One of the great things about working on a daytime drama is that you have some of the best fans in the business, and you also get the chance to form a family with some of your co-stars over the time in which you are around.
Unfortunately, one of the sad things is that compared to some other types of television shows, it’s a pretty volatile business. You run the risk of getting your character killed off at any minute, regardless of whether or not it is for creative or financial reasons. Soaps are expensive to film compared to some other daytime formats, especially the longer that you are on board the cast.
While it may be a little too early to start to speculate now on what happened to Michael Muhney on “The Young and the Restless,” what we can say is that the actor has been effectively laid off of work (and just before Christmas, no less), and his last day of work will be this week. The man played Adam Newman for six years on the show, but confirmed the sad news today on his Twitter account:
“I’m so sorry. It breaks my heart to say this, but I was just let go from Y&R. My last day on set is this Thursday. My last air date will be Jan 30th. I’m going to take some private time with my wife & kids, as I am most concerned for their well-being…I have 3 final episodes to film, and because they are my last, I will be giving it everything I have. More details will follow… #xoxoxo”
At least Muhney had an opportunity to break the news himself, even if you can tell that he’s pretty devastated by the news and the timing of it. But, this is just the way in which the business operates. Let’s just hope that he finds a way to land another role sometime soon.