The Young and the Restless News: Introducing Michael Mealor aka Kyle Abbott!

Y&R News: Introducing Michael Mealor and his character Kyle Abbott, click here to learn more--->>>




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Kyle Abbott, born Christian Victor Newman, is another one of Genoa City’s artificially inseminated offsprings. Kyle is conceived into the soap world when his momma, Diane Jenkins, attempts to bring another Newman heir into the world and secure her future forever (my words) with her husband Victor Newman. But Victor goes and gets snipped. Not deterred, Diane is determined to have her Newman heir and steals Victor’s sperm (even though they aren’t together anymore) from the sperm bank (guess Victor wanted some potential heirs put “on ice” just in case).

But Nikki Newman anticipating Diane’s move, engages in a little switcharoo and makes sure Diane doesn’t steal Victor’s sperm. It’s later found out that Diane impregnates herself with Jack Abbott’s sperm instead. Not a bad consolation prize. Jack might not be as loaded as Victor. But what’s the difference when you are Diane Jenkins? Not much.

So, “Christian Newman” becomes “Kyle Abbott.”  Poor Kyle, he doesn’t stand a chance of a normal childhood. Before taking a breath on “planet soap”, he’s destined to be a “pawn” in the long bitter Jack vs Victor rivalry. And in the slew of triangles and partner swapping of Diane, Jack, Victor and Nikki.  He spends his childhood tossed between houses, families and continents.

After Diane’s untimely death (at the hands of Nikki in self-defense), the character is SOARSed.  Kyle is less than enthuasic when he comes home and Jack is involved again with Nikki. Victor as usual is more than happy to step in as defacto dad.

Kyle gets involved with Eden Baldwin. But his main love interest is Summer Newman. The budding relationship comes to a screeching halt when it is believed that Summer is Jack’s daughter, making Summer and Kyle brother and sister (yep that would do it).  This plus being ousted by Noah Newman for spying on Victor for Jack, sends Kyle running for the hills and away from Genoa City.

When Kyle returns, Summer and Kyle do become sexually involved (by then it’s proven that Nick is Summer’s bio dad). It’s also during this visit that Kyle is involved in the Young and The Restless’ rendition of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (who killed Austin Travers.) And he also gets involved in Jack’s latest scheme to take “Victor down once and for all” (we know how that always turns out) before leaving Genoa City again. Kyle and Summer try a long distance relationship, that doesn’t work.

Our next gen soap prayers are answered Kyle Abbott is headed home, this time cast by Michael Mealor.

Michael Mealor, a leap day baby, is from Atlanta, GA. When he speaks his truth to his high school football coach about the new direction of the football team and loses access to his school’s weight room, destiny meets him at the local gym. He is approached by a model scout who invites him to try out for a talent search in Disney World. Michael ultimately signs with Wilhelmina modeling agency.
Then Michael attends one semester of college in Alabama (had a previous commitment to attend Auburn University)before fully embracing his destiny and pursing his career full time. Before coming to Genoa City, he has modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister and has appeared on Supergirl, Roadies and Chasing Life.

We are always excited when fresh new talent comes to daytime. And we are extremely excited about Michael.

In December 2017, we get a good preview of what we are in store for, when Kyle makes a big splash by proxy.  It’s Kyle that cast the deciding vote to replace Ashley Abbott with Jack as CEO. Not so fast. Jack has made some changes to Jabot’s bylaws. He inserts a “blood Abbott clause” that states no one but a blood Abbott can helm Jabot. Jack says he only did it when he found out Phyllis was sleeping with his brother Billy. Jack says he only did it to protect Jabot from outsiders.  So, does that mean he considers Ashley an outsider? Anyway, the “blood Abbott clause” helps Jack to live to see another day as CEO.

When Kyle makes it on screen, Jack has been arrested and is in jail for assaulting Victor and Victor is in a coma (Jack would later be cleared of the charges). Kyle and Jack share compelling scenes, rehashing the past, exposing old wounds and stating some hurtful truths. Michael holds his own with the incomparable Peter Bergman and we knew then a star had been born.

Jack’s in jail and Kyle becomes temporary CEO of Jabot. Kyle comes in like a tornado and starts firing long term employees and making changes. We find out Kyle has plans of taking Jabot public so Victor can take control. It appears we are well on our way to an Adam 2.0.

One can only assume that the writers had a change of “heart” for the direction of Kyle. He moves into the Abbott Mansion, he begins to bond with his grandmother Dina and rebuilds his relationship with Jack. He’s been a constant by Jack’s side during Jack’s quest to find his biological father. It appears that Kyle’s edgy “darker” hue is gone and has been replaced with a softer kinder Kyle. 

Notwithstanding Michael still puts in some stellar performances and quickly becomes a fan favorite.
The last few weeks or so there appears to be another shift and Kyle’s horns are starting to peek back out. It couldn’t be a moment too soon because Genoa City has been starving for a good soapy bad boy.  Kyle seems to be a step or two ahead of everyone involving Billy’s addiction, the intervention and Traci Abbott being voted  interim CEO.

We can’t be 100% sure as to what Kyle is up to. But that smile during Billy’s oust as CEO told us he is up to something!

Kyle and Michael are both perfectly poised to take their position as one of daytime’s top leading men.
As stated, Genoa City is starving for an heir apparent bad boy.  Kyle can be a chip right off the Jack block. We can see he has the acting chops to do it!

They’ve only shared a few scenes but from what we’ve seen, Kyle and Lola is most definitely a pair to watch. And nothing solidifies a leading man like a red hot supercoupling.

A Kyle Lola Summer triangle with a Summer vs Lola on the side also has lots of promise.

We are soooo excited to watch Michael and Kyle’s  dynamic future unfold!

What do you want to see happen with Kyle?  Sound off and let us know!

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