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Y&R: RIP Kristoff St John

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Idk anything about his taping schedule, but I do remember that he was inexplicably absent from late last month’s The Talk special on Y&R. He was promoted as soon as the day before it aired, if I recall correctly.

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4 hours ago, Juliajms said:

Me too. When I heard they were writing out the Winters family I completely gave up on the show. I haven't watched since sometime last summer.  It just bothered me that they would screw over KSJ after so many years. Not that he's the only one, but for me it was the last straw.

 

That's really a shame about Tricia Cast's husband. My heart goes out to her.


Tricia's husband? what happened?

 

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1 hour ago, DeeeDee said:

Poor Neil & Dru.

At least Jesse & Angie received their semi-happy ending.

 

This infuriates me. This has been such a hard hit for me as someone who not only loved Dru and Neil, but the actors as well. Seeing the outpouring of love and support from everyone made me realize just how shameful it is that Y&R undervalued the importance of some actors simply because they were black. People always say Victor is the face of Y&R, which is true, but right after him is Dru, Neil and to a lesser extend Malcolm. He deserved better from them. 

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11 minutes ago, Chris B said:

 

This infuriates me. This has been such a hard hit for me as someone who not only loved Dru and Neil, but the actors as well. Seeing the outpouring of love and support from everyone made me realize just how shameful it is that Y&R undervalued the importance of some actors simply because they were black. People always say Victor is the face of Y&R, which is true, but right after him is Dru, Neil and to a lesser extend Malcolm. He deserved better from them. 

 

I thought so much about this earlier today.  Did people think that he didn't feel diminished by the way his character was marginalized?  Yes, everybody has crappy storylines but somehow we always know that Victor and Nikki will find their way back to each other (whether folks like it or not) and Sharon and Nick will always be in each other's life (whether people like it or not) and it should've been that way for Neil and Dru but it wasn't.  TIIC just shoved a bunch of ill-conceived pairings at Neil and I think KSJ wanted to work so he did his best to promote it and be a "sport" about it, lest people think him difficult.  Some of us, I know, wished that he were vocal about what displeased him but maybe he figured, though he was on for so many years, that he might not have the clout of an Eric Braeden to speak out and seeing what Sony/Y&R did to Victoria Rowell might have further discouraged him.  I don't know.  Or maybe it just wasn't in his nature? All I know is that a couple that was a breakthrough for the show, won numerous Image Awards deserved better and they didn't get it. 

 

In the ATWT thread, I got attacked for talking about the problematic ways in which Black characters and the actors who portrayed them, were often presented/written on daytime dramas but it is a very real aspect in the history of daytime soaps and I wish there could be an honest fact-based, almost academic-style discussion of this.  Perhaps this is too late, given the current state of the industry but I wish there were an acknowledgement and some introspection into why this exists.

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22 hours ago, ChitHappens said:

In all honesty,  I don't ever recall anyone from a soap being so universally loved and adored.  I stopped reading the comments from other actors because I got so choked up.  

 

same here...

15 hours ago, Cat said:

I just heard the news. Absolutely devastated. I have never known a Y&R without Kristoff on it. He was an icon, pure and simple, his presence filled the screen, and so did his heart. I am not surprised in any way to hear how beloved he was -- it was obvious that he was a kind, caring, lovely individual. 

 

I was hoping to hear news of his return to Y&R in order to tune back in, truth be told. Something about that deep, reassuring voice, that presence, leapt off the screen.

 

It devastes me that he may have succumbed to his depression like this. I know he is at peace now and reunited with his adored son but... I wish it didn't have to be this way. Not for a man as loving and as impactful as KSJ was. I hope that doesnt sound too selfish to say.

Doesn't sound selfish at all. He had a lot to live for and I know losing a child is terrible nobody should have to go through that but if he did this to himself, I wish somehow he could have gotten the proper help..

 

I am so sad, I need to stop looking and maybe we can make a thread celebrating his life instead.....I just also feel so awful for his daughters.  I so hope he knew how loved he was and as I said if he did this to himself. People need to try to help others we know dealing with this  and get them the proper help.  The people left behind when a person dies grieve but it ends up being tragic when it is a person so young who hasn't lived a long life. So unfair. 

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