The daytime community was rocked by the sudden death of Kristoff St. John on Feb. 3. And while THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS released a short video to honor the actor that week, the soap needed more time to put together a fittingly special tribute to St. John and his beloved character of Neil Winters. Beginning on Tuesday, April 23, and continuing through the end of the week, the residents of Genoa City will learn of Neil’s passing and come together in grief to remember him fondly. “Just watched the scripted shows airing next week in tribute to the life and legacy of Kristoff St. John,” tweeted head of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel. “Cried nonstop. Grateful to Y&R staff, cast, and crew for honoring him through the sadness.”
Some familiar faces will be returning to Genoa City to pay their respects, including Shemar Moore as Neil’s younger brother, Malcolm Winters, and Julia Pace Mitchell and Angell Conwell as Neil’s exes, Sofia Dupre and Leslie Michaelson. In addition, St. John’s longtime friend, Stan Shaw, who also co-starred with him in the TV mini-series Roots: The Next Generations, will be appearing as the reverend officiating Neil’s funeral.
On Friday, April 26, THE TALK will welcome special guests from Y&R to share their memories of St. John and air classic clips of the actor from his decades on the soap. Then, Y&R will be airing a special tribute episode of its own on Monday, April 29. And among the actors sharing their heartfelt memories of St. John will be former castmembers Victoria Rowell and Mishael Morgan, whose Y&R alter egos of Drucilla and Hillary were unable to attend Neil’s funeral as they have both passed away themselves.
These are going to be episodes that no daytime fan will want to miss, so be sure to set your DVR to record — and perhaps never delete — every single one. For more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.