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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!"

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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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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.

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.

Hunter King needs to grow up

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

@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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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 the truth. Perhaps Hunter was playing with fire, got caught playing with the wrong person’s affections. I don’t know. MM even if he gave arrogant rants, etc etc. ….should be given the chance to be considered “innocent until proven guilty”. Really the lynching squad is out of control here.

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, 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.”

well said Joshua.

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

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!

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 them. The next head which should roll is JFP for wating 6 months before acting upon said complaints. If the actor is indeed guilty of this crime, then it follows he should have been fired on the spot without storyboard concerns. The fact that he was not not only builds his case, but her case as well. It’s all coming out in the wash folks, but in the meantime, please leave the actress alone–she is not the villain here, she is not the one who leaked this story. From what I can tell is all she wanted was for it to just stop.
I am disappointed Michael is leaving too but I know there is a way to defend him without slamming her.

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.

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

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 because he knows that Adam hit Delia (which in reality was an accident. Adam (distraught over Connor’s eyesight) got out of the car and i think he thought that he hit the little dog…Adam never even knew there was anyone with the dog. Victor can’t stand to see anyone happy and he never played any role in raising Adam and has always been out to destroy him even when Adam took a bullet for the old fart. I don’t think that Victor is a happy character. It is time for him to go.

I doubt that CBS is going to reverse their decision, they think they are too important…and we’re just dirt under their feet. I personally don’t think there’s any truth to the groping story; it would have been addressed when it occurred if it occurred but it makes publlicity for CBS and ruins the careers of both Michael Muhney and Hunter King. I can’t see a happily married man with three wonderful children lowering himelf to display that type of behavior. I’ve observed a lot about Adam over the past week and he is very different off the soap, very chatty, energized and interested in everything/everybody. What guy will want to work with Hunter in the future? I know it doesn’t sound right but remember it is still a man’s world and woman are undervalued in comparison to men (72 CENTS VS. $1). Remember they (CBS) put the screws to Dan Rather. Well, A&E has reinstataed Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty for public anti-gay and other rants due to fan uproar. I feel that the actors don’t mean anything to them (CBS) and the fans don’t mean anything. Only thing that matters is their profits and sponsorships.

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 WHAT YOU SEE ,HE ALSO SAID THIS DOESN’T JUST APPLY TO HIM .HE WANTS US TO BE KIND TO EVERYONE…..REMEMBER PPL ARE LIED ABOUT TOO.HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT HAPPENING TO SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT ?

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.

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.

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

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

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

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….

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

“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 Muhney or his lawyers make a statement. Either way, none of this changes the fact that Y&R is still horrible now & Muhney leaving is still a reason to quit a sucky show.

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

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.

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, but because she could get in big trouble is she specified. I think she used those words precisely as a way of choosing her words VERY carefully.

Just saying.

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 it could do to them.(Just a reminder Heather King we fans love Michael and want him to stay please go and find you another Soap and lust on one of them !!1

Who says Hunter had a crush on Michael?

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.

Excellent point, Jules.

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.

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 up rumors about this young lady anymore than I want to hear anyone making up rumors about Michael Muhney–enough!

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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

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 not the perpetrator especially regarding a sexual harassment complaint.

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..

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 to sweep it under the rug, don’t tell anyone, and it will go the victims have the right to stand up for themselves and say I am not taking this any longer. Good for you. I pray that she holds her head up and be proud of her actions; after all, she is not the one in the wrong. And MM; my hope for you is that your ego has taken such a beating that you realize that you are NOT as fantastic as you have been led to believe and focus on what is truly important, the children that you have been blessed with, unfortunatly little ears hear big words all the time.

well said.


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 Michael Muhney

do I know his character? NO

I loved the Serial… Y&R

would I stand by and let this unfold… I’ve never been in such a predicament…

I care about the product

could CBS/Sony/Y&R: certainly not the first nor the last.. to bear arms

have dealt with this better.. to better their production

what ulterior motives are notwithstanding.. because.. it’s easier to project worse for wear than the truth

Y&R is dead

I hope Michael Muhney chosen profession leads

Go ahead Maria, talk out of both sides lol.

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

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

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

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!

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.

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

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 involved and were both in the cult.
I love Paul (and Doug Davidson) – I’ve always felt he’s gotten a raw deal in love and fatherhood.
This time around I’m just not feeling the chemistry between him and Christine either.
I guess they’re going to bring in a never before seen or heard of Abbott too.
Why don’t they just resurrect Keemo (Jack’s Vietnamese son) – did they not send him off to Japan to work in a Jabot Cosmetics firm there ?
C’ mon people you’re missing the mark.

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 the biological father). I love your idea of Keemo coming back. Maybe he could hook up with Summer after she realizes Jack is not her father. They could make a handsome pair.
But I digress from the subject at hand–sorry!

Keemo is over 40 and Summer is 18.

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!!!

I am with you Jim.

well said Jimh

it’s still ALL a hand wringer
mind bender

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 with my family” would have been enough anyone of us needed to know. And shame on the person who either violate MM and HK privacy to “clear JFP of wrongdoing” or spread rumors to take the heat off of her— either way it was wrong. JFP has been doing this for a long time and a lot of people have bad mouthed her for years, if she was so thin skinned she would have quit years ago, so she could have handled any backlash from fans. So the person who blabbed or started the rumor should be fired too. And the last thing I will say about it.

2014 and Stupidity is still alive and well!

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.

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 there. I hope these rumors/allegations are shown to be false but if not then

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.

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.

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.

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,!

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.

”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 the advantage of the show. Including Ms. Bell!
Right now, I’m far more disgusted at the ”bystanders” than I am at MM.

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.

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!

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

me neither

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!!!

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

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

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, “Good bye and good riddance, JFP!”.
I truly hope they’re not, for the sake of Hunter King and Michael Muhney. As a HUGE fan of MM, if this happened as some sites are reporting, I will take the stand of supporting Hunter King.

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.

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

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 in the acting world.

I really hope these allegations aren’t true. It’s a real shame if they are.

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

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!!

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 …

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 job back.

Believe me, I am NOT a fan of JFP, I have seen too much of her destructive path with other shows but, MAB seems to be speaking out more for her own agenda than anything else.

I was pretty close to being done as a regular viewer of Y&R anyway. I record the show and find that I either FF through it or watch the first few minutes to see what stories/characters are being featured…then hit delete. There are several characters I enjoy – Jill, Jack, Victoria, Billy – and would watch their scenes. Most of the rest of the show is dreck and not worth bothering with anyway. If I were to stop watching it would have more to do with the sub-par storytelling than the loss of a particular actor(s).

IMO, those are the reasons the show is sinking…poor plots, shoving Dylan down our throats, lack of focus…all of which can be laid at the feet of JFP…plus, residual from MAB herself.

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 get even bigger.

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 if you do not want to watch because Billy Miller or Michael Muhney are gone, then don’t. That’s your right. The problems here are larger. Something’s wrong at Y&R and has been wrong for about 8 years now. 3 show runners later, this show is in huge disrepair. There needs to be change at the top; and this time, there needs to be change for the better. We need someone who loves, cherishes and respects the show and the genre, while maintaining some level of good business sense. JFP is not the individual who can fix this problem.

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 opinions which seem to turn on a dime gives one an inkling as to why she was such a poor story writer who paid no fidelity to character driven storylines. Mr. Fairman, I respect your journalistic integrity and I usually enjoy your interviews, but frankly, I don’t GAS what Maria Bell has to say on the matter as her opinions are as irrelevant as they are nonsensical.

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.

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!!!

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 any ones safty..
MM would not harm anyone or beat them up or pull a gun on them, he had no intention to maliciously threaten any one, and CBS and Sony knew he was not a threat to cast and crew, or he would have been escorted out the door..

he made a dumbass mistake that could have been handled with a warning and an apology..
he was let go for a ”variety” of reasons that had built up that owned up up, and HK incident was the last straw, IF it happened..

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.

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.

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.

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 bad moment because I love Y&R and I want it to succeed and all the behind the scenes stuff lately and the less than stellar story lines at times has me mad at those in control of the show. It is like they are trying to destroy it, so your comment just stuck a nerve at the wrong time. Sorry.

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.

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 call a friend. An actor and a character are TWO different beings.

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

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 met. Eric could be acting as her friend in order to get his dirty work done. Who knows- no one posting on here does.

Regardless guilty or not – he is so much Adam Newman in my mind I will not be able to watch another face attempt to play that role. Michael as Adam Newman can no more be replaced than Jeanne Cooper could be replaced as Katherine Chancellor or Eric Braedon could be replaced with someone else as Victor Newman. He was brilliant! Shortly before his firing was announced, I was thinking where the story line with Adam could go and in my opinion, the future story could have been built around Adam if Victor were no longer on the show and could have remained successful.
They have quickly removed so many of the key actors (ones that carry the show) and at a bad time because the storylines have been dull and boring for a while now- Adam Newman was the excitement of watching the show. I believe there will be a ratings drop. Karma is a bitch…. Hunter cost Michael his job. Wouldn’t it be ironic if she is the one who ends up in the unemployment line ?The girl has minimal acting skills at best. I wonder how she got the role in the first place.

As for myself, I won’t watch anymore after Jan 30. I hear Michael may be going to General Hospital…. if so, that will be the soap I start watching. With any luck, all the actors Y&R has let go will reunite on GH.
Lights out Y&R!! It’s been a good run!


And that is it in a nut shell!

As for the writing… They Are Actors…..

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 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

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.

What were his “behind the scenes actions”?

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 have axed him on the spot. Oh well vacation time is over, and all the lawyers in LA will be back.

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

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.

CBS did very well turning it to keep viewers 🙂

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

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 him.. I feel sorry for what every one involved is going through and hope this will soon be over for their sake and they can move on. People should not pass judgments on others without facts, rumors are rumors until proven otherwise. It doesn’t matter who speaks for it or against peoples futures and lives are at stake here. I will support him and wherever he goes I will go. I have not watched the Y&R since I read about him leaving. It sickens me because I feel like this could have been handled behind closed doors and because of the way it was handled I will never watch this show again.

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.

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 if the Y&R is going to have a future the executives of CBS/Sony better get a hand on the execs & writers of the show! Remember the fans who watch the soap is the ones who are putting food on your tables! Phelps has such a disaster of a track record now she is destroying a show in a matter of several years what took Bill Bell to keep on top of the ratings for years! Y’all might want to talk to the A&E Executives how to save the Y&R Soap!

“Remember it only takes”
One seed can start a garden.
One smile can lift a spirit.
One candle can light a room.
One conversation can start a friendship.
One person can make a difference.
That person is you!

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

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 should be able to tolerate it. We still don’t know the behind the scenes activities that supposedly bothered the powers that be. If all it was , was the ranting of Eric Braeden and Michael on Twitter, that’s nothing? Remember there is no bad publicity! Y&R is suffering right now. Actions need to be made to save this wonderful soap. Somebody, please make it all go away!

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 superfans has been that if true, HK should have just left her job. Yes, alleged victims should have to give up their livelihoods to prove they really don’t want to be sexually harassed at work. More crazy.

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.

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 whats to succeed.. Young men (right or wrong) will not be comfortable working with her for fear of what could happen to them.

I don’t support this type of action but I don’t know if it is true and I give people the benefit of the doubt until something is confirmed. In this case I have no right to know.

I would be extremely uncomfortable to work with you because I would not be able to know the real person, trust you or wonder if you were saying something you think I want to hear, than stabbing me in the back. Wow! What a sick environment to work in!!

I feel this allegation is fabricated to make it more juicy all the while Jill Phelps has been planning to eliminate Michael Muhney since October or November. I read this in something recently and all the while poor Michael Muhney was unknowing what was planned to happen to his career even though he had an open contract with Y&R. Now stop lying everybody and get some integrity. I am glad that I am not you.

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.

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,,

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.

Guiding Light

Kim Zimmer Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Last night the stars of daytime came together for a one-of-a-kind three hour-plus virtual event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit For Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story.

Towards the top of the show Daytime Stands Up co-hosts Michael Fairman and Alan Locher welcomed former Guiding Light stars, Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva) and Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian).

During their segment both actresses initially discussed playing breast cancer storylines for their character on the beloved soap opera and the impact it made on them and the viewers at the time. However, later in the conversation, Kim made a heartfelt admission that she is currently battling breast cancer in real life.


Kim expressed, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6th. And if it wasn’t for a wonderful circle of friends that I have, and not to mention my husband AC Weary, and my family Rachel Max and Jake, who call me every day, I would’ve fallen apart. But because of my circle that I had, including fabulous doctors, early detection (was possible).

“I did have a mastectomy and I have my last infusion on Tuesday,” Zimmer added. “I would say to anyone that may get a diagnosis like I got. It’s so important that you find a support system.”

On how she is coping with her battle, Kim shared, “I’m a tough broad. But again, if I didn’t have the friends that I have, the support system that I have, the fabulous doctors, a fantastic plastic surgeon, I would’ve fallen apart. And I’m here to say early detection. Early detection. Early detection. Get your mammograms, get them soon.”

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Earlier in the segment, when Kim talked about Reva’s breast cancer battle and how her character would not tell the love her life, Josh Lewis (Robert Newman), which maddened fans of the GL. Kim related, “The fans were like, ‘Why are you not telling Josh?” It made for great drama, though, It bonded Billy and Reva again in life.  We brought in the wonderful character of Colin, who was Reva’s by the book, cancer Doctor.”

“There were a lot of wonderful things that came out of the storyline,” recalled the four-time Daytime Emmy-winner. “I actually went back and watched the (standalone show) that they did on Reva finding out she had breast cancer. And I was like, ‘Wow. I can’t imagine not fighting that story today. But it ended up being written beautifully.”

Share your well-wishes to Kim on her recent medical battle with breast cancer below and check out the livestream below of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer.

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The Young and the Restless Eileen Davidson to Chat Live on Ashley’s Alters Storyline

Fans of CBS daytime’s The Young and the Restless have been watching Ashley Abbott’s (Eileen Davidson) psyche split into multiple personalities. The trouble all started months ago over an argument with Tucker (Trevor St. John) and a flashback to a tragic car accident years ago.

Now Ashley is not herself.  She at times is either Ash, Ms. Abbott or the flamboyant Belle. Although her friend and psychiatrist from Paris, Alan Laurent (Christopher Cousins) has come to Genoa City at the urging of the Abbott family, he has been taking his time assessing Ashley and her behavior.

Looks like Ashley’s alter may be hell-bent on murdering Tucker during her mental anguish as the storyline takes even more twists and turns in upcoming episodes ahead.

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Coming up, next week on May 21st beginning at 2pm ET/11am PT, Eileen Davidson will chat live with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel and discuss taking on this storyline in a storied career which has already see Eileen take home two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on both Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

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Let us know what you think of Eileen’s performances thus far and what you think the next wrinkle in Ashley’s alters storyline will be via the comment section below.  And make sure to be with us on May 21!


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Breaking News

Patrick Mulcahey OUT as General Hospital Co-Head Writer

After various reports surfaced, it has been confirmed that Patrick Mulcahey is out as the co-head writer of General Hospital. This is after a very short tenure of under five months.

Mulcahey was named to the position back in January of 2024 along with longtime GH writer Elizabeth Korte. They replaced the team of Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, who had been the head scribes of the long-running ABC daytime drama since 2019.

A source informed Soap Opera Digest that stories created by the co-head writing team of  Mulcahey/Korte team will air through mid-summer. However they added “There will be more news to share at a later date as to the composition of the new writing team.”

In addition, eagle-eyed soap fans have seen that in recent episodes former co-head writer, Chris Van Etten has been credited, as he is reportedly a breakdown writer with the show.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Korte has assumed the head writing duties solely on her own at the moment, while Buzz blog initially reported Mulcahey’s exit.

We will have more on the GH writing team evolution in the days ahead.

What do you think about the writing team changes at GH thus far? Comment below.

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