Executive producer Jill Farren Phelps took over the reins at “The Young and the Restless” when Maria Arena Bell was fired by Sony Pictures in July 2012, but her name only began appearing in the credits on October 22, 2012.
Jill Farren Phelps has been the executive producer of many soap operas, including “Santa Barbara” (1987-1991), “Guiding Light” (1991-1995), “Another World” (1995-1996), “One Life to Live” (1997-2001), “General Hospital” (2001-January 2012), “General Hospital: Nights.” (July 2007-Sept. 2007), and “Hollywood Heights (July 2012-Oct. 5, 2012). Only one of those soap operas, “General Hospital”, is still on the air, many of the others were either cancelled while Jill Farren Phelps was at the helm, or not long after her departure. “One Life to Live” limped along with lower and lower ratings until it finally went off the air in January 2012.
Many fans of “The Young and the Restless”, were not happy with the direction in which former executive producer Maria Arena Bell had taken Y&R, but are even more unhappy with the choice of Jill Farren Phelps as executive producer. There are some who even believe Phelps has been brought in as the “hatchet man” to bring about an end to “The Young and the Restless” forever.
Jill Farren Phelps has been called “the Queen of Soap Killers” and pegged as the worst executive producer in soap history. Her casting decisions have been called into question, including:
- Hates minorities and diversity in soap operas
- Hates women over 40
- Hates strong female characters
- Hates middle-aged character romances
- Fires fan favorites
- Meddles heavily in the writing of soap operas
- Marginalizes veteran actors and puts their story lines on the back burner
- Breaks up popular couples in favor of her new pairings, usually putting a major part of a couple with one of her friends
- Kills off core families and replaces with her new families
Fans of “The Young and the Restless” wait with mixed emotions, anticipating the worst, and praying for the best. “They Young and the Restless” has been the cornerstone of the CBS daytime lineup since March 1978, and it would be upsetting to see the show that has been the number one daytime drama for more than a quarter-century go the way of ABC favorite “All My Children,” which was cancelled in Sept. 2011 after airing on ABC for 41 years.’
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