The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that another step toward Michael Muhney’s (Adam Newman) return to the show has been taken. A recent poll confirms that an overwhelming majority of fans support the actor’s second attempt to rejoin the cast of Y&R. Recent behind-the-scenes changes also allow a new opportunity for what would be one of the great revived roles in recent daytime history.
Three years have passed since Michael Muhney’s last scenes were projected in daytime. His version of Adam was riding in an SUV with Billy Abbott (then played by Billy Miller). A gun was drawn, Delia’s (Sophie Pollono) grief-ravaged father fired a shot and an SUV went over a cliff and down an embankment. The vehicle exploded, but not before Billy (then played by David Tom) and Adam (to be played by Justin Hartley, who went on to perform excellently in this role) escaped separately.
Easily one of, if not the most controversial exits in recent soap opera history set the Internet aflame one month prior to Muhney’s swan song scenes. Time and common sense appear to have confirmed that the actor was terminated due to his self-acknowledged abrasive personality. All conjecture regarding other issues related to his being removed from the cast was blunted by the fact that Y&R interviewed Muhney for rehire months after he’d been let go.
Any claimed legal matters would have never allowed Y&R to have considered Muhney for rehire if he’d been guilty of any abusive act. Because no actual evidence ever arose, common sense consensus eventually formed around the conclusion that Muhney was telling the truth, as was former embattled executive producer Jill Farren Phelps.
The debunked claims against Muhney have been marginalized, or destroyed entirely. Yes, a certain rabid faction of the public would likely restart its propaganda campaign if this ever happens. But no company, or person can allow a mob of any size to believe that it has actual influence.
By his own recent account, Muhney has grown as a person. He knows that his career and credibility would ride on such a return. So he surely would do everything within his power to be a good colleague the second time around. While Muhney wasn’t believed to have rubbed everyone the wrong way, it does seem that he needs to be far more easygoing with all fellow employees and lessen the pressure he applies to himself.
Matching the cited poll’s margin, an overwhelming majority of soap opera fans are also seasoned entertainment connoisseurs. They know Adam’s backstory as well as Muhney’s real life tale. There’s no question that this character is loved and that Muhney’s social media interaction has been fully engaging.
Sally Sussman said in November that she didn’t see a current need for this character (Adam) to return right now. She also didn’t rule out the longer term possibility. Muhney’s recent comments about having his representation attempt contact with Y&R prove that this topic endures.
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