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'The Young and the Restless': Michael Muhney fan protests front unusual story

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Members within any resistance movement naturally believe that they're fighting on the right side. That's what makes the ongoing fan protests of 'The Young and the Restless' a compelling and unusual television story.

Let's skip to the most critical scene: Michael Muhney's December termination wasn't explained. All direct links to the situation also haven't provided any confirming details to-date.

The now 39-year-old actor was easily the most dynamic daytime presence the author of this digital page had seen in decades. Writing around this storyline from the start doesn't make his opinion more important than that of any other scribe, or of any fan of the soap opera genre. Strong opinions are basically what everyone holds, since balanced facts remain fleeting.

Nearly no evidence actually exists about Muhney's stunning removal. His version of events, that were publicly relayed shortly after his termination, stand as the only detailed description of what supposedly transpired. There is no other side. So, there's no sound reason to refute what he said, much of which was humble and revealing.

In all likelihood, and this purely represents speculation, it appears that executive producer Jill Farren Phelps decided that Muhney's provable ratings' draw wasn't enough to overcome apparent perceived personality conflicts that existed in and around the set. The calculation was that the show could survive without him. This again confirms that life in any workplace environment (including Hollywoodland) doesn't always make sense.

'Adam Newman' is a character on a TV show. And that CBS serial, which continues to rank number 1 in Nielsen's ratings survey, has an ensemble cast. Yet, soap operas must be collectively creative events, not showcases for any single star.

However, when a well-liked actor appeared to be scorned the problem wasn't just that his adoring fans were confounded. The fiercely loyal support that all YR customers offered for 27 years seemed to be sharply discounted as well.

No matter how any employee is treated, be it justly, or unjustly, no company should ever be perceived as having offended its customer base. And, rightly, or wrongly, that's exactly what a segment of this iconic steamer's fans thought and still think. Barring miraculous events, meaning Muhney's return to the fold, the potential to right this unusual real-life story seems slim, or nonexistent.


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