The writers were forced to write her character out. 2009 was a difficult year for many of the show's veterans as contract disputes with Jess Walton and Eric Braeden resulted in near losses of other long-running characters.
Of course, it worked out and Jess stayed which is great, but apparently Chris Goutman and Barbara Bloom (Writers and Producers ATWT) heard that I was interested in coming back to daytime and called to offer me a part.
Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) were the first two headliners to make waves on soap opera news sites as their contracts went down to the wire.
For fans of Lorelai and Luke, Lorelai and Christopher, Lorelai and Max, Lorelai and Rory, Rory and Dean, Rory and Jess or Rory and Logan, the options are infinite.
Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton): She thought her parents were Bill and Liz Foster, then found out she is the adopted child of Neil Fenmore.
Then a few months ago, Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), who plays this fabulous character on Young and the Restless was in contract negotiations.
Tense contract negotiations nearly resulted in the loss of two long-time veteran actresses in 2009: Jess Walton and Melody Thomas Scott.
Fellow actress Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) also experienced difficult negotiations that resulted in her near exit as well earlier in 2009.
Although she was the fourth actress to play the role of Jill, Jess Walton was the first to win Daytime Emmy for the role.
In 1987, Jess Walton began her tenure as Jill Foster Abbott on the top-rated daytime drama The Young and the Restless.