Watching the funeral of Neil Winters on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was a powerfully emotional experience for the fans, but also for the cast and crew who were mourning the loss of their dear friend, Kristoff St. John. The stars of Y&R did very little acting that day, something you can tell from the backstage photographs that Daniel Goddard (Cane) took and shared on social media. “I photographed the behind the scenes of today’s Y&R memorial episode because I wanted to share it with you,” he explained. “So here are some photos of the cast coming together to say farewell.”
Goddard also revealed some secrets of exactly how the episode came to be. “Everything you saw,” he confided, “all of the eulogies given were filmed in just one take and with no rehearsals. Each actor just walked up there and said their dialogue, and then sat back down. We are so proud of this episode. And I hope you are, too… because I am sure that Kristoff Is.”
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I photographed the behind the scenes of Today’s episode of The Young & the Restless #NeilWinters memorial episode… because I wanted to share it with you… so here are some photos of the cast coming together to say farewell. I also want to add… that everything you saw, all of the eulogies given were filmed in just one take and with no rehearsals. Each actor just walked up there and said their dialogue, and then sat back down… we are so proud of this episode. And I hope u r too… Because I am sure that Kristoff is. ❤️ #yr
The emotion that viewers saw on screen was real, and is evident in the photos that Goddard took of castmates Christel Khalil (Lily), Bryton James (Devon), Shemar Moore (Malcolm), Eric Braeden (Victor), Joshua Morrow (Nick), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Peter Bergman (Jack), and Beth Maitland (Traci).
Take a backstage peek at the private moments shared by the Y&R stars during the taping of Neil’s funeral in the special gallery below.
For more from the Y&R stars on the special tributes to Neil and St. John, be sure to pick up the new CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine, on sale Monday, April 29.
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Yr Christel Khalil Eric Braeden
"Eric comforting Christel after her eulogy scene."
Yr Christian Le Blanc Bryton James
"Bryton and Christian take a moment to remember their friend."
Yr Joshua Morrow Shemar Moore
"Josh and Shemar catching up between scenes."
Peter Bergman Beth Maitland
"Peter and Beth... reminiscing. #PureClass"
Yr Gina Tognoni Shemar Moore
"Shemar takes a moment to comfort Gina (Phyllis) during Neil Winters funeral. Because no matter how long you knew Kristoff... wether it be 20 years or 2... losing him hurt. ❤️"