It has been almost six months since the Michael Muhney scandal rocked The Young and the Restless. Although Muhney’s character Adam Newman was killed off after he was fired for allegedly groping his co-star Hunter King, it was recently revealed that the character of Adam Newman was still very much alive. Since The Young and the Restless revealed Newman is alive, they still haven’t actually showed his face.
Rumors emerged months ago that Jill Farren Phelps and TPTB at The Young and the Restless were interviewing potential Michael Muhney replacements. We all assumed the reason that they have only been showing Adam Newman’s hands on Y&R was because the writers were building anticipation and waiting for a huge moment to reveal what actor they had hired to take on the role. It turns out that wasn’t the case at all, the reason they haven’t showed Adam Newman’s face yet is because they still haven’t found an actor to play the part of Adam Newman!
According to the June 2nd edition of CBS Soaps, “The soap knows how pivotal a part Adam is to the Genoa City canvas, so they are taking every precaution possible to make certain that they find a talented young actor who will fit the role perfectly.”
Translation? Jill Farren Phelps had no idea the amount of backlash she would receive when she fired Michael Muhney. Muhney’s loyal fans have boycotted the soap since he was fired and ratings have dropped drastically. Phelps has backed herself into a corner. She knows if she doesn’t find a popular and talented actor to replace Muhney she will never hear the end of it and could potentially lose more viewers. However, no talented or popular actors will touch the role of Adam Newman with a ten foot pole due to all of the negative publicity surrounding it and the fans’ high expectations.
The best thing that Phelps could have done was leave the character Adam Newman dead for at least a year until all of the drama had blown over surrounding Michael Muhney’s firing. But, they have already revealed that he is still alive, so they can only drag out the storyline for so long before they have no choice but to show more than Adam’s hands.
Let’s not forget that we reported last week how Jill Farren Phelps approached Billy Miller and/or Michael Muhney to come back to the show but was rejected! This report fits perfectly since we then learned that Jill fired poor David Tom and hired Burgess Jenkins to play Billy Abbott.
Since the role of Adam Newman is still wide open, what actor do you think should be cast to play the part? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and don’t forget to check CDL for more The Young and the Restless spoilers.
The fans at Soap Opera Spy are impatient to see what Y&R will do in terms of casting the new Adam Newman:
No replacement for Adam is acceptable at all, but firing JFP is perfect.
If Michael Muhney cannot play Adam then let Adam Newman die. The show is dead without Michael Muhney and Billy Miller anyway. No more hope for Y&R with all the talent gone and crappy story lines.
I don’t believe any “GROPING” ever took place and MM is irreplaceable !!
Please, we realize it’s just a soap but to be a loyal fan for decades and to witness the disintegration of it due to poor writing and casting decisions is an insult. I agree that MM can’t nor shouldn’t be replaced. Swallow your pride dear producers/powers-that-be and bring him back.
Maybe he would have the last laugh and refuse to come back. So far as Hunter King is concerned she needs to remember this, KARMA, will someday come back and bite her in the butt. Trust me, it will happen.
Maybe MM doesn’t want to go back! In any case this soap is going down the tubes. I would never miss an episode & now no big deal if I do. Don’t know if it’s true but David Tom is out already?? Too many changes & new characters. Never will be the same. Sad really!
Hire him back it’s that easy seriously!! He’s the guy – no one is watching anymore since he left!!!
Well this sample of opinions from fans and former fans shows that people want Michael Muhney and will perhaps accept no substitute.
Michael Muhney inspires great loyalty amongst his many fans – more opinions and comments follow:
I’m not surprised that it is not cast yet. Everyone knows MM made Adam Newman. All potential actors approached for this role is very much aware that they will not be able to fill MM’s big shoes. No one wants the job.
He wasn’t fired for groping, he was fired for something else. The groping incident, was a rumor debunked by TMZ and a couple of other outfits. We just need to stop talking about the groping thing. It never happened, he was fired for his EGO, imo. If he was fired for that then JFP and EB should go, as well. So should MTS.
Nobody in their right mind would take that job. Y & R thinks that they had trouble replacing Billy Miller. These fans will not take kindly to another recast plus I read that Lily is have problems with her contract and might leave. Before we know it there will be a whole new cast.
Simple fix bring him back he is not replaceable
Bring MM back!! I’ll probably give up on this soap for good since every week there is someone different playing key characters. I stopped for a while in January after BM & MM left, do I can easily do it again. This show is so boring now anyway!! Very lame writing & story lines are dragging & not interesting. I loved seeing MM & BM on the show!! They are both top notch actors. I have watched this show for about 40 years & am just stunned at the pathetic direction it has taken. So sad! Used to be my favorite soap to watch.
Regardless of how fans feel they need to realize that the likelihood of MM returning to Y&R is very small – there is a better chance of seeing him on a non-CBS soap.