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Michael Learned to temporarily replace Jeanne Cooper on The Young and the Restless!

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Courtesy /MLearned

Daytime Emmy award winning actress and soap icon, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) of The Young and the Restless has needed to take a medical leave from the number one soap.  Rest assured, she is OK.  So the show, not to lose any steam with their planned storyline has temporarily recast the legendary Cooper, with none other than Emmy Award winning mom from The Waltons primetime veteran, Michael Learned!!

EW.com learned the news and got an official statement from the series executive producer and head writer, Maria Arena Bell. “Michael Learned is an accomplished actress and we are grateful that she is able to fill in for Jeanne Cooper for this short time  Jeanne is an integral part of our show and we look forward to her imminent return.  We have great storyline coming up for Mrs. Chancellor.”

Learned first tape date is this Wednesday and she will first air on the November 10th episode of the series.  Soap fans will also remember that recently Michael completed a cancer story arc as Shirley on General Hospital!

 

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Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Michael is wonderfully versatile, & she no doubt will bring her own good stuff to the role for the time being, but there always will be only 1 “Kay Chancellor”.

Hurry Back, Jeanne. We Love You! 🙂

Wanda
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Wanda

GMAB! Y&R is not going to lose any steam waiting for Jeanne Cooper to return play her part. I don’t care to see anyone bringing good stuff to the character of Katherine Chancellor because nothing but Jeanne’s stuff can ever be her. What’s the rush in the get to know Devon story? The Y&R cast has so many stories and a cast so large viewers beg to see their favorites. Why not let some others that never get time do something in her absence? Paul, Lauren, Micheal, Jill, Colin, Neil, Nina, Chance, and isn’t Nikki back now?

aria
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aria

i enjoyed her on GH, she’s a great actress.

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

WOW….. this is big news! Wishing Jeanne good luck in her procedure and a speedy recovery! Will be interesting to see what Michael will bring to the role…. she’s definitely an actress of great acclaim. A suprisingly interesting casting choice….. looking forward to seeing her scenes; there will be, of course, only one Mrs. C, though! 🙂 Wishing them both well!

JustSaying
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JustSaying

She would be a good addition to Y&R. If they had a storyline where it was revealed that Tucker is actually someone else’s son – played by Michael Learned – that would be a great turn of events. I don’t like that he is Katherine’s son. That’s one history rewrite I would approve of.

Kelli N.
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Kelli N.

I’ve enjoyed Michael Learned’s acting for years. I’m looking forward to seeing her take on the Kay Chancellor role.

Jim C.
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Jim C.

I wish the best for Mrs Cooper as I have watched this show since its infancy back in 1973 and she has been inspiration to me. I know Mrs Learned will be a excellent stand-in but there will only be one Mrs C and I will look forward to Mrs Coopers return.

Pat M.
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Pat M.

Oh my the Y & R with out Mrs. C. that is going to be hard one to take. Hopefully all goes well with her and she will be back before we miss her. She is one tough lady and I love watching her . Yes Billy & Victoria need to get back together along with Malcolm and Sofia. Neil and Phyllis need to get a life. Love u Mrs. C. and hurry back.

Edna Jackson
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Edna Jackson

Ms. Cooper hope your hiatus will be short. You are a strong lady, wishing you well. Cane should not have to risk his marriage and life for that no account Billy.

jenny
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jenny

She better come back soon or you will lose a viewer.

will s.
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will s.

I was bewildered to watch my dvr of Y&R and to see SOMEONE ELSE playing Katherine!! My first instincts were that Jeanie had taken ill,but was very glad to find that it would only be temporary. Katherine Chancellor is like my Grandmother! I’ve watched Y&R since I could comprehend daytime drama, and there is ONLY ONE Mrs.Katherine Chancellor. Godspeed to you Jeanie Cooper/hope to see YOU back real soon!! … A longtime devoted fan/viewer.

kathy heard
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kathy heard

I have been so worried and now to know that Mrs. C is doing well makes my day. We love you.

JW
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JW

hope all is well with Mrs C.. good match for her

Newelette Stevenson
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Newelette Stevenson

I have watched Y&R since the first show. Mrs.C is the Cake as well as the icing on Y&R! Get well soon Mrs. C!

mikeesralian
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mikeesralian

I hope Mrs C is not getting another face lift. She has cut away enough skin to make another person. Her face is tighter than the bark of a tree as it is. Let it sag baby, you are older than Mathusala so let your age shine baby. We will love you all the same you sassy old timer. And hurry back! The show needs you.

becky sprayberry
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becky sprayberry

just wanted to let jeanie cooper know that we miss her and hope she gets to feeling better soon.

irene
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irene

No one will ever replace Mrs. C. I love her . For a old women she still has a memory, and still active. Many people her age could not do what she does. I am proud of her. Keep it up. I wish her only health and happiness in the New Year. Especially health. Without health you have nothing. Love u

Rita
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Rita

No one can replace the real Katherine Chancellor. While the stand-in is a nice person (loved her on her previous show) but the feel is definitely not the same. I have to stop all the time and think how the “real” Katherine would be saying things to even get the feel of Katherine talking. Sorry……….the feeling is not close to the same. She does not have the fire, passion, tanasity and etc. that the original brings to the show.

K.P.
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K.P.

When Michael speaks, I see Mrs. C…THAT role is irreplaceable! Hurry back Mrs. C!

LA Turnbow
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LA Turnbow

NO One can replace Mrs.Chancellor or Victor Newman. I’m glad she is ok, but I do look forward to her coming back. She and Victor are ICONS No One can replace. I doubt I would ever watch the show if they were to leave.I have watched The Young and Restless since it was first televised.

MUCH LOVE TO ALL The Cast!

CeCe
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CeCe

Sorry, but Michael is NOT cutting it as Mrs. C. I’m pretty open to most new cast members, but although I like Michael, it doesn’t take a genius to realize she just doesn’t fit the bill.

I’m looking forward to the the return of Jeanne Cooper. I wish you the best Jeanne, stay strong and come back soon, we miss you!

K.P.
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K.P.

Shes not fitting the bill because we loved her as Momma Walton and NOT Mrs. C! If she were a no name it would have been a better choice! We wouldn’t compare so hard! HURRY BACK Mrs. C!!!

Soapie
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Soapie

I love you Y&R and Mrs. C. can’t wait for her return. I loved the Waltons too — regarding M. Learned (grew up with both shows). Wish you all the best:0)

TracyC
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TracyC

I love you and am looking forward till you get back to where you belong. You are the one and only Mrs. C..
I miss your feisty self ((hugs))

TracyC
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TracyC

I love you and am looking forward till you get back to where you belong. You are the one and only Mrs. C..
I miss your feisty self

TracyC
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TracyC

I love you and am looking forward till you get back to where you belong. You are the one and only Mrs. C..

Crystal
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Crystal

I can not wait for your return . I am really missing you.!!!!

MSunshineinOB
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MSunshineinOB

Micheal Learned is a wonderful actress. In this role she does not hold a candle to Jeanne Cooper. She is not coming across as the wealthy upscale resident of Genoa City. Frankly I do not know of anyone who could take this role. Jeanne is irreplaceable. I wish you the very best Jeanne and hope you are getting better each day. I am a faithful Y & R fan and you are what keeps the show going. I look forward every day to your return. Mrs. C. is #1 all the way around. I miss you. Marsha

jeannette
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jeannette

yes, mrs .c. I will always.miss you,been following your carree for many years.You are my best actress. get well soon, and hurry back I miss you.

jeannette
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jeannette

miss you mrs. c

miss patsy
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miss patsy

I wish this show would not be so much a Sex in the City, all they do is have sex, Phyllis and Sharon are nothing but sluts…Men do not watch Y&R like women so why so much low terrible clothes. Sharron is always in bed with someone.

Jo Stasi
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Jo Stasi

We love you Jeanne & hope to see you soon.

K.P.
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K.P.

YOU Mrs. C are the ONLY one who can fill these shoes..(Michael is good temporarily but….) They are TOO big for anyone else! We miss your feistyness, your candor, your wit and charm! Heres hoping whatver procedure your having done goes well, and your recovery is swift! We miss you like no other… Hurry back!

Lora Lupis
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Lora Lupis

It was so difficult to watch the show without you! Jeannie Cooper

I have been watching Y&R for 20 years and you have always been my favorite actress

Happy to see you back! Please stay Healthy- we missed you!

A Long Time Loyal Fan-Lora

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kimberly
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kimberly

Mrs. C your are deeply missed and cannot wait for your return to the show. It’s not just the same without you, God Bless and get well soon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All My Children

Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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John Cena Sets World Record After Granting 650th Wish for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

There is nobody more requested at the Make-A-Wish Foundation than John Cena. The 16-time WWE wrestling champ-turned-actor for years has granted the wishes of children with critical illnesses for the non-profit foundation.

Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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