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The recent behind-the-scenes drama over at “The Young and the Restless” has created quite a storm, but a little bit of sunshine broke through the clouds today when CBS announced it has renewed the 40-year-old soap opera through 2017. Fans of the show have taken to Twitter to congratulate the cast and crew, and they’re not alone in the celebration: The actors are also thrilled that the sudser they call home received the official extension.

In a near 2,600 word posting on his Facebook page, "The Young and the Restless'" Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) further commented on the situation occurring behind the scenes at the daytime drama series following the breast groping scandal that has rocked the show and the industry.

One week ago today, TMZ reported that Michael Muhney was fired from CBS' "The Young and the Restless" last month following allegations that he groped the breasts of one of his co-stars. Since then, several actors from the daytime drama series have spoken out on social media in support of Hunter King (Summer Newman), the alleged victim of the groping. Two actors from the series (Eric Braeden and Jerry Douglas) recently conducted interviews discussing Muhney's behavior on set and indirectly commented on the behind the scenes turmoil since the story hit mainstream media. Earlier this morning, following a tweet to King by a fan that read, "if ur being manipulated into this u need to be strong & tell the truth. Ur young & talented. There will be life after #YR," Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) took issue with the tweet and responded with, "You have been deceived, lied to. Those of us in the know, are in the KNOW. #TruthWillSetYouFree." But that's not where the tweets ended.

Nominees for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama Series were announced today for "The 45th NAACP Image Awards," scheduled to air Saturday, February 22 on TV One. "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" were once again dominant in both acting categories.

When a fan of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" tweeted, "Can all my soap followers do me a favor and send some love and support to @HunterHaleyKing? Thanks! #YR," following reports of an alleged groping of her breasts by King's former co-star Michael Muhney (Adam Newman), who was reportedly fired from the drama series last month as a result of the incident, the quest for love and support for the actress, who plays Summer Newman on the daytime soap opera, came in droves.

Wanna see something guaranteed to make you giggle? Then you won’t want to miss the “The Young and the Restless’” Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) in his new gig as a talk show host! The actor has teamed up with “Y&R” production staffer Greg Edwards to create a humorous show titled “Soaps and Other Stuff,” which features “Y&R” stars answering ridiculous questions, playing silly games and being subjected to a multitude of other antics all dreamed up and acted out by Morrow himself as “host.”

TVGN is proving why it's now the "the new way to watch soaps." With the network already picking up encore airing rights to "The Young and the Restless" this past summer, and "The Bold and the Beautiful" earlier this month, the network plans to provide soap fans with even more "soap" for their viewing pleasure courtesy of the new documentary, "Who Shot the Daytime Soap?" Airing Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, preceded by airings of “B&B” at 6:30 PM ET/PT and “Y&R” at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the documentary tackles the history of daytime soap operas as told by those who were there during the good times, the bad times and the new times.

Calling all New Mexico residents: “The Young and the Restless’” Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) is headed to Albuquerque for a music festival you’re not going to want to miss!

So by now you may or may not know that same-day airings of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" are now available on TVGN after just over seven years on SOAPnet. To keep you up-to-date with the soaps transition, we thought it best to provide new and old viewers with some tidbits on TVGN and "Y&R's" move to its new home.

As previously reported, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" is moving to TVGN (née TV Guide Network) beginning Monday, July 1, after spending just over 7 years on SOAPnet. The soap will continue airing same-day episodes Monday through Friday at 7:00 PM ET/PT. In the just released new promo, "Y&R" fans will see Kristoff St. John's Neil Winters and Angell Conwell's Leslie Michaelson having a heated convo that turns to passion. In addition to the promo, TVGN has also released the full episode of "The Young and the Restless On Set: InFanity," the special hosted by St. John that provided viewers with a behind the scenes look at the creation of Genoa City, on YouTube.