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‘Young and Restless’ favorite confirms exit

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In a move that surprised many fans, ‘Y & R’s’ Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) confirmed her upcoming exit from the popular CBS soap.

The actress gave an exclusive statement (see below) to Soap Opera Digest this past week:

‘You may have heard the rumor that I am leaving Y&R…and it is with a grateful heart that I wanted to tell you personally, my unbelievable fans, that the rumor is true. What does one say after a decade of the most amazing relationship? Let me start by saying THANK YOU. Thank you for standing by me and all of my characters in daytime over the many years. A big special thanks to the BAMers, Chilly's, Clonan's and Clovin fans. Your love and dedication has been unwavering. Even the most beautiful relationships need to go through changes in order for them to grow and evolve. This is where I find myself. I need to stretch my wings and fly into the unknown. The one thing that remains true and what I will hold close to my heart as I embark on this new adventure is that I will ALWAYS have you. If it weren't for all of your love, support and faith in me as an actress I wouldn't be able to make this bold move. Please know, this is not goodbye forever. This was a very amicable parting of ways. I will be working for a few more weeks and airing well into May. Y&R and especially Jill Farren Phelps made it very clear they did not want to see me go and plan to leave the door open for Chloe. I am beyond thankful for my career in daytime, the friends I have made along the way and especially for all of you. I hope to see you all soon. Let’s keep in touch. Maybe in another medium or simply another time slot. Regardless. I'll miss you. Love Lizzie.’

Many fans are still up in arms about the controversial departure of Hendrickson’s former co-star Michael Muhney (ex Adam Newman). So the news of Hendrickson’s upcoming departure is sure to sadden and disappoint many loyal ‘Y & R’ viewers.

A final air date for Hendrickson has yet to be announced.

‘The Young and the Restless’ airs weekdays at 12:30 on Detroit’s local CBS affiliate WWJ.

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