One week ago today, TMZ reported that Michael Muhney was fired from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” last month following allegations that he groped the breasts of one of his co-stars. Since then, several actors from the daytime drama series have spoken out on social media in support of Hunter King (Summer Newman), the alleged victim of the groping. Two actors from the series (Eric Braeden and Jerry Douglas) recently conducted interviews discussing Muhney’s behavior on set and indirectly commented on the behind the scenes turmoil since the story hit mainstream media. Earlier this morning, following a tweet to King by a fan that read, “if ur being manipulated into this u need to be strong & tell the truth. Ur young & talented. There will be life after #YR,” Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) took issue with the tweet and responded with, ”You have been deceived, lied to. Those of us in the know, are in the KNOW. #TruthWillSetYouFree.” But that’s not where the tweets ended.
Just as CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” are enjoying some of their highest ratings in several years, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is also enjoying its best rating in Women 18-49 in two years and its best overall audience in nearly three years, per Nielsen Media Research ratings data.
During the week of December 30, 2013 – January 3, 2014, “DAYS” averaged 3.021 million viewers, which was its largest weekly viewer total since the week of January 31 – February 4, 2011, when it averaged 3.030 million viewers. In Women 18-49, “DAYS” tied for 6th place amongst all daytime programs (including game shows and talk shows) with a 1.0 rating/6 share as 669,000 women in the key sales demo tuned in. This marked the soaps best performance in the demographic since the week of November 21 – 25, 2011, when 703,000 women in the demo tuned in.
The banner fans pulled together $785 for in honor of their favorite actor, Michael Muhney, who was fired last month from “The Young and the Restless” amidst allegations he fondled the breasts of one of his co-stars, finally flew over the CBS Television City Studios on Thursday, January 9, which wasn’t the actual intended studio, reports TMZ.
While the wording of the banner changed from “NO ADAM NEWBIE, JUST MICHAEL MUHNEY,” to “#TEAMMUHNEY SUPPORTS MICHAEL MUHNEY” with a heart at the end, TMZ noted that if the fans wanted their support of the actor to get the attention of CBS honchos, they should have flown the banner over CBS’ offices in the valley.
In a bit of soap opera irony, former “One Life to Live” star Brett Claywell (ex-Kyle Lewis), who happened to be in the area, spotted the banner and posted a picture on his Twitter page. In his tweet he said, “[bleep] just got REAL” with the hashtag, “soapwars.”
Following Eric Braeden‘s interview with Radar Online, Jerry Douglas has also spoken out on Michael Muhney‘s firing from “The Young and the Restless” 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.”
While several actors from “The Young and the Restless” have indirectly acknowledged the scandal surrounding Michael Muhney‘s (Adam Newman) firing last month and subsequent allegations he groped the breasts of Hunter King (Summer Newman) via social media, no actor has acknowledged the situation as publicly as the legendary Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).
As many of you know, following Muhney’s exit interview with Huffington Post Canada, published the day after announcing he had been fired by the soap, there were insinuations that Braeden was likely at fault for not just Muhney’s firing but that of former “Y&R” actress Maura West (ex-Diane Jenkins; currently playing Ava Jerome on “General Hospital”). On Twitter, Braeden said at the time, “Implying I had [something] to do with MWest’s departure is libelous!” He added, “Of course I am [upset]. Wouldn’t you be if some slimeballs make statements that reflect not an iota of reality?”
UPDATE 2:00 PM ET: According to a rep for Disney/ABC, as “General Hospital,” “The View” and “The Chew” weren’t already in the Hulu Plus system prior to the WATCH ABC rule changes, their launch on the service was delayed as a result. It was not fan complaints that prompted their availability as originally reported.
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“The Young and the Restless’” Robert Adamson (Noah Newman) is the latest actor from the series to speak out in light of the vitriol spouted on social media against co-star Hunter King (Summer Newman) following allegations that Michael Muhney (soon-to-be ex-Adam Newman) groped her breasts, which reportedly is what ultimately resulted in his firing last month.
As previously reported, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) will be appearing on ABC’s “General Hospital” in scenes alongside Jon Lindstrom‘s Kevin Collins on Wednesday, January 29 (previously scheduled for Tuesday, January 28 before a national preemption occurred on Friday, December 20, 2013). In honor of her upcoming appearance, the show released an image of the actress on set posing with “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini and actor Roger Howarth (Franco).
While character and storyline details are not yet known, a rep for ABC’s “General Hospital” confirms that Shirley Jones, former star of “The Partridge Family” and “Shirley,” will appear on the daytime soap opera in an episode airing next month.
Word of Jones’s appearance on the show first came to light yesterday when “GH’s” William deVry (Julian Jerome) tweeted actor William Shatner (“Star Trek”) and said, “we have Shirley Jones coming to ‘General Hospital’ tomorrow. We r still hoping ur agent will let u join us for a few eps.’” Shatner responded to deVry’s tweet by saying, “You know the last time Shirley and I worked together she played my mother. Send her my love.” The show in which Shatner was referring was TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” An ecstatic deVry replied, “Oh that is amazing!! I will say [to Jones] u say hello.”
When a fan of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” tweeted, “Can all my soap followers do me a favor and send some love and support to @HunterHaleyKing? Thanks! #YR,“ following reports of an alleged groping of her breasts by King’s former co-star Michael Muhney (Adam Newman), who was reportedly fired from the drama series last month as a result of the incident, the quest for love and support for the actress, who plays Summer Newman on the daytime soap opera, came in droves.