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130 July 26th, 2013 Michelle Stafford Shares Her Thoughts On If Y&R Will Recast The Role Of Phyllis!

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!

 

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  1. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Kelly Sullivan as Phylis…then maybe ill tune back for that.

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    randy replied

    that is an amazing idea

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    lisa replied

    I like that idea too ! I think Kelly would make an excellent Phyllis.

    I Love GH replied

    Funny, because that’s what I was thinking.

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    tina replied

    i think they should not recast phyllis and bring the old phyllis back please i love her to death theres no one like phyllis and do not let sharon get with nick and i hope the truth c ome out about summer really being nick kid and not jack please

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    Peanut replied

    I think they should try and bring the old Phyllis back but not recast. It will be very hard for someone to fit the old Phyllis’ SHOES!! You guys are going to mess Y&R up. I do not like the new Abby or the guy that plays Jack’s son. It is hard to recast some of the cast.

    ConnieFan1 replied

    Kelly Sullivan as any character would make me tune in. Connie and Jason (Steve Burton) would be great! ;-) Plus Kelly has proved what she can do with a recast role!

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    Shirley replied

    I think they should bring the old Phyllis back. Fans have been waiting for her to wake up and put Sharon in her well earned place. Phyllis has become a major fixture in the show and has earned her place unlike others

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  2. Alan says:

    They’ve tried recasting this role before and it didn’t work. I’d suggest bringing Ed Scott back as executive producer and rehiring Kay Alden and John Smith as head writers and see if she’d return then. Even if she didn’t, the show would be watchable again so the viewers would win either way.

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    lili replied

    I totally agree with u on that. This team had Bill Bell vision of this show.

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  3. GIO says:

    Sarah J Brown needs to dye her hair red & take over the Phyllis role! She’s perfect for it!!!!

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    Paula replied

    Sarah would be good but I think she may be a little to young for the part

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    lance replied

    I said Sarah Brown as well on daytime confidential and I was told that JFP and Sarah are not friends. Sarah not FOJ (friends of Jill) I think Sarah would killed the role… Alot of people want Robin Christopher because she’s FOJ like Burton….

    I agree Ed Scott/Alden/Smith would be perfect combo, but that would admit that Sony failed with LML, MAB, JF/JG and Sony doesn’t want Bill Bell people, that why Scott/Alden at B&B.

  4. Suzy says:

    Let Michelle as Phyllis lapse into a coma and go into a rehab facility…….mentions can be made to her from time to time. In the future, she may want to reprise her role and if not, she could be recast by another actress, but one who has some memory issues! In my mind perfect solution. For the fans she is not gone, and the hope of a return is always possible.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Genie Francis’ Laura languished in a coma for 10 years give or take a few wake ups during sweeps periods…. certainly if it worked for her it could work for Michelle.

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    Fred Jackson Teaster III replied

    YES!!!!

  5. Bernaqueen says:

    I don’t think they should recast Phyllis’s role. Michelle Stafford is a great actress and she will be difficult to follow behind just as Jeanne(God bless her soul). I did not care for Phyllis’s. I am a Sharon fan though they have reduced her to nothing; however , I will give Michelle Stafford her Emmy. She is great!

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    sue replied

    I to am a sharon fan, and I hate what the writers have done to her! I am not a fan of Phyllis , that being said I think they should recast, there is just way to much story left to tell, but I don’t think the Y&R writers can pull it off…..they don’t seem to have any good ideas, they just throw something against the wall to see what sticks… they just make up stuff, it doesn’t fit with the original concept of the show, and I have watched for 40 years, except when I took ten years off, got tired of what was going on, may need to take a break again if they don’t fire the JFP….maybe Josh would be better if she wasn’t around.. I don’t know the answer!

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  6. su0000 says:

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    Michelle Stafford owns Phyllis..
    Michelle is very unique with her portrayal of Phyllis..
    A recast will fail because whomever could never be close to the Phyllis I know and love.
    I already miss her…
    Michelle Stafford is Phyllis and Phyllis is Michelle Stafford …

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    Fred Jackson Teaster III replied

    Agreed 100%

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    tisha replied

    I soooo agree! Michelle stafford please come back,she did that role

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  7. Robert says:

    Torn on this one. I love Michelle she is a wonderful actress. I say recast only if it is necessary for the story. If it’s not, Red will just have to lie in a coma until Michelle hopefully reconsiders her position and return.

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  8. ricardo says:

    suggestions who can play phyllis. robin christopher ex skye gh. liz keifer ex blake guiding light. kelly sullivan connie gh. all of them are terrific actresses.

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    Mark Y replied

    Love the idea of Liz Keifer!

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    heather replied

    Yes I was thinking liz too! I love michelle as phyillis…but she movef on…summer nick and jack have to know truth and bat shit crazy sharon needs to go down…they must recast…and I’ve been a faithful watcher for almost 30 years!

  9. Deborah Nash says:

    Some roles are near impossible to recast. All actresses mentioned so far are terrific, but they aren’t Phyllis. I hope there is no recast. But I also hope they end this stupid storyline and allow Summer to know Nick is her father. I HATE it!!!

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    Whynot replied

    I agree all of the actresses named are terrific, but Michelle Stafford is an original and that is what makes Phyllis unique and different. Just like there are many violins that make beautiful music, the sweetest music is played by a stradivarius, and that is what MS is, an actress that played all of Phyllis’s complex layers to the sweetest most entrancing music.

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    Charnorm replied

    I agree with deborah nash. I feel that leaving the story with Summer’s parternity left open makes it harder having Phyllis gone Revealing the truth will take away the loss of Phyllis a lot. We then could focus on Nick and Summer reuniting as father and daughter, but leaving that paternity issue open makes it a double loss with Phyllis gone. Clean up the paternity and then move on until the Phyllis issue is resolved. I can’t stand having Summer not be a Newman.

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    marion scripnick replied

    sharon will be forced to tell when noah begins to date summer.

  10. Mary SF says:

    Well I don’t think recasting now would be a good idea– I would wait at least a year before making that move if I were in charge. And if Phyllis has suffered head trauma they can change the character’s personality, so NuPhyllis wouldn’t have to be like MS’s Phyllis. As much as I love MS portrayal –the character might benefit being off canvas for awhile. Her and Jack living happily ever after was never going to happen– this way neither one has to hurt the other– this time they were parted by circumstances not cheating. Also if she had stay they might have eventually hooked her up with Dylan– and nobody wants that. So let’s see what happens– but for now they would be fools if they recast too soon.

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  11. richard says:

    Jamie Luner(ex-Liza, AMC, Lexi, MP) she would be the PERFECT Phyllis, although I sure as hell wouldn’t wanna work for Jill Farren Phelps, she is awful!!!!!!!

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    lorenzo replied

    i agree with you richard. jamie luner would be the perfect phyllis. jamie is a terrific actress. jill farren phelps is a soap killer. jill needs to be fired now.

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    Fred Jackson Teaster III replied

    Agreed …. Jill Farren Phelps destroyed the now defunct Guiding Light!!!

  12. Michelle says:

    i am sorry but Michelle Stafford is one in a million no one can play Phyllis like she can she is the best

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    L.o.v.i.n.g. replied

    Yes, Robin Christopher can. She can even play her better.

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  13. Karen says:

    Liz Kiefer or Kelly Sullivan but not too soon! Please NOT Robin Christopher.

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  14. GHLover says:

    Hello??? ROBIN CHRISTOPHER!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. L.o.v.i.n.g. says:

    Paging Robin Christopher….

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  16. Harold says:

    They need Phyllis, but they need decent writing much more.

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  17. Michele OShell says:

    Michelle Stafford made the part of Phyllis her own from the VERY beginning! There is NO ONE I can even think of playing the role!!! And the chemistry( or lack thereof LOL) between her and each and every actor she interacted with is unique! She is irreplacable! (sic) Put her in a coma and hope she changes her mind! But, please, please, PLEASE let Nick find out that he really IS Summer’s dad!! Most heartbreaking story ever and I hate that they took Sharon’s character that far down!

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    Whynot replied

    I really hate this show now, it used to be such a part of my life, but now I have not watched in a long time and have only tuned in the last few weeks because MS is leaving and wanted to see her final scenes. The writing is/was a disapointment but MS is always excellent. I really hate that such a big part of the history over the last few years has been destroyed with the stroke of a pen.

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    michelle replied

    I agree that nick needs to know that summer is his daughter but if noah dates summer Sharon would have to tell nick but I love the charctor of Phyllis so to add fire I think Phyllis should really come back they could make it to where she lives long enough to let the secret out to nick and jack summer

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  18. Viven gi says:

    Although I will totally completely, totally miss michelle, phyllis is a much needed character. Just like drusilla was and Im still waiting for her to return. Victoria has been recast and amelia has saved that chatater. RECAST!!!

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    Whynot replied

    There are still seem to be huge number of the fans that do not accept AH as Victoria.

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  19. Beacon says:

    Robin Christopher is the only actress who can pull it off. For starters, she’s a far more interesting actress than Michelle Stafford ever will be because she doesn’t have to raise her voice to make a scene interesting.

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    L.o.v.i.n.g. replied

    AMEN! Lets start a Robin Christopher campaign!!

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    Fred Jackson Teaster III replied

    I disagree! Michelle understands the psychological depth of Phyllis’s character; she raises her voice only when she feels others are treating her unjustly and/or she is being defensive … The character of Phyllis is an exceedingly complex one!

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  20. Erick says:

    Can’t believe nobody said this yet… Tamara Braun!

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    mollie replied

    LOVE Tamara Braun…she would be fantastic as Phyllis. And she kind of has the same body type as MS, which sometimes makes a re-cast easier.

    IMO, Tamara Braun was the best “Carly” on GH, too.

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  21. Lew S says:

    Only one actress can play Phyllis Summers, Abbott, Newman: Michelle Staffford!!!

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  22. Matt says:

    Robin Christopher would be perfect with Peter Bergman. She would be his best leading lady ever. Fingers and toes crossed for her to become Phyliss

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  23. bc says:

    They should recast stafford’s char on y&r. Any char really should be recast if storyline needs that character.

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  24. MsLane says:

    Okay MS is Phyllis but her character is needed on
    Y&R! I want to through another option out there
    Gina Torginio (sc) Diana Malher GUIDING LIGHT!

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    Mary SF replied

    Actually right now Phyllis isn’t really needed on the show. If she had stayed what would they do- break up her and Jack, which would be a repeat. Daniel is gone with Lucy, and Summer is grown up. I don’t want to watch Phyllis fight Avery for Nick– ala shades of B&B fixation with triangles until the point of barfing. Worse yet they could hook her up with Dylan- yipes.
    No, I think this is the perfect time for the character to be off canvas for a while. Have Sharon and Nick get back together and on their wedding day, in a year or so, Phyllis wakes up from her coma and crashes the wedding to reveal Nick is really Summer’s father. At that time if MS still not interested in coming back, then by all means recast.

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    heather replied

    Liz (blake) I think she would be awesome

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    Jeffrey Sweeney replied

    MSLane … I just thought the same thing this week – Gina Tognoni would be the only daytime actress that is capable of filling Michelle Stafford’s shoes and taking over the role of Phyllis. I loved her as Dinah on Guiding Light and the character of Phyllis isn’t too far off from what Gina played on GL! I want Gina back on daytime television – and how fitting it would be if it were on CBS :)

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    j replied

    Gina can’t act !

  25. Jared says:

    First of all, I am thrilled Summer is Nick’s child. I am not to thrilled about an almost 7 year old character being 18 now. The timing is too jarring because Cassie was 13-15 when she died, which would make her in her 30s by now, which would make Nick and Sharon in their mid to late 40s, which is stretching an already stretched chronology.

    ANYWAY, I digress. I am NOT happy about Michelle Stafford leaving. She is Y&R of the 2000s. Anyone throwing stones at Phyllis needs to do the same to Michael and many others. Also, I loved Nick and Sharon, BUT I LOVED Nick and Phyllis. I was hoping they’d get back together.

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  26. boes says:

    What an exhausting actor she is.

    Thank God she’s gone. I can’t imagine how much less work the crew will have to do now that she’s not chewing the scenery on a daily basis. Can’t even imagine how many eyes she’s put out everytime she flails those arms around.

    It’s been time for her to move on for the last 5 years. She’s made it far too clear onscreen how little she values the show and most of her coworkers.

    Virtually any recast will be a refreshing change.

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    Mad/hatter replied

    Well grab the article and read it she is pretty vain, but I guess if you do not love yourself who will right?

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  27. Diane A. says:

    Sometimes they need to let the fans win. I agree that no one could play “Phyllis” like Michelle so I agree with placing her off screen until some future date. Let the authentic “Phyllis” be the one and only. People get associated with certain actors playing certain roles and to bring that to an end by changing the actor does a disservice to the person who is known for the role.

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    heather replied

    The show shouldn’t suffer because michelle moved on…her character is very much needed

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  28. sue says:

    Maybe if Sony/CBS would just get rid of JFP, Josh could do a better job of co-writing with a new person or persons….think I will tweet angelica mcdaniel, head of cbs daytime, and remind her fans are not happy.. of course there is one person who tweets negative stuff everyday and nothing gets done.. so guess time will tell, it will either get better, be cancelled, or I’ll stop watching..

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    Whynot replied

    Just curious, how long have you been waiting for it to get better?

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  29. Barbara from Atlanta says:

    CBS executive Angelica McDaniel has been repeatedly mentioned in articles like this one concerning Y&R casting decisions. Her name crops up here and I vividly remember seeing it in a link on this site to an article concerning Marcy Rylan leaving the role of Abby Carlton.

    I am LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNG time viewer of CBS soaps and have a LOOOOOOONNNG memory of them. I remember the bad shape ATWT was in for several years before it left the air and comments from various writers/etc. mentioning CBS executives’ input into the show. I don’t remember McDaniel (or predecessor Barbara Bloom) being mentioned to this degree in pre-Phelps articles about the day-to-day decisions about Y&R. I am wondering if the firing of Maria Bell was just as much about CBS taking a more active role in the running of the show as it was in (justifiably) getting rid of Bell.

    ALL of this bothers me. I can understand a network executive having some influence over a show but NOT about detailed creative issues such as recasting. I highly doubt that Bill Bell would have tolerated that level of network involvement into his creative process. I shudder to think where all of this is headed based on what I vividly remember about the criminally pitiful shape ATWT was in when it died.

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  30. lisa says:

    I’m really going to miss Michelle as Phyllis – I pretty much hated her in the early years ,but grew to love her when she got with Nick.
    I always loved them as a couple way more than Jack and Phyllis or Nick and Sharon (they’ve completely ruined her).
    I don’t think Sharon can be rehabilitated at this point – she’s totally whacko !
    I hope they don’t leave this storyline hanging too long !!

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    heather replied

    Agree!

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  31. Mad/hatter says:

    Their is not going to be a recast anytime soon I am hoping we discover that a/hole Victor had Sharon’s meds messed with. Besides that this show as long as JFP is in charge is all about Dylan/Steve Burton.

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  32. Brandon says:

    Hate that tptb tried to change history with Summer’s paternity. I wonder if that is why Michelle S. left. Then once they saw they had made a mistake, they threw the poor character of Sharon (love Sharon Case) in as a villain to reverse what had been done. Isn’t it funny how quick Steve Burton was added to the opening credits? I love Michelle Stafford and wish her the best. AND I will watch for her wherever she lands! I see only great things!
    JPF…it is time to go before Y&R becomes Genoa City much like General Hospital became Port Charles. Stories are moving way too fast and characters are so out of character. And too many stories going on at once. I can’t even count them!! Please Sony…save our Y&R NOW!!! I promise to watch until it gets corrected!

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    su0000 replied

    I love all stories going on, it dose not bore me to have several stories, if i dont like one story i may like the other 7..

    And, I like a faster pace with the stories.. long drawn out stories do not hold my attention and become stagnate a bore me to stone..

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  33. Chaz says:

    The role should not be recast for a long time. Stafford has made too much of an impact and prior attempts have failed miserably. Under the current regime many characters have been either derailed or written into a corner. As someone else mentioned a happy Phyllis/Jack would be boring They have taken almost all possible story away from Phyllis.

    I have never been a huge Sharon fan but that poor character has been thrown under the train, bounced off and hit by a bus. An explanation for her “odd” behavior was given with the bi-polar diagnosis, then they screw that up by making her the town pariah anyway , then compound it with this last insane DNA tampering. It would have made more sense to show Sharon grow by landing a job non-Newman and be a strong, independent, self-sufficient woman.

    A fun couple, Kevin & Chloe, has been broken apart by making Kevin into a guy who gets his thrills from breaking & entering regardless of the consequences.

    Niki is practically a wall ornament for all we see of her.

    I like Adam but am tired of the continuous waltz of distrust between he & Victor.

    The Michael/Lauren story was interesting because there was no instant forgiveness and you saw them really working their way back. The psycho Carmine aspect was unnecessary and predictable. It would have been more interesting to have Carmine be the new Brad type of character,,,,working his way into a position of power.

    Dylan…ugh. STOP stuffing Steve Burton down our throats. He is NOT all that.

    I don’t blame Michelle Stafford for leaving. She probably sees the handwriting on the wall as far as JFP & JG are concerned and knows that the vets will eventually be destroyed so the FOJ can be brought in and repaint the show with their stories.

    And, just as an end note….cannot stand Tyler or Leslie. Mason isn’t on enough to have strong feelings abou I have to say that Melissa Ordway has Abby has grown on me, though I really like Emme Rylan.

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    Whynot replied

    I do not blame MS for leaving either, as a veiwer I left the show months ago and I rarely look back and when I do, all I have to watch is a couple of minutes before I am off and running away from the show.

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  34. I Love GH says:

    Only a few daytime actresses could handle the role: Laura Wright, Kelly Sullivan, Kassie DePaiva, Arienne Zucker…. It will be interesting.

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  35. JEFF says:

    Don’t recast Phyllis!! If they must then Sarah Brown, Kelly Sullivan or Robin Christopher get my vote.

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  36. heidi says:

    I am going to miss Michelle as Phyllis! She is Phylliss and it will be awkward seeing anybody else as Phyllis. However I am excited for Michelle and hope she finds fun things to do… she is very talented and she will be fabulous at whatever she does!!! Of course I would love it it if she came to GH!!! I just hope she is happy and loving whatever she does next!!!

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  37. Victor says:

    I think they need to recast. There is still so much that Phyliss needs to do. Robin Christopher could pull this off. She was outstanding as Skye on AMC and GH and she was able to recast a beloved role on Another World without missing a beat. She is a devoted actress and she would be perfect with Peter Bergman. I can also see her as Summer’s mom ;) C’mon CBS hire Robin Christopher!

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  38. Mo says:

    They need to recast. Phyllis is an integral character. I surmise Phyllis will go to a rehab center and return with a new face.

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  39. Renetta Alexander says:

    The role of Phyllis Newman should be recast, I have the perfect actress to replace Michelle Stafford, which is Robin Christopher, ex-Skye Quatermaine from General Hospital, she would be perfect for the role, because of the red hair and all plus she is a good actress who would do the role of Phyllis justice, I think Michelle Stafford would agree to that, and the role of Phyllis Newman should not be killed off and that would leave the door open, just in case Michelle do want to come back in the future.

    From Renetta Alexander
    Kansas City, Missouri

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  40. karen rinehart says:

    I’M JUST LOVING G/H AND ALL THAT IS GOING ON NOW IT’S GREAT.. NOW Y/R IS GETTING HOT I’M LOVING JASON BY THE DAYS .. IS THEIR EVER GOING TO BE A NEW PHYLLIS DOWN THE LINE ?

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  41. kalamaty says:

    PLEASE DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN NO RECAST!! It would never work; Stafford is absolutely irreplaceable in that role and I fear for whomever would try to step in those Manolo’s!

    I am so upset by her leaving the show, but she has other interests she wants to pursue and I wish her well and will definitely follow what she does. I will SO miss seeing her light up my television every single day. No matter what scene she was in, I am just riveted by her choices and talent; what a presence!! She’s a phenomenal actress and her leaving will create a huge void on Y&R. Will I still watch? Yes. Do I hope that she will return one day? PLEASE GOD! Best of luck Michelle, and thank you for so many wonderful years on Y&R!

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    Fred Jackson Teaster III replied

    I agree 100%

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  42. Sheena Williams says:

    I think they should recast, but be careful with the right actor, phyllis was a diamond in the ruff! please don’t wait too long to cast a shadow over Sharon and let Summer and everyone know Nick is her father.

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  43. Fred says:

    Michelle Stafford is such an extraordinary actress, she is so immensely talented … I quite honestly cannot see anyone else playing the character pf Phyllis after all she has given to us through the years! If I were Y&R I would do whatever it takes to get her back, if anything at least to wrap up her character in a more positive and happy way … a more fitting goodbye to her character! Frankly, I feel as though I have lost a friend and i will grieve her departure from the show! Yes, i realize she is a fictional character and it’s only make-believe, but when you watch someone on television for over a decade that individual becomes so familiar, almost like part of your own psyche! I think she’ll be back (*crosses fingers*)!

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  44. Fred Jackson Teaster III says:

    Michelle Stafford is such an extraordinary actress, she is so immensely talented! I quite honestly cannot see anyone else playing the character of Phyllis after all she has given to us through the years! If I were Y&R I would do whatever it takes to get her back, if anything at least to wrap up her character in a more positive and happy way … a more fitting goodbye to her character! Frankly, I feel as though I have lost a friend and i will grieve her departure from the show! Yes, I realize she is a fictional character and it’s only make-believe, but when you watch someone on television for over a decade that individual becomes so familiar, almost like part of your own psyche! I think she’ll be back (*crosses fingers*)!

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  45. Kelly M. says:

    Michelle Stafford is to Phyllis Newman what Kim Zimmer is to Reva Shane!!! Not Re-castable…However I do think there is a lot of this story to tell. You could always do the Sheila twist again and have her play the New-Phyllis leaving the door open for the real Phyllis to return. My vote is for Gina Tignoni form Guiding Light she is an excellent actress and a real spitfire.

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  46. Holly says:

    I started watching the show with Phyllis and I may stop now that she’s leaving. Can i continue watching with Sharon victorious and Phillis in a coma at her hand? And then there’s Avery, I actually dislike her more than both Sharon and even Cricket. I won’t be tuning in to see Avery and Nick ride into the sunset. Maybe I might continue watching for Adam, but I had hoped to see him and Phillis (Michelle) hook up someday.

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  47. Dot K says:

    Please recast Phyllis. Don’t let the secret die with her. And do NOT let Michelle Stafford come back. She is biting the hand that has fed her. Never have liked her anyway. Someone else can play the part and after time has passed, it will be okay.

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  48. vfocused says:

    Please, please do not recast! There will never be anyone to play Phyllis like Michelle Stafford. I understand she may have some other avenues to pursue but please Michelle dont close the door on coming back. The show needs Michelle not just the character. The character interacted with the other characters so well, especially Micheal. They were best friends. Michelle made Phyllis and I think Phyllis taught Michelle a few things too. The show was so fun with Phyllis. She will so be missed. I wanted Phyllis back with Nick, and I thought there was a chance they’d get back until they put her Avery with him. That hook up and relationship is so wrong due to how she has treated phyllis when she took their father side. Now they want to reward her with NIck! No absolutely not! No sharon and no Avery but with Phyllis(Michelle) I think maybe Michelle wasnt happy about that break up either and even she (Michelle) got bored at playing this goody-two-shoes-Phyllis, so boring. Dont know how Y & R will survive without Michelle. Everyone has gotten really boring! If Phyllis goes then bring Drucilla back, which has been a long time coming! Those two characters were cut from the same cloth, just heard they did not get along which probably helped on the show. Michelle I miss you arleady. You are the best actor on the show besides “Micheal”. Please dont make this forever. I think that would be the death of the show at this time. You made the show exciting and not just your character but you, Michelle. Wish you the best but so miss you already!! Best actress ever! Job well done!

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  49. vfocused says:

    … and again PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT RECAST PHYLLIS. If there is no recast I believe Michelle may come back, maybe not right away but one day. NO RECAST ABSOLUTELY NOT! PLEASE!

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  50. pamelat says:

    Please keep Michelle if possible she is the best thing going for y&r. Get rid of Sharon she’s not needed she gets away with to much that’s not real life. I would hate to see Michelle recast but we need Phyllis to shut Sharon down this has to come out about Summer.

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  51. Suzanne says:

    Yes recast and end the stupid story about Summer. Who ever come up with that is sick. Yes recast Phillis and Kyle he is a horrible actor

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  52. Diane says:

    yes, Y & R should recast Phyllis an soon…. The show will not be the same with out Phyllis.

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    Ms sunshine replied

    I will stop watching if Phyllis leaves! Her personality is one of a kind and no one can play Phyllis like Michelle Stafford

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  53. Holly says:

    Please don’t recast Phyllis!, but I agree this Summer story has to end. They should get Nick to get one last paternity test on all his kids in hopes of a miracle, that Summer is truly his. Then have the results say that of course Summer is his and Faith is actually Jack’s, for crazy Patty was loose at that time and more than capable of switching that paternity test.

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  54. coco says:

    Keep her character..the redhead chick from the Dome would make a gd phyllis character..idk what her name is!

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  55. Gloria Shealy says:

    I feel something should be done quickly to let Jack know he is not the father and that someone should step in now. It is a bad story line.

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  56. barbara says:

    I think its unfair that Sharon gets the better of Phyllis. Sharon is not that great of an actress and prolonging her not getting caught and wiggling back to Nick is about to drive me away from a show I have been hooked on for decades. Making Nick a gullible naive character weakens him to a point of disgust. Phyllis has to live long enough to tell the truth about Sharon and SOON. Im really on the hate-Sharon bandwagon. If any role needs to be recast, its Sharon’s. No matter what she is trying to portray, it comes out conceited and smug. Recast both. We need a Phyllis, not necessarily a Sharon. But the show definitely needs the street smart firecracker!!!

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  57. Darlene Lourenco says:

    Hi there my opinion on re -casting phyllis is that they should bring her back in as she comes out of her coma n fully re -coperates and she speaks about how it was sharons fault for her falling ! Y & R just aint the same without Phyllis Please bring her back very very soon !!!!

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  58. Iyan says:

    I think they should recast the role. Gina Tognoni (dinah-Guiding Light) would make an excellent choice.

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  59. Katrina says:

    I’m sorry, but finding someone to replace Michelle Stafford will be impossible! Some roles on day time soaps will not have the same effect being played by someone else, and there is NO other person who can be Phylis, but Michelle Stafford!

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  60. Grace Kolenda says:

    I don’t think Phyllis can ever be replaced. She is the best actress on the show. I have been watching since the show began. I am 78. Please come back Michelle.

    A Great Fan,

    Grace

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  61. Grace Kolenda says:

    Why not, because it’s true?

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  62. Grace Kolenda says:

    The story is really going off the deep end. If Phyllis doesn’t come back it will be a disaster. Pay her more.

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  63. Fan says:

    Although I am not a Phyllis fan, I believe Michelle Stafford is a wonderful actress! She is extremely talented and I am certain will do well in any other set she chooses.
    I do hope Phyllis is not written back on the show, simply because I am a Sharon fan and have hated Phyllis ever since she busted up Nick and Sharon.
    But, as I said; Michelle Stafford is wonderful..

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  64. Creola Jacque says:

    Sharon needs to get what’s coming to her! The original Phyllis has to return for a reunion with her child and to set thing right! She is valuable to the show!,

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  65. Antionette says:

    Where is Michelle Stanford on Y&R? When r u going to deal with her story line with Sharon. I want Sharon to be found out.

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  66. Antionette says:

    I agree Phyllis should be written back in the Y&R. Keeping her storyline open is awful. I want everyone to find out what a quack Sharon is.

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  67. pat coggins says:

    I am convinced that Phyllis should be recast. It will be soooo hard for the recast but she is much to integreal a part of te show yo let her stay in a coma. How will Sharon ever get her come upps if Phylllis doesnot wake up. I know its soap but this was cruel, cruel cruel.

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  68. Karen N says:

    I can’t believe. I just thought it was a lot of talk that Michelle was leaving. It’s ridiculous especially with losing Jean Cooper. I have watched this show for over 25 years and I just don’t like the direction it’s going. Nick and Avery should have gotten married and make (at least for awhile) and they really need to develop Kevin’s character (finally maybe at the police dept). I think it was a big mistake to loose Michelle and to replace with a different actress is a real loss of understanding to this show, too. They use to not (until recent years) replace character acters. You had real believability which is getting watered down. Sad!

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  69. Mitchy says:

    I absolutely miss Phyllis!!! I have been a loyal fan for over 20 years and it is the one and only show, I dvr while @ work. I find myself fast forwarding through a large part of my favorite part of the day/night, now. I feel, Phyllis’s role is essential to the continued success of Y&R….as she is an amazing actress. I am growing very fond of Chelsea, as well!!! keeps things, exciting.

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  70. Wanda says:

    The one that needs replacing is Jill Farren Phelps . She has brought nothing to the show!!! She is re-writing history and making it up as she goes! She is the biggest mistake ever!!!!!!!! Why would they ever agree to her?????????? HELP!!! This show is in trouble!!!!

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    4everDAYS replied

    YawneR is crappy, but has good ratings. DAYS is good, but has
    crappy ratings. People continue rewarding crap and punishing
    excellance!!! GH should have higher ratings too! Stop being a
    YawneR. Check yourself into General Hospital and may all your
    DAYS be great!

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  71. Paula Kate Meserole says:

    Definitely recast. Phyllis Newman is so integral to the show. This Character is a powerhouse that needs to get back to Genoa City! STAT!

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  72. Old one says:

    I love Michelle Stafford as PHYLLIS!
    I also feel she is an intricate character in the show.
    I just hope if they recast her, they can find a similar type to play her part.
    BIG SHOES TO FILL!

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  73. Dawn says:

    I think Michelle should return as Phyllis, even if it’s just for a few episodes to let everyone know Summer is Nick’s daughter and Sharon is responsible. This has been drug out for way to long. Sharon gets on my nerves, I hate when they show her. She has been plotting to hurt people to benefit herself for years and it is getting pretty old. I loved Phyllis on this show. She didn’t take crap from No one…and always put Sharon in her place. COME BACK PHYLLIS!!! PLEASE…

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  74. Des'Tri says:

    Michelle Stafford makes Y&R! She is the woman who walks in the black dress in the opening credits. And with the current storyline and how things are playing out, they will have to recast Phyllis, because the story won’t make it without her. I was absolutely heartbroken when Michelle decided to leave, as she had became my favorite actress/character. If they must recast, I do suggest Tamara Braun to fill the part. She is an outstanding actress, although she isn’t Michelle, she is the only one in my opinion, who can come close to fill Michelle’s heels. TAMARA BRAUN! TAMARA BRAUN! TAMARA BRAUN! or just beg and beg Michelle to come back!

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  75. Rich says:

    Ive been a fan of the show for since i was a kid in the early 80′s I watched the show after school it was on right after Price is Right after Bob Barkers message to spade or nuder your pet lol I never liked Philis from the start but since they started making Sharon more freaky Philis started becoming my fav I never liked her and her relationship with Nick felt they were trying to act like teenagers but with Jack and Philis it was cool please come back Philis

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  76. kelly smith says:

    Yes! I think they should recast Phyllis if she does’nt want. to come back. Laura Leighton (Sydney off of Melrose place) would be a perfect fit. The charector needs to be fun and fiesty!! And great at being sneaky and bad!

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  77. Kay says:

    I wouldn’t mind a recast of Phyllis. MS will be tough to replace, but of the possibilities that have been thrown out on here, I’d say definitely Kelly Sullivan. She can play tough as nails, and still be believable in her gentler moments. Everyone else either isn’t believable playing all sides of Phyllis, the wild and the rational, or would look odd paired with Josh Morrow, since I’ve never believed that Nick and Phyllis are truly over. Whoever it is, better send Sharon off to the looney bin for the rest of eternity, given what she’s done to Jack and Nick (two men she claims to care for) and poor innocent Summer who never did a thing to Sharon.

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  78. carrie says:

    No one can take Phyllis’ place; but someone has to take on that role; someone as beautiful, witty and energetic as Michelle. If you have to get rid of someone, how about the insipid Sharon

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  79. thetexasbomb says:

    I think the Phyllis role should come back to life and bust Sharon in her quest to win Nick.

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  80. thetexasbomb says:

    Lisa LoCicero has the look that would fit would the role of Phyllis.

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  81. Curtis Windley says:

    Hi! I’ve been watching Y&R for about 3 yrs & I love me some Phillis! I miss her & let’s face it, no-one can do it better! Who ever her replacement is has some big shoes to fill! I really want everthing to blow up is Sharon’s face, I wish they’d hurry up!!!

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  82. Joaquín says:

    I think it’s time for Anne Heche to come back to daytime she would make an awesome Phillis

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  83. stracy smith says:

    Yes I do think that they should bring Phyllis back because she was the best and we love her so please bring her back thanks

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  84. Tanya says:

    I honestly feel that it will be very difficult to re-cast the roll of Phyllis. Michelle did an incredible job and any actress coming in, would definitely have her work cut out for her. She was by far my absolute favorite!

    However, if the role must be re-cast, I could seriously see Anna Gunn (Skyler from Breaking Bad) as a great candidate! She has “Phyllis’” look and is definitely a fantastic actress who has won awards. Great possibility in my opinion!

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  85. Gwen says:

    Michelle is by far the better choice for Phyllis she owns that role and I didn’t even like the Phyllis character but no one plays it better…but since she’s not coming back I like Robin Christopher for the role, she’s a vet and she can give Sharon all the heat she needs to put her in her place for the lies she has told concerning Summer
    Y&R should really consider RC

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  86. kareemah michelle says:

    Phyllis made the Young and theRestless mor interesting in my opnion but if Michelle Stafford really does not come back…then they should recast. I’m just ready for the trth ro come out bout Summer…I really liked Phyllis she was. Real.

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  87. Rosemary Swain says:

    I am so sorry to here that you will not be gracing the screen of Y&R I will miss you the series will never be the same without you. I love you and no one can take your place as far as I am concern. Please come back, I am sad for me but happy for your new adventures that you will no doult persue.

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  88. marie danella says:

    I loved and miss the charater of Phyliss so much. Please re-cast her if you can’t get
    Michelle Stafford to return. All the good charaters are leaving, what’s going on?
    You need to get Billy Miller back, too…..he was perfect as Billy Abbott. The new actor is too young looking for Victoria.
    What the heck is going on with all the changes?

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