‘Young And The Restless’ Fired Gina Tognoni To Bring Back Michelle Stafford As Character Phyllis Summers
Hey, Young And The Restless fans. We’ve got some pretty big and shocking casting news for you guys. It turns out that there’s been a major switch-up over on the Young And The Restless set. According to the folks over at Soapcentral.com and Daytime Confidential, actress Michelle Stafford is indeed about to reprise her role of Phyllis Summers after leaving it way, way back in 2014! Unfortunately, this means that poor Gina Tognoni is out of a job over there.
The Young And The Restless producers had no shame in getting rid of Gina for Michelle. In fact, they facilitated the whole thing! Soapcentral.com said that the Young And The Restless producers actually lured Michelle Stafford back to her former Young And The Restless role as soon as they found out that she was out over at General Hospital.
Soapcentral provided a little back story about this whole situation. Back in 2014, Michelle Stafford left her Young And The Restless, Phyllis Summers role to go play an original character named Nina Reeves on ABC’s General Hospital. However, as of recent, the contract talks between Michelle Stafford and General Hospital didn’t work out.
It was reported that the negotiations went down to the wire. But in the end, they just couldn’t make it happen. It’s unclear if Michelle wanted more money or what. What is clear is that somebody didn’t get what they wanted out of the deal. This caused Michelle to be a free agent, and the Young And The Restless producers immediately jumped at the chance to get Michelle back to reprise the Phyllis Summers role!
Apparently, Young And The Restless came up with a good enough offer for Michelle to agree to come back and reprise the Phyllis Summers role. This, of course, left poor Gina Tognoni out of a job after she had been playing the Phyllis Summers role since 2014. She had also won a daytime Emmy award back in 2017 for “Outstanding Lead Actress.”
Despite being seemingly kicked out of her role as Phyllis, Gina posted a very nice Instagram post about her experience of working on the Young And The Restless set. She wrote, “Five years ago, I was blessed to embrace the incredible character of Phyllis Summers Abbott. I am beyond grateful for the creative experience that The Young And The Restless has given to me as well as the amazing relationships I made with the cast, crew/staff, producers, and writers. I love my Genoa City family, which made it easy to give 110% everyday. My long commutes always went smoothly because I loved where I worked and the people I worked with!
My thanks to Sony Pictures Television and CBS and a special thank you to the Y&R viewers for their love and support. I wish Y&R continued success and everything it richly deserves. You guys can view that post over on Gina’s official Instagram account by Clicking Here.
Wow, wasn’t that like the sweetest post ever for someone who just got given a pink slip? Gina gets mad props from us for being nice as hell after essentially getting fired. Soapcentral pointed out that it is still unclear what General Hospital will do with the Nina Reeves character that Michelle Stafford left behind. Will they write her off? Or will they replace her? We have no clue right now.
It’s actually being reported that some fans want Gina Tognoni to go ahead and replace Michelle’s Nina Reeves role over at General Hospital! We definitely think she would deserve it, and she’s already proven for the past five years that she can replace Michelle.
How do you guys feel about this huge casting change over on The Young And The Restless set? Are you happy to see Michelle Stafford back as character Phyllis Summers after all these years? Or did you get so used to Gina Tognoni that this seems like a travesty? Let us know in the Facebook comments.
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