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239 December 18th, 2013 Michael Muhney Speaks On His Sudden Firing From The Young and the Restless!

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After the soap opera world was shocked yesterday by the firing of Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) of The Young and the Restless, fans were trying to figure out how this could have happened?  After all, Muhney is one of the most talented actors in the genre with legions of viewers who have loved his portrayal of the complex Adam!

In his exclusive first interview following his dismissal, Huff Post Canada TV spoke with Muhney to get some answers as to what went down behind the scenes when he found out he was being let-go from the number one soap opera.   Here are a few very interesting excerpts below!

Muhney on how he found out he was fired:  “Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. We had a private talk in her office. She’s always been very kind to me. We have a good rapport. It was intimate … the way it was handled. (Pauses) Part of me feels this is because I’ve always been outspoken, and sometimes I’ve been too outspoken. Sometimes I’ve walked around with a big backpack full of hubris. That is entirely on me. CBS, Sony, and Jill Phelps are not to blame for that. If I’m going to claim to be a grown man, I have to own that. But it could be financial or story. It was explained to me that CBS and Sony want to give Adam a break for 3-6 months and then they’ll bring him back with a different actor. Maybe he does need a break. Adam has been on screen a lot. He’s not being killed off.”

Muhney on when he found out he was dismissed:  “I was informed Monday night at work. I was told ‘We’re going to be letting you go.’ Everyone knows I always have something to say. I’m a chatterbox, laugh all you want, but I was rendered speechless for about five minutes.”

Muhney on Y&R suffering a mass exodus of stars including  Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) who opted to leave, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), who passed away and now him!”Y&R” experienced a lot of loss this year. ” Bless his heart, on his last day Hartley Sawyer (who has also been let go as Jack’s son, Kyle) was more concerned about me when I told him I was leaving! His jaw dropped. We both sat in my dressing room and just talked. It’s still hard to process. But, hey, I get to walk out of that building on Thursday with a great actor and friend Billy Miller. It’s been an interesting journey. What I envy in guys like Hartley and Billy is that they’re single and don’t have kids, so anything is possible. But I know, while this is new for me, it’s healthy and good to be knocked off your center. I’ve been thrown into many a deep pool in my life and you can either choose to swim or sink. So, I’m going to break out my best breaststroke and see where it takes me.”

So, what do you think about Michael Muhney’s statements of what happened behind the scenes on how he was fired? Do you think there is anyway Y&R can come up with a stellar 2014, to make you forget about the losses of Stafford, Miller, Cooper and Muhney? Weigh-in!

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  1. kevin says:

    i hope michael, lands on gh or days of our lives. he is a terrific actor, jill phelps needs to be fired right now. jill is a trouble maker. steve burton kisses her behind, he is a teachers pet lol. wow young and the restless made a huge mistake, in firing michael muhney. best of luck to michael. we all love you michael.

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    Iakovos replied

    We need a couple new soaps on the air to populate with all this top talent out there.

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    Danielle J replied

    Sharon and Adam are the best couple and I will miss there chemistry. I never liked Adam with Chelsea

    Kim Huck replied

    Michael Muhney is being surrounded by rumors Hunter and MCE the ones who play Chelsea and Summer have complained about Michael for being sexual towards them

    Bree replied

    I dont believe for a second in those ridiculous rumors! Chadam was the worst soap couple ever! Shadam was SO HOT! I will not watch #YR until MM is rehired!

    Crystal replied

    Where did you hear that MCE complained about MM for sexual harassment, Kim? I have seen the rumors about Hunter King but not MCE.

    There’s no way the rumor about MCE can be true because she recently tweeted that he’s her buddy and that she will miss him.

    Joshua replied

    Please don’t wish him to be on “General Hospital” because that show is flawless and we could do without him.

    Not surprised he is speaking out. Knowing Mr. Megalomaniac, he will be using social media every single day for the next ten years with his sob story. The guy has a Jesus Complex 10 bigger than that of Kanye West or Lady Gaga’s.

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    Harry replied

    You know this, how? From all accounts Michael is a stand up guy–gracious and generous as self evident from his classy interview cited above. And GH is far from flawless. It enjoyed a rating boast from the return of The Scorpios, but the Franco debacle is an embarrassment, Sparkle Pony is a one dimensional, perky mess of a disaster and the writing is choppy, confused and inconclusive.

    Lisa replied

    I think you are confusing MM with Eric Braeden.

    avril_lee replied

    Call me crazy… but I’m thinking recast of JASON MORGAN on GH… I think it’s a fair swap, Steve Burton for Michael Muhney. Fair Exchange is no Robbery!

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    Elizabeth replied

    Days could definitely use him, GH has too many cast members as it is.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Kevin…MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY!!!!! I agree. Yep.

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    Laurie replied

    A new soap should start starring Billy, Adam, Phyllis and Kyle. What a twist of characters !!!

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    cmaglaughlin replied

    Just found a hot rumor. Take it with caution, but then again, you just can’t make this up…A very reliable source says that Muhney was sexually harassing Hunter King, who plays Summer. He fondled her breasts once and did it again when they were hanging out with the actor who plays Fen. King wasn’t having it and neither was SONY. She is of age (19) but he’s 38 and married! Apparently she went to the higher ups and he was dismissed. JFP(Jill Farren Phillips) is NOT the villain in this- she actually did fight for him to stay (and perhaps settle the dispute within the cast) but SONY insisted he be let go, likely to avoid a possible lawsuit and terrible publicity. Which makes the interview that Muhney gave all the more disgusting.-

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    Eygpt replied

    This doesn’t sound to trust worthy. Why would micheal hangout with those two he have never had a scene with summer since 2012 with him and mce together and never with fin . Sound somewhat strange.

    cmaglaughlin replied

    Nobody is coming to Michael’s defense. Nobody EXCEPT Sharon Case is saying she’ll miss him, especially after all the reported on the set lap dances she gave him. They are obnoxiously way too together all over the internet. I wonder what Michael’s wife is saying! Michael has used crude vulgar language on his twitter account(c-word)to describe some fellow Y&R feminine fatales. All the other cast members are either mute or saying the real reason he was fired was deservedly so. Besides, no other girl is “breast worthy” of his fondling than Hunter Haley King.

    Niskymom replied

    There might be some truth to this, because Melody Thomas Scott alluded to something terrible as the reason he was fired and that the Powers That Be had nothing to do with it in her twitter that was published. Personally, while I have nothing against him as a person, I never liked his portrayal of Adam. I liked to original actor better.

    Bon Brooking replied

    What you heard was a rumor and you can be sued for putting in writing. We will probablely never know what happemed. I know that his acting was the finest I have ever seen he will be missed by abery large fan following. The only reason that I watch the show is see him. He states in the the interview that he takes full responsibilty for him getting fired. I respect his decicion to tape the finall few shows. He could walked as as he was fired left themin total chaos

    Jewell replied

    I think he did something to get fired, fans think he is so wonderful, I have seen his tweets and he was rude to the fans.. All the fans that are so loyal, don’t see Michael tweeting and thanking everyone.. I don’t buy his excuse, he was fired for speaking his mind, if that was true Eric Braeden would have been fired a long time ago.. If the truth does come out which I doubt, the fans that support him won’t believe it..

    cmaglaughlin replied

    @Bon Brooking.
    Sorry, but you are dead wrong…In United States law, public figure is a term applied in the context of defamation actions (libel and slander) as well as invasion of privacy. A public figure (such as a politician, celebrity, or business leader) cannot base a sample on incorrect harmful statements unless there is proof that the writer or publisher acted with actual malice (knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard for the truth).[1] The burden of proof in defamation actions is higher in the case of a public figure.

    David G. replied

    I loved Sharon with Adam now that made the best romance in a hell of a long time. What a shame to fire him.

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    Vessie replied

    For the record when Burton left GH he was done with acting. He returned to acting only because CBS–NOT Ms. Phelps–was was willing to make the life balance he wanted possible. Steve Burton doesn’t need to kiss anyone’s behind–the quality of his body of work in daytime drama is well known and respected as witnessed when he appeared on “The Talk.” The crowd’s reaction to his entrance spoke volumes–it was wildly enthusiastic even before it was announced he was joining Y & R.

    That being said, I agree letting Michael Muhney go is a huge mistake, beyond huge. Here’s hoping he makes a successful transition to primetime.

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    Anna replied

    Even if Micheal did something to Chelsea or Summer, I think it is blown out of proportion. These days you can look at someone the wrong way and be accused of sexual harassment. If you touch someone then you are done.
    Micheal made the show exiting, it will be difficult to replace him they should just kill his character. The show is going down anyway.

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    Leslie replied

    This is the end for me. They have to be complete morons letting Billy and Adam go. Adam is the reason I, and all my friends, watch Y&R. Certainly not for Victor and Nikki. She has gotten really boring. It’s sad watching them now. But Adam is Y&R. They should do anything they have to do to keep him on. And Billy.

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    Teresa replied

    Wow Y&R must not care much for ratings or their fans they lost some huge talent. Hunter is young and new not interesting to me.

    I will follow Billy and Michael they are awesome!! Y&R’s loss you should bring them back.

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  2. Claire says:

    I do think the character needs a break to pay for his crimes, but I am not happy about someone else playing the character. Those that have left the canvas recently are big losses, but I think there are still some talented actors there. Melissa Egan, Jessica Collins, Peter Bergman, & Jess Walton just to name a few! I am sick of Victor (which is the point, right?) and think he too needs a little break… or they need to at least make him pay for some of his recent attitude issues. Bringing Eileen Davidson back would make 2014 great… especially if they use her right! Bring Eddie Peck back as Cole to shake things up.

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  3. Kevin says:

    CBS, SONY, Angelica McDaniel, Les Moonves & Jill Farren Phelps ARE EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS AND IT’S THEIR FAULT

    Not Michael Muhney…. I Am No Longer A Fan Of Y&R or CBS – TV Itself.

    If This Means Bye To Y&R, Bye To The Price Is Right & Bye To Survivor;

    CBS Will NO LONGER BE #1 In Daytime & The Most Watched Network In America.

    JUST WAIT. JUST WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. 4everDAYS says:

    YawneR will be the Titanic of soaps.

    My DAYS are smooth sailing!

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    gaTo replied

    PREACH THE WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM WANT MM AS A RECAST PETER BLAKE!!! FIIIRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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    4everDAYS replied

    He would be great as Peter Blake!

    Patrick replied

    Thats exactly what I thought as well!

    ditto… fireworks… proclamation… ratings gold… a treasure to uphold….

    Michael Muhney as Peter Blake… Jack Deveraux…

    Ted King… as Bo Brady!

    and/or Trevor St. John… as Peter Blake and/or Jack Deveraux

    these three men…. megawatt riveting tingling sensations…

    would fire up… Hope, Jenn, Nicole, Theresa, Jordan, Abbigail… and the whole lot of Salem….

    me included

    my christmas wish list… and new years proclaim…

    I will stand and naysay… any and all… that DAYS of OUR Lives… deserves to repeat as best Serial…

    reason? the one couple… and storyline.. that lacked… mustard… carried any weight.. let alone.. lacking passion… was Daniel and Jennifer…

    I’m still floored that the Days production.. deems it worh any thing… gouge my eyes out… that Daniel is still more in the mix than any character on that show! I’m up in arms and livid…

    the same goes for Jennifer… I’m aghast that she would dare… even spout out any thing.. hateful.. and spiteful… as she lacks so much energy.. and verve.. to even dare muster her tired act.. throughout Salem… I kid you not.. for her to diss Theresa so much… wasn’t JJ in trouble from the get go.. when he happened back home, in Salem.. already the pot smoker.. and well on his way… to FUN… and now.. is kneeling at the feet of and throning… ugh! Daniel…

    give me a break!

    having said this numerous times… for all intent and purpose… DAYS has continuity.. very little break… ie: think GH big remiss.. in character development.. and follow through… faster quicker.. and all the more intriguing.. the whole canvas as it were…

    and… DAYS shoots 4 months ahead.. and not the 6 weeks.. prior.. like… GH, Y&R, and B&B…

    which shows falter moreso than? all the rest… DAYS is riding high… on how well they have progressed…

    I love this show… for all the reason… that it doesn’t seem to get much press… but lo and behold.. my treasure… the lil’ engine that could.. fire along.. pulls triggers.. and an implosion of wealth to entreat the audience….

    Salem… and Days of OUR Lives.. is ALL THAT!

    I would love to see DAYS – NBC – Sony : solidify.. and care about producing a quality show… and they have been…

    Thank you for My Days!

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    Patrick replied

    GH has lacked, dismal, quality cast reel….

    think…

    the firing of Kelly Sullivan… look how dull Sonny, Carly, Olivia, Michael, Kiki, and Morgan have become… altho.. Morgan has been good with Ava.

    the three amigos.. Todd, Starr, McBain… to now… it’s taken sssooo long to develop their new characters… Franco, Kiki, Silas.. I give credit to the actor who portrays Silas… he’s never wavered as much… as screech kiki… and kookoo too much… has to rely on his own one man show.. that he hasn’t even meshed with the rest of the cast… and dim bulb Carly.. doesn’t seem to care.

    and i’m sure there are a few more nuts to crack… LOL

    so… it’s a fair shake… at odds… for either or… show to lose at this point…

    DAYS and or GH for the WIN.

    PrincessGina replied

    I agree of all the soaps Michael would do well at Days. Nicole is desperately seeking a new man..gosh they would be hot as hell! Father Bore is not cutting it. Or heck bring back Chloe for a pairing. James and Michael in scenes would be fire!! Would Days be an option since its also a Sony show?

    paula koble replied

    Michael Muhney is the #1 actor on Young and the Restless, he should not have been fired. There are thousands of fans who are willing to stop watching the show as of Feb 1st if Michael is not brought back on the show. Are you really ready to lose your viewers?

    Harry replied

    Patrick, I agree with your every word. I am giving up on GH after Robert leaves. I’d stay for Anna but her romantic pairing reminds me of Samantha Stephens with her Uncle Arthur. Now, with the firing of MM, I may finally be done with the soap opera genre.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I agree that he would be a great Peter Blake recast…wasnt Peter selling drugs…with the drug storyline currently going on involving Theressa, J.J, Rory, Bev, and Brady(again) maybe Peter could be the one behind it?

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    4everDAYS replied

    I believe Peter was selling drugs as part of Stefano’s business.

    You’re right! MM would fit perfectly as Peter continuing the drug trade.

    It would also be great to see brothers battling for control of the Dimera empire!

    It could be a incentive to lure his sister back.

    Are you listening MM?
    Are you listening ED?

    Are you listening Days of our Lives?

  5. AJ says:

    I literally just posted my tv on kijiji. I wont be tuning ion anymore. If it’s a stellar year without The awesomeness he brought to the role, I could care less. I for one wont know about it. I only started watching the show because he got me (and my husband) hooked.

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  6. lisa says:

    This is such a shocker !! I thought Michael had signed a multi year contract not that long ago.
    That’s 4 of your greatest performers gone from (although Jeanne couldn’t be helped).
    I’m pretty much done with Y&R.
    JFP needs to be let go – she’s killing the show.

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    Bubberv replied

    Stafford, Griffith, Miller and now Muhney GONE …..all under JFP’s watch. What does that tell you? Something definitely smells here and unfortunately I don’t think we will ever get the truth why MM was fired.

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    30 year Y&R watcher replied

    I agree. JFP ruined all my CBS soaps. I expected (and got) the worst when she came in and hope there’s something left when she stumbles out. Not that upset about Kyle, but I can also pass on Summer, Fen, Noah, Noah’s girlfriend, Leslie, her brother, the chick that “terrorized” Neil and her boyfriend that helped. I don’t even know their names. That’s how much I watch now. I didn’t like MM when he first came, but he has grown to be the best Adam. Another actor won’t be the same.

    E.B replied

    Bring MM back! Y&R..your fans have spoken. Bring MM back or your soon to following the rest of the soaps…off the air

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  7. Tori says:

    I think he is a perfect gentleman; If they had told me they will be recasting the role I made popular a few months after being fired I would have said words that would have shocked a Sailor! I have no doubt we will see him again in something amazing.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Not if you wanted to work again in the genre. Very big egos in the daytime executive ranks. Say something publicly that offends any one of them and see yourself on the sidelines big time. Just ask Tristan Rogers! (If JFP weren’t such a vindictive vixen there is no way in hell she would be bringing him back. She just wanted to mess with GH.)

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    Harry replied

    This is true, Elizabeth. The actors who have left and burned bridges were never heard from again. I don’t mean that to sound as ominous as all that–I mean that they were not hired by other networks. I swear, after the first Jack was let go, I could have sworn that it was his voice asking me,”Would you like fries with that?” at the drive through.

  8. k/kay says:

    The best to you as always you will do fine Mr. Muhney you have a wonderful family and that is all that matters! Remember the saying when God closes one door he opens another. Peace be with you!!!!

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  9. Janet Malloy says:

    No matter how Michael or the show execs try to justify this, it’s a real blow to the show. The character Michael muhney plays, Adam, is one of the most intriguing and exciting characters on the show. He will not be easily replaced, and the new actor will not be readily accepted. It’s one thing for an actor to leave so they can explore other options and quite another to fire them, with two days notice, before Christmas no less, when they are at the top of their game. And very popular with the fans! Shame on you, Y & R. Best wishes to you Michael, with your talent you shouldn’t have any trouble moving on to bigger and better things and where you are truly appreciated.

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    paula koble replied

    there is no replacing him, it wont be the same

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  10. su0000 says:

    Y&R has lost too many of my favorites to ever hold interest for me, again..
    It will no longer be my Y&R..
    Also, the stories have been terribly awful !!!

    Y&R was a big loss to me over an year ago..
    I usually FF through most it ..
    Billy, Phyllis, Adam were in the stories I did not FF through..

    It IS the actor not the characters that make a soap a great favorite..

    I hope to see the very talented MM on GH, hopefully ..
    (he would fit in well, with the right part)

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  11. k/kay says:

    I will also add no matter what he might have said on Twitter it blows my mind that an actor can head butt another actor and still be on a show. Or an actress laying in her own vomit from a drunken stupor so excuse me but let us get our political correctness straight shall we.

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  12. randy says:

    this is why i left this show behind when genie francis was let go ,,,the powers that be have no respect for the actors,,,how any one can continue to watch and support this show any more is beyond me..i tuned in to watch kays funeral only to see paul and christine marry ,,are you kidding me y and r….general hospital are you listening micheal muhney is free grab him while you can,,,,,

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    Elizabeth replied

    Genie Francis peaved off Jill Farren Phelps in 2002 and Jill has done everything in her power to keep Genie out of daytime ever since.

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    randy replied

    good i hope genie smacked one good one too

  13. joann says:

    this truly unbelievable, Michael out as Adam, sucks. This along with Billy Miller leaving is outrageous. Young and Restless will not be the same. What is next??? I believe that Michael and Billy will be given something bigger. And even Hartley who plays Jacks son. Best of luck and wishes to Michael, Billy and Hartley. Shame on Sony, CBS and JFP!!!!!!!!!.

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  14. Marilyn says:

    I am still in shock! I cannot believe they let Michael Muhney go! WTH are they thinking?? I’ve been a loyal viewer of Y&R for close to 20 years, but I’m no longer going to watch it. Yes, there are still very talented actors on the show now, but why continue watching when at any moment we’re just going to get the rug pulled out from under us again with more top players being let go. It seems every time JFP takes charge of a show cast members are fired and the shows go down hill fast. Y&R was number one for 25 years, but I guarantee they’re going to lose they’re number one spot very soon. I’ll stick with General Hospital.

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  15. Alexis says:

    I am going to miss Billy he was so charming. As far as the character Adam I never cared for him but that is the way he was written. He seems to have a big following but I watched the show for Jess Walton and Billy Miller. I used to watch every day but
    now just catch one or two shows a week. (Soaps are easy to pick up from)

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    Denise Bowen replied

    Sick that Michael is leaving The Young & The Restless! A great loss to the show! Michael played Adam so well, no replacement actor will be as good!! Your loss THe Young & The Restless!

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  16. KansasGuest says:

    I’ve always thought that Muhney has the right “look” & ability for primetime. I don’t know why. But, he would fit right into any number of series that I can think of right now. So, even though fans are upset, sometimes there’s a silver lining to that black cloud.

    Regarding the actual decision, all I know is that when JFP headed GH, she made it all about Steve Burton. Looks like that is where the prevailing winds are headed, even though the guy doesn’t want to work more than 3 days, 1 of which counts as his commuting time from TN.

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  17. hot girl says:

    two sides to a story.

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  18. Carly says:

    I am in shock and disgusted! MM truly portrayed the best Adam I have ever seen. I am so saddened by this news! What is wrong with Y&R?? I have no experience in the Industry but could do a better job of running the show. WTH!

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  19. Mary SF says:

    Well he obviously ticked off someone by saying something he shouldn’t have said, and that got him fired, at least that is what I read between the lines of his statement about being a chatterbox. Of course I doubt we will get the full story on what exactly went down, but he seems to be falling on the sword for the good of the show and taking responsibility for doing something that provoke them to fire him. The old it wasn’t them it was me line.

    Y&R strength was it being stable, in it’s look, story style, and cast. It was one of few soaps not toss to and fro on the sea of endless changes, in front and behind the camera But now that stability has been dismantle over the last year; the foundation is cracking,

    Soaps really don’t work well with change. Some changes are okay, but when too many happen too often, it throws the viewers off. I have seen other shows go through this and some survive, but most often the more they try to ‘fix” it with changes, the weaker the product becomes until it is cancelled

    As for MM hopefully he will find employment soon for his family sake, and hopefully for their sake he will learn to play the game better and learn to shut up when need be. But whoever they find to play Adam better be prepared not to liked no matter how wonderful he might be.

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    Harry replied

    So, Mary, you seem to be faulting Michael for telling the truth. He is that kid who said the emperor is naked. From every account I have heard, Michael was the utter personification of graciousness, integrity and cooperation. Now the damage control wheels will start spinning but luckily most of us will see right through the spin cycle.

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    Mary SF replied

    I not faulting Michael for telling the truth, but I have been in many a work place, where if you are interested in keeping your job, you learn to keep certain opinions to yourself. Office politics can be tricky, and I found the older I get, the more I see the value of being selective in comments about bosses or co-workers. If the situations are dangerous, or can hurt someone, or illegal, then speak out, but if it is a matter of management style, etc, discretion is sometimes the better path.
    I found in most workplaces, the most outspoken employees are usually the hardest working and the most devoted. The speak out because they care so darn much, but unfortunately, that doesn’t get rewarded. Keeping your opinions to yourself unless asked for them, is usually the smarter way to go– is it right? is it fair? No– but depends how much you like your job.
    I love MM. I am sorry if you felt I was blaming him or knocking him down– I wasn’t. I think whatever the issue was they could have worked it out privately with him– and I do see the spin at work too—that is why I said he is falling on the sword, which means, he is taking the blame to take the heat off the show. And to me that shows he is a team player, otherwise he would be telling us the real version of what happened. In the end, I think what they did to him was unprofessional and undeserved. Yet, he is an employee and as all employees know the bosses call the shots, for good or bad, they are in charge and our fate rests with them. All we can do is hope the ratings finally suffer enough to lose that coveted number one spot to make these bosses, bosses fired them.

    Patrick replied

    Hello MarySF

    your 2nd paragraph… really hit home… and drove

    a lot of posters: have emphatically stated… and I agree… that, over the years… it definitely: “Was, A Habit”

    to habitually… turn on the tele @ 11 a.m… and it was a magical time….. think.. when this genre first started… peeking in to …. other peoples lives… especially… rich and famous.. and all the other delectable treats… soaps delivered… and the rest is history… Y&R definitely… by virtue of CBS – smart – move… we all started the day… WITH Genoa City… and all the networks.. followed suit.. and or.. we were all treated to a dozen plus soaps to cull from… Y&R.. “by default” became a #1 institution…

    Per your words.. in paragraph #2… the foundation is cracking….

    no other soap… had the ratings bonanza… that Y&R did… true?

    ———

    hence.. i share… i’m absolutely… torn… up… about our Genoa City…. and it’s residents… cast and production alike… it’s in shambles…

    go with me… lets’ compare it to Days of OUR Lives…

    Days is so… on fire… with how far it has come… and progressed…

    think… the one mindset that.. above all else.. fires truth…

    the cast(s) -this includes writing… on DAYS… the vets…. Maggie, Caroline, Victor, Stefano, Kate… older generation

    the 2nd generation… their children… offspring…. Hope, Jenn, Justin, Adrienne, – Middle -

    and their children 3rd generation… the newbies… which DAYS is commended for (hiring Young talent)… JJ, Abbi, Teresa, Will, Sonny, Nick…

    3 generations.. of cast… aplomb… ALL can ACT their arses off… it staggers me… how good DAYS is…

    Y&R, is like a whole new show, desperately, trying to find itself… in the transition mode… ranting about vets… let go-fired cast…(recasts) of the vets children… and all the newbies… on Y&R.. who seriously lack interest, just can’t act… I don’t think many can argue this validation…

    excuse my verbiage.. this is all meant to press for Serial…

    I’m sorry for the loyal fan base… with Y&R

    there are too many holes to fill…

    the new regime under the direction of JFP and the writing team… after a year and a half… is all crashing in on

    I just have to believe… that… of the 4 remaining soaps…

    Days has regained it’s foothold… and is swimming along just fine… collectively… Super talented cast… writing.. production… the 3 generations all melding.. meshing cohesively… I thank the powers that be… whew…

    I’d put GH in 2nd.. a lot of cast change.. and : think.. the three amigos.. franco, kiki, silas.. making inroads… Julian, Ava, Morgan, new cast members aligning with their respect place and relations with

    B&B has always been that one show that, for me… is under the radar… and because it’s such a huge hit internationally… that it seems like it doesn’t need to do much… a 1/2 hour show to produce is the reason it’s a mainstay

    Y&R is faltering.. in trying to bring together all the elements that bind that huge “family” ….

    anyway… i’ll use your last sentence…

    All we can do is hope the ratings finally suffer enough to lose that coveted number one spot to make these bosses, bosses fired them.

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    k/kay replied

    Mary & Patrick please google the tribute Sharon Case did on MM it was lovely! She is a true friend who is courageous she may lose her job but she stuck her neck out and I cryed the whole way thru it.

    Linda Moore replied

    Sharon’s tribute was beautiful! Now she’ll probably be next. Oh well, I’m not watching anymore. Let me know if Michael comes back and I’ll start watching again.

  20. gloria says:

    My mother & I were JUST talking yesterday about loving Adam & Chelsea back together & remembering how much we used to absolutely detest Adam & how funny it is that you can come to adore a character you could not stand in the beginning. I am reeling over this news. I really feel bad for him, anyone who has suddenly lost a job unexpectedly knows the shock. Good luck to you, Michael.

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  21. David says:

    I can see the actor who played Kyle or even the actor who has played or plays Noah but it’s unbelievable when it comes to Adam. MM made Adam better than the original actor. Move on Michael! Go on auditions and land on TV. Better yet, go for an Oscar! mouth shut. You are good and you were right about the tired Victor/Nicki story lines: your takeaway is to be politically astute next time around. Break a leg!

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  22. Christina P. says:

    Long time viewer of Y&R that is shocked by this firing. We want Michael hired back asap. I hope Y&R remembers there fans and hears our voices.
    Thank you!

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  23. Joan says:

    I’m trying to hang in, but I’m done with Y&R. I’m sure they don’t care what we as viewers think. Y&R is so slow and dragged out. They keep trying to get us to accept Sharon as normal while they drag out her telling the truth. Plus, how long do they think we’ll stick around to see another Jack and Victor battle? How unoriginal! Even though Y&R has some new viewers, there are now a couple of million of viewers than a few years ago. Things used to be exciting, fast moving and interesting. Why they bother to bring in new actors and then get rid of them is a mystery. I tried to keep up a tradition from my mother who watched Y&R from its beginning until she passed last year at age 93. It is getting too painful for me to keep watching Y&R. It appears that these writers and head writer are trying to lose viewers and destroy Y&R.

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    Linda Moore replied

    I done, too. Firing the brilliant Michael Muhney was the last straw. I’m over it!!

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    Fay Harrison replied

    I was hanging in with Y&R with my 15+ years but the first nail was Delia – it killed me to watch all that. It was hard watching Billy going through it on one side and Adam on the other, my two favorite characters. Now both of them leaving – awful. I know nothing about the back story – just that I can no longer watch them keep ruining the lives of these two characters over and over. Stopped watching 4 weeks ago. No regrets.

  24. Kelly says:

    2014 is shot! I will no longer watch this show! I think it is very tastless how they fired him 3 days notice??? They have lost way to much talent! There is nobody left and no reason to watch anymore. I can only watch Victor and Nikki break up and get remarried so many times, I can only watch Sharon go crazy so many times. I tune in on a daily basis just to see Adam and Billy, Both now gone! Nope Im out! Adios Y&R, I don’t see It surviving!

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  25. Becky says:

    You have always made Adam the BAD guy, it was time you make him a good guy and let him have a life with his baby . this is going to really hurt this show! I have watched this show for over 47yrs and this is the worst year ever. If the ratings drop its no ones fault but yours. Reconsider Adam please asap. He will get a role on another soap and we will all go watch it. Y&R is nothing like it use to be! Get rid of some of those young ones that don’t know what they are doing. (all about drugs and we don’t need that in this world today)
    Keep the original ones they are what made this show! Sad day to see Adam and Billy gone.

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    Elizabeth replied

    The show has existed for 47 years. It started in 1973 maybe?

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    Mary SF replied

    The show started in 1973, which makes it only forty years old– remember all the 40th anniversary stuff in March? But I get your point– as a long time viewer, to see this wonderful show mess with the formula that worked so well over the years. It used to attract high quality actors and crew who were loyal because they loved who they worked for, but it is obvious the behind the scenes — mass firing of long time crew members last December, actors quitting and stuff is affecting the quality of what is seen on screen. It is a shame, no matter how long one has watched.

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  26. PMR says:

    I have dealt with a lot of change and the revolving actor door since Maria Arena Bell left but this is the last straw for me. I’ve been watching for 30+ years and Michael Muhney is hands down the best actor with the most intriguing multidimensional character. His last airdate is Jan 30 and that will be mine as well. He recently stated he was friends with Maura West (ex-Diane Y&R, ex-Carly ATWT), Y&R made a big mistake not pairing this duo up a few years ago so I am suggesting GH snatch him up and put these two mega actors together. But unless they reverse their decision like they did when they fired Daniel Goddard (Cane)–I am done with Y&R, PERIOD.

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    Linda Moore replied

    1000% agree! JF Phelps has ruined this show for me and I’m done!

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  27. Rose says:

    I’m a newer viewer of Y&R since the purge of OLTL and AMC, not a loyal one. And one who is still upset with how these shows and their fans were treated. And here I thought it was only ABC who was the bad guy. Well in a way it is since Jill Phelps is the ABC alumnae who almost helped kill General Hospital. I sure don’t know what kind of allure she has, especially since I’m only watching Y&R by default and am enjoying GH way more since she’s gone. Miss Steve Burton a bit, but not that much. GH is bigger than him. And the Ron’s swap has been great for the show.

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  28. Bree says:

    I am so saddened by Michael Muhney’s exit. He brought something to YandR that I have never seen before & I’ve been watching 25 years. Truly feel this is a bully move…MM wasn’t apart of the “crowd” at work. He was most definitely a team player and hard worker but, I believe he was pushed out by the “crowd”. Let’s face it, MM can’t fit into a crowd because he was born to stand out. MM deserves better than this! I’m DONE watching YandR. I will follow the Muhney wherever he goes though on my tv!

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    Linda Moore replied

    He is too good for Y&R. He’s a brilliant actor and I can’t wait to see who has the good sense to pick him up!!

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    Bree replied

    I agree Linda! #YR is dead to me now! Without Michael Muhney, I don’t care to watch it. It’s become the JFP show. The writing is not even close to “Bell” like writing! I swear CBS wants #YR to fail so, they dont have to fund it anymore. I will follow MM wherever he goes & I don’t believe those ridiculous rumors for a second! Complete bs & I hope he sues!

  29. Monica says:

    This is terrible. JFP needs to be fired before she singlehandedly sinks the show.the story lines have been morbid and gloomy.

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  30. RLeternal says:

    I have never watched Y and R but was planning to from Jan 2014. But, after reading comments by long time viewers of Y and R, better not to start watching. And, then I came to know that JP has been appointed HW at Y and R. After the debacle that JP unleashed on ATWT, I would definitely not watch Y and R. I will never watch anything with which CG and JP are associated. After reading Y and R fans’ comments; it appears that JFP is as rotten as CG and JP. So, DOOL is the only soap, I will continue to watch. I absolutely love DOOL.

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    Linda Moore replied

    Good choice RLeternal. Don’t start watching Y&R because the minute you get attached to a great talent like Michael Muhney, he’s gone. It’s happened one too many times for me and I’m through with them!

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  31. Mark Y says:

    I would like to hear from Ms. JFP. Michael Fairman – please reach out to her.

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  32. Patrick says:

    Jill Farren Phelps – debuted July, 2012
    Michael Muhney – debuted June, 2009

    according to the above article… decidedly so… candid… (any actor, who is passionate, about their work) and care about the product they believe… has a right… wouldn’t you say… to have as arsenal… a backpack, his bearings… trappings of success… a work ethic to not include… Hubris? (definition… excessive pride or self-confidence)

    day in and day out… he exhibited Talent… charismatic… magnetic… bigger than life… all the successful instincts to belong in front of the camera.. and a cinematic force!

    SO…. we are “led” to believe… Michael Muhney… behaved himself… the first 3 years… as a rock solid.. reliable.. dependable… emmy nominated actor. Bam!

    along comes… fans can attest… behind the scenes mayhem… disorderly conduct.. remniscent of prior… past history… rears itself… unsteady like climate… and set conduit.. of Y&R production team run amok… and losing

    I’m sorry… the dynasty syndrome… budget constraints… cashola is at a bare minimum… networks be damned….

    what’s not to like and love about Michael Muhney caring about his profession… he’s not the first and the last.

    character Adam… is the last remaining… tour de force actor… to leave.. on his own… or let go… Y&R no longer has the talent.

    I truly… hope.. that Michael Muhney… lands on his feet.. and this is not a diss on him as a person… I care that.. in these trying times… economy… that he fares well… and that… blood hounds… NBC and or ABC… namely… Days of OUR Lives or General Hospital… know…. how remiss it would be… to not hire and parlay his potential.

    He’s that good.

    hell… diva.. demanding… professional…

    as fans… knowing the history… of said shows… and character development… I KNOW fans.. are aware and fiercely vocal.. and loyal to said shows… so .. why wouldn’t we not know… what a good story and acceptable scripts.. are worth?

    I say the above… because… I watched the beloved Genoa City residents… for a good 20 years… I tear up and get as emotional as I want… and when it’s good story and a damned good actor… the best.. left on the canvas… I can’t help but share…

    this is crisis mode… for Y&R

    I don’t see how… the new production team… will give wings and make fly… what, for all intent and purpose… is not the truth… they may have the numbers to proclaim… #1

    It just isn’t

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    Harry replied

    Bravo, Patrick. Case closed. Thank you.

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    Linda Moore replied

    Double Bravo, Patrick!! Very well said. Anyone know the email address for Steve Kent and Steve Mosko at Sony!! Please post it if you have it!!

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    Bracchus replied

    The actress who played Drucila was excellent. She spoke out about African American representation on the show. Nothing wrong with that. Y &R has a ton of African American viewers. They certainly have improved in that area since. But, few actors brought the energy and passion that Drucila brought to the screen.

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  33. JustSaying says:

    I blame this all on Steve Burton. CBS and Sony want him to shine, but can’t right now because he’s sharing the spotlight with Mike Muhney. I knew he would be trouble the moment they made his character Nikki’s long lost son.

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    Mark Y replied

    Many people believe as you do. But please tell me how Steve Burton is to blame?

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    JustSaying replied

    CBS went through all this work to prop up Steve coming to YR and he’s getting no traction with the viewers. They’re just not warming up to his character. Even Stitch is resonating more with the viewers than Dylan. So it seems weird that CBS wants to give “Adam” a break and replace him with another actor.

  34. Lisa says:

    Oh…Don’t be surprised if Spinelli from GH (who was just recently fired from GH) replaces Michael. He’s a good friend of Steve Burton . Brandon Barish who played Johnny Z from GH is also a possibility

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    Harry replied

    Bah ha ha! The idea of that pale faced, baggy eyed freak playing Adam is hilarious. I almost hope Shriek, I mean, Spinelli, takes Michael’s place just for the comedic possibilities. Can you imagine Shriek going against Victor?

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    tbird replied

    Bradford Anderson left GH on his own. He was not fired. You do have a point about him joining Y&R with Burton and JFP. Would not surprise me!

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    Bubberv replied

    I have to laugh when these actors (who have nothing lined up after they have left a soap) claim they left on their own. Anderson has nothing lined up and a family to support, Barash is not working steady and Reeves was let go and he’s working small gigs while his wife is working full time in L.A. on Days. What actor (where jobs are scarce) wants to give up a good paying job to pursue other interests and might wait months or years to find something. I think GH had no use for any of these guys and eventually they saw the writing on the wall.

  35. Jp says:

    He be great as the new Jason quartermaine on gh. Fingers crossed

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    Elite Advisors replied

    That would be perfect! The “new” Jason….

    LOL…. about Bradford A becoming Adam…yikes… EB would eat him up the very first day….

    Don’t see Brandon B doing it b/c his wife is on GH…not sure how that past with jill at GH played out….

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    toscanti replied

    wouldn’t that be poetic! LOL

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  36. Lynne Stanton says:

    I’m not accepting this and as a fan will put up a fight. I will call and write until they are tired of hearing from me and brings him back. Have already emailed Steve Kent and Steve Mosko of Sony. I have called the Y&R line and will stop watching the show after I have been a fan of 40 years. It’s one thing for a character to leave on their own but Michael should never be fired. There are a couple of sites on Facebook for fans to unite and fight this and I suggest real fans do just that.

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    toscanti replied

    I hope we all do!

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    Linda Moore replied

    I called the Y&R comment line and plan to call Steve Kent and Steve Mosko of Sony on Monday. Lynne, can you post their email address, please! Thanks!

  37. Brandon says:

    Wednesday, Dec 18. 11:28 PM – I just now saw this! Completely speechless. Michael was a recast because the previous actor did not want his character involved in a gay storyline that was used as part of a plot that would show the lengths that the character of “Adam” would go. Micheal jumped in with both feet and was immediately embraced by every long time Y&R fan. He was one of the most successful recasts in soap history, so much so, that he was even better than the actor he recasts. Talent on top of talent. Billy Miller gone. Talent on top of talent. Michelle Stafford gone. And our dear, sweet Jeanne Cooper. Enough already. JFP certainly made sure Steve Burton would be part of a major family. She is poison. After watching the creation of this show, loving all that the Bell family did, (yes, I loved it enough to get over the whole Cricket character) and then suffering through the last several years, now with the latest group of beloved actors leaving, it is time to say Good Bye.

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    Patrick replied

    it cuts right to the core… doesn’t it

    i’m staggered…
    i’m dumbfounded…

    no matter how.. awash the production… be

    is no reason to fire your bread and butter

    it’s beyond reasoning.. why… does thee new regime.. proclaim to be all that… that it’s 1 1/2 years in… and Genoa City is in the current state…. messed up

    ——

    to put it simply

    I’ve watched this show… for minimum 20 plus years… and…

    I’ll keep up with the goings on thru this blog…. it means a lot MF to share this with

    but… I can’t repeat enough… just how good DAYS and GH are inroads and above board… taking a strong foothold… and deservedly should be acclaimed the new heir to the #1 throne

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  38. Lynne Stanton says:

    Suggestion Y&R If you feel you have boxed the character of Adam in and want him to pay for his sins, WRITE it that while Adam is away for a week or two that someone turn themselves in for hitting Delia and Adam actually only came along after the fact and never really did it. The car could have been next to her body and he didn’t even know it and that’s how he got the scarf. THEN bring back Michael after you have given him a couple of weeks off. That’s the only way you’ll keep loyal fans!!

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    Mary SF replied

    Unfortunately this isn’t just about the character Adam because they are going to recast the part after the break– MM getting fired was about getting rid of MM, not Adam. I believe at some point, when the character comes back as a recast they will say it was say someone else like Mason who was driving the car that really hit Delia— but even if they did redeem Adam from being the hit and run driver, they are not going to hire MM back to play him.

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  39. Linda Gloria says:

    I still think its a BIG mistake, and I’m really tried of the lousy story lines. Keeping bad actors ( Sharon , Nick , Summer & Fatih) and letting the great ones go. I’m sure Victor & Nicki will be next. Once Billy & Adam leave I’m leaving too. Get ready GH you’re about to have a new fan

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    Georgia Ruffing replied

    I watched GH many years ago but stopped when I found myself watching soaps from the time I got home from work till bedtime so I just watched Y&R and then when B&B came on I followed that soap…..so now I will go back to GH since I think the folks at Y&R are loosing their minds and I don’t want to be around for the firing of many of the other long time stars…..and if they can let someone go that quick after the years MM was on, then they can do it to any of the longtime stars, folks don’t get too comfortable on the show……I guess Eric forgot how we all saved his butt a few years ago, and now I am sorry I was part of that…..he needs to retire and let a younger person make a living…….

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    Patrick replied

    LOL…

    i find respite and memories.. so much… on this site…

    when their were upwards of a dozen plus soaps to choose from…

    i’d have literally… 6 plus recorded video tapes… to have to watch…

    like you at one time… from the time i got home.. till bed time… to keep up

    LOL

    ———

    i wholeheartedly agree… firing an incredible talent… that was the heir apparent… and catapulted what was left in genoa city… is beyond demented… lost their marbles…

    Linda Moore replied

    I’ve stopped watching since this happened. It’s just too hard to watch knowing that MM and BM are going to be gone. They cannot be replaced…..!!!!!!!!!! MM is a brilliant actor and between he and Billy that’s why I watched, well no more and I know I’m certainly not the only one. Y&R is going to feel it in the ratings. I think it’s deplorable to leave the reason they let him go unsaid. Rumors can destory a person’s career. JFP, Sony, The Bell’s or whoever is in charge over there should be ashamed of themselves. You just don’t fire someone a week before Christmas knowing this person has a family to support! So long, Y&R!!!!!!

  40. Michelle says:

    Wow! Just Wow! Of all the changes, this is worst decision. Michael is handiling this with class but, I don’t have to. The character of Victor is such a joke. I dread watching days when he gets much screen time. Unlike Mrs. C, I don’t think he is sharp enough to think on his feet anymore. The same things constantly come out of his mouth and make him seem like a blundering old man. “I’ll be damned”, “Jackass Abbott”, and “Billy-boy” are all like nails on a chalk board. There is no depth left!!! Michael, or Adam, on the other hand, pulls us to the edge or our seats each time he’s on and keeps me from leaving to do laundry when Victor walks in. This will be a huge loss for Y&R, but will lead Michael to the bigger and better opportunities he desires!

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  41. Ulanda says:

    This just breaks my heart. I’ve loved and hated black sheep Newman son over the years. My favorite sl for him was when he was with Chelsea. I was really glad they were getting back together. They have chemistry together like no other.
    I wishing him well and prayers for him and his aunt that received the cancer diagnosis the same day. Maybe he needs to get in contact with Mark Harmon they are starting up a new NCIS in New Orleans I believe MM would be great on that show or any of the other NCIS shows for that matter.

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  42. Llanviewer717 says:

    Like everyone else, I am completely shocked and saddened by this terrible news. I started watching Y&R after OLTL end it’s run on the alphabet network. I really enjoy Michael’s work. He’s just super as Adam. On the one hand, you hate Adam and want to kill him. Then, he shows how pitifully damaged he is and you can’t help but fell for him. I know that’s how the character is written; but , you have to have a gifted actor to make him come to life. Michael Muhney is certainly gifted.

    For all those who say they will stop watching Y&R, let me say think long and hard. Having lived through the horrible trauma of losing my beloved OLTL. A show is more than one character or actor. It’s the sense of community and the history and all that had gone before and is yet to come. Think about it. (And yes, JFP needs to go. I lived through her on OLTL and when I used to watch GH.)

    To Michael, thank you for your wonderful work. You truly entertained and captivated this new viewer. I wish you nothing but success in your future.

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  43. Jewell says:

    I get fans are angry,but I’m really tired of them, taking it out on the actors, and demanding they know what really happened. They obviously can’t talk about it and poor DD is getting a lot of it, he is the sweetest man and doesn’t deserve it.

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  44. Ashleigh says:

    I can’t believe this decision! My mom and I hate been avid fans for years and thought MM could be the future Jack or Victor. I was upset about Billy Miller, but he made it clear that he would be at Y&R until something else came along. I too think JFP is the worst thing that could happen to this show. She killed off sweet Delia and now got rid of MM? I’m livid and sick and tired of the Steve Burton show. I liked him, but now I see how she’s steam rolling over other actors for him and it makes me sick. My mom and I cringed when we heard they hired her after watching her kill ATWT and attempting to kill GH. And so what if he has a big mouth? He could never be as outspoken and inappropriate as the actress who played Drucilla. Whatever he said was behind the scenes unlike her. If Steve Burton complained about something, he’d probably have the red carpet rolled out for him because he’s the chosen one. JPF doesn’t care about the fans. That’s obvious. I’m disgusted.

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  45. Mbest says:

    Y&R is making a big mistake!
    I hope the reconsider and hire him back. ASAP
    If not then I hope another show like GH/DOOL snatches him up quick.
    I wish MM the best and I know from the talent that he has brought on screen that this guy should be in prime time or even bigger. I could see him on Dallas reboot or Devious Maids or Criminal Minds, I could even see him in a comedy.

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  46. Deana Diaz says:

    I’ve watched Y&R since day one. As much as I hate to say this I’m probably going to stop after all these years. It’s incredible to me that new actors (and not all of them very good ones) with uninteresting story lines are staying & yet great actors w/great characters are being let go. Sad, sad, sad.

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  47. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Letting Michael Muhney go is the biggest mistake this show could possibly make. He’s been a staple of the series, and has been a longtime advocate for cast, crew and the entire medium. And the fact he just signed a contract until 2015, I’m surprised by this. Decision to recast, as well, is devastating.

    I’ve supported Jill on this series until this firing. It’s unjust and unfair to an actor, especially right before Christmas. I hope she understands the travesty she just provided to herself. And CBS/Sony should be ashamed of themselves. And I see more casting cuts coming. My next one I see is Sharon Case being let go in the role of Sharon Newman, and then recast down the line.

    Michael’s positive outlook is refreshing, however. A true class act. And the respect between him and Maura West is one I still happen to love and adore. Such a compassion between two actors. And seeing Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara, ATWT) speak on Michael’s talents in saying that he is the reason she began watching shows something about his power an actor in this medium.

    I will follow Mr. Muhney through his exit. He has big things ahead of him. I see other soaps immediately wanting him for their own series. And along with Muhney, I will be leaving Y&R on January 30, 2014. Wise up CBS and Sony, at this point, you are now driving away those who’ve supported you and Jill through this entire time. Makes me wonder exactly how Josh Griffith felt when he left the series, too.

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  48. mo says:

    I hope Y&R has taken notice of all the press and interest his firing has generated. Y&R’s 40th anniversary, 25 years of being #1 did not generate this much press. That should tell them how many people love Michael as Adam and want him on the show. Take Adam off for a few months, fine, but don’t recast him. Bring Michael back as Adam. I think it was a mistake for them to make Adam Delia’s killer, even accidental. And it is a mistake, major, to fire Michael and take Adam off the show for several months.

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    Mary SF replied

    The thing with the story line about Adam hitting Delia could easily be fixed. A broken head light and scarf under your car doesn’t proved his car was the one that actually hit her– it could be undone or explained. Obviously the issue is more about MM personally than his character. It would be great while the character is off screen the powers that be have a change of heart and rehire MM to play the role again, but soap executives are notorious for not craving into fan pressure– only rarely do they give in. But perhaps if everyone who says they are going to stop watching really do stop, maybe it will affect the ratings enough to get someone to step in and fix this mess.

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  49. Georgia Ruffing says:

    Hey I’m a 71 year old lady and I have watched Y&R since the first show and will have to go thru withdrawl as I intend to QUIT watching Y&R when MM leaves unwillingly I might add……how is the world can they do this???? Do they not care what their fans feel about MM getting fired??? I think not and that is why after all of these years when MM leaves so do I!!! If they don’t care how the fans feel then I don’t think the fans should care about them any longer….so I say goodbye to a very old friend, Goodbye YY&R!!!!!

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    Gary Roe replied

    i am with you. i cant stand another one of these wonderful actors leaving. it is the writers faults that they make the story so crappy. its not the actors fault. i am so sick michelle and billy and Michael are leaving and have left. stop this now damit CBS

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  50. jonboy says:

    When they released pBrenda Dickson as Jill I said I would never watch again. And I didn’t for about ten years. Eventually I got over it and came back (not that I will ever accept Jess Walton). When I think about it the entire cast is different from when I started watching thirty something years ago. It’s survived a lot of cast shakeups and will survive these.

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  51. RICKIE says:

    I can’t imagine what it’s like backstage to work on this show. Between those walking on eggshells and the brown-nosers kissing Jill Farren Phelps’ fat behind, it has to be tense. But not trying to hold on to the show’s only talented younger actors (Billy Miller & MM) is just foolish. Joshua Morrow has no range; Steve Burton is better off as a monosyllabic-mumbling henchman; Bryton James has proven he’s better as window dressing; and the veteran actors are calling it in (how the unappealing, non-enunciating Eric Braeden lasted THIS long is beyond comprehension. He’s in the same class as Ronn Moss and Drake Hogestyn in the acting department).

    I can only imagine that Jill Farren Felch (oooops, Phelps) is holding something over some CBS executive’s head, which has secured her position. Otherwise, it should have been Good Riddance to Bad White Trash months ago…

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    Kaleesi replied

    Losing Billy Miller was easier to swallow knowing that we still had Michael Muhney. Now we find ourselves without both!! Instead we get a bunch of one note men. Victor and Nikki need to move to Florida and retire. They have no appeal. Adam and Chelsea would have been the new power couple on the show but that isn’t going to happen now.

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    Terri replied

    I totally agree with you Rickie. Eric Braeden acts as well as Ronn Moss did in B&B (thank goodness he’s gone). And we can definitely get rid of a lot of others (Mason, Tyler, Abby, Courtney, etc. Joshua Morrow is a brown-noser also. Steve Burton makes me sick every time I see him. He doesn’t have range as an actor. His expressions are always the same.

    JFP should definitely be fired. Michael Muhney is a highly skilled actor that will be missed so much. I watched Y&R to see him act. I will no longer be watching after Jan. 30 and I have called CBS, Y&R, Sony and Steve Kent’s office to let them know. I don’t have to watch a show that has actors that don’t care for their fellow actors (Doug Davidson) and that is produced and written by idiots.

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  52. Keith says:

    I have stopped watching Y&R. It is the worst it has ever been. Why fire Michael Muhney? It is crazy. Bring back Brenda Dickson!

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  53. Lisa Adkins says:

    I want to let anyone that will listen know that I have watched Y & R for over 20 years, I am very upset that they have fired Michael Muhney and that Billy Miller is leaving as well!! I will not continue to watch if he is not reinstated. He is the only Adam in my book.

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  54. Rob says:

    Y&R is being turned into Jill Farren Phelp’s Acting Bootcamp for Hair Models.

    Most of the newbies acting is just atrocious, most of the vets are just phoning it in. Eric Braeden has almost the same lines daily, Melody Thomas Scott looks like she smells something bad ALL THE TIME, The Bug just sits there with her eyes bugging, poor Kate Linder has never been good and the only caveat is Joshua Morrow…when you look like that it doesnt matter what you do.

    The point is we lost Michell Stafford and Billy Miller, now adding Muhney to that list you lose the real acting talent on this show. Something is going on behind the scenes. Id rather they film whats going on backstage cause there isnt anything worth watching after January 30th.

    I already can see the promo of a smoking gun and Adam lying on the ground….YAWN.

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    Harry replied

    Well said, Rob. Nikki also speaks in a whisper, as if she is about to fall asleep. I guess that’s why we call her the Victor Whisperer.

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  55. toscanti says:

    MM has so much class. He will be better off now that JFP is going to see to it that Y&R gets cancelled. How can the number 1 soap opera hand the reigns over to the likes of JFP and JP both of whom have been at the helm of so many soaps when they were cancelled. In fact JFP nearly got GH cancelled. It doesn’t make sense! FIRE THESE UNTALENTED WITCHES!

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  56. PrincessGina says:

    It’s been a really sad year on Y&R. Not only losing four juggernauts of the show but writing depressing storyline after depressing storyline to match. What’s left are bunch of stories I’m not interested in with vets written in ways I don’t recognize. Jan 30th is it!

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  57. SueB says:

    Mr Logan you spent yesterday on twitter
    demeaning Michael Muhney with serious
    Innuendos about something “that can’t be
    revealed”. That set up a soap newsie rumor
    mill on several blogs that could potentially
    hurt a man and his career.
    Now you borrow a partial story from Branco
    for your site about the same man you were
    putting rumors out on yesterday. Why don’t you
    Interview him? You have in the past. Are you
    Concerned Sony and CBS would have an issue?
    Somehow your not concerned about someone’s
    career.

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    Harry replied

    Sue, I don’t disagree with your assessment of Michael Logan, but you got the wrong Michael. This blog comes from Michael Fairman, who actually pays fidelity to journalistic integrity.
    Michael Logan is a little bytch for sure–he always takes the side of the big networks–always.

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  58. Christy Hurst says:

    I was shocked when I read the news that Y&R fired Michael Muhney! WTH is going on with this once beloved soap of mine. An avid fan for over 26 years, who has always accepted each of the casting changes, the toddler to teen overnight storylines without judging, but this time, I am outraged that Y&R would let such a talented actor go. How rude to do to a person right before Christmas as well. I look back over this past year with Jill Farren Phelps at the helm and see a downward spiral beginning. First, the awesome Michelle Stafford, then Billy Miller and now Michael Muhney. Killing off Delia was heartwrenching enough for us fans, then these latest goings. It’s too much to ask of your viewers, and it would be nice if Y&R remembered that we are an intrical part of the equation as well. Please, please reconsider your decision, and go and fight for Miller and Stafford. If you truly want to continue being the #1 soap for more years to come, then listen to what your fans are saying!!

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  59. madeline thomas says:

    When Y&R was taken out of the Bell family’s hands by Sony and CBS and turned over to JFP, it started down a dark,dark road – so dark that it is no longer fun to watch and I have been watching for over 40 years’. I will be departing January 30 with Michael Muhney. What a travesty!!! with Jeanne Cooper gone and Billy Miller ,too, this I the last straw! What fan wants to see replacements after watching these two shine in their roles? I miss Bill Bell,the show”s creator who had a great love for the characters he created and those he chose to bring them to life. He must be turning over in his grave at the shabby treatment given to the players and the little regard given to long time viewers. Billy and Michael will be missed, but not by me, for I will not be far behind!

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  60. Camille says:

    The execs at Y& R have totally lost their minds and clearly are not thinking with their heads. Just yesterday my husband and I commented on what a super fantastic actor Michael is. He is absolutely fantastic! His acting skills have made us despise him and then care about him and now we even like him. All because Michael knows how to ACT! Y& R will NOT find anyone with this kind of talent. We wish Michael much success. He will certainly rise above this, not sure about Y& R. Losing him and Billy may be Y & R’s demise. These people have to realize the fans are very loyal to these actors. Bill Bradley would have NEVER let Michael go. Don’t care if he spoke out of turn. We will be looking for you Michael!! You will be the WINNER!!

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  61. MBmomof3 says:

    I am so going to miss Michael Muhney and his ability to make me love to hate Adam. Best to you Mr. Muhney. It would make this longtime fan very happy to see you make a cameo as Don Lamb in the Veronica Mars movie.

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  62. Cookie says:

    With all do respect, the first Adam was far superior and i hope they get HIM back :)

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    Harry replied

    I disagree. I liked the actor you mention, but he couldn’t reach the dark places Michael could.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    I disagree. He did not match Eric Braeden or anyone else on the cast. Plus, he left because of the potential same-gender storyline, and said he wasn’t happy with the character. He wouldn’t have any chemistry with the cast and his potential matches. Michael is the perfect choice.

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    I thought Engen did a very good job (and by the way, he did not leave because of the same-gender storyline–that was Nelson Branco hype, and it’s since been discredited–but because he did not like the general direction the character was taking, as you said); that said, Michael Muhney came in and owned the character almost immediately, and I’m just speechless that they would even think of replacing him. Recasts can work (Muhney himself is an example), but it’s a very risky business, and you just don’t take that chance if you don’t have to. (And I don’t see Engen wanting to come back in any case, or CBS/Sony even considering that–but then I would never have expected them to ax Muhney, either, so what do I know.)

  63. Rob says:

    So the rumor is he was sexually harrassing Hunter King?

    Thats a little tough to swallow.

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    Chaz replied

    I also find it interesting that on Twitter it seems the only one showing any support to Muhney is Sharon Case…posting photos of them together with comments like, #friend.

    I take nothing away from Billy Miller but no Twitter posts/pics related to the fact it was also Muhney’s last day. Several of Billy with castmates & some of his going away party.

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    Lady5563 replied

    Billy Miller left the show on his own. He wanted to be able to do Y&R and also other projects and it could not be worked out. Michael Muhney was fired and they haven’t told us exactly why!

    k/kay replied

    Where is that one coming from? I do think it has to be some mess too many people make smart remarks on twitter for that to be the downfall.

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    k/kay replied

    Are we also not sure this mess is being thrown out there because MM was a threat to SB/golden boy same age group and let us be honest MM is a much better actor. Just a thought!

    maria replied

    Where did you hear this rumour? I think this is pure bs gossip.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    A horrific rumour made gossip. No truth to it. Melody debunked that rumour to boot.

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  64. vikkye says:

    omg yr are so ridiculous he was the main reason i watched yr!!!!!!! he needs to come to that would be AMAZING. he is a great actor and GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! yrs loss will be ghs gain!!! n billy can come n be the new jason!!!

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  65. Michelle says:

    Young and the restless fans want Michael Muhney! He is the one and only Adam Newman and can not be replaced.

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  66. cj (jo) says:

    Now the man is accused of sexual harassment. I doubt it, companies have procedures to address & remedy, not instantaneous firing.
    More dirt spread.
    The firing was mishandled by mgmt. from the get-go and the timing infuriated so many.
    CBS is making matters worse and their so-called stars are in it up to their knees.
    Thou doth protest too much EB DD MTS .
    Good for SC standing up to the bullyEB..
    Why hasn’t EB’s bullying been addressed? It is as serious as sexual harassment.
    (Don’t believe for one minute MM did that.)
    Someone needs to start a petition to fire the undesirables.

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    k/kay replied

    Totally agree very sad DD, MTS &EB all have this quote from Michael Logan/TV Guide when the truth comes out you will not be blaming anyone. Why? I am very disappointed in all of them! They have been trashing this man for a week enough he is gone.

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    cj (jo) replied

    Read CBS Policy on sexual harassment= zero tolerance,
    no address / remedy.
    Just an fyi.

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  67. Brandon says:

    Still so upset about the firing of MM. Mr. Mumbles, EB; Ms Mumbles, MTS; Mr. One Note, SB; Firebug/Stalker/Squirrel, GR; could all leave and I wouldn’t lose any sleep. I would like to point out another major casting mistake JFP has made recently. The hiring of Cynthia Watros in her current role. If anyone is familiar with the stellar performance as “Annie” on GL can attest, she would have been perfect for the role of Phyllis. She has the acting chops to make Phyllis her own and still bring some of the same quality of my beloved Michelle Stafford. But with the other firings and casting chaos going on now, my viewing of my once beloved show is over. My partner, who had never watched a daytime soap got hooked after watching with me around 1999. Even he is outraged with the MM firing. We would DVR the shows and watch nightly, sometimes leaving a few episodes to enjoy for the weekend. Well, I just “ERASED” my remaining episodes and decided to do a clean break now rather than wait till Jan 30. I’m sure this has been in the works for some time now considering the recent storyline given to MM. They just needed to get their “ducks in a row” so that the firing could be blamed on MM. Michael, I hope you are seeing all the support out here for you, we love you as your devoted fans, and wish your family and you a better Holiday Season and an even more prosperous 2014. I’ll be watching to see where you end-up cause with your talent, someone in daytime and/or primetime, hopefully even in major blockbusters from Hollywood will be tapping into the magic that is Michael Muhney!!

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    Linda Moore replied

    Great comment, Brandon and I agree 1000%!! I’ll be watching to see where he lands and he will land on his feet big time! He’s just brilliant!! I’ve stopped watching Y&R, too. Too hard to watch knowing what has happened. Their bragging rights over being #1 is coming to an abrubt halt!! Love you Michael and wish you the very best, you certainly deserve it!

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  68. LJ says:

    They are getting rid of some of the best actors! I don’t think anyone can play the part of Adam like Michael Muhney does. I’ve been watching since the late 80′s and with the actors who are leaving and the storylines it’s getting harder to watch!!!

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  69. bunny says:

    michael you are the best thing that ever happened to y and r billy another great actor I am done with the show I hope to see you soon and bigger and bettershows what a big mistake they made

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    Linda Moore replied

    Agree 1000%. I’m done with Y&R!!

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  70. BillCanada says:

    Michael is a good actor but not amazing. He must have said or done something wrong if they fired him. I don’t think we’re going to know the real reason why because we are always fed a load of bull when something like this happens, both from the actor and executive producer. Steve Burton’s character is boring. He must be banging JFP because I don’t know why he is still on the show. Billy Miller was great but he’s hoping he will hit it big in prime time. Not many do so he took a big risk quitting. I didn’t like David Tom’s acting when he was Billy Abbott but we’ll have to put up with it again. It’s interesting. David Tom left The Y&R as well thinking he would hit it big in prime time but that never happened. I’m sure he’s been hoping to get back on The Y&R for years and Billy Miller opened the door for him to do just that. Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) left and is hoping her web series will land her a late night gig or better but I doubt it will happen. Same thing with Cynthia Watros. She was great as Annie on Guiding Light but she wanted something bigger. She had small roles here and there but nothing special so she’s back to daytime. Many actors think they are better than they actually are so leaving a role in daytime could very well mean we never see them on the small screen again especially sinc there are not many daytime dramas left. It’s sad to see how many idiot executive producers have screwed up The Y&R over the years. Brenda Dickson was amazing as Jill but she was fired and the show went down from there. Same thing when Victoria Rowell left. They need to bring those bitches back.

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    Tm replied

    You are point on with these actors thinking they are better than ‘they are’ they always have to come back and if they cannot get old role (Heather Tom) they plop down in something else. Hey I have had same job for 20 years and it is not always fun so I get it.

    I disagree with you saying MM just good..I watched every opening of Y &R since 1995 and he NAILS it. In his 2013 opening.long time viewers will agree..lol. The look is big and MM took a terrible role and made it great. His problem is no chemistry with the actors who make up his dad or siblings.

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  71. Mary says:

    This firing appears to have been planned in advance. How convenient he gets fired during this sorry line. Something appears to be fishy about this firing. If he sexually harassed another employee why was he allowed back on the premises after he was told he was being let go. Also, people should not pass around rumors. This could destroy his ability to find another job in the entertainment industry. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? If he did sexually harass the employee did she initial tell him to stop and the behavior is not wanted? I just can’t see him throwing away his high paying job that he love and can support his family to do this. However, if he did sexually harass the employee then he should be punished. Until the truth comes out I will not judge either party.

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    Tm replied

    I agree..this was planned and payback by Eric Braeden. He has some support and anyone Peter Bergman mentored..gone!

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    Kaleesi replied

    I’m still upset by the dismissal of Blake Hood..another talent fired by this regime!

    el fernald replied

    I spend more time fast forwarding when Victor is on, not interested. Met the guy at a Woman’s Home Show years ago and he was an arrogant ass and thought he was all that and he isn’t. Wish they’d get rid of him and keep Adam and keep Michael as Adam, not a new one.

  72. pat finchum says:

    This is so hard to beleive michael,michelle,and billy. They are the glue just as jenny was, Why this has happened we will most likely ever noexcept jenny cooper.They will surely be missed and i think the ratings are going to drop big time.If anyone should go it is Sharon you always know what she is going to say before she says it plus I just never cared for her.it broke my heart when jenny passed and when Delihia died.
    I hate the fact that adam and chelse were getting back 2gether and now you ruined that.I was so thrilled they were working things out and adam finally came 2 his senses about how much he and chelse would have 2gether and be ahappy family with connor.so shame on u for losing adam,billy and phyliss

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  73. Anita Hancock says:

    No Billy? Come on David Tom ! No Phyllis,
    No Kyle, AND NOW NO ADAM???????
    Why don’t you just have Victor and Nikki sitting around the fire talking about the
    GOOD OLD DAYS. I’ve watched this show since day one.
    I really ashamed of you.

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  74. Tm says:

    Lets call a spade a spade. Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman still fighting in real life. This has root causes in the fact Bergman through a fit on the idea of bringing back Victoria Rowell a few years ago and she is a favorite of Braeden’s. Michael declared openly his loyalty to Bergman and now Braeden has some clout with this new lady and payback time.

    Michael took a terrible role and made it work. He is a great actor and will find another job.

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    jaybird369 replied

    And…let’s not forget…Victoria Rowell and Michelle Stafford NEVER got along AT ALL when MS was on Y&R. Period.

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    Linda Moore replied

    I agree, I think EB did have something to do with this! Michael Muhney is a hard working, dedicated actor who will land on his feet, as for Y&R, well that’s another story. Firing him a week before Christmas knowing he has a family to support….wow! That’s cold, really cold! I’m through, first it was killing a child, then they could come to terms with BM and now this. No wonder Michelle left, she saw the writing on the wall. I almost stopped watching after they killed off Delia but I stuck with it because of Billy Miller and Michael Muhney brilliant acting….well, no more!! I’m done!

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    Linda Moore replied

    meant to say couldn’t come to terms with Billy Miller.

  75. Karen says:

    I’m done! Michael is the ONLY reason I still watch Y&R and now that he is done -so am I. That’s all……..

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    Linda Moore replied

    I agree 100%!!!

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  76. el fernald says:

    I’m very disappointed, Michael is a great actor, has a very strong presence and character and is probably the only reason I even watch Y&R. I’m REALLY bored with Victor, Neil and Kane. I’ve followed Y&R since it first aired. Gonna miss Billy, Phyllis and Adam. Guess it’s time to move on, not interested in watching Y&R anymore. Was hoping Adam (Michael Muhney) would eventually step into Victor’s place. Even if he does and if it’s not Muhney I’m not interested!

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  77. Jared says:

    Lots of MM fans on here! Very loyal bunch. I have various yet conflicting opinions that I may have posted on this or other threads:
    1) I liked Chris Engen in the role, more than MM, even though I do like MM and enjoy him on Veronica Mars.
    2) I felt that MAB destroyed a legacy character and painted him into a corner one too many times.
    3) A show and a character are bigger and more important than any one actor.
    4) I think there is a lot of drama behind the scenes at Y&R that is much more interesting than the drama on the screen.
    5) I think EB may be cantankerous and disagreeable.
    6) I don’t think JFP deserves the benefit of the doubt after a career of show destructions.
    7) I am shocked and puzzled by Y&R’s surging numbers under this regime, which continues to systematically destroy daytime’s crown jewel. 8) I continue to weep for a world where people like MM are on the unemployment line while audacious executives like JFP continue to collect hefty paychecks for maintaining a legacy of failure and destruction.

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  78. Sharon Hicks says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME! To let this very popular actor go, you have lost your mind. The original Adam, not too impressive, but Michael brought new life to him. I guess we will never know what happened behind the scenes, but to lose Michael and also Billy Miller, unforgivable. I wish him and his family the best, so I hope we will be seeing him soon. I don’t see this as a good move and it might stop my watching, and I have been watching off and on since day 1…We love you Michael and will miss you!

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  79. Sammie Jo says:

    Does anyone wonder why MM or Hunter are not screaming denials from the rooftops?
    If I was accused of something, or named as a victim, and it was not true, I would be front and center with a camera saying it just flat out didn’t happen, just like EB did when people blamed him for MM’s firing.
    It has to be pretty bad to fire someone only a few months into a 2 year contract, if it’s because the show just wanted him gone, they’d have to pay him the contract, if he violated his contract, like a morals clause, then too bad, he’s gone, no $$$.

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  80. tom sewell says:

    This is just one more straw to add to breaking the camels back. Michael was one of the best actors this show has had since Shelia Carter. He brought true acting to this cast which is more than I can say for most of them, exp. Leslie, Tyler , Fen and others too many to name. Good luck Bell family, you gonna need it. I’m out as a viewer.

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  81. Gary Roe says:

    Michael Muhney i beleive you got the short end if the stick here. you my friend are a great actor. i seen day after day that they gave you some horrible lame lines to read and you did what you had to do. its not your fault its the writters ands upper management that thinks that you can regain #1 daytime status by kicking out the best actors in daytime tv. no what you need to do is come up with some better stories and then you will see your actors shine. all of these actors have been given a raw deal as far as im concerned. michelle billy and Michael. i am sick deep in my heart because all of these actors have made me cry and left me speechless. i am a loyal fan and have been watching since i was 10 years old, 35 years now. young and the restless is part of my whole life. i look forward to it everyday and i even rent a dvr to record it when im gone. listen to me now CBS. You will lose us if you dont stop this from happening. bring back all the main actors now and stop being so hypercritical. the world is changing all around us with wars and gas prices and food prices and global warming and everything else. let us hold on to this beautiful story like we watch charlie brown at christmas time or frosty the snow man. look for the answers to the ratings drops in the writing of the stories. y&r needs some new content and a fesh look at everything. do not let these wonderful actors leave. it will break my heart and im sure millions more. please im begging you, stop this now. gary roe in vancouver washington

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  82. Gary Roe says:

    ill tell you what the problem is here. its timing. you stretch out the climax so far that people forgot what they was even hoping for. its not the actors fault its the writers who write stories that lose appeal so fast and they dwell on dumb lame stories like its a huge pot of gold waiting to dump over and woo the audience and give ratings a huge boost. it wont. your writing stories that get flat times halfway through and really need a fresh look at a new path. dont let these fine actors leave. stop dreaming of what some new recast can do for your show and get to business and write a better story for the main actors that are the heart of this show. CBS your making a HUGE mistake here

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  83. barbara says:

    I am so sorry Michael has been asked to leave Y&R. I think if Jill Farren Phelps is on a firing spree then let her fire the worst actor on the show, Eric Braeden.

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  84. Maureen tompkins says:

    ….Plan on ratings going way down. That phillp b-t-h needs to be “fired”!

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  85. Jeanne says:

    This is a real shock! The best actor on the show and they fire him?? Story lines with Kevin, Chloe,
    Tyler and Abbey – plus otherss – are boring. Michael/Adam has the best story line on the show. I will not e watching Y&R after Adam leaves. Best wishes Michael on a new journey in your life!!

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  86. Pwonderful says:

    That’s it – Jill F.Up has totally dismantled this show – Some think to bring her own team in?
    So why on earth would they let this beyotch totally butcher this show? I am done –
    I kept saying if she did this to one more — so with Billy and Michael leaving – 2 of the best actors – I am beyond done with Y&R. It’s funny because General Hosptial has improved all the way around since the hacker left and went over to Y&R. I guess they are gonna let her destroy Y&R piece by piece… actor by actor…
    Sorry to see such talent let go – it would be easier to throw out the big piece of garbage behind the scenes – I mean seriously – the writing on this show sucks now – low grade, predictible – boring boring boring — Piss poor writing for sure minus talented actors = A NEW talk show to fill in the time slot of where Y&R used to be….I’m just sayin…..

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  87. Lee says:

    Phyllis and Adam the best cast and most talented on the show IMHO and now gone so it seems the fans should just give up ….

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  88. Linda Zarrett says:

    I think they need to rethink Adam. That actor and Chelsea have amazing chemistry. He does a great job of being a younger male lead and is the best one to assume the Victor role–I can’t say I will keep watching if he is gone. He is great at creating tension, but also at being vulnerable, at least in private. No one else will take over the role of Victor, who really should take more of a background role. If you want to keep gaining new viewers, you need to keep ones that can fill some of the theme roles, like Michael. With all due respect, the writers are wrong! Keep Michael, and make him into the business mogul, but make him a little more human than Victor. Victor is not getting any younger, and none of the other children can fill that role the way Michael as Adam can.

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  89. Betty says:

    I have watched Y&R every since it came on 40 yrs ago. Having MH and BM both leaving the show and also the actor who plays Kyle is just too much. I think JP has really made some bad decisions.Jeannie Coopers death and Phyllis leaving was enough change, now all this. I’m not sure Y&R can survive much more. When will they decide JP is the problem !!!!!! She needs to be fired !!!!!

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  90. Linda Moore says:

    I am shocked and saddened by the firing of Michael Muhney a week before Christmas. No class on the production team at Y&R!!! If they think they can replace him with another actor…no can do. MM and Billy Miller are the two best actors on that show. Michael was a dedicated, hard working actor and will land on his feet, no doubt. As for Y&R, they will lose in the end. MM has hundreds of thousands of fans who want him back or they’re not watching the show anymore. It won’t be hard to give up the show without MM, believe me. His portrayal of Adam Newman was brilliant to say the least. His and Billy’s story lines were the only ones that were good and they weren’t just good they were excellent thanks to good writing and MM & BM. Neither can be replaced. Good writing is only good if you have the right actor to read the words and MM was the best. Bye, bye Y&R!!

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  91. Joan says:

    I don’t agree about letting firing veteran actors and only having young actors. There are younger and older people in life. I have 2 more days until the end of the month I to stop watching. As I said earlier this month, Y&R used to be so exciting to watch and I looked forward to each episode. Now all the stories just drag on and on! It’s clear that the powers that be don’t care about Y&R viewers. I wonder if they really care about the show, which I thought was supposed to be entertainment. It now is just a painful and depressing show to watch, with nothing to look forward to!

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  92. janet styles says:

    none of the actors on y and r are indispensible.

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  93. janet styles says:

    all actors on y and r are replacable

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  94. CaroL Rooney says:

    You people should have worked out your differences with Michael. It sure as hell should not be money because some really high paid people or not if your soap is cheap, exited this year. It was tough when Michellse Stafford left to pursue her dream, and the irreplacable Jeannie Cooper died, but Adam is being fired and that is it for me. I will not be watrching any more of this soap. You have gone too far! I think Billy left because you are just making the show depressing. We had to endure the death of Cassie and then Katherine died which was not your fault, but then a couple months later you kill off another child. At least Adam gave us something to look forward to. I am a 40 yr viewer and you lost me.

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  95. Linda Moore says:

    It’s only fair that the so called “powers that be” at Y&R whoever they are, put out a press release on why Michael was fired. The rumor mill can ruin a career. I just can’t imagine that it could be any of things that I’m hearing and they have a responsibility to his fans and to him to say something. It’s so unfair and not right and just another reason I’m not watching Y&R anymore after watching it for 20+ years. JFP has managed, in her short tenure at Y&R, to ruin this show, so something must be up with upper management because MM and BM are the best actors on this show. I know BM said he was leaving on his on accord, but I also think he saw the writing on the wall. Melody Thomas can say whatever she wants about JFP not having anything to do with this, but I won’t believe until we know the truth. It is ironic that since JFP left GH the ratings have skyrocketed and believe me Y&R’s ratings are going to suffer greatly from this fiasco.

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  96. Carol Ricca says:

    With Billy and Michael (Adam) leaving the Young and the Restless, I am done with this soap. I will not continue watching. Depressing story lines. (The death of Delia) Adam and Billy kept me watching. They are going. So am I. You have lost this viewer! Good bye.

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  97. Viller says:

    Big mistake to fire Michael Muhney who plays Adam!!!!!!!!! The actor playing Kyle never seemed quite right but Michael Muhney is the perfect Adam. Losing too many core characters.

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  98. marilyn caffe says:

    I believe Phelps is doing what she has done at MY other shows. Cutting the favorites and ultimately the show itself! She’s the “hatchet man”, it seems!

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  99. Heather says:

    This is devastating Adam was a great actor ….why all the changes?

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  100. Anita says:

    I am shocked and very upset by the lastest firing of Michael Muhney. I did not like the first Adam or the character, but once Michael Muhney took over the role and made it his own, I was able to over look all the awful things his character did on air. He is Adam Newman. CBS, Sony should know the stars of their show. This is outrageous!

    I pray that Micheal finds a new show that will appreciate what he brings to the set!

    In addition, this new Executive Producer Phelps does not know anything about the characters of the Y & R and I guess neither does Sony. She allowed another death of a young child again, after viewers had to watch Cassie die and destroy the relationship of Sharon and Nick. I do not tune in everyday to see babies die. I can read about that in the news paper or watch the news. If Y & R is not careful, they will be off the air. I hate the writing of this show and again I hate that Micheal Muhney is gone. I do not believe Y & R is the number one show any longer because most of the writing is garbage written by someone who does not know the history of this show.

    Y & R has lost me as a viewer! I am done with this show……..

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    susan Coville replied

    So right…No one can play Adam ever again after Michael….he is the best…so done with the show

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  101. linda jones says:

    I have watched the show since the beginning…tired of victor winning…liked adam the best! Time to find a different show

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  102. Marie Klingel says:

    Well just want to say I love your show I have been watching for 25 years
    Watching people come and go but for what ever reason I don’t know why you let Michael Muhney go.I remember when he first came on I didn’t like him but as time went on I Loved him and hated him at the same time he’s
    great.You are making a Big mistake letting him go.yes you can get another actor but (not like Michael) he will be missed big time.Love you Michael Muhney good luck I hope they bring( you back).

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  103. marybeth says:

    I dont think Y and R can recuperate after the loss of so many talented actors that literally carried the show. Someone out there needs to recognize Muhney and Miller and put them in a prime time leading role.

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    mm replied

    I agree!!!

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  104. Lucia Lihou says:

    Well, I for one am really upset about this. Adam is my favorite. There have been a lot of comings and goings, but this one just might do it for me. I may have to leave Y&R behind after many years. A replacement Adam won’t do it, either. Sorry. I think Y&R will be sorry too.

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  105. mm says:

    I am so bummed! Michael Muhney, as Adam, has become one of my favorite characters. His likeable and hateable at the same time. i have to sy tho, that I wasn’t happy with the storyline with him as the person who did the “hit and run”. He was just getting his life on track….He will be missed. I wish bigger and better things for him in 2014 and beyond. All the best Michael!

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  106. susan Coville says:

    I am absolutely stunned about this whole turn of events with Adam….he has been the strongest character on the show in years. Michael has really nailed that character down…all these useless new characters recently are literally ruining the show…I have watched since day one in 1973…think I will give up on this if politics dictate who stays and who goes…Yes send all the real talent home and see how long your show stays #1….

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  107. j.wilson says:

    I think that y&r is making a huge mistake in letting such a great actor go! I certainly hope that they will reconsider this decision! The role will certainly not be the same without him!

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  108. jackie jacobs says:

    this is so sad, I love Adam, why would you fire him, he and Billy are your best players, I most likely will not watch it after Adam is gone, Please change your mind, and take off Kane

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  109. Stephanie says:

    Michael was my favorite actor on Y&R. I have watched this soap from the beginning. I have often thought that adam and sharon should be the new power couple and they should phase out victor and nikki. If victor calls nikki baby one more time i think i will puke. This show is going downhill fast.

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  110. Sandy Garavaglia says:

    Hi, I have never before wrote anything on any blog or fan site, etc. But I just had to write I am 51 years old and have been watching Y & R for years. Between our beloved Jeanne passing away on screen and off, Billy leaving, Phyllis leaving, my heart breaks. Now your telling me Adam (Michael) has been fired. WOW!!! I know you say anyone is replaceable but not always. These actors are one of a kind and have so much talent that it is beyond me that they have actually stayed on a day time soap for so long. While I am sure there is much more to the story (there is always two sides) I am sorry that you could not work it out with Michael he has been a great asset to this show. He can make you hate him and them love him. I have no doubt that this actor will continue to have great success in film or whatever he chooses to do I jus t wish you would have worked it out with him so he could continue on Y & R, he will be greatly missed!!!! Sandy

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  111. jay says:

    i started watching y&r when i retired in 2008 adam was my favorite one on the show losing him and billy and phillis you just lost being number one you see if you let them go nbc or abc will pick them up and become number one i care for all the stars on the show its not fair to them they all work great together split them up and the show will end. the fans love the show why make them loose their show its the fans they should have a say. cbs and nbc and abc is loosing to payed channels they have better shows and what little cbs has you try to end it by firing the best you break up victor and adam the two works so good together the show looses no one can play adam but mm i would keep him if not the show will end and cbs will loose the fans mm theirs no one that could play adam than you.

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  112. Paula says:

    There are so many characters on Y & R that we are just not that invested in and so many story lines that are boring. Why not make some cuts there and rehire Michael Muhney before there is nothing left of this show to save.

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  113. Jewell says:

    Do you all really believe Michael got fired for speaking his mind? Come on.. Eric Braeden would have been fired long time ago if that was true.. I don’t see him thanking the fans for their support…

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  114. Cathy Thomasson says:

    I have watched Y&R since the beginning and have never witnessed such a mass exodus and firing of stars! Don’t the executives realize it is because of Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller, and especially Michael Muhney that we fans watch Y&R and made it #1 for 25 years?!! “Give us our Muhney back”! After all these years I will no longer be watching Y&R as of January 30th, which is Billy Miller’s and Michael Muhney’s last day on air. Y&R is in for a huge shock in 2014 when there is also a mass exodus of fans! The one thing that could fix that is. Bringing Michael Muhney back as Adam Newman!!!

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  115. Bonnie Chiasson says:

    The Young and the Restless has been part of many fans’ lives since it first began. Losing two actors like Michael Muhney and Billy Miller is a heartbreaking loss. I will not watch Y&R anymore. What in this world were Sony , CBS and all other powers that be thinking??? Yes, the show lost a legend when Jeannie Cooper died. Since her death, the fans have have had to move on without seeing her because she died, sadly. With the other superb actors like Michael and Billy leaving, the holes just get bigger and deeper. It is a sad time indeed for not only the ones who were fired or quit because of unresolved issues, but also a terribly disappointed and sad time for viewers. I also am leaving the show. No doubt, it is about money!!

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  116. Evonnie T. Gbadebo says:

    Micheal Muhney is going to be difficult to replace. Muhney as Adam Newman is the main reason I watch the show. I am sorry he is leaving. In fact, I wish he were not!

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  117. carol payne says:

    What are you crazy? All the best stars are leaving? Well you will no longer be number one for your ratings Will go to the bottom of all soaps. Who ever fired or let them leave should be fired. I am done with the Y&R. Since Michelle Strafford left the show it hasn’t been the same now you’re letting Adam go? And Billy?the person that is doing well the firing or not giving them good contracts that’s the person that you be left out because you have just destroyed beyond the Restless I will never watched the show again

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  118. Rhoda Gadol says:

    I’ve been watching Y&R for 38 years. Letting Michael Muhney go was the wrong thing to do. He’s a great actor. I’ve lost interest in watching Y&R and I’m thinking of not watching it any more.

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  119. Karen Turner says:

    I have watched Y & R since day one. But with MS,BM, and now MM gone, I just don’t care about the show anymore. If they don’t hire him back then kill adam since nobody can replace him. If he gets hired on another soap then I will change the channel.

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  120. Douzzy says:

    I only just found out today and was dumbfounded to find out that Michael is leaving the show. I really love his character and he is awesome. Billy and Phyllis was also amazing I did not know that Phyllis was not coming back; she was fierce in her role and billy was the sh t. It will be hard to watch now knowing this.

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  121. Lily says:

    Michael Muhney as Adam did an awesome, awesome job on the Y and the R. Jill Faren Phelps is doing an outstanding job of destroying this fine soap. Her new characters are so boring with their awful stories. All we can do is stop watching. I believe that JIll Faren Phelps has been brought in to take the Y and the R off the air. That has to be the case. I’ve never seen the Y and the R this bad. ATWT and Guiding LIght were much better written soaps when they were axed. It’s hard to watch my beloved soap be destroyed. It is so sad. Can’t the Bell family do something to save Bill Bell’s legacy?

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    Jay Ell replied

    I saw a statement somewhere that said the Bells have no authority anymore and in fact couldn’t stop Maria Arena Bell from being axed although apparently she wasn’t a great writer either, that is not my opinion it was in the article.

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  122. G Beck says:

    Michael Muhney is the best actor on Y&R for his complex and bizarre characters he has played……nothing but excellence in his performance….He is the main character I love to watch and follow…IF CBS doesn’t bring MM back, then I will give up watching Y&R…..it’s just not worth it to me. I would rather go to the soap MM is working, he’s just that great of an actor….I feel the same way about a few others on Y&R too…but to let MM go….this is ludicrous…..Good Luck Michael, where you go, a whole lot of others are going to be watching you and not Y&R, I am not the only one…..CBS should wise up…..

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  123. darlene says:

    This is such a strange and unbelievable turn of events. However, I read in a magazine that Michael’s departure has been planned since November. So folks he didn’t do anything, except trust his employers. Also, I’ve been studying human behavior for years and Michael said that he was stunned and speechless. Someone who has done something wrong would be expecting it and not be speechless or stunned.

    I think that this has Jill Farren Phelps all along to remove Adam and replace him with one of her cronies, like Steve Burton. Nothing against Steve, but it’s a fact. Good luck with that one Jill because no one can deliver the “Adam” performance as well as Michael Muhney. I predict that there will be no Y&R at this time next year, maybe even sooner. Some of the actors are “has beens” and others too young to do a good job….boring storylines. Strange storylines, such as Sharon (I do like Sharon), but who marries two brothers and their father. I’m just waiting for the Dylan factor to enter the picture. Before this is through I’m sure she will have also married him. There are few morals on this show.

    However, the Adam and Chelsea storyline are two people genuiningly trying to redeem their previous actions and give back to others.

    Shame on you CBS and Sony for letting this happen. I hope you get a breach of contract suit filed against you. You’ve put this actor in a rotten place, so redeem yourselves and do the right thing. It’s not often that corporations do the right thing; it’s all about the almighty dollar. How sad!!

    Reinstate Michael Muhney now, retain Billy Miller and be flexible with a young, excellent actor, and get rid of pirraha of an Executive Producer, Jill Phelps….and do it as soon as possible.

    Thank you for reading my comments; although I wonder how many comments will actually be read because fans are not really cared about or considered important. Touche…this could backfire big!!

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  124. Hedy says:

    Losing interest for the first time since 1983 when i first started watching & would never miss an episode; not even on vacation. No dvr in those days. I would even watch the whole week again on soapnet on Sat. Nights. I’m so done. The new characters can’t fill the gap or the old ones that are left. Victor’s & Jack’s S/L’s are so overcooked! Goodbye Y&R. Good luck to Michael Muhney, Michele Stafford & Billy Miller.

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  125. Lisa Skoczylas says:

    If Y&R doesn’t bring Michael Muhney back I will no longer be watching! Y&R’s 25yr run as the #1 daytime drama is over!

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  126. Janina Bester says:

    Im so disappointed with all this the thought of loosing MM,i loved Shadam they had this chemistry that was so beautiful and they are miserable without each other and Shadam moved earth and mountains for each other,im so sick of this boring characters like Chelsea,Fen,courtney,Mason,Abby,Nikki,Victor,Averyand Nick they are boring with capital B,and stop saying Sharon has no talent. Sharon has amazing talent but they are ruining her character and her talent as well samething they did with MS character and im happy Michelle gone before the JFP damage whats left for her amazing talent and i think MM will be better off without Y&R coz even if hes innocent or not his name is damaged already.I wish BM,MS and MM good luck

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  127. joyce davis says:

    I thin sucks that adam has been fired. He is one of the best actors on the show!!!!

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  128. Sandy says:

    To the girl that made the statement about Adam has to learn that this is show business and the suck up. He has a family and he is a great actor. Hope she has a conscience and can deal with it. There will be alot more in this business and she need to grow up. Not that good of an actress as it is. Good Luck to you mm and hope to see you on another show. You deserve the best!

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  129. Sandy says:

    What gets me Is that Victor has stayed after he had a fight with Jack early in his career on this show and he is still there. Everytime he is on I have to turn the vol up on tv as he talks so low! He got away with it and you are ready to get rid of MM becasue a little known actress complained. Grow up girl this is life, and the business. I am almost 70 and have watched y and r for a long time. But this takes the cake and I will not watch it either, anymore.

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  130. Lisa Lane says:

    I will miss Billy and especially Adam. He is such a great actor. So many people love him a lot. He can play his role so good.No one can ever play the part as good as he does. You can love him and dislike him . Letting him go is a very big mistake. Your ratings will go down. A lot of his loyal fans… Adam Newman. Will you please re-hire him? He is not even gone yet and I already miss him.

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  131. Rebecca says:

    I can’t believe you got rid of your best actors and favorite characters in one fell swoop. It makes me never want to watch again and I have been a fan since day one! Who is making these stupid decisions? They are the people who should be fired because they are ruining the show.

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  132. Rebecca says:

    Big mistake letting. Michael and Billy go. Y&R will not survive. Too bad powers that be were so foolish.

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  133. TENA BURGETT says:

    He is a great actor. I can’t imagine any even coming close to replace him!

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  134. Gale Ann Casto says:

    I’ve always thought that Michael would go far. I’m really getting tired of the storyline written by an idiot, no doubt. Goodluck Michael. Know you will go far. Glad you will not have to go down with the failing ship. I’ve watched the Young and the Restless,off and on, since 1973. I will always admire Eric Brayden. He was in a program in the 60′s. He went by a different name. { excuse the spelling} Hans Guddagast.

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  135. Diane Foster says:

    Losing Micheal will hurt the show dramatically. Billy Miller will be missed too,even though we have seen this other Billy before it’s not the same. I never thought I would stop watching, but I will now. I’m also going to stop watching , Bold And Beautiful, I’m so sick of the passing around of husbands between Brook , Ridge etc. you need some new people on this soap. You will be going off the air soon I bet if you have the same writers as Young & Restless. To bad Bill Bell is gone, it wouldn’t have happened if he was still there. Good bye, Y@R, and B&B

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    4everDAYS replied

    Try DAYS!!!

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    Red Rivers replied

    I quit Y&R when Michael left. Haven’t missed it one bit. Most of the actors left on the show sicken me. The stories were beyond stupid with the doppelgänger silliness and boring couples.

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