Fans of The Young and the Restless have been in uproar since the week before Christmas when super popular Michael Muhney spilled the beans that he had been fired from the show. The fans have gone absolutely crazy, threatening to boycott the show after losing Adam Newman because this latest firing comes on the heels of several others. Key characters have been all but executed by executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps and it’s to the point now that we have to think she was brought in to doom the shop. If you’ve looked at Jill’s track record, she comes on board, fires pivotal actors and by the time she’s replaced the show is dead and ultimately ends up canceled within a year. Jill is the Kevorkian of soaps and watching her level Y&R has been particularly painful for longtime fans.
As far as Munhey goes, according to TMZ, his costar, Hunter King complained that he had sexually harassed her. King went to Y&R brass alleging that Munhey had fondled her breasts on two occasions and that kind of suspected behavior simply can’t be tolerated in this day and age so he was fired. Here’s the thing, we’re just not totally buying this scenario at all. I’m usually quick to back a harassed woman but this just isn’t adding up so roll with me for a minute here.
A perv is a perv, right? Muhney had been working on Y&R for 4 years and there was never any other allegations of sexual harassment before now. He has rolled around, half naked with various costars and they have praised him and are saddened to see him leave the show. Wouldn’t he have been inappropriate with someone else, like years ago? And if he had been he would have been axed then because this kind of suspected behavior cannot exist at work.
Then there’s the timing. Muhney was at the homestretch of his 4 year contract, in fact he was fired about 2 weeks before it ended. That makes me think that Jill and her crew was hesitant to believe the allegations and waited until it was more convenient to fire Muhney, making it seem like they just weren’t interested in re-signing him. Now they are using this unsubstantiated allegation to justify getting rid of the fan favorite. I’m not saying that Hunter King did or didn’t go to the powers that be to complain, but they took certainly their time addressing it if she did complain – which is equally wrong, right?
Muhney has said that he is devastated to be leaving and that hardly sounds like the sentiment of someone that knew that their alleged bad behavior could ultimately cost them their job – sounds more like a man that is utterly stunned by the chain of events leading to his dismissal. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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