‘Y&R’ Actress Walks After Not Getting What She Wants

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“I want to stay,” said in an interview with MSN TV. “I heard a rumor someone said I was deciding to leave, but it’s not really working that way. There’s something I want that they don’t want to give to me. It hurts. I thought I would be worth what I thought I was worth to them, but I guess I’m not.”

On Wednesday, August 22, it was announced that Khalil would be departing “” after portraying the role of Lily Winters Ashby off-and-on for the past decade. Her website confirmed her ouster when it said, “Rumors can be such an ugly thing so here is the answer floating about the internet. Christel Khalil is indeed leaving ‘The Young and the Restless.’ It is not her decision to leave. An agreement could not be reached during contract negotiations. I have confirmed this information with the source.” That source of course was Khalil herself, who added in her MSN interview, “it seems like negotiations are over.”

Khalil’s contract with “Y&R” is set to expire in September. Should the series and the actress part ways, the soap is prepared to recast the role immediately. On Tuesday, August 21, the soap put out a casting call for the role of “Sally Tate,” who is described as a woman in her mid-20s who is ”vivacious, energetic, ambitious. She’s a mom balancing work and family. She’s had her share of tough times, but always bounces back from even the most trying situations. Sexy, romantic, fun-loving, with a delightful sense of humor and an eternal twinkle in her eyes.” The role, now known to be that of Lily Winters Ashby, comes with a contract attached.

A CBS spokesperson has previously stated that the show “does not comment on contracts, rumors or storyline information.”

  • BronzeBritBabe

    Header SHOULD be “Christel Khalil Reluctanctly Leaves after Not Getting Respect Afforded Others”. Everyone else, including Daniel Goddard her on-screen husband, Billy Miller, her once lover, Michelle Stafford, Eric Braeden, Michael Graziedi, lizzie hendrickson, can do outside projects and have far more sceen time but NOT Christel? Christel is so excited that Josh Griffith is back (hell we all are) and viewers were all looking forward to finally seeing CHRISTEL’S Lily in good SLs which FINALLY will include having a J-O-B and more Romance! Surely Sony/CBS will realize what a Gem they have in CK and as for a recast? Honey PuhLeeze–don’t insult the masses! Would Y&R recast Victor, Phyllis or Jack? CK’s Lily is a legacy character and no other will do!

  • Well, I for one will Boycott if she leaves. I have tried to support Daytime TV to keep our Soap’s on the air. I by the product’s, I support Sony. I have sony product’s in Home, car and gifts for my 8 grandchildren are all Sony. They support my two Favorite Soaps, so I support them. How are we suppose to support our show’s when they are taking off our Actor’s that are like family to all of us. Why should we watch and support them when there not supporting there fans. There are more rumor’s out there that we will be losing a couple more along with Christel. Are only winning Emmy Actor this year and they are having her walk. Shame on you Sony!!!!