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When Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) teased at the beginning of the week that we would be getting another surprise return to The Young and the Restless, that immediately set fans (and us) off on a speculation frenzy. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for us to find out just who it would be — and it’s someone fans have been hoping to see for a long time.

Yup, Michael Damian is bringing Danny back to Genoa City!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Damian will be making his return starting December 22. And with the news of Michael Graziadei bringing Daniel back, we might just get the whole family home for the holidays! There’s no word on how long he’ll be sticking around, but Digest reports that he’ll be sticking around for multiple episodes.

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This visit should be far less bittersweet as his return to say goodbye to Katherine.

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It’s been nearly a decade since Damian last brought Danny to town for Katherine’s 2013 memorial service, and far longer since he and Phyllis were an item. Still, she is single now and her villainous days are (mostly) behind her, so it wouldn’t be completely out of the question to see some sparks flying between them.

If nothing else, having the whole family around could stir up some nostalgic feelings. And that’s, no doubt, what the show’s hoping for. We’ve gotten news of a slew of fan faves stopping by for Young & Restless’ 50th anniversary, so adding the Romalotti clan in is just icing on the cake. Now, fingers crossed we get to see Danny’s sis, Gina too!

Catch up on all the returns with our photo gallery of actors coming to The Young and the Restless! And review Danny’s rockin’ life story here.