BREAKING NEWS: Y&R Co-Executive Producer Paul Rauch is GONE!

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Soap Opera Digest
is reporting The Young and the Restless' co-executive producer Paul Rauch is departing the series. Rauch, who has been in daytime for 50 years, will leave Y&R April. 1. Rauch stated:

My collaboration with Steve Kent, and Maria and Bill Bell has been very rewarding. I have had great pleasure working with Y&R's magnificent cast and crew. I feel that I've accomplished everything that I set out to achieve, and it's now time for me to return to New York.

Executive Producer and head writer Maria Arena Bell stated:

Y&R has benefitted tremendously from Paul Rauch's experience and knowledge. I've enjoyed our working relationship and wish him all the best.