Does Kevin G. Schmidt think it’s time for TV granddad Eric Braeden to hang it up?
Maybe—if we’re hearing him correctly.
Interviewed on Mr. Media, Kevin weighs in on the controversy surrounding Eric’s departure last week from The Young and the Restless.
Eric, 68, who has played Victor Newman since 1980—and took a voluntary pay cut two years ago —reportedly quit the CBS soap after refusing to his have his salary slashed again.
Now it seems Kevin, who has played Noah Newman since 2008, feels Eric—and other Y&R cast members —are getting a bit too long in the tooth.
“Our show was created 37 years ago. And 37 years ago our business was very different.” Kevin, 21, tells host Bob Andelman.
“Now it’s so interactive. People just want to find five, six, seven characters they can relate to on every basis.
“[Y&R executive producer] William Bell created such an incredible format 37 years ago. But I think this evolution of having—you know, 30 percent of our cast are 30 and 40 or over.
“So they all share the same fan base. Very few of our cast is—I’m one of the youngest guys on the show,” continues Kevin, who also starred in the Cheaper by the Dozen flicks, made trouble for tween queens Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez in The Disney Channel’s Princess Protection Program, and currently co-stars in the Internet TV series, Poor Paul.
“So there’s a lot of ‘restless’ on our show, but not a lot of ‘young.’
“I think what’s happening now, it’s a transition.
“I don’t know if Eric’s going anywhere, but I think this is just the show evolving and having to make some tough decisions in a tough economy.”
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