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Soap Opera Shakeout Claims Another Casualty We Love Soaps

A “regime change” at a long-running daytime drama, where a number of cast moves were recently announced, has apparently claimed another casualty.

The latest cast member to be dumped by CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” is Debbi Morgan, WeLoveSoaps.com reports. The Emmy-winning actress tweeted about her exit, saying, "To all my twitter fans. Wanted to B the first to tell you the new regime has let me go from Y&R. Will tape my last show Oct. 5th & I move on!"

Morgan’s departure follows news last week that soap opera legend Genie Francis -- another Emmy winner -- was off the show, as previously reported. Also out from “Y&R” is Marcy Rylan.

The We Love Soaps report describes the situation at the CBS show as a “massive housecleaning.” Other reports have hinted at discord behind the scenes under new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, as we noted last week, while the word from the show has indicated budgetary concerns are the main impetus.

The latest report notes that James Avery, previously seen in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” will join “The Young and the Restless” starting Oct. 12.

debbi-morgan.jpgDebbi Morgan