Michael Muhney, who plays the role of Adam Newman on CBS soap "The Young and the Restless," took to his Twitter account today, Dec. 17, to announce he has been let go from the sudser, filming his last scenes in just two days. From the context of his Tweets, it sounds as though the news came without warning for the actor, who has been on Y&R since 2009.
"I'm so sorry. It breaks my heart to say this, but I was just let go from Y&R. My last day on set is this Thursday," Tweeted Muhney. He continued, "my last air date will be Jan 30th. I'm going to take some private time with my wife & kids, as I am most concerned for their well being..I have 3 final episodes to film, and because they are my last, I will be giving it everything I have. More details will follow... #xoxoxo"
"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays at 11:30 a.m. on Riverside affiliate CBS channel 2.
Within minutes of Muhney's Tweets, fans were already in an uproar on the social media site, with some viewers threatening to boycott the show over the decision. Fan Kourtnie @_Courte Tweeted "there is not much that would make me stop watching, but Michael Muhney being fired is definitely it. #YR."
Muhney took over the role of Adam Newman in late June of 2009 after the character's previous portrayer, Chris Engen, left the show abruptly, allegedly due to Engen's displeasure with the direction the show was taking the character. Rumors are already circulating that history will repeat itself with another rapid recast, but CBS has yet to confirm.
Muhney is also known for previously playing Sheriff Don Lamb on "Veronica Mars," along with numerous guest starring roles on shows such as "ER" and "CSI: Miami."
As of this writing, CBS has made no official statement about the firing or their plans for a recast.
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