Hartley Sawyer OUT at The Young and the Restless





Setside sources are telling me Hartley Sawyer is done as Kyle Abbott on The Young and the Restless. In March of 2013, Sawyer began playing Jack Abbott's (Peter Berman) son, when popular actor Blake Hood was dumped from the role. No word on if the soap plans to recast again.

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    sanka9

    I’m slowly coming back to YR coz of Jack and Jill but I’ll be so happy if this turns out to be true. I bet it had something to do with the height difference between Noah and Kyle lol

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    pferrando

    So glad that one more thing Phelps did has been undone.

    This was a total miscast from the start, replacing a relatively new Kyle that had caught on quick. Blake Hood was good in the role. It didn’t makes sense and we were never told why.

    No offense to Hartley, but he was too serious and didn’t have that Abbott soul.

    I just hope it’s not recast with some GH cast off. I’d rather take an unknown who has the physical features of the family.

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    Divatude58

    [quote=sanka9]I’m slowly coming back to YR coz of Jack and Jill but I’ll be so happy if this turns out to be true. I bet it had something to do with the height difference between Noah and Kyle lol[/quote]

    I thought the same thing about how Kyle made Noah look. IMO, Kyle had finally starting coming into his own and made the role his. He looks like and exec and is believable. He overshadowed the Newman and I guess we can’t have that.

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    Nk3play2

    Well it’s about damn time!!!! Where is Blake Hood???!!! PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE!!!

    @Appleridge Isn’t Conroy still on contract at B&B, if not then he should’ve left that show a long time ago. But seeing that they’ve already had B&B’s Oliver on, I don’t think Conroy would work.

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    drewz

    This actor was way more impressive as the son in several episodes of “GCB” than he has been allowed to be on Y&R. This is another example of soaps not knowing what to do with an actor they did not deserve in the first place.

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    FoxCrane

    Gee – could it be possible that Kyle gets caught spying and sent up the river for corporate espionage ???

    Anyway – since it appears that DAYS has no use for the delicious BRANT DAUGHERTY over in Salem, I could see him making an excellent Kyle on Y&R. Diane’s dark hair, but Jack’s blue eyes.

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    K8LVR

    I had no idea this guy was the same guy that was on GCB! He was so yummy, his long hair must not be doing him any favors cuz I never gave him a second look when I peeked in on Y&R.

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    katehhoward

    [quote=logan_echolls][quote=sillytee]i wonder who from GH is gonna play Kyle? Spinnelli??[/quote]
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    I so see this happening! Although Jack son should not be ugly.[/quote]

    YOU HYPOCRITE! You had the nerve to get upset with me for saying KM was not the prettiest thing, and here you are making a similar claim about Bradford Anderson. You’re something else.

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    ChrisGa

    I could totally see Brant Daugherty or Robert Gorrie in the role. And AMC’s Rob Wilson? Hell-to-the-yeah(Marco Dapper who?). Or, they could just bring Blake Hood back(though I suspect he’s moved on to better things).

    Good luck to Hartley Sawyer too. I was finally finding him somewhat tolerable in the role but I guess it was too little too late for a role that should have never in a million years been recast. I’ve seen him do good work prior to Y&R so here’s hoping he finds a role that will showcase that talent.

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    rozzberry

    Hello early Christmas present if this turns out to be true :santa: . If recast, hopefully they put more thought into it this time. I’d love to see BH back, but as someone mentioned, it seems he’s moved on to better things. I wouldn’t be opposed to Zach Conroy. I really don’t care that ZC’s been on as his B&B alter ego, it wasn’t like he had a real arc on the show(Y&R).

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    pjc722

    I hope they recast immediately. Clearly, they knew about he television career picking up and his getting a higher profile (possibly) job so I am not sure why they haven’t recast already.

    It was the same with Michelle Stafford. No sooner did she announce that she was leaving we heard that they weren’t recasting immediately.

    Not only did that leave Jack Abbott in limbo where his love was concern but they couldn’t very well have him have another love interest while his current flame and the mother of his new daughter (18 yr old) was calling him dad. I didn’t get why they opted after a week to send Phyllis off to Georgia instead of just recasting the role immediately. (As Sharon goes down to see if she is alive, Sharon turns Phyllis over and BAM, new actress and continuation of story. Phyllis could easily have amnesia.)

    Now, Kyle is leaving town and from all corners of the soap world no one has been cast UNLESS in Y&R fashion of the past (remember Michael being Kevin’s brother) Hood returns to the role IMMEDIATELY! Otherwise, Jack keeps losing his support system since Eileen Davidson’s Ashley zips into town and then out before the Abbott table is cleared by Mrs. Alvarez and Tracey is still in town without her husband and we don’t know why but she barely is seen at all.

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    timepass

    I am very glad for the actor that he goes tpwards something better. I was surprises that he never was able to make this rôle his own.

    I was not per say a huge BW fan but he was good as Kyle.

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    bishbay

    If the poster above is correct, they’re pulling a Phyllis and not recasting. Such a shame! Give Blake Hood a raise and a “sorry” and a contract and have him come back. He was one of my favorite things about the show while he was on…though that was a particularly grim period in the show’s history, it must be said.

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    GHFan777

    drewz, I find your comments in regards to Bradford Anderson and his looks, to be totally uncalled for and quite nasty. I thought attacking actors and their looks, was off limits on this site. If it isn’t, it should be. I have no idea what you physically look like, but I know for sure you are quite ugly on the inside to make comments like that.

    In my opinion Hartley Sawyer came across as uncomfortable in this role. A recast might be a good idea, as the character is quite important to the canvas.

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    Bartman202

    The whole problem with the character of Kyle Abbott is that he NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN SORAS’ED – another error that JFP had to deal with courtesy of the Maria Arena Bell regime.

    Blake Hood was no better than this guy in terms of acting – the problem was the character was never fully developed – once again, another faux pas courtesy of MAB.

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    drewz

    GHFan777- Perhaps I was a bit harsh, but this is a discussion about casting a son for Peter Bergman, possibly the most attractive man ever to appear on soaps. It’s a fair topic, and one that is certainly being debated in the Y&R casting office. The actor is simply not physically appealing enough for this role. I doubt this is news to Mr. Anderson, as it is likely the feedback he has received after 99% of the auditions he has gone on in his career, and has likely motivated the cosmetic procedures he has undergone.

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    ldylkng

    STOP picking on Bradford! He’s a great Actor, how low can you go?

    Now, back to who should play Kyle, I say the kid who played Pete on the PP version of AMC! He was a good actor.

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    LaDivaYR

    Sorry for Hartley, hard times now to be losing one’s job…

    On the other hand, the recast *never* worked. He and the chick who plays Summer had no chemistry whatsoever. Losing/firing Blake Hood totally killed the whole (maybe) “incest” storyline JFP had going on.

    If JFP is smart she’ll re-hire Blake Hood stat! He owned the role from day one, is sexy as all hell, and had tons of chemistry with all the ladies.

    If Blake can’t/won’t come back, then hire a good looking ACTOR to play this legacy role. No more hair models like Tyler & Mason!!! Those two are so bad I just can’t…

    One last thing. Bradford Anderson might be a cool dude and a decent actor but he is NOT an Abbott!!! Kyle is a handsome, confident, sexy PLAYAH… Bradford is none of those things. NEXT!!!

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    RebeccaJ

    Don’t like to see anyone lose their job, but he Sawyer was WRONG from the get go. DSMWMN said it right….it was unnecessary to recast Blake Hood in the first place.

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    1titanman

    Wasn’t a fan of this Kyle, but did preferred Blake Hood in the role. He seem to be a better actor.

    If Blake can’t returned pls think about no recasting anymore actors for a while use what you have. Your just wasting $$$ that could be use for something else.

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    aveRex

    [quote=GHFan777]drewz, I find your comments in regards to Bradford Anderson and his looks, to be totally uncalled for and quite nasty. I thought attacking actors and their looks, was off limits on this site. If it isn’t, it should be. I have no idea what you physically look like, but I know for sure you are quite ugly on the inside to make comments like that…[/quote]

    Uh, censorship is on the soap virgins board known as Soap Central.

    Thank GOODNESS we are not censored like little school children that gets their feelings hurt by posting anything that the Virgins over there don’t like or feel is going to hurt someone’s feelings. Thank you.

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    pjc722

    I hear what all are saying about personal observations on actors and although I agree that it should not be part of the comments, we do need to remember that it’s also part of television and movies to choose actors based on looks for specific roles.

    Bradford is a good actor. I’ve enjoyed his portrayal of spinelli for years abt 90% of the time. The other 10% was the way the writers wrote him as a savant type of character in scenes that I wished he wld just speak normal instead of Shakespearean. But, again, that’s the writers.

    Of course there is a chance he could end up on Y&R but it’s doubtful as Kyle. He physically wouldn’t fit into the role. Whether the actor is physically athletic in real life or a ladies man, he has to give that impression on screen. Initially Hartley was disliked because he didn’t look like Peter Bergman. Bradford is 180 degrees opposite of Peter. (That’s not a disparage on the actor at all but reality of casting actors to look like family.

    Physical attributes always play a central part of casting. Remember the role of Tracey was as a girl who had issues both with her appearance and abandonment by her mother. Beth maitland is a beautiful woman and certain she would admit that her physical traits played a big part in being initially offered a role. And her enormous talent has let ONLY her in the role for decades and never been recast with a “model”.

    SIDENOTE: someone up top came to Bradford’s defense and said stop attacking him judicially (not exact words) but within the exact same post said “hire a hot actor to recast Kyle”. funny they didn’t say just hire brad.

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    Dyllan

    The physical attributes of an actor does impact how a storyline storyline is written and how a viewer interprets an actor’s scenes. For example, one of many reasons Maura West’s portrayal did not click with viewers as Diane Jenkins was because she looked nothing like the previous Diane. They brought on a short,young, blonde to play a tall, thin, brunette model who was suppose to be the same age as Peter Bergman. MW did not look like a model. It took away the authenticity of the portrayal.

    And calling Bradford ugly is not out of place considering he has made a living by marketing himself as an ugly duckling in films such as American Pie: Beta House.

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    Dyllan

    The physical attributes of an actor does impact how a storyline storyline is written and how a viewer interprets an actor’s scenes. For example, one of many reasons Maura West’s portrayal did not click with viewers as Diane Jenkins was because she looked nothing like the previous Diane. They brought on a short,young, blonde to play a tall, thin, brunette model who was suppose to be the same age as Peter Bergman. MW did not look like a model. It took away the authenticity of the portrayal.

    And calling Bradford ugly is not out of place considering he has made a living by marketing himself as an ugly duckling in films such as American Pie: Beta House.

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    GHFan777

    I agree physical attributes are an essential ingredient in casting the right actor to the role. I myself would not cast Bradford Anderson as Kyle. His looks do not fit the part, not to mention I think he is too old now. Bradford is more suited for quirky supporting roles. He isn’t leading man material because he does lack the classic handsome looks. What I found offensive was this statement.

    “The guy that played Spinelli isn’t just unattractive for an actor, he is by far one of the most unattractive human beings in general”

    I think that latter part was not necessary. While I agree that censorship is a violation of our rights…I myself prefer to be more charitable in comments I make in regards to others. I don’t see the need to be mean spirited to make a point. To each their own.

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    bobbyew

    [quote=NathanHastingsSr.]The role of Kyle Abbot is now being played by Brandon Barash…[/quote]

    Must agree Nathan. He gotta pay for the new baby some way now that Kirsten is going on maternity leave. That would be a great recast.

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    Mets82

    Doesn’t really shock me. He’s probably a good guy but he’s too old to play Kyle Abbott. He also must be thinking “I got a haircut for nothing.”

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    yojoromo4469

    [quote=Mets82]Doesn’t really shock me. He’s probably a good guy but he’s too old to play Kyle Abbott. He also must be thinking “I got a haircut for nothing.”[/quote]

    Funny part is, this dude has worn a wig since day one on this show. I really can’t understand why no one but myself seems to realize most of these people are wearing some type of hair piece at all times.

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    THEBEST

    Hopefully, Blake Hood returns. He looked & felt like an Abbott. There was no need for a recast in the first place. Brandon Barash is too old to be Kyle. I’d prefer hims as Scotty Granger or Chance tho.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    It just seems like a coincedence that Bradford A is leaving GH at the same time . He and Burton are close friends and Burton does have a say when it comes to Phelps. I don’t think Bradford is right for the role but I am getting this feeling…..

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    harlee490

    ITA![quote=pferrando]So glad that one more thing Phelps did has been undone.
    No offense to Hartley, but he was too serious and didn’t have that Abbott soul. I just hope it’s not recast with some GH cast off. I’d rather take an unknown who has the physical features of the family.[/quote]

    Here! Here! I want no more GH actors for awhile but neither BH back, unknown or someone from our CBS past soaps which could work well in YR.

    I’m very happy about this exit…good luck to Hartley in future work but not on YR!

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    aroundhound

    Bye and don’t let the floor hit your chin on the way out. But seriously, he’s a good-looking guy with decent enough acting chops; he was just a miscast for this role. The Abbott men have to have what Billy Miller, Blake Hood and Peter Bergman have: the right mix of moxy, charm, with a side of badass. He just didn’t have that.

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