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Young and Restless Stars and Bell Family Celebrate 10,000 Episodes

The Young and the Restless icons Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden (pictured above with former showrunner Maria Arena Bell) were among the soap's stars who celebrated the No. 1 daytime drama's 10,000th episode at The Paley Center for Media on August 23.

Bell family matriarch Lee Phillip Bell and her children, William J. Bell Jr., Bradley Bell and Lauralee Bell, also commemorated the late William Bell Sr.’s momentous legacy with their spouses. See more photos of The Young and the Restless’ 10,000th episode celebration after the jump! READ MORE

REPORT: Phelps and Griffith's Young and Restless to Debut Early-to-Mid October

Get ready to say goodbye to ousted showrunner Maria Arena Bell's version of The Young and the Restless, kids! I'm hearing new material from executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith will begin airing by early-to-mid October. READ MORE

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."


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."


RUMOR REPORT: Is Jill Farren Phelps About to be Named Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless?!

I'm hearing Jill Farren Phelps is thisclose to being named the new executive producer of The Young and the Restless. The veteran daytime showrunner (Santa Barbara, One Life to Live, Another World, Guiding Light, General Hospital) is currently employed by Y&R's parent company Sony TV, helming their Nick-at-Nite telenovela Hollywood Heights. Keep checking back to Daytime Confidential as this story develops!

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DC Interview: Bell Biographer Michael Maloney on Collaborating With Lee Phillip Bell, Family Legacy and What Made Bill Bell a Storyteller


There aren't many men who know what it's like to collaborate with Chicago-talk-queen-turned-soap-opera-legend Lee Phillip Bell. There was her late husband, the legendary William J. Bell, whom she co-created two of CBS Daytime's long-running hits, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, with. Now there's also veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, the man Phillip Bell chose to help tell her prolific husband's life story in The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the BeautifulFor his part, Maloney is quite aware of what auspicious company he's been keeping while working with Phillip Bell on the tome.

"Whenever I see my name in a press release, or on the cover of the book with Lee Phillip Bell, I think, 'The last time I might have seen something with her name on it, with someone else, was probably on the credits of Y&R and B&B.' You know, 'co-created by'. I'm thinking that's pretty damn good company to be in!"

You wouldn't find many soap fans, addicted to the countless hours of daytime television enjoyment the Bells have provided over the past several decades, who would disagree with Maloney's assertion. The author worked with Phillip Bell, as well as several of the late Bill Bell's friends, colleagues and children, for years in creating The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell. The biography spans Bell's entire lifes and tells the story of his great love for Lee, their children and the daytime dramas they created together.  READ MORE