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!

52 Responses

  1. Profile photo of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    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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    Restless Fan

    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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    harlee490

    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! :) 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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    stoney07

    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…. :( I could only hope

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    Restless Fan

    [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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    damjd90210

    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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    1titanman

    @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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    mannym716

    OMFG!!!! BEST COMMENT EVER!…

    [quote=The_Moustache]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
    [/quote]

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    giogio

    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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    ChristianDavis148

    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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    soapjunkie88

    [quote=ChristianDavis148]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.[/quote]
    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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    acesup_mbs

    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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    ER Writer

    [quote=soapjunkie88][quote=ChristianDavis148]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.[/quote]
    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.[/quote]

    I also wonder if anyone at Sony had heard Jamey’s All my Children Nursing Home rant? :)

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    SwanQueen59

    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… 0:)

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    thecourt99

    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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    david46208

    @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!”
    ——
    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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    ChristianDavis148

    [quote=SoapArmageddon]Is Hogan Sheffer staying?[/quote]

    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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    marknsprmo

    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.

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    according2joe

    I am glad that Josh Griffith is coming back. I would love to see Hogan Sheffer gone. Any word on Hogan? Also, Ive been hearing Sally Sussman Morina’s name floating around. Any chance she will come back to y&r? Now in regards to Jill Farren Phelps, Dont get me started Lol.

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    Cyberologist

    I just thought her storytelling was wierd… and she made it clear that…

    “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.

    they went around her husband to let her go…she is really arrogant

  21. Profile photo of RebeccaJ
    RebeccaJ

    More stories she could have told? Or more stories she could have started then dropped…..

    If she has ‘no clue’ as to why they dropped her, she apparently doesn’t watch Y&R.

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    blake3b

    [quote=The_Moustache]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
    [/quote]

    Love that Big Ang can’t even believe her words! lmao

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    blake3b

    The first thing I thought when I read MAB’s message was “delusional”. And then the first post on her says she’s delusional. So we all know that she doesn’t seem to be all there, at least when it comes to Y&R.

    Funny that she mentioned the cast and crew that will miss her, and she mentioned Kay. Well did she not hear about the interview Jeanne Cooper did recently saying she doesn’t know what the hell is going on at her show these days and that it’s nothing like when William Bell wrote for it.

    The actors and crew are probably celebrating with bubbly right now, they realize their show just may have a chance to stay alive for longer now that she’s gone.

    The woman who keeps hiring tv stars from Nick at Night/TV Land but can’t seem to pay Y&R stars like Melody what they should be paid and to be kept on the screen!

  24. Profile photo of Monticello or Bust
    Monticello or Bust

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

    [quote=SoapArmageddon] Those were tears of joy, you fool.[/quote]

    Thanks SoapArmageddon. I had a good laugh. This is my favorite comment of the day!

    Bye bye Maria. Pick up your phone. It’s your wakeup call.

  25. Profile photo of CtFireWitch
    CtFireWitch

    Oh happy days are here again, the skies are blue and clear again, happy days are here again!

    Hope this show can be saved.

    ps: it’s obvious MAB doesn’t read this site…lol

  26. Profile photo of JayCee
    JayCee

    I am so happy to know she is leaving. My mom (a huuuuuuuuuge fan of the show) almost stopped watching. She thought the chipmunk storyline was the stupidest one in history of any TV and she became confused with the endless (and mindless) coming and going of the characters. I phoned her to let her know about Maria being ‘invited to leave’ and mom said “that’s the last writing job she’ll ever have, unless she can count on more nepotism”.

    Good buy, Ms. Bell. You shall NOT be missed

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    Angie Lucy

    Karma took her own sweet time but she finally bit Maria’s backside.

    I don’t like JFP, but I’d be willing to call a truce if she brings back Victoria Rowell.

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    TV Gord

    I’m not a Y&R follower, but just as a soap fan, that headline threw me into fits of laughter. Then, I clicked on the story!!! The_Moustache’s screen captures of that ugly dude with the big tits from Mob Wives (is it?), and I just have to go and lie down. (Can internal organs explode from too much laughter?)

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    pumpkin

    First The Moustache—very clever and gave me a laugh Thanks

    I do think Y&R could do better. I am newer viewer. Only last few years on and off. Some of the storylines and featuring of certain characters day in and day out bored me to death. So I am hopeful when someone posted the stories should improve.

    I am a bit leary of Phelps. After watching oltl and having great writing and stories for the short time I was able to, it was hard to watch GH. (It is great now) Under Phelps was mob, women seemed demeaned and dumb and sometimes to redneck like. If we see that, we will know. All of a sudden the characters on GH are smarter.

    (I am looking at this as a viewer that came after demise of atwt/gl) I went to oltl and loved it. So I am hoping that GH and Y&R will fill void. GH has been getting better. You can see why I am cautious about the changes.

    Longtime viewers will have different perceptions.

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    Ellichae

    This is GREAT! Considering the lousy way JFP treated Genie Francis on GH, don’t be surprised if Genie returns to GH by November- Luke and Laura reunited at last! For once there is something good JFP has done! There’s no way Genie will stay on Y&R, and she’ll be back in Port Charles where she belongs!

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    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=Ellichae]This is GREAT! Considering the lousy way JFP treated Genie Francis on GH, don’t be surprised if Genie returns to GH by November- Luke and Laura reunited at last! For once there is something good JFP has done! There’s no way Genie will stay on Y&R, and she’ll be back in Port Charles where she belongs![/quote]

    YAY! By the way where is that Genie Francis groupie/disciple that usually comes tearing in here to defend the fair lady’s honor? They are nowhere to be found tonight. Hmmmmmm………

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    pennywise555

    [quote=damjd90210]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[/quote]

    James Franco hmmmm, you mean instead of Anita , Daisy, Tucker, Genevieve, Angelo, Angelina, nuHeather, etc etc etc.? Sign him up. Cast him as a Phillip Chancellor, Jill would be a great mom to him!

    MAB may have gotten rid of Jill Foster Abbott but the name Jill Farren Phelps will be front&center in the Y&R credits every single day!HA!:bigsmile:

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    aveRex

    My strong feeling is that we are entering into the last two years of Y&R. Jill is not good as a replacement. The show will get very, very, VERY dark. She will drop the current vets and the reason that will be given is: cost-reduction. She will introduce characters we could care less about (though Maria also did that), and she will likely destroy some of the better things that were in place at Y&R. I cringe as I think about the music elements that will get ‘updated’ by her. Y&R has had the best background cue music in the business, and I can listen to those tracks like I would listen to a song on the radio.

    Bad news Jill is in the house. Awful.

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    lyn

    Really Maria you don’t have a clue as to why you were given the boot? Admitting that you have a problem is the first step in recovery.

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    pferrando

    I agree 100% with averex. Worried about the direction the show will go. Y and R has ALWAYS been about consistency (well at least until up to late 2006). The production, sets, music and cast remained pretty much in tact. For me the familiarity of the show, whether it was Jill and Kay feuding, the Nikki/Victor storylines, the shows pace; it was refreshing to know there would be no jarring changes that seemed to be happening at the other soaps. (Hand held outdoor shaky camera work anyone? GL ) Then LML came in and sped up the show, used new sets and camera work…it was horrible. The one thing I do commend MAB on was the return of Y and R’s signature look. The writing never returned to where it was pre-LML. I will give it all a chance, but I’ll be one of the most vocal on here if JFP screws our show up even more.

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    testadoda

    Do you think its safe to go back in the water? Maybe I will wait to see exactly what JFP doers to ruin the show this time.
    Every show I have watched She has had a large hand in destroying it.

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