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Y&R's Eric Braeden Chats On Sharon/Victor, 10,000 Episodes & Big Names Stepping Away From Daytime!

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The Young and the Restless Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) never a man to mince words spoke to On-Air On-Soaps recently at the Paley Center for Media’s celebration honoring the top rated CBS soaps’ 10,000 episode milestone.

We asked the Daytime Emmy winner about his thoughts on the Sharon and Victor pairing, what part of Victor’s life he has enjoyed playing the most over the time he has been with the series, plus what has seemingly gone wrong in daytime that has caused so many big names to step away from the genre of late and more.  Here is what Braeden had to say about it all in our “quickie” chat!

You just recently filmed the 10,000th episode of Y&R.  Would you say, it is compelling what you are doing in it? In other words, is Victor key to the milestone episode?

ERIC:  It is good what I am doing in it … you bet.  As far as if Victor is key to the episode, you will find out.  We had cupcakes though on set to honor the 10,000 episode! (Laughs)

What are your thoughts on how this recent storyline played out with all the women in Victor’s life?  In particular; Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) battling over Victor?  Several years ago, you had told me you would be interested in seeing a Victor/Sharon pairing.   But it hasn’t worked out or caught fire through the writing, or with the fans watching on-screen!

ERIC:  It didn’t work out the way it should’ve work out.  But it’s one of those things. You saw the b**s that went down on Twitter.  It was unforgiveable.  Enough said. You don’t do that to fellow colleagues.

Being one of the mainstays of the Y&R brand, and when you think of 10,000 episodes, are there shows that stick out in your mind? Or, ones that you enjoyed more than others?

ERIC:  I tell you, I just love doing it.  I really enjoy the storyline I am doing now.  It touches something very fundamental and harks back to early days when Bill Bell Sr. still wrote Y&R.  I am speaking in particular of what Victor discovered, and what he told Nikki, that he grew up in an orphanage and his mother visits for the first time, and he does not trust that it is her. There have been so many fantastic moments for sure.  But it is those real moments that are the ones that I love and remember.

What do you enjoy playing more: being the strong lover, the powerful businessman, or, revealing Victor’s emotional core?

ERIC:  To be honest with you, it’s the emotional core of Victor that is most interesting. The rest of it you phone in. That is definitely to me what is most interesting.

Being an iconic veteran in soaps, when you see what is going on in daytime and that so many mainstay performers are leaving their shows because of salary cuts and what is happening with the genre, many shows are beginning to look and feel almost unrecognizable.

ERIC:  And that is what we are not doing, and that is why Y&R is still where we are. The powers better recognize that. The attempt to ‘juvenile’ the shows is misfiring left and right. What they don’t realize is that there are three generations of viewers who have gotten used to certain people, from 8 to 80.  It is no different.  It is not contingent on how old they are, they understand.  And of course, they want to see the veterans.

There was a whole situation recently reported on the internet that you were leaving the show because of another round of contract negotiations that were not going well, and that is why you were not going to be on-air for awhile, or could potentially be exiting the series.  Is that indeed what was going on?

ERIC:  Some bastard started that rumor.  And that bastard knows who he is.  He has been starting a lot of bad rumors, and he better not show his face here again!

So soapers, what do you think of Braeden’s comments concerning the Sharon/Victor romance? The upcoming 10,000 episode?  And, his thoughts on how it is paramount that shows continue to utilize their veteran performers instead of an influx of young characters, that the audience may not care about? Weigh-in!

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So is he mad at Sharon Case? Look I do not follow twitter for exactly those reasons they should not discuss storylines on Twitter express your anger in private. But I am sorry Mr. Braeden romancing two women half your age in one year was not good storytelling. And head butting a colleague is no way to treat someone either. Man the ego’s of these guys.

I’d like to know what went down on Twitter too. I don’t tweet so I have no idea…

I LOVE LOVE LOVE SHARON CASE!!! I think she has many great acting talents and she has shown she can do anything!!! Eric B get a life dude!

So Eric is not leaving the show???? been watching for almost 30 years and was ready to call it quits if they wrote Victor off the show! Please! say its not true!

Victor and Eric can leave the show for all I care. Im not happy with him these days his choices to push it with fans with Diane and Sharon were a huge mistake. He needs to cut back on the blue pills and do write by the show, the actresses who he had put through so much back lash, And do right by the fans!!! Victor and Nikki need to stop sleeping with everyone at there age they are supposed to be the rock the core the center who characters come to for advice like they do with Mrs C! Time for Victor and Nikki to act there age! PERIOD!!!

Maybe that will happen when ALL grown men stop sleeping with women half their age! Don’t think VIc & Nic are quite ready for the rocking chair just yet!

I LOVE SHARON CASE!!!! Eric aka Victor is so old and yesterday’s news ! The guy needs to retire already!

Really? Guess there are people out there that think sleeping w/ brothers and father-in-law and few others and being a lying psyco thief is cool. Everyone has a right to believe what they will, I believe she is where she belongs-in mental hospital!

Victor is the core of the Y&R. They need to bring him back and run the company and stop playing this stupid role he’s playing now. He and Sharon should not have never hooked up. Whoever the writer is, should have some morals. You have teenagers on the set as well as looking at it. Why would you have a woman marry her father-n-law and and now her kids is his step father and grandfather. Trashy and disgusting!

This Eric is old and a grouch he is just up set without his Maria Bell kissing his old ass he cant mount everything with a pulse anymore!!! Sharon Case should get a medal !!!

Kelly I almost spit up my lunch on that one too funny! I will not start watching again until October 12th beating up guys half your age in a bar please!

AMEN TO KELLY and Kay/kay LOl loved your comment also “)

Ha ha ha I know who he is calling a Bastard!!!! LMAO He is just pissed NB got to info out! This guy Eric B is a piece of work! He has put Sharon Case through hell this year because he insisted on humping everything with a pulse! Give the girl a brake already! He got Diane character killed off! Maura West was pissed! This guy needs to retire!

This poor dear Sharon! This guy is awful! This girl has taken so much crap from fans from what HE wanted! Im surprised he didn’t ask for a teenager to sleep with. Someone needs to take away this guys little blue pills! Quick! Give Sharon Case a brake!

I see they put her in the nut house today I think MAB was headed towards leaving her there or killing her off she was not invited to the Paley Center and she has been on the show just a couple of months shy of Joshua Morrow. The deal with Maura West she was always too young for the part and MAB knew it and set up a stupid story. I just read the recaps I only pray they can turn this around.

KAY/KAY I agree I think two things MAB was writing with Eric B. her own secrete fantasy with being desired from her farther in law THE GREAT BILL BELL SR. And Maria Bell has it in for Sharon Case. So glad Sony/CBS found a legal loopole to can her ass. Josh as new writer I think will be great again as he was before.

Ya I think he is being so unfair to Sharon she is a fan favorite over him anyday

Sharon didn’t do anything wrong. She only retweeted compliments she got and a conversation she was having with a cast member a former cast member someone from the news articles and two fans. She never said anything negative at all. It just was relayed wrong to Eric B. Sharon is such a great person in real life.



Man, I just love his brutal honesty. I bet I know which “bastard” he is referring to.

This made me chuckle : “We had cupcakes though on set to honor the 10,000 episode! (Laughs).” It almost sounds like he thought it was juvenile, which is what it sounds like – a day in elementary school or something.

His words make you believe what was said about Maria Arena Bell’s firing were true – that he was upset that she was fired.

I don’t care for Victor and Sharon. I wonder if he thought it would be more like with Hope or Sabrina. The problem is, neither one of those characters married both his sons and had his grandchildren. No respect, Mr. Braeden, but I just think THAT pairing is kind of gross. Another younger woman would have been fine … just not THAT woman. 🙂

What Twitter thing is he talking about? Is it that Sharon Case got a lot of slack from the fans? Otherwise I do not know what he is talking about. If it is, it is too bad that some people have to attack the actors for the roles they play.

Christine if you really want to see how stupid and cruel people are about characters go and read Soap Opera daily recaps etc. I quit going to that site because it is beyond tasteless and ignorant. That is why I do not like Twitter do I really care what you had for lunch. LOL!

Hi, kay/kay! If it is anything like Daytime Confidential, I’ll pass. I used to like that site until the moderators allowed all the swearing and flaming of other posters. I can’t say enough how much I LOVE Michael Fairman’s site. Aside from the rare case, I feel like I can have a mature conversation with fellow fans. 🙂

I think Twitter is a tad better than Facebook, but both are pretty bad. I have said many times I follow most of the Y&R and GH cast because I like learning about them as people, but it is a double-edge sword. I have learned some things about some of them that have turned me off. It is not like I can spend a large amount of time on there, but I do like to answer craft and child questions because I have that in common. But I agree, I don’t need to know what you had for lunch or that you are going home to clean out your sinuses.

OH you want to see stupid!!! HELL go to the original Young and the restless site on Facebook with the red box. That monitor of that site should be fired. Over this past year I saw the sickest comments about Sharon and her as herself. MY GOODNESS everything from death threats to spreading it and thousands of gross vulgar comments. I have reported that site thousands of times but they still let it go on!!! I banned the site now. JUST DISGUSTING!!! I feel so bad for Sharon Case she is a great wonderful person soft spoken and full of happiness in real life when your with her. She is one of those kind of people you enjoy to be around. She loves her fans even the nasty ones.

OMG try going to the Y&R site on Facebook! It is so sick all the hateful comments jealous haters say about poor Sharon! She is such a sport and a great actress to make it work this horrific writing MAB did. Way to go Sharon! We LOVE you! XO

Twitter fan’s slamed Sharon. I mean really, really bad. I told her that all the fans didn’t feel that way and she just need to close the door on it. Don’t even look at it. She know’s in her heart that it’s not true. These people get into abother worldand start believing that is really happening. She’s only doing what they tell her to do. She has no say about the that MS MAB has just maybe ruin her career. So sda for her Sharon Case was crying I think.

Eric B is talking about NB I cant stand this old Victor guy anymore!



Way to go Nelson Branco! Piss off Victor Newman. Maybe he’ll do us all a favor and do you in! 🙂

Was it really Nelson who started the rumor?

I used to enjoy reading him when he wrote free columns, and I thought he was this “great friend” of Eric’s, so I’m surprised he would start an “unfounded” rumor about him.

But maybe I’m ignorant?

Is that a physical threat against Nelson? Maybe we should call the authorities. Not funny.

Just hang on there, NelsonFan. Brandon said maybe “Victor Newman” should do him in, NOT Eric Braeden.

Nelson is no great shakes. He is a trouble maker. I have read his tweets. He and his “rumors/spoilers,” whatever you call it. Kind of started the whole thing. Why can’t he act like a respectable and MATURE journalist like our beloved host, Michael Fairman? I also made the mistake of paying for his so-called insider information. He likes to throw things out there and hope they pan out. Then when something actually does pan out, he makes sure he tweets about how HE predicted it or had the inside track all these months ago in order to generate sales.

I think Nelson needs to grow up. Eric Braeden did nothing wrong by saying what he said if it truly is NB he is referring to. However, he did not name any names in his interview. I believe Mr. Braeden pretty much keeps to himself unless someone starts something and he just defends himself – just like when Neil Patrick Harris attacked him (childish too I might add).

As far as the “colleague” he is referring to. If he knows something we do not, then he has every right to be upset. I believe he is a man who gets his facts straight before commenting.

Whether he is egotistical like many here are saying doesn’t matter. When it comes to contract negotiations he has the right to ask for things – anyone does. Just because you ask does not ensure you are going to get them. I am sure he has come to expect certain things, but in this economy, you learn that anyone is expendable.

The real travesty is that Mr. Bell is no longer on this Earth to write HIS show the way HE intended. Now we have a network and Sony attorneys who write it the way they want it. But that is life. Every time I have worked with someone who has been with a job for many years they always want things to be the way they “used to be.” Sadly things will never be the way they used to be. We all do things in our job description that we do not care to do. I suppose if Mr. Braeden decides he has had enough, he will leave, but it sounds like he still has something invested in Y&R.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. 🙂

I see what you’re saying. I believe Nelsn’s reporting because all the actors talk to him on Twitter — and he interviews a freakin’ Y&R actor every week. If he was that wrong, would they talk to him? He’s probably taking the heat for his sources, but not sure. Actually, my first thought was EB was addressing not N but his source. As for him being a troublemaker, I agree, but find it more fascinating that he never gets into trouble writing for Hello Magazine and whatever morning TV show he writes for. Maybe it’s just the soap world that is so dysfunctional.

You seem like a nice person. You deserve a better screen name then the one you chose. 🙂 I first heard about Branco back in 2008, I think. He was still with TV Guide Canada and I liked his take. I was always a bit miffed that Canada would get the soap scoops when we are talking about US shows. Ha! Ha! Oh well. I found his style interesting. Then he lost his job or something and started his pay-per-view column. And I understand why he charges, but his “information” comes off as speculation a lot of the times, like I stated previously, with no real substance most of the times. He was talking about which vixen was coming back to Y&R with a baby and I bought that one. What a mistake. He didn’t say and didn’t provide any more information than what was in the description to entice you to purchase the article. You live and learn. I won’t make that mistake again.

He seems decent enough, but if you follow an actor’s timeline and they are having a conversation between another actor, he with that smirk on his avatar (whatever) kind of butts in like he is all buddy-buddy and I just think that is the WRONG way for a journalist to appear. You don’t see Michael Fairman do that and I can’t say I see any others do that. In other words, he shows his bias and it looks immature and cliquish. I wish I could put it better.

I agree with you that the soap world is probably quite dysfunctional. And I know they have had pretty bad morale backstage for awhile (at least since the holidays). It’s too bad that there is no kind of confidentiality agreement between the talent.



OOOH Not cool! Eric B is the ass! Although this Wolf Howling person is evil

I agree wit Eric that many generations watch Y & R. In my family my granddaughter (9) watches with her Mother (39) and me (62). In fact we all met Eric Braeden in Toronto recently and he could not have been more gracious and thrilled that we were 3 generations of Y&R fans. I hope Y&R continues to tell great stories because my family and I will continue to watch!

Wow, EB is as much of an egotistical bastard as his character is. What a loser. HE is what’s wrong with Y&R, eating every damn scene .

So tired of Victor and Nikki

“The rest of it you phone in.”

Uh, no. Or at least, not everybody does.

That one comment tells me more about EB than anything else he said.

I love how blunt he is and how he ALWAYS speaks his mind

Well that’s just sad. It sounds like Eric Braeden can no longer distinguish between himself and the character he plays. And it could be even worse, if he’s trying to live out his own fantasies and fear of aging through the show.
EB has been given, or bullied others into giving him, far too much power on this show. MAB obviously gave in to him, or what would be worse, actually saw the Victor character the same way EB seems to. He and his character are both at a stage in their live/existence that should have heralded changes in behavior and perspective. That has been wholly absent in the Victor character for the past 5 years, and EB seem oblivious to the disconnect between what he feels and what we viewers see.

Better actors than he have had to face their characters changing, their roles changing, as the years went by, and did it with grace. Think David Canary, Ruth Warrick, James Mitchell, etc. And Jeanne Cooper herself on Y&R.

It’s time for Mr. Braeden to get a grip.

Victor is the Erica Kane of Y&R…he never grew up and matured.

First of all, Mr. Braeden is a Great Actor, he has made Y&R #1 for over 20 years. Eric Braeden is giving his fans of over 30 years, exactly what they expect to see from him. He is still charming, handsome and always gives 110% of himself to his character. I believe that Mr. Braeden has his ‘Grip’ and he is not going to let go of it. As long as he is admired and respected by his fans and peers as well, ‘Victor Newman’ and Mr.Eric Braeden will both be around for a very long time.

Well, he is NOT respected by all of his peers and there are plenty of people who are not fans, at least not anymore.
And it’s presumptuous to claim that Eric Braeden has made Y&R the number one show. That’s the sort of disrespect to the other members of the cast, some who have been on longer than him, that we’ve come to expect from the actor.
Massive ego, unfortunately, does not equal talent. And it’s hurting the show.

Wow Eric Braedon, can you say “Sore Loser”? You thought viewers would enjoy Sharon being paired with the grandfather of her children? Someone she’s always had a fatherly relationship with? How repulsive.

The key words are “balance” and “keeping it somewhat believable” and lately there is none of that.

For me the Victor/Sharon coupling has been unpleasant right from the start. It’s not really incestuous but has an unpleasant feel to it in that he is the grandfather of Sharon’s children, and she has been married to his two sons.
He appears as an older man who has to prove himself in more ways than one, not just almost every time with his illegal doings, never having to pay the consequences for his actions, absolutely non self-reflective but an older man who has to prove how manly he is. And that young women can still care for him physically.
In the pairing of the two, it appears again that he is using Sharon because of his jealousy concerning Nikki marrying his enemy, Jack.
And now on our Board many have come to despise Sharon. Sharon had been one of my favorite characters. She has been made to appear absolutely stupid. With this pairing some viewers who had been fond of Sharon Newman, Newman, Newman are hoping the character has a brain tumor or some other reason for making the choice she made by marrying Victor. The pairing seems unsavory because he had been more of a father figure to her.
I had never watched a soap before but how I started to watch Y&R was quite accidental. I love great literature and I certainly was never expecting Tolstoy or Proust, that’s not what soaps are about and and don’t pretend to be. We viewers know it and writers know it. It was just relaxing and enjoyable for me. There are some story lines I have no interest in and that’s ok.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Sharon Case is enjoying being a bi*%ch
for a change. However, if you want my opinion, I think I’ve made it quite clear, it’s a big NO for me with this pairing. It’s discomforting and I don’t like to see one of my favorite characters being made to be so desperate since so many were “against” her and only Victor was the one who stood by her. If Nikki hadn’t married Jack and had come running back to this man who insults her often, treats her terribly, at
times marries her, dumps her and yet is furious because she is going to marry Jack . In turn he had to marry Sharon, of all people. We know they aren’t in love with each other. But Victor using Sharon, and at this time Sharon is taking advantage of being Mrs. Victor Newman.
So I hope this marriage ends soon which shouldn’t have taken place at all.

I love Sharon and I think EB is being just like his character and I have no time for either abusive bullies. SC has been amazing to play the part she was given to have to pretend she wants to be wiht a man that has always been her father figure and for them to actually have her call Victors kids her step children is a joke. I give SC major props for being a class act and handling erslef very well on twitter and putting up with this stupid repulsive pairing. I am loving her now and having fun watching her but hate all the trashing of her. I love her characvter and respect the actress and tons of respect for MM for defending his friend and colleague!

He is absolutely right about the veteran actors. I am 39 years old and have watched Y&R for 25 years (confess, probably longer) and expect to see the veteran actors. They are Y&R. To me, it’s not Y&R without them. I was very disappointed when John Abbott, or for that matter Brad Carlton were killed off. I couldn’t believe the writers killed off beloved characters. With that said, There are some characters that have come on te canvas I really enjoy. Like Daniel Goddard and Jeff Branson as Cane and Ronan. You can have both and have a great show.
Recently, there have been many new characters shoved on our screens, all at once. Every time you turn on the screen, someone new, with virtually no connection to the show. It is too much. To many big names, to try and impress I think. That is not what long time viewers want. A good example is Carmine. I am not interested in some new character, just because they think he looks good with his shirt off, please. I want story telling, romance and the Y&R I recognize. So, we want our veterans and newer characters that are of interest that bring something to the show. Not, filler characters, that’s stupid. We also want TPTB at Y&R to listen to what the fans want and are interested in. In case they don’t know it yet, Cane and Lily are a super couple. They need to work out a deal with Christel.

I love Eric Braeden and his work so much, but I would NOT wanna be on his bad side. LOL.

I wonder what this: “You saw the b**s that went down on Twitter. It was unforgiveable. Enough said. You don’t do that to fellow colleagues.”, was about. I don’t get on twitter much so I have no idea what happened, especially involving colleagues. Does anyone else know this situation?

I would like to know that myself, Nikki. I admit I do follow the majority of the Y&R actors on Twitter, but I do not follow the timeline much. I usually respond to Marcy Rylan and Michael Muhney and Rebecca Herbst on GH when they ask a question. I prefer not to engage in other aspects because some people can be downright rude. On occasion I have caught some of the nasty things “fans” have said to Michelle Stafford and Rebecca Herbst because they are so daft that they cannot separate ACTOR from CHARACTER.

I asked the same question as you above because I am not entirely sure what Mr. Braeden is referring to. The only thing I can say is that probably Sharon Case got harassed about her character and the pairing with Victor. Some of her cast mates probably came to her defense like they did when someone attacked Jessica Collins (I think it was right around the holidays). I do know Sharon Case is quite active on Twitter and likes to communicate with the fans.

SC has been 100% respectful and has not said a bad thing her fans have commented and she has been a class act and deserves the respect she has given. she is great with her fans and people defend her and rightfully so. for him to even bring this up shows he has no class. I used to respesct him and his character but no more/

I LOVE Sharon. I think this Eric guy is so wrong and mean! I hope Sharon can finally be happy I loved her with Adam. I don’t like Chelsea ! She is sickening for many reasons! I loved Sharon and Nick even more though

I don’t do any social networking like Facebook, my face, or twitter. I never quite understood the appeal. I do enjoy sharing my opinions on here on occasion. However, it just seems that a lot of arguments and misunderstandings emanate from statements posted on these websites? Just saying…….

It is entirely possible, Jared. I was just on a forum looking for a song that was featured on B&B today. I could not believe the garbage and hate that was featured in just about every other thread. It was so juvenile. People need to get real because it is drama and not real life. Those that cannot separate character from actor really need their heads examined.

I am SO glad that THIS forum exists where I can talk to mostly intelligent and respectful people. There is rarely any swearing or badgering. Oh every now and then you get someone who doesn’t quite grasp the English language and uses all CAPS and has not one nice thing to say, but that is rare. I am glad this forum exists so I can speak with fellow fans and see what THEIR viewpoints are, where they think a story is going, etc. It is refreshing. 🙂

I can’t believe the nerve of this man Eric! Sharon has been a great sport ! She said it would never work and it didn’t! Sharon you go girl! 🙂

He needs to get a grip.

why does this guy aways comes across as a bully? and why is he such a big deal in daytime? i’ve seen him act and lets just say not the greatest, but whatever.

Eric Braeden is the most egotisitical jerk I have seen plus sorry if I hear one more whining about his MAB getting fired. DUDE she thankfully got fired and shes gone. Get over yourself. He loved Shictor because he was pimping MAB’s vision was all. Sharon Case should not be attacked here. I saw SC let him have it. Honestly Eric has gotten away with all this stuff over the years. IMO JFP will not stand for this. If he wants to go to war with Jill, then he will find himself on the unemployment line. Its proven any enemy of JFP has found themselves fired, written out, blacklisted and people have said she can be the meanest bitch on the planet if you try to go head to head with her.

Jill’s comment said it all in TV Guide Article about I wasn’t ther for his cryfest about MAB. IMO JFP needs to have a sit down talk with EB and tell him this is unacceptable. I think EB thinks he is an untouchable man. Can you imagine him going head to head with JFP? Shes a tough as nails woman.

Can anyone say Calling William Devane as a recast I love that actor and I could so see him in the part!!! He was so good on Knots Landing and he is such a gentleman off camera trust me on this .And all I have ever heard about Sharon Case is she mostly talks about her jewerly line I was told by a friend who follows her on Twitter that some fans were expressing their disgust about the story and she answered as repectfully as she could.

I could see William Devane as Victor. Loved Knots Landing!

Normally I appreciate candor from actors because there is so much B.S. in this industry you don’t know what to believe, but EB really does come off as a pompous arse in most interviews I’ve read. I can’t imagine working with that ego. That said, I like his portrayal of Victor, but no one is irreplacable. Even The Moustache.

I would love for Eric to semi retire. Nikki and Phyllis also They are done!

Eric Braeden is likely a diva, but I do love that the older generation of actors will actually speak their mind. Its such a rarity these days.

Do we know the twitter bs is referring to Sharon Case and not Nelson Branco? NB did most of the campaigning against Shictor on twitter.

Yeah, what Twitter BS?

He does come across as a bully and very egotistical and ‘it’s my way or the highway’. Yikes. Have self-confidence and being strong is one thing, but this is not attractive.

I liked Victor and Sabrina together, not so much Sharon and Vic. To me, it felt incestuous. Plus, they totally changed Sharon’s character and runined her. Suddenly she was channeling Phyllis and Nikki. It’s awful. I hope she goes to rehab and comes back her old self. Where’s Doris to knock some sense into her? Ooops, I’m talking too much about someone else on Eric’s page. He won’t like that.

I do not embrace Victor Newman of late. What is there to like or to cheer? Even his misdeeds are motivated by greed. There is no joy for this viewer watching the emotional abuse and games he plays over and over.

Y&R has lost its way. I hope JFP and company work with the actors and study the legacy characters and histories to find the highway again after several years off the beaten path. I would like to see some redemption opportunities come for Victor, Phyllis and others who seem to skate by with their misdeeds. I have tired of their years of games. I would like less reliance on nebulous boardroom stories, smarter use of the legal and law enforcement elements in stories, more respect for marriage and children, and more romance. It would not hurt to see some plotlines that reflect real life a la OLTL’s bullying story. I mean how man times can Victor disappear without a trace? How many times can he and Nikki go back and forth? Take some of what is there and run with it. Seems as lately you get something for a few weeks and then it is gone. And maybe close for good some stories… Sheila, Patty… and move on and look for life beyond Genoa City.

I agree with you, Iakovos. I had really hoped that when they made the mistake of killing of Colleen and giving her heart to Victor that he would go through some sort of rebirth, but it was anything but. I would think if someone did something so gracious such as Tracy did that I would be eternally grateful, but the Victor character just went back to business as usual. Yeah. Something is off with the writing and character development that is for sure.

I really hope the new team will get us back to the majority of better stories (it was not ALL bad under MAB) and get our characters back on track.

I never saw Sharon case disrespect him i do however see him disrespecting her. Name calling is just absurd at his age. Get a grip or get packing your just not all that anymore . I even read Jeanie coopers book and in Eric’s contracts he demands that Victor always has to get the last word. He is so full of himself.


Anyone who has a negative thought about Eric Braeden please do yourself a favor and go watch Michael’s other thread wherein he has the actors at the Paley Center. I think you may see him in a different light.

Sorry but SC retweeted that Victor was old and gross…and said whose next John Abbot… That was totally unprofessional and EB had every right to be hurt and upset. I’m glad he did not let her get away with it.

Did’nt Nelson Branco get into a lot of trouble with pitting Crystal Chappel and Kristian Alfonso against each other regarding twitter! I do not follow and are you sure she tweeted this this sounds like the work of NB. Just a word of advice actors stop tweeting about your characters or your show it leads to this hurt feelings and misunderstandings.

I so agree with you Kay/Kay, i do not understand why actors have to try and let fans fight their battles for them, Stop talking about your work and bad mouthing co stars, or even returning nasty post.

The problem with Twitter, is that it is only 145 characters and easily misinterpreted. Before you retweet something negative, think and maybe do the opposite. It looks like their are many sides in this story, not sure what EB said but it is a fact that Sharon has been retweeting some inflamatory tweets, and they are unkind to her co workers and their characters.

Twitter should come with a warning :Do not retweet tweets that are not nice, regardless if you it is the opinions of your fans, it saves hassles. Be smart, use the brains you are blessed with.

EB might be a Diva but has he not earned the right. I know everyone know “Victor Newman” does everyone know Sharon Collins Newman. People need to be much smarter and not assume so much about people we really don’t know and buying into the image that what we see on television is not reflected in real life all the time.

In this age of instant media, be careful what you say about anyone. I would rather focus on the make beleive world of GC, but lately that is not enjoyable and alot of nastiness seems to be coming out. I miss those days. When you kept your dirty laundry private

You know what threw me off about this was I thought Sharon Case and Eric Braeden were great friends that is one of the reasons I was perplexed. I do know now that when you get down in the gutter with the likes of Nelson branco you are going to have the s… rub off on you to. The only thing Eric Braeden had done that upset me a lot was the incident with Peter Bergman but Bill Bell handled that with class and I am sure their were two sides to that to .Next time I won’t read interviews. Ha! Thanks delta24.

I am sorry, but SC and MM have been obnoxious on twitter, while Sharon may not have outright said anything, her fans the ones she follows have been quite nasty and she has retweeted what ever they said. I beleive her page says lighten up and just enjoy what I tweet about costars. She started the whole disgust about being paired with Eric, going oh how do you think I feel about it, and eeek Shictor, and quite a bit, hit google and you will see her tweets. They were crude and insensitive. And yes she has been pumped by NB and alot of blogger who has been blowing smoke up her ass.

If the pairing is so horrific, what about the praises she has been getting, she has been doing work in a story that is not for every one, but you do your job. I wonder if Audrey Landers had the same reactinon when she was paired with JR Ewing, it is the nature of the job, you may not like it but you do what you can, it is a steady pay check.

She threw her costar under the bus, and trying to back peddal and acting all contrite and shock is apparent that is not working, she and MM has made it an either you are against us or with us kind of envroment and all these people jumping to her defense has earned a follow from her..

She should stick to selling her jewellery and getting pictures sent to her than throwing her co star, someone who has always been generous to her under the bus.

Shicktor was not the end of Sharon, it was her pairing with the man who kidnapped her children that turned several fans off. If you are going to say crap about your co stars, at least own you shit and stop acting like you are shocked, when they call you on your shit.

I don’t know EB but I have been a front row viewer to Sharon Case antics on twitter and I am sorry to say she is not some innocent. Because she plays a so called innocent on TV just means she is a great actress, pity I don’t see a great human being..

I will take your word for it since I never follow twitter, I would make a suggestion to the powers that be tell your actors any twittering about storylines or fellow actors is off limits or you are gone. I know this is a free country but this twittering about fellow workers is not necessary. Like I have said before Bill Bell would not put up with this no one is the star of the show anybody can be replaced. Thanks for the information I to am dissapointed in SC.

kay/kay, I think the problem is that so many people are just so immature and do not think before they type or they think they can say whatever they want without repercussions. There are quite a few examples: Ashton Kutcher over his Penn State comments; Neil Patrick Harris calling Eric Braeden a disgusting name (it really was none of NPH’s business what EB did or did not do); Michael Muhney referring to Tony Geary as “some old guy” for winning the Daytime Emmy; and then this latest.

It’s sad really, but I am afraid that is the world we are living in and it will just get worse because of all the technology. Fans can say vile hateful things anonymously from their computer. Sickening.

Wow, Love EB. Excellent summation of the situation. I wholeheartedly agree. I stopped following those two because I saw what she said and, even if she didn’t come right out and say those things, she alluded to the fact that she was disgusted without clarifying what she meant.

I like Marcy Rylan. Sweet girl. I read her timeline when I have a second because she talks about crafts and her little boys as it should be.

Victor is old and gross. Victor is a character be that should have never slept with his daughter in law, the mother of his grandchildren. And now we know EB was pushing this story. I am sorry but that is sick. He needs to realize that he is not twenty but seventy years old. Act like the character has matured. He and Nikki act to childish

I don’t think Eric is gross, I think by his character Victor’s actions sleeping with his ex daughter-in-law and mother of his grandchildren is wrong on so many levels, but should Sharon not share the same responsibility in this relationship. After all her character has slept with both his sons and she has married him twice.

It was bad judgement to pair the characters at this stage in the show. Of course Victor is not a young man, or Nikki a young woman, and i agree it is past time their characters were the example and not the rule. I think they can drive stories but not all stories.

I find Eric B, quite attractive, he has the old world charm that so many have lost. I still think that you do not air your dirty laundry on line, and you certainly do not stir the pot and actively participate in the nastiness and then claim you were shocked when you are slapped. She made matters worse and it has escalated, and now she is begging for calm and trying to close a flood gates she opened.

IMO she should never have thrown her co worker under the bus, regardless of what her fans were saying. All she did was validate their nastiness and that is so much worse than actually saying those words

SC did not throw anyone under the bus. No nastiness going on Twitter whatsoever other than Shictor on our screens. I like to see what the opinion would be if the actress being paired with with a much older grandfather figure was not Sharon Case, but one you are a fan of.

I totally agree with EB about dissing fellow castmates. I do know that when the pairing of SC and EB was going to happen many were outraged and spoke up about it on twitter. I also know that SC’s comment at the time was “Imagine how I feel” which was totall inappropriate.

That’s a great angle on the situation CJ. Twitter is going to be the absolute death of many star’s careers if they dont learn how to be discrete and keep business in the office so to speak.
Many stars are behaving so immaturely and unprofessionally using twitter. I know it may be difficult for them, but they all need to learn to keep their internal squabbles private for the sake of the show.
They all represent the show as a brand. And they need to learn to keep their backstage drama out of the public eye for the sake of the show.
Twitter, Facebook and Youtube has given many the opportunity to air their dirty laundry in public and especially for those who work in the public eye that can be career suicide.
That being said, a part of me eats it up because many times the backstage drama is a billion times more interesting than the fictional story lines on the show. That’s pretty sad I know, lol.

Never mind twitter…….I hear some soap stars actually post on soap opera forums under fictional names……….Sad state of affairs when they are so insecure as to pump up their character.

Everyone and their uncle knew the pairing was not going to work, from what Eric said in his interview, it appears that he had spoken about the pairing in the past, and i recall years ago, hearing Sharon C was not opposed to it. Of course now it is totally different, years has passed and she is once again in a pairing that her fans have embraced, so I agree with her this relationship should never have been greenlight.

What i don’t like is taking your work greviance outside the work place and getting the fans involved, it is tactless and just smacks of poor judgement. I am sure not all actors like the pairings they are in, but a vast majority of them, keep it internal. I just find it beyond sad that people such as these bloggers are having a field day. I am on Eric’s side becaue he is not on twitter to counteract. And if you agree with SC and defame Eric you gain a follow how sad

Awwwe……..Eric Braden’s ego was hurt that a female actress did not just fall into his lap. What was wrong with just bringing in more young actresses for him (as Sabrina) to be with romantically? Sorry, but it is gross and ewwe, to have paired Sharon with the grandfather of her children. So, fans of her on twitter spoke up and voiced their displeasure of seeing their favorite paired with the grandfather of her kids, it is their right and voiced their feelings of how they don’t and will never like it. That is how why the actress responded that she understood and agreed with them. That’s not a crime! We, her fans, care about the character and it is beginning to come out that Maria Arena Bell was against this character and actress, and she was not about to let up on trashing and degrading the character while she was glorifying her favorites who never lose and always come up on top. She obviously had her favorites and had it in for Sharon Case.

Exacty. The Victor/Sabrina pairing was gross and repulsive, just as the Victor/Sharon pairing is. So glad MAB is history. Hopefully Hogan Sheffer is next.

I read Sharon Case tweets and I have never read anything where she attacked Eric Braden. She felt the pairing of Victor Newman and Sharon Newman would ruin her character. She is entitled to have an opinion.

I agree. From what Ive read Sharon gave the YR execs alot of push back to let them know her displeasure with this story. But Eric pushed just as hard. And unfortunately Eric was a big pet of Maria Bell. So guess who they listened to in the end? SMH. ( Shaking my head).

I agree this poor actress did not want this story line she knew it would be stupid but she was forced and she did fantastic and she took some beating for it and this old selfish guy has some balls man!

I Loved this interview!! Eric is blunt and ALWAYS tells it like it is… I TOTALLY AGREE with what he said about keeping the Veterans on Shows… He’s absolutely right, and OMG I feel for ”The Bastard” as he said that started that Rumor…Eric/Victor sounds like he has something for him… Great Interview!!!!

First off I love how Eric never minces words and he tells it like he’s sees it without giving a damn really how anyone feels about his opinions. He reminds me of someone I know ( that would be yours truly, lol)
That being said I understand his desire to resist letting Victor be put out to pasture or become only a supporting player. Eric and his character are both too vital and powerful to be put in a rest home, lol.
That being said the Victor/Sharon pairing is not the way to go to achieve the ends that Eric wants. Honestly I think the whole incestuous aspect of it makes for great soap opera, and the age difference is practically common place these days among aging businessmen in the real world. ( Hello Hugh Hefner!)
But the fact remains that Case and Braeden have zero chemistry and this story only served to further erode the foundation of Sharon’s character. That wasnt good for the show.
I agree with Mr. Braeden that the juvenilization of the shows are destroying them. They must find better ways of reaching the younger audience without sacrificing the beloved vets regardless of the ages of the actors.
In regards to Eric Braeden’s influence on the show’s politics I am very ambivalent about that. On one side I believe that he has paid his dues and he deserves the benefit of the doubt from the execs, especially when they are deciding the fate of his character. But I also think that Maria Bell gave Eric far too much consideration. The same thing ruined GH for me when ABC, JFP and Bryan frons all wet batsh*t crazy in their adoration of Maurice Bernard and his character. They destroyed the core history of the show and horribly mistreated several beloved vets while pressing their collective lips firmly against MB’s derriere. That kind of favoritism is never good for an ensemble show.

Interesting interview, Michael. If EB was willing to state his his ambivalance to his story on certain levels, he is accountable and has to own it! He plays his role very well and fans may not like what he does, but he is an actor and goes with what is given him. He certainly doesn’t mince words. However, this too shall pass and we will continue to watch…..

Personally I love that Sharon has been given a “ballsy” character to play, right or wrong as it may appear. Doesn’t the controversy keep us all watching? Hey, I personally am not looking to watch another version of The Donna Reed Show (sorry if I am dating myself on that one , many watchers may not know DR).

If I may also add my two cents on Michael Muhney, whom I adore as Adam, I’m not loving this “happily ever after” storyline with Chelsea. Hope TPTB bring back Adam with the twisted tortured edge that he plays so well.

Just my thoughts. Have loved YR for years and years. Oh and when Victors wives are mentioned, why is Julia always left out? Remember when he had her locked in the basement because she was going to leave him? I believe she went to Paris?

Julia was cheating on Victor. Who could blame her? I believe her boyfriend’s name was Ben. He was so hot! I think Victor built the prison/cage for him and locked him in there for quite some time first. Victor really got upset when he found out Julia was pregnant. Victor was sure it wasn’t his because of his vasectomy. Those things never work on soaps. I think he had a second failed vasectomy. I’ll never think he’s a nice guy.

I was very happy to see Victor back. The show is boring without him. If I had to watch another basketball game I would scream.

We love Sharon this women did such a great acting job in spite of all the bashing she got for this stupid story line! This man and the old writer tried to ruin this girls career! 18 years she has been rocking Sharon Collins Newman out of the ball bark! BRAVO SHARON CASE!!!!! EMMY GIRLFRIEND!!!

I agree with u completely

i dont get the fuss, sharon case is getting a storyline , something to show case her strenghts as an actress so what shes paired with victor, at least shes getting airtime before the victor pairing what was she doing ???

I love Sharon everyday.

I enjoy the veteran actors UNLESS the stories are the same they’ve done over & over and then it’s time for the new actors with new stories 1 Bold & Beautiful focus a lot on the young but at least us elders don’t know the way the story will end except that ridge & Brooke will get back together BORING. Nikki & Victor SNORE !!!

enough already with Sharon and Victor. I quit watching this show long ago as it was
getting boring.

What is so interesting and always so exciting about Mr. Braeden’s acting is that he acts with his whole body,his whole being, like Brando did. He does not just act, he loses himself completely in the scene, he reacts which is what a truly great actor does. He draws the viewer into his world, into that moment in time, and it is pure magic to watch. Eric Braeden is a genius at getting inside the character that he is portraying, he gives that character blood and guts and soul. And we who are watching are mesmerized, and for the most part, we feel like we are experiencing what his character is going through, and that is what makes great acting so exquisite.

In my opinion, the writing now on Y&R, since the new writers have taken over, is better than it has been since William Bell was doing the writing. Great writing now, and it is allowing the stars to truly shine and do outstanding acting. As far as Mr. Braeden is concerned, he is the core of the show, great actor, always does a believable and great job, one absolutely forgets that he is acting,he simply reacts to those around him. He enchants the viewer, only wish that he was in even more scenes; more scenes with Billy Miller and Sharon Case, I love their interaction.


‘Tracker’ Starring Justin Hartley Renewed for Second Season by CBS

Justin Hartley’s (ex-Adam, Y&R, ex-Kevin, This Is Us) new series Tracker, which has only aired four of its episodes, has already received a second season renewal for the 2024-2025 season from CBS.

The early renewal isn’t surprising given the drama series boffo numbers for its recent episodes. In addition, Tracker has become the most-watched new series since Young Sheldon in 2017-2018 and the most-watched new drama since 2014-2015 season of Empire.

Tracker, which debuted on February 11th following the Super Bowl, has now been seen by 30 million multi-platform viewers and is Paramount+’s #1 show in February. Since its post-Super Bowl debut, Tracker is averaging nearly 16 million multi-platform viewers. In more impressive numbers, Tracker has improved its regular Sunday, 9:00 PM time period by +83% year over year.

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Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared on the renewal, “Tracker kicked off our premiere week with a ratings bang and has kept the momentum going. We knew we had something special when we saw the very first cut of the series and the overwhelming audience response confirms it. We couldn’t be more grateful to Justin, the talented cast, the incredible writing and producing teams and our partners at 20th Television for such compelling episodes. And, of course, we’re also so thankful to the millions of viewers tuning in each week.”

The series stars Justin Hartley as Colter Shaw, a lone-wolf survivalist who roams the country as a reward seeker, using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family. The series is based on the bestselling novel The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.

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Hartley, Ken Olin, Elwood Reid and Ben Winters serve as executive producers. Tracker is off this coming Sunday likely due to the Oscars airing on ABC, but returns with an all-new episode on Sunday, March 17th. Check out a promo for the episode entitled “St. Louis” below. Be on the lookout for the sixth episode called “Lexington” when Hartley’s real-life wife, Sofia Pernas (ex-Marisa, Y&R) appears.

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Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.


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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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