Young and the Restless is on hiatus now, but changes are afoot – and that likely means some casting changes. While the soap’s on break, the writers had a chance to look at ratings and fan feedback to see which plots are working and which are flopping. No doubt, this will drive cast changes. So, who will exit Y&R when the smoke clears and they get back to work? Are Lola Rosales, or Sharon Newman and Theo Vanderway at risk?
Is Sharon Newman Leaving Young and the Restless?
One person in peril on Y&R is Sharon Newman (Sharon Case). She’s got cancer, and the initial treatment didn’t go as well as she hoped. So, it looks like when Y&R returns to shooting, they’ll have to take the next steps in Sharon’s cancer journey. Now, Sharon’s afraid of a mastectomy.
It remains to see if Young and the Restless will go there and take Sharon Newman’s breast. They did that on General Hospital back in the day and won awards and accolades. However, Sharon will likely come through her ordeal alive but after a long struggle. So, Sharon Newman shouldn’t leave Y&R.
Sharon: "Cancer has really made me feel isolated and separate from everyone. One day I had a life full of endless possibilities, then the next one, I had cancer…"
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What About Victor Newman – Will He Exit Y&R?
Another question is about Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) on Young and the Restless. First, a leak from the CBS set told us that when Y&R and B&B go back to work, older actors will return last because of their enhanced risk. So, that means Victor may not be on the show when it returns.
Fans are always asking is Victor leaving Young and the Restless. Retirement talk swirled around Braeden for years. However, while it seems Victor may be off Y&R until the full cast returns, he should be sticking around for a few more years to come.
Is Tessa Leaving Young and the Restless?
Another character that pops up in questions frequently is Tessa Porter (Cait Fairbanks). Her recent Y&R plot with Mariah Copeland (Camryn Grimes) cheating and them splitting opened the door for her to exit. However, Tessa’s still around – in key scenes now and then on Young and the Restless.
However, we’ve also heard that Y&R will trim down who’s in scenes and eliminate overlap. They’ll also be cutting extras where possible and stick to the core cast. Since casting updates say that Cait dropped from contract to recurring, Young and the Restless may sideline her for a bit.
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Will Lola Rosales or Theo Vanderway Leave Y&R?
Last, Lola and Theo were under constant scrutiny and the subject of some big fat rumors about their status at Young and the Restless. While Lola Rosales (Sasha Calle) might be at risk of leaving the CBS soap, Theo Vanderway’s (Tyler Johnson) spot is secure.
In fact, Theo portrayer Tyler J. confirmed that he’s still on Young and the Restless and hopes to be for some time now. Of course, when Y&R resumes shooting, Theo Vanderway may not be among the first to come back. And Lola Rosales could be exiled to Miami. Instead, it’ll likely be couples like Chadam, Phick, and Shey back first.
So, who’s leaving Young and the Restless in 2020? For now, the whole cast is on hiatus, and when they start back shooting, reportedly in June, don’t expect everyone to come back right away. Victor, Nikki, Jack, and Paul are all at or above the mid-60s threshold for high risk of COVID.
That means it’ll be the younger actors that were key to storylines when Y&R shut down. But, there’s also likely to be some significant casting updates to come as the CBS soap gets back to work and trims down its cast. Stay tuned here for other soap opera spoilers and updates to see the fate of Sharon Newman, Lola Rosales, hunky Theo Vanderway, and more.
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