6 Real Life Soap Opera ScandalsPublished on September 1, 2015. Updated April 3, 2017
Sometimes soap actors and actresses’ lives are just as dramatic as the ones on the soaps they star in. Maybe they’re really influenced by all the drama on-screen and some of it ends up spilling off-screen or maybe soap stars get involved in these shows because they just love the drama. You be the judge. Here are 6 real life soap opera scandals!
6. John Aniston’s Affair with Co-Star Sherry Rooney
Jennifer Aniston’s father John Aniston has been on a few different soap operas, including Days of Our Lives, Love of Life and Search for Tomorrow. While he was on Love of Life, he began an affair with Sherry Rooney, which led to the breakdown on his marriage with Jennifer’s mother, Nancy Dow. The whole situation was rather traumatizing for Jennifer, who was only 9 years old at the time.s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
5. Nick Santino’s Suicide
Struggling soap actor Nick Santino, who is best known for his roles on All My Children and Guiding Light, committed suicide back in 2012 when he was forced to put his beloved pit bull, Rocco, down admit pressure from his condo. “Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend,” Santino wrote in a suicide note. “Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”Source: CBS News
4. Michael Muhney Fired for Alleged Sexual Assault
Michael Muhney – who played Adam Newman on Young and the Restless – was fired from the soap opera after his co-star Hunter King complained that he grabbed her breasts on two separate occasions. She reportedly went to the show’s producers and threatened to file a police report if they didn’t fire Muhney, so the decision was made to let him go. Fans were livid. Some pooled together $785 to pay for a plane to fly a banner over CBS Studios, which read: “NO ADAM NEWBIE, JUST MICHAEL MUHNEY.”Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
3. Brenda Benet’s Suicide
Brenda Benet – who played the hated seductress Lee Dumonde on Days of Our Lives – was hit really hard by her six-year-old son Christopher’s sudden death in 1981. They had been on a skiing trip when he suddenly fell ill with a throat infection and went into cardiac arrest when paramedics tried to insert a breathing tube. The loss devastated Benet and she sank into a severe depression. The following year, she shot herself in the head. She was only 36 years old.Source: galleryhip.com
2. Donna Reed Tries to Shut Down Dallas
When Donna Reed was abruptly fired after she took over the role of Miss Ellie Ewing on Dallas, she slapped CBS with a $7.5 million breach of contract lawsuit and tried to halt production of the show so that she could get herself reinstated in the role of Miss Ellie. Reed had already signed a three-year contract when she was informed that Barbara Bel Geddes – the original Miss Ellie – was going to reprise the role. Although Reed wasn’t able to halt production of Dallas, she did manage to secure more than $1 million in an out-of-court settlement.Source: www.sitcomsonline.com
1. Victoria Rowell Sues CBS and Sony for Retaliation
Victoria Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, is suing the show’s network producers for racial discrimination. According to her, CBS and Sony Pictures Entertainment refused to re-hire her because she criticized the show for its lack of diversity.
CBS, however, denies any wrongdoing. “We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers’ letters and a lawsuit that has no merit. We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case,” they said in a statement.Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com