It’s a sad time for fans of the daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. The extremely talented and well-respected actress, Michelle Stafford, has filmed her final scenes and right now, we’re left wondering what exactly will happen with Phyllis.
As of right now, Phyllis lays in Genoa City Memorial in a coma after a terrible fall down a flight of stairs during a confrontation with her arch nemesis, Sharon. Phyllis had learned that Sharon switched Summer’s paternity test results and Nick was actually Summer’s father. Sharon had done so in order to make Nick turn to her for comfort and understanding. So far, it backfired. Phyllis had arrived at the site of the MS fundraiser, hosted by Nikki and Victor Newman, where she planned to tell Jack and Nick exactly what she had learned. Sharon followed her and cornered her in a stairwell. As Phyllis and Sharon were arguing, her cellphone began to ring. Phyllis was about to tell Jack what was going on and Sharon reached for Phyllis’ phone and Phyllis was sent flying down a steep flight of stairs.
Michelle Stafford’s character currently remains in a coma. Daniel and Avery are battling it out as to where the best location for Phyllis to get treatment would be. It looks as though Phyllis will be heading out to a facility in Georgia to recover. When that fiery redhead reappears, it looks like we’ll be seeing a major change. As of right now, no one has confirmed whether or not they will kill Phyllis off or recast. Right now, I am hoping that they will be sending her to Georgia and perhaps in the meantime, Michelle Stafford can work on her other projects, and possibly think about her return to this beloved Soap Opera.
However, Michelle has other thoughts right now. Michelle has confirmed that she is DONE! No returning to the show. Although I usually say, “Never say never”, I think this time, it’s actually for good. Like many other people, I hate to see such an amazing talent leave a show I love so much. Michelle Stafford began her role as Phyllis Summers sixteen years ago. With her sister battling cancer, Michelle realized that life is far too short and she wanted to explore other options. Currently she is working on a webseries entitled, “The Stafford Project”, in which she plays a made up version of herself. So far she has eight episodes planned.
Michelle will be strongly missed amongst fans, as well as her fellow castmates and the crew. Everyone knows what a huge void this will leave onset. I can’t imagine that they would kill Phyllis off amongst such a huge storyline, so that leaves the question of, “Who will fill Michelle Stafford’s incredibly sassy shoes?” I can’t even imagine whom would be as bright of a firecracker as this sensational woman is.
Farewell Michelle, from the Young and the Restless. I do look forward to seeing the Stafford Projects.