‘Young and the Restless’ LEAK: Donny Boaz Firing First of Many Says Source

Young and the Restless actor Donny Boaz confirmed he’s fired as Chance Chancellor and says it surprised him — but more surprising cuts may be coming. Now, a reliable source at the CBS soap says he’s the first of many. They said these coming changes could shake the sudser from top to bottom. Check it out.

Young and the Restless Fired Donny Boaz – Who’s Next and Why?

Y&R this week delivered the shock that Chance Chancellor’s out of Genoa City. Actor Boaz confirmed the news although he’d wrapped filming weeks ago. February 1 was the last day for Chance in GC. He said Chance wouldn’t be killed off or recast — just simply gone.

The source close to Young and the Restless now says more cast cuts are ahead. The latest year-over-year ratings show Y&R down nearly 500,000 viewers for the most recently reported week. Soaps across the board suffered since the hiatus and reruns and fans looked elsewhere.

So, the leaker revealed more actors could be cut from Young and the Restless. Remember, Tyler Johnson was out as Theo Vanderway a few weeks before Chance Chancellor. But he picks up an episode this week. Chance however won’t be back, according to the actor and our insider.

Young and the Restless Comings & Goings: Chance Chancellor (Donny Boaz)

Y&R LEAK: One Actor Named But Others Reportedly at Risk

The Young and the Restless source said they’ve heard that Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman) might be next. Right now, Lauren’s involved in plots with Sally Spectra (Courtney Hope) and soon, Gloria Bardwell (Judith Chapman) too. But before that, Lauren popped up only now and then.

While the source said they’d heard other names on the bubble at Young and the Restless, they’ve not released them yet. Last year, there were rumors about Sasha Calle exiting as Lola Rosales. That turned out to be nothing but idle chatter. But with Tyler out now, chatter’s bubbling up about her.

We will keep an eye on the source at Young and the Restless and let you know if other names leak out. For now, budget cuts are the reason driving the predicted exits, says our insider. And the ratings tell the story. But soaps are always looking to cut costs. But another change is afoot after the Chance exit.

Young and the Restless: Josh Griffith - Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford)

Young and the Restless Writer Change too?

Another shakeup we’ve heard related to Y&R is a possible head writer change. When they first installed Josh Griffith, fans were excited to see what he’d bring to the table. And most viewers were happy to see Mal Young out the door. But now, the shine’s off the new guy.

Young and the Restless social media’s rife with complaints about JG’s writing. And our source says the soap might replace him. For now, the storylines feel all over the place. They can’t sort out who to pair Amanda Sinclair (Mishael Morgan) with after bringing her back.

And Young and the Restless teases with Shadam, goes back to Chadam, and can’t seem to decide what to do with Adam Newman’s (Mark Grossman) love life either. Plus, newlywed Abby Newman’s (Melissa Ordway) now husbandless with Chance Chancellor gone.

As for Boaz, he’s already got seven new projects in the works, including one filming now. So, he’s not on the shelf — he’s moved past Y&R. As for the CBS sudser, it feels a bit unfocused heading into sweeps. We’ll see.

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