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‘Y&R’ casting update: Gina Tognoni takes over as Phyllis Newman

‘Y&R’ casting update: Gina Tognoni takes over as Phyllis Newman
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It has been almost a year since Michelle Stafford left her role as Phyllis Newman on “The Young and the Restless.” The fate of the character has been in question, but recently rumors started circulating that a casting call had gone out for the character.

Emmy award-winner Gina Tognoni, ex-Kelly Cramer on “One Life to Live” will assume the role of Phyllis Newman according to a report dated today, May 22. According to the report Tognoni’s audition and take on the character of Phyllis Newman were flawless. A former “Young and the Restless” co-star said it would take an actress with Oscar-worthy talent to replace Stafford. Tognoni is an Emmy award-winning actress who has starred on “Guiding Light” as Dinah Marler and appeared in a web series entitled “Venice: The Series” as Sami.

In addition to her soap opera credits, Gina Tognoni made appearances on the television series “SVU” as Officer Kristen Vaill and on “The Sopranos” as Catherine Lipman. Each appearance lasted one episode. Tognoni also has three film credits to her name.

Phyllis Newman has been in a coma since tumbling down a flight of stairs during an argument with rival Sharon Newman. Both women have been married to Nick Newman. Not only have Sharon and Phyllis shared a husband in Nicholas Newman, both women have been married to Jack Abbott.

For weeks the writers have been teasing, and frustrating, fans regarding the state of Phyllis’s health. Fiancé, and former husband, Jack Abbot had been pinning over Phyllis until he recently began a new relationship with Kelly Andrews, portrayed by Cady McClain. Tognoni’s first appearance as Phyllis Newman will come sometime this summer.

Of course, with the return of Phyllis Newman comes the question, will Sharon’s secret finally come out? Will Phyllis remember that Sharon changed the results of Summer Newman’s paternity test? Sharon was so desperate to get Nick Newman back that she changed the results of the paternity test Nick requested. She made it seem that Jack Abbott was really Summer’s father, not Nicholas.

Victor Newman, portrayed by Eric Braeden, has been checking on Phyllis’s health periodically. Will he be the first to find out that Phyllis has come out of her coma? Will he be the first one to find out Sharon’s secret? If he is the first one to find out fans are certain that he will find yet another way to use that information, and Mariah, to torture Sharon further.