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130 August 1st, 2013 Michelle Stafford Chats On Her Exit From The Young and the Restless & Her New Web Series!

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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!

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  1. Chaz says:

    What a great interview. I have always thought Michelle Stafford would be a great person to hang with in real life. I love her honesty and her humor. She knows she is taking a chance, she knows she is facing falling flat but, like Phyllis, she has balls. Gotta give her credit for being a strong, risk taking woman…in her personal life and her career.

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    Judy C. replied

    SOOOOO PISSED! How dare they make Sharon the bad guy in all this mess when Phyllis pushed off Sharon and killed Drucilla off a cliff! Nick also he held a lie no mater what and ruined his marriage to Sharon. Time for Sharon to be happy! This story is really bad what they are doing.

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    Linda Stubbs replied

    I feel the same way. Sharon’s character now is way off. I have been watching since before she and Nick met. She was a strong teenager and very likable. Please let her be wrong about changing the DNA test. The actress might like playing a mixed up character, but as a viewer it is enough to make me stop watching. It is a bad storyline. It happened with Billy and Catherine’s granddaughter when Jill thought she was Catherine’s daughter. Writers, come on! I hate that Phyllis is in a coma now that she is with Jack, the perfect one for her personality.

    Gigi replied

    I just hate to see Sharon get away with it…. I’m tired of Sharon and her pitty party… I liked the fact the it seamed like Phyllis was on the right track with Jack…

    Matt D. replied

    I am not upset to see MS leave for better things just very upset they had to make Sharon the one to do this. Sharon has been through way to much. Enough! Hey maybe we can now finally have our Victoria Rowell back as drucilla and end this awful rose boring story once and for all. Sharon and Dru are the best characters.

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    Suszette replied

    I am furious that MS left the show. Been watching the Young and the Restless since day 1. Now retired and try not to miss an episode. I had heard that Michelle adopted a child and thought her absence was related to her adopting another child. She is an intricate part of the show and I would look forward to seeing her character. Hopefully she will return to the show.

    diana replied

    I am retired but have been watching Y&R for years. Of all the soap operas this has been my favorite. OKay, about Phyllis, it was a great turn of events of her going in a coma after she finds out that Sharon switched the DNA. But come on, how long are we going to wait for that poor child to find out that Nick is really her real dad!! I am with you Suszette about bring Dru back. She was never found and what a better way to let Phyllis leave and let another character that we loved return. Yes, Sharon has had too many bad story lines, she needs her friend to return when the truth comes out. Please let this happen before christmas! Oh, I am not happy with the break up of Chelesa and Dillon either, come on, she deserved a good man. They were great for each other.

    mary replied

    Victoria Rowell was let go because of political view points,that might have caused some serious backlash from viewers. I understand her plight,however she seemed to be pushing an agenda on her cast mates,so it was rumored.I believe in many causes,and I fight for them,but when you’re in the public eye,it’s a whole other ballgame.I don’t see he returning at all,but who knows??? I loved her as Dru..

    Judy replied

    The worst part was making poor Sharon be the bad one in all this. Phyllis is no saint she should of been locked up long ago. I really lost all patience with Y&R’s new writing. Sharon is a great character and why make her be involved in Phyllis’s karma . Sharon be happy and move on with a hot young man now. Adam should be happy and marry you!

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    Mad/hatter replied

    After just now watching MS swan song what a complete joke and if I was Sharon Case I would be dusting off my resume because they are going to run you out of there next. I know what MS is saying and I respect her for not going around bitching like VR did but JFP so did her wrong and Sharon Case just to protect Joshua Morrow her other golden boy besides Steve Burton. The exit story was so stupid I could hardly get through it and MS looked like she was going to open her eyes at any moment and say are you kidding me after 15 years this is what I get. Good luck with your project and I hope soon you can say stuff it to JFP. Also did everybody notice she was not in any of the credits for her last week now please tell me again how this new regime is not out to get the veterans especially the women.

    No happy camper replied

    Im so sad to see Michelle go! She is a great actress. I hope they recast with another strong character just like her! I know everyone moves on but I loved her on the show. I hate people ragging on her. She’s more of a next to normal person in real life. We all have those thoughts she does n she’s just not scared to do it. Most people are that way. What I’m tired of is Sharons pity character. Sometimes it seems they’ve got her in a good place n then they turn left? I’m so tired of her using nick just like real life women trying to hold on to men for their kids n not letting them move on with other women to be happy! I think she was great with Adam. They were the same.

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  2. Robert says:

    There are just some characters you just cannot recast. Phyllis Newman is one of them. Michelle made this her role so it would be impossible for another actress to try and step in and fill her shoes. It would be like another actress playing Erica Kane if Susan Lucci could not do it or a different actor playing Victor Newman. Forget it, don’t even think about it.

    Hopefully she will return but by the tone of her voice it sounds like Michelle is done with Phyllis. Pity.

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  3. Loretta Singleton says:

    I love Michelle Stafford she is one of the most talented Actress on Y&R she bring so much to the show. I am sad that she is leaving but I am so proud of her in this interview. Phyllis Newman is a top act to follow but if they recast I know they will find someone who will make us proud. Michelle we will miss you so very very much and I wish you nothing but the best in your new project. Stay in touch with us love you Michelle Stafford

    Loretta Singleton

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    Marla replied

    I agree Phyllis is a tough act to follow, and i wish she would come back, this new Phyllis just does not cut it for me, sorry new actor playing Phyllis its just not the same.

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  4. Jenny Brooks says:

    I just hate that the character of Phyllis is leaving with Sharon having gotten the better of her. Truly, you’d think that Phyllis would wake up just one more time, to get the truth out about Sharon. Phyllis never let Sharon win anything!

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    Sharon replied

    I hate that too. Sharon better not get away with it. I find this very frustrating.

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    Gigi replied

    I agree….. She needs to come back at least just to show Sharon who’s boss…..
    I’m sooo tired of Sharon and I hate watching her on the show…. She is played out….

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    HLB replied

    I totally agree….Sharon gets on my nerves, I wish she would come back one last time.

  5. Rob says:

    Im sad she left Y&R but understand the desire to spread your wings. Lets face it, the show is tanking creatively. I dont like how they are writing her off, Phyllis should have gone out with a bang. Phyllis will most likely be recast but those are some mighty big shoes to fill!

    I wish her well and cant wait to see what she’s up to next!

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    kalamaty replied

    I couldn’t agree more! I felt it was a horrible disservice to the history of the character; who we all know to be more cunning than those around her. I was secretly hoping she would wake up and blow Sharon out of the water before slipping back into a coma; a last F___ YOU to Sharon, if you will! I am hopeful that she will come back at some point though, perhaps bitchier and more neurotic like she was back in the day. I can’t dream can’t I? :)

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  6. kalamaty says:

    Wonderful interview; brash, brutally honest, take-no-prisoners…. just how I love my Stafford! I’ll miss her TERRIBLY on YR but am so SO happy to see her light up my screen in a different way, the preview for The Stafford Project looks so GREAT!! I’m already a fan and can’t wait to see her spread her wings and to be on location and on film…… she’s even more beautiful. She is often noted for her intensity on camera, but I think people forget how F—ING FUNNY she is!! Excited to see her explore that side of herself more and can’t wait for the premiere of The Stafford Project on August 5th! Don’t miss it!

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  7. Robert in Jersey City says:

    She could be the next Julianne Moore. Gotta spread your wings at some point.

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    Mary SF replied

    You are right– I really and honestly believe Jeanne Cooper’s passing had a lot to do with her decision to put the character behind her and explore new challenges. JC had a great career before joining Y&R and it was wonderful that she stay with the show until her death. But I think MS was looking at that and thinking at her passing she didn’t want to be just remembered for playing Phyllis Newman on a daytime soap opera. She might flop or she might soar, but like so many said it takes a certain amount of balls to leave a cozy gig and good money for the unknown.

    If they do recast Phyllis, which is likely at some point, the brain injury would explain any difference in personality. The NuPhyllis wouldn’t have to be or try to be like MS portrayal at all. So she will be miss, but I think JC would be damn proud of her for going for it.

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  8. Diann Pennick says:

    Michelle you have graced us with your chamelian acting. Your character potrayals ad made us the viewers and fans full of laughter, angry, and sad. I had ven given you code names for how I seen you in certain scenes. Like when you played the crazies I called you Dr.Jeykell & Mr. Hyde , amongst other Ced names. But if you should ever have one of those evenings where you are just chillin, please go to Facebook and go to Real Housewatchers of Geno City. I wrote you an open letter, and a lot us our group members jst loved you deeply. So on this note, we’re oping sometime in the ear future you will at least make a Cmeo appearance or two. And know Michelle Stafford aka Phyllis our hearts are with you. Godspeed Diann Pennick

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  9. Rose Johnston says:

    Oh, Michelle, Michelle…what to say? Will the show be the same without you? Absolutely NOT! Can anyone else fill your shoes? NO! I’ve been depressed since finding out you’d be leaving Y&R. You’re positively the BEST actress, and you’ll be sorely missed. Thank you for all of the laughter and tears you brought to the show, and to me. I’ve cried my eyes out over some of your scenes. Wishing you the best of luck with all that you do, and who knows? One day you may grace Y&R”S presence again with your uncanny ability to make Phyllis so real. I thank you.

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  10. Alan says:

    Even if JFP and Josh Griffith had nothing to do with Stafford’s leaving, the material she’s been given since they took over certainly didn’t give her any reason to stay.

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    Scott replied

    what put her in a coma?
    Poison Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes?????

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  11. Joyce peters says:

    I hate to see her leave because she is the best in daytime,but I wish she would tell on Sharon before she leaves.

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  12. Bonnie in SC says:

    Looks like we’re loosing all the soaps, and eventually they will be a thing of the past to make more room for less desirable shows. Me?? I have decided to do away with TV and maybe catch the news & weather. After all, isn’t that what’s important?

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  13. Mark Y says:

    I think it is a great ‘way out’ for a beloved character and actress. Don’t forget, Phyllis may be recast one day with Michelle Stafford. In the meantime, bring on Liz Keifer. Ms. Stafford is right, Phyllis is too important to lay in a coma for long. Bring in a talented actress who is compelling to watch and let great storytelling proceed.

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  14. Lisa M. says:

    I will definitely miss Phyllis and I think she should have went out a different way but it does leave the door open for a future recast. I wish her well and I know they will find the right recast.

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  15. heidi says:

    Great interview… awesome actress… fabulous WOMAN!!! I want all good things for Michelle and hope she is on our screens soon! Love her new website!!! Wish she wasn’t leaving but totally understand and wish her the best!!! Hope they wait a bit and let her back when she wants to return…if that happens!

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  16. Lori says:

    My heart is broken ever since I found out that Michelle Stafford has left Y&R. I believe she is one of the top 3 characters on that soap. No one will ever play that role as good as Michelle. I believe they should keep the role just like she said because it is too important of a role and is one of the main characters of the soap. Watching these last few scenes of Phyllis in a hospital bed is very emotional for me because I have always loved Michelle Stafford even when she played a villain. I am so sorry to see her go; but, I realize she has a family and she is doing what she wants to do with her life. I support her decision to be happy and do what she wants. I will definitely be watching her web series. If she ever decides to come back to daytime soaps, I really hope and pray she comes back to Y&R. Y&R will never be the same without her. Michelle Stafford is a beautiful, smart, talented actress and I hope she is very successful and happy with whatever she decides to do and I hope it stays in the back of her mind that she can always come back to Y&R. I love you Michelle!

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  17. Judy says:

    Michelle’s character was the one you love to hate, and there were times when I hated her, but I would much rather that she was staying and Sharon were leaving. Sharon has turned into a psycho and I for one, am sick to death of her pitiful acting. They had better never try to replace Phyllis, because she is one of a kind and no one can take her place. Keep it open, maybe some day Michelle will decide to come back.

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  18. Elaine Bader says:

    Phyllis I will miss you so much. BUT if they end your story of you in a comma, THAT MEANS YOU CAN ALLWAYS COME BACK TO US. That will make me very happy. Good luck with your new show. But I wish you werent leaving.

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  19. Sandy says:

    Wow Michelle, your followers certainly love you from all the loving comments that were posted. All I can say is ditto, ditto, and ditto to what has already been said about you. Sad to see you go, will watch your career unfold, and you will always have a place in our hearts to come back to. Loved you throughout the years.

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  20. judy layne says:

    I really will find it hard to watch Y & R after Michelle Stafford leaves today.
    She is exiting but Y & R hasn’t even done anything about Jeanne Cooper. That’s crazy!!!! I don’t think, as I said before, I will be watching this soap like I did before. Sorry – not going to be that interesting!!! You are taking the best and it just won’t work.

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  21. felicia says:

    i feel phylis should have been recasted as soon as michelle stated she was leaving i feel that phylis should have been able to get the truth out before she was taken off i dont feel cheated the way they left phylis off but i feel that they could have done things better

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  22. Gloria Zimmerman says:

    Michelle ,thank you so much for all the wonderful exciting years of the character of Phyllis Neumann . I have been such a big fan of yours and will continue to watch anything you do in the media . I wish you all the best , I do wish you had a big show down with Sharon though .good luck on “The Stafford Project “

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  23. Gloria Zimmerman says:

    Loved all the years you gave us Michelle , I’m so sad to see you go but good luck with all the future projects you may be involved in

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  24. kathy green says:

    do not like the way she left the show, we will miss you,glad it will be re cast by a new actress, and why does sharon get away with everything, i am a long time fan have been watching over thirty years.good luch mechelle on your futer projects

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    kathy green replied

    Do not like, how your character is leaving the show, good luck on your futer projects, also why do the writers let sharon get away with everything, burning down the newmab ranch etc.

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  25. tweeti276 says:

    What network will it be aired on? I hate that she’s leaving the show, but I’m interested to see her new show. Kudoos to her for venturing out!!!

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  26. jon says:

    Phyllis was recast once before so I don’t see why it shouldn’t happen again, although I’ve gotta admit I despise recasts.

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  27. Shely says:

    Michelle Stafford has been a riot as Phyllis. I wish all the best to this very talented lady. Please no re-cast!

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  28. Kerry says:

    Ok, I am sad my favorite actress is leaving but thankful they did not kill off the character. If Y&R replaced Phyllis it is going to be hard to adjust to in a way.

    Michelle, I am happy for you!! Look forward to seeing you in future shows or even movies. You are a great actress!!

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  29. Marcella C. Fahey says:

    I am so sorry Michelle decided to leave Y & R. She really was the best part of the show now that Jeanne is gone. I can’t believe Sharon Case is still on–her acting for years consisted of pushed her hair over her ears. No talent at all.
    Michelle had it all and will be a real loss.
    It might be time to become fans of another soaps.

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  30. jennifer says:

    good riddance michele stafford. you will be replaced soon. i am so happy that she quit, the young and the restless. michele always was a diva and very annoying. replace her with robin christopher or jamie luner ex liza amc. those ladies can act. all michelle was doing was yelling at people and horrible acting. also michelle was a bully. fighting with victoria rowell ex dru. michelle needs to go away.

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  31. Carolyn says:

    Well, I have just become a former fan of the Young & the Restless. I loved the character of Phyllis and no recast could ever satisfy me. So, bye bye baby bye bye.

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    Carolyn replied

    I am done with the Young & the Restless. No Phyllis, no me watching the show. Don’t bother with a recast, I still won”t watch.

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  32. tami says:

    So sad to just find this out. Michelle had me actually believe SHE was Phyllis. Happy for MS and the very best . What will Summer do with SHRON’S lip stick that she found on the stair well??? She knows it’s not her Mom’s aka Phyllis. C’mon Summer give that to Paul the great police chief and detective. Sharon will probably self explode and tell all to Nick in one of her “episodes”

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  33. Carly says:

    I will miss MS as Phyllis. She is a great actress, and I wish her the best! I am glad that Phyllis is in a coma, so she can come back. I hope that they recast her quickly since she is a core character. The show must go on. I think that Kelly Sullivan with her hair dyed red, would be a great Phyllis recast. Later on down the road, if MS wants to come back, then she will be able to.

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  34. Debb Scott says:

    Well I quit watching it already. I’m sick of Sharon and those stupid story lines. Sick of everyone feeling sorry for her. Sharon should have been the one in a coma and then she should have died !!!! Y&R has been a part of my life since the very first day it started and it ended the day they let Phyllis go. Maybe they will bring Michelle back ” from the dead ” and then I will watch it again. Goodbye and Good Riddance to Y&R and especially to Sharon. It’s amazing that a woman that gave so MUCH of herself to the role gets written ” out ” like that .. a coma ??? Really ???? GIMME A BREAK !!!!!!

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  35. Karma says:

    Always have loved Phyllis…good and bad!!!! Great actress and can’t be replaced!!!!! Feel like Y&R will not be the same, but will continue watching:)

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  36. JUDY says:

    OH PHYLLIS……..YOU ARE THE BEST PART OF Y AND R. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED SEEING YOU PLAY PHYLLIS. YOU ARE LIKE THE TONY SOPRANO OF Y AND R. I WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS BUT I AM VERY SAD YOU ARE LEAVING. IVE BEEN WATCHING Y AND R FOR 40 YEARS AND YOURE THE BEST ONE IVE SEEN ON THAT SHOW. VERY TALENTED LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  37. Deb says:

    I’m sorry to see Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) leave the Y&R. She portrayed this character very well, such a fiery personality will be surely missed. Too bad Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) won’t get whats coming to her in the classic Phyllis manner, I was looking forward to that….. But. maybe Summer Newman will become more of her Mother’s daughter and be somewhat of a sluth on her own, having had questions about the lipstick. Best of luck to you Michelle in whatever you do I’ll look forward to seeing in other ventures, you’re such a great actress. :)

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  38. Aims says:

    My husband and I, both, started watching this show together. Fell in love with the character, Phyllis. Loved thinking that Jack and Phyllis were going to start a whole new future on the show!! She is by far one of the best actresses on the show. We feel she MADE the show!! We were so disappointed to see her go. Especially the way she did. If they are going to recast, we sure wished they would hurry up and do that. When Phyllis left, we stopped watching it so much. Just seems like the same thing happens, different day. The show really needs some new excitement in it!! Otherwise, we feel there are going to be less and less viewers. God be with you Michelle Stafford.

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  39. Aims says:

    And just a comment on Chelsea and Dillon……..if Adam is going to find out I wished they would hurry up with that! Her sad “pity parties” are an every day thing. Just like with Sharon and her craziness!! They should have wrote Sharon or Chloe off!

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  40. Pat Oneal says:

    I have been watching the Young and Restless for a very long time and I personally feel you can not replace Phyllis every time you replace a character you don’t seem to pick up the special attributes that the person who leaving has. One classic example is Abbey she is ok as an actress but she is totally different than Abbey. Abbey was very short and the new Abbey is tall the only thing they have in common is there blonde hair. I f you do replace her please get someone who at least resembles her. Thank you for not replacing Catherine.

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  41. Barbara M. Davis says:

    I am hoping that Michelle will reconsider her decision to leave TY&TR. She was a major character and was superbly played by Michelle. I don’t think a re-cast is a good idea, at least not now. I hope the producers will be able to convince Michelle to return to the show within a few months. She is such a great actress and I hope she will start to miss being in the show and can reach a compromise with those in charge of casting. Michelle’s exit from the show will leave a big void for a lot of fans. Think of your fans, Michelle!

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  42. Tina Eichholtz says:

    I feel the same way I want nick and Sharon back together and I want them to bring phylis back even if it is a recast

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  43. Lemans Adams says:

    I have been watching the y&r for long time when Michael boldwin was the crazy one in the show . I am wondering how can I get a part in the y&r. I always wanted to be a part of that show so bad.

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  44. Betty Whitener says:

    I loved and truly miss the character of Phyllis….she just kept the edge going and after the death of Ms C the show really lost 2 main stays….
    Their bantering was most enoyable….I wish Michelle well on her new journey…just know you can come back anytime and viewers like me will be elated !!!!

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  45. Deanna Cole says:

    I respect Michelle decision to leave Y&R as Phyllis Newman.
    Whoever replaces her has some tough shoes to fill. She will
    Be deeply missed by fans and I wish her the best of luck on her
    Future projects.

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  46. Anita F Jones says:

    I just wish to say M Stafford will be misses and wish her all the luck at what ever she
    does. I don’t think it is a good idea to recast her. For there is only one. I f she was
    ever to come back that would be great. Y & R should have fought for her to stay. U
    could have done this. Thanks for letting me say what i felt.

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    Anita F Jones replied

    Why don’t they ever make Victor pay for the things he does or at least get
    caught. I know he is a very important , but at some point u ned to show that
    bad guys need to pay for there actions , not let them get away with it all the
    time as u let Victor do. Again this is only my idea i am just a viewer. Thanks.

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    Kelley Wright replied

    I soooooo agree

  47. Tina says:

    The character of Phyllis is such an integral part of Y&R, it’s just not the same without her on the show. A recast is a horrible idea because only one person can play Phyllis, Michelle Stafford. I think the majority of viewers want Phyllis (M. Stafford) to return to the show!

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  48. tera rudell says:

    I hate the thought of anyone else playing Phylis. I will miss her something awful.

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  49. D.Brown says:

    I loved her and yes.. feel very cheated.. Summer will never be ok because she can’t be with Kyle and it feels like Sharon will win… and that’s not cool. I don’t want him to be with Avery but he really don’t need Sharon again. Bring her back and fix what’s broken and then if she has to go then at least Summer and Nick will be ok again…. Don’t leave it like this..But if she will come back to stay.. then… YAY…..

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  50. Norma Howard says:

    Why is Adam such a bad guy? Why does Victor hate his own son? What give Victoria the right to play “Miss High and Mighty”? I am just about to stop watching because of the total injustice. Yes I know it is not real, but I at least would like to see the bad guy get what coming to him sometimes. And Sharon is a silly, silly, silly character!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  51. Helen says:

    Can’t believe Phyllis left the show I think she was great I loved her character I definely miss she mad ethe sow exciting can’t believe Sharon may get way with what she has done to Nick & Summer .When are we going to see Sharon pay for some of the awful things she has done we are all waiting fortat day hury.

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  52. Edith says:

    I really want Phyllis to come back. She has brought a lot of story to Y&R. I am glad they did not kill her off. The suspense of a come back always keeps me coming back to the show. She needs to wake up to have Sharon get what’s coming to her.

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  53. Cindy Skiles says:

    I think Phillis should come back.

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  54. Candy says:

    So pissed that Phyllis is gone. She was the best. Full of spunk drama laughter and beauty. I understand if she personally needed to move onto other things in life. But y&r still needs a Phyllis. It’s not the same without her. Although Michele stafford would be extremely hard to replace. As she is amazing. Summers paternity is getting put off way to long. And she needs to know the truth. And Sharon needs to be busted. No sympathy for a psyco obsessed women chasing a man down the way she is. I mean who would do something as sick as changing a paternity test after so many years. Look at all the people that effected.

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  55. Rozine says:

    I want to know will Phyllis come back because she’s the best thing that ever happened to the show and that’s the reason I love watching the show you rock.

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  56. Shirley E says:

    On Oct.14th show it was a wasted hour of our time – projecting how Delia would be in the future. And there is so much agoney out in the world, why do you think we want more? Haven’t we seen enough children die lately? I still miss Catherine and her passing was handled well, although quite drawn out. We need new writers. Yes, there needs to be ups and downs to make stories but killing Delia was going too far. I have watched Y&Y since back when Nickie was a young stripper and never dreamed I could ever give up my soap, but I will not be watching for awhile, maybe never. We need more uplifting these day, not more gloom and doom.

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  57. Kelley Wright says:

    Phyllis is the best character on the show. She is the only reason I watch. I get sick of Victor and Nikki. Somebody needs to knock him down. I always fast forward their bits. Guess I won’t be watching another 40 years!!

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  58. nancy says:

    I do miss the character and wondered what happened. Now I know. Each person must do what is best for themselves.

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  59. Sonja says:

    I’ve been watching the show since the beginning and each day I hope Phyllis will come back (just loved her spunk) . I use to love Sharon but they really need to do something about her character (so needy and pathetic now) I want the truth to come out about the paternity whether from Sharon or Phyllis (which I prefer) before it continues to the point of no return – don’t like this part of the script.

    Phyllis you’ll be missed so very much and if they recast your character (which they need to) she’ll have a tall pair of heels to fill! Best of luck on your new adventure.

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  60. Anne Martin says:

    I will truely miss Phyliss, (Michelle) on the Young and Restless. What a fantastic actress you are. I couldn’t wait for each episode to see where your character was going.
    Unfortunately the Y & R is getting very boring and predictable. They need to get some new writers and get a different story line besides always fighting with Jack and Victor

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  61. sadden fan says:

    So pissed that Michelle had left, Phyllis was my favorite character besides Adam Newman, and Jackbeing summers dad just sickens me. I hstesharon character can’t wait for nick to find out and bash her, and the thought of a recast is sick there will never be another Phyllis like Michelle PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE COME BACK ITS LIKE Y&R WITHOUT VICTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  62. Another sad fan says:

    I just can’t believe that Phyllis is gone she was my favorite character I can not see anybody replacing Michell she was one of a kind. But summer must find out NOW that Jack is not her father . Wish Phyllis would come back.

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  63. Geraldine says:

    get rid of Sharon and Faith they are mean and nogood. You should have kept Delia and Phyllis. Delia what a great little girl. Oh Adam can go too.

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  64. pam says:

    time to move on w phyliss character……find someone else or write her off. wrong how things played if you need a story line ask the fans many will help but this is getting old. my family watches show and many feel same lets move on. summer needs to know the truth so write a little faster and make that change already please……..

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  65. Lisa says:

    I hate to see Michele Stafford go but they need to stop dragging these story lines out so long. Get Phyllis’ character back even if for no other reason but to bust crazy Sharon. Phyllis needs to rescue her daughter from the Abbots and Sharon’s clutches. Also bust Adam’s behind too. Let Billy beat him silly and be done with it. I really believe Kevin is going to be the one to find out that Adam is the one who killed Delia. That crazy computer geek!

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  66. Lisa says:

    Bring Drug. & Phyllis back. That was a fued made for daytime
    Soaps. I would love to see a rivalry between Drucilla & Neal’s new squeeze. If Drucilla came back Miss Lawyer would want to marry Neal & pop out babies every year.

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  67. mary says:

    I don’t enjoy watching y&r now with out the character Phyllis. The show is boring. Now I have beenwbirdwatching for years sorry it is ending

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  68. An unhappy fan says:

    MS. Please return to y&r a very boring show with out you , I won’t be watching. Much longer I have been a fan from the beginning. Please get her back

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  69. Journee says:

    Michelle is truly missed!!! I know she has moved on to a different chapter in her life BUT NO1 will play the role of Phyllis as Michelle did. I wish the coma scene would be over with. Sharon’s lie needs to be revealed!!!!

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  70. elba rivera says:

    PpWe will miss MIchelle and wish her the best with her new projects. She is a terrific actress and seems like a real nice person. Y/R blew it with the ridiculous way they invented the coma, the fall on the stairs and Sharon changing the results of the paternity test. They need medical consultant as soon as possible as paternity tests are practically impossible to forge and Nick should have asked for a second test. With all the money the Abbotts and Newman families have they could have hired any specialist in the world and opened their own clinic for Phyllis,complete with all th equipment and ket her at Genoa City. THE whole story line is ridiculous.
    Also enough of Delia..the real criminal is Billy who left. a 5 year old child alone in the dark in a car Pure ngligence. Adam hadnan accident..could have happened to anyone but he is not guilty of murder..Billy is more guilty. Will it take another 6 months of this story line to let Delia rest?
    Writers…start writing credible stuff..getting silly and boring and most of the caracters that are supposed to be lovey dovey come across as having no chemistry whatsoever! As a matter of fact ..bring back DRUCILLA. that story line would be good for about 3 yetars or so!

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  71. Leslie says:

    I have always loved Phyliss and she needs to come back. She got to come back,so Sharon can be defeated. Please bring her back to Soaps. Please come back…

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  72. Dianne Smith says:

    Phillis needs to come back and spill the beans on Sharon and her lies and schemes so Nick can find out that Summer is HIS daughter. I can’t stand Sharon. When is she going to pay for the crap she has done???

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  73. lorann says:

    I feel like watvhing cbs soap for as long as i have we as viewers are da ones being cheated we have lost all cbs soaps except for two but we stay loyal to cbs.. if it not cast members it da whole show..

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  74. Melissa says:

    Phyllis I really miss you on The Young & Restless. Please
    Phyllis come back I miss you!! You need to come back and put Sharon
    In her place.

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    May Lamberson replied

    They need to replace the actress who plays Sharon…..

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    Johnny replied

    Replace her with who, and why??? Sharon Case is an Emmy winning 20 year veteran of the show. Just because the writers have chosen to dismantle and needlessly destroy the character over the last several years, do not fault the actress. She has done her level best to play the whacked out throughlines of the character even though writers have been hellbent on destroying the character. They have an utterly pointless newbie named Avery who is in all the storylines that Sharon should be in. I don’t fault Jessica Collins for that either, but that character is redundant, boring, useless, and generates no viewer investment or involvement whatsoever!

    ricardo replied

    May have you, lost your mind? Sharon case is a great actress. She has been, on the young and the restless since 1994. she is not going to be replaced at all.

  75. Judith Newman says:

    What difference does is make except Y&R are losing more viewers than ever.. The plot lines are stupid, tame and repetitious. We are so sick of Sharon Newman and Nick fawning over each, including the obnoxious kid they have. Sick to death of the Delia death knoll, and sick of the same people being thrown in jail every month, and then let out to be re-arrested. We miss Catherine dearly. Victor and Nickey and Jill are not showcased enough and your black story lines SUCK. You need to replace all the writers , the Y&R is going the way of the dodo bird. Now that I know phylis is gone I am cancelling my Tivo automatic daily recordings to make room for something more exciting.BYE BYE

    Judith Newman EX FAN

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  76. Jean Tobias says:

    I HATE THAT SHE IS GONE. THE SHOW IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT HER. WHAT CHANEL CAN I FIND HER NEW SHOW ON?

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  77. Monique says:

    So sorry to hear Michelle Stafford has left Y&R….I guess she needs to go on to more challenges. I really hope you keep Phyllis on….she is a very big asset to the series. I was also sad to hear that Michael Muhney has left…I really liked that actor….so suave and gentle….especially when Connor laughs out loud in his arms….so touching.

    I wish the very best to both actors.

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  78. Sandy Fenn says:

    I don’t think the “Young & Restless” will ever be the same without Michelle Stafford as Phillis.

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  79. sharon westover says:

    the loss of michelle hurt the show. she was bright, funny, serious and just great.

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  80. Donna Birt says:

    I really really hate the idea of Phillis (Michelle S.) leaving the show! There is no one who could do justice to the Phillis character in the Y & R Soap. If this was going to happen why in the world would I defend her role in Y & R so strongly to friend and family to have them return and then when they did poof you let her go. Who would have the acting ability to go against the witch Sharon. I have so looked forward to having the return of Michelle to the show and face Sharon once and for all, what Sharon did was disgraceful and there show never be any forgiveness for that from Nick Jack or any of the Abbotts or Newmans, and everyone thinks Adam is the Devil. Phillis can straighten them all out. Please bring her back.

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  81. sam says:

    I’m so sad that Phyllis is gone and wish her well. I hope the character is re-cast but with someone close to Michelle’s personality. I was so upset when Abby was replaced with an actress that is not up to Abby’s standard. She was the best – so full of life and conviction. She seemed so real and down to earth. Sharon is just getting on my nerves. The writers need to step up and stop making her character turn in circles. She’s good, she’s bad, she’s Needy and that is hard to watch all the time. I have been a loyal fan for so many years but are the writers going through the whole cast to throw people in jail and then get them off. Boring.

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    May Lamberson replied

    Yup

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  82. janet rivera says:

    Michelle stafford leaving, michael muhney, billy miller leaving I will be leaving ghe show also the young and the restless won’t be the same sharon will get away with her lie and as for adam I think he didn’t kill delia, there was another driver on the road that night a woman, maybe she killed her and adam was in the wrong place at the wrong time. No more y&r for thousands of fans !

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    May Lamberson replied

    you are right. Michael Muney and Billy Miller had me glued to the show . After 33 years of watching, I really don’t look forward half as much to watching it anymore. I think they (producers) made two huge mistakes on the firing of those two delicious men.

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  83. May Lamberson says:

    I have been watching y&r for 33 yrs. personally, i think it would be very hard to replace Michelle as Phylis. To me, Michelle IS Phylis. Good Luck to her, I do miss her.

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  84. Johnny says:

    I say give Robin Christopher a call!

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  85. sam says:

    It seems like all the best characters are being removed from the cast. I really miss the old Abby as the new one does not fill the part as well. The first Abby was so full of spunk and lovable at the same time. Now with Phyllis, and Adam being replaced, I wasn’t looking forward to rushing home to watch. The last straw was Billy. The new Billy was on the Y & R some time ago and I thought at the time that he was not a strong actor – nothing has changed. He’s still not strong nor is he right for the part. The old Billy was absolutely perfect for the part and seemed the right age for Victor. The new Billy seems so young and his acting so bad! I too have been watching for the past 30 some years and I don’t really care if I miss an episode or not. I think the show may be losing serious fan base because of all these replacements.

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  86. carol says:

    I wish Michelle lots of luck with her new ventures. she will be missed by me. Hopefully, they will recast her part and have her wake up so Jack can be happy. Nobody can fill Michelle’s shoes like she does, but they can try

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  87. Cloudy says:

    I never coułd stand Phyllis so I don’t care who replaces her. Thought she was a manipulative and nasty bitch. Hope the writers keep her in a coma forever.

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  88. Mary moton says:

    We want Phyllis’s back

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    GINO SABATINO replied

    Phyllis will be back, Michelle Stafford will never come back? Recast liz keifer ex blake guiding light or Robin Christopher ex skye gh. Both of them are wonderful actresses.

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  89. victoriasouthall says:

    i feel cheated phillis was or is the bomb . She was so balieveable and real strong woman that wasn’t so damn soft and scary like Sharon we need better parts for women in the soaps that are’nt so friget so depended on a man and and have a mate for that woman that is equally strong.

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  90. Darlene Bell says:

    I felt that if she was leaving the soap why not replace her. She is a good actress, but you got to do you. I’m tired of them saying she still there and not. Either bring her back soon or let her die off. I’m getting so tired the way they are writing the soap make me want to stop watching. Move on and stop repeating things over and over. Especially with Sharon and Nick (boring). Bring in some new actress or actor. Don’t like what going on with Hillary and Neal (he old enough to be her father).

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  91. Mary LeBlanc says:

    I watch the young and the restless to see Phyllis. She’s the best . There is no Sharon without Phyllis . The Young and the Restless is so boring now.

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  92. Dee says:

    I wish she would have stayed on the show. The fact she didn’t should have been an accident not a million questions around ” who did it.” Show is going to far off course and maybe watch 1x a week. Hope it gets some normalcy soon.

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  93. Angie Carroll says:

    You can never recast
    Michelle Stafford,I’m really upset of the way the young restless is going.I hate the new Billy to many charges going on,then they took Adam off.Im so damn mad what going on.I really think Young Restless is going to loss a lot of veiwers.Thanks to all the years that I have enjoy ur show,Angie Carroll

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  94. Michael Hall says:

    the show has really gone down I love Phyllis the most on the show she made the show interesting I have been watching Y&R for over 20 years and I’m ready to change channels

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  95. Virginia Spruill says:

    I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo angry because Phyllis always kept the place and people fired up. I had been holding on watching Y&R in hopes that uall would bring Phyllis back from the come but now that I know she will no longer be there, I’m finish I WON’T continue to watch it any longer. Phyllis was always in somebody else business and always lying or flirting or marrying or screwing somebody’s man. Its boring without and I have been watching Y&R from way back when Jill was a manicurist but I don’t have time for boredom. I am so doggone mad

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  96. CJ Matters says:

    Its really tiring the recasting of Billy 2 times??????? I understand actors and actresses sometimes have to move on but to replace Billy 2 times ?? As far as Phyllis, it just makes me really sad. Is this a contractual thing ? Losing the beloved Jeanne Cooper was bad enuff I really admire her moxy on how she left the show. I will miss her very much. Oh lets recast Victor, that will make the show grow in ratings. I hope everyone got the sarcastic remark. You are LOSING the people who have followed you for years. Let’s put on more stupid reality shows. Maybe its a good thing that tv is imploding. We can turn the tv off with 1000 channels and do something useful.

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  97. s harris says:

    Michelle is really kicking butt on General Hospital !!!!!

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  98. gloria kautzman says:

    I do miss Phyllis…I am glad to know her character’s spot is ongoing!
    No comment on her replacement as have only seen her…will hold judgement until we see her acting abilities!

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  99. K.Mcintyre says:

    Phylis should have come out of coma long enough to tell Jack about Summer. The now Billy has no sexy charisma, is a real whiner and hope Victoria does not go back to him. Where is chloe? Who cares about Loren and Micheals sex life. surely there could be a better story line there. Would love to see the original Adam come back. Too many changes going on with the actors. I hope Nikki isnt going back to her drinking, so boring.? Can we have a little sensitivity when it comes to Summers marriage. Please dont have Austin entangled with Mariah. Get rid of the new Billy, areal turnoff, has no life in him.Blah, blah,blah.

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  100. Gramma says:

    Come On…. NO ONE can replace Phyllis (Michelle Stafford)…. so don’t ruin the character with a substitute… please….. Replacing the one and only Phyllis would be like replacing Victor or Nikki
    As for the 3rd Billy… who is far better than the 2nd Billy… but neither one has the fire our 1st Billy had.. Mr Bad/Good Boy…
    Been watching the Young & the Restless since I believe 1973….
    I also watch the Bold & the Beautiful… so where did they dig up the new Ridge??? The original Ridge was handsome and debonair and the new one.. has a back alley look.. with that stringy greasy hair.. NO COMPARISON.
    Enough of my complaining… Still both shows are good… just no longer GREAT

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  101. Kathy1255 says:

    I usually don’t write comments on any of these things but I wanted to make my voice heard. I have been watching Y&R for over 25 years faithfully. These last couple of years have just gotten real stupid. Stupid even for a soap opera! Way too many cast changes and way too many silly story lines. Who started writing this stuff anyway? Approximately 6 months ago I just gradually stopped watching and found that I didn’t even miss it. I now no longer watch the show at all. I stopped watching The Bold and the Beautiful years ago. I watched both of these shows faithfully, back to back, for years. Both shows slowly but surely lost all believability, even as far as soaps go. Maybe the show now appeals to a younger and different generation, but it lost me. I wonder how many other viewers the show has lost. I wish we could go back to the good old days of Y&R but I guess there is no turning back for the show but there is no turning it back on for me either. You lost a faithful viewer. Nonsense and boring do not go good together. And what on earth did the show do with the character of Sharon over the years? Ridiculous. And Phyllis? How many more times are we going to see these people go in and out of jail like a revolving door? And all the romantic relationships on both shows, Y&R and B&B that border on being incestuous half the time. Ewww. Both shows lost me. Oh yeah, and how about everyone rising from the dead and out of comas! LOL Too bad we can’t really bring Jeanne Cooper back. She was the best. R.I.P Jeanne/Catherine. She will be missed both as Jeanne and Catherine. A great lady. A big blow for the show.

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  102. Christina says:

    I am very disappointed that Michelle Stafford was written out of of Y&R. The new Phyllis can’t fill the shoes of a original.

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  103. Andrea Moore says:

    Michelle,
    I have been watching Y&R for over thirty years…and I can honestly say that you were mine and my moms favorite character…not only are you talented and beautiful, but we were always excited to see you act and you always did it well…as far as the “replacement”…it will never fly…NOBODY can fill your shoes…we were sad to see you go. Best wishes in your career endeavors…you have it all to be a huge success!
    Anne

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