Some fans of The Young and the Restless have been unhappy with the way that the character of Phyllis Summers Newman is being written-off the CBS soap after her portrayer two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford had decided to leave her soap home after 15 plus years! Michelle’s last air date is tomorrow, August 2nd.
Stafford, who is one of the most respected, popular, and talented performers ever to grace the daytime screens, has embarked on two new ventures right out of the gate since departing Genoa City! In one, she is set to launch her highly anticipated new web series, The Stafford Project on August 5th, and just yesterday, she launched her newly re-imagined website michellestafford.com.
In a new interview out today with Michael Logan from TV Guide Magazine, Michelle clarifies some more for fans that her decision to leave Y&R was not based on the series current executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith, and reveals the basis behind The Stafford Project! Here is an excerpt below:
Michelle on if she felt she was being punished for leaving the series by Jill and Josh by their putting Phyllis in coma: “My going had nothing to do with Jill and Josh. You don’t leave a show you love after 15 years because of one person, or two people. At least I don’t. That just doesn’t make sense. But, if people are pissed, I can see why they might find Jill and Josh an easy target. Nobody should be mad at them. And I am not being punished with the way they wrote out Phyllis! When I spoke to them about my decision to leave, I did say that I thought it would be a mistake to kill Phyllis. And they were very funny about it. “If we say we’re going to kill her, will that make you stay?” [Laughs] A little blackmail! I like that they have kept this role open and I totally support the idea of a recast. Phyllis is way too important of a character to let her go away just because I’m leaving the show. So, no, I’m not being punished.”
So how do you feel watching the final episodes of Michelle as Phyllis? Do you feel cheated as a viewer, that there could have been better way to send Phyllis off the canvas? Do you like that the CBS soap left the door open for a recast, and can bring the character back? Will you be checking out The Stafford Project’s premiere next week? Comment below!