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Victoria Rowell Takes To Twitter To Let Fans Know She Will NOT Be Returning To Y&R And Much More!

The outspoken Victoria Rowell, who many fans have hoped would finally get a shot at returning to The Young and the Restless as Drucilla Winters, let her followers and fans know on Twitter this morning that it is not happening.

In a series of tweets aimed squarely at Sony, CBS, and Y&R executives, Rowell started with mentioning a moment last Friday when Sony Television Sr. VP. Steve Kent stated that a Drucilla return is not the creative direction the show is going in.  Rowell then took to task the issue of minorities working behind-the-scenes at Y&R, something she had wanted to do with the number one sudser for quite some time.   Here are Rowell’s tweets below!

Victoria Rowell:  “Sony TV Sr, VP STEVE KENT stated Friday that bringing back character DRU WINTERS is NOT the creative direction Young & Restless is going in. Head of Diversity at CBS, Josie Thomas asks if I can find work w/ another Network? CBS helmer, Leslie Moonves does not want me affiliated. ”

“Here’s the scoop ppl – for years I tackled diversity issues behind the camera re: unfair practices for minority hiring on Young & Restless.  Nat’l Urban League Pres. Marc Morial, Bill Bell Jr., Sony VP Steve Kent, and me met on Wall Street in NUL offices 2discuss hiring practices. Young & Restless soap in its history had NEVER hired an African American producer, writer or director, and its audience is over 50% black.  I was told Steve Kent was trying to gets off Young & Restless while I was still there. And I knew that without anyone telling me. As a result Bell Dramatic Serial & Sony Pictures TV were forced to hire FIRST black female writer, Susan Dansby, a 4time EMMY winner on Y&R, There is nothing easy about speaking up for change – especially the blackball-bullying but rest assured there is more than CBS & soap opera! I gave 22 years to CBS on two shows…so, now you know the truth and it doesn’t take a Charlie Sheen moment to send a smart girl packing.”

“The Y&R dirty soap issue of lack of minority hiring in writing, directing, producing went all the way to #1 sponsor, Proctor & Gamble. Thank National Urban League for pulling back the Y&R sheets and demanding change in the 21st century on a billion dollar CBS licensed show.  WHY was Sally McDonald demoted from her producer position on Y&R – a woman, a mother, an enormous talent? They don’t want NORMA RAE there;) New Y&R Exec Prod, Head Writer Jill Farren-Phelps hawking costumer, Jen Johns…no style? DRU brought her own clothes to set. U know it. A reason, a season, a lifetime. Young & Restless finally has begun hiring minority directors as well. CBS helmer, Leslie Moonves, and I have a standing lunch meeting, now two years old. I worked for the network collectively for 22 years. I just ask that you FOLLOW me to my next gig!”

So soapers, what do you think of a Y&R without a return from Drucilla as played by Rowell?  What are your thoughts on Rowell’s series of tweets this morning?    Weigh-in!

 

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Christine
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Christine

Quite frankly, I am relieved the show is going in a different direction. The show already has enough bad morale behind the scenes. IF the rumors are true, then they do not need Victoria Rowell returning to add to this. I have to believe there is some truth to all these arguments and, I remember when she was on a panel with some of her costars and they were not all that warm and friendly to each other so it makes me believe she was not that liked or that she made it difficult for them. I’ve seen her in… Read more »

Y&R fan 1973
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Y&R fan 1973

Christine, Victoria Rowell was so amazing it isn’t funny! I still see so many people every day on one blog or another request her return. I don’t think I have ever seen that in all these years.I love that she is Sharons Best friend and Neils true love. I would pay VR the highest pay for her return it I were CBS/SONY if they were smart

ChrissyKel
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ChrissyKel

I agree everyone loves VR and Drucilla she is requested every day for her return

dm
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dm

Yes, I remember watching that Y&R panel and noticing how “tight” everyone was, too. Dru no Dru, it appears the show’s days are numbered. Y&R is not worth me DVRing and watching anymore. Y&R is no longer a refreshing 60 minute escape to unwind with after work. There is NOBODY on Y&R to ROOT for anymore. I like rooting for a cause or a couple, that’s why I watched. Y&R isn’t and hasn’t been entertaining, but rather PAINFUL to watch for more than 6 years now. DVR has helped endure it. For me, it all started going downhill when the… Read more »

Kel
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Kel

WE DEMAND HER RETURN!!!!!!! HER AND SHARON ARE THE TALENT

missy
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missy

SHARON? LMAO!!!!

Mcrae
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Mcrae

YOu are so right…i hate what they have done to power couples like Nick and Sharon…even Nikki and Victor I no longer respect…really he sleeps with ur daughters best friend and son’s ex wife and u have the audacity to act like ur above all other women on the show (excluding Katherine Chancellor-RIP)..ha what a joke..I miss the thrill of the show with key characters like Dru,Sharon, nick, (the old Victoria) and jack..I stopped Dvr a year ago bcuz most of the shows were too boring or had developed character plots that did not interest me…this show needs to do… Read more »

Kel
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Kel

Son of a bitch that Steve Kent! I hate Y&R now I thought Dru would return! Those racist pigs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KIMBERLYE
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KIMBERLYE

CHRISTINE, THANK YOU FOR THOSE REMARKS. I, TOO, LIKE VICTORIA ROWELL AND THINK THAT SHE WAS AN ASSET TO EACH SHOW SHE WAS A PART OF. I HAVE BEEN BLACK FOR 65 YEARS AND STILL DEAL WITH RACISM ALMOST EVERYDAY. IT HURTS THAT IN THE 21ST. CENTURY WE ARE STILL FIGHTING THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. HOPEFULLY, THIS YOUNGER GENERATION WILL BE ABLE TO PUT IT TO REST.

Devoted Fan
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Devoted Fan

Shazam!

Cruz
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Cruz

Christine are you crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The show was never ever ever better when Victoria Rowell was drucilla! They MUST bring her back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

ChrissyKel
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ChrissyKel

I agree Drucilla is almost as important as Sharon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

DRUfan!
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DRUfan!

I think it’s a HUGE mistake!!! Victoria Rowell is one of the best in daytime and she made Dru so interesting and a spicy character. It is a pity they don t bring her back…Y&R needs strong female characters like Dru!!!

Rob
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Rob

YAWN!

She is always on a soapbox, no pun intended. While I think she is a talent and I dont think anyone else could ever play Drucilla, its done…move on.

jimmy
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jimmy

I LOVED Victoria Rowell as Drucilla everyday i think about it hoping she returns!!!!

chris
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chris

I love Drucilla this show needs her back! She is the best character I love Victoria Rowell

willy
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willy

The ratings would sky rocket with Drucillas return so said this show will not do what the fans want!

kelly
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kelly

WE NEED DRUCILLA BACK NOT ONLY FOR NEIL BUT SHARONS BFF! WHAT CAN WE DO TO CHANGE THIS!!! We LOVE her! 🙂

Theresa
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Theresa

I am pissed I really thought Dru was coming back I almost want to ban the show. I love Sharon and Adam and Sharon are the only reason I still watch! Please bring Victoria R back ASAP! <3

Christine
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Christine

This is such BULL! I want Drucilla back! Michael they need to see the fans want her and demand her back!

ashlee
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ashlee

Sharon could use a friend, Lily could use her mother, Neil could have a love life…it would be a great return. But is it just me or does VR always sound angry, bitter, and arrogant in her interviews? Sometimes the way she talks, its like she truly feels and believes that she has been the sole reason for the success of the show. I feel that if she humbled herself a little, and stopped being the bull in the CBS China shop, both parties could successfully negotiate. It sounds like there is a little too much pride and ego happening… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

No it isn’t just you. She always speaks like she is above everybody else and that her sh*t don’t stink. Her book said nasty things about YR so to come back and make it sound like she’s the poor widdle victim and it’s all big bad CBS’s fault is such BS. Don’t talk smack, and you’ll be asked back. Simple.

Nikki
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Nikki

I completely agree, Jules!

SZima
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SZima

You are right on! When I read the first sentence, I was ready to disagree with you…

Lily is a grown married woman with two children of her own. She doesn’t “need” her mommy anymore. Sharon is beyond needing the help of just a friend. Neil does need a love life, but not with someone as polarizing as Dru/Victoria.

Ms. Rowell may be a good actress, but she’s just not worth the trouble she brings. There are enough huge egos on the show!!

Charles
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Charles

We love Victoria Rowell! MICHAEL. can you spread the word we loved her as Drucilla!!!!! PLEEEEEASE!!!!! Michael Thank you! ….:)

ChrissyKel
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ChrissyKel

Id pay Victoria Rowell the most money she IS THAT GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

sandy
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sandy

A girl always needs her mother it doesnt matter how old she is. She is your mother. As for Victoria we dont know what all was said, there is always two sides to a story, so how can you judge what who really said or what who did what. Everyone has a right to stand up for themselfs. Do you always let people walk all over you? Or do you stand up for your self when you feel you have been wronged?

Blake
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Blake

Sucks, cause Y&R could use some spicing up on the show these days. And Drucilla would definitely do that! Can Phyllis please take a back seat, be on the back burner for a while and let Dru take that spot?

Chloe
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Chloe

I think Victoria Rowell is making an ass of herself! Everyone knows she started so much shit when she worked at Y & R, why in the hell would they want her back?!?!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Agreed. And this coming from a Dru fan. I wish she would have learned a thing or two since she went over that cliff so many years ago. I like Victoria Rowell as an actress, but STFU and do your job and maybe you’d be employed! I mean no disrespect, but get over yourself! I can think of several actresses who could pull off Dru. Renee Elise Goldsbury comes to mind, but she may be a bit too young.

@MandyPasha
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@MandyPasha

Ha. Ironic choice of actress since REG was let go without a fight by ABC during her contract negotiations & she’s as diplomatic as they come! It seems AA actors All experience some of this whether or NOT they shut up or shout out! Victoria Rowell is the ONLY one speaking because she is the only one who can. I don’t believe for a minute she believed they would let her back in. Not really. That’s why she is relentless with her diversity message. If she was lying TPTB could just sue & be rid of the bad publicity. Why… Read more »

Cruz
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Cruz

Drucilla is a staple character and a must need I am not interested in what she did or said she is a fantastic actress!…:)

toscanti
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toscanti

I hope VR can find peace and work elsewhere. This young woman has a huge ax to grind and unfortunately she is only hurting herself. I commend her efforts to bring minority writers, directors and actors to the canvas. Finally they have hired these roles, unfortunately diversity and minorities include not just African Americans but Latinos, Asians ect. Hope she can let it go, after all she chose to be let out of her contract early.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Agreed!

SZima
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SZima

Not so young!!!

Y&R Drucilla.Sharon fan
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Y&R Drucilla.Sharon fan

I want Victoria Rowell back yesterday and I think the show owes it to us already this is crazy just give this fantastic actress what she wants already!

Pamela Last
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Pamela Last

Y&R is not the same without VR. We all need to campaign harder to Sony to bring her back!

Chloe
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Chloe

It’s better!!! No backstabbing, no drama, and no bs since she left. Like I read in another post….enough big ego’s still there 😉

Charles
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Charles

Pamela we love Drucilla the ratings will be through the roof! The show must have the most stupidest people alive in the WORLD that don’r beg her to come back and give her the highest salary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Y&R Drucilla.Sharon fan
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Y&R Drucilla.Sharon fan

Pamela I agree we need and love Drucilla she is a icon!

Kel
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Kel

I will Champain to bring Drucilla back lets all go on the CBS soaps in depph and other pages to say we want her back!!!!!!!!!!!!1

bzbourbon
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bzbourbon

Too many people in this industry stay silent on issues of fairness and diversity (not just racial) and discrimination because they are afraid of being blackballed. If you decide to do it and you do it quietly or politely you are often dismissed and then disappear. The only way to guarantee your message isn’t swept away is to shout it from the rooftops and even then you have to KNOW that you may be signing away your livelihood, especially in a small community like soaps. VR knew the cost of what she was doing. She knew that she would be… Read more »

Sam
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Sam

Please use paragraphs if you want to be heard. This hurts the eyes.

bzbourbon
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bzbourbon

LOL. Point noted. I think I just got carried away with my thoughts. What was supposed to be one paragraph’s worth of writing became arguably a handful.

SZima
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SZima

I agree…I didn’t bother even reading it.

ChrissyKel
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ChrissyKel

I agree WE LOVE VICTORIA ROWELL I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR HER RETURN EVERYDAY > I ONLY WATCH FOR THAT REASON WAITING TO HEAR AND I LOVE SHARON CASE!!!!!!!!!!

BW
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BW

I agree with you. She could have approached it a different way and maybe she’d still be on. I don’t think any of the new characters can hold a candle to the former icons. John’s ghost appears to Jack all the time. At least let Dru appear to Neil or Devon occasionally.

Nikki
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Nikki

I’m so sick of Victoria Rowell’s bitching and moaning. I don’t find this to be an issue of “standing up to diversity”, I see this as another diva actress who just wants attention and a pity party. I don’t feel sorry for her in the slightest. She had a job for over two decades and SHE was the one that chose to leave it. If Y&R and CBS do not want her back, it’s probably because they want to focus on running a successful show, not fretting over when Ms. Rowell will lash out again. Was the character of Dru… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

No kidding! Talk about a liability and morale killer. The soaps are hanging by a thread, they need teamwork, not divas.

ChrissyKel
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ChrissyKel

I love Victoria Rowell ! Drucilla and Sharon are the best characters to of ever been on the Y&R show

BW
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BW

No need for name calling. Especially since you’ve probably never been behind the scene to know how morale was. The only thing any of us have to go on is what we read on sites like these. None of us were there to really know what happened. It’s up to us to choose to believe or not believe the rumors that are all flying around. But to call someone you don’t know the “b” word is not necessary.

sandy
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sandy

I agree. The B word is never a necessary word to use.

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Les Moonves Totally Blows To Moi! 🙁

Victoria Rowell Gave Her All To 3 CBS shows–Y&R, Diagnosis Murder, & A Brief Stay As Nella Franklin On As The World Turns In The Middle 1980s! 😀

grandma
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grandma

Thank God she is not returning. I enjoyed her acting until the last 2 yrs of YR she was so over the top it was painful. We also do not need somebody coming back from death. I hope YR improves gets some great storylines not ghosts from the past.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I liked Rowell and Drucilla but I am completely worn out by her continued rantings about this topic. The show has moved on from her and she needs to focus her attention on her future and not her past. For several years, she has rehashed these same points ad nauseum. If she is difficult and doesnt’ get along with many of the actors, the show is wise to completely dismiss the chance for Rowell to return. On the other hand, if Rowell is dead on accurate about what she is saying and the place was that lousy to work for,… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

Probably for the best……

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Honestly, I’m not upset by this. Too much time has gone by and Dru isn’t needed on the scene. Victoria, while I love her, can be a bit of a Brenda Dickinson. Overly dramatic about things and events. I think it’s time if VR wants to return to daytime to find a new soap home!

ashlee
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ashlee

Debbi Morgan should have been cast as Dru. If so, maybe she wouldn’t have been axed.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Debbi has stated she wouldn’t take the role of Dru, due to her friendship with Victoria Rowell.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

That’s extremely loyal of Debbi and I appreciate that. If that’s the case, however, then there are other talented African American actresses who could do Drucilla justice, if she is perceived as important to the canvas. I liked VR a lot in the role, but it’s become clear she’s not coming back–either they flat out will not hire her, or they won’t do what it would take to get her back. I really do wonder how much of the change that VR is outlining really came about because of her efforts. I applaud her for sticking up for a just… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

LET IT GO! They call it baggage for a reason, it weighs you down. MOVE ON! Use your talent while you’re still potentially employable elsewhere. I think you’re talented and loved Dru, but your axe is so ground down, it no longer has a point.

Y&R fan 1973
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Y&R fan 1973

We need Dru back! We loved her with Neil, as a buisness women and also my favorite Sharon’s best friend!!! BRING HER BACK! Michael Fairman please show CBS/SONY the requests for her back! I see it every day requests for her return like no other soap character! Thank you!

sandy
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sandy

I agree. we need her back on the Young and Restless. These other women they bring in for Neal are just fly by night and a few months in the sack and then they are gone. Doesn’t make Neil a very good impression on Lilly and his grandchildern. It tells her its okay to go on and make the same mistakes he has. She needs a mother to guide her and the grandchildern. A good role model.

mo
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mo

I liked her on DM, but I think she brings too much drama with her. That said, I totally agree with her for standing up for what’s right. I too have tried to do it where I work and it’s not met with any welcome.

Shelly
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Shelly

I know absolutely nothing about the entertainment industry, but it seems to me all these diva rants aren’t going to bode well with network execs. Sorry I’m in the minority here; I never liked the character anyway. I always liked Neil with Olivia. They’re both classy and I was sick of Olivia wasting her time being Dru’s babysitter.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Bad form. You don’t bad mouth an employer in public. Though it didn’t seem to hurt Charlie Sheen.

Rona
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Rona

There’s many fans that do want her back but CBS and Sony have the last word and that word is “No”!

sandy
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sandy

they need to reconsider. get over yourselfs CBS. do what is good for the show.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

Actually, I admire Rowell’s candor! African-Americans have been greatly underserved in soap operas, and she was one of the few to have a front-burner role. The magnificent Ellen Holly (Carla, OLTL) was featured prominently from the show’s inception until about 1973, when she became everyone’s “supportive Black friend.” These artists have REAL talent, and are often wasted in segregated storylines or supporting roles that do not serve either the artists or these shows’ audience. Like Rowell, Cady McClain, George Reinholt and Eileen Fulton, I have enormous respect for performers who call out their bosses. Indeed, this is more admirable than… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

You had me until you put George Reinholt in the same group as the other three.

SZima
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SZima

If a person is going to “call out their bosses,” then they have to be prepared to suffer the consequences. I don’t care what your job is, if you’re famous or Joe Blow down the street, you DO NOT call out your boss and get away with it. If I had caused a ruckus like Victoria at any of my jobs over the years, I would not have lasted at any of them. It’s called “sucking it up and doing your job.”

sandy
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sandy

I dont agree. If your boss is wrong you call them out on it. that is why so many people are so stressed out. If you have a bad seed for a boss call them out on it. If they fire you then it is their loss. there are other jobs out there. I dont believe any job is worth sucking up to a person that is no better than you. I dont care how much money they have or what they are paying you for your job. It dont pay to be a brown noser. victoria had every right… Read more »

BW
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BW

Sandy, I agree with you. No one should be intimidated or afraid to voice their concerns to their boss. They should be able to do so without fear of repercussions. But keep in mind that there is also a proper way to do it without being insubordinate.

grandma
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grandma

She has been calling out her employers and fellow actors si
nce she left by own choosing, years ago, if she was so adamant why didnt she stay and fight her fight.? If i difch complaining as she did at my minimum wage job i would be out so fast. She screwed up she lost a good thing .She is and was arrogant.

colton phillips
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colton phillips

I feel sorry for Victoria Rowell she has to understand that white people don’t care if black people are treated fairly. Y&R is a white show period they really dont want black on they show;I just wish Afrian Americans would stop supporting Racist White People.Not one black person should watch Y&R boycott CBS.

randy
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randy

whydont the writers find drus corpse ,,,pull itout of the river and give a final funeral farewell to the character…maybe all this drama about a rowell return will stop..and thus giving her fans closure to a character they have loved and hoped for a safe return,,

sandy
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sandy

I disagree with you. They need to bring Dru back and get over themselfs.

Adrienne Gale
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Adrienne Gale

Agree….viewers need closure!!

Casey
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Casey

If I had a million dollars, which I don’t 🙁 , I’d bet it all on the believe that Y&R’s ratings would skyrocket if these morons behind the scenes would get over themselves and bring Victoria Rowell back as Dru. No doubt in my mind. With the soap genre dying, the focus should be about keeping viewers plugged into watching the few soaps left. Victoria Rowell, love her or hate her, is a HUGE draw for Y&R and the executives need to tell those actors that have a problem with VR to just get over themselves. It’s about survival of… Read more »

sandy
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sandy

I agree

sandy
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sandy

I think dru should be brought back to the young and restless. victoria rowell would bring some life back to the show. now that Neal is getting interested in other women they need to bring her back. I think it would really stir things up.

Gina
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Gina

I think what the show executives and Victoria need to do is to put everything in the past back there in the past and go on. Many people have requested to bring Dru back with Victoria playing her. So Mr. Griffith needs to bring her back. In present times the execs need to pay attention to what the fans say, otherwise the show will go down. We all don’t want to see that happen, do we?! So BRING BACK DRU! The plot could be that Neil or Lily go on a business trip and they happen to run into Dru,… Read more »

Morpreciousluv
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Morpreciousluv

While I am a fan of Y & R, I respect the decision of anyone that determine that this is not the best for them. Victoria R. is a beautiful person, her career seems to speak very loudly to her what she values most. Peace of mind.

Patti
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Patti

I am an African-American woman who has watched, off and on, since the days when David Hasselhoff was “Snapper”. Victoria Rowell is quite correct when she says that 50% of Y&R is African-American. It just might be 50% +. A stylist who used to do my hair would book me sometimes, so we could watch the show together. Hair salons all along and across this country turn to Y & R, religiously. I’m surprised and hurt to know what the attitudes of CBS are. My favorite network; home of Walter Cronkite, and Dan Rather, Ed Bradley and many others, is… Read more »

Adrienne Gale
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Adrienne Gale

I have been watching Y&R since I was 13 …I am 43….lol…..Wow—that is astounding but true….. On the subject of Drucilla—-She was a great character and I waited for her to come back….especially when they had her fall off that edge and never found her body. I thought FOR SURE they would bring her back. So here is the question—Why in the world would they not have killed her off completely ? Instead… the fans thought that she was coming back because of the way they killed her off….however….eventually I accepted that she was gone forever……She was very good at… Read more »

Adrienne
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Adrienne

Please do not put my last name in…ty

Adrienne
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Adrienne

I don’t have twitter but I googled to see what happened to Victoria. That is the way I found out about everything and I have to say that she probably could have been a bit more mature. I mean did she have to basically call CBS and Y&R racists? That is ridiculous……! Obviously she was miffed about them not letting her write so that’s it……but Y&R should have DEF killed her off better bc the fans kept hoping that she lived thru the fall……

Darin Dietiker
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Darin Dietiker

I met her once….in a Home Depot, of all places. We talked for a few minutes about “Dru”. I found her to be very friendly and gracious. She seemed to glow when she talked about the iconic character she played. She seemed so proud of her work. I hope one day it works out that she will come back and we will get to see more of Dru’s attitude and antics.

shirley grieb
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shirley grieb

Would really like to see her come back to the show , i’m sure i’m not the only one .

Mommi6
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Mommi6

I miss B&B (awful scripting) and Y&R (explanation follows) they are like old friends that start behave strangely, you miss them and would take them back if only they would start acting like their old selves again. I don’t know, I’m sure I have the order wrong, because it’s all just a messy blur of memories now. William Bell left, Dru left, John left, brad left, then these minor characters kept coming and going. Sometimes the plot would almost get good then suddenly change or someone would leave, die or be replaced. I think the whole time just hang in… Read more »

Mommi6
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Mommi6

Sidenote: I mourn “As The Word Turns”. My old friend that died, it was a faithful friend. Why did these two wierd friends live and ATWT die, Why?!!

nikki noeyes
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nikki noeyes

Hi I would like it very much if they would bring back VR as Drucilla I really like the way she played her character I watch Y&R everyday until they took her off the show now I don’t watch it. So please bring her back we beg you too.

chuck
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chuck

You put TOO much time and energy in trying to be the next Rosa Parks, Y& R had black,white yellow and green audience with the original writers… QUIT BEING A FOOL! YOU HAD LOYAL FANS!! YOU TURNED YOUR BACK ON THEM… THEY SHIULDNT FOLLOW YOU TO CRAP!! Next you’ll say its all racial… Honey Hollywood is ALL Jewish!!! GROW UP OR GET OUT!! ACTORS ARE A DIME A DOZEN…

Kermit50
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Kermit50

Victoria. You are an amazing actress and I would love to see you back a at the Y and R. Get over the racial thing! Look at the cast. Racial? No, the cast is so representative. Get off your soapbox and embrace what Y and R offers

Laila
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Laila

If the writers and main people who direct the show did not intend to bring back Dru, why did they not have a stranger or police find her body eventually to prove that she is dead and there’s no way for her to return? The show just decided to keep it a mystery for no reason? Do they not know that the long-time running characters are what makes the show a classic?
Just do everybody a big favour and bring back Dru. The new girl that’s with Neil now is just not his match at all.

dee
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dee

Dru was hilarious on the show, great actress, I miss her, we want her back. Dru please come back your fans need to see you on y&r

Julianne
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Julianne

I will probably stop watching it if Dru Winters doesn’t return. The storylines are getting to be boring. There will never be excitement like it was when she was on there

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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