It’s been a while since Nick and Phyllis’ daughter has had a front burner storyline, leading some fans to wonder: “What happened to Summer on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS?”
The result of an affair between Nick Newman and Phyllis Summers, Summer was born December 18, 2006. The role was played by young actress Samantha Bailey from 2009 until 2012 when the character was SORAS-ed into a teenager and recast with Lindsay Bushman. But she was quickly replaced with Hunter King that same year.
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Summer has had a tumultuous life on Y&R, starting with being kidnapped at just a few months old by Sheila Carter! As a teen, Summer acted out by experimenting with drinking and drugs and caused a car accident that caused her aunt Chelsea to miscarry her and Adam’s unborn child. When she fell in love with Austin Travers, she not only tried to go on the run with the hunk, she married him so she couldn’t testify against him! Later, Summer was devastated when Austin was murdered, and while solving the mystery, grew closer to Kyle Abbott. But when he spent a lot of time in New York, Summer found herself drawn to the mysterious and charming Luca Santori. They became engaged, but she broke it off when she learned that he was just using her to get ahead at Newman and left him to rot in jail.
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King made her debut as Summer in 2012, and in 2013 was placed on contract with the soap. She has been nominated for the Outstanding Younger Actress Daytime Emmy Award five times and took home the trophy in 2014 and 2015. However, she continued to moonlight in other projects, including starring in the critically acclaimed film A Girl Like Her. And unfortunately, when her recurring role on the CBS primetime sitcom LIFE IN PIECES was upgraded to series regular for the show’s second season, King had to drop back to recurring status with Y&R.
“So excited to also be joining the LIFE IN PIECES family!” King tweeted when the news of her promotion was announced. “Beyond blessed for this opportunity!”
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The last time Summer was seen was back in December of 2016 when she celebrated her birthday with her family at a surprise party at The Underground. Her parents, Phyllis and Nick, gifted her with a vacation to a beach anywhere in the world, so we can understand why anyone would be reluctant to come back to all the drama in Genoa City after sipping piña coladas by the ocean!
As a legacy character on Y&R, Summer is still an important part of the canvas — and King is still on recurring status with the soap — so it’s entirely possible Summer could come back, either for a special occasion or perhaps with a new face if the soap decides to recast the role!
Relive some of the highlights of Summer’s life in our special flashback gallery below!
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