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Big soap opera returns, exits and one actress takes maternity leave.

February’s comings and goings on Soaps.com included a recast on The Bold and the Beautiful, a major daytime actress is joining Days of our Lives, Ingo Rademacher is going back to General Hospital, and several major returns on The Young and the Restless.

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline Wood is on maternity leave and won’t be seen much in upcoming weeks as Steffy Forrester. Keith Carlos will reprise the role of Danny, a model at Forrester CreationsActress and ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards, is joining as Shauna, the mother of Florence (Katrina Bowden). Celebrity Big Brother winner Tamar Braxton will appear in an upcoming episode as a chef. Wayne Brady has taped his final scenes as Dr. Reese Buckingham. And Young the Restless alum Matthew Atkinson (Austin Travers) will take over the role of Thomas Forrester, last played by Pierson Fode. Read Soaps.com’s The Bold and the Beautiful Comings and Goings to learn why Atkinson couldn’t say no to the role.

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Days of our Lives

Days of our Lives head writer Ron Carlivati has signed a new deal to continue writing the NBC soap opera. Griffin Kunitz teased his return as Johnny DiMera, Sami and EJ’s (Alison Sweeney and James Scott) son. Daytime vet Robin Strasser confirmed she is coming to Days in a yet to be announced role. And Kate Mansi and Billy Flynn exited as Abigail and Chad DiMera. Read our Days of our Lives Comings and Goings to find out when Arianne Zucker is returning as Nicole Walker.

General Hospital

It was revealed that Ingo Rademacher is returning to General Hospital as Jax Jacks. Dominic Zamprogna is also returning for a short time as Dante Falconeri. Nicolas Bechtel was back as Spencer Cassadine, while Kelsey Wang departed as Dawn of Day member Daisy. Read Soaps.com’s General Hospital Coming and Goings to learn Emme Rylan’s (Lulu) good news.

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Young and the Restless

Lauren Woodland returned to The Young and the Restless as Brittany Hodges Guittierez. Eileen Davidson revealed she’s returning as Ashley Abbot for a special visit. Beth Maitland is also coming back as Traci Abbott. Thad Luckinbill is headed back as JT Hellstrom. Doug Davidson shared the news that he’s returning as Detective Paul Williams. Brytni Sarpy (Valerie Spencer on GH) has been put on contact playing a character, Elena Dawson. And the show is looking to recast the role of Adam Newman. Read the Young and the Restless Coming and Goings to find out when Davidson will be back on screen.