The former executive producer and head writer of The Young and the Restless Maria Arena Bell spoke with Highlight Hollywood’s Tommy Garrett to clarify her recent statement to Soap Opera Digest that appeared in their last issue on the dismissal of Michael Muhney!
With this controversial story picking up more steam with Muhney and former co-star Hunter King (Summer) at the epicenter, Bell offered up this new statement on what she thinks of Muhney and the way the situation was handled by Y&R!
Maria Arena Bell: “Let me be clear. Tommy I am a fan of Michael Muhney the actor- not the person. Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions. It’s still a loss for the fans. Instead of acting quickly they tried to turn the fans against the character of Adam. Bad move. And they should not recast right away now. It’s too damaged. The only thing that matters in this story -now in TMZ is that a young girl is protected. She should have been all along. People should have been more decisive not less in this matter.”
The former EP and head writer went on to say: “I think they should have taken immediate action. They didn’t. Whatever happened, they need to protect the safety of the cast.”
So, what do you think of the latest comments by Maria Arena Bell on Michael Muhney’s dismissal? And, how she is taking the current Y&R regime to task for not letting Muhney go months ago? Weigh-in!