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, which can take time, and then there are instances where shows decide to have the character pass on cryptically, allowing for an easy return. Regardless, character exits can have some question marks around them after the announcement that an actor/actress is leaving a soap opera. While some lack luster, others are epic. As such, below is a list of some of the best soap opera character exits.
12. 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 this would or could result in a character passing away, 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 undercover, McAvoy was sent into the witness protection program without the love of his life, Sharon. It was an interesting way to have a character leave a show, and an easy storyline to bring the actor and Dylan back to the Y&R someday.