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Y&R's Michelle Stafford chats, "I think the "Phickers" will be very excited"!

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Late last week, On-Air On-Soaps attended the 38th anniversary on set celebration of The Young and the Restless on the series soundstage at CBS.  Many of your Genoa City favorites were in attendance.  We caught up with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) to find out her thoughts on her time with the series, a preview of what’s next for Phyllis. and if there is hope for “Phick” fans.  Plus, what the talented two-time Daytime Emmy winner submitted for contention for a nomination for this year’s race.  Here is our ” quickie’ conversation with Michelle!

Do you like what Phyllis has been up to on-air lately? Will viewers get to see her drive her own story soon?

MICHELLE: I think what she is going to start doing soon will be very fun, and I am very excited about it.  I am an honest girl, there are ebbs and flows. You are on a show for thirteen years and you do a big storyline, and then you sort of pull back to prepare for other things. So, being on a soap there are definitely ebbs and flows all the time.

Joshua Morrow (Nick) told On-Air On-Soaps in a recent interview there was hope for “Phick” fans. What would you say to that?

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MICHELLE: Oh yes, there is a lot of hope for them. And, I think the “Phickers” will be very excited middle to late April.  Phyllis and Nick are a good coupling. You think of them being together, so that is good storytelling on the writer’s part.

Of your thirteen years on Y&R, what has been your favorite storyline?

MICHELLE: The affair with Nick was awesome, which is the only affair Phyllis has had, really.  When you look at these two characters on paper you would think no way would they be together, so that was really great.  I loved the Tim Reid material, her shrink! That was so much fun to play.

You are pre-nominated in the Lead Actress category for the Daytime Emmys. What episode or reel did you go with to submit for the final round of voting?

MICHELLE: I submitted the episode where Phyllis kicks Nick to the curb! I had two montages in there that slowed it down, but it is what it is.

What is one observation you have, when you look at the entire cast gathered here today for the series 38th anniversary celebration?

MICHELLE: Everyone on this show is very pretty.  I have to tell you a funny story. People will set me up on dates, and I will say, “What does he look like?” And, they will say, “Oh he’s gorgeous.” Then, I will see a picture and go, “Oh” and that is because, look at this cast we look at every day! It’s warped my judgment of the male human race. (Laughs)

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richie
richie

NO to Phick! Omg I swear if they re-re-re-re commit again I will turn the channel!

Jill
Jill

I don’t like or never did like Phick. I still don’t.

Houston
Houston

I love Phack!!! they are awesome together.

leslie
leslie

Thank you so much for the interview. I love Phick! Michelle and Joshua are amazing!

Helena
Helena

Phyllis and Nick are my all time favorite couple. Thank you for the interview.

Ashley
Ashley

YUCK! I can NOT stomach another pairing of this ICKY duo! I will NOT watch a redo of PUKE part 2!

richie
richie

Ashley you said it perfectly! A phick reunion will be the final straw for me watching Y&R. I will officially be done.

Kalamaty
Kalamaty

Later, kids! I can’t wait for a re-pair! Jack and Phyllis are such a bore. Give me hot sex over chemistry any day!

Helena
Helena

We will miss you. 🙂

richie
richie

Unfortunately for “phickers”, that couple will never last because Nick will always want Sharon when he is with Phyllis 🙂 Shick = true love. Phick = just sex.

Victoria
Victoria

i love nick and phyllis a lot i can wait tell they come back togther with their daugter and family they are the best couple on the show ever can see i it is better than nick and diane

go Phick you rule

delta24d
delta24d

OMG this is the most exciting of news, I cannot wait to see them once again grace my screen, how I have missed this coupling, first Josh and now Michelle has given this fan hope. I will once again become glued to my set. Phick fan signing in and up

Deniese
Deniese

Am I dreaming? I have been longing and waiting for them to come back to us and it looks like there is a definite start coming.

This show is about to explode from all that Phick chemistry being released again.

Great interview

Phickheat
Phickheat

YES!!!!!!!! I am an ABSOLUTELY GENUINE PHICK fan!!!!!!!! Never a Phyllis or Nick fan in the past until they were paired up!!!!!!! Give me my Josh – Michelle MAGIC, I can’t say anything to describe what I am feeling right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO MICHELLE, GO JOSH, GO PHICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLOW UP THE SCREEN!!!!! STEAM UP THE SHOW!!!!!!!!! After all, you are the best thing that happened to it!!!!!

Mac
Mac

Personally I’m one of those “Phickers” who is thrilled to hear that Phick may not be over! They are the ONLY reason I watch Y&R & the day they broke Phick up is the day I stopped watching the show. I look forward to Michelle & Joshua bringing their one of a kind chemistry back to Y&R. It’s definitely needed!

Thank you Michelle!!

Karen
Karen

Ewwww NO MORE PHICK!!!! They are disgusting together!

Kalamaty
Kalamaty

I want to see a re-pairing of PHICK only because I want to see Phyllis pulverize the new Diane. It’s been too long coming, and once Stafford’s Phyllis realizes that Nick has Diane-Skank on him she’s going to freakin’ lose it on her!

ChivyD
ChivyD

Yes I’m Soooooooo Excited love Phick !!!!!!!

mary
mary

No to Phick it was awful to watch for years!

I might take a hiatus of some sort, same old same old is not working for me!

marissa
marissa

Phick was the hottest couple in daytime ever! YES! YES ! YES! to nick and phyllis burning up the screen again! I stopped watching because of their breakup but hopefully the writers will fix that mistake. PHICK 4 EVER.

Lisa Oliver
Lisa Oliver

Yea!! I love Phick!! Such a terrific couple! Can’t wait!

ally
ally

GROSS!!!! phICK is the most nasty couple in daytime history. SHICK is the best!!

JimTolkien
JimTolkien

Dear Michael,
As usual another great interview. After Joshua’s interview I remember asking you to go get one from Michelle and so you did!! So thank you very much. And as usual Michelle NEVER EVER DISAPPOINTS. She is such a great lady who obviously loves Y&R very much and especially her FANS.

This is what Y&R needs right now some major BUZZ that only Phick do so well more than any other couple on the show. And the irony is they weren’t even supposed to be long-term and here we are 6 years later and they are still going strong and still have that buzz about them. Already your own board has been lit up with responses and so have others apparently. It does not matter whether people love Phick, like Phick, hate Phick, or dislike Phick..the simple and indisputable fact is that whenever Joshua or Michelle mention the slightest positive thing about Phick or talk about Phick in general, soap cyberspace goes crazy. Some people get excited or happy and some pull out their claws LOL. I LOVE IT!! Either way if I were Maria Bell, CBS & Sony I would pay attention because the soap genre really needs something to keep it alive. They can’t always live on the “we used to do it like this in the past”, they need to mix it up old & new.

And for Y&R nothing gets more buzzworthy than just the mere mention of Phick LOL!! And heavens know, this show needs some oxygen..I can’t believe I am watching CNN in the daytime vs. Y&R when all I want to do for an hour of the day is escape from reality.

Kalamaty
Kalamaty

Very well said… on all accounts! You rock!

delta24d
delta24d

Summed it up perfectly..I love reading your responses and takes. Phick fan now and always

phickfan
phickfan

Phick was great. They destroyed them. Phyllis deserves a real man. Not JerkNick!!!

Megan
Megan

Love, love, LOVE Phick and Michelle Stafford. Can’t wait to see what April has in store for the best couple on daytime. Its about time Phick finds their way back to one another.
Thanks for the great interview!

keena steinman
keena steinman

Great gobs of gag-me! Phick sucked then and they suck now. It is gross to see an elderly woman like MS with a baby-faced wuss like JM. The affair between Nick and Phyllis destroyed this show. It has never been the same. It was all about porn and nothing about love. Nick and Sharon had depth and were all about the sort of overall love and tenderness that made y and r the great show it was. Frankly I wish you would stop interviewing MS and trying to encourage a regrouping of a couple that was the worst pairing ever on this show. In an interview AFTER this one, JM said that there is no more Phick…that he has turned a page on that relationship. So I wish that MS and JM would get their stories straight.

Helena
Helena

Wow. You’re mean.

Kalamaty
Kalamaty

OK… I have to ask.. are you completely forgetting Sharon’s deeds while Nick was with Phyllis? Your 2.0 version of Cricket “the Paragon of Virtue” was out shoplifting and sleeping with any man who would have her! Don’t got hating….. just sayin!

ally
ally

Phyllis isn’t old by any means, but when paired with Nick the age difference does show.

NiHi
NiHi

How dare you be so CRUEL! You must be a miserable person. Instead of spending your time watching this show you need to spend it on a couch. MS is a REAL person with REAL feeling … what is wrong with you?

Alice
Alice

Shick is the gross couple ewwwwww! Sharon has slept with his brother and tried to bang his daddy so revolting. Whooooohooooooooo!!!!! to phick the only woman who has never betrayed him is phyllis and they have crazy chemistry can’t wait for this!.

keena steinman
keena steinman

Oh and one more thing…I have to snicker at the way MS wants to be with JM. Laugh at the notion that she thought the affair with Nick was ‘awesome.’ In more than one interview she ‘pretended’ to realize that breaking up a marriage is hardly awesome. And here she is spewing out her genuine feelnigs. Hooray! Lets break up another marriage!

Kalamaty
Kalamaty

You take things wayyy too seriously. It’s a TV show, honey.

delta24d
delta24d

This is a TV show, and maybe Michelle realized that she did enjoy the coupling, maybe it took her years to admit it, I am not sure why a realization about the fun she had acting with her acting partner is something to snicker about. And Nick or Phyllis is not married to anyone, they are both free.

I am not even going to go into a back and forth, what I am happy to see is that my two fave actors from my fave show, loves my fave reel couple.

Lovingit
Lovingit

YESssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! Can’t wait

Doe
Doe

I liked your short interview with Michelle. I don’t know if I want to see her with Nick, though. I think she needs a new man on the scene now. The show is getting a bit stale for me now. They need a really good shake-up. I wish her luck on the Emmy’s, but don’t think she is deserving of it. We shall see….

N M
N M

Finally some hope for phick fans! 🙂 It’s long overdue. This was such a fantastic interview. I love MS. And I love what phick did for Y&R. Before phick I would only watch Y&R causally. But when phick started it really breathed some new life into the show and I just could not miss an episode. Shick was so over and done by then. Phick came in at the right time to make everyone take notice. I hope it can do that again real soon. Y&R is not the same without phick together.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I love Nick & Phyllis they need to be together because they are best couple in daytime history and I want to watch them on t.v.

Go phick forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cassondra Brotzman
Cassondra Brotzman

Love you Michelle

Karlie
Karlie

Good Lord! I’m so sick of all the Phick pimping, because truth be told I think they were THE WORST coupling in Y&R history. I’m sick to my stomach to think that Phick will reunite after only 1 year, while the fans of one of the best couples in Y&R history, Shick, created by the master himself, Bill Bell, will be teased and jerked around even longer. Wow. I guess I really have ZERO reason to tune back in to watching. Nick and Phyllis should NEVER reunite. They are contrived and just not believable in any shape or form. They literally make me ill.

NiHi
NiHi

Go lie down you’ll be okay … lol!

ally
ally

I agree Karlie!!! Phick is NASTY! They’ll never last because Sharon and Nick are soulmates. Shick fans have been waiting for years and yet its phick that gets questioned all the time. Who cares about phick – WHAT ABOUT SHICK?

Skyla
Skyla

I am so excited that we will be getting some Phick soon. Breaking them up and making Nick pin after Sharon, a woman he wasn’t even all that gaga about during the last years of their marriage was ludicrous. Nick and Phyllis are phenomenal together and sizzle up the screen together, there’s a reason TV Guide named them the most popular couple in Y&R history and why they were voted the best supercouple on the Y&R 35th anniversary site despite the fact that were going head to head with Y&R’s royalty supercouple, Victor and Nikki. It’s t9ime they were reunited and given a storyline about them and not saving Sharon, who actually sizzles with Adam surprisingly enough. Let’s get back to the heat, intrigue, fun-loving, steamy Phick that so many viewers fell in love with and stop wasting the palpable chemistry between Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow but pairing them with others that only produce lukewarm results. With Billy and Victoria going strong, Sharon and Adam’s wrong but right romance, and the probability of Nick and Phyllis reuniting, I just may have reason to actual tune in to the whole show again.

Kim mTHENGE
Kim mTHENGE

Nick and phyllis move faster then marcus allen.

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