Young and the Restless fans watched Mal Young ruin key characters. Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), and JT Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill) were all recently ruined. The destruction of William J Bell’s legacy and dismissal of beloved characters destroyed ratings. Additionally, many of the remaining characters have had a complete change in personality. The current Y&R is almost unrecognizable.
Mal Young’s Systematic Destruction of CBS Soap
In the past, Young and the Restless was grounded in the Abbott, Hamilton, and Newman families. Each family was anchored by strong personalities. However, that has all changed when Mal Young took over as the Head Writer and Executive Producer.
Beyond the dismissal of fan favorites and the change in others, new characters are appearing at an alarming rate. In the last month alone, Mia Rosales (Noemi Gonzales), Kerry Jones (Alice Hunter), and Ted the receptionist arrived in Genoa City. Y&R ratings continue to decline to the point that fans are asking on social media wonder if this is actually Mal Young’s goal.
JT Hellstrom’s return excited Y&R fans until he began beating Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) – – totally out of character. Mal Young figuratively destroyed certain characters. But in JT’s case, he literally killed him after wrecking his reputation. The killers shoved JT’s corpse into a random hole in the ground then moved. There’s no dignity for JT Hellstrom – or Y&R fans.
Victor Newman and Family – Rarely on Y&R Now
Victor Newman has not been himself since his beating at the hands of JT Hellstrom. He was a once powerful and ruthless man. Victor dines at the club or playing with his grandchildren – not much else. He has become weak and boring. Victor and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) would never have an open marriage. It was beyond belief.
Based on their long history, neither Nikki nor Victor would have accepted that situation. Not even for a minute. Nikki’s affair with the much younger Arturo Rosales (Jason Canela) and Victor’s out-of-nowhere tryst with the chemist made no sense. It doesn’t align with character history on Young and the Restless.
Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) built herself into a strong woman before Mal Young arrived. While married to Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), she got control of her mental illness. Yet under Mal’s direction, she jumps from man to man at lightning speed. Sharon is now a woman who can’t function without a man. She is a mere shell of her former self.
That’s what the writers want us to see: weak, needy, stupid Sharon. But newsflash writers: we KNOW who Sharon Collins is from her inception. This watered-down, always falling for the “new guy” version is NOT who many of us accept. Try again. #FireMalYoung #YR https://t.co/6sKmU7cCOj
— Karlie723 (@OsaycanyouC) November 13, 2018
Young and the Restless – Ashley Abbott and Family Wrecked
Speaking of complete changes in behavior, Ashley Abbott would have never behaved the way Mal Young wrote her. First, it looked like Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) wasn’t a true Abbott. Then he had Ashley take all her patents and leave Jabot high and dry. Ashley was loyal to Jack and the family company for years. Nonetheless, while the blood Abbott clause hurt her, she would never have been such a monster under William J. Bell’s watch.
Ashley left town as the family pariah with her tail between her legs. The split of Jack and Phyllis Abbott (Gina Tognoni) also come out of left field. They were strong than ever until Mal Young showed up. Young and the Restless spoilers show even after Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) and Phyllis split, Mal Young refused to reunite them. Phyllis has always been one to sleep around. However, the love she and Jack shared was deep and profound. Turning to a purely physical relationship with Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) instead of Jack is senseless.
Phyllis asks Nick to go to the Jabot party. They talk about being a power couple.
Phyllis: “I am not opposed to the couple idea. So, we’re in?”
— Kim Huck (@acejordan23) November 12, 2018
If only fans could just click their ruby-red slippers three times and get back to the Genoa City of old. Ashley and Hilary (Mishael Morgan) would still be in town, the Rosales wouldn’t be the fastest growing family in town and our beloved characters would still be around. The list keeps growing of those gone – JT, Paul, Glo, Ashley, Hilary… When will it stop?
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