Jess Walton, who has portrayed Y&R's Jill Abbott Fenmore since 1987, is leaving the show — but only for a six-month hiatus. The news of her exit was first reported by Nelson Branco on Twitter. "The reason she is taking a break is because her son and his wife and are expecting a baby and Jess wants to be around for the birth of her first grandchild," states her publicist, Charles Sherman, whose client recently moved to Oregon. "There are a lot of false rumors going around that she is gone for good but Jess is absolutely coming back. She talked it out with [Executive Producer/Head Writer] Maria Bell and Maria is fine with this arrangement. Jess's last day of working on the set is on April 3 but she will be back."