Surprising Fan Response
by, 10-21-2009 at 02:21 AM (1107 Views)
Am I the only one surprised by the fan reaction to the news that Eric Braeden is leaving Y&R?
I am amazed by how many of the fans on the boards have said they'd quit watching the show when he leaves!
Eric Braeden/Victor Newman isn't the first actor/character to leave this show.
While EB is a show veteran, he is far from being Y&R. There was a great Y&R prior to EB joining the cast & there can be again.
Currently, 31 actors/actresses & 18 recurring characters make up Y&R. Yes, Victor Newman is one of them, but, he isn't the only one. There's also, Katherine Chancellor, Jill Abbott, Jack Abbott, Ashley Abbott, Paul Williams & Nikki Newman, to name a few, that are also show veterans. They contribute just as much to the show as anyone, are just as important as any other character.
Yet, there are fans that believe that Victor Newman is Y&R & without Victor, there's no Y&R. Obviously, these fans are actually Eric Braeden/Victor Newman fans, not Y&R fans
While it's sad to lose anyone from a show, it happens, for various reasons, which include relocation, illness, retirement, death. I'd like to believe that if EB were leaving for any of these reasons, the reaction would be different.
Being a long time viewer, I remember Y&R before TEVN came to GC. I know that it was a great show then. EB/TEVN is just one of the many characters that make this show #1.
I also believe that if true Y&R fans give it a chance once EB has left & once they get over the fact that he's no longer there, they will see that it can be good without him, that he isn't Y&R
Maybe we are seeing the beginning of the end of Y&R. One thing is for sure, should the show come to an end it will be for many reasons & not just because EB/TEVN is no longer on the show.
Personally, I can't fault EB or Sony/CBS for this when I haven't heard the whole true story of what has happened, what has led up to this point in their negotiations.
I'm sure that if we were told everything by both sides, we'd be surprised
After watching for all these years, I'm not giving up on the show due to the loss of one character.