CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is already bringing it, if ratings are anything to go by, but next week the soap will be kicking things into high gear with Summer’s (Hunter King) desire to be perfect turning into a deadly situation and Billy (Billy Miller) getting ever closer to learning the truth about Adam’s (Michael Muhney) possible role in the death of his daughter.
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.
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?”
“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, allegations that “The Young and the Restless’” Michael Muhney groped a female co-star’s breasts, which is reportedly what led to his firing last month, made headlines over the weekend when TMZ got wind of the rumors spreading throughout social media and soap opera message boards several weeks back. In announcing his firing on Tuesday, December 17, Muhney used Twitter as his outlet of choice. Since then, he’s been virtually silent, at least until now.
As fans of “The Young and the Restless” did in March 2011 to protest the supposed firing of cast member Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby), fans of Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) have purchased a flyover of the CBS Television City studio, where the soap is taped, to get their message across to executives of their displeasure in the actor’s firing. Only this time they have taken things a step further – they’ve alerted mainstream media!
According to TMZ, the same publication that reported allegations that the actor was fired for touching the breasts of one of his co-stars, a Facebook group made up of fans devoted to the ousted soap star have pulled together $785 to fly a banner that says, “NO ADAM NEWBIE, JUST MICHAEL MUHNEY,” over the CBS studio.
It’s unclear when the banner is scheduled to make its impression.
Muhney last airs Thursday, January 30 on “Y&R.” The show does plan to recast the role, per the actor in a Huffington Post Canada interview.
In a new interview with Highlight Hollywood, former executive producer and head writer of “The Young and the Restless,” Maria Arena Bell, has clarified a statement she made in Soap Opera Digest after the publication released their report on Michael Muhney’s firing from the daytime drama series. In it, she said, “Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman, and his and Sharon’s [Sharon Case] 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.” However, with a report by TMZ that says the actor was let go following alleged claims he fondled the breasts of one of his co-stars, Bell now says, “Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions.”
It had long been rumored and speculated about on social media and message boards, including the SON Community, since word of Michael Muhney‘s firing from “The Young and the Restless” first came to light. Now, TMZ is reporting that as per their sources, Muhney, 38, was fired for allegedly groping a female co-star’s breasts on more than one occasion.