Soap star Sharon Case shared a heartfelt goodbye to her former co-star Gina Tognoni after Tognoni’s final The Young and the Restless scenes.
Onscreen in Genoa City, Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) and Phyllis Summers Newman (Gina Tognoni) played enemies. Both women have children fathered by Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow), and more than once, Phyllis managed to sabotage Sharon and Nick’s wedding. Most recently, the revelation that Nick and Phyllis shared an ill-advised one-night-stand last year led Sharon to dump Nick at the altar in October.
Last Friday, Tognoni’s final scenes as Phyllis aired on The Young and the Restless, according to a report from The Inquisitr. Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) kidnapped Phyllis, and he will try to trade with Adam Newman (Mark Grossman) Phyllis for Chloe Mitchell (Elizabeth Hendrickson), but the whole thing is somewhat botched since Kevin assumed Phyllis is Adam’s girlfriend. Soon, actress Michelle Stafford, who used to play Phyllis, will resume the role that Tognoni filled for the last five years.
In a tweet, Case wrote a beautiful letter to Tognoni. She called her former co-star one of the “Queens” of daytime soap operas. Then, she reminisced about how Tognoni was always “one of the ones to beat” when it came to the Daytime Emmy Awards. Tognoni won the statue for her portrayal of Phyllis in 2017.
Case thanked Tognoni for helping her learn and grow as an actress, and she celebrated their friendship these past five years. Instead of goodbye, Case ended her heartfelt letter with a “bravo.”
Fans of both women and the show chimed in with beautiful words of encouragement.
One wrote, “Beautiful post. Your admiration of and friendship with @ginatognoni is so inspiring. You are both such gifted actresses. I am going to miss seeing #Pharon onscreen. I never would have imagined I’d be rooting for a Phyllis and Sharon friendship, but because of your chemistry I was.”
Others remembered iconic moments between the characters of Sharon and Phyllis while Tognoni had the role.
One recalled, “I loved when Phyllis was running Crimson Lights! Such a fun episode bc of you two! When Gina delivered the line, ‘you work at a crisis hotline?'”
Case’s followers also expressed appreciation for the fact that the storylines brought Phyllis, Sharon, Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) together this past year with their big J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill) entanglement.
Ultimately, fans and soap stars alike appreciated Tognoni’s portrayal of Phyllis, and she will be missed. Even so, many also look forward to Stafford’s return to the role soon.