Michael Muhney has been a key element on ‘The Young and the Restless’ since 2009. The actor took over the role of Adam Newman when Chris Engen (ex Adam) opted to exit the soap due to the character’s storyline.
Muhney’s many devoted fans were shocked this week when the actor was suddenly fired from the popular CBS soap.
Muhney’s last day of shooting was today. The actor will last air on January 30.
Huffington Post Canada TV Journalist Nelson Branco snagged the first interview with the popular actor shortly following the announcement.
Muhney said he was informed on Monday evening that he was being ‘let go’ from the soap.
As for why he was let go and what will happen to the character of Adam, Muhney said,
‘… 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 was loved by many of his colleagues as well as numerous soap fans. And he doesn’t take his friends and his fan support lightly.
‘I wish I had an answer for all the fans. Life happens when you're making other plans. ‘Y&R’ is a TV staple and it's bigger than one individual actor. It will continue without me. The fan love and loyalty means so much to me, and the love and friendship of my co-workers. I feel like I'm leaving a very, very dear friend and mentor in Peter Bergman. Also, I'm leaving behind Sharon Case and Melissa Claire Egan, two phenomenal co-stars and friends,’ the actor said. ‘… I'm proud of the incredibly passionate fanbase that exists in soaps. Some look down on soap fans, but they're just as amazing as any other audience base out there,’ he continued.
Read Nelson Branco’s candid interview with Michael Muhney here.
‘The Young and the Restless’ airs weekdays at 12:30pm on Detroit’s local CBS affiliate WWJ.