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‘Y&R’ Shocker: Michelle Stafford IN, Gina Tognoni OUT as Phyllis Summers

Michelle Stafford, General Hospital, Nina Cassadine, Nina Clay, The Young and the Restless, Phyllis Summers, Phyllis Summers Abbott
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In the third recasting to hit Genoa City in just a week, CBS’ “” has released the granddaddy of casting shockers! Daytime Emmy Award winner is back in as Phyllis Summers after nearly a six-year absence. As a result, , who won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal of the character in 2017, was let go.

Gina Tognoni, The Young and the Restless, Phyllis Summers
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According to Daytime Confidential, which first reported the news, Stafford and the powers that be at “” were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract in recent weeks, leaving the actress no choice but to return to her old stomping grounds at CBS Television City. Reportedly, when CBS learned that Stafford was a free agent they “jumped at the chance to lure” the actress, and informed Tognoni of their decision soon after.

No word yet on when the switch will take place on-air, but fans will surely be in for several twists and turns in the coming weeks and months ahead now that daytime’s number one drama has also recast the roles of Adam Newman with daytime newcomer (see story) and Dr. Nate Hastings with former “Greenleaf” actor (see story).

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  1. Shocker indeed. WTH? I was UPSET when Michelle Stafford was replaced by Gina Taglioni. It seemed IMPOSSIBLE that anyone could walk into such a complicated role, but I have to say that, Taglioni not only nailed-it, she expanded the role into something both old and new. It was impressive and fun to watch. Taglioni’s natural and down to earth sarcasm have added an intelligence and hilarity to the show it hadn’t had before. Sexy. Smart. Complicated. Funny. She really is a TREASURE. I love Michelle Stafford, but I am really sad to Gina Taglioni go. Can they both play Phyllis? : ) Taglioni’s official statement was platinum and says a lot about her character. That said, the powers that be at Y&R need to get it together and treat their employees with respect. The dynasty on which this franchise is built has a lot to do with the fiber of the production, and it all counts. Stop all this back & forth. My heart goes out to these actors – what a tough business. Good luck Gina and good luck Michelle too . . .

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