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Eric Braeden on His Future with Y&R as He Turns 80: “I Intend to Stay as Long as I Can”

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First of all, it’s hard to believe that The Young and the Restless’ icon, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), is about to celebrate his 80th birthday in about a weeks time.  He is one of the fittest people we know! Braeden’s actual birthday is Sunday, April 3rd.

Eric spoke with PEOPLE.com in a new feature on his legacy with the CBS Daytime drama and more, as Y&R turns 48-years-young today having premiered back on March 26, 1973.  Braeden debuted as Victor in 1980.

The Daytime Emmy-winning star addressed any rumors that he might be retiring from acting or the soap by expressing:  “I love my colleagues. I love my family and friends. So do I see myself retiring anytime soon? Hell no! My life has been enriched by having been introduced to so many things.”

 

Braeden added: “I feel very loyal to The Young and the Restless, very beholden to Victor and very beholden to the audience who has supported us for all those years. I intend to stay as long as I can.”

As for his enduring on-screen partner, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Eric shared: “I adore her, love her. She has put up with me and I sometimes am not the easiest guy to get along with, sometimes.”

So, glad to hear that Eric does not intend on stepping away from Y&R? Comment below.

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

Daytime dramas thrive on their legacies and love them or not, Newmans are indelible. I love seeing a solid Victor/Nikki relationship, and I hope they never split again. I am hopeful we can move on some from the Adam drama with a resolution that may last for a while. I would like to see Dylan return to complete Nikki’s family.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Though I love many of the Y&R actors, the show, especially now, is not as much fun without Victor. Maddening? Sure he is. But there’s a core of decency that Eric Braeden imbues into the character that keeps me interested. I’m glad he’s not retiring. The show wouldn’t be the same for me.

Boop
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Boop

I agree with you; at the present , Victor is the Young and the Restless!

Kay
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Kay

Wish they would write him a good storyline instead of the musical chairs they give him with which kid he loves the most . I will always respect him for his standing up vocally and saying what a travesty it is on how they treated Doug Davidson/Paul . He is in good shape for 80 no need to retire if you are doing something you love.

Boop
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Boop

I agree with you , Kay.

Rebecca Bielser
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Rebecca Bielser

I agree. Y & R wouldn’t be the same if Victor was to leave. And upset about Doug Davidson’s not being used as he should. Paul should be working on this poisoning plot not the sickly Ray. I have watched since the beginning I was a kid watching with my older sister.

Michelle
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Michelle

I love Victor and Doug Davidson. I wish they would quit bringing in the new people and use the talented actors they have.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You’re so right, Rebecca. And in what universe would Rey be serving a search warrant on Adam’s pad when Rey was himself the victim? This would have been an easy way to incorporate Paul into the story. Instead, they get Michael to agree to a warrant with ZERO EVIDENCE, just a hunch. Really? I’ve also watched since 1973; my high school had split scheduling, so I watched in the morning then went to first period. Ah, memories…

Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

Love Eric as Victor Newman, he looks terrific for his age. One hot daddy.

Margherita
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Margherita

Hoping that the introduction of Ashland Locke will bring opportunities for both Victor/Erik as well as Jack/Peter. Jack needs a strong, intelligent, and possibly mysterious woman to enter into his orbit. Victor can continue to play musical chairs with his children as long as he stays with Nikki. And speaking of Nikki, I wish that Dylan would return, regardless of it being Steve Burton or a newly recast actor. We need some intrigue and mystery since covid is preventing the romance. Today’s episode sucked. Chelsea admitted that she poisoned Rey and Jordan texted any intrigue with regards to Faith. There… Read more »

Elsie St.Onge
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Elsie St.Onge

absolutely love Victor.

Boop
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Boop

Happy Birthday to Mr. Braeden. For me , at this point , he is the Young and the Restless. I miss his appearance on the show ; keeps me interested in watching the show . When he’s not on , the show lacks excitement . Adam and Victor together (to me ) make the show more watchable. I hope that Braeden never leaves unless it ‘s from God.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes Boop! The real actor chemistry right now is Adam and Victor. These two play off one another beautifully. Whenever they share a scene, I can’t help grinning. As opposed to “groaning” when Sally Slimeball is on. Still want more Kevin, Chloe, Traci, Ashley, Jill, Paul, etc. They ALL play well with Eric Braeden also. I’ve always treasured Traci’s visits to Victor to ‘visit Colleen’s heart.’ Very touching.

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Violet Lemm

Happy Birthday to Y&R and Eric. That handsome old devil has been the backbone of the show for many years and would not seem the same without him. We have loved and hated him at times, mostly doing things to his kids, that he always claimed was in the name of love. Long may he reign!

Chelsea
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Chelsea

The young & restless won’t be the same without victor Newman

Marion Baptiste
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Marion Baptiste

I was hoping he was retiring!

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Sorry but i think he should retire. He is the greatest male lead with one of the most iconic roles in soap /television history. He has nothing else to prove. The current writers arent going to be more creative or do justice to his character or his talents. Go out while on top.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You may be right, other Lis, but I selfishly want Mr. Braeden to stay as long as he can. He’ll ALWAYS be on top to me, since no other male character has his charisma or iconic status.

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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Sarah Joy Brown Directs Haley Pullos, Carolyn Hennesy, Eric Martsolf in New ‘Red Riding Hoods’ Podcast

What happens when a team of “Final Girls” (sole survivors of horrific mass murders) join forces to hunt malevolent entities while uncovering the apocalyptic conspiracy uniting them? Well, you have to listen to the brand new Horror Podcast Network’s latest offering Red Riding Hoods to find out. But here’s the twist! There are some daytime notables involved in the series.

Chief among them is three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Joy Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH) who directs the podcast series, a first for her career.

Along for the ride with Sarah are none other than General Hospital’s Haley Pullos (Molly) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), as well as Brown’s former DAYS co-star, Eric Martsolf (Brady) who all have roles within the story.

New episodes of the series began to roll out this past Monday on October 11th and there will be another installment every Monday thereafter.

Red Riding Hoods is available on all major podcast streaming platforms including: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.   You can also listen to the podcast via the Violet Hour Media website here.

So, let us know if you check out Red Riding Hoods via the comment section below or are intrigued to hear the show!

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B&B’s Annika Noelle Shares Her Heartache on Pregnancy Loss

In a very well-written and touching essay written by The Bold and the Beautiful’s Annika Noelle (Hope), herself, the actress shares with the readers details of two miscarriages that she had not publicly revealed until this time.

In her story for Glamour entitled, “Losing a Child in the Limelight”, Noelle shares the heartache and pain of losing a child while filming the demands of a soap opera, and especially Hope’s storyline which for months featured so much emotion and so many tears after the baby loss storyline on-air she was the vehicle in which to tell the tale.

However in real life, Noelle was going through something as well.  Annika reveals how she and her fiancé found out she was pregnant, and then 10 weeks later she lost the baby.  When they tried again, she lost the baby at 8 weeks.

In an excerpt, Annika expressed about keeping her pain private while working on the soap: “Fans and news articles speculated whether I was pregnant or just gained weight during quarantine. And once again the storyline called for ceaseless tears when I felt like I had no more to give. I guess looking back at it now, I was scared to jinx anything. I didn’t want people to know and have things not work out. And yet I wish I had because I would have given anything to have the understanding and support of the cast and crew. I felt so alone. The secret was isolating, yet the shame was debilitating. I felt like I had failed at something that should be easy. But as time marched on, I was surprised by a new feeling bubbling underneath the sorrow: an ancestral rage toward the burden of womanhood. And as I slowly began to open up about my loss to a select few, I was shocked by how many people had experienced it as well.”

In the end, Annika shares: “Anyone who follows me on social media can tell you I’m a deeply private person. But if there is one thing I’ve gained from my loss, it is a voice I’m no longer afraid to use.”

Make sure to read Annika’s moving article in full, then let us know in the comment section what you thought of it.

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