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Y & R's Michael Muhney

Fired For Allegedly

Groping Co-Star's Breasts

1/4/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0103-michael-muhney-Hunter-King-tmzMichael Muhney, a big soap star who played Adam Newman on "The Young & the Restless" -- was fired last month after one of his co-stars complained to the brass that he grabbed her boobs -- on 2 occasions ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources connected to the show tell TMZ ... 38-year-old Muhney allegedly bullied and harassed 20-year-old Hunter King, who plays Summer on the show.  She went to higher-ups and complained recently Muhney had fondled her breasts on 2 occasions -- and she said both were unsolicited and unwanted.

Sources tell us ... the new allegations were the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back."  Muhney -- who is married with 3 kids -- had been a problem on the set for a long time, allegedly bullying and harassing Hunter and others.  He even admitted in a recent interview with HuffPo's Canada TV after getting fired, "Sometimes I've walked around with a big backpack of hubris."
 
Muhney's last show will air January 30th.

Muhney has been an extremely popular character on the show, and fans are threatening to stop watching. 

Calls and emails to Muhney's rep were not returned.

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dmurphy229    

Screw him, he needed to go.

110 days ago
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Danielle    

No Way!!! That's crazy, I had a feeling there was more to his firing, but never thought it was this!! Yikes!

110 days ago
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Majestik    

Your poor wife, with three kids. She's got to deal with you groping co-stars and either live with it or kick your damn azz to the curb.It's idiots like this that I wish attempted to grope my boobs because it would not only be public, he;'d be sporting a few black eyes with it.

110 days ago
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lmr    

Oh course fans are threatening to stop watching-some women will let a guy get away with anything if he's "dreamy" enough(chris brown, justin bieber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev...smh. Good for Hunter for standing up for herself-at 20 years old that can't be easy especially in this business where groping is child's play compared to the other crap that these men get away with

110 days ago
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DiM    

Heard he was a lot of drama behind the scenes. He was harassing Eric Braeden and Doug Davidson wasn't he?
I doubt if he will get another gig in TV again.

110 days ago
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Majestik    

Okay, let's look at this from a different view. He's been on the show for how many years and this girl, who just came on complained along with one other and got him fired? DUDE you don't get fired from a soap opera after being on there forever. These girls that just started are already complaining about sexual harrassment and YOU get fired, how's that work. I feel sorry for your wife.

110 days ago
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bkblueknight    

are his fans rapists? wtf

110 days ago
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DiM    

The fans under 22 are always the loudest and sometimes rudest on twitter etc. But the loyal fans of the show that help keep it going will not stop watching cause this a s s is leaving. It's not like it's Victor or Jack or anyone.

110 days ago
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Who Cares    

They must of allowed it to go on for a while since he has been on the show according to this article awhile. She can't be the only one he did this too.

110 days ago
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Fozzie    

Before everybody jumps on the mob wagon. Please consider this . Michael wasn't difficult on set he just had standards. He wanted his storylines to have depth he wasn't going to play a cartoon villan character. Even the previous showrunner has publicly said his storyline was damaged over the last year.

Michael also publicly protested how the daytime emmys are handeled advocating for change so more people have a fair chance of getting nominated. Not just be a who's most popular contest. He bucks the system for good to the headache of networks.

He isn't a friend of Jill as known by soap fans. Jill Faren Phelps is notorious for casting her buddies (Steve Burton) and will most likely cast someone that sucks up to her as a re-cast Adam. YR lost 3 heavy hitters due to Jill Farren Phelps. Billy Miller, Michelle Staford and now Michael Muhney.

Eric Braden and Doug Davidson are known bullies and are just towing the company line to keep their jobs.

Also, there is an alternative version of what actually happend (not just some YR shills feeding stories to TMZ). That Hunter was fixated on Michael and when he rebuffed her she got angry and went to the higher ups with this story to get back at him.

Hunter King is a crap actor with a lisp and now she will look like a victim and she won't be fired for sucking as an actor and will most likely get featured more now.

Michael is a great actor and plays well in the areas of good/bad guy on a level higher than the average hair model. This isn't good for soaps or soap fans.

110 days ago
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Cecilia     

I'll give the fans the benefit of the doubt. The show can't really issue a statement saying "He was harassing and assaulting a female cast member." so the fans protesting probably think it was just a stupid storyline dictates decision. Regardless, if the allegations are true - he had to go. CBS is liable if they do not take action in such matters.

110 days ago
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torontogal1961    

THIS IS A RUMOR THAT HAS BEEN ON ONE SITE. NOTE THE WORD ALLEGEDLY....SHAME ON YOU. YOU ARE REPORTING THIS UNFOUNDED LIE AND RUMOR WHEN YOU HAVE NO PROOF. I HAVE MET THIS MAN AND HES A CLASS ACT ALL THE WAY. HIS QUOTE THAT YOU HAVE QUOTED '"Sometimes I've walked around with a big backpack of hubris." IS BECAUSE HE IS KNOWN TO BE VERY OUTSPOKEN. HE IS NOT IN ANYWAY THE KIND OF PERSON YOU HAVE REPORTED ON YOUR SITE. YOU ARE REPORTING THIS WHEN HE IS KNOWN TO BE A FAMILY MAN WITH A BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND 3 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. I DO NOT BELIEVE THE UNFOUNDED RUMOR AND I AM NO LONGER A FAN OF YOUR SHOW OR YOUR SITE. I BELIEVE HE WAS LET GO BECAUSE HE LEARNED THAT HIS CHARACTER HAD BEEN THE KILLER IN A HIT AND RUN OF A LITTLE GIRL AND VOICED HIS OPINION. HE WAS NOT PLEASED WITH THAT . HE IS VERY OUTSPOKEN BUT IN NO WAY HE HAS NOT DONE WHAT YOU SAY HE HAS DONE. TAKE THIS DOWN IMMEDIATELY.

THIS IS A QUOTE FROM HIS SISTER all I have to say is that NOBODY should believe what you read or hear. Only Michael knows the truth. And there is NO truth to the rumors flying around. My brother is incredible and will go on to do something bigger and better and look back at Y & R as a learning experience. He has class and grace like no one else in the business. ".

SHAME ON YOU TMZ. YOU DISGUST ME

110 days ago
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Jwolf    

I don't believe any of that. I think Jill Farren Phelps is probably behind this RUMOR.
Things getting too rough Jill?

110 days ago
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TMZCrazy    

Oh, great. Just when his storyline is the talk of the town and we're all waiting to find out what's going to happen to his character, they fire him? A replacement is going to have be found, an actor who won't be able to keep a lot of people's interest, you might as well just cancel the show. The writing' s bad, the young actors who play Billy and Nicholas, are so one dimensional with their "tough guy" personas, Melody Thomas looks like a grandma now, Jess Walton sounds like a frog with that voice, how about centering the show around Esther? Forget it. I'll watch until the 30th and then that's it. Hey, Harvey! What's up?!

110 days ago
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billybob    

If the chick complains about that, you doing it wrong!

110 days ago
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