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Maria Arena Bell's Farewell Message On Her Ousting at Y&R, "I was not give a reason, and in fact I have heard nothing from Sony or CBS!"

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Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

“As the Dust Settles”, could be the name of the soap within the soap with all the back stage drama unfolding at Y&R this week.  As fans know, yesterday it became official that Maria Arena Bell was let-go in both her capacities, executive producer and head writer.  In her place comes Jill Farren Phelps as EP and Josh Griffith as head writer.   Bell took to her facebook page to let her initial feelings be read by fans of the series, and her colleagues.  Below is what she had to say citing she was “mystified” at the decision and that no one at Sony or CBS gave her a reason why she was being terminated in both positions.

Maria Arena Bell :  “So it was announced today I am leaving Y and R. .. the show I have loved so much for so long.   It is the legacy of my father in law… my mother in law… and all the Bells. The show has been my heart and soul. I loved working with the most talented writers in TV who were also the most wonderful human beings I know. T hey became a second family and my best friends.  I loved the cast and crew. I am extremely sad to go because there are more stories I could have told.  So much more I wanted to do.   My ratings are strong… each week stronger than last year. T  he show is in a great place creatively. We are number one by the greatest margin in the show’s history and have been consistently while I’ve been there.  Under no one else’s tenure as head writer exec producer have we won every demographic for so long. I am just shy of five years at the helm. I t has been an amazing ride.  So why am I leaving? I am mystified as are my cast and crew. “There have been a lot of tears shed in the last few days… by me and by my loyal staff and by our iconic actors,” she continues. “I was not given a reason and in fact I have heard nothing from Sony or CBS.

They sent me a message through my husband Bill who had the terrible job of conveying that they’d gone around him and were letting me go. I fought hard for my vision and to keep the show on track with the characters that matter to the audience. Maybe I fought too hard. But I am glad I did. I never compromised on what I believed in. I never dumbed down the storytelling. I walked in the door at Y and R in 1988… as a young writer getting her first job. Today I leave there knowing it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love you Y and R. Your story was my life story too. And to Victor… Nikki… Jack… and Kay… I will miss you.”

So soapers and Y&R fans, what do you think about Maria’s farewell message?  Let us know your thoughts after reviewing her comments!

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kay/kay
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kay/kay

Well if their were tears out of Sharon Case they were tears of joy what you and that hack Hammner did to her character is criminal!!!

Avelina loves Santorini Greece
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Avelina loves Santorini Greece

I love your comment. I agree 110%. Sharons character was DUMBED DOWN for the sake of that awful Chelsea and that bhorrific Chadam pairing.

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

Perfect comment “kay/kay”! I still get upset thinking about what they did to Sharon.

Catherine Hickland
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Catherine Hickland

I did find it odd that during the Emmy broadcast she spoke about how she felt like she was being constantly chased down by the “Indiana Jones ” rock rolling behind her back. In other words, there’s a lot of pressure on her. However, I did not hear her mention all of the other writers, actors, crew, office staff and producers who also had the ball rolling behind them. Soaps are an intense collaborative effort, and to not acknowledge the people who are holding you up, bothered me no end.

Adam
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Adam

Good ridden’s -she was awful!

Bridget
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Bridget

Well, I am glad she’s gone. I know a lot of fans are as well that have expressed how unhappy they have been with the writing. Case in point, the character of Sharon Newman. She has distroyed the integrity of that character. She also writers plot driven stories rather then character driven stories. I for one am glad she is out. Maybe Y&R can finally get back to the show it once was.

toscanti
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toscanti

Glad she is gone, hope JFP comes in humble with the veterans. She can be a monster when it comes to the vets. Time will tell!!!!!!

Christine
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Christine

Maybe Maria Arena Bell should go look for a job on THE CHEW because she sure sounds a lot like that Carla girl whose comments received over 150 replies (on this website) to her craziness and delusion.

James
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James

You can tell this woman is very full of herself.

Jared
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Jared

OMG, MAB is totally delusional. Never dumbed down the storytelling? Biggest margin in the show’s history? Over the past 5 years, there has been little to no positive feedback about anything about Y&R. As far as I am concerned, MAB picked up the torch of destruction where LML left off, and unfortunately for all of us decades-long Y&R fans, JFP is going to be the final nail in the coffin. I am saddened that Sony had this opportunity to right some wrongs and hire some new creative talent to run this show, someone who understands the show’s history and the… Read more »

O
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O

I see Maria going to Y&R’s sister show the Bold 3 Show JFP was the beginning of the end of Guiding Light

Blake
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Blake

Maybe now the show has a chance of being as good as it used to be!

Thomas_1955
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Thomas_1955

You must be kidding, clearly you have no idea what JFP is about…

gloria
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gloria

Well, she was “mystified” & had no idea what was happening etc. How did Melody Thomas Scott feel last year when she was just sent home & never heard a word from anyone about HER status? Shoe’s on the other foot, huh Maria?

Appleridge
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Appleridge

Actually YR has lost viewers since last year just becaus e your #1 doesnt your not bleeding viewers. Later MAB

Tom
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Tom

MAB is something of an enigma. When she first showed up, fans loved her–she fixed the Katherine/Jill/Cane mess, brought Ashley back to the show, and most of the actors had nothing but good things to say about her. And she seemed, honestly, to be a nice woman who stopped listening to fans and paying attention to the ratings. How could she not see that the show bled over a million viewers? I don’t understand what went wrong, but now we’ll all get a chance to see a true hack, JFP, at work. Has anyone heard if Hogan Sheffer will still… Read more »

david
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david

Who cares……………..

kalamaty
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kalamaty

You haters can suck it! Try to argue the incredible stats that she named off in her message above. I loved the storylines during her tenure at Y&R and am hoping that the show will continue to be the template that all others aspire to be under someone else’s creative vision. Thank you, Maria!

Bart
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Bart

Not much for quality in your viewing pleasure, eh Kalamaty??

Perhaps a floating plastic grocery bag in the distance is considered entertainment by your standards…

MAB was a hack – she decimated many a character with preposterous situations (death by volcano; Ashley carrying her unborn dead fetus; Angelo & Angelina;) and worse yet, she retconned many classic Bill Bell tales by SORAS’ing characters’ offspring to the point where the timelines made no sense!!

The evil is gone – let’s see how this plays out – the masses have spoken!!

Scott
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Scott

Oh boo hoo. I don’t feel sympathy for her at all. Bye!!!!!

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

Neither do I! They should have gotten rid of her a long time ago. Hopefully, Y & R will improve significantly in her absence.

Scott
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Scott

It should improve. Maria should have been sacked back in 2010. She’s taken a character-driven series and made it all plot, which is not a soap opera, especially a Bell soap.

Colton
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Colton

Hammer is gone, they haven’t said about Sheffer, but I doubt Griffith will want him around.

Colton
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Colton

Sorry *Hamner

jeff
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jeff

THis will kill the show Jill will f it up bad!

Nikki
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Nikki

OMG! FINALLY! This just put me in the best mood! Seriously, Maria Arena Bell is delusional. She was a HORRIFIC head writer. There have been NO compelling storylines within her tenure at Y&R and her talking about the Bell legacy is a JOKE, since she almost ruined her father-in-law’s creation. Hopefully we get some good headwriters now, that know how to entertain an audience, use veteran characters in a way that is a beneficial, and put an end to endless quicky weddings and one-night-stands viewers have been subjected to since MAB came on.

Kevin
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Kevin

This is all devastating news that Sony/CBS appear hell-bent on closing the door once and for all on the brilliant art from that is the dramatic serial. Bill Sr. must be turning over in his grave. The magical, mythical place that is Genoa City, WI, a lush, wonderful, unique escape for 42 minutes every day has been on a tumultuous decline since the control of the ship was handed over in the 2000’s to LML (disastrous) and then MAB (initially promising but ultimately disappointing) right down to the loss of brilliant casting director Marni Saita who never cast anyone for… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

I just want to comment on how beautifully written this ^ was. I truly enjoyed reading this. You should consider freelancing for whatever soap site accepts work like that. Kudos to you! I’m a newer viewer to Y&R since OLTL and AMC were cancelled (I figured I’d pick up another show in solidarity for the genre) and have been both laughing and scratching my head that this mess could possibly pass for #1 of the dramas. In the small window of time I’ve watched, there have been more than a dozen weddings or almost-weddings (I’ve counted!). I have found all… Read more »

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Again, you people are freaks! Just wait and see what happens before you start pressing panic buttons. My God! If there ever was a need for extra “extras” I think they would have no problem…. just come find the histrionics here!

Dolly
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Dolly

I am very disappointed. I do agree that some of the stories were boring, cut short or stayed too long at the forefront. I don’t ike the NEW Sharon. She reminds me of her previous self when she was trying to fit into Nicks world. But at least we had the core cast we have invested time in. Now hearing that Jill Farren Phelps is replacing her is just plain scary. It seems every soap she goes to ends up being canceled. DIdn’t they just replace her on GH? I hope she doesn;t mess with the core cast which I… Read more »

Cindy
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Cindy

This woman was an absolute WITCH to Sharon Case! I hope Sharon is celebrating right now!

kay/kay
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kay/kay

The fact their has been no tweets from any cast members singing MAB’s praises tells me all I need to know but they are also frightened about JFP. But Sharon Case has been destroyed I do not know how you bring her out of this unless complete break down and bring an awesome looking guy on as her shrink. LOL!!

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Also I can not stand the names the so called fans are calling her character like any of this is her fault she must have done something to somebody’s wheaties over there.

June
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June

I am so glad this women is gone thank you Sony she cries that she was never given a reason. well us fans were never given a reason to why she trashed my favorite show. And my favorite character Sharon Newman . I was a loyal watcher from the beginning i no longer watch what Maria has turned into my opinion trash. So long i hope you never write again.

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