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James Hyde’s Run on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Extended

Jack and Diane may be desperate to get rid of Jeremy Stark, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen right away as James Hyde is sticking around a bit longer on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

“The first E-mail I got said, ‘It’s just one episode and we don’t know anything after that,’” Hyde revealed in a recent issue of Soap Opera Digest. “Since it was a new character that no one had played before, I couldn’t say no to that. There was never anything on their part about how the character would be written. and for how long, just that he would be recurring. I imagine that it was, ‘Put him out there and see what happens.’”

Hyde made his debut in the Oct. 21 episode of Y&R where Jeremy Stark appeared in flashbacks as Diane explained about her connection to the shady character. But as we suspected at the time, you don’t hire an actor like this for just one episode. And sure enough, the felon was released from prison and Jeremy appeared in Genoa City on Dec. 2 to stir up all kinds of trouble!

Y&R Diane Jeremy
Stark’s return turned Diane’s new lease on life upside down!Howard Wise/

While it’s still unclear just how long his run on Y&R will last, Hyde is enjoying every twist and turn to the storyline, no matter where it leads. “At first, Jeremy told Diane that he wanted his money back,” he mused, “but when Jack offered him a big amount to leave Genoa City, Jeremy didn’t take it, so that tells me he’s there for a reason.

“I know I’ve got stuff still coming up but after that, there’s nothing guaranteed,” Hyde concluded. “All I can say is that I worked really hard on Jeremy and working with such great people has only elevated the character. So for now, I’m just enjoying the ride.”

Stay tuned to see what happens next!

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