Young and the Restless’ Eric Braeden Blames Michael Muhney For Getting Fired – Denies Encouraging Hunter King to Report Breast Groping

Young and the Restless' Eric Braeden Blames Michael Muhney For Getting Fired - Denies Encouraging Hunter King to Report Breast Groping

It has been a rough few weeks for fans of The Young and the Restless. In mid-December Michael Muhney was fired due to allegations of sexual harassment brought against him by young co star, Hunter King. Behind the scenes actors seem to have all but taken sides and the information that has spilled out into the media hasn’t been pretty. We have heard that executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps sat on the allegations and did nothing until Muhney’s contract was set to end anyway. Fellow actors such as veteran cast member, Eric Braeden have also come under fire. He opted to speak up to at least have a say in all of the drama that has exploded.

Eric has been with Y&R since 1980 and decided to grant an exclusive interview to Radar Online, denying that he played any part in the ousting of Muhney. He confirms that Muhney wanted him gone from the show and the two very recently had a shouting match that became physical. Eric is hardly the kind of guy that is going to be bullied by a younger actor’s “campaign” to have him fired and so he stood his ground and owned his veteran power position on the show. While the two clearly had issues, Eric maintains that he believes that Munhey is a very good actor that certainly helped contribute to the quality of the show. He also maintains that absolutely no one else but Muhney is to blame for his firing.

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.”

As for the rumors that Eric has helped lead Hunter King through the mess and has directed her every move, he says it’s simply not true. He claims that she is a great young actress but that he doesn’t even try to get to know cast mates until they’ve been around for a long time. Do you think that Eric is telling the truth and just spoke up to set himself apart from all of the crap that’s being said? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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    He did it. He is a shameful arrogant little bitch

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  • Abi

    Michael’s powerfull peformance was big threat for Eric’s (Victor).Accoring to Eric “I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show”. Personal resason added fuel to the fire. Show will be useless after January.

    • Corinne Alongi

      Can,t be more than one big honcho on the show , Eric Braeden who plays Victor Newman wont let that happen, remember when he had a fist fight with Bergman (Jack) oh no , he is really the boss on that show , I understand a lot of the cast are afraid of him and if your a friend of his , you are safe but if your not , beware I personally believe the old timers a few young ass kissing young crew are intimidated by Michael Muhney and I notice King is not saying anything either , you had b etter beleive there is a hell of a lot more to this story and the real culprit and trouble maker is Eric Braeden , it is time for him to retire and I understand that he has to read his lines where no other is allowed to do so –go figure

  • RedRiver38

    Eric Braeden pulled the strings and had Michael Muhney fired, then orchestrated his public humiliation by TMZ. Braeden is liar and he knows it. Just how stupid does he think the fans are? Muhney was the best actor on the show and Braeden wanted him gone. The fans are gone too.

  • Diane Flohre

    I agree!!!

    • Rashine Steward-Sturdivant

      Yep i agree as well…

  • Diane Flohre

    let Michael stay..and Eric…are you guys really doing this off screen??? Goodness!

  • Caylene

    Sorry, but MM isn’t Y&R – never was and never will be. I’m glad he’s gone. His arrogrance was insufferable for someone who’s only been on the show a few years. He reaped what he sowed.