Two weeks ago, CBS confirmed the firing of “Young and the Restless” Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. This shocking news led to a flurry of rumors that the show would also lose her proverbial “partner-in-crime”–Charles Pratt, Jr.
Now, rumor has it Pratt is on his way out as of September. This online fan gossip has is spreading like wildfire, claiming he’s only staying on during the transition to new EP Mal Young.
It’s unlike CBS to phase out major backstage players one at a time. Historically, Y&R tends to clean house in one full sweep. Also, the show confirmed Pratt would remain in his position during the press release announcing Phelps’s departure.
Pratt was hired as Y&R’s Executive Producer/Head Writer back in January 2015. In the last year and a half, the show has gone through significant changes. Pratt dialed the drama with plane crashes, fake identities, baby snatching, and the shocking death of a lead character.
What would Pratt’s loss mean to Y&R? Legendary BBC soap producer Mal Young might be the new EP, but his history is more behind the camera than putting pen to paper.
With Pratt gone, the show would need a new head writer and fans will suffer another adjustment period.
Of course, this is just a rumor and Pratt may be stick around after all. Soap Hub will keep you updated if this story goes from Internet gossip to breaking news.
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