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Eric Braeden Speaks on Exit from The Young and the Restless

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Has Genoa City really seen the last of Eric Braeden?

That's hard to imagine for viewers of The Young and the Restless. But the veteran actor got his walking papers late last month, and talks about what went down in a new interview with TV Guide Magazine.

On whether he's really gone: It is not a fait accompli but I am seriously thinking about various other career options. As you know, I came to Y&R from film, from nighttime television, from theatre. It’s not that one isn’t willing to acquiesce to [a lesser salary], but it is the way in which I was approached.

I was dealt with in a cold, deeply insulting and unconscionable manner and I’m a defiant bastard. I feel a great loyalty to the character and to the show, but that loyalty is not reciprocated. The daytime business has become cutthroat.

Braeden, Eric

Follow our link to read all about The Young and the Restless spoilers; sadly, none that include Eric Braden.

On his rumored pay cut: It’s like being hit with a sledgehammer. What is sad is that they are playing with - and easily disregarding - the contributions made by a lot of the actors who have been on the show for a very long time, and it seemingly makes no difference to them. As a result, there is an enormous feeling of emotional upheaval on the set. And that was the intention, of course.

It’s all about intimidation. It’s all about leaking things to the internet before I even knew I was going to [be asked to] renegotiate. I had no idea! There are obviously leaks coming from the inside, all there to bludgeon you, to intimidate you.

Read the full interview at TV Guide Magazine!

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Remove Mr. Braeden, and you loose what is truly a classic. The gentleman knows how to act, bringing a story to all about a man
you wish existed in this world. We look forward to Victor and Nikki reuniting in marriage. Now we need some Jill action.

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I agree 900% with all of the other fans that have commented here. I have never commented on a blog in my life.. I just googled to see if the TV guide reporting of Victor leaving was true.. I could not believe it to be so.. But when I read that it was because the network or show executives are trying to negotiate his salary lower, I was blown away. I understand bad times.. I two have taken pay cuts and hour reductions.. But to do this to Victor on Y&R is just suicide for the show. I have watched the show since the very first one. I do not think I would want to watch anymore if he was not on the program. The loyal fans from the inception of the program, expect to always see Victor, Nicky, Jack, Kay on the show.. Bad enough that John and Brad are gone..

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The show has went down since this Adam thing now thats Victor is leaving there is no use to watch anymore it will end just like the Guiding Light

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KEEP VICTOR NEWMAN------ PLEASE! Without Victor, you may as well say good-bye to the show. He is and will be for a long time one of the key actors that makes Y&R successful. I have been watching this soap for close to 40 years. If the viewers like Victor.....keep him, just like you did with Melody Thomas Scott.

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If Victor goes, then I go! He and Nikki are the only reasons I've religiously watch the show. Plain and simple.

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We have been watching Y&R for as long as I can remember. Victor gone we will not watch so much and when Kay is gone not at all! I can think of a few that could or should go if money is the problem. The Bardwells, Jeff is a fool and Gloria I am sick of the games she plays with her sons that is just sick. Victor gone you may as well write Jack out he would not have a story line with out Victor. Glad we tape the show so all the crap we can just fast forward and it looks like it will be a lot.

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I have quit watching Y&R because I am sick of the storyline. Ashley's false pregnancy, Sharon's delivery of a dead baby and Adam continually getting away with it. Do the writers think their viewers are stupid? Please give Sharon a new hair style.If Victor is taken off the show, I will never go back to watching. Thanks for letting me vent.

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I have religiously watched Y&R since day one. Without Victor (and Nikki), THERE IS NO Y&R!!!!! The TIGHTWADS doing the negiotiating must be out of their minds. They are others on the show that could be canceled and they wouldn't be missed, i.e., the gay lawyer, Paul's daughter, Kevin's fake brother, Neal's son, Jill's son and Ashley's daughter (she can't even act). I doubt if I will continue to watch the show and use that hour to do something more productive. You have taken the HEART out of Y&R. The show deserves to be canceled!!!

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