Soap Opera Digest reports that Maitland is bring Traci back to the Abbott mansion just in time to celebrate the holidays with siblings Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman), Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), Billy Abbott (Jenkins Burgess). Beth Maitland’s first air date will be December 24, and she will be seen for multiple episodes.
Beth Maitland originated the role of Traci Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” in 1982 – the only actress to portray the character. Traci was the youngest of the Abbott children until Jill Abbot (Jess Walton) gave birth to Billy – her son with John Abbott (Jerry Douglas). Traci has come and gone from Genoa City several times since she left town in 1996 with husband Steve Connelly (Greg Wrangler), a publisher who lived in New York City. Traci and Steve eventually divorced after the death of Traci’s daughter Colleen Carlton with husband Brad Carlton (Don Diamont).
Maitland has brought Traci back to “Y&R” for a few guest appearances over the years, usually involving an Abbott family emergency or a holiday. After Traci’s divorce she came back to Genoa City and moved in with her niece Abby Newman. Since then “The Young and the Restless” saw Traci a few times, but not recently.
“The Young and the Restless” fans are you looking forward to seeing Beth Maitland back as Traci Abbott? Do you hope she sticks around for more than just the holiday season? Get ready, Traci will arrive home on Christmas Eve to spend Christmas with her siblings, their significant others, and assorted nieces and nephews.