Young & Restless Fans Are on the Case: Who Leaked the Rumor About Ashland Locke Dying — and What Was Their Motive?
The culprit behind the bombshell that rocked Genoa City may be the last person one would ever suspect.
A recent National Inquisitor article sent shockwaves through Genoa City by circulating the bombshell that mega mogul Ashland “The Locke Ness” Monster may be at death’s door. In the aftermath, business associates and the local paparazzi, aka, Billy Abbott, were hot to find out whether or not there was any truth to the tale, but it also left us with another question — who leaked the rumor and what was their motive for doing so? Soaps.com readers jumped on the case and several key suspects emerged…
Perhaps the least likely, but also the last person that would be suspected, is Summer. She may have released the deets on Ashland’s medical condition as a parting shot at the woman who drove her out of town. Soaps.com reader ““Hgmid” suggested that it might be “her way of getting even with Tara.” It certainly caused the soon-to-be-ex Mrs. Locke some trouble as she wound up with a livid Ashland at her door!
Although Tara vehemently denied any knowledge of the leak and insisted she didn’t want to hurt “Ash,” this woman has a poker face like no other and clearly can’t be trusted. Her potential motive is just as murky. Perhaps she simply wanted Ashland to come over and make a scene to bring out the protectiveness in Kyle and Jack — which is exactly what happened. She may have wanted to negatively impact his business as well, but as was pointed out, if Locke is actually dying, that only hurts Harrison and the value of his inheritance.
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Soaps.com reader, “canukfan” had a change of heart while considering the possible suspects and concluded, “I thought at first it was Tara. Now I am leaning towards Victoria. She is just as devious as Victor (or more). Tara would really have nothing to gain, but Victoria could purchase the Locke companies on the cheap.” Again, everyone is playing it so close to the vest that it doesn’t seem as though Victoria was behind it, after all, she appears to care for Ashland and the rumor could backfire given that she’s involved in taking over the very company that would be devalued. However, we did see her musing over the article while sitting alone deep in thought. That’s suspicious, right?
If Locke’s terminal illness is a hoax, he’s pulling off Oscar-worthy performances to play Victoria, and the shock and anger over the so-called leak could be just another act. If Ashland had the rumor published as a manipulation, perhaps it’s in hopes of accelerating the timeline of the merger with Newman Enterprises, which he will then, through some legal loophole or sleight of hand, take over. Thus completing his revenge on Victor Newman via his very own daughter. Soaps.com reader “Sunshinefun” thinks the Locke Ness Monster is most likely the culprit, and said, “I bet my last dollar it was Ashland himself!!”
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Do you think one of our suspects was behind the leak? Or was it someone else. Share your theories in the comment section after taking a browse through photos of Young & Restless couples who should have stayed friends in the photo gallery below.
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<p>Sharon Newman and Jack Abbott’s friendship surrounded Phyllis Summers and Nick Newman’s cheating, then turned to romance. Though the couple was married for two years, it felt as though they came together by default. They were there for each other, and continue to be to this day, but it wasn’t a passionate union that felt fully invested in for the characters and hasn’t been revisited.</p>
<p>Noah Newman and Tessa Porter made a cute enough pair, but the romance was nothing to write home to mom about. Tessa’s possible ulterior motives were in question, and both had more chemistry with others. It ended badly for that reason, and they would have been better off staying friends.</p>
<p>Paul Williams gave Nikki Reed an STD when they were teens and they were still able to emerge as friends. They probably should have left it at that as their adult reconciliations, though endearing, never really got too far off the ground. It felt like filling in time until Nikki would reconcile with Victor again. The pair was given a retroactive son in Dylan McAvoy in more recent history, and have continued on as friends as they always should have been.</p>
<p>Neil Winters and Hilary Curtis forged a friendship amid her coming clean about her attempt to get revenge on him for her mother’s death, and it shouldn’t have gone any further. Hilary seemed to be looking for a strong shoulder to lean on and Neil seemed to be rebounding from Leslie. Moreover, Hilary went into the relationship already fighting an attraction to Neil’s son Devon that was undeniable and proved irresistible, which did the Neil/Hilary union no favors by comparison.</p>
<p>Chloe Mitchell and Kevin Fisher had one of the best friendship vibes in daytime television, and the push to turn it into a romance was an impulse that should have been ignored. Both characters had scads more sexual chemistry with others they’d been involved with and more storyline potential apart. Kevin’s devotion to Chloe is heartwarming, but it’s mind-boggling this has been kept going.</p>
<p>It’s rare to see a long-term core character like Nick Newman in a romance that garnered almost no following, but that was the case with Chelsea Newman. It was partly that most viewers preferred them with others, but the main issue was they didn’t have the right chemistry. They never should have left the friendzone after Adam was presumed dead. Incredibly, when the newest headwriter came in he revived the pairing, which fell flat again.</p>
<p>Devon Hamilton and Mariah Copeland fell into dating out of friendship and mutual respect, but it was awkward from the get-go. There was an element of wanting to make Hilary jealous, Mariah acted weirdly starry-eyed over Devon’s wealth – there wasn’t much chemistry either. Thankfully, their friendship survived the interlude, but they probably shouldn’t have gone there in the first place.</p>
<p>Abby Newman was an odd choice to be paired with worldly Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn. While he made a good confidante, he had reams more chemistry with her mother, Ashley, and even with Victoria. If they’d remained as friends it would have saved a lot of grief.</p>
<p>While Victor Newman and Sharon Newman weren’t exactly friends, he had been a supportive father-in-law and father figure to her, often running interference between Sharon and his disapproving wife, Nikki. When Sharon and Victor entered into a romance – and marriage – it was one of the most bizarre and universally hated moves in the history of Young and Restless.</p>
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