Michelle Stafford on Young and Restless Tenure: "One of The Greatest Rides of My Life"






The Young and the Restless leading lady Michelle Stafford has confirmed E! News' shocking report of her exit from television's top daytime soap.The actress, who has played Phyllis Summers for the better part of 16 years, gave her official statement to Soap Opera Digest. Said The Staff:

"I would like to personally confirm to the fans that yes, I have decided to leave THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. It has been a glorious 16 years and one of the greatest rides of my life. The constant support and love from the fans is not lost on me. I think I'll miss you the most."


CBS Daytime Vice-President Angelica McDaniel tweeted the following about Stafford's exit:




Will you miss Stafford on Y&R? Sound off in the comments!

 

 


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Well, I guess it's official. I was thinking maybe this was a negotiating tactic on her part (like the stunt that twit Crystal Khalil pulled last fall).

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It seems like only yesterday it was the summer of 2000 & Kay Alden brought her back during the Glow By Jabot story. I will miss her.

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is it true she spit in Victoria Rowell's face??

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The_Moustache wrote:
is it true she spit in Victoria Rowell's face??

Who cares? Oh yeah, all the idiots that want V. Rowell back. Not ever going to happen.

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i can see Michelle going to General Hospital as a new Quartermaine or Cassadine relative.

or to DAYS as a re-cast Billie Reed.

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Im gonna miss her. i like the staff..and i highly doubt VR is coming back..

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CarTini, make her the new Skye Chandler-Quartermaine.

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The_Moustache wrote:
is it true she spit in Victoria Rowell's face??

Not this again. *RME*

Both MS and VR are big girls who can handle themselves.

Can't we just appreciate the last few weeks we have MS onscreen?

If TPTB wanted VR back they would've brought her back a long time ago. The suits at the top, Steve Kent and Les Moonves, are apparently the ones who have issues with VR. None of the actors have much control over s/l let alone hiring and firings in this current climate.

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My recast wish would be to get Kate Walsh from Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice fame. The two look so much alike and I think Kate would be a great actress in the role if Grey's doesn't pull her back.

Don't blame Michelle Stafford for quitting if that is what she indeed is doing. People make fun of Steve Burton going from GH to Y&R but he was on GH for years playing a mob enforcer. Why not switch to a heroic role as war veteran? Similarly, Julie Marie Berman vacated the role of Lulu on GH to pursue other projects as well as Marcy, now Emme, Rylan going from Y&R to GH. So maybe Michelle was sick of playing ping pong ball to Nick and Jack for years. Best of luck to her! Sharon Case, Josh Morrow, and others could easily say goodbye next.

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I could see MS on GH or BB.

With Susan Flannery gone I can see Brad bringing in another emmy winner from the sister soap.

MS is always hob nobbing with Cartini at the emmy's. I can see her going there too (as well as Jeff Branson). Not sure how they could afford it after bringing in Maura West though.

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The_Moustache wrote:
is it true she spit in Victoria Rowell's face??

Nope. She did a SPITAKE and had sipped some water at the time. She didn't tell VR about it because the whole point of a spitake is the element of surprise. Once things on Y&R went sour for VR, she flipped out and exaggerated the whole thing and said that Stafford SPIT on her. She did no such thing. Go to about 1:25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6Sb0EvR3E4

The people whining that VR can now return to the show now that Stafford is leaving need to buy a clue: the woman has alienated EVERYONE at CBS. She will never return to Y&R. EVER.

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Good bye Michelle, we love you! You are the ultimate!

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Mustache- VR wrote a fictional book about a "soap diva" & it has been considered somewhat of an account about her time at YR. I got my copy at the dollar store.

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Glad to hear the confirmation that she indeed herself made the decision to leave. Not surprised though. Yes, I'm sure she has many other things she coul and wants to do, but there are always reasons for leaving. I'm sure Michelle wasn't happy about the new regime, and them not writing for her.

This all has nothing to do with Victoria Rowell. She is never coming back to Y&R.

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Bye girl. She left because she was not driving story or in control behind the scenes anymore. She will be humbled and come back within a couple of years.

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SHADE! Smile

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Good bye Michelle, now playing Phyllis Newman...some FOJ. I hope she really brings it to theses scenes over her last weeks with the paternity if they change it. I had such expectations for this storyline, now not so much.

So she will end her run end of June/early July?

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Please let this mean the end of Shick vs. Phick nonsense. If they recast, please don't revive that rivalry, it is tired, tired, tired.

Phyllis was great in the first two portions of the run but since 2005, it's been entirely too much screaming and emoting. I tired of that fast.

Good luck to Michelle Stafford in her future endeavors, though.

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I wonder when her last scenes will air.

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If this means Victoria Rowell can now come back as Dru and make the show interesting again then I'm all for it!

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They are not bringing Dru back, good grief Les Moonves said no, and from what I have seen from JFP, in this short time is there is only one queen in the hive.

All this Y&R action, and no Harlee, hope everything is ok.

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Wow. I guess it's official. I still can't wrap my head around her leaving. And I wonder what made her leave now after all these years.

As much as I can't see anyone other than Stafford in the role, considering all that's going on w/ her, a recast is a must. Phyllis is tied to so many people on the canvas I can't imagine her leaving Genoa city for any reason, especially with the upcoming paternity storyline. And they better not even think of killing her. I will seriously loose my shit if they do.

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Somehow, I think Jessica Collins would not be too far behind and Nick gets back with Sharon after Adam goes after Chelsea again. Then Dylan would follow Avery out of town.

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noway wrote:

All this Y&R action, and no Harlee, hope everything is ok.

Exactly, where Is Harlee???

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Harlee is sorely missed.

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I sure do hope Hollywood Heights has someone in their cast old enough to play Phyllis.. it is the soap world though.. in time we'll all get used to a 20 year old blonde phyllis newman

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What does Victoria Rowell have to do with anything?

Since when have people who lied VR as Dru become idiots?

Since when is it okay for someone to do a "surprise" spit take on another person? Actor or NOT.

And in conclusion...what the hell does ANY of that have to do with the fact that MS is leaving??? I will miss Michelle Stafford as Miss Phyllis and I wish her the best. She'll turn on GH as some over the top character from the past. IDK...CarTini must be working for free and putting their checks toward the show. Because there's no way in hell they can afford all these people...lol. Even if they don't grab Miss Phyllis, it's still a lot of people over there.

I think I could go for Robin Christopher like Jamey suggested..

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Can't say enough how much I am saddened by the passing of Jeanne cooper and now the exit of Michelle stafford.

Two powerhouses of daytime!

God bless

(If now is not the time I don't know when will be SO JILL FAREN PHELPS get on the phone to Victoria Rowell and ask her back. It's not new characters we need its anchored established ones played with the vigor we are accustomed to from cooper and stafford and especially Rowell. Suck it up and get her on the show.

This is a one-two punch and the show needs to get back up.)

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Soapcentral is reporting her last air date is mid June, which means she has already filmed her last scenes. I seriously doubt that this was planned.
I wish her Success for her future, but have alot of Q's about the timing of all this.