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Y&R Casting Change: Blake Hood OUT! Hartley Saywer IN as New Kyle!

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The Young and the Restless continues to go hunky with the casting of Hartley Sawyer in the role of Kyle, the son of Peter Bergman’s Jack Abbott! Sawyer will replace Blake Hood in the SORAS’d role of Kyle.  Hood took over the part in April of 2012

According to Soap Opera Digest, “Sawyer, a daytime newcomer, begins taping the week of March 18.”    Now that it appears the number one soap is leaning towards a Summer (Hunter King) and Kyle pairing, perhaps the reason for the casting shift.

Hartley Sawyer has appeared in ABC Family’s Jane By Design, and television series GCB, Glory Daze, and recent guest stints on NCIS: Los Angeles and Don’t Trust the B—in Apartment 23.

So soap fans, what do you think of Hartley Sawyer to win you over as the new Kyle? Weigh-in!

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Beti
Beti

I loved Blake Hood!!!!

Margot
Margot

So did I.

Betty
Betty

REPLACE CHELSEA JILL F> NOT OTHERS

Cace
Cace

Bad move YAR! Blake Hood was very good. Don’t like the new kid on the block!

RUBY C.
RUBY C.

THEY NEED TO RECAST CHELSEA AND LESLIE THEY STINK!!!!!!!!!!! LEAVE THE OTHER ACTORS BE!!!!!! 🙂 Bring back Victoria Rowell.

Beti
Beti

Chelsea is a great actress I love her

Jessicia
Jessicia

I can’t stand Chelsea please recast her omg! But his new guy does look hot! Chelsea must go though seriously enough of her. She can’t act and her with Chloe as a friend booooo. Chelsea always has kids she does not want with men she does not belong with!

Wendy
Wendy

Wait! Wait! I thought Summer and Kyle are really brother and sister and Jack is Summers dad not Nick! I also can’t wait till it comes out that Sharon and Dylan have the same father. Now that is awesome writing the Bill Bell way! If not and they have more slow stuff like the show has been doing these days with mixed matched no chemistry people like Chloe and Kevin. Neil with that Leslie and the worst of the worst un realistic Chelsea with Adam I will NOT be watching anymore! Put Sharon with Adam back and bring Dru back for Neil and someone new for Kevin not this knuckle brain Chloe!

Beti
Beti

There has been no mention of Summer’s father other then Nick. Are you jumping to conclusions? Where did you come up with Dylan and Sharon being related lol. If I don’t care for a sl I don’t quit watching. Thats not a true fan IMO . Dru will never come back as she said, too many hard feelings……

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Chelsea is actually a very good actress!! It’s that b***h Avery I can’t stand! She a wooden actress & wants her sister’s whole life: her town, her kids, her husband… Get rid of Avery! And I hate Jack with Phyllis–I always loved Nick & Phyllis together! Recasting Kyle & Summer & Fen the 1st time is what was crazy — the super rapid aging thing is stupid… Next thing you know, Faith & Delia will be having the hots for Fen!!! Lauryn & Carmine, really? Give me a break! And then there’s Cricket’s vendetta against Phyllis–get a life already, Cricket, you boyfriend-stealer!! Paul was Nina’s, but she didn’t care… And Victoria complains that Billy got a restaurant without asking first, but she went back to work with Victor & Adam without asking first… Can you say Double Standard? Kevin & Khloe used to be adorable — they better sharpen up the writing for those characters soon! And where did Jeff & Gloria disappear to? They were the comic relief on the show… I’ve watched Y&R since its very first episode, and it’s slowly going into the toilet with poor scripts and bad acting (Avery)…

Betty
Betty

The Kyle we had talked like Peter Brady going through ( Changes )

Donna
Donna

I don’t like the looks of this new guy! Get rid of Chelsea I hate her and her acting and please keep the old good actors.

BETTYEJ
BETTYEJ

I think it’s stupid. All the new crew is doing is using the newbies as sex object. It’s bad enough turning Lauren into a slut and Sunmer and Fen getting rewarded for being rich snobs who are bullies.

jim
jim

I agree with you, especially about Lauren. Why does an intelligent woman need to sleep with another man just because she had an arguement with her husband? If Lauren and Micheal had fallen out of love and grew apart, then i could see her maybe seeking comfort in a new relationship. But to just go sleep with someone after a disagreement that can be simply resolved cheapened the character and tarnishes the sanctity of marriage.

Margot
Margot

Ditto to this Jim. I was disgusted with her unfaithfulness to Michael. Mark my words what she’s done is going to come out sooner or later and Michael is going to kick her to the curb.

Kim H
Kim H

Please have it finally come out that Summer is Jacks daughter . I would LOVE that!!! 🙂

Jessicia
Jessicia

Cant stand Chelsea recasr her she can’t act for beans and always pregnant with a mans kid she does not belong with. I can’t wait till Sharon hears she will trick her brother who we will find out is Sharons brother Dylan! 🙂

B.J.
B.J.

HALLELUJAH!!! I have nothing against Blake Hood, but he looks too much like Adam to have been cast as Jack’s son.

Don’t know anything about the replacement, but I hope he can act. 🙂

David
David

Frankly, I like Blake Hood in the role. The recasts roulette of the “young ” cast members of TY&TR, though for varying reasons, is getting tiresome.

su0000
su0000

I like Blake !
IF, I were younger I would have zero attraction to the new guy Hartley.. He is too manly weak looking for me lol ..

Matt
Matt

Still wishing they would replace Chelsea she has sucked since her first day and bring back Drucilla BR. Why replace good characters

su0000
su0000

Chelsea is awesome!! I have always liked her, she is a good character 🙂
Christine is the godawful one..

Matt
Matt

Why would you like a character like Chelsea! She can’t act thats a fact but the way she came on. Never cared about the kid she gave birth to. Moved in her big mansion took Adams money fast enough and gets pregnant mad at Adam for not moving clear across the world to go sip espresso ! This girl is far from a moral good up standing women. Just ask poor Dylan in a few weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!! BARF!! Send crazy off the show back to Pine Valley as Annie!

Patt
Patt

I agree.. either replace Chelsea or get rid of the character… she is useless… JMO

Kim H
Kim H

I agree Chelsea needs to go back to Pine Valley!

k/kay
k/kay

Not happening they are pairing her up with JFP’s golden boy Steve Burton so she can blame him as the baby daddy. Blake Hood was beginning to grow on me but he was hired by MAB therefore he had to go.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I thought Blake was excellent. Just another JFP heavy handed change. Guess Blake got on her list somehow.

Lew S
Lew S

A. kyle is too old for Summer and B. Blake Hood was great as Kyle. We don’t need another. Shirtless wonder. Dumb move.

Lew S
Lew S

Hey JFP, Would you please stop with the recasting of roles!

Betty
Betty

LET HER REPLACE CHELSEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING BACK VICTORIA ROWELL! THEM SHE CAN BE DONE 🙂

Steffy
Steffy

Hartley Sawyer is gorgeous! This new Kyle is much hunkier. JFP is upping the beefcake factor. All her new hires look like Abercrombie & Fitch models.

I remember Hartley from GCB and Glory Daze. He’s an excellent comedic actor, really funny! He’s also very tall, like 6’4.

jodi
jodi

I don’t know his work. Hopefully he’ll bring a much needed improvement to that character.

jim
jim

Do soaps have to look like Americas Next Top Model? Why cant they look like everday people. Give me a beer belly on a guy and a teen without perfect skin. That would be groundbreaking.

Mary SF
Mary SF

But then they would have to re titled the show to “The Real and the Ordinary”- and I see enough of that in my own house. Why oh why would you want me to watch it on my television screen too? LOL

jim
jim

Because it would be nice to see someone that looks like me play the hero for a change…im more the Shrek looking type and it did work in that movie. lol

katie
katie

I want to look at hunks not everyday looking ppl lol. I was like stalkerish in love with hood. He is drop dead gorgeous. Not to fond of new guy, he looks like a skeleton. Summer must be upset. Haha

toscanti
toscanti

This is BULLS–T! So tired of Y&R with all the friends of Jill. Blake Hood was Great in the role. JFP is maing a mess with all the recasts. Next she will want to change the name to Restless Hospital. I hope Sony and CBS reign her in soon. Not happy with ths casting change at all.

jon
jon

Not happy with recasts…..ever!!!

Mary
Mary

Very disappointed. I really liked Blake Hood. Don’t like all these cast changes. I want to see good acting not hunks.

su0000
su0000

The new Kyle/Hartley Sawyer is a good actor …
Have you ever seen him act………….. lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

I have nothing against recasting a role when it makes the character work better to do so. For example Adam, MM does him far more justice than CE ever did. I was never really happy with BH’s Kyle, so I have an open mind about this. Just based on the picture this new guy looks more like a child of Diana and Jack should look like- has an Abbott look about him, along with the new Abby his cousin. My only reservation about it is can he act? If he can, if he can portray Kyle well, then like many other famous recasts, he could make the role his own and make us forget the original actor.

mo
mo

I was just getting used to Kyle. Now they bring in someone new. I hope the revolving door stops.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I did like Blake Hood but Hartley is great IMO. He was on Good Christian Bitches on ABC and did great on there. Its sad when they recast characters over and over though. The fans get confused

robert
robert

I like this move. I like Blake Hood, but I don’t think he fits into the role very good. Lets see if this new guy is better, he certainly is younger.

rjm118
rjm118

It took a while for me to warm up to Blake Hood, but I think he finally hit his stride.

Im surprised this guys credits dont include Hollywood Heights.

Christine
Christine

This is weird because while I did NOT like Blake Hood as Kyle under Maria Arena Bell’s reign, I DID like him under the new regime because the guy was finally being used.

I think the real problem with Blake Hood’s portrayal of Kyle, for me, anyway, was that they made him look too much like Adam. Even his clothing was something Adam would wear.

That’s too bad that they did not give him more time. I wish him well.

Derrick
Derrick

Wow! Really didn’t like Blake Hood’s acting!

bc
bc

Does y&r really need yet another leading man who is portrayed by a white actor? Soaps from daytime and primetime for that matter don’t need yet another white actor cast as a leading man. hartley was not great on that awful “don’t trust” abc sitcom w/c was yet another tv show where chars from ny were majority white. It had some diversity w/c already makes it better than 60s mad men and pathetic girls. The abc sitcom had an Asian american female char w/c seldom occurs on tv shows. Her storyline was really problematic bec she was obsessed w/ the white char. y&r could realistically have more racial diversity. They could recast Keemo Abbot. He could discover he has a daughter for even more racial diversity for y&r’s younger group. That would provide more racial diversity and newer kinds of storylines. Soaps from primetime and daytime like y&r should be casting more racial minorities. But hollywood seems to be against more racial diversity.

Christine
Christine

I think recasting Keemo Abbott would be an excellent idea. I don’t think I watched Y&R during that story, but I read up on it and see that there is a sister, Mai. That would be an excellent idea to bring Asians to Y&R.

However, remember when Jack was engaged to Genevieve and the marriage license listed him as 46 and she as 33?! I guess Jack could not have fought in Vietnam because he would be too young. Ha! Ha! What were they thinking? Anyway, I think you make an excellent point, bc.

The Midwest has many Asians and it is a shame that they do not have some on Y&R, especially if there is one tied to the ABBOTTS.

k/kay
k/kay

Christine Peter Bergman/Jack has said in a million interviews that he hated that storyline. I enjoyed it but the Diva PB did not he says a lot of things in interviews that should be left unsaid but you probably will never hear the name Keemo again. Just saw this new Kyle today walking by I do not even recognize half the actors on this show. Since Kay Alden left the writing team years ago it has been going downhill.

JustSaying
JustSaying

It makes sense considering Abby was just recasted.

Way to go Y&R!

randy
randy

wow …i loved blake hood as kyle,,,im sooo glad i stopped watchin when genie francis left,,,hey every one theres a super hot daytime drama on called general hospital they show respect to there cast of actors,,,

Tom
Tom

Hmm…Blake Hood had really grown into the role, especially when they actually started putting him in scenes with Peter Bergman. It’s sadly amusing that the 40th Anniversary cast pic will have people that, you know, got fired exactly five minutes later.

I fear a SORAS’ed Reed, Delia, or Faith very, very soon. Sigh.

Christine
Christine

You are probably right, though we are going to get to see little Reed in the form of Max Page one more time as I read he comes to Victor and Nikki’s wedding.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Recasting adult Kyle is a non-issue. I don’t care about adult Kyle yet. He hasn’t had much to do. The last young Kyle was a great character played well by a competent young actor. Blake is probably a fine actor but he hasn’t had much to do and that’s why I don’t care about recasting him. So go ahead, recast and give the new guy a story. Soaps are all about recasting and going on.

Jessicia
Jessicia

Not one person liked Blake as Kyle so everyone complained now they replace him with a hot guy everyone still complains will you people ever be happy

lisa
lisa

I liked Blake Hood.
What was wrong with him staying in the role of Kyle ?
And again I’m still waiting for the big reveal that Summer is really Jack’s daughter.
Remember Nick was the only one who ever saw the paternity test results and then he was in a plane crash shortly after.
I believe in my gut that Summer IS Jack’s and that Nick didn’t care because he really did(does) love Phyllis.
At very least I would like to see that brought up again – it would create some pretty heavy drama.

Christine
Christine

I’m still waiting too, lisa.

I betcha they will explore that potential story once they have a good story to tell (i.e., Summer getting sick or something). I also wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t already in the works because Michelle Stafford was asked something about it and replied that Jack had good sperm. I really think we are going to see Summer is really Jack’s daughter.

gloria
gloria

It took a while to get used to Kyle being grown up overnight & at first I thought he looked too much like Adam but gosh, I have gotten used to him & he has had more story lately & I really love him! For a minute I thought he & Phyllis were gonna get something going . . . anyone else notice that a while back???

They have overgrown (& recast Summer), Fenn, Noah, now recasting Abby & Kyle. I do not like all the recasts without giving the actors a chance to grow in the role & the viewers a chance to accept them!

And why on earth is everyone so down on Chelsea? I really have liked her since day 1. What is the problem?

Mark Y
Mark Y

I think Chelsea is an interesting character and well played also.

Christine
Christine

I do not dislike Chelsea or Melissa Claire Egan. I don’t understand all the hatred for the character or MCE’s acting either. I guess it is easy to sit anonymously in front of a computer screen and tear someone apart.

Yes. It was obvious to me that they were having Kyle interested in Phyllis but then it was as if they changed horses midstream. They must have gotten some backlash for it or came up with a better idea.

One thing I do know is that these attractions on Y&R move very quickly these days. Just one day Summer was being helped by Kyle and then she was infatuated with him soon after. I think that is good because that is how teen girls think anyway. I suppose you could say the same for Neil and Leslie moving fast too. I guess everyone is different, but if you click with someone then things can move fast.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I saw it too gloria- Kyle definitely had a thing for Phyllis. I thought based on JFP history for stories with violence against women they might have Kyle become obsessed with her and perhaps sexually assault Phyllis when she didn’t return his feelings. This would have created drama between him and Jack because how do you forgive your son for raping the woman you love? But I haven’t seen that interest coming from Kyle anymore since Phyllis helped Jack detoxed. And now with a recast I’m not sure what they have in mind for Kyle. But if they are recasting they must have a big story in mind. This is one case I would be glad to be wrong, because I would hate for Kyle to become another bad seed child of a vet character.

Christine
Christine

Oh, ladies. Not to mention the fact that, according to Summer, her grandparents (including Nikki) apparently “adore” him. It looks like Josh Griffiths is doing his best to make us forget that Nikki killed Kyle’s mother (and who could blame them? That was a horrible story.) so there is no more animosity between Nikki and Kyle.

Derek
Derek

This guy is hot! I may just have to tune into Y&R again.

Carol Johnson
Carol Johnson

Blake Hood is one of the most believable actors on the show! Why does this always happen? But I AM so happy that Marcy Ryland is outta there! AND, OMG, the Kevin and Chloe matchup is ludicrous and she still has no respect fot the institution of marriage. She’s just plain awful and shallow!

sweetzles
sweetzles

I didn’t like Blake Hood in the beginning as the role of Kyle, but heès growing on me now. He’s a great young actor. What a mistake replacing him.

cheryl
cheryl

NO way.Blake Hood is Kyle..this sucks… she can be with him as he is…Keep Blake HOOD

keily
keily

What took so frakin long?

Roula
Roula

Upset I like the present Kyle. Bring him back!

Debbie
Debbie

AGREED!!!

Rhonda M
Rhonda M

It is terrible that they are doing this to these actors. What is wrong with Switching and firing very disappointed

Debbie
Debbie

Very Good Question. They are doing a great job with pissing off their loyal viewers.

Dee Gonzalez
Dee Gonzalez

I hope Y&R is not going to tear Kane’s and Lily’s marriage apart. I (We) will be unhappy soapers. True there’s a lot of grief in life but this is one area where you can control the story line of life and at least make a few characters truly happy in their relationships. Gives society at least the ” idea of Hope”

Rachelle
Rachelle

I do not like the new kyle i dont know y it had to change and also i do not like the new abby..the new abby is nothing like the old one. I dont know y it changes..u can tell in the show that its awkward with new actors trying to step in like nothing has changed.

Debbie
Debbie

I agree with you 100% percent.

mary
mary

I agree too. The old Abby was beauftiul and cute and she looked like her mother. This one does not.

The new Kyle looks ridiculous. He is supposed to be older and a business man. Instead he looks like he should be in a rock band and he looks the same age of Summer- who I do not care for as an actress.

Leslie is awful; terrible actress and absolutely no chemistry with Neil .

I like Chelsea; want her back with Adam. Sick of Sharon.

Glad they are not using Cricket all that much- she always has been a terrible actrress and her character is obnixious.

gator
gator

yuck….the new Kyle is not a good fit for Summer. They don’t even look good together as a couple.

Rebecca
Rebecca

I love Melissa Claire Egan as Chelsea, but even if the role is recast (regrettable decision it would be) that won’t change the character having babies. LOL.

I liked the actor playing Kyle and was surprised to see a replacement. Will see how it goes. The characters have all these children but it takes years for them to grow up naturally. Happens on all the soaps going way back.

Debbie
Debbie

Do these writers take us for fools? These story lines are getting really ridiculous. It’s almost like incest. Isn’t it enough that you have Phylis’s sister marrying her ex. Can’t you guys come up with something more creative? And what’s up with replacing Kyle. First you replace Noah and now Kyle, also Abby. All so soon together. Who’s next ? And what about the Adam/Chelsie story? It was already don with her so called best friend (Cloe) on the show. Why do you guys insist on repeating story lines? The SUMMER/KYLE story is too stupid especially if her mother is dating his father. Come on, get real already. Please, Please come up with something more creative. And do you not believe that a marriage can work out.? What are you doing to Lilly and Kane? Also Lauren and Michael? Please go in a different direction with the Lilly and Kane story line also with the Kyle and Summer story line. The show is really getting too predictable for me and my family and friends.

Bern
Bern

When he first came on Apr. 24th I thought to myself they could have done better. His eyes really looked weird.

Roula
Roula

Does anyone else want Cane and Chelsea to be together? I think they make a cute couple!

Y&R Fan since 1st episode - I was 15 ...
Y&R Fan since 1st episode - I was 15 ...

Don’t like him at all. Not a nice surprise, Y&R moguls. Blake Hood (Kyle) and Summer had much chemistry, and Blake (Kyle) had a brilliant sense of humour. This new kid, Hartley Sawyer has no personality, no humour, no expression, he’s benign … I’m no longer interested in “Summer and Kyle”. Think you’re completely going in the wrong direction. In my opinion, big mistake. Why are you changing up things that work ? You’re going to lose viewers, I think. Smarten up

Jolene Beth Morgan
Jolene Beth Morgan

To tell you the truth, 2 or 3 years ago Kyle was a little boy, remember? And what a wonderful little actor he was. Why was he sent away, he would probably be 13 or 14 now. When a show finds a treasure of an actor, know matter what the age, Keep him!

cmaglaughlin
cmaglaughlin

Y&R is entertainment, NOT reality! Lay off the writers. They are dealing with deadlines and comings and goings. The show is running on all cylinders right now. When I think back how I wanted Adam gone ASAP, and thought he had died in that explosion, I now rejoice over Michael’s acting. Off screen, he comes off completely hysterically funny. I recall him being asked, “How do you like Y&R”? He replied, “Hey, how can you NOT like working with a knockout like Amelia Heinle(Victoria)”! Then, on “The Talk,” asked, “What do you do during the time-outs”? He said, “I make out with Victoria”! My favorites: Adam, Victoria, Victor, Billy and Michael. (sidebar: Victoria’s real-life Hubby, Chad, has an identical twin brother, who is a good buddy of Y&R’s Adam…So, I guess Thad is OK with him talking about his wife for fun!)

cmaglaughlin
cmaglaughlin

Love Jack, too!

Penny
Penny

I want the old Kyle back. He was very convining as Jack’s son.

veronica
veronica

I think this was a terrible change. Bring Blake Hood back…..I am sure this new guy would be fine on some program but not this one and not in this role. If you are looking for longevity and a future for the Abbott’s and Jabot this is not the direction to take.

Anita
Anita

I don’t like the new Kyle character. He doesn’t fit the character. I suggest you replace him with someone a little better looking. Sorry. I have never missed a episode of Y&R. Love the show. Jeanne Cooper will be missed. I do hope you don’t replace her it will not work

Marjorie Dooley
Marjorie Dooley

I DO NOT like the new Kyle. He is not good looking in any way and his acting is even worse. He is way to old looking for Summer. When you recast someone, why don’t you get someone who has similar characteristics to the one who was replaced. I don’t even like to watch the new Kyle!

Kristen
Kristen

I couldn’t agree with you more! Why would summer wanna get with the new Kyle? He’s not in the least bit attractive!

Richard
Richard

Kyle is older than summer so who gives a sh*t if this actor looks older omg.The actress who play Vctoria is waaaaay older than the guy who plays Billy but your not bitching about that are you?

Barb
Barb

I honestly got whiplash with all the cast changes…but my problem is what they’re doing with Sharon’s character…for some reason ever since she married Victor, took over and nearly destroyed his company, and burned down his ranch she has become a complete air head…I know she’s been diagnosed as bipolar…but she still walks around with this goofy look on her face…..I wish they would give her more depth…also I like Adam with Chelsea better…I have no idea who they could put Sharon with hopefully not Nick…I don’t like Nick with Phyllis either…I like him better with Avery…if only Avery could finally let go of Dylan…and move on…as far as Lilly and Kane…it would be interesting to see how far the writers are going to take the attraction between Lilly and Tyler….and I agree with Anita Jeanne Cooper will be missed and I can’t imagine a replacement for her either…

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Jason Thompson as Billy

The Young and the Restless

Airdate: 6-21/22-2018

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