The Young and the Restless’ Hunter King Reveals Why She Left — *and* Why Fans Should Hold Out Hope for Summer’s Return
At last, the Emmy winner has disclosed why she departed the show and her character, Genoa City.
The short answer to why The Young and the Restless no longer has Hunter King among its cast can best be summed up by two words: It’s complicated. But the fan favorite was more forthcoming than that during a recent edition of Soap Opera Digest’s podcast.
“I love playing Summer,” said the actress, who took on the role of Phyllis and Nick’s daughter almost a decade ago. “When these things happen [during contract negotiations], there’s a variety of reasons why they happen… It’s such an odd process [working out a business arrangement] but also feeling like it’s your family. It’s definitely weird.”
What helped clarify matters for King was her personal evolution. “I’m in a stage of growth in my life in many ways, and at this point in time, I feel like I’ve done a lot of growing on the show, and now I feel like it’s time for me to grow in other ways,” to put herself in new and uncomfortable situations and see what transpires.
So for now, King, who was a regular on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces and stars in the ABC pilot Prospect, is “taking it day by day and figuring it out… seeing where life takes me.
“But,” she hastened to add, “I do hope to always have Summer in my life in some capacity. What that will continue to look like, I’m not quite sure yet, but I know that I hold her very near and dear to my heart.”
In fact, although King said that she was done for now taping at Young & Restless, she hinted that regardless, “you may see Summer and Kyle at some point soon.”
What say you, Young & Restless fans? Would a little “Skyle” be better than no “Skyle” at all? On your way to the comments, stop off at the below photo gallery that revisits their tumultuous love story.
<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>
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