Stephen Nichols, Jessica Heap, leaving 'The Young and the Restless?'
Are Stephen Nichols and Jessica Heap leaving the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless?"
UPDATE: A rep for Nichols confirmed to OTRC.com that the actor is leaving "The Young and the Restless." No further details were provided.
Nichols, who has played millionaire and business tycoon Tucker McCall since December 2009, has already taped his final episode, according to the report, which was posted online on December 21.
Just two days earlier, Nichols, 61, promoted on his Twitter page an upcoming episode of "The Young and the Restless," Tweeting: "It's been a while since we got to say this but....Tucker Time tomorrow!! #YR"
Nichols is a veteran soap star. He played Stefan Cassadine on the ABC daytime series "General Hospital" and starred as Steve "Patch" Johnson on NBC's "Days of Our Lives" before he was cast on "The Young and the Restless."
He has been acting on television since the 1970s and has also appeared on shows such as the original "Dallas," "Dynasty," "T.J. Hooker," "Matlock," "Murder, She Wrote," "Empty Nest" and the original primetime soap "Melrose Place."
Heap, 29, has played Eden Baldwin on "The Young and the Restless" since last year. She has also appeared on an episode of "CSI: Miami" and starred in movies such as the 2011 sci-fi flick "Battle Los Angeles" and the 2012 comedy "Spring Break '83."
(Pictured above: Stephen Nichols arrives at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on HLN at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. The actor was not a nominee, although he did earn a nod in 1988 for his role on 'Days of Our Lives.' / Credit: Todd Williamson / Invision / AP)