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Fan outcry lead the show to rethink recasting the role with newly-appointed executive producer Jill Farren Phelps later saying that negotiations with Khalil had resumed and she "didn't yet know" how that would work out.

Sherwood was said to have brought a "fire" to the role, and was told to use it only when necessary.

The relationship between Lily and Malcolm becomes your normal, traditional uncle/niece relationship.

The relationship between Neil and Lily becomes your typical father/daughter relationship. You've got the potential for years to come for fireworks.

Khalil has received critical acclaim for her portrayal, which has garnered her a NAACP Image and Daytime Emmy Award.

Critics have described her as having evolved from a "teen star" into a "leading lady".

Khalil said that Lily had been in "kind of an immature relationship" and she thought being with a "real man" would make Lily grow up and "start thinking about her life and situation in a different way" and "would change Lily for the better".