‘Young and the Restless’ Fans Aren’t Happy With Victor’s Decision with Newman Enterprises

With so few soap operas left, the stalwarts like The Young and the Restless are comforting to fans, and so are mainstays like Eric Braeden’s Victor Newman, who has been with the show almost as long as it has been on the air. 

That’s why fans are still quite invested with Victor Newman and the latest drama swirling around his character, namely over the decision to give a position at his Newman Enterprises to Nick rather than Adam. Many fans on social media have declared themselves Team Adam in this dispute. 

A short history of Victor Newman and his soap

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Newman has been a familiar face for so many years, it’s a little surprising to learn he wasn’t in the original cast of The Young and the Restless. The show started in 1974 to cater to a younger audience like All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital were doing at the time.

Now the show is one of the only soaps left standing, with the others being One Life to Live, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful, the sister show to The Young and the Restless.

Victor Newman came along in 1980. According to Wikipedia, he was written to be a wife-abuser and all-around despicable character that was only to last a few months before being killed off — and then they saw what Braeden brought to the part. 

“When I saw Eric Braeden’s first performance- the voice, the power, the inner strength- I knew immediately that I didn’t want to lose this man,” creator William Bell said. “He was exactly what the show needed. Not the hateful man we saw on-screen, but the man he could and would become.”

Now, in 2020, he has been nominated for eight Emmys and won one. 

Why Nick and not Adam? 

Earlier this month, Victor made Nick the CEO of Newman Enterprises, not only to Adam’s chagrin but to his rage. He asserted that Nick didn’t deserve to be CEO, having walked away acrimoniously before. Victor replied, “These are special circumstances.” Adam was not amused, and neither were fans on Twitter

“That’s crap to do Adam that way!!” one said. Another said, “Nick will mess up big time and Victor will beg Adam to step in and save (Newman Enterprises!)! Victor knows Nick doesn’t have the brains or business sense/education to run a company like NE! Adam is a grad of Harvard Business School and knows what he’s doing! :)

Adam began looking into Victor’s past, trying to uncover a secret about Victor and Hope. But according to the Young and Restless spoilers site, “Adam’s plan to uncover Victor and Hope’s secret from Kansas will backfire with devastating results, after which he will need Chelsea’s support. Victor is willing to go to great lengths to protect his family and company.”

In that light, perhaps Victor’s decision to choose Nick might seem understandable.

What else has Eric Braeden done? 

If people have seen Braeden outside of The Young and the Restless, it’s probably 1997’s Titanic, where he played the real-life character of John Jacob Astor, the richest passenger on the vessel who died during the sinking.

Of his experience making that movie, Braeden said on The Talk, “”It just wasn’t that big enough of a role. I went down the drain in that damn thing. I read about John Jacob Astor before, so this is an interesting fellow.”

His appearances before The Young and the Restless included The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman, and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. He has worked less on other shows in recent years, with his credits including one episode of How I Met Your Mother.