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Y&R's Eric Braeden Tweets To Clarify Statement: "I Was Never Upset About Storyline, But Josh Griffith Leaving The Show!"

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The one and only Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) of The Young and the Restless took to Twitter today, after some tweets from one of his followers freelance celebrity writer, Rachel Monaco, and a few others,  to clarify his position on the recent news of Josh Griffith departing as head writer of the number one soap, and relating that he is not upset over current or recent storylines!

Eric Braeden tweeted: “I was never upset about SL but JG’s leaving the show! There have been too many changes.  In NO way did I criticize writing.  At no time did I ever complain about storyline contrary to claims otherwise.  I LOVE the show, but don’t like changes! I have nothing but the deepest respect for writers, they perform the most difficult job in showbiz and get the least credit. I’ve acted in all Media. Nothing is as difficult as the making of a Soap Opera. We do 80 pages a/day in 1 take Cast & Crew do a phenomenal job.”

So what do you think about Braeden’s statement?  And reminding his loyal audience and those of the soaps, that the writing job in a daytime soaps is one of the toughest gigs around?   Share your thoughts below!

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Why is it when Eric tweets it’s in the soap media? I knew what he meant and he wasn’t criticising the writing..

I did to. What do you want to make a bet JFP called him upstairs this is beyond stupid. We are still living in a free country!

well, there are people who read things without comprehension and/or see what was said to fit the way they personally imagine it to be..
Then there are people who thrive on twisting comments to turn them into sensationalism..

Because he’s Eric Braeden. If there’s something going on at Y&R and he tweets about it, it’s news just because of who he is.

Exactly hat I was thinking.

agreed Michael so very true BUT he is right there are way too many changes way to fast

I believe that victor,nikki,neil,phyllis, and all of the regular actors,need to stay,and stop trying to replace them…I see it happenin on Y&R and the B&B…if the hiring doesn’t stop,there will be no more of these 2”ll be like the edge of night or Ryans hope,etc…CBS has done such a good job,as soon as it first aired ,I have been a loyal fan,from the beginning,and would like to KEEP it that way..TOO many Changes with the original actors bein replaced,and that my friend,is a big NO NO

I read what Eric B said and I didn’t take it as he was misleading us or talking bad about writers. I’m glad Eric B came back and put others hopefully to rest. I have a love/hate relationship with Victor Newman, this makes for a great actor. Thank you Eric B for keeping Y&R exciting. Thank you to all the actors and characters they play.

I am glad he tweeted back to set things straight. I don’t believe rumors. Unless I hear it from the Actors mouth I do not believe them.

Eric B tells it like it is. I do not find it offensive, he did not criticizie just stated how he feels. This was America last time I checked…Way to go Mr. Braeden

I love Victor Newman and all the actors on Y&R, I just hope that at the moment none of them are replaced or changed, the original actors are what make the show so fantastic because they are so good at playing their character, it is so sad that Jeanne died, I will so miss her, so to me the show is still my favorite and I have total respect for all the writers and the great job that they are doing and the great job that all the actor’s are doing. My all time favorite soap opera and show. Thankyou I love u all.

What does he really think of the reign of JFP??

He just wants attention.

Totally agree with him, I knew what he meant when I read the tweet, the news had just come out about Josh.

Eric is so very real, I adore him for his not holding back his thoughts from anyone anytime!!

quote EB;
”I don’t like changes!”

haa gotta love him!!!

Well if he was upset about the story line would he say so? Most actors are professional enough to keep their complaints to themselves and not voice opinions on stories on social media or elsewhere. And like any long term employee faced with new management changes– it is unsettling to say the least, so at least he is honest about it. As for soap opera writing– ITA , it is not an easy task and doesn’t get much credit or respect. The writers are like the umpires of daytime dramas– they get booed at a lot for their calls, but the game couldn’t go on without therm.

I, too, understood what Eric meant by his comment. Someitmes I think people are just LOOKING for trouble to make “good copy” or to support their own views. Eric is loyal to his show and his fans–one who questions that must not know him very well.

I agree Eric was not picking on the writters. He knows from experience & respects daytime writers.

Eric Braeden is Never critical of Y&R, that is my opinion, and I believe that to be true. He knows what an extremely awesome task it is to be a writer on a Soap, or to be a writer period, but especially on a Soap. Y&R, since the very beginning has had extraordinary writers, that one of the reasons why it has been the #1 Soap Opera for decades. When a writer decides to leave the show that can seem daunting, a sudden change, and who likes change? I agree with Mr. Braeden 100%. I believe that he is Always respectful of Everyone, and is Always a gentleman! One can also tell that he loves Y&R and the entire cast and the Producers, writers, etc. He is truly a great man!

Nicely put! I agree!

Sorry that I left the ‘s’ out in ‘thats’, but then I would not be me if I did not misspell whenever I am writing a comment about the great Mr.Braeden. I guess that I get nervous. Haha

I have loved getting to know Eric Braeden via Twitter.What a gentleman and full of class.Certainly don’t think he should have needed to justify what he said.It made perfect sense when & in the context he said it.This just showed his care and concern for his fellow artists and craftsmen.

Eric Braeden is a treasure. He is right so many changes…

I admire Eric Braeden and have watched him for years. He cuts through the chase and delivers his thoughts with a few but powerful words. I believe that he doesn’t like change as it is hard for him and for myself. That is a normal human reaction that most people deal with from time-to-time. Hats off to Eric but also the many hard hours the writers put in. I don’t know which is worse for the writers, the hours or the job of pleasing the viewers? Thankfully they have produced a great soap. A toast to many more years to come!

If Eric Braden thought the writing was OK, it means the writers were setting things up for “Victor” to hog our screens again.

In my opinion, EB’s “likes and dislikes” have always been self-serving – so I don’t pay any attention to what he has to say.

EB is the only actor who commented on Josh leaving. He stated that he was very disappiinted. No one else bothered to say!

eric braden is a great actor and am not getting involved in what he say’s or did not say . He’s the best actor Y&R has had in a long time .. Thanks for coming into my home every day of the week . Of course not Saturday’s or Sunday’s . Keep up the good work Eric .Love your caractor !!!!

I totally agree with you Eric! Keep up the good work!

EB should not be questioned, he should not have to explain his comments to anyone. EB is quite a gentleman and very good actor. What he has said about writers is so very true, without writers there would be no soaps. And without good writers we would not have great soaps.

The writers are the bones of the shows, the actors are the soul and the fans are the meat
“I’ve been following for nearly 30 years… since the VCR was available to us..”

A Loyal Fan of SOAP OPERAS… Peter.

I wish the writers at the BOLD and the beautiful would change the story line for Brooke. Sick of her being so trashy!! Damn!!

50 years old and trying to be sexy! disgusting!

I hate change also and I have been a loyal fan of the Y & R don’t want to see anymore changes than we have too. Love Victor for years and his role. Keep up the good work and don’t do any more changes. Love the whole crew.

I agree with Joy!

all i know is i love you and y&r would not be watchable without you.

I cannot stand arrogant Victor Newman. He is the most pompous person I have ever seen.

I agree with him, too many changes in the last few years; would be hard to continue day after day with the same storyline, different characters/same name! Plus 40 years is a long time!

He is right , and I am glad I am not a writer in daytime. There are a lot of changes in YR right now and we will see a few more before it is all over. (don’t you think?) Sharon is a challenge right now.

I love the show and agree the writers have a tough job. All the twists n turns and making stories come full circle while keeping us guessing all the time. Thank you Eric for being such a fantastic actor. hope to meet you at the 40th Anniversary dinner this weekend…

The writer do have a tough job, trying to keep that soap number one is not easy. Writing enough stuff to keep Victor not Eric a mean SOB is a task in itself, but I love you Victor. I hope you have no plans to leave Y and R, it certainly will not be the same.

I totally agree with Eric! they are brilliant!

The writers job is tough,there is a lot of pressure on them to make the Y & R the top. It is unfortunate that they do get the least credit.
If it wasn’t for them writing the story lines I more likely would not watch.
Three cheers for the writers.

I don’t like the changes either especially the loss of Michelle Stafford. Miss Stafford was the ony character with any life in her.

Stop with all the changes! First we lose Katherine, then Phyllis. One we can’t do any thing about but the other we can. BRING BACK PHYLLIS!!!! She needs to take care of Sharon. The writers are doing a fantastic job but if we keep changing out the actor, we will be loosing viewers, thus loosing another great soap. I love Y&R. Please stop the changes……

I agree about so many changes. Can they not keep anyone married on this show. When is Sharon ever going to get what’s coming with the cops I’m sick how she gets away with everything.
I was sorry to see Phyllis leave I would have liked to see her and Jack together because they are a great match for each other. Are they recasting Phyllis, because there is a big hole there now.

I love you Victor

Writing for any media is hard on the brain. Having to product a daily, smooth running, long lived story line is exhausting. I have watched Eric since he was a bad boy soldier where he started his SOB approach to life. Love the Show!

I have been watching Y&R for 40 yrs. and I agree that there have been too many changes, just as Eric said. In fact, I have been thinking about stopping watching. I know the writers have a tough job, but come on…give us something worth watching!

I feel Eric has way to much class to ever say a negative comment about the writers crew or anyone else..

I think he has integrity and believe what he says. I commend him for acknowledging the other participants and the hard work that goes into production of Y & R. XO

I agree with Eric. He should know he has been famous in movies and Young and restless would not be the same without him. I do wish they would bring Ridge back. There are other changes that have been made that I don’t like. But I will never quit watching it. I do hope the babys paternity is revealed, they are all so jealouse of Victors Son when I believe he has a heart of gold. Sharon must be off her meds. She use to be so sweet, now her part is not very interesting. still lov the show but Nikkie is acting so stuck up and not very interesting. Does she ever forgive anyone? I miss Jean so much because she was the show and that part is real. Still lov the show!

being that you are a great actor it’s very big of you to send credit to others who also help make your job a little easier. rock on victor.


Sometimes people have nothing better to do then spread lies. Eric is the show. They all make the show what it is, but without Eric as Victor, there would be no young and the restless. I don’t like the way they write some of the scripts. Print this.

I have become one disgruntled and unhappy Y&R fan. I’ve watched this show since the first day it aired and we viewers aren’t always going to be happy with the changes that occur. But in recent years, some of the changes have been waaaaaaaay beyond stupid (just my opinion!) For example, Sharon sleeping her way through the Newman men, culminating with her marriage to Victor! Did the writers really think the viewers would buy that relationship? Viewers have known for years that Jack Abbott fathered Summer but suddenly, Nick Newman is the biological father! Again, did the writers really think viewers would buy this bull? This is not meant as an insult to any actor, but I could care less who’s haunting Neil and his family via the internet! This S/L just popped up out of nowhere, and there seems to be no real rationale behind it. Gus, Leslie & Tyler just begin to come together as a family and BOOM! Gus is dead, leaving more questions than answers. Are the writers determined to make Sharon the next Patty-Cake Williams? WHY?!?! ONE Patty-Cake is more than enough! A private detective, Paul Williams, suddenly becomes Genoa City’s police chief? In what solar system and on what planet? As for the Lauren/Michael/Carmine fiasco, if Lauren is so sick of Carmine calling and/or texting her, why doesn’t she change her cell phone number? Seems like a simple solution to me! I don’t like the “new” Abby or Kyle and again, this is not meant as a personal insult to any actor. Refusing to put Marcy Rylan (ex-Abby) on full-time status was a HUGE mistake. A terrific actress, Rylan is now on full-time status at GH and Y&R is stuck with Melissa Ordway. Are you kidding me? Why Blake Hood (ex-Kyle) was let go has never been explained or I missed the explanation. Either let Billy & Victoria have more than 6 minutes of marital bliss or they get a divorce…end of story! This constant tug-of-war between the two is more than a little boring, taxing and tiresome and by the way, doesn’t Victor have an international conglomerate to run? Why is Victor ALWAYS in Billy & Victoria’s marital business? Victor is coming off more like a busy-body demented old fool, always yelling & screaming, than a consummate businessman. Anyone reading this may or may not agree with me and that’s just fine. But I’m expressing MY frustration with Y&R, that’s all.



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Let’s set the stage! Kathie Lee Gifford was previously mentioned by Today Show’s Hoda Kotb and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos as someone who would make a great lead for the upcoming dating-reality series competition, The Golden Bachelorette.

Then came the Wednesday February 28th episode of Live with Kelly and Mark, when the current ‘Bachelor’ leading man, Joey Graziadei was the guest.

During his interview, Kelly and Mark asked Graziadei what his thoughts were on Gifford becoming the first-ever ‘Golden Bachelorette’.

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Graziadei’s response was: “I will be honest… I have no idea who Kathie Lee Gifford is.” That prompted some boos and some laughs from the in-studio audience. Joey added, ‘I’m only 28! I’m sorry!”

In a response to a post on X featuring the faux-pas, Gifford reacted by saying: “I don’t expect him to know me. I’ve got shoes that are older than this kid is!”

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Gifford received the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. She has also been in the chair occupied by Ripa on ‘Live’. From 1985 to 2000, Kathie Lee and Regis Philbin were the co-hosts of  the morning talk show. She then went on to co-host the fourth hour of Today in 2008 and continued till 2019.

When E! News asked Kotb about Gifford potentially getting the nod as the “Golden Bachelorette”, she shared, “By the way, she would be a 10 plus, and she’d get her choice of all the men, and you know how she is all flirty and cute.”

So, what do you think about Joey not knowing who Kathie Lee is? Could it possibly be that ABC would cast Gifford as the ‘Golden Bachelorette’? Comment below.

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Coming up on the Friday, March 1st episode of The Young and the Restless be on the lookout for what could send Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) into yet another spiral with her alcohol addiction.

As viewers have recently witnessed, Jordan (Colleen Zenk), in disguise with red wig, has become ‘fast’ friends with Seth as a drinking buddy at a local dive bar. She has been egging him on to become ‘friends’ with Nikki, but also cited to him, how Nikki disappeared on her when she needed help in her attempt to get sober (all fabricated, of course).

Seth was able to get Nikki to agree to meet him one day for coffee or for an outing, even though she knows that he is also struggling to get sober and was not going to be a good AA sponsor for her.  Now, the trap is set.

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Taking to his account on X, Gaskill shared on Wednesday, “Look for me Friday I think on Young and the Restless (tomorrow in Canada) pay attention. It’s the beginning of everything…”

Gaskill returned to daytime television in early January in his new recurring role on Y&R. Soap fans previously knew of his work as Bobby Warner on All My Children, Rafe Kovich on Port Charles, Ozzy Marone on The Bold and the Beautiful and Dylan Lewis on Guiding Light.

So, what are you theories of what’s about to go down? Will Seth lure Nikki into a trap knowing or unknowingly? Will he become obsessed with her? Will Jordan sneak into the Newman Ranch, and terrorize Nikki? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

In the meantime for some clues of what’s next in Nikki’s battle with the bottle, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s recent interview with Melody Thomas Scott below.

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As it is Black history month, you can’t help but a shed a light on the groundbreaking soap opera, Generations. It was almost 35-years ago that NBC took a gamble on a new soap opera with an African-American family at its epicenter.

Generations was created by renowned soap opera writer, Sally Sussman and premiered back on Monday, March 27, 1989. Ironically, the show was up against the top-rated daytime drama The Young and the Restless and for 13 months it landed in the bottom of the ratings, until NBC canceled it in January 1991.

One of the most memorable moments in the series short history was a knock-down drag-out catfight between the characters of Maya (Vivica A. Fox) and Doreen (Jonelle Allen), with the late Kristoff St. John (Adam Marshall) in the middle of it all.

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Speaking with, Fox recalled, “We just didn’t want it to look fake, because there’s nothing worse when you can see the stunt double. As you can see, I kind of dig doing fight scenes.”

Allen offered up: “The lines were scripted. What we were doing while we were saying them – the earrings and all of that stuff — was not. I added the kicking off the shoes and the pulling up the train. The actors didn’t get hurt, but the cameraman could have, because when I kicked off my shoes, I kicked my shoe so far it almost hit the camera!”

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Jonelle also remembered Kristoff almost getting injured in the scenes, recalling: “He almost got beaten up. We were so in it, and he’s trying to break us apart, but we were pumped. The fight itself was choreographed. Him walking in and breaking it up was not, so he could have gotten hurt. He just thought he’d come in and separate us, but we were still going at it.”

Sussman shared the scenes cultural impact: “It put the show in a different stratosphere. And I remember less than a year later, Y&R copied it. A lot of people copied it. All the subsequent (catfights) that have been forced upon people were not motivated. This one was so motivated, that even though Maya was the aggressor, you agreed with her. Doreen had it coming, but you can’t overstate how long (the tension) was built up between them.”

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So, is it time for a Generations 2.0 ? Sussman believes it just might be, “Over the last number of years, several young writers – I’m talking very young, younger than 30 — who love soaps of all different stripes, have been reaching out to me about how much they love the show, because there are so many episodes on YouTube. They say how much they love the show, and that I must try and do a revival.”

Jonelle Allen says she would be down too, expressing: “Revisiting these people later, and then seeing all the babies that were born who would be adults now and seeing what’s up with their stories, would be exciting. And Sally’s a great storyteller.”

Vivica A. Fox summed it up best, “I would be totally game for a revival …. I’d love to see soap operas make a comeback.”

So, did you watch ‘Generations’ when it aired on NBC? Do you recall your reaction to the Maya and Doreen catfight? And with Peacock streaming Days of our Lives, would they consider a series order for a reboot of a series such as ‘Generations’ too? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. But first, check out that classic catfight!

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