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Y&R’s Eric Braeden Shares Important Health Update on The Talk

Eric Braeden shares a health update and some Y&R history with the CBS talk show.

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Eric Braeden takes a multi platform approach to keeping his fans updated on his life. The Young and the Restless veteran not only stays active on social media, but he visited The Talk today to give his fans some important information regarding his health.

Eric Braeden: Something To Talk About

Last summer, Braeden, who has played Y&R’s Victor Newman since 1980, shared that he was cancer-free after having been diagnosed with bladder cancer. “I’m doing well, thank you,” the Daytime Emmy-winner said on The Talk. “Long story short, I ended up at the urologist office after I couldn’t pee at all anymore. And that to, those of you who are my age, ’49,’ I can tell you, is very painful…I tell all of you guys, have a cystoscopy, have it examined early on. So that you catch it early, so go for it, fight it.” Braeden then, made a fight fist gesture to encourage others to fight! Watch it here.

Why He Stayed on Y&R

Braeden also chats with The Talk about the scene that made him stay in Genoa City. “I asked [the late] Bill Bell who invented the show, brilliant man, I said Bill, I’m sick and tired of playing bad guys. I played bad guys on Gunsmoke, right here on this lot as a matter of fact, on Rat Patrol, F.B.I., Hawaii Five-0. And I was empty, I couldn’t play bad guys anymore. I said it’s too dehumanizing.” Watch it here.

The actor asked Bell if Victor could be humanized. The genius scribe explored Victor’s background, revealing that he’d been born Christian Miller and left at an orphanage by his mother, Cora (Dorothy McGuire). “[S]he played my mother, who I had not seen in over 30 years,” Braden says, speaking in character. “She was destitute, no money. That rang a bell with a lot of people in the audience, and with me. And once I did that scene, I said I’m going to stay. I had no idea how I was going to do it.”

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