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The Young and the Restless-related news from 2002
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Here are some of the news stories posted on soapcentral.com during 2002 that focus on The Young and the Restless or past and present Y&R performers. To read any of the articles listed below, simply click on the appropriate link.


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January 2002
The wildly popular Ashley Bashioum (Mackenzie Browning) has announced that she will leave The Young and the Restless.
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January 2002
Fans hoping that The Young and the Restless would once again play the ghost card are going to have their hopes dashed.
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January 2002
As reported last week, Ashley Bashioum (Mackenzie Browning) will be leaving The Young and the Restless next month.
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January 2002
February will be a busy time at the Genoa City airport. In addition to the previously announced departures [See the RELATED INFO section at the conclusion of this article] of Ashley Bashioum (Mackenzie Browning) and Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters), the show will also be losing another key player: Alexis Thorpe (Rianna Miner).
Mario Van Peebles
January 2002
Rick Hearst (ex-Matt Clark, The Young and the Restless; ex Alan-Michael Spaulding, Guiding Light) has joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.
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February 2002
If one reads into the results of this year's The Young and the Restless edition of the Soap Opera Central awards, one might be able to figure out exactly why Y&R has been the top-rated soap opera for so many years. Twelve different performers were awarded Dankies awards this year - a mark that sets a record among all soap balloting. In fact, only one performer earned more than one award this year.
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February 2002
It could be a daytime first for The Young and the Restless - but it's not the kind of record that a lot of fans will be looking forward to. This week, Y&R will lose three of its top stars.
Mario Van Peebles
February 2002
The collapse of energy giant Enron has had all the makings of a perfect soap opera plot - company bigwigs apparently on the take, suicides and shredded documents. But now the story really does have a soap opera angle.
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February 2002
A message on his official web site confirms what many fans have been fearing: Michael Damian (ex-Danny Romalotti) is not returning to The Young and the Restless.
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March 2002
Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams) will make another brief return to The Young and the Restless. Bell, however, won't be making a trip back to Genoa City.
Mario Van Peebles
March 2002
Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful) and wife Sharri Shattuck (ex-Ashley Abbott, The Young and the Restless) have separated after 12 years of marriage.
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March 2002
The search for Ralph Hunnicutt, Mackenzie's stepdad and Amanda's wayward husband, is over.
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March 2002
Diego Serrano (Diego Guittierez) will depart The Young and the Restless this spring.
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March 2002
Following in the steps of her former on-screen lover interest, Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm Winters), Alexia Robinson (Alex Perez) will exit The Young and the Restless when her contract expires later this year.
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April 2002
Though the role is not yet vacant, The Young and the Restless has already found a replacement for Diego Serrano (Diego Guittierez).
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April 2002
It sounds a bit like a new take on the Hokey Pokey, but at The Young and the Restless there will soon be one Tom in and one Tom out.
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April 2002
Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) has reached a deal on a new contract with The Young and the Restless.
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May 2002
For the second time in less than a year, The Young and the Restless is undergoing some behind-the-scenes changes.
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May 2002
Gretchen Palmer has been cast in the role of Serena on The Young and the Restless. For Palmer, an accomplished actress in both film and television, the role will mark her first venture into daytime television.
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May 2002
Style Network announced last week that it would launch a new home design series to be hosted by The Young and the Restless' Lise Simms (Connie Wayne).
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May 2002
A gunman stormed into the sprawling CBS Television Studios complex in Los Angeles on Tuesday and kept police at bay for four hours before shooting himself.
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June 2002
According to reports, Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) and former Y&R star Vincent Van Patten (ex-Christian Page) are engaged.
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June 2002
Less than one year after assuming the role of Sean Bridges, David Lee Russek (Sean Bridges) has decided to call it quits.
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June 2002
Denice Duff (Amanda Browning) and Daniel Quinn (Ralph Hunnicutt) will both be exiting The Young and the Restless next month.
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July 2002
The Young and the Restless is looking to further bolster its cast of African American performers.

CBS now confirms that Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) will return to the show later this summer.
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July 2002
John H. Martin and Mitzi Kapture will join the cast of The Young and the Restless next month as Brittany's parents, Frederick and Anita Hodges, respectively.
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July 2002
There is rampant speculation among setside sources that The Young and the Restless may recast the role of Billy Abbott when David Tom (Billy Abbott) exits the role later this year.
Mario Van Peebles
August 2002
Former Y&R star Rick Hearst has been removed from contract at The Bold and the Beautiful. He will remain on in a recurring capacity, but a setside source hints that Hearst will only be around for an additional handful of episodes.
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October 2002
Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams) has once again taken maternity leave from The Young and the Restless. But fans of the actress can rest assured that this leave will be much shorter than the nearly one-and-a-half-year break she took last time around.
Mario Van Peebles
October 2002
Only a matter of weeks after his dismissal from CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful, Rick Hearst (ex-Whipple Jones, B&B; ex Matt Clark, The Young and the Restless; ex Alan-Michael Spaulding, Guiding Light) has landed a contract role on ABC's General Hospital.
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October 2002
Genoa City newcomer Gretchen Palmer (Serena) will be exiting The Young and the Restless this fall. The actress has been released from her contract with the show.
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November 2002
Hard work does pay off. Two years after joining the cast of The Young and the Restless in the recurring role of JT Hellstrom, Thad Luckinbill has been put on contract.
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November 2002
Ryan Brown (ex-Bill Lewis, Guiding Light) has been tapped to play Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless.
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November 2002
Fans of Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams will be pleased to know that the actress has returned to work on The Young and the Restless.
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