Sony’s plot to remove Maria Arena Bell from the helm at CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” was under way years ago. For months prior to not renewing Maria’s contract, Sony along with minions at CBS decided to malign, slander and defame Maria. Even enlisting friends in the media to help fan the flames of descent, to divide and conquer, and to ultimately break the support for her and the Bell family once and for all.
That ploy unfortunately worked, the fans never the wiser, soon found out that their voices under the new regime really didn’t matter at all. Steve Kent, who is fixated on one of “Y&R’s” stars, only cared about making sure his politics protects that individual, and not other costars and god forbid any of the showrunners or writers.
But fans were waylaid with smoke and mirrors, and soon the most destructive executive producer in Daytime Television history plopped her fat behind on the throne and fans were still so fixated on hating innocent people, who were nothing but a smoke screen that Sony put up in order to get their way, and now, over two years later, “The Young and the Restless” co-created by Lee Phillip Bell and the legendary late William J. Bell is a shadow of its once glory days, and has lost over the past six-months a staggering one-million and five hundred thousand viewers. And more are losing interest every day. Jill still hired her (FOJ’s) and has stunt casting. But, ask yourself, is this the vision Bill Bell had, or that you had for this show?
Jill aligned herself with some in the media, who are dependent on her and on sucking up to the “establishment,” but who don’t care about your views, just their own well-being and job security, and Angelica McDaniel, the first ever Daytime VP learned to tweet and fans were so preoccupied with feeling like they are cared about, by a woman who doesn’t care about anything or any one but her own well-being, that they never saw the firings or any of the backstabbing as a problem. Over the past several years, it’s been as frustrating watching the fans take blood oaths to hate one another, even actors on the show, blaming wrongly actors for getting people fired, when the person who fired them, Jill Farren Phelps remains untouched. But not for long!
A source in Les Moonves’s office confirmed to Highlight Hollywood that Jill’s once solid support from Angelica McDaniel is dying slowly. Her promises are like all the empty ones she made and her minions in the media swore to you, she’s accomplished so much during her tenure. They defend her no matter what she does to every show she helmed in the past. Note, it’s the same people who hated Wendy Riche, who brought “GH” out of the doldrums, and they hated her and took Jill’s side when she helmed “GH.” They blamed idiot Megan McTavish, however, Jill’s reign of terror which almost caused “General Hospital’s” demise was LONG after McTavish was fired and history from that show. They do everything in their “limited” power to tell you wrongly, that nothing is Jill’s fault. It’s those of us in the media and the industry who hate her, that are wrong. Finally many of you are waking up and realizing sucking up to Twitter-thugs and Jill Farren Phelps has gotten you nowhere, and they frankly have no respect for any of you. Only for their own egos and self-inflated resumes.
The first thing you need to know about the soap media, is that these people all depend on the “establishment.” They can’t really tell you what’s going on, for fear they will not get scoops and interviews from a show, especially “Y&R,” that is failing miserably, and every time there’s a new writer installed or a new actor hired, the “PR” machine that is an extension of Jill Farren Phelps goes into orgasms, and says, “This will be it!” But fans are tired of the bull ****, and they need to know, that not only is McDaniel not Jill Farren Phelps’s strongest ally anymore. But she is fighting for her own job at this time. And both Farren Phelps and McDaniel are being watched by Mr. Moonves and executives at CBS and Sony, and chances are, Ms. Phelps will be history sooner than she thought. They would have long fired her, but they have to pretend that firing Maria Bell was the answer to all the world’s problems. It’s amazing she didn’t get blamed for the world economic collapse. When their only mission at Sony was to remove the Bell-family from creative influence on the show they created.
Just last week, Firing Phelps realized that she made a massive mistake in letting go one of the show’s popular and talented actors. She approached this actor to return. However, she made a colossal error of judgment.
Her arrogance is the size of the Grand Canyon, and she made a terrible offer, and not only was she quickly rebuffed, but she was told that it is her incompetence in producing the show and bad writing and bad treatment of the show’s actor, for the reason the show is now losing millions of viewers. Jill Farren Phelps is in real danger now of losing her job. Her allies are now running out of excuses. And the media minions that she’s always catered to and sucked up to, who laughed at the fact that she fired Anna Lee, which killed the elderly lady, and who defends every wrong move she’s ever made are now getting laughed at as much as she is. And Angelica and Steve Kent are no longer able to come to her aid and defend her to CBS and Sony executives. In fact, Angelica has to defend her own job from now on. Mr. Moonves was at a party recently in Beverly Hills, and he got an earful. He had no idea what was going on, but is aware of it all now.
The fans have never mattered to these people. Now you have the power. What you are doing is working. The ratings are failing and it will have a direct consequence on advertisers. Jill Farren Phelps has used her position always as executive producer past and present, to create an environment of nepotism. Where her friends feel at home and everyone else fears for their job.
Fans need to take their focus off of attacking actors on the show, who you may not like. They are all working for a living. Keep your focus on Jill Farren Phelps, who is destroying “Y&R,” who doesn’t care what you think about her vision of Bill Bell’s soap. And keep your focus on Angelica McDaniel, whose job has been to promote CBS Daytime, and who decided she’d stab people in the back to support Jill Farren Phelps, and now both of their jobs are in jeopardy. Steve Kent has personal reasons for his support of Jill Farren Phelps and his favorite “star” on the show.
Stop attacking each other. Look at who has destroyed your soap, and put your focus on those three people. They are the people in power, not the actors. Finally fans need to stop attacking each other. This very behavior has kept Jill Farren Phelps in a job the past 30 years. She ruined “One Life,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,” “Another World,” we can go on and on. Now she’s finally been exorcised from “GH,” and she’s given the top rated soap? You really have failed to realize how lethal this woman has been to soaps for decades, while the soap media dependent on her has to cover up her colossal failures. The focus was placed on all the wrong people, it needs to stay on her. Angelica will turn on Jill to save herself. Steve Kent is not the golden boy right now at struggling Sony Studios. His decisions have directly impacted your soap, the viewership and the actors, many of which Jill either fired or let leave, and now can’t get back, because of her treatment of them.
I was attacked by her weak minions in the soap media industry. These two-faced cut-throat wannabe journalists were stupid enough to attack me, because they want to suck up to Angelica and Kent and Farren Phelps. The minions don’t matter to me. I watched these same people turn you against others in the industry. You have to learn to be smarter. Not to suck up to someone who may have 5,000 Twitter Followers and are desperately trying to save their jobs at dying magazines. You have to stay focused on the importance of your show. And realize when others attack me, or the Bell family, they are simply siding with people they wrongly believe will have power in the future. I can assure you, the ratings, that’s the real power in television. So, you have the power. Don’t attack the messenger. And stop supporting people who support the people, who have destroyed your soap, who have fired and let walk away, all of your favorites. There were plans for more to go, but right now, Farren Phelps is worried about her own job, and is afraid to do any more firings.
Now is the time to stand in solidarity. And don’t hate people who you may agree or disagree with from time to time. Hate the people, who ruined Bill Bell’s soap. “The Young and the Restless” can still be saved. But only when Jill Farren Phelps is gone. I’ve heard for two years, “It’s not Jill, it’s Steve Kent.” Hello? It’s all of them. But she is the one doing the dirty work for Sony. She’s the one who is defended by media outlets desperate to stay in good stead with her. Don’t fall for the propaganda. Remember, Saddam Hussein laughed and told the U.S., “My people love me.” Until his reign fell, and he found out he was not loved. Jill is delusional in this manner as well. She has surrounded herself with “yes, men” in the media, you know who they are, they praise her, and talk about her hiring actors, while ignoring the huge cast that she doesn’t even care about. They attack me, but you note, it’s always behind my back, not one of them is brave enough to face off with me, face to face. They don’t matter. She matters. She’s the one who has brought this cancer to your show. Don’t lose focus. She has to be ousted. And then I promise you, her supporters will follow her, and the few who don’t, will turn on her.
And thanks to all of you, who have told me of certain media minions, in print and radio, who have had nasty things to say about me, for my non-support of this regime. And my decades long support of others. Please do NOT worry about telling me what any of those bozos have to say. I could not care less about morons sucking up to people, who I have seen them backstab when they are out, and suck up to again when they return to power. One thing you can count on by Highlight Hollywood. We are not fickle. I stand by my friends when they are in power, and when they are out.
Trust me, these media wannabe minions will be the first to turn on Jill and even Angelica and Steve Kent, when they are all history in Daytime Television. The people I supported 40-years ago, are the same people I support today. And I will support them tomorrow. They know it, and now our readers know it as well. Even if I have an argument or disagreement with my friends, as anyone does, their enemies should never take heart in that. Because I will always stand by my friends.
Good luck, keep up the great work, and stay focused on Jill Farren Phelps. She must be released from her reign of terror against Bill Bell’s “The Young and the Restless.”
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: CBS
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