The Young and the Restless’ Jill Farren Phelps Suppressed Hunter King’s Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Michael Muhney Until His Contract Expired

The Young and the Restless' Jill Farren Phelps Suppressed Hunter King's Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Michael Muhney Until His Contract Expired

If you thought that the sexual harassment allegations made against former The Young and the Restless star Michael Muhney were going to disappear, think again. At first glance I was inclined to believe that this story might have amounted to character assassination against the actor, now I’m not so sure. Former Y&R show runner, Maria Arena Bell spoke to Daily Confidential to weigh in on the situation and in doing so she has certainly raised eyebrows.

I am a fan of Michael Muhney the actor- not the person. Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions. It’s still a loss for the fans. Instead of acting quickly they tried to turn the fans against the character of Adam. Bad move. And they should not recast right away now. It’s too damaged.”  Adding, “The only thing that matters in this story -now  on TMZ is that a young girl is protected. She should have been all along. People should have been more decisive not less in this matter. I think they should have taken immediate action. They didn’t. Whatever happened, they need to protect the safety of the cast.”

Bell’s comments make it crystal clear that Y&R producer Jill Farren Phelps chose to take no action until it suited her. She put the character Adam Newman’s importance above the potential safety of cast members and worried more about story telling than the people working for her. Jill is already considered the doctor death of soaps and attempting to sweep something as serious as sexual harassment (whether it’s true or not) under the rug is not going to sit well with CBS.

The Young and the Restless' Jill Farren Phelps Suppressed Hunter King's Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Michael Muhney Until His Contract Expired

Let’s be clear here. Jill has fired beloved actors and axed characters who were woven into the history of Genoa City. She has chased fans away by the masses and now with this huge misstep she will no doubt cause the network to back off from some of the support for the show that is Y&R. Does anyone still think that Jill was brought in to improve things or that there’s a snowballs chance in hell that the show can survive the wreckage that she’s going to leave behind once finally fired? Most shows haven’t been so lucky and it’s doubtful that Y&R will be.

Do you think that Muhney touched Hunter King inappropriately and that she has had to show up for work for months now dealing with bosses that haven’t helped her? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

The Young and the Restless' Jill Farren Phelps Suppressed Hunter King's Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Michael Muhney Until His Contract Expired



  • Kimberly McBride

    First of all, thank you for calling a spade a spade. JFP has made a soap I have watched for almost 40 years nearly unrecognizable. However, I must take issue with the fact that you only told one side of the story. Plenty of insiders say that, yes, Michael Muhney had a big ego, but also a huge fan following and huge talent which did not sit well with jealous, overinflated egos of vets Eric Braeden and Medlody Thomas Scott. In my opinion Michael was set up. Just read Eric Braedon’s twitter page. He is an absolute jerk and an overrated actor who many fans are tired of seeing on their screen. We have lost too much talent under this new regime. I don’t think Y&R will survive it. This latest witch hunt is the icing on the cake. Is it any coincidence that the head of CBS daytime is married to the head of TMZ, the trashy rag that ran this story from a totally biased point of view with no credible source to back it up? I don’t think so! JFP is indeed “doctor death,” but it is not because of keeping MM around; it is because she has brought in all of her own actors and sacrificed paying or doing what it took to keep those we loved around.

    • Ilene

      Does JFP even watch the sh!t she puts on the air?
      hired the WORST actors ever! CBS get rid of her.
      I must say I have always hated Braeden, unpleasant in every scene.

    • Joanne Foy

      I agree with you and the firing of Michael who was the best storyline in years is terrible and I loved the chemistry between Victoria and Billy. Please bring them back I am devastated about this. Is CBS listening or anyone on the top of the food chain.

  • didi

    What are you talking about? Get your facts correct. He just signed a new contract a couple months back through June 2015. I suggest you also add the word “allegedly” to your statements.

  • tushkin

    Why would you say JFP is the doctor death of soaps when she spent the previous 9 years producing GH before she got fired….. and GH is still alive considering their new producer came in and completely changed the show from behind the scenes and on tv.

    • Sasha

      JFP darn near destroyed GH, hiring a bunch of newbies like she is doing to Y & R.
      GH only picked up, and stared getting good again, after she left, and many of the old characters came back. If JFP had not left, GH would be destroyed right now.

  • Jaxiska

    I agree Lilie! CBS and Sony have definitely made a mess of this situation. They have damaged two actors reputations along with the show’s. Either way this plays out, it makes Y&R, CBS, and Sony look REALLY bad. Either they allowed this alleged harassment to continue for months before finally firing Michael Muhney, or they are behind a terrible smear campaign against him. I tend to think it is the latter. It wasn’t until multitudes of Y&R fans organized to protest and threatened a mass exodus of viewers that CBS magically came out with this story through numerous gossip rags and other “news” outlets. Shame on them for dragging Hunter King’s name into all of this mess! If the harassment did occur, she deserves her privacy and if it did not occur they have ruined several lives. Even if they can clarify and validate all of this mess I will never watch the show again without a major overhaul of leadership. It’s just too damaged.

  • Meg Reddekopp

    ITS SOUR GRAPES FOR MARIA, SHE WANTS HER JOB BACK.I DO NOT BELIEVE IT HAPPEND ESPECIALLY SENCE TMZ IS INVOLVED,AND HK IS ONE OF JILLS PETSN

    • Dee

      MAB & JFP are in the same boat with all of this it stinks. MM was thrown under the bus with these allegations & HK is a pawn in this ridiculous game. Won’t they all be surprised come January 30th.

  • Linda

    Her statements did NOT make anything crystal clear!!! You added your spin to attract attention. IF this was going on why didn’t someone like MAB or other cast members step in to protect HK? His contract was not up till 2015 & if he was such a problem why was it renewed & why did MAB keep him around as well??? IF he is guilty then he deserved to go; however there are too many twist, turns, cover ups etc. to all of this. IF it’s true than more people are just as guilty of a cover up. And why would HH continue to work if it was so bad? Most any job would kick your ass to the curb on the first offense & though I m no JFP fan she is open to legal action against her & not sure she would take that risk….Just something’s are not sitting right. Twist it all you want; only MM & HK know the truth & I will respect their silence & privacy. You should do the same

  • Mary Quintero Rodriguez

    Glad that some one is finally shedding some light on this matter. If MM is guilty of touching Miss King, then by all means fire him. It’s said that he was let go from his last job for the same reason. The guy has a hand problem, and not a nice one. He admits he has an ego problem, and very out spoken. granted he’s a good actor, and plays the part of Adam wonderfully, but as a man, he’s batting zero. I feel for his family.CBS has to come up with a better person than JFP, , or lose all of the fans from Y & R.

  • Mary Jane

    It is really sad that we are losing a great actor that keeps Y&R worth watching–MM. Summer is awful. Her whinning is sickening. Not sure what the real harrassment story is, but it should have been investigated thoroughly. Since the decision has been made to keep her on, please get her to some acting classes and hurry up and bring Phyliss back, get Sharon out the storyline, get the truth out about that lying Sharon–she really makes me sick. Why doesn’t this show and writers listen to the people that made them famous–meaning the viewers.
    BRING PHYLISS BACK !!!!! into the show and make it worth watching. Right now, all the storylines suck: Billy & Victoria, Chloe, Jill. Put some make up on the adultress lady–Billy’s latest conquest–my goodness she looks awful.

    • Ashley Aka

      It doesn’t matter how bad the actress or her character is if the actor did indeed sexually harass her then he deserves to be fired

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  • larry david

    I can understand Eric Braden being jealous of Michael Muhney, he “was” the Future & surely going to be a staple of Y&R for years to come.
    Lets give all parties some time away for the matter before explaining to us exactly what happened. Because as Loyal Fans of Y&R we deserve to know

  • Po

    This is pathetic. So because you think she dress inappropriately she is at fault? Wake up and learn from it? You need to evaluate yourself and learn from this.

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  • Sasha

    You don’t know what you are talking about.
    You have the gall to convict a man on hearsay from a filthy rag like TMZ.

  • Sasha

    For you to say his is guilty is VERY ignorant of you. You have NO proof of that.

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  • Ava

    You sad lonely women need to get a grip of yourselves! Just because you like his character on a soap doesn’t mean he didn’t sexually harass this young woman. In fact, the huge ego is the reason he probably thought he could do it and get away with it. I am a working actress and I can assure you that sexual predators are something I’ve had to deal with constantly. You would be surprised to find how many young actresses are molested and even raped but feel powerless to defend themselves or even report the person because they have the power and you don’t. Getting an acting gig is damn near impossible, no matter how good you are at your craft. Once you get a good job, you don’t want to lose it – we have to eat and pay rent as well. These men (and women) in higher positions take all kinds of liberties. So, be ashamed the ones bashing this young woman, it could be your daughter, sister, cousin or you going through this and having the public slut-shaming the victim – what disgusting behavior. Just cause you dream of fucking him does mean she wanted to.

  • Kimberlee

    Instead of firing MM, CBS needs to fire JFP

  • Jo

    I would like to add that I have watched Y&R since 1971 and it remains to be my favorite soap and GH being a close tie now. I really hope this is a misunderstanding and that MM (Adam) remains on the show. I finally started to like his part as trying to become a better person. I Wanted to throw up watching him with Sharon Newman x 3 :) I think they need to give Sharon a part where she becomes a better person. She never looks after her little girl. I really wish they would give Lily a different part. Lily makes me want to gag. :(
    She just thinks she is s o beautiful and the universe revolves around her. I turn the channel when they show her part. Yes please bring Phyllis back to Jack and let them be a couple that actually makes it this time. Please investigate the accusations concerning HK and MM and make sure MM is truly guilty before giving him the axe. Also please give Victor some wine or something to calm him down. He is getting on my nerves going after everyone…Please let him be a better man. Poor Nicki deserves a better relationship after how many times of trying with Victor. Sorry but also please tell the lady that called everyone a lonely woman in her chat that just because we love Y&R and “Adam” that we are far from being lonely. Thanks for allowing me to vent. :)

  • Joanne Foy

    I agree also someone has to do something about this situation I love the Y&R and miss my favorite people your ruining the show

  • Deborah

    I have to agree with the people who wrote that JFP has to go. Whomever has the authority to get rid of her ass should do so. It’s obvious that she doesn’t give a damn about the viewing audience’s feelings or opinions of the actors on the soap. JFP is jealous of the actors we find most popular and she comes across as a woman hater. She is well aware of the actors who are favored by the viewers and these are the ones she fires. I don’t believe for a second that Michael touched Hunter inappropriately. These charges should be verified and the witnesses, if any, should come forward. If there were no witnesses, he should not have been fired based solely on Hunter’s say so!
    However, KARMA is a BITCH and one day, JFP will receive the same pain she has inflicted on others. I truly believe that what goes around, comes around.

  • Terry Taulbee

    I totally agree… the writers are to blame for dressing Hunter like a street walker. Any man is going to look at any woman or girl dressed like that. Give me a break! As a teenager I was way over stocked in the boob department and I know darn well when I dressed showing them off there was not one guy that did not look and it was both young and old doing the looking! So show them off, you get trouble.. trust me I do know this is a fact! So blame the writers for dressing her like that to begin with. It is Hunter’s fault for not speaking up to begin with, not months later.. sounds real fishy to me for her to not say anything for soooooo long!!!! It’s not like we live in the dark ages. I think MM got the shaft :(

  • Stormweather

    There should have been an investigation from the beginning,,, no charges laid, no police involvement… That’s not right …. If he is innocent… That’s too bad if he is guilty,,, he should be punished…
    But the not knowing is no right….

  • Ramclam

    The show is not the same to many good characters have been let go I don’t recognize the show Kelly’s not needed at all kil a child who does that

  • Renee Samara

    My new twist on the subject of MM’s firing…HE’S IN ON IT…will return in the future…we’ll all start watching again…Y&R will once again be the most watched soap…kinda’ like the “JR shooting/dream” season switch scenes!!! HK acts and talks like a s_ _t on/around the studio, btw, if you haven’t heard some of the recordings being posted online, about her love and desires for a couple [named] actors. She taunts married men with her words, if not her bustline! :)

  • honey

    Wow- I loved this show and could not wait to watch it every week-but now Phyllis, Billy and Adam gone I have two weeks to watch and don’t care if I ever do. Chemistry is total gone from this show!!!!!!:( so bummed!

  • Deb

    i agree Cindy. Its time for you to stand up for yourself. I dont known if its true or not but i do know after watching y&r since about 1978-im done. I hate CBS for letting this continue & not clearing this up. I quit watching y&r when BM & MM was gone. It seems kinda strange but i hardly ever watch CBS anymore. Sorry all the other good shows have to suffer because of all this crap. Hate the story line, when Dehlia got killed that was too much even for a soap opera.

  • Martha

    Summer WISHES. She’s a waste.Hope Adam sues her.

  • Jill J

    JFP has destroyed this show!….Its as bad as the View and neck and worse than the Talk….. I worked for CBS for many years so Im not surprised by what Ive heard however is it the truth????? And now that MM has been dealth with what about all the other bad hires JFP has made?….Why does the bew Billy seem obvious gay???? Which is fine….but the key is to “pretend” you’re not…its called acting….How in the hell could you let the Original Phyllis go????? And how many dam times is Sharon and Nick going to get back together. ….the only story line and character I care about on this show us Stitch….who got a raw desl by the gay Billy…..the show sucks…..when it use to be soooo good….????

  • jill j

    Agreed…..