One of the most influential and popular characters to ever grace daytime television, is Jill Foster Brooks Abott Abott Atkinson Fenmore from CBS’ hit soap opera, “The Young and the Restless” (Y&R). She has been married into all major Genoa City families (except Newman), but is barely shown on our screens anymore. Jill is also the only original character left. The character of Jill was in the original 1973 Y&R bible. So, viewers expect to see her more.
Jill is probably the most valuable player in Genoa City. This is a woman who fought and loved Katherine Chancellor for 40 years. This is a woman who stabbed John Abbott in the back, by sleeping with his son, Jack. This is a woman who has bedded more men than I have fingers and toes. This is a woman who should be center stage everyday. Right now we should see her hatching a plan to get back at Victor, and Noah, for that matter.
So, why isn’t Jill being shown more? The bottom line is this: the actor who portrays her, Jess Walton, decided to put Y&R on a lower list of needs about four years ago. But she has said in three interviews, that since Jeanne Cooper passed on, she wanted to take on more of a leading role. Now, that leaves it to the writers. In the beginning of this year (January and February) we saw Jill back in the drama. She was crying and screaming at Billy’s bedside. So, where is she now? Billy needs her just as much now that he recovered from coma as he did when he lay comatose in a hospital bed. There is so much left for Jill. Jess Walton wants a bigger role, so come on writers!
Now, this is not the work of Jill Farren Phelps, or Charles Pratt, Jr. This is the work of every writer since Kay Alden and William J. Bell left the show. Jill has always taken a backseat since those two amazing writers left. But just because writers come and go, doesn’t mean one of the most important characters in Y&R history should be placed on the back burner.
In my eyes, Jill is just as important as Nikki and Victor. She should be front and center just like they are. Maybe Jill could go after Victoria to get Newman. Jill could go after Noah for hitting Billy with his car, accident or not. Billy might have forgiven Noah, but Jill protects her own, and it would be in line with her character to exact some sort of revenge for Bily. Jill could always find out Brock died. I mean, my goodness, Beau played Brock since day one. He dies, and nothing. We dedicate two seconds of an episode to him. Brock was in Jill’s life long after they got divorced in 1975. She should have a whole funeral in Chancellor Park. Brock should get a plaque next to Katherine.
In conclusion, Jess Walton is so important to Y&R. The character is currently the most important on the series. We either need new writers, or Jill needs to step in and kick some butt.
By Casey Hutchison
Edited by Akbi Khan