Recasting a soap opera character is never an easy thing to do. It can be especially difficult when an actor/actress has been in a specific role for a long period of time or has established the character from the get-go. Unfortunately, the Young & the Restless (Y&R) has seen its fair share of recasting over the years and, while at times they were able to knock it out of the park (i.e. Adam Newman), there have been other instances that have not been quite as successful. Below are some regrettable recasting decisions as it relates to Y&R.
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12. Ashley Abbott (Shari Shattuck)
Actress Eileen Davidson has played Ashely Abbott (on and off) on the Y&R for decades now, and simply owns the role. There was a period of time when she was off the show, and actress Brenda Epperson stepped in from 1988 to 1995. Epperson did an okay job as Ashley; however, it was a terrible recasting decision on the Y&R’s part to place Shari Shattuck in the part from 1996 to 1999. She’s a good actress, but didn’t fit the character’s true essence in the least.