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Y&R Michael Muhney

I'm So Much Better Looking Than Zach Braff

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

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Michael Muhney
-- who was fired recently from "The Young and the Restless" for allegedly groping his co-star's boobs -- was also fired from "Veronica Mars" -- partly because his ego was out of control ... sources connected with the production tell TMZ.

A source connected with the production tells TMZ ... Michael told multiple people on the show he was up for the lead in the TV show "Scrubs" along with Zach Braff, but he was just too good looking.

One source said, "I'm not a fan of Michael's," adding, "He had a VERY strong sense of self."  We're told the consensus was ... his personality was just really tough to take.

Another source tells TMZ ... the final straw was that Michael allegedly released portions of the season finale online.  He was fired, and the way they killed him off was great.  He was investigating a crime inside a house and got shot.  His last words were, "I smell bread" ... and then he died.

But we spoke with an actress -- Jenna Zablocki -- who was Michael's on-screen love interest in "The Portal."  She says, "He was a gentleman, professional, and a really cool guy."

As for the Y&R firing ... the allegations were hardly a secret ... last month a user on a popular soap blog had posted details of the alleged breast-grabbing allegations.

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We called Michael's rep but did not hear back.

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31.

Vic Creed    

Why not just ask? Maybe she would have said yes.

185 days ago
32.

Sonny    

Isn't someone who works at TMZ married to someone who works at CBS? I'm sure they can dig up more dirt. I hate to say this, not supporting any side here, but he is better looking then Zach.

185 days ago
33.

AJ    

Well Michael Muhney being better looking than Zach Braff is a fact! Good going TMZ, finally reporting a real fact! ... as for the "allegations" they're a nasty rumor, shame on you for reporting the name of an "alleged" victim for the world to see. It is so pathetic that you're reporting old news, all of Michael Muhney's fans are aware that he was fired from Veronica Mars, and guess what, we don't give a crap! We still support him! Show me someone who has never been fired! `

What's with your reporting on soaps anyways? That's not something you have ever reported before... mmm could it be the fact that your very own McDaniels is married to YnR McDaniels? What kind of person throws a young girl under the bus for a little attention? oh yeah the McDaniels! I guess they deserve each other!

But hey, thanks for getting Michael Muhney's name out there, I'm sure we'll be seeing him on the screen soon when everyone sees how talented he is!

185 days ago
34.

Del    

HighlightHollywood:
After watching this horrific story play out on the venerable soap “The Young and the Restless,” I’ve been horrified. An alleged number of incidents to a young lady on the set of the soap kept most of us in the media at bay. Then on Friday, the story broke on the tabloid website and TV show TMZ, that sent shockwaves throughout the industry, that is generally quiet during the holiday season.
The question a CBS executive asked me during a chat was, “How in the hell did TMZ get this story?” I began an investigation, and it really got fired up on Saturday night. You see, a woman who is not even a journalist but a “Y&R” fan, who writes for The Examiner, wrote a vicious, vile story about the alleged victim of Michael Muhney’s. Speculating with NO sources, and just conjecture that this young lady was the one who pursued a married man. Further violating this young lady, who has done nothing to deserve being emotionally, verbally, and further assaulted.
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However, a Sony source reminded me, that TMZ is a “tabloid, and the writer in question of the fictitious story about this young lady pursuing a married man, which all of us know did not happen is just appalling and sickening. The one who leaked the story to TMZ is the one who is most vicious, most damaging, not only to CBS, ‘The Young and the Restless’ and to the young lady, who begged that this story not come out, she did not want to be named in any stories, and everyone knew it. She trusted CBS to protect her identity, then someone at CBS outed her. We are going to get to the bottom of this.”
By Sunday morning, the source of the TMZ story was revealed to Highlight Hollywood. And we thought it was in the public’s best interest, the alleged victim, the alleged perpetrator-Michael Muhney, and the fans of “The Young and the Restless” to know who indeed outed this story to TMZ. The source of the vicious story that hit TMZ on Friday night is CBS Daytime honcho Angelica McDaniel. Highlight Hollywood has learned exclusively that Ms. McDaniel’s husband works for TMZ. That’s the “well-placed” source, who outed an alleged victim’s name in the media, who has been attacked by fans of Michael Muhney’s, who should be asking themselves why Jill Farren Phelps and Angelica Bridges held their tongues and their poison pens and pink slips until recently, months after several witnesses and the victim had come to them to report the alleged behavior.
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Recently a former soap DIVA went on talk radio and said, “No scandal here! When I worked for a show for decades, none of the alleged scandals occurred.” Was this lady jockeying for a “Y&R” job? Whatever it was, it is outrageous that anyone would claim there was no scandal the day that Michael Muhney was fired. I was not at the set on the days these incidents allegedly occurred, but I think the fans have misplaced anger. The young lady in question should not be subject of nasty rumors and innuendo. Her identity should have been protected throughout this situation, and it should not have culminated six-months later with the firing of Michael Muhney, but actually the firing of Jill Farren Phelps, who chose NOT to do anything until she absolutely had to, and then Ms. Angelica McDaniel to have her husband bring the story to the tabloid where he works.
When asked by us what Sony and CBS plans to do with this information, that an alleged victim’s identity was released by an official at CBS. The Sony insider says, “She’s been protected for a while now, but this violation of a person’s privacy, and having made a scandal to protect her own job, for this CBS should fire Angelica McDaniel today. Everyone knows where the leak came from, and they are outraged. If she’s not fired, not only are actors and young actresses going to feel as though they are not safe to report alleged sexual harassment or assaults, but now they may fear being discarded and outed by CBS itself. This is unethical, and I am sure some heads will roll.”
CBS declined to comment for this story, nor deny the revelations. But a CBS insider tells Highlight Hollywood, “This is so upsetting. haven’t been able to stop shaking since the TMZ story ran, and people here put two-and-two together and it led right to Angelica McDaniel’s desk, just like breadcrumbs in a horrible nursery story. The fact that this young lay is outed and being attacked by tens of thousands of fans, when she did not want this story out is so sickening. The fact that Michael Muhney was kept on and then discarded when it finally had to be done is also sickening. There will be an investigation, and where it leads, that person or those people will go.” When asked if this meant Jill Farren Phelps has finally lost the faith of CBS, and maybe Sony, the exec would not comment on it. “I will say, there will have to be action. This young lady was served up to the tabloid media on a silver platter. The fact that Angelica and her cronies didn’t do anything when she and others including actors reported this to her months ago, and then when the Muhney fans began to attack CBS, Sony, she then outed this young lady is absolutely unforgivable. And where Jill Farren Phelps also knew and when she knew as they say in Washington, D.C. political scandals, is going to become paramount. The fans want Jill out? Possibly and probably her biggest supporter and protector should follow!”
Highlight Hollywood knows that the alleged victims name is out there. But out of respect for her, we will not divulge her name. As for Michael Muhney and the alleged victim, they both seem to have a case to go after the source; Angelica McDaniel themselves. And unfortunately she has opened CBS up to major damages in countless potential lawsuits. The winner in this? TMZ, who has been ignoring soaps and specifically “The Young and the Restless” for years, they finally got the attention they wanted from soap fans. So, Angelica shoots Michael Muhney with one arrow, and blows kisses to her husband’s employers with another. But where the third one lands, we’ll have to see. Time will tell.
Now, do any of you believe anymore that behind-the-scenes feuds are going on at your favorite soap? Angelica McDaniel’s Twitter tagline says it best: “Head of CBS Daytime — I’m watching, talking, thinking or tweeting about @CBSDaytime right now.” Add however, STRAIGHT TO TMZ!
Fans outrage should cease being pointed at the alleged victim, whether they believe her or not is irrelevant. She was not the leaker of the story, now you know who it is, you should demand CBS to fire that person and her friend Jill Farren Phelps.
As we have no right to tell anyone else what to do, we do ask that you refrain from slandering a young lady, who is not the bad person in all of this. Put your anger and rage where it belongs. On Ms. McDaniel’s doorstep, and TMZ for agreeing to out the alleged victim of a crime. And on Jill Farren Phelps, who chose not to protect someone who came to her to report alleged incidents more than once. You should be asking, why CBS did nothing immediately, and that’s even if you are a Michael Muhney fan. And why six-months later, they toss him out the door and then the CBS head of Daytime TV uses her husband’s employer to out an alleged victim.

185 days ago
35.

michaelmuhuneyfan    

Your article is so dumb. YES he is better looking. What other nonsense of an article do you have to post about MM again? QUIT your nonsense.

185 days ago
36.

Kelly    

I heard Angelica McDaniel is cheating on her TMZ staffer/husband anyway, so they'll get there's eventually.

185 days ago
37.

Butterfly22    

There are new reports out re: King demanding MM be fired.......but these are probably bogus reports too since this entire story is FAKE!!!!!!!!!

185 days ago
38.

Telina    

What is TMZ's deal with trying to have this big smear campaign against MM? Funny, you have no problem spreading unconfirmed RUMORS yet you have said nothing of MM's Twitter statement. Angelica McDaniel, don't you realize you are ruining a man's life? Where's the statements from HK confirming this happened? You guys have the nerve to call this trash you report journalism?

185 days ago
39.

Sonny    

This whole situation has been handled pretty poorly. I still say shame on TMZ for publishing the victims name. I see lawsuits coming from everyone, suing everyone. Angelica McDaniel is the head of CBS daytime & she's married to Brian McDaniel who works for TMZ, so it's not hard to figure out who TMZ sources are. Still, this is a mess of unprofessional behavior all around.

185 days ago
40.

Sonny    

I forgot to add that I think TMZ should acknowledge that a staffer is married to the head of CBS daytime when they write up on this situation. It's not a secret but full discloser should be added.

185 days ago
41.

Carol R    

It's obvious that you want to do a smear job on Michael . Is it because it was outed that the leak was Brian's wife? I think she has opened CBS up for a lawsuit. And is now trying to do damage control. So what if Michael has a big ego, he's talented and knows his own worth. Was it too much for the head of CBS daytime to handle? Stop being so bias and as far as I see TMZ did nothing wrong leaking the story it Angelica McDonald who is at fault.

185 days ago
42.

Kay    

I've only seen him on YnR. He is a really great actor but he is quite arrogant. I comes through in his acting. So sorry that Hunter King had to go through this. Glad she went to the higher ups to resolve the issue. Hopefully this has knocked MM off his self imposed pedestal.

185 days ago
43.

Courtney    

My gardener, the plumber, pool guy, and mail man are all better looking than Zach Braff..

185 days ago
44.

sunnyOne    

If a woman is getting sexually harassed at work she needs to keep a voice activated tape recorder with her at all times so she can catch an actual conversation that would clearly indicate what happens when / if she is groped. Otherwise it's just a mess of accusations from both sides.

185 days ago
45.

Meanie    

Well golly gee, a soap star is "full of himself", therefore he must be guilty. It's not link any other actresses or actors on that show are mega-egomaniacs or anything. Go ask the staff at Global TV who went to interview some of the actors at the YnR, only to have one of the long time stars refuse to give them an interview because they weren't there to interview ONLY him. It's Hollyweird folks, egos go with the territory.

185 days ago
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