After the news broke yesterday from a report from E! Online that two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford was leaving her role as Phyllis Summers Newman on The Young and the Restless, today the actress herself confirmed the exit with Soap Opera Digest!
Michelle related in her statement to SOD: “I would like to personally confirm to the fans that yes, I have decided to leave The Young and the Restless. It has been a glorious 16 years and one of the greatest rides of my life. The constant support and love from the fans is not lost on me. I think I’ll miss you the most.”
CBS Entertainment SR. VP Daytime, Angelica McDaniel tweeted this morning on Stafford’s decision:
“@TheRealStafford has been a huge part of the #YR family. Respect her decision to move on but will miss her. Wish her the very best always.”
According to SOD, Stafford will wrap up her illustrious run on Y&R in mid-June!
So soap fans, what do you think of the confirmed exit? Will you miss Michelle? What do you think Y&R should do now? kill the character of Phyllis, write her off the canvas in case Michelle decides to return later down the line, or recast? Weigh-in!