The Soap Bubble: Stephen Tucker leaves Genoa City Dec 20 2012, 05:25 PM by Aaron Hagey-MacKay This week in soap news, Tucker is leaving Genoa City, Abby is coming back, and look who’s wearing loafers - it’s Galen Gering’s cat! Psst... Scroll down for spoilers for next week's episodes. Y&R NEWS Stephen Nichols out as Y&R’s Tucker Getty Soap Central is reporting that Stephen Nichols (Tucker McCaul, Y&R) will be leaving the show, and has already taped his last episode. Nichol's departure has left fans wondering what the multi-soap veteran's next project will be. Will Nichols go back to General Hospital and reprise his role as Stefan Cassadine, or will Days of Our Lives fans get the treat of welcoming back the one-eyed bad boy/nice man, Steve “Patch” Johnson? Nichols joined Y&R in 2009 and no announcements have been made to where he will end up. But we’ll keep you posted. Who knows, maybe he’ll go back to his old job cooking vegetarian meals for monks! (yes, Stephen Nichols really held that job once!) Marcy Rylan back as Y&R’s Abby Getty Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps has back paddled on the decision of firing Marcy Rylan (Abby Newman, Y&R), rehiring Marcy to continue with her role as Abby according to Soap Opera Digest. Rylan was one of six immediate firings when Farren Phelps took power, and is as of now the only cast member to be brought back by Phelps. The actress is said to begin taping in the beginning of January. Merry Christmas, Ms. Rylan! You’re employed! Days of our Lives News It's another dry week for news on the Days of Our Lives front, but thankfully, twitter continues to provide an interesting window into the lives of our favourite DAYS cast members. Here’s a tweet from Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez, DAYS) with an adorable photo of his cat in loafers: galen gering @galengering Can't catch a break. Even the cats wearin Gucci loafers now.http://http://t.co/9ZqBB7kZ Image by Geling Gering on Twitter Here’s a tweet from the lucky guy who’s dating Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez, DAYS). He loves Camilla so much he’s created an internet meme for her: Marlon Aquino @AquinoMarlon @camilabanus I'm so lucky I can call you mine! Tq funny right!?pic.twitter.com/wpIdqKaB Image by Marlon Aquino on Twitter Finally, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady, DAYS and host of The Biggest Loser) has posted this advice for not ballooning during the holiday season: Alison Sweeney @Ali_Sweeney Stick to these strategies this holiday season http://www.alisonsweeney.com/post/holiday-healthy-eating-strategy and you’ll keep from attacking the treat table! Next week on Y&R - Phyllis questions Avery about her past. - Nikki and Victor exchange heartfelt Christmas gifts. - Adam reaches out to Chelsea. - Tyler’s charming behavior towards Lily unnerves Cane. - Jack’s friends and family stage an intervention, but will Jack accept their help? Next week on DAYS - Nicole receives an unexpected message from someone on Christmas Eve. - John is shocked by what he sees when he visits Brady. - Jennifer mysteriously cancels her lunch date with Daniel. - Rafe tells Sami how he really feels about their situation. - Eric gives Gabi and Nick good news. - Chad is determined to ask Abigail to spend NYE with him. By: Aaron Hagey-MacKay _______ Watch Young & the Restless weekdays 4.30 et/ 4.00pt. Watch Days of our Lives weekdays 1.00 et/pt.