As Kyle and Summer Return for Young & Restless Wedding, Michael Mealor and Hunter King Reveal Whether They’d Bring Back ‘Skyle’ for Good
“I miss playing Summer!”
For all the complaining we fans often do about stories that drag on too long, sometimes, things happen quickly on our soaps. Take, for example, Tara’s downfall and the resulting reunion of The Young and the Restless’ Kyle and Summer. After months of misunderstandings, manipulations and miscommunications, the beleaguered couple finally found their way back to one another and began a new life in Italy.
Just like that, the young lovers were living their best life — and raising Kyle’s son, Harrison — and we wanted to be happy for them… but there was one slight problem: Because Michael Mealor and Hunter King had been unable to negotiate new contracts, the bliss being experienced by their alter egos was unfolding entirely off screen… including last week’s wedding, which we heard (via guests Victor and Nikki) was a beautiful ceremony but didn’t get to see for ourselves.
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This week, however, King and Mealor bring Skyle back to the canvas so that Summer and Kyle can attend Ashland and Victoria’s nuptials. And while many fans are still bitter about the wedding we didn’t get to see, that doesn’t diminish the excitement of this week’s appearances. And as it turns out, the feeling is mutual.
In a recent chat with Soap Opera Digest, Mealor called the fans “truly inspiring. Something we did resonated in their hearts and that’s such an amazing thing to me, because that’s the goal when you’re telling stories.”
Both he and King were amazed by the support shown them upon their departure. “For months, there was an outpouring of constant comments and messages after we left that was truly incredible,” he said. “I was only on the show for three-and-a-half years, and I haven’t seen any comings and goings that really had this response. Not to toot my own horn, but to give praise to the fans.”
Added King, “Summer and Kyle have had such a great love story over the years and a majority of fans were really rooting [for them to] get their happy ending. I have so much respect for what the writers have done with our characters, and I have so much love for the fans for all of the support they’ve shown us over the years.”
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Would the actors consider a future return to Genoa City? “Of course, I would love to come back,” admitted King. “I miss playing Summer! Young and Restless will always have a huge place in my heart. I’m not sure exactly what the future holds and how often I’ll be back, and how often they want me to come back, but I’m always open to coming back… so we’ll see what happens.
Mealor echoed the sentiment, saying that he loves everything about the show. “It’s just so much fun to go and act with these people again, so of course I’ll always be back when they call!”
So what say you, Young & Restless viewers? Share your thoughts on a possible long-term Summer and Kyle return, as well as what story you’d like to see play out for them. (Something tells us you want a Skyle baby!) Then check out the gallery below in which we chronicle the pair’s love story… bumps-in-the-road and all.
<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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