Why Chance Left The Young & The Restless (& What Happened To Him?)

Chance Chancellor left the popular daytime soap opera The Young & The Restless in early 2021; here’s why his future in Genoa City won’t continue.

Chance Chancellor appeared as a character on The Young and the Restless for decades, but February 2021 marked his last appearance on the popular daytime drama. Introduced as the son of Nina Webster and Phillip Chancellor III, Phillip Chancellor IV, aka Chance, was portrayed by multiple child actors from the late 1980’s up until 2001, including YOU and Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley. Guiding Light actor John Driscoll played the role from 2009 to 2011. In 2019, Donny Boaz was the last one cast for the role and announced his surprise exit earlier this year.

Set in a fictionalized version of Genoa City, Wisconsin, The Young and the Restless first premiered in 1973. The soap opera follows the stories of the Abbott and Williams families, having previously focused on the Brooks and Foster families before a string of recasts and departures in the early 1980s. For the last 32 years, The Young and the Restless holds the rank as the highest-rated daytime drama on American television. Although briefly recast in November 2020 — Boaz tested positive for COVID-19 and was replaced with actor Justin Gaston after testing positive for COVID-19 — Chance’s departure happened in February 2021. Chance’s leave from The Young and the Restless happened because Boaz was let go from the show, and it turns out that the character won’t be recast.

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