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Is Christel Khalil OUT at The Young and the Restless?

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Reports are swirling this morning and one in particular which comes directly from Christel Khalil’s (Lily Winters) website.  It now appears that the fan favorite and recent Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Younger Actress may be indeed out at the number one sudser, The Young and the Restless.

In a statement posted at by her webmaster it says, “Rumors can be such an ugly thing so here is the answer floating about the internet.  Christel Khalil is indeed leaving The Young and the Restless. It is not her decision to leave.  An agreement could not be reached during contract negotiations.  I have confirmed this information with the source. At this time I do not have an end date for Christel’s last appearance on The Young and the Restless. The casting call posted by Soap Opera Digest  yesterday is indeed a casting call for a new “Lily Winters Ashby”.

The casting call being referenced is for an African-American character who is:  “Vivacious, energetic, ambitious.  She’s a mom balancing work and family. She’s had her share of tough times, but always bounces back from even the most trying situations. Sexy, romantic, fun-loving, with a delightful sense of humor and an eternal twinkle in her eyes.”

So soapers, how would you feel if Christel is out at Y&R?  Let us know!


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  1. Bethy

    August 22, 2012 at 10:57 am

    No loss there. Never cared for this actress. In fact, I never cared for the character either.

    • Donna

      September 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm


      Please Come And See! Come to the studio and support Christel!!! Let the Y&R Team see how much the fans support and want her contract renewed.

      *Subject*: Christel Kahlil Fans! Fans have gotten together and rented a plane with a banner to fly over Y&R Studio’s. To show there support of Christel’s contract to be renewed. There is
      no way that anyone can replace her. The fans say we won’t give up until we know that Christel/Lily is here to stay!

      *Date of Event:* Thursday September 6, 2012 at 12:00 Noon

      *Event Location:* The Young and the Restless
      Bell-Phillip Television

      *Event Location:* The Young and the Restless
      Bell-Phillip Television
      7800 Beverly Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA 90036

      • Soap Vet Willy

        September 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        This actress never had any talent at all! Who I mean what did she do for that Emmy!? It sure wasn’t acting lol This girl is the reason we didn’t get our Victoria Rowell Drucilla back because she cried and complained! Good replace her!!!

      • Loyal soap Y&R fan

        September 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        DONNA < NO WAY This Lily actress is a bore and a joke like that Chelsea girl gross! Have Drucilla come back and recast with a sexy Lily ! Kill off Chelsea and Eric B it's time! Phyllis jail!

      • kelly

        September 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        I really believe mostly everyone wants Drucilla back. She is missed every day! I think we need a different Lily in my opinion.

    • Loyal soap Y&R fan

      September 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      FIRE THIS LILY GIRL!!! Bring back Drucilla Victoria Rowell is so missed!!!

  2. LisaJDC

    August 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Not a loss to the show. It will go on. I just hope Lily returns Cane’s balls to him before she waltzes off…

    • Scott

      August 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

      It is a major loss to the show and if you cannot see that, you really do not know Y&R and its history.

      • LisaJDC

        August 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

        I’ve been watching since 1980 and sporadically before that. Khalil is a marginal actress at best. TPTB have a pool of talented actresses who would be happy for the work and can do a better job playing Lily than Khalil. The show will go on and I’m looking for a new actress to actually breathe some life and FIRE into the character which is something Khalil is incapable of doing.

      • kelly

        September 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        No We think she is boring a true snooze! Drucilla can make her interesting though Anyone in a scene with Victoria Rowell is worth watching. She is fab

    • Scott

      August 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Well I’m sorry you feel that was Lisa, but Christel is a superb actress and does a fine job bringing all ranges of emotions to Lily. I’m sorry you are unable to see such talent she has. Is she the greatest actress? No. But if she great at being Lily? Yes.

      • margie

        August 31, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        Agree she is Lily!

      • Loyal soap Y&R fan

        September 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Scott she is horrific! I fast forward through her and that Chelsea chick! ZZZZ

      • Scott

        September 6, 2012 at 7:14 am

        That’s your opinion. I love her and Chelsea!!!!

      • kelly

        September 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        I agree with Lisa!!!

  3. LynandZoe

    August 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

    This is unfortunate. Considering ‘some’ always felt she didn’t personify “Dru”, I never felt that this character had to be the stereotypical “angry AA woman”!
    She is a talented actress who made you ‘feel’. She and Daniel Goddard are magic! To bad the TPTB did not recognize and write accordingly.

    • Patrick

      August 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I couldn’t agree more…. Dru, overacted…. it was like, relax… girlfriend. Chill out.

      • Soap Vet Willy

        September 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm


      • Loyal soap Y&R fan

        September 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        This actress who plays Lily is so boring like the Chelsea girl! RECAST ASAP!!!

  4. Rob

    August 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I could care less about her but I dont think she should be recast. Maybe they can make Cain interesting again. There was some chemistry with Ashley but obviously that aint gonna happen….

    • Christine

      August 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Daniel Goddard and Sharon Case are so close in age, they could be a potential match. Someone that is NOT a Newman for Sharon would be good … heck anything would be good for the Sharon character at this point. She is really unlikeable these days.

      • Soap Vet Willy

        September 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        I thought Ronan would of been a GREAT match for Sharon that would be HOT but nooo that old guy with his ego had to have her and Diane both! Retire Eric and his little blue pills already! lol

      • kelly

        September 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        Sharon is too good for Cain but she is to good for any of those men on the show. Sam the Dr. was smoking HOT!!!

    • Bart

      August 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      When the hell was Cane ever “interesting”? A useless horrid character during the Lynn Marie latham era that should be exiled from GC & never to return, IMO.

      • kelly

        September 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        Ditto Bart!

  5. Christine

    August 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

    It is always unfortunate when someone loses a job. I am sorry for Christel, but a lot of fans have complained about her portrayal of Lily as well as the Lily character.

    I hope if Daniel Goddard stays and Cane is with Lily that they can find someone that has some great chemistry with him. Cane and Lily are just cloyingly sweet sometimes, but I don’t see the fire like Cane had with Amber or even Chloe.

    • Loyal soap Y&R fan

      September 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Don’t like this actress never did love Dru! Victoria Rowell come back PLEASE!!!!

      • kelly

        September 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        WHAT Drucilla kill it! She rocks!!! I no soooo many fans want Victoria Back Rowell is sick!!! She is the best!!!! Uneplaceable,

  6. Dinah

    August 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I preferred Davetta Sherwood’s Lilly. Y&R should bring her back!

    • Loyal soap Y&R fan

      September 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      AGREED I do not like this actress and do NOT like the ME actress who plays Chelsea THEY ARE THE MOST NON SEXY BORING EVER!!!

      • kelly

        September 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        I don’t like Chelsea at all I can’t understand for the live of me who thought this was a good idea. Worst actress in a long time the worst

  7. Torrey

    August 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Bring back the original…..I always liked her better.

    • Michael

      August 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Which original Torrey?! Christel was the one who took over the role when the show SORAS’ed Lily. Christel then left for a year or so and Davetta Sherwood came on and took over the role until Christel came back and regained the role.

      • Soap Vet Willy

        September 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        Alls she did was cry and complain she didnt like Victoria Rowell and said she didnt want tp work with her. Well this chick Lily is boring as hell! RECAST and bring Drucilla home

    • toscanti

      August 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Christel is the original, Davetta Sherwood replaced her initially.

    • LynandZoe

      August 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      DS was not the ‘original’ – in the role less than a year. As ‘teen angst’, OK – no depth.

    • lcrtoech

      August 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      What do you mean the original. When they first SORAS Lily, Christel was it.
      Davetta Sherwood replaced her.

      • Torrey

        August 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Good Lord people, calm down….Ok, I misspoke and thought Davetta was the original. Is it that serious? LOL I still prefer her version over Christel.

      • Zhynx

        August 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        Well, Davetta may not have originated the role of Lily Winters, but she breathed life into the Lily character. After Christel vacated the role for green pastures, I was prepared not to like new Lily but Davetta’s performance and screen time with Victoria Rowell changed all of that. In addition to that, Davetta’s Lily blended in well with the Winters family. I’m glad they are recasting the role. Hopefully they will hire an AA actress who won’t balk at having an AA man as a love interest among other things pertaining to AA lifestyle and culture.

    • Patrick

      August 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      LOL. smelling salts for Torrey Please!

      Good Lord people, calm down….Ok, I misspoke and thought Davetta was the original. Is it that serious? LOL I still prefer her version over Christel.

      LOL. I think she’s lovely…. especially, since i liked the father/daughter relationship with Neil… even tho… she’s Malcom/s and Drus? right? I really liked Malcom.. I thought he was fun to watch…. Darius McCrary.

      I actually liked the story when Christals’ Lily… was seeing things… ghosts.. spirits… visions… and when no on believed her… that truly captured Lilly and Canes chemistry… the love these two emoted on screen… was romantic.

      As for Cane… dag! now that was another… uproar… imminent fan frenzy (when he was let go/and rehired)… remember that? he’s charismatic.. lends himself to old serial romantic leading man status… and i like his chemistry with mom genevieve….

      she’s certainly not on par with… say: haggie maggied out victor… nevertheless… she’s on par with quality younger actors.

      • Loyal soap Y&R fan

        September 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Cane and Lily bore us as much as Adam and Chelsea bore us!!! UGGG Bring Drucilla Back and recast Lily! Kill off Chelsea and Eric B.

  8. Michael

    August 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I knew as soon as I saw the casting notice that it was indeed a casting call to recast the role of Lily Winters Ashby. That was a no brainer! It didn’t even surprise me when I found out today that she had indeed been let go.

    • ethel

      August 23, 2012 at 7:36 am

      well with the new regime we can only wonder who will be next………

      • EventsDiva

        August 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        True… perhaps a Newman another Abbot? Ms. Chancellor for goodness sake… this new regime is goingto ruin Y & R!!!

    • kelly

      September 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      I thought I heard they put out a new casting young black male also. Is that the new Devon or a new romance for Sophia? Julia Pace H is not even filming she is in NC with her new Hubby

  9. toscanti

    August 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I believe she is a sweet girl but always felt her acting was just so so. Hope they cast a true daughter to Dru. This really has been a writing issue not Khalil’s. Not sad and looking forward to the new.

  10. mo

    August 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Send Cane off with her.

    • ethel

      August 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

      sorry but the character is not going anywhere – they are just changing actresses……….

  11. kalamaty

    August 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. While I thought most of her storylines were lame, I always felt (and the Emmy’s agreed!) that Christel brought something very real to that character. I’ll miss seeing her on the show, but she’s hot off an Emmy win and I know she has a bright future in front of her. Wishing her the very best!! 🙂

  12. MBmomof3

    August 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I never liked this actress. I enjoyed the character as portrayed by Davetta Sherwood. Lilly & Cane are FF material to me. Still hoping for the day I see Dru climb back up that cliff! But getting rid of this actress is a good start.

  13. Karen

    August 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Cane should be the one leaving. Can’t stand him.

    • MBmomof3

      August 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

      I wish she would take Cane with her. He’s hot, but then ruins it with his horrible acting.

  14. Noreen

    August 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I’m glad that she is going. She has a chip on her shoulder. Her and Daniel Goddard never got along.

    • ethel

      August 23, 2012 at 7:38 am

      and you know this because……………….

    • Scott

      August 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

      LOL. WTF are you on? Of course they get along!

  15. Chantal

    August 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Jill Farren Phelps has just started her destruction… Evil, evil, evil…

    • ethel

      August 23, 2012 at 7:39 am

      yup – i wonder who will be left standing…………..

    • mo

      August 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Oh, that’s right! Yikes.

  16. Justin

    August 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    They need to get rid of dead weight…so long. Please take Cane with you. The show needs to get back to the basics with the core cast and strong stories. Bring back Brenda DIckson as Jill and let the fun begin!

    • MBmomof3

      August 23, 2012 at 9:30 am


    • Shelly

      August 23, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Is Jess Walton NOT returning as Jill? The last I heard she asked for a leave of absence to deal with a family situation. I really would like to see her come back.

      • mo

        August 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

        Jess wanted 6 months off because she’s going to be a grandmother and wanted family time. I look forward to her return.

      • MBmomof3

        August 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

        I really like Jess Walton and her character Jill. But I miss her and wouldn’t mind Brenda Dixon filling in while she is on leave.

      • kelly

        September 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        She was going to return in Oct. But I don’t think she is filming right now so guess they changed there minds. I LOVE JILL AND COLIN

  17. gl

    August 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I can’t believe they’re doing this to one half of my favorite couple. They need to keep Christel and really write some good story lines for Cane and Lily! From day one, I thought they had off the charts chemistry. They are the ONLY reason I still watch the show. I love both Christel and Daniel and hope TPTB find a way to rectify this.

  18. JustSaying

    August 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    A decent actress, but her character has lost interest. She would actually be better off she moving along.

  19. ethel

    August 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    the character is being recast so there will still be a lily on y&r – i believe this recast is just the tip of the iceberg with the new regime now in place……..

    • susan

      August 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

      i totally agree….this is the first axe to fall….

      • susan

        August 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

        ps love Cristel as Lily

  20. Scott

    August 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

    WRONG MOVE Y&R, WRONG MOVE!!!!!! Christel Khalil is amazing as Lily and no other could fit. Davetta was not a fit, and no one else will. Do not recast, let the character off the show. And take Cane with her since no one else should be with Cane but Lily Winters Ashby!

    • kelly

      September 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Scott sorry but you couldn’t be more wrong It’s been a snooze fest. Without her bff Colleen she is so so evn with cane boring I still say she can be saved if Drucilla comes back and helps her have some spark

  21. Dee

    August 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Sorry to hear that Christel Khalil is leaving Y&R. It’s not going to be the same. She will be a tough act to follow. I hope whoever they hire will be as good, especially with the chemistry with Cane. This is not a good move for the show. I don’t think they should replace the character. Whoever makes the decisions should reconsider the move.

  22. tommy

    August 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    They are getting rid of the wrong person, dumbazz sharon glass should be leaving, she can’t act to save her sorry azz. What a frakin waste of camera space. They also need to get rid of the chick who plays abbey, her over acting is driving me crazy, plus the chick who plays eden, WTF! why is she even there? Boring boring boring. Finally please recast Jack’s son, that boy is horrible!!!

    • kelly

      September 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Tommy Sharon Is the ONLY reason Im still watching the show! The girl rocks!!! Chelsea is a waist of everyones time wake me when she is toast and Phyllis OMG please send that nut to jail already and Nick needs to grow up . So does Victoria character. The steal a billion and a half from daddy and NOW they are worried about his company. Please spare me!!!

  23. Ashley

    August 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I absoutely LOVE Christel Khalil! She’s such an amazing actress and there’s so much chemistry between her and Daniel Goddard. It will NOT be the same without her.

  24. Dee

    August 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Oh I hope christle. Sprays nobody take her place and she is. So beautiful. Nobody. Could fill. Her shoes

  25. Dee

    August 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Oh I hope christle. Sprays nobodyHope. You keeh take her place and she is. So beautiful. Nobody. Could fill. Her shoes

  26. MBmomof3

    August 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I must be watching a different show. I see no chemistry between Lilly & Cane and find both of the actors really boring. They are attractive, yes, but I’m not seeing the talent. And I agree with other posters that other actors/characters either need to go or be recast.

  27. Michael (not Fairman)

    August 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I’m relieved to find out I’m not the only one who really liked Davetta’s version of Lily. But I must say that since Christel reclaimed the role, she’s won me over. Still, Lily is recastable.

    (This has Jill Farren Phelps’s fingerprints all over it, I have to say. It’s so-o-o-o-o like her to use somebody’s contract negotiations early on in her tenure to strike fear in the cast’s hearts.)

    • kelly

      September 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      GOOD Jill F isnt the only one Josh G has a lot to say and he is awesome so if he thinks this Lily should go then Im with him!!!


    August 31, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I’m not happy to hear this at all, I think that Christal Khalil has been a wonderful asset to this show, and her leaving would be a big loss. But if she does end up going , I have one request: please do NOT bring back Davetta Sherwood! I did not care for her!

  29. Paula Barton

    September 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    What are they thinking at Y & R losing Kristal? They had another take her place before and it was a big mistake then and an even bigger one now!

  30. Marion

    September 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    What are you thinking? She is amazing actress and they should be doing everything they could to keep her on the show. She has been on the Y & R for a long time, and does not deserve this. There are other actress like Summer, Kyle that can go because they are BORING, BORING, BORING. They really need to re-think their decision before they regret big time. Many fans may switch off because off this??????

  31. Delane

    February 15, 2014 at 4:19 am

    The powers that be need to rethink their decision to replace Christel Kahlil. She is perfect in the the role as Lilly. No one else can nor should take her place.

  32. Brown White

    February 26, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I am so sick of these changes on young and restless stick with same people and be done

  33. Nancy

    August 28, 2018 at 9:57 am

    No I would not like another Lily. No one will meet up to her. A lot of characters have changed over the years and is not the same. It can have viewers stop watching. Big mistake to replace her.

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