Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

In A Recent Interview , Former ‘Y&R’ Showrunner And Beverly Hills Socialite Maria Arena Bell Says, ‘Michael Muhney Will Be Tough To Recast’, Highlight Hollywood News

Michael Muhney’s fans are still furious at executive producer Jill Farren Phelps for firing the talented tar.  And now the former executive producer and Emmy Award-winning head writer of “The Young and the Restless,” Maria Arena Bell spoke to Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now on the CBS soap operas decision to fire Michael Muhney in the pivotal role of Adam Newman.  Bell didn’t hold back anything, when she said what fans have been saying for over a year now. The show is not only boring, but the execs are making outrageous mistakes in storytelling and in casting.


Maria Bell was the producer who actually hired Muhney, when the previous actor refused to go on with an amazing storyline.   In her statement to SOD, she had a few choice words for the decision making process under the current regime.  Maria went on to add regarding Michael Muhney’s firing: “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.”


Readers of Highlight Hollywood, who watch “The Young and the Restless” are livid and still want Michael Muhney to return, while they solidly want Jill Farren Phelps out the door at CBS TV City in Hollywood. 

Maria Bell spoke with Highlight Hollywood to clarify her statement to Digest.  In regard to the comment about Michael Muhney being fired. “Let me be clear.  Tommy I am a fan of Michael Muhney the actor- not the person. Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions. It’s still a loss for the fans. Instead of acting quickly they tried to turn the fans against the character of Adam. Bad move. And they should not recast right away now. It’s too damaged.”  Adding, “The only thing that matters in this story -now  on TMZ is that a young girl is protected. She should have been all along. People should have been more decisive not less in this matter.”


Fans who want to know who LEAKED the Michael Muhney story and exposed a young lady to the world, read here!


Maria Bell would never have allowed this to go on.  “I think they should have taken immediate action. They didn’t. Whatever happened, they need to protect the safety of the cast.” concluded the Emmy Award-winning writer and former producer of “Y&R.”
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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