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    In our 'The Young and the Restless' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Y&R's Michael Muhney Fired.

    Monday, January 13 2014

    Let go.

    Updated January 13:

    Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) has spoken out again in the wake of the Muhney firing, this time addressing the backlash against "Y&R" and its actors on social media. In St. John's lengthy post he states, "It is absurd and hurtful the way the rumor mill has spun out of control, with uninformed people forming opinions, completely in the dark. Unfortunately, you, the fans, are innocent bystanders. However, many are feeding off of the hysteria of those that are out for blood. Sadly, it is a mob mentality."

    Read the post in its entirety by visiting St. John’s Facebook page.

    Updated January 11:

    More "Y&R" actors have spoken out with regard to the Muhney firing. Jerry Douglas, who plays the ghost of John Abbott, gave an interview in which he spoke about his own interaction with Muhney, the situation with Muhney and Braeden, and the allegations of inappropriate behavior toward King. He stated, "To do a thing like that to a woman is despicable and unacceptable. It’s sad." Read the full interview at Rumor Fix.

    Additionally, Kristoff St. John, who plays Genoa City's Neil Winters, took to Twitter to appeal to Muhney to set the record straight. He tweeted:




    Updated January 10:

    Veteran "Y&R" actor Eric Braeden (Victor) spoke out in an interview about Muhney's firing, dispelling speculation that he had anything to do with it. Braeden admitted that he and Muhney had quarreled because Muhney was vocal about wanting to push Braeden and his character out of Genoa City. Read the full interview at Radar Online.

    Updated January 8:

    On the heels of the TMZ article numerous "Y&R" actors have retweeted messages of support for Hunter Haley King. Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley) posted their own messages of support on Twitter:







    Updated January 7:

    Muhney was back on Twitter January 7 and added a post referencing the quote he shared on January 6. He tweeted:




    Updated January 7:

    Michael Muhney broke his silence on Twitter on January 6 for the first time since tweeting that he'd been let go from "Y&R." He took to the social media outlet to post a quote:




    Updated January 6:

    TMZ is reporting that a group of "Y&R" fans on Facebook have raised funds to hire a plane to fly over the CBS studios in Los Angeles with a banner that reads, "No Adam Newbie, Just Michael Muhney."

    Updated January 6:

    Former "Y&R" executive producer and headwriter, Maria Arena Bell, has made a statement with regard to the TMZ report on the firing of Michael Muhney. She stated, "I am a fan of Michael Muhney the actor - not the person. Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions. It’s still a loss for the fans." Read her statement in its entirety at Highlight Hollywood.

    Updated January 4:

    TMZ is reporting that according to 'multiple sources' Michael Muhney was let go from "Y&R" after a co-star, Hunter King (Summer Newman), complained to higher-ups that he had allegedly groped her breasts on two occasions. The alleged actions were characterized as 'unwanted and unsolicited'.

    Stay tuned to Soaps.com for further updates as they become available.

    Updated December 23:

    Michael Muhney's wrapped up his time on the "Y&R" set on Thursday December 19. His former co-star, Sharon Case (Sharon) posted a video goodbye tribute to him through Twitter. Follow the link in the tweet to watch:




    Updated December 18:

    In an interview to HuffPost TV Canada following Michael Muhney's announcement that he would be leaving "Y&R," he said, "It was explained to me that CBS and Sony want to give Adam a break for 3-6 months and then they'll bring him back with a different actor. Maybe he does need a break. Adam has been on screen a lot. He's not being killed off."

    Original article December 17:

    Actor Michael Muhney announced today, December 17, that he has been let go from his "The Young and the Restless" role of Adam Newman. Muhney, who has played the son of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) since 2009, took to Twitter to announce his unexpected departure from Genoa City with a series of tweets:










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    Posted by Ash72 at Wednesday, December 18 2013 01:41 PM

    Stupidest mistake yet this year!! Ratings will drop hard now! Way to go Y&R!! #VeryDisappointed #AdamsTheBest #Sick #BestWishesMichael

    Posted by The X2C at Wednesday, December 18 2013 02:10 PM

    This is a big mistake for a number of reasons. For one, Michael is a big part of the show. For a character that has only been around (in the grown up sense) for less than 10 years and for him to portray that character in a manner that resonated with the fans says something. You don't let people like that walk away from the show. Whether a contract dispute or simply a clashing of opinions, you just don't allow that to happen. Secondly, the current storyline surrounding Delia's death is probably the storyline that created the most buzz this year - at least one of the top storylines. In essence, two of the primary actors in this storyline are leaving the canvas (Billy and Michael). Both are crucial to this storyline in that Billy Miller played the father of Delia and Michael Muhney played the person that is supposedly responsible for her demise. That is supposed to make sense? That is supposed to keep people tuned in to their sets?

    Y&R has endured a number of crucial losses this year with Billy and Michael being the most recent and preceded by Michelle Stafford and Jeanne Cooper. While Jeanne's departure was beyond anyone's control, the others could've been prevented. I am not buying the "too much on-screen time" for the Adam character. If anything, the enduring screen time says a couple of things. 1.) Fans care enough about the character that you show him in storylines frequently, and 2.) the fact that he is on TV more gets the actor more connected to the character - and thus the viewer. What sense does it make to replace him down the road for that reason?

    I have not been impressed with Jill Farren Phelps' tenure as Executive Producer. Many good actors/actresses have left under her watch and have either been recast or replaced with actors/actresses that can't connect with the viewers (i.e. Kyle's recast, Abby's recast, Noah's recast, the Tyler character, and Hillary just to name a few). But for Eric Braeden, I would discontinue watching the show until Ms. Phelps is replaced and some of the actors/actresses return. I understand that there are times when changes are necessitated, but this does not seem like one of them. This is a horrible decision on so many levels and I hope the powers that be will feel the effects of it for a while.

    Posted by pepperboy at Wednesday, December 18 2013 02:47 PM

    I have never said this and I thought l never would but after 30 years l am
    done with this show. Michael's last day will be mine
    He is the only character l really care about.






    Posted by Genzen65 at Wednesday, December 18 2013 03:10 PM

    No wonder I started watching General Hospital again after all these years.... Because Y&R keeps firing my faves. I miss Michelle and every time they talk about her being in a coma I want to scream in fear they will recast her instead of bringing her back....then Billy, now this? I'm trying to figure out how to justify taking time out of my day to continue watching. It's how these particular actors portray their characters that make me love the characters. I don't want to start over or get used to the new one. I believe I'm done.

    Posted by jaxgirl at Wednesday, December 18 2013 04:11 PM

    SMH I don't know where to begin... To "let go " of Michael Muhney is THE ABSOLUTE Worst move ever!!! As Adam, Muhney brought a certain flair to the show that WILL NOT BE REPLACEABLE with any other actor. The casting staff should GO. How awful...

    Posted by 40yearclosetwatcher at Wednesday, December 18 2013 06:07 PM

    We watch for the calibre of acting and the complexity of a character, and his/her character's importance to the web of society it represents. So axing Michael/Adam HAS to be a bad idea. Surely this character is the future of the show to take over when Victor leaves this earth. Hope this comment inspires every other closet watcher to publicly 'stamp their feet'.

    Posted by BarbCarey at Wednesday, December 18 2013 06:37 PM

    I was sad when Michelle Stafford left. I was hoping Michelle was telling the truth. That SHE, MICHELLE, was the one that wanted to go. Not Y&R. Then when I read about Billy Miller I was shocked. I think Billy Miller is a really good actor. He does a great job as Billy. Now I hear that Michael Muhney was FIRED. What a stupid idea from Y&R big shots. I started watching after ATWT was gone. Mainly bc Maura West was on Y&R. I love watching Maura. Then Y&R gave Maura crap writing and she was fired. The only reason I didn't follow her to General Hospital was bc of Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller and Michael Muhney. Michelle was so good. The same goes for Billy. Michael getting fired was the last straw. I loved Michael from the first time I saw him as Adam. I look forward every day to watching Michael's Adam. He is so good. Even when Adam is bad Michael is the actor that you love to hate. I love Adam when Michael is playing him bad or good. I always pull for Adam. No one is going to like the new Adam. If there is a new one. I don't think there will be. It seems that CBS & the Y&R people are trying to get rid of Y&R. Eric Braeden's Victor is getting so unlikable to me. Victor always gets by with everything he does so why would I want to watch Jack & Jill try. It is a waste of time. They are firing all the good actors. Pretty soon the only actors on Y&R will be all the young actor/actress that don't know what they are doing. I have been thinking about watching General Hospital bc of Maura West. Thank you mmc411. You gave GH high grades. I understand that Maura West is doing great over there. When Michael Muhney goes I will go too.

    Posted by roel02 at Wednesday, December 18 2013 07:14 PM

    WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON !?!?!??!?! Adam is NOT replaceable (Michael) does this show justice. I have watched Y&R since I was LITTLE, watching it with my Mother. I stopped watching all the others soaps long ago but always true to Y&R however, you people are INSANE to get rid of Michael. HE IS ADAM ! everyone else is so boring.
    With this person getting fired, I may say farewell now too!

    Posted by tacoyer at Wednesday, December 18 2013 08:01 PM

    Young and the restless is now hitting rock bottom. Every good actor such as Billy and Michael are being released. This show has lost it. Without Michael who is an amazing actor you might as well join the list of soaps that are no longer. I have watched for years and now that I see that you fired Michael I am done watching you.

    Posted by Dr. Maggie Powers at Wednesday, December 18 2013 08:09 PM

    I am quite disturbed by the firing of Michael Muhney. He brought a level of acting ability and complexity to the show that is virtually unmatched by any of the current actors on the show. He stepped in on short notice into a difficult part with compelling results. I realize the actor himself may perhaps not be a prize to work with, but show business is just that--a business--so you would expect them to get the best person for the job. Maybe we'll get what's his name--Grayson McCouch from JFP's previous ratings champion on Nick to play the part. I hoped Days sees this and decides that Michael would be great playing Jennifer's big brother Mike. I'd also like to see him warm up Nolan's swimming pool on Revenge, so we can have a gay triangle on a prime time show.

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