In a follow up on the firing of Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) of The Young and the Restless, fans are still in shock and trying to understand why this has happened? everyone knows Mr. Muhney is one of the best actors in soaps and fans all love him and Adam Newman a very hard character to love, but Michael gives him such depth that anyone can see the good in him wanting to stay out. Unfortunately the 'love" of his father has brought out the bad much too often.
In this exclusive interview with Huff Post Canada TV Muhney gave them some answers as to why he was being let go from his role as Adam on Y&R..
Muhney on who told him: “Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. We had a private talk in her office. She’s always been very kind to me. We have a good rapport. It was intimate … the way it was handled. (Pauses) 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. If I’m going to claim to be a grown man, I have to own that. But it could be financial or story. 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.”
Muhney on when he learned the bad news: “I was informed Monday night at work. I was told ‘We’re going to be letting you go.’ Everyone knows I always have something to say. I’m a chatterbox, laugh all you want, but I was rendered speechless for about five minutes.”
Muhney on the loss of so many big names, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) who opted to leave, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), who passed away and now him! ”Y&R” experienced a lot of loss this year. ” Bless his heart, on his last day Hartley Sawyer (who has also been let go as Jack’s son, Kyle) was more concerned about me when I told him I was leaving! His jaw dropped. We both sat in my dressing room and just talked. It’s still hard to process. But, hey, I get to walk out of that building on Thursday with a great actor and friend Billy Miller. It’s been an interesting journey. What I envy in guys like Hartley and Billy is that they’re single and don’t have kids, so anything is possible. But I know, while this is new for me, it’s healthy and good to be knocked off your center. I’ve been thrown into many a deep pool in my life and you can either choose to swim or sink. So, I’m going to break out my best breaststroke and see where it takes me.”
Wherever you swim Mr. Muhney we will be treading water right behind you. Best of Luck on getting a new gig where your exceptional talent is appreciated.