Daytime Emmy winner Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) of The Young and the Restless continued to share this sentiments on the social media outrage that has hit the series with a new lengthy post and commentary on his Facebook page.
The outrage has occurred since the dismissal of Michael Muhney(Adam Newman) from the number one soap opera, and the information that came to light that one of the reasons for his axing had been his groping of his co-star, Hunter King’s (Summer)breasts. But as has been made public by other Y&R cast members, Muhney had apparently been problematic on the set getting into heated arguments, etc, that also were a main part of his axing. It also seems the backstage firing of Muhney and the circumstances that led to it have become something some people want to see play out before a judge and jury.
Outspoken St. John first took to Twitter a few days ago asking for Muhney to come forward to help stop the fan backlash om the cast, that is something that has not been seen in quite this way before, and to tell his side of the story. The fan backlash has been filled with hateful comments to both King and Muhney, the cast, and the show executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, to name a few.
Now on Facebook, St. John appealed to the audience of the show stressing on all the backstage drama, “We want this to end as much as the fans do!” But simply adding, we are now all in a “War Zone”. Below are just a few key excerpts from the post!
Kristoff: “What does anyone on the periphery of this whole episode really know? We are a company who have worked closely together for many, many years. Some, as in Jeanne Coopers case, may she rest in peace, for 40 long years, since the inception of the show in 1973. Eric Braeden has served 34 years at his post, Doug Davidson 36 years, Melody Thomas Scott 35 years, Jerry Douglas 33 years, and many other cast and crew members who have committed and dedicated MOST of their lives to bring a complex, colorful story to life every day, 52 weeks a year, for 40 years. This is a HUGE chunk of our lives. We know each other, our families, and the show intimately. We have struggled through the good and the bad, professionally, and personally. I cannot speak for those that I have just mentioned, but I imagine the feelings are similar, and run deep. To think that these professional, honest, hard working people are trying to deceive, cover up, misguide or misdirect the public in ANY way is blasphemous, and simply not true.”
He later added: “The implosion at Y and R, has caused fans to seek an even bigger explosion, one that is unwarranted, and without real merit, based on what little information has been given or leaked. Because of this soap opera behind the scenes hysteria, we are now ALL in a WAR ZONE. Can you blame the actors when under fire and being attacked, for putting on flak jackets, arming themselves with the only weapons available, (social media) and firing SOMETHING, anything back? The problem here is that we have very little artillery. Our hands are tied, beyond belief. Beyond our control. WE WANT THIS TO END AS MUCH AS THE FANS DO. But I’ll be damned if I allow a FEW OF THE MANY THAT HAVE HELPED TO CONSTRUCT THE HOUSE THAT WILLIAM BELL SR. built, along with his precious wife LEE PHILLIP BELL, with THIER own hands, from the ground up, to BULLY ME, SCARE ME OR MY FAMILY, AND IMPEDE MY PROGRESS IN THIS ONLY LIFE THAT I/WE HAVE. I have worked for 40 years in this Hollywood machine and have never witnessed such senseless, misdirected anger and discontent. It reminds me more of a Shakespearean play, where misunderstanding and deceit are played out on stage by colorful characters with much charm, but with insidious intentions.”
So what do you think of Kristoff’s latest plea and comments on the difficult situation behind the scenes at Y&R? And asking for everyone to be understanding towards the cast without name-calling, bullying, and insinuating that they all had a hand in Muhney’s dismissal and are part of a cover-up? Comment below!