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178 May 7th, 2014 Y&R Recasting Phyllis! Who Would You Suggest To Play The Part?

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With the news that Michelle Stafford has joined the cast of General Hospital as Nina Clay, The Young and the Restless has decided its time to move full force into recasting the pivotal role of Phyllis!

An official casting call had gone out to find Stafford’s replacement with the description of the character as:  “Phyllis is beautiful, smart and conniving. She is confident in her own sexuality and is unafraid to use it to get what she wants. She knows she has power over men and many times has used it, both to her benefit and to her detriment. She definitely has an edge.”    The casting notice also asked for an actress 35-4o years old.

On Y&R, Phyllis has been in a coma since tumbling down the stairwell thanks to a key incident that involved Sharon’s  (Sharon Case) paternity secret of Summer (Hunter King)!  Now that Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is falling in love again and this time with Kelly Andrews (Cady McClain), ain’t it about time for Phyllis to wake up and shake things up for Jack and Kelly and Nick  (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon?

So, it’s time to put your casting director hats on! Who do you think would make a good Phyllis  …  and that you would like to see on Y&R?  Someone who has played previous roles on daytime or primetime television?  Michelle Stafford definitely make her mark on this role, so it may be a very difficult act to follow! Share your  thoughts below!

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  1. Mark says:

    Anne Heche should return to daytime and play phyllis as a clone of Miss Victoria Hudson of Bay City!!!!!!

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    Becky replied

    Oh please nooo, I can’t stand her.

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    Liza replied

    Anne Heche no way, she had her 15 minutes of fame.

    Max replied

    That 15 minutes you talk about gave her an emmy. Love Ann Heche!

    Patrick replied

    Anne Heche is so HOT : have you seen her it “Spead” I know, right: sounds defining
    w/Ashton Kutcher… she was never at her most finest… LOOKS dept.

    absolutely, loved her… and she bowled me over… in Men in Trees… WELL DONE.

    she can run the gamut… shows hair makes a big difference… but she’s aloof, inviting, come on

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    Adam replied

    Funny that Mark mentioned her, I thought the same thing last night, Anne Heche was awesome on AW and she be perfect ! But I was thinking of others and well I thought of

    Gina Tognoni she be awesome, she needs to return back to daytime!

    Max replied

    Definitely Gina Tognoni she is great.. would do Phyllis proud.

    Michael replied

    My first pick would be Robin Christopher who was on GH before and I’ve seen her work. She can pull off playing Phyllis really well.

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    Robert replied

    I agree Robin would be an excellent choice to play Phyllis!

  2. dinah says:

    Robin Christopher

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    Claudio replied

    Good choice Dinah, I love Robin

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    Becky replied

    Now that’s an idea I can get behind, and it would make me watch more than just one or two days a week.

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    clh replied

    Oh yes! Good one! Except I don’t watch Y&R anymore until JFP is there.

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    clh replied

    I mean GONE!!!

    dmr replied

    Robin would be amazing. I’ve always liked her.

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  3. Reagan says:

    Hands down– Sarah Joy Brown. She would look hot with Nick, could shake things up with Dylan/Avery & would look convincing as Avery’s sister. And she could certainly be a good scene partner for Jack. She’s so talented and gorgeous! Though I have no idea if she and JPF or Burton get along. Everyone is expecting Kelly Sullivan who would do fine, as well as Tamara (the other ex Carly)…. but my heart is set on Sarah!!

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    Reagan replied

    Plus I would buy her as Summer’s mom

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    clh replied

    Good one too!

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    Susan replied

    I think Sarah or Tamara could pull it off. Kelly not so much but I do like her. Michelle Stafford is a powerhouse and it will be hard to fill her shoes.

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    JustSaying replied

    I would agree. It’s just that B&B did a horrible job with her when she was on that show. I’d hate for the same thing to happen on Y&R.

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    I Love GH replied

    Good choice! She can handle the part.

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  4. Michael says:

    Lindsay Hartley (Ex- Theresa, Passions), Kelly Sullivan (ex- Connie, GH), Erin Hershey, Alison Sweeney, Gina Tognoni, Emily VanCamp

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    k/kay replied

    They are all too young I am sorry but would producers and writers start considering the history of a character. Women do not die on the vine after 40 the character has history with Jack and PB is 60 years old. If you were recasting Victoria or Chelsea or even Avery these people would work but not Phyllis. Phyllis is not an igenue!! Lol!

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    richard replied

    Over half those you listed are WAY too young….Lindsay Hartley playing mother to Hunter King??? Ummmmmm no…hahahaha same thing with Alison Sweeney and Gina Tognoni….way too young…..

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    Michael replied

    On top of that, Alison Sweeney has categorically stated that she would never do another soap outside of Days. She’s trying to trim her schedule down considerably so that she can spend more time with her family and only commit to one show, ‘The Biggest Loser’, for which she is the host of the show. So, we can write her off as an possible Phyllis recast. Yes, Alison is getting close to 40 and she would work but I’ve seen her on Days and she just isn’t the powerhouse actress that Michelle Stafford is.

  5. NATHALIE says:

    not a blonde!

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    Reagan replied

    Have you seen Sarah Brown with the red-ish brown hair? Looks sexy.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Nicolette Sheridan would be perfect if she’d do it…even blonde!!!

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  6. Chel says:

    Jamie Lunar

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    Robert replied

    I love your idea.she is the first person that came to mind and she fits the character description, I would definitely go with Jamie.

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    Vi replied

    I agree Jamie Lunar would be great!

    Mark Y replied

    This is a very good call. She can play smokin’ hot!

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  7. Mark Harding says:

    I’d rather they had “retired the jersey”, even if it meant killing Phyllis. Ms. Stafford was so iconic.

    Since they appear resolved to recasting, I am much influenced by the suggestions of @sheilalives on Twitter. (A) Wait until MTV series is over, and cast red-headed Watros as Phyllis; (B) Jamie Luner and Robin Christopher and Sarah Brown and even Tamara Braun are all regularly mentioned, and I could support any of these.

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    richard replied

    Watros is a lil more over the top and can play the psycho really well, she doesn’t strike me as that “phyllis” sexiness that’s needed….Jamie Luner and Robin Christopher would be ideal!!!!

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  8. k/kay says:

    Well I see JFP is going to make the same mistake MAB did when she recast Dianne with Maura West the actress needs to be between 40 & 50 to be plausible with what all this character has done over the years. If she was going to recast Phyllis then why bother recasting Kelly. Once again messing with ages drives me nuts. But to the actual question I would look long and serious at Robin Christopher she has the look and she can play bad girl. I have heard the name Kelly Sullivan bantered about NO she is too young for Peter Bergman.

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    Lew S. replied

    Good choice – I totally agree with all of it! Jamie Lunar would also be good in the role.

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    k/kay replied

    I watched an old scene with Robin Christopher from GH when Jax had left her for Brenda she was so bitchy and gorgeous at the same time it blew me away. I will tell you this if JFP cast anyone under the age of 45 I will be writing letters again. It will be an epic fail if she casts someone 10 years younger then Stafford.

    Mary SF replied

    I agree all this age tampering really messes with the time line– the character Phyllis, not MS, was twenty in 1994 when she was first introduced, so technically Phyllis should be forty– therefore an actress in her late thirties up to mid forties should be able to play her without stretching credibility too much. But because they SORAS both of her children Daniel and Summer– that real age seems to be pushing it, and an actresses in late forties early fifties would look more the age Phyllis should be to have children the age they are now at. So you’re right anyone younger than 45 would be a disservice to the character and the history they gave her.

    I am surprised they are recasting at all. I thought JFP would be happy if the character stayed in a coma forever. And the way the stories are now I don’t see how Phyllis can fit into the canvas as a major player again. Unless my secret hope that the real Phyllis was killed by Lauren when Sheila took Phyllis’s face and this Phyllis has been Sheila all along

    I always imagined Shelia had a mental break during that shooting and really thought she was Phyllis and that is why she never acted like Sheila. So I am hoping when Phyllis wakes up, she is cured of her delusion and remembers she is really Sheila. If that happens I think I could accept any recast knowing, she won’t be really be Phyllis and that character died a long time ago.

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    k/kay replied

    I think they need to move on and just swallow their pride of trying to put MS in her place that is what this is really all about. I can’t figure JFP out she was more then willing to let Laura stay in a coma on GH. Today it has been one year since we lost our Jeanne Cooper. I wonder what she would think of this mess called Y&R. RIP my dear lady we miss you!!!!

  9. Eric says:

    Nobody. Ever. EVER.

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    kalamaty replied

    AGREED!

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    Mark Y replied

    Soaps are all about the re-cast, Eric.

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    Eric replied

    In this case they shouldn’t be, though. Some roles should never be recast and this is one of them, in my opinion.

    If they MUST recast, I would vote for Jamie Luner.

  10. andrew hass says:

    I could see Robin Christopher or Bobbie Eakes playing Phyllis.Also with Phyllis having been in a coma that is a good way to explain any personality changes in the character.

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  11. Iakovos says:

    I like Lesli Kay, Kelly Menighan Hensley, even Kelly Sullivan. A strong smart and sexy woman in her 40s, or who convincingly can play that.

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    Stephanie replied

    I agree and would prefer a former ATWT actress – especially Kelley Menighan Hensley – she’s the best!

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    Mark Y replied

    I would love to see Lesli and Kelly back.

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    Nate replied

    That is a really good idea. Both of these ladies would have great chemistry with the new Kelly (Cady McClain)

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    Justin replied

    Add me to the Kelly M Hensley list…and I hated her when she took Melanie Smith’s role on ATWT. She eventually won me over big time.

    4everDAYS replied

    Christina Crawford as Phyllis would make me tune in to Y&R.

  12. Darla Gaub says:

    I submit Vanessa Marsil. She’s sexy, & could carry off the sneakysneaky ways of Phyllis. She could play evil too. She’s age appropriate for the role.

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    Reagan replied

    Pretty actress but too dark skin for Summer and the legendary nickname “Red”

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  13. Ricardo says:

    Eluzabeth keifer ex Blake guiding Light, or Robin Christopher ex Skye gh. BOTH of these ladies are wonderful actresses.

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    Mark Y replied

    Liz Keifer is my number one choice. I can stop scrolling and support your suggestion, Ricardo!

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    Rob replied

    Im with you guys, Liz Keifer would be great.

    Patrick replied

    Liz Keifer, honest to goodness… all that sexy… was right up there with my faves on GL… right on with Beth Chamberlain – mention Crystal Chappell and these ladies turned it ON

    Liz Keifer is 52… and is fab

    she’d be tantalizing with Peter Bergman

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  14. toscanti says:

    Gina Tognoni could pull off the vital role. SOOOOOO Tired of JFP messing with the casting of my show. Bring BM,and MM back as Billy and Adam. She “JFP” is such a waste to daytime.

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    Nate replied

    I agree. Gina Tognoni would be my number 1 pick.

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  15. Jeanne says:

    McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan Passions i know she is not red headed but that is a easy fix :)

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  16. Angelo says:

    Jamie luner is a red head, and the woman can act. Please hire her now.

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  17. Lee says:

    My suggestions are Jamie Luner or Tamara Braun.

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  18. Frank says:

    Marcia Cross ex Bree desperate housewives, she would kick ass as the new Phyllis.

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    k/kay replied

    Too old in JFP’s eyes that is why probably she won’t look at Robin Christopher who would be great because she is 48. I wish she would have left Phyllis in the coma if we are going to make her younger then her sister Avery or Sharon. Marcia Cross is a great actress but she is 52 that is a no no in JFP’s world.

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    David replied

    Oh I love that idea if shr will return to daytime

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  19. the brother says:

    SANDRA NELSON OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who? the actress that portrayed her the best from from 1997 to 1998.

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    Mark Y replied

    Interesting. I didn’t realize that the uber popular Michelle Stafford was a re-cast!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    That would fail. Sandra was a horrible Phyllis.

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    Nate replied

    Oh please no!!! I think she was awful as Phyllis…

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  20. Darla Gaub says:

    Robin Christopher doesn’t have that playfulness way of the character. Tamara is too child like. What about Lauren Holly?

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  21. richard says:

    JAMIE LUNER!! She’s one of the sexiest redheads on daytime, primetime or anytime!!!!! She knows how to play a vamp/seductress to the hilt!!!! She was awesome on Melrose Place, Savannah and AMC!!!!!

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  22. Mo says:

    I have no idea.

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  23. Eileen Hargis says:

    Gina Tognoni or Tamara Braun.

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    Nate replied

    Yes Gina Tognoni!!!!

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  24. Patrick says:

    I couldn’t begin to guess, yet venture

    I love that Robin Christopher’ name is bandied about

    I absolutely, LOVE her

    she sparked, drove, ignited, fired, HOT, intensifies, swarms, saunters, she’s SEXY!

    she did this ALL :

    All My Children
    General Hospital
    One life to LIVE

    knocked me out on Another World

    look at her resume… and SHE’s still got IT

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  25. George says:

    Wendy Moniz

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    Nate replied

    Wendy would be a good one..

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  26. mike says:

    Robin Christopher now that Kassie DePaiva is employed elsewhere.

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  27. Miew says:

    Jamie Luner, of course ! She was perfect when she played Lexie Sterling (Melrose Place). She looks like Phyllis.
    Hire me to decide and be sure I will hire Jamie Luner if she wants !

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  28. BTripp says:

    Gina Tognoni, Sarah Brown, or Robin Christopher could all pull it off. Oh and what about Susan Haskel! Her hubby is on B&B so it makes sense that she could come to Cali to work on Y&R.

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    Reagan replied

    Sarah is my first choice and Susan Haskell is my 2nd!! Good call. I could see Susan being very age appropriate to have been with Jack and Nick and have Daniel/Summer

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  29. Annette says:

    How about Lisa Lo Cicero?

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    Michael S replied

    I like this idea! Her talents are being wasted on GH’s Olivia. Lisa has shown she can be feisty. She is the right age group to play off Peter Bergman. I think they would have chemistry too. I’d approve of this casting.

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    Elite Advisors replied

    ugh…LIsa would be a terrible Phyllis…. although I dont even care for her as Olivia….that character needs to go…

  30. JustSaying says:

    How about a brand new actress instead of one with previous ties to other soaps. Seriously!!!!!

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    Breck replied

    The hardest part about that is the new pace of soaps. Shooting up to 3 episodes a day, often with no rehearsal, and actors playing major characters shooting more than 100 pages a day regularly. An actor who is new to soaps and also a front burner character runs the risk of holding up production with flubbed and forgotten lines, an inability to keep up, or the chance, like Joan Van Ark, of quitting after a cycle because its too much. None of which is good for a show. Not a dure thing and always exceptions, but it shows why shows lean toward proven soap talent when casting a front burner role.

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  31. Monica says:

    Susan Haskell is great. I agree about KDP. She would also made a great fit for B&B with Thorsten given they were lovers on One Life. I think Robin Christopher would make a great Phyllis.

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  32. su0000 says:

    lol
    Replacing Billy, was bad bad bad … turned Billy into FF
    Replacing Kelly, was bad bad bad .. turned into FF

    Replacing fiery Phyllis, will be a fail …. MS made the character her own.
    (Do not replace her

    A catastrophic recast will Adam … )wait for it …

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    Nate replied

    I agree the recast for Billy has been terrible. But the recast of Kelly is great. Cady McClain makes that role so much more likeable.

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    Jimmy replied

    David Tom is really failing in the role, Billy Miller was phenomenal and Tom really isn’t living up to that standard at all.

    As for Kelly, I like her much more now with Cady McClain in the role than I did when Cynthia Watros was playing her. I do really like Watros but she didn’t shine as Kelly and she made the character very unlikable – well, the writing is to blame I guess.

    As for Phyllis, I think if the recast her with a well known, well liked actress, it might work. Then again, Y&R recast Diane with Maura West who is phenomenal, but that was an epic fail. So I guess time will tell.

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    Jared replied

    David Tom is the original Billy and is doing a great job. It’s wonderful to se the real Billy back and acting like Billy again.

  33. Jeff says:

    Robin Christopher, Sarah Brown or Kelly Sullivan!! Christoper has the edge with the red hair in place:)

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  34. Mary SF says:

    I know this is way out there–, the actress who played the Wicked Witch on Once Upon a Time this season. I swear she could pass as MS twin sister. Drawbacks, perhaps too young for Phyllis now, and speaks with Australian accent, but otherwise she would have been perfect, as the Wicked Witch she had edge, but vulnerable– as I watch I kept wishing the casting people from Y&R were watching so they might just might approach her about the role. Of course that was wishful thinking and would never happen.

    And that is trouble with casting in Daytime, they seem stuck in casting only people who worked on soaps and don’t look beyond “the family” for new talent. Sigh.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I love the actress playing the witch on Once Upon A Time…she also has daytime experience…she was the original Margaret on OLTL!!!

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    Mary SF replied

    Did not know that since I never watched OLTL– but Googled it and you’re right — her name is Rebecca Mader. I didn’t think she had any connection to daytime, learn something everyday. Anyway she has my vote to be the new Phyllis but I don’t think it will happen.

    lll replied

    Her name is Rebecca Mader, and that’s an interesting choice.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I wish that too since you mention her but like you know it most likely wont happen…i only watch Y&R on occasion but id watch everyday if she was Phylis!!!

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    Kaleesi replied

    She would be great but I think they will probably keep her for a while on OUAT.

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  35. Michelle says:

    Don’t care personally I’m enjoying her coma.

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  36. Eric says:

    What about Kathy griffin. lol

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  37. Jimmy says:

    I could easily see Robin Christopher in the role, same with Sarah Brown. I really like Tamara Braun but I just can’t see her being a love interest for Jack or Summer’s mother. I’m not familiar with Jamie Luner’s work but from what I read she and how she looks, she could probably pull it off too. I just hope they don’t goof on this recast like they did with Billy.

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  38. Jerry says:

    Already said give some red hair dye 2 Kelly Sullivan YR had 2 one up GH again

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  39. Harlee says:

    Marcia Cross, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

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    k/kay replied

    Someone told me she has basically retired from acting! I could see her in the role but I have a feeling they are going to step in it and hire a younger actress.

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  40. Harlee says:

    NO to SB, why people keep pushing Sarah is beyond me and I watched her on 2 of soaps, ATWT, BB and wasn’t impressed either time….NO!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Her writing on ATWT and B&B were not up to par to her acting talents. SJB is a phenomenal actress who could play the part!

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    Jimmy replied

    She was fantastic as Claudia on GH. I didn’t watch when she played Carly but I hear she was great in that role too.

    B&B completely wasted her talent. I watched since she first aired until her final airdate as Agnes and I gotta say, it was a major disappointment, especially since she’s such a great actress and got handed a bad role with worse writing.

    I think she’d be a great Phyllis recast. She and Robin Christopher are my top two candidates.

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  41. Mark says:

    Laura Leighton! She was fabulous on melrose!! She kinda looks like hunter king too

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  42. Mark says:

    Kim zimmer lol!!!! We could say phyllis rapidly aged 15 years lol

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    davlestev1 replied

    @MARK while you’re yukking it up I think Kim Zimmer would be a great replacement as Sharon’s mom with a story of having the chance to walk…or maybe not

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  43. Jonathan says:

    There really is no replacement for MS.

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  44. Beacon says:

    Charlotte Ross. She couldn’t come back to DAYS as Eve, but playing Phyllis would be a happy compensation.

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    Patrick replied

    YES!

    outside of the aforementioned… this : Charlotte Ross could be the clincher : she has “ALL” the elements required to be : Phyllis : can we say…even sexier, just as dark, edgier, and then some

    Altho… I will keep on propping Robin Christopher

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    Nate replied

    Isn’t she on Nashville now..I don’t see anyone leaving a primetime gig to come back to daytime.

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  45. kalamaty says:

    NO ONE! No one in the soap universe can play the iconic role of Phyllis to the degree that Stafford has. She needs to stay gone, because it will be impossible for people to make a connection with a new actress in that particular role. Sandra Nelson, anyone? Nuff said!

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    Beacon replied

    Sandra Nelson was a successful Phyllis recast.

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  46. Lew S. says:

    Out of curiosity, does anyone remember the character of Phyllis Summers, Abbott, Newman? Just wondering, because of some of the suggestions made. Before you blast me, the actress and the character was one of my all time favorites and I truly believe it will take an actress of Stafford’s caliber to make the recast work. I agree she should be within the appropriate age range, with a similar look. I love Kelley Hensley, Liz Keifer, Tamara Braun, Sarah Brown and Vanessa Marcel (that would be a stretch – no pun intended), but I can’t see them as our girl. But, who knows, they may go against type.

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  47. 4everDAYS says:

    It’s odd that Michelle Stafford went to GH and Y&R is recasting. Why? Did JFP and MS not get along? Y&R messed up!!!

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    Reagan replied

    Sometimes people just need a change? Playing same character year after year can get tiring for an actor. Becomes limiting for what you can do in the future should the show get cancelled. But obviously she had issues somewhere.

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  48. Kate A says:

    Bobbie Eakes. Ej from DOOL could be the next Adam Newman!

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  49. Alan says:

    Michelle Stafford OWNED the role so I can’t see any recast lasting very long (anybody remember when the show tried recasting the role with Sandra Nelson? They ended up writing the character off…).

    Marcy Walker would be a dream recast (her Liza Colby was the same kind of force of nature as Phyllis) but unfortunately, I don’t think she is still acting.

    Jamie Luner? No way. I still remember her stint as Liza Colby on AMC.

    If the show is seriously moving ahead with this, the best choice might end up being a soap newcomer who brings no preconceived notions or prior characters to the table so the viewers see her as Phyllis and no one else.

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    Patrick replied

    There was no one : I repeat : NO one : like Liza and her tour de force role on Santa Barbara

    Marcy Walker : did it for me : had that “IT” factor : fully embodied : captured me

    last I heard… Ms. Walker, was a church counselor

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  50. lisa says:

    Robin Christopher

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  51. Jamie says:

    ROBIN CHRISTOPHER

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  52. randy says:

    ID LOVE TO SEE HEATHER THOM EAT THAT ROLE RIGHT UP….AND IF THEY WOULD AGE THE CHARACTER A BIT ,,HOW BOUT BRINGING BACK BRENDA DICKSON….,,BUT MY FAVE REALISTIC PIC WOULD HAVE TO BE,,LINDSAY LOHAN

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  53. Mary e says:

    I suggest Kelly Sullivan. She was great as Kate/Connie
    Also a long shot would bet the original Kate/Connie that was on gh
    She was great too

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  54. dataspot says:

    Thoughts on Melissa Archer, another redhead?

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    Jimmy replied

    Way too young, there’s no way she could pass as Summer’s mother

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  55. B.J. says:

    Jamie Luner gets my vote. She has the talent, looks and sex appeal that MS had.

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  56. Joel says:

    Kimberlin Brown

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    Jimmy replied

    LOL that’s a good one!

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  57. Jared says:

    Some interesting ideas on this board. Robin Christopher came to my mind before I read any of the responses. Sarah Brown is VERY intriguing, though she’s a little young. I’d prefer her as Victoria. Why not Genie Francis? LOL Y&R and GH can hold each other’s respective stars hostage until everyone comes to their senses and gets back to being the characters we love. I wish for Michelle to return to Y&R as Phyllis as soon as possible. If JFP has to go, so be it. Michelle Stafford is the star of Y&R. She graces the opening titles every day, as the lady in black.

    As for Billy, I still see complaints. As a long-time viewer (since the late 1970′s), I’ve seen a lot of originals and a lot of recasts. Y&R is VERY lucky to get David Tom back. Billy Miller was a suitable replacement, but David Tom is the original “adult” Billy, and it’s nice to see someone come back, rather than leave. Now if only Ashley Bashioum, Eileen Davidson, Thad Luckinbill, Greg Vaughan and Heather Tom would come back, we’d have a show to reckon with.

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    damien replied

    add to that list adreinne leon as colleen carlton and don diamond as brad!! bring back the carltons someway somehow. although I doubt don will be leaving b n b anytime soon, unlike michelle Stafford who wont be lasting long on gh. just wait a little while longer for michelle to be done at gh then bring her back to y n r. whats the point of recasting?! the replacement will never hold a candle to michelle. besides whats the rush? bill bell left secrets hidden on y n r for years, sometimes decades. does sharons secret really need to be revealed right away?!

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    davlestev1 replied

    Actor’s in half baked stories..returned or not..still makes for a SOFT DOUGH

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  58. davlestev1 says:

    I hope it’s well thought out that’s all I can say. Just because an actress wowed you in one part it doesn’t necessarily mean she can step into the stilettos of another iconic character created by a wholly different actress. Recasts are more difficult than you think even when dictated. The actress who left is knowing she can always return and the actress who steps in no matter how good is knowing she has a very long road ahead of her. That being said I really do think that Kim Zimmer should be recast as Sharon’s mother and given a whole new story of possibly being able to walk due to Stitch which draws Sharon into this as deeply as Victoria with Stitch. Can’t you see the story. Sharon and Nick coming back together and this hot doctor can cure your mom…and if he does..Sharon/Nick/Billy/Victoria/victor/Nikki…and on and on all because of the one powerhouse actress and one story that could spin out for a loooonnggg time.

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    davlestev1 replied

    oh the slow build up of Stitch meeting Doris…the realization he can help her..the time he and Sharon begin to spend together..Doris torn between wanting to walk and watching this building relationship..Colin could turn eyes towards her and set off a jill/doris firestorm..and …ohhhh…welll…I can dream can’t I

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    Jimmy replied

    This would be a fantastic story to see play out. I had once thought that Kim Zimmer should play Nikki’s sister, Casey Reed. But, I like this idea much better. And I think it would be a good idea to connect Stitch to more people on the canvas, like what if he is Doris’ long lost son, making him Sharon’s brother? I also wish Y&R would explore who Sharon’s father is because we’ve known her for 20 years and we know nothing about her father, except the fact that he’s dead, but that can easily be rewritten.

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    davlestev1 replied

    Better yet what if included in all this Doris realizes the father she has been protecting Sharon from with the lie of his death is none other than Ian Ward and DYLAN is her brother and brother in law. I don’t think they slept together…but Sharon was koo koo once…right off her meds again

    davlestev1 replied

    And even Ian doesn’t know it but he realizes he knows Doris.

  59. mary jonas says:

    Jamie Luner doesn’t have the vulnerability and heartache to do Phyllis justice. The part is more than sultry.

    Sarah Brown or Laura Leighton (not sure she has the heartache either though).

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  60. davlestev1 says:

    Ok i’ve thought about the original question posed and come to a conclusion. There really is only one good alternative…Lynn Herring…Gh doesn’t need two actresses of the same ilk on their show…retire Lucy Coe and send her over to CBS The Young and the Restless..7 years is not that much of a leap for TV actresses under the proper stage lighting. Great trade off. Michelle gets a steady new gig and Lynn can continue on in a steady gig. SERIOUSLY…best fix for the Phyllis character all around. Lynn with Nick/Jack/Victor…etc…It would work.

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    davlestev1 replied

    and could you imagine the scenes with Lynn as Phyllis and Michael Baldwin…like Lucy and Scotty minus the sex having factor

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    davlestev1 replied

    This could be the ONE TIME soaps truly wink at each other if it could be worked out…Phyllis wakes up a’la the Nina scene on GH and Lynn gasps…NICK..all rolled into the Kim Zimmer as Doris storyline…GOOSEBUMPS…

  61. Karen says:

    Julie Pinson would be awesome. As well as Robin Christopher. The rest are too young: Melissa Archer, Jamie Luner, Kelly Sullivan, Tamara Braun. How about Charlotte Ross? Laura Leighton is on Pretty Little Liars, but she would be amazing. Too many great actresses in daytime.

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    Jimmy replied

    I never thought about Julie Pinson, good idea! My top candidates are Robin Christopher and Sarah Brown, and I agree with all the actresses you mentioned who are too you, I don’t think any of them could pull it off well except for maybe Kelly Sullivan.

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  62. I Love GH says:

    Kelly Sullivan… I did NOT like her recast at first. However, when she morphed into Connie, I realized what a powerhouse she is. She did amazing work and could flip from sweet to sour in 30 seconds. She would be great with Peter B. I would also love to see Sarah Brown.

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    Patrick replied

    great gush on Kelly Sullivan

    KS is 36
    Michelle Stafford is 48
    robin christopher is 48
    Charlotte Ross is 46

    Peter Bergman is 60

    if fans want age appropriate for Serial… then it would seem fan favorite, Robin Christopher and Charlotte Ross have an IN. I would clearly love either, or

    as for one my all time fave… of recent, KS…. I truly want her on DAYS as the nuSami
    KS is 36 – AS is 37

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    Elite Advisors replied

    I could not agree more!!! Love Kelly!!

  63. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    I think like a lot have said: Robin Christopher and Jamie Luner would be good choices for nuPhyllis. However, I have wanted Sarah Joy Brown to join Y&R for some time now; it is the only soap opera she has not acted on, and I feel as if it could be an amazing longterm role. And her as Phyllis would be strong, and she’d play well off of every actor and actress on the show currently.

    But I know that whomever they choose, it’s going to be an excellent choice! I have faith in the show, its producers and casting directors. The show is top-notch!

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  64. Gwendolyn says:

    In my opinion there are only two actresses that come to mind when I think of NuPhyllis… Tamara Braun and Sarah Brown. Both are sexy, beautiful, confident women who can play both the vixen and the vunerablitiy needed for the role. I would love to see either of these women in the role of Phyllis!!!!

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    Patrick replied

    “confident”

    that’s the word I was looking for… with regard to Robin Christopher…. not the actor… but, her character.. Skye… she defines heroine thru the roof… and MEN, LOVE to come to her rescue… who wouldn’t

    I can’t say any less… because I simply LOVE her

    just had to point out the one gray area that she most likely can pull off

    ———–

    this is why… Sarah Brown… In my opinion as well… HAS ALL the attributes required and so much sexy and sensual to boot

    the role of Phyllis is such a staggering role… which sounds like it… but… all the character really has to have… is equal measure with Jack… and good buds with Michael… and kick butt with her adversaries… in the women dept

    tall order

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  65. Jake says:

    Cynthia Preston

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  66. Bee says:

    I’d say Tamara Braun , ooh Sarah brown yep those two are powerhouse actresses who are feisty to boot and not afraid to give it like Phyllis can.both can do snarky so well! Robin Christopher… Hmm maybe but I can’t see her with Peter Bergman . My money is on Tamara Braun and Sarah brown now wouldn’t that be fun ?

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  67. PatF says:

    Angelica McD made no secret of the fact that she wanted Stafford back. I think that’s why the recast didn’t happen sooner as they were hoping she’d make the better soap choice and come back to YR. Since that didn’t happen, they finally put out the casting call.

    I don’t like the idea of a recast myself. But I can say no to Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun. Not a good fit for that character.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Sarah J. Brown would be phenomenal in the role. She’s a very strong actress.

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  68. Kath says:

    How about Alicia Coppola

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  69. code says:

    Marcia Cross would make great Phyllis or Tamara Braun

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  70. Cordero says:

    I would love to see either Sarah Brown or Tamara Braun. To me great actresses who are very versitle!

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  71. KMB says:

    I heard that before all of this went down, Y&R tried to get Michelle Stafford back but it failed. Can someone tell me the real reason Michelle left and why she didn’t want to come back? I’m just curious because I’ve never read the reason why. Was it JFP? Oh, just wanted to add….I miss Billy Miller sooo much. Please, any soaps out there, scoop him up so we can see him regularly again! Please?

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    Ann replied

    I agree with KMB. No one can replace Michelle.

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    andrew hass replied

    In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest when Michelle is interviewed about joining GH she is asked why she didn’t go back to Y&R which were interested in wanting her back.She said it was what she said when she left and it that had nothing to with any producer,writer or even the network.She said the only person to blame for her leaving Y&R was her.Michelle said she was always happy but that she couldn’t play the character of Phyllis anymore and the character wasn’t inspiring her either.She notes she played Phyllis for 15 years and in those 15 years she herself changed as a human being.Michelle said she mo longer could find anything in the character she wanted to play anymore.However she also remarks she considered all 4 soaps but chose GH.Finally she notes she loves everyone at Y&R and if it was just about the people she would have stayed forever.plus she said she heard another actor at Y&R had said she was unhappy at Y&R but she reiterates that wasn’t true.Michelle notes she was always happy at Y&R but felt she couldn’t give anymore to the character of Phyllis and also as an actress she wants to play different roles.

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  72. Barbara says:

    I really would like it if they didn’t recast Phyllis. I didn’t really care for either the character or the actress. Just my opinion!

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  73. Libby says:

    Ari Zucker would be great for the role. I have seen nothing on her renewing the contract with Days. She is a superb actress and would add so much to Y&R’s Phyliss. Fingers crossed.

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  74. Max says:

    35 to 40 year old?? Doesn’t Phyllis have like a 25 year old Son? How about casting a 40 – 45 year old actress that seems right and plenty of great talent in that range too.

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  75. Michelle says:

    Jamie Luner, Robin Christopher or Bobbie Eakes, all redheads or close and all terrific and all age appropriate. Would love to see any of them again in this role!

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  76. Ghlover says:

    The original Paulina Cory of AW. Cali Timmins or Tamara Braun or Susan Haskell orNoelle Beck

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    Jonathan replied

    no to susan Haskell, she is homely looking. Robin Christopher or Jamie Luner they are pretty and can act too. Susan horrible actress.

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  77. Gloria dodds Zimmerman says:

    Robin Christopher….. Tamara Braun

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  78. Cherie says:

    I can see Kassie DePaiva (ex Blair OLTL), I know she’s on Days, but she would be a phenomenal Phyllis. So would Robin Christopher.

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    4everDAYS replied

    I’m looking forward to seeing Kassie DePaiva work her magic on the emmy award winning Days of our Lives. I love playing in the sand!!!

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  79. Izabel says:

    Phyllis will always be MS my heart.. Stil confused about her going to GH. Anyway for the sake of the storyline, and wanting more drama addeed for y&r I would have to say… Either JAMIE LUNAR or POPPY MONTGOMERY.

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  80. carinamia says:

    Michelle Stafford rocked the role of phyllis. Not really familiar with other actresses from other soaps so I’m going to go with my own theory here and say REBECCA MADER. She’s got the look and has played villan roles before so I think she can pull off the edgy dark side for phyllis’ character… Just her accent might be an issue.

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  81. mikepc44 says:

    It will end up being one of these.)
    1. Robin Christopher
    2. Kelly Sullivan
    3. Sarah Joy Brown

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  82. Peter says:

    How about
    Amy Elizabeth Price-Francis

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  83. Selena.C. says:

    I loved michelle stafford as phyllis.. Can’t see anyone doing that role justice. BUT if there’s going to be a recast regardless I have to go with Jamie lunar or robin c.

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  84. Karen says:

    I already commented below, but I just saw Dina Meyer in NCIS and she is great and age appropriate.

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  85. gina says:

    She’s not a soap star but how about JESSALYN GISGEL? Dye the hair red and with the age and mastering the edgy attitude she might pull off phyllis..

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  86. D Reid says:

    I think Kelly Menighan Hensley would be good as Phyliss.

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  87. Mer Hess says:

    The only match for Phyllis would have been Kendall, Erica Cane’s daughter! I do not know the actress’s name offhand, but her “spark” could do justice to the role of Phyllis!

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