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!