that they were bringing Tristan Rogers back as Robert Scorpio for a “handful” of episodes to help wrap Dr. Patrick Drake’s (Jason Thompson) storyline, as he prepared to exit the show. Many felt they should have paired Tristan with Anna (Finola Hughes), but they did not. Rogers expressed interest in coming back to GH full-time, but he hasn’t been seen for months.
Jess Walton has been on Y&R for decades and has transformed the character Jill Atkinson from a husband stealing maid to a powerful and wealthy executive. Several years ago, Jess announced that she wanted to work fewer hours so that she could be near her home and family. Of course, CBS agreed and started reducing her on-air time. Up until 2014, you’d see her at least once every few weeks or so.
On Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) tells Phyliss (Gina Tognoni) that his mother gave him her home because she is “busy working in Hong Kong.” Immediately after hearing that news, Jill gave her home to Billy and the Y&R audience panicked. They jumped to the conclusion that either Jess decided to resign or Pratt finally wrote her completely off of the show.
When you look at the actors on the set of Y&R, you almost have to wonder if he is deliberately trying to push the veteran actors out to make room for a newer cast. Tristan Rogers’ character was not well received by the audience; however, he was a great villain for the show. Kristoff’s character was always the voice of reason and kind to everyone; but then, suddenly, he was written as a revenge-seeking criminal? The daytime drama that was once loved by all has been replaced with new characters, weak storylines and declining ratings.
Tell the Inquisitr what you think about the lack of veteran actors presence in daytime television. Do you think Jess Walton and Tristan Rogers are (completely) off of The Young and the Restless?
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