‘The Young and the Restless’ Fans Want Gloria and Her Antics to Return

The American soap opera known as The Young and the Restless was first broadcasted on March 26, 1973. CBS executives created the series because they wanted the network to have a show that could compete with ABC’s youthful soap operas, All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital.

Now nearly 50 years later, The Young and the Restless is still going strong. One character Y&R fans can’t seem to get enough of is Gloria Baldwin. Gloria departed from the show in October 2018, but fans desperately want her back. Read on to learn more about the character’s most notable moments and why fans want to see more of her.

Gloria Baldwin is quite the character 

Jeffrey Bardwell (Ted Shackelford) and Gloria Bardwell (Judith Chapman)
Jeffrey Bardwell (Ted Shackelford) and Gloria Bardwell (Judith Chapman) | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Gloria first stepped foot in the fictional town of Genoa City in April 2004. She rolled into Genoa City to visit her two sons, Michael Baldwin and Kevin Fisher, who were already residing in the town.

However, within her first few days in Genoa City, she set her sights on the wealthy John Abbott. Soon Gloria and John were married after eloping together on a cruise. Upon the newlyweds return to Genoa City, the whole town had labeled Gloria a gold digger. 

Gloria soon became a widow after marrying John Abbott. However, regrettably, for her, she did not receive a dime of the Abbott fortune. Before his death, John’s children cleverly found a way to write Gloria out of the will. Even though she didn’t strike gold with her first marriage in Genoa City, that wouldn’t stop her from tying the knot a few more times. Keeping up with all of Gloria’s marriages and divorces is not for the faint of heart.

Why did Gloria leave Y&R?

Gloria last appeared on The Young and the Restless in late 2018. Her departure from the show can be attributed to various factors, but most have to do with the actress who plays Gloria.

Seasoned soap actress Judith Chapman is the actress who portrays Gloria on Y&R. Chapman has portrayed characters on other soaps like As the World TurnsGeneral Hospital, One Life to Live, Days of our Lives, and The Bold and the Beautiful. In late 2018, according to Soap Dirt, Chapman got the call to return to Days of our Lives as a new character. 

Chapman’s new gig on Days of our Lives, left the Y&R team writing Gloria out of the script for the time being. In the Y&R world, the last thing fans have heard about Gloria is that she lost her job at Jabot and has left town to pursue other endeavors. However, now that Chapman’s stint on Days of our Lives is over, fans want to know why Gloria hasn’t returned to The Young and the Restless.

Fans want to see more of Gloria 

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What makes fans so drawn to Gloria is that the minute she walks into a scene, she takes over. Gloria’s character led a hard life before coming to Genoa City, but those hard times were never able to dull her oversized personality.

Gloria’s larger-than-life personality allows her to make an undeniable impact on every scene she is in, no matter how small. 

Fans recently took to Twitter to let the show’s producers know they want Gloria back. One fan wrote, “Where is #Gloria now. #BringGloriaBack now.” Another fan chimed in, “She was amazing and one of the best characters on the show. Why do you guys keep pushing out golden characters?”

Maybe if fans keep letting their voices be heard, Gloria just might be back on the set of The Young and the Restless when production ramps back up.