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'The Young and the Restless': Michael Muhney announces he's not returning

Muhney's YR run is officially over.
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Michael Muhney has announced, through his Twitter account, that he won't be returning to the cast of 'The Young and the Restless'. That critical piece of information not only puts to rest what was an open question, it also simultaneously proves that some personality types were wrong.

Muhney used social media to tell his fans that he had just received an official call (as of August 13, 2014), that things had gotten close, but that he will not be returning to the role of 'Adam Newman' on CBS' daytime drama. He also noted that he had been hopeful for a return, but is now looking forward to future projects.

His words bring an official end to a nearly eight-month long real-life storyline. They also serve to totally vindicate every reasonable person who didn't jump overboard every time this unresolved situation was mentioned.

Overly-passionate individuals crossed the line of social media decency on countless occasions since Muhney was unexpectedly dismissed by executive producer Jill Farren Phelps last December. While that part of the story was merely representative of a sub-culture, it was also reflective of how access to the internet can be misused.

Highly-inappropriate behavior, exhibited by claimed “fans” in response to anyone who didn't agree with their now-discredited logic, had nothing to do with the fact that a terrifically-talented actor lost his job for unknown reasons. It was always accurate to wonder how YR might respond.

Meanwhile, Muhney used the power of social media to directly interact with and provide information to his fan base. That smart approach is widely practiced by a surging number of entertainers in an increasingly connected world.

For reasons that became rather revealing, certain deeply aggressive personality types chose to use Muhney's situation to attack those who still enjoyed watching daytime's number one drama, or others who correctly speculated that his YR job status wasn't finalized. That negative behavior was countered and overcome by the vast majority of balanced souls who appreciate Muhney's talent, YR or the soap opera genre in general.

This entire story was news. That's why it was written about (and read) to such a great extent. It was fair to speculate about when, or if, Muhney might return because no definitive answer had been provided by anyone who was actually connected to the situation. Now that an answer has been given this story is over.

The public may never know why Muhney was let go, or maybe that information will be confirmed some day as well. Regardless, people with positive intentions learned many valuable lessons along the way.

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