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The Young & The Restless

Melissa Claire Egan Returns to Y&R!


Viewers haven’t seen Chelsea on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS since the Aug. 21, 2023 episode when she left Genoa City to take Connor to look at a new school out of town. But she’ll be back soon enough as Melissa Claire Egan is already back at the soap’s studio taping again!

The actress was away on maternity leave to welcome her second son, Jake Joseph Katrosar, who entered the world several weeks early on July 14. Egan and her husband, Matt Katrosar, already have one son, Caden, who recently turned two.

Fans have been missing seeing Chelsea on their televisions regularly, so when one posted on X (formerly Twitter) that she was looking forward to the actress’ return, Egan responded with some good news. “Soon!” she assured fans. “A few more weeks. Already shot my first episode back.”

Y&R Billy Connor Chelsea
Chelsea could totally understand Connor’s desire to get away from all the drama in Genoa City!Howard Wise/

Egan made her daytime debut back in 2006 when she joined the cast of ALL MY CHILDREN as Annie Novak. She left the ABC sudser in 2011 and soon after began playing Chelsea Lawson on Y&R. During her daytime career, the actress has earned seven Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her work on AMC and Y&R.

Egan is currently nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress again for her powerful performances as Chelsea dealt with mental health issues and contemplated taking her own life. With her son, Connor, also experiencing some emotional conflict, Chelsea agreed to let him try attending an out-of-town school to get a fresh start. So she may have left him with her mother, Anita, as she returns to Genoa City to resume her life there and continue putting the pieces back together. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s next.

Keep checking back here at for updates and we’ll be sure to let you know when we find out what Egan’s first day back on screen will be!

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