Nothing brings a group of people together faster than a crisis and it looks like the firing of The Young and the Restless’ Michael Muhney has done just that. In the midst of allegations that Muhney groped costar Hunter King’s breasts on two occasions the battle lines have been drawn. The fans are clearly giving the actor the benefit of the doubt and showing him endless amounts of support. They even paid to have a banner supporting Muhney flown over the studio where Y&R films.
On the flip side, as each day passes it seems that the cast is joining forces to speak out in an attempt to save their show. This situation was handled badly from the jump, with these allegations being sat on for quite awhile so at some point there will likely be a firing or two because sexual harassment is a serious matter that needs immediate addressing. Plus fans are insisting that once Muhney’s last scenes show on Jan. 30th then they will no longer be watching.
I wasn’t there and have no clue where the truth really lies but longtime cast members such as Eric Braeden, Jerry Douglas and now Kristoff St. John have all spoken up one way or another. We know from various sources that Muhney and Braeden clashed regularly and they recently had a fight that turned physical. Douglas claims that Muhney has been high strung and overly emotional and as far as the allegations go he claimed, “to do a thing like that to a woman is despicable and unacceptable. It’s sad.”
After seeing numerous tweets attacking King for going to the top with her groping complaint, St. John took to Twitter to defend her and asked Muhney directly to, “Please set the record straight, for those of us that have to take the abuse from the fans. It’s hard to watch and read.” He also told the fans that they are being lied to and deceived by Muhney’s silence. One thing is for sure, at this point no one from the Y&R cast is speaking out in support of Muhney and anything that they do volunteer is quite negative.
This scandal just isn’t going away and it looks like Jill Farren Phelps’ presence won’t be what destroys this show. Instead it’ll be the scandal and division between the actors and fans that ultimately topples Y&R. Who do you think is telling the truth in this tangled mess? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!