Fans dreading the announced departure of Shemar Moore
) from The Young and the Restless in May have been granted a reprieve. The actor has extended his stay through the end of 2001.
Moore was to have made a final departure from The Young and the Restless this summer, but show executives presented the actor with a new contract that would allow him to remain with the show while still pursuing outside ventures. Currently, Moore is traveling with the stage production The Fabric of a Man
In April 2000, Moore inked a similar deal with Y&R that allowed him to take time off from filming daily installments of the show. He made the most of that deal and filmed a part in the to-be-released film The Brothers
, a film with DL Hughley and Bill Belamy that opens in March. Moore had also landed a leading part in a sitcom called Celebrity
, but no networks picked up the pilot and the show was scrapped. Moore has also been hosting Soul Train
According to Moore, the decision to extend his contract with Y&R is something of a thank you to the show. Moore is reportedly pleased that Y&R execs would allow him time off to tackle other projects and renewed his contract as repayment for the execs' kindness.
Moore is now scheduled to leave Y&R sometime in November.