The Young and the Restless Spoilers: Michael Muhney’s Firing and New Adam Newman Casting Addressed by Jill Farren Phelps

The Young and the Restless Spoilers: Michael Muhney's Firing and New Adam Newman Casting Addressed by Jill Farren Phelps

The Young and the Restless fans have been sitting on the edges of their seats, waiting for TPTB to reveal who will be replacing Michael Muhney and playing the part of Adam Newman on the popular CBS soap opera. Rumors have been circulating for weeks now that Michael Muhney was returning to Y&R, and those were his hands that we keep seeing in the infamous Adam Newman scenes, but his mother took to Twitter and quickly shot down any possibility of Muhney being on the Y&R set. For a while Y&R fans were convinced AMC alum Cameron Mathison was taking on the role of Newman, but he also took to social media and announced he wasn’t taking the part.

Well, the woman who fired Michael Muhney in the first place, and several other stars, Jill Farren Phelps finally opened up about casting a new Adam Newman during an interview in the July 14th edition of Soap Opera Digest. It’s actually quite funny, Phelps sang like a canary throughout the entire interview, and babbled about how amazing Y&R and her cast was, for literally paragraphs. That is until the magazine brought up the part of Adam Newman. When JFP was asked “how the search for Adam Newman was going,” all she had to say was, “it’s going.

Jill Farren Phelps also confirmed in her SOD interview what we have all expected for a while now. She hasn’t even cast an actor to play Adam Newman yet. And, she is banking on the final reveal of the new Adam Newman to save her struggling soap opera. When asked if she was any closer to casting the role, Phelps told SOD, “We hope so. He’s a very pivotal character. His return will blow the canvas right open.” It’s interesting that she thinks introducing her Michael Muhney replacement is going to “blow the canvas right open.” I’m no expert, but judging from fan feedback I’d say officially replacing Muhney with a new actor is going to hurt the soap opera, not help it.

But, wait…there’s more. Just when you thought JFP couldn’t get any more delusional about the state of The Young and the Restless, she was asked about all of the major characters checking out lately, like Muhney, Miller, and Stafford and how fans felt about it. Her response? “The show must go on and it has successfully done so for over 40 years, and it will continue to. We are only going to get stronger and stronger.

Stronger and stronger? Apparently no one gave her the memo that General Hospital is leading the ratings race in some of the key demos now. We couldn’t make this stuff up, check out the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest and you can read the three page spread of Jill Farren Phelps propaganda yourself. Oh, and feel free to rant in the comment section below.



  • Susan

    If that IDIOT.JFP. thinks for one second that a new Adam Newman will “only make YR stronger” ( or whatever she said). then she is delusional! Michael Muhney is the only one who can play Adam Newman. Along with Adam’s dark side,, Michal also brought out the human side of Adam combining Adam two sides to perfection & making Adam one of the most beloved characters in Daytime, Any actor brave enough (or stupid enough) to take on the role will be ripped to shreds by the fans. An Adam recast will only hurt YR- not help it. If MM wont come back, then Adam should be allowed to RIP! At this point. the only way to save YR is to FIRE JFP.

    • Stephanie PhDiva Miller

      I agree ^^^^ If she don’t bring Michael back she can kiss Y&R’s & her ass goodbye and we the fans mean it!

      • reggieannC

        I agree!!..iI’m only sticking it out to see if they bring M.M. back..if not I’m walking..there’s been to much change and lately I’m bored

    • lillizzy76

      Its just like with B&B, once Ronn Moss left the thought of a new Ridge should have been on the back burner. B&B got stupider as will Y&R

    • reggieannC

      I agree..

  • ndavlin

    I think the longer they wait the worse the effect is going to be. Fans Are tired of seeing hands. If they haven’t made a decision they should have left him presumably dead until a decision was made. Another bad decision among many!

  • Marvin Massey

    I have to agree that most people are watching just to see and hope that Michael Muhney will return as Adam. If he does, then the ratings will go off the charts ,not to mention social media. But if another character takes his place, this show will finally come to an end. That’s a shame. I hope the right people read this. Comment @marvin_massey

  • Lisa

    Absolutely the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard. JFP NEEDS FIRED. She has cost the show millions of soap opera watchers. And Michael played an excellent part as well as Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford. Please fire her and bring back the original cast members.

  • Coretta Silvers

    OMG! Yes JFP is in lala land. Y&R has been going down hill since she came on board and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. I’ve followed this show since it’s conception and I’ve never seen it this bad.

  • concerned

    PLEASE FIRE JFP, and get Y&R back on track!!!

  • Lisa

    If MM doesn’t come back its General Hospital for me.

  • Brenda Murphy

    JFP should be fired I loved Michael as Adam, Bringing back Cricket please she only had the role because her parents are involved in the show. Also, I know you are going to show that Mariah is Cassie’s twin sister that was taken from Sharon when she was born. Come on now. I never could get over the replacement of Jill years ago and to replace Adam ridiculous

  • Eileen

    Fire Jill!!!!! Fire Jill!!!!! Y/R is sooooo boring now. The only good storyline is…….. Oh wait…. There’s not one that is good!! Once the new Adam comes on and its not MM..i’m gone for good. Would rather watch Michelle and Billy on GH. AND hopefully MM. BIG mistake letting them go. Fire Jill Phelps!!!!

  • T.R. Williams

    Don’t we all post silly quotes and anecdotes on twitter? I thought that is what twitter is for..as well as pictures..he posts pictures too of his adorable children :D you should follow him on twitter. His posts are adorable :D

    • LisaJ

      Yeah, but that’s ALL he does. His MOTHER on the other hand, does ALL the tweeting about this situation of his firing. I think if he is truly *innocent* of the claims against him, than HE should be saying so–not his mommy. Personally, I think *something* happened. They don’t fire people willy nilly.

  • Guest

    She was EP on GH for 9 years, it’s still on.

    • Berecca

      ONLY BECAUSE SHE ISN’T THERE ANYMORE!

      • Guest

        If she is such a vile bitch why did Steve Burton(a main charachter) and NUMEROUS other GH staff go to Y&R just to continue working with her?
        She is a very lovely person and half of you raging, rabid insulting ‘fans’ would not and could not bring yourselves to say all the negative garbage you post daily about her to her face.

  • PassionQueen77

    Sharon never had twins girls when she was a teenager. Mariah is not Sharon kid. Mariah was raised by Ian Ward. Sharon would realize that Mariah living at her house was a setup. Maybe Mariah is going to find out about Sharon secret. If the new Phyllis came on the show from May or June that would be nice. Bringing her on the show by next month is fine. The truth needs to come out. Summer has one father that is Nicholas not Jack. Jack has one son that is Kyle. I am glad that Dylan father thingy is coming to an end. Ian Ward needs to disappear and he needs to stop bothering people. Ian Ward and Colin can leave the show but before Colin leaves the show his secret of what he did at the atheltic club needs to come out. Cane and the others needs to know that Colin is the one who kidnapped everybody at gunpoint. Why Jill Farren Phelps doesn’t want everybody to know about that is because she doesn’t want to lose any fans. This Abby needs to be recasted. The real reason why Jill hired this abby because she is friends with her. A young abby can be on the show not this Abby by this fall.

  • PassionQueen77

    Jill Farren Phelps and her writer crew needs to go by this fall. All Jill Farren Phelps cares about is old storylines that is it. What Jill Farren Phelps is that wrap up the storylines by next month. Sometimes the show is so boring. Wait until September comes the show would be so boring. Michael Muhney doesn’t want to come back to this show because of Jill Farren Phelps. Who cares about Chloe. Chloe was a evil person on the show. She wanted to destroy of what Chelsea had. Chloe was the one who kidnapped Chelsea baby and ran off with him to Paris. That is bad. Chloe won’t be missed. The writers are old and they can’t come up with anything good. They should quit the show by in the fall.

  • reggieannC

    I agree…thats what I ve been waiting on is for those hands to be the real Adam..if not..im moving on. Might go see whats going on with General Hospital I just dont like change!..takes awhile for me to adjust so with that being said theres way to much change on Y&R. Im really hoping that they are going to bring M.M. back on the show..if not..I’ll prolly walk to. ITS GETTING BORING

    • connie

      So true. Boring Isn’t the word! Its More like fast-forward! I’m so ready to switch to GH just to see Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford. Miss them terribly! And whats with the new Billy? Omg!! For the love of god bring back Michael Muhney!!!! And stop the madness!

  • reggieannC

    EXACTLY!!!..thats the ONLY reason why I’m hanging around. I will be moving on if its not M.M. THE SHOW HAS BEEN SOOO BORING WITH ALL THE CHANGES

  • pookerella

    She thinks just because they won that stupid award that she’s doing well. Those Daytime Emmys for soaps are rendered MEANINGLESS when there are only FOUR soaps and they are just making the rounds.

  • reggieannC

    BORING STORY LINES..the show is on cruise mode…the poppin needs to heat up

  • Just Me

    Ms. Phelps has been smoking too many hookas if she thinks putting a new actor in the place of MM is going to work. Taking him out at a crucial time (or anytime) of the story was just a bad move. So bad, I don’t think that show will recover. I, along with others, won’t be back to watch if MM isn’t brought back to the role.

  • Jackie Obradovic

    She is a GRADE A MORON!!!! How the hell do you think Y&R is doing well??!! What colour is the sky on the planet she’s living on?! She makes my blood boil!! There will always be ONE perfect actor to play Adam Newman and she screwed it up by firing him in December!! What an idiot!!!

  • Robin

    She’s outa her mind! Us the fans Will Not Accept Anyone other then Michael M…. Ole Jill must be smokin crack! I suggest you hire Michael back & do it quick!!!

  • Louise A Wisinski

    Just got home with the new SOD. Now I can’t wait to read it.

  • Louise A Wisinski

    Can’t say I’d be sad if Crystal goes.

  • Janet

    I feel sorry for the person who they try to replace M.M. with. Who ever it is he won’t last. So if they want to keep their job. They should try some where else. Not the the Y & R.

  • Delamere

    Agree totally. Something else I don’t understand is he’s got to know how desperate his fans are to know what’s going on. He owes us nothing about his personal life, but I think he does owe us more about what he’s doing professionally.

    He’s very clever on Twitter, and I love the pictures, but surely he’s got to know how important it is to his fans to know what he’s doing. All he’d have to do is tell us if he is or is NOT going back to Y&R, and then if not if he’s going to another soap. It’s almost as if he’s “playing” with us or stringing us along. . Problem is these shows tape quite a bit before their TV showing and now he’s on vacation which means I don’t believe he’s doing a soap now.

    Sorry for the rant, but I miss him so much and to me there’s something that isn’t quite right about this whole situation.

  • Sasha P

    Thanks for the laugh of the JFP interview. She is as delusional as they come. It’s both sad (for the show) and funny (at her hubris) at the same time.

  • lyndeb28

    Fire JILL P.& BRING BACK MICHAEL MUHNEY, HE MADE THE SHOW. AND WHAT HAPPENED TO PHYLLIS? WHO’S REPLACING HER. FIRE JILL! !! BILLY MILLER WAS SO GREAT TOO. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS JILL PERSON! !! THE B&B JUST KEEPS REPEATING THE SAME THING YEAR AFTER YEAR. RIDGE & BROOK BULLCRAP. LET BILL & BROOK HV IT & LIAM &HOPE & THEN CREATE A DIFFERENT STORY LINE. YOU ARE NOT ANY GOOD ‘JILL P.’….SORRY BUT TRUE …

  • christine

    If mm was so innocent then why not file a slander suit? Thank u

  • Melissa Martin

    The Young and the Restless is in a pathetic state. It was a huge mistake to let the actors who played Phyllis, Chole, Billy, and Adam go from the show. Hire back Michael Muhney as Adam Newman.

  • Olive

    Find out who really hit Deah. Reveal Stitch secret, enough already. Bring back Miller and Michael

  • Glory

    I’m totally lost!! What happened to Billy Miller?! I’ve been working double shifts & when I saw Y&R, it was another actor!! When did that happen?!! They really do need some new blood & ideas at the helm!!!:*

  • DEE

    YES PLEASE GET RID OF JFP. THE Y&R HAS BECOME TRASH

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  • Maxie

    JFP can never replace the outstanding acting abilities of Michael Muhney, Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford. Their performances as Adam, Billy and Phyllis were always riveting! David Tom didn’t work out as Billy and I don’t like Burgess any better. His acting is flat and he just doesn’t have the charm and wit that Billy Milller brought to the role. I have been watching Y&R since day one and never have I been so disappointed in the acting and the stories as I am now. Y&R had 3 of the best actors in daytime tv and JFP let them go or fired them. Why wasn’t Billy Miller given time to do other projects when Eileen Davidson was permitted to go do Days of Our Lives? She often goes back and forth from Y&R to Days. I understand that it was Michelle Stafford’s decision to leave but it’s been reported she did not come back because of differences with JFP. I love Y&R but I am quickly losing interest in the dull and dragging stories. Fire JFP and bring back our beloved actors!

  • lisa

    OMG! MS. PHELPS RECASTING SKILLS SUCK EVEN WITH THIS BILLY WHO LOOKS LIKE A HOE-BO WITH A SUITE SUCKS I COULD BE WRONG SHE KEEPS TRYING TO PUSH PEOPLE ON THE PUBLIC AND THE PUBLIC KEEPS PUSHING BACK EVERYONE THAT SHE HAS REPLACE JUST DON’T FIT.

  • LisaJ

    I am NO JFP cheerleader by any stretch of the means (she has DESTROYED this show in record time). But as far as MuhneyGate goes, I think her hands were tied. I’m pretty certain it was NOT her decision to fire him. It’s clear she loved him because he got TONS of airtime. I think the the higher ups demanded that he go and she had the misfortune of being the messenger. She might even be dragging her heels on recasting because she’s trying everything she can to get him back on the air. So….let’s not call her an idiot just yet (not for THIS anyway). She IS an idiot though for trying to turn her boy wonder Steve Burton into the STAR of Y&R. Don’t even get me started on that.

  • Jane

    What is Y&R waiting for? Fire JFP already, the show is terrible since she took over. Y&R will run to the ground if JFP isn’t fired.

  • mary gillaspie

    What kind of drugs is that woman on or is she just a plain idiot ? Has she not gotten it through that thick skull of hers that she has gotten rid or forced out almost all the decent actors on the show and is trying to replace them with people and characters that the viewers can’t connect with and don’t want to see. This show is losing viewers so fast it isn’t even funny. You would think that someone that is suppose to actually “Be Someone” would keep up on this kind of thing. Also any actor or actress that still wants a job 6 months from now had better start looking because the Y@R isn’t going to be around. She has already killed it.
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  • mary gillaspie

    Long past time

  • mary gillaspie

    As far as I am concerned she has already killed the show when she fired MM

  • Sarah Horta

    I want MM back he is the only actor who has ever played Adam’s character to perfection, If he isn’t recast Y&R will soon be off the air like every other cancel soap. I’ve been watching y&r since I was a little girl and i was probably around 6 years old or 5 years old now I’m 26 years old and won’t mind stop watching y&r cause it’s become stupider by the minute, recasting all the actors is been such a dumb move.

  • Sasha P

    So agree with you, right on point! MM’s acting breathed life into Adam Newman, not JFP and her writing staff.

  • Melissa Martin

    So, if Ms. Phelps has any qualities and powers as an EP now sure is the time to use then. HIRE BACK Mr. Muhney. If the problem was that he was a jerk — the actors have had jerks in their midst before. Establish workplace rules. Have the actors ACT the role of nice people to each other. The disgusting rumors were very unfair to the two actors whose reputations got smeared and all the internet chimed in on.

    This is a tv show with very loyal viewers. There is a a reason for that – the show has been very good for a very long time. Eric Braeden has defined the show – and done so believably for many years. Mr. Muhney’s Adam Newman was a surprise.. he turned the horrid character, Adam Newman, into a mesmerizing beloved character. He made Billy Miller’s Billy and Eric Braeden’s Victor mesmorizing (sp?)… and the entire a show dramatic entertainment. Then, they lost Ms. Chancellor… a huge loss. Then, the actress who played Phyliss (sp?) — then Billy Miller and the actress who played – a really bad role – but played it so well – Chloe. — But the glue just fell out of the whole show and the entire bag of lousy story lines with the loss of Mr. Muhney. Hire him back.

    Ms. Phelps, if you read this, it would really make a lot of people if you would work with whomever are your bosses — (the person whose husband cast rumors to TMZ?, or Mr. Kent, or Mr. Mosko — whomever those people are — please get with them — and work out something with the names mentioned for CONTACT on Mr. Muhney’s website. This show is like family to a lot of people To you it is just a job — one of many soap opera jobs you seemed to have had — -but to some of us, it is like a generational thing — we have watched it with family members for years – and years.

    You have a real opportunity to do something good here. So, whatever the problems were – if you have any talent as an EP – and if your institutions (CBS/SONY) have ANY type of professional work environment AT ALL – things can be put into place — and after all you are working with ACTORS – so they ALL should be able to step up to do their jobs. But, the others – with perhaps the exception of Mr. Braeden do not have the acting talent to hold the whole show together — and he, Mr. Braeden’s character of Victor — need Mr. Muhney’s Adam – to make him believable and for any of us viewers even care about his latest rants and raves about his “family”.

    Yes, it is just a show. But, to the Young and Restless’s credit — it is a world that – has become a family and friend to many of us. We actually do care about its outcome. So, now it your chance, Ms. Phelps. Please step up — do what you have to do with money and offers – with higher ups and with colleagues – and get Mr. Muhney back on the show as Adam. And to all of you actors who are on the show and think whatever you think about him — step up also — who doesn’t have to work with people we find to be a real pain. As long at a colleague has not been arrested and sent to jail — and none of your colleagues have been — then, do what the rest of us do in our work places –do your job. And, know we, the fans and long-time watchers will appreciate it. Thank you, Ms. Phelps, for reading this. Thank you in advance for finding a way to get Mr. Muhney back on the show as Adam.

  • Jane

    What is Y&R waiting for? Fire JFP already, the show is terrible since she took over. Get your act together and fire her asap. Bringing new characters isn’t going to save the show. You need to bring back MM and BM. Get rid of Ian.

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  • christine

    He is on vacation? Don’t you mean he’s on unemployment .????

    • jade

      Point is IF he apparently did this why isn’t he sitting in jail instead of on vacation? Cuz he was NEVER charged with these bogus allegations. JFP was on a witch hunt and used her little puppet aka HK … No charges = BS ….

  • KMM

    I really hope they FIRE JFP before its too late for the soap to continue to air. She destroys everything she touches. She is not talented in any way at all and one must wonder how is it she keeps getting hired only to destroy the very soap who before her was top in its field?

  • Francoise

    No one can replace him as Adam….just bring the guy back already and make your fans happy…I would say he’s learned his lesson by now.

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