Y&R's Michelle Stafford: "Phyllis Has Never Stopped Being Phyllis"

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Don't tell

The Young and the Restless'

Michelle Stafford

her alter ego's bitchy streak has been MIA. The actress spoke with 

TV Guide's

Michael Logan

about critics stating firecracker, balls-to-the-walls Phyllis has returned.

TV Guide Magazine: Lately I've seen people on the fan boards and podcasts noting that this current Phyllis — the toxic blogger — is much more like the old Phyllis, the one who tried to run down Paul and Cricket with her car back in the '90s. I'm guessing you're going to disagree with that.

Stafford: To be honest, it kind of annoys me. Phyllis has never stopped being Phyllis. She's been variations of Phyllis — she is broken, she does bad things, she is confidant, she is fiery and strong and then incredibly weak. That's all her. You know what I'm saying?

Not for nothing with Ms. Stafford, but as one of the people who said "Kickass" Phyllis is back, I disagree.  Phyllis Summers Romalotti Abbott Newman did go into hibernation once she married Nick (Joshua Morrow). It is okay for a character to show her vulnerability at times, but 90's-era Phyllis wouldn't have let Sharon (Sharon Case) get away with stealing her man (even though Big Red stole him first!) and live to tell the tale. 

Remember what she did to Cricket (Lauralee Bell) when she thought she was sniffing around Danny (Michael Damian) while they were married?