Eric Braeden Responds to Comments Made by Eva Longoria During Her Appearance on ‘Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?’

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Eric Braeden Responds to Comments Made by Eva Longoria During Her Appearance on ‘Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?’

Eva Longoria's comments during an appearance on "Who's Talking to Chris Wallace?" regarding her time on "The Young and the Restless" has sparked controversy.

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During last night’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” on CNN, former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria appeared on the show to discuss her career, her causes and her new original series “Searching for Mexico.” During the career segment, host Chris Wallace played a clip of Longoria’s time on “The Young and the Restless” when she played Isabella Braña on the soap. Longoria’s comments about her experience on the series, particularly her working simultaneously as a headhunter and an actress on a daytime soap opera, have since led to controversy on social media.

After catching wind of what she said on the program, former co-star Eric Braeden called the actress out for her “derogatory remarks about daytime actors!” Braeden plays the iconic Victor Newman on “The Young and the Restless.”

“EVA LONGORIA: you just made derogatory remarks about daytime actors!” began Braeden on Twitter. “You simply weren’t good enough to survive the pressures of this medium! You were very lucky to get on that ‘housewife’ show! You did one show in 8-12 days, with mediocre but salacious dialogue!” 

He added, “Our actresses would run rings around you!! And they did then!! From Robert [De Niro] to whoever they all are, many of them started in the medium you denigrate! It shows a complete lack of class!!

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On the CNN program, Wallace shocked Longoria when he said, “You got your first break 20 years ago when you were cast on a very popular soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.” He then prepared to introduce a clip of Longoria on the soap to which she replied while laughing, “Are you going to show a clip of that?” Longoria then braced for a stroll down memory lane as Wallace stated, “Would I do that?” Longoria continued laughing as the clip began, showing her as Isabella in a scene with her former co-star Doug Davidson, who portrayed Paul Williams on the soap at the time. The clip finds Longoria’s Isabella telling Davidson’s Paul that Christine (Lauralee Bell) is dead as the two struggle to get a knife out of Isabella’s hands. 

After the clip played, a still laughing Longoria told Wallace, “I can’t believe you found that!” In response, Wallace said, “So what I find so interesting, though, is that you were so determined not to be a struggling actress that at the same time that you have this part on a big soap opera, you’re working as a headhunter for a temp agency out of your dressing room in the studio.”

Longoria confirmed the story, saying, “Yeah, yeah. When I moved to Hollywood, I had my bachelor’s degree. And so when I tell my mom I’m going to be an actress, she was like, well – she was fine because I had graduated college. Like as long as I finished college. And so I knew I could get a job. I was like, ‘I’ll get a  job.’ And I went to a temp agency and they hired me.” She pointed out, “I was so good at it that when I got ‘Young and the Restless,’ it didn’t pay enough for me to live off being an actor. So I continued being a headhunter and Young and the Restless.’ And I would hide the fact I was on Young and the Restless to my clients because they didn’t want, like, a dumb actress handing their accounts.” Longoria then recalled an experience where she was almost outed by one of her clients for being on the daytime soap.

“One time one of my clients was like, ‘You look like a girl that I’ve seen on a soap opera.’ And I go, ‘No, that’s not – I don’t know who that – I was like the opposite of a publicist’s dream. I was like, ‘don’t tell anybody I’m on that show. Because I was, you know, still making more money on my day job.”

Since Braeden’s tweets went viral, thousands of people have taken sides, interpreting Longoria’s comments the same way Braden did as demeaning to daytime actors while others understood Longoria’s comments as nothing more than a burgeoning actress not wanting her two jobs to interfere with one another. What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.

Meanwhile, catch Longoria’s new series, “Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico” which premieres Sunday, March 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.