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Eric Braden Shoots Down Rumors He Got Michael Muhney Fired

“Young & The Restless” soap opera star Michael Muhney shocked viewers and fans when he took to his Twitter towards the end of 2013 to confirm that he’d been fired from the show.

Muhney, who played Adam Newman during his 5-year stint on the show, has since been making his media rounds and suggesting that his veteran co-star Eric Braden aka “Victor Newman” was partly to blame for his holiday pink-slip.

Papa Newman initially remained silent as his on-screen son continued with the allegations, but he’s now spoken out to Radar Online to shut down his on-screen youngin.’

via Radar Online

The cast and crew of hit soap The Young & The Restless are in turmoil, in the wake of star Michael Muhney being fired for allegedly groping the breasts of his costar Hunter King multiple times.

Now, in an unprecedented move, veteran actor Eric Braeden — best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap since 1980 — has come forward exclusively to RadarOnline.com in a bid to set the record straight about rumors that he played a role in the termination of Muhney, 38.

RadarOnline.com: Sources have told Radar that your relationship with Michael Muhney was contentious at times. Why was it?

Eric Braeden: I welcomed Michael Muhney when he came here. He is a great actor. We did have our differences, but for anyone to say that I had him fired is a lie. I have always thought he was a very good actor and told him so. Towards the end, Muhney and I did have our differences and had a shouting match, no question.

During that shouting match, all kinds of things were said. I won’t go into detail about it. I don’t remember the specifics of who said what but what I do recall is that I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth. That is about as far as I will go. That is it. It was a campaign to get me off the show. It was Muhney who wanted to get me off the show and he expressed that to various people.

Radar: Why did he want you off the show?

EB: He wanted me off the show because he wanted to be head honcho. In his words, I was the old lion and he was the young lion. I welcomed that guy, as I said. (I told him), ‘You are very good at what you do, keep your nose clean and stay out of everyone else’s business and just do your job.’

Radar: Was Michael Muhney his own worst enemy?

EB: Yes, of course. 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.

Radar: What did you think about Michael’s comments to the Huffington Post?

EB: He is a very good actor and should keep his mouth shut. I don’t need to listen to the drivel that comes out of that person’s mouth.

If there are any truth as to the allegations that got him fired, then this dude dug his own grave.

From the sounds of things, “Adam Newman” is just as much of a mess in real life as he was on the show!  You can check out the full interview with Eric Braden HERE.

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