By now viewers of The Young and the Restless are well aware of the fact that grande dame Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) is fond of young Daniel Romalotti, Jr. (Michael Graziadei), due in part to his relationship with her good buddy Amber (Adrienne Frantz). Kay and Daniel have an even greater reason to be close. She was married to the ever-struggling artist’s late grandfather, Rex Sterling (Quinn Redeker), hell Kay even put the boy’s aunt and father in her will! READ MORE
Peter Bergman took a trip down memory lane with On Air On Soaps' Michael Fairman to commemorate his 20 years as Smilin' Jack Abbott and reveals which daytime ladies help facilitate his move to Genoa City.
MICHAEL: Right. So you could make this your own. Do you remember the events that got you to this coveted role in Genoa City?
PETER: My job at All My Children came to a sudden end. I think everyone was as surprised as I was. The best monitor of that is the fact that every soap magazine had me on the cover that week saying, “OMG! OMG! All My Children let Peter Bergman go!” Now, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) was traveling with her husband Ed Scott, who was our executive producer at the time, in Canada. She pulled out an issue of Soap Opera Digest with me on the cover of it saying, “We let Peter Bergman go,” and she thought, “We have been looking for a Jack Abbott. This is Jack Abbott,” she said to Ed. So Ed came back home and the first I heard of it was through my agent. He said, “We just heard from Y&R and they wanted to know how tall you are.” And I said, “That is insane! Don’t even return that call. What do you mean how tall I am? They can figure that out.” It really bothered me. Then they called another time and asked if I would be OK replacing someone. I was on All My Children and replacing someone was shear death, and it never worked on All My Children. We have never had a recast that really sustained and frankly, I was just finishing a soap and my wife was eight months pregnant. I thought, “No, I do not want to do this!” Y&R called a third time and it kind of coincided with some bad financial news I got. I thought I should at least go out to LA and audition for this thing. So, leaving my wife behind, her due date was a week away, I thought, it would be just my luck. I will be in Los Angeles where I don’t want to live, and replacing somebody which I don’t want to do, and it’s on a soap, and I don’t know if I want to do another one. So, I audition on a Friday, and they said they were going to get back to me within the next two weeks. On Monday, Ed Scott called to say I got the job. Then Maryellen and I sat there and literally wept. We loved New York! We just bought the apartment next door. We were going to adjoin the two as we were expecting a baby any minute and this was going to be cataclysmic in our lives. It was all the wrong things. So the answer to your question is; I was dragged out kicking and screaming to the best thing that ever happened to me.
Billy Miller chats with Peter Bergman about his 20th anniversary at The Young and the Restless. You have to love Miller's statement at the 1:38 mark! Meanwhile is it me or does Bergman still look the same today as he did when he strolled on Y&R's set 20 years ago? Watch the clip after the jump. READ MORE
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly to commemorate his 20 years at The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman sounds off on Eric Braeden's recent paycut drama.
Eric Braeden has been very vocal about his recent salary negotiations, especially about how he was being told to take a pay cut – or else. Had you experienced the same type of negotiation?
Everybody on this show was asked to share in some of the burden and Eric was no exception.
Did you really expect that Eric was going to leave?
There were days that we all thought he was going to be gone. In the end it was fighting with a corporation, and the corporation was going to win. It wasn’t whether or not they were going to fold. It was always whether or not Eric was going to agree to come back for a lesser salary.