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65 February 25th, 2014 Cynthia Watros Exiting Y&R As Kelly! Cady McClain Set To Replace Her!

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As we had expected, Daytime Emmy winner Cynthia Watros had announced she is departing The Young and the Restless in the role of Kelly!  Watros MTV series, Finding Carter got picked-up by the network and so she will be concentrating her efforts on that show.

However, as also had been rumored, All My Children favorite and Daytime Emmy winning actress, Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie) has been cast as Watros replacement!

Angelica McDaniel, the Sr. VP CBS  Daytime tweeted:  “We’re all sad to see @watroswatros leave #YR for her new series on the East Coast. Please RT to welcome @CadyMcClain to Genoa City as Kelly!”  TV Guide’s Michael Logan also announced via Twitter the breaking news and he would have more details tomorrow!

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Watros made a special tweet to the fans earlier tonight when she stated,  “I LOVED being on Y and R. A big hug to the cast and crew! You guys rock! My fans and my not fans. I love you. I hope I didn’t let you down.”   She then announced via another tweet her last airdate:  “Last day is March 14. So sad to leave.”  And Cynthia also welcomed her successor in the role  ia another tweet:  “Welcome Cady! She will be fantastic. Kelly is one lucky girl:)”

As of this moment, the one and only McClain has not posted a message or tweet on social media, but we assume it will be forthcoming!

So, what do you think about the casting switcheroo?  Sad to know Cynthia is exiting Y&R?  Happy that Cady McClain is taking over the role?  What do you think of the casting choice?  Weigh-in!

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  1. carla says:

    Wonderful news. I just love her.

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  2. Reagan says:

    With the rotating door at Y&R these days, I’m kind of leaning toward the idea that at this point writing the character of Kelly off would have been a good idea. However, I like Cady and think that for the traditional soap audience she was one of Y&R’s best options. She has a fan base from ATWT & of course AMC. I can picture her as being Stitch’s ex. I don’t see her paired well with David Tom though.

    It can’t be easy for any actor to walk into a recast of a NEW character on a show where fans are upset over the number of recast, exits, & new characters. But if she’s given good material and a chance from the fans, I think Cady will do great as usual.

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  3. Mark says:

    I’m very sad to see Cynthia go she was the main reason I watch that mess at all BUT Cadi was fabulous as Rosanna Cabot on ATWT so I am very happy to see her come on board!

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    Mama replied

    Same here. Watros is literally one of the 5 best soap actors of all freakin’ time!!!

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  4. JustSaying says:

    Good grief. Y&R could have and should have temporarily written her character off the show. Especially considering she is NOT a contract actress. She’s just a recurring character. There would have been no big deal for a recurring character.

    Another loss for Y&R. Best of luck for Ms. McClain.

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  5. ricardo says:

    Oh wow great news. I love cady, she is a wonderful actress
    now we know, amc and oltl, are gone fore sure.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Those shows will never come back and this verifys it!!!

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    Don H replied

    I hate to say you’re right, but I’m afraid in this case, you are right.

  6. mollie says:

    Cady will be great because she is a wonderful actress PROVIDED Y&R writes Kelly’s character well and gives Cady the proper material.

    At first I thought Kelly could easily be written off if C Watros left, but now I am glad it is recast with Cady M. There is a lot of material to “mine”, again, PROVIDE the writers write well! (as always).

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  7. Michael says:

    It’s nice to see another former ABC soap star land a job on another show.

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  8. Robert Lee says:

    Love Cady, she’ll always be Dixie to me. Glad to see her back on the air. I am still watching AMC on Hulu just because I miss the show. One Life to Live too!

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  9. Lee says:

    I am familiar with Cady from All My Children. My first thought was she is too old to be playing a 30′s something character, especially opposite the very youthful looking David Tom. Even if Billy Milker was still playing the character, she would seem like an older woman against these actors. I cannot see her in the role of Kelly.

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    Sharonda replied

    She might be even in her early 50s.

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    dfm replied

    but cynthia watros is in her 30′s? I don’t think so!!

    mollie replied

    Actually, Cady is a year YOUNGER than Cynthia Watros. Personally, I think they look the same age. Cady was born in ’79 and Cynthia in ’78 (according to Wiki).

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    mollie replied

    Wait, I meant born in ’69 and born in ’68 receptively! Bet you they both wish it was ’79 and ’78. lol.

  10. Lee says:

    Just checked in IMDB and Cady is 45 years old! And they usually knock off a few years off their bios to seem more marketable. So she may be older than 45. Again, she is too old for the role.

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    Sharonda replied

    I agree Lee, like 48-49. I used to watch her when I was a little like 7 on AMC. I’m 32. And she is no way 13 years older than me. Impossible.

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    Harry replied

    I agree that she is much older than forty five. However, she could past for thirty five–she looks very youthful. The actress who played Kelly before looked old for age, she always looked weary–as if life had worn her out.

    Sandy Welles replied

    Cady is in her early 40′s, but looks even younger than that. She will be fine in the role, but it makes one sad to realize that this is yet another nail in the coffin of ALL MY CHILDREN – the well known familiar actors are now scattered among the remaining Soaps. If AMC is ever re-launched, which seems doubtful at the moment, fans would most certainly have to accept many new faces on the show.

    Harry replied

    Wikepedia says she’s forty four, listing her birthday as October of 69.
    That doesn’t seem right. It seems like she’s been on soap operas since they were on the radio. If she’s forty-four then I am 29 .

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  11. AbbyS. says:

    Yay for Cady! She’s a very good actress and I’m sure will do a great job on Y&R. I’m very happy for her and her fans.

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  12. Mary SF says:

    Wish they had written Kelly off, but obviously they have a story already set and they need the character to be there or else they would not have recast the role. However I am bit weary of the four remaining soaps constantly casting soaps stars from the cancelled soaps— I get they want to draw those stars fan base to their shows, but sometimes I think isn’t there any new faces that are good and who could handle soap work without recycling the same people over and over?

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  13. Lee says:

    Tamara Braun would have been a better choice to play Kelly.

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    Sharonda replied

    I agree with you, or preferably Sarah Brown, Sarah Michelle Gellar or Kelli Martin would have been-my choices.

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    elite advisos replied

    I second that…. and yes… Sarah Brown would have been amazing!

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  14. Deb says:

    Sorry, not a Cady McLain fan…. and not a fan of the character Kelly…. oh well.

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    Barbara from Atlanta replied

    Glad to see this comment. I thought that I was the only viewer who isn’t a member of the Cady McLain fan club. I didn’t watch AMC but am familiar with her work as Rosanna Cabot on ATWT. I thought she was a bad choice for Rosanna and preferred the original actress in the role.

    I’m not warming up to Kelly either. I don’t find the character very interesting.

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    davlestev1 replied

    I’m with you. CadyMcClain is over rated as an actress. I never warmed up to her on ATWT which was and always will be my favorite soap. Bad recast. CynthiaWatros was showing shades of Phyllis and now she’s out the door as i predicted on here when her hiring was announced. I don’t know what’s going on over there at Y&R but it will never be the show we grew up with ever again. Tattooed people, Victor doing something so heinous with the memory of Cassie that he can’t ever be redeemed, trashing a good character like Adam, relegating Gloria to bussing tables and being plain out and out silly, Nikki emoting all over the place with every labored breath and speech. That whole African American debacle of storylines. Y&R IS A BIG HOT MESS!!!!!

    mollie replied

    Don’t particularly like the character of Kelly, but love Cady McC. as Rosanne Cabot on ATWT. Loved her. Still, I like that soaps include new characters and I’m going to wait and see if Kelly grows on me. Now, she is just mopy and tired.

    Harry replied

    Davlesev 1 writes,” Niki emoting all lover the place with labored breath and speech.”
    This. I love this.

  15. PatF says:

    I’m kind of over the recasts and new characters.

    I would have preferred the show to write her off, and then have her return if and when she was available again.

    I know shows often test characters, or bring them back periodically, but they need to really start planning more long term. It’s almost like YR is going week by week with its story bible.

    Contracts would be nice as well.

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    Harry replied

    Love, Cady but must agree with your assertions. Kelly was an easily disposable character.

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    Jimmy replied

    Yup, Cynthia should have been contracted so they wouldn’t need to recast her. And Kelly was easily disposable as the hit and run driver, so writing her off seemed logical, so the show wouldn’t have to recast ANOTHER character.

    But, Cady is a great actress, hopefully she’ll do well in the role.

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  16. Mo says:

    I think she’ll do fine.

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  17. Tim says:

    I was fine writing her off as the hit and run driver and be done with the character. However, I am not familiar with the actress who is the recast. Maybe she will turn the character around? CW was horrible! Plus, I hear the new Kelly and Jack will hook up and thats good for Peter Bergman. He needs something new to do. Looks like Red is staying in a coma for awhile?

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    Jimmy replied

    I was hoping Kelly Sullivan from GH would be hired as recast Phyllis. Michelle Stafford unfortunately said she wouldn’t return to Y&R, and Kelly did a phenomenal job on GH.

    As far as the character Kelly goes, Cynthia is a great actress, but the writing was awful. I hope the writers turn her around, but I don’t see the point of recasting the role when Kelly could have been written off as the hit and run driver. It would have made sense and cleared Adam. I never believed he was guilty in the first place.

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    Reagan replied

    I’ve been expecting Kelly to show up on Y&R as well. She would make a good Phyllis but I don’t know if she seems old enough to be Summer’s mom. I never bought her having a son that old on GH. I think Susan Haskell (from OLTL) could make a good Phyllis too.

    Harry replied

    Jimmy, loved Kelly Sullivan as Kate/Connie. Why oh why did GH get rid of her and elect to keep that psycho, psychic, shrill freak of nature called Olivia? Sure, she has psychic ability but I’d rather have aMagic 8 Ball. It’s quieter and more astute.

  18. robert says:

    Love this casting. I may start to like the character of Kelly.

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    Jimmy replied

    Cynthia Watros is a great actress. The reason I don’t like Kelly is because of the writing and what she’s done so far.

    If they had paired her with Jack instead of have her go after Billy, I think she would be much more likable.

    Kelly and Jack had chemistry. Billy and Kelly didn’t and still don’t.

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  19. jaybird369 says:

    I’m sorry but I’ve always found Cady McClain to be a WAY BETTER actress than Cynthia Watros. Hopefully, CM will do an AWESOME job on Y&R. We shall see……….

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  20. Nunya Bizzness says:

    As a teen I enjoyed watching CM as Rosanna Cabot on As The World Turns .CM convincingly played a wealthy snooty character but can the actress play a believable Kelly?Major brownie points if CM pulls it off!

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    mollie replied

    Loved CM as Rosanne Cabot. I anticipate she will be a great “Kelly” if the writers do their job…look what happened to Maura West’s character, Diane, on Y&R. Disaster. But Maura West is the bomb and look at her now on GH! So, with these very talented actors is truly is about the writing.

    All the best to Cady. She is talented.

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  21. elite advisos says:

    I am disappointed that Y&R have decided to pair Jack with Kelly…. He is completely in love with “red”… so I assume this means Phyllis will no be recast or her character fizzled out?

    Kelly Sullivan with Strawberry blonde hair would be a good recast… she has shown she is a spitfire…

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    Jimmy replied

    YES! I like that idea a lot. Her “return” appearances on GH this week reminded me why I love her and miss her so much.

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  22. Ghlover says:

    She was supposed to be Phyliss!?? At least thats what i heard….

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  23. Jimmy says:

    The problem with Y&R for the past several years has been the writing. The blogger mess was awful and Delia’s death, while it was powerful and played to perfection by Billy Miller and Michael Muhney (miss them!), was pretty bad too.

    I liked Cynthia Watros a lot, I just didn’t like Kelly sleeping with Billy. I always thought she’d be better paired with Jack, right from when Cynthia first joined the show. I am sad to see her go, and I think she should have been given a contract.

    But, Cady McClain is a great actress, so hopefully she gets a contract and will be on Y&R for a while. I just hope Kelly and Billy don’t happen, because Cady with David Tom is almost as bad a thought as Cynthia with David. No chemistry, at all. In fact, Billy and Victoria don’t have that chemistry either anymore. Boy, I miss Billy Miller.

    I wish Cynthia luck on her new show and hopefully Cady will do well as Kelly.

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  24. Spencer says:

    Let’s just hope that Esther doesn’t have any pancakes to serve ole Dixie.

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    Harry replied

    Peanut butter-banana pancakes–and who has that kind of slovenly, unrefined palate anyway? That sounds repulsive!

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    davlestev1 replied

    LMAO..and in a huge ESTATE kitchen those were the ONLY ingredients you could find. No wonder Katherine continually called her a NITWIT

  25. Blank Slate says:

    Things cannot be well in daytime if a non A-list actress on the Y and R is choosing to leave that #1 show behind for an MTV dicey venture! Seriously?

    Could not stand Cady McLain and her affected, horrible accent playing a rich girl on ATWT.

    The role of Kelly should be written off. Y and R right now has been taken over by the nobodies.

    So sad.

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  26. Harry says:

    Well, hell, if they’re going to bring Dixie to Y&R then why not bring her ardent suitor? The best villain of soap opera history? That mouth breathing Romantic in a three piece white suit and Fedora hat? That would be Billy Clyde Tuggell. He was a brilliant vlliain.

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    davlestev1 replied

    He would have given Victor a run for his money in place of Ray Wise. He would have been a hoot as Dylan’s smarmy dad

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    Rose replied

    Or even better her other ardent suitor from ATWT, Craig, Hunt Block.

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  27. Erika says:

    Devastated. . .. Cynthia was the whole show in my opinion. For this particular role, she was irreplaceable in my opinion.

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  28. Natalie says:

    What the Hell why is the young and restless getting rid of all there good actors. sorry but the girl who replaced Kelly is lame. your repalcement for Adam will be just as lame. Really whats up with the person playing Billy. Awful!!! I think Im going to stop watching

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  29. Sherry says:

    Cynthia Watros look 55 years old and Cady McClain look 40 -45 years old. Although they are about the same age. 48 and 49

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  30. RGeske says:

    Yes, I am sad that Cynthia is leaving Y & R. Not sure about her replacement. I know she was on “All My Children” and wasn’t my favorite, but I’m sure all of the fans from that show will be thrilled. Best of luck to Cynthia with her new show. Wish her the best!!! She was on a soap previously and I loved her on that one also. :(

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  31. RGeske says:

    Rose….I loved Hunt Block!!!! Would love to see him back in a CBS soap again!!!

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  32. Jill says:

    Thought Cynthia was fabulous on Y & R. So sad to see her go!

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  33. Karma1962 says:

    I did not like Cynthia as Kelly, glad she is gone….I love Cady!
    Remember her as Dixie on AMC.

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  34. Tequila says:

    Cynthia established the character to be edgy and unpolished, experienced in life, and imperfect. Cady did not continue that portrayal. I don’t believe they should have allowed the character to change completely. Classical music and hopeless romanticism…really? What’s next, butterflies and rainbows?

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  35. nightrain says:

    I loved the original Kelly – she was unique and wonderful. With both her and Adam gone, I can’t watch this show. The new Kelly is overacting, fake looking and just plain embarassing to watch. Doesn’t even seem like a real person. I’m done.

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  36. Lisa says:

    I do not like this new Kelly, the original Kelly was so much better. Why replace good things with bad. The new Billy is awful too.

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