Life has been turned upside down once again for Chelsea Newman (Melissa Claire Egan) on The Young and the Restless! As viewers witnessed over the last week and a half, Adam (formerly Justin Hartley) is believed-to-be-dead following an explosion in a cabin where Chelsea was supposed to meet up with him and their son, Connor. This was their chance at a getaway and to start a new life together as a family! Only Chelsea’s best friend, Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) interfered with her happiness, and showed up at the cabin and stunned Adam, literally and figuratively! The “end of Adam” marked the final episodes for Melissa with her longtime friend and on-screen romantic scene partner, Justin Hartley. The popular star left the pivotal role on the CBS daytime drama series to star in NBC’s new dramedy This Is Us, which premieres next week.
On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman chatted with Melissa Claire Egan late last week at Y&R’s 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City for this exclusive video interview.
When asked about her reaction to the 11.000th episode script, which had Chelsea watching the cabin Adam was supposedly in explode before her yes, Melissa revealed: “I knew what was going to happen. I kind of knew for months! I was really excited to see what the words were going to be and the dialog, but I knew what was going to happen in the last scene. When I said ‘explosive’ in ads, I meant literally! (Laughs) I tried to tell you guys, without telling you.” (Laughs)
On Justin Hartley leaving Y&R for This Is Us, Egan said of her beloved scene partner, “We are thrilled for him, everybody here, the cast and the crew. We all adore him and he is so great. We wish him nothing but the best!”
Melissa also shared her thoughts on her final scenes with Justin when Chelsea and Adam were at the cabin: “I thought they were very special, and it was a great way to send-off their coupledom in a beautiful way, and to have those last moments for the fans, before sadness.”
When trying to imagine what it would be like if Melissa had to go through a back-from-the-dead story with another actor playing Adam with a restored face via plastic surgery, she expressed: “I really don’t think they will (go there), and I’m not just saying that. There are a lot of stories to tell and lots of people here. Chelsea is in mourning right now. I truly don’t think there is going to be another Adam … but, who knows? As of now, I don’t think there is a plan to.”
Fans of Y&R began to see that Nick (Joshua Morrow) is now more than ever in Chelsea’s orbit, especially after Adam asked his brother to look after Connor. When Melissa was asked how she would feel if she were paired romantically with Joshua Morrow, she teased, “Listen, I’m obsessed with Joshua and he is amazing. We do work a lot together right now because they (Nick and Chelsea) are in mourning. But the show is taking their time to respect the Chadam coupledom. There is nothing going on with them (Nick and Chelsea) yet, but they are bonding: it’s just a brother who lost his brother, and a wife that lost her husband. But I love working with him. Josh is the most fun. So we will see … I don’t really know yet. A lot is up in the air.”
Watch the entire Melissa Claire Egan Y&R 11K Episode celebration video interview below! Then let us know your thoughts on Melissa’s sentiments? Do you think Nick and Chelsea would make a great on-screen romantic duo? What did you think of Melissa’s final scenes with Justin Hartley? Do you think the show will bring back Adam sooner than later? Comment below!