It’s Official! Michelle Stafford Returns To ‘The Young And The Restless’ Instead Of Gina Tognoni
May 24, 2019 11:27 By Fabiosa
Now, we can say it for sure. The cast of The Young And The Restless welcomes Michelle Stafford who will replace Gina Tognoni in the iconic series.
Welcome back, Michelle!
The off-screen life of The Young And The Restless is no less interesting to observe as the series itself. Some of the cast members leave the show after many years, while others unexpectedly return.
Michelle Stafford returns to the series to reprise her role of Phyllis again. The actress originally portrayed the character from 1994 to 1997.
Stafford is back to Y&R to replace Gina Tognoni, who revealed she is leaving the series several months ago. Tognoni joined the cast in 2014 and had been brilliantly playing Phyllis for good 5 years.
A co-star Eric Braeden commented on Michelle’s return on Twitter.
I couldn’t be happier that MICHELLE STAFFORD is back! When she left Y&R I was very upset…
Braeden added that he also has nothing but respect to Gina Tognoni, calling her “a consummate professional.”
Having said that, I couldn’t be happier that MICHELLE STAFFORD is back! When she left Y&R I was very upset, bec she defined the character of Phyllis, it was her creation! I’m very glad she’s back where she belongs &look forward to working with her!— Eric Braeden (@EBraeden) May 21, 2019
He’s way to young. I’m fast forwarding the scenes he is in. It’s just not believable with the history of the story line (not the actor’s fault).— Karen Mason (@KarenMasonCFP) May 22, 2019
I’m really stuck on the Phylis actor reversal. I’ve adored BOTH actors as they’ve both brought so much to the character 🥺
I’m a relatively new viewer. Gina is the only Phyllis I have known. I’m sad she’s leaving. 😢— (Mostly) HappyinAZ (@AzHappyin) May 21, 2019
Agreed. Gina is the best actress for Phyllis, she brought incredible fire and passion to the show. I remember Michelle in the role, and I don't think she can bring as much energy to Phyllis as Gina did. So very sad for this change.— Carol Ketring (@keyket5) May 21, 2019
I can't wait either...@TheRealStafford IS Phyllis!!— J. B. (@jjdawg615) May 21, 2019
No doubt, the new season of The Young And The Restless will be something really huge. By the way, what do you think about Michelle Stafford’s comeback to the cast? Please, share your thoughts in the comments.