TMZ Reports Michael Muhney Was Fired From Y&R For Allegedly Groping Hunter King






Since news broke The Young and the Restless actor Michael Muhney (ex-Adam) had been fired from the soap opera, the serial's veteran cast and other insiders have been insisting via social media that executive producer Jill Farren Phelps wasn't at fault. Several stars also alluded there was more to the story.

A new report from TMZ delves into allegations surrounding Muhney's dismissal. According to the website, Muhney was allegedly fired for groping Hunter King's (Summer) breasts on two occasions.  From the report:

Multiple sources connected to the show tell TMZ ... 38-year-old Muhney allegedly bullied and harassed 20-year-old Hunter King, who plays Summer on the show.  She went to higher-ups and complained recently Muhney had fondled her breasts on 2 occasions -- and she said both were unsolicited and unwanted actions.

Sources tell us ... the new allegations were the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back."  Muhney -- who is married with 3 kids -- had been a problem on the set for a long time, allegedly bullying and harassing Hunter and others.  He even admitted in a recent interview with HuffPost Canada TV after getting fired, "Sometimes I've walked around with a big backpack of hubris.


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Gross. Should I wait for the members of his cult to come and defend this? I hope Hunter has a lot of support, poor thing.

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They are "allegations". Is there proof? Or is it he said/she said?

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Please remember everyone that the daytime CBS president husband works for TMZ.

Now I'm not saying this isn't true because apparently Sony not CBS fired him but I'm just letting people know who may not know.

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The studied silence of the cast for days after his firing--except for a few who defended JFP--makes me think that there's something to this. Also, why would a young actress trying to make her way in the business make up something like this? For that matter, why would anyone else make up something so specific (breast groping twice)?

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Logan, serious question: Is there a serious difference between Sony firing him and CBS firing him? Don't they have to agree on these things?

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CarlyCfan wrote:
Gross. Should I wait for the members of his cult to come and defend this? I hope Hunter has a lot of support, poor thing.

Nope already a bunch of gross victim blaming look no further than the Y&R facebook page, twitter and the comments on TMZ. It's disgusting some feel she just needs to 'suck it up'.

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Two things about tmz

One-in their own header-celebrity gossip

And their headline-ALLEGEDLY

It's just a little too convenient that the Delia death story conceived months ago with Adam as one of the suspects well you get the idea, that the departure was planned. Maybe another reason JG hit the door.

Not saying he didn't but again the EP in charge is highly suspect for her own previous actions.

Like when Bell fired Brenda Dickson shewas just gone and Jess was hired how it played on screen was in one day out the next. Could have been the same here didn't need to ship the character off the canvas just get rid of him. Why let him finish his scenes? You all forget the writing and production isn't done in one day, just all very convenient.

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These are still allegations but however Michael responds his career is finished in this business.

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bishbay wrote:
Logan, serious question: Is there a serious difference between Sony firing him and CBS firing him? Don't they have to agree on these things?

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I'm not sure. I just thought it was a difference. The way Michael kept thanking CBS and JFP in his interviews made me think it was all Sony. But now that I think about it, you're right they do have to agree on these things especially a sexual harassment charge. Hunter could sue CBS and Sony so yeah I would think they have to agree on this.

If Angelica husband didn't work for TMZ, I would believe everything about this story. I already heard about these charges weeks ago, that's why I think they may be true I just don't trust the source since it came from TMZ. Angelica could easily have told her husband to leak this story.

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Interesting. . .I really hope you guys can discuss this without the victim blaming.

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Yeah, hopefully we're not in for another round here of "well, if he did harass her, it's no big deal".

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Who should have been the source? The Adam/Delia storyline was well underway before MM got turned in.
This is not HK's fault. He and other men can't do this crap and just feel that it's their right.
I'm glad the arrogant, mediocre actor is gone. There are willing women around that would of loved his attentions.

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I think MM's a fantastic actor and I've actually warmed to the character of Adam since they paired him with MCE. Having said that, if there's any truth to this--and like bishbay said, some of the info just seems awfully specific to be just a random fabrication--then his firing was completely justified in every sense. It's completely deplorable and disgusting behavior on his part.

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My heart goes out to Hunter King.

The article made me think that the issue with Hunter was the straw that broke the camel's back. I think the Delia story could have had a twist because the first person revealed on soap mysteries is never the actual one that did it. I think the story gave them an option, but it wasn't planned.

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This is old news that came out the day after the firing. My question is, isn't this a chargeable offense (it is in Canada), why haven't formal charges been laid if its true???

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Logan, this is just off the top of my head but yeah I think in a situation like this with legal liability like you say that CBS and Sony would get on the same page.

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Interesting. But as they say in Hollywood there is always more to the story.

I have friends who work in various capacities in Hollywood. Sexual Harassment is rampant in the industry. Not everyone is getting fired for it. Things we know for sure:

1)MM firing has put a shit storm of blame on Y&R; viewers threatening to quit watching
2)Angelica McDaniels husband works for TMZ; convenient?
3)MM wasn't let go on the spot and was allowed to continue working to wrap up this arc of his storyline.

If those allegations are true HK could sue CBS/Sony because they terminated MM for alleged indiscretion on a Monday and kept him on staff for a remaining three days. That's suspect. I worked with an employee once who was let go for sexual harassment. During the investigation the employee was on paid leave . Once the company attorneys concluded their investigation and found said employee in the wrong, she was fired and never returned to work. There was no, let her wrap up what she's currently working on. That mindset doesn't paint a picture of concern on CBS/SONY's part.

This headline certainly will be doing one thing. Creating a division amongst the fan base actively trying to save MM's job. In the words of Hannibal Lecter, Have your lambs stopped screaming? Im sure Angelica McDaniel's and Steve Kent hope so.

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But isn't Sony as the owner of Y&R the ultimate decision maker? I was under the impression that CBS is only the network that distributes the show? I'm sure they can make some demands for Sony, but isn't Sony the one that makes the decisions.

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I really don't have any idea of what may have happened. I am just really disappointed to see MM leave, as he is one of the most talented actors on the show. U may or my not like his character, but he is a good actor. Better than any of the HH people that Phelps has brought on to this once wonderful soap, that she is slowly ruining, with the hacks, such as Steve Burton and others, that lack talent.

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Restless Fan wrote:
Interesting. But as they say in Hollywood there is always more to the story.

I have friends who work in various capacities in Hollywood. Sexual Harassment is rampant in the industry. Not everyone is getting fired for it. Things we know for sure:

1)MM firing has put a shit storm of blame on Y&R; viewers threatening to quit watching
2)Angelica McDaniels husband works for TMZ; convenient?
3)MM wasn't let go on the spot and was allowed to continue working to wrap up this arc of his storyline.

If those allegations are true HK could sue CBS/Sony because they terminated MM for alleged indiscretion on a Monday and kept him on staff for a remaining three days. That's suspect. I worked with an employee once who was let go for sexual harassment. During the investigation the employee was on paid leave . Once the company attorneys concluded their investigation and found said employee in the wrong, she was fired and never returned to work. There was no, let her wrap up what she's currently working on. That mindset doesn't paint a picture of concern on CBS/SONY's part.

This headline certainly will be doing one thing. Creating a division amongst the fan base actively trying to save MM's job. In the words of Hannibal Lecter, Have your lambs stopped screaming? Im sure Angelica McDaniel's and Steve Kent hope so.
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Your comments is what got my confused regarding this. Why fire him and let him stay on set with the victim? Now I am certainly not saying he didn't sexual harass Hunter but the victim should be protected, why he he being allowed to continue working on the same set? Why wasn't he suspended pending investigation? It really does seem odd and could put Sony/CBS at risk for a lawsuit. Maybe that's why Hunter was gone for a while, they were doing a secret investigation.

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If True I hope MM gets help cause he's too talented tp throw his career away for this

I aso hope HK is doing well and has tons of support

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People keep saying "why was he allowed to continue?"

My take: We are in the era of cost-cutting. It was cheaper to let him finish the one or two additional episodes than hiring someone new. AS SIMPLE AS.

(And I would imagine that none of those scenes involved interaction with the young actress in question, so she would not have had to worry about being uncomfortable in the presence of her alleged sexual harasser.)

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@logan_echolls Much like Y&R's story lines the dots don't connect. But the headline certainly grabs your attention!

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Yes, plus I think that despite the charges, TPTB realized this is a big character played by a fan-favorite, and wanted to give him the chance to at least end his run properly and not out of the blue. That would have increased the shock value of it and fans would have been even more outraged than they have been now if MM would have been just dropped on the spot and not even given a proper on-screen exit. Plus I'm sure none of the people involved, MM, HK and Sony wanted the extra publicity and shock. These kinds of news are never good for anyone, even when the approriate measures have been taken.

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MM is done filming, but Y&R had taped him until the end of Jan. He didn't tape much longer after he was fired....only a few days. I think he got fired on a Monday and was gone on Thursday...I am not positive about this, but I remember reading in the article he went into the office and was told he was done that week. HK probably wasn't on the set during this time, to avoid working with him.

I really liked MM in the role of Adam...but if this is true, I no longer feel sorry for him...rather I feel sorry for his wife and kids. ESPECIALLY since this is what he was the most concerned about in his departure interviews. All he talked about was finding another job to support his family...kind of ironic if he lost his job being a jerk like this.

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I don't know about this latest salvo against Michael Muhney. As much as I enjoy TMZ like the rest of us do a BRAVO housewives show, I have to say that everything is "alleged" and has not been confirmed.

In England, soaps actors on those soaps have been canned for similar issues and IMMEDIATELY fired and character recast or mysteriously disappears from the canvas. AND the BBC or ITV or whichever production company makes an immediate statement of why to calm the nerves of the fans and to explain the situation.

With Michael, it has been just that he was fired and in 3-4 months a new actor and a change in direction for the character will be put in place. LOOK, I am not blaming anyone but even the statements by veteran cast members could be read as "there's more to the story" meaning that BUDGETS have been cut drastically and one or two cast members who salaries are enormous had to go.

I don't want to lessen the severity of the actions towards Hunter if true BUT I also want to keep an open mind that this could easily be GOSSIP that has picked up steam on places like this site and poured over into the TMZ.

Remember, TMZ is just a prettier version of the NATIONAL ENQUIRER or GLOBE magazines which have had headlines like "OBAMA SECRETLY GAY" or "PRINCESS DIANA LIVING ON AN ISLAND IN GREECE" etc.

Open mind people. Wait til more information is put out ... if there is more... before we rush to say IT HAPPENED.

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Im wondering if this is a case of what Michael would have considered joking around on the set, Hunter King took the joking as offensive and this apparently was witnessed by another actor on the show. Considering that Michael was already creating waves in the past, this could have been a way for Sony/CBS/Y&R to just get rid of him. From interviews he has given in the past, he adores his wife and children and did not come across as the sexually harassing type. I have a feeling this is a case of an inappropriate horse play on the set being taken wrong by Hunter King who didn't know Michael Muhney all that well. This is all speculation on my part, Im just saying I can see how something like this could be viewed differently by both sides.

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^^^

sorry TomZulawski....grabbing a tit is NOT horseplay or a joke

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^^^^^ and if shy doesn't know him well as speculated by the previous poster, that makes the offense even more egregious.

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The fact that I was able to find this out on a message board, with the alleged victim's name included, terrified me. Though I was hoping it wouldn't get out, I assumed it would.

Whether it is true or NOT, I don't think they would have fired Muhney without someone to corroborate the story. If this weren't true, CBS/Sony would open themselves up to a huge lawsuit, and that's probably what they tried to avoid by firing Muhney.

The person who leaked this story need their ass kicked.