More from Eric Braeden, Says Soap Opera Exit was "Rushed"

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Fans of The Young and the Restless still can't believe it:

Eric Braeden is out as Victor Newman.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the veteran actor says failed contract negotiations resulted in a "rushed" storyline that gave Victor the boot from the show. He said:

"It was obviously meant to intimidate. It was obviously done with enormous forethought to coincide with the end of the 26-week cycle. Essentially that is what the business is doing now and has been doing for a while. And quite frankly, it’s outrageous. When I sign a three-year deal, I’m obligated to fulfill that deal.

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The producers, however, can come to me after a half-year and say, “We’ve changed our minds.” Where in the world of business does this kind of contract exist? Do I blame the people for wanting to squeeze as much out of us as they can? I do not. The question is, when do you squeeze too much?"

Braeden added that he doubted he's join another soap opera, but "never say never in this business."

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I really think the writers and producers really need to renegotiate this contract and get rid of Adam and use that money to pay Eric Braeden "Victor" instead. I definitely will not watch the show anymore if he leaves and they do not bring him back. Some of the people that are on there with ridiculous roles that are really not doing anything, like Adam and Ryder, need to be ended and allow others that make the show to make that money. Somebody better wake up before there is another sunset on CBS daytime, like Guiding Light.


The stealing of Sharon's baby...Adam..the actor and the character are terrible. Get that story line off. Adam continuing to lie and get away with it...Ashley keeping the baby and the ranch that are not her's. This soap is taking a nose dive. Get it corrected or cancel the entire thing. I have been loyal since 1973. Eric Braeden and original cast are the ones worth watching. Fire the new guys especially Adam rehire Eric or call it a wrap because this story line is not worth watching.


As a faithful Y&R fan for over 35 years, the removal of Eric Braeden would be devastating.. There is no replacement for this man and it's a big mistake to let him just die. They say a tree dies from the top and this would certainly be the case for the show. I agree that Nicki and Victor make the show, but let's not forget about our wonderful Katherine Chancellor too!


Are you serious! There is no show without Eric Braeden! Get your act together.


There can only be One Victor Newman period! I hope they,Sony reconsiders and give Eric the money and at least a 2 year contract. The Y&R fans deserve it,too! Victor and Nikki are the backbone of the show! Will it remain the #1 Daytime Soap??? What will Nikki do if Victor dies?


I have watched Y&R for 24 years. If Eric Braden (Victor Newman) is removed, I doubt that I'll ever watch it again! He makes the show!


I think Eric Braedan and Melody Thomas Scott are the show . I,ve watch this soap over 20 yrs. If they go , there is no show because they are the backbone or the main family that to me carries the show. Thank you Bruce Dunham

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That was Victor's doing. It was purely personal. Believe me, old moneybags is going to eat his words. The magazine is gonna do great, and beauty of nature will be left in the dust.