Wednesday’s renewal of The Young and the Restless — along with CBS’s entire daytime lineup — was tempered somewhat by the cloud overshadowing the long-running soap opera: star Michael Muhney’s sudden firing last month.
“I can’t comment on any of the allegations,” Nina Tassler, CBS entertainment president, told critics at the 2014 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Wednesday morning. “I can only say that when the producers and Sony [Pictures Television] came to us and said, ‘We want to make a change,’ and they laid out their reasoning why, we supported them.”
Those allegations are that Muhney — who has portrayed Adam Newman for the last five years — sexually assaulted co-star Hunter King, who plays Summer. Reports accuse Muhney of groping his co-star’s breasts on two occasions and of overall harassment “for a long time.” Media outlets also say Muhney’s behavior was “less than appropriate” during his 40-episode tenure on Veronica Mars.
Neither Muhney or King have come forward to make public statements about the situation, though other members of the cast have.
“Please set the record straight, for those of us that have to take the abuse from the fans,” Kristoff St. John posted on Twitter. “It’s hard to watch and read.”
“The last day he was here, he apologized to me, you bet,” longtime Y&R lead Eric Braeden told Radar Online earlier this month. “He was contrite and apologized for several things that he had said and done. I said it’s OK. The essence of what we learn as Christians is to forgive and one forgives. I have forgiven him, I always told him that openly.”
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS and 4:30 p.m. ET on Global.
Greg is reporting live from the 2014 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Follow him on Twitter.
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