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While Y&R Pays Tribute To Kristoff St. John On-Air Tomorrow, There Will Be Upcoming Storyline In April That Also Honors The Late Actor

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While fans of The Young and the Restless mourn the loss of daytime drama’s beloved Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters), the series and CBS Daytime announced Thursday evening that although there will be a tribute to St. John, who passed away on Sunday, at the end of tomorrow’s episode, that it is only the beginning and that viewers should stay tuned.

In a statement, the number one daytime drama expressed; “The Young and the Restless will 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.”

Over the days since St. John’s tragic death, fans of the series have wondered what the show planned to do with the character since St. John had played the character for 27 years.   Looks like we will all find out together this spring, as the writing team pens a story that honors Neil Winters and his two-time Daytime Emmy-winning portrayer.

So, glad to hear that Y&R is planning a storyline  to pay their respects to Neil Winters and Kristoff ?

Share your thoughts via the comment section below, and make sure to catch The Young and the Restless on Friday (12:30-1:30 PM, ET and 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, PT).

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Kevin C
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Kevin C

Yes, Y&R needs to pay respect to Kristoff and the character of Neil…

Sandy
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Sandy

Love Y&R going to really miss Neil Winters. I hope that family stays together and Lily please come back. I know Y&R will do a beautiful story to honor him. I hope by then Paul Williams is back. ❤️❤️

Chadam
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Chadam

The actor and the character deserves a great memorial, like the one they did for Jeanne Cooper and Katherine in 2013.

Momo
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Momo

I hope it’s good. That’s nice of them to do,

Chris
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Chris

I’m glad they are honoring. He deserves it. ❤

Lauri
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Lauri

Maybe doing a nice funeral like they did for kathern maje sure they have all the family there even lily

Antonio
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Antonio

A final scene with Victoria Rowell welcoming Neil in heaven, like the one Cady McClain did when James Mitchell died, would be a perfect ending.

Linda Mullikin
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Linda Mullikin

Good, was disappointed with the tribute Friday…thought it was too short…glad to hear more is to come!

Joe
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Joe

I was very disappointed…I wouldn’t even call that a tribute. Please, Y&R has to do better than that.

Angela Montoya
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Angela Montoya

AGREED

Soapqueenforever
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Soapqueenforever

I agree with you Linda. I have been a fan since the mid eighties and Neil and Drucilla have always been my favorite couple. I was so shocked and saddened when I heard the news. He was such a terrific actor. When I saw the “tribute” after Friday’s episode, I thought this is it. I hope the one they give him in April is more deserving to his role and his dedication to the show.

Ms T
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Ms T

Thank you CBS he was truly loved!!!

Patty
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Patty

Thank you to CBS, Sony, Josh Griffith and his colleagues.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

It’s going to be sad no matter what the writers come up with.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Am glad to see and to hear all this appreciation of Kristoff St. John. It is so well deserved and appropriate. The New York Times this week featured two articles, including an appreciation piece, I thought were spot on. As for Neil Winters, I am eager to see what happens. I do want the character to continue as the Neil is vital for Lily, Devon, and without Dru, Olivia, and Malcolm on canvas, provides a link to the past that is so necessary. He is another ex-wife and son out there too. Although I could see the passing of Neil… Read more »

Patty
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Patty

Thank you for noting The New York Times Appraisal of Mr. St. John. Yes, indeed, it was “spot-on.”

Damien
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Damien

Hopefully Olivia and Malcolm will turn up . Along with Dru, they re time with Neil was classic Winters era. Without them any tribute wont feel the same. Hoping Devon and Anna can carry the Winters torch. Not sure about Nate. Hoping Lily returns aswell fulltime

Ray
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Ray

I have read several negative comments about the tribute at the end of Friday’s show. “Y&R” honored Kristoff at the end of Wednesday’s show and then the two-minute tribute today. First, it is tough for the show – it’s actors, writers, crew and audience – to lose someone so beloved. But these shows are taped months in advance and it is difficult to take a pre-taped show and turn it into a hour-long tribute within a week. I am sure it is still very raw for the actors to think his physical presence will not be there on a daily… Read more »

Harlee
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Harlee

I’m in shock because I’ve been loyal fan of YR since 1973 but with Mal Young at helm I quit watching about 6 months ago. I’m reeling from this news, rest in peace. CBS & Sony needs to do the right thing and give the fans what we all been clamoring for return of Drucilla and in tow a child son of Neil.

JKJ
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JKJ

Nice tribute to Kristoff Friday. Have been watching since day one. He was one of the greats.

Karen Ross
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Karen Ross

The tribute at the end of yesterday’s show was very disappointing, so I am glad to hear there will be more to come. Been watching Y&R since day 1 and St. John was a terrific addition to the show, so sorry he is gone, may he RIP.
I do hope he will not be replaced as he cannot.

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As viewers recently learned, Finn (Tanner Novlan) was adopted and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and she vowed to love him no matter who his bio parents were! But how will she feel when she finds out that his mother is actually Sheila Carter who has wreaked havoc on the lives of the Forrester family and everyone else in Los Angeles?

Soap Opera Digest spoke with Kimberlin on her exciting return where she shared: “When I found out that Finn was Sheila’s son, I was excited — I mean, terribly excited.”  Brown added on this next return to B&B, “Get ready, because the best is yet to come!’

Steffy and Finn’s nuptials are set for this Thursday August 5th and this Friday August 6th, where plenty of drama will play out.  How will Finn deal with finding out who is biological mother really is? Is there still a big twist on this yet to come?  Stay tuned!

So, excited to know that Sheila is back on the canvas as The Bold and the Beautiful and Kimberlin will be back on our-screens? Comment below.

But first check out ET’s exclusive at the wedding nuptials of Steffy and Finn and the return of Sheila and then our joint interview with Brown and Tracey E. Bregman of Y&R last year on The Michael Fairman Channel for more on Sheila’s notorious history!

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‘Port Charles’ Star Jay Pickett Dead at 60

UPDATED:  Just heartbreaking news over the weekend.  Former Port Charles star and soap veteran, Jay Pickett died suddenly while filming a movie.  His cause of death was not immediately known, although in a post on Sunday from Travis Mills it appears to have been from a heart attack. Pickett was 60-years-old.  On Sunday, former co-stars have shared their remembrances while mourning Jay including Michael Easton, Kelly Monaco, Michael Dietz, Marie Wilson, Kin Shriner and more.

In addition to his most remembered role on daytime as Frank Scanlon on the GH spinoff, Port Charles, where he appeared in over 762 episodes, Pickett also appeared on GH replacing Ted King as Lorenzo Alcazar and came back to the show in 2006-07 in the recurring role of Detective David Harper.  Jay also spent time on Days of our Lives as Dr. Chip Lakin and appeared on primetime’s Desperate Housewives and Queen Sugar countless other TV series and films.

Word of Pickett’s death first came via Facebook from Jim Heffel who is the film’s co-producer, who shared along with these images (see below): “Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner.”

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Michael Dietz, who played Pickett’s on-screen brother, Joe Scanlon on Port Charles shared his grief on the news on Facebook, expressing: “My greatest friend has sadly left this world. We met when we were cast as brothers on Port Charles many, many years ago. He played my big brother on TV but that carried over into real life and an amazing friendship that was one of a kind. He was an incredible husband, father, friend, and godfather to my daughter. Everyone that knew him loved him. I love you, Jay. Keep smiling my friend. All my love to his family, who truly became our family as well. You will be forever missed.”

Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) and Jay’s former co-star at Port Charles shared: “The sudden passing of my pal Jay Pickett Is very sad . He loved acting and Westerns , and when we got together we laughed a lot . R.I.P. Jay”

Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, PC and now Sam, GH) shared on her Instagram:  “My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jay Pickett. If you knew him, you loved him. Words can’t describe…”

Michael Easton (Ex-Caleb/Michael PC, and now Finn on GH) expressed: “Mourning the loss of our friend and colleague. I first met Jay in Margie Haber’s acting class in the late 80’s and was fortunate to get to work with him many times over the next thirty years. He was a wonderful actor but an even better person. My deepest condolences to his wife and his children, his friends and all of his fans. Rest in peace, Brother.”

Marie Wilson (Ex-Karen, Port Charles) shared: “This is one of the most difficult posts I’ve done. My heart is broken to hear that this incredible person has passed. Words cannot described how much you touched my life….your friendship, advice, and support made me feel so grateful and lucky. My first day on the set was with us having a water fight ….and the fun adventures continued from there. So happy to have shared all those moments with you. I will miss you my friend!”

Travis Mills from the film Treasure Valley, in which Pickett was filming at the time of his death, shared on Sunday morning this updated message on Facebook: “Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago. Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.  As so many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous. He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. It is difficult to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”

Jay is survived by his wife, Elena, and their three children, Maegan, Michaela and Tyler.

We will have more on this continuing story as remembrances for Pickett are shared, and updated on news of his passing.

Share your condolences and thoughts on Jay via the comment section below.

 

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So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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