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179 January 15th, 2014 CBS Boss Nina Tassler On Michael Muhney Dismissal: “Sony [Pictures Television] Came To Us And Said, ‘We Want To Make A Change … We Supported Them!”

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While The Young and the Restless was given the greenlight through the 2017 television season by CBS and announced today at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour, the President, CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, also fielded questions from the press corps and one was about the situation surrounding the firing of popular Y&R actor Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) and the events that led up to it, according to an item from TV Guide Canada’s Greg David.

According to TVG Canada’s David, Nina Tassler made this statement: “I can’t comment on any of the allegations, I can only say that when the producers and Sony [Pictures Television] came to us and said, ‘We want to make a change,’ and they laid out their reasoning why, we supported them.”

Of course, the allegations most likely could have included the two incidents revolving the groping of Hunter King’s (Summer, Y&R) breasts, and Muhney’s on and off set behavior as noted by many of his co-stars, in addition to the possibility of other allegations that have not been made public, in any way, at this point in time.

What do you think about Nina Tassler’s comment to the press about Michael Muhney and what transpired between CBS and Sony regarding his dismissal?  Let us know!

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  1. MBmomof3 says:

    Pretty much what I would expect. Very vague, as it should be. This is a private, personnel matter. I doubt Muhney or any other involved parties want details released to the public.

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  2. Phyllis Scott says:

    They keep piling it on. How disgraceful. What happened to “no comment”?

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    Rosemary Patterson replied

    She did say “I can’t comment” but did give what she could about it. What she said was in no way disgraceful. I am a Michael Muhney fan and want him back as bad as everyone else, but people are griping and complaining at every single thing that is said. The fans are tweeting harassing comments to the cast members, I don’t blame them for replying with pretty grouchy remarks, no telling how many rude things have been said to them. On Facebook, I’ve seen many hateful things posted on the cast members pages, again who could blame the cast for replying, no telling what they’ve seen that I’ve missed. This lady was nice about it, and not disgraceful. As I said, I would love for him to be back, I love him as Adam Newman. I believe in a peaceful protest though. It’s way out of hand.

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    Linda replied

    Exactly, I don’t know what some expected her to say. I respect your kind of attitude and sympathize with fans who have lost a favorite character or actor. I know I would be disappointed if my favorites were written out of the show. MM ‘s fans have every right to be disapppointed. I even understand them choosing to not watch any longer but those who are going on the attack in such a nasty manner make not only other MM and Adam fans look bad but all soap fans look bad. He is hardly the first nor will he be the last actor to be fired from a show, Peaceful protests are one thing but a small group of MM fans have gone way too far.

    Rosemary Patterson replied

    The thing about it, and I say this respectfully to everyone. I know everyone wants answers, I’m curious myself but it’s none of my business when it comes down to it. CBS could be held liable IF this were true. Now none of us want to believe these rumors. He could have been fired for this hubris he spoke about. But IF those leaked rumors are true, his rights would be violated if they expressed why he was fired. Now if YOU were fired, would you want the reason you were fired published on the news, in a magazine, or on television? I mean we have to be realistic here. I’m not being a smart alec to any of you. I mean to be very respectful. Before the gag order was put into place, when Michael first Tweeted on Dec. 19th I believe it was, and he was so shocked ( I was in total shock and heartbroken!!! I still am!!! ) I believe if he had wanted the reason released, he would have said, “Hey, I was fired because ” such and such a reason” or “Eric Braeden did such and such” ) but that is not the case! You have to understand there are laws, I don’t know for a fact that HIPPA laws apply in CBS (LOL) but there are definitely laws that CBS has to follow that they CANNOT tell us why they fired him. My point was to leave the actors alone and stop harassing them about it. I’ve seen it daily, and then the people harassing them get furious and call them &*%*^*^ for spouting off at them but I cannot fault them for being mad. It’s insanely crazy for people to be treating these people that way. I’ve also thought, if they are going are possibly going to hire Michael back, would he come back to Y&R if everyone is going to boycott it. Why not carry on and watch it and keep it #1 and show it love, the way he has loved it. He may be hurt, but he loves the actors on that show and I know he wants them to do well. He would support his cast mates, I’m sure. His mother also Tweeted to leave the cast of Y&R alone. Thanks for listening. Todays Y&R was so sad. Michael and Billy both are outstanding and I will follow them wherever they go, but will never leave Y&R. I love Y&R and everyone on it. Too many great actors on Y&R and I think it’s a huge mistake to punish everyone over being mad at the writer(s) or whoever fired him. Much love to all the fans. Thank you Michael Fairman!

  3. Michelle says:

    Michael Muhney is innocent until proven guilty. Jealousy is the issue which is probably why the castmates had a problem with him.

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    Kat replied

    i so agree.

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    Audrey replied

    I also agree. If MM was really let go for sexual harassment.. why wasn’t he immediately fired and walked off the set ASAP? That’s what was done to someone I worked with in the past. Once they continued to allow him to continue working until he finished his storyline, they lost all credibility as far as I’m concerned. I have had enough of all the wonderful actors leaving the show and will stop watching Y&R after 1/30. I hope all the fans the way I do will also boycott so that CBS starts listening to the fans. Besides hiring MM back, I hope they bring back Michelle Stafford as Phillis. I am sure if CBS made a fantastic offer they could persuade her and even Billy Miller to reconsider returning to the show.

    Linda replied

    TOTALLY AGREE … EB was feeling his age and his ego couldn’t accept it is time to pass the torch! BM and MM WERE THE PERFECT next generation cast members to carry Y&R forward, and EB HAD to be in charge, and have the last word, no matter how much he protests too much!

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    sandy replied

    I’he watched Y&R for 40 years!!and I’m only 46. MM is awesome and perfect to accept the next Newman generation torch. Love him with Chelsea, I wish they would just bring him back. I love watching him, and will follow him, hopefully to prime time. Will miss you, MM :(

    Verna replied

    Linda, I agree with you. I bet EB sighed in relief when MM left. EB should have left the show a long time ago. He obviously couldn’t even remember his lines and improvised his own. This irked MM BECAUSE IT COULD BE V. FRUSTRATING.
    Jealousy is the only reason why he was fired. HK is only a catalyst. Who can believe this nonsense? She doesn’t even have anything to grope!! There are more better endowed actresses in the show!
    ” If people want to bring you DOWN…it is because you are far ABOVE them”

    Linda replied

    Come on. You honestly think this all boils down to jealousy? So SONY, CBS, the producers of Y &R , the head of CBS programming and most of the actors were so jealous of MM that they all plotted in a conspiracy against the victimized MM. And on top of that they got all the media to go along. Do you know how ridiculous that sounds. MM was fired because he became more of a problem than what he was worth having him on set. That is on him, nobody else. He even admitted his arrogance was his downfall. Why won’t you believe the man’s own words.

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    k/kay replied

    My thoughts on this now when ever anyone brings it up we call it Boob-Gate! No disrespect but it is over and done with and quite honestly when you think about it you can’t blame the actors for defending JFP a lot of them are to old or too weak of actors to find jobs anywhere else. I find the show very dull and repeating the same old same old how many times is Sharon going to roll her eyes and almost tell the truth. And as for everybody wanting MS/Phyllis to come back if she does then she is not as smart as I think she is. She seems to have a hit on her hands and having fun doing it with The Stafford Project why move backwards instead of forward.

    Janet replied

    Exactly!! MM screwed up and some of his nut job fans want to blame everyone but him. Yes, it is all a great big conspiracy against him. If people really thought about it they would realize how ridiculous they sound.

  4. Rockel says:

    I don’t know what to say about that. Again they are dancing around the issue. No one answers questions outright. I fully support MM as an actor. I don’t believe the allegations about groping and NO I DO NOT SUPPORT sexual harassment of any kind. The story is just a little to “convenient”.

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  5. Laurel Twist says:

    I say bs. I have NEVER witnessed a company take so long to comment on something to potentially detrimental. Also makes sense, the news of the renewal over shadowed THIS as planned & hoped.

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  6. Mary says:

    … more nothing. I’m sure legally they can’t say anything .. but still.

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  7. Maria says:

    It doesn’t matter what they say at this point if it isn’t just MM firingit is also the awful stories, writing and acting. I have watched from day one and MM’s firing was the last straw no longer any reason to watch. I watched JFP destoy Guiding Light and now Y&R don’t know what the PTB see in her. Her writing sucks sjhe hires her favorite actors who suck i no longer have any interest in this show

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    Kat replied

    JPF destroyed my beloved show Guiding Light and now she’s destroying YR.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Kat…I know how you feel. After JFP killed off Frankie Frame (my ALL-TIME FAVORITE AW character), I had a very hard time watching AW after that. Emotionally brutal.

    Verna replied

    It broke my heart when GL was cancelled. I still have the taping of the last episode…Reva and Josh riding off into the sunset. Very sad.

    Terie replied

    I’m with you 100%. I stopped watching B&B a couple years ago too. Bad writing, poor acting. Michelle left and Jeannie died, now with Billy and Michael leaving, the show is just lacking interest. Story lines are just plain stupid now. Anyone who reads EBs twitter knows he is not a very nice person too.

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    timmy replied

    Terie I so so so agree with you!!!!!

    Nancy replied

    I think you meant Y&R, not B&B.

  8. Realbionicwoman says:

    It’s the exact same no – answer statement everyone else is giving – big deal.

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  9. Elisa says:

    Doesn’t matter at this point. #TeamMuhney ALL THE WAY!!! A life long watcher of Y&R I’M done with Y&R and will boycott CBS and their sponsor’s products after Muhney’s last air date of 1/30!!! I have already started to watch GH. I am sure I will not be the only one, as there are thousand of #TeamMuhney fans out there!

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    Bernice replied

    They really are doing a bad job of appeasing the viewers. We are the reason the show has been around all these years. I stopped watching a couple months ago. I could not go through another childs death specially after Kays death. Just too somber. I watch tv to entertain not make me sad. I think alot of people felt the same way and viewership is down. I did like Adam but found his character too intense. With him and Billy gone there is no reason to return. I thought I might just take a break but am watching GH now and find it very enteraining, not all doom and gloom. I wont be surprised if this is the beginning of the end for Y&R.

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    Marilyn Bishop replied

    I totally agree with you, the Y&R is the only Soap I watch, but have lost interest now MM is leaving.The end of the month is it for me. I guess I will find something more productive to do during that time.

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    Janet replied

    See ya!! Don’t let the door hit you, and all the fans that want to leave. The show will go on and not one of you disloyal fans will be missed. Fans of a show are fans of the show and do not leave over an actor. It is ridiculous.

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  10. Rosanna says:

    Seriously??? this kaka is why people tune out, they maybe renewed but that does not mean people will continue to watch. Glad too see where they stand *rolls eyes*

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  11. Jay Ell says:

    They are still not telling the truth, why did they renew his contract if he was behaving inappropriately and why did they keep him on after he as supposed to have done something wrong and then drop him on Christmas Eve, there is something rotten here and no matter what they say I will no longer be watching Y& R.

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  12. Nicole says:

    And what about the fans? Did anyone think of us? Do any of you ever watch these shows or read all the posts and understand just how unhappy the fans have been for so long now since JHK took over? Did you realize that predictions of the shows demise and the loss of great long time character actors would be the assured outcome once she took over…and that it came true? Do you see or believe it even now??? You should! Because of Jan 30/14 and all through Feb and beyond the beloved fans of Y&R are saying goodbye and moving on. Not because they want to, or chose to, but because not listening to our pleas for no more child killing or forced bullying unto a child and other dark malicious depressing or boring story lines and the loss of too many of our favorite actors/characters or character assassinations has pushed us too far. What does it take to get someone to listen, or could it be, that we are no longer important in the scheme of things. I will miss the ‘old’ Y&R but will not miss the one that exists now. If you are listening now, then you need to start listening and hearing and taking to heart the changes your fans are asking for. Deal with the complaints and suggestions that can save Y&R and include the fans in doing so. If not, enjoy your brief period of celebration now, for it is truly the beginning of the Y&R demise. So terribly sad.

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    I Love GH replied

    I do think that the PTB felt justified in MM’s firing, and I think the actors who spoke out offer a glimpse as to how unliked he was on set. Even so…

    Your post reminds me of exactly how I felt with AMC before it went off air (Dixie dying from pancakes!). You are right, and Y&R has had enough change. Fans become heartbroken then angry and finally tired when they can’t recognize their beloved show. You made a great point.

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    Marie replied

    Justified? Ummm, no, I don’t think so. How can any business possibly justify killing their goose that lays the golden eggs? Just because MM was connected to the fans, cared about the integrity of his work and the integrity of the show and took his job SERIOUSLY does NOT justify firing him! He challenged his coworkers to bring more power to the scenes, but apparently some of the veterans didn’t appreciate that. Not only did the PTB disregard the fans who were growing weary of the awful, awful writing, but then they tried to vilify MM with vicious, unfounded rumors.

    Y&R has a huge fan base and it was very clear that the fans were incredibly unhappy with the direction of the show and it was also very clear that Adam was carrying it through a dark and depressing time. Fans have been complaining and begging for better writing for at least two years. At the same time they were praising MM for his phenomenal portrayal of Adam Newman. He stole virtually every scene he was in. His love scenes with both Sharon and Chelsea were as powerful as his snarky and witty remarks were to the Mustache.

    It appears very obvious to loyal fans that JFP came in with an agenda. She had to make room for Dylan and in the process she completely re-wrote the history of the show and let beloved characters fall by the wayside. Aside from the passing of matriarch, Jeanne Cooper, which by itself was a devastating blow to the show…. we were just not ready to lose any of these characters.

    First Abby Newman (Marcy Rylan), an absolute perfect fit for the show, then Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), another scene stealer and long time fan favorite, then Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) a tremendous asset to the show with the hottest love story/co-star on daytime… Chemistry is chemistry, you can’t create it or duplicate it. He and Amelia Heinle were magical together, even more so when the writing was good. Then the final straw…firing the best actor to come onto the daytime scene in decades… Michael Muhney.

    Then they bring in all these new actors that we have NO connection with. None. Zip. Nada. They were thrown into stories that had no point, made no sense and had no ending. Then the truly great actors like Peter Bergman, Christian LeBlanc, Judith Chapman and Jess Walton were reduced to “appearances”. Or characters were completely destroyed as with Sharon Case and Kristoff St. John.

    Suddenly the whole show revolved around Dylan!! What???

    Then the worst story line in the history of day time sends fans into a real tizzy. They take the two best characters on the show and reduce them to stupid and careless. Billy becomes the most irresponsible parent in the world by leaving his young daughter ALONE IN A CAR, AT NIGHT! Then Adam drives by, sees a puppy in the road, stops, gets out, looks around and has no clue he just hit and killed a child!! Omg!!! What a frickin’ INSULT to the fans!! This story had no value whatsoever. Fans begged for a reversal months in advance, only for it to fall on deaf ears. We did not need this and we did not want this. We were still grieving (for real) at the loss of Jeanne Cooper.

    Meanwhile, the mighty Victor Newman spews his vile hatred and power all around town and mumbles thru nearly all of his scenes with the same ol, same ol stuff we’ve had to endure for 30 years… only now we can’t even understand him!

    Then we find out that our FAVORITE actor is fired. Well… Talk about not recognizing a show. Yeah…that’s why we are outraged. Enough of the disrespect to the fans. We will watch Adam’s last 2 weeks because we know he will deliver, but the rest of the show is just no longer watchable. Thanks JFP, I guess you did what you were hired to do. Kill another soap. Wow.

    Justified?? NO WAY!! This man was, at most, guilty of rocking the wrong boat and the idiots that decided to dump him and try to make the fans dislike him have made a colossal mistake of epic proportions. Not just that, but they laughed at us!! they think we will ALL still watch. well, just wait until the February sweeps numbers start coming in. Then maybe they will believe us. But by then, I’m afraid it will be too late.

    Our show is our escape from the crappy news we have to hear every day. It’s our fantasy family. It’s a connection we have with our mothers, our grandmothers, our husbands, our best friends and even our children. We have loved and adored our show for generations…for decades. But it is no longer the powerful drama it once was. And you know what??? We are HEARTBROKEN!!!

    Yes, I said “our show”. This show belongs to the fans as much as it belongs to CBS or Sony or any of the actors or executives, but without the fans, there will be no show! By firing MM, they have ultimately fired thousands upon thousands of fans.

    Julz replied

    You have said my thoughts PERFECTLY Marie!!!! This show is ruined! I have watched my ENTIRE LIFE… Completely heartbroken!!! :(

    Verna replied

    Marie, you have voiced our thoughts beautifully! What is there to watch anymore? Victor Newman’s vile character , Sharon reduced to a psycho, Nikki’s whining , Avery jumping ship at the drop of a hat, and filler actors just marking time..in la-la-land.etc; etc?
    This is not what we bargained for. Look at all the stupid story lines. Soap Operas are not Fairy tales. They don’t have to take us for fools.
    1. In which Hospital in the whole of USA can a ding bat go and change DNA results?? The writers didn’t have the intelligence to make her bribe a nurse or someone who worked there, but just thought that the viewers were stupid enough to swallow it hook, line and sinker.
    2. No father will leave a child alone at night in a car. The child even pleads “”Are you going to leave me here?”
    3. The “normal” reaction for a hit and run driver WHEN HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF HAVING HIT ANYTHING would be to come forward when he hears about it the next day, but they dragged this out for days and tried to make it a MURDER story!
    4. Billy wanting to shoot the “murderer” when he should shoot himself. Isn’t there something wrong here?
    I could go on and on…….but it doesn’t matter anymore, because I, for one, AM OUT OF HERE!

    jaybird369 replied

    Marie…that was quite an emotional rampage you went on there…VERY BEAUTIFULLY!!!!! VERY WELL SAID!!!!! Let’s face it…Y&R is sinking faster and faster than quicksand…YIKES!!!!! Marie, here are a few thoughts of my own:
    1. Of course that Jill Farren Phelps is killing Y&R!!!!! And, look at all of the other soaps that she has ruined over the years…AW, GH, GL, OLTL, SB and now Y&R. That woman is a MONSTER!!!!!
    2. A frickin’ INSULT…VERY TRUE!!!!! I don’t know ANYONE who would leave their young children ALONE in a vehicle…daytime or nighttime!!!!! DUMB AS HELL!!!!!
    3. Storyline-wise, I wish that Y&R would FINALLY put that self-righteous and insufferable Victor Newman out to PASTURE…FOR GOOD!!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!
    4. It’s sad (and annoying as hell!!!!!) that Y&R is currently revolving around that DULL AS DIRT Dylan. But, remember…that bland and one-dimensional Steve Burton is a close friend of Jill Farren Phelps. It is what it is. Very sadly.
    5. All of these new Y&R cast members (and the ANNOYING and UNWATCHABLE newbie characters that they portray) each need to be shown the door. And Jill Farren Phelps, too. ASAP!!!!!

    Marie, take care and have a good one.

    studio33128 replied

    Marie, I totally agree with you. Michael Muhney was demonizes because he’s a classically trained actor who cares about the quality of his craft and spoke out to try and improve the scenes that he was in. Apparently a lot of the other actors were not as brave and settled for just delivering their lines and cashing a check, and that’s why we are left with dribble. I look forward to following Michael Muhney and Michelle Stafford in their future endeavors. They are both far too good for that crappy show. Here’s hoping Y&R a rapid death and a much needed cancellation.

    Kaleesi replied

    Mary I give you a standing ovation!!! It’s not just the firing of MM that will have me tuning out its really the fact that all the quality actors will no longer be gracing the screen on Y&R on top of the terrible writing. Don’t they realize that its these fantastic actors who make these dumb storylines watchable??? The H&R storyline is a total flop. None of the evidence they have written in gives any definitive indication that Adam is the culprit! Very BAD writing.

    Wanna bet that MM’s replacement will be some cheap FOJ that can’t act out of cardboard box? God forbid if any actor should steal the spotlight from SBu. Wouldn’t be hard to do anyways. He only has that one expression in every scene. None of the newbies do anything for me either. All of them flat and bland.

    by the way, has anyone seen Jill Abbott? seems she was kidnapped almost a month ago…yea, just what I thought…more BAD writing.

    Sharleen replied

    Marie, Julz, Verna, Jaybird369, studio33128, and Kaleesi I give all of you standing ovations for every word you have all said. I feel exactly the same way and after watching for over 30 years my DVR will stop recording the Y&R after I watch the final performances of the only two actors who have made me continue watching as long as I have. Especially MM.

    All of you have covered all the reasons why the Y&R is not the great, must watch show that it once was. I can’t add anything more except that I am sad. What is even worse is that both Billy and Adam have been ruined. Billy and Victoria had a great love story that has survived a lot and now the character has had an affair. What a sad note for Billy Miller to go out on. Adam will be labeled a murderer by everyone left and he never was. I will never believe that he hit that precious little girl. He did everything he could do avoid her dog, and stopped to see that the dog was okay. I can’t believe that they think fans are so stupid to believe you would hit something and not be aware of it. I have hit a squirrel and felt it. Right away everyone talked about the murderer and always used the word “he”. He knew there was no way anyone would ever believe Adam Newman. Except for Chelsea the whole town never accepted him. I am going to miss MM and his great acting because he played that character like no one else. My hope is that he at least gets to talk to Chelsea and she believes in him. I just know that I will be looking for wherever MM goes next. I have no interest in anything that Y&R has. I am tired of FF everyone else’s scenes. I have been watching GH and enjoying it.

    Kaleesi your comment about has anyone seen Jill Abbott? Great example of the bad writing of this soap. We could go on and on giving examples. I also agree with you about Dylan and his one expression. None of the newbies are of any interest to me. So goodbye Y&R. With what has been done to this once loved soap you have made it easy to leave.

    timmy replied

    Marie, excellent, excellent excellent, excellent, analysis, my family so agrees with you!!!! Don’t forget Mrs. C left her billions to a grandson she just barely knew, with all those other family and friends around, STUPID STORYLINE! She would never have done that, like ever! Sharleen, your added comments fit how I feel and are part of why I quit watching myself. Blaming Adam for the death of a child who was part of everyones life on this show, ruined it for me. BYE YR, BYE BYE

    Rose Black replied

    I agree. I do not choose to quit watching Y&R but am forced to stop watching because of all my favorites leaving, bad writing, bad story lines and repeated story lines. I will miss some of my remaining favorites, but in the end, MM & BM leaving was the final straw. Such a sad day for me cause I watched from Day 1.

    Can they not see how upset the fans are or do they just not care? If money talks, then fans walking might be what it takes for them to see reality. So sad for the good actors who must stay and deal with this bad writing and s/l.

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  13. Geri Bowling says:

    CBS/SONY WILL BE THE DEMISE OF Y&R!! THEY NEED TO RECONSIDER LETTING MICHAEL MUHNEY GO!!! THERE ARE WAY TO MANY “BAD” DECISIONS AT ONCE!! I NO LONGER WATCH AND THEY WILL LOSE A LOT OF VIEWERS AFTER JAN. 30!! I THINK THEY MIGHT BE WAITING TO SEE IF THIS BLOWS OVER!!! NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!! I HAVE NEVER SEEN FANS SO UPSET OVER THE FIRING OF AN ACTOR ON A SOAP! OBVIOUSLY THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR VIEWERS. BOYCOTT Y&R AFTER JAN 30TH!!! MAYBE THEY’LL RECONSIDER!!!!

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    timmy replied

    Geri I so agree with you!!! I quit watching already because of all this.

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    Janet replied

    Buh bye! Don’t you “fans” of the show realize they ad to fire him? What he did was criminal. And Y&R had a responsibility or possibly face a law suit. The U.S. justice system take sexual harassment very seriously. But I know some of you nut jobs think he is God and could not have possibly done what he is accused of. Please. Will be glad to see him and all of you so called fans of the show gone! Maybe then there will be no more complaining about something that is. not. going. to. change.

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  14. su0000 says:

    Michael Muhney is awesome..
    Michael Muhney is 1 of Y&R..

    They made a huge mistake letting him go, and it will show in the ratings..

    Executives of networks are like politicians and spin to make them look better and righteous..

    Michael Muhney !!! hope to see you soon where ever you end up .

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  15. shelley trudell says:

    This is not even a story. Nothing was confirmed except they wanted a change and they got one. Good luck with their ratings in 2015 with 1/2 the viewers.

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  16. Karen says:

    This will bite Y & R where it counts – the ratings. The best actors have now left and so will your audience.

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  17. Marie says:

    I think this is garbage reporting. What a way to keep a vicious rumor alive and try to ruin the reputation of an actor that captured daytime TV in a way that few others have ever been able to do. As a 30 year fan of this show, I can’t even begin to list all the things they have one to screw up this show over the past two years, but losing MM was by far the most stupid and shortsighted decision of them all. Wherever he goes, I will be sure to follow. LOVE him!!

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    timmy replied

    Marie if your the marie that wrote the above, you should send it to CBS and everyone you can, great anaylsis. He was best actor to come onto the daytime scene in decades… Michael Muhney. no matter what happened with him, the show has gone down the tubes in the past year and a half.

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    Janet replied

    So sexual harassment is ok as long as an actor is good? Nice way of thinking there, Timmy! I hope you never have a daughter.

  18. jmc says:

    I will not be watching Y& R without Michael Muhney as Adam Newman. Bye Bye Y&R.

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    timmy replied

    As one commenter said above and is worth repeating, What a sad note for Billy Miller to go out on. Adam will be labeled a murderer by everyone left and he never was. I will never believe that he hit that precious little girl. He did everything he could do avoid her dog, and stopped to see that the dog was okay. STUPID, you writers at YR make us fans look like IDIOTS!!!!! So glad I am done with this mess of a show and yes its sad after watching for over 20 years!

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    Janet replied

    Buh bye! Me and the rest of the loyal show viewers will continue to enjoy it! And there are many more of us than you people pretend there are.

  19. su0000 says:

    ”According to TVG Canada’s David, Nina Tassler made this statement: “I can’t comment on any of the allegations, I can only say that when the producers and Sony [Pictures Television] came to us and said, ‘We want to make a change,’ and they laid out their reasoning why, we supported them.””

    Not even the President, CBS Entertainment, can tell as a fact that the ‘alleged’ boobie incident is fact..
    She uses ”allegations” = no facts ..

    Sony said;
    ”We want to make a change”

    and they laid out their reasoning why, we supported them.”

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    Kaleesi replied

    It may be picking on semantics but the line is “We WANT to make a change”. Would they not have said We NEED to make a change if their hand was forced? It just doesn’t sound to me like they had no other choice and that statement matches what MM said in his interview when he was told they would give Adam a break and change actors.

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    wolfsmistress replied

    They would have needed to make a change because Michael Muhney had signed a two year contract with CBS/Sony to be on Y&R for another two years (through March of 2015) in March of 2013. The only way to get rid of him was to fire him by saying they were going to “give Adam a break for 3-6 months then bring him back as another actor,” which is what Muhney stated Jill Farren Phelps had told him was the reasoning behind his being let go.

    Sounds like CBS/Sony/Y&R wanted to get rid of Muhney (a very popular actor) for some reason (Steve Burton not going over with fans well with either Billy Miller or Michael Muhney around is my personal guess, as that was such a heralded entrance that went majorly flat with fans), so they found one: We need a new Adam.

    All this BS about a supposed groping is just that … allegations, rumors and so forth that came about via an anonymous post on a soap web site.

    I think, seriously, since Miller and Muhney were so beloved by fans and Burton (Phelp’s golden boy and whom she’d pinned so much on when she hired him — gads, the hoopla when he was hired!) majorly flopped, Y&R decided to get rid of both Miller and Muhney to give Burton a better chance to win fans over as Dylan. I doubt it’s going to work, as Muhney and Miller had a LOT of loyal fans, but you watch … Dylan/Burton will be shoved even harder to the front burner on Y&R now.

    Just my opinion on this whole thing.
    wolfy

    PS — I find it kind of strange that Burton got “outs” in his contract to do other work, including some that is backed by Sony/CBS itself, and yet the one thing they refused Billy Miller that was the only sticking point for him renewing his contract was getting “outs.” Weird, right? Hmmm…

    Kaleesi replied

    wolfsmistress, Burton is the reason I could no longer watch GH!!! He was in every storyline, relentlessly shoved down our throats and I couldn’t take it anymore. I suspect this is about to happen on Y&R and I say NO THANKS. I agree with your theory. With Miller and Muhney around, there was no room for Burton to be accepted on the front burner. They knew that outs was the deal breaker for Miller and I agree they purposely denied him so he wouldn’t renew. That way it looks like they tried but its Miller’s decision to leave. Low and behold they fire Muhney and pin an accusation on him. Not to mention, it was so obvious they drove Stafford away by back burning her character. There is a pattern with these people!!

    jaybird369 replied

    Kaleesi…I feel the same way. I did not care for Steve Burton when he was on GH. No. His (now former) character of Jason Morgan was a real downer…one-note, one-dimensional, bland, boring, humorless, ZERO sex appeal and way too self-righteous. No Thank You. And, with BOTH SB and that WRETCHED Jill Farren Phelps running amok (YIKES!!!!!) on the Y&R set, it’s like DOUBLE the nausea…BLECH!!!!! And, Kaleesi…I especially agree with the last sentence in your posting. There is a PATTERN with those people on the Y&R set…and it’s only gonna get WORSER AND WORSER as time goes on. Beyond sad.

  20. Dar says:

    She all but just accused MM… She should be fired along with her colleague JFP ! You should all be ashamed of yourselves cause Bill Bell would have handled this with dignity & discretion, not this freak show version… You are all looking @ the $ signs & that is the bottom line ! The only way Y&R will survive is getting rid of the higher ups & find some fresh talent to replace them… Whoever first leaked this story should be the 1st one fired !!!

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  21. In the know says:

    where there is smoke, there is fire, if there are rumors of groping…twice…chances are…bye bye MM
    and good riddance. there is no room on any soap,show, or in anyones life for groping….good riddance

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    wolfsmistress replied

    The rumors came from an anonymous source posted on Soaps.com.

    Where’s the truth in that? No smoke, no fire, in my books. Period.

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    Marie replied

    So you believe it because… Let me guess… It was on the Internet!

    Nice…

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    wolfsmistress replied

    No, I believe in the adage of “Innocent until proven guilty.” So far, there’s absolutely no proof of any kind toward Michael Muhney that shows he’s guilty of anything other than being an outspoken person.

    If, and when, proof comes about, then we will see what is real and what is not. Perhaps you have met your French boyfriend on the Internet, and get your information from there, but I still believe in people and the law … and “innocent until PROVEN guilty,” not “guilty just become some dumbo says so on the Internet,” which some tend to believe, hmm?

    studio33128 replied

    The rumors are just that, viscious rumors. Sexual harassment is a crime. Common sense shohld tell you that you don’t fire someone on Monday for sexual harassment, and then invit them back onto the set to finish filmj ng for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. That just does not happen.Period! Michael’s dismissal was based on his integrity for his craft as an actor. He was not willing just to say his lines and cash a check. He rocked the boat by insisting on better scenes for the show, and jealousy prevailed. Well, it’s Y&R’s loss. Muhney seems to have moved on and is winning, and Y&R has yet another nail in its coffin.
    hat

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    Janet replied

    Such denial from you people. How many of you have been to law school or taken even one law class? Also someone keeps saying it was leaked on Soaps.com. That’s not even true. It was leaked by TMZ. Such little knowledge from such big mouths.

    studio33128 replied

    Janet, since there’s nothing in my reply regarding leaking a story, Soaps.com or TMZ, I would suggest you forget about law, and take a class in basic comprehension. Comprehension, Janet, is possessing the ability to understand and retain what you have read. And , Janet, I don’t know who “you people” are, since “I” (singular pronoun) am the only one who wrote the reply. Little knowledge? Big mouths? The big mouths, Janet, are in your head. Silence the voices, Janet. silence the voices.

  22. Cathy Thomasson says:

    I commented the following on this article: “All Nina Tassler did was cause me to want to re-double my efforts to contact Sony executives and express my great displeasure with how everything was handled. The fan base for Michael Muhney as Adam Newman is by far much stronger than they realize! They will soon witness a mass exodus of fans leaving Y&R now and after January 30th! The change we fans want is the firing of Jill Farren Phelps, and if he will agree to return to Y&R, the re-hiring of Michael Muhney as Adam Newman. I will also tell Sony executives that we are disgusted by the distasteful comments and fan bashing by several current Y&R actors, most notably Eric Braeden and Greg Rikaart! In addition, I wish to make them aware of Jill Farren Phelps and Angelica McDaniel reportedly scoffing at fans and saying we won’t stop watching – well, just WATCH US!”

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    Rosemary Patterson replied

    I’m a major Michael Muhney fan and want him back, too. However, I’ve read some horrible, harassing tweets sent to Eric Braeden, Greg Rikaart, and many other cast members….I’m sure there are many, many others than what I’ve seen. I cannot blame them for being so ill at the fans that are driving them crazy about this. I’m FB friends with several cast members also, and follow some of the cast. The same thing happens on Facebook. The harassment is way out of hand. It’s hard for me to blame them for striking back as much as they are being targeted about this. After all, we fans do not know the true story, and I assume they know more than we do. I love Michael and will cry like a baby on January 30th, I love Billy Miller, too. I dread the 30th bigtime. Both excellent actors and I’m so attached to them. I just think people are carrying the harassment way too far. Peaceful protest calling and writing the studio, producers, writers, etc, but not the other cast members. I say all of this with respect. I’ve watched going on 32 years now, since I was 8 years old. I love Y&R and hope it’s on another 40 years at least. I love everyone on the show, and miss the ones that aren’t on anymore….. Drucilla, Phyllis, Daniel, Tucker, the list goes on. :) LOL

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    Janet replied

    Exactly. How much can the cast be expected to take? I too have seen horrible things said to them. Why should they have to take it without eventually fighting back? If we (any of us) want to talk trash to anyone we should expect it back, no matter who it is. People are simply not thinking. The show would not have fired such a popular actor had he not done what he was accused of doing. Why bite the hand that feeds you with no reason at all? The fact is he is gone and never coming back. And I would think he would not go back, since the threat was made to call the police.

  23. ale ol says:

    #TeamMuhney we want a change to, can we have it?!

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  24. MEG says:

    I WOULDN’T BELIEVE ANYTHING SHE HAS TO SAY ,I’M DONE ON JAN 30TH

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  25. Lisa J. says:

    Seems like they keep changing the story to suit their needs. Right now, the show sucks. It’s such a bore. I hope it improves.

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    Dorothy replied

    Innocent until proven guilty I say….but don’t trash a person until there is proof of their guilt. I’ve been watching Y&R since it started & I’m feeling less interested in it lately. The story lines are stupid, except for Adam. If they need to sack some of their “stars” I would have thought a few others should go before MM & Billy. I’ve been very confused by the Michael/Lauren/Fen story line it’s unreal. If it doesn’t improve I might have to say bye bye & find something else to watch. B&B is suffering from the same complaint – stupid storylines. Don’t they get it that people don’t want to see the actors who were part of the Soaps that have finished, in these Soaps.

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  26. Wendy says:

    Biggest crock I have ever seen in my life. Sony and CBS should be ashamed of themselves to let such a vicious rumor continue. MM is ADAM. No way do I believe that MM touched HK’s breasts.

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  27. Connie says:

    Well, you should have thought about it a bit more before tossing out the best actor to have ever graced your set. Shame on you. You will be hemorrhaging viewers as of the end of the January 30 episode. Think about that. Shame on you.

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    Janet replied

    Why do you all think they are going to lose a massive amount of viewers? You all are simply the most vocal. The show will go on. Without Michael Muhney. Which I am happy about because since he did what he did I can’t stand looking at his face.

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  28. Georgia Ruffing says:

    I think they are covering their butts!!! They let MM go because he showed up EB, from that point on things got out of hand and they did not expect to have such a great uprising with the fans, so now they are grasping at straws to cover up…..even allowing EB to spout dribble as he calls it……only making things worse because they will go down the tubes, fans bailing out as if Y&R was a sinking ship, which it is….one more time proof that Karma is a bi$ch!!! Goodbye old friend!!!! Hello General Hospital……

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    Janet replied

    Buh Bye!

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    Verna replied

    Georgia Ruffing, I have already started watching GH, too. I will be saying Goodbye to Y&R on the 30th. I think listening to EB’s dribble and GR’s nonsense it clearly proves to me that the firing of MM had nothing to do with any stupid “groping”. HK was only a catalyst. There were far more” better endowed” actresses than that, and we are not interested in he said she said. This not the first time that someone has called “wolf” when their advances were rejected.There were obviously other rumblings going on in the state of Denmark. EB has no role to play . He makes me sick. And…can you stomach Katherine in all her wisdom leaving Chancellor Industries to this old goat who has his own Newman Enterprises ? What did she leave her ever loving husband? Is he in an old folks home? These are some of the stupid story lines that ( I’ve mentioned more in a previous letter) make me feel we are wasting our time watching a show that thinks we are morons. GR is another no brainer in a police force manned by 3 people. How on earth such a nitwit came to be there beats me! Dylan has been an ‘also ran’ from day one. GH is better off without him. I will miss Sharon , Jack,Chelsea,& Michael Baldwin. The rest are just filler actors who have no story lines. Cane and Lily do nothing but sit and look pretty. So give them a job remodelling a hotel that the new Billionaire acquired! Neil has no story line so let’s give him a big bash of a wedding! Do these horrible writers expect us to waste an hour watching this Nonsense??????

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  29. Sylvia Herndon says:

    As a fan of MM, I stand by him until the accusations are proven true. The execs at Y&R and Sony have to make his firing his fault and I don’t believe what they are saying and it’s two sides to every story and Michael hasn’t given his. Will not be watching anymore after Jan. 30th!!!

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    Janet replied

    Don’t you think there is a reason he has not given his side? This is all so obvious. You must all be drinking some kind of Kool Aid to not see the obvious.

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    studio33128 replied

    Yes, Janet, there is a reason why Mr. Muhney has not spoken about the subject, it’s called tact. Tact, Janet, Tact.

  30. joanne hooks says:

    I think the whole thing stinks. I am angry that the best actor on the show has been fired, and they have allowed a smear campaign by others. I have watched for 40 years. No more.

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  31. Mary SF says:

    Okay this adds nothing new to what is already out. It is obvious CBS supported the decision otherwise they would not have fired him without their backing and they have already said they can’t comment on the issue at hand– why he was fired. It is non stories like this one that keeps trying to milk the publicity cow on this topic. Enough already, until or unless something truly new is known— I don’t want to hear it anymore about it.

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  32. Donna says:

    The way this was all handled convinced me to leave, at this point it is the reason Im done. Watching is boring to begin with I fast forward to watch Muhney , he was the saving grace. After reading comments from other actors and seeing who they really are was the icing on the cake. In my mind they were better left as there character they played because after hearing them as actual individuals I think they are all ruthless, backstabbing, publicity hungry human beings. True colors were shown, not pretty to hear. CBS, Jill , Sony, all have lost my respect on the handling of this situation. Team Muhney always.

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  33. Kathleen Dominguez says:

    I don’t know what happened with Hunter King, but if it is true, I cannot support Michael being still on the show, but if it isn’t true, then I want him back. I don’t want to believe that whatever he is accused of doing is true. I hope whatever,the truth does come out and the best is for all!

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  34. Tim says:

    Lets just move on!

    Adam #1 was good, he wanted out because of a gay moment between him and another character.

    Adam #2 was great. .He was more like Victor and I think Eric and Michael are more like each other in real life and they collided and Eric did and would always win that battle.

    Adam #3 TBD BUT maybe this guy will be even better, get along and respect the cast AND have a mustache?

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    wolfsmistress replied

    Engen was fired by Y&R; he didn’t want out.

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    jaybird369 replied

    I remember Chris Engen. And, if I remember correctly, CBS ended up suing CE for breach of contract.

    wolfsmistress replied

    @jaybird — while it was reported in several places online that CBS MAY sue Engen for breach of contract, (in online tabloids, mostly, once again showing they’re usually the ones who jump on these stories or try to take them further than they really are to go), I have found no record, nor was there ever, that I know of, any breach of contract suit brought by CBS against Engen.

    Also, I do know that he didn’t quit … he was fired. This is yet another case of “believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.” Benjamin Franklin

    Janet replied

    Hi quit! I remember it very well. He did not like the storyline and quit. You can say he was fired all you want but it won’t change the facts.

    wolfsmistress replied

    No, I can say with all honesty that he was fired. I can’t say HOW I know, but that I DO know. I was asked not to reveal my source and I won’t, but trust me, he WAS fired. He did NOT quit. And as Muhney quoted Benjamin Franklin, I will repeat that quote for Mr. Engen. “Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.”
    wolfy

    Karen replied

    Tim, I agree! See what no one is doing is reading between the lines.So here goes:
    Nina: He did what? Oh, Hell Yes! Fire his Ass!!

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  35. Sue says:

    I think MM should be able to defend himself, don’t keep him quiet. I think his co-workers’ names should be known as well!. no hiding behind CBS/Sony.. they should say just why they want him off the set!

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  36. joyce fuller says:

    ,since cbs nd sony is standing behind the firing o Michael/adam I guess the viewers/fans can stand behind one another and not support cbs nor sony. in the months to come you will see a drop in ratings for young & restless and this is sad because its been #1 for 25 years but as the old saying goes ” nothing last forever” good bye y& r we will miss you but will miss Michael/adam more

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  37. Marcia Reed says:

    What I think is that CBS needs to watch the show. If they did that, it would become readily apparent that the plots are lame and long-suffering. They go nowhere and are becoming increasingly more boring. As for Michael Muhney, he has been carrying the show as the one you can both love and hate–Classic soap,opera at its best. His character is totally believable and draws in the audience. Seems to me CBS would want the strength of such an actor/character and demand better writing for the show. Too bad viewer opinion isn’t respected. After all, the dedicated audience pays the bills! I feel sure many viewers will leave when Muhney goes. They will be doing so in support,of him and certainly for the disregard of audience opinion. Someone should have addressed fans earlier.

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  38. Lisa Adkins says:

    As a fan of Y & R for over 20 years, I am leaving when Michael Muhney leaves. I think it is a shame that those in charge cannot make an honest statement about what happened. If you want Y & R to remain the number one daytime soap then you had best make some real changes and get rid of the people who are ruining the show.

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    timmy replied

    What a sad note for Billy Miller and Michael to go out on. I am done too Lisa, the writing is awful and our beloved characters a mess. I loved MM too.

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  39. Kathy says:

    The fact that no one is coming straight out as to what happened will always leave fans doubtful as to the reason for the firing.
    Y&R will be loosing a lot of good fans many like myself who have watched since the show began. The best actors are gone, the story lines are beyond boring, its just the same old, same old.
    Good luck Y&R you are going to need it.

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  40. Lisa Ward says:

    If they do let michael known as Adam go and don’t make a deal with billy abbotts character I Will be one of the ones not to watch this show. I have watched it for over 45 years and they are both great actors and bring excitement to the show.

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  41. Janice Joseph says:

    You guys need to come clean and speak the truth. We are sick of the run around the more you seem evasive and dishonest the more viewers you lose

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  42. mo says:

    The whole thing is sad. Still think CBS/Sony needs to make a statement to fans.

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  43. Rob says:

    The only thing this proves is that TPTB wanted Muhney gone, period.

    the man himself admitted he can be a jerk, but these allegations of sexual assault and him being crucified in the press and by his former cast mates is just appalling.

    Either way, after the 30th this is a non issue for me, I havent even been able to watch regularly for a while with the shit they are airing.

    The show is beyond boring and this grotesque storyline of Victor trying to steal his grandson is just too much. Nikki and Jill’s golden boy is just ridiculous and the whole Carmine debacle just gets more ridiculous.

    Maybe TPTB need a reality check, I have a feeling I wont be the only one shutting off this crapfest.

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    Rob replied

    Farren Pehilp’s golden boy

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    Fred replied

    Check out carrie fisher’s character in the movie Soap Dish. Similar ?

    Verna replied

    No, Rob, you definitely won’t be the only one “shutting off this crapfest”. I see an exodus on the 31st. I have already started watching GH and am sorry I hadn’t done so all these years, instead of wasting my time in fictitious Genoa city!

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    k/kay replied

    Be careful what you say on this board it is totally against Muhney though nothing has been proven he is guilty in the eyes of all soap blogs. It will be quite amusing when the truth does ever surface like a relationship gone bad???

  44. Robin Leslie says:

    Michael Muhney’s character and integrity have been attacked by cast members and the press. He, along with millions of people around the world , have had their reputations ruined without a shred of tangible proof. We all await real evidence and “innocent until proven guilty” should prevail. This is about soap opera stars, but They also happen to be REAL people,Hunter King included. As far as Y&R is concerned, Michael is the only actor we,the fans,will accept.He IS Adam Newman so to replace him would result in a large % of the Y&R audience tuning out!!!!!Michael’s ability to make Adam so real and someone we have grown to care about, sets him apart . All of the cast members are so talented, But Michael transcends acting……He just IS the character-a unique ability that has resulted in an attachment the fans feel about him. CBS should explore the real facts concerning his firing and reverse their decision if he is as innocent as we hope he is.
    As far as his behavior in the past – give us the FACTS – not “he said,she said” gossip.Enough with the alleged past misbehavior !! The man has a wife and children. Stop meddling in people’s lives !

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  45. Glenda Fulton says:

    My husband and I have watched Young and Restless now for the past several years and really without Adam their will be no story line that we care to watch…

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  46. Chrissy says:

    If CBS cares about thier fans at all, give us back MM .. NO MM= No more show for me.
    Nothing CBS has ever done has ever angered me this much. When we lost k this year, i cried my little eyes out. after 20 plus years of watching this show, K was a part of my daily life. I laughed, i cried each and every day with her. I was still grieving then we lost Phylis. Then Billy. AND NOW MM ?? why do this to us ??? Nobody can fill MM ‘s shoes. He is the most interesting person on the show. Ive loved him since day 1. I dont believe one bad word thats said about him.

    Rehire MM .. and while your at it.. Bring back drucilla too.! Fire EB, fire the writters, fire the boring winters. OH boy get rid of avery too..

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    Patrick replied

    “thank you” for sharing your honesty…

    I well up.. with emotion

    I cried… for:

    Katherine: Jeanne Cooper
    Phyllis: Michelle Stafford
    Billy: Billy Miller
    Adam: Michael Muhney

    Year 2013 is mind boggling… flabbergasted… i’m incensed… that all that is currently going on, and, went down… as it has… with no light…

    what an aimless production

    I just love… Eileen Davidson: Ashley
    I just love… Beth Maitland: Traci

    and you’ve read it many a time.. Nina, Chance IV, Delia, Carmine….

    these actors.. mentioned.. were magnetic… as someone so eloquently stated above… they “transcend” acting…. this was the time.. I was glued…

    I agree with you… bringing back Drucilla… would make a big inroad.. to revitalize… and bring focus to a whole ‘nother part of the canvas… and PLEASE steer clear of the Newmans… except for Victoria… it’s too demeaning and fresh… hurt… to the audience

    I just don’t believe… that Michael Muhney the person… would have let his mind go… to so affect his livelihood… and his new family… that he didn’t know… this could happen.. or did he… when he said.. he was “still” for 5 minutes upon hearing… this life altering… allegations

    be that as it may… it’s pretty apparent… to me.. that fans are given so little regard.. and callous disregard… of the audience… has , I HOPE, penetrated… their… OH, HOW I digress… their pedestalled status…

    this is not the #1 soap

    so be it… I am leaving… as of, January 31, 2014

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    timmy replied

    I so agree with all of you. Since we all feel the same, I believe YR won’t make it, or the people watching are newbees who could care less. Patrick I agree, I loved the stars you love, they made or make the show.

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    Janet replied

    Timmy boy I have been watching for 37 years, so I am hardly a newbie. And I know many people who are not newbie’s who are not going anywhere.

    studio33128 replied

    Janet, why am I not surprised to learn that you associate with people who aren’t going anywhere? That was for Timmy.

  47. Loreen Packett says:

    No MM on Jan 30th…………………No Y&R for me…………..he and Chelsea are the best story line going and they are going to blow that as well. No one else can play Adam bottom line.

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  48. Ladonna Bartlett says:

    With every “new” report that comes out, it makes less and less sense. The execs must really believe that we, the fans, are stupid! When they make nasty remarks about their own fanbase and post these remarks on social media sites, including stating the fact that they are laughing at us, it is infuriating! The fans are the reason they have jobs and this is the thanks we get(?) Well, I refuse to be the brunt of their jokes any longer. I have always believed that most people are inherently good and decent. I can’t imagine being the kind of person who could derive pleasure from participating in a campaign whose sole purpose is to destroy the reputation of someone else. So many lives have been effected as the result of this smear campaign…not only Michael Muhney but his wife and children and Hunter King are suffering. Instead of the execs doing their jobs by addressing the rumors and allegations in a discrete and professional manner, they decided to perpetuate the situation which has now gotten completely out of hand in addition to creating a hostile work environment complete with cast and crew infighting and a fanbase that is divided, disillusioned and disgusted. It is a sad situation all the way around. I am sure that, even if the execs feel otherwise, Y&R will lose a significant portion of their viewers…including me, a longtime fan. Maybe they are laughing and genuinely do not care about the fans(?) I wanted to think the opposite was true. Maybe I am stupid. It is disheartening to say the least. I think this is the beginning of the end for Y&R.

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  49. betty stanley says:

    Why say anything at all if that was all they said. This whole situation has been very bazaar from the very beginning. They are still hiding the true facts. Why silence the two involved and let everyone else run their mouths and say anything they want to, truth or lie. This MM fan is still Team Muhney. I support Michael Muhney. I have had it with Y&R and I would not watch it after Jan. 30th if they got Ryan Gosling to play Adam Newman. No one can play Adam Newman but Michael Muhney. If anyone should be fired it is the backstabbers who work at CBS Sony, and Y&R, Starting at the top Angela McDaniel, Jill Farren Phelps, the writers who cannot write, and a couple of actors who have outlived their usefulness on the Soap. They should have been let go years ago.
    Yes, I will boycott CBS Sony, this article such as it is, makes me want to give it up so much sooner. But I will wait til Jan. 30th and see the final scenes with the one of the most talented daytime actor in history, Michael Muhney. Everyone looses in this situation. Michael Muhney lost a job he loved and was very passionate about, and it showed in every scene he was in, no matter whom he played opposite. CBS Sony looses because they will no longer be #1 Network because all the fans are leaving to go to another soap, They lose because of ratings, and sponsors pulling out when the boycott begins, and the biggest looser of all are the millions of fans, just like me and you will no longer be entertained by the #1 greatest soap opera in history, The Young and The Restless. There are no winners in the Killing of a Soap,. I tried to tell everyone that Jill Farren Phelps was the soap killer. No one listens. No one listens to the fans. No one believes the fans are the reason shows are number 1.
    Well listen to the Michael Muhney fans come January 30th. Thousands all across the country will stop watching. They said they wanted change, but sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.
    Michael Muhney will be o.k. His fans never believed the allegations against him. With his looks and talent we will be seeing this young man front and center on our T.V. screens or in the movies. I just hope it is sooner, than later. Michael, you do have family, friends, and thousands of fans backing you. We love you and you will be back on top again. Where you belong.

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    Patrick replied

    - Tears -

    “…Everyone looses in this situation. Michael Muhney lost a job he loved and was very passionate about, and it showed in every scene he was in”

    I’m with you… and I HOPE… for fans to take a stand… at the outset… Jan. 31, 2014 to just let go…

    which… to the year in and year out… decades plus… fans… to acknowledge, which shouldn’t be hard to quantify… that the current help, production… and most obvious glare.. is the lack of quality actors missing, with BAD writing… is remiss

    it’s like my heart for Genoa City has been ripped out… i can’t keep supporting the state that Y&R is in? it’d be demeaning to all the years i’ve given

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    Patrick replied

    current help – *helm (JFP)

  50. Ann says:

    why did they let him continue taping if all the lies were true then he should have been off the set and arrested.I think there is enough info out there now to know everything that was said of his firing are all lies.As a fan since 1980 I am done with the young and restless,story lines are terrible.

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    Mo replied

    That’s what doesn’t make sense. If he groped a co-worker, he should have been suspended IMMEDIATELY, not allowed to continue working.

    They need to bottle some of this drama and put in on the air.

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  51. Darryl says:

    Shame, Shame and Shame ! You are still lying ? We need the true. Good bye Y&R.

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  52. Judy says:

    Jan 30 I am done with Y&R!

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  53. samantha says:

    Why they producers and executives cant come out and give we the fans and viewers a plausible explanation as to why these beloved character are all being fired or leaving the #1 daytime show. You know when this will happen, when there is no viewers left, so then there will come up with some BS which will be too late. CBS or Sony who ever owns Y/R should look into this before they are the only ones that will act and view there own show…Fed up with YR executives and producers

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  54. Verna says:

    I will never believe anything unless there are 2 RELIABLE witnesses. So this continued smearing of MM’s name is NOT acceptable. He was closely associated with 2 beautiful actresses(Sharon & Melissa) and we never heard a hue and cry.Naive people can misinterpret teasing to be something nefarious and thereby ruin a person’s character.
    ” Before you assume……… .learn the facts
    Before you judge……………………..understand why
    Before you hurt someone …………feel
    Before you speak out……………….THINK

    I DON’T CARE HOW MUCH DAMAGE CONTROL THEY ARE TRYING TO DO, but we have had enough . The actors speaking out their 2 cents worth was the last straw. We say nothing but jealousy , and feathering their own nests. We have heard enough. Good luck till 2017, but we won’t be there. I’m gone after the 30th , and have already started watching GH , so Goodbye Y&R. enjoy while you can!

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    Patrick replied

    GAVEL this…

    Applause

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    Gayle Gonzales replied

    Well said Verna !!!!! :) Not watching either and I don’t record it anymore!
    And even if I had planned on watching after MM I would have stopped anyway after reading EB posted on twitter and others as well

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  55. Mary in Georgia says:

    I to will stop watching Y&R after 1/30. I believe if rumors set true u should come right out & day why he was fired. He has history in the business & never been accused of anything like this contrary all female co-stars have said he need been thank-you
    anything but a gentleman. So you need to drop that story & let people know nothing but rumor no truth. You should also rehire MM lay out the rules u want him to follow. I know he has been somewhat of a thorn in your side. Sometimes he lets him mouth talk before he thinks. So as I say lay out the rules & hire him back. Everybody wins then.

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    Patrick replied

    I know… right

    I hate this precedent… “CBS does not comment on said actors, or on production”

    expletive

    parameters… human resources procedure should have prevented any cast mishap…

    a person (s) livelihood… is affected

    ignoramus ( cbs/sony/y&r)… it just smarts… how little regard, for fan appreciation… and I do mean that… if MM.. allegations are founded… I’ll move on… and hope he betters

    i have aligned myself for this actor

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  56. Sharonda says:

    Y&R is over for me, I didn’t grow up watching it like some, and I picked it up during the Drucilla at NE bit, and then stopped watching when they allowed the BEST DIVA and AA leading lady to plummet to her death over a cliff. Kristoff has sucked since she was fired and I stopped watching and picked it back up in 2011, so No! I won’t miss Y&R! MM was the best darn thing to happen to this garbage of a show and to the trash of cast members that are talking shyt on twitter and FB. Where was Kristoff statement to fans when Victoria Rowell was dismissed at YR. His actions are trifling. I haven’t watched since he was let go, and I will tune in to see his final scenes on Jan 30th, and then the whole cast can get dismissed by remote!

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  57. faye34 says:

    she said nothing different from what we have been hearding I still believe this was planned and they just don’t like MM I can’t wait till he speaks out I for one will not be watching this show any longer and the rest of the cast need to put a muzzle on their big mouths

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  58. su0000 says:

    What is strange to me;
    if if if if it happened, why would it have happened twice..
    The first time, if it happened, someone should have slapped or broken someones finger with a stern warning to never touch me again or else their would be hell to pay, case closed.
    It comes off as being school yard nonsense..

    I see some huge lawsuits upcoming..

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    Mark Y replied

    Su, you don’t believe that MM did something that offended HK? She’s making it u? Is that what you think?

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    Verna replied

    Mark, did you say “Something that offended HK”? That’s not what the accusation is about. Naive people can interpret things in any way they want. Nobody is saying she is making anything up. She hasn’t even said anything, but people can always misconstrue and misinterpret . In the meantime it is a shame that somebody’s name gets smeared .and an A1 actor is not there anymore.

  59. k/kay says:

    Translation: We do not what to go to court over a he said she said MM goes! You want to know how many sexual harassment cases Bob Barker Price is Right they paid out they basically forced him into retirement because they did not want to pay for anymore lawsuits. MM is not going to sue and neither is HK. The problem was solved once he left the building for them. All that has went on for a month is it being tried in the court of public opinion. I will be curious to see how their ratings are after Jan 30th. As far as I am concerned they still have crap stories we will see if they can turn that around.

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    Mary SF replied

    Also I imagine before they fired him they did some research in some way to determine how many potential viewers than would lose. I talked to some friends who watched but don’t follow any this behind the scenes stuff. They had no idea MM was fired and they didn’t care– one lady in her seventies loves her stories and will watch no matter what. I would dearly love to see them lose their number one spot– but even if all these MM fans leave is their numbers large enough really change anything? I guess we will see. But I do know this, if the ratings go up after MM leaves, we will be stuck with JFP until 2017.

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  60. pat says:

    Between EB,KSJ,GR and now Nina Tassler I haven’t heard such assine B/S rambling since CE famous senile rambling with his empty chair..I agree to boycott Y&R,In fact I stop watching once the actors start lashing out at MM. Instead of acting like adult they act like kids on the playground.It should have been handle through the due process of law if true.

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    faye34 replied

    I agree with what you say I have already stopped watching young and the restless I was a long time viewer of this show I have watched it since the beginning

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    jaybird369 replied

    Well said, Pat!!!!! And, by the way, I LOVED your Clint Eastwood and the empty chair reference…LOL!!!!! Priceless!!!!!!

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  61. jaybird369 says:

    Here is what I miss about the REAL Y&R (from back in the day):
    1. Nina (my ALL-TIME FAVORITE Y&R character…HOLLA!!!!!)
    2. Katherine (aka Mrs. C)
    3. The Williams Family
    4. ALL of The Abbotts TOGETHER as a family unit
    5. Alex Donnelley and Susan Walters (aka The Two Dianes)

    Here is what we are currently stuck with (BLECH!!!!!):
    1. That GOD-AWFUL Jill Farren Phelps
    2. FOJFP who CAN’T ACT…AT ALL
    3. ANNOYING AND UNWATCHABLE newbie characters
    4. BORING AND BLAND Dylan (and the one-dimensional and one-note Steve Burton)
    5. TOTAL LACK of on-screen ROMANCE

    Oh, the good old days…BACK THEN!!!!!!!!!!

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  62. Chaz says:

    I have already tuned out of the show, wiped taped episodes off the dvr & canceled it as a scheduled recording. Mainly because there is nothing of interest to watch. The storylines are either boring or peopled with new faces who have not been gently introduced…they have been shoved at us front & center. I feel badly only because there are actors such as Peter Bergman, Amelie Heinle , Elizabeth Hendrickson, Jess Walton & Judith Chapman whose performances I enjoy. But, not enough to hold my finger on the FF button to get to the scenes they are in.

    Plus, I have disdain for the manner in which this firing episode has been handled. Not for me to judge Michael Muhney’s guilt or innocence but, as more info dribbles out and certain remarks are made it seems to continually point to a major mishandling of the situation. Regardless of the reason(s) behind his firing those in charge have not managed the situation well.

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    studio33128 replied

    Chaz, it’s good to know that I am not the only one to fast forward to Michael Muhney’s scenes as Adam. I will also cancel my scheduled recordings, since I won’t be watching Y&R after Jan.30. Y&R needs to be cancelled.

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    Geena replied

    Just to add to your list, I also find it very disappointing that Christian LeBlanc once the show’s multiple emmy winning leading man with many riveting performances has been reduced to helping his wife open strange packages. I too have my finger on the FF button more often than not and will remove it from my dvr after Jan 30.

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    timmy replied

    Chaz I agree with you. All of you, I dont even watch anymore, so when I heard of MM firing, I realized that I would never come back.

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  63. toscanti says:

    JFP has single handedly dismantled soap opera after soap opera beginning with AW’s “Frankie Frame”, then GL’s “Maureen Bauer” not to mention her over working of Beverly McKinsey (Alexandra) who left the show abruptly. She then went to GH where the ratings were so poor that cancellation was a imminent. Once she was “FIRED” that show has now rebounded and will most likely surpass Y&R. ABC fans spoke loud and clear when OLTL and AMC were cancelled to be replaced by a talk show. Boycott caused “Revolution” to be cancelled. Just wait until the Boycott hits CBS and Y&R. ENJOY JFP hope this is the last straw for you as a poor excuse for a soap opera Executive Producer. I have NO Respect for your BULLYING and DICTATORSHIP STYLE. SUPPORT MM ALL THE WAY!

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  64. Clarissa Sverbel says:

    It is amazing to me that people continue to speak out about the dismissal of an actor which has angered such a great number of fans. Do they not realize that without the loyal fan base there would be no show? What advertiser would spend money in a time slot that is loosing viewership by the droves? It would have been best to say ‘no comment’ rather than further alienate disenchanted viewers.

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  65. Y&R Dar says:

    That comment by Ms Tassler is lame at best. My guess is we will never be privy to what actually went down with the firing of Michael Muhney. It’s a real loss for us, the fans. The show has lost a lot of key players and I honestly feel they will lose viewers.

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  66. dessky says:

    Did he put his hands on someone?? Or that was not true..

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  67. Shelley S says:

    Ummm, yeah, stick a fork in me folks. The best actor on Y&R (along with Billy Miller) gone and treated so poorly on his walk out! They say you can’t keep a good man down, and I have no doubt that he’ll rise like the phoenix from the ashes. That said, No Michael Muhney, no more of my precious time every week. Buh-bye Y&R.

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  68. Mark Y says:

    Thanks Michael Fairnan

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  69. LIsa says:

    who is running the show at Y&R…mickey mouse? I mean really. It’s disgusting. I am watching the show until Michael’s last day (even though this storyline is an insult to watch). He is by far the best actor on that boring show…with BM coming in 2nd. Lately, I can watch an episode in 10 min. – and days that MM is not on, I just delete. So, good luck Y&R…..I will find better things to do with my hour!
    MM – you are the best and even though your cast-mates threw you to the wolves…..we still love you and will follow you anywhere!

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    whitney devlin replied

    It’s obvious that his fellow actors only concern is self-intrest. They really should have kept quite. It makes them look soooo bad!

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    jaybird369 replied

    Lisa…I know how you feel. Agreed!!!!! Nowadays, I don’t even bother to DVR Y&R. What would be the point??? None. Later on, I’ll go and watch a recent episode of Y&R online…which ain’t that often. Truly sad.

    Take care, Lisa.

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  70. Ann says:

    won’t watch anymore buh bye Y&R

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  71. whitney devlin says:

    The rumor and innuendo is full blown in the press, and because of that the fans deserve to know the truth. This was handled badly by all the executives involved. At the time of Michael Munhey’s firing, a press release should have been issued explaining what happened. All we’ve heard is Michael Muhney’s version, all the other actor’s opinions, which is shaded by self interest. The world loves to sympathize with the underdog, which in this case is clearly Michael Muhney. No one wants to believe these allegations about a beloved character who so happens to be played by Michael Muhney, and therefore defense of two people, the real and the imaginary!

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  72. Karen says:

    I will miss Billy Miller! Wish JFP was gone! that is all.

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  73. Natalie says:

    Anyone claiming that her statement or words supports the libellous rumor that Michael sexually or inappropriately touched anyone is brain dead. Get over it people, if the allegations were true they could state it publically they would be protected by a police investigation. The fact they don’t protects no one and proves nothing. MM is innocent but I hope he sues the butt off everyone who implied differently.

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  74. \fazo says:

    we don’t believe a word of the allegations.They want to make a change? so be it.
    Viewers also want to make a change. BOYCOTT THE Y&R.

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  75. Lynn says:

    I gave up watching Y&R before Christmas, the firing of MM being the straw that broke the camel’s back, and have no intentions of going back. IMO, MM’s shoes will be impossible to fill. Huge mistake on Sony’s part; the firing and in keeping JFP.

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    timmy replied

    Me too Lynn, me too. I only been checking in lately cause I heard of MM firing and knew the show is done, its boring and stupid now.

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  76. Verna says:

    First and foremost allegations should be BELIEVABLE.
    MM is a member of Mensa. He is no fool. He is not going to jeopardize his whole career by doing something so ludicrous. There are far more sexy and beautiful actresses that he was closely associated with ..( Sharon & Melissa) and we never heard anything outlandish like this from them. He is a happily married father of 3. Do you think an intelligent man like that is going to risk everything for NOTHING????? Think, people!

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    studio33128 replied

    I agree Verna. Michael Muhney was fired out of jealousy and spite because he rocked the boat in the name of good acting, and several of actors from the bozo cast threw him under the bus and didn’t have the spine or character to support him. Sharon Case is the only exception. She made a very classy goodbye video that she released. Anyway, Michael Muhney will soon find a far superior venue for his amazing talent as an actor.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Well said, Verna!!!!! I agree!!!!!

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  77. Truth Detective says:

    Watching these final episodes with MM are killing me. Such a great actor that added to the show so much. This could have been handled differently. He should still be part of Y&R. I will not watch after his last episode. So done.

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    timmy replied

    I think that is why the ratings have been high this month, we are all watching MM! Adam, but its sad cause he is leaving the show as a murderer, CBS set this up to fail. Glad I can say, bye to YR but its with a sad heart that I quit watching.

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    studio33128 replied

    But he’s not really a murderer. He didn’t set out to kill anyone, he just failed to report an accident and left the scene. There was no malice or intent, so his character is still redeemable:)

  78. timmy says:

    BOYCOTT YR is in place Jan 31, 2014

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    jaybird369 replied

    Oh, I agree!!!!! Tick Tock Tick Tock…..

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  79. jaybird369 says:

    There is a large part of me that should stop watching Y&R after January 30th (aka Michael Muhney’s last air date). But…I’ll keep watching Y&R after that…for the following 3 reasons…
    1. Peter Bergman (aka Jack). Jack is one of the few Y&R characters who is NOT AFRAID to stand up to that bullying and cranky old Victor.
    2. More and more, I am (happily) anxious to see how much Y&R’s brand-new villain Ian Ward is gonna interact with the rest of the Y&R characters. And, besides, Ray Wise…A MOST WELCOME ADDITION TO THE Y&R CAST!!!!! YAY!!!!!
    3. I look forward to the day (whenever that may be) whenever the truth comes out about Sharon tampering with and changing those DNA test results (or whatever). And, besides, I LOVE to watch that desperate and needy train-wreck Sharon squirm…LOL!!!!! Yep.

    Peace.

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  80. Lia says:

    I don’t believe anything from a CBS exec about that, at this point. And all of this is alledged until proven so please wait until facts emerge, if in fact they do. MM will be missed on Y&R that’s the one thing I’m certain of.

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  81. studio33128 says:

    Le’s all channel our energies into Michael Muhney joining the cast of General Hospital. I would love to move to Port Charles!!!

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  82. Regina says:

    As I read prior comments I must agree, Y&R has lost it’s attraction. I have watched this show since it’s original air and hate what they have done to many of the great actors from the show…Adam, Billy, etc. The storylines have become boring and predictable. I’ll miss Michael Muhney and Biller Miller. If it doesn’t pick up I will stop watching.

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  83. wolfsmistress says:

    Well, tomorrow’s the big day, we will see the last show that both Michael Muhney and Billy Miller will have taped for Y&R before leaving for good.

    David Tom will be replacing Billy Miller on Monday, when “Billy Abbott” emerges from the wreckage of the car, but if and when “Adam Newman” will emerge remains to be seen. 3 to 6 months from now? With a new face? Possibly, but the character will never be the same, as he was never the same after Muhney took over from sweet Chris Engen’s version of Adam….

    The question is … who will still be watching, and will the show retain it’s No. 1 rating as “The Dylan Hour?”
    wolfy

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    Sammie Jo replied

    A lot of people will be watching, including the ones who said they’d never watch again.
    Not everyone loves MM, his fans make it seem so because they are so loud and rude to anyone who doesn’t adore their fave.
    My life will not change if I never see MM again or any other actor/fictional character for that matter.

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  84. Stardust6 says:

    So it’s done the train has left the station nothing left to do but make your choice to watch or not. We may never know the story but it really isn’t any of our business.
    I hope he finds a good job and I will watch what ever he decides to do.
    Time to move on like his mother has asked.

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  85. Fran says:

    You & CBS &Sony want to make a change easy GET RID OF VICTOR!!!

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  86. Sammie Jo says:

    I think Sony/CBS/JFP, should all come out and tell us exactly what happened, if they can’t do that, then at least say something to stop the rumors once and for all.
    I believe, that because they haven’t come out and said the rumors are not true, that says that they are.
    Silence often speaks volumes.

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  87. christine says:

    The storylines now is very weak and not very interesting. Firing Michael Muhney, Billy Miller No chemistry between Amelia Henle and David Thom. Fans are craving for our Bad Boy Adam (MM) He is Victor Jr. The show needs that. I have been a fan for 33 years. Bring back Michelle Stafford. No Susan Lucy please

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