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Wishful Casting: Robert Ri'chard as Y&R's Nate Hastings

Ever since the return of Tonya Lee Williams as Dr. Olivia Barber Hastings Winters on The Young and the Restless was first announced, soap fans have been speculating about whether or not Liv's son, Nate could be far behind. Liv has mentioned Nate—the child she conceived with her deceased first husband Nathan and later raised with second husband Malcolm Winters (Shemar Moore)—several times since arriving back in Genoa City. According to the storyline, Lily(Christel Khalil)'s older cousin is away at medical school. I say its time Nate transferred to a university closer to Genoa City and I have the perfect person to play him– Robert Ri'chard.


Like Bryton McClure and Tatiyana Ali, Ri'chard grew up on our screens in such sitcoms as Cousin Skeeter and One on One, and would bring with him a built-in audience. In recent years he played Paris Hilton's love interest in the camptasically-bad horror flick House of Wax.

Ri'chard has graduated from playing the wisecracking kid, into a bonafide hearthrob in the vein of Shemar Moore himself and could help provide a sexy, mocha triangle with McClure's Devon and Ali's Roxanne. What if Roxanne dated Nate off screen? How surprised would she be to learn he was Devon's adoptive cousin? What if he seduced his Uncle Neil (Kristoff St. John)'s insecure fiance Karen (Nia Peeples), got horizontal with Tyra (Eva Marcille), or dated Heather (Vail Bloom) in college? The possibilities are restless.

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