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Christel Khalil Talks 'Young and the Restless' Exit

Daytime Emmy winner confirms negotiations have hit a stalemate

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Aug 23, 2012 7:33AM

Lily and Cane have been through it all on "The Young and the Restless," but they're currently facing a major behind-the-scenes hurdle. With Christel Khalil's (Lily) contract up in September, the Daytime Emmy and NAACP Award winner told MSN TV that negotiations have hit a standstill.


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"I want to stay," Khalil said. "I heard a rumor someone said I was deciding to leave, but it's not really working that way. There's something I want that they don't want to give to me. It hurts. I thought I would be worth what I thought I was worth to them, but I guess I'm not."

 

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The rumors Khalil referenced started spreading after Soap Opera Digest posted a "Young and the Restless" casting call Tuesday, Aug. 21, that sounded suspiciously similar to her character, Lily. On Wednesday, Khalil's website confirmed the call was indeed for a Lily recast. 

 

"It would be very weird to see someone brand-new try to come in," Khalil admitted to MSN TV. "It's sad, because this is like my family. I've been here 10 years. I just wanted a few less restrictions, which I feel I deserve. It's mainly about restrictions, and money. I guess they wanted all or nothing."

 

Khalil actually left "The Young and the Restless" back in 2005 and was replaced with Davetta Sherwood, before returning to the role in 2006. That time, however, her contract wasn't the issue. 

 

This time, Khalil clearly hopes things work out in the final hours, as often happens in daytime, but confirmed it isn't looking good.

 

"From what I've been hearing on the other side, it seems like negotiations are over," she said.


Of course, it's never over in soaps until it's over. And even then, it's not always over. When Khalil's leading man Daniel Goddard (Cane) was offed in 2011, fans flew an airplane over the studio in protest and Cane was ultimately brought back from the dead. 


Fans aren't happy this time, either, and they're rallying behind Khalil, but that kind of fan passion isn't just reserved for hunky leading men: It was completely unprecedented.  

 

"I doubt I'll get the airplane," Khalil said with a laugh. "But it's nice to know the fans actually love me that much and care about my character that much. They're devoted fans, so thank you to them." 


"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS.

19Comments
Aug 26, 2012 8:15PM
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CK is horrible actress  I have to ff through her scenes because she bores me to death. 
Aug 23, 2012 9:57PM
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Thank God. I put up with her whining and crying for so many years. She cannot act. She is one of the reasons her on-screen mother, Victoria Rowell, left the show. The only time I liked Lily was during the nine months that  Davetta Sherwood replaced her. Years ago, the late Terry Lester (Jack Abbott #1) publicly stated that the reason he left was because the storylines were geared for Lauralee Bell (the "Bug"). Other actors, in addition to VR, left or were fired because CK made demands or refused to work with certain actors. Why she won a Daytime Emmy is beyond me. There were other young actresses who were way better than CK. Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning, OLTL/GH), and Jacqueline Wood (Steffy, B&B) are prime examples. GOOD RIDDANCE AND MAY SHE NEVER RETURN!!!!!.
Aug 23, 2012 2:30PM
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I am a big Christel fan.  YR will not be the same without her as Lily. I hope that tptb will meet her half way, she has been so good for YR.  The chemistry between CK and DG cannot be duplicated.  There is just something extraordinary when these two grace our screen together. Many love this couple please dont disappoint those of us who have waited and waited for a Lane friendly writer to finally come on board.  Love you Christel!
Aug 23, 2012 2:16PM
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Actually Lisa J why should she not fight for what she is worth?  If she won't fight for herself, then who will?  You don't care for anything Lily & Cane related anyway ... don't you have something better to do?  I guess not.

Christel isn't the first and I am sure she will not be the last to talk about her contract negotiations. 

She should be allowed to do outside projects since Y&R doesn't want to use the EMMY winner in a storyline.   Grazi and Billy Miller along with others are allowed to do outside projects ... why shouldn't she? 

There is only one Lily and that is Christel Khalil.    I am not threatening but I am promising that I will no longer watch Y&R if she is recasted.    


Aug 23, 2012 2:11PM
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CHRISTEL  KHALIL IS THE ONLY LILY ASHBY WE THE FANS WANT  TO WATCH ON THE SHOW. SHE IS 2 OF THE REASONS WE THE FANS STAYED WATCHING Y&R. CHRISTEL WAS THE ONLY WINNER FOR Y&R AT THE DAY TIME EMMY . SHE IS A FAN FAVE AND HAS BEEN 4 YEARS. SHE HAS ALSO HAD HER HATERS FOLLOW HER AROUND FOR  YEARS LIKE LOST DOGS  .   AND YES SHE IS THAT GOOD WE HER FANS WILL STAY BY HER AND FIGHT FOR HER LOVE YOU  CHRISTEL  
Aug 23, 2012 2:04PM
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I want them to put their heads together and find a solution. Christel Khalil is the only Lily Ashby. Along with Daniel Goddard this actress has made magic on the screen for many many fans. When something is good you don't just let it slip away. Praying for a resolution because I want to see Christel as Lily along side Daniel Goddard's Cane doing what they do best and what has endeared them to so many fans. Love  Lily Cane  Lane 
Aug 23, 2012 1:37PM
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Oh Christel, even your own on-screen mother didn't like you! Why do you think the fans do? You're not Meryl Streep. You're not Susan Lucci. You're not even Jacqueline MacIness Wood. You should be glad they're even offering you a job, not demanding more money and for the other actors to tape their scenes around your schedule so you can go out for sushi ... oh, I'm sorry, "pursue other projects." I'll give you an airplane, but your flight will be a one-way ticket to Paraguay.

Aug 23, 2012 12:33PM
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Given the climate of the daytime industry with soaps dying on the vine she's really in no position to be holding out for them to "give her what she wants." Either she wants to be a working actress, or she doesn't. There are plenty of talented unemployed AA actresses that would be more than happy for the work in this industry and they wouldn't feel that she show "owes them something." They'd just be happy for the work.

Whatever, This is no loss to the show. And TPTB will have a good pool of actresses to choose from to replace her. I'm looking forward to seeing a different actress tackle Lily and actually breathe some life into the character.

Aug 23, 2012 12:06PM
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Christe Khalil and Daniel Goddard makes for one sexy and beautiful couple, but isn't that what soap couples are all about?...Love those two.....

Aug 23, 2012 11:38AM
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They can recast if they choose, but I will not be watching!  CK's last day will be mine!

 

CK is Lily, that's all there is to it.

Aug 23, 2012 10:25AM
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Recast her role with another actress!  She is not sexy looking for Cane!
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