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More than eight months since TMZ reported that Michael Muhney had been fired by Sony Pictures Television from his contract role as Adam Newman on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” following allegations of groping a co-star’s breasts, the actor has finally broken his silence!

Shortly after commenting on social media that he was close to reprising his role on the daytime soap, a fan asked Muhney if that meant the rumors surrounding his ouster last year were in fact false. In response, Muhney said, “Yes. It was only a salacious rumor.”

READ MORE: Michael Muhney Reveals He Was Close To Returning to ‘Y&R’

Up until now the actor nor representatives from the show had commented on the allegations that came to light surrounding his firing.

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  • Secret Squirrel

    I’m a MM fan but i’m not sure if I buy what he’s selling. Why fire one of your best and most popular actors because of a “salacious rumor”? My guess is it was the other side to his story that did it.

    • EC

      MM was not fired because of the rumor. The rumor was started on a message board after the firing and was circulated by media with no source or evidence (salaciousness sells!). MM said in his exit interview that he was let go for being too outspoken on set. MM was known for being a perfectionist and would become upset if his cast mates were unprepared for their scenes. Eric Braeden (Victor) confirmed in an interview that he and MM got into arguments and that MM was campaigning to have him fired from the show. I guess producers thought it was best to get rid of MM to reduce the drama (and egos) behind the scenes. What they did not realize is that MM’s firing would cause an uproar and that recasting Adam would be difficult. In 1991, Braeden also had a well known fight with Peter Bergman (Jack). Apparently, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) discussed the issue in her book saying Bergman was going to be fired even though he was not the instigator.

      • Cher

        EC. Your story makes NO sense. If YOU were a business owner… would YOU fire your favorite employee…. your employee who was a “Perfectionist”? If he was SO good & SO loved by fans… wouldn’t you KEEP HIM?? Imagine the horrors he must have committed to actually GET fired? Come ON… USE YOUR BRAIN!!!

        • Herekittiez

          USE YOUR BRAIN? well, let’s start with proof first. When you come up with it, then we’ll discuss using your brain?

        • Priscilla Kennedy

          He was that good, that is a fact. He is loved by fans, that is a fact. JFP didn’t like him, he was a big mouth and was dismissed. If he was harassing people on set, would Sharon Case would still be friends with him? Use your brain…she wouldn’t. But people on that show are not above gossiping and riffing on each other, I have witnessed this on social media a lot with Y & R. Other soaps, not so much. There are powerful people on that show who will try and get others fired

        • Fred

          Cher you act like a big shot in the know when you really know nothing. MM would not lie about this. JFP made him and BM lowball offers so she can say they turned her down so she is free to hire another awful recast. Viewers are tuning out, the show sux without MM BM MS and the old Abby.

        • RedRiver38

          Oh please give it a rest. I’m sick of people who run their mouths about situations they know NOTHING about….and I’m talking about you Cher. Zip it.

        • Melissa

          Be quiet Christine vea from Canada! Stop trolling and stop stalking Michael Muhney in Twitter! You sick woman!

    • RedRiver38

      Squirrel, you’re no MM fan. You can’t fool us. LOL.

  • Andrew Hass

    Whether that rumor about him and Hunter King was true or not maybe it led to other things coming out about him and his behavior.

    • RedRiver38

      Oh Andrew, you just can’t accept the truth. You just gotta keep the hate alive! If he was so bad, why did they even begin discussions for his return? Duh.

      • http://unknown.com Bexx

        Probably because he wouldn’t stop begging them to return his phone calls? Will you NOW move on with your life since he will NEVER return?

      • Cher

        they were NOT IN DISCUSSIONS WITH HIM!!!! He went the legal route to try to get his job back & he lost!!! They don’t want him – that’s why they fired him.

        • Priscilla Kennedy

          YOU DON’T KNOW THAT, YOU ARE GUESSING!!!! Just another hater trying to convince someone you are “in the know”….and you don’t know squat

      • Andrew Hass

        Right now we only have Muhney’s word that it was a salacious rumor. Plus of course he’s going to say that because if he says he did do what he was accused of or close to it that could hurt his chances of getting another job.Plus it was a false rumor maybe it would carry more weight if Hunter King confirmed it because her name got dragged through the mud too and she might wan things cleared up too.

    • Herekittiez

      Define BEHAVIOR?

  • Carol

    What a shame for all involved they are all such great actors

  • Amy

    Employers of The Young and The Restless/CBS/Sony you have shown NO integrity.. none. You allowed the internet slander to continue all this time when you could have stopped it. You owe it to Mr. Muhney (and the other actor/actress) to put out a statement so that his (and the other actor/actress’s) reputation are cleared. And if you care about us fans AT AL you will get in touch with Mr. Muhney’s agent and manager and work you magic (yes, you can work magic WHEN YOU WANT TO0 and get a successful deal done with Mr. Muhney to come back as Adam. It will be your amend…. you certainly need to make an amend.. it will earn you good karm, good feelings, make a zillion fans happy… and save a once beloved show — which will have ZERO or almost ZERO VIEWERS left if you do not. Thank you.

  • Wendy Dumas

    I’m not sure about all the allegations about what happened between the 2 parties involved but, Michael Muhney is THE best. He deserves a second chance. AND, if you can do that, you shoild bring him back as ADAM NEWMAN. Also, if you want to keep your fans and your ratetings, DON’T bring Phyllis back!!! BUT, if you do , keep her and Jack together. NICK AND SHARON deserves to be the marnarks of the show, you know, the only two people who will stay together forever!!!!! NOW YOU HAVE A SHOW!!

    • Sam Howard

      Will all of u give it a rest. He is not coming back and that is it. Let the show go on. It can survive without him if u are a real fan of y & r without mm and BM.

  • sands of time

    It looks as if Sony is OK with MM, but Y&R is not. Look for him to be hired at Days of our Lives.

    • Andrew Hass

      Michael Muhney said it was CBS/Sony who wanted to give the character of Adam a rest.Plus i think CBS/Sony wanted this controversy to go away and maybe it was in a way but now now Muhney has brought it back up again with his comments.So another show may not want to hire Muhney as this controversy is still going on

  • http://unknown.com Bexx

    I’m sorry what rumor is he referring to? The Hunter King allegation, the Braeden one, or the rumor that he had a third nipple?

    • striderm

      who knows. He’s a big liar.

      • Herekittiez

        MM is not a liar, Y & R, sony and JFP are..;)

        • lennonforever

          yep

    • Herekittiez

      Hey bex, anyone who has to announce that they troll, is a fail troll, imo.

      • http://unknown.com Bexx

        I’m not a troll, and I’ve have never considered myself to be one. I try to bring cheer to the SON users, others just don’t appreciate it.

        • Jdean

          Your right_ stalker is a more appropriate term for you.

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            Time to learn the difference between stalking, and posting on a public blog. If you’re afraid of replies, you might try sticking to your private emailing.

    • Jdean

      Looser

      • http://unknown.com Bexx

        Said the woman who thinks sexual assault should just be glanced over. Do the world a favor and never reproduce.

        • Jdean

          Okay. I never said that. What would u suggest I do when I’m standing in a subway packed full of people and someone grabs my ass??? And when i turn around all i see is a million people packed together. Please enlighten me. Oh smart one. By the way when u become a young attractive woman in the workplace, please let me know, until then shut your stupid trap. And go troll on another site.

  • Onerunjunior

    I find it SHAMEFUL that the brass at Y&R could not make MM a good enough offer for him to return. It sounds as though he wanted to. After so much BS, they really should have gone out of their way to do whatever it took to get him back. I am most disappointed in the fact that y&r treats their actors this way and feels they are easily disposable. I think they owe MM a public apology AND a contract to his liking. Otherwise they stand to get cancelled.

    • Cher

      actually… that’s not what happened. HE was trying to get his job back… and he lost. He was not in negotiations with CBS or YR (and he never said he was). He CLEARLY stated that he wanted his job back, and CBS insiders have CLEARLY stated that he was NEVER in negotiations for it… they fired him for cause. The show is STILL NUMBER ONE.

      • Melissa

        How the hell do you know this? What insider? Lmfao! The only fool to say he was not coming back was Michael Logan. No where has anybody from CBS commented on this issue.

    • Herekittiez

      if HHK had nothing to do with the rumour, why should she OWE him an apology. The poster from TMZ is the one who should have to apologize. Not HHK or y & r.

  • kelly777

    I think there was a six month investigation. Timing is about right. During that time neither employee or employer could not discuss it and part of that is allowing the employee to return to work. There is a poster downwind I think got it right. I imagine they called him and told him they were finished with the investigation but he was not eligible for hire. He is now free to discuss the whole thing since they are not hiring him back. I hope he sings like a canary!

    • cher

      close. Internal investigation took place after the “final straw event” (this is per labor laws). Victim was protected (per labor laws) and he was terminated. He filed a grievance… it failed. He, most definitely, was NOT in negotiations with the show or the network.

      • Priscilla Kennedy

        How would you know? You act like you were a part of this…and you are just guessing….since he is free to talk now, so is the supposed SHE and yet nothing. No one is saying it is true. You most definetely don’t know any more then anyone else…I think they did try and get hime back….that is why there hasn’t been a re-cast…no offense to Mr. Hands…he is actually better then some on the show

        • Jdean

          Mr. Hands….ha!! Firing MM was the biggest mistake Y&R ever made. I just fast forward the show to Victoria, Nick and Nicki drama now and even those stories are getting boring. MM will go on to do bigger and better. Darn shame cause he would’ve made a nice Victor when he retires. I could care less what MM did or did not do.When I read books I only care about the skill of the author not their private life and the same goes for TV. Y & R should’ve figured out a way to keep MM and work around the problem. They will try to get him back when the new horrible producer Jill gets axed.

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            Work around the problem, huh? Lets hope that you’re never in a similar situation.

          • Jdean

            Oh please if I had a penny for every time a man grabbed at me inappropriately in my life I’d be a rich lady.

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            You need your head examined if you think that men groping you is no big deal. Just because you possess a nonchalant attitude towards being sexually assaulted doesn’t mean that other women should casually glance over unwanted sexual advances.

          • Jdean

            Look it happens to pretty girls. Be a big girl and tell the producers you don’t want MM onset with you. If she won’t even confirm if its true, who’s being the one acting like its no big deal.

          • Jdean

            Shut up.

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            You should get your attitude under control.

          • Jdean

            You should get a life

          • Jdean

            Yroll

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            Yroll?

          • pumpkin

            Omg get a life

          • lennonforever

            so damn true – that little b*tch got all the attention – an EMMY for young actor pulease

          • Jdean

            Such a decrease MM deserved those awards not get for her lame potrayal of Summer.

      • RedRiver38

        Silliest garbage on this board. You know nothing about this situation. You don’t even know the laws. Quit talking out of your butt.

      • mom chez

        You should not spew these damaging stories without providing the legal information for your source.

    • Herekittiez

      You clearly do NOT know MM very well. He has class, why would he spew hate? He is not that type of person.

      • TV&MovieBuff

        Oh yes Michael Muhney has class. Some of his pictures on his Twitter and his posts from time to time and all his tweets putting down his cast mates or other actors in the industry — that’s really classy.

        • Herekittiez

          Prove what PORN pictures that you have seen him UPLOAD as you so-called say? Otherwise, it’s slander and you CAN get in trouble for it..

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            Why are you so bitter and angry? I imagine word that the predator won’t be returning must be hard swallow. Lady, it’s time for you to move on with your life, you’ve spent too much trying to salvage a failed campaign.

          • Herekittiez

            Why are you so SNIDE to ASSUME that I am bitter. Those are your words not mine..;) Yes, I am a lady it’s time for YOU to move on, since your own campaign has failed, as an internet troll!! ..;)

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            Your comments reek of a bitter woman who’s lost a battle they were never capable of winning. It’s time to stop defending him, and accept that he has no further with Y&R. I know the latest news puts a damper on the whole “death to Y&R” Facebook campaign you’ve got going, but it’s really time to be honest with your followers.

            Look, it was a nice attempt, but Muhney by his own admission ruined his career. He has nice Hallmark movie coming out soon. Go wait for it and start writing a few letters to Frank Valentini.

          • Herekittiez

            Bitter? Now whose Bitter? Cause it certainly ain’t me. I will be waiting for his movie, but don’t you think it’s pretty fail that you keep telling people to stop defending Michael Muhney? There is only one BITTER FAILURE on these boards, and it certainly ain’t me. I will continue to defend Michael Muhney and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING You can do to stop me! You can loose sleep trying. BTW, never ever tell someone that they are bitter, it makes you look like an ass!!..;) Pretty arrogant of you to ASSUME that you know a thing about me, when you clearly do not. And Lol at MY FOLLOWERS. They are not MINE, they are Michael’s and that should tell you the depth of his fanbase. Now go log off and cry about it some more!!! I can prove that you’re a failure, cause you have absolutely no likes!!..;)

          • mom chez

            where are these porn pictures?

        • mom chez

          What tweets are you referring to?

    • striderm

      Don’t worry MM lied that he was in negotiations to come back. It’s really sad that he wants so much attention.

      • Blink

        He never said he was in negotiations, he made one simple tweet and some happy go lucky ppl wanted to start spreading gossip and adding on. Unsure what he personally did to you but if relaying a story maybe use quotations of what he actually tweeted and not what you have inferred.

        • striderm

          He said that he got very close. Means the same thing. He made the tweet because he wants attention. It’s pretty obvious at this point. He’s has said he has moved on yet keep bringing it up.

        • http://unknown.com Bexx

          Why even mention anything at all? If nothing changed, then there was no need to alert his fans. Saying to his fans
          “that part of my life is over..moving on” made it appear as though he rejected an offer, and now we know that there was no offer to begin with.

      • RedRiver38

        Can you read? He never said he was negotiating with them. Unbelievable. Are you able to think? Well, the answer is obviously NO.

        • striderm

          Muhney

          @michaelmuhney

          ·

          Aug 13

          Just
          got an official call, although things got very close, I will not be
          returning to Y&R. That part of my life is over. Moving on…

          What that sound to you then? Negotiating and “very close” go hand in hand. Genius.

  • striderm

    “According to Y&R insiders there were never any negotiations going on between the show and Muhney about him returning to play Adam.”

    Source: CBS SID

    • http://unknown.com Bexx

      Of course there weren’t any negotiations going on, his removal came straight from the top, so I can’t see why Sony would even contemplate reversing their decision to remove him. Muhney is a narcissist and he’s looking to rile up his fans.

      • Jdean

        TROLL

  • RobNYC

    They are really beating a dead horse with this story.

    • JayTN

      It’s all about the page views. The site knows that any story about this person will get a lot of replies, and thus a lot of views. Views=money.

  • Blink

    Geez did MM personally attack some of these poster, the way they’re trying to smear the man is crazy. Unless one was on set and was a witness to what went on, why the quick judgment of a man one doesn’t even know personally. MM never said he was in negotiations, he made one simple tweet and some happy go lucky ppl wanted to start spreading gossip and adding on. Unsure what he personally did to some of the below posters but if relaying a story maybe use quotations of what he actually tweeted and not what poster have inferred.

  • peggy

    I wish you will hpoe to see you in the future

  • Rosalea Moore

    the only thing I KNOW for a fact is that he is very good looking.

  • Loochow

    I think he’s not allowed back because of that over rated and over paid old actor Eric Braden. I am so sick and tired of Victor Newman being better then detectives, doctors and every one else on the show.. I hardly watch any more and I’m sure I’ll get to a point of not watchin