Unfortunately for fans of Hunter King’s performance on «The Young and the Restless,» it doesn’t appear that the former daytime star is planning to return to her old stomping grounds any time soon. In an interview with Soaps.com, King ruminated on the possibility of returning to the daytime drama, remarking, «People do come and go and paths seem to cross in the soap world, so never say never, but right now, I am just so incredibly happy and honored and thankful to be with Hallmark.»
It’s easy to understand why King didn’t entirely rule out a return in the future since her work on the long-running soap not only launched the star’s primetime television career, which included shows like «Life In Pieces,» but also earned King two Daytime Emmy Awards (via Soap Central). Allison Lanier has comfortably settled into the role of Summer Newman, so if King did return at some point, she’d likely portray an entirely different character.
Of course, this isn’t unheard of in soap operas, especially when an actor makes the move back to a show featuring their former character as played by someone new. «General Hospital» rehired former Carly Corinthos actor, Sarah Joy Brown. Laura Wright was securely planted into the role of Carly, leaving Brown to portray the newly formed Claudia Zacchara character instead (TV Source magazine).