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The summer is looking good for “The Young and the Restless,” especially with this latest news: Fan favorite Michael Graziadei (Daniel Romalotti) is returning to the sudser for four episodes!

It’s been weeks since the news broke that Michelle Stafford had decided to walk away from her role as “The Young and the Restless’” Phyllis Summers, and the actress’ final day of taping in Genoa City has finally come!

It’s been 31 years since “The Young and the Restless’” Kate Linder first donned a black and white outfit and debuted as Esther, the maid of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper). And even though the character has had a number of her own storylines, she will forever and always be tied to the great dame who first brought her to the screen. Soap Opera Network recently spoke with Linder to discuss Esther’s future sans Katherine and sans Cooper.

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will be a star-studded night with appearances from some of televisions brightest stars — some of which will also be presenting awards on stage during the big night. But just who are the lucky personalities who will be handing the Outstanding Lead Actor winner and the Outstanding Lead Actress winner their coveted awards? Read on to find out!

In addition to the previously noted on air promo touting the launch of "The Young and the Restless'" same day airings on TVGN beginning Monday, July 1 at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the network has also announced special programming that will surely help provide ample tune in.

“The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman) hasn’t even left Genoa City yet, but there are already fans crossing their fingers in anticipation of a future return. But is it possible? Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime, thinks so! “She is an icon,” the exec tells Soap Opera Network of Stafford, who began playing George and Lydia Summers’ daughter back in 1994. “She’s an amazingly talented woman... and she brings so much as Phyllis to the show. But we have to respect her decision, and [leaving] was her choice.”

Allison Janney has acted in a slew of projects since leaving the role of “Guiding Light’s” Ginger in 1995, including “The West Wing,” “Mr. Sunshine,” and “American Beauty,” and she just filmed a new spot as a guest on “Bitter Party of 5,” which “The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) wants you to see!

On Friday, May 21, 1999, Susan Lucci won her first Daytime Emmy Award in any category after portraying the iconic Erica Kane for (at the time) nearly 30 years on ABC's "All My Children." On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 14 years after winning in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, fans are still pondering whether the actress will reprise her role on the soap opera now that it's back in production via Prospect Park's The OnLine Network. In the meantime, tell us where you were on that special night when one of daytime television's biggest stars won the coveted award.

As we previously reported, “The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) has decided to walk away from the role she began in 1994, news which has now been officially confirmed.

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.
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