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We're certainly hoping that the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will feature tons of soap opera related content, but we don't want to forget about all of the other daytime programming set to shine during the big night! Several other categories will be celebrated, and HLN just released the list of presenters who will be handing out the coveted awards.
Il Volo, the Italian Opera trio, have been confirmed to perform their hit song "Mas Que Amor" during the “In Memoriam” tribute of the "40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards," which will be introduced by “The Young and the Restless’” Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin), Bryton James (Devon Hamilton), Hunter King (Summer Newman), Jess Walton (Jill Foster) and Corbin Bernsen, the son of the late Jeanne Cooper. The tribute is scheduled to honor the legendary actress who died last month.
With the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards just a couple of weeks away, HLN has released a list of presenters slated to appear and hand over awards at the exciting award show ceremony. Betty White, Steve Harvey, Wayne Brady, Alex Trebek, Todd Newton, Bethany Frankel and Kris Jenner are included, with White and Brady presenting Monty Hall and Bob Stewart, respectively, with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.
"Jeanne Cooper was one of a kind. No one who has ever known her would disagree with that statement. Her life force and energy were legendary. Many a time I marveled as she outlasted the rest of us on late night shoots. She was a moving, inventive, and powerful actress. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was part warrior, part rabble rouser, part truck driver and part Diva, all wrapped up in one Great Lady. Most of all, to me, she was my friend and I loved her. For the last 26 years, hers was the face I most wanted to see when I came to work. Hers was the energy I most wanted to bounce off of on stage. Hers was the voice that kept me in stitches . And because of all that, hers is the presence I will never in my life forget," said Jess Walton (Jill Abbott, "The Young and the Restless") in a statement released to Soap Opera Network on the passing of co-star Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:59 PM EDT
When Jeanne Cooper first stepped into “The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City as Katherine Chancellor back in 1973, soap opera history was made. Written by show creator William J. Bell specifically to convey controversial storylines that would boost weak ratings, Katherine was everything the wealthy wife of Phillip Chancellor II shouldn’t be: a drunk, a heavy smoker and a bit of a slut who had illicit affairs with stable boys. Despite the character’s many problems, fans fell in love with Katherine — as well as the actress who so effortlessly brought her to life.
In her final words on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" as Katherine Chancellor (aired on Friday, May 3), Jeanne Cooper says to Jess Walton's Jill Abbott, "I believe I can manage. Thank you, though," when Jill asks if Katherine needs help getting up the stairs. Katherine's final word was "Goodnight" as Jill watched her climb up the steps. Word of Cooper's final scene came to light courtesy of "Y&R" script editor Brent Boyd on Twitter.
As previously reported, cast members from CBS' "The Young and the Restless" appeared on yesterday's edition of "Marie." In honor of the soaps 40th anniversary, the Marie Osmond hosted talker paid tribute to the memory of "Y&R" co-creator and head writer, William J. Bell, and highlighted the longest-running feud in daytime soap history - Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton).

Friday, March 22, 2013 5:29 PM EDT
On Friday, April 5, "The Young and the Restless" stars Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman) are scheduled to appear on Hallmark Channel's new series "Planet 360" in celebration of "Y&R's" 40th anniversary, which will air on Tuesday, March 26 on CBS.