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WATCH: The Young and the Restless Tribute To The Legacy Of Kristoff St. John

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At the end of Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, the CBS Daytime drama acknowledged the legacy of one of their beloved sons, Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters).  In a heartbreaking week for all, St. John died a week ago today at the age of 52, the cause of death is still being determined.

With wanting to honor their longtime colleague, and put their grief into some action, Y&R aired a tribute package culled from interview footage and clips of Kristoff’s journey as Neil Winters, and while it was under 2 minutes, it was all the same touching and emotional given the reality, and the context.

In it, St. John reflects on his time with Y&R: “It feels like such an accomplishment. I’ve been a part of something that will, somehow, be in a time capsule up there. “  Kristoff goes on to say how he would want his contribution to the show to be remembered: “I’m one of the brothers on The Young and the Restless. I’m one of the sons. I’m one of the family members. I was there. Yeah, man. Neil Winters was an integral part.”

The tribute concluded with the message: “In Loving Memory of our dear friend Kristoff St. John.”

Understanding the fans concerns that this is not enough, and knowing full-well that St. John and Neil are to important to the history of the show, the series is currently writing a storyline that will air in April to honor him

In a statement, Y&R and CBS stated: “We forever value the legacy of Kristoff St. John in his portrayal of Neil Winters. Beginning in late April, Y&R will feature a storyline that pays tribute to both Kristoff and his character.”

For now, all we can do is mourn this talented man, and remember his performances, and what he meant to this iconic soap opera.

If you haven’t seen it, or want to see it again, watch below the tribute that aired thus far.  Share your thoughts on it via the comment section below.

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So touching and beautiful and in the meantime extremely heartbreaking and sad…Loved that they put the classic beautiful background music to remembering Kristoff…He will be sorely missed but in the meantime he is at peace with his son…

Bradley
Bradley

What a beautiful tribute, just perfect. Much like Jeanne Cooper’s passing, it really feels like a family member has departed. Thank you Kristoff for enlightening us with your journey as Neil.

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su000

That was nice but nothing notable.
YouTube has many, many great memorials to Kristoff St. John
The Youtube videos give tribute from his birth to death..
family, friends, accomplishments, his life..
they are done very well..
go to Youtube and in search put his name in.

The Y&R tribute was just a few clips of his performances, eehhhh they could have done better..

James
James

They couldn’t do so with the amount of time they needed to put this together on the fly in consideration of the episode due to air stateside that Friday.

And as stated above, the show will have a standalone episode later this year dedicated to Kristoff and his character.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I love it. This is going to take me some time to get over. Kristoff and Neil Winters will be greatly missed.

Timmm
Timmm

It was perfect!

Damien
Damien

Kristoffs time in y n r was synomous with Victoria Rowell
They are a y n r supercouple! There should ve been atleast several clips of Neil and Dru in there. Also Olivia and Nate.
Was touching but selfishly being such a fan I was wanting more…

Bradley
Bradley

I agree. The omission of Neil and Drucilla in the highlight reel is unforgivable.

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According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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