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GH's Michelle Stafford Shows Support Of Y&R's New Phyllis Gina Tognoni!

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General Hospital’s Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay) threw her support 100% in the direction of her successor in the role of Phyllis Summers Newman on The Young and the Restless, Gina Tognoni!  Yesterday, it was revealed that Gina will be taking on the pivotal role of Phyllis on the number one soap opera.

Stafford tweeted: “Thx 4 the #GH love 2day Tweeps! Now I want u 2 give love 2 @ginatognoni who will now be playing the role of #phyllis on #YR she will be awesome!!!”

While some long time fans of Y&R were envisioning a return of Stafford to the role she made soap famous, she is now firmly at ABC, and Gina will be seen this summer when Phyllis wakes up out of her coma. When Phyllis awakes that will spell trouble for Sharon (Sharon Case) and her “secret” in Genoa City and more!

What did you think of Michelle’s acknowledgement of Gina landing her former daytime role?  Share your thoughts below!

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andrew hass
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andrew hass

That’s nice of Michelle Stafford offering her support to Gina Tognoni.Michelle probably knew eventually Y&R would recast Phyllis but since it was her choice to leave Michelle may not want to the fans taking it out on Tognoni.

koko
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koko

I don’t want the old Phyllis and I don’t want a new Phyllis but I do want daniel and Daisy and Amber back

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Ummm HUH…Daniel I see but those other two need not darken the hallways again as far as I’m concerned.

Mama
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Mama

Oh good god, those characters (Daniel and Amber) are literally the two worst characters I have ever seen in the 33 years I’ve been watching “Young and the Restless”!!!

SZima
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SZima

You ARE joking, aren’t you?

Tommy Moss
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Tommy Moss

Phyllis was a killer and a liar we do not need that mess again

Tommy Moss
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Tommy Moss

I loved Amber and Drucilla

Carrie Johnson
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Carrie Johnson

I don’t want Phyllis to return. Take Chelsea away and bring us back Drucilla please

Ella Brown
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Ella Brown

I don’t want any Phyllis to return

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

No! I don’t think Phyllis needs to come back. Leave Sharon alone already

Stefano
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Stefano

Pay back is a bitch, Lol. I hope Phyllis kills Sharon, when Phyllis wakes up from her coma. Gina will be great in the role of Phyllis. Gina has won 2 daytime emmys, and that lady can act. Michelle who? Lmao.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Don’t know any of Gina’s work but to me she looks young to be playing Phyllis (of course I know the character is supposed to be maybe as much as ten years younger than Michelle Stafford is). What other soap roles has Gina played?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Stefano…AGREED!!!!! Dude…I have been such a fan of Gina Tognoni ever since her OLTL days. To me, that chick can do ANYTHING on-screen…PERIOD!!!!! As for Sharon (as in Newman)…I think that time is running out for her…LOL!!!!!

Take care, Stefano. Peace.

Carrie Johnson
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Carrie Johnson

How can you say u hope phyllis kills Sharon> Sharon is just about the only person that keeps me interested after 34 yrs

Tommy Moss
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Tommy Moss

Sorry but Sharon has been through enough from that monster Phyllis

Cin
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Cin

Yeah leave Sharon alone…I want the old Billy back

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

Leave Phyllis in a coma. I can’t see why she would return . Time to move on from this story

Reagan
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Reagan

It’s good to see actors support other actors in the genre. Michelle left because she wanted and needed something new. While we fall in love with one actor playing a certain role, actors WANT to play different characters during their career. So whether we want to or not, we have to accept that MS, BM, and others have moved on. Still wish Sarah Brown was in the role, but certainly going to give Gina a chance.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… While we fall in love with one actor playing a certain role, actors WANT to play different characters during their career.” from Y&R : Phyllis, Jeanne, Adam, Billy from DAYS : Will, EJ, Sami, Nick that’s A whole LOTTA change for soaps to remain “current” via the big wigs… rules…. blech! it does… just smart…. for fans of this genre trying to support… all the influx… especially the writing and behind the scenes is A whole LOTTA change even GH has it’s moves…. via bait and hook…. and story ARCS…. I really have to give props tho… that :… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

It was a classy thing to do!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…

Carmen G
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Carmen G

Michelle is a class act. Looking forward to seeing her on GH

Howard
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Howard

I cannot wait to see Michelle Stafford vs…Kelly Monaco duke it out this summer!
From time to time I still watch Y/R but it lacks lately. When they have Patti/Shelia stories it gets sooo good.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Michelle once again shows what a class act she is as a person and actress! This is how everyone should be in the business of daytime.

Bart
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Bart

My fellow Chicagoan Michelle is a classy lady – I think that was very sweet of her!

Lisa
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Lisa

I love when actors/actresses support one another. I know the new Phyllis will do the part justice. She was awesome on OLTL.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Will Luke attempt to kill Lulu? Before Nina’s story becomes front and center, i hope fauxLuke’s story comes to an end…i believe Lulu will see a picture of the shooter and recognize him as the man in the park with Luke…instead of telling Dante stupid Lulu will confront Luke who will try to kill her…Dante shows up and shoots Luke and his true identity or whatever happened to him will finally be revealed…still hope he is Luke and someone like Helene is using mind control on him. Also, i know its a soap but i dont think Dante really would… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I cannot believe… that Tracy has gone so far… as to not even believe… that she actually saw… Luke pointing a gun at HER SON ?!?! and not believe NED that’s aghast… and mind numbing… Ned is pleading with her… believe me add… in his “supposed” infidelity… with Kiki… Yikes! LOL… i’d actually not believe Luke would want a piece of her but… it’s going… where? I wonder what is going to happen to Ava… is she written in to a corner… that Carly and Franco are going to cheerlead and expose Ava for her crimes? or… will they not…… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

Who really cares what Michelle S. thinks about nu Phyllis? Mind your own business and stick to your GH. I am glad she is gone. I agree Y&R doesn’t need Phyllis any more all she does is have sex with Nick and try to one up sharon, sharon has enough haters..

andrew hass
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andrew hass

It seems to me you care what Michelle Stafford or you wouldn’t be posting here.Plus just because she’s now on GH doesn’t Michelle Stafford still doesn’t care about Y&R or her former cast mates.

Sue
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Sue

No I really do not care for MS! Never liked her on Y&R all the years, my daughter however loves her!! I am a Sharon Case fan!!

Harry
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Harry

Sue, here’s a crazy thought–you can like Sharon Case and Michelle Stafford at the same time.

damien
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damien

phyllis? totally over the character and Stafford! the character was tired toward the end of her run, she was playing supporting character to jack s addiction and she lost her edge and purpose.
why bother recasting?… there will only be one Phyllis that matters, michelle Stafford!!

Claudio
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Claudio

Michelle Stafford kudos to you, you are a smart sassy, classy lady. Gina will be really really good as Phyllis. Congrats Gina on your new role, same with you Michelle as Nina Clay on gh. Both ladies are wonderful actresses.

Carole
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Carole

Thinking maybe Billy Miller could’ve taken a cue from Her. Always a classy lady!

minni
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minni

I never saw a comment from Billy Miller about his replacement..
Billy Miller made no comments about anything that I ever seen for him to be judged on anything….
Silence is golden.. especially when it comes to riled soap fans..
Billy Miller was cool, he said nothing..

Harry
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Harry

Good for Stafford. I now hope fans and the powers that be will give Gina a fair shake and support she needs and deserves. I hope she is treated better than David Tom was.

Carole
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Carole

Ditto, Harry!

minni
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minni

” Stafford to the role she made soap famous,” that is true.. MS owns Phillis, very big shoes to fill .. I’ll go with anything/body that might pull Y&R out of the deep boring rut it is in .. Some characters are replaceable some are not… I wish Gina well.. seems she will do well. Y&R is playing it smart with their last 2 biggies to replace.. They have waited a very looooooong time to bring new ones on in hopes the fans will have become disconnected to the powerful owned characters in hopes we’ll be more accepting of their… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I think the show did wait to recast Phyllis to give fans time to get used to Michelle Stafford not been on Y&R anymore but they have also have waited to recast because they were hoping Michelle would return.As for Adam maybe the show knew because they had just recasted Billy that doing another major recast at the same time wouldn’t go over too well.With Billy they needed him onscreen because of the story.So they had no choice but to recast right away.However with Adam they can keep him offscreen for a bit and build the story for his return… Read more »

mhiley
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mhiley

leave Sharon alone Phyllis need to stay in a coma

mhiley
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mhiley

I am a Sharon Case fan. I hate Phyllis guts!

Alex
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Alex

Rumor is sharon case will be fired soon, she will be replaced with a well known actress.

toscanti
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toscanti

Class act all the way! Kudos to MS and congrats to Gina, she will be great.

aria
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aria

she’s probably wishing her good luck with JFP as a boss, i know i would.

Patricio
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Patricio

So happy for Ms. Tognoni. One of the most talented actress ever! She created one of the most memorable characters in daytime “Kelly Cramer” and she has the actingchops to take over another!

Never watched Y&R but Ms. T will be worth a look!

Barbara
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Barbara

I would have been happier if they had just left Phyllis where she is.

Izabel
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Izabel

MISSING MS – who nailed phyllis, and will always be phyllis… But am willing to give this gina chick a shot since she’s rumored to deliver.

suzazq
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suzazq

she will. she will be Phyllis, just remember even if MS were here, Phyllis probably would be different cause she is waking up from coma…perfect chance for writers to change any characters personality.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

That’s what i said in above post.Phyllis been in a coma for almost a year could be a good thing because it could have changed her personality wise a little.Plus when Phyllis wakes up she’s still suffering some aftereffects from the coma and she’s struggling to get 100% well.Plus i hope the show doesn’t put Phyllis and Jack back together immediately because then the fans can get used to Gina Tognoni playing Phyllis first without her been paired with someone right away.

suzazq
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suzazq

I think Gina will do a fantastic job as Phyllis! She will bring another dimension like Guy Wilson did for Will on Days of our Lives. Remembering the history of previous actor but adding new maturity and depth. Go Gina!!! (loved her as Kelly on OLTL)

Selena.C.
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Selena.C.

Not sure how this will play out… But having the faith that GT will be a refreshing addition. With all the mistakes they’ve made with recent newcomers so far at least ONE has to be a right fit!

Susan
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Susan

Having been a nurse for several years I can tell you that when someone suffers a head injury as as bad as Phyllis, that when they awaken they do not remember how it happened or anything about it. Very traumatic event. So bringing Phyllis back with the idea this will mess up Nick and Sharon just does not make sense. But then Y&R writes a lot of stuff that doesn’t make sense.

carinamia
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carinamia

Good for MS! Guess that If michelle stafford spoke out positively about Gina T, then she must thinkk its gonna be a good fit. Can’t wait t see what happens..

Mary
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Mary

BRING BACK MICHELLE!!!!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Michelle is happy at GH now. She was unhappy at Y&R just like most fans!

brian johnson
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brian johnson

Michelle Stafford is a true credit to her profession as a actress.She will be missed and it will not be the same with out her.

Stevie
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Stevie

Burgess Jenkins sucks, he is old, has no sense of humor and and the cute smile that got him out of trouble every time. What woman would choose him over any other man if she had a choice? Bring Billy Miller. Y&R casting gives the viewers whiplash. Get a grip!

Sara Hodges
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Sara Hodges

I have not watched Young & Restless since Michelle Stafford left the show. She, Billy Miller and Michael (Adam) leaving ruined the show. I’m sure there are many more fans who have left Y&R.

Karen Watson
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Karen Watson

I completely agree.

Cindy
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Cindy

Love me some Phyllis Newman. By far one of my favorites. Was looking FW to having her wake up.

Mary
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Mary

Why the heck didn’t she come back to y&r if she was goin to GH for same type of role!? I love Phyllis (Michelle).

Lynda
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Lynda

I also agree big loss for Y & R

Lynda
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Lynda

My name is Linda from Canada…..I wrote some time ago stating that Phyllis had to come back because of her dynamic roll in this soap. Unfortunately she is now appearing in another show so kudos to them for grabbing Michelle. Since her departure the show is so so…..Casey’s so called twin, Cult Leader blah blah blah. As far as I can see this new Phyllis has very big shoes to fill and from what we’ve seen so far she looks far too timid. The fire has left Y & R unfortunately and I know alot of viewers past and present… Read more »

Arzella SImmons
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Arzella SImmons

I have been with Y&R since they first premiered and I have put upwith a lot of casting changes. When you replaced Billy I was really pissed, but I managed to adapt…… but replacing Michelle with this lipless transvestite looking woman (sorry to insult the transvestites!) who looks like she is mad at the world! And what the hell……she doesnt even have red hair! It would have been better to just let Phyllis die at the bottom of the staircase. As far as Im concerned PHYLLIS IS DEAD!!!!!

not loving it
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not loving it

I am not happy with the recent changes. The show needs to come up with some new writers or something. I wish Michelle luck, but will miss her.

Char
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Char

I was so upset that she left! So far, I am not happy with the replacement, only in so far as I do not see Gina”S looks or personality reflextive of the vivacious Phyllis. However, she has been in a coma so she hasn’t had much chance yet. Gut feeling not good.

Lea
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Lea

i agree with Char regarding the new Phyllis. MS played a sassy, sexy, beautiful woman on fire! Not trying to be mean but in this role looks like a mean tomboy and Red should have beautiful red tresses! She needs to get rid of the dark, short hair and makeup herself to look very feminine and sexy like Michele. I hear she is a wonderful actress and saw pretty pictures of her so I am not giving up on her yet! Boy do I miss MS and her sizzle!

Shoshsnah
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Shoshsnah

I miss Michelle Stafford on Y&R. She should have returned instead of going to GH. She played that part so well. I agree that Drucilla should return.

Karen Watson
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Karen Watson

Michelle Stafford IS Phyliis. Y&R should BEG for her to come back…

josh
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josh

There is only one Phyllis and one only and that’s ms. That’s just like replacing victor Newman impossible! Miss you ms…come back please!

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