'Young and the Restless' replaces head writer

TV’s most-watched daytime sudser has a new team at the helm. Josh Griffith has been named the new head writer and Jill Farren Phelps is now an executiver producer on The Young and the Restless.

The duo replaces Maria Arena Bell, who became the sudser’s head writer and EP after the 2007 Writer’s Strike. She crossed the picket line so she could write on the sudser that was created by her father-in-law, William Bell.

On her Facebook page, Bell indicated that she didn’t know why she was told to step down. “I am mystified as are my cast and crew. There have been a lot of tears shed in the last few days… by me and by my loyal staff and by our iconic actors,” she continues. “I was not given a reason and in fact I have heard nothing from Sony or CBS. They sent me a message through my husband Bill who had the terrible job of conveying that they’d gone around him and were letting me go. I fought hard for my vision and to keep the show on track with the characters that matter to the audience.”

The staff changes were first reported by Daytime Confidential.

Phelps has been the executive producer of five daytime dramas, including One Life to Live and General Hospital. She’s won seven daytime Emmys. Griffith used to write for Y&R, along with One Life to Live and General Hospital.

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