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Jerry Douglas Weighs-In On Y&R Scandal Citing: "I Think Bill Bell Would Be Turning Over In His Grave!"

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

And it’s the story that just keeps on giving, unfortunately!  Now longtime soap veteran, Jerry Douglas, who currently plays the ghost of his former Genoa City patriarch, John Abbott, weighed-in on the dismissal of Michael Muhney as Adam Newman from The Young and the Restless!

In an interview with Rumor Fix, Douglas starts off by saying the beloved creator and head writer of the number one soap opera, Bill Bell would be,”turning over in his grave” over the behind the scenes drama that has played out all over social media!

Douglas went on to say about Muhney’s setside behavior:  “I watched him work a couple of scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) and there were a lot of battles that went on there that were unnecessary. Eric is an old pro and does good work. This guy seemed to be high strung and emotional.  He would just blow up in the middle of the scene for things that aren’t that important. Eric told me this (heated arguments) has been going on for a long time … I know the producer has had meetings with him because I saw Michael walking out looking upset.”

The veteran actor went on to say about Muhney: ” Sony and the producers showed tremendous patience by not firing him long ago.”

So, now with Douglas coming speaking out, what do you think about what he has to say about Michael Muhney and Bill Bell?  Does he bring valid point to the discussion?  Or, do you think its just an attempt by Douglas for some PR?  Comment below!

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jb44
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jb44

I think everyone associated with Y&R needs to keep quiet. So far, Michael Muhney (through his tweet) and Hunter King (by not responding at all) have shown class. I no longer have any respect for the cast members who have made negative remarks regarding the situation. As far as I am concerned, they should not have gone public with their opinions.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I feel just the opposite. They are, as you said, cast members. It effects their show, possibly their ratings…and some may feel the injustice being perpetrated against the young actress. If indeed Muhney did this…and they’re either sure of it because they witnessed it…believe her because he’s a bit unsavory behind the scenes…then I think they have every right to jump to her defense. She may not be speaking because she was advised not to…but that doesn’t mean that her castmates don’t feel protective or the urge to set the record straight. I commend them for putting themselves out there… Read more »

jb44
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jb44

When I was sixteen, I experienced the same thing as Hunter. I did not want everyone knowing about it and especially making comments. Also, whoever “leaked” this story, should be ashamed of themselves. It was a private matter that concerned only Hunter, Michael and their employer. Now it has become everyone’s business. This is so unfortunate, especially since we have only heard one side of the story.

jb44
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jb44

I should clarify my comments. I do not mean to imply that the “story” is true. We have no actual facts regarding the matter.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

No one knows what happened and irregardless of your longevity and respect on a show none of these cast members need to weigh in with these cryptic posts/news stories and so on. If they are trying to make MM look bad they are only achieving the opposite by spouting off their opinions on a case that is clearly headed to litigation. MM is the wise guy here for real. Keep quiet till time to speak.

Line
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Line

I agree with rebecca1.
Those still in the show are going to want to saty in the show, so obviously none of them will say anything against their boss. It’s fear to lose their jobs that get them talking.

Even if it were true MM argued a lot with Eric, who is to say he didn’t have good reason? We will never know the truth.

MM is an important and great actor on the show. To let him go was a humongous mistake.

dawn norton
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dawn norton

Agreed…love eric braeden, but they finally have a replacement down the road to fill his shoes..cant say that about anyone else there..including Nick…whom I love, but is actor has a soft side, unlike Micheal…they should have nipped in the bud…long ago….Even the Hunter issue…..

Steven
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Steven

Didn’t Jill Phelps bring Hunter from Hollywood Heights along with the other two recently hired actors. Not saying I know this for a fact but maybe this was Jill’s way of getting rid of MM. They are all actors remember. Also this isn’t the first actor that Eric B has had issues with on the set. He and Peter B got into a fist fight years ago. I think Eric thinks he is really Victor, I wish Y&R would loss both of them.

Line
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Line

My mistake – I agree with jb44. Got mixed up from cell phone being small screen. Lol

Gracie Noble
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Gracie Noble

I wish people would pay more attention to what the cast members have actually said rather than read what they think is being said into their statements. With Mr. Douglas, for example, he referenced a long-standing problem related to MM’s “high strung and emotional” behavior. Same with MTS and EB. None has said a word about groping or a young actress being involved. That was a rumor from an anonymous source who everybody ASSUMED they knew to be the author. I’ve got no dog in this hunt either way, but I’m astounded at how thousands have weighed in on this… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

@ Gracie Please go read Lynda Hirsch column she is out of Cleveland, Ohio and she has been doing this forever when my husband and I lived in Cleveland for four years she was your go to gal. Trust me I may not always agree with her but she is an honest woman she knows how this works.

Fred
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Fred

These cast members are only speaking up to get the free publicity and the spotlight on themselves. Jerry Douglas will of course stick up for good ole boy buddy EB. He knows whos really in charge of the show, GRAMBO Braeden! This entire mess reminds me of the movie Soap Dish.

Gracie Noble
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Gracie Noble

To k/kay: I don’t doubt for a minute that Lynda Hirsch is a great columnist. The same could be said of Nelson Branco, out of Toronto, and he, too, has an inside track within the Y&R organization. He has a very different slant on the situation than Lydia. That’s the problem. Everybody has an opinion. I just suggested that people listen only to the words of those who have actually been on-set and witnessed what was going on. They are the key to understanding what the truth. Everybody else is just guessing.

Gracie Noble
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Gracie Noble

Oops, my bad. I meant Lynda, not Lydia. By the way, I did go read what she had to say, but I didn’t see anything new. She seemed to only rehash what everyone else has. No offense meant, it’s just that I was disappointed.

Luke
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Luke

Jerry Douglas is 81 years old, he doesn’t need PR as he is a daytime legend – I liked his comments much more than EB’s puffed up bloviating, and he doesn’t seem to have to wait ten years to bother remembering the names of people – his comments were classy, quick and to the point, and unlike EB he doesn’t seem to have an axe to grind, he is just stating the truth as he saw it – I also agree about Bill Bell turning over in his grave – I have been watching TV for over 50 years and… Read more »

Jo Saponare
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Jo Saponare

Totally agree & I’ve been watching long like you.

Allison
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Allison

Luke well said !!! Pretty much exactly what I feel!!
Jerry Douglas a very classy man with no ax to grind
Who absolutely needs no pr was calling it as he sees it and did so in a very
Classy way!
More Hollywood actors should follow his lead!

dawn norton
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dawn norton

DITTO….

Marc
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Marc

both. Theres no doubt Michael has a temper . Then again its not unusual to have a blowup with Braeden . This looks like a shameless plug for himself at Michael’s expense though

bren
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bren

personally I think there are TOO MANY OPINIONS being given! this whole situation involved two actors and the PTB, those should be the only ones speaking on the matter. The actors who are screaming at the fans on twitter should SHUT UP, and the fans who are screaming at the actors involved (in favor of or against) should also SHUT UP) I think both parties should either make statements that directly address the issue at hand or they should say NO COMMENT and move on. One party has made a psuedo comment that people are interpreting whichever way suits their… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Bren I want it fully investigated on when these allegations were made I do not believe that she fired him the minute it was made I think she sit on it and I resent the actors speaking out and covering for her. If you get hired to be a leader then be a leader. I am talking about JFP. Little known fact about her she always favors men actors over female.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I think we need an official statement from TPTB and MM, not from other actors on the show that were not directly involved with what transpired. It needs to be put to rest once and for all! CBS and Sony need to set the record straight!

dinah
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dinah

Wow this should stop all the talking about MM

Mo
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Mo

I think it’s obvious that Bell would be upset. I also think if Bell were here, this wouldn’t have happened

Frankly, I think they all need to keep their traps shut. Just adding fuel to the fire unnecessarily.

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

I tend to agree with Jerry Douglas, if this was going on for a long time; as previous stories that had surfaced in the last year or two confirmed; Y&R executes he been more than lenient. It seems the sexual harassment issues were intolerable. That is sad because Muhney was an excellent actor – such behavior can derail his career.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

If he did it you shouldn’t be worried about his career. He deserves whatever downfall he gets…

Jo Saponare
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Jo Saponare

derail his career & his marriage…

su0000
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su0000

Seems to me that Douglas has just created more Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) haters..
We all know MM and EB fought like cats and dogs, and it takes two to tango..
People speaking against Michael will only rile his fans to jump on the hate Eric Braeden ..
I noticed, Douglas and Braeden did not say MM was let go because of any an incident with HK ..

James
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James

I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Braeden on the set of Young And The Restless a few years ago (a friend of mine was good friends with one of the crew members on the show)….and Eric was nothing short of a charming, inviting, classy gentleman. To make a blanket statement like “Douglas has just created more Eric Braeden haters” is just plain silly. I actually like Eric Braeden more now, if that’s even possible, since a seasoned professional has spoke up in his defense.

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

Why bother putting this out…no matter how much these people come foreward and talk about M.M.’s alleged ‘bad boy behavior’ the fans will still come to his defense. Eric and Peter nearly came to blows and neither one was fired, Jeanne Cooper groped and touched but she didnt get fired(but in her case did anyone complain, just asking) a lot of actors arent easy to work with behind the scenes ect. ect. We dont really know M.M. as well as you know his character Adam…he could be Dr. Jekyl one minute and Mr. Hyde the next…who knows maybe he is… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I would suggest you return those samples immediately.

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

But i ate them…i dont think they’d want them back…especially the way they turned out several hours later if you know what i mean…lol

rebecca1
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rebecca1

yep; unfortunately I visualized just what you mean! 😉

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Hi jimh, In the JC situation, the performers involved may have been too scared to complain.

They may have laughed it off as a defense mechanism. Of course, Y&R could have swept it under the rug because she was the matriarch.

I still believe those choices have manifested into what is now happening.

I hope I never here anything like that involving Francis Reid (spelling?). Of course, DAYS ratings would probably hit the stratosphere. It’s a shame good storytelling in front of the camera is trumped by behind the scenes scandals.

Do you here me DAYS?

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Do you hear me DAYS! Create great scandals behind the scenes to go along with the brilliant stories in the show. Ratings gold!!!

k/kay
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k/kay

Yes Mr. Douglas and why did the young woman have to make two complaints and why did they not investigate earlier. I believe that is what I am most concerned about is the lack of leadership for the safety of the cast. How long did JFP sit on these allegations?

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

JFP has not been at Y&R for 40 years.

Harry
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Harry

Huh? And the earth is not flat, what does that have to do with this person’s comment?

k/kay
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k/kay

What does that have to do with anything? These allegations concerning HK went down on her watch.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

The way I understand it, there’s been sexual misconduct going on for many years at Y&R!

Beth
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Beth

AMEN……Finally a veteran of the show makes a comment and all the MM faithful seem to be quiet. He has absolutely no reason to lie, I feel that by saying what he has, he has help the VICTIM so very much. Now PLEASE, let this story die down for all involved.

su0000
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su0000

The MM fans will always be faithful 🙂

The truth has yet to be told the facts to be seen, wait for it..

thrillSeeker
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thrillSeeker

Jerry Douglas’ comments have only kept the fire raging. As each cast member tweets their hate for Mr. Muhney, the backlash against the show only hardens fans on each side of this mess. For the love of God, just keep quiet. This has been going on for nearly a month now. Enough. The lynch mob has seen MM fired and publicly humiliated. His career and family are in shambles. What more is needed? A public execution to satisfy the blood thirsty? Ms King’s reputation is damaged in Hollywood. She is subject to scorn. What more do we need here? Stop… Read more »

jb44
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jb44

Well said!

lisa
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lisa

I have tremendous respect for Jerry Douglas – he has always been one of my Y&R favorites and a class act.
I have no doubt either that Bill Bell would be turning in his grave over these recent events.
I just think this is getting completely out of hand.
Let it be handled behind the scenes and stop all the commentary.

Mbest
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Mbest

I think that IF the stars would stop making comments and if the media would stop reporting everytime one of them sneezes then eventually the fans will calm down.
It seems like that evertime the fire starts to die down someone throws another log and get’s it raging again.

beacon
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beacon

This guy is a shit stirrer. Let’s not forget Jeanne Cooper’s comments about Brenda Dickson’s firing and how ‘unnamed’ actors on Y&R made Brenda’s working life intolerable in her last months and treated her reprehensibly. Michael Fairman has that interview with Jeanne, if you would like to refer back to it for the benefit of your readers.

Patrick
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Patrick

in hindsight… and yes, it’s pretty clear… the cast.. for fear of retribution? wouldn’t dare… speak up about the current production team… ? that is so lacking… that is so remiss… that is so dull… that is producing the most boring product… in 25 years? honest to God… fans be damned… so be it… going to Genoa City is no longer interesting and the longer, TPTB continue this route… it’s a slap in the face and demeaning to “The Fans” and… heck yeah… fans do backpedal… cast changes do come and go… and the writing STINKS… human resources… procedures.. should… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Jerry! They should have never made you a ghost!! You should have married Mamie and lived happily ever after. But she won the Lottery and just took off. with nary a look back. But I do enjoy your scenes with Peter Bergman–I love you playing Jack’s conscience and you do it so well. And no one dresses better than you do. I think you’re a gentleman and perhaps you are using euphemisms when you say that Sony and JFP exercised great patience in delaying the firing of Michael Muhney. If, and I am underling if, he was indeed guilty of… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Not a ghost of a chance!

k/kay
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k/kay

Poor Peter Bergman the old guy comes out saying EB is a pro a pro who assaulted his on screen son and is still looking for fights.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Erica Braeden, huh??? Now that’s funny…LOL!!!!! And true.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Okay lets face facts the kind of behavior Mr Douglas speaks about have been going on for years all across a number of Hollywood sets– it is unprofessional yes, but not hardly shocking. Most production companies have people to handle those kind of situations. Most studios have major money invested in whatever show they are filming so keeping the talent happy and in line is a common practice even going back to early days. So if they really wanted him gone for that behavior they would not renewed his contract last April. I agreed with others that said it’s time… Read more »

randy
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randy

im sorry but the media and yes that includes you too micheal fairman are just adding fuel to the fire with all these stupid statements,,i use to love your interviews but this is the last time i read anything by you,,shame on you,,,

DjLevel9
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DjLevel9

Michael Lied other cast member will now speak up and come forward there not gonna Lie And thats Sexual Harrasment to wards Hunter And Michael brushes it as she was Into HIm And Michael thinks this is Funny Gets His twitter friends To back it Up .

Tanja
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Tanja

As a psychologist I can’t help but wonder if a psych eval on muhney would be beneficial. He is very talented but does display certain traits of a narcissistic mood disorder. Maybe he should be offered some help and if after treatment be given a second chance. After all, we all deserve one.
🙂

Ed
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Ed

At any job I have ever had, if we were to comment publicly on somebody’s firing to the press or social media, we would get written up or, more likely, fired. I don’t know how the actors of this show can be doing what they’re doing and think it makes them look good. Some seem to be actively celebrating on Twitter. Does CBS/Sony have any kind of Human Resources? My respect for a lot of these actors has dropped.

Chaz
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Chaz

Going out on a limb here….I won’t say I believe or disbelieve the comments made by JD or EB about Muhney’s behavior….but, other than being “highstrung” & “emotional” is it possible that the man has something like bi-polar disorder that is either not being treated or he is not taking medication for if prescribed? NOT trying to start another rumor…just looking for a plausible explanation for his behavior…if it is as what has been said (including MAB’s statements).

Or, perhaps he was just frustrated by his co-workers “phoning it in”?

Synnoveah Cooke
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Synnoveah Cooke

I look at it more as if Hunter were my own daughter. What would I want then. I don’t care who is doing the groping, an 85 yr old woman vs a young man? It is still sexual harassment. I can see why she hasn’t gotten on the comment thing. It’s embarrassing. I think Michael is a good actor, but if this did happen, then he should have been fired. If not, then truth will out.

Ron Hale
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Ron Hale

I believe there is two sides to every story, and to correct a previous poster, Jerry Douglas is still employed by Y & R as a reacurring character’s ghost. I do believe that Eric is an ass and assaulted Peter Bergman & Mathew Muhney and was never fired for either but Mr. Muhney is accused and presumed guilty, is that fair ??? I do not like the current management of JFP & the writing is horrible and I’m finding the show boring, most likely will stop watching because all my favorite actors are leaving or getting fired.

Ron Hale
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Ron Hale

Michael Muhney , sorry for the autocorrect incorrect name.

Dan
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Dan

Braeden can be difficult (we all know that)..but I KNOW that wherever “JFP” (Darling that she is,and hated by many) is..and every show she has wrangled her way into,has turned to discension,and catastrpohy with firings,and storyline problems.She has a name unprecedented in the industry. I can only imagine if Jeanne Cooper were still around how this will have played out. I have never met “MM”, so I can’t make a comment about him. Y&R is really boring. But,really,after 40 years,where do You go with “story” material. “JFP” is going to put the ax right in it. And, in my humble… Read more »

Truth4Life
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Truth4Life

Jerry Douglas has never shared a scene with Michael Muhney. His nasty comments about MM’s work should have remained with him. Each actor is different and he didn’t know the context of MM’s method. It was an unprofessional jab to take and the low road to kick someone they don’t know. Very disappointing and an obvious attempt to make his old friend Eric Braeden look good. I guess these guys think the fans are really dumb.

Roberta Stark
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Roberta Stark

I posted that exact comment somewhere last week…if Bill Sr. could see what’s happening to his creation, he’d be turning summer salts in his grave. Would have been nice though, if Jerry hadn’t jumped on the band wagon to trash Michael Muhney. I’m tired of everyone speculating and give the fans facts. I want to hear from TPTB the REAL reason MM was fired and if it was for his attitude, then what steps were taking to correct that before he was fired. Just like Bill Sr. warned Braeden & Bergman what would happen to BOTH OF THEM if they… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…the cast coming out and scolding fans and back-biting other cast members…..well I cannot watch this show anymore knowing how ugly that actors have been to the fans when we’re the reason they even has a job!” Cheers! this really irks me… and nonpluses the cast can press release… how #1 they are the cast can … press their “nu” team player stance.. all they want the cast can fight JFP battles you bet… i’m divided.. and I NO LONGER HAVE the heart… to keep up with Y&R it’s unwatchable…. YEAR 2013… will go down .. for US FANS.. as… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

and… notwithstanding… the cherished… Jeanne Cooper

The fans… in your face… JFP… has gone with her

Fred
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Fred

There is an original rumor monger. She/he posted the same comment word for word on several soap boards. Michael Fairman, maybe you can get someone to track down the identity of the person who started this whole groping rumor slander.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Jill Phelps is doing irreparable damage to Y&R and Sony or Cbs better step in real quick…

Lew S
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Lew S

I am putting this to bed. What happened is unfortunate for everyone. If the allegations are true against MM, then I believe the actor should be viewed differently from the character. We can love a character on a series and believe the actor is the same off the set. I am sure that is not always the case. Blind devotion is dangerous and before we cast down another without the actual facts, we are doing a great injustice to the possible injured party. I pray for healing for all those involved.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

This entire situation is a PR nightmare! The network, Sony, or someone needs to release a revised statement. Where are the PR pros? We learned of the cancellation of online AMC not from Prospect Park, but from stars Debbi Morgan & Cady McClain. Now, we have all these Y&R cast members and personnel — both past AND present — weighing in on this situation. Jill Farren Phelps, in addition to being inept, is now a coward for letting this whole thing twist in the wind. At the very least, the services of a PR crisis agency should have been retained.

Red Rivers
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Red Rivers

Jerry Douglas’ piling on against Michael Muhney screams “Look over here, I’m still around!” He added nothing to the story. Why must these actors act like children.

Alfred Hitchcock had it right: “I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”

Jazmin
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Jazmin

Wait! So your trashing Muhney in this interview and then yesterday you’re taking to twitter asking for fans to tweet Jill Farren Phelps to plead your case to keep your character on Y&R?? Because apparently, the writers don’t want to use you and your character anymore? Whoa…not on your life John! Karma’s a great thing huh?! You trash talk your fellow actors in an interview – don’t expect fans to back you now in your dilemma! You owe MM an apology. He’s never stabbed you in the back in an interview. It’s called mutual respect! Respect is a 2 way… Read more »

dbrown
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dbrown

While I respect the opinion of a veteran actor like Mr. Douglas, Mr. Muhney did bring a certain spark to Y&R.

I can stop watching for 10 yrs and pick right back up due to familiar characters like Eric Braedon.

I wish everyone all the best on the show and look forward to watching Michael Muhney play other characters in future projects.

Maria
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Maria

Why is it that dead people get to talk?

Maryal
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Maryal

Seems a shame MM got off the show for allegedly giving a grop to summer. Not accredit proof that he did anything to summer. What a Jeanne cooper she was a well know grouper of men’s junk…was she ever called in or suspended…hell no she continue her little game with whatever young buck shre choose Joshua morrow was a victim many times…the real story belongs to the rift with Eric B. Just wanted him gone anyway they could stage it…Michael Muhley was losing his job but Jill phelps wanted to be happy. One a page brought a package to Eric… Read more »

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

Photo: JPI

While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

Photo: JPI

In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

Photo: Getty

According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

Photo: New Mexican

The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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