“Young and the Restless” picked up six Daytime Emmys, including Billy Miller’s win for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Billy Abbot. Even before the Daytime Emmys were live-streamed, a rumor that Jill Farren Phelps had been fired from “The Young and the Restless” began making the rounds of a message board.
Subsequent reports, including one released on June 27, say that Phelps has not been fired as the executive producer of “The Young and the Restless.” Ed Scott, who reportedly was going to take over for the fired Phelps, will remain at the helm of “Bold and the Beautiful.”
One news outlet claims that Steve Kent, Senior Vice President of Programming at Sony, regrets letting Phelps “hoodwink him” into hiring her and that the two no longer speak. It is not quite clear why Steve Kent chose to hire Phelps in the first place, considering the number of soap operas that have been cancelled under her watch. These soap operas include “Guiding Light,” “Another World,” “Santa Barbara,” and “One Life to Live.”
Sources say that executives at Sony feel they were tricked by Jill Farren Phelps and are scrambling to save what was once the strongest soap opera on the air. The loss of Emme Rylan to “General Hospital” was just the beginning of the end. Rylan was quickly followed by the departure of Michelle Stafford, who now portrays Nina Clay on “General Hospital.”
Insiders say that the set of “The Young and the Restless” is a “snake-pit” and that alliances are shifting almost daily. Prior to the exits of Billy Miller and Michael Muhney, most cast members were firmly behind their executive producer and her decision to let both actors go. It seems that now some cast members, even some veterans, are nervous about the future of “The Young and the Restless.”