Q&A with Y&Rs New Boss

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Q&A with Y&Rs New Boss
Tue, 08-28-2012 - 9:21am

In a long overdue shakeup at daytime's No. 1 soap, The Young and the Restless, Maria Bell is out as executive producer-head writer and former General Hospital chief Jill Farren Phelps is in the house! Phelps takes the EP gig while Josh Griffith, who stepped in and kept Y&R afloat during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild strike, is back as head writer. Their first official episode will air Oct. 12. No exec on the suds scene is more credentialed and trophied than Phelps, a seven-time Emmy winner who has helmed a record six daytime dramas. And no one is more polarizing. TV Guide Magazine had an exclusive chat with the controversial lady, who addressed the firestorm of rumors and reports currently circulating on the Web. Will there be mass budget cuts and cast purges at Y&R? Is Genie Francis in danger? Is Christel Khalil in or out? Will Phelps fill the show with her actor pals — the notorious FOJs? Then there's the million dollar question: Is she man enough to make Eric Braeden stop pissing and moaning because Maria Bell got fired? It's getting a little annoying!

TV Guide Magazine: Besides GH, you've run many a landmark soap — Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, Another World, One Life to Live. How's it feel to take command of the big one?
Phelps: It's exciting. Thrilling! I never imagined I was going to be here. And it feels particularly great to be doing this with Josh. He and I go all the way back to Santa Barbara, then we got together again just recently for [Nickelodeon's] Hollywood Heights. He knows the characters and the history of Y&R really well and deeply respects this show. I trust him completely. Producers don't make ratings, writers do, and Josh is the exact right person to be here at this time. He knew I was going to be talking with you and he said to tell you, "Genoa City will explode with intrigue and romance!"

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