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Michael Muhney' Says His Best Scenes Were with Eric Braeden — Y&R
In a recent tweet Muhney' shared that his best scenes were with fellow Y&R star Eric Braeden. see the tweets below:
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Will Muhney Return to Y&R?
In an interview with The Peloton Brief Podcast, former "The Young and the Restless" actor Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) finally addressed the story behind his departure, as well as rumors Thatsup.info readers might find interesting. Could Muhney, a fan favorite, return to the show?
Problems began to begin for the actor about half-way into his third year on the hit soap. Muhney began to feel he was locked into a show and a role that he could end up spending the next thirty years playing and it frightened him. Muhney reveals, "I started to get scared. By 3 1/2 to 4 years in, I’m itching to get out.” He told himself and the show that, "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." Reflecting back he realizes his ego got the better of him. "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.'"
As for the real story surrounding his departure Muhney said it came down to him truly becoming the character of Adam while on set. He stated, "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.'" This began to eat at him, and he went on to truly become Adam. "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.'” In the end, Muhney was fired.
He was told he was being let go right before the show went dark for December. They filmed scenes of his character meeting his demise by going over a cliff. After, Muhney wrote an apology letter to Sony detailing his mistakes, which led to the execs bringing him in to talk. They felt he was sincere in his apology and considered bringing him back, but they needed assurances from him that he wouldn’t pick more battles. Muhney described this as his, "George Bailey moment from ‘It's a Wonderful Life.’" It was at this point that TMZ broke a story about why he was let go from the show, which had to do with a sexual assault on set. His people asked Sony, CBS and the HR department at "Y&R" to talk to the actress and make a statement that nothing happened. "Not only did nothing ever happen, but this girl never accused... nothing happened!" Muhney affirms. “No substantial news network ever reported that charges were filed and someone was arrested." As for the TMZ story, without naming names, Muhney detailed that 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!’"
Muhney decided at the time it was best not to make a statement to the media or on Twitter and instead take the high road. "By me staying quiet I guess it looked suspicious that this rumor was true," he states. He hired a PI who learned this rumor was started online by a woman in Florida. CBS and Sony advised him not to comment on rumors, and they themselves stayed quiet as it was their policy never to comment on rumors. The problem compounded as cast members who never worked with Muhney on the show began to read these rumors and reach out to him and question if this is why he was let go. It was only months later that some apologized to him for never speaking out on his behalf. While he told them no worries, “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."
Sixth months later Muhney met with the network about bringing him back, but they hadn’t told anyone in the cast about this yet. He was excited to return as he had spent six months being humbled in ways he never thought. Unfortunately for him, the deal fell through and Muhney finally made a statement online that he would not be returning to Y&R. Instead the show decided to hire Justin Hartley to replace him. "That broke my heart," Muhney revealed, "it was at that point I disconnected and let go." However, when he went back to auditioning for primetime shows and films, he found himself back at the bottom as all his years on the soap didn’t count as work.
Now with Justin Hartley's show This Is Us getting renewed for two years, rumors have been circulating that Muhney may return to "Y&R." He even reveals that some cast members have encouraged him to jump on the opportunity to return, as it will be good for the show. "I want a second chance, a second chance story. If I was back at work it would dispel the rumors because if they happened, I wouldn’t be there," he notes. Muhney says he and his people are currently trying to get the ball rolling with "Y&R" for a return. Thatsup.info will keep you updated on any further developments.
Was Micheal Muhney fired from Y&R?
The firing of Michael Muhney back in December 2013 from The Young and the Restless was shocking and unexpected. As the second actor to play Adam Newman on the soap, his exit was mired in controversy.
Fans and cast members took sides after allegations of sexual harassment were brought to light. Reportedly, co-star Hunter King complained to producers that Muhney had groped her breasts on two separate occasions, and she would go to the police if the actor wasn't fired.
That story has never been confirmed by King or CBS. Muhney even refuted the charges in January 2014 on his Twitter page. Now a just-released September 2013 interview with Jim Romanovich of the Radio Retropolis podcast is shedding new light on possible reasons why Muhney was let go from the daytime series. The 40-year-old actor is quite frank about the politics of the show and how he refused to play the game behind the scenes.
Was Muhney nothing more than a thorn in the producers' sides? Romanovich's interview doesn't do any favors to the former Veronica Mars star's case. The key point in the interview seems to be his sticky relationship with longtime Y&R star Eric Braeden, who played Victor Newman on the series.
"The thing about Eric is he doesn't take s**t from anybody. He's known for that," Muhney said in the 2013 interview. "He's been around enough years for that to be known." Braeden certainly deserves respect on the set, but it sounds like Muhney was looking for that same level of consideration.
"I haven't been around as many years for that to be known, but it's also a fact with me. He knows I don't take any s**t from him either and I'll call him on it and he'll call me on mine," he said. "We're like that in real life with each other. I don't need to be his best friend and hold hands and skip down the street on the weekends and go shopping together." That on-set tension carried over to their real-life relationship, because Muhney decided to put up a barrier between them. He didn't want the father-son dynamic to cross over after the cameras stopped rolling.
"Where I cut it off with Eric is that I can't look for him to be a father to me," he explained. "I can't expect the kind of advice on the side, behind the scenes, or on Twitter, or in an interview where he might be speaking to me. We're just two grown men who are co-stars." Muhney admitted that he had to put up an "emotional wall" with Braeden and that "it's been the hardest to do with him over everyone" because a part of him was looking for a father figure. That's when the former soap actor revealed the dents in his armor.
"I've never spoken about this with him, but perhaps there's a sense of, 'If you're going to be a son to me, respect me like one.' At the same time, I'm a grown man and I'm not your son," Muhney shared. "So there's a little pushing and poking and prodding, but it's all relevant to what we do."
At the time, there were rumors going around that Muhney was trying to push Braeden off the show. Even though he denied the claims, it’s clear that there was a lot of tension happening between them while he was on Y&R. Besides Braeden, he also complained about the nominating system for the Daytime Emmy Awards, because he felt like it was unfair. He took it upon himself to try and fix the process. However, his revelation seemed to take a dig at his fellow co-stars.
"I had to make this decision early on — did I want to make friends at work or did I want to go to work? A lot of these soap actors, they've been in since they were young or they've been in for so long, they don't have a life outside of soaps," he said. "There are a few healthy ones who have outside lives. I don't need to make friends at work here. I also don't mind rubbing people the wrong way and being honest [about the broken voting system for awards]."
The outspoken actor said others supported his fight against the awards show, but there was a "bully crew" who were fine with the status quo because "it worked for them, G*******t." He believed many cast members were afraid to ruffle any feathers. Even with these revelations in the Radio Retropolis interview, there is still a cloud of mystery as to why Muhney was let go. Was it the harassment allegations or was there more going on behind the scenes that fans weren't aware of? His open conversation with Romanovich proves he wasn't scared to speak his mind and that might have cost him his job.
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