Soap opera actor Michael Muhney, who made headlines this week when he was fired from the CBS daytime drama, “The Young and the Restless,” after reportedly fondling the breasts of his 20-year-old co-star, Hunter King, has announced plans to give up acting in order to launch a campaign to become the next mayor of San Diego. Munhey is confident he will win the upcoming February 11th runoff election that is being held to find a replacement for former Mayor Bob Filner, who was forced to step down in August for repeatedly sexually harassing and groping women.
“When you get fired off one of the four remaining soap operas left on television, it’s time to find a new career path,” Munhey told Hollywood & Swine. “I’m the only candidate in the upcoming mayoral election who has received a personal endorsement from Bob Filner, a man who appreciates my hands on approach to my work.”
The firing of Munhey by “The Young and the Restless” producers stunned most denizens of Hollywood, who were even more shocked to discover there were still soap operas airing on daytime television. Munhey attempted to defend his behavior by saying he was just getting an early jump on October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month by checking King for lumps, but the producers didn’t buy it.
Munhey’s firing is the latest in a series of career disappointments for the actor. Last year, he had hoped to be invited to join the cast of the “Veronica Mars” movie based on the series in which he played the role of Sheriff Don Lamb, but unfortunately the film’s producers were unable to raise enough money on Kickstarter to afford the sexual harassment insurance required to hire Munhey.