Jill Farren Phelps

Melody Thomas Scott SLAMS Reports She Dissed Jill Farren Phelps to Susan Lucci!

Melody Thomas Scott wants tabloid reporters to keep her name out of their stories! The Young and the Restless diva is fighting mad over a Globe article saying she trashed showrunner Jill Farren Phelps to Susan Lucci

The article claimed Scott spoke to La Lucci after Phelps allegedly reached out to the All My Children legend to join Y&R.

According to the allegations, Scott dragged Phelps and discussed how terrible life is in Genoa City. The Genoa City veteran took to Facebook to tell the truth and shame the Devil. See her  post below! READ MORE

Maria Arena Bell Weighs In on Y&R's "Problematic Storytelling Decisions"!

Oh, the shade of it all! Soap Opera Digest started the New Year off by getting a juicy quote from former The Young and the Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell on the firing of Michael Muhney (ex-Adam). Said La Bell:

"Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman and his and Sharon's was a great dark love story. Sadly, that story was seriously derailed in the last year, so I am not surprised that the show would look for a solution to their problematic storytelling decisions. It will be a tough role to recast." READ MORE

Doug Davidson on Michael Muhney's Y&R Firing: "There's More to The Story"

Could Jill Farren Phelps' hands be clean in Michael Muhney's (ex-Adam) firing from The Young and the Restless? According to Doug Davidson (Paul), they are. Davidson took to Twitter to assure fans Y&R's controversial executive producer was not behind Muhney being released from the show. He also said there was "more to the story". Davidson tweeted:


Is Steve Burton Being Flown in To Do The Young and the Restless, Or Isn't He?

There have been tons of discussions online about whether former General Hospital superstar Steve Burton is being flown in for his current gig on The Young and the Restless. Monday night when Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens tweeted about Burton's alleged perk—amid news Billy Miller was out reportedly due to not being able to reach an agreement with Sony TV on his contractual outs—CBS Daytime's boss Angelica McDaniel denied her network was flying him in on Twitter.

However, in a recent radio interview with former TV brother Sean Kanan, Burton stated repeatedly Sony and Y&R showrunner Jill Farren Phelps did offer to fly him in to do the soap. He also stated he had a "fly-in deal" when Farren Phelps was at General Hospital and that talks at GH had never gotten to the point of flying the actor in before he opted to leave the ABC soap.

Later in the interview, Burton revealed Sony asked what it would take to get him — asking if wanted to be flown in.  Even later in the conversation, Burton stated Sony said, "Sure we'll fly you in."

CBS Daytime maintains he isn't being flown in. Burton said during a radio interview he is. What's the real story?  Check out an excerpt of Kanan and Burton's conversation on Kanan's Rules below! READ MORE

Was Delia Abbott's Death Worth It on The Young and the Restless? (POLL)

Little Cordelia Abbott (Sophie Pollono) is now in Soap Heaven with her bitchy ghost Paw Paw John (Jerry Douglas), her big cousin Colleen and the rest of Genoa City's not-quite walking dead on The Young and the Restless. While many fans were initially incensed at the thought of yet another Abbott being killed off this soap — especially under the stewardship of Jill Farren Phelps (Sorry, but the lady does sort of have a rep for gutting popular characters on sudsers!), there's no denying the death of Billy (Billy Miller) and Chloe's (Elizabeth Hendrickson) little girl has provided The Young and the Restless with its most powerful umbrella storyline in years.

Miller, Hendrickson and Greg Rikaart (Kevin) have been turning in Emmy-worthy performances as Billy, Chloe and Kevin's grief over their daughter threatens to consume them. Michael Muhney, whose Adam Newman accidentally caused the death of the young girl whose corneas ultimately saved his son's eyesight, has also more than risen to the occasion, as has Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea). Even Amelia Heinle, who rarely receives kudos online for her very non-Heather Tom version of Victoria Newman, has proven a stunning supporting player in this arc.

The tragedy has also served to shore up the central families of Genoa City — something Y&R has desperately needed to do. Jill (Jess Walton), Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and Traci (Beth Maitland) Abbott all returned to be there for Billy. Jack (Peter Bergman) finally showed himself worth to carry the mantle as the new patriarch and even newbies like Kyle (Hartley Sawyer), Abby (Melissa Ordway) and Summer (Hunter King) didn't seem so islanded and out of place for a change.

I can't be the only one who choked up when the Abbotts had one of their traditional family breakfasts, in a well-meant attempt to cheer Billy up. The only thing missing was Mamie (Veronica Redd) and her sticky buns!

The Newman and Chancellor households were also places of strength and solidarity, as practically everyone in Genoa City came together to mourn this child who was beloved by so many. I guess my big question is, after all was said and done, was it worth it? 

Was it smart for The Young and the Restless to kill off Delia?

Delia Abbott Fights For Her Life on The Young and the Restless (SNEAK PEEK)

The last three creative regimes at CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless have the blood of core Abbott family members on their hands, all for little more than temporary ratings stunts. Lynn Marie Latham killed off family patriarch John Abbott (Jerry Douglas). Maria Arena Bell iced granddaughter Colleen Carlton (a pre-Pretty Little Liars Tammin Sursok), not to mention perennial Abbott-in-law Brad (Don Diamont).

Now, showrunner Jill Farren Phelps (who has executive produced one show after another where core families were gutted beyond repair or recognition) and former head writer Josh Griffith have slaughtered little Delia, not only an Abbott, but the granddaughter of original character, Jill Foster (Jess Walton). Did I mention Delia is also the child of Kate Valentine aka Chloe Mitchell (Elisabeth Hendrickson), herself the goddaughter of Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper), whose death the canvas is still reeling from?

Sony TV and CBS Daytime signed off on the death of a child from more than one core family on this soap, so soon after the demise of Kay. Additionally, beloved firecracker Phyllis Newman (Michelle Stafford) was recently sent off to Georgia with porridge drooling down her face.

JFP and Co. essentially were given the greenlight to crib from her near-identical oversight of Jake Spencer's death on General Hospital, complete with another ailing child in need of a transplant and an alcoholic step-grandparent driving on the same road the doomed child was on.

Hey, I said I was going to be positive about Y&R for a month, I didn't say I couldn't state the facts. Watch this week's Y&R teaser below.