Say this isn’t so! Eric Braeden (Victor, “Y&R”) has been written out as Victor Newman and the actor already taped his last scenes. According to The Soapgeist Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada, Victor and Nikki go on vacation. On-Air On-Soaps spoke to a Braeden’s spokeperson this morning who says the actor is currently off the Genoa City canvas for a few weeks. The spokesperson goes on to say, ”Eric is in talks with the show and he may or may not be back!”
But what is behind the exit? Sources say that Braeden had been involved in intense negotiations. While has already been reported, Braeden’s contract is up at the end of 2010, but the the issue reportedly stems from having to re-negotiate his contract when his 13-week cycles, and being asked to take pay cuts at that time. This is similar to what happened with Melody Thomas Scott’s (Nikki, “Y&R”)contract.
Branco further reports, “During Braeden’s last tape date, the actor gave a speech to the cast saying he may not come back and thanked the cast and crew for decades of memories. “He said he wasn’t sure if he’d ever be back, and thanked everyone for their hard work,” says one co-star. “He got emotional towards the end. After his speech, there was dead silence. We were all stunned,” says another witness.”