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Jill Farren Phelps, Angelica McDaniel, SONY, Corbin Bernsen Statements On The Passing of Y&R's Jeanne Cooper!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

There are so many tweets, posts, and statements coming in fast and furiously this afternoon at the passing of the legendary Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) of  The Young and the Restless!

Jeanne’s last boss, Jill Farren Phelps, Sony’s Steve Mosko, and CBS’ Angelica McDaniel, along with a family statement from Corbin Bernsen, have released their official statements and sentiments. We now share them with you!

Jill Farren Phelps, the executive producer of The Young and the Restless: “It is with immeasurable sadness and our deepest condolences to her family,  that The Young and the Restless mourns the loss of our beloved Jeanne Cooper.”

Angelica McDaniel Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime,  “Jeanne Cooper was a TV icon who touched millions and will live on in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

Steve Mosko, President of Sony Pictures Television:  “Jeanne Cooper was a legend in daytime and a beloved member of our Y&R family.  She touched the lives of millions, who watched her every day over the past 40 years.  We send our sincerest condolences to her family as we also celebrate her wonderful life.”

Corbin Bernsen family statement: “A beacon of light guiding us all toward humanity, humility, and equality has been extinguished but a shimmer of it will always remain as reminder from her to us all of a kinder world that is here for us each to embrace feed and make flourish in a way her truest work has just begun for us to honor her vision and make that her legacy. One of the last great Broads in our business – Jeanne Cooper (84 years old) – Mom – is now stirring up trouble in great beyond.”

What are your thoughts this afternoon at the passing of this great lady of the soaps? There will never be another one like her!

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JANELLE
JANELLE

So Sad, She will be missed!! May she rest in peace.

CHERYL EDMONDS
CHERYL EDMONDS

IM SO SADDENED. THIS IS A VERY SAD TIME. I PRAY FOR HER FAMILY AND ALL FRIENDS. WE ALL LOVE HER DEARLY.

Anne
Anne

Y&R will never be the same without Jeanne Cooper… she was a legend in her own right and a fantastic actress… she will be greatly missed by all who knew her… family and fans alike!! Praying for GOD to comfort her family in this sad time!!! We love you Mrs. C… R.I.P.

michael.guerrieri
michael.guerrieri

Remember I told you she was not a good producer

Michael
Michael

You can’t stop hating for one day and honor the memory of Jeanne Cooper?

jeff
jeff

So sad I’m heartbroken to learn jeanne has passed away. rip. love you jeanne._

Jonathan
Jonathan

I refute Soap Opera Digest’s immediate (and insensitive) reference to ‘Jeanne Cooper as ex-Katherine’; there will only ever be one Katherine, never to be replaced, only remembered, and forever missed. RIP Jeanne.

Dorothy
Dorothy

Jeanne will be missed, I’ve watched Y&R since they came on, the show will never be the same without Katherine. God Bless her family

Joyce
Joyce

she will be sadly missed. I have watched her since young and restless started. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family, friends and fans. R.I.P Mrs. C, Dutches

Vicki R
Vicki R

So sad that Jeanne has passed. I will miss her on Y&R. My sympathy goes to all her family and friends. God Bless You

Laurinda Thomas
Laurinda Thomas

My prayers are with her family and friends. I must say for most of my adult life she has been a part of it she will be missed

tasneem
tasneem

I will forever miss Jeanne her last scenes broke me everytime she gave an actor advise about their lives in the characters they play her wise words always made me listen stand up and take not. I know we might be sad , but knowing she’s giving orders 2 the big guy upstairs let’s me feel the confort she is pain free xoxo <3 u Jeanne

Tammie Smith
Tammie Smith

So saddened to hear of Mrs. C’s passing today had watched her on Y&R since the very beginning and I feel as though I lost a friend I watched daily on tv!! My thoughts and prayers are with her family as well as the Y&R family. She will truly be missed and noone could ever replace her on the show!! RIP Mrs. C!!!!!!

MJ
MJ

Sail to the heavens Jeanne.

Charles
Charles

We all.pray that she is now comforted in Gods eternal love and peace, may her family be comforted in their giief…pray for them……now and always…..may the Soap family at Y&R find comfort as they mourn, the Icon of Daytime, Jeanne Cooper……..I love her and honor her today, forever.

tracy wilson
tracy wilson

that was my girl she made young and the restless she was the best in the business and the best that ever did it

JudiMD
JudiMD

No words.

Julia S.
Julia S.

I have been a fan of Y&R since the very beginning….why,I even played “hooky” every now and then to watch as a kid. I,among others will miss her greatly. And to reply to Jonathan…YES…THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE KATHERINE~in our hearts. Thoughts and prayers go out to her real family,friends, and fans worldwide. R.I.P. Jeanne/Katherine. I will miss you forever.

Michele OShell
Michele OShell

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. C’s passing!! Have loved her from the very beginning! Such a classy “broad”!! I remember seeing her in an old Twilight Zone! Wasn’t watching the screen but I heard the voice and said that’s Mrs. C! I hope that Corbin will play Kaye’s theme song at her funeral….” I’m gonna live ’til I die”! I remember her singing this many times over the years. It was her mantra! And she did it her way!! She will be greatly missed by all. Jeanne and her family will be in my prayers and may they take comfort in the fact that she is now CEO in HEAVEN Inc. Love you Mrs. C!!

Gayle Grindahl
Gayle Grindahl

RIP you will be missed. CBS, Please DO NOT replace her. She dominated that role and no one can step into her shoes.

Penny
Penny

so sad but she is free to fly with the angels in beautiful Heaven. RIP Mrs. C, you will be missed.

Baybie Scudder
Baybie Scudder

So sad to hear about Jeanne Cooper’s passing! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and her Y&R family as well! Jeanne may you rest in peace! Will be missing you!

Dawn
Dawn

RIP Catherine, the Y & R will not be the same without you.

JG
JG

Soooooooooooo sad, it is like a family member died.

Old Friend
Old Friend

It’s a weird feeling. Started watching from the beginning when I was about 18. I feel like a member of my family or close friend is gone. RIP Jeanne, peace to the family, lucky to have a caring mom.

Karen
Karen

You were a one of a kind. I grew up watching you on The young and the Restless and you WILL be missed Ms. Jeanne Cooper. My prayers to all of your family for they lost an amazing Women. R.I.P

heidi
heidi

So sad… Jeanne you are already missed!!! I love what Corbin has been saying and what he said above. Thank you so much Jeanne for sharing your talent with us all of these years!!! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and I love the notion of her stirring things up in the beyond!!!

Patrick
Patrick

A legend. There are no words.

lisa
lisa

words cannot express how much I loved and will always love Jeanne what an amazing lady so full of spunk,i will deeply miss seeing her great smile on the young and the restless,i have been watching the show for years and the show will never be the same without her,god bless Jeanne and her family peace be with you,lisa

Maureen
Maureen

To the Bernsen Family…I am sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family and know that your mother and grandmother will be sadly missed by her fans and the others that just admired her. She was one of a kind and we will not see too many more like her. May she rest in peace and her family know that she is now in a far
better place with the angels and she will be watching over her family every day!
May God Bless all of you and comfort you in the coming days. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

kalamaty
kalamaty

I was lucky enough to win an autographed copy of Jeanne’s book (from this website… thank you, Michael and Jeanne) and tonight that autograph and book is so powerful now as my family and I – who are 40 year viewers of the show – are absolutely heartbroken at such a tremendous loss. What an incredible human being that Jeanne was! Each and every one of her scenes was so heartfelt…. so visceral. It was as if we were in the same room with her; there was a connection. Her gift of communicating that special something with others was a rare thing. I wish her family and colleagues at Y&R the most sincere condolences. Thank you, Jeanne, for being a constant in our lives and someone that we looked forward to seeing and hearing each and every day.

Sharon
Sharon

May she rest in peace . My prayers go out to her Family and Friends . She was a great actress and will be missed .

Nikki
Nikki

I could not be more upset at the passing of this legend, this incredible woman. I grew up watching Jeanne bring the sass and heart of Katherine to my screen. She was beautiful inside and out and there will never be another one like her.

I will be interested to see what Y&R does now, concerning Katherine. I would assume they will have her pass away, but they better give her the sendoff this character and Jeanne deserves. If ever, now is the time for Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith to pull their heads out of their asses and not drop the ball.

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