‘The Young and the Restless’: Michael Mealor Returns as Kyle

The Young and the Restless will be welcoming Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor) home soon. Fans said goodbye to the character and his portrayer when they left Genoa City in August 2021. Yet, viewers will be seeing more of Kyle very soon.

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‘The Young and the Restless’ star Michael Mealor returns after signing new contract

Mealor made his The Young and the Restless debut in March 2018. The actor won rave reviews for his performance as Jack Abbott’s (Peter Bergman) youngest son. Kyle’s romance with Summer Newman (Hunter King) made them a super couple as fans rooted for the young lovers to be together.

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After three years, Mealor and his co-star King left in August 2021 after failing to negotiate a new contract. The two made a brief return in October for Victoria Newman’s (Amelia Heinle) wedding, and recently Kyle was seen in a video chat with his dad. But Kyle will be back full-time in Genoa City.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Mealor has signed a new contract with the show. Given a recent storyline shocker, Kyle’s return is coming at the right time.

Kyle Abbott reunites with his presumed dead mother Diane Jenkins

The Young and the Restless pull out the big guns with their storylines. Earlier this week, viewers learned Diane Jenkins (Susan Walters) is Jack’s mystery texter and is involved in his story with Allie Nguyen (Kelsey Wang). Diane’s appearance came as a shock because she was killed by Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) in 2011.

Diane’s return will undoubtedly surprise everyone in Genoa City, including Kyle. Growing up without his mother was difficult, and Diane missed out on many of his milestones. She wasn’t around for his wedding to Summer or to meet her grandson Harrison Locke (Kellen Enriquez). Kyle will be stunned to learn his mother is alive, and he’ll have many questions for her.

While Kyle will be happy to have his mom back, not everyone will be thrilled with her reappearance. Kyle’s mother-in-law Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford), will have a lot to say about the situation.

Summer Newman joins Kyle Abbott in Genoa City

Kyle’s return to Genoa City won’t be complete without his wife, Summer. The couple moved to Italy because of Summer’s new job as a handbag designer. But the couple will uproot their lives again now that Diane is back.

However, Kyle’s plans for a new life in Genoa City won’t be without drama. Diane and Phyllis will be reigniting their old rivalry, thus leaving Kyle and Summer stuck in the middle. The couple will choose sides in their mothers’ feud, which will lead to tension between them.

So it looks like Diane’s return may not be a happy one for Kyle.

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