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'Young and the Restless' head writer shakeup?

Eric Braeden speaks out on Josh Griffith's exit as Katherine's goodbye story begins

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Aug 16, 2013 1:38PM
The passing of Jeanne Cooper's character Katherine Chancellor finally began to unfold on "The Young and the Restless" Friday. And this story arc marks a return to "classic Y&R," MSN TV is hearing. The much-anticipated storyline has been slightly overshadowed, however, by rumbling that head writer Josh Griffith has quit the show due to irreconcilable differences.


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The CBS soap opera is sticking with a firm "No comment," but when a fan asked Eric Braeden (Victor) via twitter about Griffith's unconfirmed "The Young and the Restless" exit, the outspoken actor responded, "Let me just say, I'm very pissed off!!! Enough said!!!"

Buzz has it that the head writer left abruptly after a tense week of intriguing Facebook posts about "finding [his] bliss" and looking for "spiritual growth." Those posts have been deleted, but Highlight Hollywood reports Griffith sent a message to his writing staff about leaving the show due to creative differences Thursday. The site also indicates he was actually pushed out of his position and quotes nameless insiders who say executive producer Jill Farren Phelps still has a target on her back.


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Rumblings also suggest current "The Young and the Restless" staffer and soap vet Shelly Altman ("Another World," "General Hospital," "One Life to Live.") will step up as head writer. Her co-head writer could be "General Hospital" scribe Jean Passanante or Tracy Thompson, another staffer from the "The Young and the Restless" writing room.


Griffith, who served as head writer during the infamous writers' strike, was called back to the table in 2012 when Phelps took over. In the wake of former showrunner Maria Arena Bell's exit and "The Young and the Restless" 40th anniversary, fans cheered the show's changes in course. As this summer has heated up, however, so have the fans. Many are not pleased with the way story has been going, of late.


With the story arc that tackles the death of matriarch Katherine Chancellor kicking off Friday, a few show insiders recently told MSN TV that the upcoming months are "classic Bell," meaning they reflect the vibe and style of the show back when it was being run by creators William Bell and his wife Lee Phillip Bell. Only time will tell if that's true, but a push to change the vibe and direction of the show could easily have led to this alleged behind the scenes shakeup.


As previously reported, the show is honoring the memory of late matriarch Jeanne Cooper with the passing of her beloved character, Katherine Chancellor. A series of episodes started Friday, Aug. 16, when Katherine's loved ones began receiving sent postcards asking them to gather at the Chancellor Estate, where they will learntheir dear friend and family member passed away while on vacation with her husband, Murphy (Michael Fairman).


"In the coming weeks, Katherine's memory will be honored in several very special ways that allow us to pay tribute to Jeanne in the remarkable manner she deserves," Phelps said. "It is an extraordinary story that will bring the residents of Genoa City together to remember this woman they all loved."

Stay tuned to see how this soaptastic "The Young and the Restless" drama plays out on both sides of the camera. 

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"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS. 

Aug 17, 2013 7:21PM
oh! my I really touched on something when I went on about the black and white thing.  Sorry about that but its just the most stupid story line . it isn't even good acting.. its out and out stupid. the writers of this story line suck. Sorry but that's my opinion..............I couldn't even tell you this black actors name he is just so bad at acting.............the person playing Abby is just horrible. when you are use to see great daytime actors on the Young and the Restless. you can't stand to see these people they have hired at a cheaper rate..............
Aug 17, 2013 7:13PM
Never thought I could go a day without watching Y&R, been watching 30+ years, but that day has come. Thanks to CBS blocking online site, haven't seen an episode for weeks. The story line was weak and silly, not sure I will continue to watch even if CBS unblocks its site.
Aug 17, 2013 6:01AM

I too have been a loyal viewer of the show for years. While I’m unhappy that some of my favorites have left and that some of the veterans on the show don’t have much of a storyline these days, I still think the show is pretty interesting.


Fans say they are bored. That’s because they want this guy with that woman and that guy with this woman and they want them to live happily ever after. Now that really would be boring. They kind of need these weird  storylines to keep the show going. Don’t forget people, they are writing scripts for five days a week and have been doing it for years. There is only so much that they can come up with without repeating some stories over again. I’m sure that some of the actors don’t care what their storyline is as long as they have one. They probably like the challenge of a plot where they really get to show their acting ability.


I love Doug Davidson and I’m happy that he won an Emmy. While he currently doesn’t have a big storyline, he did have one last year with the Ricky story. A fantastic performance by him. Love the Michael and Kevin stories. Where’s Laura Lee Bell, as the new DA?


I can’t speak to the performance of  Jill  Farren Phelps because I don’t know anything about the production of a show.  I just know that I’m still watching.


Love Y&R and hope it goes on for many more years.

Aug 17, 2013 5:17AM

No I am not a racist. Its just that these people in charge of the Young and the Restless are ruining this show.  this is just the most stupid story line ever........let me list all the people they have on this show that flat out can't act. Starting with the one playing Avery; the one playing Kyle. (the worse) the one playing Fenmore (Oh my God who told this kid he could act?) .the new Abby is horrid.  I have watched this show from the very first show and these new people that have taken over this show  are just aweful....... At first I didn't like this Summer but she is growing into her part . This Rose and Neil story line is nothing.........You stop and think of the people that have left this show since these new people have taken over. Ashley, Abby, now Phyllis........what does that tell you.  Even the Lilly and Cane story line is stupid.....Why don't you find a decent man for Jill so that poor women has a life. Stop all the stupid ghost stories already.  Enough said.............its pitiful what is our favorite show.


Aug 17, 2013 4:20AM

I've been watching Y&R since the beginning. WTF? You have turned Sharon into an idiot. I hope you don't kill Phyllis off...she is one of the only interesting characters. Dump the Rose story, nobody cares. Every time Billy is going to be bad you slick back his hair and grow the shadow beard, then when he is going to be good you clean him up, duh.

Avery has the personality of a fence post. The old Lily would never have been so interested in another man.

Oh, and Lauren and Michael's son.....please, what a dork, give him a kick in the butt and a haircut.

Why have you reduced Victor to demanding that Summer not connect with Jack, even if Jack isn't really her dad, Victor thinks he is and it is ridiculous even for Victor. Give him something better to do business wise.

Adam is a true son of Victor, good character. The bar that Nick owns is kind of lame.....he needs to be more involved back in the Newman business. You have made him non interesting as well.

I love Y&R even though it has become tedious....please,please, writers, get on the stick.

Aug 17, 2013 3:32AM
Why you ever let Phyllis go and kept Sharon is beyond me!  She has either slept with or married nearly every male on the show...and gotten away with everything short of murder.  I am so sick of her sticky sweet character that I put the show on mute whenever she is on.  Oh, and by the way, you need to read up on bipolar disorder because your depiction of it is so far from the truth that it is pathetic!
Aug 17, 2013 3:22AM
I've watched the show since I was very young with my grandmother, I've been a loyal fan for 35+years.  I must say the show is going downhill and hasn't come up for air yet in awhile.  I love Sharon, and hate what they have turned her into.  Same for nick.   Kevin and Chloe steeling, come on.  And Neil in the past has had some great storylines, can't remember the last good one.  Some one needs to pull out the old footage and get this show back to its roots.  The kid stuff is ok, the storylines are terrible.  There have always been teenagers in the picture, think cricket, and nick and Victoria.  They used to have great storylines.  Ones that could impact a young person, not this garbage the kids have going on now.  Please writers do something before you loose more viewers.  I do not want this show to get canceled, but if you continue going where you are now, it won't look good.
Aug 16, 2013 10:24PM
Y&R is a mess for sure! The Rose storyline is just stupid....and it's gone on for way way to long. The Lily back and forth is just stupid. And there was a time that I like Sharon's character. She always stood up to people and was kinda strong. And now they've made her horrible. Why? I always thought that Summer was Jacks. And was excited that they were going to finally tell that story. But the switch by Sharon...dumb! Why didn't they just let that play and make it so. I mean jack is going to go off the deep end and Victor will be there to kick him when he's down. Boring!! I'd rather watch 5 year olds play with sock puppets. At least they would be original thoughts.
Aug 16, 2013 9:45PM
It's about time! There isn't anybody that can play Katherine Chancellor ,but herself. She was on the Y& R from the beginning. I will dearly miss her.
Aug 16, 2013 9:30PM
Sad to say but I have lost interest in the show...I never have more than two episodes on the DVR to catch up on.Ii now have two weeks worth !! I find myself "fast forwarding" through the "Rose" story line and avoiding the "Sharon tampers with the test results" all together. They need to go back to the roots of the show. Family dynamics and interactions. Please start using the characters we have loved over the years. There are so many "new" faces that the history of Genoa City is getting lost.
Aug 16, 2013 7:04PM

At one time I loved this show lately not so much. Storylines are sooooooo stupid. One day you have a 5 year old child the next day she is 16 but looks on 20. That kid of Michael and Lauren is so obnoxious I can hardly bear to watch him plus get your hair out of your eyes. Kyle is vapid. Summer is always crying. Lets get some adult stories going here, get rid of these kids.

Aug 16, 2013 6:54PM
The changing of the results of the paternity test by Sharon is ridiculous.  Nick is stupid, Jack's character is pathetic.  The Rose storyline with Neil has gone on long enough.  Maybe new writers is what we need.  Time will tell.
Aug 16, 2013 5:59PM
Another thing all these dead people coming back...........It stupid. get on with the story line already.
Aug 16, 2013 5:57PM
whom ever is in charge at the Young and the Restless. Your ruining the show. All of the people that we care about are leaving the have hired they people that can't act. the man playing Kyle can't act. all this black and white stuff needs to go. next you will be putting gays in the show. again.
Aug 16, 2013 5:57PM

I'm sick of Sharon's character. Been watching the show for years. The show needs spruced up.

Aug 16, 2013 5:25PM
The Young & The Restless does need a change in writing, it was making me fall asleep.
Aug 16, 2013 5:20PM
Haven't been enjoying the storylines lately. It seems as if the creative minds are short on ideas. I miss the old Y&R!! Now that Phyllis is gone, I'm really bummed.

Of course, there's also the infamous Katherine Chancellor. I must say I am looking forward to these episodes and hope the writers will give her the respect, honor and remembrance she deserves. She was a fabulous part of Genoa City!!
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