I tweeted earlier that I was hearing Scott Hamner, one of Maria Arena Bell's two co-head writers, had quit The Young and the Restless.
"Scott [Hamner] quit, so maybe Josh [Griffith] is meant to replace him?" said an insider. "I hear he got tired of doing it."
Soap Opera Digest has published an article on their website confirming Hamner stepping down from the CBS serial. Said Hamner:
"I had decided to let my contract expire but Maria [Arena Bell, executive producer/head writer] asked if we could call it a sabbatical instead," explains Hamner. "She really didn't want me to leave, so I agreed to take a few months off. She has been so gracious and generous about my need to take a break and I appreciate that."
According to my sources, these moves are a decided effort on the part of Sony TV to seize creative and financial control of The Young and the Restless. Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential as this story develops!