‘Y&R’: Sally Sussman/Kay Alden Retire, Mal Young New Head Writer

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Less than a year since officially taking over as head writer of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” Sally Sussman has decided to retire from the world of daytime drama to focus more on her work as a documentary film director. Kay Alden, who returned under Sussman’s regime as a story consultant, has also decided to retire. Mal Young, who serves as executive producer of the soap, will assume head writing duties, effective immediately.

“Adding to his current responsibilities as executive producer, Mal Young will be stepping in to the role of head writer of ‘The Young and the Restless.’ He has made incredible contributions to the show since joining the team of daytime television’s #1 drama,” said producer Sony Pictures Television in a statement on Tuesday, one day after news of Sussman’s departure and Young’s promotion began circulating on social media.

“Standing on the shoulders of giants. Exciting times. #YR,” wrote Young on Twitter on Monday, likely in response to his promotion before Sony made it official Tuesday morning.

Daytime Confidential first reported the news of Sussman’s retirement and Young’s promotion.