According to a report by E! Online, “The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford is departing the daytime drama series after 16 years portraying the role of Phyllis Summers off and on since 1994 (1994-1997 and 2000-present), according to their sources.
In mid-April, Stafford addressed fan concerns over her characters then recent onscreen disappearance. “I am still on the show,” she wrote in assurance to worried fans. “Just not working a lot.”
A rep for “Y&R” was unavailable for comment at press time.
News that “The Young and the Restless’” Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) passed away this morning has rocked the entertainment community, and the beloved actress’ colleagues have responded with an outpour of memories, loving words and final farewells via Twitter. Soap Opera Network has rounded up all of the sentiments written so far, which include kind words from her “Y&R” co-stars and beyond.
Fans have been wondering what happened to “The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers), who hasn’t been appearing on the soap as frequently as usual. So just what happened to the fiery redhead, who’s generally been a large part of the canvas since joining the soap in 1994?
As previously reported, the very popular #CBSTweetWeek is back for the forth time since its inception in 2011, and some of the networks biggest stars and creative talent are signing on to Twitter to chat live with fans. This marks the very first time stars from “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” are participating!
CBS has announced that Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman, “The Young and the Restless”) and a number of your favorite daytime stars will be taking part, for the first time, in #CBSTweetWeek, where fans will have direct access to top talent from their favorite CBS programming (primetime, daytime, sports or otherwise).
As previously reported, cast members from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” appeared on yesterday’s edition of “Marie.” In honor of the soaps 40th anniversary, the Marie Osmond hosted talker paid tribute to the memory of “Y&R” co-creator and head writer, William J. Bell, and highlighted the longest-running feud in daytime soap history – Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton).
On the Monday, April 1 edition of daytime talker “Marie,” Marie Osmond is joined by the cast of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of their show.
“Marie” airs Weekdays at 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT on Hallmark Channel.
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On this special episode, Marie celebrates 40 years of the Daytime Emmy® Award winning soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” Marie is first joined by one of the most tumultuous couples on the show, Melody Thomas Scott and Peter Bergman, who play Nikki Newman and Jack Abbott. Melody talks about her journey working on the set for 34 years and her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis while Peter discusses his path to joining “The Young and the Restless.” Next, the soap opera’s “golden couple,” Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow, who play Phyllis and Nick Newman, take the stage with Marie. Michelle and Joshua talk about their start on the show twenty years ago and how their personal lives have changed dramatically since then. Then, Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson, who play the show’s sweethearts Christine Blair and Paul Williams, sit down and chat with Marie. Lauralee dishes about her return to the show and what it was like being the creators’ daughter while Doug reveals what it was like romancing the bosses’ daughter on screen. Finally, Jeanne Cooper who plays Katherine Chancellor and Jess Walton, whose character is Jill Foster Abbott, are the last of the cast to join Marie. The two discuss their characters rivalry and their favorite on-screen battles. Plus, the cast answers their fans most pressing questions about what goes on in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Marie closes the episode with a tribute to William J. Bell, the co-creator and head writer of “The Young and the Restless.”
CBS’ acclaimed daytime show, “The Talk,” joined the long list of outlets celebrating “The Young and the Restless’” 40th anniversary with a special episode featuring some of the sudser’s most popular stars — and it was definitely a not-to-be missed episode for fans of the Emmy-award winning series.
On Friday, April 5, “The Young and the Restless” stars Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman) are scheduled to appear on Hallmark Movie Channel’s new series “Planet 360″ in celebration of “Y&R’s” 40th anniversary, which will air on Tuesday, March 26 on CBS.
On Tuesday, March 26, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” will celebrate its 40th anniversary and in honor of the event, stars from the daytime drama series will be popping up on multiple CBS Daytime programs.
As previously reported, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman), Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman Abbott), Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Michael Muhney (Adam Newman), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) and Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) will appear on the Monday, March 25 celebratory edition of “The Talk.”