In a fantastic farewell interview by Stephanie Sloane in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, one of the best actresses to ever grace the daytime genre, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) talks about: her decision to leave the number one soap after15 years, if the latest Y&R regime change (Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith) had anything to do with her exit, her plans for the future, if she would consider doing another soap, and how she would feel if Y&R was to recast the role of fiery Phyllis!
In an excerpt, regarding if the show will recast the role, Michelle related, “You know what? Let’s be honest with this. I absolutely think they will, if they haven’t already done that. They are just going to be quiet about it. And I say this because the character is so instrumental in the show, and I really, really take it as a compliment that they don’t want to lose the character.”
Later in discussing a recast, Michelle added : “And I am not upset if they recast. I totally understand. Even when I called Angelica McDaniel (CBS Entertainment Daytime VP), I said, ‘You will probably recast.’ And she said, “No, no, no. We won’t recast.” And I said, “Well, I have some ideas, if you are interested.”
Make sure to pick up your copy of SOD and read the entire interview! Now let us know, what do you think The Young and the Restless will do, and should do? Do you think they need the role of Phyllis on the canvas? If so, since Michelle has departed the series, should they recast it? If so, with who would you suggest? And if they shouldn’t recast it, do you think they should just keep Phyllis off the canvas, and see if one day, Michelle would want to return, even though she has said she is completely done? Weigh-in!