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‘Young and the Restless': Mal Young Departs as Head Writer and Exec Producer

Young had been with the long-running soap opera since 2016

Mal Young is leaving “The Young and the Restless” as head writer and executive producer, an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap.

Young, whose departure was first reported by Daytime Confidential, has been with CBS’ long-running soap opera since 2016.  He was named head writer and executive producer in 2017 after the the departure of Sally Sussman and Kay Alden. Young’s prior credits include British series EastEnders” andBrookside,” and he co-created “And The Beat Goes On” for Channel 4 in the U.K..

No replacement has been named.

Young’s departure is not the only to befall the long-running daytime series. In October, star Doug Davidson said he’ll exit the CBS soap after 40 years.

When asked by a fan if he’d been let go from the daytime soap, the actor replied, “It seems so.” He later expanded by saying the show would be going in a “new direction” without his involvement. In a statement to Soaps.com, Davidson explained that his contract with the show had expired in January and was not renewed. He had since been appearing as a recurring character while the show built out the rest of its roster.

Davidson first joined “The Young and the Restless” as Paul Williams in 1978, going on to become one of its longest-serving cast members. In 2013, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.