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Y&R’s Michelle Stafford Takes A Look Back At Some Of Phyllis’ Most Memorable Moments

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This week, Michelle Stafford is back on-screen on The Young and the Restless coming home to play her signature soap opera role of Phyllis Summers.  To kick things off, Y&R and put together another one of their look backs, where the actors sit in front of a screen and unrehearsed watch scenes of themselves as their character through the years.

In Michelle’s, she comments and watches her very first Y&R scene and its with Michael Damian (Danny), then another with Lauralee Bell(Christine).  Who could forger the Cricket/Phyllis rivalry over Danny?  Later, we fast forward in time to when Nick(Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis passion ignited and they began their relationship which came to a screeching halt sometime later, when Phyllis caught Nick kissing his ex Sharon (Sharon Case) in Paris.

What fun it was to see Stafford commenting on the footage and getting us all ready for her Phyllis to take on Genoa City again!

Watch the video below. Then let us know, are you excited to see how Michelle’s Phyllis gets into the thick of things?  What was your favorite Y&R storyline of the past featuring Michelle? Comment below.

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  1. GramS

    June 18, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    It’s so damn irritating with so many viewers and Canadian followers of MFTV that we are unable to view these videos.

    • su000

      June 20, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      hi GramS
      You don’t have Youtube in Canada??
      youtube is worldwide ..
      it is a youtube video.

  2. Harry

    June 18, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Well, I was rather partial to Gina Tognoni. However, that said, when did soaps stop announcing the recast? Why, when the recast for GH’s Nina, did we not hear a voice over saying,”The role of Nina will now be played by Cynthia Watros? Or when the recast took over for Y&R’s Phyllis, why did we not hear,”The role of Nina will now be played by Godzilla”? I don’t get it.

    • Kay

      June 19, 2019 at 8:23 am

      About right now I am feeling badly for Gina this is the problem with Social Media I sure hope she is not reading this stuff it’s like they are trying to erase her she gave the job 100 percent she is not the first one however that the original portrayer came back I can name tons of them but still feeling bad for her. I know Case wrote lively words about her and others did also

      • Harry

        June 21, 2019 at 6:02 pm

        I agree. The cast and crew adored Gina. I really appreciated her ability
        To play Phyllis without imitating Stafford and without chewing up the scenery like Godzilla of Genoa city.

        • Celia

          June 24, 2019 at 3:28 pm

          But, Harry, my love—-you hit the nail on the head!! You inadvertently prove my point…Gina destroyed the stuff Phyllis was/is made of!! Gina could never imitate Michelle, the real Phyllis.
          As much as I adore Gina, her Phyllis lacked complexity; that innately elusive quirk which comes so easily for Michelle.
          There is an ocean between Gina and Michelle–Gina tried swimming , yet she never made it to the other shore.
          I noticed that a different light shone on Phyllis ( Gina) in the last few episodes……The old Phyllis was pushing through, preparing us for Michelle….
          ….the PTB tried injecting Phyllis/Gina with Satan’s naughty potion—- didn’t work for me and it didn’t work for Gina. She never measured up to Michelle’s finess of working the audience with her no-good intentions. Gina was too sedate to be Phyllis.
          I was used to Michelle’s portrayal of “spunk”—-
          The nuNina ( GH) has a steep and rocky mountain to climb, as well. Here goes another bitter-taste-in-the-mouth. No VAVA-VOOM!!

        • Celia

          June 24, 2019 at 3:38 pm

          Where have you been? Missed you….
          I want to make another point. I think that there are many actors/actresses who take over another’s role and become the “victors”, such as Billy Miller, as Billy Abbott…..JH and MM as Adam Newman—-they were both better than the original.
          Sometimes, if we hold an antipathy for the actor/actress himself/herself, we will possibly not give said actors a fair shake. In my case I do love Gina—very much—so…..
          Correction: finesse.❤️

        • Shay

          June 27, 2019 at 8:11 am

          @Harry……..On the positive side, at least she’s not chewing up Port Charles anymore!!! Unfortunately, GH still has more than its own share of scenery chompers, and NuNina is a bust….not much of an improvement over our much-loathed original version.

    • Violet Lemm

      June 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Harry, I think they only did that voice over thing when we didn’t know ahead of time about the recast. I guess they figured with all the news and hype about the switch, that it wasn’t needed, and would give it more of an element of surprise when it happened.

      • Harry

        June 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm

        Okay Violet. Like when Joan Crawford filled in for her daughter Christina on The Doctors? Okay. I guess I was trying to be funny with the Godzilla comment. Thud!!!

        • Violet Lemm

          June 24, 2019 at 11:39 am

          That was funny about Crawford, and to me she WAS Godzilla. So, take your thud back.

  3. su000

    June 19, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Well, that was fun..
    Of course, I didn’t know all that, so was fun to see it..

    I see Michelle put some red in her hair, a Phillis trait.

    Talking of hair;
    Michael.. my Gawd! I hope the makeup dept takes that awful rug/hairpiece/wig thing off his head..
    it is very unnatural and obvious, not cool, just be natural.
    Y&R is overkill with attempting to make the seniors look ridiculously young.

    I hope Michelle puts her Phillis mean on..
    (the new Nina at GH, I dunno.. time will tell.)

    I’m really liking new Adam..

    • Kay

      June 19, 2019 at 7:17 am

      Wish I was enjoying the show again I just feel like I am being taken back in time disappointed but I guess the veteran actors are happy again .

    • Celia

      June 21, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      Hi, SusieQ,
      I did it again…..posted prematurely…
      Yes, it was fun….love Michelle. She lights up my screen; always, regardless her role.
      I hope the character keeps her “sort of middle ground”. Sometimes a bad girl, yet other times, a loving, albeit mysterious femme fatale—-something which seemed to have escaped Tognoni. Phyllis is finally home. I’m sure her storyline will bear delicious fruit, yet reap a stormy and intriging outcome. Bring back Ronan!! Who can the Chancellor link be? So many possibilities. Phillip? His son with Nina?
      I cannot say the same for Tracy and Cane—what a stupid, boring story—I love seeing Tracy; but please get her away from Cane. He is so superfluous—-definitely not needed. I think he’s kept around waiting for a story to break—-help me, ye soap gods!! I FF whenever he darkens the stage—unfortunately, Tracy gets FFed with him.
      I pray these two will not become an item. Sacrebleu!!

  4. Sonniorsolita

    June 19, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Oh, I’ve been out of town. When was Gina’s last day on screen?

  5. Dianna

    June 19, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Oh hell yes, that was terrific. would love to watch Michelle Stafford play Phyllis the rest of my life, and watching the scenes from the past, could do it all day every day. So happy you are back!!!!

  6. Timmm

    June 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Thank GOD the stars have lined up again! Now, lets get rid of that Billy Abbott impostor!

    • Violet Lemm

      June 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      Hey Timmm,
      I Think he’s the best Billy we’ve ever had, except for Billy Miller of course. I just think he’s strong enough to play opposite the likes of Victoria, Victor, Chloe, Adam or anyone else that seems to be on him for one thing or another.

    • Violet Lemm

      June 23, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Hey Timmm
      Sorry, but I like J.T as Billy. I think, except for Billy Miller, he’s been the only one strong enough to stand up to Victoria, Victor, Phyllis, Adam, etc.characters. The other two were not as good. I hear Billy Miller is leaving GH, so maybe Y&R will woo him back, as they did Michelle Stafford. One can only hope, right?

    • Celia

      June 27, 2019 at 8:45 am

      Say it again, T. Billy Miller, albeit not the original BA, kicked butt as the charmer, the gorgeous, the lover, the indisputable good/bad boy Abbott❤️

  7. Kay Lucille Budreau

    June 19, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I love love love her and her character. So happy you are back.

  8. Adam Pompa

    June 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Sorry not impressed! Gina rocked it in this role for five years I was glued to Y&R only to see her acting skills which just a killer, awesome, great, and she rocked it everyday. The cast fell in love with her and so did many. I am going to miss Gina T dearly. The way these two dump idiots at CBS too away of the best actress of our generation is mind blowing. What are they thinking? How did the TOP executives at CBS let these two fools do this to Gina T. She was rocking the Y&R for five years. To bring back Stafford who said she SHE WOULD NEVER COME BACK and boy here is she is unbelievable. Back to boring on the Y&R it will NEVER be the same without Gina T. period.

    CBS you messed up!

  9. Jamesj75

    June 19, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    So thrilled that Michelle Stafford is back! She is one of a kind! I remember back in 2005, when I gave up on GH and switched to Y&R — I had to replace one addiction with another, didn’t I?!?! — I found Stafford’s acting to be so authentic and enjoyable. GH was lucky to have her for her tenure there, but it’s great to see her back in her iconic role.

    PS: Gina Tognoni did an excellent job, as is typical of her acting as well!

    • Celia

      June 24, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Thank you, James….agree with you to the hilt. We understand “Phyllis” and each other, my friend.
      I suppose Gina did make Phyllis her own, as many suggest. But, that’s the crux of the matter—-The true Phyllis; the mischievous, yet enigmatic Phyllis; the never-turn-your-back-on-me Phyllis; the love-you-forever Phyllis was lost on Gina. ….I am not disputing Gina’s acting skills; they are as sharp as a tack—-she simply never conquered the character without changing Phyllis’ basic nature.
      Besides, compare the two. When Gina, as Phyllis walked into a room, I was not compelled to do a double-take!! Michelle is “Poetry In Motion”!! As my husband said, MS exudes sex-appeal ( LOL), unlike Gina—-

      • Jamesj75

        June 26, 2019 at 3:50 pm

        Celia! Thanks so much for your reply! You have made my day!

        So good to see we feel the same about Ms. Stafford — just an incomparable talent. I like and agree with your assessment here. I also share the opinion of you and your husband regarding Ms. Stafford’s sex appeal!

        Have a good one, Friend!

  10. Violet Lemm

    June 20, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I am wondering what happened to our Michael Fairman blog. It took me forever to find anything familiar, and all formatted differently. Someone, please help me to maneuver around here, or is it easier than it looks?

    • Shay

      June 21, 2019 at 7:09 am

      Well, it’s certainly more time-consuming, Violet! Perhaps that is the method to the madness of so many more threads….to make us spend longer hours on this website! It can try one’s patience, that’s for sure, especially when it’s hectic in “realville!” I do try to stop in as often as possible, but sometimes it’s just not realistic to pour over the entire contents in order to keep in touch with one’s favorites! By the way, I did finally reply to your—and others—-responses on the “facial hair inquiry” subject. Hope it posts and gets through to your inbox! Later……

      • Kay

        June 28, 2019 at 3:25 pm

        Would you like to know the real reason why she left gh ??? I feel like I have been driven back in time same old same old good luck ! Eric got his way still a washed up actor who is so intimated that he is what he is yesterday’s news they look like a bunch of wrinkling old people ! The old and the useless

        • Shay

          June 28, 2019 at 6:13 pm

          I never doubt your astute insights, Kay! You are definitely on to something, although I also think that a certain someone didn’t appreciate the competition at GH from another nameless soap queen who has managed to grab both the spotlight and most of the show’s acting accolades. (Not that I care for her either….) There were also whispers that extreme displeasure with one of the current major storylines factored into the departure, and that makes sense, too, when you ponder the recent hot burner tale being told. Plus, I imagine that the almighty $, not to mention, regaining one’s former position of prominence, played into the decision, as well. As a GH fan who was quite gladdened by this development, the “whys” matter none to me—just the end result—although I do feel for Gina Tognoni’s considerable fanbase and the actress herself. She truly got a raw deal.

  11. Violet Lemm

    July 6, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    My best moment was when Phyllis stalked Cricket and Paul on their honeymoon, showing up everywhere they went, including putting little creatures in their bed.

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