The role of Katherine Chancellor will not be recast on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” Jeanne Cooper, the actress who portrayed the iconic character, died last week after a brief illness.
Jeanne Cooper will be honored and remembered with a special hour long tribute episode, but the character will not be recast, TV Guide reported on May 13. Until Cooper’s death can be written into the script, “The Young and the Restless” will mention that Katherine is on vacation with her husband Murphy.
“The Young and the Restless” writers expect to address the death of Katherine Chancellor sometime in July, as the soap films approximately six weeks in advance. It is expected that Katherine Chancellor’s death will have a huge impact on the citizens of Genoa City.
The character Katherine Chancellor was the glue that kept “The Young and the Restless” together. She was best friends with John Abbott, portrayed by Jerry Douglas. Katherine was also best friends with Victor Newman and Victor’s wife Nikki. Katherine was Nikki’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor who kept Nikki Newman sober for over 20 years.
Corbin Bernsen, Cooper’s real life son, is scheduled to return as Father Todd Williams at a later date and will participate with other “Y&R” cast members in the special tribute special that will air on Tuesday May, 28 are:
- Jess Walton (Jill Fenmore Abbott)
- Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman)
- Eric Braeden (Victor Newman)
- Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott)
- Doug Davidson (Paul Williams)
- Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin)
- Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman)
- Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters)
- Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore Baldwin)
- Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott)
- Michael Fairman (Murphy)
- Jerry Douglas (former John Abbott)
Stephen Nichols (ex-Tucker McCall) and Beau Kazer (ex-Brock Reynolds) who portrayed Katherine Chancellor’s sons have not yet confirmed if they will return for the tribute.
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