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In a twist nobody saw coming, The Young and the Restless‘ Donny Boaz (Chance) announced via Instagram that he is no longer with the soap. Even more shocking, his January 31 Instagram post revealed that his final airdate would be on Monday, February 1!

“I’d love to say that this was my choice, that I’ve booked the next big project and [am] leaving of my own accord… but that wouldn’t be the truth,” he lamented.

“Here’s what I know. I was told that Chance is not being replaced or killed off, he just disappeared,” the actor said. This is especially surprising given that Chance and new wife Abby have been front and center thanks to the storyline in which they’ve asked Mariah to help make their baby dreams come true by serving as their surrogate.

“I am not angry or bitter,” Boaz continued. “I am sad. I invested a year of my life into a storyline and didn’t get to see it through. Overall, I am grateful and thankful for this amazing opportunity.”


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Putting things in perspective, he pointed out that “a lot of people lost their jobs in 2020. I feel blessed to have had a job during the craziest time of our lives. I know that I’m walking away from this better at my craft than before I started.”

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Despite the seemingly unusual circumstances, Boaz thanked the show for “this amazing opportunity” as well as the fans before giving a special shout-out to his TV wife, Melissa Ordway (Abby).

“I know I said I wanted us to be the greatest daytime-TV couple ever,” he said. “I aimed high. I’m sorry we didn’t get to see it through. Working with you has been my absolute pleasure, and I can easily say that you are one of the greatest actresses I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. You deserve an Emmy this year.”

After declaring, “That’s a wrap,” the actor finished his post with “I am now a free agent. Time to get to work.”

As we let this unexpected news sink in — your fellow fans are already reacting in a big way (read their comments here) — why not take a moment to reflect on some of the other actors who’ve left The Young and the Restless in recent months.