The firing of Michael Muhney, who played Adam Newman on Y&R has caused great consternation between cast members and most importantly the fans. The whole truth has not been revealed on why he was let go, but castmates claim it was not Jill Farren Phelps fault though fans are quick to blame her.
Michael alluded to it being his fault in his statement in my last column on him. "Part of me feels this is because I’ve always been outspoken, and sometimes I’ve been too outspoken. Sometimes I’ve walked around with a big backpack full of hubris. That is entirely on me. CBS, Sony, and Jill Phelps are not to blame for that." So what could this disastrous action have been?
To the fans nothing Mr Muhney could have done could rate this action, He is a great actor and has made Adam Newman his own. Fans are planning boycotts of CBS and sending out petitions to have him rehired.
Though these may be drastic actions, fans feel very strongly about their beloved characters and the actors who play them. When you have the likes of Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller and Michael Muhney gone from the show they helped keep number one, fans of Y&R start to feel uncomfortable and unhappy about these monumental losses.
Cast member Sharon Case went so far as to make a lovely video of her feelings about the loss. Melody Thomas Scott tweeted her feelings “Not my place 2 reveal but the arrogance of some ppl who have NO knowledge of the situation is astonishing. THE SHOW IS NOT 2 BLAME. ANY actor would’ve been fired under these circumstances. Terrible loss 2 the show & it sickens me that this has happened. Jill is completely innocent in this. So is the show, Sony, CBS, etc. Tragic situation.” and Michael Logan of TV Guide tweeted: “If/when the REAL Muhney story comes out, U won’t B blaming ANYONE at @YandR_CBS @Sony or @CBSDaytime.” DougDavidson tweeted: “Honestly, JPF’s is not to blame. She is terrific. Today’s events don’t reflect her leadership. Trust me, there is more to the story. The Young and the Restless is a team sport. Please know we love you guys and we will continue to bring you the best show we can. I’ve got at least 20 castmates that vow the same pledge.”
The truth, the whole truth must come out so fans can decide who was to blame in this horrible decision. Michael Muhney was too important to the show and was excelling in his part in this incredibly sad and horrific storyline.
Hopefully the tryth will come out sooner than later and an end can be put to the unrest everyone feels about the talented Mr Michael Muhney.I think that Michael is such a fantastic actor, one of the best...hopefully Michael can find a Job on a Night time TV show...I will be looking forward to see him soon!
Here are some comments from my readers
So sad about Michael's firing. Such a good actor. He is an actor with a family and he has been
treated very poorly. Hope he will find work soon. He has a following so many of us will be looking for him to appear on another show.
I think that Michael is such a fantastic actor, one of the best...hopefully Michael can find a Job on a Night time TV show...I will be looking forward to see him soon!
Karen: We are having a Block Y&R day Jan 31st. DON'T WATCH, DON'T DVR, DON'T GO TO CBS.COM OR YOUTUBE. JUST MISS 1 DAY OF Y&R. Should speak volumes on how we feel about the loss of MM & BM, MS this past year. JFP is killing our show. Let's show CBS we care!
Katrina: I just deleted The Young and the Restless from my daily recording on the DVR. First Michelle Stafford and now Michael Muhney. I will no longer watch this sad soap opera. No one can replace Michelle or Michael.
I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year.