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CBS and Sony Fire Back At Victoria Rowell's Lawsuit Claiming It's "Patently Absurd" and "A Blatant Attempt To Force Her Way Back Onto A Daytime Television Soap Opera…"

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The Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla) lawsuit against CBS and Sony heated up again Wednesday when the former Y&R star, who claims that she wasn’t re-hired to the number one soap opera in retaliation for her “public and private complaints regarding the lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera on the show,'” was given some major pushback from her former employees in court.

In a motion to dismiss, the two companies blast Rowell’s complaints including: one by the actress that CBS acted to sabotage an event in Alabama in which she appeared.

In legal papers filed in U.S. California Court, Rowell’s amended complaint alleges that CBS retaliated against her by orchestrating the withdrawal of three event corporate sponsors, thus cutting her pay.  “Not only is this new theory patently absurd, but Plaintiff again fails to include any facts that would establish any wrongful conduct by CBS,” said the documents.

In addition, Rowell said CBS and Sony also blocked her for getting a role on The Bold and the Beautiful, while the companies claim that casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment, and that Rowell never actually “applied” or “auditioned” for a role on “Y&R” after her 2007 exit from the series, or B&B.

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Also in the documents, Rowell claimed that CBS and Sony were to create a storyline for Drucilla Winters,” but the filing reads. “Defendants never agreed to do so.”

“This lawsuit is nothing more than a blatant attempt by Plaintiff to force her way back onto a daytime television soap opera after she voluntarily resigned from her role in 2007,” CBS and Sony say in the papers.

Rowell’s attorney, Dan Stormer in response made this statement, “CBS/Sony is afraid to address the important underlying issues of their racial discrimination and retaliation. They are hoping to find some obscure technicality that might allow them to escape the justice that Victoria Rowell so richly deserves.”

So what do you think about CBS and Sony against Rowell and each of their legal claims? Weigh-in below!

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su0000

lol
Rowell is making a fool of herself, it’s by her own doing not CBS..
Who would hire her now after all this kook stuff ..
She is blackballing herownself .. (silly people lol

JUDY
JUDY

SHE IS A REAL PIECE OF WORK!!!!!!!!!!!

diane
diane

Her ship sailed a long time ago from Y&R.

Lawrence
Lawrence

Lol Exactly!

Kitty
Kitty

I love the Drucilla character as so many people do, but if she felt she needed to make these points, she had a lot of pull and power from being such a popular character and I feel she could have “fought from within the show” to change it. I think she has valid reasons for her complaints but she went about it the wrong way, it hurt the show to lose her and now therecis so much animosity on both sides. I would love to see her come back if the parties can reconcile.

Patrick
Patrick

what does CBS have to lose…. nowadays

from all i’m reading…. a good majority plus see this ship sailing spiraling and lost

i’d cache Drucilla: as “dynasty” moneybags, Devon’ 2 billion dollars (lol)

imagine this : devon loses his hearing , again
Summer is found dead
Victor is rendered impotent
Nikki parties HARD

HEADLINE STAT : Y&R returns the best serial emmys, won handily by Michael Muhney and Billy Miller

CeeCee
CeeCee

Kitty.
You are most judicious and fair. I do not know this woman…I only know the character. I was never a fan, but I can discern between good a bad acting. She excelled in her craft.
There is never a wrong or right. Networks and Company do ‘hide’ a lot of behind the scenes action. I cannot digest some of the goings-on.
I think there is much speculation, but not facts. So, until that time, as something upon which to bite, I will remain within my own space of…”I do not know”.
Look what CBS did to Billy Miller. The Powers That Be fit right into Orwell’s 1984. I would never want to be in an ambiance where I would be under Big Brother’s thumb. This is the US of
A….21st Century!!!!! We are a civilized nation, yes?

If that is the case, Victoria has every right to spit fire. If not, she will eat crow…..until then, let’s be nice.
You know, Kitty….all these comments? …….Very reminiscent of TALE OF TWO CITIES, where the bloodthirsty spectators licked their lips in anticipation of watching people take their last breath at the gallows/guillotine.
Good to see an impartial mind, as yours, at work.

Mr. X
Mr. X

Why would Rowell want to force herself on to Pratt’s Y&R. She needs to spend a week watching it. I’ll bet she’ll change her mind real quick.

Dianne
Dianne

Instead of this lawsuit, she should be getting help. With way she behaves on social media she is in desperate need of it. If it went the way she claims why is she suing them now after so many years. Can you say “broke”. Get a life lady and stop pulling the racial card for your own needs. Sad.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Perhaps she tried doing it privately at the onset. And, there is a good possibility that keeping it private between the two parties, or being ‘nice’ did not work. Thus, the lawsuit at this late date. Give people the benefit of the doubt, would you? It is the Christian/human thing to do. As I said….no one knows the machinations of the law. We do not know the response she might have gotten from the network. They could have given her the cold shoulder or become very offensive. Networks do think they are God…and, within their domain, they are. This pull gives them power…..she may have tried…gone the ‘right’ route, but failed. She may have given them time to assess whatever it was she asked/wanted with no avail.

Please, unless you have a degree in Psychiatry, do not psychoanalyze or diagnose a person you see in one dimension…TELEVISION. Mental illness should not be bandied around, especially by a lay-person. I shall speak no more of this….be kind.
Furthermore, unless you have walked in a person of color’s shoes, do not spew irrational words. You have no clue, what goes on in people’s psyche…..
If the race card, which you mentioned, not I ( I abhor that terminology) was pulled? Perhaps she has a reason(s).
I am white, but I have friends who are not…..good, well-to-do, intelligent,and loyal friends. So, before you put anything in writing, put your ducks in a row first. Peace out.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, Patrick….if only. From your post to the soap gods’s ears.
But, I think Billy a Miller has acclimated himself quite well in Port Charles….LOL.
As always….enjoying your posts.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh…and I can’t stand that expression, “the Christian thing” to do. There are people of all faiths who have good hearts, high morals, compassion, etc. And people in all…who don’t.

Lawrence
Lawrence

She is delusional for filing this lawsuit and she is even more delusional if she thinks she has an even 5% chance of winning

Danielle
Danielle

With the way that CBS, Sony and YR is treating their current African American cast members I actually hope that Victoria Rowell wins her lawsuit against them. You would think with the massive success that Empire has been they would utilize the Winters more and want to bring in more of the black audience to watch Y&R. Also Steve Kent and Angelica McDaniel need to fire JFP and Chuck Pratt immediately!!!

Jo Saponare
Jo Saponare

She needs to give it up. This is soooooooo tired.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I think shes just doing what she had always done, grandstanding. She left, badmouthed them at every turn and is surprised that they didnt want her back?? What planet is she on?? Bite the hand that fed u, and wonder why it doesnt feed u anymore!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

And how do YOU know this? Last I heard, Eileen, she was living on earth.
Victoria is a very talented actress.
We do not know what goes on behind the scenes, that includes any lawsuit. None of us is privy to anyone’s private life…or the truth ….and nothing but the truth. So, who are we to judge?
The same has been said about Michael Muhney….no one knows!!!! However, everyone seems to think MM was wronged. We just do not know.
I will not be one to jump on any bandwagon headed for The Bastille!!

Harry
Harry

Cee Cee is correct, We cannot judge because we do not have the facts.
I have heard Victoria can be a bit of a diva, however, Drucilla was always a complex and interesting character.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I read and if u did u would know the facts too. About her and about MM also. If u prefer to believe the hearts and roses denials then go right ahead. I never said she wasnt a talented actress or he, a talented actor. Unfortunately for both of them, they made very foolish choices in their careers and are now both suffering the consequences!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Eileen….again, it does not make any difference what you read, I read, or anyone reads. It does not make it true. Do not believe everything you read. Unless I hear something with my own ears….everything and everyone is suspect. How do you know what choices they made? Were you there? Oh, it’s what you read.
This is my opinion. I do not know, probably never will know the truth, regardless of the outcome.
Why must I explain my feelings on the subject? It is my opinion. I believe I have explained why.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Eileen.
I am wondering, in retrospect, that you are implying Harry and I do not read? Perhaps we do not read the same ‘stuff’ as you….but we do read.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL again,.,CeeCee! You NEVER fail to amuse me! You criticized a few people for THEIR opinion…and then proclaimed self-righteously…”why do “I” have to explain my feelings on the subject?”

No one knows the truth. But I agree many play the race card; it’s getting so it’s difficult to discern who is or isn’t. Who cares if she’s a good actress or if you liked the character…the point is a employee is badmouthing her bosses and then seems surprised they don’t want to hire her back. That’s a surprise?

The Substitute
The Substitute

All it takes is for a good lawyer to go into that courtroom and show that CBS/Sony has tried to prevent her from getting a job or trying to interfere with her going on interviews etc. everybody seems to think that she wants back on Y&R I am guessing she is looking for a big cash settlement . As for her reputation of being hard to work with probably is but if you think she is the only one boy is everybody in for a shock. Most actors are difficult not everybody is a warm little fuzz ball to work with. I happen to have liked the character of Drucilla but I do think that ship has sailed but I do think she just might get a settlement. Hunter Tylo did from Aaron Spelling for unhiring her because she was pregnant. VR should have hired the pit bull Gloria Alred.

The Substitute
The Substitute

I intended to say auditions!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

They didnt have to interfere with her plans for auditioning, they simply didnt want her.No law broken there.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Im sure there are many actors not easy to work with or be around. But they arent going on social media and biting the hand that is responsible for feeding them!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you, Substitute……exactly my sentiments. There are many out there, including journalists who are both judge and jury. Let’s cut Victoria and all others in any profession a little slack.
Everyone rooted for MM….we still lament his absence……why is this case so different? Fundamentally, it comes down to the same thing. We do not know what really happened.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Damn!!! Drucilla, I mean Victoria Rowell, stop beating a dead horse in the mouth. Them peeps don’t want your tired @$$ on their show.

Annaluvsduke
Annaluvsduke

Why not create her own web series…lets see how she does diversity!!!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

VR tried raising money to create her own web series. I guess she didn’t raise enough money to get it off the ground.

mollie
mollie

She doesn’t have the chops …that’s why she doesn’t strike out on her own. Oh, and she is bitter.

Andrea
Andrea

What employer hires an employee back who has been bad mouthing you all over social media! Why doesn’t Victoria create her own soap opera and hire all the people she wants to hire?

The Substitute
The Substitute

Andrea I think she is looking for money not a job back and she is very good at playing the race card and the current climate that is going on with this country perfect timing for her. Just so you know I do not agree with it just an observation.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

This delusional cupcake will do anything to stay relevant and in the mainstream conversation!! >:-( Known for her three-time Daytime Emmy®-nominated role of “Drucilla Barber-Winters” on #YR (1990-2007), she left the show of her OWN choice eight years ago and finds it unimaginable why a show/company (CBS/Sony) she has publically and repeatedly trashed and maligned wouldn’t want her back?! :O Another textbook case of someone believing they were more valuable than they actually were!! Her behavior is reprehensible and totally self-serving, and I hope CBS/Sony takes her to the cleaners…

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Yea, finally a voice of sanity. Well said!

damien
damien

y n r has moved on from dru!!!
neil and the winters dont need her!
the winters have a hot story with neil and hevon, and are fine without dru s character!
just wish aunt liv would still be invited back to give hilary the riot act!
of course pratt s put this story on the backburner to focus on kelly kidnapping fake jack…. and the new star of y n r , dylan!! yea thanks. now my fingers hurt from pressing the ff button during those painful scenes! poor cady mcclain, she needs to be put out of her misery! terrible writing! and dylan needs a vackay stat

davlestev1
davlestev1

On the other hand damien..bringing VR back as Drucilla would mine so much drama and story nobody would care about her rants..the bad writing..or JFP…they could go for nearly a year just exposing where she was..and then on from there with the ongoing repercussions of what her new life does to her regaining her old life as Drucilla..unfortunately if it were EVER to come about that KRAZY KLOWN would pull an I told you so and demand a trailer in the Griffith Park Observatory near the big telescope..many skylights..alien music playing..oh the horror of her now…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, damien…I am not disputing what you are saying about Dru being needed. ….?
But, think about it. Since the character left, Neil’s life has been one disaster after another.
Let’s rewind a bit. To me? Neil serves no true purpose except that he’s part of the Y&R passe’ group…and, I mean that in a complimentary way.
Why don’t ‘they’ let him go and bring Dru back? I like that idea much better. A storyline concentrating on Dru and perhaps amnesia, sounds a lot more feasible than Neil making a fool of himself yet again….. So sick of the same old same old with this guy. It’s like watching the same reel over and over again…Lord deliver me from this inanity.

Lucia
Lucia

I agree, CeeCee. Over the years Neil has been playing woman-swap with Malcolm and Devon and I’m sick of it. It’s like the writers – not just now, but in the past – had no idea what to do with him. So now he has a new haircut, a new BFF (Nikki – whaaaat?) and a new gal who is likely younger than Lily. And he apparently is now a forger, a liar, and Victor’s bitch. Wow. So sad. I don’t know that bringing Dru back would solve the problems. I just wish the writers could come up with something interesting for him. When Dru left, she was driving me crazy. Remember that was the time of another ridiculous murder mystery – the mystery of who killed Carmen. Drug was so crazy jealous of Carmen that she broke into her suite and chopped up all her clothes with her scissors. She did not earn any sympathy from me. Though I would enjoy to hear what Dru would have to say to Sharon after all that has happened since then!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Lucia.
Thanks for your response, Lucia.
Those are words of wisdom you speak. I suppose I have given the impression I was/am a fan of Victoria/Drucilla, but I was never a fan of hers….the actress or the character. I think she is a great role-player. Actually, the only character I did like was Malcolm….but, that’s because I love Shemar Moore…..so much so, I never miss an episode of CRIMINAL MINDS.
My point has always been and always will be to be fair and not pass judgment. People are entitled to their opinion, however, it seems that mine has somehow touched a sore spot with someone. It is neither here, nor there. It is actually laughable. I’d rather read the Wall Street Jounal.

Oh, I remember that episode well…. It did not sit well with me either. LOL.
as far as Neil is concerned? I have had enough of him! I was never a fan, but the writers are really destroying any self-worth/respect Neil has left. What has happened to the classic Y&R, as I knew it? It had been drowning the last couple of years, then, when it seemed that it was finally swimming back to shore, slowly but surely, we were bombarded with a mysterious killer, two Jacks, Neil and Nikki wallowing in misery ….their only drug of choice a bottle of vodka….Then, Svengali, (as in Victor ) gains such irrefutable power over the entire world, it seems he wants to swallow everyone whole…..how far and wide is this vampire’s reach?….and so on and so forth…

Yeah, LOL. I would like to see a reunion with Dru and Sharon myself….Mamma mia!!!!!!!

richard
richard

It would be interesting to see Drucilla on Bold and Beautiful!!! Haha!!! The cliff she fell off of washes her down all the way to LA, LOL

The Substitute
The Substitute

Funny you should say that Richard that is why they LML killed the character off she thought Brad was going to bring her over to B&B like he did Eileen Davidson when LML fired her.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good response, richard….as I said, she comes back, on either soap, with amnesia…..LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

Is this women receiving any kind of counseling? She appears to be delusional! She needs medical help.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

This is just sad. I was a big Drucilla fan and really miss Victoria’s Dru from Y&R. That said, I really wish she would move on. Who will want to hire her now?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, MB.
That’s just a little bit dramatic. Let’s see how this unfolds. There must be others who would love to have her back. Perhaps she is justified in what she is doing. Where there’s smoke, must there be fire? Sensationalism may be playing a big part in all this.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

CeeCee u seem to be the only one on here wanting to cut her some slack . Obviously u are a big VR fan. Thats fine, Im sure she has a large following. We will just have to wait on the lawsuit to see which group is correct.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Eileen Hargis.
Actually, I am not a fan. I think she was great as Drusilla. I am the type of person who does not rush to judgment. My parents are both attorneys…therefore, I was grew up in that type of environment…..be fair and know the facts….
I think it is not fair to pass opinion without knowing the truth. What we hear is second hand. It is one think to discuss characters, but I consider it tabu and crossing the line when it comes to the actors/actresses themselves.
To see who is correct? I do not think that’s how it works. Either party, right or wrong, may come out on top. It is a shot in the dark; a toss of the dice.
Without knowing what ‘went down’, I prefer to stay impartial. It is very easy to point fingers, isn’t it? I do not go with the flow just to stay amidst the popular consensus…..uh-uh….that ‘ain’t me’.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m not saying there may not be some truth to her claims. Its just sad how damaging this has been to her career. Sometimes it is in one’s best interests to cut your losses and move forward, right or wrong.

Mo
Mo

It’s sad that it has come to this. I do agree that by filing this lawsuit she is trying to get something she’s not entitled to. I don’t think her lawsuit has merit.

Eric Kane
Eric Kane

She is SO over.

Chaz
Chaz

Regardless of her being correct or not with her claims about diversity, she has not done herself any favors with the way in which she has handled & presented herself in the past & currently.

As someone else stated, when she worked on the show and was a pivotal character she would have had some modicum of power and should have attempted to push for change at that time. Not saying she would have been successful but it would have had more impact at that time than close to a decade later when she has no affiliation with the show itself, or the companies that own it.

The Substitute
The Substitute

Bill Bell was very good to her two of her ideas were used she has a short memory I wish she would quit attacking the Bells he is gone and had nothing to do with her issues in 2007.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

She states this is all about her race getting directorial positions but it started when she wanted to direct at YR and they told her politely they needed her as an actress not directing. She got infuriated and quit!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

A voice of sanity, finally! Well said

Brian J. Greene
Brian J. Greene

I Have Always Thought That Miss Victoria Rowell Has Been Clearly Shooting Herself In The Foot Professionally And Legally. Wow! (Y) <3 😐 😐

penny
penny

For what it’s worth Ms. Rowell I believe every word you speak. Everyone knows the Bosses behind these networks don’t like it when an actor makes “WAVES”. They turn it around to make you look like the bad guy. The entertainment world is a dirty business and these networks have been playing the race card since television first began. I mean come on, what faces did you see monopolizing television screens growing up? So hats off to you Ms. Rowell for calling these hypocrites out. You’re far, far from delusional and crazy, those are words people like to use when they don’t know the true facts.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Penny, where have you been all my life? Finally, reasonable and fair thinking.

“……I’m trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things….”
Andy Goldsworthy

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ rebecca 1 .
And, never have I criticized anyone for his/her opinion. That is what you do.
I may disagree and I say so…then I go on to explain why. There is no right or wrong in anyone’s comments. They are opinions. I respect other’s opini ions. You have called me so many insulting names, I will not tolerate it any longer. And, neither will my parents, or husband.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@rebecca1.
Do you get off bullying me? Why are you so obsessed with me? Why do you pick on every comment I make? Your name on this site sticks out like a sore thumb….why? Because we are not used to seeing it. You only came on to target me. Seriously? Stop stalking me. It is illegal to bully people. And, I feel bullied. Understood?

rebecca1
rebecca1

I responded in my last comment but I’ll repeat…I go on several of the pages whether I watch the soap all the time, sporadically, just to see an actor I like that was on a previous soap…or because the post by Michael Fairman is interesting. This was a post about an actress suing a network and calling racism…so no…anytime I’ve commented on a post other than GH that you happen to be on was because I was on that page. Period. I avoided using your name when responding to some of the comments you’ve made…just as you and…sigh…I now won’t mention her name…but your “friend” out here…have avoided using mine. But again, you both know I read the posts…yet you continue, consistently, to reference me and my feelings on ageism. And yes, when it comes to that topic I will respond…and you and, sigh again, your friend…usually preface your comments with something referencing the response you expect to get from me…etc. Now, you can accuse me of the ludicours, infantile, “stalking”…which is similarly “out there” when you said you were getting comments in your personal email which again…no one here has anyone’s email and never writes to anyone directly…but I can accuse you of the same. If we tracked all the times I’ve posted your posts are almost always directly under mine. Coincidence? Perhaps…Don’t know but you’re post is always near, and contradicts, mine. You’re ridiculously possessive. If someone posts to someone you’re friendly with you jump right in to tell them that that person is “yours.” If I joke with someone as I did with Harry…your “friend” is right there to write to Harry and refer to something I wrote to him…to yet once again, contradict me. Case in point. I joked with Harry about calling Duke the Duke of Macy’s…(though it was his joke…Bloomingdale’s. No matter…) He jokingly apologized to me about referring to Duke in that way…It was all said in JEST!!! But there was “your friend” telling him no need to apologize… This goes on and on between the two of you. So again, don’t twist this around. I respond to you directly…you talk “about” me without mentioning my “name” out here. Again, you and sigh…this is tedious…”your friend” constantly toss asides about me. Deny it??? I would hope not. Look, CeeCee. It’s a shame that a friendly board with a shared enjoyment of soaps and discussion should have turned so hostile. But I can tell you in all honesty you started with me. I’ve pointed out how and when several times. I would have hoped, even back then, that you would have looked at what you wrote to me, realized how you came off, apologized and we would have gone back to our regularly scheduled programming (pun intended)…we actually started off friendly…. But you escalated your point…which put me on the defensive…and it went on and on. When your “friend” (again, exhausting) chimed in and anted up the antagonism…that was it. And there it is.… Read more »

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Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

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Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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