Eric Braeden as Victor Newman: Is He Leaving ‘Young and the Restless’?

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Fans can’t mention The Young and the Restless without Victor Newman being involved. Initially brought on in a temporary capacity, the character — played by Eric Braeden — has turned into the soap’s lead character. Braeden, 74, has embodied the role for over 35 years and is Genoa City‘s main antagonist.

In recent days, Victor has faced some circumstances that fans aren’t accustomed to seeing with the character on the cusp of a mental breakdown. Due to Victor’s rare predicament — which can be viewed above — Y&R loyalists are curious as to whether Braeden will be leaving the program.

Fortunately, the actor appears here to stay. In September 2015, he reportedly renewed his contract. While the actor’s contract negotiations haven’t exactly gone smooth throughout the years, he plans on staying put in Genoa City.

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On September 28, 2015 the actor made his future intentions crystal clear to The Charlotte Observer.

“I don’t intend to retire. Retirement to me is death.”

Braeden — a 1998 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award-winner — also admitted to CBS Soaps in Depth, that he hasn’t always been a fan of Victor Newman’s character direction.

“I needed to have this character be given a background that explains why he does what he doe. Even after all this time, he still makes sure that Victor’s actions are justified. I will always remind [Y&R] that we need to infuse the character with a side that explains what he does.”

Although Braeden’s staying put, he has experienced his share of difficulties pertaining to the soap. During one particular circumstance, Braeden had no qualms about tweeting his thoughts to a follower on Josh GriffithY&R’s one-time head writer — resigning in 2013.

“Let me just say, I’m very pissed off!!! Enough said!!!”

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