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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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.

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TomZulawski wrote:
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.

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.

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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.

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Calling Cloris Leachman! Laughing out loud

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Cool 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!

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Calling Kelly Sullivan!! Hell, Get Gina Tognoni! She would be a great Phyllis!

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I would like to know who MS suggested? Hmmm...

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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. Puzzled 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!

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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?

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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.

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below...

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Yoryla wrote:
Calling Cloris Leachman! Laughing out loud

Like I said, she's 87 and probably can't hear the phone. But she can probably still DAANNCE.

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IOWAHAWKEYE wrote:
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. Puzzled 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!

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.

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If they brought back Kay Alden, people would still be lamenting.

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Maybe they can get Victoria Rowell to come back to Y&R and play Phyllis LMAO!!

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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. Sad

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.

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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.

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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. Wink On a certain level i enjoyed watching Bergman and Stafford act together. But Jack and Sharon as a couple were GRRRRROSS. And again, jmo!

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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.

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^^^ 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.

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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.

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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.