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Michelle Stafford Shares Her Thoughts On If Y&R Will Recast The Role Of Phyllis!

In a fantastic farewell interview by Stephanie Sloane in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, one of the best actresses to ever grace the daytime genre, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) talks about: her decision to leave the number one soap after15 years, if the latest Y&R regime change (Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith) had anything to do with her exit, her plans for the future, if she would consider doing another soap, and how she would feel if Y&R was to recast the role of fiery Phyllis!

In an excerpt, regarding if the show will recast the role, Michelle related, “You know what? Let’s be honest with this. I absolutely think they will, if they haven’t already done that. They are just going to be quiet about it. And I say this because the character is so instrumental in the show, and I really, really take it as a compliment that they don’t want to lose the character.”

Later in discussing a recast,  Michelle added : “And I am not upset if they recast.  I totally understand.  Even when I called Angelica McDaniel (CBS Entertainment Daytime VP), I said, ‘You will probably recast.’ And she said, “No, no, no. We won’t recast.”  And I said, “Well, I have some ideas, if you are interested.”

Make sure to pick up your copy of  SOD and read the entire interview!  Now let us know, what do you think The Young and the Restless will do, and should do?  Do you think they need the role of Phyllis on the canvas?  If so, since Michelle has departed the series, should they recast it? If so, with who would you suggest? And if they shouldn’t recast it, do you think they should just keep Phyllis off the canvas, and see if one day, Michelle would want to return, even though she has said she is completely done?  Weigh-in!

 

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

Kelly Sullivan as Phylis…then maybe ill tune back for that.

randy
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randy

that is an amazing idea

lisa
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lisa

I like that idea too ! I think Kelly would make an excellent Phyllis.

I Love GH
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I Love GH

Funny, because that’s what I was thinking.

tina
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tina

i think they should not recast phyllis and bring the old phyllis back please i love her to death theres no one like phyllis and do not let sharon get with nick and i hope the truth c ome out about summer really being nick kid and not jack please

Peanut
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Peanut

I think they should try and bring the old Phyllis back but not recast. It will be very hard for someone to fit the old Phyllis’ SHOES!! You guys are going to mess Y&R up. I do not like the new Abby or the guy that plays Jack’s son. It is hard to recast some of the cast.

ConnieFan1
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ConnieFan1

Kelly Sullivan as any character would make me tune in. Connie and Jason (Steve Burton) would be great! 😉 Plus Kelly has proved what she can do with a recast role!

Shirley
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Shirley

I think they should bring the old Phyllis back. Fans have been waiting for her to wake up and put Sharon in her well earned place. Phyllis has become a major fixture in the show and has earned her place unlike others

Alan
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Alan

They’ve tried recasting this role before and it didn’t work. I’d suggest bringing Ed Scott back as executive producer and rehiring Kay Alden and John Smith as head writers and see if she’d return then. Even if she didn’t, the show would be watchable again so the viewers would win either way.

lili
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lili

I totally agree with u on that. This team had Bill Bell vision of this show.

GIO
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GIO

Sarah J Brown needs to dye her hair red & take over the Phyllis role! She’s perfect for it!!!!

Paula
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Paula

Sarah would be good but I think she may be a little to young for the part

lance
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lance

I said Sarah Brown as well on daytime confidential and I was told that JFP and Sarah are not friends. Sarah not FOJ (friends of Jill) I think Sarah would killed the role… Alot of people want Robin Christopher because she’s FOJ like Burton….

I agree Ed Scott/Alden/Smith would be perfect combo, but that would admit that Sony failed with LML, MAB, JF/JG and Sony doesn’t want Bill Bell people, that why Scott/Alden at B&B.

Suzy
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Suzy

Let Michelle as Phyllis lapse into a coma and go into a rehab facility…….mentions can be made to her from time to time. In the future, she may want to reprise her role and if not, she could be recast by another actress, but one who has some memory issues! In my mind perfect solution. For the fans she is not gone, and the hope of a return is always possible.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Genie Francis’ Laura languished in a coma for 10 years give or take a few wake ups during sweeps periods…. certainly if it worked for her it could work for Michelle.

Fred Jackson Teaster III
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Fred Jackson Teaster III

YES!!!!

Bernaqueen
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Bernaqueen

I don’t think they should recast Phyllis’s role. Michelle Stafford is a great actress and she will be difficult to follow behind just as Jeanne(God bless her soul). I did not care for Phyllis’s. I am a Sharon fan though they have reduced her to nothing; however , I will give Michelle Stafford her Emmy. She is great!

sue
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sue

I to am a sharon fan, and I hate what the writers have done to her! I am not a fan of Phyllis , that being said I think they should recast, there is just way to much story left to tell, but I don’t think the Y&R writers can pull it off…..they don’t seem to have any good ideas, they just throw something against the wall to see what sticks… they just make up stuff, it doesn’t fit with the original concept of the show, and I have watched for 40 years, except when I took ten years off,… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

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Michelle Stafford owns Phyllis..
Michelle is very unique with her portrayal of Phyllis..
A recast will fail because whomever could never be close to the Phyllis I know and love.
I already miss her…
Michelle Stafford is Phyllis and Phyllis is Michelle Stafford …

Fred Jackson Teaster III
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Fred Jackson Teaster III

Agreed 100%

tisha
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tisha

I soooo agree! Michelle stafford please come back,she did that role

Robert
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Robert

Torn on this one. I love Michelle she is a wonderful actress. I say recast only if it is necessary for the story. If it’s not, Red will just have to lie in a coma until Michelle hopefully reconsiders her position and return.

ricardo
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ricardo

suggestions who can play phyllis. robin christopher ex skye gh. liz keifer ex blake guiding light. kelly sullivan connie gh. all of them are terrific actresses.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Love the idea of Liz Keifer!

heather
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heather

Yes I was thinking liz too! I love michelle as phyillis…but she movef on…summer nick and jack have to know truth and bat shit crazy sharon needs to go down…they must recast…and I’ve been a faithful watcher for almost 30 years!

Deborah Nash
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Deborah Nash

Some roles are near impossible to recast. All actresses mentioned so far are terrific, but they aren’t Phyllis. I hope there is no recast. But I also hope they end this stupid storyline and allow Summer to know Nick is her father. I HATE it!!!

Whynot
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Whynot

I agree all of the actresses named are terrific, but Michelle Stafford is an original and that is what makes Phyllis unique and different. Just like there are many violins that make beautiful music, the sweetest music is played by a stradivarius, and that is what MS is, an actress that played all of Phyllis’s complex layers to the sweetest most entrancing music.

Charnorm
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Charnorm

I agree with deborah nash. I feel that leaving the story with Summer’s parternity left open makes it harder having Phyllis gone Revealing the truth will take away the loss of Phyllis a lot. We then could focus on Nick and Summer reuniting as father and daughter, but leaving that paternity issue open makes it a double loss with Phyllis gone. Clean up the paternity and then move on until the Phyllis issue is resolved. I can’t stand having Summer not be a Newman.

marion scripnick
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marion scripnick

sharon will be forced to tell when noah begins to date summer.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well I don’t think recasting now would be a good idea– I would wait at least a year before making that move if I were in charge. And if Phyllis has suffered head trauma they can change the character’s personality, so NuPhyllis wouldn’t have to be like MS’s Phyllis. As much as I love MS portrayal –the character might benefit being off canvas for awhile. Her and Jack living happily ever after was never going to happen– this way neither one has to hurt the other– this time they were parted by circumstances not cheating. Also if she had stay… Read more »

richard
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richard

Jamie Luner(ex-Liza, AMC, Lexi, MP) she would be the PERFECT Phyllis, although I sure as hell wouldn’t wanna work for Jill Farren Phelps, she is awful!!!!!!!

lorenzo
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lorenzo

i agree with you richard. jamie luner would be the perfect phyllis. jamie is a terrific actress. jill farren phelps is a soap killer. jill needs to be fired now.

Fred Jackson Teaster III
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Fred Jackson Teaster III

Agreed …. Jill Farren Phelps destroyed the now defunct Guiding Light!!!

Michelle
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Michelle

i am sorry but Michelle Stafford is one in a million no one can play Phyllis like she can she is the best

L.o.v.i.n.g.
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L.o.v.i.n.g.

Yes, Robin Christopher can. She can even play her better.

Karen
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Karen

Liz Kiefer or Kelly Sullivan but not too soon! Please NOT Robin Christopher.

GHLover
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GHLover

Hello??? ROBIN CHRISTOPHER!!!!!!!!!!

L.o.v.i.n.g.
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L.o.v.i.n.g.

Paging Robin Christopher….

Harold
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Harold

They need Phyllis, but they need decent writing much more.

Michele OShell
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Michele OShell

Michelle Stafford made the part of Phyllis her own from the VERY beginning! There is NO ONE I can even think of playing the role!!! And the chemistry( or lack thereof LOL) between her and each and every actor she interacted with is unique! She is irreplacable! (sic) Put her in a coma and hope she changes her mind! But, please, please, PLEASE let Nick find out that he really IS Summer’s dad!! Most heartbreaking story ever and I hate that they took Sharon’s character that far down!

Whynot
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Whynot

I really hate this show now, it used to be such a part of my life, but now I have not watched in a long time and have only tuned in the last few weeks because MS is leaving and wanted to see her final scenes. The writing is/was a disapointment but MS is always excellent. I really hate that such a big part of the history over the last few years has been destroyed with the stroke of a pen.

michelle
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michelle

I agree that nick needs to know that summer is his daughter but if noah dates summer Sharon would have to tell nick but I love the charctor of Phyllis so to add fire I think Phyllis should really come back they could make it to where she lives long enough to let the secret out to nick and jack summer

Viven gi
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Viven gi

Although I will totally completely, totally miss michelle, phyllis is a much needed character. Just like drusilla was and Im still waiting for her to return. Victoria has been recast and amelia has saved that chatater. RECAST!!!

Whynot
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Whynot

There are still seem to be huge number of the fans that do not accept AH as Victoria.

Beacon
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Beacon

Robin Christopher is the only actress who can pull it off. For starters, she’s a far more interesting actress than Michelle Stafford ever will be because she doesn’t have to raise her voice to make a scene interesting.

L.o.v.i.n.g.
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L.o.v.i.n.g.

AMEN! Lets start a Robin Christopher campaign!!

Fred Jackson Teaster III
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Fred Jackson Teaster III

I disagree! Michelle understands the psychological depth of Phyllis’s character; she raises her voice only when she feels others are treating her unjustly and/or she is being defensive … The character of Phyllis is an exceedingly complex one!

Erick
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Erick

Can’t believe nobody said this yet… Tamara Braun!

mollie
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mollie

LOVE Tamara Braun…she would be fantastic as Phyllis. And she kind of has the same body type as MS, which sometimes makes a re-cast easier.

IMO, Tamara Braun was the best “Carly” on GH, too.

Lew S
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Lew S

Only one actress can play Phyllis Summers, Abbott, Newman: Michelle Staffford!!!

Matt
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Matt

Robin Christopher would be perfect with Peter Bergman. She would be his best leading lady ever. Fingers and toes crossed for her to become Phyliss

bc
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bc

They should recast stafford’s char on y&r. Any char really should be recast if storyline needs that character.

MsLane
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MsLane

Okay MS is Phyllis but her character is needed on
Y&R! I want to through another option out there
Gina Torginio (sc) Diana Malher GUIDING LIGHT!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Actually right now Phyllis isn’t really needed on the show. If she had stayed what would they do- break up her and Jack, which would be a repeat. Daniel is gone with Lucy, and Summer is grown up. I don’t want to watch Phyllis fight Avery for Nick– ala shades of B&B fixation with triangles until the point of barfing. Worse yet they could hook her up with Dylan- yipes. No, I think this is the perfect time for the character to be off canvas for a while. Have Sharon and Nick get back together and on their wedding day,… Read more »

heather
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heather

Liz (blake) I think she would be awesome

Jeffrey Sweeney
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Jeffrey Sweeney

MSLane … I just thought the same thing this week – Gina Tognoni would be the only daytime actress that is capable of filling Michelle Stafford’s shoes and taking over the role of Phyllis. I loved her as Dinah on Guiding Light and the character of Phyllis isn’t too far off from what Gina played on GL! I want Gina back on daytime television – and how fitting it would be if it were on CBS 🙂

j
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j

Gina can’t act !

Jared
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Jared

First of all, I am thrilled Summer is Nick’s child. I am not to thrilled about an almost 7 year old character being 18 now. The timing is too jarring because Cassie was 13-15 when she died, which would make her in her 30s by now, which would make Nick and Sharon in their mid to late 40s, which is stretching an already stretched chronology. ANYWAY, I digress. I am NOT happy about Michelle Stafford leaving. She is Y&R of the 2000s. Anyone throwing stones at Phyllis needs to do the same to Michael and many others. Also, I loved… Read more »

boes
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boes

What an exhausting actor she is.

Thank God she’s gone. I can’t imagine how much less work the crew will have to do now that she’s not chewing the scenery on a daily basis. Can’t even imagine how many eyes she’s put out everytime she flails those arms around.

It’s been time for her to move on for the last 5 years. She’s made it far too clear onscreen how little she values the show and most of her coworkers.

Virtually any recast will be a refreshing change.

Mad/hatter
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Mad/hatter

Well grab the article and read it she is pretty vain, but I guess if you do not love yourself who will right?

Diane A.
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Diane A.

Sometimes they need to let the fans win. I agree that no one could play “Phyllis” like Michelle so I agree with placing her off screen until some future date. Let the authentic “Phyllis” be the one and only. People get associated with certain actors playing certain roles and to bring that to an end by changing the actor does a disservice to the person who is known for the role.

heather
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heather

The show shouldn’t suffer because michelle moved on…her character is very much needed

sue
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sue

Maybe if Sony/CBS would just get rid of JFP, Josh could do a better job of co-writing with a new person or persons….think I will tweet angelica mcdaniel, head of cbs daytime, and remind her fans are not happy.. of course there is one person who tweets negative stuff everyday and nothing gets done.. so guess time will tell, it will either get better, be cancelled, or I’ll stop watching..

Whynot
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Whynot

Just curious, how long have you been waiting for it to get better?

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

CBS executive Angelica McDaniel has been repeatedly mentioned in articles like this one concerning Y&R casting decisions. Her name crops up here and I vividly remember seeing it in a link on this site to an article concerning Marcy Rylan leaving the role of Abby Carlton. I am LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNG time viewer of CBS soaps and have a LOOOOOOONNNG memory of them. I remember the bad shape ATWT was in for several years before it left the air and comments from various writers/etc. mentioning CBS executives’ input into the show. I don’t remember McDaniel (or predecessor Barbara Bloom) being mentioned to… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

I’m really going to miss Michelle as Phyllis – I pretty much hated her in the early years ,but grew to love her when she got with Nick.
I always loved them as a couple way more than Jack and Phyllis or Nick and Sharon (they’ve completely ruined her).
I don’t think Sharon can be rehabilitated at this point – she’s totally whacko !
I hope they don’t leave this storyline hanging too long !!

heather
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heather

Agree!

Mad/hatter
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Mad/hatter

Their is not going to be a recast anytime soon I am hoping we discover that a/hole Victor had Sharon’s meds messed with. Besides that this show as long as JFP is in charge is all about Dylan/Steve Burton.

Brandon
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Brandon

Hate that tptb tried to change history with Summer’s paternity. I wonder if that is why Michelle S. left. Then once they saw they had made a mistake, they threw the poor character of Sharon (love Sharon Case) in as a villain to reverse what had been done. Isn’t it funny how quick Steve Burton was added to the opening credits? I love Michelle Stafford and wish her the best. AND I will watch for her wherever she lands! I see only great things! JPF…it is time to go before Y&R becomes Genoa City much like General Hospital became Port… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I love all stories going on, it dose not bore me to have several stories, if i dont like one story i may like the other 7..

And, I like a faster pace with the stories.. long drawn out stories do not hold my attention and become stagnate a bore me to stone..

Chaz
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Chaz

The role should not be recast for a long time. Stafford has made too much of an impact and prior attempts have failed miserably. Under the current regime many characters have been either derailed or written into a corner. As someone else mentioned a happy Phyllis/Jack would be boring They have taken almost all possible story away from Phyllis. I have never been a huge Sharon fan but that poor character has been thrown under the train, bounced off and hit by a bus. An explanation for her “odd” behavior was given with the bi-polar diagnosis, then they screw that… Read more »

Whynot
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Whynot

I do not blame MS for leaving either, as a veiwer I left the show months ago and I rarely look back and when I do, all I have to watch is a couple of minutes before I am off and running away from the show.

I Love GH
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I Love GH

Only a few daytime actresses could handle the role: Laura Wright, Kelly Sullivan, Kassie DePaiva, Arienne Zucker…. It will be interesting.

JEFF
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JEFF

Don’t recast Phyllis!! If they must then Sarah Brown, Kelly Sullivan or Robin Christopher get my vote.

heidi
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heidi

I am going to miss Michelle as Phyllis! She is Phylliss and it will be awkward seeing anybody else as Phyllis. However I am excited for Michelle and hope she finds fun things to do… she is very talented and she will be fabulous at whatever she does!!! Of course I would love it it if she came to GH!!! I just hope she is happy and loving whatever she does next!!!

Victor
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Victor

I think they need to recast. There is still so much that Phyliss needs to do. Robin Christopher could pull this off. She was outstanding as Skye on AMC and GH and she was able to recast a beloved role on Another World without missing a beat. She is a devoted actress and she would be perfect with Peter Bergman. I can also see her as Summer’s mom 😉 C’mon CBS hire Robin Christopher!

Mo
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Mo

They need to recast. Phyllis is an integral character. I surmise Phyllis will go to a rehab center and return with a new face.

Renetta Alexander
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Renetta Alexander

The role of Phyllis Newman should be recast, I have the perfect actress to replace Michelle Stafford, which is Robin Christopher, ex-Skye Quatermaine from General Hospital, she would be perfect for the role, because of the red hair and all plus she is a good actress who would do the role of Phyllis justice, I think Michelle Stafford would agree to that, and the role of Phyllis Newman should not be killed off and that would leave the door open, just in case Michelle do want to come back in the future.

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karen rinehart
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karen rinehart

I’M JUST LOVING G/H AND ALL THAT IS GOING ON NOW IT’S GREAT.. NOW Y/R IS GETTING HOT I’M LOVING JASON BY THE DAYS .. IS THEIR EVER GOING TO BE A NEW PHYLLIS DOWN THE LINE ?

kalamaty
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kalamaty

PLEASE DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN NO RECAST!! It would never work; Stafford is absolutely irreplaceable in that role and I fear for whomever would try to step in those Manolo’s! I am so upset by her leaving the show, but she has other interests she wants to pursue and I wish her well and will definitely follow what she does. I will SO miss seeing her light up my television every single day. No matter what scene she was in, I am just riveted by her choices and talent; what a presence!! She’s a phenomenal actress and her leaving will… Read more »

Fred Jackson Teaster III
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Fred Jackson Teaster III

I agree 100%

Sheena Williams
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Sheena Williams

I think they should recast, but be careful with the right actor, phyllis was a diamond in the ruff! please don’t wait too long to cast a shadow over Sharon and let Summer and everyone know Nick is her father.

Fred
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Fred

Michelle Stafford is such an extraordinary actress, she is so immensely talented … I quite honestly cannot see anyone else playing the character pf Phyllis after all she has given to us through the years! If I were Y&R I would do whatever it takes to get her back, if anything at least to wrap up her character in a more positive and happy way … a more fitting goodbye to her character! Frankly, I feel as though I have lost a friend and i will grieve her departure from the show! Yes, i realize she is a fictional character… Read more »

Fred Jackson Teaster III
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Fred Jackson Teaster III

Michelle Stafford is such an extraordinary actress, she is so immensely talented! I quite honestly cannot see anyone else playing the character of Phyllis after all she has given to us through the years! If I were Y&R I would do whatever it takes to get her back, if anything at least to wrap up her character in a more positive and happy way … a more fitting goodbye to her character! Frankly, I feel as though I have lost a friend and i will grieve her departure from the show! Yes, I realize she is a fictional character and… Read more »

Kelly M.
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Kelly M.

Michelle Stafford is to Phyllis Newman what Kim Zimmer is to Reva Shane!!! Not Re-castable…However I do think there is a lot of this story to tell. You could always do the Sheila twist again and have her play the New-Phyllis leaving the door open for the real Phyllis to return. My vote is for Gina Tignoni form Guiding Light she is an excellent actress and a real spitfire.

Holly
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Holly

I started watching the show with Phyllis and I may stop now that she’s leaving. Can i continue watching with Sharon victorious and Phillis in a coma at her hand? And then there’s Avery, I actually dislike her more than both Sharon and even Cricket. I won’t be tuning in to see Avery and Nick ride into the sunset. Maybe I might continue watching for Adam, but I had hoped to see him and Phillis (Michelle) hook up someday.

Dot K
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Dot K

Please recast Phyllis. Don’t let the secret die with her. And do NOT let Michelle Stafford come back. She is biting the hand that has fed her. Never have liked her anyway. Someone else can play the part and after time has passed, it will be okay.

vfocused
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vfocused

Please, please do not recast! There will never be anyone to play Phyllis like Michelle Stafford. I understand she may have some other avenues to pursue but please Michelle dont close the door on coming back. The show needs Michelle not just the character. The character interacted with the other characters so well, especially Micheal. They were best friends. Michelle made Phyllis and I think Phyllis taught Michelle a few things too. The show was so fun with Phyllis. She will so be missed. I wanted Phyllis back with Nick, and I thought there was a chance they’d get back… Read more »

vfocused
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vfocused

… and again PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT RECAST PHYLLIS. If there is no recast I believe Michelle may come back, maybe not right away but one day. NO RECAST ABSOLUTELY NOT! PLEASE!

pamelat
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pamelat

Please keep Michelle if possible she is the best thing going for y&r. Get rid of Sharon she’s not needed she gets away with to much that’s not real life. I would hate to see Michelle recast but we need Phyllis to shut Sharon down this has to come out about Summer.

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