As BuddyTV reported earlier this month
, a new Adam will be wreaking havoc in Genoa City. The Young and the Restless
has recast Chris Engen with Michael Muhney, a seasoned actor who is credited for his roles on Veronica Mars
and The Huntress.
It's an unexpected move that has left fans of the long-running soap somewhat divided especially since the recast doesn't revolve around money. Evidently, the Engen is unhappy with the "dark direction" his character is headed for and has reportedly walked off the set during filming.
Engen has been called all sorts of names and the buzz surrounding the recast has been blown into proportions. In an effort to clarify the issue, the Young and the Restless
actor has decided to break his silence on his MySpace blog.
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"I would like first to apologize, as I feel I owe a great many of you at least that. I know that a choice like this appears weak and impulsive. Honestly, it was the last thing I ever thought I'd do - the absolute LAST thing I ever wanted," Engen wrote on his blog. The Young and the Restless
is reportedly brewing an intimate relationship between Rafe (Yani Gellman) and Adam, and Chris Engen just wouldn't have it.
"I want to apologize to any of my fellow actors who I may have disappointed," Engen wrote. "I would also like to apologize to those of you who feel slighted by this choice, as I have been branded a 'homophobe' by several members of the press. This is, of course, absurd and many of my dearest friends are homosexuals who would be more than happy to speak on my behalf. My decision had nothing to do with religion, or anything I learned at Bishop Montgomery High School."
"True -- I was not comfortable with many of the challenges they presented before me, but I put my head down and did my job," he added. "I never stormed off the set, nor have I stormed off any set in my 18 years of struggle as an artist. I felt generally unhappy about my contribution to the show, and had greater and greater difficulty making any sense of the challenges they were asking me to face...I believe that as an actor, and as a human being, I deserve better than to be forced to do something that I don't feel is right on many levels, and that should have nothing to do with the choices that other people make. My visage and my craft were being utilized to tell a story that I wasn't inspired to tell."
In spite of everything, Engen has nothing but kind words for his co-actors, as well as the writers and produces on The Young and the Restless.
Engen originated the adult role of Adam, the son of Victor (Eric Braeden) and the deceased Hope Wilson, and first appeared on The Young and the Restless
on February 12, 2008. Adam grew up not knowing that Victor was his father but eventually learned the truth when Hope was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Her last wish was for Victor and Adam to be reconnected. After Hope's passing, Victor gave Adam an offer to come back to Genoa City with him and work at Newman Enterprises. Adam eventually decided to quit his job in New York and headed to Genoa City to work at Newman with Victor. But it wasn't smooth sailing. Adam eventually became power hungry as he took over the ranch and the company during the time that Victor was presumed dead and often clashed with Victor's other children. Victor eventually tried to resolve his issues with Adam after learning that Adam is slowly losing his eyesight. With Adam now living in Victor's custody again, it was revealed to viewers that Adam is the one behind the hideous things that scare Victor's pregnant girlfriend Ashley.
As of this moment, there is no word yet on how Engen will exit and how Muhney will take over the role of Adam. Fans will have to stay tuned when Muhney makes his debut on June 25.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Soap Opera Digest
, Chris Engen's MySpace(Image courtesy of CBS)