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The Young and the Restless-related news from 2009
It's impossible to keep up with all of the twists and turns from the world of soaps. Luckily, soapcentral.com has done it for you. Our News Archive has a listing of every news story ever posted on our site.
Here are some of the news stories posted on soapcentral.com during 2009 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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David Lago
January 2009
Tom Pelphrey or David Lago? Which of these Emmy-winning actors would be better able to hold their own as Sonny's son against Maurice Benard? These are the questions that are expected to be answered later this month when General Hospital finally casts the much-talked-about role of Dante.
Vail Bloom
January 2009
Is Vail Bloom (Heather Stevens) leaving The Young and the Restless. It all depends on who you ask. A spokesperson for the actress says she's staying put -- and that show execs recently extended Bloom's stay in Genoa City. Still, others whisper that the actress' time is coming to an end.
Eva Marcille
January 2009
She's been named America's Next Top Model and now CBS has given Eva Marcille another prize: she's now on-contract with The Young and the Restless. As if that were not enough, Marcille and her boyfriend, Lance Gross, are now engaged. There is still one thing Marcille says she's missing: a good Y&R catfight.
Stacy Haiduk
February 2009
The Young and the Restless has found someone to play Jack Abbott's new love interest. Former All My Children star Stacy Haiduk will tackle the role of "Mary Jane," a new hire at Jabot. In addition to her AMC role, Haiduk has numerous primetime and film credits to her name. She'll appear in mid-March.
Michael Graziadei
March 2009
Is or or isn't he? That seems to be the question a lot of fans of Michael Graziadei seem to be asking lately. A few months after reports that the actor was leaving Y&R first surfaced, the Emmy-nominated actor remains in Genoa City. That doesn't mean he isn't still looking for that breakout role elsewhere.
Don Diamont
March 2009
It may not quite be the scenario that fans had been hoping for, but Don Diamont has landed a new daytime gig. The Bold and the Beautiful has hired the former star of The Young and the Restless for a newly created role. Diamont had appeared as Brad Carlton on Y&R for nearly 25 years before the character was killed off last month.
Clementine Ford
March 2009
Mackenzie Browning is returning to Genoa City, but don't expect to see any of the three previous actresses who've played the role on your television screen. Soap newcomer Clementine Ford will take over the role beginning next month. Ford is the daughter of actress Cybill Shepherd.
Jess Walto
March 2009
The Young and the Restless has a potentially crippling problem on its hand. Emmy-winning actress Jess Walton has walked off the set -- and it is not because she's been ill, as previously reported elsewhere. A new report claims that the actress refused to take a paycut and bolted. Walton has been on Y&R for more than 20 years.
Jess Walton
March 2009
The Young and the Restless had a potentially crippling problem on its hands. Emmy-winning actress Jess Walton walked off the set amid claims of illness and unhappiness over a request that she take a salary cut. The show threatened to recast Jill Abbott, but Walton and Y&R execs have since come to terms on a new contract.
Clementine Ford
March 2009
Clementine Ford already had her work cut out for her. The daytime newcomer, and daughter of actress Cybill Shepherd, was cast to take over a fan-favorite character, Mackenzie Browning. What the actress did not expect was for a magazine to twist her words, declare that she'd "come out," and creat a fictitious relationship between Ford and a co-star. Now, the actress sets the record, um, straight.
Rick Hearst
April 2009
Rumors of mass firings at General Hospital are turning out to be the worst kind of rumors -- they're true. Former Y&R star Rick Hearst and relative GH newcomer, Megan Ward, have both been taken off contract with the ABC soap. Both performers have agreed to stick around in a recurring basis, but it's unclear for how long. Meanwhile, whispers that more cuts are coming are getting louder.
Bryton McClure
April 2009
The is-he-or-isn't-he rumor mill has found a new target: Emmy winner Bryton McClure. The actor, who originated the role of Devon Hamilton in 2004, is said to have been taken off contract with The Young and the Restless. The actor, however, has assured fans that that is not the case. Still, the rumors persist.
Joshua Morrow
April 2009
Fans of The Young and the Restless can seemingly be divided into two groups lately: those who like Nick Newman with Phyllis and those who like Nick with Sharon. Now, actor Joshua Morrow sits down to talk about how his character can possibly be in love with two women at the same time.
Nia Peeples
April 2009
Ousted Y&R actress Nia Peeples has given an explosive interview, in which she blasts her co-stars as unprepared and lashes out at show executives who don't seem to care if their stories are flawed. The actress also contacted soapcentral.com to share a heartfelt message to her fans and fans of the show.
Michael Damian
May 2009
Though fans can't currently see Michael Damian on The Young and the Restless, the actor has made a return to another of his old stomping grounds: the pop charts. Damian's update of a former number-one hit song is currently climbing the Billboard charts.
Melody Thomas Scott
May 2009
Is Melody Thomas Scott prepared to leave The Young and the Restless, a soap she's called home for 30 years? According to published reports, the actress is unhappy with being asked to take a salary cut or be dropped to recurring status. This isn't the first time Scott's future with the CBS soap has been in question.
Jess Walton
May 2009
In a new interview, Jess Walton talks about her much-discussed exit from The Young and the Restless earlier this year. The actress reveals that she had every intention of leaving the show for good, but she soon realized that having a job -- one she loves -- is a blessing in the current economic state.
John Driscoll
May 2009
Emmy-nominated actor, John Driscoll, will be joining the cast of The Young and the Restless. Driscoll appeared as Coop Bradshaw on Guiding Light for more than three years. His GL character was killed off earlier this year. On Y&R, the actor will take on the role of Phillip Chancellor IV.
Chris Engen
May 2009
The Young and the Restless is dealing with the sudden departure of yet another of its stars. In the latest surprise exit, Chris Engen has allegedly walked out in protest over an upcoming same-sex storyline. The actor joined the cast of Y&R just over a year ago.
Chris Engen
May 2009
Chris Engen has broken his silence about why he left The Young and the Restless. Initial reports claimed that the actor bolted because he has religious objections to his character having to kiss another male character. The actor hints that he wanted out long before that and issues an apology to fans hurt by his decision to leave.
Yani Gellman
May 2009
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Isaac Newton and soap operas don't usually end up in the same sentence, but this time there's a reason for it. While much attention is focused on Chris Engen walking out after learning his Y&R character would be kissing another man, newcomer Yani Gellman has a completely different reaction to playing a gay character.
Melody Thomas Scott
June 2009
Have The Young and the Restless viewers seen the last of Melody Thomas Scott? Is the show planning to bring in a new actress to play the role of Nikki Newman? These are just two of the unanswered questions surrounding the announcement that contract talks between Scott and the show have hit a roadblock.
Gina Tognoni
June 2009
While Guiding Light's future has not officially determined, Gina Tognoni appears to be hedging her bets. The two-time Emmy winner reportedly has several job offers -- including one from Y&R -- in the event that GL isn't picked up by another network. Before joining GL, Tognoni appeared on ABC's One Life to Live.
Lauralee Bell
June 2009
It's been about two years since fans last saw Lauralee Bell on The Young and the Restless. Though a return to Y&R isn't out of the realm of possibility, Bell has been actively working on a new web-based series, Family Dinner. The comedy may forever change how you at family gatherings.
Maria Arena Bell
June 2009
It's been about two years since fans last saw Lauralee Bell on The Young and the Restless. Though a return to Y&R isn't out of the realm of possibility, Bell has been actively working on a new web-based series, Family Dinner. The comedy may forever change how you at family gatherings.
Sean Kanan
June 2009
The Young and the Restless is about to get a little bolder. Television's top-rated soap has signed former General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful star Sean Kanan. Kanan will reprise his B&B role in Genoa City, where he will reunite with another former B&B character, Amber Moore.
Melody Thomas Scott
June 2009
With each passing week, another twist and turn in Melody Thomas Scott's ongoing contract stalemate comes to light. In the latest rounds of reports, media outlets disagree over whether or not Scott is still a member of the Y&R cast. Fans, meanwhile, are split on what the CBS soap should do if a deal can't be reached.
Vail Bloom
July 2009
Is Vail Bloom (Heather Stevens) leaving The Young and the Restless? While questions over her status -- recurring, contract, or otherwise -- rage on, there is belief that the show is using some of the actress' old scripts to recast another role on the show.
Melody Thomas Scott
July 2009
Melody Thomas Scott has signed a new contract with The Young and the Restless. Unfortunately, it wasn't in time to prevent the actress' alter ego, Nikki Newman, from being written off the show. The actress tells fans her exit is one that "is not to be missed."
Stacy Haiduk
July 2009
In a new interview, Y&R's Stacy Haiduk talks about being one of the few daytime stars to have an inanimate co-star. Exactly what is the story behind Mr. Kitty? And what does one channel when playing a "whack-job?"
Michelle Stafford
July 2009
Fans of The Young and the Restless do not have to worry about Michelle Stafford's future with the show. The Emmy-winning actress recently signed a new contract with the CBS soap. Fans will, however, have to go a period of time without seeing the actress on-screen.
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July 2009
Fans of The Young and the Restless do not have to worry about their favorite show going off the air. The top-rated CBS soap was recently given a two-year renewal. The new contract does, however, come with some bad news: more budget cuts are presumably on the way.
Christian J. LeBlanc
August 2009
Michael Baldwin may soon be sporting a cast. Christian LeBlanc, the actor who has portrayed Michael for nearly 20 years, recently broke his wrist and required surgery. The actor did find time to have his picture taken while still sporting a hospital gown.
Victoria Rowell
August 2009
Could Victoria Rowell once again appear on The Young and the Restless? The actress says it's possible, but hints that the decision ultimately rests with CBS. Rowell made a much-publicized exit from the top-rated soap in 2007.
Stacy Haiduk
September 2009
Stacy Haiduk has played two soap characters -- on All My Children and now The Young and the Restless -- over the past year, and both have been slightly unstable. In a one-of-a-kind interview with soapcentral.com, Haiduk talks about why she can play crazy so well and, of course, shares her affection for her furry co-star.
Michelle Stafford
September 2009
Two-time Daytime Emmy winner Michelle Stafford is going to be a mother. In a new interview, the actress has revealed that she is expecting a baby girl later this year via a surrogate. Stafford, who joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1994, also talks about the difficulties she's had in trying to have a baby.
Michael Muhney
September 2009
It wasn't April Fool's Day, but one star of The Young and the Restless played a prank that had the soap world talking: he informed fans that he'd been fired. When the truth was revealed, some fans weren't laughing.
Shemar Moore
September 2009
The Young and the Restless is reportedly poised to recast one of its most popular roles in recent years, a role that was played by an Emmy-winning heartthrob. The question is: How will fans react to a new actor in the role?
Thom Bierdz
September 2009
On September 12, at a black tie gala of over 850 people, The Young and the Restless' Thom Bierdz received an award from the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Visibility Award. The award was bestowed on the Y&R star for his human rights work on behalf of the mentally ill.
Victoria Rowell
September 2009
Intrigue, secret plots, and back-stabbing. Three things that make for a juicy dramatic soap plot -- or behind-the-scenes scandal. Award-winning former Y&R star Victoria Rowell claims that several of her former co-stars are working overtime to prevent her return to the top-rated CBS soap.
Eric Braeden
September 2009
The Young and the Restless without Eric Braeden's Victor Newman? It may seem unthinkable to fans of the CBS soap, but the unthinkable just became reality. A contract flap between Braeden and show execs has prompted the show to write out Victor and Nikki. Will either return? A rep says maybe not.
Eric Braeden
October 2009
They say everything happens for a reason and Emmy winner Eric Braeden hints that his exit from The Young and the Restless was no accident. He's also quick to state that his exit was not about money, and expresses disappointment with the way he was treated by the show's executives.
Eric Braeden
October 2009
Now that Eric Braeden has had his say about his ouster from The Young and the Restless, some of his former co-stars are also breaking their silence on the contract mess. While their opinions of the situation may vary, all seem to agree that Y&R would definitely benefit by keeping Braeden on board.
William Russ
October 2009
The casting department at The Young and the Restless has found Genoa City's newest billionaire. Veteran actor William Russ, known to many for his work on the 1990s sitcom, Boy Meets World, has been cast as "Tucker." The initial casting call for the role prompted speculation that the CBS soap was trying to recast Victor Newman.
Scott Reeves
October 2009
Two-time Emmy nominee Scott Reeves has been tapped to play the role of Steven Lars Webber on General Hospital. The former Y&R star hasn't been seen on daytime in nearly nine years. In that time, Reeves has gone on to focus on his musical career.
Eric Braeden
October 2009
Headlines aren't always written in stone. Dewey didn't really defeat Truman, and it looks like Eric Braeden hasn't really left The Young and the Restless. Contrary to Braeden's insistence that he was done at the top-rated CBS soap, the actor and show executives have reached a deal on a new contract.
Sean Kanan
November 2009
Daytime veteran Sean Kanan is "livid" over anonymous Internet postings claiming that he was fired from The Young and the Restless. The actor is speaking out in a new interview and asserts that fans haven't seen the last of Deacon in Genoa City. The actor joined Y&R earlier this year. He has appeared previously on General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Shemar Moore
November 2009
The search for the new Malcolm Winters is over. The Young and the Restless has tapped former child star, Darius McCrary, to assume the role originated by Emmy winner Shemar Moore. McCrary became a household name during his near-decade-long run as Eddie Winslow on Family Matters.
Greg Vaughan
November 2009
If you're old enough to remember the 1980s NBC show TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, you'll easily get the idea of what happens when Japanese reporter Ushi sits down to interview a celebrity. Ushi isn't a real interviewer -- she's actually a Dutch TV star Wendy van Dijk. Her latest victim is former GH and Y&R star Greg Vaughan.
Don Diamont
November 2009
He been nominated as the sexiest man on daytime television for ten consecutive years in soapcentral.com's annual Dankies Awards. Now, Diamont has the backing of People magazine, which has proclaimed him one of the sexiest men alive.
Stephen Nichols
December 2009
He's only been in Genoa City for a little over a month, but Tucker McCall is about to undergo some changes, the least of which involves his storyline. Soap veteran Stephen Nichols has been tapped to replace the recently hired William Russ. A Y&R rep says the recast was necessitated by taking the character in a "new direction."
Amelia Heinle
December 2009
Off- and on-screen couple, Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill, welcomed their second child last week. Heinle and Luckinbill are the proud parents of a baby girl. The pair was married in 2002.
Michelle Stafford
December 2009
Two-time Daytime Emmy winner Michelle Stafford is a brand new mom. Earlier this year, the actress revealed that she was expecting a baby girl via a surrogate. Now, the little of joy has made her much-anticipated debut.
Darius McCrary
December 2009
One of the most talked-about recasts in recent soap opera history takes place on-screen this week. That's when former Family Matters star, Darius McCrary, assumes the role of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless. Y&R fans have been vocal about their thoughts on the recast, and nowe McCrary is having his say.
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