“The Young and the Restless” seems to have been in turmoil since several of the actors in pivotal roles were either let go or quit due to disputes over contracts or storylines or both. A rumor started that Jill Farren Phelps had been given her walking papers just before the show picked up six Daytime Emmys.
The rumor of Jill Farren Phelps firing from her position as executive producer at “The Young and the Restless” is, thus far, false. But, according to a report on June 29 fans had a lot to say to CBS and Sony about the fact that Phelps has not yet been fired.
“Young and the Restless” fans have never been shy about speaking their minds, and until recently the producers and writers were sensitive to fans reactions to storylines they did not like. Over the past few years fans have voiced their displeasure with the lack of creativity in the writing of their beloved soap. And then fan favorites started leaving the show.
Three actresses who have left the “The Young and the Restless” include Marcy Rylan, who portrayed Abby Newman. Now using the name Emme Rylan, she joined the cast of “General Hospital” as LuLu Spencer. Michelle Stafford, who portrayed Phyllis Newman, lapsed into a coma after a fall down a flight of stairs.. After nearly a year spent working on “The Stafford Project,” Michelle blew into Port Charles as Nina Clay. Maura West, formerly Diane Jenkins on “The Young and the Restless,” portrays Ava Jerome on “General Hospital.”
A list of cancelled soap operas lies in Jill Farren Phelps wake, and fans are uncertain how the former executive producer of the failed “Hollywood Heights” remains at the helm of “The Young and the Restless.” Viewership has dropped by nearly a million and a half viewers and “General Hospital is quickly gaining ground. Many predict that “General Hospital” will unseat “The Young and the Restless” as the number one soap opera, especially if Billy Miller or Michael Muhney joins the cast.
Speculation is that both actors have been cast in roles on the show. There are three pivotal male roles vacant on the canvas of “General Hospital.” They include Jason Morgan, Lucky Spencer and A.J. Quartermaine. Though both the Jason Morgan and A.J. Quartermaine characters have been killed off, fans are hoping that they are alive and well and headed back to Port Charles.