Tucker McCall has already caused problems on-screen for the citizens of Genoa City -- now it seems casting the part has caused The Young and the Restless producers problems off-screen.
William Russ currently plays J.T.'s mogul boss, who recently wooed Jill, moved to GC, and snatched the Chancellor I.P.O. opportunity away from various bummed-out Newmans and Abbotts. But, TV Guide reports, Days of our Lives actor Stephen Nichols has been hired to take over the role -- starting today! His first air date will be January 27th.
Y&R head writer Maria Arena Bell commented to the mag: "William Russ is a talented actor and we enjoyed working with him. However, we decided to take the character in another direction."
What direction is that? TV Guide speculates Tucker will start to play a much larger role on Y&R when he's revealed to have a "shocking connection" to one of the current cast members. And Stephen is a soap favorite, having played Patch on Days, and Stefan on both General Hospital and Port Charles.
... We can't wait to see what Stephen (and the possible Tucker story) brings!
What do you think of the recast?
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