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84 November 2nd, 2016 Judith Chapman Returning To The Young and the Restless!

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Looks like new Y&R head writer, Sally Sussman is making some choices to return some familiar faces to the number one daytime drama series.

TV Insider is reporting that fan favorite Judith Chapman is on her way back in December as Gloria Bardwell, the mother of Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and Michael (Christian LeBlanc)! According to a Y&R rep, Gloria returns to Genoa City without warning on Christmas Eve in an episode airing Wednesday, December 21st.

In her interview on her upcoming arrival, Chapman related: “I can tell you that Gloria wants to be reunited with her sons. She has always been led by her heart. That’s why she followed Jeffrey to the ends of the Earth, but it’s time to be with her boys, especially because it’s Christmas. And, of course, Gloria will have the perfect dramatic entrance. She just shows up. Unannounced. Uninvited. Maybe unwelcome.”

So, are you excited to see Gloria after a 21-month absence from Genoa City?  What do you think Gloria is really coming back for her?  Is it just a Christmastime visit, or could there be anything more to it?  Comment below!

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  1. JK says:

    TERRIFIC……HOPE SHE STAYS AND BECOMES A MAJOR PLAYER…..CHANGE!!!!!!

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    davlestev1 replied

    sally sussman loves her…mal young underxtands the true heart of this genre…thatd why tracy abbot is coming to..in england cougars aten’t cougars they are gorgeous older women who don’t chase but get chased…and every star isn’t a double zero dress size..hello hevah eastenders…linda henry isn’t drop dead gorgeous but what a powerhouse must see actress as shirley carter…phil mitchell is bald pot bellied and hugely popular..ditto ian but he was a cutie in the 80′s…gail on corrie looks like a sparrow but you love her…PEOPLE HE GETS IT…welcome back gloria and tracy

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    nancy replied

    I totally agree!!!!

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  2. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    GLORIA! HALLELUJAH!…lol

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    Patrick replied

    one of the best Laughing out loud… roar I’ve had in a long time

    can’t help but smile

    Gloria is coming home

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  3. Mark Y says:

    Excellent. A true soap diva.

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  4. Iakovos says:

    Am stoked. Ms. Chapman is a daytime drama powerhouse. I cannot say I have enjoyed all the plot points surrounding this family but Gloria does need to be with her sons, especially when they are played by Mr. LeBlanc and Mr. Rikaart. This is a family thread to repair and develop as you can connect Lauren, Jill, Marisa and more.

    Thank you for this news today! I sense we will be hearing more positive dispatches that make Y&R legacy viewers very happy indeed.

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    Patrick replied

    FAN’tastic post

    RIGHT ON … to the Bardwell

    NICE

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  5. Celia says:

    Yeeees!!!! C’mon, Gloria….start kicking some arse!!!! Protect your sons: krvin from Chloe and Zmuchsel from Victor.
    Show us what you are made of!!
    Oh, yeah, WELCOME back. You have been missed.

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    Celia replied

    Oh, my gosh….should read; Kevin and Michael.
    I hope Gloria is back for good. I never tire of her fashion-sense and antics. She will bring some fun to an otherwise glum atmosphere.
    Perhaps she will see right through Chloe, as she slips up where Adam’s desth is concerned.

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    Patrick replied

    THIS is the biggie !

    “…She will bring some fun to an otherwise glum atmosphere. ”

    Yes, indeed

    Patrick replied

    “…start kicking some arse!!!! ”

    NOW

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    Celia replied

    Thank you, Patrick.

  6. Patrick says:

    let the festivities begin

    Judith Chapman is a whole – new – show

    the allure, decadent, partay … well.. she’s dynasty

    Gloria Baldwell and – HER – sons

    hell hath no fury

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    Celia replied

    Right on, Patrick. Just look at that pose. Hand on hip. Chin up in defiance….” Go ahead; make my day”! ……love it! Can’t mess with Gloria.

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  7. damien says:

    good to hear sally will be respecting y n r history and bring back fan faves…hope to see soon some more:
    Olivia
    Malcolm
    Nina
    Avery
    Tracy
    JT
    ..

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    Ghlover replied

    I liked Avery but she and JT are not legacy characters.

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    Dylan replied

    True! Neither is Gloria. She is good fun in limited doses.

    Jill Marie replied

    Avery is most indeed a legacy character. The actress has been around since forever and is now playing her dead sister’s twin.

    Jill Marie replied

    Ooops, my bad. I blanked out and was thinking of Mariah, not Avery.
    My apologies.

  8. Timmm says:

    ALREADY the new writers are shinning a light on a dark period! YES, bring back Gloria and Jeff. They both have family in town. I would try and have Jeff bond [Scheme] with Kevin. Those two are great together! Have them open a new restaurant and hire Miriah! Gloria would either lover her or hate her! Budget problems? Drop Stitch, Patty is done and Dylan is leaving.

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    Ron replied

    Have Kevin re-open Gina’s place (the one he burned down!) Would love to see Gina back! The show needs a diva lounge singer!

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    Timmm replied

    Yes. We need a place where Kevin, Michael, Gloria, Jeff and Lauren can hang out.

    kevin replied

    I so agree with you Ron…I missed Patty Weaver as Gina, she is a fantastic singer.

  9. Mo says:

    YAY! Great news. Gloria is who got me hooked on the show.

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  10. davlestev1 says:

    Welcome back diva…hopefully you’ll target Jill in a fun story. Missing two catty old things going at it

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I agree. Jill and Gloria going at it was always terrific.

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  11. holly says:

    Very exciting news. Love Gloria!

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  12. Claudio says:

    This is terrific news,. I said this many times on this site. Please bring back Judith. She is a wonderful actress and please sign her to a contract. I love Gloria. Now bring back kimberlin Brown as Sheila Carter. I miss Sheila Carter so much.

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  13. clh says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! About time!

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  14. Darren says:

    Wow this is wonderful news. I am so Happy Judith Chapman is coming back to Y&R, also Beth Maitland is coming back to Y&R as Traci in late November. Judith and Beth can act and are both lovely classy ladies.

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I didn’t hear about Beth Maitland. I was happy about Judith Chapman, now I’m doubly happy. Two of my favorites. I hope they are here long term and not just for the holidays. But I’ll take whatever I can get. Maybe we’ll get to see more of Lauren as well. Bring Michael and his family front and center for a bit. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL

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    Patrick replied

    quote, taken, from soapcentral.com

    “Traci has her bucket, her mop and her disinfectant and she’s ready to clean up the mess created by her rich, entitled, ridiculously emotional siblings who overreact to everything,” the actress told TV Insider of her return, which will take place on Thursday, November 17. “These people need to sort things out and love each other, and Traci is the person to make it happen.”

    yes… it’s a very good cry… It’s the Abbotts

    Patrick replied

    i’m going to cry… Beth Maitland returns

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I opecthar is a happy cry Patrick. Either way I would still give you some tissues if I could. Happy viewing

  15. Dinah says:

    Sally Sussman called Judith Chapman, to come back to Y&R. Bravo to you Sally. I love love Judith so much. Judith is a very talented actress. Welcome back Gloria. Now it’s time to bring back Dina Abbott, cast Elizabeth Hubbard ex Lucinda Walsh ATWT. That would make my day.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    i once said Liz as Dina too..another choice would be Judith McConnell

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    Mark Y replied

    Victoria Wyndham

    Ghlover replied

    What about Linda Dano?

    soapqueenforever replied

    Elizabeth Hubbard would be a wonderful Dina. Classic soap opera diva at her best

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    Dylan replied

    Yikes! Guys…most of those women are Peter Bergman’s contemporaries! Remember…he was playing a doctor in tbe 70′s!. Liz Hubbard probably closest to age range. I have been watching vintage Santa Barbara lately……and I love love love Judith McConnell. But…is Dina really important to the plot??

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    Iakovos replied

    I would love to see Dina Abbott return, even if only recurring. I think there is unfinished business between her and Ashley, yes? I want to see the Abbott family recover and renew from all that has been done to them. This is all too good to be true! I have not enjoyed speculation and anticipation is such a long time!

    And yes to Judith Chapman. She and Jill could be wonderful frenemies!

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    Ron replied

    I would love Dina back– maybe it would give Ashley MORE story.

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    soapqueenforever replied

    YES to more of Ashley. Here is a prime example of a legacy who is right before our eyes and is not being used to her full potential. She deserves more story than talking to Abby and Stitch about their failed (thank god) marriage. The same goes for Lauren, who has been doing nothing more lately than listening to her husband cry over his job. Don’t get me wrong I have forever loved Michael and Lauren, but I say get rid of the GCB crap and give Lauren and Michael, not to mention Ashley some nice juicy stories they can sink their wonderful acting chops in

  16. mike says:

    It’s about time.

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    Jill Marie replied

    Indeed. Hello Dolly!

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  17. George says:

    Yay!!:))))))))

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  18. Billy says:

    Very happy to hear this news, Gloria needs a juicy storyline. Gloria can have an affair with Jack Abbott. That would ruffle the feathers of Phyllis. Lol.

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    Celia replied

    Yes, Billy. Gloria and Jack. Very age comparable. (Same age).
    No dilettante here. What a great idea, Billy!
    Now she can be the dowager ‘queen’ at Maison Abbott again. Let’s go full circle. From father to son. LOL. This is so typical for Y&R….why not?

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  19. jeanine girard says:

    Wonderful news!! Keep these fantastic characters we haven’t seen in a while BACK to GC!! Gloria may be many things but she is never boring!
    Can we have a soap draft and trade some of the classic, engaging characters like Gloria for the wooden lame ones?!?! (no names mentioned, but really…)

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    Patrick replied

    “… Gloria may be many things but she is never boring! ”

    class act, right

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    Nikki replied

    Hi Patrick I also read that Traci Abbott is on her way back to Y&R. Maybe we’ll get lucky and she’ll stay this time. We may even find out what really happened to her & Steven.

  20. Diana says:

    It’s about time!!!!! Love Gloria! Please give her a storyline and let her stay!

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  21. Manuel says:

    This is really great news !!!

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  22. PennySoap says:

    WONDERFUL!!!

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  23. Judith says:

    I am so happy to hear this news! It’s about time! I agree with Timmm. Drop Stitch, a Patty is done and Dylan is leaving. Keep Ms. Chapman. I miss her character and the interaction with her sons.

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  24. Dorothy Fairclough says:

    Wonderful.hope is on to stay

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  25. Trish says:

    ‘Bout time. Love her.

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  26. randy says:

    oh my 1rst beth maitland now judith next u will be telling us micheal muhney is back as adam,,ooooooooohhhhh somebody pinch me,,

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    Patrick replied

    I get, high, too

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    Patrick replied

    ??? my disclaimer… I enjoyed the WORLD SERIES – last night

    Chardonnay.

    Peace

  27. Jonathan Williams says:

    Great news!!!

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  28. Paul says:

    Judith Chapman is one of the best actors on daytime and even nighttime. If Jill is going to play matchmaker than we need Gloria back to add “Bitchy catty sarcastic” comments where ever she passes.

    I hope this is not just a Xmas visit but a return to the soap.lets have her run one of the two always empty restaurants in town.

    WELCOME BACK TO THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFULLY WONDERFUL Judith to our show! So excited!

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    Patrick replied

    “…comments where ever she passes. ”

    she stinks, right on you

    pass

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    Patrick replied

    Gloria Bardwell is thee amazing treat

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  29. Barbara from Atlanta says:

    This is FANTASTIC news. I pray that it is for an on-going basis, not just a measly 1 or 2 day appearance!

    For the first time in a DECADE, I’m actually looking forward to the show again. It has been a LONG time.

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  30. su0000 says:

    Question asked—–
    ”’So, are you excited to see Gloria after a 21-month absence from Genoa City? ”

    Answer—-
    No

    Don’t throw shoes at me but that character is far from my liking..

    happy for all that can like the character, enjoy .

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    Addison replied

    Oh just when I was starting to like you.

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    su0000 replied

    hi Addison ..
    It’s ok. Your’er still my BFF … lol

  31. James R. Poissant says:

    Judith is another of those women on soaps who is a class act and in a category all her own. Her acting chops always leave me wanting more because she is just so powerful with anything she’s given to play and I’m not just talking about her work on Y&R either. I am very happy she ill be back on my screen!!!

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    Patrick replied

    she’s amazing…

    I remember watching her on General Hospital

    I kept thinking… how is it that she’s married to Rick Webber , after Leslie

    yet.. she directed… melded and fine tuned her

    what a powerhouse.. as you put it

    long live Gloria… she’s back where she belongs

    The Bardwell Family is simmering… frothing.. lusting.. belonging

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I loved he from her GH days as well. A classic soap actress returns to the fold

    Jamesj75 replied

    From one James to another:

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Judith was on ATWT and mesmerizing fans even back then!

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    James R. Poissant replied

    I knew about that and I think she was on Ryan’s Hope as well. I didn’t know her until she played Ginny on GH. I wonder if Ted Shackelford will follow her back as Jeffrey?

    Jamesj75 replied

    Thanks for your reply, James! Yes, we’ll see if Shackelford follows Chapman back to the show. You are absolutely correct about Chapman being “in a category all her own.”

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  32. Nanci says:

    Yay! So happy to hear this! Have missed her and hoped she would
    return. Will be great to have her finally back in GC.

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  33. soapqueenforever says:

    Yes Paul. I loved when she was running Gloworm. She was such in her element during that time. If I am remembering correctly, in the beginning when Chole and Chelsea first started the business I think Gloria was working with them for a brief moment. Remember she is Chelsea’s stepmother, provided if she is still married to Jeffrey Bardwell. And if they are stiil married I am hoping they bring back Ted Shackelford. I think he and Greg Rikaart 2ould terrifice together

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  34. Violet Lemm says:

    Happy to welcome Gloria back, but sure hope she leaves her husband behind. He us such a sleeze, as bad as Jill’s husband. Two of these moochers is too much.

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  35. toscanti says:

    YES!!!! Awesome news

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  36. Lil' Angel says:

    Hopefully John Abbott will wake up from a coma and the last 10 years will have been a bad dream.

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  37. Peri Levine says:

    This is such good news! I’ve missed Glo and Judith Chapman is daytime royalty to me. It’ll be good to have her back on Y&R.

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  38. Mary SF says:

    It all depends what they do with the character– having her back for a few episodes is not exactly a major story line– nor is having her as recurring and trotting her out whenever they need her to meddle in her boys lives– I like the actress but I am more interested in what they are going to do with the character before I start jumping up and down with glee– same with Tracy— it is the story and how they use the character that is important– and although I am hopeful Sally will bring the goods– soaps are produced differently than they were in her hey day and even with here at the helm of the story telling doesn’t mean the network’s old bait and switch move won’t apply– Bringing in old favorites more like guest stars than making them a part of the fabric is a standard ploy to try to lure in ex viewers– get them hook on the new story and then magically the fan favorite is gone– call me a cynic but I take all these “news” item with a grain of salt until I see the story that backs them up or not.

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  39. Jamesj75 says:

    Wonderful news! Gloria is an interesting, fun character. Judith Chapman is an excellent actress. She deserves frontburner status!

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  40. Tani Sterling says:

    She is a wonderful actor, but I agree with it depends upon the role. Hope the writers don’t do too much too fast.

    Must have missed some episodes because it never was clear to me why Victor knew about Christian’s paternity. As viewers, we knew the potential. Where did Victor step into such information?

    Please stop making Jack so stupid!

    Please don’t destroy Mariah. She is surprisingly solid.

    I feel in neutral about things and am awaiting the new writing. Now the show feels like a salad just beginning to be tossed. Hope it comes together!

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