HomeTVAll My ChildrenWISHFUL CASTING: Soap Superstar Robin Christopher as Phyllis on The Young and the Restless! Jamey Giddens May 20, 2013 97 Comments Okay, let's be real. Michelle Stafford is damn near irreplaceable. I still have nightmares about that Sandra chick who played Phyllis for a time. However, The Young and the Restless is at the beginning of a RED-hot paternity story almost a decade in the making. Said story requires the character of Phyllis Summers Romalotti Abbott Newman to be present and accounted for in Genoa City. Therefore, the soap has GOTS to recast! While names like As The World Turns' Martha Byrne and Guiding Light's Liz Keifer are already being bandied about by fans on Twitter as potential Phyllis recasts, I think one of daytime's most famous redheads would provide a sophisticated air to the bitch-nasty role. What about multi-soap vet Robin Christopher as NuPhyllis? Christopher played Skye Chandler on basically every daytime soap ever to appear on the ABC lineup. I think she was even a fanger on Dark Shadows! Needless to say, she already has the art of playing a flame-haired schemer down pat. I think she'd sizzle opposite fellow All My Children alum Peter Bergman (Jack). Christopher would also be more than capable of throwing hella shade at Phyllis' rivals Sharon (Sharon Case) and Avery (Jessica Collins). Who would you cast as Y&R's Phyllis? Sound off in the comments! 97 Responses 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 pferrando May 20, 2013 No. Log in to Reply thecourt99 May 20, 2013 I’m in the Liz Keifer camp! Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 how does Liz Keifer look now-a-days? Log in to Reply appleridge May 20, 2013 Robin all the way Log in to Reply noway May 20, 2013 We already know JFP has some pet already in mind. Log in to Reply GamecockMom May 20, 2013 No recast! I say make the paternity test come back that it isn’t Jack’s or Nick’s and let her leave in shame with Summer….never to return! I am sure Phyllis would be back though. She is so psychotically evil, you would have to drive a stake through her heart to make her disappear for good! Log in to Reply thecourt99 May 20, 2013 I can’t find a recent picture, but I saw that she was in Venice…(Liz Keifer). Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 I’d rather the character just exit when Stafford leaves. Keep her off the canvas for a while. This is not welcome news for “The New and Recasted”. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 20, 2013 As big a fan of Robin as I am, I think the show already has waaaayyyy too many new faces. So if they have to recast, then I’d say yes to RC but not for at least four or five months down the road. Log in to Reply fmat55 May 20, 2013 if a recast is inevitable, then Robin Christopher would be my choice. Log in to Reply GHteenybopper May 20, 2013 Noooooo recast!!! Just let the character go off canvas, there’s too many new characters Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 If she is leaving, like it sounds, and this Christopher Robin was on GH, during JFP’s tenure, then I’m sure she’s already been signed. Log in to Reply days4ever May 20, 2013 Robin Christopher is one of my all time faves so I say give the role to her. Although I would rather her come back to GH as Skye. GH is a little heavy on cast right now though so YR can have her. She’s a fabulous actress and will fit in well with YR cast. Is she a friend of JFP? If so then she is already hired. I think she probably would be since she was on Another World and GH. Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie May 20, 2013 What about that chick from *24* that just got killed off on Revolution? http://www.anniewersching.net/ Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 May 20, 2013 What is it that I don’t understand about this recast statement? I don’t see where they gave a reason for Michelle not to do the role? What am I missing here? It says they need Phyllis to be in GC and as far as I am able to tell, she is there. Was it supposed to say, Michelle has a prior commitment or what? It has been ages since Michelle hasn’t done the part of Phyllis, so someone please explain this to me and thanks. Log in to Reply mfarris70 May 20, 2013 Robin Christopher is an excellent choice but isn’t there somebody from “Hollywood Heights” who needs a job? Maybe James Franco in drag? Log in to Reply ldylkng May 20, 2013 Hey Wheres Beth Ehlers these days? Log in to Reply mfarris70 May 20, 2013 [quote=yojoromo4469]… so someone please explain this to me and thanks.[/quote] See pervious post, Stafford may be out the door already. Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 Jamie Luner (ex-Liza Colby on ALL MY CHILDREN) as Phyllis! 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 sandymiki May 20, 2013 oh yeah…A definite go with Robin! Log in to Reply david46208 May 20, 2013 Marcia Cross from Desperate Housewives and Melrose Place! Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 20, 2013 David, Marcia Cross could play Phyllis’ mother. Log in to Reply mango May 20, 2013 I think Robin Christopher would look great opposite Peter Bergman. However, I’d rather just have the character off the canvas for a little bit. There are way too many new faces on Y&R right now and it’s tough to get used to. Log in to Reply Jamey Giddens May 20, 2013 Marcia Cross is the right age. She’s 51. The Staff is in her late 40′s. Marcia is still sitting on fat stacks from her DH days though. She’s got at least five years before she’d consider a return to daytime. Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 Marcia Cross could play Skye Chandler on GH. Log in to Reply noway May 20, 2013 [quote=david46208]Marcia Cross from Desperate Housewives and Melrose Place![/quote] ——————————————–+ Seriously, this woman doesn’t need daytime, just like Eva Longoria why would she ever come back?? Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 is there an out-of-work 80′s sitcom star that could play Phyllis?? Log in to Reply CarlyCfan May 20, 2013 No recast. We’re finally free of Phyllis, i hope it stays that way. Log in to Reply david46208 May 20, 2013 @Jamey Giddens: Yep true. Log in to Reply mango May 20, 2013 [quote=The_Moustache]is there an out-of-work 80′s sitcom star that could play Phyllis??[/quote] Lisa Welchel? Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 20, 2013 [quote=The_Moustache]is there an out-of-work 80′s sitcom star that could play Phyllis??[/quote] What’s the name of the girl who played Punky Brewster? That would be an MAB casting move. Log in to Reply Yoryla May 20, 2013 Michelle Stafford IS Phyllis, so in that respect I wouldn’t want anyone in her place. However, if the role 100 % has to be recasted, AND Robin Christopher not coming back home to GH as Skye would be 100 % sure, then in that case yes. She is a wonderful actress and could act with any given material. Why isn’t SUMMER leaving instead??? Get rid of her! Log in to Reply Ringwraiths May 20, 2013 The character of Phyllis needs a long rest. However if they have to recast then Robin Christopher would be perfect for the role. Log in to Reply david46208 May 20, 2013 @Yoryla: MS is good. But she never did anything to the role the way Kim Zimmer did to Reva, Susan Flannery to Stephanie, or Victoria Rowell to Dru. MS plays a good bitch though. That is why she was recast the first time she left. Though Sandra played a more subdued Phyllis and that was not good. So you need a recast who can play a bitch. RC is just that bitch on screen! Log in to Reply david46208 May 20, 2013 @Ringwraiths: Do you watch Coronation Street? Log in to Reply pferrando May 20, 2013 David…Michelle is Phyllis. Hands down. Sandra was okay, but the character seemed more backburnered then. I don’t remember a thing she did while she was on. Can’t say the same about Stafford. Log in to Reply noway May 20, 2013 If she is leaving, MS better be the one to rip Nick a new one if Jack is the baby daddy, it will be meaningless to me if she isn’t the Phyllis losing her mind on Nick. Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 20, 2013 since this is the top post: Rena Sofer has joined The Bold and the Beautiful. “Look who’s already getting a mother! Just last week we brought you the news that CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful had hired Emmy winner Darin Brooks for the new role of heartthrob Wyatt Fuller. Now TV Guide Magazine can exclusively report that another Emmy winner, former General Hospital star Rena Sofer, has been signed to play Wyatt’s mother, Quinn Fuller. Not a lot of deets yet, except that Mama is as mysterious as Sonny Boy and both have secrets that will rock the soap. The actress starts work at B&B May 22 and will hit the air July 12.” http://www.tvguide.com/News/Bold-Beautiful-Rena-Sofer-1065873.aspx Log in to Reply Dyllan May 21, 2013 [quote]David, Marcia Cross could play Phyllis’ mother.[/quote] Say what? MS is pushing 50. They are the same age. [quote]is there an out-of-work 80′s sitcom star that could play Phyllis??[/quote] LMAO….is that you, MAB? I say kill the character off in a brutal fashion. Let JFP get her “AW’s Frankie Frame Winthrop” on. Log in to Reply dellygrim May 21, 2013 I love Phyllis, Stafford and Robin Christopher but if MS goes I’d rather the Phyllis be offscreen for the paternity SL than have a recast on. Given a bit of time I think RC would be great in the role. Log in to Reply 1titanman May 21, 2013 I feel that Michelle plays the role so well “Hey Dude” that the door should be left open for her to come back. Robin Christopher would be a good recast, but I say no-recast! No to Liz Keifer she was on the show in the 80s, and a huge HELL NO to Sandra Nelson she was a mess in the 90s. However I just want to hear some more commentary though, so how about these names just to continue to the fodder. How about Sarah Brown or Carrie Genzel in the role of Phyllis???? Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 May 21, 2013 Laura Leighton, Cynthia Watros, Cynthia Preston……….did I mention Cynthia Watros? But I love Robin too, so I would welcome her on any show in any capacity. Log in to Reply Grandy34 May 21, 2013 How does Burton look in a red wig? Log in to Reply jw79bull May 21, 2013 They should get Kassie Depaiva,since #OLTL is about to be cancelled for a THIRD time. Log in to Reply bishbay May 21, 2013 KDP…for at least the last decade on OLTL she was more of a doormat than a bitch. Bitchiness is Phyllis’ defining characteristic and I don’t think she can bring it. Also, she would look ghastly (original definition of the word) with red hair. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 May 21, 2013 [quote=Grandy34]How does Burton look in a red wig?[/quote] Do u think a RED WIG would help his lack of TALENT? Log in to Reply Michael886 May 21, 2013 Uh, Robin Christopher is one of JFP’s oldest and closest “pets,” as I’m sure the writer of this article already knows. Log in to Reply bishbay May 21, 2013 Yeah, JFP gave Christopher work on GH for no reason other than to keep her on SAG insurance a year/year-and-a-half ago. Looks like this is going to happen. Log in to Reply david46208 May 21, 2013 @yojoromo4469: Burton as Maphila! Dairy of a Bad Actor, Maphila’s GH Reunion, I Can Bad Act All By Myself, Maphila’s Big Happy Y&R Cast and Maphila’s JFP Protection. Log in to Reply pjc722 May 21, 2013 I think all the actresses listed are fantastic actresses and would be perfect and welcomed by in any role on Y&R but I think that Phyllis needs to be the frantic self that she is and that Robin Christopher WOULD BE AMAZING in the role. As Skye, Robin has played the bad girl but the actresses listed besides her have all been good and think that we would see them as only playing bad. Sure, Keifer’s Blake was a bad girl early on but not when it ended and I don’t think her energy would be there for that either. I am still shocked we may lose Stafford though. Log in to Reply Dyllan May 21, 2013 I think KDP can still play a bitch, but she hasn’t been offered the material. They have forced her to play dotting mother. IA she would suck as a red head, but if hairdressers dyed her hair a dark auburn-it could work. Is Stafford even a red head anymore? She’s been blond and dark brunette. Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 May 21, 2013 My pick would be Sarah Brown. And she worked with JFP before. Robin Christopher however is a great pick too. Even tough I’d rather see her back as Skye on GH. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 21, 2013 I do not want to see Skye being part of the convoluted Pickle-Lila mess on GH, which is another powerful reason why I’d like to see RC as Phyllis if Michelle vacates the role. Log in to Reply ChrisGa May 21, 2013 [quote=soapjunkie88]My pick would be Sarah Brown. And she worked with JFP before. Robin Christopher however is a great pick too. Even tough I’d rather see her back as Skye on GH.[/quote] Ugh, I knew someone would get around to mentioning Sarah Brown. Sorry, but she’s even less-subtle than MS is(and she out-screeches MS as well). Could totally see Robin Christopher as Phyllis. You know who else I could see as Phyllis(although she’s a few years younger than MS)? FLORENCIA LOZANO. I know, OLTL just got restarted and she’s not exactly known for subtlety either. But damn would she tear that canvas up(in the best way possible). Log in to Reply bishbay May 21, 2013 Sarah Brown kind of trashtalked JFP’s GH after she left. I don’t think she’s a FOJ. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 21, 2013 bishbay beat me to it, but it bears repeating: Sarah Brown is no Friend of Jill. Log in to Reply Mandolin May 21, 2013 If seems as if people think that being a redhead is the most import aspect to the Phyllis character. :S If she is recast I doubt it will by ANY of the actresses mentioned thus far! They may be good ( RC) and have red hair , but so what ? Get the best actress and dye her hair. Log in to Reply Mandolin May 21, 2013 yeah Florencia L would be a great recast – I take back my previous statement. tho I doubt FL would leave the NYC area where she is developing a parallel career as a playwright , not to mention OLTL having dibs on her for a while. Log in to Reply ldylkng May 21, 2013 Beth Ehlers Log in to Reply ldylkng May 21, 2013 No to RC. She is Skye, & no way does she come close to portraying Red! Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 Maybe it’s just me but to hear that they’ve worked anywhere near JFP at GH is a red flag for me. Y and R is not GH. If there has to be a recast I’d rather have a no-name than a familiar face. Isn’t part of the issue salaries/budgets? I’d rather the role be vacant if they can’t negotiate with their current popular actors. Sarah Brown could not be Phyllis. Nor Beth, or Cynthia. Just because they may have been successful on a previous soap does not mean they can step into a role like Phyllis. Two recent failures were Maura and Debbie M at Y and R. Recasts and not successful, regardless of the writing. Log in to Reply Dyllan May 21, 2013 I vote for Hunter Tylo Log in to Reply scrumptious May 21, 2013 No brainer. Robin Christopher all the way. She would be perfect as Phyllis and have great chemistry with Peter Bergman. Make it happen, JFP! Log in to Reply NathanHastingsSr. May 21, 2013 Maybe Vicky Rowell can return now!!! Bye Ms. Phyllis… Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 21, 2013 didn’t Victoria Rowell accuse the CBS Prez of being a huge racist, and i think Christel Kahlil and Peter Bergman hate her too. :\ Log in to Reply soapmeup May 21, 2013 If Phyllis is going to be recast then my wishful recast would be..Sarah Buxton. She played Morgan Dewitt on B&B and she was also on Sunset Beach. She has the look and she is a great actress. Log in to Reply The_Moustache May 21, 2013 i like Sarah Buxton as Annie on Sunset Beach but i don’t think she has the chops to play Phyllis. it’s gonna have to be a big a-list name in the soap biz to replace Michelle. Log in to Reply pjc722 May 21, 2013 Too much speculation and not enough of a solid statement from either camp! It’s unfair to fans. Once a decision like this is made in today’s world they powers that be should be prepared to release a statement. Otherwise it just sounds like they were late to the game. I’m sure that ms stafford opted not to renew and then the show requested to draft a release to save face and give the actress a “proper” official release. But they should be prepared. When they or the actress opt to drop a actor or the actor opts to leave then the show should be prepared in “seconds” to “wish them well in the future and what a pleasure to work with them. And they are always welcomed back” It’s that simple. All this speculation in today’s “twitter/Facebook/tmz/e online” world makes it worse for the show because we all go down all this RUMOR crap. Log in to Reply ANGELWENDY15 May 21, 2013 I don’t believe MS is leaving till she actually says it. Perhaps she is holding out for more money, and, her character has been in the background since JFP took over in favor of the perfect “Avery”, which I’m sure MS doesn’t like. How many bets that a lot of the actors on Y &R are looking at all the perks Steve Burton has gotten to get him on the show, how JFP did all she can to get him. So, of course, the long-time actors on the show are going to look for “perks” of their own. Robin C. would be great in the role (she has the red hair,has always played fiery characters, and she would look great with Jack. Tony Geary has always spoken so highly of her). But, they would have to offer her a lot of benefits to come on the show since she now lives with her husband and kids on a farm in PA. Log in to Reply pjc722 May 21, 2013 Personally if we don’t get robin Christopher OR EVEN IF WE DO…. I would love to see a dramatic end to Michelle stafford time on Y&R. Before I was TOTALLY AGAINST Phyllis having an affair with Kyle but with Traci saying Phyllis is for Phyllis alone first wouldn’t it be great that after yet another confrontation with traci, an argument with jack that traci is right they are not good together, that Phyllis goes to that dive bar billy likes and drowns her sorrows. On walks Kyle who has just had it out again with nick. They commiserate. They sleep together. And then get caught by jack. In desperation Phyllis bolts… As is the persona of Phyllis. But she’s still drunk. Emotional and crying. She crashes her car. It explodes and Phyllis is presumed dead. The rest of the story can be written by the writers once robin Christopher comes on board. (I don’t get paid to do their jobs. Lol) Log in to Reply angrierblackerman May 21, 2013 Robin Christopher is such a flake…she never really sticks around. I doubt they would hire her knowing that she wouldn’t even stay past a year. Log in to Reply Trinityboy May 21, 2013 Martha Byrne would be good and Robin Christopher will be great but no one could ever replace Michelle stafford as Phyllis Summers Romalotti Abbott Newman Log in to Reply pferrando May 21, 2013 Martha Byrne is good, but also couldn’t play Phyllis. Not enough edge to her. If the role is recast, you know damn well JFP will fill our screen with another cast off from GH. Log in to Reply lcwebmedia May 21, 2013 What about Tamara Braun… she had full of bitchy-ness in her and would reunite her with Steve Burton! Log in to Reply blake3b May 21, 2013 Robin Christopher would be perfect as Phyllis, she has the look, the attitude, great actress, sexy as hell! Not sure about Liz Keifer and Beth Ehlers in that role but they should be on daytime again for sure! Log in to Reply Marcelle May 21, 2013 RC is a major friend of Jill, from what I’ve gathered online. So…there you go. Log in to Reply Yoryla May 21, 2013 If Laura Wright wasn’t still very happy on GH, Jill would hire her in a New York minute. Log in to Reply mrsa1107 May 21, 2013 It’s totally obvious that Robin is one of Jill’s pets! I mean they worked together at AW- then Jill went to OLTL- and all of a sudden Robin is back to ABC soap & it wasnt AMC- like she should have been. But rather Skye joins the cast of OLTL. Then Jill moves to the West Coast and GH- and Skye is now the long lost daughter of Alan Q and is a regular on GH. So it’s only a matter of time before Robin is offered a role on Y&R- and this may be a good fit! If Robin doesnt get the gig- I bet another great recasting idea would be JAMIE LUNER. I cant believe I am even saying that cause I thought she was terrible as LIZA COLBY- but it was a terrible recast. I do however think she will work out in this role if they recast! Log in to Reply pferrando May 22, 2013 So with it now being official, it’d be great to give the character of Phyllis a rest. Bring her back with an unfamiliar face many months from now. That means I’d love to get the meat of this paternity test on now so we can watch her in action before she gracefully exits. Too bad for the show, and for us fans. Log in to Reply staffordNancylee May 24, 2013 Robin Christopher would be cool how about Kate Walsh she is a red heard she looks just like Michelle they could pass for twin I know Peter Bergman would love her. Log in to Reply staffordNancylee May 24, 2013 Phyllis don’t drink so she wouldn’t be in Can’s bar Jose love Phyack I hope when Robin get there they Marry Tracy shock her stupid mouth before Phyllis shock it for you. after they get Marry Phyllis stand up to Jacks sister and say IM BACK if you don’t like it to damn bad. Jack lets Phyllis throw both his sister out on the ass. hope Robin can do a good job when is she coming in… Michelle is there intil June 15 right oh ah hope hunter likes Robin too Log in to Reply kelley850 May 30, 2013 Didn’t they replace Stafford once before? That actress (Sandra Nelson) was only fired because Stafford decided to return. Log in to Reply pferrando May 30, 2013 Nelson left in 1998. Stafford didn’t return until 2000. Log in to Reply CanView June 6, 2013 Honestly, Michelle Strafford cannot be replaced and I sincerely hope she changes her mind… I think Marcia Cross ( Bree from Desperate Housewives) would be a good fill in until Michelle decides to return. Log in to Reply CanView June 6, 2013 No to Christopher Log in to Reply CanView June 6, 2013 Marcia Cross Log in to Reply CanView June 6, 2013 Poppy Montgomery or Rachelle Lefevre maybe? https://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fimages4.wikia.nocookie.net%2F__cb20091226135419%2Ftwilightsaga%2Fimages%2Ff%2Ff0%2FRachelle_Lefevre.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Ftwilightsaga.wikia.com%2Fwiki%2FRachelle_Lefevre&docid=iZulmvRNZEW9CM&tbnid=p96aVirJIWM3IM%3A&w=471&h=620&ei=-KuwUemrL7KOigLd1YC4BQ&ved=0CAIQxiAwAA&iact=rics Log in to Reply terriebari June 10, 2013 Just thought of Liz in that role makes me feel a lot better about losing Michelle. Liz is GREAT at playing multi-dimensional characters! Her role on GL was similar in a lot of ways. Robin does not, in my opinion, seem to possess this acting ability. I have seen her on GL and on AMC and I always thought she was kind of flat. Not sure how old Liz is, but I can absoutely see her in the role. Log in to Reply ajmorgan489 June 11, 2013 Bring in Gina Tognini. She would be great and cast Kim Zimmer as Nikki’s sister! Log in to Reply ajmorgan489 June 11, 2013 Bring in Gina Tognini. She would be great and cast Kim Zimmer as Nikki’s sister! Log in to Reply JJ57 July 3, 2013 Seems like we are getting a lot of General Hospital folks…but I have to say Robin Christopher looks like she could pull it off. Stafford IS Phyllis so no matter who they pick it’s going to be a hard sell. That said, she needs to be in GC for this story about Summer and I think the way they are having her leave is terrible writing. Log in to Reply Zjlane2 July 24, 2013 What about Rebecca Budig (ex Greenlee Smythe from All My Children). To me she has the right energy to play a role like Phyllis. Log in to Reply pferrando July 24, 2013 I still say to let Phyllis chill offscreen for a while if they are going to recast. I want more MTS, Jess, Doug D screentime. Stafford has been featured a lot, so let’s give the other vets some well deserved air time. Log in to Reply angel50 August 27, 2013 I so agree! Log in to Reply CATNIPP September 1, 2013 What about Beth Chamberlain (Beth Spaulding) fron Guiding Light…or Emily Stewart from ATWT ??? Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.