Make Your Mustache Jokes Now, While The Getting Is Good!
I...did not see this one coming.
I knew it was a possibility, sure, but I thought it would go the same way Steve Burton's General Hospital negotiations go: magazine stories wondering if he's out, melodramatic Soaps In Depth commercials asking "Is this THE END for Jason?" and then a quiet, re-signed contract stating that Jason will get daily screentime for a couple of more years. The last time I talked about it, I was all, "This is just a prolonged pissing contest and eventually they will come to an agreement, because, duh, people will bug if there is no Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless."
And yet, here we are, looking at a future of no Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless. As the ever-cantankerous Eric Braeden told Entertainment Weekly:
“We reached an impasse in the negotiations,” Braeden told EW.com. “I have shown flexibility, they have shown none. It is over. I pulled the plug. That’s it. No more. If I show good will, I expect it to be reciprocated. If there is a rigid attitude on the other side, what is there to to negotiate? 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. I’m saying this with a great amount of sadness because I’ve had nothing but respect for my fellow cast members, I have deep respect for the crew who has done an extraordinary job year in and year out, and I have enormous respect for (head writer) Maria Bell.”
Oh, to be a fly on the wall during those contract talks! How many times do we think Braeden actually said the words, "You got that?" during negotiations? And why can I picture him being all, "I WAS IN TITANIC! HOW DARE YOU"?
(The answer to that is, "Because you have an overactive imagination and a strange knack for bringing Titanic into nearly all of your conversations, Mallory". Fun fact: one of the [number redacted] times I saw Titanic, the people in the row behind me gasped and said "Victor!" when they saw him.)
It's not that I am at all upset about not having to deal with Old Vic, it's just...I am sort of terrified at what the writers will do to fill all of the Victor-shaped holes in the current stories. I don't even want to imagine what sort of front-burner horrors we are in for.