The Young and the Restless Michael Muhney Firing Scandal Has CBS Listening To Fans But Still Underestimating Their Intelligence

The Young and the Restless Michael Muhney Firing Scandal Has CBS Listening To Fans But Still Underestimating Their Intelligence

Isn’t it cute how CBS just confirmed that The Young and the Restless has been renewed until 2017? You guys don’t actually think that the timing of this announcement is a coincidence, do you – because I can assure you that it’s not. The network big wigs really did think that they could play off Michael Muhney’s firing as a simple end of contract change in direction and that it would be smooth sailing. Maybe that would have actually worked if long-time fans hadn’t already watched as many of their other favorites had been quickly given their walking papers. There had to be a breaking point right? One that would cause backlash and the firing of Muhney has proven to be it.

When fans reacted, then it was purposely accidentally leaked that there were allegations about Muhney’s behavior on set. Did he sexually harass Hunter King? We’ll likely never know what really happened between the two of them and the speculation at this point probably does more damage than good. Was he arrogant? Muhney has admitted as much. So what, that makes him like millions of other people. The point is that CBS thought that by throwing info and allegations out there the fans would back off and this scandal would go away. Then Muhney would be gone and you guys would just get over it and keep tuning in as you always have, except that isn’t what happened!

CBS has instead been met with a sturdy fan base that is really tired of feeling ignored and all but made fun of. You guys are the reason that this show and this genre exists, yet they continue to publicly minimize what you’ve been asking for (clarification) and seem to think that a boycott come Jan. 30th may not really happen. After days of fans saying that they are finished with Y&R the network through in your faces the fact that it has been renewed through 2017. It was intended to send the message that the network is mightier and the fans have no real say.

Let me reassure you, that is not the case. Just because Y&R was renewed doesn’t mean that it’ll even see the end of this year. It is all about numbers. If the ratings fall then the advertisers walk. If they pull their spots then no money is being made and how does the cast, crew and production team get paid? Exactly, it won’t because CBS isn’t going to front the money for a flailing show for very long in any part of their line up.

My point? The network wants you to be discouraged and then to settle onto the couch at 12:30 pm to tune in, maybe disgruntled, but they want you to sit through the show hoping for the best. The truth is, you do make a difference and everyone connected to Y&R from CBS heads all the way down to random day players that pop up for a scene a week are all worried - really worried. They will not admit it but they know that soaps are already a dying breed and it doesn’t take much for another show to bite the dust simply because they are not as respected by the upper echelon in Hollywood as they once were. The decision to kill a soap and replace it doesn’t come from a team of people raised on the genre or familiar with the impact of daily story telling. It’s done by younger, more cut-throat decision makers that believe the future of daytime television is anywhere but in soap operas. They are looking for reasons to bring in a new show (Jill Farren Phelps!!) and this whole scandal could easily turn into a pretty big reason.

Everyone working at Y&R is daunted by the fan reaction because after several weeks they finally get it, this could really be the end and CBS’ red herrings aren’t going to help them to sleep any better at night. Rest easy knowing that you are making a difference.



  • lalaland

    Hey all. I have been doing a lot of research, and I am trying to decide which soap to watch after the end of January.

    I am actually disgusted with Eric Braeden for some reason. I don’t think I can watch the show any more Does Braeden seem arrogant and disrespectful of MM to you? Am I dreaming? The behavior of other actors post MM is also really bothering me. Melissa, being one of them.

    Anyhow, I am researching British soaps. I was in England this summer and watched a couple. Their industry is going strong. Does anyone have any good ideas of a daily soap dose replacement, maybe a British series? (including Scottish or Irish)

    • Lynda Westlake

      I am not sure if you can watch on BBC America, but Casualty, East Enders, Holly Oaks & Emmerdale are really good. In the UK soaps are on in prime time

  • Lois

    great point, and the one that people who aren’t believing the rumors about Michael Muhney is trying make with their support of him. when I read the gossip by TMZ all I could think is wow because they don’t like our reaction, they are going to ruin this mans life. what a horrible thing to do to someone. And the reaction by the cast mates was despicable, I was ashamed that I was a fan of the show at that point.

  • Melissa2014

    Contact the advertisers and boycott their products. Eric Braden making fun of the same fans who have stood behind him all these years did it for me. This can be a great show again, but the fans are not being taken seriously. Hire Mr. Muhney back. Apologize for the unprofessional conduct of CBS/Sony.

    • Diamond Lil

      I agree 100 percent with you. I used to be a big fan of Braeden, but now he appeals me. It can l be a great show again, but only if they fire Phelps and stop firing their best actors. Amen!!!!

      • Heather Gasol

        JFP has ruined every show I’ve ever watched & seems like she likes to kill young kids which people don’t take kind too.I don’t know why she’s not blackballed in the soap world. Never heard anything good about her. EB thinks his shit don’t stink.Best actors on YR were & are #PB,#MM,#SC,#BM. 2 out of 4 gone!!!!! LOL

    • Elaina Bierlein

      That is an amazing idea and would scare the hell out of everyone I guarantee that would send a huge message ……brilliant idea

  • katlady

    First Michelle Stafford, then Billy Miller, and now Michael Muhney!?! After 40 yrs, I am so done with Y&R!! Time to move on.

    • Heather Gasol

      I moved on. I stopped watching Y&R after 21 yrs. when they fired & blackballed Michael Muhney!!! Bye-Bye Y&R!!!!!!!!

    • Alley cat lover

      Well, folks, you all will be cutting off your nose to spite your face. Actors come and go and soaps are on the cutting board as it is. That would leave the horribly boring “Bold and Beautiful” and “Days” which is my favorite anyway. Also, we don’t know what really went on behind closed doors.

  • Miller&Muhney forever

    I am so disappointed and disgusted with the way in which everything has been handled regarding Y&R. First, the exit of great talent such as Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller and Michael Muhney. Without those actors, there is really no other reason to watch Y&R. Maybe for Peter Bergman and Christian LeBlanc, but not enough to keep me watching after January 30th. I am disgusted in the way some of the veteran actors took to trashing Muhney and his reputation. The way in which those actor reacted to this whole situation was disgusting. The way in which CBS / Sony and all of the higher ups have behaved — laughing at the fans — is truly disgusting. I will no longer be watching Y&R after January 30th and I am looking for the day in which I hear that it will be canceled. Only then will the karmic scales of justice be balanced.

    • Renee

      100% agree with everything you said!

  • guest

    I am happy to read to this article, because I was disgusted that Y&R exec’s have –as well cast members have been boasting about being renewed..and it felt like “In your face fans” we will be here to stay so we don’t care what you have to say. Using their 25 years at number one status to steamroll over the fans. I also find it interesting that heads of CBS/Sony and cast of Y&R really do believe they have more power than fans. Listen up: Who is watching? I remember Victoria Rowell –years back left Y&R on a bad note, and found herself blacklisted to audition for other soaps as she was labelled difficult. She has been on record about Y&R cast in fighting and that union was brought in to sort out the differences, as well as certain cast members getting paid more etc etc. WIth all of what we have witnessed by Y&R cast members, the execs of CBS and Sony with MM firing and what Victoria Rowell stated on what happens behind the camera. It is clear this–soap is not a family but a group of people who treat each other poorly. No respect, lack of integrity..and yes I am sorry to say this it seems that MM may also be blacklisted as VR has been. I am done supporting Y&R. How can anyone sleep at night knowing what has been going on? This will not go away–fans can think and add to two and two together. Thanks for the article.

  • Lenora Hassell Haralson Shope

    I have watched Y&R literally since day one, but because of the firing of Michael Muhney (straw that broke the camel’s back), Jan 30th will be my last day. I am not the only one who feels this way. CBS can bet there are tens of thousands of others who feel the same, they just aren’t on social media voicing it! #teammuhney

  • Diamond Lil

    Lillian
    I have a great Idea which will teach Y& R a lesson. All the fans should stop watching the Show for an entire month and let them know who really runs the Show. Where would they be without the loyalty of their fans?

    As a long-time fan of the show, I’m appalled at the fact that Jill Phelps wasn’t fired. What are they waiting for, the Show to go off the air? Plus, she was tight friends jwith Hunter King so you know she would back her up and not Michael.

    Because there’s been no actual legal action taken against Michael, and if there had been, wouldn’t that be a case of He said, She said. I question why they fired Michael and not taken any legal action if he did what they are claiming he did. Was it because they were afraid of a scandal, or did they realize they didn’t have a strong enough case against him in order to take legal action? I personally feel its a combination of both. I would employ Y&R to rehire Michael if he’s willing to come back. I’m sure an accomplished great actor like Michael, will not have any trouble finding another job elsewhere. It will be Y&R’s loss if they don’t get Michael back and lose him to someone else

  • Lillian

    Wise up, you know the answer to this. Michael is under a Gag order and could get into more trouble if he talks. Yet, Braeden, who is under the same Gag order, opened his big mouth and didn’t get in trouble for it. Do you know why? Because he did the dirty work for Jill Phelps to make her look good and Michael look bad by talking bad about Michael.

  • Martin

    I say MM fans should take pictures or video of deleting Y&R from DVR’s and send them to Y&R. This will get them where it hurts: the ratings. Post on YouTube, also.

  • Heather Gasol

    I couldn’t have said it better Phyllis. Done with Y&R for good!!! Sickening!!!! #TeamMuhney

  • Andrea Brown

    I got into a lot of arguments also over defending him. No proof and the show and articles said “alleged” – not found guilty.

  • Louise Lorette

    No wonder Eric Braeden plays Victor Newman so well-He is exactly like him.

  • Denise

    I have not watched the show since the day they announced his firing and that says a lot since I have been a fan since the 80’s. Over 30 years and to tell you the truth, I don’t miss it. Michael was one of the few reasons I kept watching. I ended up fast forwarding through most of it.

  • Elizabeth Waddell

    So Over Y&R they lost my rating a couple months back..at the first when BILLY MILLER was leaving then Michael muhney fired…every one at that point should have cut off Y&R ,but some wanted to watch them rip the only2 actors with talent off the air…there is no reason to watch now…..CBS turned a closed ear and mind toward the fans…they didn’t respect us ..why respect them..It sucks that you didn’t care enough about us to hear and respond to us…we are human you know and if you want to be honest here you have your job because we watch and buy products …we giveth ..and we taketh away…for years we kept quite and when we ask for attention and respect we get nothing…I want ever watch again..because of the way you disrespect us….I ‘m sorry to all the other actors ,but the story lines sucks…so RIP……… to me young and the restless has already gone..it died when the best talent on there was let go….If soap are a dying breed …Y&R is deceased…

  • Cynthia Kaszuba

    It’s sad when you have NFL players making millions of dollars who have been charged with rape, murder, animal cruelty etc yet they are still playing football or the Duck Dynasty fiasco and what this guy has an ego and allegedly likes to cop a feel and he gets fired! What BS! Cbs get off your arrogant high horse and get him, Miller and Stafford back. It is the only way to save your show!

    • Devoted Fan

      Cynthia, thanks for your support of MM but his dismissal is not about what’s being rumored. It’s about stupid office politics. MM said in his only interviewer back in Dec.2013 that it had to do with his confident and outspokeness. JFP is stupid to fire him and lose millions of fans because he stepped on someone’s ego.

  • Advocacy for MM

    The dishonorable handling of MM exit has been the worse I have ever seen in Daytime history. Millions of viewers have read about this snafu, which is going to hit CBS/Sony where it hurts the most! Therefore, the heads in charge need to roll down hill to a shit pond! Then they’ll wake up and smell the reality of this miscalculation in judgment to let MM go. Somebody was asleep on the job to not realize that MM was the thread that held Y&R together for the past few years. Letting him go will end up being a game changer in the worst way for Y&R. The fact that they trashed him in the scripts and on social media, especially how the former executive producer AM spoke out against MM, saying she liked the actor but not the person. Her words were bias and she should’ve kept them to herself. Many viewers can say the same about her, liking the producer but not the person. Besides, a smart boss knows you don’t have to like the best worker to know they are the best person for the job. But the most shameful were the cast members trashing MM, especially when JD who doesn’t have a steady job on the show but comes back once a month as a ghost, spoke out against MM; and others jumped on the bandwagon like EB, MTS and JM. They are all smiling and disregarding the fans, but after the fall-out of January 30, 2014, their smiles will quickly fade.

  • Jacee2

    I so agree with all of the comments and after being with them since the beginning they are losing a long time viewer who hopes they sink to the bottom after their attitude with the fans. I will never watch this soap again and without MM and BM the s/l’s are lame and bore me to tears. I will miss Jack played by Peter. I have respect for him because he kept his mouth closed while the others especially EB, MTS, and KSJ were horrible. Also, GR – almost forgot about him.
    I hope you see this because what CSI episode was MM in? Is it something coming up or has it already aired? I want to see it. Team Muhney forever!!!

  • carolyn

    Just saw that on twitter MCE called an MM fan an idiot. smh So not classy.

  • Big Yawn

    Oh, please–boycott Y a R!!! Boycotting is for meaningful causes, not for some silly actor who contributes a few ridiculous lines on a soap opera!!! I’m a Y a R fan, but only for an hour each day for some mindless relief before returning to real-world concerns. I’ll continue watching Y and R regardless of actors’ comings and goings, but I won’t waste another second boo-hooing over some overpaid memorizer of a C average script.

  • Lexxus

    Exactly…..hearsay…and they destroyed a man’s reputation……how would you like to be called a molester if its not true? You are so ignorant.

  • Lexxus

    Tmz is a rag….Run by trash.

  • Devoted Fan

    JFP wanted MM out. She asked Sony and they approved because she is the executive producer. They trust her poor judgement to fire the best actor on the show. She hit the ground running to dismiss MM. When she appeared on the scene, the writers had redeemed the character Adam and allowed him to find love and marry Chelesa. However, JFP took office and threw it all out of the window with her dark storytelling. She eventually made him a child killer to push him out the door. His character wasn’t able to enjoy his reunion with Chelsea and the baby because he had to deal with the pain of causing a child’s death.

    Y&R needs to rehire MM and apology to him and the fans for their smear campaign to make Y&R look just in their injustice toward him. Because what JFP has done to MM is despicable and premeditated. It appears that she set out to destroy the character and then the actor: Here’s the substantiation:

    (1): Adam and Victor were working together and getting along – then and a 180 turn in storyline occurred:
    (2): Victor viciously turned against Adam after Adam saved his life just because Adam borrowed money from Jack to save Newman.
    (3): Newman Enterprises is destroyed, taking away Adam’s dwelling place.
    (4): Adam had to step down from Newman after saving it.
    (5): He’s thrown into a dark story where he kills a child.
    (6): Then he’s fired.

  • David

    The above article is exactly correct I posted something to this effect days ago and I have been reading posts since then. We the people are the ones who have the final say as to what happens to a show. Yes, many people would be out of work. But if the Y&R cast are going to put us the viewers off as are CBS and Y&R execs then I for one am all for boycotting this show. I have watched Y&R since 1991 but stopped after all the drama began. Whether or not you agree with the “Allegations” is no longer the point. It is now more about seeing our favourite actors leaving and poor storylines that began once Jill Ferron Phelps took over, If enough people stop watching the ratings go down and as stated in the article then advertisers will pull their ads. Bye, bye Y&R, it’s been fun but as long as you aren’t going to listen to the actors then we bid you adieu.

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  • Adam, Billy

    I was watching the y&r since I was 17 I love all of them but I still have my favorite like muhany, Billy but with out this two the y&r are gonne be so boring.
    So please keep muhany and Billy pleassssss…….

  • Renee

    You nailed it! 100% right!

  • sebring2206

    done watching this show. bring MM back or Y&R will be just like one life to live and all the other soaps that were once riding high! tired of EB. MM fans are serious and standing by him

  • Gilly

    What is wrong with you people? If what they say is true and he harassed a coworker – that is unforgivable in the workplace and if he wasn’t providing you all ridiculous entertainment he’d be out on his a$$. I’m tired of Hollywood and athletes getting a free ticket because they think they are irreplaceable. You are not above the law.

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  • jordan

    They’re firing one of the best actors on that show..hire him back…he’s the reason I even watch the show anymore!!!!!!

  • Vamp?123

    The OLD and the USELESS. The script writing has become a snoozefest. Story lines are boring and simply depressing. They have fired the best actors. I have watched the show faithfully for 20 years. The character of Adam was a personal fave, as was Phyllis, Billy, Ronan, and Brad……to name a few. Now I just erased all of my DVR episodes of Y & R and will no longer be watching. Nice work CBS.

  • jordan

    I Love you Michael Muhney..
    Don’t worry you won’t be out of work long and I’d be
    Waiting to see you on another show soon..

  • Alice Reid

    By Eric Braeden going public against M.M. In an interview tells me alot about why M.M. was let go well they don’t deserve a show I WON’T WATCH IT AGAIN

  • Alice Reid

    I will not only boycott the show but I will boycott the sponsors as well

  • nicki

    Big mistake getting rid of Michael Muhney……..you Wil lose thousands of viewers!!!!

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