Young & Restless’ Summer and Kyle Are Returning — But There’s a Catch. Plus, Could A Skyle Wedding Be Ahead?
It’s a good news/bad news scenario for fans.
It’s been a rough couple months for fans of Young & Restless‘ Summer and Kyle. After weeks of rumors suggesting that portrayers Hunter King and Michael Mealor would be exiting due to failed contract negotiations, the speculation proved to be true. First Summer was blackmailed into leaving town and soon after, Kyle joined her in Italy.
But now, Soap Opera Digest reports that the actors and their much-loved alter egos will be returning to the soap in October. Unfortunately, while their scenes — which are being taped as we speak — will air over several days, it is not a permanent homecoming for Kyle and Summer. Instead, this will be a temporary visit.
I can’t wait for these scenes #Skyle #YR https://t.co/c8XXA93hY3 pic.twitter.com/o51rLxQVBr
— MS 116 (@ManalS116) August 30, 2021
Indeed, when the actors departed, both made it clear that they didn’t believe this was truly the end of the road where their connection to the soap was concerned. “I do hope to always have Summer in my life in some capacity,” King told Digest. “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.”
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Mealor, too, had high hopes for a return as Kyle. “Who knows what happens?” he mused to Digest. “With the fan support, maybe Kyle will be back sooner than we think.” Those words clearly turned out to be truer than even the most devoted Skyle fan coud have hoped!
No word yet on exactly what brings the characters back to the soap or even whether Kyle and Summer will be seen in Genoa City or Italy. While fans are hoping this is the first of many appearances — or perhaps an indication that the actors might eventually reach a contract agreement with the soap — some hope that perhaps it means they’ll get a bit of closure?
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Could Young & Restless have decided that the couple — and by extension, those who love them — deserve the kind of happy ending that comes with an exchange of vows? While plans are currently in the words for a Victoria/Ashland wedding, some — like Miss T — wondered if perhaps there might be a switcherooo at the altar!
#YR Looking forward to seeing #Skyle. I’m assuming it’s for the #Astoria wedding. I wonder if that gets called off somehow (thanks to Adam/Billy/Nick/Victor, ugh!) and Skyle wed in their place? We’ll see. https://t.co/zgPy1XVkBb
— Miss T (@Mistyrose78) August 30, 2021
Only time will tell exactly what brings Kyle and Summer back to the canvas. But while we count down the days to their return, why not look back on their epic romance via the gallery below?
<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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