When a soap opera actor or actress leaves a show, it can be devastating for fans who adore them. What happens to the characters they leave behind? Sometimes, soaps opt to recast right away, which can take time, and then there are instances where shows decide to have the character pass on in a cryptic fashion (allowing for an easy return from the dead). Regardless, character exits are always a big question leading up to the announcement of an actor/actress leaving a soap opera. They can be huge deal! While some lack luster, there are others that are epic fails. As such, below is a list of some of the best soap opera character exits.
7. Y&R’s Dylan McAvoy
Young and the Restless (Y&R) fans were devastated when they learned the news that Steve Burton (a.k.a. Dylan McAvoy) would be leaving Genoa City. Often times this would or could result in a character death, but the Y&R did something a little more interesting. McAvoy would be launched into a storyline where his cop career had him on a dangerous case. After diving in a little too deep in the case, McAvoy was sent into the witness protection program without the love of his life, Sharon. It was an interesting way to have a character exit and an easy storyline to bring the actor and Dylan back to the Y&R someday.