Christel Khalil went on recurring status on "The Young and the Restless" last year, and her character, who is in prison, has only been seen sporadically. Lily has now obtained an early release, but there may be a new face when she returns to Genoa City for Neil's funeral. Celeb Dirty Laundry is reporting that Nazanin Mandi, who is a dead ringer for Khalil, has been hired by the CBS daytime drama. The actress announced the news on social media but did not indicate the name of her character. The rumor mill indicates that Christel Khalil has voiced her desire to leave "Y&R" altogether, suggesting that Mandi is going to be her replacement.

Nazanin Mandi joins 'Y&R'

Soap Dirt reports that Lily will be released from prison, but will leave Genoa City, just as Jill is returning. She will return to town for Neil's funeral on April 26 and Celeb Dirty Laundry says she may have a new face. This is because Nazanin Mandi just announced on social media that she has been hired on "The Young and the Restless." The resemblance between Mandi and Christel Khalil has rumors flying that she will take over the role of Lily during the episode where Neil is eulogized.

CDL emphasizes that Christel Khalil has been dissatisfied with her role as Lily and that is why she went on recurring status. Now spoilers report that she wants to be completely off "Y&R." The timing of Nazanin Mandi's announcement, along with her striking resemblance to Khalil, has rumors flying that she will replace the popular soap veteran.

Spoilers state that once Lily attends her father's funeral, and sees her grieving loved ones, she may have a change of heart.

Lily's future may be bright on 'Y&R'

Before Christel Khalil went off contract, Lily and Cane were doing pretty well, and she was eager to be a mom to little Sam. Since the accident that killed Hilary, the Ashby family has been dealing with a lot of issues.

It is difficult to believe Lily would walk out on her children, especially baby Sam, whose biological mother died in childbirth. The last time Cane visited his wife in prison, however, his wife said she could not get over the fact that Sam was conceived when Cane cheated on her. If Nazanin Mandi does take over the role of Lily, there is the possibility that Lane may be reunited.

Speculation about this beloved character will continue until facts become available, so be on the lookout for updated spoiler alerts. Christel Khalil fans will be disappointed if she leaves her award-winning role, but Lane lovers will be excited that their favorite couple may still have a chance. Make sure you continue watching "The Young and the Restless," weekday afternoons on CBS at 12:30 PM ET.