The Young and the Restless is currently without its Adam Newman character after an explosion in the storyline left an open door for his return. Justin Hartley left the role to work on a new television series set to air on NBC called This Is Us.
In the beginning, Hartley led fans to believe that he would take a break to work on the project, but he confirmed his exit after the cabin explosion aired on the popular CBS daytime soap.
For several weeks, fans have been speculating whether Michael Muhney will reprise the role of Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless. Several tweets from the actor were dissected by media outlets as a possible hint that he’d return to the show. His most recent tweets haven’t fed into the frantic frenzy that got Muhney fans ecstatic about a possible Y&R return.
In fact, his Twitter account has been mostly sharing tidbits about his time with his kids. There hasn’t been any indication of auditions or insinuations of a new chapter being started in his life — like the message he posted on August 21 that read, “There’s always another chapter to write.”
Fans immediately wondered what the quote was about until Michael Muhney set the record straight by sharing that it was an inspiring quote given from American marathoner Galen Rupp.
— Kristyn Burtt (@KristynBurtt) September 16, 2016
In June, Muhney tweeted a throwback picture of he and Peter Bergman, who plays Jack Abbott on Y&R. He reminisced about his time the two of them appeared on Jeopardy together.
There are also rumors that Michael Muhney may return to the role because there are new showrunners and a head writer.
As iTech Post notes, the Muhney’s return is unlikely because it would be “risky for the show considering his controversial exit before.” It’s been almost two years since he was let go from the show. Jill Farren Phelps, a former producer of The Young and the Restless, is believed to be responsible for Muhney’s abrupt departure back in 2013. Chuck Pratt Jr. has also moved on to be a producer for another show, Citizen Oracle reports. Mal Young is the show’s new producer.
Additionally, a new head writer at the soap was announced on Daytime Confidential’s Twitter account on September 15. The tweet read that Sally Sussman Morina was at the helm of Y&R’s writing team.
— Daytime Confidential (@dcconfidential) September 15, 2016
Muhney never denied there were issues behind the scenes at Y&R. He spoke candidly with Australia’s TV Week Soap Extra back in 2014 about a conversation he had with Farren Phelps about 10 months before he left the show in December of 2013. Some excerpts of the interview were published on Michael Fairman Soaps.
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— Las Vegas NV Blog (@LasVegasNvBlog) September 20, 2016
Muhney had a beef with the way things were being operated off-screen at the studio.
“I remember sitting down in the final ten months of my tenure with the executive producer and saying, ‘things have to change. You guys are going to have to fire me or I’m going to have to quit.’ I told them that several times,” Muhney said.
When Muhney was asked if he suspected anyone would be out to ruin his reputation, he said he was told it would happen.
“I didn’t have suspicions — I was told. A producer said to me, ‘When your star shines very bright, you have a huge target on your back. So be careful.'”
A number of changes have taken place since the actor left the show. All of these factors have given fans hope for his return as Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless. It’s hard to say if Michael Muhney would even want his role back as Adam Newman after everything that’s happened.
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