Wednesday morning saw confirmation on the Internet that Jill Farren Phelps is indeed out as EP of the number one soap opera, The Young and the Restless. She is being replaced by British soap producer, Mal Young, who for the last six months has been working as Supervising Producer on the CBS Daytime drama.
In an official statement by Steve Kent, senior executive vice president, U.S. programming for Sony Pictures Television, on the departure of Phelps who has been a the helm of Y&R since 2012:“On behalf of everyone at the show, we extend our sincere thanks to Jill for her years at Y&R and wish her continued success.”
Reports have that Chuck Pratt Jr. will remain in his place as executive producer and head writer of Y&R.
Young took to his Twitter page confirming his new appointment relating simply: “Day One.”
Throughout the day several of the cast of Y&R took to Twitter to congratulate Mal on his EP gig in Genoa City.
Jason Thompson (Billy) who was hired by Jill Farren Phelps at Y&R and gave him his soap start at GH tweeted: “Congrats Mal. I excited to go on this journey with you. I trust you buddy! Let’s do it!”
Miles Gaston Villenueva (Luca) tweeted: “Congratulations to this man. What a creator and collaborator. And a beautiful human. Cheers.”
Alicia Coppola (Meredith) tweeted: “Congratulations to this class act of a gentleman. Talented and kind. I raise my glass in your honor. XOXO A”
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