Soaps She Knows and Celeb Dirty Laundry just dropped some breaking news regarding "The Young and the Restless." The head writer/executive producer, for the past year, has been fired. Mal Young is out and Josh Griffin is said to be his replacement. During Young's tenure, the CBS soap changed so drastically that fans no longer recognized a number of their favorite Genoa City characters. The Rosales family is now front and center, Victor and Nikki had an open marriage, and Billy remained with Phyllis instead of reuniting with Victoria. Doug Davidson, who portrayed Paul for 40 years, was let go and other cast members left the show or chose recurring status.

Mal Young's ouster at Y&R is confirmed

Soap opera spoilers Celeb Dirty Laundry and Soaps She Knows have both confirmed that CBS has fired Mal Young as the head writer/executive producer of "The Young and the Restless." Young has come under fire from viewers as well as cast members because of how he changed life in Genoa City. Fans have been outraged ever since Young said he was changing direction on the show and fired Doug Davidson. Viewers also don't like the fact that the Rosales family is in almost every scene and longtime characters are on the back burner.

Josh Griffin who worked as a creative consultant on "The Young and the Restless" in 2006 is rumored to be taking Young's place according to CDlL and Soaps She Knows., but it has not yet been confirmed.

Both spoilers say that Mal Young's ouster is related to decreasing ratings the anger of the fans regarding his direction for Genoa City. Paul Williams being removed from the show, along with changes in major characters caused an outcry from viewers for CBS to fire the head writer/executive producer.

Genoa City needsYoung out of the picture

Since Mal Young took over the helm, at "Y&R," the Rosales family has been placed front and center. Rey, Mia, Lola, and Arturo are featured, almost every day, in Genoa City and have been placed in key positions surrounding the Newmans and Abbott's. Viewers were outraged that this came at the expense of Doug Davidson being fired after 40 years of portraying beloved character Paul Williams.

The storyline with Nikki, Victoria, Phyllis, and Sharon disposing of J.T.'s alleged dead body has also not been popular with fans.

Dina saying Jack was not John's son and Victor possibly being his enemy's half-sibling were also sore spots where fans were concerned. Ratings have steadily decreased and Mal Young being fired might change it all. Josh Griffin having worked on "Y&R" before may cause him to be more concerned with past history than his predecessor was. Griffin may head the voice of the viewers and bring Paul back as chief of police, reunite Billy and Victoria and end the storyline surrounding J.T. Stay tuned to "The Young and the Restless" weekday afternoons at 12:30 PM EST on CBS to find out what happens next.