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Former Y&R Chief Maria Arena Bell On Michael Muhney Dismissal: "Frankly, he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions!"

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The former executive producer and head writer of The Young and the Restless Maria Arena Bell spoke with Highlight Hollywood’s Tommy Garrett to clarify her recent statement to Soap Opera Digest that appeared in their last issue on the dismissal of Michael Muhney!

With this controversial story picking up more steam with Muhney and former co-star Hunter King (Summer) at the epicenter,  Bell offered up this new statement on what she thinks of Muhney and the way the situation was handled by Y&R!

Maria Arena Bell:  “Let me be clear.  Tommy I am a fan of Michael Muhney the actor- not the person.  Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions.  It’s still a loss for the fans.  Instead of acting quickly they tried to turn the fans against the character of Adam. Bad move.  And they should not recast right away now. It’s too damaged.  The only thing that matters in this story -now in TMZ is that a young girl is protected.  She should have been all along.  People should have been more decisive not less in this matter.”

The former EP and head writer went on to say: “I think they should have taken immediate action. They didn’t. Whatever happened, they need to protect the safety of the cast.” 

So, what do you think of the latest comments by Maria Arena Bell on Michael Muhney’s dismissal? And, how she is taking the current Y&R regime to task for not letting Muhney go months ago?  Weigh-in!

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Katherine
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Katherine

If the allegations are true…he should have been let go when they first came to light. For the safety of the female actor in question and any more to come. This kind of harassment should NEVER be permitted in any workplace no matter how popular/powerful the perpetrator is.

clova
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clova

I agree with your comment. They allowed this situation to go on too long. It seems that is what Arena is saying. As a retired HR Director, I would have never allowed this behavior to persist without some type of action being taken. The young lady must have felt she had no way out, because they allowed it to happen without disciplining him, until they felt it was in their favor to do so. Hunter should have felt used and betrayed.

missy
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missy

Hunter King needs to grow up

desskyent
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desskyent

Missy..
Do u have a daughter??
U need to grow up!

Kay Kay
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Kay Kay

Poor Hunter. I think this man should of been fired back when he talked about his co workers and said things on twitter negative to fans and co workers. he does not deserve to be a celeb.

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

Michael should of been fired before he did this. He was never nice on twitter to his fans. he was always shady

clh
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clh

You can’t fire someone BEFORE they do something wrong (IF indeed he did),

If they fired actors for not being nice EB and many other actors would have been fired years ago.

Hollywood would be a very small acting community.

Ces
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Ces

Yep. I’ve read his Twitter comments and never understood his popularity. Actors get away with crap as long as TPTB allow them too. Good that Y&R stepped up and handled this now.

shawn
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shawn

@Ces, really?? Did they really handle this?? He “allegedly” groped her TWICE!!! He should’ve been let go immediately.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

@kimhuck – I agree with you 100%. When I started my twitter account I followed all my soap actors, he was one of the first that I dropped because of his attitude. Sadly, most places take the man’s side at first, that’s why it took so long. It happened to me at my first office job and the boss said – nah he’s such a nice guy, then they caught him stealing and let him go.

Deb
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Deb

I loved his character with Sharon but I have lost interest in him this past year. I think it is really sad he did all the twitter rants and fights with certain co stars and now this with this young girl was the last straw

RUBY C.
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RUBY C.

I don’t care for Michael Muhney this past year or two. He was amazing with the love story with Sharon but now I know there is something dark inside him I see I really want him off and a new Adam I can’t wait to see

Harry
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Harry

Wait, it’s not Michael’s fault that Adam is dark because that’s how he is written. Don’t forget that the actor who played Adam before Michael left because he did not like the dark places where Adam was going. It’s actually Maria Bell’s fault that Adam became so twisted and dark.

Didi
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Didi

The fact that you are confusing acting with the real life man shows that you should be in therapy instead of watching soaps. Sad. It’s called good ACTING.

Kay Kay
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Kay Kay

Poor Hunter. I agree he should of been let go already . I want a new Adam. Give us back a Sharon and Adam love story. MM lost something in his acting . he was not on his game these past months. Did not like his current story and did not like him with Chelsea

elaine
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elaine

I would hope that MM would be given the chance to be considered “innocent until proven guilty”. I have no idea if he did or did not do anything inappropriate. Neither does anyone else. So far, it is an allegation made by a cast member, Hunter. She’s young, very young. Perhaps there were advances made from either party, who knows….do you know, where you there? Regardless, unless there is proof in some form other than her word, how could a man lose his job? I’m not in any way defending inappropriate behavior by a man, but being said, who knows… Read more »

Ruby Crouse
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Ruby Crouse

Elane How do YOU know they didn’t have prof or a witness who can back up Hunter’s story. I doubt the producers and execs would just fire him on one or two hear says

MEG
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MEG

THERES MORE TO THIS STORY AND MARIA NEEDS TO SHUT UP. SHE DOESN’T KNOW IT,AND MARIA HERSELF WASN’T FIRED SOON ENOUGH .BUT THEN NOTHING BETTER CAME ,EXCEPT THE TALENTS OF MM. I DO NOT BELIEVE HE DID THIS ,

Joshua
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Joshua

Meg, dear, you really need to take off those rose colored glasses.

Your beloved megalomaniacal, can’t-get-enough-of-himself Michael Muhney is a sexual predator.

How would YOU feel if he had done this to your 19-year-old daughter or niece? You have to put yourself in the victim’s place and Hunter King, not Muhney, is the victim here. Everybody knows it. That is what Melody Thomas Scott meant when she tweeted, “Anybody that did what he did should certainly be terminated.”

Ces
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Ces

well said Joshua.

zobva
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zobva

The double standard is staggering. When Jeanne Cooper groped a young Joshua Morrow off screen (several times), everybody on the set laughed about it.

Kim
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Kim

Where is there any proof that he did this? The latest article I’ve read says that Hunter King made advances towards Michael Muhney, and when he rebuffed her, she created this lie! In all honesty, I don’t believe either story! If Michael Muhney did this, why on earth would he be allowed to come back and continue filming after he was let go? And why would he have been invited to Billy Miller’s going away party? These diffusing tabloids need to get proof, before printing this crap, now two peoples careers / reputations are on the line!

Harry
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Harry

Something smells rotten here for sure, but may I plead, beg and demand that people please stop vilifying the young lady in question? She did not want her name leaked out and someone from Y&R has betrayed her trust. Good Lord, she was barely 19 when the alleged incidents occurred. Most likely that someone was Angelica McDanials who is married to the TMZ executive and she ought to be fired on the spot for her lack of professional ethics. Clearly, they sacrificed the young lady in order to save their own hides when the tidal wave of fan uproar overtook… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

WELCOME WELCOME JILL PHERREN PHELPS has entered the building and all HELL has broke loose in her wake. The truth will out. With this story slowly but surely leaking I have to say that already I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!! More actors will leave for one reason or another never explicitly stated and JFP will have the actors she wants in the stories she wants. Trust me folks. Chloe is next.

Kay Kay
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Kay Kay

JOSHUA , AMEN! OMG AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY. The guy is so full of himself.

darlene
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darlene

The comment regarding sexual predator seems very unjust. How do you know that? Do you know him in real life? I never saw this in his Adam portrayal. He was loyal to anyone he was with at the time. Remember he was married to Sharon, Skylar and Chelsea. Of all of the relationships, I really enjoy Adam’s relationship with Chelsea and hope it can develop more in the next month. Today was great; he told Chelsea that he is committed to her and they are engaged. It’s more real and realistic. Of course, Victor will put the screws to that… Read more »

MEG
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MEG

theres 2 sides to this story ,remember ppl are considered innocent till proven guility .this for them both ,Michael for this rumor and Hunter if she lied.i know ppl who this has happened to been lied about and had groping happen to them ,Angelica being married to trash from tmz tells shes not worthy of my trust,her leaking this tells me not to trust her tmz lies all the time.AM n JFP NEED TO GO AND MAB needs to shut up .AS MM SAY S IN A QUOTE FROM BEN FRANKLIN ,DON BELIEVE WHAT YOU HEAR AND ONLY HALF OF… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

These are allegations, NOT facts. MAB is still swallowing her walk of shame. Now it’s time to get rid of JFP & crew. Why would a head honcho at CBS leak the allegations to TMZ? Look it up it’s a fact. TPTB have been attempting to ostracize MM for quite sometime.

Luke
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Luke

Wasn’t it just two days ago MAB was calling MM amazing? – now he is an ogre that should have been fired a long time ago – I wonder what changed in the last two days, maybe TMZ blowing the lid off the whole scandal and making her previous praise look foolish? – she isn’t even connected with the show anymore, so there is really no need for her to comment at all.

Mo
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Mo

Yeah, I thought she liked him, not what? Why is she even being interviewed?

Dee
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Dee

Indeed she did Luke, looks like dementia is finally kicking in for MAB.

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

Maria, shut up! This does not concern you, & no, we fans, of YR, DO NOT WANT YOU BACK!

su0000
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su0000

She does not know what happened..
She is spouting anger, Her and MM never did get along..
Like us, she hasn’t a clue to the actual facts, the truth..

she said;;
The former EP and head writer went on to say: “I think they should have taken immediate action. They didn’t. ****Whatever happened,****** they need to protect the safety of the cast.”

((she doesn’t know what happened….

tess
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tess

Well you seem to know what happened, could you fill us in????

Didi
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Didi

“Whatever happened”– so basically she really doesn’t know what “happened” but is choosing to believe the rumors as fact. Shame on her. She wouldn’t know what is going on set there anyway now, she was fired too. Sounds like to me she may be holding some bitterness for Muhney badmouthing her storylines in the past and welcoming JFP with open arms after her dismissal. These people should chose their words VERY carefully if they have not talked to Michael personally. Innocent until proven guilty. Why do people automatically think Hunter is telling the truth? I am going to wait until… Read more »

Joshua
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Joshua

Also remember what Melody Thomas Scott tweeted last week: “anybody that did what he did … deserves to be fired.”

Didi
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Didi

I do remember that, but what I am saying is, they could be false allegations & they are choosing to believe Hunter because she is 20 years old. People have been falsely accused before. That is why we say innocent until proven guilty. 20 year old actresses aren’t these innocent creatures. Either way, it will all depend on how Muhney responds to this. If it is BS, then his lawyers will have to take action. If they don’t, well, then maybe we have our answer. Still, the show is still bad.

Jules
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Jules

I don’t know much about anything on this matter, but I can bet you Maria still has LOTS of connections at YR. Between the friends she made over the many years she worked there, not to mention her brother-in-law working right down the hall, there are plenty of ways she probably gets her information. Showbiz is a small world, and daytime is an even smaller part of that world. Maria is probably still very well connected and it just means she gets information faster, and from reliable people. Her word choice- “Whatever happened”- might not be because she doesn’t know,… Read more »

Shirley Strickler
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Shirley Strickler

Michael Muhney (Adam) has always been my most favorited actor on Y&R. I will never believe the allegations involving Michael and King until he comes out and says it’s true. If Hunter had a crush on Michael and didn’t go her way so she is saying slanderous allegations about him now”and probably the powers to be our pushing Hunter To put a very negative spin like he is the bad guy and she Snow White. And if the truth be known Hunter had this huge crush on Michael and didn’t stop to think about his family and the hurt that… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Who says Hunter had a crush on Michael?

Jules
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Jules

This isn’t a soap opera here. This is real life. You’re foreshadowing “plots” as if they were on the show. I don’t know what happened between Michael, Hunter and CBS, but these are certainly the kinds of wacky theories people speculate about the direction of the show.

Harry
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Harry

Excellent point, Jules.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It is rather sad that the show is so bad right now that people are discussing the behind the scenes stuff like it was a soap opera plot. Perhaps if they put on decent stories on screen fans would be less incline to look for drama behind the scenes. Whatever happened, it was handled badly and shame on whoever violated MM and HK privacy and leaked what should have been a private matter if true and if not true for spreading lies.

Harry
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Harry

Surely, Shirley, you don’t really think this young actress would jeopardize her career by making a false accusation? Do you think she would really risk the wrath of rabid Michael Muhney fans just to seek revenge for his not welcoming her advances? That would only happen in a soap opera. I don’t but the woman scorned rumor. Can we please stop making unfounded allegations? And this comes from a Michael Muhney fan (albeit not a rabid one as I had my shots). We simply don’t know what happened, we may never know but I don’t want to hear anyone making… Read more »

Didi
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Didi

it makes as much sense as Muhney, a seasoned actor with everything to lose, jeopardizing HIS career, family, marriage, etc all for an alleged boob squeeze. He is an adult man who has been in this business for years. He knows what could happen if he acted like that. Hunter is green still & only got the job because of her Hollywood Heights connection to JFP. She may not realize the damage her possible false allegations could do to HER. All allegedly of course. There is still more to this story I believe.

Harry
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Harry

Honestly, Didi, I can’t disagree with you entirely but I just don’t want this young lady tarred and feathered by angry MM fans. I would imagine that no matter what transpired Michael Muhney would not like to see the actress vilified either.

Chantal
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Chantal

If he did it, do you really expect him to confirm publicly???? He won’t,

Peaches
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Peaches

This type of behavior should never be tolerated, and it shouldn’t have taken months. Now people are trashing the young lady. And the women that are calling her horrible names. Makes me wonder if these women have girls they don’t call their daughter those names if it happens to them. The lady in question should sue Sony/Cbs and MM!

su0000
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su0000

well-
The people are also ”’trashing” MM, and ”calling him names” ..

Perhaps MM should ”sue”’ them for slander, also ..

Sandra
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Sandra

I’m shocked that ppl would so quickly jump to the defense of a man who is obviously known by the cast etc to have been a horrible human being behind the scenes. That poor girl having to endure sexual harassment and then being called basically a liar. He should have been fired ages ago if this was a regular occurrence. TPTB obviously cared more about ratings than the safety of their female cast. Just because he was one of the most popular actors doesn’t mean he was a popular guy behind the scenes. I tend to believe the victim first… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hunter has not come forth to tell anything to ‘believer’ her…
We are hearing from unknown secret sources as to what she said..
Hunter has not said one word to believe or not believe her..

You can not blame one or other with out the truth, without knowing the story, without having verified facts..

Beth
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Beth

Agree. And to all the naysayers……………….shame shame shame on all of you, for many things. 1… to not think the an ex-ep/hw would NOT know what is going on at her ex-workplace is ridiculous.ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR LAST NAME IS BELL. 2… the character of Adam is one of the top characters on the show and has been at the forefront for years..and you think that they would risk possibly losing millions of dollars on a lie. 3… to immediately blame a young female, boy, do all of you know the year is 2014, not 1940. No longer are victims told… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

well said.

Ces
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Ces

agree!

Patrick
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Patrick

the facts are not mine. no stone unturned will fester the truth Summer is a BORE – comparatively speaking… in the same sentence as Adam. marital problems.. and frustration at work… could allude… to plenty so much down time…. beautiful people… nothing ventured, nothing game… you are that immature… that .. it took 2 incidents of tit groping… to crush another persons livelihood… that … nothing… was in place to circumvent.. this travesty… that has withstood the beginning of time sexual attraction lives laws are in place to protect. behind the scenes foolery and imagined are premature I stand by… Read more »

Kaleesi
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Kaleesi

Go ahead Maria, talk out of both sides lol.

Harry
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Harry

She should be a spokesperson for Dr, Scholl flip flops.

Luke
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Luke

LOL – that’s funny – with flip flop abilities like her’s, she should enter politics.

Harry
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Harry

Yes, I was thinking the same, Luke!
I wonder how many calories frantic back pedaling burns?

Lauren
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Lauren

You know MAB you were kind of let go in the same manner as Michael Muhney so I wonder why you’ve done some back pedaling on your previous recent interview. You needed to go for a while but that “Bell” name still holds some water (lucky for you!)
Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t remember a bunch of fans rallying to have you reinstated, just saying… We’re behind Michael and if he’s gone then so will we!

thrillSeeker
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thrillSeeker

If he was so horrible, why did Sony sign a two year contract extension with him in the Spring of this past year? This is beyond fishy. Why would Sharon Case, Josh Morrow, and Melissa Claire Egan say such nice things about him after he left? Please explain that one for me.

Mama23
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Mama23

She’s a Bell. She knows what happened and should never spoke out.

lisa
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lisa

If this is true – then yes Michael should get the heave ho. (It’s done – he’s filmed his last scenes). Having said that – this once glorious show is going into the toilet. Too many SORAS….Noah,Summer,Kyle – and then repeatedly changing the actors in those roles. Jeannie Cooper’s death,Michelle Stafford leaving,Billy Miller leaving(that one really kills me – Amelia Heinle have such amazing chemistry). I AM interested in watching this Nikki/Dylan storyline play out….. Truthfully though, I was hoping it would come to light that Paul Williams is in fact Dylan’s dad – as he and Nikki had been… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Lisa. I love Paul too and think Doug is just a fabulous actor. I feel the same about Peter Bergman. Like Paul, Jack has always gotten a raw deal as far as love and children are concerned. He has always played second choice to both Victor and Nicholas Newman, not only in areas of romance, but in areas of paternity. Summer makes it clear again and again that she really wishes Nicholas is her father (which he is thanks to some deplorable writing which came out of left field–really, it was set up from the get go that Jack was… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

Keemo is over 40 and Summer is 18.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I dont see the point of continuing this with people who just hint and speculate…if he did those horrible things he shouldve been dismissed long ago…was H.K. still working at the same time as M.M….I wouldve walked off the show until he was let go and filed a complaint…tptb are at fault here…imo!!!

Harry
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Harry

I am with you Jim.

Patrick
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Patrick

well said Jimh

it’s still ALL a hand wringer
mind bender
missing

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It is time to let it go. It doesn’t matter what happened there is no way on earth the show will ever hire him back to play Adam. Y&R whether people like it or not is still the highest ranked soap– if this show goes down, it is a safe bet the rest of them will go with it. So I will continue to watch with or without him. It is just a shame if true the show didn’t give him the option of quitting, thereby avoiding all this hate on both sides. The standard ” I need more time… Read more »

ticktock
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ticktock

2014 and Stupidity is still alive and well!

Ann
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Ann

Exactly! And notice that many who are bashing Hunter here and on twitter are women. How would they feel if it were them or their daughter? People are so stupid.

Threshing
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Threshing

Yes, the quickness on the part of some to drag Hunter King has been dispiriting. (Also the “what’s the big whoop about unwanted boob grabs” mentality.) No one should be rushing to judgement on Michael Muhney either, but not sure how/why standing by him, waiting for more than TMZ tidbits, leads to stomping on HK. And certainly not helping the situation is MAB and her “clarifications.” What a mess. I think Michael Muhney is one of the most compelling actors on television (daytime or evening) and, as a GH watcher, I was hope, hope, hoping that he would be signed… Read more »

mfarris70
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mfarris70

Is MAB campaigning to get her job back or something by suggesting ineptitude in Y&R’s current team? She wasn’t there, whatever she knows his hearsay and she should be ignored.

Darlene Smith
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Darlene Smith

I don’t know if MAB wants back in but current Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps is inept. I don’t know why CBS hired Phelps who has a horrible reputation and it’s widely known in the business…she is known as the soap killer; 4 soaps were mismanaged by Phelps and cancelled. Is Y&R next? I don’t really care as I’m all done watching after 1/30.

Robert
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Robert

If Hunter do not come forward to contradict TMZ’s story then I fear it may be true because I can’t see a Network going out of their way to seriously damaged one actor’s career, possible for life.

Darlene Smith
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Darlene Smith

I disagree because CBS ruined Dan Rather’s news casting career because he reported about then President Bush non service in the National Guard. It was reported by a National Guard representative that Bush did not show up for duty. Because this report was disloyal to President even though it was true. Don’t exactly remember all of the details but Lara Morgan was suspended. Rather sued CBS for a number of employer infractions and I believe he was awarded a large sum if money but his career in news was over. CBS can be ruthless,!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Honey, you’re one to talk. Your stay at Y&R was many years too much. You should’ve been canned a year into your hold on Y&R. You failed the series and we’re still in recovery. So glad you’re NOT at the helm of this series anymore.

Maria K
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Maria K

”Instead of acting quickly they tried to turn the fans against the character of Adam” So let me get this straight. They used the personal stuff going on with the real person as a plot device against the fictional character? 😐 IMO, a WHOLE TRUCKLOAD of people should be fired!! We have some big time plotting enablers here and MM is the only one who is fired? This is beyond wrong on so many different levels. The others are in the same league as MM, if not worse, as they allowed whatever it was to continue and used it to… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Yeah, if he was touching breasts (and not as part of a scene), my first solution would not be to turn people against the character Adam. My first solution would be to suspend the actor and investigate.

If MM were so horrible, why was he rewarded with remotes to NOLA and re-signed? Something doesn’t add up.

Something’s rotten in the state of Wisconsin.

Lisa Skoczylas
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Lisa Skoczylas

This rumor was made up by a crazy Y&R fan who thinks she knows Adam Newman (not Michael Muhney) and his evil ways. She has made these comments all over social media and now that she has been caught in her lies she is trying to delete all of her scandalous comments and change her identity. I hope the scales of justice fall down hard on her! Oh what a tangled web she wove!

hot girl
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hot girl

shame on you women for standing by this guy i never like him.

Ces
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Ces

me neither

louise lorette
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louise lorette

Whether or not YOU like him is irrelevant. Keep your stupid opinions to yourself until you know the truth. He does have a family you know!!!

Ces
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Ces

…..AND furthermore, he should think of his FAMILY before he fondles young girl’s breasts….. take your blinders off jackass.

Chantal
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Chantal

If those are facts, do you really expect MM to come out and confirm publicly???

Brandon
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Brandon

What happened to the HR Team? Did they hide their heads in the sand and if so, by whose orders? There is alot of unknowns here but as a previous General Manager of a very large group of associates, the first step when allegations of this nature are brought forward, the decision is made to “suspend” the accused with pay pending investigation. Yet, he was allowed to continue working because “he was needed in some crucial scenes”? This situation reeks of bad judgement and if the allegations against MM are proven, more than his head should roll. I would say,… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

MAB herself wasn’t fired soon enough during her tenure, instead, she was given “creative authority” to destroy Sharon’s character by having her take over Newman and marry Victor! For someone who loved Adam and Sharon’s love story, those actions don’t exactly prove her point. Furthermore, She is no longer a part of the show and has no place commenting on an alleged situation, that she has no part in, and that hasn’t even been confirmed.

Harry
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Harry

Thank you, Jimmy. I completely agree and said as much in my comment below.

Mo
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Mo

If he was so awful, why didn’t MAB get rid of him? I do agree with her that if MM was touching someone, he should have been suspended immediately, escorted from the lot and not allowed to continue working. How often have we had emergency recasts on soaps? It happens and fans are fine with it. They could have done that if they had to get through story while they investigated or fired him. I have to admit, I did think MM’s statement about making sure his families ‘well-being’ was okay after he was fired as firings aren’t that unusual… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Just reread what I wrote. I meant, I thought MM’s statement was odd.

christine milligan
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christine milligan

I think we should know what really happened very soon. If it was Michael or Hunter in the wrong both actors by now should be talking to an attorney!! You just don’t let this thing ruin the rest of your life. Most of all for the NOT guilty party!!

su0000
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su0000

Maria Arena Bell is not involved in any of this or anything to do with Y&R..
she just wants to have her sour-gapes aired..

she as we, has not one fact as to what actually happened, and to come out as if she is in some sort of authority as to what happened, is media junk …

Chaz
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Chaz

So, like so many others, MAB is speculating on what went down. But, she was there for 3 years with the actor and found no reason to terminate him…unless she too turned a blind eye to his behavior. A mouthy, difficult, opinionated actor is not exclusive to Muhney. Braeden has had many of the same characteristics for years. So, unless his behavior went beyond this and he did sexually harass another co-worker (which she is not admitting any knowledge about) it appears she is using this as an opportunity to badmouth the current regime…maybe in a play to get her… Read more »

Kaleesi
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Kaleesi

Completely agree with you! It wouldn’t be such a hit if I knew that the show had exciting story and featuring other fun characters to pick up the slack. But the fact is, there isn’t much left. The show is depressing and with everything that’s being foreshadowed, I don’t expect that to change. I’m not here to watch Victor utter jackass and son of a bitch every 5 mins and the recycled plots we already saw 10 yrs ago!! MS, BM and MM made the show bearable with their superior acting and with them gone, the cracks are going to… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

Lots of drama behind the scenes at Y&R, actually more than on the screen. How sad is that! Also, lots of people who cannot differentiate between the hired talent and the characters they portray. Fact is no one really knows what happened. What we have today is an over-informed, less knowledgeable America fueled by gossip/reality shows and social media. This issue really is no one’s business but those involved. If it is meant to be, the truth will be revealed in time, just like on the show. 🙂 The show, by the way, is bigger than any one actor; but… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Good Lord! Maria Bell must have whip lash from such an abrupt change in opinion. First she says they were wrong to fire him and that they did so because the writers painted his into a corner, then she says they should have fired him sooner. Meanwhile, after defending him she mandates that she is a fan of the actor, but not the person. How about these words Miss Bell? “I made a mistake, I was wrrrrrrrrrrrrr.” I know that last word is hard try again. “I was wrrrrr….wrrrr…Okay, I was WRONG, and I am sorry.” Reading her mixed up… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

PS–I neglected to write ‘actor’ after his in the second sentence. But I also wanted to add that maybe Y&R actors and former writers need to STFU about this matter until the details rise above mere accusations, hearsay and allegations. Once again, I suggest the aforementioned parties take a page from Peter Bergman who does not have a Twitter account and who has not given an interview on this matter. And he’s a close friend and mentor of Michael Muhney’s.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Y & R chose to protect a monster until they could wrap up the storyline which involved the killing of a child.

Child murderers and molesters is what YawneR has become!!!

su0000
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su0000

This has gone beyond crazy.. No one at Y&R set needed to be protected from MM.. A woman got her boob touched.. a dumbass mistake.. she was not harassed or raped or had her cloths torn off or was dragged into a broom closet, no knives or guns were involved.. a boob may have been toughed and have not a clue as to what manner it was touched. I feel it was not in way to threaten anybody’s safety…. No one should should have their boob touched, but having a boob touched does not make the toucher a threat to… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Su – you had me until “… that could have been handled with a warning and an apology.” That is no longer acceptable. Other than that I totally agree with you.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I love DAYS too, but I am get a tad bored with you trashing Y&R to support it. If you get your wish and everyone stopped watching Y&R to watched DAYS do you really think that will help DAYS? Trust me if CBS has the balls to finally cancel this soap, NBC will follow and cancel DAYS. So love DAYS, great, but be careful for what you wish for, because if Y&R goes down, all the daytime network soaps will go with it, including your beloved DAYS.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I’m not trashing Y & R in order to support DAYS.

I really do believe the molestation should have never been allowed. I feel that it spread like a cancer throughout Y & R and it all started with their matriarch. They all need professional help. If that happened at DAYS, I would be saying the same thing.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I wasn’t referring to this particular post, but in all your post concerning y&r you are general negative toward the show– as for this post I was annoyed more about the comment of them being child murderers. Days did the same story line when Chelsea hit Zach her half brother and he died. It was a story line, so why put that in your post about MM? What was the point except to say something negative about the show, in back handed way? But you entitled to say what you like, how much you like. I was just having a… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

IMO, Y & R has always been dark and gloomy. A show that writes in the form of depression does not need o add a death of a child.

I did not like when DAYS killed Zach, but at least the other storylines helped balance the depressing material. DAYS has a good mix of stories told in different styles.

Y & R does not let up on depression and they added insult to injury by killing a child to pave the way for the exit of a shady actor.

Beth
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Beth

To all you people praising MM, please refer to my previous post. Bottom line, if this was not the truth, can you not grasp the fact, that “the VICTIM’S” publicist would have put a statement out immediately denying this. Just because you truly enjoy a character on a soap, does not mean that actor is a good, decent person. And this comes from someone that has been an idiot over a long time character from another show. Loved loved loved the character, but the actor is a totally different person, that i can honestly say I would not want to… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

And just because you love a show (Y & R) does not excuse them of covering for a monster until they no longer could!

RL
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RL

Lets just say he did grope her…(which I seriously doubt).. she is living in a big girl world so she should have been taught to put her big girl panties on. There are much better and more effective ways to handle someone if they are touching you without invite- such as very aggressively touching him in such a way he painfully remembers it for days! She was probably encouraged by more senior actors which didn’t like him (Eric Braedon for example) since Michael (as Adam) could have actually replaced Victor if he retired or his contract demands ($$$) were not… Read more »

desskyent
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desskyent

THEM BOTTOM LINE IS….. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO PUT THERE HANDS ON ANYONE…

And that is it in a nut shell!

As for the writing… They Are Actors…..

su0000
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su0000

A look back ;; 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… Read more »

Tsuds
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Tsuds

I will never watch Young and the Restless again. This is unacceptable that they kept him so long. It says a lot about the head honchos at Y & R. They deserve to lose more viewer due to their despicable actions of not getting rid of him ASAP.

Mo
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Mo

What were his “behind the scenes actions”?

Marian
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Marian

The show has become unwatchable. So many worthless plot points that go no where, and the overall show is just depressing. I’ll admit I’ve root Adam, but don’t know MM. I am curious as to why MAB signed him back if she loathed the person so much. She had Adam briefly dead after an explosion. Easily have made him dead dead. MAB is covering her butt in this interview, and that’s probably not a bad idea. Seems MAB only knows what we do, which isn’t much. She is right if they had known MM had indeed done this, they should… Read more »

carol wolff
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carol wolff

will never watch y@r again. michael muhney is one of y@r best actors

Jeff
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Jeff

wow. so just a few weeks ago everyone was up in arms, hating on jfp, eric braden, everyone except MM. Oh how the tides have changed! Once more news came to light, true or not, there has to be something to it. i’m still watching y&r, but i’m also now watching days and GH…just so i’ll still have something to watch when I can’t take it anymore.

su0000
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su0000

CBS did very well turning it to keep viewers 🙂

louise lorette
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louise lorette

Will you people please wait until you have proof before you run people down.Stop believing the rumors till you know for sure.

Paulette Patterson
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Paulette Patterson

Sounds like to me she is back tracking from what was said in the last article. Why I don’t know. But there are two sides to ever story and its a bunch of he said she said going on. People are assuming this happened because she said so. We may never know what happened and who was at fault. There is a different side floating around out there that has already come out. I do believe that from his pictures and videos with his family he is a family man. His family stands behind him on both sides and support… Read more »

K VanMeter
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K VanMeter

I’m disappointed with the rush to judgement . Innocent until proven guilty. I will be signing off with YR after January 30th. I began watching YR from the beginning. I remember being a child and being disappointed with Watergate interrupting YR episodes. Michael Muhney is the reason I kept watching. I felt he was the future of the show. He is an exceptionally talented actor and I think he is currently being thrown under the bus.

Natalie
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Natalie

The Y&R is on its last leg! They will let two of the main charters go! I am sure The founders of the soap are distraught how the new execs & writers are completely destroying the show! It what Michael did was so bad why wasn’t he escorted off the set, instead he taped several more scenes & I am sure they will be his best work yet! Billy the other main character not paid what he is worth but yet they will pay several others that are on theIr last leg and no I am not knocking them but… Read more »

Natalie
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Natalie

January 30 will be the last day I will watch the show!!!

Suzi Merical
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Suzi Merical

Since we have been given no facts, I can only comment on what my gut is telling me. Adam’s character has had no scenes with Summer’s character. Did anyone see him touch her? He is a highly respected actor, happily married father of three. Why would he risk touching her, especially since she really appears to have little to touch? It is far more believable that she would have flirted with him and he rebuked her, angering her enough to yell to CBS. Most highly intelligent people are quirky to be around, and very arrogant. Professional people know this and… Read more »

Threshing
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Threshing

Sure, sure, sure, of course. That makes much more sense. A woman scorned, hell’s fury and all that. Certainly the course to take when “we have been given no facts” is to contrive scenarios in which the alleged victim is instead the alleged predator (burn the witch, eh?) intent on revenge. Because highly respected family men never ever behave inappropriately. So when in doubt, just blame the woman. Always the woman’s fault. Even though the woman supposedly involved has not commented or otherwise substatiated the reported rumors. Crazy. Just without judgement altogether without shaming/blaming. My other favorite protip from MM… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Good use of dramatic irony, Threshing. I am a MM fan, but for the life of me I cannot imagine slamming the actress in the name of Adam. Has it occurred to anyone else that she is a victim in more ways than one? I cannot help but think CBS/Sony sent used her as the sacrificial lamb. There are so many unknown variables and no absolutes.

darlene
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darlene

Is this the same person who wrote an article a day or two ago? This feels like Jekyll and Hyde. The article the other day was positive and encouraging the reinstatement of MM, his acting ability and now it appears that you’ve bought into a story that we don’t even know is true. Actually, it is illegal for us to know. Reasons for terminations are never shared with anyone in the public domain and continuing to publish these allegations are just as damaging to Hunter King.. This will hurt her career and she is young actor who I am sure… Read more »

Luke
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Luke

The ‘safety of the cast’ line is what gets me – if he was such a Danger to the cast, why was given a new contract? and if he was such a sexual deviant – why was he given a sexual harassment storyline last summer? – this is just piling on by MAB, way to kick a man when he is down.

randy
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randy

why does any one care about her opinion,,,,,if you are not going to show proof of what you have to say then sit down and shut the hell up ,,before someone knocks you on your ass,,your as low class as they come maria, even if this is true how dare you even comment,,have you stooped this low for attention ,, untill hunter king comes out puiblicly on this, no one has any right to sudjest this is true,,

Matthew
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Matthew

LMAO! Y’all are so much drama I had to grab a bucket of popcorn to read all this. Y&R bores me but this thread is must see! It’s almost as entertaining to read all this back and forth as it is to watch General Hospital!……almost.

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Nancy Lee Grahn Kicks-Off Her 25th Year as General Hospital’s Alexis; Thanks Fans & Shares: “What a Ride”

She’s one of the best of the best!  And on Saturday, Nancy Lee Grahn acknowledged the start of her 25th year as Alexis Davis on ABC’s General Hospital. 

Nancy, who daytime fans first loved on One Life to Live and then Santa Barbara, came to Port Charles and quickly became one of its leading mainstays.

On Twitter, marking the occasion, Nancy thanked her fans with this: “Wow! I start my 25th year on  @generalhospital  today. What a ride. It’s been one of my greatest pleasures to be connected to & supported by such a beautiful, loving, loyal #gh audience. We are and have always been in this together. I hope you can feel my most sincere virtual hug.”

Currently in story, Alexis just lost the new love of her life Neil and on Friday’s episode of GH, Alexis was blamed for his death by Neil’s brother when she tried to attend his memorial service.  Later, she landed at the Floating Rib with Valentin – but when he got into it with Ned and stepped outside, Alexis ordered a drink.  Not a good sign for this recovering alcoholic, and all this came on the heels of Alexis learning she has osteoporosis.

Through the years, story after story, beat after beat, we are lucky to have Nancy on our screens with her consistently riveting and honest performances.

What has been your favorite Alexis storyline through the years?  And … make sure to wish Nancy a ‘happy 25th’ via the comment section below.

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Y&R Alum Max Ehrich Says He Was Blindsided By Breakup with Demi Lovato & Found Out Via Tabloid

For the first time, since the apparent split of former The Young and the Restless star, Max Ehrich(Ex-Fenmore) and pop singer, Demi Lovato, one of them has made a public comment in an usual but effective way.

Ehrich took to his Instagram Story on his Instagram account and stated “Imagine finding out status of your relationship through a tabloid.” That was followed by, “While (you’re) in the middle of filming a biopic movie about a pastor in a Christian church whose intention of the film is to help people. God bless.”

In an Instagram post following the split, Max shared “Jesus loves you.” in a typewriter font with a white background on Instagram, captioning the post with a heart, prayer hands and dove emoji. The comments on it were turned off and that is when he shared the same message on his Instagram Story.

From these posts it would seem that Ehrich was unaware of the dissolution of his engagement to Lovato which happened while he has been away in Atlanta shooting the movie Southern Gospel.  Additionally from reports, it seems Lovato called off the relationship.

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But, a source told PEOPLE, “Demi made Max aware that the relationship was over and it was going to come out in the press.”

Lovato also made a post on her Instagram Story not addressing the break-up directly in which she zoomed on what it said on her t-shirt “dogs over people.” In addition, her engagement ring was absent from her left ring finger in the very short clip that is no longer on her IG Story,

So, do you think Max was blindsided? Did he know? As usual with Hollywood break-ups, there are two sides to every story.  Comment below.

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Guiding Light

Rick Hearst, Maureen Garrett & Amelia Marshall in Upcoming Guiding Light Virtual Chat

Now here’s a trio from Springfield that fans of the beloved Guiding Light will sure to want to hear converse about their time on the iconic CBS daytime drama series and their career paths afterwards.

Look for Maureen Garrett (Holly Lindsey), Daytime Emmy winner Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding) and Amelia Marshall (Gilly Grant) to talk live with Alan Locher in The Locher Room on Friday, October 2 at 3 p.m. EST.

To watch the live conversation click here.

What are your favorite memories of Rick, Maureen and Amelia’s time on Guiding Light? Share them with us in the comment section below.

 

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