12 Y&R Character Returns That Totally Disappointed Fans

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When a character leaves a soap, fans can be devastated; however, with the soap opera world being a revolving door, it doesn’t take long for a character to make a big return. Some character returns can be epic, while others can leave fans rolling their eyes. Below are 12 Young and the Restless (Y&R) character returns that totally disappointed fans.

12. Colin Atkinson

When Colin arrived in Genoa City in 2010, he burst on the scene with an explosive storyline. Over the years fans have come to learn that if there’s money involved, Colin is ready to scoop into his old bag of tricks around scheming and plotting. He screws up constantly with Jill; however, there is an endearing quality about Atkinson that makes whatever he does forgivable to both fans and Jill alike. While he is on recurring status with Y&R, his return last year lacked luster. No fault to actor Tristan Rogers, but Colin wasn’t really given a good quality storyline, rather he played a side role when it came to son Cane’s affair/pregnancy storyline.

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11. Jill Fenmore

Much like Colin, Jill is a recurring character on the show and has seen it and done it all in the land of Genoa City. Her return to the Y&R to celebrate the soap’s 45th Anniversary this past March didn’t have much substance, and as of late, Jill’s storylines have centered helping out her son Billy and pseudo-son Cane when they are in deep trouble. The silver lining to making this list is that Jill is set for another return soon, and with Jack Abbott nipping at Chancellor’s heels, this comeback might be a big one.

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10. Diane Jenkins

This Y&R character made a huge return in 2010. Diane was always a trouble-maker and schemer and she came into the soap like a tornado and exited just as quickly in 2011. The interesting thing about Jenkins leaving the show was the explosive ‘Who Dun It’ storyline around her murder that rocked Genoa City.

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9. Abby Newman

Taking a maternity leave recently to have her second baby, Melissa Ordway was off the Y&R for some time, thus Abby flew to Paris in a very dramatic way after the disastrous break up she had with Scott Grainger. When she returned, she didn’t have much going on in terms of storyline, just the same old/same old in Abby vying for her daddy’s attention in the boardroom. The good news is that it seems the summer just may heat up for the youngest Newman daughter as a hot new romance is on the horizon between her and handsome newcomer Arturo.

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8. Scott Grainger

Speaking of Scott, when he returned to Genoa City, he came back to town with a huge storyline that involved blackmail, a hostage situation, and The Moustache. As some months wore on, Scott’s storyline fizzled, and Y&R fans haven’t seen him in months. Here’s hoping his next return isn’t as disappointing.

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7. Tessa Porter

Tessa Porter exploded on the Genoa City scene last year and had some incredible storylines that included an interesting love triangle between boyfriend at the time Noah Newman and BFF (his sister) Mariah, as well as a human trafficking story, and an interesting story angle around stealing Mariah’s journal. Sadly, stories have fizzled with Tessa taking some time off screen. Since she returned, she’s had minimal screen time with the only highlight for her being a scene with Kyle Abbott.

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6. Phillip Chancellor III

When Phillip Chancellor III returned from the dead in 2009, exposing Cane and their plot to cover up his death, Y&R fans were shocked. If the fact that he was alive wasn’t enough, exposing he had been gay all along was another surprise for audiences as well. Despite all this, Phillip’s stay in Genoa City didn’t last too long, and it was clear that his coming back from the dead had more to do with Cane and Lily, as well as Jill and Kay, than really bringing Phillip back.

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5. Mackenzie Hellstrom

Since Mackenzie returned during the Y&R 45th Anniversary episodes, many fans have been anxiously awaiting more screen time for this character. The storyline around J.T.’s murder and cover-up has been intense; however, Mac’s role in the entire thing hasn’t been overly amazing. She’s basically played a side role, making her return less than incredible. As the summer continues to roll on, and this J.T. murder storyline (or J.T. ‘coming back from the dead’) intensifies, perhaps Mac will play a bigger part in it all.

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4. Billy Abbott

Billy Abbott had a brief hiatus in 2014 as actor Billy Miller stepped out of the role and former (teenaged) Billy, actor David Tom, stepped in. Tom’s reprisal of the part was hyped up quite up a bit; however, when he finally began playing Billy Abbott again, he didn’t quite live up to the expectations in the long run. After mere months later, Tom was replaced by Burgess Jenkins, who was eventually replaced by today’s current Billy Abbott, Jason Thompson.

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3. Neil Winters

Actor Kristoff St. John took some time off recently due to personal issues and fans have missed seeing the handsome and charming Neil Winters onscreen. After all, he truly is the glue that holds the Winters clan together. Neil (and Kristoff) have returned to Genoa City as of late, but his role in storylines hasn’t been as intense as some fans would like. With summer rolling in that very well may change.

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2. Ronan Malloy

Ronan Malloy was an interesting character on the Y&R, appearing onscreen from 2010 to 2012. Nina Webster placed the baby boy on the black market for adoption and when it was revealed who he really was, the storyline made for an interesting one. Ronan would take a brief hiatus in 2012, and return later on in the year, only placed in storylines that needed him because of his role as a cop. Ronan eventually disappeared from the Y&R, which was quite disappointing to fans.

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1. Gloria Bardwell

Gloria Bardwell had an incredible return in late 2017 where the character dived back into storylines in and around the holiday season. She began mixing it up with her family, and in a unique twist, she also had a brief affair with nemesis Jack Abbott. Sadly though, things have fizzled in Gloria’s world as of late, and fans don’t get to see this amazing character as much as they would like to.

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