Older and The Disrespected: Eric Braeden to leave soap over pay dispute

October 19, 2009 by  

ericVictor Newman is saying goodbye to Genoa City, and this time its for good, apparently. And the circumstances and the way its been handled seem quite sad, indeed.

Eric Braeden has played the role of Newman on The Young and the Restless since 1980 (that’s almost 30 years, folks), has stated to Entertainment Weekly that he has terminated talks to stay on the show.

Braeden left the show in September over a contract tussle with production company Sony, who wanted him to take a fairly large pay cut. He elected to “strike” instead.

The 68-year-old was making a seven-figure salary, finally came back to the table and agreed to a “fairly substantial” pay cut, and that Sony rejected the offer.

Eric is quoted in EW: “We reached an impasse in the negotiations. I have shown flexibility, they have shown none … That’s a sign of utter disrespect. I will not negotiate with people who remain aloof and arrogant about the whole thing. Not after 30 years, I won’t do that.” And we don’t blame him, when you get down to it. “It’s slowly sinking in that I’m leaving. It’s sad.”

We’re watching the slow death of soap operas as we know them, we believe, and this is just one more piece of evidence.

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