Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Soap Box for January 5th - Major Cast Firings And Hirings

This is not going to be my normal Soap Box post where I just give my opinion on the happenings in my favorite soaps. I have read a bunch of articles on some major changes taking place and wanted to pass on the information to you!

There is some major Soap Opera activity going on behind the scenes of The Young and the Restless. The show’s newest producer Jill Farren Phelps is doing a virtual hatchet job on the entire cast. There are going to be some major cast changes aka hirings and firings. Jill is a soap industry veteran who is infamous for major upheaval as she moves from show to show. Leaving angry fans in her wake.

Sophie Pollono who played Delia Abbott is among the actors to get slashed. Others on the chopping block include Christel Khalil, who won an Emmy Award for her role as Lily Winters Ashby, Kevin Schmidt as Noah Newman; Genie Francis as Genevieve Atkinson; Marcy Rylan who played Abby Newman; Debbi Morgan as Harmony.

Jill Farren Phelps makes no apologies for the firings and evidently the entire cast is fearful of the axe she so freely wields. Jill is known as a corporate headhunter and likes to move actors around – giving favor to those she enjoys working with most and giving little of any regard to the show’s history of story lines or the devoted fans.

As for the recent firing of Michael Muhney, seems that the stew thickens, in addition to his alleged mouthy and disrespectful tude behind the scenes, the married actor with three children apparently has been very naughty. There are sexual allegations against the actor who plays Adam Newman, after multiple incidents of inappropriate behavior with the young actress Hunter King who plays Summer Newman. Evidently Michael Muhney has been fondling the young actress’ breasts in addition to other inappropriate actions. After several complaints from Hunter King, Jill Farren Phelps finally decided to get rid of fan favorite Adam Newman. Michael Muhney’s final episode will air on January 30th.

Just when you think the wicked producer has done all there is to do … there is more! Following the letting go of Michelle Stafford who played Phyllis Newman, and others mentioned above – next to go is the actor who plays Billy Abbott – Billy Miller, who asked for time away to pursue prime time work, and was told No Way! And was ultimately fired. David Tom who played Billy Abbott from 1999-2002 has been recast in the role of Billy Abbott.

In the past year that Jill Farren Phelps has joined the show, she has been affectionately dubbed The Angel Of Death. Fans of The Young and the Restless are going to be sent spinning when the rest of the dirt hits the fans for sure! I for one am NOT impressed AT ALL!!

On a completely different note – only because I am usually pretty good and knowing these things and this one took me completely by surprise, but Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) came out of the closet. Since the Supreme Court’s decision to rule that married same-sex couples are entitled to Federal benefits and that same-sex marriages are now legal in California. He sent out a tweet and photo to fans that officially confirms he’s gay. “Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating #equality tonight nonetheless,” the New York native wrote to go along with a picture of himself with his beau.  I’ve got to say that this is probably the only good news that I have seen while researching the going’s on. I am truly very happy for him!!

Hold on to your hat fellow Young and the Restless fans, the next couple of months are going to be extremely hectic!