Michelle Stafford on The Young and the Restless' Phyllis: "I'm Completely Done"



 




Michelle Stafford doesn't seem too worried about Sony and CBS Daytime recasting the iconic role of Phyllis Summers. The former The Young and the Restless superstar sat down for an exit interview with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane, where she got real about why she decided to quit the soap and what's next for her. Here's a snippet:

 

Digest: How would you feel if the show recast you?

Stafford: You know what? Let's be honest with this. I absolutely think they will if they haven't already done it. They are just going to be quiet about it. And I say this because the character is so instrumental in the show, and I really, really take it as a compliment that they don't want to lose the character. The character of Phyllis is such a driver of people's stories. She is so instrumental in how they are writing the story now, very instrumental in Jack's life, Avery's life, Summer's life and Nick's life. Phyllis created conflict. This is a soap opera. As a producer, I see how they can't lose the character. I'm pretty sure they will recast. They may, as a courtesy, ask if I wanted to come back; I don't know, they may not. It's okay with me. It doesn't matter because I am done. I'm completely done. And I'm not upset if they recast, I totally would understand. Even when I called Angelica [McDaniel, head of CBS Daytime], I said, 'You will probably recast.' And she said, 'No, no, no. We won't recast.' And I said, 'Well, I have some ideas, if you are interested.'

For more of The Staff's revealing interview, pick up the August 5 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
 


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Thought so.

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Bye!

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I'll have a hard time accepting anyone else as Phyllis...LOVE Michelle...but I can see where TPTB will feel it necessary because the character is so important. Especially now. Please just give us a little break between MS leaving and a new actor taking over the role.

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she's coming across so much as someone who had big superdiva behavior on the set and when the new team came on the show they wouldn't give in to her.

so she quit.

now I don't know if its because she's a Scientologist and Xenu speaks thru her, but I'll pray for her.

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I'll miss her.

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In a world where everyone worries about being politically correct, I think it's brave of La Stafford to speak her mind. I'll miss her on Y&R, but I respect her wishes, and I look forward to her next role.

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sallyv wrote:
I'll have a hard time accepting anyone else as Phyllis...LOVE Michelle...but I can see where TPTB will feel it necessary because the character is so important. Especially now. Please just give us a little break between MS leaving and a new actor taking over the role.

I am with you on not accepting anyone else as Phyllis. She, in my humble opinion, is irreplaceable. She is a great actor and they shouldn't even try to replace her.
I do feel that, "she has been phoning it in" for the last month though. I really don't believe her heart has been in it and I personally thought a lot of how it has been done, was done very badly. I wish her nothing but the best. Wish she was going to a night time show where we could see her.

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So does this mean she's on her way to General Hospital? By the looks of the Daytime Emmy after party pics she was awfully chummy with the GH cast and EP.

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Does this mean she's on her way to GH? By the looks of the pics after the Emmy's she was awfully chummy with cast and EP of GH and I didn't see any of her with you Y&R cast?

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Then I'm done too. She was the reason I watched Y&R.

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Bye.

I don't have a problem with MS (not to be confused with Nikki's disease) but at the same time, the show goes on gal!!!

She's clearly not interested in the show... and its been showing in her performances. So with that being said, ciao sis!!

And hopefully this settles everyone's panties around here that Phyllis is not going to be killed off.

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Michelle Stafford and Eric Braeden ran the Y&R set for years and years... until Sony & CBS said "Out with the Divas, In with the Bitches!" and hired JFP & Josh Griffith. That was the E-N-D to messy Michelle's reign.

No more catering to Michelle's and Eric's demands for younger and younger and younger co-stars (Ronan and Sharon??? Bitches, please!). No more guaranteed 4-5 days a week. No more "I always have the last word" in every scene.

JFP don't play. She's the *ultimate* diva killer, and for good reason. It took her less than a year to force Michelle out, and soon, others will follow (MTS, Eric B, etc.).

I'm sad to see Michelle go because she's a FABULOUSLY TALENTED POWERHOUSE. Not sad to see Phyllis go because she stomped all over my last nerve YEARS AGO.

Bye bitch, see you never!

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JFP, get on the phone to Robin Christopher TODAY, and while you're at it, ring up Linda Dano to play Phyllis and Avery's mom.

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^^^ If they bring Robin Christopher in to play La Phyllis, I predict most viewers will be asking "Michelle Who?" within 2 weeks... She's *that* good!

Linda Dano is ok but her face looks like a mask. I nominate the INCOMPARABLE Kim Zimmer instead! Now that's a D-I-V-A that looks real, acts real, and brings it every damn second of a scene!

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LaDivaYR, the role of the mother would be recurring or short-term. We know JFP is not particularly fond of women of a certain age.

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What a smug bish!

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I will definitely be picking up this issue! I can't remember which month it was, but one month last year during MAB's reign Michelle was on every single day and pretty much would lead the episode count or be very close every month. Things changed quickly and rapidly when JFP and Josh took over as they immediately ended the Phyllis front burner story of the hit and run. I don't think Michelle liked that and I don't think she liked not being front and center ruling the episode counts. The show is much more balanced now. Adding to that also I think Michelle resented Jessica Collins getting a whole new set and getting paired with Nick and being frontburner. I thought there was a reason she seemed most into the scenes of screaming at Avery that she took her life more than any other scenes recently lol. It's too bad she and others can't be like JM who takes it all in stride and answered a fan on twitter who said they missed him on today's show that he can't be on every day.

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Wow, let's see Phyllis is gone, Carmine is soon to be gone...

Who is driving these stories anyway?

Lantern-jaw Kyle? Can't-act Redaric Williams? The Rose's Daughter? Chelsea? Kevin&Alex?

Let's face it... If it werent for Fen, Melanie (creepy, a whole s/l based on newbie Melanie), Cra-Cra Sharon, and Stitch awakening Dylan's NIGHTMARE past, the Show would hardly be worth watching.

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Girl, bye!
(*drops the mic*)

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I don't want a recast.

And I'm sure there is a lot to the story we don't know.

Instead of placing blame, I want to acknowledge what a great character she originated and played the hell out of for years.

I'll miss her.

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LaDivaYR wrote:
Michelle Stafford and Eric Braeden ran the Y&R set for years and years... until Sony & CBS said "Out with the Divas, In with the Bitches!" and hired JFP & Josh Griffith. That was the E-N-D to messy Michelle's reign.

No more catering to Michelle's and Eric's demands for younger and younger and younger co-stars (Ronan and Sharon??? Bitches, please!). No more guaranteed 4-5 days a week. No more "I always have the last word" in every scene.

JFP don't play. She's the *ultimate* diva killer, and for good reason. It took her less than a year to force Michelle out, and soon, others will follow (MTS, Eric B, etc.).
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Bye bitch, see you never!

Right on!

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hey mon wrote:
Wow, let's see Phyllis is gone, Carmine is soon to be gone...

Who is driving these stories anyway?

Lantern-jaw Kyle? Can't-act Redaric Williams? The Rose's Daughter? Chelsea? Kevin&Alex?

Let's face it... If it werent for Fen, Melanie (creepy, a whole s/l based on newbie Melanie), Cra-Cra Sharon, and Stitch awakening Dylan's NIGHTMARE past, the Show would hardly be worth watching.

U forgot the most important 2, Cane and Lily. U know they are way past due for a date night. Gag me with a spoon.

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pferrando wrote:
I don't want a recast.

And I'm sure there is a lot to the story we don't know.

Instead of placing blame, I want to acknowledge what a great character she originated and played the hell out of for years.

I'll miss her.

I agree with U 110 per cent. If the truth was only known. Michelle is about 110 per cent ahead of any other long timer on the show and 220 on the newbie hacks.

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please bring back the actor that was playing Kyle before this guy they got!

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What pferrando said. Beer

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Bye bye and don't let the door hit your butt on the way out!! I am so excited that I don't have to see her overacting anymore. I swear I would retch if I had to watch her put her hands together along side of her face one more time. Who the hell does she think she is, Shirley Temple?? Her screaming the last couple of years was too much to handle. Is she a good actress? yes, but that doesn't make her irreplaceable. Bring on another actress. She's not irreplaceable. Jack and Jill are both replacements and look at them now! We had a different Ashley for quite a few years and she was great. Hell, Phyllis was played by another actress for a few years. When I heard that she made Josh Morrow apologize over his comment that he thought Nick and Sharon were the end game I realized that she had serious diva issues.

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Loved her on the show, I hope that she does well in her future. What an amazing character and tremendous actress!

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MS appears to be just as much of a diva as I thought she was. I can only wait to see just how bitter and loud she gets when she finds out how insignificant she actually is to TPTB at Y&R. Robin Christopher is more than capable of taking over this role and making it her own so much so that folks will NOT complain and boycott. And we all know she is a FOJ. I give it 3 months before she is cast.

Let this be an example to all, JFP says. I don't give a a care who you are or how long you have been on the show, I don't do bullying, arrogant divas on my set.

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I'm the first to admit I got sick of the "Victor and Phyllis Hour" under MAB's reign of terror--if ever there were two characters who ate a show it was those two--and was thrilled early on when the new regime showed more balance with the writing and cast(of course, that ended once Dylan showed up). And there's been a noticeable indifference on MS's part since the paternity storyline kicked into gear--her acting has been totally flat, lacking any of the bite, wit or snark that we've come to expect from her and Phyllis.

That said, I still consider MS one of the Top 5 actresses in this show's history so it's gonna take a real powerhouse to fill her shoes. I think Robin Christopher would be good but I still say Florencia Lozano would tear into this role and run with it.

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^^^ I like FL. How do you think she would look with red hair? I think that is a must for the recast to work.