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Y&R’s Eric Braeden “40 Years As Victor Newman” Celebration (PHOTOS)

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The stars came out in full for the iconic Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary with The Young and the Restless at a very special on set celebration at CBS Television City in Los Angeles this past Friday (Braeden premiered as Victor back on February 8, 1980).

Attendees ranged from: a “Who’s Who” of Y&R through the years, important friends, colleagues, former co-stars, family, and executives from CBS and the series.

Y&R’s Doug Davidson (Paul) presided over the introduction of various speakers throughout the presentation to Eric.  If anyone could have such a wealth of friends from different walks of life, it’s Eric Braeden.  Even, sports journalist and broadcaster Stephen A. Smith (who is a GH fan and has appeared on that soap) gave a moving speech about how knowing Eric for the last 7 years has meant so much to him.

Former Y&R star and now one of the main men from the hit NBC drama series, This Is Us, Justin Hartley, returned to his old stomping grounds to deliver his thoughts on working with Eric, when he, indeed, played Adam Newman for four years.  In another tender moment, Justin’s successor, Mark Grossman (Adam) took to the podium as the newest member of the grown-up Newman children to honor Eric.

Peter Bergman (Jack) shared a hilarious story from the Daytime Emmys years ago; when he met his favorite singer of all-time, Aretha Franklin, but who he remembers really wanted to know more about Victor Newman, than he, as Jack!  Joshua Morrow (Nick) shared some very funny stories about working with his on-screen dad over the years, while Braeden’s longtime on-screen wife, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) shared some very sweet sentiments about her enduring co-star.

The place was abuzz with some very stellar guests from the world of daytime when General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny), Steve Burton (Jason) and James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) showed up to celebrate Eric’s big day.

CBS President, Kelly Kahl, Y&R executive producer, Tony Morina, Y&R head writer and co-EP, Josh Griffith and B&B’s EP and head writer, Brad Bell,  and Producer, Ed Scott also saluted Eric from the podium with various speeches, and recollections over Braeden’s 40 years on the top-rated soap and throughout his illustrious film and TV career.  Tom LaBonge, a councilman from the city of Los Angeles, made a very special presentation to Eric, as well.

Check out some of photos from Eric’s spectacular 40th anniversary celebration below.

Then, let us know which was your favorite image from the festivities via the comment section, and share your congrats for Eric for a job well-done and reaching this wonderful milestone.

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Congratulations to Eric Braeden on 40 years as Victor Newman. Best wishes and lots of love to Doug Davidson, who is the longest-running cast member and whose 40th anniversary with Y&R should have been celebrated too. Viewers know what Doug Davidson brought to the show and are truly missing him right now.

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Former CBS Daytime On-Air Promo Director, Susan Banks, Joins the Writing Team of The Young and the Restless

There is a new writer in Genoa City with word today from former Executive Producer & Executive in Charge of Production, CBS and former CBS Daytime On-Air Promo Director, Susan Banks.

Banks, who most recently was an executive producer at TV One, is now back with a show that she knows and loves, The Young and the Restless.

In a message via her social media, Susan shared her first script on the number one daytime drama airs tomorrow.

Susan expressed in her announcement:  “I am so excited to announce that my first script for The Young and the Restless airs on Monday, March 1, 2021.  Writing for the show is a thrilling ride that challenges my creative juices every week.   Bill and Lee Bell are icons of the television industry whose love, mentorship and support I have always cherished. It is an honor to be a part of their soap family and the legacy that has continued for almost 48 years. What a delight to return home to work with the amazing cast and characters of one of the greatest, never-ending stories ever told.  The drama, rich with passion, intrigue, mystery and romance has captivated the hearts of many through the years.  I hope you, too, will share the magic and tune in to see my opening credit on my premiere episode. Who knows…you might even get hooked!  Thanks for your loving support…”

The latest addition to the writing staff, Susan was previously at CBS from 1993 to 2003 before exiting for other TV opportunities including her time with TV One in the mid 2000’s.

So, intrigued to know Banks, who has knowledge of the history of Y&R, is on board the scribe team? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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WATCH: Cast of Y&R Recite Maya Angelou’s ‘Equality’ in Honor of Black History Month & Women’s History Month

As Black History Month comes to a close and with Women’s History Month beginning next week, Sony Pictures Television has released a viral video featuring several of the cast of The Young and the Restless reciting the words of Maya Angelou’s important poem and work, Equality.

Participating in the video are Y&R cast members: Mishael Morgan (Amanda) Jason Thompson (Billy), Jordi Vilasuso (Rey), Bryton James (Devon), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Brytni Sarpy (Elena), Sean Dominic (Nate), Camryn Grimes (Mariah), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

Equality was first published in 1990 and was said to address how black women are seen and treated in the eyes of men, and calls for an end to gender and racial inequality.

Watch  and listen to the important words of Maya Angelou performed by the cast below.

Share your thoughts on the video the comment section.

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Emmanuel Acho Replaces Chris Harrison as Host of ‘The Bachelor’ Finale ‘After the Final Rose’ Special

Former NFL linebacker and Fox Sports analyst and host of the weekly web series Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Emmnauel Acho has gotten the nod to replace longtime ‘Bachelor’ franchise host, Chris Harrison, for this season’s ‘After the Final Rose’ special.

On Saturday, in an Instagram post confirming the news, Acho wrote, “I’ve accepted the Rose and am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year. It’s been a pivotal season, and this episode will hopefully be one of the most storied shows in TV history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. Share the news! I’ll see y’all then!”

Previously, Chris Harrison revealed that he was stepping aside from The Bachelor after he made controversial remarks to Rachel Lindsey during her interview with him on Extra.  At that time, Harrison and Lindsey, who was the first Black Bachelorette in the series history, were discussing current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s controversy, which included photos of her attending an antebellum-themed college party in 2018, and allegedly liking and sharing social media posts with the Confederate flag and Qanon conspiracies.  Harrison’s comments seemed to indicate he felt people were passing judgement on Kirkconnell on this time of ‘cancel culture’ in our society.  Those remarks inflamed viewers and Lindsey.  As Bachelor Nation knows this season featured Matt James as the first Black bachelor ever within the franchise.

As for Acho, he will anchor the After the Rose special airing on Monday, March 15, immediately following the season finale of The Bachelor. He will sit down with James as well as the three finalists Kirkconnell, Michelle Young and Bri Springs, which is said to include talon the past racist remarks made by Kirkconnell and Harrison’s exit for the special.

So, what do you think about ABC’s choice to replace Chris Harrison for the ‘After the Final Rose” special?  Has this whole season of ‘The Bachelor’ backfired when it should have been groundbreaking? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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