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Y&R: Jeanne Cooper Speaks Out in SOD Interview


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This week's issue of Soap Opera Digest features an interview with Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) of The Young and the Restless. Here are some critical things she had to say about the writing for her character.

Right now the outspoken actress is unhappy with her character's current docility. "I had a talk with Maria Arena Bell that this has to stop," huffs Cooper. "There's such a thing when characters move into a secondary position for a small time, but when they do open their mouths, it should mean something. Katherine has never been a floater with, 'Yes, dear,' or 'Oh, I understand.' She says, 'You did it and you deserve it!'"

Cooper is also disappointed that the Kay/Tucker story hasn't really gone anywhere. "That started off great," Cooper acknowledges. "We had some dynamite stuff. They made Tucker such a dynamic person and an equal to Victor Newman, but now they've minimalized him and it hurts me because Stephen Nichols is such a good actor and we do get along very well. Katherine and Tucker have a wonderful love/hate thing, but that's been dropped. It doesn't make sense. Just like Mackenzie is living in Katherine's house and carried someone's babies. I maybe had two scenes with her the entire time. She's Katherine's only granddaughter and she doesn't give a flying fig about Mac being pregnant? I told them I'm not here so Katherine can serve rice pudding. They can put a blonde wig on someone else for that!"

Cooper did have some positive things to say about Y&R and her character too but that's not as fun as reading her criticism.

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Not to mention that Katherine has been transformed from the cold queen living in the manor on the hill into the beloved matriarch who flies helicopters and digs through garbage dumps.

Look now for Katherine to have her umpteenth stroke and be shamelessly carted off to the old folks home.

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I'm actually a little annoyed that she spoke out simply because compared to some of her costars she has it good. Really good. Her character has almost become the female Victor Newman.

She has? Wow, I don't see that all all.

I completely agree that her story with Tucker has gone nowhere, but this has been typical of the #1 rated show for a long while. Go figure.

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Well this is something Granny Cooper could have mitigated or spoken out about long ago. What did she expect? Kay is a one-dimensional grandma, Genoa Salami's answer to Alice Horton. Everytime Granny Cooper gets on her soapbox to preach to Jill, Tucker, Lauren, Neil, etc., I just want Brock to come in and cart her old ass off to the nursing home.

She should have went out while she was on top and had "heavenly appearances" every once awhile instead of being reduced to this patron saint, this old senile woman living with a man who is one step away from wearing Depends.

What kind of story does she want? She can't have a January-December romance with Daniel or nuNoah. She's not young enough or sexy enough to do that.

Maybe Maria can call Mel Harris to play nuKatherine in a shocking twist of reincarnation and spiritual possession.

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