“The Young & The Restless” Michael Muhney May Return
Y&R Michael Muhney recently spoke about his departure from the show as Adam Newman and it may have just been about rumors that caused his almost abrupt exit and dismissal. Michael said that about three years into his role on the show, he began to feel locked in and “itching” to get out. “I started to get scared. By 3 1/2 to 4 years in, I’m itching to get out.” and “A lot has to change to get me to stay, or I’m going to need to quit, or you’re going to need to fire me.” Looking back, he realizes his ego won out. “I should have known better. I was playing a character that I loved. But I started looking for the grass being greener somewhere else. Where I was stupid and where I made my mistake was my ego told me that for sure someone was going to snatch me up as soon as I left. So, I said, ‘I’m going to leave or you’re going to have to push me out the door if this, this and this doesn’t change.’ And I shouldn’t have done that, and because I said that for six months straight they said, ‘Okay you’re now leaving.'”
The reason that he was let go the actor explained is that “I’m a bit of a method actor. I’m a really nice guy Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but when I go to work it’s like I had to really be him. I wanted to be Adam during takes, and during my lunch break. So, I wouldn’t eat lunch with anyone, I’d go back to my dressing room and run lines. I was starting to need to become him to play him. All the other actors had to throw hate speech my way, and in my mind I started to think, “Do some of these people not like me? I think they think I’m this guy.” And “At the very end what I was doing was I was perpetuating this father son rivalry that was inside of the script outside of it on stage with this gentleman [Eric Braeden] who played opposite of me and played my father. I decided to pick battles with him about changing certain things. I picked battles that I never should have picked, and in picking them I agitated things just enough for them [the show] to say, ‘We got to split you guys up, this isn’t working, you gotta go.’” Michael was fired.
Michael also explained that there was a sexual assault rumor that was circulating and TMZ broke a story about it when he was let go from the show. Michael’s people asked Sony, CBS and the HR department at “Y&R” to talk to the alleged actress and make a statement that nothing happened. “Not only did nothing ever happen, but this girl never accused… nothing happened!” Muhney said “No substantial news network ever reported that charges were filed and someone was arrested.” As for the TMZ story and the rumors were, “I either said the word boobs around this young girl, or I actually grabbed said boobs. That’s disgusting as I have a young daughter and it disgusts me. I wanted to scream from the mountain tops, ‘Are you guys crazy!’”
Michael Muhney stayed quiet and didn’t address the rumors, but maybe he should have, Michael added that “By me staying quiet I guess it looked suspicious that this rumor was true,” Allegedly, he was told by CBS and Sony not to address the issue at the time. “What I wanted to say to everyone was why can’t you publicly apologize to me on Twitter? I needed someone to make a statement. But I didn’t want to put anyone in that situation.”
Since then there has been communication with Y&R about Michael Muhney returning to the show but nothing written in stone yet.
Written by Cheryl S
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