Maria Arena Bell Really Doesn't Have a Clue Why Sony TV Gave Her The Boot at Young and Restless






Ousted The Young and the Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell took to Facebook to share her thoughts on getting the boot. See statement below, as published online:

So it was announced today I am leaving Y and R... the show I have loved so much for so long. It is the legacy of my father in law... my mother in law... and all the Bells. The show has been my heart and soul. I loved working with the most talented writers in TV who were also the most wonderful human beings I know. They became a second family and my best friends. I loved the cast and crew. I am extremely sad to go because there are more stories I could have told. So much more I wanted to do. My ratings are strong... each week stronger than last year. The show is in a great place creatively. We are number one by the greatest margin in the show's history and have been consistently while I've been there. Under no one else's tenure as head writer exec producer have we won every demographic for so long. I am just shy of five years at the helm. It has been an amazing ride. So why am I leaving? I am mystified as are my cast and crew.

"There have been a lot of tears shed in the last few days... by me and by my loyal staff and by our iconic actors," she continues. "I was not given a reason and in fact I have heard nothing from Sony or CBS. They sent me a message through my husband Bill who had the terrible job of conveying that they'd gone around him and were letting me go. I fought hard for my vision and to keep the show on track with the characters that matter to the audience. Maybe I fought too hard. But I am glad I did. I never compromised on what I believed in. I never dumbed down the storytelling. I walked in the door at Y and R in 1988... as a young writer getting her first job. Today I leave there knowing it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love you Y and R. Your story was my life story too. And to Victor... Nikki... Jack... and Kay... I will miss you."


 

Denial really isn't just a river in Africa. "I never dumbed down the storytelling." Yeah, because putting Greg Rikaart in a chipmunk costume and killing someone with a volcano just screamed smart storytelling. I can't... So Long, Sister Soap Opera Killer!


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Did Heather Webber slip some LSD into MAB's ice tea or cosmopolitan? This woman is delusional.

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Denial indeed. I mean does she really have no clue? Does she really see herself as a victim here??? Come on lady, you had this coming for a very, very long time.

And I don't understand what crap she talks about Y&R's ratings. Is she serious? Does she think we don't get a look at the numbers???

This woman really doesn't have a clue. -.-

So long. Have fun at MOCA and please stay FAR AWAY from any job in this industry. Believe it or not - YOU HAVE FAILED!!!!

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"I never dumbed down the storytelling"

SHAME THE DEVIL

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I was not given a reason

I never dumbed down the storytelling.

I fought hard for my vision and to keep the show on track

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WOW she is delusional. I want some of what she is smoking. It for that statement alone I believe SONY had to do whatever they needed to. I had to laugh reading that. The lies some people tell themselves.

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I wonder if she'll force herself on The Bold & The Beautiful now?

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Dont let the door hit you where the good Lord split ya!!

Is she serious, she single handedly destroyed this show.

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I'm dancing in streets! This had to be done because the ratings have dropped over her tenture and defying fans just to stick it to them...well all the screaming in telephone, mailing postcards over the last 18 months at CBS I have sense of happiness as many other fans have done. It helped to become one voice. Even when I returned watching I still did my 3 times a week routine of mailing and calling CBS. I hope Sony learned something from this and with renewal in '14 looming and CBS I believe is the one that had the upper hand and pressuring Sony to make change! This is good news and I waited years to hear....JFP...it's a wait to see. The blade of the gullitine is extremely bloody this week at Y&R and the crowding is cheering! Smile I expect the blade will be sharpen now for the over bloated cast....thank you! One last time..."OFF with their HEADS" Love

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OMG....ok I've defended her but even I know the storytelling was definitely dumbed down under MAB. The stories were ridiculous mostly, and while I agree she kept the vets frontburner for the most part, she should not be CLUELESS as to why she got fired. She should be clueless as to how she stayed for so long. The numbers are NOT strong by any means, not even compared to last year. They may be NOW because the show has actually gotten better the past month or so...but come on MAB. At least admit that you sucked and go down with a little bit of dignity.

As for MAB going to B&B, she was actually a writer there once before I believe, and maybe she could talk her brother in law into focusing on more than 3 characters....I could only hope. Hey, maybe she'll switch with Kay Alden and they'll bring HER back to Y&R.... Sad I could only hope

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[I love you Y and R. Your story was my life story too.]

Really Maria? I didn't know you had that many evil twins in your life? Or that people you have known who died came back from the dead? Or that you know people who escape the law so frequently with a mere slap on the wrist? OR that you knew someone who was killed in one state but tried in another? Really???

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But Jamey Jill don't Like the vets look what she did at GH plus Maria need too go but I would rather someone no the show Jill will have Franco eating the show

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two words MAB....SHARON NEWMAN!

enjoy retirement or running MOCA!

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@The_Moustache Brad said hell no! He's LOL at his sister-in law~

Jamey first of all you are too damn funny on twitter...You have me LMAO with the behind the scenes drama! Too funny!

Jamey pls do this for us DC audience; pls do a breakdown & timeline on the days and hours how it all went down. Pls I need you to say 8AM Maria arrives at the studio. 9AM Sony comes in and say ho get your ass outta here! 10AM Maria is drink a bottle of gin on the Newman set crying. I need you to script this behind the scenes drama like it a real tv show. Again I'm LOL on the behind the scenes drama, but I'm crying inside for us Y&R viewers.

All I'm going to say when JFP comes; cancel christmas, because it going to be a wrap! If JFP kills Kay Chancellor and Jill Foster Abbott? I hope Jess Walton bust her knee caps open to the white meat!

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yeeeaaahhhh...characters falling into volcanoes and being aerial-sprayed by insecticide in cornfields......yeeeeaaahh solid storytelling!

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OMFG!!!! BEST COMMENT EVER!...

The_Moustache wrote:
I was not given a reason

I never dumbed down the storytelling.

I fought hard for my vision and to keep the show on track

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I hope that these stories stop rotating. I have found it so odd watching story lines and actors blow in every few weeks. Coming from abc soaps its really strange.

THE MOUSTACHE - that is so funny. I know Big Ang. She is a really great person with a good heart. She would get a kick out of this.

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This picture is perfect for my dart board. Thank you.

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Oh for the love of God! I cannot believe that Maria is being that delusional and in so much denial! I'm sure that once the news came down that she was let go, there had to be some cast members who were giddy and over the moon that she was out the door, secretly mind you.

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"There have been a lot of tears shed in the last few days by..staff and by our..actors,"

Those were tears of joy, you fool.

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ChristianDavis148 wrote:
Oh for the love of God! I cannot believe that Maria is being that delusional and in so much denial! I'm sure that once the news came down that she was let go, there had to be some cast members who were giddy and over the moon that she was out the door, secretly mind you.

Right. She had her pets that she always wrote for. I think those people were crying about her leaving. But people like Sharon Case or Kristoff St. John ... they sure slept with a smile on their faces last night.

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So, it seems it was a tad traumatic for her to be told by her husband that she'd been canned but she obviously had no issues with Eden Riegel and others discovering their firing from fans via Twitter... I have no sympathy for her.

"I am extremely sad to go because there are more stories I could have told."

Just the thought of her crafting (term used in the loosest sense possible) and telling more stories made a shiver run down my spine...

"The show is in a great place creatively."

Um, wut? lol

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soapjunkie88 wrote:
ChristianDavis148 wrote:
Oh for the love of God! I cannot believe that Maria is being that delusional and in so much denial! I'm sure that once the news came down that she was let go, there had to be some cast members who were giddy and over the moon that she was out the door, secretly mind you.

Right. She had her pets that she always wrote for. I think those people were crying about her leaving. But people like Sharon Case or Kristoff St. John ... they sure slept with a smile on their faces last night.

I also wonder if anyone at Sony had heard Jamey's All my Children Nursing Home rant? Smile

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Is Hogan Sheffer staying?

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"There have been a lot of tears shed in the last few days by..staff and by our..actors,"

Those were tears of joy, you fool.

Now THAT is the Best Comment of the Day!

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There are no words that have not been said on this thread about this ridiculously foolish woman and her (being polite here), pathetic "vision" and poor stewardship of this once proud tentpole of daytime television. I am dancing for joy that she and her dreadful material will be gone. However, with JFP "waiting in the wings" for her "entrance", I'm of the opinion my joy will be short lived. The old saying goes "Better a devil you do know than one you don't". We know both. They may be interchangable. God bless the cast and crew of Y&R. The "wait and see" games are about to commence and the curtain has yet to rise... Innocent

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it is hard for me to buy this affection for the show, storyline direction, cast and crew when so many are on record as saying that MAB was rarely there, rarely available and open for character discussion with the actors.

She's trying to play the sympathy card here and while i hate to rejoice over anyone being employed, I think she needs to put on the chipmunk head and cry with Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.

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@Jamey Giddens: Sony/CBS pulled a semi Paul Rauch by sending a lackie to give her the news that she was getting the boot! Basically as Paul did to Lillian Hayman on OLTL in the 80's where the assistant came to her as she was walking to her car and said:

"You just worked your last day!"
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Anyways it was time for this trick to hit the road. She made Dina Higley, Chuck Pratt and Julie Hanan Carruthers look better by comparison. They may have been hacks. But they were talented hacks. They turned hackery into an art form.

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SoapArmageddon wrote:
Is Hogan Sheffer staying?

As for Hogan, I am sure that Josh Griffith got rid of him as soon as he was made Head Writer at Y&R. So, we've seen the last of Maria, Scott and Hogan.

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Hey I might have a soap to watch again! We will just have to see what JFP comes up with. I am praying it is not the mafia! I am willing to hold out hope that she can turn this show around and make it golden once again.

I am shocked that Maria Bell used the ratings as a reason to keep her. She has lost a million or so viewers. Perhaps those viewers weren't that important to her...... Well I will be tuning back in to see what Josh Griffin writes for the show. I certainly hope that he gets rid of Sheffer and the blond bimbettes that also write for this vernerable show.

Overall I am optimistic. I am quite aware of JFP but I am willing that she can bring back our show.