Maria Arena Bell Opens Up About Michael Muhney's Departure on 'Y&R'


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In Soap Opera Digest’s reporting on the firing of as Adam Newman on “,” in its January 13, 2014 issue, the magazine included a quote from former executive producer and head writer, . In the piece, Bell, who hired Muhney back in 2009, is quoted as saying, “Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman, and his and Sharon’s [] was a great dark love story. Sadly, that story was seriously derailed in the last year, so I am not surprised that the show would look for a solution to their problematic storytelling decisions. It will be a tough role to recast.”

As previously reported, in an interview with , Muhney revealed that the show may seek to recast the role shortly after his departure. “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 last airs on Thursday, January 30.

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  • Bexx

    She was a mess when she was there. I’m looking forward to a recast.

  • Chappy Quiddick

    This story contains absolutely ZERO news value. What’s the point? There is a story about this that isn’t being told and hopefully someday soon someone will have the guts to tell it.

  • bella318

    Honestly without michael the show will be zilch, so killing his character off would be better than recasting it because michael is adam newman and noone I mean no one will ever tske hos place, so you go ahead Jill farren phelps because your time will come.

  • Janey

    This show is going down the tubes and losing several key actors in a short period of time isn’t helping, nor is rekindling Nick and Sharon- OH PUKE. Especially in light of what she did with Summer and Phyllis. What is it with Bell and the recycled storylines. This show and B&B. Get new writers instead of letting good actors go.