Eric Braeden Breaks Silence on Michael Muhney: The Firing and Subsequent Scandal

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Robert Voets/CBS

While several actors from “” have indirectly acknowledged the scandal surrounding ‘s (Adam Newman) firing last month and subsequent allegations he groped the breasts of (Summer Newman) via social media, no actor has acknowledged the situation as publicly as the legendary (Victor Newman).

As many of you know, following Muhney’s exit interview with Huffington Post Canada, published the day after announcing he had been fired by the soap, there were insinuations that Braeden was likely at fault for not just Muhney’s firing but that of former “Y&R” actress (ex-Diane Jenkins; currently playing Ava Jerome on “”). On Twitter, Braeden said at the time, “Implying I had [something] to do with MWest’s departure is libelous!” He added, “Of course I am [upset]. Wouldn’t you be if some slimeballs make statements that reflect not an iota of reality?”

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

In an interview with Radar Online, Braeden further addresses the situation by saying, “I welcomed Michael Muhney when he came here. He is a great actor. We did have our differences, but for anyone to say that I had him fired is a lie. I have always thought he was a very good actor and told him so. Towards the end, Muhney and I did have our differences and had a shouting match, no question.

“During that shouting match, all kinds of things were said. I won’t go into detail about it. I don’t remember the specifics of who said what but what I do recall is that I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth. That is about as far as I will go. That is it. It was a campaign to get me off the show. It was Muhney who wanted to get me off the show and he expressed that to various people.”

When asked why Muhney wanted him off the show, Braeden says, “He wanted me off the show because he wanted to be head honcho. In his words, I was the old lion and he was the young lion. He wanted to push aside the old lion. That was in his words to me, at the very end. I welcomed that guy, as I said. (I told him), ‘You are very good at what you do, keep your nose clean and stay out of everyone else’s business and just do your job.’” He notes of Muhney’s ouster, “He has no one else to blame but himself and he said as much when he left… to several people and I respect that he did that. He apologized for his ambition and his desire to become the guy, the young lion, pushing away the old lion. The last day he was here, he apologized to me, you bet. He was contrite and apologized for several things that he had said and done. I said it’s okay. The essence of what we learn as Christians is to forgive and one forgives. I have forgiven him, I always told him that openly.”

Commenting on Hunter King and the allegations surrounding her and Muhney, Braeden says, “I hardly know the girl. I just don’t know people’s names until they have been here for 10 years. She is a sweet girl and a damm good actress. The notion that Hunter King came to me and was coaxed by me to go to the top [to get Muhney fired] is utter nonsense. The rumor mill is being fed with misinformation, by whoever.”

For more from Braeden’s interview with Radar, click here.

  • RedRiver38

    Nice to see that Eric doesn’t even acknowledge your existence unless you’ve been around for at least 10 years. How big of an egomaniac is this guy? How could anyone work with him? What an insult to the other actors on the show. Sorry Eric, BIG FAIL.

  • Carole E.

    Eric B. is a great actor, but to me, he seems like he would be very hard to work with…I’m sorry, but I’m still on MM’s side on this

  • Carole E.

    I think the ratings for Y&R will go down considerably once MM is gone..he brought amazing things with his character, and will be sorely missed by so many.

    • Bexx

      And before there was Adam/Muhney? Yeah, exactly.

  • Terri

    Eric Braeden has a very bad habit of calling people names. Michael is a slimeball and yesterday on Twitter, he called me an idiot. Last week he called another woman a bi++h. It seems like if someone doesn’t agree with him, he starts with the name calling. I have no idea why he felt the need to get mixed up in this whole mess. Michael apologized to him before he left the studio. Eric accepted. Case closed. Move on Victor Newman, But Nooooooo he literally is on twitter every single evening of the week with his snide comments.. I have NO respect for him.

    • jade

      He doesn’t deserve any accolades for being an a-hole. Eric is Victor in life. As Victory is Eric on TV. Spooky EB actually believes he is TGVN!!!

  • shelle dale

    since steve burton is eaten up all eric time now and getting the spotlight he will be next

  • livvie21

    This guy (Eric) gets into fights with everyone.He should take his own advice and stay out of other people’s business. He wants to be respected than he should earn it and not expect it. The nicest guy on Y&R is Peter, Eric had earned his reputation as an egotistical jerk.

  • Y&R Lifer

    I have watch Y & R for years – Always felt Eric/Victor has always had an “attitude” as if everyone was beneath him….well he actually admitted he does with saying he doesn’t even acknowledge anyone (name) unless they’ve been there 10 years or more – In my opinion I think the “real” story here is Eric/Victor didn’t completely agree or like that Michael/Adam was getting the attention he is/was. I believe Eric/Victor is the bully here & I really think he thought “his ‘ole lion backside” could be in limbo with Michael/Adam getting the attention, fan base, etc for his character. Of course Eric/Victor is going to say “whatever” at the present time because Michael/Adam is silenced at the time. There may be “other” reasons for his departure but it’s really no one’s business but Michael’s/Y&R Producers etc NOT the cast & their opinion(s) – I do however feel there may be a big misunderstanding in all of these alleged allegations & they should “re-think” the punishment – a lot of viewers are about to turn south. No one will play the Adam character that he has & has made it his own. Just my two cents – I respect everyone’s opinion on this sounding board – if you disagree with mine – please respect mine.