Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Daytime Drama: “The Young and the Restless” Loses 2 Young Romantic Stars at Center of Show


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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