Eric Braeden speaks! In a new interview out today with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, the very outspoken, forthright soap icon lays it on the line and tells it like it is in regards to his current contract situation with “Y&R” which has sent the character of Victor Newman packing to Europe with former wife, Nikki. Braeden expresses his frustration over the situation with Sony and the lack of respect he feels he is getting. Here are some excerpts below:
Word is, the pay cut they want you to take is huge.
It’s like being hit with a sledgehammer. What is sad is that they are playing with—and easily disregarding—the contributions made by a lot of the actors who have been on the show for a very long time, and it seemingly makes no difference to them. As a result, there is an enormous feeling of emotional upheaval on the set. And that was the intention, of course. It’s all about intimidation. It’s all about leaking things to the internet before I even knew I was going to [be asked to] renegotiate. I had no idea! There are obviously leaks coming from the inside, all there to bludgeon you, to intimidate you.
You’ve stayed true to Y&R since the day you arrived. Unlike many other actors in daytime, you never quit to go pursue other roles.
I’ve never left and I’ve been on the show for nearly 30 years now. What the soap medium has given me is a chance to play a huge scale of emotions that one rarely has a chance to play in primetime or film, and I have appreciated that enormously. But, as it turns out, the contracts you sign are not worth the paper they’re written on thanks to this ridiculous clause where they have a right to change anything or let you go every 26 weeks. It’s a joke. Our union ought to be ashamed of itself for having [allowed] this. And for the show to actually invoke that clause after one has served loyally and lovingly for 30 years is unconscionably ungracious.