Hope doesn't mean certainty. However, until the actual face of whoever embodies the now-iconic role of 'Adam Newman' on 'The Young and the Restless' is seen, fans will still allow this question to remain open.
Michael Muhney was inexplicably axed from CBS' daytime steamer just prior to Christmas last year. The oddity of TV's top soap opera firing it's ever-burgeoning star didn't make sense. And then Hollywood's best blue collar industry, the rumor mill, ordered its minions to work days, nights and weekends.
Unbeknownst to the world until this major story broke, everyone who considered themselves a fan of YR also had extrasensory perception. Yes, millions of people somehow had firsthand knowledge of every behind-the-scenes detail, or at least they convinced themselves that rumor was fact and their opinions were justified. Those who felt the strongest took to social media, which is a modern form of shouting out the car window at strangers, and announced that they would never watch the remaining residents of Genoa City again.
Since Muhney (and Billy Miller) were written off the show in late-January, some actor has been occasionally portraying 'Adam'. This week his extremities were seen once again, as 'Victor Junior' paid a poser to install a hidden camera in 'Connor's' room. A fittingly 'Dark Knight-ish' tact to take.
Besides Jill Farren Phelps, her cronies and Muhney himself, no one really knows who will fill, or resume, the 'Adam' role. All supposed information about casting calls pertaining to this matter remain speculative as well.
Yes, it does appear that Muhney is gone for good. Of course, in the soap world, that could mean he suddenly reappears again at some unknown point.
Meanwhile, since the 'May Sweeps' are underway, it seems plausible that this highly-controversial fictional man will finally be seen during the month of May. Alas, that is just wishful thinking because everyone knows that 'Adam' was one of the most magnetic characters around. And that was due in large part to the gifted actor who portrayed him.
Some losses hit home so hard that they are tough, if not impossible, to get over. And thus the rub with this entire messy situation.