In the age of social media, keeping shocking casting coups or storyline twists a secret has become infinitely more difficult as information somehow makes its way into the Twitterverse or onto Instagram. “The Young and the Restless” made sure that didn’t happen with Diane Jenkins’ return, not even releasing their promo for the week she appeared until Wednesday, March 23, the day Diane fans first saw Diane.
The soap also helped ensure fans would be stunned by Diane’s arrival by not using the name “Diane” in the script. Instead, the name Taylor appeared in those early scripts, which was a decoy name in more than one way. While longtime fans knew immediately who the woman was who wanted to buy the house that Allie Nguyen (Kelsey Wang), Jack Abbott’s (Peter Bergman) newfound granddaughter was selling, she went by the name Taylor Jensen (via Soap Hub). Taylor was also the name used in the script to make sure actors in other storylines didn’t even know about her return, according to Soap Opera Digest.