Ashland defiant Y&R
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It looks as though we are finally about to get a little insight into Ashland’s past. Soap opera vet Jamison Jones has been cast in a recurring role on The Young and the Restless as Jesse Gaines, as reported by Soap Opera Digest. Viewers can expect to see the attorney arrive in Genoa City beginning on Tuesday, September 21, with information on Ashland’s past.

Jones’ daytime roles consisted of playing small parts on NBC’s Days of Our Lives as Bill (below with Victor Kiriakis) and Kip, as well as on General Hospital. Over the span of 16 years, he played William, Brady and, most recently, in 2020, Dr. Warren Kirk on the ABC soap.

bill and victor days

It’s no secret that many in Genoa City have been working overtime to get the goods on Ashland. Victor, Nick and Billy all know that he got his start by acquiring two news outlets from a wealthy woman, who Ashland deemed a mentor, after she passed away. Considering the cost, the men quickly became suspicious as to how Ashland got the funds to purchase the companies.

Billy, Nick talk Y&R

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And we all know that Victoria hates being kept in the dark. She’s repeatedly warned him about keeping secrets, but Ashland’s defense has always been that though he is a ruthless businessman, he’s never broken the law — heck, he’s even challenged anyone to prove that he did.

Victoria, Ashland past Y&R

Well, we are about to find out just what skeletons lie in Ashland’s past. But the question remains… Will Jamison be a friend or foe and will his presence set Ashland scrambling to hide the truth? Stay tuned!

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For fun, take a look through our gallery filled with photos of memorable Young & Restless rivalries throughout the years.

— Amy Mistretta