'The Young and the Restless' celebrates 41 years

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Young and the Restless" is taking a break from love, deception and backstabbing to celebrate the soap's 41st anniversary.

Led by longtime stars Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott and Peter Bergman, the cast and crew gathered Tuesday to celebrate a day early. The CBS show has been daytime's top-rated soap since December 1988 and was recently renewed for three years.

A chocolate cake in the shape of the number 1 and covered in white icing with a red 'YR' logo was cut on the set at Television City in Hollywood.

No one from the show's debut on March 26, 1973 — when it was just 30 minutes long — remains with the show. Jeanne Cooper, who arrived six months later to play grand dame Katherine Chancellor, died in May at age 84.

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