Y&R Preview: Melissa Claire Egan Confirms Exit — Plus, Chelsea Receives a Mysterious Message


Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has confirmed her exit from The Young and the Restless.

“After much thought and six wonderful years, I have decided to leave The Young and the Restless. I love this show (and this genre) so much, and am so grateful to this amazing crew and cast, especially my beyond wonderful Josh Morrow (Nick). This cast, crew, and everyone behind the scenes at Sony and CBS are truly the best at what they do and are my family. To you incredible fans, thank you for everything. This isn’t goodbye. Truly. Just goodbye for now,” Egan posted on her Twitter account.

Egan first appeared as con artist Chelsea on the soap in November 2011, when she was hired by Victor (Eric Braeden) to cause trouble for Billy (then Billy Miller). Per Daytime Confidential, the actress is keen to try her luck in primetime and film opportunities. There are no plans to recast the door, leaving the door open for Egan to return down the line if she so chooses. Before joining Y&R, Egan starred as Annie on All My Children from 2006 to 2011.

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Coming up on The Young and the Restless: Billy (Jason Thompson) encourages Jack (Peter Bergman) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) on Monday (Feb. 5; Canadian airdates listed). Noah (Robert Adamson) drowns his sorrows. Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) defends Mariah (Camryn Grimes).

Hilary (Mishael Morgan) resorts to blackmail on Tuesday (Feb. 6). Victor (Eric Braeden) shocks Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott). J.T. (Thad Luckinbill) and Victoria’s (Amelia Heinle) party takes a wrong turn.

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Sharon (Sharon Case) offers Nick (Joshua Morrow) sound advice on Wednesday (Feb. 7). Cane (Daniel Goddard) romances Lily (Christel Khalil). J.T. pursues a new opportunity.

Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) corners Nick on Thursday (Feb. 8). Victor gives a family member some tough love. Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) receives an ominous message!

Returning: Greg Rikaart will be back as Kevin on Monday, Feb. 19 (Canadian airdate).

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on Global and CBS. Canadian viewers can catch up with Y&R on demand, on the Global Go app and online at GlobalTV.com.


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Jeevan Brar is a digital content producer and freelance entertainment writer based in Toronto. Jeevan has managed The TV Watercooler since 2008, the Canadian blog has focused on daytime soaps, primetime hits and reality TV guilty pleasures. The blog has also connected Canadian soap fans with exclusive interviews with the cast of enduring daytime dramas The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful. 'Like' The TV Watercooler on Facebook. You can also follow Jeevan on Twitter and Google+.

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