Report: Michelle Stafford Leaving ‘Young and the Restless’ After 16 Years

by | May 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM | The Young & the Restless

Michelle Stafford (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Genoa City is losing one of its primary residents.

Fan favorite Michelle Stafford will leave “The Young and the Restless,” after a long run on the show, according to E! News.

Stafford plays Phyllis Summers on the CBS soap, originally joining the show in 1994. She has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy 10 times in the Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series category, winning in 2004. She took home a trophy as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1994 (taking a break from 1997-2000).

Stafford’s departure follows the recent passing of “Young and the Restless” star Jeanne Cooper, whom the show will honor in a special on Tuesday, May 28.