HomeTagsComings & GoingsMichelle Stafford on The Young and the Restless’ Phyllis: “I’m Completely Done” Jamey Giddens July 25, 2013 83 Comments 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. 83 Responses Yoryla July 25, 2013 Thought so. Log in to Reply RockiDreams July 25, 2013 Bye! Log in to Reply sallyv July 25, 2013 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. Log in to Reply The_Moustache July 25, 2013 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. Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott July 25, 2013 I’ll miss her. Log in to Reply Daring2bReal July 25, 2013 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. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 July 25, 2013 [quote=sallyv]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.[/quote] 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. Log in to Reply tdrice July 25, 2013 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. Log in to Reply tdrice July 25, 2013 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? Log in to Reply RCLGuard July 25, 2013 Then I’m done too. She was the reason I watched Y&R. Log in to Reply stoney07 July 25, 2013 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. Log in to Reply LaDivaYR July 26, 2013 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! Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon July 26, 2013 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. Log in to Reply LaDivaYR July 26, 2013 ^^^ 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! Log in to Reply NathanHastingsSr. July 26, 2013 What a smug bish! Log in to Reply Duchess July 26, 2013 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. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon July 26, 2013 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. Log in to Reply hey mon July 26, 2013 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. Log in to Reply MsAgentProvocateur1 July 26, 2013 Girl, bye! (*drops the mic*) Log in to Reply pferrando July 26, 2013 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. Log in to Reply aveRex July 26, 2013 [quote=LaDivaYR]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.). … Bye bitch, see you never![/quote] Right on! Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 July 26, 2013 [quote=hey mon]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.[/quote] 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. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 July 26, 2013 [quote=pferrando]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.[/quote] 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. Log in to Reply The_Moustache July 26, 2013 please bring back the actor that was playing Kyle before this guy they got! Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott July 26, 2013 What pferrando said. :beer: Log in to Reply richalan67 July 26, 2013 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. Log in to Reply ryder July 26, 2013 Loved her on the show, I hope that she does well in her future. What an amazing character and tremendous actress! Log in to Reply Divatude58 July 26, 2013 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. Log in to Reply ChrisGa July 26, 2013 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. Log in to Reply Divatude58 July 26, 2013 ^^^ I like FL. How do you think she would look with red hair? I think that is a must for the recast to work. Log in to Reply bishbay July 26, 2013 MS is one of two actors on Y&R (the other being MM) who committed to every scene. She kept her energy at 110% for the nearly 15+ years she was on the show. She’s an amazing actress and Phyllis is easily my favorite character. So sorry to see MS go but glad (because I like the character so much) that it seems likely another Phyllis will be coming along. I don’t know if RC could ever match the intensity that MS brought but that’s fine–she’ll have to make the role hers anyway. Log in to Reply Dyllan July 26, 2013 [quote]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. [/quote] I would agree if we only evaluated Stafford’s performances from the 90s. How can we ignore all of her shitty performance (e.g. the miscarriage scene). For the past three years, she has given awful performance that have made me cringe. IMO, Stafford is pissed she’s no longer “the star” or “babe.” B*tch please. I’m so glad the years of Stafford being this irresistible cougar are done. Never in a million years did I buy Ronan wanting her granny body. As the character, Phyllis, got older, her storylines needed to mature and Stafford wasn’t down with that direction. Log in to Reply pjc722 July 26, 2013 Stop with the NEGATIVE guessing on here. While I do sense a bit of animosity from Michelle Stafford in her decision to leave the show and then here “I’m done. I am completely done.” statement, I am left to wonder what the real reason for exiting the show was for her. Usually if an actress wants to leave a soap for family or career, that’s what is said. Here it seems to be something much more than a young family, etc. While I could definitely come up with a lot of scenarios, my nosy buddy instinct still wants the truth. As for Michelle Stafford, I wish her well. For years she has entertained me, pissed me off, made me cry, made me cheer and made meeeeeeee sooooo maddddd at the tv screen. BUT NEVER at the actress or person… always at the character. She’s an amazing actress and will miss her. Log in to Reply Dakotaral July 26, 2013 I know she is leaving because the writing on the show SUCKS now under the new regime – anyone is replaceable – but unfortunately – the show as a whole has been shot to Hell with boring storylines and too many wrong recasts… Its not the same show anymore – and I have hung in there waiting for things to improve and frankly its a waste of my time now… The new online All My Children is telling compelling stories with wonderful actors – Jill needs to take a few lessons on running a soap opera – she has run this one into the ground like she did General Hospital…. And I give Josh a month or two before he quits again, too – Log in to Reply maxsmom July 26, 2013 The Young and the Restless is the non-ABC show which held me the longest because even when I hated characters from the moment they were introduced, like Phyllis, I respected the actor with the exception of Cricket and Victor, those actors I can’t stand. I too hear diva in Ms. Stafford’s statement but I also hear hurt and so I agree with those who say there is a bigger story here which once again is probably more interesting than anything onscreen. Log in to Reply 1titanman July 26, 2013 Michelle going to be Michelle, Victoria Rowell going to be Victoria Rowell, Eric Braeden going to be Eric channeling (Victor) Brenda Dickson going to be Brenda; what that being said these actors are people with big egos, but as Jamey has said on the podcast those actors on that show have more drama behind the scene than their current storylines. I think if any actor in daytime work on that show you better be prepared for the drama on and off the set, because being #1 doesn’t mean it all roses and peaches it mean you better have your switch blade out to see who going to stab you…Maybe Michelle had enough, and is ready to move on. There always a little truth in every lie- Log in to Reply Divatude58 July 26, 2013 [quote=1titanman]Michelle going to be Michelle, Victoria Rowell going to be Victoria Rowell, Eric Braeden going to be Eric channeling (Victor) Brenda Dickson going to be Brenda; what that being said these actors are people with big egos, but as Jamey has said on the podcast those actors on that show have more drama behind the scene than their current storylines. I think if any actor in daytime work on that show you better be prepared for the drama on and off the set, because being #1 doesn’t mean it all roses and peaches it mean you better have your switch blade out to see who going to stab you…Maybe Michelle had enough, and is ready to move on. There always a little truth in every lie-[/quote] You are right. The thing about soaps is that as regimes change, so will favorites. It’s hard to maintain that position from Regime to regime. MS/Phyllis managed to get it with MAB. JFP, not so much. The last 7 years have been hell for me as a viewer. I have stopped watching altogether for long periods of time. I just couldn’t stomach Phyllis in every story always coming out on top. Log in to Reply gato1 July 26, 2013 HA Sashay Away Gurrl!!!!!!!!!!! Log in to Reply stoney07 July 26, 2013 I loved Phyllis believe it or not. Even after she had a hand in my Dru falling off that cliff, I have STILL loved Phyllis. I don’t know MS personally to know whether or not she’s a diva. But I have to say…it’s not as if we go weeks and weeks without seeing Phyllis on screen. At first I was a little suspicious, but now that I think about it, I doubt that she’d quit the show because she doesn’t like the paternity story. But there’s no denying that she doesn’t like the story. She said on several occasions (before the story was penned) that she thought it would be a horrible idea, so that’s that. LOL. But, Phyllis has also had her share of HORRIBLE and ridiculous stories before (like Phelia), and it didn’t seem to bother her or affect her performances. Maybe she’s just OVER the show in general. Clearly something happened behind the scenes, for her to say she’s done for good….but then say “never say never” to going to another soap (most likely GH). But whatever…I say recast her. She was recast successfully before (altho that’s debatable to some people) and she could be recast again. Nothing against MS, but yeah…she has her own little quirks and characteristics, but Nikki Newman, Katherine Chancellor, Victor Newman, Victoria Rowell…she is NOT. Phyllis can be recast…and I think she SHOULD be. Log in to Reply aveRex July 26, 2013 Whomever wrote that she was irreplaceable is delusional in my view. She can be replaced in a heartbeat and people will not even look back. That said, she’s had great years on the show and I’ve enjoyed her earlier years more than the latter. In real life, she certainly appeared to be a Diva. And supposedly she walked around like she owned the joint at YR, so now she’s finally met a bigger bitch in Phelps, who didn’t bow down to her diva-esque ways; thus, the only way to deal with it is to leave. Just like when Victoria Rowell left, it seems the working environment will be better for the rest of the folks without her. So goodbye…maybe…just maybe, Rowell is returning and she was spooked. Log in to Reply Divatude58 July 26, 2013 Victoria Rowell will never return to Y&R despite the constant calls for it. It is quite….interesting (for lack of a better word) to see MS seemingly walk the same path as VR did/has been. Now that MS is gone, she probably will never be allowed back even if she wanted to go back. I just think there is some bad blood that might just get worse. Log in to Reply scrumptious July 26, 2013 Jill Farren Phelps is hardcore. She is the Head Bitch In Charge at Y&R and anyone who works there must play by her rules. It’s no surprise that a Diva like Stafford resented JFP’s management. “I am done. I’m completely done.” LOL!!! Those two butted heads, as everyone predicted. No doubt. JFP won. No surprise. Stafford didn’t like her storylines, the writing changes, playing the matriarch, stuck with Old Man Jack, losing Josh Morrow & Jeff Branson as love interests, relegated to the backburner or matronly supporting role while JFP’s new leading ladies Jessica Collins, Hunter King, Melissa Egan took center spotlight. Stafford’s ego took a massive hit. JFP took her down a million notches. She says in her SOD interview that she was so unhappy at work that she broke down in tears on the set one day and felt she couldn’t go back there. Apparently that place was so toxic, she had to get out, even if that meant losing the steady paycheck! Her sister’s cancer gave her the courage to leave. DAMN!!! You know JFP must have done something to make Stafford feel so depressed and demoralized about her job. JFP does have a rep for pushing out the ones who don’t fall in line. Cracking the whip! Stafford also mentioned nobody tried to change her mind or talk her out of leaving. Ouch! JFP just let her walk. Bye Red, don’t let the door hit your 47 year old butt on the way out. That’s JFP attitude. Anyway, best of luck to Michelle Stafford. I’m sorry to see her go. But I knew she would be one of the first to leave under JFP’s regime. Saw that coming a mile away! Hopefully she has a nice nest egg saved up from her 16 years on the show. I fully expect Robin Christoper will appear as recast Phyllis in 3 months time. She is a #1 Friend Of Jill and the same age & red hair as Stafford. Log in to Reply happy2 July 26, 2013 Surely you want to stay and watch what they do to Sharon for this mess. They have made her character someone I don’t even recognize anymore. Someone on the writing team hates her and wants the rest of the world to hate her as well. Log in to Reply happy2 July 26, 2013 I want to go on record by saying I want Carmine run over by a really big truck. He makes my skin scrawl and he has the ick factor going non stop. Tension is expected in soaps, but does it always have to be repulsive, really repulsive. Now Victoria is a totally different reason to be run over by a really big truck. Please don’t give that woman another baby, she is already not playing with a full deck. Hurt anyone to keep them away from Billy, but you can’t stand to be in the same room with him. Oh, and get your hair done. You won $500 million dollars and you still don’t have a descent hairdo. Grow up and act your age. It was a beautiful gown your wore to your Mom’s benefit, but your hair was all over the place. Daniel is coming to take Phyllis home with him to get her off the show. Yeah that will last. Neil and his flashbacks are wearing thin. Poor Dylan, it doesn’t pay to be a good honest person on this show. Always kind and caring, I hope that last after you find out the truth about the baby. I love Sharon and the writers are destroying her. Stop that. Log in to Reply Jeff July 26, 2013 YR always strikes me as having the most arrogant, self-absorbed, diva cast. This just reinforces that thought. WOW! Soap stars amaze me sometimes. There’s not a lot of gratitude or class shown. Maybe many of them should take cues from Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak. They speak their mind, but they are always grateful for their show, their character, their fans, and their fellow actors. Log in to Reply stlouicardinalgirl July 26, 2013 I am a huge fan of MS. I think she’s the best actress on all of daytime, and I will sorely miss her. Having said that, I still believe a recast can be successful, though hers are certainly big shoes to fill. In fact, Phyllis has been recast before–which I’m surprised none of the other commenters hav pointed out. Sandra Nelson played the role of Phyllis for a year or so the first time that MS left the shoe. While she was no MS, she did do a good job. Log in to Reply 1titanman July 26, 2013 The biggest Diva of them all is JFP; however with being said it sounds like Y&R is a very toxic place to work, but I would love to be a fly on the wall to see all the drama that goes down. To Oprah: There should be a reality show of behind the scenes of Y&R, But do the other shows have this much backstage drama like Y&R? Days, GH, B&B and other past show, because Y&R takes the cake and runs with it…Many actors on this show complain etc over this and that over the years, and from the podcast when Jamey said they bringing donuts and gift baskets to campaign for their Emmy real. I was done SMH- Log in to Reply TomZulawski July 26, 2013 Jill Faren Phelps is a show killer because of her ego. Michelle Stafford is a power house actress and the character of Phyllis is an iconic character that only Stafford can play to the hilt. If she is a diva, she earned it. I said when Phelps was hired as EP at Y&R you would not recognize the show in five years, so far we are right on track to that happening. The beauty of Y&R has always been its longevity of its characters and history. Im sure Phelps isn’t finished with her destruction of the history of this show. Be careful with what you wish for with all these negative posts about Stafford leaving, it wont be long before you will wish she was back so you can actually recognize Y&R. Log in to Reply shane1969 July 26, 2013 Of course, there is more to the story than we know. I believe it’s about money. That seemed to be the case when EB, MTS, JM, and SC were all renegotiating their contracts. She can say she is gone for good, but I will believe it when I see it. Frankly, I got tired of Phyllis getting away with everything. I would have rather seen her go to jail for a while. In regards to recasting, the Y and R has proven anyone can be recast. Who would have thought Terry Lester or Brenda Dickson could be replaced? (BD was actually recast successfully twice in my opinion). And MTS isn’t the original Nicky. I nominate Liz Keifer (Blake, Guiding Light). Log in to Reply Dyllan July 26, 2013 Why is everyone automatically blaming JFP? Couldn’t it be Stafford’s fault? Log in to Reply Dyllan July 26, 2013 Why is everyone automatically blaming JFP? Couldn’t it be Stafford’s fault? Log in to Reply Dyllan July 26, 2013 How much do you want to bet Stafford asked her character to be paired with the cop Alex? JFP probably replied, “Sure, Alex needs a mother on the show.” LOl and Stafford left. I can see her wanting to be with Alex and being told no and getting pissed. Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott July 26, 2013 JFP is the one who killed off Mo Bauer, let Beverlee McKinsey walk, and who fired Anna Lee. Welcome to JFP in the 2010s…. Everyone get your container of lube cuz this won’t be pretty. She is going to drive this show into the ground like all the others.. Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott July 26, 2013 SOD for me usually comes in Monday’s mail…can’t wait to see it! Seems like Scrumptious and Jamey are the only ones on here who have actually seen the SOD article… Log in to Reply Santa_Barbara_4Ever July 26, 2013 ANYONE and EVERYONE is replaceable in their jobs…the same goes for soap stars. The key part is finding the “Right” replacement. So many times that is the reason for the failure of a recast: they chose the wrong actor/actress to fill the role. I was born in 1977 and grew up on DAYS and AW….but in July 1984 when Santa Barbara premiered, I was a full on addict to the genre! I tried to watch them all during the summer months but consistently supported SB from beginning to end. As an avid SB viewer, I LOVED Eden Capwell (Marcy Walker) and was just absolutely heartbroken when she left the show. Marcy was Eden and she was phenomenal in the role! When she left the show though, there was a hole in the Capwell Clan. I missed Eden terribly and longed to have her back….with or without Marcy Walker. Phyllis is as MS said, “Instrumental” to so many stories on Y&R. They should recast IMO. Just do it justice and pick the right person that is going to make the role their own but still remain the Phyllis that we all love to hate and/or hate to love. These shows are about the characters we let into our lives 5 days a week. Yes, the actors/actresses bring them to life, but deep down it is the characters that we relate too, hate, love, etc. All the way to the end of SB in Jan. 1993, I still missed Eden and still do when I think back on the show. I agree with many that Robin Christopher is probably on standbye bc she is indeed a FOJ…BUT, she is an exceptional red headed actress too! She tore it up on AW, I remember that. I didn’t see her much on ABC, but I can imagine it was just as comparable as her stint on AW (as long as the writing was there.) That’s another key part too. The writers have the control about what our characters are saying/doing. It is so easy to forget that, but imagine how frustrated they must be sometimes having to say some of the things they do when it is so outside of their view of the character…..At the same time we are online posting about how we can’t believe that so and so would do that. I’m sure it makes things VERY interesting backstage for sure. Oh, and yes. I’m sure there are Divas Galore on these shows….no doubt! Someone was asking in a post if it was just YR that had all the backstage drama. Uhm that would be a big ole “NO”! Not by a long shot. It certainly has had it’s fair share and seems to have the most talked about right now, but all soaps have had it and will always have it to some degree. JFP has had quite her part in many of them too, throughout her career. SB had some serious backstage turmoil during its run (ultimately, that is what tanked the show). Check out their Wiki page and read up on it if you are unaware. I agree with the above poster……I’d love to be a fly on the wall too…for just one week to see what really is going on behind these scenes. So, What did the interview say about her NEW JOB???????? Log in to Reply Divatude58 July 26, 2013 [quote=Ryan-Scott]JFP is the one who killed off Mo Bauer, let Beverlee McKinsey walk, and who fired Anna Lee.Welcome to JFP in the 2010s….Everyone get your container of lube cuz this won’t be pretty. She is going to drive this show into the ground like all the others..[/quote] This show was being run into the ground long before JFP came. And a major problem was letting the actors dictate the story and show’s direction. MS was one of those that needed to be pulled in. That is why JFP was hired. I wouldn’t be surprised if Muhney was next. Log in to Reply pferrando July 26, 2013 Why does it have to be anyone’s fault? I don’t ever remember Stafford saying she was the “star” of the show. There are too many iconic actors for her to have anyone believe that anyway. I never thought she was, and I’ve watched her the entire time. It’s funny…people bitched about her acting when she tore it up on the screen, then now call her lazy and over it. Let her leave in peace. She deserves it. Log in to Reply noway July 26, 2013 Muhney just signed another 2 or 3 yr contract around the beginning of the year. He also went silent on twitter in May, something’s going on there just don’t know what. From another thread, Sharon is the next to get her walking papers. Log in to Reply miztee246 July 26, 2013 I have to agree that Robin Christopher could easily step into Michelle Stafford’s stilletos and make us forget about her. Another choice might be Alicia Coppola, who plays a really good trouble-maker, too. To JFP — please spare us any of these newbies who cannot act and are looking for OJT. Log in to Reply Santa_Barbara_4Ever July 26, 2013 If Daniel pulls the plug…..then it’s bye Phyllis forever. If he takes her with him for ‘treatment’ in another city, then hello recast in the not so distant future. Log in to Reply RebeccaJ July 27, 2013 I’m disappointed to see her go and to hear that it’s final. I kept hoping she’d at least come back at some point. I wonder what caused this definite split? Has anyone read the article? I’d like to know what her “new job” is…motherhood? As for being replaced, I think we’ve seen time and time again, NO ONE is irreplaceable. phyllis WILL return….right about the time summer walks down the aisle with Noah:) Log in to Reply Cornfed July 27, 2013 [quote=TomZulawski]Jill Faren Phelps is a show killer because of her ego. Michelle Stafford is a power house actress and the character of Phyllis is an iconic character that only Stafford can play to the hilt. If she is a diva, she earned it. I said when Phelps was hired as EP at Y&R you would not recognize the show in five years, so far we are right on track to that happening. The beauty of Y&R has always been its longevity of its characters and history. Im sure Phelps isn’t finished with her destruction of the history of this show. Be careful with what you wish for with all these negative posts about Stafford leaving, it wont be long before you will wish she was back so you can actually recognize Y&R.[/quote] WONDERFUL posts, all of you guys, and all are angles I can agree with, some more than others (Tom’s above is probably my fave). And i’m not gonna bash Michelle and her Scientology-worshipping behind. LOVE LOVE LOVE her as Phyllis over all these years, one of very few actors on daytime i’m interested to watch the craft of ACTING. (Maura West could be another if GH didn’t suck so bad, but that’s off-topic!) Let it be said, Robin does not have the FIRE OR the ROCKING TIGHT HOT BODY to pull off Phyllis, similarly to how Jess Walton wasn’t half the sexy ho bitch that Brenda Dickson was — they had to alter the role to Jess’s strengths, no more sexy vixen. Robin was NEVER EVER EVER Lorna on AW when Alicia Coppola left. And i repeat, NEVER.EVER. RC may recreate the role, but it will be a more “matronly” version, b/c RC does show she’s popped a few kids out sorry to say. And if that is the direction they have in mind for Phyllis, so be it. But with a FOJ’s in the role, Phyllis may become front and center again — mark my words. Log in to Reply smellykellyjay July 27, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8–8V7bVeI Log in to Reply Yoryla July 27, 2013 Calling Cloris Leachman! Log in to Reply carterladybug July 27, 2013 8) She is indeed a fantastic actress…..But Ms. Michelle Stafford is a fantastic actress who brings it like nobody else can in the role of Phyllis Summers Newman! Michelle who? Ms. Michelle Stafford! Log in to Reply ldylkng July 27, 2013 Calling Kelly Sullivan!! Hell, Get Gina Tognoni! She would be a great Phyllis! Log in to Reply ldylkng July 27, 2013 I would like to know who MS suggested? Hmmm… Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott July 27, 2013 Robin Christopher is a real talent. I remember when she began as Skye when she was married to Tom Cudahy on AMC! Those were the days. I don’t think though she would be right for Phyllis. What GH needs to do is bring Skye back to PC full-time with Lila Rae. Log in to Reply Cornfed July 27, 2013 Mainly i’m just disappointed that Michelle couldn’t see the forest thru the trees and realize ALL PRODUCERS/WRITERS COME AND GO, and just play professional, keep her mouth shut and punch in and punch out. But instead she pulls a Victoria Rowell and burns bridges. Again, disappointing. But i think i’d go off the deep end too if i had to go back to “Aunt Jack” (as my soap buddy refers to him) as my love interest. :~ If Khalil can demand only white male love interests, can’t Michelle have a hot man to slurp up every day? Peter Bergman ain’t it, not even in his prime. That was another role that had to be re-written to the actor’s strengths, b/c Terry Lester’s Jack was the ultimate irresistible thirsty playboy lady killer. Sorry, that ain’t Peter Bergman! Log in to Reply noway July 27, 2013 I don’t know this Robin Christopher but what I read about her is she has two kids under 10 y o and lives on a farm in PA. Why would she want to go to LA and leaver her kids for this mess of a show? Being a FOJ they would probably fly her back and forth like they do the best actor I have ever seen, Stevie B. Idk the rumor mill is suggesting that JFP and JG only had a 1 yr contract which is up in August, also that Kay Alden was let go from B&B. Things that make you go hmmmm…. Kay Alden could straighten this out, but who do they get to EP? Log in to Reply aroundhound July 27, 2013 Of course they will recast her, just like the central character Jill was recast years ago with the current actress (sorry, I forget her name) after Brenda Dickson who played her like a diva was gone. That’s why they’ve put Phyllis on indefinite mental ice. Otherwise, she just would have died, maybe in the crossfire of Carmine\Lauren\Michael. To me, she left because Y&R wouldn’t agree to HER terms, period. It happens. As long as she behaved professionally and was not blacklisted during this, she’ll be snapped up so quickly by another Soap, it’ll make our heads spin. Log in to Reply aroundhound July 27, 2013 [quote=Yoryla]Calling Cloris Leachman! :D[/quote] Like I said, she’s 87 and probably can’t hear the phone. But she can probably still DAANNCE. Log in to Reply aroundhound July 27, 2013 below… Log in to Reply aroundhound July 27, 2013 [quote=IOWAHAWKEYE]Mainly i’m just disappointed that Michelle couldn’t see the forest thru the trees and realize ALL PRODUCERS/WRITERS COME AND GO, and just play professional, keep her mouth shut and punch in and punch out. But instead she pulls a Victoria Rowell and burns bridges. Again, disappointing. But i think i’d go off the deep end too if i had to go back to “Aunt Jack” (as my soap buddy refers to him) as my love interest. :~ If Khalil can demand only white male love interests, can’t Michelle have a hot man to slurp up every day? Peter Bergman ain’t it, not even in his prime. That was another role that had to be re-written to the actor’s strengths, b/c Terry Lester’s Jack was the ultimate irresistible thirsty playboy lady killer. Sorry, that ain’t Peter Bergman![/quote] Time will tell (the amount of time before another Soap comes calling) whether Michelle played it professionally or not on her way out the door. BTW, Peter Bergman was every bit the ladykiller Terry Lester was until a few years ago. It’s just that he hasn’t aged well due to the sun, IMO. Terry Lester wasn’t going to age any better. I believe he was gay and died of AIDS. Log in to Reply Dyllan July 27, 2013 If they brought back Kay Alden, people would still be lamenting. Log in to Reply marlenafan July 28, 2013 Maybe they can get Victoria Rowell to come back to Y&R and play Phyllis LMAO!! Log in to Reply Santa_Barbara_4Ever July 29, 2013 Bergman had a big challenge to face in making Jack his own….and over time, he did it. No doubt, he is Jack Abbott. I’ve never considered him to be the sexiest man on soaps, but I’ve never considered him to be the ugliest either……not even close. He’s a talented actor and a handsome guy and now is of a certain age. In real life (which I know soaps are not), we have women/girls much younger than Phyllis and much prettier and smoother…..Oh, around 19 or so, that would be more than willing to be with someone of Jack’s status and financial stability, with also an extra 150lbs on him and a hell of a lot less hair on his head (if any) lol Sad, but ya’ll know this is true. Log in to Reply Cornfed July 29, 2013 Bashing the late Terry Lester — classy! He bolted Y/R b/c Bill Bell centered the show around his daughter, as every boy under 25 was conceivably in *love* with Cricket. (GAG!) Since the show was Bill’s, Lester probably had no reason to think the regime would change any time soon. Listen, Bergman had the best swoop bangs in the 90′s, but sexy he really wasn’t, tho of course a matter of taste & opinion. He could play the boardroom killer, but not the lady killer IMO. Hell, even Brenda Dickson admits to being hot for Lester back in the day! Bergman is/was attractive to some, but more feminine than masculine IMO. I was too being skeeved out to buy any *serious* sex scenes betw him and Case OR him and Stafford. More suited to MTS and that age bracket. Log in to Reply Cornfed July 29, 2013 Of course someone would go for his money and looks IRL tho not sure what the point is. Bergman IS Jack Abbott now, no doubt. But NOT the same Jack that Terry Lester played. Bergman cries with the best of ‘em, that can’t be disputed. On a certain level i enjoyed watching Bergman and Stafford act together. But Jack and Sharon as a couple were GRRRRROSS. And again, jmo! Log in to Reply Yoryla July 29, 2013 I enjoyed Bergman and Stafford acting together aswell – but everytime since Joshua Morrow and Nick came into the picture for MS and Phyllis, her & Jack were never the same. All of the Jack & Phyllis pairings since 2006 have been siblingly/ best friends/ caring, but never that explosive romantic passion they shared 10 odd years ago. Reminding me of Luke & Tracy on GH. Best friends, love each other totally, but the “it” factor just isn’t there. And Jack and Sharon as a couple was a ridiculous idea. It’s like they did that, just so that Nick’s and Phyllis’ ex’s would be together and that there would be some sort of “quad”. But there never really was, not a believable one. It was clear Sharon was in love with Brad – I was very surprised they didn’t utilize those two together. I was sure they would at some point end up together and Sharon and Jack’s farce of a marriage would end. Log in to Reply Cornfed July 29, 2013 ^^^ Exactly. I wasn’t watching Y/R during Jack and Phyllis’s first run, and wasn’t intrigued to see them as a couple, but there were times i checked out their scenes and really enjoyed the acting aspect, watching the two feed off each other, it was great. Remember when Phyllis and Jack did it on the couch at the cottage and psycho Patty was outside lurking? I wasn’t feeling that either, but the acting was great! The Brad/Sharon coupling was fantastic imo, Don Diamont was doing some great work there, and Sharon Case was lovely as always in all her turtlenecks that *Winter* lol. I enjoyed that story, but wanted it to continue. Killing off Brad and Colleen — STOOPID! (Tho i’m not sure how many women Brad had left in Genoa to sleep with!) Also weird how the writers never reference Nikki & Brad’s past either. Log in to Reply hey mon July 30, 2013 Everyone is irreplaceable ay Y&R, except for the most boring-@$$ character EVER created int he history of Daytime, the no good phuking Dylan McAlroy!. Boring, stupid, idiotic. God knows what Stevie Burton does to JFP that has her cramming that guy down our throats. Log in to Reply pferrando July 30, 2013 Having just read the article, it’s clear she was ready to go. Her choice. And the only person she didn’t mention or have ANYTHING to say about was Phelps. So that says a lot. One more person who can’t stand this EP. I love Stafford even more. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.