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What happened to Summer on The Young And The Restless? Was she recast?

Shania Wilson May 18, 2022
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If you’ve tuned in to The Young And The Restless lately, you will have noticed something different about Summer Newman.

A handful of actresses have taken on the role since the character of Summer Newman debuted in 2009, but soap opera star Hunter King stuck around for almost a decade.

In April this year, it was announced King would be saying her goodbyes to The Young And The Restless, with newcomer Allison Lanier filling Summer’s shoes.

So, what happened to Summer on The Young And The Restless and why was she recast? Here’s what you need to know.

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What happened to Summer on The Young And The Restless?

If you’re a long-time fan of The Young And The Restless, you’ve practically watched Summer Newman grow up.

Summer made her debut in 2009 as a young girl, portrayed by Samantha Bailey. When the character entered her teenage years in 2012, Lindsay Bushman was cast in the role.

Hunter King then took over from Bushman in 2012, playing Newman for almost a decade. In 2018, however, the soap opera star was forced to step away from The Young And The Restless to film her other show, Life In Pieces. King made several more appearances on Y&R but, in April 2022, it was announced Summer Newman had been recast.

Talking to Soap Opera Digest, King explained: “I love playing Summer. When these things happen (during contract negotiations), there’s a variety of reasons why they happen. It’s such an odd process (working out a business arrangement) but also feeling like it’s your family. It’s definitely weird.

“I’m in a stage of growth in my life in many ways and, at this point in time, I feel like I’ve done a lot of growing on the show. Now I feel like it’s time for me to grow in other ways.”

The star added she’ll always feel close to the character: “I do hope to always have Summer in my life in some capacity. What that will continue to look like I’m not quite sure yet, but I know I hold her very near and dear to my heart.”

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Who is Allison Lanier?

Hunter King said goodbye to The Young And The Restless, but Summer Newman lives on through Allison Lanier’s portrayal.

If you think Lanier looks familiar, you might have seen her play Annabelle in TV series Red Oaks in 2017, or Bella in 2018 project Fish Bones. Lanier is also credited for 2017’s It Happened In LA, and 2019’s Mia.

According to her Instagram, Allison is based in New York City and also dabbles as a model. In summer 2021 she shared an Instagram carousel of images taken by Kat Irlin, writing: “Thank you for having me @poloralphlauren @yalebreslin and for taking these photos @kat_in_nyc !!”

Soap opera fans react to Summer Newman’s recast

Given that Hunter King portrayed Summer Newman for almost a decade, a fresh face on The Young And The Restless has thrown some fans.

“It’ll take time to get used to her as Summer,” one person tweeted.

Another asked: “Hey what happened to the other Summer, Hunter King?”

On the flip side, others have embraced Lanier’s version of Summer.

“I will forever miss Hunter King but I do like the new summer,” someone else added.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.