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168 August 22nd, 2014 Is Y&R Considering Killing-Off A Veteran Character? And, What Is Happening To Michael Baldwin?

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Some reports have surfaced, and fans have been reacting over the last 24 hours or so, to a couple of seemingly separate pieces of Intel regarding The Young and the Restless, but could they be related?

First, in the current issue of Soap Opera Uncensored, Nelson Branco reports “Rumour has it a veteran character will learn he has cancer.  Whispers around set suggest Y&R may kill off the character and free up a longtime coupling.”

Then on yesterday’s episode of the CBS soap opera, after Michael (Christian LeBlanc) had trouble in the sex department in the bedroom with Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman), they sit down for lunch at the GCAC and have a conversation where Lauren suggests that Michael has been tired lately and maybe he should consider getting a doctor to check him out … and to go see Dr. Barton Shelby (Terrell Tilford)!

Could it be Michael who may come down with a serious health problem?  Would the series even consider killing off LeBlanc, this three-time Daytime Emmy award winning actor, who has been one of the greatest actors in the genre?  Or, could it be that the show is going to give him a great emotional storyline to play?

Share your thoughts below: Do you think something is wrong with Michael? Who could the rumor report be talking about other than Michael as a veteran character … if this should prove to be true?

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  1. clh says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all. before JFP’s reign of terror is over the only two left standing will be EB and MTS. It’s sad how fast she can decimate a show.

    Left the show shortly after her arrival and will never go back, it will never be the same show even after she’s gone. She puts fans in a constant state of mourning.

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    Nancy M replied

    You are 100% correct. After watching Y&R for over 20 years I stopped thanks to JFP.

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    Christina Parker replied

    AMEN!

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    Jayson replied

    Its sad but I stopped watching too after losing Michael M, Billy M. and Michelle S. I was done but hey! I’m still a huge GH and DAYS fan!

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    mollie replied

    I can’t stop watching. I love Y&R. When the plot falls short, I think
    “This too shall pass” and it does. One of the vets turns in a stellar performance. One of the new hires shines. All story lines may not all be great at the same time, but there is plenty to enjoy. I hope you tune in again, soon :)

    davlestev1 replied

    I so agree. She throws him a deathbed story..he’ll pop up somewhere else. In the mean time we’re treated to scenes of Austin..who no one cares about..breathing all heavy over Gina Tognoni’s Phyllis with another hard to believe longer than necessary poor pitiful me tale. Nu Billy doing his best to be accepted as Billy airplaning that poor kid all over the set in a scene that was wholly nauseating simply because he’s Billy. Thank goodness for the scenes of Nick/Sharon/Victor..even though those doctor scenes were anticlimactic Josh Morrow as always breathed life into it. Now they intend to snuff out Michael Baldwin after all the hoopla dies down from the “leaked” story. How on Earth are so many Exec’s cowed by this one woman three ring circus???

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    Elizabeth Cape Cod replied

    I enjoy your take on it. good writing!

    coco replied

    I wouldn’t kill Michael off him and his wife r too good of actors and the storyline of Y&R is already going down.

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    Angela replied

    Please don’t kill Michael off Y&R. He and Lauren need to have a steady marriage and have a father son relationship with Fen. Keep the daytime soap opera rolling with good actors and actresses. The original characters need to be on the show. They know the acting routines.

    sharon replied

    no no I do not agree i THINK that if you look at the bottom line which is what they look at they had to get rid of mm because of the ramifications of accusations of harassment , then our fav Billy Miller wanted too much control over his contract money or time do not know which and Michele S jumped out into web series which I do not believe did as well as she wanted and made the profit she thought it would and was to embarrassed to come back after making her leap…so if you look at all these they were individual decisions….to no fault of the same person….sorry that is what I THINK..

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    k/kay replied

    @Sharon don’t be sorry for having an opinion I happen to agree with you. I will fall over if they kill off Michael Baldwin as far as I know JFP does not have a axe to grind with him and unless he wants to leave that would be the only reason. I have two friends that have worked under her as EP they do not discuss her with me. JFP wins emmys and that means a lot to the folks in charge so she is not going anywhere.

    louise replied

    Don’t do it! I may have stop watching

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    dina replied

    If he leaves I will stop watching. I have watched it for over 30 yrs.

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    tina replied

    i couldnt agree more…she almost killed GH, you’re right, the only 2 left will be EB and MTS if JFF has anything to say. UGH

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    Sue replied

    Getting tired of all the changes, I will most likely stop watching the show !

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    Janet replied

    You kill off Michael, I’m not watching Y & R anymore!

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    Mary replied

    If they kill off Michael Baldwin, it will be the last straw. I have watched for many years. But the writing is mostly ridiculous and they concentrate on silly , people that simply have NO acting ability. Then those that do, get marginalized with uninteresting scenes.

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    Kelly replied

    Why are you assuming JFP is getting rid of Christian LeBlance. Did it ever occur to you that an actor wants to leave a show on their own. JFP cannot force an actor to stay on their job so the fans will be pleased. They have a life you know, and like us they too want to move onto other employment or projects to work on.

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  2. Jimmy says:

    Y&R better not even think about killing off Michael! Christian LeBlanc is one of the best actors on the show, and after all the loss Y&R has gone through in the past year with Jeanne Cooper’s death and losing MS, BM and MM, Y&R needs to keep its remaining top talent and utilize them. So yes, I’m all for a great emotional story for Michael and Lauren, but if it leads to Michael’s death I will be fuming with anger.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Completely agree.

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    Jean replied

    I totally agree, Jimmy. This sucks! I can think of several that I’d like to see killed off of there, but NOT Michael. She’s wielding the ax again. SHE needs to go!

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    vickie replied

    so u think it’s possible that Chirstain LeBlanc might be sick in real life, he doesnt look good healthy lately

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    Mary SF replied

    He might be losing weight to make his on screen illness more believable– often actors will do that for their roles— if he isn’t doing it on purpose, I agree he doesn’t look healthy– if it is something he is doing for the role, then it is working because he does look ill. Lets hope it is just pretend and nothing is really going on in his real life.

  3. Kat says:

    JFP scares me! I wouldn’t be surprised at all. She’s killed off many popular characters in her time.

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    Nikki replied

    Why kill off a great actor like Christian LeBlanc. Some kind of cancer then why not kill off someone who doesn’t have a lot of time anyways & a lot of people hate him E.B. If not then M.T.S. who should be retirering soon anyways. If the writers would use their heads, there is a lot of story-lines around Michael. How about bringing Scotty back. How about Fen coming back to finish school in G.C. If it’s just to save a pay cheque Get rid of Summer. Seems like we’re losing all the great actors/actresses. Such a shame!

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    KMB replied

    They don’t call her the “soap killer” for nothing…

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    Sue replied

    Yep, just the next part of her plan. She thinks SB is the cat’s meow. So that might explain her “taste” in “actors”…

    Tess replied

    She killed off Stuart Damon’s Alan Quartermaine on GH. He was thought to be an untouchable and Phelps put him in a grave. This woman has no problem killing off top characters and talent.

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    Timmm replied

    Killing AQ was the beginning of ALMOST the end of that show. It took years to recover. Matter of fact, the are STILL trying to revive the Quartermaine clan. When John Ingle died in real life it would have only made sense to make Alan the new Patriarch of the Q’s but not, Jill ruined that possibility. She is a soap killer!

  4. toscanti says:

    I believe he has “Prostate Cancer”. It will be a great story to tell and affects many men every year!

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    Reagan replied

    agree

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    Susan replied

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Michael’s was treatable and Victor also has prostrate cancer and it is untreatable. This way they could show the importance of early detection and treatment and what happens if you ignore it.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Susan, perfect scenario.

    CeeCee replied

    Yes, Susan. …exemplary input. And, getting rid of Victor in the process….

    4ever DAYS replied

    What, exactly, are you saying? lol

    Patrick replied

    Beatiful
    Bravo
    Yes

    with your first sentence storyline …. Victor death knell …

    otherwise… I am on 100% that this be featured…. prostate cancer being #1 most common cancer among men… and 2nd leading cause of death

    Susan replied

    Kill two birds with one stone. Spread awareness and get rid of a pompous albatross. As it turns out EB thinks he IS Victor. He needs a wake up call and I hope the long awaited coupling is Paul and Nikki.

    betty anne mullen replied

    Do not kill off yet another actor on y&r… Michael needs to stay on the sit com which is being destroyed in the last year with Billy and Adam… I have been watching Y & R for 40 some years and am furious with what you have done with my show.. Phyllis too… Enough is enough!!!!

    Christina Parker replied

    AH, No, Y&R without Eric Braeden as Victor is no Y&R at all.

    Dianne replied

    I agree with Christina if people didn’t hate Victor he would be a terrible actor. You need Victor to stir things up. Don’t kill off Michael. It would be a good story line but curable.

    Timmm replied

    Hold on, I know a lot of you dont like Victor BUT we have already lost too many legacy characters from this show. I wouldnt kill EB. Kill Summer!

  5. Reagan says:

    I can see Michael getting the cancer story line. As an actor, he will do well with it, showing what so many go through. I have a hard time seeing him “killed off” as he is now such a core to the YR base. I can understand where writers/producers would want to show a cancer story where the person dies, as that is unfortunately the case for so many that battle cancer. Sometimes stories have to be true to life. However, if this happens, the Jill haters & those so unhappy that BM, MM, MS, & EH are gone will no doubt not take this well. Michael seems very content with being on YR but I can see as an actor where he might be ready to try a new role. I would think Bell would no doubt grab him up on B&B like they did with Don when he was killed off as Brad. No matter how this plays out, I cannot see fans being happy about his exit.

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    Jimmy replied

    Agreed, Michael is a major character on Y&R and Christian is a great actor so I’m sure he’ll do well with a story like that. If they do go down the cancer road again, I really hope Michael’s is treatable and it doesn’t lead to his death any time soon.

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    Jimmy replied

    oh, and if the show really wanted to do a cancer story that leads to death, I would much rather they kill Lily off, I can’t stand her and it would open up a great story for Cane dealing with the loss of his wife and having to be a single dad. Lily and Cane haven’t had story in a long time so this could be a good possibility and it could definitely win Christel Khalil and Daniel Goddard an emmy!

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    Reagan replied

    I don’t like what they have done with Lilly’s character. With soaps having so few ethnic actors, I would hate to see another African American character killed off. But I agree, if this version of Lilly is what we are going to get I could take them killing her off.

    Angela replied

    Honestly hope they don’t kill Michael off the show. He also helps Kevin too. Hope he doesn’t go to B&B Please stay on Christian LeBlanc/Michael

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  6. DeeMac says:

    I do believe Michael will have an illness of some sort. He has been the rock and strength of his family. He has covered their butts always and maybe its time that someone took care of Michael although it will drive him crazy. I am sincerely hoping they will not kill Michael off he is my reason for watching Y and R in the first place. Such a great talent and Michael has slowly progressed over the years to the man he is today. I loved him even when he was Bad but I love him now wish he had a sharper edge though. There is no reason to kill him off and CLB has done nothing but praise and do great PR for Y and R . If they do this it will be an atrocity of faith to YR fans who love and adore Christian LeBlanc aka Michael Baldwin

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  7. steven cates says:

    His great friend Michelle Stafford is no longer aboard, so I can see tbe possibility of Christian deciding to leave as well.

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    bunting replied

    Christian has many friends on the show. He has never hinted at wanting to leave the show. In fact, he has stated over and over again how much he loves his job. If he leaves, I doubt it would be his choice. We know who would be to blame.

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  8. Franny Wright says:

    I believe the character will have a health scare which could lead to a good storyline if handled properly; however I hope he’s not killed off the show. If it turns out that Christian wants to leave for some reason, the door should be left open for a possible return!

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    CherylP replied

    “Handled properly” ? When has anything on this show been handled properly over the past year or so? That made me LOL. :)

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    su0000 replied

    Y&R thrives on death stories or someone dying..
    A huge percent of Y&R year long stories come from the death of someone or the near death of someone..
    Think about it..
    The nY&R drama mostly is bui8lt around death or illness/dying..

    I have no doubt that Michael is the chosen one to go through a year long story of dying and then die..
    It is huge drama and makes for year long story..

    Y&R is gutted of all that once made it great.. It is empty ..

    It really doesn’t matter how many core characters go,
    Y&R is all done but the wiping.. :)

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  9. Liza says:

    Sounds like she’s giving him a huge story not killing him off. If they wanted to write a huge story about what happens when someone in a longtime relationship dies they could write one for Jill. If JFP isn’t interested in a veteran character’s life she can ignore their relationships, reduce their airtime, & dribble out appearances throughout the year … like with Jill.

    I’m still waiting for a satisfactory, & believable, resolution to Jill & Kay’s 40 year relationship, so I’m not investing in anything else on Y&R. Following a story for 40 DECADES and it’s just dropped when one of them dies doesn’t want to make me invest in any character, story, or relationship. When Victor dies he’ll give all his money to a newly found child and his corporation will be given to Paul, just because it makes absolutely NO sense what-so-ever.

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    Laurel Twist replied

    Here, here!

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  10. darbah says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they kill off Michael. Look at how easily they let go of their 3 best actors, Michelle, Billy, and Michael. I find Y&R boring and will not watch it anymore. Just waiting to see where Billy Miller and Michael Muhney end up.

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  11. Dee says:

    Anybody that believes anything Branco says needs to have their head checked. He likes to stir the pot and if he doesn’t get stories he wants it’s even worse. Even to point of attacking actors kids. Guy is a douche.

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  12. lisa says:

    Christian LeBlanc is too key to Y&R to be dumped, but a great storyline for him built around prostate cancer would be good – it’s very timely,an important issue in mens health…..and November sweeps is right around the corner.
    The men of Y&R could all grow facial hair in support of Movember on Michael`s behalf.

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  13. Elite Advisors says:

    Prostate cancer seems to make some sense as he has had issues lately in the bedroom as they have revealed. I highly doubt he will be killed off, but with JILL you never know…fan loyalty is not in her radar. I think if indeed this is true, it would be a marvelous storyline, and many men recover and live long healthy lives after.

    Laurens storyline a few month back with her false pregnancy, led me to believe they may be writing her into a pre menopause storyline. If written well, it would be another great opportunity for a beautiful woman like herself struggle though the process and the complexities.

    Christian is a great actor, but I have never seen the chemistry between he and Lauren. I see the deep love, but the physical chemistry is not there for me.

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    Sharon replied

    I think it is not the writers this time and we may see Michael off the show at least for awhile while getting treatment for a medical issue in real life, he hasn’t looked healthy for awhile now so I think the show is preparing for him to take some time off to deal with medical issues.

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    bunting replied

    He looked pretty healthy in that bed scene with Lauren. His father did die this past spring, so CLB was back in NO more for his father’s illness and funeral. They were very close.

    Elite Advisors replied

    Aw.. I am sorry if indeed if is ill in real life. I hope that is just a rumor you may have heard. :(

  14. MBmomof3 says:

    Killing off Michael and getting rid of Christian Le Blanc would be so damaging to a show that is barely keeping its current audience. Worst. Idea. Ever. I can think of plenty of “dead” weight they can dump and CLB isn’t one of them! (Although I know he would rock this story.)

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  15. Jodi Marrone says:

    I have said this on numerous occasions that JFP is a murderer when it comes to daytime television. I hope and pray that they don’t terminate the veteran actor he is a consummate actor. Unfortunately we as fans are never heard.

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  16. Mary SF says:

    I thought Michael was just having a delayed reaction to Lauren’s affair, but yeah the cancer story line would definitely be something worth telling especially if were prostate cancer, since it is not one soaps tackle too often. But killing the character off that would be a risky move. I can see JFP doing it, because she has done it on pretty much every soap she’s produced, killed off a beloved legacy character– and it would no doubt add to their Emmy count next year, but to lose yet another one of their best actors– I don’t know if the show could take another big lost. Hopefully reaction to this spoiler will be so negative they will change their minds, but I have a sick feeling this is going to come to pass no matter what fans say.

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  17. CherylP says:

    Christian does deserve a good storyline, that is for sure. But, my favorite show has become such a joke over the past year or so, that I would not be surprised if JFP kills off another favorite character, despite what the fans think. It truly saddens me what she has done to this show. I find myself fast forwarding through a lot of it these days. I’ve been a viewer for 40 + years and it’s the worst it’s ever been :( But kudos and thank you to the veteran actors/characters who have hung in there and still strive to give us a great show, even though they have no control of the lame and often ridiculous storylines.

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  18. bunting says:

    I am all for an emotional story for the Baldwins dealing with an illness for Michael, but if they kill off Michael, this 20 yr viewer will quit, and that is just not a threat. It is bad enough we have all these new characters getting so much airtime, but to kill off a beloved vet would be too much.

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  19. Phil says:

    Not a Y&R fan, but it wouldn’t surprise me if JFP did kill him off….she did it to Maureen Bauer on GL!

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    jaybird369 replied

    Phil…dude…WELL SAID!!!!! Furthermore, unless they’re a FOJ (G-A-G!!!!!), NO character/actor/actress is SAFE. Beyond sad.

    Take care, Phil. Peace.

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  20. Lynda Westlake says:

    I hope Christian’s iconic character Michael Baldwin is not killed off. He is a great actor, plus the fact he is constantly promoting the show via his Twitter and Facebook feeds. He would certainly be up to the task if his character was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He and Tracey (Lauren) have amazing chemistry & I always look forward to their scenes together. Lauren has had much to much tragedy in her life and I will not look forward to her becoming a widow. TOO MUCH GLOOM & DOOM on Y&R in the last few years. If anyone needs to be killed off, it is JFP

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  21. Justin says:

    We’re talking about JFP, of course she’s going to kill off a veteran. That’s what she does. She’s been doing it for decades.

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    Timmm replied

    I dont understand why a CBS exec doesnt stop this insanity! Doesnt Phillips have a boss? Dont they realize how much Jill’s decisions have pissed off the fan base?

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  22. Dalton says:

    JFP needs to leave the show before we are going to the funeral of The Young and Restless. The story lines are awful and she is running off some wonderful actors. JFP go away!

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  23. Nikki says:

    Because we all know Jill Farren Phelps NEVER kills off beloved, legacy characters.

    LOL.

    I’m, quite frankly, shocked that any of the legacy cast members are still standing with JFP there. It wouldn’t shock me if she killed off Michael. Maybe she’d put Lauren with her favorite pet Dylan (Steve Burton). As for Emmy winners, JFP only cares about the Emmys SHE wins, not cast members.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Nikki…girlfriend…I GET and I L-O-V-E the sarcasm of the first sentence of your posting!!!!! WELL SAID…PERIOD!!!!! Thanks, Nikki. Take care.

    A-C-E-S!!!!!

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  24. su0000 says:

    Y&R is about dying, illness, death..
    So yah.. Michael will have cancer and we will watch him die.
    Most all core character have something wrong with them..

    Nikki is an alcoholic and has MS
    Neil is an alcoholic and is blind
    Sharon is Bi-Polar
    Jack is drugie alcoholic
    Dylan has PSTD
    Paul near died and has a transplant
    Phyllis is in coma
    Victoria will lose the baby, no doubt
    And– those stories go on for a year..

    Nobody is dying nor has a deadly illness on GH..
    If whomever leaves they go to prison or usually get shot no body found or go to Sweden…
    to die on GH is fast and clean..
    Alice had a transplant but it was not a sobby depressing story.. and she got the heart of a cruel mobster heh..

    Anyways, with Y&R.. Michael dying after a year fight with cancer is most likely end story…
    That is Y&R writing of drama for a big story=death

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    Sand replied

    I 2nd this ENTIRE POST!!!! – this is exactly what was happening at GH before that ghastly Frons regime left GH…….*with them throwing names in hats and drawing at midnight to see who gets to walk through the door of death next*

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  25. Phil says:

    He should be diagnosed with prostate cancer and proceed to treatment.

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  26. sharon says:

    I really hope they are not planning on killing Michael, there has been too much going of veteran actors/actresses in this show. I am hoping Michael just has low restrooms which makes men very tired and can effect their sex drive.

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  27. George says:

    Kill off Michael already he’s overrated !

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  28. Richelle says:

    Michael & Lauren a challenge like cancer would be an awesome story line. But I beg you not to kill him off! I love Michael!!

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  29. Barbara Parsons says:

    Yes from what has been said I firmely believe that is true, kill him off or if he cant have sex then he wil leave Lauren to free her up even though she will not want him to leave but that would still split them up.

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  30. TorontoTom says:

    Could Michael Baldwin FINALLY be coming out of the closet???

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    Izabel replied

    Omg .. Never thought of that, woulld be cool!

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  31. Lew S. says:

    If that happens, then I am done with Y&R!

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  32. Sandra Bridges says:

    I follow him and he is all about the show. If they do that it’s gonna make all of the over 22,000 FB members in ky group really angry!

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    bunting replied

    They don’t have a more loyal actor than CLB. If they fire him by killing off Michael, the message would be clear. We have no loyalty to the actors who made the show a success, so my answer would be, why should I be loyal to Y&R anymore? I watch for my vets, not all their new hires.

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  33. mike says:

    Anything can happen in a train wreck, and that’s what this show has become.

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  34. Lee says:

    If they kill off Michael, that would be the end of Lauren. Look at poor Jill. She has neen in the backseat for years now, popping up sporadically. The soap is a shadow of itself.

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  35. Deb says:

    This show lost it when the got rid of Michael, Muhney and let Michelle Stafford and Billy Miller get through their hands. Wouldn’t surprise me. JFP ruined General Hospital, and now with her gone, it’s great. She is doing the same thing to Y&R!

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  36. damien says:

    if michael becomes ill maybe lauren will get lonely and stud muffin carmine can return to heat up laurens bed and our screen?

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  37. David says:

    I am neither a JFP hater or aficianado but at least her reign has brought Cynthia Watros then Cady McClain, and some other great soap actors into the fray. Mishael Morgan? Not so much. I think Michael will have prostate cancer as well. They need to give Jill a chance to become the new grand dame and have Mariah become her p.a. and then steal Collin from her. The night of their divorcea drunken Jill can wreck the car and Collin will die having with a baby boy inside her and….JUST KIDDING

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    Mary SF replied

    Actually, at this point rehashing Bill Bell’s stories might be a step up for the writing team.

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  38. Maggie says:

    Please please please keep Christian Leblanc. I think a story line of Prostate Cancer would be great, along with the ups and downs of it as so many men have a difficult time dealing and excepting it.
    So tired of people coming and going on the Y&R.

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    su0000 replied

    Perhaps Christian Leblanc wants out..
    Perhaps he said he would not be renewing his contract, so he will be written out..
    I doubt any actor wants to die of old age working with a soap opera..
    sometimes they just want to retire.. People do that, retire..

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    Maggie replied

    This is true, I do understand retiring, moving on to better things and also he could be tired of his character. This is the first I have read of the hint he maybe leaving the show. But then I don’t live and breath soaps like some.
    Yes I know about retiring I am a very active retiree. I did so 10 years ago at age 50.

    Timmm replied

    No. He has too much passion and loves acting. He may be tired of Jill and her BS and just want out of this train wreck. Too young to retire.

  39. Laurel Twist says:

    Great shades of Elvis. It is the fall, and November sweeps and Emmy manipulations are imminent! SMDH! We all know this is probable and likely!

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    Mary SF replied

    ITA– what could top killing off a child? — let me guess killing off a beloved legacy character— yep, seems like poor Michael will joining a unique club of soap characters who were sacrifice for good Emmy clips.

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  40. vinnie says:

    Maybe they are just doing a ED storyline for couples in their 50′s who deal with this

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  41. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Do I think they’re going to kill a veteran off? No.
    Do I think Michael has problems in the bedroom? Yes.

    Blaming JFP is bullshit, and I’m tired of a slandering and libelous comments being made about her. If it’s a longtime coupling, these couples will be the ones affected: Victor/Nikki, Michael/Lauren, Paul/Christine, Nick/Sharon, etc.

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    Timmm replied

    If you go to a restaurant and your food isnt right, you blame the chef not the dishwasher. Same here with Y&R, fans point the finger at her and say hurtful things because this “Restaurant” has her name on it and she is responsible for every plate of food [Story line] that goes out the window or in her case, on TV. Dont shoot the chef, fire her!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    But it’s defamation and libelous claims; they’re wrong, and deceitful. She doesn’t need to be fired, the fans need to shut their mouths and stop wishing Bell would come back from the dead. He’s gone, and never coming back. If Bell Productions felt like CBS/Sony weren’t providing in the best interest of the show, they’d pull the plug and demand her be taken out of the series, but they aren’t. She’s supported and has done wonders for the years of damage Maria did.

  42. Chaz says:

    Maybe they should just change Y&R’s music to “Taps”…….

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    Shirley Noakes replied

    My hubby and I agree.

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    Sand replied

    LMAO! – good idea because it certainly isn’t about the fashion industry anymore

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    Mary SF replied

    LOL– that is too funny, thanks for the laugh.

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  43. Barbara says:

    Hope they don’t kill Michael off. He is a great actor!

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  44. Darlene says:

    Who knows what EP Jill Farren Phelps will do! What do you think is the reason she may start with Christian LeBlanc. Is Greg Rikart next? Could have an indication of JFP being bigoted or something. Will be interesting to read about. I don’t watch that mess if a show since Michael Muhney was let go and then treated so abominably.

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  45. Charlene Hoekman says:

    If it is LeBlanc I will be heart broken forever. He has been one of the main characters in the show.. If it is true I will be very sad and I will hope for the best outcome possible. But in all refardsI hope it us not him, don’t want to loose another character on Y n R, lost too many already for stupid stuff like rumors. Keep well Michael. Love yasince you changed into a good guy.

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  46. Kathy says:

    The only reason I watch this show in the first place is because I love Steve Burton. Although I have become a fan of the show. The dumbest thing JP has done is let Michael M.,& Billy M. go. If she lets Christian L. go I am done!!! Steve this message is for you. I love you but I am telling you when your contract is up there go back to GH, DOOL or any nightime drama.

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  47. susan says:

    Plz don’t let this wonderful amazing actor from our great state of Louisiana b the one to leave the show! Luv u Christian!

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  48. Judi says:

    I just wish he’d take Lauren with him. Those two CHARACTERS are really useless to the show. Have been for years. Don’t need them.

    And for those of you complaining about Y&R in General, and JFP; the soap is still #1 for a reason…it’s the best soap on TV!!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Exactly. JFP and the headwriters are still cleaning up years of damage; the show is in much better condition than it even was last year.

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    bunting replied

    Not according to the ratings. Y&R is Bill Bell’s show. Michael and Lauren are Bill Bell created characters. His vision made this show a success. JFP’s job is to honor that vision not destroy it.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Bunting, Bell is dead. Harsh but true. Ratings are still strong and Y&R is still number one; she can run the show how SHE wants and is told to. Bell is dead, his carnation of the show is GONE and NOT COMING BACK. Please, move on.

    Timmm replied

    THAT is a good point. Michael, the character may have been on the cutting block for some time. Him and Lauren really have no other stories to tell. Same with Jill, her and Colin’s story is terrible, just terrible! Jill is over too!

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  49. dawnhaze says:

    If the writers are trying to free up space, why must they kill off a character like Michael Baldwin (Christian LaBlanc is a great actor who should be used to the fullest not killed off)? He is a very intricate part of Genoa City and at some point they will write themselves into a corner and think…dah! why did I do that? There are multiple characters (not Victor or Nicki because they are mainstays of Y&R and after the lose of Catherine Chancellor they have to have characters like Victor and Nicki, Nick and Sharon, Michael and Loren, Paul and Christine, and Victor and Jack, no matter if they get on your nerves at times or not) like bringing back the character of Phyllis or adding Dillon, another son for Nicki, or keeping said son and his wife or girlfriend, Avery, or whatever she is around since they have a perfectly good attorney with Michael Baldwin. Why bring back Adam Newman? He’s been gone and I haven’t missed him. Why is it when soaps show a little drop in viewers they instantly start chopping central characters instead of fixing what’s wrong. Take a tip from viewers and do away from the characters that sap up the story time with their boring lives and let the central characters give the show a boost. If they must do a cancer storyline, can’t they figure a way of curing the patient. Too many cancer patients out there in viewersland would like to see cures…not death…and certainly not of one of their favorite characters.

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  50. wolfsmistress says:

    JFP has been trying to break up Lauren & Michael for over a year already, considering she had Lauren have the affair with Carmine, which fans were so upset about the writers had to reconcile the couple.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if JFP had Passanante or Altman give Michael prostrate cancer, which would explain his not being able to “perform” during sex, and his being tired and such. Hopefully it will be a “you can be cured and lead a good life” story rather than a “Michael’s gonna die” story. Many men have had prostrate cancer and lived, but knowing Y&R and their “doom & gloom” strategy lately, they’ll end up either killing Michael off or destroying the marriage (again).

    Well, if they do, it gives me yet another reason to not enjoy the newbies (which I don’t already) and be bored to tears (as I was during yesterday’s show barring the Mariah and Sharon stuff – to a point) on a daily basis. It’s sad that, after nearly 40 years of faithful watching, I’m actually talking AGAINST the show these days. What HAS my beloved soap come to?
    wolfy

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  51. Heidi says:

    Micheal having some sort of male cancer(testicular/prostate) that affected him sexually would be a great story. His self esteem would be affected and his wife is a known horn-dog that has cheated on him and her other spouses so imagine the drama there . CLB is an AMAZING actor and could do the story justice but I’d like Michael to survive the illness.

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    su0000 replied

    I’m tired of Y&R depressing long stories..
    Y&R offers no fun no suspense or surprises, it is all depressing stuff..
    Dead or near death dying, blind, MS, alcoholics/druggie problems etc etc..
    Y&R is depressing, boring using death, dying and health problems for its’ drama….
    they have to change course or Y&R will fall ..

    ((Y&R has not a whisper humor

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    Timmm replied

    Its like they used to say when newspapers were relevant, bad news sells, good news is for church. You have to keep dealing with dark issues or fans will get bored and change the channel.

  52. Helen Schneider says:

    I think that they are going to say that Michael has prostate cancer. You don’t have to die from that cancer.

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  53. Colleen says:

    They could be leading to a low testosterone story line. That is all the symptoms and in addition he would be very explosive and at times scary

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  54. Jamesj75 says:

    Silly me. I thought it was simply a case of ED (erectile dysfunction), whereby Michael would simply get a prescription and be done with it. And Lauren could smile again… :)

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    jaybird369 replied

    James…dude, I was thinking the exact same thing. Oh, those soaps!!!!! Whatever.

    Take care, dude. Peace.

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    jaybird369 replied

    James…I wonder…I wonder if any of the soaps (past and/or present) ever did a storyline about ED (erectile dysfunction)??? Either they haven’t or if they have…I don’t remember. Dude…I feel SO LOST on this one…LOL!!!!! Yep.

    Have a good one, James.

    A-C-E-S!!!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Its actually been hinted at and i think it was in the 60s or 70s…a male character and his lady friend were making out behind a couch…the actor got up and said he had been ‘cured’…so it sounds to me it was E.D. he was talking about…lol…i had googled some actors from soaps and he mentioned this…i forgot who…does anybody know!!!

  55. Timmm says:

    JFP or one of hr cronies planted this story. It may happen BUT how do we take attention away from Billy, Adam, Phyllis, Chloe, and Kay, oh will fire up the fans and leak that we are “Killing” off Michael. BS!

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  56. Gia says:

    It seems to me that the powers that be literally want to destroy this show. Does CBS want Y&R off the air?

    Does CBS feel that they are spending too much money???

    Does CBS feel that we need yet another talk, cooking or game show???

    JFP is known for for getting rid of people and shows.

    Remember Another World???

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    jaybird369 replied

    Gia…y-e-s…thank you!!!!! And…let’s not forget General Hospital, Guiding Light, One Life To Live and Santa Barbara…4 other soaps that you-know-who damn near RUINED back then!!!!! Yep.

    Take care, Gia. XOXOXOXOXO

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  57. Cheri Spicer says:

    If JFP kills him off, I will never, ever watch that show again. I have watched faithfully since the day it debuted and in the past year, she has done more damage than occurred at Chernobyl. He is outstanding, true and one of the only actual actors left in the genre. Make him ill and let him play the heck out of that process, BUT DO NOT KILL HIM!

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  58. STORM says:

    I hope they dont kill off Le Blanc.. An emotional story line could work
    their are so many other dead beats of this soap that they could easily rid and make my and many other views day
    Neil Winters Lily Winters ugh

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    Patience Dephazio replied

    The only veteran character I would like to see killed is Lily Winters Ashby. Christel Khalile is dead weight and her services should no longer be needed.

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  59. Antonio says:

    I pray this woman and the powers may be dont kill off Michael. This would be very bad for the ratings of the show. I hate the fueding with Adam and Victor. Why can’t Adam and Jacks son start a fued and be the next generation Newman vs. Abbott that what the viewers want to see and if they do have Michael have cancer they do not need to kill him off the show. I think these writers are losing there mind why cant it be Kevin that has the cancer he needs a good story line. Hell why cant Neil Winters new wife have cancer

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  60. Jan says:

    Don’t kill off Christian LeBlanc! We love The Michael character. For heaven’s sake, get rid of the producer that is killing this show. How many more good actors can be taken off this show before it totally ruins it? The writing has changed so much and is not as good as before and most of the time it is a real snooze fest. Y&R is not as good as it used to be and that is an opinion of a 38 year fan.

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  61. sharon says:

    I THINK they are going to give him some kind of sickness but he will get better I would be so very sad if he were to leave have loved him since he first came on gay or straight he is a very very good actor…I loved MM too and BM but the show is something I love and will continue to watch til they cancel it……love you Y & R

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  62. Jaime says:

    No longer matters. I don’t watch soaps with JFP as producer. I knew Y&R was a goner the moment she arrived and fired superb actors in order to bring on her old buddy Burton who is a dreary and one note an actor as is having burnt toast.

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  63. Sandy J says:

    Just to be clear: it isn’t Christian Leblanc that may or may not be killed off by TPTB, it will be the character of Michael Baldwin. However, I hope someone is just writing a storyline that will showcase Christian’s abundant talent, and not a farewell scenario.

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  64. Jeanie says:

    Please do not break up the one and only couple on Y & R that has been together forever. Why can’t soap opera’s have at least one couple that stay together. If CBS needs to save money, let Gloria, Colin, Jeff, Stitch, Kelly and of course JFP go. JFP is the one who has ruined the show with all her firings of good people. Since we’ve lost Billy, Adam, Chloe and Phyllis…the show has not been the same. Please listen to the fans for a change and leave the main characters alone. Michael Baldwin deserves to stay. Y & R would definitely not be the same without him and Luaren together.

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  65. Don says:

    Hope that she wouldn’t kill off michael it would be bad for the show.

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  66. Cathy Hill says:

    Is Christian LaBlanc sick in real life too?

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  67. Karissa says:

    JFP needs to be fired!!! She is starting to make Y&R circle the drain with its fans. JFP obviously has a personal agenda, otherwise why would she allow actors leaves roles that fans absolutely enjoy watching playing that role. Michelle Stafford OWNED the role of Phyllis. Michael Muhney was the perfect Adam. This cat and mouse game with his character is a clear sign that JFP realized the error in firing Michael Muhney and she is scrambling to fix the error without admitting that she made a mistake. Something needs to be done about JFP before she totally dismantles and destroys a show that has captured the love of generations of fans!!!!

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  68. sassy says:

    they won’t kill michael off. he will soon realize he is gay and leave gc and partner with raef

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  69. Yolande Dyers says:

    I’m sick of the soaps always portraying that marriage is not sustainable. I realize it’s a soap, but come on it’s getting tiresome.

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  70. Anne Marie Lehn says:

    I hope they do NOT kill of Michael Baldwin off. Christian has been part of our lives and a big part of the show. Perhaps an illness with a informative story line would be better. Y&R has always had medical topics that have been informative to the public. I hope this is the case rather than letting him go. PLEASE DO NOT KILL THE CHARACTER OF MICHAEL BALDWIN, Mr. Bell!!

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  71. Jan says:

    I hope not. I hope that witch June Phelps doesn’t kill off Michael Baldwin to prostate cancer as the story line looks like he is going to have it. That would upset me tremendously, personally, because my husband is living with prostate cancer. And it doesn’t have to kill a young person of Michael’s age. Someone should remove June from being involved with the show. The story lines used to be so much better before she came to the Y & R. I hate what she did with Billy and Ada. Now Michael?

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  72. Asenath says:

    If you want to send the Young and Restless to its doom, killing off Christian Leblanc’s character “Michael Baldwin” is the way to go! I feel that Y&R has lost enough characters. First Catherine, which sadly could not be prevented, Phyllis, Chloe and now Micheal? Are you trying to end the program?

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  73. Dianne Williams says:

    This is the last draw. Killing Michael Baldwin off will finally stop me from watching. I have watchedsince 1973. I hhope others follower and maybe the producers will listen to the fans. We don’t seem to matter.

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  74. jen proulx says:

    i do not think they should take christian leblanc out at all i like him in his character on the show i will not watch the show anymore.

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  75. Long time. Y&R. fan! says:

    They are fireing all thier best actors. This show is going down hill fast .. the new Billy sucks, the new Phyllis doest even have red hair, the show sucks without Adam. I have watched this show for 20+ years. It is the worst its ever been.

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  76. LINDA GROOMS says:

    I love the actor who plays Michael. He and the actor who plays Jack show true enotion
    that bring you into what they are suppose to be feeling. I don’t wsnt to see the Michael character killed off.

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  77. Nico says:

    Stop sending all the good ones away. Loosing or changing so many characters is not pleasant for people watching. We do not want to see actors like Christian Leblanc leave or be replaced. I’m also sad to see that the old Adam and Phylis aren’t coming back. What is this a switch aroo game? We keep wondering who will be the next replacement and its no fun when you change. I like all the old actors except maybe one and miss a lot of the good ones that are gone. Lately there are to many changes in the actors or I should say for a while now. Leave him as his and please a big no to making him gay.

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  78. joan says:

    I THINK THEY SHOULD LEAVE Michael alone and get rid of Heather and Summer, or at least get some better actors. For Pete’s sake could we just get done with the Victoria drama!! I for one am so over this pregnancy , seems like it’s been a year for this story line.

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  79. barbara says:

    i agree with every comment don’t kill off Michael i have watch this show for over 40yr i will stop watching and i think they will be a lot of fans that will do the same you are going to give the number one show to general hospital.should have kept Billy Miller worked something out.get back the writing team that Mr William Bell wanted this show to be

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  80. Lynda says:

    Let’s see – they’ve taken Phyllis, Adam, Billy and now Michael? What are they thinking? If they take Michael – they may as well end the soap. I agree with the comments above – the new Billy sucks – I’ll give the new Phyllis a week or so. Summer needs to go – so does Kelly…oh and Ben. Dying from testicular cancer – that’s a very treatable cancer now days.

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  81. Pamela Murphy says:

    Who ever is running things with the show has made some terrible mistakes just like getting rid of Billy and Phyllis, it won’t surprise me if they were to get rid of Michael. I have watched this soap from the beginning but with all these changes I think I may quit and start watching General Hospiital since that’s where all the good one’s have gone.

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  82. taylor says:

    Agreed! !!!

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  83. Liz says:

    I hope that they will not kill off Michael Baldwin’s character, it would hurt the storyline, making him ill will give him a good storyline. When Delia was killed it hurt the story, so don’t make that mistake with Michael’s character.

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  84. Deb says:

    NOooooooo don’t kill Michael!!!! He and Lauren are the only two constants on the show !

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  85. Vicky Zelenka says:

    Well why doesn’t someone with two brain cells do something about JFP? She is killing this show yet no one cares. I stopped watching after the MM fiasco but still hate to see CLB get booted. If he is sick then give Jim time off but don’t kill off his character. JFP obviously likes to irr

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  86. Ruthann says:

    I think the storyline of prostate cancer is a great idea, especially in Movember… prostate cancer awareness month.

    Seeing Michael go through the events will bring to light the trials and tribulations a man has when faced with a possible prostectomy. If it comes to pass, enlightening folks on the “bedroom issues” and how they are dealt with is a real coup for the writers. Many men live healthy lives afterwards, however some lives have been shortened. This will give the writers and the actor time to decide if death on the show is a good idea.

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  87. Jacquelyn says:

    Michael Baldwin is a key player in this soap. He has millions of followers who appreciate his talent and I am sure he attracts new followers every day. There are enough mediocre actors to go around – either axe one of them or stop bringing in so much new unproven talent. Killing off Michael Baldwin’s character would be a huge mistake – give him a real life, relateable story line that millions can identify with. He will do a splendid job – just think of the intolerable suffering – survival story this will make. It will definitely blur the line between a reality show and a fluffy soap. That is what viewers want and they also want Christian LeBlanc. The changes to this show have been many in a short period of time and I am afraid that Ms. Phelps is doing it nor the viewers any favours.

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  88. Bernie says:

    If “she’ gets rid of Michael a lot of fans will be leaving the Young and the Restless.
    Too many changes and the same plots over and over again. People can sense what is happening . …and what will happen. . Hope Michael stays on.

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  89. Jolene Beth Morgan says:

    I agree that we long time Y&R fans have been in a perpetual state of mourning for over a year now! We lost our beloved Jeanne Cooper, Michelle Stafford, the great Billy Miller, Michael Muhney ( not so beloved), and now we may lose the wonderful actor Christian Le Blanc. In an ever changing world, it was always nice to know that the great actors of Y&R ( who have become so dear to us all) would always remain on the show. Just like the great Eric Braeden, MTS, Joshua Morrow, Kristoff St. John, Sharon Case and so many others. And now Christian Le Blanc might be leaving, how much more instability can we loyal fans take? We all love Y&R, when a program is perfect for so many years, leave it alone, allow it to remain Perfect!!

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  90. marlene says:

    It would really sock if the kill off Michael…..

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    marlene replied

    Typo ” they”

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  91. Melanie alewine says:

    Genoa City, as well as Y&R viewers need Micheal Baldwin. His character has evolved from misunderstood , and yes, somewhat a long ago villain into this caring and loving character. I understand he has real health issues, and pray that Gods will be done…but his character does not need to die….nobody will truly be able to ever fill his shoes……take a leave of absence……would we allow Victor or Jack to just die……..of course not….just as you did with Katherine……when these characters die in real life…..yes…….besides…..Lauren would never be same….and neither would I……prayers to you Christian

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  92. Christine Capehart says:

    Please do not kill Michael off the show. It is bad enough our icon star has past on in real life. It is not going to be the same. I am 62 and I have been watching Y&R every since I have been old enough to watch it. If you kill any body off let it be Victor. I know it is only TV but Victor is an A-hole. He is so cocky.

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