More Self-Adoration From Exiting The Young and the Restless Showrunner Maria Arena Bell on Facebook





Soap Opera Digest has posted more lyrics from fired The Young and the Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell's Facebook swan song. In it, she continues on about how much everyone loved her and how devastated they all are.

Funny, the Y&R cast has been pretty much radio silent on Twitter. Love her or hate her, but when Ri Ri's Y&R replacement, Jill Farren Phelps, was shown the door at General Hospital, much of the cast tweeted support — in their own words. As it is though, La Bell is only too happy to share how beloved she was, whether anyone else is saying it or not! Stated Bell:

"When I said my farewell today to the company of The Young and The Restless I stood between Eric Braeden [Victor], Peter Bergman [Jack], Melody Thomas Scott [Nikki] and addressed everyone. Then, spontaneously, each of them said something that was profoundly moving to me about how much they appreciated me, my work, my storytelling, my vision. The moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life was looking out at a se…a of faces, many of them in tears. And then Eric Braeden who was choking back tears himself to the point he could barely speak said that my leaving was a travesty that made no sense and that "This is the end of an era." In that moment I could feel my heart break a little… but I also felt that the commitment I had to that show… the seven day a week fifty two week a year craziness of it all was worth it… because I was part of the history of something truly great."

Sigh. Oh Maria, let's move on. I'm sure there's a fundraiser for the speckled Geese population of Pacific Palisades for you to plan. Let's leave the soap opera producing and writing to the professionals, shall we? 

59 Responses

  1. Avatar of stoney07
    stoney07

    Ok I’m hoping that Peter Bergman (Cliff) was a typo from THIS site and that this woman didn’t REALLY do that. PLEASE God tell me that this was just a typo from DC…please, I beg of you…..

  2. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    @stoney07 I copied and pasted it from the SOD website. I just checked and they changed it to “Jack”, so I will too. I wouldn’t be surprised it MAB wrote “Cliff”. She was obsessed with All My Children. LOL

  3. Avatar of jmr
    jmr

    By reading her own words, you can quickly analyze what her major problems were. Look at how many times she uses the words “I”, “me”, or “mine.” That is a definite indicator that she would listen to no one and does not understand the concept of collaboration, which the best artists understand inherently and know that it takes support to truly shine. Television, film, and theatre are impossible arts to create solely. Even a one-man show has a director or at least a set designer or someone running the lights. Maybe, her next venture should be visual arts- she can showcase her brilliance alone in that medium. Methinks, we see the emperor has no clothes.

    Unsure that the next direction will be any better, but I am sure the company behind and in front of the cameras are pleased to be done with this regime- especially those that did not survive it. Perhaps, she should read a Steven Covey book before her next assignment.

  4. Avatar of stoney07
    stoney07

    @Jamey…..LOL I know she’s obsessed that’s why I was hoping this was all just a typo…I mean she already has the word ASS imprinted on her forehead, that was just make it ten times worse….smh.

  5. Avatar of kerfuffles
    kerfuffles

    She sounds almost mentally ill in these posts. Her grandiose sense of self is off the charts into pathological narcissism.

    But it totally exemplifies why Sony absolutely did the right thing in firing her. She is so delusional of course she thought all the crap storylines and stunt casting she’s been airing on this show for the past few years was great. Of course she ignored the audience, Sony, and anybody else that disagreed with her or told her her writing was crap. She seems to sincerely believe that she was some kind of genius.

    She’s going on and on about how much people appreciated “my work, my storytelling, my vision”? Damn, this woman needs some therapy.

  6. Avatar of stefanstavros
    stefanstavros

    So who do you guys think will be axed? Of course prob the ones we want will be the ones who’ll stay! My list to go would be:

    * Genevieve
    * Tucker
    * Sofia
    * Sarge
    * Billy
    * Victoria (bring back Heather Thom)
    * Kevin (unless they’d make him bad/crazy again)
    * Cane
    * Lily (unless they’d bring back Drucilla)
    * Chelsea and her mom
    * Abby

  7. Avatar of Restless Fan
    Restless Fan

    Maria if you’re reading this please sit down for a moment I have something to tell you.

    When it’s all said and done and the history of the daytime soaps are written about you’re name will always be referred to in the worst way. You will always been seen as one of the worst head writers to ever have a job in this industry. Nothing about the last 3 years of your tenure has been positive. You will never be seen as mover and shaker. A visionary. An admired talent. It will never happen. You will always be remembered as the woman who butchered The Young and the Restless. Lie to yourself all you want. We the fans know what was put on display for years now. It was uninspiring. It was generic. It should have never been allowed to go this far. You’re pain over the situation is nothing compared to the joy thousands and perhaps millions of fans feel today. Good riddance. I hope you find a career in life you’re good at and stick to that.

  8. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @Jamey Giddens: It is time to get Victoria Rowell on the phone and throw out the first offer. Have her come back to town as Dru seeking revenge on Phyllis.

    Have Dru lure Phyllis to the Newman Cabin and then give her a Brooklyn Beat Down!

  9. Avatar of Restless Vixen
    Restless Vixen

    The narcissism of this woman! I swear…

    She is either really, really deluded or she’s smoking that shit. The squirt of sympathy I may have had for MAB is completely gone. Evaporated

    She’s doing herself no favors with these FB posts. Bill Bell Jr needs to seriously tell her to step away from the laptop/smart phone/tablet

  10. Avatar of mannym716
    mannym716

    This BITCH is beyond delusional. I can just picture her having a Joanna Eberhart moment when she got the boot! Lady, you threw a character into a volcano, dressed another as a chipmunk, and because you couldn’t get Sheila Carter back you wrote a HACK dual twin storyline and claimed to have been inspired by Strangers on a Train. GET F*CKED! You kept claiming you were writing Sharon in a way that would empower her as a female character and you turned her into a co-dependent kleptomaniac slut! F*CK OFF! This BITCH put plenty of nails in Y&R’s coffin!

  11. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    I credit her with saving the show from the shithouse LML put it in when she took over. I credit her with the divine Paris remote. I credit her with giving us Billy Miller. I credit her with giving us the Marge/Kay redux. I credit her with giving us Nikki back on the bottle.

    The fact remains though the stories told the last few years were not the level Y&R is used to being at and I doubt the combo of JFP and Josh will be able to do that either.
    Too much Daisy, too much Sharon acting like someone else, too much Adam doing shit and not paying for it, too much of a bloated cast that needs paring down.

    As I said before I have no issue Maria writing Y&R. She did have daytime writing experience before Y&R. When I started watching B&B in the early 90s, her name was in the credits. I would just like it if she was on the Y&R staff that it was with people like Kay Alden and Jack Smith with a little Trent Jones and Sally Sussman-Morina thrown in if possible.
    Sigh…

  12. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @Jamey Giddens: Guess they don’t want to see what happens if some spit comes flying out…lol Yeah, I just heard from source close to the show that Vicky called and sent flowers to Griffin.

  13. Avatar of cheesehead91182
    cheesehead91182

    I’m sorry but is JFP really an upgrade? JFP single handedly destroyed OLTL in the late 90′s by chasing away Robin Strasser and Clint Riche, firing Kevin Stapleton who was the only actor to ever really work as Kevin, forcing the Rappaports down our throats and bringing on way too many actors from Another World.

    In Y&R’s future I see several cast members being shown the door because they don’t click JFP and she will bring on a new core family that takes up way too much screen time and she will bring several of her “friends” from Another World, GH or OLTL to take up even more screen time from Y&R vets.

  14. Avatar of ChristianDavis148
    ChristianDavis148

    [quote=craigcp]Just herd that Eric Braeden will be on the Talk today, if you can stomach the Talk.[/quote]

    Thank God I missed it since I was watching the final Days episode for the next two weeks thanks to the London Summer Olympics that start tonight with the Opening Ceremony. BTW, Days really, REALLY went out with a bang!

  15. Avatar of angrierblackerman
    angrierblackerman

    All the Black people will disappear when JFP comes in…so say goodbye to Neil, Sophia, Devon, Sarge, and Yo-Harmony. In terms of actors, I would also say start preparing to say goodbye to Tristan Rogers, Genie Francis, and Stephen Nichols.

    Don’t expect to see any older female actors come back, so enjoy Tricia Cast now. Jeanne Cooper (Kay Chancellor) will be relegated to damned near recurring status, as JFP doesn’t believe in storylines for older actresses. Tracy Bregman is lucky she still has that tight face and gorgeous hair, because it may save her from getting backburned/axed.

    It’s going to be a bloodbath…

  16. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    This woman needs therapy. No wonder Y&R had so many crazies running around …

    MAB should just stay quiet and leave with the little of respect she might still have. Somewhere on that planet. Universe. Or else.

  17. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @angrierblackerman: Not true. JFP’s was at GL when they cast my beloved Amelia Marhsall as Gillian “Gilly” Grant and Monti Sharp as David Grant. In fact under her tenure the Grant family which included Gilly and Hamps mother
    Vivian Grant (Petronia Paley) were also cast. Then there was Hampton Speakes (Vince Williams) and Kat Speakes(Nia Long). So under her tenure the African Americna cast grew and they had frontburner storylines.

    So this does not mean that at Y&R that the blacks will be gone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22wHQZKIuIA

  18. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    My prediction is JFP will run Y&R into the ground, get fired, the show will be cancelled, and THEN Kay Alden and Jack Smith will be asked to return to write the show off on a high note.

    Kind of like what happened with Lorraine Broderick and AMC although Lorraine had been on the job a week before the axe fell.

  19. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    You’re right David46208. The $ and detail spent on Hamp and Jilly’s wedding was unheard of for a black couple at that time. I remember being very proud of it when it aired.

    I think it’s the vets who will be getting shown the door.
    Beverlee McKinsey, Robin Strasser, Genie Francis just to name a few that JFP got out the door one way or another.
    Why it was ever allowed is beyond me.

  20. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    I bet Sony’s Steve Kent was using Todd’s ringtone “crazy calling” for his calls from MAB.

    And yes, I don’t have seen ANY actor of Y&R speak out on Twitter. After Michelle Stafford posted something about a sad thing that happened, she even did clear it up eventually and said that it had nothing to do with news regarding Y&R.

  21. Avatar of ynroltljunkie2009
    ynroltljunkie2009

    SMDH! Is she for real? MAB, get over it already. It’s not like you’re going to start struggling to pay bills now. Sony finally decided to take your hobby away from you and now it’s time to move on.

    Eric Braeden was probably crying because he knows JFP doesn’t play those games on the set. Finally, I bet you someone will tell this man who really runs shit on the set.

  22. Avatar of J Bernard Jones
    J Bernard Jones

    If her Facebook writing is any indication of her Y&R writing, I understand the consternation and constipation of many faithful viewers.

    JFP just might be the Ex-Lax that Y&R needs.

  23. Avatar of The_Moustache
    The_Moustache

    [quote]Eric Braeden who was choking back tears himself to the point he could barely speak.[/quote]

    damn, this is better than dialogue from Twilight and The Hunger Games.

    the reality is that NO ONE was there when she was leaving and this wackjob had to write some fan-fiction to make herself sound better.

  24. Avatar of blake3b
    blake3b

    Everytime this lady gives an interview you can tell it’s someone delusional and loves to talk about themself. And she loves to talk about how great she is at her job and how well the show is doing, and that’s because no one else is.

    I would have really loved to have been a fly on the wall at that going away party. First off she was gone fast, and you know the cast and crew were high fiving and giving each other looks behind her back lol.

    And EB chocking back the tears? Really? I think she needs to take her medication.

    And regarding JFP and african american actors, I think Guiding Light was the only one where she had big, front stories for them. She sure did with David, Kat, Gilly, Hamp, and Vivian (Charles here and there lol). I don’t remember her stories on AW and I’d prefer to forget her on OLTL lol.

  25. Avatar of twb6yz
    twb6yz

    [quote=The_Moustache][quote]Eric Braeden who was choking back tears himself to the point he could barely speak.[/quote]

    [/quote]

    EB is probably crying since they’ll probably go back to putting him with age appropriate women. Somewhere, Sharon Case smiles.

  26. Avatar of ChrisGa
    ChrisGa

    And the delusions continue; apparently the woman thought having Bell attached to the end of her name guaranteed her a permanent spot at Y&R. At this point someone should name a damn vibrator after her ass because I haven’t seen this much self-loving in years.

  27. Avatar of wiggum
    wiggum

    [quote=twb6yz][quote=The_Moustache][quote]Eric Braeden who was choking back tears himself to the point he could barely speak.[/quote]

    [/quote]

    EB is probably crying since they’ll probably go back to putting him with age appropriate women. Somewhere, Sharon Case smiles.[/quote]

    Well the only woman that would be age appropriate for TGVN is Kay

  28. Avatar of Monticello or Bust
    Monticello or Bust

    Maybe it isn’t Maria Arena Bell posting, but her crazy doppelganger. Or maybe she has a split personality. This just doesn’t seem the postings of someone who’s living in the real world.

    And Re: JFP and African American actors, take a look at her tenure on GH. Justus was killed off, Maya faded away and was her sister ever seen? Lanie is locked in a broom closet somewhere in GH. Epiphany who had great potential (and still does) has mostly been window dressing or propping up other characters, they killed off her son whose name I forget when the actor left the show. So I don’t hold out much hope for good things for the black actors on Y&R unless they decide to pursue Victoria Rowell for a come back.

  29. Avatar of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    This release makes me think there is something to Scientology. It is quite apparent to me that MAB and the cast have apparently been to outer space and some of it got stuck between their ears.Although I will go with her on part of her statement. She has been part of history being on a great show. Unfortunately she has mostly taken the great show and shredded it. I am not going to take up for JFP too much but there are some major differences between these two women. One is that JFP knows how to run a show with high calibre scenery, good actors and well told stories. Yes frequently we hate those stories and she is complete misogynistic to middle aged to older women. But atleast they are stories and not headlines or twit sized stories like MAB writes. Secondly the woman has connections with the soap world. She does not have to rely on people temporarily out of rehab or famous 30 years ago. She can bring us the best of daytime. Crew, writers, cast. JFP is miles away better than MAB. She might not have been my choice but she is a much better choice than MAB

  30. Avatar of BETTYSUE113098
    BETTYSUE113098

    WELL I WOULD NEVER WATCH ANYTHING THAT TAKES THE PLACE OF A SOAP. THAT GOES FOR ALL THOSE DUMB SHOWS. THE CHEW, GOOD AFTERNOON AMERICA, LETS MAKE A DEAL, WHAT EVER ELSE IS OUT THERE..

    I HAVE SEEN ERIC INTERVIEWED BEFORE AND HE IS PRETTY COOL. PRETTY MUCH BUSINESS SO TO SPEAK AND SO I CANT IMAGINE HE IS THAT HEARTBROKEN OVER HER.

    THIS WOMAN HAS HIRED OLD TV STARS THAT REALLY DONT WORK ANYMORE, PUT THEM INT HE SHOW, TORTURE US FANS WITH IT ALL. ITS NO WONDER THIS HAS HAPPENED. THE SHOWS THAT ARE ON SHOULD BE HIRING SOAP OPERA ACTORS. THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE TRYING TO FIND JOBS. STAY TRUE TO FORM. THATS A BIG ISSUE.

    PPL WANT TO SEE SOAP ACTORS PLAY SOAP ROLES. AT LEAST THATS HOW I FEEL.

    SUSAN

  31. Avatar of MsAgentProvocateur1
    MsAgentProvocateur1

    Actors crying? You don’t say!

    There is a school of thought that some actors might prefer ‘the Devil they do Know’ in MAB, with the reputation of Jill Faren Phelps looming over the ashes of soaps past, but they’re actors and the most experienced know how to cry at the drop of a hat (Peter Bergman, Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden being three prime examples).

    This woman should harbor no illusions about her importance to this show, she has only ONE factor in common with the illustrious writers whose work would run circles around hers– she too is now HISTORY!

    I’ve made my peace with what Y&R has become as I have been under the belief for well over a year now that Sony wants to exit the soap production biz (as did Procter & Gamble before them) so it is no surprise that a woman with the reputation for killing shows now sits at the helm. MAB helped accelerate her own ouster with her lousy handiwork. I don’t feel a bit sorry for this woman.

    Maria, please take Hogan Sheffer with you when you leave.

  32. Avatar of hey mon
    hey mon

    JFP will be a good plus for Y&R. The focus will shift to the next generation, hopefully in a gradual and positive way. Victor, Nikki, and Jack need to take a backseat to what happens in GC. Let Kyle, Summer, Noah, Fen, take their place in the sun now. Billy, Vicky, Nicky, Cane, Lily will still be around, I’m sure.

    It sounds like SONY just ‘made their move’, to get younger viewers. I really dont want to see the cr@p that MAB has produced the last year. Stupid Gen & BoN over the Winter. The Phyllis Show. Sharon the Crazy Clown. How much more could we take?

  33. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    [quote=blake3b]
    And regarding JFP and african american actors, I think Guiding Light was the only one where she had big, front stories for them. She sure did with David, Kat, Gilly, Hamp, and Vivian (Charles here and there lol). I don’t remember her stories on AW and I’d prefer to forget her on OLTL lol.[/quote]

    She was EP of GL ’91-’95, there was Marcus and his dad on her watch which the story about Gilly & Vivian over Marcus’s dad Griffin, Dalia (fab Sharon Leal)so I think JFP will keep AA and possibly inhance the dynamic. Possibly, we will see Nathan Jr truly emerage and Tonya returning to help set up Nate as major character. Maybe, she can give Harmony, Sarge, Winters a good story the is befitting to these top notch actors that deserve it. Maybe, JFP can do the impossible (doubtful but hopeful) bring VR back as Dru. As for Genie, MAB pet could be disposed of down the road.

  34. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @harlee490: Yep Harlee she had them too. Kevin M. woman two daytime Emmy’s. So we are on the same page.

    They can get rid of the characters Patch aka Tucker and Genevieve as start. These actors command money and have done nothing for the show. I’m on the fence about Debbie and Darnell as Harmony and Sarge. I think if Y&R went back and erased the last 3 years through having a long term character like say Kay had stroke and was in a coma for several years and woke up saying she had a dream where all Maria’s mess happened then we could start fresh.

  35. Avatar of RedChair
    RedChair

    Well, regardless of Maria Arena’s exit, I don’t give a crap if we get some new titles. I moaned about this in August 2008, and I’m still waiting. Will a rebranding be next on the list?

    Re any axing of stars:
    I think Adam and Chelsea have more charisma, chemistry and credibility than any of the other couples. This pairing should be left alone so that the former sociopath and former con artiste can continue to show up the dysfunctional Newman siblings.
    Billy Miller lends his star power to whoever he’s on screen with, but it is heavy-lifting indeed to imbue the current Victoria with any life. She should be sent home to raise her children with her husband, JT. She drones, moans, and hair-acts throughout each scene. Chelsea would have made a good Victoria.
    Cane is a bore, but I don’t mind Genevieve if they can decide who she is… soon.
    We need Jill Foster back, STAT.

  36. Avatar of acela
    acela

    I just hope JFP has traded in her soap slaughtering ax, SB, GL, OLTL, just to name a few of her past work. Remember, you know the devil you have, but not the one you may get. I just hope I am wrong.

  37. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    @david46208…yes we are, don’t get me wrong I’m nervous about JFP but I think this IS a necessary evil. I honestly believe we will see an improvement in younger cast, tweaks in production, and will surprise us because a simple reason JFP has a chance of life time, being the EP of the number one soap and the beating she has taken with GH publicly, and her past blunders (which are huge)and being back CBS we will see a show more grounded and intelligent. She’s not idiot and if she can manage to shore up and rid the over bloating cast…the next phase is a bloodbath on cast. The writers will change but w\agreement Josh. I could actually see past writers Nancy Curlee, Stephen Demorest for example from CBS (GL era) being on writing staff, not as many from GH.

    The facts are there in Emmy wins for cast…Michael Z, Maeve K, Melissa H, Monty Sharp, Justin Deas, Rick Hearst all won Emmys for example. What she did do right created Eleni (triangle w\Frank & AM) Jenna, Ginger, Nick McHenry, Matt Reardon, Annie Dutton, Lucy, Hart. She did Holly & Fletch Meg’s down symdrome story, brought back Reva, created Abigal before she left. She created AC Mallet & Julie, did Ross’s Senate story, bringing together Ross, Blake, Holly triangle. She brought back Amanda. Her stinkers were there too, Tangie, Eve, Maureen’s death, losing BM, not having KZ (available) return earlier we got Reva’s ghost story and Reva Amish, simply because she didn’t want Reva character, for example. She had lasting impression on GL’s canvas after leaving. If she can muster the natural growth of characters where needed and Josh’s writing, Y&R could be good hands.

  38. Avatar of jaredbradshaw
    jaredbradshaw

    I wonder if the actors were choking back tears because the grim reaper, in the form of JFP, is on her merry way to destroy yet another show. Why decades of failure continues to be allowed in corporate and government America is beyond anything I can imagine. MAB and her awful head writing team needed to go and stat; but if Sony truly cared about Y&R, the fans, and the Bell legacy, they would have sought and hired an individual who truly understands the show, its history and its characters’ motivations. This individual is not JFP. The single glimmer of hope here is the Josh Griffith is returning as head writer. Otherwise, for me, this whole story is one where there seems to be no positive outcome.

  39. Avatar of MsNixon
    MsNixon

    [quote=harlee490]@david46208…

    The facts are there in Emmy wins for cast…Michael Z, Maeve K, Melissa H, Monty Sharp, Justin Deas, Rick Hearst all won Emmys for example. What she did do right created Eleni (triangle w\Frank & AM) Jenna, Ginger, Nick McHenry, Matt Reardon, Annie Dutton, Lucy, Hart. She did Holly & Fletch Meg’s down symdrome story, brought back Reva, created Abigal before she left. She created AC Mallet & Julie, did Ross’s Senate story, bringing together Ross, Blake, Holly triangle. She brought back Amanda. Her stinkers were there too, Tangie, Eve, Maureen’s death, losing BM, not having KZ (available) return earlier we got Reva’s ghost story and Reva Amish, simply because she didn’t want Reva character, for example. She had lasting impression on GL’s canvas after leaving. [/quote]

    I think you’re giving JFP too much credit for the great stories that were told in the early ’90s. Guiding Light had a group of really strong, experienced writers at the helm (Stephen Demorest, James E. Reilly, Nancy Curlee, Lorraine Broderick)when JFP became EP. How much input did she really have in those first few years? Or did she just stay out of their way and do her job (keep the lights on)? We know that when she meddled, we got revolving headwriters, the loss of wonderful characters/actors and the debacle known as Tangie Hill. When it was bad, it was really, really bad and P&G finally gave her the boot. When all was said and done, she did leave a lasting impression on GL — she built the coffin they were buried in.

  40. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    @MsNixon… EP sets the direction and GL didn’t have “revolving” HW, the ones you named many were on Pam Long’s staff (most) as for JER & LB, both had left shortly after JFP arrived. Curlee, Stephen Demorest, Patrick Mulcahey, Nancy Williams Watt, Millee Taggert, and Sheri Anderson were solid for about a good 3 years with JFP. Many of them had been with GL for several years is why there wasn’t a “slaughter” of stories, dropping stories, because of this fact. After she left we did have a revolving door until James & Barbara. Yes, some new stories of her direction. But she could have let the writers DO THEIR JOB and WRITE…as you stated and CBS had Lucy Johnson Senior Vice President of Daytime Programming for 14 years…the longest running daytime president of networks and she let the soaps write & produce with a watchful eye. She wasn’t as meddlesome and ego trip as Barbara Bloom. She didn’t play around if one of her soap’s stories wasn’t working she corrected it quickly. All CBS soaps experienced consistent, social issued stories under her and kept the ratings to CBS likening and profitable. Please don’t miss understand me as I have said I’m nervous, doubtful but hopeful because JFP is vastly better then what we received the last 4 years from MAB. I want my CBS’s soaps I have left to last and will support this change.

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