The Young and the Restless’ former head writer and executive producer, Maria Arena Bell, weighed in on the unexpected exit of fan favorite Michael Muhney as Adam Newman in the new edition of Soap Opera Digest.
Bell, who served as showrunner from late 2007 until her firing in 2012, hired Muhney to replace Chris Engen in the role of Adam in 2009. While she had nothing but praise for Muhney’s talents, she sharply criticized her successors for botching Adam & Sharon’s storyline, implying his exit is emblematic of the new regime’s creative problems
“Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman, and his and Sharon’s [Sharon Case] was a great dark love story,” said Bell exclusively to Soap Opera Digest. “Sadly, that story was seriously derailed in the last year, so I am not surprised that the show would look for a solution to their problematic storytelling decisions. It will be a tough role to recast.”
Whether or not one agrees with her criticism, it’s rather tasteless and unprofessional for a former executive to criticize the work of their successors. And considering Maria Arena Bell’s own “problematic storytelling decisions” during Young and the Restless tenure and subsequent mystification regarding her termination, keeping it mute might have been best.