The Young and the Restless Spoilers: Can ‘Y&R’ Survive Michael Muhney Scandal Without Firing Jill Farren Phelps??

The Young and the Restless Spoilers: Can 'Y&R' Survive Michael Muhney Scandal Without Firing Jill Farren Phelps?

If you tuned in to internet broadcast of the Daytime Emmy’s, then you already know that The Young and the Restless bagged 6 different major awards, including Best Drama Series and Best Lead Actor. That sounds pretty impressive, but you have to remember that it’s based on last year’s work. The last 6 months on the CBS sound stage have been hellish for anyone involved with the long running daytime drama and all roads to the misery seem to lead back to one person — Jill Farren Phelps, Y&R’s show runner.

Phelps has a history of being brought in to save shows that are struggling and ultimately she seems to have a Dr. Death effect. Santa Barbra, Another World, Guiding Light — each one of these now-defunct shows featured story lines that victimized women and writing that shocked the hell out of longtime viewers.

Phelps inevitably won awards for her special brand of story telling and then almost immediately ended up fired as the networks scrambled to save each of these shows, to no avail. It seems that once Phelps is involved it’s the beginning of character assassinations galore and the slow death of long running shows as the fans’ collectively quit watching.

That is exactly where Y&R is at; the fans have scattered because Phelps has ruined favorite characters and those are the lucky ones — because at least they are still chewing scenery in Genoa City. A multitude of favorite actors like Billy Miller, Michelle Stafford, Genie Francis have been fired on the spot simply because Phelps enjoys her power trips a little too much. The situation with Michael Muhney is another glaring example of Phelps’ ineptness.

The Young and the Restless Spoilers: Can 'Y&R' Survive Michael Muhney Scandal Without Firing Jill Farren Phelps?

When younger actress Hunter King allegedly accused Muhney of sexually groping her twice it wasn’t Phelps’ instinct to protect the actress. Instead, she saved her storyline and kept Muhney around for three more months! IF King’s claims were legit, then in any other industry Muhney would have been fired immediately. Why is it that CBS has never had an issue with how badly Phelps handled the whole situation? Is it because by making her accountable it would have called more attention to the original claims? Or is it that the claims held little water and that is why Phelps dragged her feet in taking action? Sure, it gave her an excuse to get rid of Muhney — in her own good time, which is probably what she wanted to do anyway.

The situation with Muhney has cost Y&R hundreds of thousands of viewers. Either the fans needed proof of something or else they need an apology for how badly one of (arguably) the best actors in daytime was treated. The fact that 6 months later neither of these things has happened has only led to an even bigger mass exodus of fans. Clearly, Phelps has not improved the quality either onscreen or behind the scenes at Y&R. And it’s time for her to leave.

Even if Y&R gets smart and cans Phelps tomorrow, it doesn’t mean that a new show runner can save the show. Just ask former Another World, Guiding Light, and Santa Barbara fans what an uphill battle that task has proven to be! Is it time for CBS to get rid of Phelps? Even if they do it, can Y&R be revived or is it already too far gone? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

  • Jill

    Kathy was only doing her job. Though I didn’t realize that JFP said “You are going pay for this”. I wonder who’s a** JFP is kissing. That was the best moment on the whole Emmy show…Kathy letting JFP have it….LOL

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  • PassionQueen77

    lol The show would do better without Jill Farren Phelps and her writer crew. Bad writing and the storylines are weak. When Paul finds out the truth that he had a son with Nikki i just hope the storyline can get wrap up very soon. Paul needs to stay away from stress so i think he should become a private investigator. Let someone else be the chief of police. Paul investigation is not that good anymore. That is when someone else should take his place. Summer paternity results needs to wrap up when Phyllis arrives in town. Jill Farren Phelps needs to start by caring for the characters happiness. I am glad that Jack and Kelly relationship is broken up. For them being together was a big mistake. Jack needs to take care of himself. Nick and Victor should work together to find out what Mariah and Ian Ward is up to. Abby and Tyler relationship is doomed yay. Abby and Tyler relationship was so boring to begin with. This show needs new writers by in the fall.

  • datdude Mike

    I’ve been watching the show since I knew what television was. I’ve never seen it have really no direction like it does now. I really think it’s time for a complete overhaul and please bring billy and Phyllis and Adam back

  • beth

    IMHO…CBS know that JFP has ruined the show but if they come out and fire her while fans are still in an uproar then they admit all the bs that has been going on. If I was MM I would expect a huge amount of cash and a HUGE public apology before I would ever return!

  • disqus_rS7WuxHpIS

    I started watching the show again about two years ago, and really loved the characters, but after many being dismissed or whatever the case, the Y and R has lost it’s attraction, becoming boring, can’t stand the Ian Ward part of the show, sure a little to get the story line, but boring. Tired of Summer and her whining, Phyliss and her situation, and can Nick not be in a bad mood all he Time? Love Stitch and Dylan, need Adam back by the way of M.M.

  • disqus_rS7WuxHpIS

    Same here, need to watch now is on my last to do list.

  • disqus_rS7WuxHpIS

    I agree, she, Jill P. Is killing the show. After many years of not watching,I started watching again a couple of years ago, and now I may be back to tuning out.

  • Sue Shade Monroe

    I am constantly fast forwarding thru the majority of the show. I have watched since it first came on. So sad that the best actors have left and I only watch about 5 minutes. This woman needs to be fired and bring back the actors who made it worth watching.

  • Lalalove

    Get Phelps out now! Please!

  • dt

    Please bring Billy Miller and Michael muhney back

  • cpatrish

    Four major characters are gone and the story line stinks worse than a skunk. Somebody please fix this show which used to be hugely entertaining and filled with so much excitement. I used to hate to see the show end after an hour and couldn’t wait for the next one to begin the next day. Now I don’t even watch or care. Except to check this web site and hope for good news.

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  • Maria Sanchez

    The new Billy sucks even more

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  • Sharon

    If you can’t sleep…check out y & r…better than a sleeping pill. Go Jill your better than ambien.

  • richard

    The only thing JFP needs to do is stop bringing Lauralee Bell even once in a while, get rid of the little brat and Let Phyllis kill Christine once and for all. Lauralee aka Christine is a total whore she should have been off that show years ago. This little tramp got hired cause her father was the late Bill Bell the creator of the show and she caused Terry Lester to quit back in 89. If anyone should be gone permanantly should be Miss daadys little girl Bell.