The latest recast at The Young and the Restless won’t have to be explained away by post-car-crash plastic surgery — it’s taken place behind the scenes. Jill Farren Phelps has been replaced as executive producer by EastEnders alum Mal Young, TVLine has confirmed.
“On behalf of everyone at the show, we extend our sincere thanks to Jill for her years at Y&R and wish her continued success,” reads the official statement from Steve Kent, senior executive vice president, U.S. programming for Sony Pictures Television, which produces the CBS sudser.
A veteran of Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, Another World, One Life to Live and General Hospital, Phelps — a nine-time Daytime Emmy winner (for Y&R, General Hospital and Santa Barbara) — had been at the helm of Y&R since 2012. During her tenure, she won an additional Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special for the top-rated soap’s stand-alone tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who had played Genoa City’s grand dame Katherine for four decades before passing away in 2013.
As the BBC’s controller of continuing drama series from 1997-2004, Young oversaw not only EastEnders but Doctor Who, Casualty and Doctors (which he co-created). He was brought in by Y&R as a supervising producer in January of this year.
Charles Pratt Jr., who’d EP’d Y&R alongside Phelps since early 2015, is expected to continue on in that role as well as remain headwriter. The news of Phelps’ ouster was first reported by Soap Central.
What do you think, Y&R fans? Will the show get better with Young at the helm?