Michael Muhney NOT Returning to 'Young and the Restless'
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Despite allegations of inappropriate behavior against one of his co-workers, which is said to have led to his firing from CBS’ “” last December, revealed earlier this evening that he was this close to returning to the daytime drama series to reprise his role of Adam Newman.

“Just got an official call, although things got very close, I will not be returning to ‘Y&R,'” said the actor in a tweet to his more than 89,000 followers. “That part of my life is over. Moving on…,” he added.

Muhney’s comments on social media seemingly confirms reports from late May that the actor was in talks reprise his role on the soap despite the behind the scenes matters that allegedly took place.

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Since last being seen on the drama series in late January, following the deadly confrontation between Adam and Billy Abbott (then played by ) after Billy confronted Adam for his role in the death of his daughter, Delia, diehard fans of the actor compiled together enough money to fly two separate planes over the CBS Television City Studios, where “Y&R” is filmed, to get their message of support for the actor across to CBS executives.

It’s unclear at this time if the soap’s decision to not move forward with Muhney back in the role is the result of the soap finally having found another actor to take on the role or if the show plans to put the return of the character on hold a little longer due to storyline purposes.

Either which way, Muhney is prepared for a brighter future. “I was hopeful for a return, but now I’m hopeful for the future. Now you’ll just have to promise to tune in to my future projects! #lovexo,” tweeted Muhney.

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  • sands of time

    If the accusations were true, then why dilly dolly around? Maybe TPTB gave the final say to the alleged victim. If they were serious about a possible return, then Sony could have him elsewhere. Things could change by the time “Summer” ends!

    • RedRiver38

      He loved playing Adam Newman. I’d imagine he’ll leave the soaps in his past for good now. Primetime, TV specials, cable, and film will be his future.

      • Ashley tanner

        They need to get rid of summer, Jill, Sharon,jack. They are all boring, same ole ,same ole every day. And oh yes nickie also all she does is cry so someone will pet her. Get on with new story lines. Only m m can play adam

        • Lovely C

          I truly feel they definitely need to get rid of Sharon. The only guys she haven’t sleep with is Dillion and that liar Stitch or whatever his name is. I’m tired of them bringing Sharon and Nick back together I mean you basically know the storyline. I wish they would bring the other Billy and Phyllis back….I don’t like the last two Billy’s … no actress is going to ever replace Phyllis. Why did they bring Cassie back on the show wanting to sleep with her dad Nick….the show is getting boring and desperate.

          • Melissa

            Uuuum nikki,Victoria,Phyllis, Lauren have all slept with a lot of men! Lol Phyllis aka Michelle Stafford is on general hospital now and she is fabulous! She will not be returning to the young & the boring!

          • Lovely C

            True….but Sharon slept with everyone in the Newman’s Family and damn near all the Abbotts men…..and it’s surely the young & the boring….lol

          • Dale

            Gee, I didn’t know it was a crime to get older! I suppose you will never age….

          • Lovely C

            Don’t take it personally….I’m just saying she’s so young but acting so old. She’s really boring too.

          • Dale

            I agree that she is a boring character – along with many others unfortunately.

          • Lovely C

            Well I’m glad we agreed on that at least….lol….I hope they hurry up and get the Young & the Boring interesting soon. Then maybe we can reply on something exciting again…

        • Seraphina Anne Kelly

          JACK???? Are you freaking kidding? He’s the patriarch. He is solid, a wonderful actor and a very nice man. Good grief!

  • PassionQueen77

    I don’t blame Michael Muhney for not returning to the young and the restless. He doesn’t want to work with Jill Farren Phelps. If someone is going to play Adam Newman that would be a good thing for the show. This Adam Newman casting has been going on since from February and the writers haven’t found someone to play Adam Newman. The writers needs to make up there mind and start by caring for there characters happiness. This show needs to wrap up storylines and create some new ones. If Jill Farren Phelps cared about Adam Newman character she would of say who is going to play him since from March. Stop teasing us and tell us who is going to play Adam Newman. I wish Michael Muhney the best of whatever he is doing.

    • sands of time

      I agree with everything you wrote! Do you think MM would fit in at DAYS?

      • PassionQueen77

        i think so. Michael Muhney would play a wonderful mystery role at Days of our lives. He would be the next EJ character or Brady character. Michael Muhney was the best Adam Newman on the young and the restless and without him there the show sucks. The storylines are weak and most of the storylines has been going on for months. Jill life is in danger because of Colin. Colin is bad news from the very beginning. He goes on and on bothering Jill for this and that. Jill and Colin storyline needs to wrap up very soon.

      • Seraphina Anne Kelly

        Y&R was not the first show he was fired from. The man is hard for some people to work with, so maybe he needs to get his poop in a group and then get a job?

    • Andrew Hass

      When was it reported that Michael Muhney didn’t want to work with JFP?He said in an interview that they had a good rapport with each other and she was always kind of him.Plus he also said it was Sony/CBS who wanted to give the character of Adam a rest for 4-6 months.Plus i’m wondering if the show recasting Phyllis pushed back recasting Adam because the show may not have wanted to recast 2 big characters around the same time.Plus i’m betting we”ll the character of Adam sometime in the Fall and carries them into November Sweeps.

      • PassionQueen77

        Yes Michael Muhney said he didn’t want to work with JFP. Whoever is going to play Adam Newman has to play him has to play him very well. The writers kept on teasing us that someone will play Adam Newman. Nobody came to her casting department. The storylines are weak and needs to build out very stronger. Neil getting blind after the accident at his new apartment with Hilary is so sad. The writers were saying that someone will be playing Adam Newman by in the fall. The writers needs to make up there minds. There is lots of actors that could play Adam Newman.

        • http://unknown.com Bexx

          Please provide your source.

          • Melissa

            Is this Christine vea from Canada? Suspended from Twitter and now harassing people on this site?

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            I don’t use Twitter, but this Christine person sounds like fun.

        • sands of time

          Be careful of Bexx. He has called me every name in the book. He likes bothering people.

          • PassionQueen77

            Oh i see that is bad. I will watch out for him.

  • RedRiver38

    I wish him nothing but the best. He out right denied all of the salacious lies tonight on twitter. If they had been true, then would have been no discussions to return at all. Now everyone can move on, but Y&R fans are the biggest losers in this whole so

    • http://unknown.com Bexx

      Quite the hypocrite considering just weeks ago you were out bashing Angelica McDaniel’s over her weight. You should take a look in the mirror, I’m pretty sure your ex-husband reflection would be staring back at you.

  • Secret Squirrel

    I’m sure they can find a spot for him along side the rest of the bloated cast of GH.

  • Linda

    Bring MM back. Give him anything he wants. Show going down hill fast

  • Andrew Hass

    It would be interesting to hear the show’s side of things and if they did contact Muhney to ask him to come back.Yeah he and the show may have talked back in May about him coming back.However that was 3 months ago and i think if the show really wanted him back they would have signed him by now.So now Y&R can say they did want Muhney back but for whatever reason it didn’t work out.Plus maybe it’s a good thing that he’s not going back to Y&R because now he has the chance to start over somewhere else with a clean slate.

  • Tom Kidd

    This may be a blessing in disguise; right now the show, story-wise, has went through the shredder. So ridiculous are the situations these days I expect Samantha Stephens, Jeannie and Mork from Ork to pop in at any moment, and that’s no lie!

    • Seraphina Anne Kelly

      and aren’t we all ready to have an Adam who isn’t just made of hands? Hehe!
      “The part of Adam Newman is now being played by…. these HANDS!” :0)

      • http://unknown.com Bexx

        Adam has never been more enjoyable. :-)

      • Fred

        I saw The Hand on a Midas Muffler commercial last nite. Looks like he is getting other work in addition to his role as The Hand of Adam Newman. Haha!

  • Amy

    Who could possibly blame him for not returning? The executives of The Young and the Restless/CBS/Sony and the Executive Producer have shown NO integrity at all. At any point in time they could have stopped the slander to Mr Muhney and the other (actor/actress).. but, no, they DID nothing to stop the internet (attempted) destruction to his (and the other actor/actress’s) reputation. Supposely the husband of one of the big-wigs, actually ran with the rumor by planting it on TMZ…which helped the rumor get traction.. Though she is not responsible for her husband’s —- once that happened.. and for every singel day since they OWED it to Mr. Muhney (and the actor/actress) to set the story straight. The show deserves to have zero -zero viewers left. The employers to the show have no integrity. Like a zillion other fans I wish Mr. Muhney all things good. He deserves a great future in tv and film because he was not only mezmorizing as Adam Newman — keeping Victor relevant — but his ability to conduct himself with grace since last December when all this ugliness began …. is inspiring and no doubt took some acting.

    Powers that be — Executive Producer of YandR, Sony/CBS executives… show FOR ONCE some integrity. Get out there and clear this man’s reputation. And, call Mr. Muhney’s agent and manager and get a successful deal done. You will earn back a lot of good karma, good feelings, and save a show — a once beloved show. Thank you.

  • Blink

    Probably best that he moves on….he was a great Adam, but there will be other roles that he can sink his teeth in. He’s a wonderful actor, and he’ll land on his feet. Too bad his reputation had to be shredded because of some thirst for rumors, even now there are some who won’t let it go. Never will understand some desire to believe the worst because they don’t like somebody they don’t even know. Hope he keeps off the soap boards because some posters are just nasty.

    • Andrew Hass

      I agree.Maybe Michael Muhney needs a fresh start someplace else because i think too much happened between him and the show for them to work together.Also regarding him going to back to Y&R, yes it was reported that he was at the Y&R studios back in May but we don’t know why he was there.Maybe it had something to do with him going back to Y&R or it could have been for another reason.Maybe the show did reach out to him about returning but over the last 3 months or so negotiations fell apart for some reason.Plus maybe the show decided it was best for them and Muhney to move on

  • Wendy Dumas

    I agree! All the story lines are weak and they do suck.Get rid of the Jill and Colin soga, stop messing with Neal and his new bride, let his son go off into the sun set and come with his own bride, and please DON’T let Colin get his on those twins, ever!!! If that happens, I will truely stop watching the show.

  • http://unknown.com Bexx

    Good! Now they can hire the guy they really wanted. The Muhney loons can NOW find something else to occupy their time since their cancellation attempt was a bust.

    • David

      In case you were not aware, the ratings have dropped since those so called “loons” have stopped watching. By the way if you don’t like it then why did you post or do you have nothing better to do with your life than call other people names, shows a true lack of intelligence when the best you can come up with is “loons”.

      • http://unknown.com Bexx

        In case you were unaware, the show is still on the air despite the loss of viewership. Wasn’t January 30th the day Y&R was supposedly cancelled? Will you NOW move on and stop defending a predator? And, if you identify with being a loon, that’s your business, NOT mines.

        • boyder

          Better a loon than an idiot

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            Said the person who can’t be bothered to punctuate.

          • David

            Love the cry baby face or are you whining?

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            It’s the face I make when Muhney loons threaten to boycott.

          • David

            First off cry baby…I did know about the renewal and if you knew what you were talking about, you would know that some people in the beginning felt that it MIGHT be cancelled but most felt that eventually JFP would be fired and by the way that could still happen considering the ratings keep dropping. Secondly it was never proven that the assault did happen nor was it proven it didn’t. Do you always judge without knowing all the facts. I haven’t and besides the only people who truly know what happened are the two involved. Do you know he lied to his fans do you have absolute proof? By the way I was not one of those “loons” (is that the only descriptive word you know) who believed that the Y&R would be cancelled. Have a wonderful my my little cry baby (LOL).

        • David

          You know, you are a complete idiot. I am aware that the show is still on the air and January 30th was the day when many viewers were going to stop watching not the day it was going to be cancelled (get your facts straight). Learn how to spell. If you didn’t like what I hade to say you did not have to comment. You are a Neanderthal (you do know what that is right?) try to find a dictionary (try a book shop….you know what that is a well I hope)

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            You replied to me first! Practice what you preach, you know-nothing moronic loon! Did you loons not whine for months that Y&R would be cancelled without your viewership? NOT only did Sony/CBS ignore you all, they renewed Y&R through 2017. What you need to ask yourself is why a former soap actor, turned predator, who has a penchant for lying to his fans, has you so enraged?

  • Onerunjunior

    Don’t you think Michael Muhney’s tweet is a bit suspicious…. Sounds like he really wanted to return to y&r but they called to decline. I find it SHAMEFUL that the brass at Y&R could not make MM a good enough offer for him to return. 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.

    • Seraphina Anne Kelly

      Why do you think one person made the show? That show has been #1 as long as i can remember, and it always will be. Mr M has been gone over 8 mos now and the show is doing just fine w/o him and they will continue to do so.
      Maybe Ian Ward can start a cult for people who worship Michael Muhaney as Adam ;0) Hmm… there could be some money in that! LOL

      • boyder

        I am not so sure
        the show is doing just fine. He was the finest actor on the show and would be very difficult, if not impossible to replace. He was very unique and gave a life to Adam I don’t think can be duplicated.

      • melissa

        Maybe cause they have lost over a million viewers since he and Billy Miller left! For the first time in 7 years General Hospital was number one! Maybe that why? In the day of social media the fans have a voice!

      • Gayle

        That show will be #1 because there’s not much competition left!!! I REALLY miss OLTL!!!

    • Darlene

      Sony, CBS, Jill Farren Phelps and Eric Braeden have gone to great lengths to let Michael go and ruin him. It is very unlikely that they would lose face and rehire Michael even though they need him and they should rehire him. Seems to be really sick and vindictive people at the helm, plus JFP put her plan in motion to have her FOJ Steve Burton be the most important character on the show even though he is not a good actor. Something very strange about Phelps and Burton’s relationship!!

  • Seraphina Anne Kelly

    I wish he would ask people to stop attacking Hunter for this. I read so many things that were SO hateful about her recently, women calling her “A slut”, saying she dresses provocatively (hello, yell at the costume department!). Maybe if Michael says “Leave her alone”, it will actually happen. That young lady has been bullied so much – and we see what happens to victims of bullying. No more suicides, PLEASE. My heart hurts from it.

    • http://unknown.com Bexx

      Don’t count on that happening. Hunter received the most hate when TMZ first published the story, and Muhney stayed quiet while she was attacked. I only hope that everyone will finally move on.

      • Melissa

        Why would he speak up? Angelica McDaniel is the one who leaked the story to her hubby! Why didn’t CBS defend Hunter if they actually gave a Damn?

        • http://unknown.com Bexx

          Do you have proof that Angelica leaked the story?

          • Abner4President

            Why, the voices in Melissa’s head told her, and they’ve always been right!

          • JayTN

            …and what does McDaniel’s “hubby” have to do with anything?

          • http://unknown.com Bexx

            I wondered about the same thing.

          • Darlene

            I understand that he gave TMZ the information as he works for them, according toTMZ.

          • JayTN

            Even if any of that is true, TMZ made the decision to run the story, not Brian McDaniel. At the end of the day, the only person who has denied the allegations is Michael Muhney (as expected). I don’t recall anyone rushing to his defense, except his alleged horde of fans.

          • Darlene

            You can believe what you want. Other cast members want to keep their jobs. Plain and simple.

          • JayTN

            You Muhney loonies always have an excuse don’t you. I guess it’s easier to shove your head in the sand than to look at things objectively. At least you can enjoy Muhney in his big Hallmark Channel movie…unless CBS forces Hallmark to pull it off the schedule and burn all the evidence. Yeah, that’s the ticket!!

          • Darlene

            No! I don’t think there’s a conspiracy. And WOW you’re mean! Reports I’ve been reading say that Robin Williams’ last severe depression kicked off by cancellation of his show, the “Crazy Ones”. What network did that? Not that he didn’t already have serious problems…
            Michael Muhney will do fine! He’ll be in Australia next month with two other stars representing Veronica Mars. I loved Veronica Mars and MM was LOL funny. I don’t care about CBS at all and there are multitudes of choices. Don’t even expect soaps to be on air after the next few years. Days are numbered!!

          • JayTN

            You’re not conspiratorial, but you are basically blaming CBS for Robin Williams’ suicide? That’s a big stretch. Last time I checked, all the networks – broadcast & cable – cancel series every year, not just CBS.

            I’m sure that CBS will really miss you as a viewer. CBS was around before Y&R started and certainly before Michael Muhney slithered onto the scene. It will be around long after people are saying “Michael Muhney who?”.

          • Darlene

            I don’t blame them…do you think they’d even care about him? Doubt it. I was repeating what I’ve been reading…and it’s all sad. Sometimes people are devastated by situations that happen to them. I’m not feeling that you’re being very nice. Hope you’re single. I don’t care anything about CBS and wouldn’t expect that they’d miss anybody, including you. Michael’s fans are not abusive and have a lot of heart. His whole family are good people! I don’t appreciate your nasty attitude!!

          • JayTN

            You’re speaking out of both sides of your mouth. One minute you insinuate that Robin Williams died due to depression brought on by CBS canceling his *low rated* comedy series. The next minute you say “I don’t blame them”. So, which is it?

            I don’t have a “nasty attitude”, I’m simply giving back what you have given to me. I guess “Michael’s fans” cannot handle it when they are challenged to provide any hard facts or proof to back up their ridiculous claims (i.e. Angelica McDaniel or her husband played a role in the release of allegations against Muhney; CBS responsible for Robin Williams’ death). As far as “Michael’s fans are not abusive”, I’m sure that Hunter King and her fans would disagree with that and the alleged “lot of heart” that they have. Not to mention people claiming that “his whole family are good people” when the closest most of them have gotten to Muhney or “his whole family” is swooning at the TV screen whenever Y&R – or one miniscule episode of “CSI: Miami” – would come on.

          • Darlene

            Done with you! Everything I’ve said has been twisted and I have never encountered anyone as argumentative as you and I’ve exchanged lots of posts over the past 9 months. When I’ve given concessions or tempered my comments, there was no recognition of that.You don’t know what proof I have or don’t have. I never once said anything to Hunter King as I don’t believe any of those rumors about either one of them. And I never will.

          • JayTN

            Talk about people twisting comments…you’re the human pretzel. I mentioned Hunter King because you made the claim that Muhney’s fans “are not abusive and have a lot of heart”. I never said that you said anything to or about Ms. King…you made that leap.

            As far as “concessions” and “tempered” comments, how do I know whether your comments have been “tempered” or not? It’s hard to actually understand your comments, as you talk in circles and confuse the topic.

          • Darlene

            TMZ released an article that McDaniel gave them the information through her husband Brian who works for TMZ. Came right out of the horse’s mouth.

        • Darlene

          Sony and CBS don’t give a damn! Don’t care anything about what viewers want. At the height of the gossip after they let Michael go, they even pulled a rerun of CSI Miami so that Muhney fans could not see it. Swapped it out with another rerun that Michael wasn’t in. Fans were shocked and I was one of them who was planning to watch the day it was scheduled.

          • JayTN

            “CSI: Miami”? That series was canceled in May 2012 and Muhney didn’t leave Y&R until January 2014. I didn’t know CBS was in the business of airing repeat episodes of series that have been canceled for more than a year.

          • Darlene

            I guess you don’t know how things really work. CBS runs (or sells) reruns of their shows all of the time. That particular day a rerun of CSI Miami was shown that didn’t have Michael as a guest. Don’t think you known just how powerful CBS is and what they have their tentacles in. I still watch CSI Miami reruns all of the time plus other shows. CSI just happened to be my favorite with the full-time cast they had.

          • JayTN

            I guess you don’t know how things really work, either. I really doubt that CBS cares enough about an ex-soap actor to “pull” a syndicated rerun that he appeared in. What is CBS going to do next? Cut that episode out of future DVD prints of “CSI: Miami” too? Everything is a conspiracy with you Muhney fans.

          • Darlene

            Get with the program!! You don’t know as much as you think you do!!!!

          • JayTN

            I don’t claim to be the smartest person in the world, but what you don’t know could surely float a battleship.

    • Melissa

      Why didn’t Hunter defend Michael as well from people attacking him and calling him a predator? Huh? He still is being attacked on social media…..silence from Ms Hunter as well!

    • Melissa

      To make matters worse a lot of the people attacking Michael on Twitter had a follower named Hunter king! Why would she follow these random people? Cuntybitch3 & Christine vea

    • caper

      In all fairness…he said to stop the hate and that included everyone..However…she could have put an end to it herself by speaking out , yet she chose to sit back and let him get slaughtered by delusional rabid fans….now ask yourself..if this was you..would you jump on the Save Hunter bandwagon…her own bosses did nothing…

    • Maureen O’Neill

      Very well said Seraphina, I couldn’t agree with you more!

  • Kathy Peyton

    I boycotted the show when the “brains” made their big decision to cut Muhney after watching 25yrs and I am sticking to my guns until he returns !!!

  • erecon67

    Love You Micheal

  • Lori

    Not the same without Michael…. I will stop watching!!

  • Gayle

    I only restarted Y&R to watch Billy Miller and Michael Muhney….they were fabulous actors! David Tom was starting to grow on me, then they ousted him and put that horrible new and older and MORE boring actor in his place. Billy Miller had fabulous chemistry with Victoria, none that I’ve seen her have with ANY of the other men. I miss Billy Miller, Chloe, and Michael Muhney…..getting way too boring. And who turned Christine into the old and mean? I keep hoping they write off Hunter King so that MM can come back!!

    • sands of time

      MM could be going to DAYS!

      • Darlene

        No, it’s not likely that Michael Muhney will go to Days as it’s owned by Sony and CBS. Sony and CBS have proven to be vindictive and hire writers such as Michael Logan of TV Guide Network to print outrageous articles about Michael Muhney, accuse Michael of lying, etc. Horrid!! Personally, I am glad that Michael is not returning to Y&R. Sony, CBS and Y&R do NOT deserve an actor as talented and decent as Michael Muhney. Only other decent person on Y&R is Sharon Case and I wish she would find something else.

        • sands of time

          Days of our Lives is on NBC.

  • Over It

    For the first time in 30 years I stopped recording Y&R and will no longer be watching. After loosing MM and Billy Miller and with all of the STUPID stories going on right now I am tired of wasting my time waiting for the execs to pull their heads out and realize they’ve made some huge mistakes…..so long Y&R, RIP…

  • Patricia

    I no longer watch Y&R after over 20 years. The story lines are boring and there’s no chemistry since MM, Billy, & MS left. I don’t know if one person can make or break a show, but I do know I couldn’t wait to watch my recorded Y&R shows in the evening just to see MM as Adam and MS as Phyliss. Now… I don’t care what happens and I stopped watching. Honestly, the actors are downright boring and I’m sorry but I can’t stand Hunter King. The writing and story lines are embarrassing. Sadly I predict a slow, painful death for Y&R.

  • Patti

    It is a sad day to learn Michael Muhney will not return to the show. No one will never be able to replace him! Just like Billy Miller not the same. Producers need something to happen. Wish we could see Michael return as Adam will just have to wait and see what they do. Good luck Michael in what ever happens I will continue to follow you and definitely watch whatever you are in Great Actor!

  • SKYLGHT

    oh my gosh. I wish Michael Muhney would come back,the show is awful without him,no one will fit the part of Adam but Michael, and I have watched his soap for 40 years,now I quit watching ,when they let Michael Muhney go,when or if he comes back I will happily start watching it again, and get rid of Hunter who plays summer she is the worst actress on there,and whoever replaces Plyllis will not fill her shoes only mischelle can play that role.Bring back Michael Muney back PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Richard Langley

    My wife loves this show but I”ve noticed lately she doesn’t watch more than twice a week. She loved Billy Miller and the replacements don’t measure up. She thought what happened to Michael Muhney was a travesty, and the current story lines are poor. I feel her looking for greener Pasteur and I’m certain she’s not alone.