Another 'All My Children' star joins 'Young and the Restless' -- EXCLUSIVE


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CBS’ top-rated soap The Young and the Restless snagged another favorite from All My Children, which is moving to the internet.

EW has learned exclusively that Melissa Claire Egan, who played Annie Novak McDermott Lavery Chandler on the ABC sudser for four years, will now show up in Genoa City as a mysterious woman named Chelsea who is connected to Billy’s arrest in Myanmar.

Her contract role will begin Nov. 11.

Egan left AMC earlier this year but returned at the end like many ex-stars before it was canceled. She joins AMC’s Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard), who was added to the Y&R ensemble earlier this summer. She debuts today. 

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  • lene

    Just don’t let her get between my Billy and Victoria, and I’ll be fine with this. If not, I already hate her. lol. REUNITE VILLY!!!!!!

    • lisa g.

      Brown is not her color. She should avoid clothes near her face that match her hair color!

      • jack

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  • Simon

    I like Billy/Victoria, so I hope this doesn’t become a triangle. And I think it’s time B&V got their miracle baby.

  • Tina

    It should have been B&B Melissa. Y&R is just too much of a mess.

    • tom

      why because there is more than one story between two families? B&B is boring…..seriously I watch it maybe once a week and thats all I need to do to know whats going on……atleast Y&R (while ridiculous lol) keeps you on your seat!

      • Tina

        WTH does Y&R do other than rotate boring storylines. Why do you think fans have even expressed how much of a disaster that show has become the last 4 yrs. B&B yr. after yr. must watch material, there’s a reason they win emmys for writing there.

      • Acaseofgeo

        Tina, are you SERIOUS about rotating stories? Please, tell me, I beg you. Over the 23 years, how many times have Eric & Stephanie divorced and remarried, how many times Ridge & Brooke have divorced and remarried, and how many times Eric & Brooke have been divorced and remarried, and how many times Thorne and Bobby have divorced and remarried, and how many times Ridge & Taylor have divorced and remarried? I DARE YOU. I repeat I DARE YOU. If the number is more than 20 then you can’t say B&B doesn’t rotate its stories in a never ending cycle.

    • felicity

      It should have been B&B for sure because Jacob Young is now there. Melissa Claire Egan and Jacob had incomparable, combustible chemistry. I would pay to watch if they reunited them on another soap!

      • eve

        the soaps are now in a different mold there story lines are unbelievable the kids grew up going with the grown ups the grown up fallen for the young adult its a mess.bringing the people back to life, whats going on phillis got away with a lot,if anybody should be in gail it should be her. and that neil part shouldn;t never happen im not a malcom fan but it should have been his baby. gill and cane father never should have happen nor binging loren sister.

  • Rachelle

    I like MCE, but she better not come between Billy and Victoria…

  • FromEuropeAGNES

    bleh… can’t Billy and Victoria just reunite?? Give them a miracle baby.. and have it be a dramatic pregnancy. Lots of good stuff for Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle to play in a Storyline like that.
    Besides, I’m not a MCE fan.

  • Maureen

    Nothing against MCE but I hope her “contract” with #YR is not for long. If she helps to clear up Billy’s secret, I’m OK, otherwise she better not mess up Billy & Victoria!

    • lene

      I agree. I just hope this means everyone will know soon that Billy is back in GC. I NEED Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle to share the screen again. Their chemistry is SO AMAZING!

  • UnlimitedJason

    I’m really thrilled to see Melissa come to Y&R, but seriously we need to oust those in the writers room. They have one incredible cast but the writers aren’t utilizing the full potential.

    • Mincha


    • eve

      u got that right

  • dan

    Don’t watch Y&R, but it sounds like MCE will be playing opposite her AMC brother (who she killed with a crowbar across the head). Billy Miller and MCE were great together on AMC. Hope Y&R can recreate that magic. If not it’ll be another wasted cast addition for Y&R.

    • JohnTexas

      Billy Miller already has amazing chemistry with Amelia Heinle. Villy has a huge fanbase. So no need for any MCE/BM “magic”! ;)

    • Acaseofgeo

      The AMC character’s name that Melissa played tells you the problems with soaps. The character has FOUR LAST NAMES after only FOUR YEARS on the show!!!! Did she marry and divorce that often in such a short period of time. Soap writers HAVE NO IDEA how to sustain good longterm stories without making characters go through continouus marriages and divorcess.

  • Tina

    Billy better not have hooked up with this chick. Billy and Victoria’s romance is the reason I started watching this soap, and the only reason i CONTINUE watching.

    • AlliSmith

      I totally agree! Keep this Chelsea character out of Victoria and Billy’s lives! She can come in, clear the stupid secret mess up, and then move along to someone else! Leave Villy alone and let them be happy for goodness sake!

  • Anne

    I liked her chemistry with Billy Miller on AMC. This should be good. I can’t stand Villy so anything to have him have an interesting acting partner is fine by me.

  • joline

    For those Y & R fans not familiar with Melissa, she was one of the best things to happen to All My Children. Truly an amazing, amazing actress – she lights up the screen and makes you root for her even when she’s doing terrible things. AMC fans were very sad to see her go and now very jealous that Y & R fans get her!

    • D

      She sounds amazing, but we longtime Y&R fans are getting a little tired of Genoa City being a dumping ground for actors from other shows. We already have an incredibly gifted cast and some veteran, iconic actors are gettting less and less screen time. Worse yet, the writers don’t know what to do with these fabulous new stars (see Diane Jenkins/Maura West). We’ve just added Debbi Morgan (a dream actress!), and Genie Francis (another amazing talent), but I worry that the vets of Genoa City will lose out.

  • qeeerm

    LOVE MCE!!!
    Hope she isn’t romantically involve with Billy not b/c I ship him with Victoria (which I don’t) but b/c they do enemy rivalry much better.

    • kat kay

      MCE and Billy M rocked on AMC as brother sister, now they’re going to rock on Y and R as maybe more then friends!!! can’t wait to see what happens, hope it more then few week guest appearance

      • Alex

        more then friends? HELL NO. Friends!?! Hell no…. reunite VILLY!!!

  • Kathy

    She better not come between Billy and Victoria. I’ve been waiting forever for them to reunite.

  • Hanna

    NOOOO!!!! What does this mean for Billy and Victoria?!?!?! I’ve been waiting way too long for their reunion already. This better not delay it.

  • Mily

    I demand Chelsea and Rick (BB) AU fanvids LOLs

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