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147 May 21st, 2013 Michelle Stafford CONFIRMS Exit From The Young and the Restless!

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After the news broke yesterday from a report from E! Online that two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford was leaving her role as Phyllis Summers Newman on The Young and the Restless, today the actress herself confirmed the exit with Soap Opera Digest!

Michelle related in her statement to SOD:  “I would like to personally confirm to the fans that yes, I have decided to leave The Young and the Restless.  It has been a glorious 16 years and one of the greatest rides of my life. The constant support and love from the fans is not lost on me. I think I’ll miss you the most.”

CBS Entertainment SR. VP Daytime, Angelica McDaniel tweeted this morning on Stafford’s decision: “@TheRealStafford has been a huge part of the #YR family. Respect her decision to move on but will miss her. Wish her the very best always.”

According to SOD, Stafford will wrap up her illustrious run on Y&R in mid-June! 

So soap fans, what do you think of the confirmed exit? Will you miss Michelle?  What do you think Y&R should do now? kill the character of Phyllis, write her off  the canvas in case Michelle decides to return later down the line, or recast?  Weigh-in!

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  1. Jeff says:

    A huge loss for the Y&R!!!!

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    RUBY C. replied

    I can’t blame her for wanting to leave. They have not used our classic vets like Sharon Case enough and they did not bring back Drucilla. They make the show that Y&R Avery and Chelsea braff hour and the Leslie story and Tyler boring and really the new Kyle is sickening!

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    J.W. replied

    I feel the same way. It would be great if jack is the father of Phyllis daughter. Phyllis will be missed, she is great .

    Hazel replied

    I will truly miss Michelle Stafford. She is a brilliant actress and is such a big part of the show. I wish her well and hope they don’t kill her off just in case she decides to return one day.

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    maria liarelis replied

    noooo!!!! michelle stafford makes me watch the show! this is upsetting! u will truely be missed and i dont think i can follow the show anymore..its the same as when victoria left! devistating!

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  2. Jewell says:

    I’m so sad, I love Michelle and Phyllis, but it was her decision to leave, so have to support that. I think Y&R should leave it open for her if she chooses to come back.. I don’t want a recast either.

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  3. kalamaty says:

    I’m so upset. The Stafford is one of the big reasons I watch the show. She is so dynamic; she can make me howl with laughter, cry on a dime, and everything in between. She’s a force of nature and I will miss what she brings to the show…. TREMENDOUSLY. I wish her luck with her next endeavor, but it just won’t be the same without her. It’s going to leave a huge void…..best wishes to her always.

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    k/kay replied

    I agree but the best times were when she called Christine/Cricket the bug fun times I never cared for the Nick pairing the Phyllis I knew would never fall for a wet behind the ears school boy. Will miss her.

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  4. debbie says:

    Dont kill her off…..hopefully she will return in the future. And Yes and very big loss for Y&R. You will be missed.

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    Donna replied

    I agree

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    rekha replied

    Oh No I am devastated. The only reason I watch is for Billy Abbot and Phyliss Newman – she is exotic, real and funny….please don’t kill her leave it open she may come back……I hope she does.

  5. Wanda says:

    Michelle Stafford cannot be replaced!!!!! Y&R are STUPID to let her go! She is the reason I watch. The new powers to be need to be taken down a few pegs!!! Stupid story lines – not entertaining!!!

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    Mary SF replied

    Yes she can and was- read the article- she left the show before and was recast. They didn’t LET her go- she WANTED to go. If she was the only reason you watched well you should be happy she is leaving, so now you have no reason to watch the stupid story lines that are not entertaining. Leave the show for the fans that actually enjoy it, with or without any particular character.

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  6. Mary Sue says:

    This is NOT good news… She will be greatly missed…
    How do you replace Phyllis??? I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role. I would rather they kill her than put someone else in her place…

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    Michelle replied

    i agree with you it wont be the same if someone else plays her she is one and a million and no one would be able to fill her shoes

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    Connie Williams replied

    While I do agree Michelle Stafford will be hard to replace, I really hope they don’t kill off her character, or send her off to live with Daniel. Her character is needed on the show right now. Hopefully they do recast with a truly gifted actress who can do justice to the part. There are other exceptionally talented actors out there.

  7. marion gawron says:

    they the diva get killed off here she is going to genrerl hopital guess young and restless did not put enough some people are just diva and she is one of them byb by phyllis will not miss you at allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.Or did ot get along with the writer and the new owners we are not stupid…..

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    Lisa J. replied

    I think someone needs a few English writing classes. Commas, periods, correct spelling and complete sentences please! That way the rest of us can understand what you are trying to say. Perhaps she is just tired of playing the same roll and as an actress she wants to branch out before it’s too late. No need to slam her as a Diva.

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    jon replied

    Boy, that’s the pot calling the kettle black. Role is spelled with an “e” on the end.

    Eileen Hargis replied

    . She wants to do other things, its not about money and EVERYBODY at Y and R loves Michelle. If u cant say something nice, stay off of here, u dont know what u r talking about and it SHOWS!

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    Tom replied

    All right, let’s all play nice, it’s only a soap OPERA where real people get to play fake people. It doesn’t matter if she chose to leave because she felt upstaged by other actors or she received a better offer elsewhere. Actors come and go, and I’m sure Y&R will leave the door open for her to return.

  8. Rob says:

    I wonder how big a part JFP and that hack writer played a part in all this. I hate to say be careful for what we all wished for, Maria Arena Bell isnt looking so bad anymore.

    This show is tanking storywise, the acting is sub-par at best and Michelle Stafford leaving combined with the death of Jeanne Cooper is a HUGE loss. CBS and Sony need to reign in the Hollywood Heights casting and Friend of Jill casting. Just change the name to Restless Heights and be done with it.

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    Oh, Rob, how I agree with u!

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    toscanti replied

    Me too!

    Llanviewer717 replied

    I have to agree with you. I’ve only watched Y&R since OLTL went off the air but the stories seem so incomplete. Things just end. Who was sending the mysterious notes and gifts to Cane? That just stopped when JFP fired Genie Francis. Cane and Lily are still around. The bullying story line just stopped when Jamie left town. Neither Fen nor Summer paid for what they did. The congressman killer story was a dud. I was expecting some desperate attempt to save himself or a shoot out or him trying to escape. No. He was just arrested and made some vain remark about the police not making the charges stick and that was it. Gus gets out of prison and is reunited with his family. There are still major tensions between them and suddenly he drops dead. That’s the end of that. The detective’s sister, Noah’s girlfriend, just left. What became of Christine who came back to become the DA and to have a relationship with Paul? Now there Lauren’s affair with the bartender. There is no excuse for her behavior. If Michael just takes her back, he’s a bigger fool than I’ve ever seen.

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    Connie Williams replied

    You are right on the money there. We just get left hanging, over and over. It is ridiculous! I love most of the actors, but the writing, is just awful.

    Natalie replied

    Yes, I agree. There are no stories anymore. There are obviously some big changes behind the scenes (i.e. new writers) that are slowly ruining the show and could eventually cause it to be cancelled. My mom and I have watched the show for over 20 years and we can’t seem to follow it anymore. The show is like a revolving door – new people are coming in constantly and old ones going out – slowly being fired, forced out, etc… I understand there are ratings issues and cost constraints, but why can’t the show just do what Days of Our Lives is doing and stick to a few actors and have continuing story lines from day to day. It is a shame. The Y&R was once such a great Soap, but in the last year, it has changed completely. In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, it really has become “a show about nothing!”

    Alice replied

    And let us not forget- Daisy. Where or where has Daisy gone and who signed her out of the nut house? Then there is the mysterous shadow in the alley after the knife was found. Could that be Isabelle and if so, where has she been all this time? What about the dead girl’s body found in Genave’s hotel suite? And for crying out loud, why has Adam not ask for a DNA test especially knowing what Nick did?

    Wanda replied

    I agree 100%.

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  9. Michelle says:

    what?? why? Phyllis is one and a million you cant replace someone like her she is amazing it will be sad to see her go what ever young and the restless decides it will be a good choice but please dont replace her no one can take her place thank you

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  10. randy says:

    WOW MARION I COULDNT UNDERSTAND ONE WORD OF WHAT U WERE TRYING TO SAY….ALL THE BEST TO MICHELLE STAFFORD….SMART GIRL GETTTING OFF A SINKING SHIP…

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  11. Lisa J. says:

    I wish her well in all that she does. The show will go on without her, but she will be missed.

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  12. Patty says:

    I hope that one day she will come back to the show. Please don’t replace her.

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  13. mo says:

    I’ll miss her and Phyllis. Maybe Y&R should recast.

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  14. Vicsze says:

    I hope that they do not kill Phyllis off as one would hope that the door was left open should she ever want to return in the future.

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  15. Sue says:

    Actors need some time off !! Maybe see what else is out there for them..
    If recast is done well then the “show will go on”. I am more concerned about the writing rather than who is coming or going.. if story lines don’t improve we all will stop watching.
    Re-casting person is doing an awful job as well.. Can’t they look at a monitor and say he/she is not working..
    Let’s hope things turn around for the fans!!
    Good luck to MS…

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  16. Iakovos says:

    Disappointed to hear the confirmation. Wonder what this will mean for the Summer paternity storyline. Maybe it will play out resulting in Phyllis’s exit. I hope Miss Stafford will return one day. And her character is not killed off (as I hate resurrections). Y&R will go on as daytime dramas are successful because of comings/goings and strong ensemble. But Miss Stafford brought a lot to Genoa City. She is a treasure.

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    Domino replied

    My personal feeling is that Phyllis will find out that Nick is not Summer’s biological father and that coupled with what Nick did (by withholding the inconclusive paternity test and lying about it), will rock her world. She will no longer have that connection to Nick. Nick most likely will get back with Sharon because a lot of people will be upset with him and she will be there for him.

    Jack will probably be at odds because he never got to raise his own daughter and all the time he lost with Phyllis.

    Summer will probably stay in Genoa City getting to know Jack and her brother, Kyle.

    Phyllis will most likely go to be with Daniel and Lucy.

    I don’t see them killing off Phyllis, I really don’t. I see her leaving to find herself or maybe she gets a job offer somewhere. I also do not see them recasting … at least not for now.

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    Patrick replied

    I def. like this part -

    Jack will probably be at odds because he never got to raise his own daughter and all the time he lost with Phyllis.

    for all intent and purpose… Jack the bachelor – probably wouldn’t have been the same Jack… but… he has all the emotions to have been a family man…. especially, IMO… with Phyllis. and seeing him raise his own child.

    for what it’s worth… this is more meaty material that Jack can real.

    gosh, How i miss ALL the Abbotts. to me… they were Y&R.

    Patrick replied

    Have to add…. it would be so Phyllis – just like you said…

    that this will unspool… Phyllis’ LIFE. to NOT HAVE that connection to Nick….

    even tho… she should know… she really belongs with Jack.

    now we may never know…. the one Woman who coulda tamed that Jack.

    Domino replied

    Patrick, I think we also kind of saw the writing on the wall this past week with Phyllis doing a 180 and moving out of Jack’s place after they moved so fast. Michelle Stafford announcing she is leaving makes sense.

    Maybe Jack will be without a woman companion for a while and will spend the time getting to know Summer.

    This also makes me see why they are dropping Sharon from Adam’s life and having Adam after Chelsea because IF it turns out that Summer is not a Newman, they will need another Newman heir (Adam and Chelsea’s child).

  17. Beacon says:

    Maybe they will bring Kimberlin Brown back as Sheila to fill the void? Genoa needs a resident bad girl!

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    Mary SF replied

    Personally, I was always hoping that Phyllis was really Sheila and that Lauren shot the real Phyllis. There were times like when Phyllis was being nice to Daisy that I thought maybe it was true- and there was the mysterious woman who got Daisy out of the hospital– If that was Phyllis aka Sheila- then they could have MS exit the show- then have KB come back with reverse plastic surgery to try to get Summer because in her mind she raised her, so she is her daughter. It would be cool- but Y&R hasn’t been that creative in a while–

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    For my part, THATS a bit too creative!

  18. Blake says:

    Recast with Robin Christopher or Gina Tognoni.

    And bring back Victoria Rowell as Drucilla!

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    Sue replied

    No, to VR coming back.. she has said way to much about the show..
    Recast Dru….some other actor can do a fine job..

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    Patrick replied

    two excellent choices – strong prescence, sexy, alluring, tigresses’.

    Skye and Dinah.

    and they have their OWN Vamp and don’t over the top it.

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    jimh replied

    Robin would be perfect!

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    No to Victoria Rowell, also. She burned all her bridges, let her stay stranded far, far away from soaps!

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  19. Eileen Hargis says:

    Well, from the gitgo I said be careful what u wish for if u want MAB gone She is and look st the resilts and its not over yet.

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    Sue replied

    I agree 100% with Eileen….

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  20. ricardo says:

    Very sad to see michelle stafford leaving. rumor is they will recast robin christopher. Ex skye general hospital and ex lorna another world

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  21. Peggie says:

    Wonder how they’ll write her out? Might have something to do with finding out Nick is not Summer’s father? She can’t be replaced and who knows, she might change her mind down the road.

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  22. Nikki says:

    This is very upsetting news, but I do not blame Michelle Stafford one bit! She is jumping off of a sinking ship. Y&R already lost a legend with Jeanne Cooper’s passing and Michelle is one of the superstars of this show. Those losses along with the horrendous, boring storylines and the influx of newbies prove why this show losing momentum and losing viewers. CBS made a huge mistake by hiring Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith to helm the legendary soap.

    I will miss Michelle and wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors, I hope her other, talented costars follow her lead and exit The Sad and the Hopeless.

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  23. lisa says:

    I wish Michelle wasn’t leaving ,but I wish her only the best.
    It is her decision – perhaps she wants to try her hand at nighttime or movies.
    I just hope they don’t recast her role,but I think Robin Christopher could fill those shoes if they do recast.

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  24. prettigurl says:

    BYE!!

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  25. Wanda says:

    Oh, how I hate that Michelle is leaving the show. Please, Please do not recast. Send her off on a long trip and she could possibly come back. It wont be the same.

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  26. toscanti says:

    I want to know why? Her explanation was vague and very politically correct. How much did Jill Farren Phelps have to do with this decision? JFP is a hack job and very arrogant.

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  27. ricardo says:

    Michelle stafford will be missed. recast her role with liz kiefer ex blake guiding light. oh and what about robin christopher ex sky or jamie luner ex liza colby amc.

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  28. shawn says:

    What a loss. I stopped watching Y&R a couple months ago because the new stories seemed simplistic to me and because of the treatment of Phyliss’ character. Her son, grandchild, and lover were written off; her storyline was hastily scrapped; her place of business was (practically) closed; and her husband and sister were hustled into a front burner quadrangle without her while she was re-treading water in passionless city with old pal Jack. When a new regime start a show they will naturally go for the characters they like best and be overflowing with ideas for them; the rest of the space they will fill with new characters. They may not always be able to drop popular characters or actors but the pecking order becomes clear. I saw it and I’m sure Stafford did, too. The bottom line is that the ratings are up – and that was what JFP was brought in to do – so I am obviously in the minority. I prefer a different type of show so I just turned it off. I will note that the character I miss most since I stopped watching is…Phyliss. It’s worth noting that only 3 actresses on Y&R have multiple Emmys: Stafford, the late Jeanne Cooper and Jess Walton. I remain concerned for Walton’s future with the show since the passing of her on-screen partner in crime but losing some actors with the passage of time is inevitable. It’s the ones you could have saved that haunt you.

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    Hillary replied

    Interesting analysis. If you (and everyone else posting here) are right then good for her! She is too quality to deal with that nonsense. Hopefully we will see her again somewhere else! :-)

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  29. Michelle Nakagawa says:

    I think Phyllis should move away to be with Daniel and his daughter. That way, Michelle can always come back :)

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  30. Joshua says:

    Obviously Stafford was NOT getting along with that show killing witch Jill Farren Phelps. Good for her. She’ll make an excellent addition to the best soap on TV, “General Hospital.”

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  31. Nia says:

    Darn! I wanted to see her and Kyle hook up!

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    Shirley replied

    Thats to funny I thought I was the only one to want Phyllis and Kyle to hook up:)

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    Nia replied

    That’s where the storyline was going before the whole trip to Turkey with Jack! LOL!

  32. lili says:

    lol , this show isn’t interesting anymore.Who is the next to exit?

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  33. Alan says:

    I can’t blame her: the show is a total mess and she hasn’t been given anything to play except backseat to her EZ-Bake oven lovin’ sister and witness to Jack’s 20 minute detox “ordeal”.

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    IowaMan replied

    Amen to that!

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  34. kalamaty says:

    I am seriously grieving right now! The loss of two of the most powerful actresses in daytime TV to Young and the Restless will be – and is – immeasurable. Like her, or hate her, Stafford is an undeniable STAR of the first magnitude; she’s the female Victor Newman on the show! The protagonist that everyone loves to see go completely off the rails! ARGH! I can’t be mad at her for making a personal choice, I just am going to miss my Phyllis fix!! Please don’t insult the viewers with recast; it won’t work…. trust me.

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    Shirley replied

    I second everything you just said,Y&R will not be the same without Michelle Stafford(Phyllis).

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    Donna replied

    Switching to Bold &the Beautiful!!!!Best wishes Michelle

  35. Lew S says:

    Sorry to hear the news. The Stafford will be missed and I hope they do not recast the role.

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  36. su0000 says:

    Everything in life comes to an end ..
    In soaps nothing actually ends….
    Phyllis will be cast, she is an important character and much that goes in GC is around Phyllis , so expect a redhead recast..
    the Phyllis character will not end..

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  37. Nancylee says:

    Poor Peter Bergman. He will be sad on the show…recast her with … Kate Walsh she looks just like Michelle, she tall and Skinny like Michelle, she looks like Michelle twin sister. Peter mite like her.
    I wish Michelle all the luck in the world hope her life is full of happen hope she goes to General Hospital.. Good luck Michelle what ever you too. Shame on Y&R for letting her go. get ride of Peter I will know longer watch your show.

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  38. k/kay says:

    Wish you the best Ms. Stafford I really enjoyed you in the 90′s and before 2005 that is when they really wrote for you.

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  39. Eileen Hargis says:

    She is terrific and will do well in whatever she chooses to do. They will recast because of the arrogance of the front office who believe they can do anything and the gullible soap fans will jyst take it.

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  40. Derrick says:

    Why is it when a vet leaves, the first person you guys blame is JFP???????
    Maybe MS made the decision to leave the soap. Please quit!

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  41. Nancylee says:

    why in the Hell is LLB not on the show. that maybe the only reason I stay with the show. JFP is the reason My Michelle leave.. I hope God does his Job for Michelle.
    JFP your get your, what goes around comes around, when you dig a hold you will fall in it.
    does anyone know when General Hospital putting Michelle under contract.

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  42. Shirley says:

    It’s hard to imagine Y&R with out Michelle Stafford(Phyllis) what and incredible actress and so much fun to watch. Hopfully one day she will return and what a happy day that will be.

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  43. Kim Mathenge says:

    Nick was just about to get exposed as not summer’s dad. She would hAve married jack oh well.

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  44. Jesse says:

    I once read something that seemed a bit winky, but Michelle leaving kind of lends credence to the theory. It said something along the lines of her hating have to act with “older“ men playing her lovers. So as long as she was bedding down with younger hunks like Nick, and Ronan, etc, she was okay with it, but that she didn‘t like being paired with Peter Bergman. Now that the Phyllis/Nick debacle is dead, and Jack and Phyllis are restored to a power couple, and it is coming out that Summer is Jack‘s, that will leave an unbreakable bond between Jack and Phyllis. I dont know if it is true about Michelle preferring younger leading men, just something I heard. All that said, I do not feel she is irreplaceable. The role was woefully miscast with Sandra Nelson, but I feel there are many dynamic actresses, not even necessarily redheads, who could ably tackle this role. Michelle has given a lot to the show, I wish her all the best in the future. However, due to some writing choices with the character, I don‘t feel she is essential to the show. It would give fans a breather and allow a spotlight to be shone onto other characters.

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  45. MaeMay says:

    Don’t kill her off, just in case she decides to come back, down the road…

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  46. David Evan Smith says:

    It’s a damn shame and a HUGE loss for Y&R. But I do think she’d be a PERFECT Carly on GH. If she was free years ago, I would have preferred her to Laura Wright. Love Laura, but Stafford would set GH on FIRE.

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  47. Stacey King says:

    Wow!!! Why is she leaving?? I loved her character…so bold and so brash…going to miss her so much….Team Phyllis…

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  48. Gh lover says:

    I hope they recast with Robin Christopher. She would be perfect with Peter Bergman

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  49. David says:

    The last recast was just not good, so send her away, recast later unless the perfect person is available to step in. Does JFP get along with any GREAT actors or does she wantto just have the show retitled THE YOUNG (Recasts) and the Rest.

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  50. Moviegal says:

    Michelle Stafford is one of the finest actresses on television, regardless of the time of day. She’s phenomenal, and if she feels it’s time to leave then all of the best to her – can’t wait to see her next venture! I think it would be a mistake to recast Phyllis, and even a bigger mistake to kill her off. With a talent of this caliber, you always leave the door open for them.

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  51. LadyLyn says:

    I would love to see the role of Phyllis Newman recasted. I have enjoyed watching her antics with the Newmans and the Abbotts.

    Also, would like to see her deal with Summer’s paternity when it comes to light.

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  52. Frugally.Keen says:

    I’ll miss her terribly – Michelle Stafford is a true dynamite! She’s got great chemistry with Jack, and perfect mother-daughter chemistry with the new(er) teen Summer. I love her interactions with Sharon (who is my personal fave). She will be missed! I hope they don’t recast, but I think they might…as others have mentioned there are terrific storylines involving her that you can’t just cut. For example, Summer’s paternity. I didn’t care for Sandra Nelson who replaced her previously, but that was partly because I adore Michelle. Best wishes to her – she’s one of the best actresses in Hollywood, she’ll land on her feet.

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  53. Sandra says:

    Can’t imagine YR without Phyllis.
    She will definitely be missed.
    Hope she comes back again after a break.

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  54. clara cusimano says:

    I hate to see her go.I hope they write her off’,so she could return.she was great,I hope she will return.

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  55. merrickpunk says:

    Her and Sharon have been the two leading ladies of the series for ten years. All this change is turning Y & R into a show I don’t recognize. It is unfortunate.

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    k/kay replied

    You are right but I applaud her for leaving I just hope those rumors of her going to GH are wrong. Move onto nighttime whatever just get off this train wreck that use to be Y&R this show has slowing been going down since 2005. Spread your wings Ms. Stafford!

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  56. connie says:

    The show won’t be the same without Phyllis Neuman. I don’t think I will watch it anymore if Michelle Stafford leaves. I saw her in person and have an autographed picture. I also have her as my desktop wallpaper. I am a huge fan and think she is great. The show just won’t be the same. I am sure that other fans feel the same way. You reallly should find a way to keep her on.

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    Harlee replied

    How do you find a way to keep her when it’s Michelle’s decision to leave? I will SOOOOOOOO miss MS myself but respect her decision to leave if she thinks this would be best….but YR has to do what is best for the show also and if means recast it needs to be done. Phyllis was recast years ago & there are so many great soap actresses out there that could step in to play the character.

    My wishful casting would be if possible is Marcia Cross.

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    k/kay replied

    Connie her last tape date is this week. If money was involved I do not think it is right to cut her salary when they brought on SB for huge bucks and working around his schedule etc.

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  57. Lily says:

    OMG, she has been the one I love to hate! Her raw emotional tirades are worth the price of admission! It won’t be the same without her. Y&R’s story line and some of the choices in actors playing Noah, Kyle, and Fen have been disappointing and the story line with Neil; Avery; Tyler… so boring!!!! Seriously? GC has lost a lot of it’s fire and shine!

    I wish Michelle the very best! She is one hell of an actress!

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  58. Tracy says:

    Why is Phyllis(Michelle) leaving? I love her

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    Derrick replied

    It was Michelle’s decision to leave!

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    k/kay replied

    Tracy I heard she was moving to Nashville then in three months show up over at GH and she is doing this all for her family! Just yanking your chain ! I have no idea why I guess when someone interviews her we will know.

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    Tracy replied

    ha, ha I like jokes

  59. Joan bates says:

    Could never recast Phyllis. Don’t blame her for leaving since the current writing has gotten extremely boring.

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  60. Andree M. Schnarr says:

    She will surely be missed…that sexy, devious little lady…sometimes ya love her sometimes ya don’t….Will surely miss you Michelle…and all the very best in your future endeavours…Take good care now!!

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  61. Richard says:

    I love Michelle Stafford and hate to see her go. But do any other longtime fans remember Sandra Nelson? She had the difficult task of taking over for Michelle right before Daniel’s custody trial and she won me over. How about bringing her back?

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  62. Carolyn Harshaw says:

    I’m actually very surprised and a longtime supporter of Phillis /Jack Abot… So what will these writers do about the show loosing two of it’s best characters? Even though they got on our nerves at times. The story lines have been a little so-so in the last year and there have been many disappointments. I pleaded with them not to allow Phillis and Nick to be together: also the foolishness of Sharon / Victor even when she kissed him until they found something to write about. You have to keep some reality in these Soaps or they get boating and don’t make since. I said oh my God if they continue to write episodes like this they may not be on too much longer. They waited too late to tell Summer /Jack and they should have been told together. Please don’t go to another soap. We already miss you Miss Stafford..-

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    Shatina replied

    Yes I agree I dont want phyllis to leave she is a alsome actress and I really want her back with nick for the ladt time and theu have another baby and I really want sharon to pay for what she did changeing the test results I really hate sharon for that I hope she get caught soon

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  63. Shatina says:

    I am so sorry to here phyllis is leaveing I really want her to stay on the young and the restless and kick sharon ass for changeing the test results of nick pertaurity to summer I would love for nick to be back with phyllis and for sharon to be locked up for what she did please dont let phyllis leave the show shes is one of my favorites i

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  64. me says:

    I think you should work it our with Phyllis to stay on, she is a big part f the show..

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    me replied

    give her the money and let he stay on

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  65. Tania Manary says:

    The Young and the Restless has lost me as a viewer! I’m sure that as soon as Michelle’s role is deleted the show will definately lose ratings as in my opinion
    Michelle Stafford is the best actress on daytime television. I really wish that
    Sharon was leaving as her acting skills are far from good.

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  66. kimberly says:

    I hope that Phylis i replaced and not killed off

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  67. Linda says:

    Oh No !!!! Mr Bell, don’t do it don’t let Michelle leave the show !!!! She is the best actress on daytime tv !! I just love watching her play a scene. She just demands your attention and she plays Phyllis like no one else could. I’m so sad to hear this news and I hope there is something that can be done to talk her into staying.

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    Chris replied

    Phyllis is a seasoned actress. I’ve seen her on “Lifetime” movies on occasion. She also adopted a child. I hope she has had some wonderful offers come her way. I will too truly miss her. I have watched Y+R (with a few life breaks) since it’s beginning. Good luck Michelle.

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  68. Nanci says:

    I will really miss Michelle Stafford character on the Young and Restless. Michelle is awesome actress. Phyllis character makes the Young and Restless. Plus Nick and Summer needs to hear it from Phyllis what Sharon did to them. Please and plus don’t make her die off, just in case she wants to come back later. I love her character. Thank you, a true fan.

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  69. Darlene says:

    I will really miss Michelle Stafford as Phyllis but don’t kill the character off. Y&R needs Phyllis in the show. A lot of soaps have closed so there has to be another actress out there who could possibly be as good as Michelle., give them a chance. Years ago they replaced Jack, and Victoria and look how well they turned out.

    All the best Michelle…enjoy being home with your daughter.

    From A Canadian Fan from the first day Y&R went on the air.

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  70. Debbie says:

    I’ll miss Phylis. I missed her the 1st time she left in 1997 and was estatic when she returned in 2000. I hope they’ll bring her back at a later date. She’s a fun character to watch and check out what she is wearing.

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    Jennifer replied

    I completely forgot about her leaving in 97! Thanks for that reminder, I would never have remembered that. She is the very best actress on Y&R and her character is one that makes the show consistently great…so please don’t knock her whole character off! I’m not sure that I’ll watch again if you do.

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  71. Jennifer says:

    *consistently…..oops

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  72. Tamara says:

    I think the charaecter of Phyllis Summer Newman on Y&R should be recast- this way if Michelle Stafford want to come back- she should be able to come back.

    Tamara

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  73. Diamond42 says:

    Yes, I will definitely miss Michelle Stafford. I love her story line because she holds no punches back. She is very classy and I love the way she dresses. There will be no one like Michelle Stafford, however, we need Phylis Newman replaced and not cut off her story line.

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  74. vickey morris says:

    I’m a big big fan of Michelle Stafford please dnt kill her off replace her for the time being ik she will b backed

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  75. Lillian Nixon says:

    Phyllis should be recast……..the storyline between Jack, Phyllis, and Summer needs to be continued and it can’t be if Phyllis is’killed’ off

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  76. gabby says:

    How is she exiting mid-June when it’s now August??

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  77. Teri says:

    We HATE that she is leaving.. I have watched her character as Phyllis for years!!! She will be missed!!!! I hope she reconsiders her decision… If she does not… Then of course I wish her the best!!

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  78. Dee says:

    Why don’t get rid of Sharon Case, I’m so tired of the “whack job” being allowed to harm people on the show. She is allowed to be crazy, there are so many people in the world who have mental illness; but for Y&R to show us as the viewers that it’s ok for mental ill people to just walk around without anyone looking out for her and cause harmed to people all the time. Y&R also allows her to spend time with her daughter alone and to instil crazy thoughts in her mind as well, it’s not healthy for anyone to see this as being ok. I’m so disappointed that Phyllis decided to leave without telling the truth, at this point of watching Y&R for over 20+years, I’m ready to call it quit. I’m just so tired of these dam producers come up with some of the weirded storylines, and sometime there are mental ill watchers who may believe what they’re watching. And if that should happen I feel Y&R should be held totally responsible. I truly hope that someone read my comments and think seriously about what I had to say. Thank you

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  79. teri butler says:

    I think u guys should give her more money! phyliss we love u ! U give the show what they ask for. Please don’t go please! u will be misses very much. If someone wants 2 go why can’t it be Finmore he sucks! I hope he goes no 2 do drugs thats cool. Please don’t kill her off. Maybe she’ll come back if things don’t work out. I’m very sorry about this! I love her.She makes the show worth watching.She will be missed!

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    teri butler replied

    I also want 2 say I agree with Dee the damn producers what messes it up 4 everyone! Yea ! u proudersare reallly messing up.your going 2 mess this all up if u keep getting rid of all the good ones. I know she wants 2 b a comic I don’t know about that one! I guess will see. Good luck Phyliss. We’ll miss u big time!

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  80. carol says:

    I’m so sorry to hear Phyllis will be leaving the show. She is great at her job and no one could fill her shoes. I will sadly miss her. I wish her the best in her new quest, if you change your mind, please come back soon. To me this is like losing Ms. C, my heart hurts and my tears run, good luck. Miss you

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  81. Leslie says:

    Such a major storyline loss to the show. The Phyllis character adds a fun factor to the show and Michelle S. played the role beautifully. Wow..now we get to see Avery everyday & follow the ever boring story of the mad blogger & sit through the same Neil flashback 3-4 times a week. Ugh! Michele say it ain’t so!! What a bummer for the fans! Back to crazy eyes Sharon. The show will never be the same..best wishes Michelle & thanks for the years of daytime entertainment!

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  82. Laura says:

    I cannot watch or endorse Michelle’s new show. I will miss her too much on Y and R to support the reason for her leaving. We can only hope she comes back to us soon! Miss her already. So sad after losing Jeanne Cooper.

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  83. mickey says:

    I hope they replace her with another actress. Her character is great.

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    mickey replied

    Replace her with another actor

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  84. Kimberly says:

    I think she is one the best actresses in daytime!!! This will be a big blow to Y/R!!! Please bring her back!!!!!!!! It’s not the same.

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  85. Patricia Martin says:

    Michelle Stafford is a tremendous actress. Have her leave for a specific reason to return whenever. It would be great to see her reunite with Nick on the show!

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  86. Denise says:

    It wont be the same without Phyllis

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  87. Kathy Perry says:

    I think Phyllis should stay and Sharon needs to go !

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  88. Kathy Perry says:

    Please recast Phyllis even though her shoes will be hard to fill.Please get rid of Sharon !

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  89. lloyd says:

    how will summer find out about her dad.

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    lloyd replied

    when

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  90. miss tee says:

    Michelle will truly be missed, don’t kill her off she may very well want to come back. Please keep her story line open. Thanks Michelle for great entertainment!!!!!!

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  91. Tanya says:

    I am so sad to see her go!!! She is my FAVE!!! :( I think the show should put a new phyllis back in then because the paternity of Summer should come out. I dont like that story line. I thibk its kinda wrong and bothers me. It neefs to be cleaned up. Sorry. When Michelle wsnts to come back, hopefully, ditch the sub in. Hee…….

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  92. annette orr says:

    i will miss phyllis she was the reason i start watching the young and the restless.maybe she will come back

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  93. Marva Hassell says:

    re-cast. Leave it open we want her back.

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    Marva Hassell replied

    re-cast

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  94. Eileen Jessie says:

    Michele Stafford is irreplaceable as Phyllis, I hope that she decides to come back at a later time. The show is not the same without her. I am wishing her the best.

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  95. Candy says:

    At least show that Sharon pushed her down the stairs and altered Summer’s birth certificate. The new Billy is great. Get rid of Stitch.

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