HomeTVCBSSHOCKER: Is Michelle Stafford OUT at The Young and the Restless?! Jillian Bowe May 20, 2013 121 Comments So much for it being a slow news day! E! Online is reporting The Young and the Restless powerhouse Michelle Stafford is exiting the show. So far, both Stafford and the show are keeping mum on the two-time Daytime Emmy winner's alleged exit from the serial. Stafford originated the role of vixen Phyllis Summers in 1994, then departed the series in 1997. She returned in 2000. Stafford also starred in the late Aaron Spelling's short-lived soap Pacific Palisades in 1997 and had a recurring role in The CW's Ringer in 2011. 121 Responses noway May 20, 2013 It would not surprise me, she has been cut back a lot since the new regime took over, now that the turtle is the star. Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 This may be the major recast that Soaps In Depth was talking about. I’d be pissed unless it was Michelle’s idea. If it’s not her…and a result of JFP, this is gonna cause a LOT of negative press for Jill. Log in to Reply mfarris70 May 20, 2013 Farren Phelps is losing control of her show! Her “creative vision” usually goes against what the fans want and she doesn’t care. Look what a mess GH was when she was finally sh*tcanned. Log in to Reply appleridge May 20, 2013 The role of Phyllis will now be played by Robin Christopher. Log in to Reply david46208 May 20, 2013 @everyone: If this was what it took to get Vicki back I’d be all for it. I think Michelle is a good actress and all, but I’m not tied to her being here or not. She really has not wowed me in quite some time. Log in to Reply pennywise555 May 20, 2013 Does Y&R have a re-cast lined up? If not, I’m thinking this could change if it’s over contract negotiations, Lily/CK and Nikki/MTS both were out at one time too. Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 I wouldn’t want a recast. Too many. Too often. Enough. Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 bring back Sandra Nelson to play Phyllis again! [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo-KDriOQJs autoplay:0] Log in to Reply thecourt99 May 20, 2013 [quote=david46208]@everyone: If this was what it took to get Vicki back I’d be all for it. I think Michelle is a good actress and all, but I’m not tied to her being here or not. She really has not wowed me in quite some time.[/quote] That’s funny. My first thought was about VR too. But I don’t think it is likely. Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 pennywise…Do you really think longtime viewers would WELCOME three major core Y and R characters to be recast at the same time. Are you really serious? Log in to Reply booze26 May 20, 2013 Maybe something for powerhouse Hunter Tylo. Just kidding. This ais a big loss for Y&R if this is true. Log in to Reply GHteenybopper May 20, 2013 WHAT??? No way! Log in to Reply hey mon May 20, 2013 Id rather have Michelle and Victoria. Period. This had better be Michelle’s idea, or Jill Farren Whomever can hit the eff-ing road! Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 i bet GH is gonna pick her up soon as a Skye Chandler recast! Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie May 20, 2013 [quote=pferrando]pennywise…Do you really think longtime viewers would WELCOME three major core Y and R characters to be recast at the same time. Are you really serious?[/quote] Who are the other two people leaving?? Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 20, 2013 What?? Why?? How?? When?? (I’ve never been struck speechless by a Y&R post before.) :~ Log in to Reply richalan67 May 20, 2013 I for one could care less! I have been dreading the scene chewing, screaming, antics when the Nick/Summer paternity comes to light! We survived without her for a long time and we can do it again. Log in to Reply david46208 May 20, 2013 @thecourt99: True! True! Log in to Reply NathanHastingsSr. May 20, 2013 Messy! JFP lol Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 Michelle hasn’t “scene chewed” enough lately. Similar to Christian LeBlanc they’ve been toned down a lot recently. I actually want some of the old Phyllis back. It’s what’s made the character so much fun…as created by Michelle. Just let the character exit with no recast for some time. I can’t take it. Log in to Reply david46208 May 20, 2013 @everyone: I like the fact that MS hasn’t been on 365 days a year like she was under the last 2 regimes. The balance is good. Log in to Reply Richard May 20, 2013 That didn’t take long for JFP to start ruining the show. First she changes the sets (albeit sometimes for the better) and then she starts killing off the fan favorites to make room for her favorites that nobody else wants to see. She destroyed Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, Another World, and General Hospital. Log in to Reply RockiDreams May 20, 2013 Wouldn’t miss her one bit. Her constant habit of repeating lines is super annoying. Recast away. Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 David, completely agree. Josh took Victor, Phyllis, and Sharon back down a notch and it was welcomed. But I hope the majority of the paternity story plays out before her exit. It’s too big of a story that’s been too vital to the show, to have some recast, I don’t care how great, come on and try to make believable. I can’t wait to hear what’s behind her departure. Log in to Reply ldylkng May 20, 2013 Bring on Gina Tognoni or Liz Kiefer! Either would make a great recast!! Log in to Reply pennywise555 May 20, 2013 [quote=pferrando]pennywise…Do you really think longtime viewers would WELCOME three major core Y and R characters to be recast at the same time. Are you really serious?[/quote] No, that’s not what I meant. I was suggesting MS leaving could be temporary and maybe it really won’t happen. It could still be worked out like MTS & CK’s contract issues were. I don’t think Y&R realizes how important the long time vets are, they are worth the extra $ because viewers follow them for decades. I think Y&R has remained #1 because it’s kept so many cast members for 15 years or more. Do they think cheaper and/or younger will get a larger & younger audience? Don’t they realize our children grew up knowing the vet characters like they did Sesame street characters. All my kids are in their 20s now. They don’t watch (the ones that did stopped watching under LML, because were Newbie-ed to death by Gloria) but they know Katherine, Jill, Victor, Nick, Sharon, Phyllis, Nina, Little Phillip….anyone that was on in the 90s. One of my kids saw that JC died and asked me to let her know when Katherine Chancellors funeral storyline starts so she can tune in. She won’t know, or care, who the newbies are she’ll wants to see what’s happened to those she knew from when she was little. Log in to Reply LongLivePortChuck May 20, 2013 I have no doubt she’s been on Phelps hit-list since day one. As is every other 30+ female actor. Log in to Reply Yoryla May 20, 2013 Well, this is a shocker. Although it’s not surprising since the regime has pretty much backburnered her, and her and Jack are forced these days, it’s nowhere near the magic they had ten years ago. I’m sure it’s not fun for Michelle to not be a lead after being in a very prominent position for several years. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is her own idea. And if JFP has done this, she’s just plain stupid. She has to know what kind of uproar this will cause. Not to mention what kind of a talent Michelle is – not many people from this show have the Emmys she does. Log in to Reply PennySoap May 20, 2013 I would be sorry to see Michelle go. I do like Robin Christopher, though. What has Sandra Nelson been up to these days? Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 Michael Logan on twitter right now: “More fab casting news coming from The Bold and the Beautiful! @boldinsider @BandB_CBS @CBSDaytime Stay tuned Tweeps!” Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie May 20, 2013 Oh, looks like my choice of a NuPhyllis was also on GH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_EcM568-c Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 Pennywise…sorry…I guess I misread. I HOPE that’s what is transpiring, however, something tells me she is leaving. This is one of those roles that’s so identified with the original portrayer by most fans. A couple of the comments I’ve read to the contrary are by followers of SB or newer viewers who haven’t watched Michelle as Phyllis since the beginning. Again, it’s about the investment that us longtime viewers make in the show. If this exit is by Michelle’s wishes, then I’m fine with it. But I still don’t want the character recast. There have been too many in less than year. I’d like to see just how many characters have been written off, or recast since JFP came on board. My guess would be nearly 15-20? Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 if Phyllis leaves, then they should have Jack leave Genoa City with her and Summer to bond a family. Log in to Reply pennywise555 May 20, 2013 [quote=The_Moustache]Michael Logan on twitter right now: “More fab casting news coming from The Bold and the Beautiful! @boldinsider @BandB_CBS @CBSDaytime Stay tuned Tweeps!”[/quote] OMG. MS on B&B? Log in to Reply SoapSnob May 20, 2013 Michelle Stafford is a great actress. And the role of Phyllis has fit her like a glove. Clearly, there are many viewers who actually think that she is (or is like) Phyllis; and that is a testament to her skill as an actress and the stamp she has placed on the role. However, she is not a member of the “Do NOT Recast” club. I think Robin Christopher would be a fine choice. While they are recasting Phyllis, (if they recast Phyllis) they should also recast Drucilla and move on. Start fresh without the musty baggage of Michelle Stafford and Victoria Rowell. Log in to Reply MichaelKnight May 20, 2013 The role of nu-Phyllis will now be played by James Franco. Log in to Reply CarlyCfan May 20, 2013 The lack of Phyllis’ screentime is the only good thing this regime has done. I’m not too heartbroken to see her leave. Log in to Reply Sweet_Thing2 May 20, 2013 [quote=The_Moustache]bring back Sandra Nelson to play Phyllis again! [/quote] I loved Sandra Nelson better than Michelle. Log in to Reply LivintheSoapLife May 20, 2013 This past week has been a sad one for Bell soap fans. First, Hunter Tylo announces she has ended contract negotiations with B&B and now, Michelle Stafford. ): I really hope they do not recast Phyllis. MS is Phyllis. Log in to Reply Ringwraiths May 20, 2013 I have never been a Phyllis fan. And have not enjoyed the character in ages. I also never got got the hype around Michelle Stafford. I found her acting to be overrated and frenetic. So I won’t miss her. But good luck to her! Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott May 20, 2013 No! Log in to Reply snizzle May 20, 2013 Losing Jeanne (RIP) and now Michelle is a huge blow for YR. I’m sure Sharon Case is next on Phelps’ hitlist. I’ve waited years for Phyllis to get back with Jack..there’s really no reason left for me to watch YR. BTW, I hope Michelle ends up on BB with Don Diamont and Heather Tom. They need another leading lady now that Hunter and Jackie Wood are on their way out. Log in to Reply TheTruth May 20, 2013 She was a great actress when she started in the 90s, but has become at best mediocre and mostly annoying. Too bad the writers went and dredged up the Cricket hit and run just to have the judge exonerate her on the basis that Cricket is just a hater. Sending her to jail for a few years would have been a satisfying twist. Phyllis’ ego was out of control. I wouldn’t have fired her, but I won’t miss her either. Bring back Victoria Rowell. Drucilla is a powerhouse that can easily take on the tough businesswoman, seductress, and mother lioness role that Phyllis thinks she is. There has also been spec that MS and her scientology nonsense is one of the reasons the Murphy actor is barely on (since he left the church)… I would like to see him inherit Kay’s half of the mansion (not Cane, please, he can play in traffic while Phyllis is driving), spar with Jill, and be a grandfatherly figure to the younger characters. Log in to Reply noway May 20, 2013 Snizzle I have been thinking for a while that they are going to force out Sharon Case. Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 Truth…Josh dropped the Phyllis/Cricket thing midstream when he came on. MAB probably would have written it differently. But we all were so sick of all of GC being in orange jumpsuits, I was okay with it. I’ll miss her if she goes. Just one more piece of Y and R’s rich history most of us will look back fondly on. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 20, 2013 Sharon Case’s days are numbered……Doug Davidson’s too. Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 instead of re-casting, they should kill off the Phyllis character for good in a big “Who Killed Phyllis?” storyline. Log in to Reply snizzle May 20, 2013 NVM. I was going to defend MS against some of the accusations but not in the mood to do it now. Log in to Reply richalan67 May 20, 2013 I love the way that many of you are saying this is the EP’s decision. Did anyone ever consider that maybe she wants to move on to other things? She has done primtetime series and movies. It’s really super humid here in Pa today. Damn you JFP!! Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 Remember when Sharon Case and Joshua Morrow were on The Talk, and Joshua said that Shick were Soulmates, and then Michelle Stafford got PISSED at him on twitter for it. And he had to apologize for it. Log in to Reply Restless Fan May 21, 2013 Michelle is a fantastic actress and he loss to Y&R would be huge. Frankly I can’t blame her. It’s not as though Josh is using Phyllis the best way he can. Just have to shake my head. It’s one blow after another. Log in to Reply rapido May 21, 2013 This is very shocking news. She is quite an actress. Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott May 21, 2013 If Michelle wants to go that’s one thing. If it’s JFP and Josh getting her out that is another. I will not say names but there are other characters on that show who have run their course and Phyllis is not one of them. Log in to Reply Angie Lucy May 21, 2013 Phyllis is not a character that HAS to be on the show, but if she is, she needs to be played by Michelle Stafford. If Michelle wants to go, I wish her well. I just hope they give her a great send-off. Log in to Reply Restless Fan May 21, 2013 Under JFP Y&R will tank. Whether it’s She/Angelica/Steve, one or all of them are populating Y&R with nobody characters who are not tied to anything. They are releasing vets who they can’t afford but every week there is someone new being introduced to the canvas. Steve Burton was probably not cheap but that has not stopped them from shoving him down our throats in a thankless love story with Avery none of us ever witnessed. Sometimes I think the best way to make your voice heard loud and clear is to tune out. It’s harsh but how else to you get through to these people? Log in to Reply Dyllan May 21, 2013 Michelle Stafford is a flat out sh*tty actress. She’s Yvonne Zima bad. Her miscarriage scenes were a joke. What’s a recent decent scene she’s performed? Standing quietly next to Jack? Stafford was good back in the 1990s. All she does now is repeat her dialogue a thousand times and throw her hands in the air. Log in to Reply 1titanman May 21, 2013 I agree with SoapSnob that the role of Phyllis fit Michelle like a perfect glove. Something about Y&R differ from the other soaps. It like certain actors fit these roles so well that a part of them are their character. Eric Braeden plays Victor so well that maybe he really is Victor not Eric. The same for Jeannie Cooper nobody could play Katherine Chancellor like Jeannie. Michelle played Phyllis like nobody else, Heather Tom has a seal of approval from everybody on this site that she’s Victoria Newman. Sandra Nelson was a good recast, but she sucked in the role of Phyllis… She didn’t have the edge like Phyllis. It just sounds like JFP is up to her old tricks again. It like you pick your poison MAB or JFP? I rather have Kay Alden. However I’m getting tired of everybody being recast on this show. If the Staff leaves then leave the door open for her. Enough with recasting everybody- Log in to Reply TheTruth May 21, 2013 ITA Dyllan the miscarriage scenes on the floor were some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen on daytime… she has calmed down her tics since then, but she isn’t doing anything interesting now. Sandra Nelson was like Michael Lerned or Amelia Heine… a serviceable replacement who can’t make the character her own. MS is not irreplaceable, they might even find the “Jess Walton” or “Peter Bergman” to take the role to new heights…. but for right now I would be ok with not recasting and letting the character take a break out of respect for the great acting MS did in the past. Log in to Reply wiggum May 21, 2013 [quote=The_Moustache]Remember when Sharon Case and Joshua Morrow were on The Talk, and Joshua said that Shick were Soulmates, and then Michelle Stafford got PISSED at him on twitter for it. And he had to apologize for it.[/quote] I’ve been thinking about that recently actually. I wonder if they are going to take away Nick and Phyllis’ bond(Summer) and MS got pissed and they didn’t give in into her like the other regimes have done so she’s walking! MS does seem like quite a DIVA Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 May 21, 2013 Cynthia Watros as NuPhyllis……………….. I love Michelle, even though I often despise Syphallus Newman with a passion. But we don’t know what the situation is regarding her departure, so if they can’t come up with an agreement, bring on Cynthia Watros. Or Cynthia Preston……..or Robin Christopher. However, Watros is my first choice. Log in to Reply rozzberry May 21, 2013 [quote=alstonboy4315]Cynthia Watros as NuPhyllis………………..[/quote] CW back on my tv on a regular basis(I don’t care what the role is honestly lol) would put me right over the moon :party: . Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 21, 2013 I think Cynthia Watros would probably take Phyllis back to the days of being a full-on psychotic, manipulative bitch. IMO, she’s kind of evolved into being a bit more sympathetic although she still has that edgy side to her. And just NO to Jamie Luner. Log in to Reply david46208 May 21, 2013 She would have to dye that hair from blonde to red. Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 May 21, 2013 SoapArmageddon- I agree. Log in to Reply Archiesfan48 May 21, 2013 IMHO,there would be just as big an outcry,over the recasting of “Dru”, as there might be over the recasting of “Phyllis”. Just sayin’. Log in to Reply Peterascal May 21, 2013 Huge loss especially in light of the explosive storyline coming. Recasting wouldn’t work. Whatever you think of Stafford, she embraces all of Phyllis as crazy as she is. When everyone she cared about was like “You really didn’t run over Christine,…right?”, Phyllis was indignant that anyone would accuse her. That drove me up the wall since we knew she did it, but the way Stafford played it, you knew she was nutty enough to believe her own lies. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 May 21, 2013 [quote=Dyllan]Michelle Stafford is a flat out sh*tty actress. She’s Yvonne Zima bad. Her miscarriage scenes were a joke. What’s a recent decent scene she’s performed? Standing quietly next to Jack? Stafford was good back in the 1990s. All she does now is repeat her dialogue a thousand times and throw her hands in the air.[/quote] You are for sure, 1 DUMBASS. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 May 21, 2013 [quote=Peterascal]Huge loss especially in light of the explosive storyline coming. Recasting wouldn’t work. Whatever you think of Stafford, she embraces all of Phyllis as crazy as she is. When everyone she cared about was like “You really didn’t run over Christine,…right?”, Phyllis was indignant that anyone would accuse her. That drove me up the wall since we knew she did it, but the way Stafford played it, you knew she was nutty enough to believe her own lies.[/quote] Michelle Stafford is the absolute best actress on Y and R. Log in to Reply bishbay May 21, 2013 Love MS, love Phyllis (hate her a little sometimes, too). I think she elevates many of her scene partners (makes Morrow’s wooden performances bearable, for one) and I love the popping energy she brings to every scene. Hope she’s not gone long/this is just a rumor. Log in to Reply pjc722 May 21, 2013 WOW… WOW… double WOW. Sorry to see her go. Log in to Reply Dyllan May 21, 2013 [quote=yojoromo4469][quote=Dyllan]Michelle Stafford is a flat out sh*tty actress. She’s Yvonne Zima bad. Her miscarriage scenes were a joke. What’s a recent decent scene she’s performed? Standing quietly next to Jack? Stafford was good back in the 1990s. All she does now is repeat her dialogue a thousand times and throw her hands in the air.[/quote] You are for sure, 1 DUMBASS.[/quote] Is that you, Michelle? Sorry Stafford cannot act. Maybe she can taking acting lessons from Farah Fath. Oh, and it is “one dumbass” not “1 dumbass”. Ah…irony. Log in to Reply Mets82 May 21, 2013 Well, I’m surprised at this news. Even though I’m not a big Phyllis fan, I personally think Michelle Stafford is a great actress. People are saying that JFP is losing the show etc. I hope that JFP didnt make this decision and it was mutual on both JFP and Stafford’s part. If people feel JFP is doing a lousy job,do you really want Maria Arena Bell back? Be careful what you wish for. Log in to Reply Mandolin May 21, 2013 this is exciting because – she’ll get to play someone else somewhere else – Y& R will get shook up in regards to their hierarchy of actors/characters I wish her well… she’s an excellent actress and i look forward to her next role … as well as whoever is recast as Phyllis , if that happens… Log in to Reply stoney07 May 21, 2013 OMG….I for one am soooo sick to death of reading this crap!!! Everyone knows I wasn’t a JFP hater because I’ve never watched anything she’s produced. But all this constant “Y&R will tank because they are getting rid of the vets”…..name ONE freaking vet that has been let go since JFP and JG took over. JUST ONE. You can’t? Well, that’s because it hasn’t happened!!! And there is absolutely NO statement regarding why MS could possibly be leaving. But it’s easy to jump on the “let’s kill JFP” train and bash Y&R while you’re at it. I’m over it…I honestly give up even talking on here… Log in to Reply petitejolie May 21, 2013 Isn’t it a little late for to try to make it in primetime or film unless she’s lined up a gig to play the parent on a CW/ABC Family show? Can someone name an example of an actor/actress who’ve successfully moved on from daytime when they’re older? Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 May 21, 2013 It’s pathetic that some people use this information which at this point isn’t even confirmed and go off on the regime of the show like they know all the facts. I’m not a big fan of Michelle Stafford. But she has a fan base, so it would be sad to see her leave for whatever reason. Log in to Reply Everett May 21, 2013 I think Michelle is a great actress and will be missed. I hope they leave the door open for her to return and do not recast. The show should take this opportunity to give Jack a new story. Bring back Jaime Lyn Bauer as Lorie Brooks and pair her with Jack! Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 I actually thought Michael L did a great job filling in for Jeanne’s absence at the time. But wouldn’t want a recast. Same goes for Phyllis. It’s a big enough role to just write off, at least for the short term. Most of us longtime Y and R viewers know it’ll be too hard to fill. Wouldn’t be the same energy. Log in to Reply Restless Fan May 21, 2013 I liked Michael L when she temped also. She didn’t try to copy Jeanne and even underplayed the role a bit. I was comfortable with her as Katherine almost immediately. As far as Phyllis goes I hope they don’t recast if Michelle does indeed leave. I would like some of the current recast to catch fire first before adding another to the mix. Especially in such a pivotal role. Log in to Reply Dyllan May 21, 2013 [quote]And there is absolutely NO statement regarding why MS could possibly be leaving. But it’s easy to jump on the “let’s kill JFP” train and bash Y&R while you’re at it. I’m over it…[/quote] Amen! JFP’s tenure at Y&R is getting unfair rap from posters who don’t even watch the show. Okay, so she killed that Frankie b*tch on AW. Whatever. Her tenure at Y&R hasn’t been a disaster. What monstrous mistakes has she made? Granted, she doesn’t deserve praises being sung to her, but she’s not doing that bad of a job. Give it break for a minute…. Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 This can’t be blamed on her yet but she has made many mistakes. Recasts and too many new hires. Scraping the best known and most effective music score on Daytime. And wasting money replacing familiar sets with new ones we rarely see or like. The new head writer is really her only feather…she has a long way to go. Log in to Reply Dyllan May 21, 2013 Do we want to compare JFP’s recasts to MAB’s? Ummm….Heather, Diane, Malcolm. How about her other hires….Daisy, Crazy Anne, etc. JFP’s recast mistakes pale in comparison. Some of her sets I like and some I don’t care for, but I wouldn’t call that a major blunder. Log in to Reply shirls429 May 21, 2013 :(( I am in shock,Michelle( Phyllis) is actually one of the best and most loved by us fans on Y&R,unbelievable!! Log in to Reply tedew May 21, 2013 TheTruth … I can’t believe you actually put Michael Learned in the same sentence as Amelia Heinle. Ms Learned was in a difficult position when she filled in for the late great Ms Cooper; but she acquitted herself with respect and grace. AH has never ever been an adequate Victoria. From what I’ve heard from someone who has read Jeanne Cooper’s book; I just wonder what changes will come now that she’s gone from the scene. It will be interesting to see how this new blip unfolds. Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 MAB’s casting choices weren’t always bad…but the writing often was for the characters. But the comment was about Jill. Lets hope this isn’t yet another “mistake”. She couldn’t get Marcy on contract and now can’t hold onto Stafford? I’m glad you agree on the sets. Where’s this wonderful new ranch? Where’s the Underground? Log in to Reply NathanHastingsSr. May 21, 2013 I used to love Ms. Phyllis but MAB ruined her and many others for me. Log in to Reply Yoryla May 21, 2013 If Michelle Stafford has chosen to be on this show for nearly 17 years, and not once have we heard reports of her threatening to quit (apart from the time she left the first time), there has to be a reason why she wants out now. Even if she is leaving on her own, what is the reason for it? Hopefully the information will be available soon. Log in to Reply LongLivePortChuck May 21, 2013 Jill Phelps hates woman. Period. Even if it was MS’s decision to leave, it was no doubt to Phelps making her life miserable on the set. Look no further than GH’s opening credits under Phelps to see how she felt about her female stars… the pointless men-only shot of the cast. She fired Anna Lee when the poor woman was in her final days. Banished vets Jackie Zeman and Leslie Charleson after 30 years on the show. Sent Genie Francis packing. Terminated fan favorite Rebecca Herbst… reversing that decision after fan backlash which was something Phelps had never preciously given a crap about. Log in to Reply Taescharmed May 21, 2013 I have to say that I am so sorry for you guys that love Y&R. You got sattled with JILL and STEVE B both. Bless your hearts…..I was ready to give up on GH (loyal viewer since 1993) and didn’t watch most of 2011. Then Ron and Frank came and saved our show. I hope to the good Lord in heaven Y&R isn’t as unrecognizable as GH was at a few years ago. My grandmother loved Y&R so I know a lot about it. I was so sad to hear about Jeanne who I always would watch when Granny was watching it! I love Michelle as well. She was HIGHlarious on Charmed playing a demon version of Marcia Cross’s character on Desperate Housewives! Log in to Reply Restless Fan May 21, 2013 my comparisons to the show always harken back to when it worked. Not necessarily just the Bill Bell years but Kay and Jack’s as well. Sure, even they didn’t always hit it out of the ballpark but it didn’t matter because the shows were written to history and true to character. Since 06 each regime has come in and peed on the formula just a little bit more. LML changed everything. MAB had knowledge of the of Y&R’s history but didn’t know how to always use it effectively. Her biggest grievance was turning it from a character based show to a plot driven one. Now Josh and Jill are taking their stab at it. I appreciate that Josh returned Y&R to a character based drama but as I said before too many of his new characters are not tied to anyone. They exist in a vacuum. He and Jill may not have gotten rid of vets but they sure have back burned them and to me that’s just as bad. Jill has changed the tone of the show too much. Josh is not really writing to the strengths of his veteran characters. The show often plays flat and boring. I’m not the only fan saying that either (read Carolyn Hinsey’s Y&R review in this weeks SOD). I’m not surprised Michelle would want to leave. Phyllis hasn’t exactly been written well since Josh took over. She should have been all over that Nick/Avery/Dylan mess. Instead we were stuck with a watered down less interesting version of Phyllis. Whatever MS true reasons are for wanting to leave she was clearly not happy with how something was going in regards to her character. I had no misgivings about JFP when she got hired. I wanted her to come in and prove her critics wrong but 7 months into her run I understand what makes her such a polarizing figure with fans. Her producing prowess isn’t that she lacks skill, it’s that she changes things into what she thinks they should be. Her Y&R resembles nothing of the show I fell in love with. It’s lost it opulence. If you’re a fan whose jumping up for joy about that more power to you. I personally don’t see the success in that. I think the show will eventually take a huge hit from becoming too unrecognizable. Every soap who went this route in the past has. Log in to Reply ANGELWENDY15 May 21, 2013 I won’t believe it till MS actually says it. The same thing with Tylo H on B & B, it’s “still in talks”. Of course MS is looking for more money and perks like Steve Burton, a new-comer, is getting. Can you blame any long-time actor on Y &R to want the same thing? And her character of Phylis has been pushed in the background since JFP took over. Avery, Miss Cupcake, is the new leading lady. JFP, on her days on GH, always favored the male actors, so this doesn’t surprise me. I know soaps are hurting, and budgets are low. It’s up to each actor to deciade what they want to do when their contracts come up for renewal. Log in to Reply Restless Fan May 21, 2013 I’m hoping for an 11th hour miracle. Really would be a shame. If she does stay I hope they start writing for her and we don’t get her sporadically like we do Melody Thomas Scott and Jess Walton. Log in to Reply Blue Skies and Palomino Ponies May 21, 2013 I am duly shocked by the SHOCKER. Sad, too. One more vote here for “please don’t recast.” I am the first to say that no one actor/character makes or breaks a show, but I’m having a very difficult time imagining a Y&R without Michelle Stafford as Phyllis. And that this is happening concurrently with the HUGE simmering story of Summer’s paternity, the possible breakup of Michael and Lauren, the renewed love story with Jack…OUCH! I truly hope it means good things for MS. Log in to Reply hey mon May 21, 2013 Not sure why this has to turn into a MAB-hate-fest all of th etime. MAB had great casting choices — Max Ehrich as Fen, Blake Hood as Kyle, Pete Porte as Ricky, D Williams as Sarge. Great choices. Compared to JFP, MAB is a casting genius. Who-ever as nuKyle (what ajoke!), Idiot-Girl as nuAbby (although she’s growing on me), Redric Who-ever as Tyler (needs more than large muscles), and Steve Burton (what a joke!) If Michelle goes, it’s probably about money. Dont re-cast, she would be too hard to replace. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 21, 2013 Has anyone read the comments to the original eonline article? Most of them are extremely negative, to put it mildly, towards Ms. Stafford. Some of them go so far as to wishing her physical harm. I think they have her confused with the character she plays. Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 But go on Facebook and sift through those comments….about 80-90% of those commenting DON’T want her to go. There are hundreds. And most don’t want it recast either. Regardless, it appears Jill will again go against the wishes of most of the show’s core fans and continue to cram her “vision” on us. It’s not about honoring the show. It’s only about her. I hope Stafford can work this out. Log in to Reply soaplover123 May 21, 2013 As much as “Phyllis” can work a nerve, this is a huge loss for Y&R. I certainly wish Michelle well but I can’t blame her for wanting out of this snooze fest. Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 Oh god, the show’s been nothing of a “snooze fest” the past couple of weeks. You mustn’t be watching. And with the paternity issue coming into play, if she does leave she’ll at least have some great last scenes for us to remember her by. I hope this works out for her. Log in to Reply JasamForever May 21, 2013 I actually really enjoyed Friday and Monday’s episode. I hope Michelle Stafford stays on y&r because she is Phyllis. And this storyline coming out is when she is needed the most. I am not a really big fan of Michelle but I do know she is important on the show. Log in to Reply Brando May 21, 2013 I called this months ago when Jill Farren “Nails In Coffin” Phelps took over Y&R…I actually dont watch anymore anyway but had to chime in on the news of my FAV Y&R star exiting! I always said once Michelle Stafford leaves Y&R than so am I, but this time I beat her to it! I would bet big bucks that she is NOT happy with the new regime at all and is leaving on her own accord. Gotta say, she would make a FABULOUS Carly recast on GH…I never “fell for” Laura Wright’s portrayal and havent enjoyed Carly since Tamara Braun left…if GH grabs her for ANYONE or even Days, it will be their gain!!!!!!!!!!! Wow. Phelps is really ruining this once beloved show!! Too bad…they should have kept MAB, just saying! Log in to Reply noway May 21, 2013 here is a link to a little old but relevant article http://highlighthollywood.com/2012/12/jill-farren-phelps-fires-longtime-bill-bell-hand-picked-yr-team-and-hires-cronies-the-scrooge-who-stole-christmas-highlight-hollywood-news-2/ The whole link isn’t showing up google Jill Farren phelps fires and the article should come up. Log in to Reply RealityCheck 33 May 21, 2013 This was predicted the minute JFP darkened the Executive Producer’s door at Y&R. She will shit can many of the vets and stuff the show with her FOJs. With Stafford out, I can see Sharon Case and Melody Thomas Scott gone not far behind her. Steve Burton will be joined by a number of GH cast offs. It’s going to look like an entirely different show by year’s end. Jack Abbott and Victor Newman will prop the newbies and a few Newmans will be around to talk about what is going on with Dylan, Chelsea, and Avery’s love life. The show is in deep trouble now. Will CBS and Sony let this happen? Only time will tell. Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 Brando…I don’t think MAB was quite the answer for the show either. I know most hate her ON HERE, but she did do a lot of things right. The worst and most serious though was her frenetic and inconsistent writing which made once loved characters act like strangers. She had the production of the show down though. It looked, sounded, and felt familiar all the time, even when people were hopping into bed, getting married, and getting jailed or murdered at the drop of the hat. JFP doesn’t seem to care about the traditional Y and R. She’s only heard that she needed to update the show. What’s she’s done is forced her vision by copying what didn’t work on her other shows. While the writing has drastically improved, she’s mangled the rest of the show, including her casting choices. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 May 21, 2013 [quote=hey mon]Not sure why this has to turn into a MAB-hate-fest all of th etime. MAB had great casting choices — Max Ehrich as Fen, Blake Hood as Kyle, Pete Porte as Ricky, D Williams as Sarge. Great choices. Compared to JFP, MAB is a casting genius. Who-ever as nuKyle (what ajoke!), Idiot-Girl as nuAbby (although she’s growing on me), Redric Who-ever as Tyler (needs more than large muscles), and Steve Burton (what a joke!) If Michelle goes, it’s probably about money. Dont re-cast, she would be too hard to replace.[/quote] HEY MON, XLNT comments. I completely agree with everything you have written. Michelle is a better actor than all four of those combined, that were hired by JFP. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 May 21, 2013 [quote=JasamForever]I actually really enjoyed Friday and Monday’s episode. I hope Michelle Stafford stays on y&r because she is Phyllis. And this storyline coming out is when she is needed the most. I am not a really big fan of Michelle but I do know she is important on the show.[/quote] I thought the Summer/Fen/Dipshit Kyle fiasco was one of the dumbest shows I have ever witnessed on Y and R, in my over 30 years of watching. I just can barely stand to look at Summer and find disgusting. Kyle is just way beyond stupid, running to help her. Dumb De Dumb Dumb. Log in to Reply ClosetYRFan May 21, 2013 I have to say that this is more….shocking…than anything else. Also, I can’t say I’ve enjoyed a Phyllis storyline since the whole temporary Shick reunion. While I always liked her with Jack, I don’t find this reunion to be that believable. You can tell TPTB want to cement Phack as endgame, but even in an interview with Peter Bergman, you can tell that MS wasn’t that into Phack…so maybe she’s leaving due to creative differences. Nevertheless, she’s swung from being over-used and nuttier than a fruitcake under MAB to more balance in terms of usage, but without any of her fire under JFP and JG. Perhaps it’s just best to give the character of Phyllis a “time out” and bring her back when they’ve figured out how to write her. But for the love of god, DO NOT KILL OFF PHYLLIS!!! Killing off Dru, Diane, Ricky –> All big mistakes that can’t be undone! Log in to Reply blake3b May 21, 2013 Is it because she doesn’t get to be on the show 24/7 like before and that there is more balance now? Same with Jason from General Hospital going to Y&R. Just recast with someone like Robin Christopher or Gina Tognoni. And bring back Victoria Rowell as Dru now please! Log in to Reply Yoryla May 21, 2013 If Laura Wright wasn’t on GH and apparently still enjoying her time there – she would be the new Phyllis. Log in to Reply Santa_Barbara_4Ever May 21, 2013 Crystal Chappell…..Crystal Chappell…..CRYSTAL CHAPPELL!!!!…….but, JFP has a habit of killing off a major female character ( AW Frankie Frame…GL Maureen Bauer) I miss the character of Olivia (when she was a bitch) SOOOOOO much, and Crystal could Rock as Phyllis!!!!! Log in to Reply Dyllan May 21, 2013 MAB”s tenure as EP was awful. That shitty set called Jimmy’s was a joke. Her hiring choices sucked. The last decent casting she okayed was Billy Miller. Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 Dyllan we’ll all just have to disagree. JFP will be out the door next if she doesn’t get a hold of her show. Pronto. Log in to Reply LoveMichelleStafford May 22, 2013 Oh well, I am seriously considering not investing anymore of my time in watching these soaps. While I don’t mind some of the new comers. There has to be a balance. Michelle is one of the best this show has. Fire Jessica Collins. Log in to Reply Mets82 May 23, 2013 I’m a bit surprised with people hating JFP. I thought people wanted Maria Bell gone. I thought people were actually enjoying the new regime. I dont mind Avery. The Fen/Kyle/Summer storyline was ok but her skipping the prom and having a party and Fen kissing Summer was weak. They could have done a better job with that. Log in to Reply hey mon May 23, 2013 Michelle, Michelle, Michelle! Log in to Reply ChrisGa May 23, 2013 I know alot of folks don’t want a recast. But with this paternity thing getting into high gear it would be highly improbable for the character to be off the canvas for too long. MS is one of my fave actresses but I kinda grew tired of Phyllis a couple years ago. I don’t know, it’s been wash, rinse, repeat with her and her screeching histrionics for awhile now(although the recent revisit with Jack has calmed her down considerably). Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 23, 2013 The problem with recasting specifically to play out the paternity story is that it won’t have the same impact, especially when it’s the MOTHER that would be recasted. When a soap resumes telling a story from the past, the audience really gets into it more when they see the flashbacks from that era. . Log in to Reply ldylkng May 23, 2013 [quote=Yoryla]If Laura Wright wasn’t on GH and apparently still enjoying her time there – she would be the new Phyllis.[/quote] Agree, it would have to be someone like her to ever take Michelle’s place. But with the s/l starting with wtd she is needed, so I am very suspicious of the timing of all this. Oh & i would suggest Gina Tognoni or Liz Kiefer as other recasts, but not right away. Log in to Reply tedew May 23, 2013 It is true that some certain recent recast have been iffy. However, if it is done correctly then it can be seamless and beneficial. Of course I sincerely doubt that any (if any) major recast will ever be accepted by most here. Log in to Reply noway May 23, 2013 Tedew, I think some of us could accept a recast, but like SoapA said just not RIGHT now. Who doesn’t want to see Michelle as Phyllis watch as her head explodes when she finds out Nick wanted a replacement for Cassie, and really didn’t want her. He was in such grief and despair after her death, that he needed her as a distraction, and when she got pregnant even better he possibly got a baby out of the deal. Remember when he came back he wanted to stay with Sharon and Noah, but she kicked him to the curb. Bill Bell replaced Brenda Dickson and Terry Lester, but not in the middle of a heating up about to blow story. If Phyllis goes off for a time after finding out the truth and we get Michelle for the initial reaction phase and some of the fallout, I am good with it. Log in to Reply pferrando May 23, 2013 The only one time I remember a huge recast like this was when Brenda E replaced Eileen as Ashley, and I believe it was in the middle of the story. Bill was so worried about the transition that the first few scenes with Brenda were either done in the dark or with something over her face. I don’t remember why, but it was the only time it wasn’t jarring. I remember Jill taking over for Brenda. I was floored by that one and it took me quite a while to adjust. I adore Jess now, but that was a hard one. Peter for Terry was also an adjustment. All of these characters are so important it’s hard for the fans to just say, “oh well”, and keep watching like a robot. It doesn’t work that way. Log in to Reply hey mon May 23, 2013 There’s no way that there can be a re-cast. Have Phyllis got ‘out of town’ while the paternity thing works it’s way out. When it dies down, have her come back in the late Fall or something. SoapA, you are so ultra-correct. A re-cast would negate all of the flashback from 2006 that we want to see. If Red stays off-screen the Y&R can use shots of Phyll from 2006 for the story-line. Have Nick go through the wringer for what he’s done. JFP f*cked up. The most important story-line of the year, and the Mother got away. Why, did the money had to be given to Steve Burton? The loser, lame-a$$ cast off from GH. Or what, Bobble-head Jessica Collins wanted a raise? No one cares about stupid precious baker Avery, cept how she relates to Red, and now the real Red will be gone. I dont know how JoshG can work for such a misguided woman like JFP? As you can tell, I’m very upset about My Red leaving me. And she’s not going to pop up on DAYS like Eileen did. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.