Jill Farren Phelps Reveals Who to Expect at Kay’s Funeral on The Young and the Restless

Get ready to finally say goodbye to Genoa City’s no-nonsense, grand dame, Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper). On Sept. 3 and 4,The Young and the Restless will broadcast Kay’s memorial.

Several fan favorites will return to take part in the highly-anticipated episodes, reports TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan. Lauralee Bell (Cricket), Tricia Cast, (Nina), Michael Damian (Danny), Adrienne Frantz (Amber), Patty Weaver (Gina) and Beau Kazer (Brock) will all be on hand, along with Cooper’s real-life son Corbin Bernsen portraying Father Todd, who will officiate the funeral.

Showrunner Jill Farren Phelps stated:

Katherine knew she was dying and made it clear she didn't want a sad event where everyone wore black and was miserable. She wanted a celebration and that's exactly what she's getting.

In true Katherine form, secret letters and the details of her will are set to rock Genoa City for months to come. According to Phelps, Nikki’s (Melody Thomas Scott) letter from Kay will lead to a new plot for the popular heroine, 

one that will haunt her character and pull in many players as we go into the fall. It's a real front-and-center story, the kind the fans have been asking for. Jill's letter sets up a mystery that will, at first, drive her absolutely crazy. Paul's letter from Katherine tells him to 'Follow his heart.' Christine also gets a letter but I can't talk about that one just yet." Victor's letter is also a big secret — but that's because he's not going to share it with anyone. 

To find out about the new set dedicated to Katherine and about Bernsen's participation, click here!

38 Responses

  1. Profile photo of pferrando

    It’s great to hear that all those loved favorites will be back. Actually more than I thought. Yes…Phillip should have come back too, and Mac and Chance, but having their parents there will help address those absences.

    I DO hope that we see more of Nikki and Jill because of Kay’s death.

    Hearing Phelps talk though, I don’t place much faith in anything she says since she’s been caught in about 20 lies or so already in her previous interviews.

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    Well, this all *sounds* pretty good. Let’s just hope it plays out the best way possible. Although I have quite little hope for the Nikki front…….

    Most happy to see Amber!!!

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    Guess I can’t figure out why ALL should not be there. This should definitely not be like the typical society events, weddings or funeral in Genoa City where impossibly low numbers attend. This would and should be a major event.

    Still hope that Victor manages to maintain some decorum when it comes to Jack and his newest feud he just can’t shut up about right now.

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    [quote=Smitty]Where is Mackenzie?….she should be there….[/quote]

    If it was the last weirdo to play Mackenzie, I am verrrry glaaaad she isn’t on the show, even for a minute.

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    Mac, Phillip 3, and Chance should all be there even if they have to be played by day players. Just sit their azzs in a pew.

    Why did Y&R need all these months of planning to get Nina, Christine, Amber and Brock back? I was expecting them to gather as many characters that were still alive as possible. Katherine’s faux funerals were better attended.

    So the major plot coming out of Katherine’s death has to do with Nikki? Don’t tell me it centers around Steve Burton as her son. The surprise DNA reveals should have to do with Kay not Nikki. I don’t connect Dylan as Nicki’s son and Katherine’s funeral at all. Shouldn’t the major plot have to do with the actual Chancellor family and Chancellor Industries?

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    Wait a minute. I just read this interview more thoroughly, and what is this “Chancellor Park” they are going to build??? There is no need for any parks, keep the damn Chancellor Mansion up and running with Jill helming it up and have her offspring and their mishaps move in there with her!

    “The new park with a PLAQUE for Katherine where everyone can go collect their thoughts”? I’m sorry, what does that mean. A park with a name slapped on it means nothing to people.

    Also, the comment, “the new story for Nikki is front-burner, exactly the kind fans have been hoping for” – wtf. When have you EVER known or cared what the fans want for, Jill? NEVER.

    I don’t trust anything this PERSON has to say.

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    oh, “Chancellor Park” will have a stream running through it and the next time JFP wants to “off” someone, the body will be floating down the stream and bump into Murphy as he sits in his fishing boat.

    Yes, I can see Sharon, amongst others, sitting in the park near “Katherine’s Tree” and plotting her latest tricks to steal Nick from Avery.

    Took Noah all of two seconds to connect the dots today….

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    [quote=hey mon]Some are reporting that Dylan is Nikki and Jack’s long-lost son from the miscarriage of 1989.[/quote]

    That’s interesting considering they made such a HUGE production out of the fact that the infant’s organs were harvested and saved MANY lives. It was even a Y&R PSA about organ donation.

    If true, it’s a plot twist just as ridiculous and insulting as Erika Kane’s aborted baby making a triumphant comeback.

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    hey mon

    Ive heard that allegedly Victor took a baby that was just recently passed, and switched that child with Nikki & Jack’s, and gave the live child to the McAlroy’s to raise. Now that Mr McAlroy is dead, the secret will come out.

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    They’d be SORAS-ing that poor dead baby by 20+ years if that’s the case.


    I need to start writing these rumors down. The fans seem to have a more fevered imagination than any soap writer can ever dream of having.

    (It makes me crack up when Angelica McDaniel gets all this negative blowback from fans on Twitter and she responds, “Thank you for watching.”)

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    I hope that the listing of Thom Bierdz is an oversight! Because it would make ZERO sense for a character that was central to the Jill/Katherine feud not to be there. I am 99% sure Thom would jump at the chance to pay tribute to the actress.

    And Mac?!

    Seriously, out of the lot of the young cast Mac and Phillip are the 2 who should return for this event.

    But Jess Walton is delivering her scenes with the gusto of a true professional! I’m stoked to see her airtime!!

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    So people complain about CK and AH as being bad actresses..

    Ford was one of the worst recasts in YR history after Malcolm and nuKyle.

    She can stay put. Let Brock give her a mention.

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    yojoromo4469 … so what makes poor Clementine Ford so much of a weirdo that she can’t even appear at Katherine’s funeral?

    hey mon … if what you posted in #17 comes true then that would be so very Victor and actually quite believable in context. Maybe this time he could make it to the great dark beyond. And again I say that hopefully Victor uses tact and decoration (is that even possible?) when he encounters Jack at the funeral because I just saw a preview where he is yet again spouting against him concerning dear sweet Summer.

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    If Dylan is indeed going to turn out to be Jack and Nikki’s kid when I remember JACK MEETING THE KID WHO GOT SOME OF THE ORGANS from the dead baby then I expect my time in GC to wind down. Like what someone else said: it just smacks of when McTavish rewrote Erica’s abortion to create Josh. Just ” Muddy Storytelling” to quote Doug Marland.

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    That looks like a good list. One of the 3 Macs (Mac is ONLY her granddaughter) one should be there. Phillip should be there. Chance should too but since the character and actor are in the service currently I get that omission. The one that would really be cool is Felipe – the one who saved Katherine’s life and who was a true love of hers according to Jeanne Cooper’s book. I’d also like Dina to be there and Pearl from the diner. :beer:

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    Phillip, Chance, & Mac are MAJOR oversights for this memorial. Thom Beirdz & Ashley Bashioum should be in attendance. And, when it comes to Chancellor Industries, there should be one of the only two blood relatives left running that company. I don’t want Cane or one of Kay’s strays taking it over. Recast Chance, give him an honorable discharge from the army, and put him at the head of this family & company so the Chancellor name can carry on.

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    Steve Burton is 43 years old, MTS is 57, in human years.

    I think Victors letter tells him that he is Tucker’s father. I’m thinking that when Victor came to GC he had a roll in the hay with Katherine when she was a drunk, got pregnant and the end result was Tucker.That is why Victor is keeping his hush-hush.

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    If I read hey mon right, I think he was referring to the earlier, MISCARRIED baby of Nikki and Jack’s. This was before the stillborn child whose organs were harvested.

    But neither child could in any way be alive, unless there is a long trip through the muddy storytelling waters.

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    It’s not possible. All this talk of Jack and Nikki’s son is just silly to me. The organs were donated.

    Plus, I thought this kid was supposed to have been from her younger years. I could be wrong, but didn’t someone even say something about this being a possible kid Pre-Victor Newman…even Pre-Paul?

    Or maybe she had a kid with Paul. IDK. I wasn’t even born back then.

  20. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    Jeez, I’m trying to visualize those scenes in which powerhouse actress Melody Thomas Scott has a tearjerking reunion with her longlost son and that son as played by Steve Burton displays the emotional range of a man getting his shoes shined.

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    So all the speculation probably proves why Josh was tearing his hair out with Phelps prompting him to insinuate Burton into yet another storyline he has no business in.

    If the rumor is true of course.

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    [quote=SoapArmageddon]Jeez, I’m trying to visualize those scenes in which powerhouse actress Melody Thomas Scott has a tearjerking reunion with her longlost son and that son as played by Steve Burton displays the emotional range of a man getting his shoes shined.[/quote]

    More like somebody taking a dump. :Sp

  23. Profile photo of pjc722

    I haven’t seen anything abt Burton becoming an Abbott other than on here so I am holding out hope it’s not true.

    I have no issue with Dylan or burton being on the canvas but the character and actor have no range. What’s Dylan’s purpose? And could Steve please add some range to the acting. He walks into a scene and clasps his hands together and utters nonsense as if he is all knowing. Except he’s always asking questions for himself. Lol

    There’s plenty more they could do with Nikki and jack and the entire show than give Dylan an instant family. For one thing neither of his parents are alive so we will have to deal with”why didn’t they tell me I was adopted”.

    And throw victor in the loop and it comes down to kidnapping and removal of a dead baby (switching the dead baby). All illegal last time I checked.

    Plus we had Jill’s paternity that has yet to be revealed. Tucker’s. Mac’s. Devon’s. faiths’s. Billy’s spawn and even Daniels. Now we have summers which would be EXACTLY like Dylan’s if its revealed.

    So somehow I doubt it’s true because they would have to close one story before the other and that’s a lot for any fan to swallow.

    Somehow I think MTS story will be different.


  24. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    [quote=pjc722]…we had Jill’s paternity that has yet to be revealed. Tucker’s. Mac’s. Devon’s. faiths’s. Billy’s spawn and even Daniels. Now we have summers which would be EXACTLY like Dylan’s if its revealed.[/quote]

    This show has gone to that well way too many times. This is why it’s beginning to feel like a soap parody and not the premier dramatic serial it once was.

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    I would think they would bring back more as it gets closer, I hope so, Mac, Fosters need to be there if only more for Jill during the memorial…a large pit in my stomach is constantly growing… :|

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    hey mon

    I hope that it is true. I want to see a shrieking, freaked out Melody again, turning back to the bottle, HATING Victor! Oh yeah!

    The fist-fights, the drama. Then the battle over Baby Connor — unbelievable! The the reveal that Connor is not Dylan Abbott’s, but is the son of Adam Newman!

    Go for it Jill!

  27. Profile photo of tedew

    Nikki needs to be at loggerheads with Victor because we need veteran fireworks and we definitely need to see the increasingly despicable Victor finally burn up in flames just like Eric Northman did on the season finale of True Blood (except of course Eric is infinitely more likeable).

    And nothing that happens on Y&R can surprise me these days no matter how bizarre it all may seem. That does not mean it can’t be enjoyable and interesting at the same time.

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