When it was announced that The Young and the Restless (Y&R) had fired Jordi Vilasuso, viewers and cast members alike were stunned. However, one month later, the CBS soap’s sneaky contract cancellation makes much more sense.
The Casting Shuffle Isn’t Over
Shortly after news of Vilasuso’s exit, Y&R offered contracts to reinstate Michael Mealor as Kyle Abbott and recast Allison Lanier as Summer Newman. It’s widely assumed that Vilasuso was fired in order to free up money for Mealor’s return.
And now that Susan Walters is back in the role of Diane Jenkins, Josh Griffith (executive producer and head writer) has all of his ducks in a row as he turn his attention to Abbott family drama.
Will any other characters follow Rey out the door? One insider recently leaked that Abby, Chance, Nate and Elena might exit due to the soap’s tight budget. Do Griffith and his writing team have anything planned for these characters?