The Young and the Restless series star Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) chatted with Michael Logan of TV Guide to clarify his recent tweets about his thoughts on the departure of Josh Griffith as headwriter of the number one CBS soap. Braeden, has made it very clearly he is not upset at the lack of recent storyline for Victor, but teases big stuff ahead. He was more upset over, change.
Here are a few interesting excerpts below from the soap superstar about if the writing change in any way he feels was justified, who he thinks should step in as the new head scribe for the citizens of Genoa City, and if he gets along with series executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps.
Eric on if he felt a writing change was warranted at this time on Y&R: “No! Our ratings are up! I know there are those who feel the veterans are not getting enough attention but that happens every summer, doesn’t it?”
Eric on if he feels the new head writer should come from within the ranks of the existing writing team: “I don’t give a goddamn where they come from, as long as you hire people who understand the characters and know the history of Y&R. It’s that simple. We’ve got to keep this show No. 1.”
Eric on if he gets along with EP Jill Farren Phelps: “I’m getting along with her. She deals well with actors. She likes actors. As far as I can see she is very involved, very hands-on, which I like. It took me a while to get used to that but that was because I was very upset that Maria Bell left, and I didn’t really want to accept anyone new for a while. Maria’s exit was a double whammy in the sense that she was the last Bell. Right or wrong, I still feel very nostalgic about Bill Bell. Did it take me a while to get used to Jill? Absolutely. But I like her. ”
So, what do you think about Eric’s thought on who the perfect candidate to preside over Y&R’s writing team? What do you think about his position on the departure of Josh Griffith? Comment below!