New ‘Y&R’ Showrunner Jill Farren Phelps Fires Iconic Actress Genie Francis Again, Say Report, Highlight Hollywood News
As expected the firings by new show runner Jill Farren Phelps, executive producer of “The Young and the Restless” continue. Today, CBS Soaps In Depth is reporting that Emmy-winner Genie Francis, who portrays Genevieve Atkinson on the CBS soap opera, and who previously played Laura Spencer on “General Hospital” until Phelps fired her from that role as well, will be departing Genoa City very shortly. Citing budgetary reasons, Francis will leave the role very shortly.
Cristel Khalil has departed as Lily Winters Ashby, and Kevin Schmidt, who portrayed Noah Newman has been fired as well. A set side source says, “It’s just the beginning. A lot of people will be going in the next few months. Everyone is just scared about it, but there’s nothing anyone can do, but wait and see whose head is next on the chopping block.”
Current “General Hospital” executive producer, Frank Valenti has been quoted as saying, “He loves Genie Francis and thinks she was a great Laura Spencer on the soap, but that his show has no spot for her currently.”
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