The Young and the Restless Mystery: Does Hunter King’s Silence Speak Volumes? Could She Be Staying as Summer After All?
The groundwork is being laid for the heroine’s triumphant return… and Kyle’s exit!
Soon after it was reported that both The Young and the Restless’ Hunter King (Summer) and Michael Mealor (Kyle) would be exiting, news of the latter’s departure was confirmed first by co-star Jason Thompson (Billy) and then by Mealor himself. However, there’s been no word — whether a confirmation or denial — regarding King’s future with the show.
Storylinewise, Tara blackmailing Summer into leaving town seemed like the perfect way to send King and her alter ego off the canvas. And sure enough, Summer has barely been seen since starting her new life in Milan. There was a video chat between the fashionista and her concerned mom, Phyllis, last week, and on June 27, teasers indicate that she’ll have an opportunity to catch up with her visiting grandparents, Victor and Nikki.
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Meanwhile, back in Genoa City, Phyllis has declared all-out war on Tara and Sally, whom she (rightly) believes to be responsible for pretty much everything that’s gone wrong in Summer’s life. It’s not exactly a coincidence that Tara and her son are living under the same roof as Harrison’s dad. (Although truth be told, we’re still mighty suspicious of Tara’s claims that the boy is the product of her long-ago fling with Kyle.)
With King having gone radio silent on both her Twitter and Instagram feed, all we can do is wonder how this real-life cliffhanger will play out. Might the contract negotiations which had reportedly reached a stalemate miraculously wind up leading to a done deal? And if so, what does that mean for the future of Summer and Kyle? Were Phyllis to successfully bust Tara and clear the way for a Summer/Kyle reunion, how would that play out with Mealor soon to exit?
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Should King wind up leaving the soap, that doesn’t necessarily mean she couldn’t return. Remember, after her gig as Clementine on the CBS sitcom Life In Pieces went from recurring to series regular, the actress gave up her day job only to reclaim it a year later.
For now, all we can do is wait and wonder what the future will hold for both King and her character, not to mention the wildly popular pair of Summer and Kyle. How do you see this playing out? Visit the comments section to share your theories, then check out the gallery below in which we trace the complicated love story of the duo known as Skyle.
<p>Summer Newman (then Samantha Bailey) and Kyle Abbott (then Garrett Ryan) spent time together growing up. Their history as kids was referenced in the present when Summer gave Kyle a framed photo of them ice-skating. </p>
<p>Troubled by her parents’ on-again, off-again relationship, teenage Summer (Hunter King) acted out, including bullying. When the older Kyle (then Blake Hood) arrived back in Genoa City, she developed a crush on him, but he told her she was too young.</p>
<p>Summer managed to make some headway with this version of Kyle (Hartley Sawyer), but after kissing Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), he cut things off with her daughter. For a time, it was believed that Summer was Jack’s (Peter Bergman’s) daughter, which also put a crimp in any “Skyle” romance.</p>
<p>After it was established that they weren’t brother and sister, and after Summer’s husband, Austin Travers (Matthew Atkinson) died, she and Kyle (then Lachlan Buchanan) finally got together and made love for the first time. Although they became lovers, Summer thought New York had changed Kyle, and the tension between their families was also an issue. Kyle eventually returned to New York.</p>
<p>Summer blew back into town with a stolen sports car and an attitude and was put on a project with Kyle (Michael Mealor) at work. Though Kyle clearly still found her attractive, he was put off by her interest in her mother’s boyfriend, Billy (Jason Thompson) and wouldn’t have sex with her after winning their bet because he wanted her to have real feelings for him.</p>
<p>Summer eventually set her sights back on Kyle, who had fallen for Lola Rosales (Sasha Calle). When Lola needed a liver transplant to save her life, Kyle agreed to marry Summer in return for her becoming a donor. Kyle was still hung up on Lola, however, and ended up married to her instead, breaking Summer’s heart.</p>
<p>Kyle got back together with Summer after realizing that he may have changed too much in order to be with Lola. He reconciled with Summer and the pair worked together at Jabot as top executives.</p>
<p>Summer and Kyle eventually remarried in Italy (offscreen) after weathering the reveal that Kyle had fathered a child with a married socialite in New York. The pair are raising his son Harrison together since the boy’s mother, Tara Locke, went to prison for embezzlement.</p>
<p>Kyle and Summer (now played by Allison Lanier) were drawn back to Genoa City from Milan when his mother, Diane, turned up alive. Kyle and Harrison flew back so Jack could break the shocking news about his mom and Summer followed, arriving just in time to attend Mariah and Tessa’s wedding, which Kyle officiated!</p>
<p>Summer and Kyle moved back to Genoa City with Harrison after Jabot purchased Marchetti and he took on the challenge of helming the design house, which was bittersweet for Jack. All was right in the world for these two… with the exception of their warring mothers!</p>
<p>After moving back to Genoa City, Kyle and Summer renewed their commitment in the back of the Abbott Estate with the help of officiants, Tessa, Mariah, and Noah. The couple pledged their love before family and friends who weren’t able to attend their nuptials in Milan. Of course, this being a soap, the ceremony was crashed. Tucker McCall swung by in a helicopter in hopes of making a splash and impressing his ex-wife Ashley, who wasn’t even there.</p>
<p>Everything was hunky-dory between Kyle and Summer until the friction between their mothers inevitably began affecting their marriage. They fought and then kissed and made up numerous times… but Diane being arrested for killing Phyllis drove a wedge between them that they may not be able to overcome.</p>
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