Daytime legend Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) of The Young and the Restless was MIA for awhile, and fans grew even more concerned when Katherine did not show up to her BFF’s Nikki Newman’s 9Melody Thomas Scott) wedding to Victor on Monday’s episode of the number one soap!
However according to TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan in a new interview with Jeanne, the 84-year-old Daytime Emmy winner was sidelined with the flu which caused her to miss work for awhile, but all is now fine!
Jeanne chatted with TVG about Y&R’s 40th, the gaggle of new hotties in Genoa City, and the mysterious condition that seems to have Katherine forgetting things, which Jeanne clearly in the interview points out … is not Alzheimer’s Disease, nor would she ever play it. Here is an excerpt below!
Jeanne on how she was not happy with the strange onset of symptoms Katherine experienced, and that if it did turn out that they gave Mrs. C. Alzheimer’s she would quit the show: “The writers want you to think it’s Alzheimer’s and it’s driving the audience crazy. It’ll turn out to be a benign something or other. But if it was Alzheimer’s, I wouldn’t have played it … Nobody wants to see that. Y&R is an hour of escape and relief for people. That’s what’s kept it on the air 40 years! The audience wants Katherine vibrant. They want to see her kicking ass. I’ve worked hard for that. There was a barrage of concern as soon as Katherine started forgetting things and misplacing things. Then I got one script where she was supposed to be seen reading a pamphlet about Alzheimer’s. (Head writer) Josh Griffith came rushing into my dressing room all breathless, saying, “Don’t worry, it’s not what you think! It only looks like Katherine has Alzheimer’s.” I said, “I’m not worried. You don’t think I’d do an Alzheimer’s story, do you? You’d have to get somebody else.”
What do you think is wrong with Mrs Chancellor? Do you agree with Jeanne’s thoughts on the fans not wanting to see Katherine deal with the struggles of Alzheimer’s? Weigh-in!