The Young and the Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell has issued a statement to Soap Opera Digest concerning published reports of Jeanne Cooper being temporarily replaced as Kay Chancellor by primetime legend Michael Learned (The Waltons).
"Jeanne is an integral part of our show and we look forward to her imminent return," said Executive Producer/Head Writer Maria Arena Bell in a statement. "We have great storyline coming up for Mrs. Chancellor."
Learned, who won raves for a recent guest stint as a terminally ill patient on General Hospital, will first air as the Genoa City matriarch on Nov. 10. Cooper, who has been ill for a few weeks, is expected to return to Y&R later this month.