Soap Opera Digest reports that two “The Young and the Restless” alums are returning to Genoa City — again. Lauren Woodland and Kelly Kruger start taping again soon and will be around for an “indefinite” time. They recently came back to the show in March for the 45th anniversary of “Y&R,” and their next scenes are expected to start airing in June. Do you think they should stick around for good this time?
Woodland originally played Brittany Hodges on “Y&R” from 2000-2005. As a teenager Brittany dated JT Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill) and then Billy Abbott (then played by David Tom, now played by Jason Thompson) before eventually marrying Raul Guittierez (David Lago). During her original run on the show she earned one Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Younger Actress in 2004, which she lost to Jennifer Finnigan (“The Bold and the Beautiful”). In her time away from Genoa City, Brittany became a lawyer, and that’s actually what Woodland has been doing since leaving “Y&R” as well.
Kruger played Mackenzie Browning on the show from 2002 to 2003, taking over the role from Ashley Bashioum, who appeared in the role from 1999-2002 and then resumed the role from 2004-2005. Mackenzie was also a part of the teenage storylines with Brittany and company in the early 2000s. She married Billy in 2003, but they found out they were cousins — oops. She later married JT, but they divorced this past March when Mackenzie briefly returned to town.
Do you hope they stay in Genoa City for the long haul, or should they skip town again after reprising their roles this summer? Vote in our poll below.