The soap world is abuzz this morning, with what looks to be a major behind the scenes shake-up and revamping of the number one sudser, The Young and the Restless. First came word via Soap Opera Digest that Y&R’s co head-writer Scott Hamner, had informed current executive producer and head writer, Maria Arena Bell. that he is stepping down from his position.
Hamner told SOD exclusively, “I had decided to let my contract expire, but Maria Arena Bell asked if we could call it a sabbatical instead. She really didn’t want me to leave, so I agreed to take a few months off. She has been so gracious and generous about my need to take a break and I appreciate that.”
However, word from Daytime Confidential is that they are hearing that former General Hospital EP And current Hollywood Heights leader, Jill Farren Phelps is this close to becoming the new head honcho at Y&R! Both Hollywood Heights and The Young and the Restless are Sony shows, so this could make a lot of sense. DC is also reporting that Josh Griffith may also come on board with Phelps, returning to Y&R in a writing or producing capacity. More on this story as it develops throughout the coming days!
So soapers, what would you think of Jill at the helm of Genoa City? And what do you think of Scott Hamner taking a “break” for his writing duties? Do you think if this all plays out it would improve Y&R? Let us know!