When Jill Farren Phelps delivered the news to Michael Muhney that he was not only fired from The Young and the Restless, but that he would also be replaced sooner rather than later it was a crushing conversation. Somehow though he managed to leave her office and go back to the set where he immediately opted to address the actors that were there. According to the Feb. 24th print edition of CBS Soaps Muhney apologized saying, “I let you guys down but I was happy to play with you for four and a half years. And I’m saying it now because we have a bleep-load to do.” Muhney was of course referring to those final scenes that he would still be filming with Billy Miller.
Ironically, both actors were on their way out the door thanks to Jill’s cutthroat decision making and not by their own accord. Muhney also said that there was no one else that he would rather be filming his final scenes with than Miller. There have been so many negative whispers about Muhney’s behavior on the Y&R set but no one bothered to mention how well he handled his firing and how he continued to show up and do the character of Adam justice until his final day of shooting. Obviously he cared a lot about the job that he was doing and how his character had evolved over four years, otherwise he could have simply stormed out and let god old Jilly figure out how to compensate for his immediate loss.
Do you think that Muhney has handled himself well given the situation? He has yet to say very much at all publicly on the whole matter. Do you think he’ll eventually talk about it in an interview? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!