RUMOR REPORT: Is Christel Khalil OUT at The Young and the Restless?




Those casting calls Soap Opera Digest first published detailing The Young and the Restless looking to fill two seemingly "new" African-American, 20-something roles caused quit the poop storm. Not only did fans and soap journos start to wonder if the calls were meant to replace actors currently on the Y&R canvas—namely Christel Khalil and Bryton James—but a casting associate from CBS was attached on a strongly-worded email sent to Daytime Confidential about posting the news!

Uh, hello. We LINKED the information — which was published by the leading print magazine covering daytime soaps! CBS minions, you might wanna do your homework before you start threatening one of the most popular and influential blogs covering this genre with frivolous lawsuits — especially for publishing CASTING CALLS clearly linked to another publication! What's next, you gonna sue Backstage? And here we've been being so positive about this new regime...

 Since when does CBS and/or their casting peeps get so ticked about routine casting calls? Maybe the calls really weren't so routine after all?
 

According to ChristelKhalil.net, the popular actress who has played Lily Winters Romalotti Ashby on and off since 2002, is OUT! Said the website:

Rumors can be such an ugly thing so here is the answer floating about the internet. Christel Khalil is indeed leaving The Young and the Restless. It is not her decision to leave.  An agreement could not be reached during contract negotiations.  I have confirmed this information with the source.

At this time I do not have an end date for Christel’s last appearance on The Young and the Restless. The casting call posted by Soap Opera Digest  yesterday is indeed a casting call for a new “Lily Winters Ashby”.

So far Y&R and CBS have been silent on Khalil's status. Keep checking back at DC as this story develops.

Additional reporting by Jamey Giddens


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I'm starting to think she's just using a dirty negotiating tactic (by saying she is "out" at Y&R) in order to get what she wants. I hope it's true, though.

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Let the door hit ya!

In my best Paul R. voice smoking a cigar "You're not even worth it!"

Try Disney!

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Holy moly! No soap exec would give two hoots what DC posted if it didn't touch a nerve.

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@Coffee_Junkie: She ain't even got the talent to come to the table stonewalling anything. She would be happy they are or were even negotiating with her ass. Who does she think she is Halle Berry?

"Naw you ain't putting me out!"

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Not happy,i love Ck i'm gonna miss her.

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My condolences to those who feel a loss. NOT! But i'm open a bottle of the bubbly bubbly when I get home! It is time to celebrate!

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I would like to see another Lily.

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Oh DC crew,

take it as a compliment. You know you have a say in the industry if you get an email like that one. LOL

CONGRATS!!!!

As for CK, I wouldn't miss her ... but I still don't know if she is really leaving. The story seems odd. Maybe she really is in contract negotiations, things don't go well and a casting call was put out. But well ... we'll see.

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Well, as soon as I saw this casting notice, I KNEW, KNEW that it was a casting call for Lily! I was 95% sure that it was. So, this is no surprise to me.

As for the other casting call, I still say it's Devon.

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Okay, if this is true, then that means my Buxom baby (Sophia) is safe for now!

*Prays

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Even though I understand what some of you are hoping for with these casting calls, it may also not be that great of an idea to have a completely different canvas of your "favourite" citizens.

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I don't think Sophia is safe at all,i think she's a goner.

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As they say, DC, "where theres smoke, theres fire"..

It took me a long time to realize CK is "African American".... I always thought Lily was Indian...

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Did Christel divorce her hubby she met at church? I thought she was using his last name...

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@ChristianDavis148: Now we can get rid of Lily of the Valley and get us a Lily with some spunk and grit to her. And someone who can do more than cry.

We need someone like her in the role: http://youtu.be/ty6mY2eVhBM

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Jon wrote:
Did Christel divorce her hubby she met at church? I thought she was using his last name...

They've been divorced I think for over a year now.

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Thanks, Marcelle, I hadn't read anything about it.

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Wasn't there a rumor that Christel wanted to leave? So who do ya'll think JFF will replace her with? I'm betting that lil girl that played Brooklyn Wink

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Hell to the no!!!!! david46208 to that over the top actress,i've never liked her she ain't good enough.Don't you have someone else in mind,i won't mind if they bring Davetta back i loved her as Lily too.

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I've been assuming for awhile that Sophia is on the chopping block too but if that's true why didn't they just have her take that job in New York a few weeks back?

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HAHAHAHAHAHA!

CBS thinking they can THREATEN DC or any other media is laughable! Of course we are interested in what happens backstage - if anything CBS should be GRATEFUL that there are still people INTERESTED what happens with Y&R!!

If you can't take the heat - get out of kitchen!!!

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Not a smart move to recast Lily...and if this is already an indication of the changes that will come with this new regime...the show is in trouble, and ratings will drop. Not good...

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DAVETTA SHERWOOD PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH AND BRING BACK VICTORIA ROWELL'S DRUCILLA NOW!!!

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I love CK! I hope that she stays!

David,

What is with this "Valley" crap? Lily talks like many people who grew up in suburbia. Not all black people talk a like!

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@Josstheguy: It was an indication of how she played the character. Not her race. Why did you throw race in to it?

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Coffee_Junkie wrote:
I've been assuming for awhile that Sophia is on the chopping block too but if that's true why didn't they just have her take that job in New York a few weeks back?

Coffee,

You have to remember that the scene in which you are referring to was taped before MAB was given the heave ho. So, don't be surprised if JFP does indeed give her the heave ho too!

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Smitty wrote:
DAVETTA SHERWOOD PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH AND BRING BACK VICTORIA ROWELL'S DRUCILLA NOW!!!

My thoughts exactly!

I do not think recasting Lily is going to hurt the show or the ratings.

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Bye,Bye Christel!! Party

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I haven't watched Y&R in about 5 years, but its about time they kicked her to the curb. I Khalil was never believable as Dru's daughter and I never understood why they fired Davetta Sherwood and brought Khalil back. Khalil cannot act and to me she came off as someone who didn't want to be associated with their race.