The soap world has been a little chaotic over the last several months. There have been actors hopping shows, surprising twists, and plenty of gossip. When “General Hospital” showed Michelle Stafford as Nina Clay, fans of “The Young and the Restless” were heartbroken. Stafford had played Phyllis Newman for what seemed like a lifetime. Rumors have been swirling about who would be taking over the role of Phyllis Newman, but nothing had been confirmed. According to a May 22 report from Soap Opera Digest, Gina Tognoni will play the recasted Phyllis Newman on “The Young and the Restless.”
Fans may recognize Gina Tognoni from her role as Kelly Kramer on “One Life to Live” or as Dinah on “Guiding Light.” Tognoni is no stranger to the way soaps work, which makes the transition a little easier for fans. Since the soap business is pretty exclusive, Tognoni has probably worked with at least one of “The Young and the Restless” cast members if not more. Because of her fiery personality, slipping into the character of Phyllis Newman shouldn't be too hard for Tognoni.
Since the news broke about the recast, Twitter has been heating up with comments about Gina Tognoni. Many fans are remembering their favorite moments from when she played Dinah and Kelly. Several of them cannot wait until Phyllis reappears on screen. When the recast became a reality for diehard Phyllis fans, it looked like the role would be unredeemable, but with Tognoni on board things are looking up.
There is no official air date for Gina Tognoni's first appearance as Phyllis Newman on “The Young and the Restless." It looks like the end of summer is what everyone is talking about, which means Tognoni should begin filming in the upcoming weeks. Phyllis Newman went into a coma when Michelle Stafford left the role, and finally the writers can revive her.