7 ways Shemar Moore could return to Y&R after Criminal Minds exit

Mar 27, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. ET
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After 11 seasons on Criminal Minds, Shemar Moore announced his departure from the hit crime drama series. The actor is ready to take on new challenges in his personal and professional life.

He told his followers in an Instagram video, “I’ve been off Criminal Minds since Feb. 10, [the] hardest secret I’ve ever had to keep. Criminal Minds changed my life and I am so grateful. You’re stuck with me and I’ve got you.”

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Clearly the former CBS star isn’t going anywhere, even though he wants a better work-to-private-life balance. So, why not a return to daytime? Here are seven reasons Moore could return to the role of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless.

1. Recurring character

The last time we saw Moore on Y&R was in 2014, when he made a three-episode guest appearance. The handsome actor wants a bit of free time, so why not have his character pop into Genoa City from time to time?

2. His relationship with CBS

The network has been Moore's home for a long time. They have been good to him, and Moore has been grateful for the work and the career CBS has afforded him. If they asked him to do a cameo, we bet the answer would be yes.

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3. His relationship with the soap community

It’s always been a positive friendship. He never turned his back on the soap fans who have been there from the beginning. Moore has also appeared at many Daytime Emmy ceremonies as a presenter to support daytime television.

4. Shakeups at Y&R

It’s no secret that the daytime series has seen its share of cast shakeups recently.

Contract players Robert Adamson, Sofia Pernas and Lachlan Buchanan were all recently placed on recurring status. Kristoff St. John, who plays Moore’s on-screen brother, Neil Winters, also revealed that he wouldn’t be on much in the next few months. Could this open the door for Moore to return?

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5. The fans

Moore’s “Baby Girl” fans are legendary and incredibly loyal. They would love a Malcolm Winters return to Y&R, which is always a boon for TV ratings.

6. New projects

Moore has made no secret about wanting new challenges in his life, and that’s why he took on the executive producer role on his upcoming film, The Bounce Back. Why not use a return to Y&R as a great way to promote the movie? It’s a great publicity strategy.

7. He’s Shemar Moore

He’s talented, he’s handsome and he has those washboard abs. I am sure the Y&R writers can create a steamy scene so fans can see appreciate his athletic prowess.

Would you like to see Shemar Moore return to The Young and the Restless?

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