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Linden Ashby Reveals the Truth Behind His Surprise Return to Y&R


Sharon wasn’t the only one shocked when Cameron Kirsten showed up in Genoa City. Viewers were also surprised to see Linden Ashby back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS reprising the role of the dangerous psychopath! But this particular return was actually supposed to happen a year ago.

“Back then, [executive producer/headwriter] Josh Griffith reached out to me through my wife, Susan [Walter, Diane], about coming back but I couldn’t,” Ashby revealed to Soap Opera Digest. “I was shooting a movie and then I had another movie and then I was directing a Lifetime movie, so it just wasn’t good timing.

“And then he reached out again this year,” the actor continued, “and I said, ‘Okay, but I have this trip planned that I absolutely can’t get out of, so if we could do this in that window of time, I can do it.”

Y&R Sharon Cameron
Sharon won’t have to deal with Cameron in person for long but the repercussions of his visit could last forever!Howard Wise/

Thankfully, Cameron’s current reign of terror is going to be a short one, so the brief stint fit nicely into Ashby’s schedule. He was also excited to learn the details of what Y&R had planned for his character this time around. “Josh delivered by writing me a really juicy storyline,” he declared. “I like that Cameron is just out-and-out bad.

“With Cameron, there’s no subtlety to his actions,” Ashby added. “He comes into town with the accelerator pedal smashed to the floor. He’s not looking for redemption or to make amends with anyone. Cameron’s a terrible person, and probably insane, but he’s doing this out of love for Sharon. It’s a sick love, but it’s genuine love. He wants Sharon and he wants revenge, and he’ll kill if he has to.”

So make sure you stay tuned because this storyline is going to come fast and furious and you are not going to want to miss a single twist and turn!

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