Jerry Douglas On Michael Muhney Firing Scandal: 'He Would Just Blow Up In The Middle of a Scene' - Soap Opera Network
News

Monty Brinton/CBS

Monty Brinton/CBS

Following ‘s interview with Radar Online, has also spoken out on ‘s firing from “” and the subsequent scandal surrounding said firing. “I think Bill Bell [“Y&R” creator] would be turning in his grave,” the actor tells RumorFix.com in an interview published today.

Portraying the ghost of John Abbott on the soap, Douglas says, “[Muhney] was very respectful with me telling me how much he admired my word [Editor’s Note: RumorFix used “word” when it likely meant “work”] and all of those nice compliments.”

Backing Braeden’s statements on the behind the scenes battles with Muhney, who portrays Adam Newman on the series, Douglas adds, “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.”

Commenting on the situation surrounding allegations that Muhney groped the breasts of co-star , Douglas notes, “[Hunter] is an adorable girl… To do a thing like that to a woman is despicable and unacceptable. It’s sad.”

For more from Douglas’s interview with RumorFix, click here.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Comment Below...
  • Fred

    The smear campaign continues. CBS has stated that this is only a rumor. To ruin a man’s reputation & family over bruised egos & jealousy behind the scenes is unthinkable. Seems this smear campaign began with Muhney’s “Outstanding Lead Actor” Emmy nomination. The crew is acting like children.

  • RedRiver38

    This continual bashing of Michael Muhney by Y&R’s cast isn’t doing the show a bit of good. It’s called piling on and beginning to look orchestrated. So now we see that the entire cast hated him, with the exception of Sharon Case. No wonder Muhney reacted the way he did. If I worked in that kind of hostile environment, I’d be miserable too. Well-played Jerry, well-played.

    • Heather

      Or maybe it was a hostile environment because Muhney is an egotistical jerk. Do you honestly believe that EVERY SINGLE PERSON except Sharon Case is some sort of vindictive ass who irrationally hates Muhney? Does it not occur to you that MAYBE, just MAYBE, if that many people hated him, the problem might be WITH HIM?

      • RedRiver38

        Perhaps, but why did they offer him a new two year contract extension last year? It doesn’t add up. None of it does. Now it’s a rush to hate. It’s all very odd to me.

        • Chipsie

          They give someone an extended contract because they are extremely talented. Unfortunately they have to fire someone if there is cause to believe the accusations are true. They have no choice. CBS could be in big trouble if they allow stuff like that and ignore so serious a complaint. First they are about money, but the law supercedes that.

    • Chipsie

      If you think of your own work situations in life, you may acknowlege that when an entire company turns against even a very talented person, it’s because there is good reason for that to happen. When you also find out the same happened at a previous show he worked on a picture emerges you can’t deny.

  • Meg Reddekopp

    SINCE HE DOESN’ REALIZE THAT THE RUMOR ABOUT MM GROPPING HK WAS A LIE,I DON’T TAKE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY SERIOUS,ERIC IS TOO PARANOID TO LISTEN TO .THINKING MM TOLD NELSON THAT HE HAD MAURA FIRED, WHEN HE DID NOT,AND NEL NEVER SAID ERIC HAD MAURA FIRED.HE WAS TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE,NOTHING TO DO WITH MICHAEL.WHY WOULD JERRY LISTEN TO ERIC WHEN HE SAYS MM SHOULD SHUT UP ,WHEN ALL MM SAID WAS IF THEY HAD HAD DISAGREEMENTS FOR HIM IT WAS HISTORY ,,,MEANING OVER WITH .I’M DONE JAN 30TH

    • Theonlysanepersonintheworld

      turn. the. caps. lock. off.

  • Cathy Thomasson

    And….maybe just maybe the reason Michael may have “blown up in the middle of a scene” was because Eric Braeden wouldn’t know his lines and would improvise too much, throwing MM off?!!! And, maybe MM was treated badly by EB with life imitating art/soap in that instance?!!

  • No.Mo.B.O.

    Hmm, first the old goat bashes MM, now the old ghost chimes in like their Depends are in a wad. They’re just jealous of Michael’s talent and youth.

    • Bexx

      That talented and youthful person doesn’t have a job anymore. That’s what happens when you’re an egotistical ass. You run nothing having only given 5 years of your life to a soap.

      • No.Mo.B.O.

        Bull

        • Bexx

          Oh, is the egotistical ass still there?

    • Debbie

      I don’t see why Jerry would be jealous of Michael. That doesn’t even make sense to me. It’s sad that you are so “in love” with Michael that you can’t see past the fact that he probably did this.

      • Chipsie

        Thanks for your post Debbie. Some of these blind supporters of MM sound like women who would let themselves be abused rather than see the truth about what is in front of them.

        • Debbie

          You’re welcome Chipise, I’m just so tired of hearing all the whining that is going about not watching the show anymore once Michael is gone, it’s ridiculous for grown women to be acting this way. It is a soap and he is a man that that does a great job playing Michael but that doesn’t mean someone else can’t play the part also. Actors come and go, get over it!! Grow Up!!! He’s not God, he is an actor.

  • Tana

    If I had studied my lines and someone that worked opposite of me, changed the lines while the cameras were rolling, I would be upset too. That’s not ad libbing that is antagonizing someone. Sounds like one old pro is trying to make another actor look bad.

    • Donna Bertram Petrosino

      I totally agree with you Tana……

    • Chipsie

      Some people really seem to have no sense of right and wrong. And I mean you! It’s one things to change lines. It’s another to molest someone you’re working with which is illiegal for good reasons. I hope the guy is innocent, but certainly he hasn’t mentioned it if he is, in fact he has only said “this is all on me.” Being brilliant, or even being talented at something is not an excuse to break the law. Surely if it were your sister or daughter making such an uncomfortable accusation you would be concerned that she be protected.

      • Tana

        You are “assuming” that the rumor is true. I was commenting on someone changing the lines that were written for them, not on an unfounded rumor. As far as Michael not speaking up. It has been said, that he has been ordered by CBS not to. He shouldn’t waste words on people that don’t deserve them anyway. Sometimes, the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.. Too bad his fellow actors haven’t done the same.

  • Andrew Hass

    I have no problem with the Y&R actors coming to Hunter KIng’s defense and been on her side.However maybe they shouldn’t bash Michael Muhney so much because the show may want this to blow over and not have people commenting about it.Eventually Michael may have to make a statement about what happened.If he didn’t grope Hunter King then he needs to deny it and try to get people on his side.Now maybe people in his camp are urging him not to say anything right now but that can’t last forever.

    • Bexx

      If he hasn’t outright denied the claims yet, he isn’t going to.

    • Debbie

      He sure didn’t have a problem speaking of his firing. It’s not a time for him to be quiet now. He needs to speak up for everyone’s sake and I don’t mean our (the fans of the show) because it has nothing to do with us, but for Hunter’s sake and his family’s sake. By not defending himself it just makes him look guilty, in my opinion.

  • Feistsyoldbroad

    zzzz, he bores me to tears Actually the show is really boring lately and minus Michael Muhney & Billy miller it’s not worth watching. I predict a a new talk show folks!

    • Bexx

      Then off you go!

  • Donna Bertram Petrosino

    Stop all the insanity already. This he said she said is crap !!!!! Grow the hell up CBS and Y&R and TPTB !!!!!!!! I am soooo done with all this kindergarten nonsense that I am tuning out after Michael exits the end of the month. BYE BYE Y&R !!!! Team Muhney all the way…..

    • Bexx

      You are too old to be spouting the team nonsense. Find a hobby, or a worthy cause to focus on in your obvious free time.

    • Chipsie

      Why would Y&R, CBS or the TPTB want the guy gone? Apparently they did not and surely he has made money for the show. However, you can’t be breaking the law and molesting others no matter how talented you are. If the guy is innocent, why doesn’t he say so? And if he is, I hope his name will be cleared.

  • Bexx

    Careful Mr. Douglas those rabid fan-girls might target you next.

  • Eva Doucette

    It’s time to stop all this rumor as I’m Michael fan all the way , along with many Canadian , and all I’m saying is watch your ratings go down , down . When Michael gets his job back we might watch , right now I never open my television to watch Y&R as I can’t stand what your doing to MM and a lot of our favorite actors . The show will never be the same as we were looking forward to seeing Michael reunite with his family .. Now the soap is dead to me after 35 or more years of watching every day that it was on . No MM no more Y&R sorry ,your lost .. Thank you ..

    • Bexx

      He’s not coming back. Get over it! Y&R is not the Muhney show, they have other fans who watch for other people.

      • Susan

        You’re right, it’s not going to be the anything show soon…

        • Bexx

          Muhney was on the show for 5 years, Y&R has been at number 1 for 25 years. Time for you to wake up, and realize you aren’t speaking for the majority of soap viewers.

    • Debbie

      Oh come on, grow up! He’s a character on a show. If you don’t like him being fired then by all means don’t watch but I don’t think this is going to hurt Y & R, there are plenty of us still loving the show. We will get used to another Adam just as we got used to Jack when he was replaced and just as we will get used to the new/old Billy and the new Phyllis etc. I don’t think the Canadian viewers really have an effect on the ratings in America.

    • Chipsie

      Does this mean you don’t care who might be hurt or who breaks a law, as long as you’re entertained? Yes, the guy is an incredible actor, but then there is something else called “reality”. Being extremely talented is not a pass to do wrong, and if he is innocent we shall hope his name will be cleared.

  • Darryl Tresore

    SHAME on you ! You are all jealous because he is BETTER than all of you in everything he does. I am done with Y&R. VIVA #TeamMuhney

    • Debbie

      I don’t think Jerry is jealous of Michael at all, he’s just stating the facts. So you are done with Y & R, goodbye, you really won’t be missed, there are still plenty of us left that will stay with the show.

  • Roberta Stark

    I posted that exact comment somewhere last week…if Bill Sr.l 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 ever got into it again. That was all it took for them to never go there again.
    John Abbott was killed off, so Jerry doesn’t have to be concerned with retribution other than never having a recurring role on Y&R again. But what do you expect him to say, he works for CBS!

    Winners of People’s Choice Awards said it best this past week, “I have to thank the fans for giving me the opportunity to do what I love.” It’s the fans who have made Y&R the #1 soap for the past 25 years. This scandal is dividing the cast and the fans. And if enough of the fans hold true to boycotting Y&R after Jan 30th, you very well may see the death of Y&R.

    I for one, have been a fan since the show’s inception. I have invested 3/4 of my life making Y&R a daily part of my life. Some of us idolize the actors/characters. And with so many of them coming out with their ugly tweets and comments, it is changing how we feel about the entire show. It would be best if the cast members remained impartial, at least publicly. Attacking fans who have idolized them is not going to help them keep their job! If I were an actor on that show, I’d start looking for another job for I truly feel its days are numbered.

    It was not an easy decision for me to decide to cease from watching Y&R after Jan. 30th. It started with the firing of MM a week before Christmas and now with the way the scandal has been mishandled, the rumors, the cast coming out and scolding fans and back-biting other cast members…..well I can’t watch this show anymore knowing how ugly that actor has been to the fans when we’re the reason he even has a job! You want to talk about egos, the cast members who are speaking out taunting disgusted fans who are professing to stop watching, well we’ll see how much of an ego they have when the ratings plummet and they’re facing unemployment. I guess we’ll have to hide, watch and see how this scandal plays out and affects the existence of Y&R!

    • Bexx

      If you are idolizing fictional characters, and actors you do now you, you seriously have bigger issues than Muhney being fired. It’s amazing you have the audacity to say the cast are coming out with ugly tweets, yet no mention of the deplorable things being said towards Hunter from Muhney supporters. Hoping she is raped, murdered, calling her a wh*re. Where is your outrage? As a women shouldn’t you be defending a women being treated like this, especially a young 20 year old girl?

      And FYI the cast is NOT divided, they seem to be supporting the actual victim. They aren’t in danger of losing their jobs, they aren’t running around grouping women, or acting like a egomaniac.

      Only Jerry and Eric have mentioned any past dealings with Muhney. If you expect Sony to give you answers you’ve got another thing coming. I doubt Sony is going to discuss private employee matters with you. If you want answers, ask your idol. Tell him to publicly set the record straight once and for all. Good riddance to ‘fans’ like you I say.

      • Chipsie

        great post! I have been saddened and a little shocked by fans who really have so much invested in a fictional character (and some trouble apparently in detaching the actor from the character or to put it another way, reality from fiction) that they have no concern with what is right and wrong.

        • Bexx

          I just don’t understand how his fans can say they don’t believe the rumor, yet still feel compelled to trash an innocent girl in the manner they have. They know the character he plays on TV, not the man.

    • Debbie

      I don’t think they are attacking any one, just taking up for Hunter. Some people are being really mean and saying some unnecessary things and that is the ones they are talking to. Michael needs to speak up if he is innocent, it’s the only way to put this thing to rest. I too have watched this show from day one and I still love the show and the firing of one actor is not going to change that especially if he deserved it.

  • regina popstein

    when jerry douglas was on the show as jack, ashley and traci father it was a good part, but Jerry you have more or less been off this show for sometime just returning as a dead man, which I find strange why doesnt Jack ever say where are you Dad after all you are dead,(strange part) as far as Eric Braeden being old pro, maybe you said it best yes he is a OLD PRO and new young blood like Michael is needed. I believe Eric didnt like Michael because he would speak up to him and that is something Eric isnt use too. It is time for the old pro to hand in is acting papers for someone like Michael, No one would ever miss Eric (Victor ) if he was off. But you can see what is happening taking Michael off.. Jeanne Cooper died, Michele left, they killed the little girl delia off now Adam who I love is going jan 30th and the worst of all is ADAM (MICHAEL) GOING ALL WITH ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF HIS LIFE ON THE SHOW..How many main actors get fired off a show, when there character is the top actor of the whole show, No one matters but him. I turn in everyday to see what Adams does next, now it is just gone and so is the show

    • Bexx

      You are no longer a viewer, therefore your opinion no longer matters. Goodbye.

    • Debbie

      If Michael didn’t do this then he needs to speak up about it. I like the character of Adam but everyday something new comes out that make me believe he did this. He is good but he doesn’t make the show, he is replaceable just like anyone else on the show. The only thing I agree with you about is I wouldn’t miss Victor’s character but that i) never thought he could do something like this. I see no reason why Jerry would lie about what he saw. Open your eyes and look at the facts and quit crying because someone messed up on his own.

  • RedRiver38

    Gee Jerry, can you run in-front of the cameras fast enough? This guy doesn’t even work with Michael Muhney and he’s bashing him. These Y&R hack actors are as disgusting as the rumors about them all of these years. What a despicable group of phonies.