The word bully is often associated with kids and teenagers. One generally doesn’t think of a 37-year-old actor being fired for being a bully. There is more than one side to the story and fans are divided over what is the truth. Did Muhney, a father of three, bully and sexually harass Hunter King, his 20 year old ex costar? Or, did Hunter come on to Muhney and wanted revenge for his rejection.
Either way, the show has suffered a decline in viewership over the whole situation. TV by the Numbers reported on Jan. 25 that “Young and the Restless,” took a downward turn to its ratings from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, this came one week after reporting its highest ratings in three years. Compared to the same reporting period in 2013, “The Young and the Restless” lost nearly 500,000 viewers.
There are multiple Facebook and Twitter groups dedicated to saving Michael Muhney. There are also many stars starting to speak out. Fans started vocalizing their concerns and even accused actors like Eric Braeden of having a hand in the firing. Although some accused him of trying to get rid of Michael, Braeden contends that actually it was the other way around. ”I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth,” said Braeden in the Radar Online report. Braeden went on to say, “The notion that Hunter King came to me and was coaxed by me to go to the top (and get Muhney fired) is utter nonsense.” We did have our differences, but for anyone to say that I had him fired is a lie,” added Braeden in the report by Radar Online. “He wanted me off the show because he wanted to be head honcho. In his words, I was the old lion and he was the young lion. He wanted to push aside the old lion. That was in his words to me, at the very end. I welcomed that guy, as I said. (I told him), ‘You are very good at what you do, keep your nose clean and stay out of everyone else’s business and just do your job.’”
Even Michael’s mom has taken to Twitter. She recently tweeted, “Really disappointed in fans negativity and taunting cast, crew and execs at Y&R. Please don’t associate that harassment with Michael’s name.”
According to International Business Times, Other cast members of “The Young and the Restless” including Joshua Morrow, Jessica Collins, Eileen Davidson, Christian Le Blanc, Greg Rikaart, Elizabeth Hendrickson and Christel Khalil seemed to side with Hunter because they defended her from bashers on Twitter.
So why is Hunter and Michael so tight lipped about the situation? Most likely since these two are the employees that are directly involved in the situation they are bound by legalities. Somewhere in their employment contracts there must be a clause about confidentiality.
What do you think?