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Y&R’s Michelle Stafford on Exiting Hunter King & Michael Mealor: “They are Super Stars!! I Have Said That From Day One”

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All good things do come to an end, but when one door closes another one opens, that certainly will be the case for Y&R’s exiting Hunter King (Summer) and Michael Mealor (Kyle) who have wrapped their time on the CBS daytime drama series.

King’s on-screen mom, Michelle Stafford shares some photos of her with the two young stars, and shared on her Instagram: “It’s a little love for @hunterking and @michael.mealor I love them both SO much!! I will miss them. I want so badly for them to jump and follow their dreams and really make it happen. I believe in them completely. They are Super Stars!! I have said that from day one. Maybe they can “stop by” here and there❤️ I love you guys! Go get um!!!”

On Monday’s August 9th episode, viewers learned that Kyle and Summer intend to live in Milan, Italy now that Summer has a job there and Kyle can work remotely for Jabot.

It has been rumored that contract negotiations were a part of the reason for King and Mealor’s departure from the series.  Bets are that we may see appearances by Mealor and King from time to time when their characters may need to be back in Genoa City for major family moments, but until then, King and Mealor are off to pursue their dreams and careers in show biz and the sky’s the limit for these two.

So, what do you think about the resolution to Kyle and Summer’s love-story? Are you sad they are off the series? Do you hope they come back at some point? Comment below.

 

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My primary disappointment in their departure is the timing – it’s taken place in the middle of this big sl for them. Summer giving in to Tara’s threats was out of character and frustrating to watch. While I’m glad Tara and Sally have been found out, at the end it seemed a bit rushed and I do wonder how it might have been written had these two not chosen to leave.

I do wish them both well in their future endeavours; they are a talented young pair without question.

Celia
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I agree with you—-I was so disappointed with the way this storyline unfolded. While I was glad to see Tara get her comeuppance, the fact that Sally was merely given a slap on the wrist, is a let-down. I wonder if Summer and Kyle will ever return—perhaps recast? The Mariah storyline is more crazy stuff. I wish I could delve intto the writers’s brains. I’m sure they have a reason. I’ve an outrageous thought—why is Stitch back? Coincidence? Does he have Mariah? Is he as disturbed as his son? Is this a methotical plan on his part?—-he will rescue Mariah… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I liked Summer & Kyle, just not as a couple. MM especially really developed into a terrific actor and heartthrob. And we need the Kyle character to keep the Abbott line going in business. No Theo, please! Besides, poor Jack will be lonely. And if stupid Chloe is gonna pair up with Sleazy Sally, he’ll have a constant reminder of that mistake!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Soaphound. A message from my grandmother—-she says they can always bring Kemo back to keep the Abbott line going? Whatever happened to him? LOL…but, yes–I will miss both Kyle and Summer. I did not like either much, at first—but, each (of them) has proven his/her worth. Methinks Jack and Phyllis still have that je ne sais quoi thing going on for each other.I feel the vibe. I really wish Sally would cotrol her mouth, in more ways than one. The sealed partnership will prove to be another disaster. You’re right about Chloe’s stupidity. Sally, the she-wolf ( better known… Read more »

Canucklvr
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Canucklvr

Theo does NOT have Abbott blood. He was Dina’s child but not by John.

Laura
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Laura

Big BIG LOSE TO THE SHOW…WRONG COUPLE LEAVING…. AND I STILL DONT KNOW Y YOU CUT THEM OUT OF THE SHOW…

Karen
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Karen

They are my favorites. I will miss them so much! May even stop watching the show.

Angela Phillips
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Angela Phillips

I’m so disappointed in Y&R!!!! I love these characters so much! I wish them well in all they do! Good luck y’all going to miss y’all!!!

Danell
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Danell

I will miss you both you two deserve each other but go follow your dreams and I’m glad your back together I hope you come back

Cindy
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Cindy

Very sad they are leaving, love there childhood love story! Mostly all the young are gone might call the show Restless now!!❤️

Damien
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Damien

Theres going to be a huge void in MMs and HKs departure
The couple have dominated the show with storys for years now. Also will be a major void in a younger couple.
Nothings intrestings happening with Mariah and Tessa, the only two left in that generation. Time to bring Fenn and Ana back and put Sally in the fold.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

I hope that GH will hire MM. How old is he? Could he pull off a recast Nathan? If he is too young for that, how about a recast Dillon?

su000
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su000

I dunno– How many Kyles have there been- 6 ?
Just saying goodby to another one ..

Hunter, by her choice, has been in and out of Y&R a few times.
– just another goodby.
And-
Now there is more $$$ to keep Ashton on, hopefully.
Y&R needs another hard-hitter
((after they turned Adam into a choir boy, Ashton is needed–
it’s a real shame they took Adams cojones, for sure))

And- the soap life rolls on and on..

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I’m not sure yet, su000. Kevin’s denouncing of Adam got me thinking that old Adam may start seeping back. I don’t want that, but I don’t want an angelic version, either. I just hope Sally doesn’t set her greedy sights on him next. That would be a new low for everyone.

su000
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su000

HI Soaphound–
The thing with Adam_______
When Adan was good he was very good
When Adam was bad he was very bad
Adam was more grey than dark–he did a good thing too..
Didn’t he run into a burning building and save Nick?
Adan did do good things but his bad thing always overshadowed them.
And–
Adam had game!!
Never a dull moment–
He did keep my attention when he entered the screen.
The soaps would die of boredom without its Adams lol

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

Like Asland and love everything Richard Burgi is in. Does anyone remember the tv detective show in the 90s he starred in with Cheryl Ladd–One West Waikiki? First time i ever saw him on a show–love it.

Faye Jones
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Faye Jones

I am very sad they are gone. I don’t understand why they couldn’t reach an agreement.

Soapkin
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Soapkin

I haven’t missed an episode in over 20 years, but Phyllis bawling over her snowflake daughter Summer being wronged was too much, finally had to turn it off, if my rival got me my dream job in Milan, who needs friends! Taking Tara away from Harrison is cruel, hope she comes back with a vengeance. After months of everything being about Harrison, Kyle dumps him on Grandpa Jack and takes off to be with Summer, when he needs his daddy the most. Kyle and Summer were the most immature couple and totally deserve each other.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Soapkin, I don’t agree about Phyllis, mostly because Michelle is doing some of her most astonishing work lately. But you are 100 percent right about Kyle dropping that brat, er, boy to go retrieve Summer. For the first time, I’m leaning toward Ashland getting primary custody. And Tara was a decent mother, all things aside. She’s getting TOO shafted here, while evil Sally just keeps going…like a demonic Energizer bunny.

Soapkin
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Soapkin

Sally or Tara havn’t even come close to Billy using Summer for cheap revenge sex against Phyllis, that deserved a backlash with lots of misery and a forever grudge, but Billy moves on unscathed….so far. I root for Sally Spectra because of her B&B roots, and her legendary namesake. Adam was right on, Phyllis and Sally are a like, Sally has sketchy parents, she could be related.

trixie33
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trixie33

Summer and Kyle need to stay. Others can go…..like Lauren, to name one. She is beautiful but adds nothing to the storylines on Y & R.

Kathy Burrichter
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Kathy Burrichter

I think it is a big loss. Sally needed to leave along with the other witch Tara

Cathy Joyce
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Cathy Joyce

Recast them. Happens all the time in soaps.

Denis A Pompa
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Denis A Pompa

Yes, they will be missed, they were both awesome, Y&R again messed up. Now show Michelle out too, and get GINA T back on the show, we need fire on Y&R – RIGHT NOW, it’s boring and it shouldn’t be.

Canucklvr
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Canucklvr

Michelle IS Phyllis and Phyllis IS Michelle. Gina was mildly ok but she was NEVER Phyllis.

Kim Bruse
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Kim Bruse

I would love to see them both come back they Are such a big part of the show

Celia
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Celia

Exit Kyle, enter Ashland. Exit Summer, enter Sally. WOW—I will never get used to Sally–
Aside—does Chance have Mariah? —-Or does someone have both Mariah and Chance?
Is it the cult guy—-one of his cronies doing his dirty work? A brand new baby to brainwash and indoctrinate—As the plots return and revolve. Same old, same old. Hope not—been there, done that.

TonnaF
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TonnaF

Just another reason I quit watching after 40 years… They need new writers!

Canucklvr
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Canucklvr

I love them both and wish them so much love and good luck in future endeavours. There was such a problem with finding the “right” adult Kyle until Michael came along and nailed it. Hunter has wowed us with her acting abilities and has given us Summer the brat, Summer the young trashy adult and now Summer the responsible adult and fashion marketer. She acted her ass off throughout her time on Y&R despite a lot of fan hate for standing up for herself. I hope her future is rosy but the selfish part of me wants the actor and… Read more »

Ee
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Ee

I’m sad that they are leaving. Wanted them to get married and have kids. But then again it’s a soap opera

Stacey S. Harris
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Stacey S. Harris

Yep, glad they are gone I just wish y’all could exit Rey character

Celia
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Celia

As I hinted on the Ashland/Tara agenda before, I am now even more convinced Ashland is a baddie. He has a malignancy growing in his lung?—more like in his head. From the first day Tara appeared, I called her out as someone who was up to no good. I don’t even think Harrison is Kyle’s. Ron ( one of our fellow-posters) suggested a like-thought. Would it be feasible to think that Tara and Ashland were working together? It’s extreme, but it’s a soap. Ergo, Ashland’s marriage proposal to Victoria. After the marriage, he will manipulate, convince, or whatever it takes… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, Celia, the lines were officially drawn today, with Billy, Nick, and now Victor getting serious about vetting Mr. Locke. I’m sure of two things: Victoria will rebel against all efforts to help her and she’ll find a way to make EVERYTHING Adam’s fault. Some things never change.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Soaphhound. You are so right about this ridiculous storyline—nothing makes sense–especially Sally as a new member of the Newman staff. She turned Summer’s world upside down and everyone ( except Phyllis) acts as if nothing major happened. This is Victor’s “precious” granddaughter, we’re talking about. It’s so weird. Victor Newman is a staunch supporter of FAMILY—-family is everything!! No one harms my family without retribution!! Right!! Also, I think I am right about Stitch. I felt it since he came back at the right time. I may be wrong, —if so, there id definitely something afoot here. He has… Read more »

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