Melissa Claire Egan announced on Jan. 31 that she was leaving “The Young and the Restless” later this year. She has played the role of Chelsea Lawson for six eventful years. She was introduced as a con artist who gave up Billy Abbot’s (Billy Miller) baby. She evolved into a kinder character who married and divorced Adam Newman (Michael Muhney). Most recently, she passed off her child with him as that of Dylan McAvoy’s (Steve Burton).
The actress revealed the news to her fans via a Twitter post:
“After much thought and six wonderful years, I have decided to leave The Young & the Restless. I love this show (and this genre) so very much, and am so grateful to this amazing crew and cast, especially my beyond wonderful Josh Morrow. 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.”
This fan favorite reaped Daytime Emmy bids as Best Supporting Actress in both 2013 and 2014, losing first to Julie Marie Berman (“General Hospital”) and then to “Y&R” co-star Amelia Heinle. She had lost that race three times during her six-year tenure on “All My Children” (2009, 2011, 2012).
While Egan is tied with Heather Tom for most nominations in the category (5), the latter won this award once, in 2011. Following Tom’s lead, Egan has submitted herself in lead for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards. She numbers among the 15 pre-nominations for “Y&R” as announced by the TV academy on Jan. 25.
She made the cut as did three of her co-stars: Sharon Case, Eileen Davidson and Gina Tognoni. They had all submitted sample performances to a panel of their peers. The 11 contenders for Best Actress will be judged by a second panel, which will determine the nominees, to be announced March 21 (as well as the winner).
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