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Casting rumors ‘Y&R’: Will Phyllis Newman be recast?

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Michelle Stafford exited the role of Phyllis Newman last year and there has been much speculation on whether the role will be recast or if the character will be written out of the show. There is always the possibility that Phyllis Newman will be written out for now and brought back at a later date.

Jack Abbott’s storyline as of late on “The Young and the Restless” has shown him longingly looking at Phyllis’s photo, still shown as Michelle Stafford, and begging “Red” to come back to him. This has caused speculation that perhaps Michelle Stafford will return to “The Young and the Restless”. But the speculation is that if she were to return it would only be temporarily in order to facilitate Phyllis’s permanent exit from the show.

During the holiday season Jack’s sisters Ashley and Tracey made reference that it may be time for him to let Phyllis go and move on with his life. Fans in several forums have debated what the Abbott sisters may have meant by that. Do they want Jack to move on and find another love interest or were they advising their brother to encourage Phyllis’s son Daniel to discontinue her treatment and let Phyllis Newman slip gently away.

The character of Phyllis Newman was a pivotal one for 15 years on “The Young and the Restless” and even though Michelle Stafford has exited the role the character continues to be important to a few storylines on the CBS daytime soap opera.

At this time fans can only speculate what will happen with the character of Phyllis Newman as controversy swirls around the departure of both Billy Miller, who portrays Billy Abbott, and Michael Muhney, who portrays Adam Newman.

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