Hmm...Is this is a JFP decision? If it is, there's no doubt somebody wants Y&R off of CBS. The best way to kill a soap is to get rid of its best characters for no apparent reason. Martha Byrne, who played Lilly on As the World Turns, and a pivotal character on that show, was let go under the guise contract negotiations didn't go well, while show didn't recover with her disappearance and bad recast, followed by the show's cancellation just three years later. Also, the Frankie Frame character on Another World, was written off and the actress let go, and again, the show suffered terribly and got cancelled a few years later. Both these instances, I'm almost certain, occurred under JPF. Come to think of it, JPF was also on Santa Barbara a year before that show got cancelled. Yeah, they don't call JPF the soap killer for nothing.
I know, without Michael Muhney, Y&R is not worth watching for me. Never thought they would be foolish enough to release him.