Melissa Claire Egan exit Maternity Leave Chelsea Y&R
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Good new fans, The Young and the Restless fave Melissa Claire Egan will be back on your screens as Chelsea soon — and not via video calls. On October 18, the actress shared a photo of her character on Instagram and stated, “Chelsea’s missed you all! Excited to be back in Genoa City soon.” Now, Soap Opera Digest reports that she’ll be back on Tuesday, December 14.

Of course she made it clear that Chelsea wouldn’t be wearing “the mental hospital scrubs,” like in the photo. However, that wardrobe at the time was “good for baby bump hiding [though]!”

Back in July we reported that Egan had been getting ready to head out on maternity leave and on August 21, she and her husband Matt Katrosar welcomed their son Caden Robert Katrosar into their family. Those who follow the CBS soap actress on social media have gotten a glimpse at her little one in various adorable shots with his proud mama.

In September, Egan turned 40 and posted this cool pic of her and Caden decked out in shades.

And just yesterday in a family photo, the daytime star gave fans a peek into the family’s Sunday pumpkin patch outing. “Obligatory pumpkin patch photo! Going great so far!”

Along with news of her return, Egan asked fans, “What do you think is in store for Chelsea when she returns?”

Chelsea calls Adam Y&R

Given that she’s been cooped up with Anita for a while, and helping her mother get back on track after her hip injury, it’ll be nice to see her back in Genoa City again. And, it’s safe to say, considering her conversations with Chloe in regards to Sally, that Chelsea and the red head won’t necessarily see eye-to-eye when it comes to business!

While we wait for her return, take a look at the gallery filled with photos of Chelsea over the years.

— Amy Mistretta