Young & Restless’s Michael Mealor Previews Kyle’s Return, Diane Reunion

“This is a great story!”

This week Michael Mealor returns to The young and the restless as Kyle, who is about to get the shock of his life. How does Jack’s son react to the news that mother Diane is still alive? “It’s a total devastation,” Kyle’s portraitist tells me Soap Opera Digest† “Kyle has put so much work on himself dealing with the loss of his mother, so he has to decide if he even wants to see her.”

Growing up believing that his mother was not only dead but murdered, Kyle has miraculously managed to build a pretty amazing life for herself. “He and Jack have a great relationship, he has a great marriage and a son that he adores,” Mealor says, “so why would he open that can of worms and invite chaos into his life?”

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Although Kyle isn’t sure which way to go, when? Young & Restless called Mealor to come back, the actor was all in… especially after hearing about the story he would run into. “I got chills,” he admits. “I told them, ‘If there was a story that I had to come back to play Kyle, this is the story.'”

Though he’s sworn to secrecy about the Diane twist, he admits there was one person he immediately barked at: TV dad Peter Bergman (Jack). “I called all the way” [him] that afternoon and told him,” confessed Mealor. “It was such a fun conversation because he and I have built such a great relationship off-camera, so it was so cool to bring that news to him.”

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Meanwhile, Mealor is extremely excited to dive into his new storyline. “I’ve done a lot of soapy things since I was on Young & Restless…but I’ve never had a come-back-from-the-death story, and now I get it! This is a great story for Young & Restless to tell because they don’t usually bring people back from the dead, so it’s an important moment for the show.

Check out our photo-filled gallery that will tell you all about Kyle!

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