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Y&R's Maria Arena Bell "Saddened" About Recasting Chris Engen

Young and Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell spoke to TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco about Y&R's Emmy snub, what it takes to run the best show on daytime and of course Chris Engen's exit.


TVG: You’re a pro. All right — I have to ask about Chris Engen quitting as Adam Newman this past week. Do you want to comment?

MAB: It was Chris’ personal decision to leave the show. We’re sorry he did. But we’re really excited about the actor we hired to replace him. Michael Muhney is an incredibly strong actor with fantastic prime-time TV credits. He’s also theatre-trained, so he’s well equipped. Michael is stepping into an amazing role. I have to tell you that Adam Newman is by far the most interesting and fascinating character I have on the canvas right now. While I won’t comment on Chris’ decision, I will admit I was saddened that we had to recast because Engen was really [gelling] in the role. However, I have no doubt that Michael will make Adam his own.

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