Jill Farren Phelps certainly does have a pattern to how she does business. The current showrunner for The Young and the Restless has a reputation that totally proceeds her and it leaves many long time soap fans ice cold. Usually that is because they are all too familiar with Jill’s ability to swoop in and completely revamp a show from top to bottom leaving favorite cast members out of a job, inevitably replaced by Jill’s friends in the business. Jill also seems to have a real issue with female characters. Perhaps it’s because she truly works like one of the boys in the daytime business and so she prefers to see the leading ladies more as damsels in distress rather than as strong women.
That seems to be an issue that comes up on every show that she works on and now that Jill has been at the helm of Y&R for 18 months it’s the same story. The female characters are watered down or desperate in one way or another. There truly isn’t a strong one in the bunch and that leads us to wonder why a woman working in such a powerful position wouldn’t want to see other women portrayed in a stronger way. She could easily bring to the screen some of the most heroic characters in daytime television history and instead each and every one ultimately becomes a victim sooner or later.
To be fair, it’s not just the women who end up out of a job. Sure her favorite actors always seem to find a job on whatever show she’s attached to, like stealing Steve Burton from General Hospital so that Jason Morgan had to disappear – but have you noticed that Jill seems to really enjoy firing some of the most popular actors too? She couldn’t work with Billy Miller to keep him around? Really? Because Y&R has always allowed their cast to take a week here and there for outside projects, but not any more? Then there’s the questionable firing of Michael Muhney.
I have to wonder if this chick isn’t secretly overjoyed to get rid of a fan favorite, inevitably pissing off a legion of female fans in the process. I mean she appears to have a problem with women in general and so this almost seems like an extension of that, doesn’t it? Fire favorite actresses, victimize female characters and then upset the female fans that dare to swoon after some of daytime’s most talented men. Is this all a coincidence? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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