The Young and the Restless’ producer, Jill Farren Phelps sure does have a way of pissing off the show’s long time fans. She is a veteran daytime producer who has spent decades hopping from show to show, always causing upheaval before she moves on. Phelps has had the bad habit of forgetting show history and firing longtime fan favorites in order to make room for some of her friends in the industry.
According to GLOBE, print edition Nov 4th, The latest casualty of Phelps’ heavy hand is 8-year old Sophie Pollono who played Delia Abbott on Y&R. The character was the victim of a hit and run driver on the Oct. 11th episode, a shocking move that has enraged viewers and struck a fearful chord with the other actors on the show. Killing off a child on a soap is tricky territory and often considered to be a huge no-no. If a producer wants to tell that kind of story the child is usually sick, giving the audience a chance to realize what is happening. Losing a child in real life is crushing and soap fans often view these characters in the same way because they spend time with them each day.
As for the rest of the shows’ actors they are seriously worried about any type of job security- not that the soap world is exactly stable to begin with. However with Phelps legacy of firing fan favorites and this recent move which proves that she is a cut throat boss that will do whatever it takes to tell the story that she envisions, well everyone fears that their job is in jeopardy. Rightfully so because Phelps has let it be known that there are a few more actors that she worked with while at General Hospital that she would love to welcome into the Y&R fold. It’s no wonder everyone is nervous and the fans are fuming!
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