On Nov. 25, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS aired a very special episode dedicating the entire hour to celebrating the 30th anniversary of Peter Bergman‘s run as Jack Abbott. Of course, his actual debut on the soap was on Nov. 27, 1989, but this just extends the celebration!
Bergman is beloved by his castmates as well as Y&R fans, and many of them took to social media to share the love for their co-star and celebrate his three decades in Genoa City. Donny Boaz, who recently joined the soap as the new recast of Chance Chancellor, revealed that when Bergman isn’t working, the soap will sometimes put him in his dressing room where he is inspired by the motivational sayings on the wall (along with his 18 Daytime Emmy nomination plaques!). “You can’t help but learn and be inspired by the man,” he admitted on Instagram. “Congrats, Peter. 29 years and 10 months to go to catch up to where you are now. Pleasure to know you and call you a friend.”
Check out even more heartfelt messages from the stars of Y&R in the special gallery below!
For more on Bergman’s anniversary, including an exclusive interview with the star, don’t miss the new CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale now!
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Michelle Stafford Peter Bergman
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis)
"Ya know, I just spent an hour looking for a very specific picture of Peter and I to show you... couldn’t find it. Grrrr. I did find other cool ones, I’ll show you those later. I have known this man for a quarter of a century. Damn. I love him so. He is the most compassionate man alive. This Monday marks his 30 year anniversary on Y&R. A job he felt would probably last for six months. Those are his words. It has been my pleasure and quite an honor to work as his leading lady (off and on) for so many years. We have had many many laughs and have bickered like a real married couple. He has always been supportive and one of my greatest cheerleaders, even when he knew it might not serve him well. He has always supported me. He is a great actor. A great man. A gentleman. I call him “Hubbell” and so often felt like his “Katie”. I mean... He’s Hubbell! If you don’t know that movie reference... you gotta start watching better films. One of my favorite stories and I think a story that is a perfect depiction of Peter Bergman and myself is when Peter was getting interviewed and the reporter asked: “What is your relationship like with Michelle Stafford?” Peter said... “It’s like this, I cannot leave the house without my watch, Michelle doesn’t even own one.” It’s so true. LOL! We have met (through our 25 years) in the middle and that middle place is beautiful. Peter is beautiful. Happy 30 my friend! I love you. ❤️"
Peter Bergman Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson (Billy)
"30 years of Y&R. 30 years of handsome, 30 years of telling us all how to act, where to stand, where to sit, how to hold our own babies... 30 years of love for this show. And he brings that love to the building every day he’s here. Congrats, brother. We love you, Peter. 💛"
Beth Maitland Peter Bergman
Beth Maitland (Traci)
"Congratulations on celebrating 30 years as my brother and friend on Y&R. You are a magnificent human and I am so blessed."
Peter Bergman Daniel Goddard
Daniel Goddard (Cane)
"Through the toughest of times, this gentleman has been there for me. He is a legend, and icon, a mentor but above all of that... he is my friend. Congrats, Peter Bergman on 30 years at Y&R. Knowing you has made me a better man. 🙏 I miss you, mate!"
Yr Peter Bergman Michael Mealor
Michael Mealor (Kyle)
"Here’s to you Peter Bergman! 30 years of incredible hair (if you know, you know)! Thank you for everything you do. We owe you the world for what you have given us!"
Hunter King Peter Bergman
Hunter King (Summer)
"For the past 7 years I thought you were laughing with me but really you were just laughing at me. I don’t blame you though. I’m so thankful I get to work with such an amazing man. Thank you for showing us all how it’s done, Peter. We all love you. Happy 30th anniversary!"
Yr Jack Devon
Bryton James (Devon)
"Please help me & the Y&R family celebrate the legend Mr. Peter Bergman on 30 years as Jack Abbott! 🎉🎉🎉 I can never thank you enough for all the love & support you’ve shown me from day one."
Melissa Orddway Peter Bergman
Melissa Ordway (Abby)
"Nothing but respect, love, and admiration for this incredible man. Peter, thank you for always being a gentleman, professional and a real-life family member to me and my family. Congratulations on 30 years!!! The Gaston Family loves you! ❤️"
Greg Rikaart Peter Bergman
Greg Rikaart (Kevin)
"Happy 30th Anniversary to the incomparable Peter Bergman! A class act, a fine gentleman and a terrific actor. What a gift you are to us all."