Year in and year out, The Young and the Restless (Y&R) is the most successful American daytime drama. Despite its abundance of accolades and screen icons, however, the CBS soap opera has endured its share of troubling reports and real-life dramas. From allegations of misconduct and abuse to co-stars getting into “fisticuffs”, these are bitter altercations from behind the scenes of Y&R!
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12. Eric Braeden Versus Peter Bergman
Let’s start with an infamous one! As the onscreen rivalry between Victor Newman and Jack Abbott reached new heights in 1991, tensions were spilling over between the co-stars in real life. “It is part of our history here,” Bergman told Michael Fairman TV. “Eric and I had a number of problems when I first came here and they climaxed in an ugly situation that Eric wished would never have happened and I certainly could have done without it in my life.”
While both stars remain tight-lipped regarding details about that “ugly situation”, Braeden revealed how they patched things up. “There was a time when I said to Peter, ‘Look, we may not like each other, but we are both good for the show,’” Braeden explained to Soap Opera Digest. “And he, of course, is a bright guy and agreed with me, and we have nothing but respect for each other, but it took a while to get to that point.”