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Michael Roark Says "So Long" As He Wraps His Run As Travis On Y&R!

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Things did not work out so well for  Y&R’s Tricky!  And on Tuesday, Michael Roark (Travis) posted a heartfelt farewell via social media to The Young and the Restless, where he became very popular in short order.

Roark expressed: “So long y’all, goodbye note says it. Ill miss bringing you Travis Crawford, c u soon on the next one.”

Michael also left a heartfelt message to fans of the CBS daytime drama series and “thank you’s” for: co-star Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Sony executive Steve Kent, CBS Daytime chief, Angelica McDaniel, Y&R executive producer, Mal Young, former EP and Y&R head writer, Chuck Pratt Jr. and writer Tracy Thompson, former EP, Jill Farren Phelps, and former Y&R casting director, Judy Blye Wilson.

Michael wrote: “Love you Y&R.  I made the decision to move on to the next challenge in my career.  Thank you fans for your support and for welcoming me, this has been an unexpected and special chapter for me. Special thanks to Amelia Heinle for being everything that she is and to the CBS family past and present for allowing me to bring Travis Crawford to the canvas including: Mal Young, Judy Blye Wilson, Chuck Pratt, Jill Phelps, Tracy Thompson, Angelica McDaniel and Steve Kent.  We hope you enjoyed our Tricky story.  I know fans may be disappointed in the turn in their story, so I offer this  … Travis lovesVictoria… Always has.  But he never took the care to look inward and address his demons after his life crashed the first time.  He ran away to a bar and then to a boat and life humbled him again, as it does …and he was only as strong as the weakest part of him … but ya never know if Travis may return to GC one day, maybe a wiser man.”

So, are you saddened to hear that Michael has departed The Young and the Restless? Were you rooting for Tricky? Share your thoughts on this message in the comment section below!

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Mr. X
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Mr. X

Best of luck to Mr. Roark. Happy to finally have the end of Chuck Pratt’s poison pen on this soap and looking forward to what’s ahead from Sally and Kay!

Ray
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Ray

He would make a good Jeremy Horton on “DOOL.”

Shortcanuck
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Shortcanuck

Jeremy Horton??

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I dont think they will ever bring back Jeremy, Micheal and robin but i do know Valerie son may turn out to be David Banning’s

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

I see SSM is still cleaning house.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

He admits he left on his own decision. Plus, his exit comes before her material even has aired.

Timmm
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Timmm

True but this switch, there had to be some communication with the new and old. They dont write Travis as head of Newman and then take it away two days later because we wants to “Leave.”

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

SSM done wiped the floor with Travis’ behind. Watch the first episode of her work and ask yourself who is Travis. Bye Felicia!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Best of luck to him on future endeavors; Travis is a great actor, but I was never into Travis as a character.

Timmm
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Timmm

Slow down Scott! Great? Maura West is great! Justin Hartley was great. Michael Muhney, yep, great! This Travis guy was okay.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I meant great within the role of “Travis”. But, no, he is nowhere on the level of some of the daytime legends, two of whom you mentioned!

alexis
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alexis

Justin Hartley wasn’t just great he was awesome

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Timmmy. You and Scott are both right. Roark was obviously not as infamous as those other actors, but he portrayed Travis excellently. However, his growth was stunted. I was so happy when he returned….for a very basic reason: his looks and how well he meshed with Amelia The skulking around; the subterfuge; his air of mystery….all contributed to my getting him out of my orbit. The character was ruined by TPTB. I always wonder why these actors, who work closely with Eric, blow away in the direction of the wind to neverneverland. Michael Muhney, anyone? We will never know!!… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Travis isnt the actor, Michael is. Travis is the character.

k/kay
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k/kay

@ Eileen I wonder if you ever get tired of being a smart ass?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I know; I made a mistake and by the time I realized, it was too late!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Some folks dont know the difference between the actor and the character. Just trying to help. Whats UR problem today?

Timmm
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Timmm

Do you think he will be recasted or sail away?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

As of right now, I don’t foresee them recasting the role of Travis; I don’t see him as someone needed to be on the canvas or all-that important that it’s imperative to be included.

Mo
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Mo

I didn’t like him with Victoria, but I like the actor. He might have been good with someone else. Well, good luck!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Loved Travis…but H-A-T-E-D that Travis/Victoria pairing.

Celia
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Celia

You’re right, Jay. Perhaps, the pairing was off….he looked way too young for her. But, there was a spark….as I said, he and Amelia meshed. …..a lot more than I can say with all the other guys following Billy Miller.
TPTB are trying so hard to get a rise out of Billy and Victoria right now, that it’s getting annoying.
This couple just doesn’t have IT…. but, we shall see. Miracles do happen; expecially in soaps.
These writers may be able to turn Billy/jason around…..too blah, as he is now.

Addison
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Addison

Oh too bad. I liked him when he was that free spirited, sailer/bar owner.

Rose
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Rose

Addison…I liked him, too. Travis seemed like a breath of fresh air compared to the other characters who all had agendas. Sorry they then put him into the Neuman family dynamic where no one wins except the usual suspects it seems. I’m fairly new to Y&R so I don’t have the years of watching and loyalty to characters like I have for GH, so I can also appreciate those who considered him a newbie who didn’t quite fit.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey Addison and Rose…I, too, am new to Y&R and even now don’t watch it regularly. But I really liked thus actor; Travis lit up the screen. I liked how Michael Roark cameboff when interviewed by Michael Fauh

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely, Addison. Travis was so much more ‘watchable’ as the unfettered, nonchalant sailor/bartender…….then, ‘they’ had to attach Victor to him. Anyone who comes in close contact with Victor is cursed.
But, what would we do without ‘majestic’ Victor? As devilish as he is, I would miss both the character and the actor….he is exceptional.

Timmm
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Timmm

THANK GOD! Take Stitch with you!

toscanti
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toscanti

He is a good actor but can’t help but believe he was cast to fill the void left by Billy Miller. I wish him well. So very excited for tomorrow when SSM’s writing airs and the end of Chuck Pratt Jr’s horrible writing.

Irene
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Irene

Travis was an ill defined character. The he loved Victoria was so pushed. Dear God. Do the producers watch their shows. If you look at “This is Us”, there are good writers/actors and characters. A small cast who is beloved. What the hell is wrong with the daytime soap operas already. That is soap opera. That is what the soaps were. They are so busy trying to pull in young ages, they screw things up. Primetime, ironically is better at daytime soap opera writing. Cable also better.

Timmm
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Timmm

Very good comment Irene.

Meg Reddekopp
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Meg Reddekopp

ALL THE BEST MICHAEL, WILL MISS YOU,

Gail
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Gail

Will miss Michael Roark as I became enamored by him. He is a good actor and hope to see him soon in something else but not another soap opera. So young but has a lot of love to give. Best of luck Michael

diane
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diane

I thought he would end with Abby next. Surprised he left or was written off.

Tucker
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Tucker

Sally is starting out strong – there goes one of the many dead-weight, ill-conceived characters from the plot-driven pen of Charles Pratt, Jr. Next to go will be Dylan (adios, Steve Burton). Down the line I hope to see Stitch, Natalie and Hillary go bye-bye.

I also hope to see the Chancellor Mansion put back to the way it was it terms of furniture placement. Still looks wrong to me…I also hope those stupid establishing shots go away, along with the outdoor shots.

Susan
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Susan

I disagree about the Chancellor mansion. Katherine Chancellor is dead. Jill Abbott, the current owner, should not be required to keep every piece of furniture exactly where Katherine placed it. This is home not a mausoleum

Timmm
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Timmm

They “redecorated” it once and it was a disaster! Jill can do what she wants just bring into the fold more of Katherine’s family.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Susan,
I agree that Jill should put her own personal touch to the Chancellor mansion. But, what Billy supposedly did to the house had no warmth. It looked completely different….like living in a box.
I don’t really care about the furnishings as much as the drastic change. First thing we saw was a wall and a sofa. I like it much better now….shaping up.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I doubt Hillary will be leaving. Sally said in an interview that she liked the character.

Personally, I’d like to see her get rid of Cane, Colin, Devon and Chloe.

alexis
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alexis

i would like if they would get rid of chloe. they should bring back adam newman. do they have a actor to play adam newman. michael muhney or anyone else they can find to play adam newman. he is almost everybody’s favorite character. he sure is my favorite character adam is. he really didn’t die did he. chloe must of kidnapped him. i think they should bring adam newman back to genoa city and to see his family. his wife and his son connor. nick is always with chelsea since adam is gone now. bring him back please . i… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

You hit all the points Tucker, love it!

randy
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randy

IN CANADA TODAY WE SAW THE NEW WRITING TEAM S WORK,,,IT WAS LIKE GOING BACK 20 YEARS,,,FLASH BAKS OF JOHN ABBOTT,, A FAMILY BREAKFAST..TRACY AT THE TABLE WITH HER HAIR DONE AT THAT,,, BUT BEST PART OF ALL WAS THE OLD MUSIC BACK AND CHARACTERS GIVING THE REASONS WHY THEY DID WHAT THEY DID,,,I T WAS AMAZING TV,,IT WAS YOUNG AND RESTLESS THE WAY BILL BELL MEANT IT TO BE

toscanti
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toscanti

Can’t Wait to see it!

Nikki
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Nikki

I just watched it! Oh my gosh I almost cried the Abbotts together at family breakfast in the beautiful Abbott home again and Tracy is back YIPPI! So happy to see her now if they could restore the Newman house for Christmas the way it was wouldn’t that be nice. I can’t wait to see the tree up at the Abbott home.

Celia
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Celia

I agree, Nikki. But, Jack is such a spoil-sport. He has such a short memory….plus, I am so sick of his sanctimonious attitude.
I hope those long-ago feelings of days gone by will once again overwhelm us.
I remember the big to-do when everyone came down to breakfast…..sitting down to a sumptuous table…..could almost smell the freshly baked muffins, scones and eggs Benedict; as Mamie greeted them wiping her hands on her apron.

mike
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mike

Hope another soap hires him. Very watchable actor.

JK
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JK

ENJOYED A GOOD LOOKING NEW FACE……SHOULD HAVE PAIRED HIM WITH ABBY…..NOW BACK TO THE SAME OLD PAIRINGS….GOOD LUCK…..Y&R LOSS WILL BE SOME ONES GAIN.

su0000
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su0000

Any actor that enters into Y&R who is Not an Abbott or Newman is always written as a tool and soon to be gotten rid of IF they don’t leave on their own..

Michael was smart and left before he was let go..
Only characters written into the 2 families will have a good chance of staying on.
Not a Newman or Abbott, they will be used little and with no real purpose, just filler.

Nikki
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Nikki

I agree SuOOOO, I think its a shame because he fit in so nicely and him & Victoria we’re hot together but they had to go ruin it because they want her with Billy. I don’t know why they couldn’t have had him hook up with Abby or Marah or for that matter since Steve Burton is leaving let Travis hook up with Sharon. Dam why do they keep looking for actors/actresses and bring them in and dump them? Can’t wait for the new writers maybe they’ll bring him back. So happy to have Tracy Abbott back but I bet… Read more »

alexis
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alexis

since steve burton is leaving maybe they will rehire michael muhney to play as adam newman again maybe more people would watch it again if adam newman is back. he is probly everybody favorite character on the show. i don’t watch it anymore because adam is gone.

Gweneth
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Gweneth

Sally’s purge of Pratt’s horrorific writing & Phelps lingering stench can only spell better times ahead for Y&R.

toscanti
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toscanti

YES!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hope this correction falls under my comment…

I like how the actor came off in a video clip interview conducted by Michael (Fairman). Was also surprised he had such a short run. He’d make a great addition over at GH. I know…we don’t need more characters. But if…

Helen
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Helen

What a class act!

Janet Viens
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Janet Viens

Sorry see you go maybe you will come back one day seen you other things on TV your a good actor.May your next adventure be great for.

Softjohn
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Softjohn

Maybe he can come back to Y&R as the new Adam! Or maybe they can fire Jason Thompson as Billy, rehire him as the new Adam while that Travis guy comes back as the new Billy! That way Victoria gets her ex back, Chelsea gets Adam, and no one gets hurt or looses their job!

alexis
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alexis

i like the new billy. jason thompson is good as his character. they should hire michael muhney as the new adam. i wish Justin Hartley would come back as adam. he is my favorite actor. justin hartley’s new show will be coming back on in january. he would have space to come back to the young and the restless. but he doesn’t want to return to the young and the restless.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Travis was not a character for the long term. Unfortunately, some big changes are likely for Y&R with the new creative team. Talent will keep Mr. Roark working, for sure.

k/kay
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k/kay

Adam is not needed or Chelsea or Chloe be gone!

alexis
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alexis

i don’t agree. adam is needed. chloe should be gone. chelsea is my 4 favorite character. i hate chloe and hated what she did to her own friend and what she did to adam . her friend’s husband

wolfy
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wolfy

While Roark wasn’t an extremely outstanding actor (he’s no Billy Miller!), the writings of Chuck Pratt was MAKING the role of Travis into the new Billy Miller/Billy Abbott without actually having the real Miller playing the part. When they had Travis do goofy faces & making Victoria laugh in the bathroom while she was “discussing business” with Victor? That was a pure Billy Miller moment in my eyes. l honestly believe he was hired by Phelps to appease fans who still clamor for Miller, but as with Burton, it failed to “take.” Mal Young stated he would ker actors worth… Read more »

wolfy
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wolfy

Keep. Keep actors worth keeping. Sorry. Fumble fingers. 🙂

Susan
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Susan

Please bring back Tracy Abbott permanently.

Nanci
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Nanci

The flirty and fun scenes he had with Vicki were nice, but the two of them as a
forever couple never seemed likely. Really liked the actor, wish him the best!

Celia
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Celia

My feelings exactly, Nanci.

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Bradford expressed: “If you know us, and know are brand, if you will, it’s built on friendships, and like all friends, we have disagreements.  I disagree with Steve’s decision and he knows that. But over are years of friendships, we have had plenty of discussions about this and other topics, and sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t, but at the end of the day we are still friends.”

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