More Tonya Lee Williams' Return to The Young and the Restless

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Tonya Lee Williams will return to The Young and the Restless later this month in a unique fashion:

The actress and show executives reached a deal that will allow Williams to appear on the soap opera without a contract.

It's been three years since Williams appeared on The Young and the Restless. Her character, Dr. Olivia Barber Hastings, has spent the last few years in Africa.

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Williams says the commitments outside o television prevented her from returning on a more full-time basis.

"I won't sign a long-term contract because of my film career and Reel World Festival responsibilities," the actress said. "But I'd pull a Tracey Bregman and continue in good faith."

Williams founded ReelWorld in 2001 in order to create opportunities for diverse talent in Canada.

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