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The Young and The Restless Shocker: Michelle Stafford Exiting After 16 Years

A fan favorite is leaving Genoa City behind.
Michelle Stafford is leaving the long-running CBS soap The Young and the Restless after 16 years, a source close to the show exclusively tells E! News.
Stafford's exit follows the recent passing of beloved Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper, whom the show will pay tribute to with a special on Tuesday, May 28.
NEWS: The CBS soap is planning a tribute to late star Jeanne Cooper
Nominated seven times for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series category, Stafford took home the award in 2004. She also won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1997.
Stafford played fan favorite Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless. After joining the show in 1994, she left in 1997 before returning in 2000. (Her role was taken over by Sandra Nelson.)

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EXCLUSIVE! Y&R's Michelle Stafford Confirms Exit (update 5/21)

By SOD Posted: May 21, 2013

Emmy-winning actress Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) tells Digest exclusively that she is, indeed, heading out of Genoa City. "I would like to personally confirm to the fans that yes, I have decided to leave THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. It has been a glorious 16 years and one of the greatest rides of my life. The constant support and love from the fans is not lost on me. I think I'll miss you the most." The actress wraps up her run in mid-June; look for a full interview with Stafford in a future issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Edited by Daytime, May 21 2013, 12:08 PM.
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