Hunter King exit Summer Newman Y&R
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Fans of The Young and the Restless have been wondering whether or not Hunter King would return to the canvas after her alter-ego, Summer Newman, accepted a job overseas and left town. It appears the answer is to that question may be, at least for now, “no.”

Although the storyline swerve of Summer relocating could arguably have just been angst for Summer and her fiance, Kyle, on the heels of the reveal that he had a three year-old son with his ex-lover Tara Locke, King’s goodbye scenes with other long-standing cast members felt eerily realistic, as though the actors were actually saying their farewells, and not just the characters.

With no official word from Young & Restless on Hunter King’s status with the soap, or from the actress, fans were left to speculate on whether or not Summer would return from Italy to pick up where she left off once the plot dictated a “Skyle” reunion.

As it turns out, that reunion may take place in Italy and may or may not be off-screen. A report from Soap Opera Digest contends that both Hunter King and Michael Mealor, who portrays Kyle, hit snags in their contract negotiations with the daytime drama, which was the catalyst for King’s reported exit, with Mealor set to follow suit.

Outside of daytime, Hunter King is set to lead a new ABC comedy series entitled, Prospect, in which she’ll play the role of Abigail Lansing. King was cast in the pilot episode of the project, which is a single-camera western comedy with a feminist twist, according to our sister site, Deadline. will update readers with more information if and when it becomes available. In the meantime, join us in looking back on the many faces of Summer and Kyle’s romance in our timeless photo gallery.

– Candace Young