This is interesting to me as the only cast members who left were Brenda Dickson (Jill) and John McCook (Lance).
Everyone else stayed on.
David Hasselhoff went recurring? Was Lynne Topping put on recurring because of this?
Pam Peters (Peggy) was brought back.
So it was hardly a cast decimation. More like business as usual.
Kay Alden has spoken about the expansion time and said it was very stressful.
I think some of the turmoil was brought about by Bill's reluctance and resistance to the 1 hour format.
It's not as though Y&R was the first show to expand- other shows had moved to 60 min quite smoothly.
Today by chance a Twitter thread about Baywatch came across my feed and I glimpsed Kim Morgan Greene (original Nicole Love) at 0:35. Apparently it was an uncredited role as Girl with Injured Foot.
I liked Kim Morgan Greene as Nicole and never felt the recasts captured the privileged party girl aspect of the character.