THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

Donny Boaz Says Goodbye to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

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In a surprising turn of events, Donny Boaz has announced he’s leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! “Tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 1, as of now, will be my last airdate on Y&R,” Chance’s portrayer revealed on Instagram. “Here’s what I know… I was told that Chance is not being replaced or killed off. He’s just not gonna be there anymore.”

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Boaz made his debut as Chance in November 2019, taking over from John Driscoll, who appeared from 2009-10. The role was recast again in November 2020 when Boaz caught COVID-19 and had to isolate for a few weeks so Justin Gaston, the real-life husband of Melissa Ordway (Abby) was brought on for the episodes featuring Abby and Chase’s wedding. 

“Overall, I am grateful and thankful for this amazing opportunity,” Boaz told his fans. “I know that I’m walking away from this better at my craft than before I started. 108 episodes. I want to thank Y&R for this amazing opportunity. I want to thank the fans. You all have been amazing. Thank you. I want to thank everyone associated with Y&R, my castmates, and the crew. You will be missed. I want to thank my agents and manager for bringing this opportunity into my life. We are optimistic for what is to come.

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“Melissa, I know I said I wanted us to be the greatest daytime TV couple ever,” he continued. “I aimed high; I’m sorry we didn’t get to see it through. Working with you has been my absolute pleasure and I can easily say you are one of the greatest actresses I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. You deserve an Emmy this year. And… that’s a wrap. I am now a free agent. Time to get to work.”

Boaz’s exit comes as a surprise because Chance and Abby recently celebrated their wedding during Y&R’s celebration of its 12,000th] episode and the couple has been part of a front-burner storyline where Abby discovered she was unable to carry a child and they asked Mariah to act as a surrogate for them. For Chase to disappear right as this story is kicking off is quite unusual. Stay tuned to Y&R to see what happens to Chance and keep checking back to SoapsInDepth.com for more as this story develops!

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