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Say goodbye to Kyle and Summer, aka Skyle.

The actors who play the central young romantic characters on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” are out after not being able re-renegotiate contracts.

Michael Mealor, who’s been on the show for three years, and Hunter King, who’d been there since 2012, have left the show. The 48 year old soap will recast, no doubt, as these are core characters.

King for a time alternated on CBS’s sitcom “Life in Pieces,” in a deal she made with CBS. Now she’s leaving to do a pilot for ABC that sounds “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” meets “The King and I” about a 19th century schoolteacher who goes from a big city to the country. King’s sister is indie favorite actress Joey King.

Mealor wrote on Twitter:

“From every engagement and every heart break, whether you were #KOLA or #SKYLE, y’all were along for the rollercoaster. Thank you @youngandrestlesscbs, @cbstv and @sony for trusting me with this incredible character. Thank you for allowing me to be your Kyle Abbott. So much love!”


Where Mealor is going is unknown, although there’s so much prime time and streaming work right now, he’s bound to pick up something. Otherwise, he’ll join the decades of dudes who thought they’d leave soaps and become stars, only to vanish. We’ll see.

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