Ah. The scandalous firing of The Young and the Restless’s Michael Muhney is one of those that is clearly not going to just go away quietly. In the last few days the situation has become increasingly messy. First, Muhney was fired at the very end of his 4 year contract, being told that the character of Adam Newman is being shelved for awhile before being recast. At that news the fans lashed out at the powers-that-be, namely Jill Farren Phelps accusing her of taking away yet another huge favorite without just cause.
Then we heard that Muhney’s co star, Hunter King made allegations about him fondling her breasts on two occasions and that raised serious eyebrows. Sexual harassment accusations in the work place can’t be tolerated and so either Muhney was guilt or else an innocent victim but either way, his job was over. Except that it wasn’t, right away. Jill decided to ignore the allegations and keep him working until the end of his contract while trying to make viewers hate his onscreen persona. I guess she believed that if they hated Adam they wouldn’t react so badly to Muhney leaving.
Jill Farren Phleps
That didn’t work either. Former Y&R producer, Maria Arena Bell let the cat out of the bag and explained that action was not immediately taken, something that is likely going to make heads roll because CBS now HAS to do something to save face. Muhney’s fans are still as upset as they were when he first announced his firing. An enterprising group of fans banded together and shelled out $785 bucks to have a banner made that will fly over the CBS studio lot where Y&R is filmed! It says, “NO ADAM NEWBIE. JUST MICHAEL MUHNEY.”
If I had to venture a guess I’d say that after all of the inevitable firings happen and the scandal settles down viewers won’t have to worry about Adam being recast. I suspect Y&R will be very happy to put him on ice indefinitely, don’t you think? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!