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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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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.

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.

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

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.

I agree with you , Kay.

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.

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

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…

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

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 is so much potential of storylines, but everybody hanging out at the Grand Phoenix, Society, and Crimson Lights is so unbearably boring.

absolutely love Victor.

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.

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.

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!

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

I was hoping he was retiring!

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.

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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Susan Lucci Reveals She Was Contacted to Gauge Interest in Becoming ‘The Golden Bachelorette’

All My Children icon and Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement honoree, Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane), apparently was being considered for the lead in the first-ever season of The Golden Bachelorette.

Making this all the more intriguing is Lucci admitted she really enjoyed The Golden Bachelor’s season and has become a fan and thus a part of ‘Bachelor Nation.’

Although former ‘Golden Bachelor’ contestant Joan Vassos was the ultimate pick by ABC and the producers of The Golden Bachelorette, Lucci told PEOPLE that the show reached out to her people.

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Susan shared, “I believe that they contacted my publicist and it wasn’t for me.” She added, “I watched The Golden Bachelor, and I really enjoyed watching The Golden Bachelor. This is a new addiction for me.”

And a few years back. her assistant got Lucci hooked on The Bachelor, as she expressed on the dating series, “I was immediately engaged. I cared. I wanted to know more about these people.”

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The outlet shared that they did reach out to ABC and Warner Bros. about potential interest in Susan. However, they did not respond. A source then told the publication that Lucci was not offered a role.

For Susan, finding a second chance at love is an interesting proposition; given that she had the most incredible and enduring 53-year marriage to her late husband and manager, Helmet Huber, who passed away at 84-years-old back in March of 2022.

So, what do you think of Susan being contacted to see if she was interested in becoming ABC’s ‘Golden Bachelorette’ for the senior dating-reality series? Comment below.

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episode for Memorial Day

Coming up on Monday, May 27th, ABC’s General Hospital is the only daytime drama slated to air an encore presentation of a previously aired episode. The episode that is said to have originally aired on October 5, 2023.

The episode features the following storypoints: Spencer and Trina return from a private tour of the MET’s archives. They make love again and lament that this is their last day in New York. Trina thanks their hotel room before leaving with Spencer.

Cody, having kicked open the door, stops Montague from hurting Sasha. Dante arrives with Mac and other cops. Montague is placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder. Cody and Sasha leave Ferncliff together.

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Sonny confronts Gladys for her lies as Sam witnesses. Sonny accuses Gladys of using Mike, then Brando, then Sasha. After Sam goes, Sonny tells Gladys she’s leaving town and returning to Bridgeport. Sonny implies Gladys will die if she ever leaves Bridgeport. Sonny has Frank escort Gladys away without a single bag.

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Charlotte listens from a hiding spot as Val explains to Anna he bought this house after Anna’s place burned down so he, Charlotte, and Anna could live in it. Val kept it from Anna because he didn’t want to get her hopes up. Val explains Charlotte needs his attention, so Anna can’t move in yet. Charlotte thinks back to reading Victor’s letter that says she must defeat Anna.

So, are you looking forward to seeing this encore presentation of GH on Memorial Day? Let us know via the comment section below.

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GH’s Jophielle Love Releases Daytime Emmy-Nominated Song, ‘Shine’ on Major Music Streaming Platforms

It’s been a big week for General Hospital’s young star, Jophielle Love (Violet). First, viewers witnessed her character of Violet learning the news that her Grandpa Gregory (Gregory Harrison) had passed away in which she delivered a touching performance, and now she has released her very first single as a singer and a songwriter.

Love first performed the song entitled Shine during a December 2023 Christmas-related episode of GH. In it, Finn (Michael Easton) along with his family decorated the tree. It was then, Love as Violet, sang her original song, “Shine,” surrounded by her TV castmates.

In addition, the song is in the running at this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Original Song. Jophielle took to her Instagram account on the release of the track sharing that part of the proceeds from the single will go to Save The Children, an organization that strives to improve children’s lives.

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Love shared via the IG account run by her mom, “My first original song ‘Shine’ which I sang on General Hospital over Christmas is now available on all digital platforms ! Part of the proceeds are donated to ‘Save the Children’ who helps kids all over the world in the middle of horrible conflicts. We encourage you to donate as well, or … listen to, like and share this song and post! Let’s bring light to the world,… anything helps. More to come soon as Shone is heading to the Daytime Emmy’s, since nominated in the “Best Original Song” category”

Already beginning to aspire to be a young Taylor Swift (as in writing and singing at such a young age), Love’s second song, “True Love” debuted at Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) wedding when Violet sang it to the newlyweds and for all the enduring couples in attendance.

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Jophielle shared a little video of moments from the taping of Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding accompanied by her tune, “True Love. You can see it below, and can stream and download “Shine via Spotify here or Apple music

What do you think of Jophielle’s single ‘Shine’? Comment below.

 

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