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    In our 'The Young and the Restless' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Y&R 41st Anniversary Cake Party.

    Wednesday, March 26 2014


    41 years (Deanna Barnert)
    "We're here, we're still standing and we're still on top of the heap!"

    The "Y&R" stars, staff and crew had a lot to celebrate on Tuesday, March 24. Not only did the daytime drama turn 41, but it kicked off the new year with a three-year pick up and yet another week as the #1 daytime drama.

    "We're here, we're still standing and we're still on top of the heap," Kristoff St. John (Neil) cheered.

    Just about the whole cast showed up for the celebratory cake-cutting, which took place on stage 43 of CBS Television City, where the "Y&R" magic happens. The event started outside with a patio lunch, before moving on-stage for a speech from the head honchos, Sony's Steve Kent and "Y&R" Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps.

    "Why, you ask, is this the number one daytime drama for 25 years?" Phelps demurred. "Look around at all the incredibly talented people who have graced this stage!"

    Phelps went on to rave about the cast, "from the legacies to the newbies;" applaud the "unsung heroes" behind the scenes and give props to the show's co-creators, Lee Phillip Bell and the late Bill Bell.

    "Thank you for giving birth to a show that has such remarkably good genes that it continues to thrive and prosper 41 years later," Phelps said to Bell, who was in attendance.


    Portrait of a selfie. (Deanna Barnert)
    Then it was time to take official photos, snap selfies, eat cake and rev up for a new year in Genoa City.

    As fans know, the "Y&R" 40th anniversary brought big story and great ratings, but it also came with the loss of Jeanne Cooper (ex-Katherine) and some soaptastic behind the scenes drama.

    "This is probably the greatest title change on the show, in a long time," Peter Bergman (Jack) notes. "Jeanne Cooper, Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis), Billy Miller (ex-Billy) and Michael Muhney (ex-Adam) -- that's four principle characters out the door! How does a show regroup? I'm seeing signs that people are thinking smartly. I see hints of where they're going, and it looks promising."

    "We're in a good place," Daniel Goddard (Cane) agreed. "This, 41, feels very stable. We just got the three-year pickup. Our ratings are up. The cast and crew have a phenomenal rapport with each other -- the writers, production staff, everybody. The big family's very tight. 41 years is special. It's cool."

    Everyone was in great spirits, naturally, and ready for more juicy onscreen drama, including Amelia Heinle (Victoria).

    "I'm so happy we're around and hope we stay around for 15 more years. 20? I could keep going," she quipped.

    Happy Anniversary "Y&R"! For now we have you through the 2017 season, but here's to many more years of drama to come after that.

    Go back in time with Soaps.com's Y&R 41st anniversary factoids.

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    - Deanna Barnert


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Lib Hartford at Thursday, March 27 2014 12:28 AM

    Eric Braden, not Victor Newman, is the most miserable, mumbling, nasty, disrespectful, belittling, arrogant excuse for a human being. He isn't acting; it's his personality! Y & R can do a lot better! Find someone else that isn't so impressed with himself. I know, good press, bad press, it's news, fine. Just please get rid of 'Miserable Mumbles'.

    Posted by deceived at Thursday, March 27 2014 03:42 AM

    I loved seeing Ian and Cassie Twin in the pic... hope they stay; they are keepers!!! Love seeing Nick! Great writing lately for SHICK! Keep it up!

    Posted by Abemom at Thursday, March 27 2014 04:49 AM

    Lib Hartford I AGREE!

    Posted by bluediamondpa at Thursday, March 27 2014 08:36 AM

    Let's see the ratings at year's end. JFP needs to go she is the worst thing that could possibly happen to ANY soap. Rewriting history is no way to keep a show at the top. Losing fans/viewers favorite characters at the whim of the executive producer is about the worst way for a show to keep going. Kent whatever, please take to heart what your viewers are saying and are wanting. Get rid of the deadwood and really make this the show what it was in the past with interesting storylines and give your talented actors something to sink their teeth in and not rehash, rehash, rehash.

    And EB needs to be retired as having lost his appeal. He is as arrogant off stage (doing interviews) as he is on stage. He actually has chosen to believe his role in his personal life. He should be put out to pasture. He is now known as Mr. Mumbles....now ain't that just wonderful?

    Posted by toooldtotell at Thursday, March 27 2014 11:36 AM

    This is great news! 3 more years of Y&R!!!
    This what I hope for...
    Sharon & Nick to get back together. Liek the old days. High School sweethearts, until Phyliss' son drives drunk "kills" cassie adn steal Nick when Sharon needed him the most. I am not a Physill fan. Hope she never comes back. Hoep Cassie is the real deal. Maybe somehow some crazy doctor kidnapped her and she lived and doesn't remember who she really is.
    Victoria to hook back up with long lost love, Ryan - yes he could of survived too.
    Nikki & Victoria STAY married.
    Paul & Christine get some kind of personal story line, like adobting a child or something.
    Neil to find Druclea and reunite.
    Cane & Lilly to start their own company.
    Jack, well not a big fan of his. Maybe he and his sister Tricia can a nice long 3 year vacation.
    Adame to not be dead and get off of murder charges and live long and happy with Chelesa. They are so good to each other. (i know it would be a new adam.)
    Chole & Kevin to get locked up in a luney bin forever.
    Michael & Laruen fight corporate sabatage on her company or something.
    Jill & Colin to find the answer to jewerly bix before the 3 years is up.
    Devon, become a player.
    Abby & Tyler - no marriage yet. Live together have fun.
    Dylan is cool, but his GF can go. Sheis SO boring.

    Posted by toooldtotell at Thursday, March 27 2014 11:38 AM

    I can not SPELL at all today! Sorry, but if you read it I am sure you will figure it out.

    Posted by Paddy52 at Thursday, March 27 2014 04:47 PM

    Like I posted earlier so it goes on daytime's No. 1 drama.....They aim to disappoint ! LOL

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