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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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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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Peter Bergman Signs 5-Year Deal with The Young and the Restless

Some of the hottest news on Daytime Emmy night was the reveal that 23-time Daytime Emmy nominee, and 3-time Emmy-winner, Peter Bergman is staying put at The Young and the Restless for quite some time to come, in fact, at least five more years.

Bergman, who plays Genoa City staple, Jack Abbott, has inked a new five-year deal to stay with the CBS daytime drama series, which is a significant contract in the world of soaps.  The usual contact for actors is somewhere between one and four years, with thirteen-week or twenty-six-week cycle, if the show were to not pick up an actors option.

While Y&R has been renewed thus far through the 2024 TV season, it would seem this move to ensure Bergman is sticking around as the show moves past its 50th year on the air, is a vote of confidence by Sony Pictures Television and CBS that the top-rated daytime drama will live on.

Deadline first reported the contract news.  Peter joined Y&R back in 1989, after first successful soap foray on All My Children as Dr, Cliff Warner.

So, what do you think about Peter signing on for five more years at Y&R? Comment below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Exit Days of our Lives

Coming up on Days of our Lives, both Lani and Eli Grant will be written off the canvas to facilitate the departures of Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Archey who stepped into the role in 2017, has made the decision to leave the long-running NBC soap opera, and will last air the week of July 4.

As for Stowers, she will last air on Friday, July 1st, and given her current storyline, it looks like Lani, who has confessed to murdering TJ (William Christian), will either be sent to prison, or will exit Salem with Eli.

This would not be the first-time that Stowers has departed DAYS.  After her debut in 2015, she was off the Salem canvas for a six-month break in 2016, before returning to the show through 2022.

We will share more information on Lamon and Sal’s exits as it comes to light.

For now, how do you feel about Lamon and Sal leaving Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Y&R Daytime Emmy Nominees, Jason Thompson and Melissa Ordway, Test Positive for Covid-19

In some heartbreaking news, two of The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmy nominees, Jason Thompson (Billy) and Melissa Ordway (Abby), both have tested positive for Covid-19 and will now be unable to attend tomorrow night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be telecast on CBS.  The actors were in Monte Carlo, Monaco last week for the 61st annual Monte Carlo TV Festival.

Thompson, a previous Emmy-winner, who is up in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, shared the news via an Instagram video and also expressing in his post: “After 2.5 years of dodging Covid…I finally tested positive! I’m very sorry to say I won’t be attending the @daytimeemmys tomorrow night and that’s a bummer!! To all my fellow nominees and friends, I wish you all the best, have a fantastic night celebrating what we do. To the best fans in the world, like most of you I will be watching from home cheering on our favorites on @cbstv!! Thank you for an amazing year @youngandrestlesscbs and @sonypictures. I’ll be back to work in a week or so to try and earn another invite to the big night!!! Lots is love! ♥️”

Meanwhile, Melissa Ordway then shared she also tested positive for Covid. Ordway is a first-time nominee in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.  In a heartfelt message, Melissa stated: It has always been a dream of mine to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and to bring my parents to the show. It was about to come true, until I tested positive for Covid yesterday afternoon. I’m so disappointed that I won’t be able to celebrate with everyone on Friday. I’ve cried lots of tears.  Thankfully, I’m asymptomatic. I’m super grateful no one in our home is sick. What a blessing.  To my Daytime community, have the best time. Wish I could be there but I’ll be watching from home and cheering on all of the nominees! Y&R bring home the gold! Love you all! And to everyone at CBS and Sony thank you for everything. So grateful to play Abby. @youngandrestlesscbs.  To my amazing parents, I’m so sorry that this weekend has fallen apart. I was so excited to attend the awards with you. This nomination was because you always believed in me. I love you. To everyone who’s cheered me on, sent me well wishes and love and support, it means more to me than you’ll ever know. I love Daytime and I’m honored to be a part of this talented group! Cheering from my couch! Xoxoxo Melissa”

We send our well-wishes to Jason and Melissa for a speedy recovery.

So, what did you think about Jason and Melissa’s heartfelt posts that they will miss the Daytime Emmys due to Covid-19? Comment below.

 

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