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Michelle Stafford on Y&R Exit: 'My Going Had Nothing To Do With Jill and Josh'

In a very interesting interview with TV Guide Magazine, departing THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS actress Michelle Stafford talked about leaving daytime's top-rated soap (her last airdate Friday, August 2nd) and previewed her upcoming indie comedy THE STAFFORD PROJECT.

"My going had nothing to do with Jill [Farren Phelps] and Josh [Griffith]," Stafford said when asked about Y&R's current executive producer and head writer. "You don't leave a show you love after 15 years because of one person, or two people. At least I don't. That just doesn't make sense. But, if people are pissed, I can see why they might find Jill and Josh an easy target. Nobody should be mad at them."

"And I am not being punished with the way they wrote out Phyllis! When I spoke to them about my decision to leave, I did say that I thought it would be a mistake to kill Phyllis," Stafford continued. "And they were very funny about it. 'If we say we're going to kill her, will that make you stay?' [Laughs] A little blackmail! I like that they have kept this role open and I totally support the idea of a recast. Phyllis is way too important of a character to let her go away just because I'm leaving the show."

Meanwhile, THE STAFFORD PROJECT is a way for Stafford to get in touch with her comedic side.

"I decided I needed to create something for myself," Stafford said, "and you write what you know, right? I teamed up with my two friends, Paige Long and Paige Dorian, and we came up with The Stafford Project as a way of finding the humor in all the degrading things that happen to me."

RELATED:
- Kevin's Indie House: Watch the trailer for THE STAFFORD PROJECT

9 comments:

  1. Her new show looks fun. Sorry to see Phyllis go.

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  2. SORRY TO SEE U GO.U R VERY AWESOME ON Y & R. SO WHY NOT HANG IN THERE FOR YOUR FANS. I AM NUMBER 1 FAN OF YOURS . PLEASE STAY WITH US OK.THANK U VERY MUCH YOUNG LADY.

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  3. Omg! Well go after your dream luv. It's still a big disappointment to see you leave. I've been watching Y&R since I was a little girl in my
    mom's beauty salon. Yes you should come back as Phyllis, no one can play your better. No one!!!!!

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  4. Happy she's happy. And if Y&R plans to recast, I'd suggest Kristen Dalton:

    http://youtu.be/LGIUM5BKkv0

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  5. So sad but you're a talented woman. Shoot for MORE success! God bless!

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  6. So sad but you're a talented woman. Shoot for MORE success! God bless!

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  7. OMG PHYLLIS was that show now what am I gonna watch!!! Sharon is so flipping done with I mean how many men can she go to next. Heck not even Adam wants her. Victoria looks so damn tired and messy all the time. Lauren's story with Michael is good. Kevin and Chloe is so damn unrealistic. I mean how many times can kevin do something illegal and get away with it. Lily and Cane... well they are Lily and Cane same story different day. Who is going to be with Jack?? Poor Jack he finally got his RED back : ( ...please please please DO NOT PUT JACK WITH SHARON AGAIN!!!!Ugh..All I am saying is they better bring it out that Sharon did what she did and not get a slap on the hand for it or I am outta here been watching this show for 15yrs...Couldn't you take like a month or 2 off and come back please??? You were the only reason I watched this show after DRU left. This royally sucks.

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  8. OMG PHYLLIS was that show now what am I gonna watch!!! Sharon is so flipping done with I mean how many men can she go to next. Heck not even Adam wants her. Victoria looks so damn tired and messy all the time. Lauren's story with Michael is good. Kevin and Chloe is so damn unrealistic. I mean how many times can kevin do something illegal and get away with it. Lily and Cane... well they are Lily and Cane same story different day. Who is going to be with Jack?? Poor Jack he finally got his RED back : ( ...please please please DO NOT PUT JACK WITH SHARON AGAIN!!!!Ugh..All I am saying is they better bring it out that Sharon did what she did and not get a slap on the hand for it or I am outta here been watching this show for 15yrs...Couldn't you take like a month or 2 off and come back please??? You were the only reason I watched this show after DRU left. This royally sucks.

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  9. So Very Sad to hear that Phyllis has left Y@R! Wishing you Many New Blessing in your coming adventure! God Bless You!! It will Never be the same without you Phyllis!

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