When Peter Bergman celebrated 30 years playing Jack Abbott in 2019, he reflected on his time on the show, as well as that bitter rivalry between Jack and Victor that played out for decades on screen. In fact, Bergman didn’t even realize that he and Eric Braeden were creating legendary enemies.
“I think it snuck up on me,” Bergman told Michael Fairman TV. “Ten years in, I realized, ‘Wait a second, this actually is a rivalry for the ages.’ I knew very early on that Victor Newman’s presence in Jack’s life made Jack a more interesting character. I fully understood that and a great credit to Eric Braeden and what he and I got to establish together. … So, this enduring rivalry is a now part of, I think, television history. I don’t know if there is any rivalry that has lasted this long on one show … ever.”
That “rivalry for the ages” is simmering for now, but it’s something fans have loved to see. While they may be friends now, one incident could put them in enemy camps once again.