Ever since Michael conquered his demons so many years ago, he has become a really likeable character. Kind of 'the voice of reason'. If he's gone, at least he left in good standing before the writers ruin him, which no doubt, they will do if given the opportunity.
I suppose that backburning Michael and Lauren plus sending Noah and Reed away will allow tptb the funds to bring back the unlikeable Summer.... Give your heads a shake with this stupid decision! I would much rather see Michael, Lauren and Noah and Reed in GOOD stories rather than a bimbo return