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Y&R's Jess Walton Interview: The Passing of Jeanne Cooper, Their Final Scenes & The Loss of a Friend!

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The death last week of The Young and the Restless’ Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) shook the daytime landscape in numerous ways: from cast mates losing a beloved friend and scene-partner, to the enormity of what Jeanne meant to the CBS soap’s legacy, and to the millions of fans she touched worldwide with her performances on-screen, and her humor and compassion off-camera.  Many of Jeanne’s triumphs and personal struggles were recently detailed in her memoir, Not Young Still Restless, which came out in 2012.

However, when you think of Jeanne and Katherine Chancellor on Y&R, you cannot help but stop and recall her epic battles with her long time, beloved scene-partner and dear friend, Jess Walton (Jill Foster Abbott). As Katherine and Jill, they were the number-one daytime drama’s true super couple; always bickering, but often times finding a way to love each other through all that they had put each other through.

On-Air On-Soaps spoke to Jess Walton yesterday in an emotional, impactful, and at times difficult interview, where she shared her thoughts on the loss of the soap opera icon, and scene partner.  Jess does provide insight into the final scenes between the two of them, which aired on May 3rd, and what she will hold dear in her heart about what made Jeanne so unique, and one hell of a dame!  Here is Jess on the passing of Mrs. C.

Jess, everyone has been re-watching what are now Jeanne’s final Y&R scenes, and they were fittingly with you.  Jeanne clearly was not well at the time the episode was shot.  How was it that day to film those scenes?  What can you share with us?

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JESS:  She was not well.  She was in a lot pain, and we had been in the dressing room all day hanging out and talking.  I had a virus so I wasn’t well either, and Jeanne would give me her oxygen in that cannula thing, and we would take turns with it. We would do lines with Michael Fairman (Murphy) who was in there, and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) and Greg Rikaart (Kevin) came in.  It was like it always was in Jeanne’s dressing room.   It was like a party atmosphere.  It was like making work fun.  And even with her not feeling so well, never did her sense of humor flag for a second.  She was always, always, fun and joyous.

Looking back now, those scenes carry so much weight in the ongoing relationship of Katherine and Jill, and more importantly, Jeanne and Jess.

JESS:  Doing those scenes on the soundstage, it was very much about Jeanne and Jess, rather than Katherine and Jill, in a way.  We are so blended with our characters after all these years.  I was so grateful that they had written a scene where it let me express how I was feeling, instead of being the Jill that was always stirring up things.  They let me sit down and say to her, “This is why I am so hurt by what you have done.”  And then when I saw nothing was going to change, Jess/Jill got concerned that Kay was getting tired and that is when we decided for her to go upstairs.  And every step Jeanne played on that stairway was just pure genius.  I am so grateful that, that happened.  It wasn’t planned.  It all came together, so, so well.  She played it for all its worth.

Did Jeanne add the line “Goodnight” to Jill, as has been reported, as her final Y&R piece of dialogue?

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JESS:  I can’t remember, but I know my line was “Do you want my help? Are you alright?”  And she said, “No.”   That was something, wasn’t it?  And that was the last time I saw Jeanne, too.  She came down the stairs when we were done taping, and she had her wheelchair there.  That was the last time I saw her, because I had a virus and I could not take it to her while she was sick in the hospital.  In a way, I am kind of glad.  You don’t want to see somebody you love suffering.

And we all now have our memories with Jeanne…whether we saw her at the end, or we didn’t.

JESS:   There is much more than just the physical.  The physical is just the body.  I believe she knows what’s going on.  I believe we are as close as ever.

That final moment when you look up the stairs as Katherine goes up to bed was amazing.  Did you watch the final scene between you and Jeanne?

JESS:   I did see it, and I saw it when she was still alive.  I have not seen it since she passed away.  But it would probably kill me, if I did see it.

And we have heard now from Y&R powers-that-be, that this was not to be Jeanne’s final episodes, is that true?

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JESS:  Absolutely, it wasn’t.  It wasn’t written that way.  It just worked out that way, which is amazing, I know.

You and Jeanne are, if not number one, one of the true all-time soap supercouples!  It must be amazing to know that you will always have that recognition, and heartbreaking now all at the same time.

JESS: (in tears) It was amazing that we were, and now there is no couple.  I really think it’s hitting me slowly and gradually.  Most of the time I am so celebratory of how incredible she was, and is, and I don’t know if I even believe in death.  I don’t really go to the sad place, and it’s even surprised me that I have been so aware of the glory of her, rather than going to the sad place that she is gone.  The partnership is over, and it hadn’t hit me till now.

Do you remember when you first came on to Y&R and replaced Brenda Dickson in the role of Jill?  How was Jeanne to you when you first arrived on set? 

JESS:  She was fantastic!  Jeanne was always great, and she taught me that. When somebody comes on to Y&R it’s not easy.  It’s hard to walk into that family and everyone being so tight.  And most people are so good about opening their arms and welcoming people, and considering how she loved Brenda Dickson, I really think it’s to Jeanne’s credit that she was so good to me.  She did her very best to bring me up to speed on the relationship between Katherine and Jill.  She was fabulous!

There is so much now being said about Jeanne … that she was one of the most giving people, and she could also be very cantankerous and feisty, which are just a few adjectives to describe her.

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JESS:  She was very feisty and she could be very cantankerous, of course!  We can all be judgmental.  She could be all those things.  She was nothing, if not human.  Jeanne had all those sides to her.  She could be kind as could be.  She could be bitchy, as we all can, and we are actors, too!  We have got all these emotions sort of swirling around that are at our fingertips and very accessible to us.  Jeanne ran the gamut of all of them!  But Jeanne really was somebody with a huge, huge heart, and huge sense of humor.  She had a huge sense of humanity.  It was always really hard for me to cry, and it was always really easy for me to fight as an actress.  But one day, when I told Jeanne it was hard for me to cry, she said, “Here’s an exercise: when you want to cry, pretend you are anything.  Pretend you are that doorknob there!”  She went to this whole thing about, “Here I am. Sitting on this door all day and people come up and grab me.”   And she became the doorknob and started to cry! (Laugh)  But it was amazing!  But what I mean by all this is, she was able to put herself in somebody else’s place.  I think that is incredibly important for an actor.

The partnership you shared with Jeanne, as Katherine and Jill, spanned decades. They went from mortal enemies to becoming biological mother/daughter, which Jeanne disliked, and then they unraveled that.  What did you think of the twist and turns in the journey of these two strong women of Genoa City?

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JESS:  That story went on for so long, and at the beginning it was so antagonistic.  And then the love would kind of creep in for a while, and then when the mother/daughter thing happened, there was a lot of love, and then it got really complicated.  It just had its own little arc, that story, and then at the end the love kept coming through more and more, at least with Jill.  In the last scenes there was a lot love there.  It was a good culmination of the whole thing.

What is your greatest takeaway of your time with Jeanne?

JESS:   Well, my greatest acting partner of my life is now gone.  She is just irreplaceable.  I love her, she was my friend, and she meant so many things to me.

Did you read Jeanne’s memoir, Not Young, Still Restless?  If so, what did you think of it?

JESS:  I loved her book.  It was very much in her own voice, because Lindsay Harrison (co-writer) knew her so well.  I think what is so weird for both of us, Michael, is in my own spiritual belief I believe there is a thin line between life and death.  It’s so very hard for me to grieve her right now, because she is still very much with me.

What do you think Jeanne’s legacy is on The Young and the Restless?

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JESS: Her work stands for itself.  That is her legacy, and the love she gave to her fans means she will be forever in so many people’s hearts.  She shaped Y&R, for God sakes! Her stamp is all over this show.

And those catfights that they would often time force you to do! (Laughs) I felt so bad for you and Jeanne, because as much as we all loved to see Katherine and Jill and another catfight break out, you never knew whether they would make the two sling wedding cake at each other, or God knows what! (Laughs)

JESS:  I know! Two grown women are going to go at it again?  Oh, my God! And then we would try to figure out how to make it different every time.  (Laughs)

I often thought, “What if Jess hurts Jeanne during one of those classic Katherine and Jill catfights?”

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JESS:  I always tell this story, how I always try to be so careful with and around Jeanne, and she is clobbering me! (Laughs)  Oh, she was the best, and it’s devastating.  I have nothing but love for her.

So Y&R fans, what do you think about the heartfelt sentiments shared by Jess Walton on Jeanne Cooper? Was there ever a couple more dynamic than Jess and Jeanne on-screen? What do you think about Jess’s comments on Jeanne and her final scenes?  Share your comments below with us.

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Mo
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Mo

Wonderful remembrances. Jeanne could say so much by saying nothing at all.

Wendelyn Sullivan
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Wendelyn Sullivan

I thought that they could be mortal enemies at times, and then have each other’s backs at others. They were there for one another, if they needed the person . They were dramatic, they were heartbreaking at times, they were funny as well. They were loving. They had a special bond,a friendship. They were like no other.. I will miss Jeanne/Katherine. She is irreplacable.She touched everyone’s hearts. She was loved..

tasneem
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tasneem

Excellent interview Michael love Jess and Jeanne gonna miss the dynamic duo. RIP Jeanne miss u girl

Dinah
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Dinah

Great interview Michael

LisaJ
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LisaJ

Great interview. I really feel for her (and the rest of the cast) but especially for Jess. She’s lost her “partner in crime”. Her grief just leaps off the page. I mean screen.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

It’s incredibly sad that Jeanne is gone, but wonderful to know that Jess is coping and doing well. Thank you for the interview. Dear God in Heaven; I’m going to miss the two of them on screen together. 🙁 So looking forward to the tribute show on the 28th and what Kay’s death will mean for the GC canvas. God speed, Jeanne, and thank you.

DakotaCelt
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DakotaCelt

Beautiful remembrances… They were pure gold to watch onscreen..

Their appreciation for one another as friend and actor could be seen on screen, it showed. Jeanne will be missed…

heidi
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heidi

Fantastic interview Michael… as always! Love the Katherine and Jill relationship and will miss Jeanne very much. Y&R lost a great talent and yet we have so many memories.

Mary Anne Lawless
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Mary Anne Lawless

I loved these women together and I am so sorry for Jess’s loss. The story line with Kay turning out to be Jill’s mother was so amazing to me because at the same time I was making contact with my own birth mother. I, along with millions of fans will miss Jeanne so much. Her personality shone through and we loved her.

Jamie cook
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Jamie cook

what a beautiful interview. I have watched for years because of the Jill and Katherine relationship. I loved when they were mother/daughter. I feel there is a fine line btwn love/hate and these 2 ladies played it to the hilt! Jess, i feel your hurt, i feel your love, admiration and gratefulness to God for having your paths cross with such a force of nature. She touched your life and you’ll never forget it.

Penny
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Penny

The love between Jeanne and Jess is so evident in this interview. One thing that stands out to me, is how sick Jeanne must have been there taping, is she was on oxygen and in a wheelchair while still working. What a ultimate trooper she was. I will miss her alot.

Jorpa
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Jorpa

I’m in tears. Again. The best supercouple of all.

Lamont
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Lamont

This was a wonderful interview! It was so good so good so wonderful to hear Jess Walton do this interview about the late Jeanne Cooper! I know this was not easy for her! May God give you strength Ms. Jess Walton and the whole entire cast of Y&R!

juliet
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juliet

Jeanne will be truly missed .I had the honour of meeting her a few years ago and what a down to earth woman she was .Miss you and the show will never be the same with out you

Khanh
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Khanh

That was beautiful! Their relationship was one of a kind! I was in tears reading this! Jeanne will be missed!!

Loddie
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Loddie

This interview was so beautiful. When I watched that last episode, it was as thought Jeanne knew that she was not coming back and was saying “Goodbye” and not “Goodnight” to Jill and Jess and the same time. The looks on both their faces was so sad , emotional and final. It will be a long time before I will be able to get over the devastation that I feel right now. Can’t help the tears right now as I am writing this. I hurt so much for all of us, who lost Jeanne ,the family and cast members, but… Read more »

Debra Salamone
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Debra Salamone

My heart goes out to Jess they were like soul mates, I feel as tho I lost my best friend as well. Jess your interview made me cry all over again, as I did on that Friday when Mrs. C said GOODBUY to you on the stairway something came over me I had a bad feeling that would be her last scene for Y&R…But she will never be forgotten…… Thank you for sharing Jess….<3

LINDA WHARTON
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LINDA WHARTON

WHAT A GREAT INTERVIEW..YOU WERE THE BEST BOTH OF YOU..I.. THANK U FOR ALL THE MEMORIES..TAKE CARE…

margaret gunning
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margaret gunning

I think Jill s comment to Catherine was heart warming offering Catherine help to climb the steps, I love that sceen, so amazing where the 2 actresses! I love you so much rest in peace Jeanne cooper!

jon
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jon

Yes, there was a more dynamic pairing: Brenda and Jeanne.

Simi
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Simi

Wow! That was a good interview. I agree with another poster, I hope they focus on the true love Jill had for Katherine when it comes time for them to write in the death. I want Jill to properly grieve and not act out and be angry over something Katherine did. I do not want the predictable will-reading where she angers Jill over not leaving her anything significant. In a way, I would not mind having Nina back full-time to have her and Jill form a similar relationship as the Katherine/Jill dynamic.

MJ
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MJ

How wonderful that Jess had such a friend and work mate. She has been very lucky to work with such a force of nature. Thank you Jess for sharing your thoughts on your friend.

Susie Mielke
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Susie Mielke

My heart breaks for Jess. I loved watching them on screen. They were so real and endlessly
entertaining. I was devastated to learn of her passing so I can’t imagine what Jess is going
through. My husband caught her last scenes on Y&R and asked how old she was. A couple
of days later she was gone. He saw the news on the internet and said weren’t wwe just talking
about her. Thank you for all your kind words and may God Bless you.

Beacon
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Beacon

When Jeanne died, my mind automatically went to the Jills – Brenda Dickson & Jess Walton. These are the three who gave Y&R it’s strongest and most enduring storyline to date. In that sense, they effectively are responsible for the show’s success in turn.

jon
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jon

Oops, we seem to be constantly forgetting Deborah Adair.

Susan
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Susan

I think the interview was fantastic Several years ago Jill and Kathrine had a fight and Katherine said ( not worded exactly right) “How can you be so sure that you are right?” and Jill said (This is a quote) ” It is as plain as the wrinkles on your face” My friend have said that line to each other many, many times over the years and we still think it is one of most outstanding lines in daytime !!

Kristen
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Kristen

Such a wonderful interview. It’s sad to know Jeanne was struggling so much right up to that last scene- the wheelchair and oxygen. 🙁 I love that the “Goodnight” was ad-libbed, and I love that her final scene was with Jess, just as it should have been.

Michael, I’d love to heard from Stephen Nichols about Jeanne. He loved and respected her so much and vice versa. I’m so happy Y&R included him in the tribute to her. Would it be possible for you to reach out to Stephen for an interview?

Doe
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Doe

Michael, this is one of your most poignant and loving interviews. You were very fortunate to have been a close friend of Jeanne. I know you miss her, too. But, great memories can be very healing. Jeanne will be so missed. She had the world whirl around her on Y&R. She was the kingpin or Queenpin of that show. There will always be a space in the script for her. Lovely interview, Michael……

alesha o l
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alesha o l

I knew my throat will swell, my eyes would well, when we heard from Jess..watching those 2 together was heaven & hell* that they gave each other..sheer delight for us fans!! Love & prayers to Jess,& the rest of the cast, crew,..they are hurting, missing loving Miss Jeanne even more than we, the fans..

Teri
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Teri

Beautiful and heartwarming interview Michael. So many times we see the drama play out on twitter between actors. It’s no secret there are egos at YR. It’s so refreshing to know these two ladies loved and respected each other. JC was more than a daytime legend, she was pure hollywood and it’s obvious her core values and work ethic stood for something on that set. Pity there aren’t more like her. I adore Jess Walton and it’s my fervent wish that she will be moved front and center to carry on JC’s legacy in front of and behind the camera.… Read more »

peggy woodare
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peggy woodare

loved the interview and love jess and the great miss C… RIP… our love goes with you…

Blake
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Blake

Wonderful interview!

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Michael, that interview was flawless! Y&R cast will be a long time recovering from the loss of the beloved “Mrs. C”. Jeanne was the consummate actor, being able to walk up those stairs while at the same time requiring oxygen and a wheelchair! There has never been a more beautifully coifed, perfectly manicured, dazzlingly bejeweled and impeccably tailored divain all of daytime—and there never will be. RIP Jeanne Cooper. You will be missed forever by your faithful Y&R fans.

carolyn blanchard
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carolyn blanchard

Many years ago, when I was working for Eastern Airlines reservations, I got a call from Jeanne Cooper. She was calling to make her airline reservation to go back to LAX from SAT. I immediately recognized her voice and told her how big a fan I was. She was so gracious to me and took the time to talk to me about what she was doing in SAT and was so down to earth. I never forgot that conversation and how interesting it was. She was truly an amazing person. I really loved her on YR and will truly miss… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

I watched the tribute today .. I really wish they would have showed more classic Mrs Chancellor.. I really felt for her castmates. I hope Y and R do the right thing when it comes time to deal with Mrs Chancellor’s death, and bury her on the estate next to her beloved Phillip.. then fade to black and let it be the end of Y and R.. I don’t know how it can go on without Jeanne Cooper. I will forever love the scenes between her and the original Jill.

Mary
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Mary

It would not be a bad thing if Y&R was ended after Katherine’s burial. I still watch Y&R, but it is no longer the same, and I doubt that I would miss it. I loved the character of Katherine Chancellor. She carried the show. So feisty and spirited she was, and such a good friend to the other characters. She could be gruff and tough, but she had a heart of gold.

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k/kay

Mary the soul of the show is gone that is for sure I watched the lovely well done tribute then pulled the show off my DVR. The feel of the show is gone I had a glimmer of hope knowing JC was still with us but when she took so very ill I prepared myself. What upsets me most is if JFP could get away with it she would have Steve Burton’s character take over the mansion. I really felt sorry for Jess and Eric Braden at the tribute you could really tell her death took it’s toll on them.

k/kay
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k/kay

I think I spelled EB”s last name wrong sorry!

Mary
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Mary

I almost hope as well that Y&R ends after the burial of Katherine. To me, the show is no longer the same. I loved the character of Katherine Chancellor. She was such a major part of the show. So feisty and spirited she was, and a grandmother figure for the other characters. Like the loyal friend she was, she would tell it like it is, whether or not you wanted to hear it, but in a caring and loving way. She could be gruff and hard at times, but she had a heart of gold.

RonJess
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RonJess

you can fell Jess waltons love for her…i can tell she will miss her as we all will…there will never be another “couple” like these 2….miss u MS Cooper…

Harlee
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Harlee

This was an AWESOME interview…Thank You! Love Jess and she is most important to the show right now to carry on Jeanne’ legacy story of “Katherine Chancellor”…. is no other but Jill Foster…..

Sandie Schwarz
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Sandie Schwarz

Wonderful interview! I’ve followed the Young and the Restless since it began…with Jeanne’s passing, I feel, as everyone does, a great loss…

Anthony Piazza
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Anthony Piazza

Great interview Michael. If anyone was more fitting to interview about Jeanne, it would be Jess. I think, they as well as the fans, kind of had a sense that the last scene between Jeanne and Jess would be the last one. That’s why Jeanne gave her “good night” to Jill; sort of felt like a good bye to us all. Jess’s goodbye at the end of the tribute spoke not only for her, but for all of us.

Mary
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Mary

I honestly did not pick up on that vibe that so many other viewers did that it was her last scene when she turned to say “good night” to Jill. I thought that Jill was merely concerned about Katherine climbing upstairs on her own after coming home after her surgery. Also, she had said that she felt ten years younger, and that she was back in full force. I thought at the time how wonderful it was that she was coming back to her vibrant self. Little did I suspect the sad news of her death a week later.

Chris
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Chris

Nice interview,I have always liked Jess Walton’s portrayal of Jill,no matter how mad she made you.The same goes for Jeanne Cooper. She is leaving a lot of heavy hearts at Y&R.I saw the tribute to her ,and thought it was nice. Also the last scene she did with Jess was beatiful and sad at the same time. Good night Katherine ,Rest in Peace Jeanne. We well all miss you.

Connie
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Connie

What a very heart-felt and truly toughing interview Jess Walton’s words about Jeanne Copper was amazing you could tell how very much she enjoyed working with Jeanne she was a fantastic actress and to the very end always seemed so cheerful Jeanne may now Rest In Eternal Peace with our Lord God Bless the entire cast and crew of the Y&R during this most difficult time and God Bless Jeanne’s family May God give them comfort and peace

Sally
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Sally

Thank you for this interview. In just a few short weeks May 8, 2014 will be here, one whole year without Jeanne Cooper. I miss her a lot. I have said many times to Jess Walton that both her and Jeanne Cooper have always been my favorite actresses on Y&R. The awesome friendship they both shared is very special. To have that closeness is a gift to cherish. As a fan of Y&R I hold dearly the memories of Jeanne Cooper delivering great performances continually on a daily basis. Jess Walton and Jeanne Cooper will always be linked in character… Read more »

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News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

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The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

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