Two months after Michael Muhney was fired from The Young and the Restless for alleged sexual misconduct, producers are currently holding auditions to find a new actor to play the popular Adam Newman role, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Muhney, 38, was dumped after co-star, Hunter King, 20, reportedly complained he’d fondled her breasts on two occasions — both of which she protested were unsolicited and unwanted advances.
"Benjamin Franklin said it best, 'Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see,'" Muhney said in his first public comments after the alleged incident on Twitter.
He later added, "...and that quote doesn't only apply to what is being said about ME. It also applies to others. Please be kind to everyone. #respect."
Muhney's soap character was involved in a fiery crash at the beginning of Jan., and scenes have hinted that his character is still alive.
"I saw it coming, and I didn't see it coming," he explained. "I suspected it could happen, but I didn't think that it really would — at least not now; maybe down the line."
"There are active auditions going on to replace Michael Muhney's character as Adam Newman. Producers haven't found the best actor yet to fill the role. It's important that the role be filled by someone the audience will grow to love," an insider told Radar.
"There are storylines being written about Adam and the character is central to the show."
In the aftermath of Muhney’s demise, tales of bitter on-set fighting, backstabbing and cast cliques emerged.
Veteran actor Eric Braeden — best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap since 1980 — previously came to Radar in a bid to set the record straight about rumors that he played a role in the termination of Muhney.
According to Braeden, Muhney had openly waged a “campaign” to get him kicked off the show which, he stunningly confessed, which led to an epic “shouting match” between the pair.
“I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth,” the Emmy Award-winner admitted.
Sources tell Radar, "One thing is certain, the next actor that will portray Adam Newman, won't have the ego or chip on the shoulder that Michael had.
"If there is even a hint of diva behavior, or drama, the role won't go to that person. Period. Everyone wants to move on from that disaster."