‘The Young and the Restless’: Hunter King and Michael Mealor Return, but for How Long?

As fans know, soap opera characters come and go on their favorite daytime shows. Although it’s difficult to say goodbye to the adored characters, they sometimes return for a surprise appearance. The Young and the Restless fans are about to receive a welcome home visit from their favorite couple Summer Newman (Hunter King) and Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor). King and Mealor will reprise their roles as Genoa City’s young lovebirds for an upcoming return.

'The Young and the Restless' stars Hunter King, Michael Mealor, and Sasha Calle at the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards
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Hunter King and Michael Mealor return to ‘The Young and the Restless’

In August 2021, The Young and the Restless fans bid farewell to Summer and Kyle. It was a bittersweet moment for viewers. On the one hand, they were happy for the characters, reunited after being kept apart by a scheming Sally Spectra (Courtney Hope) and Tara Locke (Elizabeth Leiner). But at the same time, fans knew this would be the last time they saw the couple due to King and Mealor’s departures.

King and Mealor won over the hearts of viewers with their portrayal of Genoa City’s young lovers. When news broke earlier this summer about the actors’ decision to leave, viewers were devastated. However, there is good news for Skyle fans. According to Soaps.com, King and Mealor will be returning to The Young and the Restless this fall.

How long will Hunter King and Michael Mealor stay on ‘The Young and the Restless’?

Although fans are excited about King and Mealor’s return, they may be disappointed to learn The Young and the Restless visit is a short one. King and Mealor will be back for a few episodes, which are set to premiere in October. As for what brings Summer and Kyle back to Genoa City, well, that’s a mystery.

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Speculation is the couple’s return will be for their wedding. The Young and the Restless fans are upset that the writers robbed them of seeing Summer and Kyle exchange vows. But they may finally get their wish when Summer and Kyle say “I do” in front of their family and friends.

Why did Hunter King and Michael Mealor leave?

Recently, King and Mealor opened up about their decision to leave the show. According to Soap Opera News, the actors confirmed reports that their exit stemmed from failed contract negotiations. Although they couldn’t negotiate new deals with the producers, the pair said they remained open to returning to The Young and the Restless.

Fans will be see the actors when their characters pay a visit to Genoa City in October. King said she and Mealor are a team when it comes to working together on the CBS soap or other projects. “We come as a unit. Wherever we go, we are a packaged deal. If anyone is listening. If you hire Michael, you get me too.”