Last week, Young and the Restless star Elizabeth Hendrickson confirmed rumors that she would depart the soap she’s called home for the past six years.
Coming off a successful six year run as All My Children’s Frankie Stone/Maggie Stone, Hendrickson was cast as social climbing fashionista Chloe Mitchell in 2008. Over the years, Chloe evolved from a selfish, manipulative vixen to a good-hearted, compassionate, loving woman and mother. In 2012, Hendrickson was recognized for her work with a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
In an exclusive statement released to Soap Opera Digest, Hendrickson revealed the reasons behind her decision to depart the long-running daytime drama.
“You may have heard the rumor that I am leaving Y&R…and it is with a grateful heart that I wanted to tell you personally, my unbelievable fans, that the rumor is true. What does one say after a decade of the most amazing relationship? Let me start by saying THANK YOU. Thank you for standing by me and all of my characters in daytime over the many years,” said the actress.
She continues: “Even the most beautiful relationships need to go through changes in order for them to grow and evolve. This is where I find myself. I need to stretch my wings and fly into the unknown. The one thing that remains true and what I will hold close to my heart as I embark on this new adventure is that I will ALWAYS have you. If it weren’t for all of your love, support and faith in me as an actress I wouldn’t be able to make this bold move.”
Hendrickson revealed that her departure from the show was amicable and the door will be left open for Chloe to return at a later date. The actress has a few more weeks left to film and will air for most of May.
Read Hendrickson’s full statement at SoapOperaDigest.com.