Any fans of “The Young and the Restless” hoping for a miraculous return by Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) would be wise not to hold their breath: The actress just publicly tore the 41-year-old sudser to shreds.
In a Twitter rant that coincided with the CBS series’ anniversary yesterday, Rowell broached the topic of racism in the soap opera industry, paying special attention to the show she called home for the better part of 1990 to 2007. “AfricanAmerican multi-million$ (P&G) audience substantially keeps Young & Restless at #1,” she wrote, followed by: “Young & Restless on for 40 years, loyally watched by their absolute competitive-edge audience (blacks) & not ONE black Exec PRODUCER?”
It’s been 23 years since Kristoff St. John stepped into the role of “The Young and the Restless’” Neil Winters, and since that time, the New York native has given countless interviews giving fans a detailed glimpse into the man he is when the cameras aren’t rolling. But despite all of the revealing material, there’s still a large part of St. John’s life that hasn’t been publicly unearthed — until now! The actor has just finished completion of a horrifying documentary film detailing his family’s unsuccessful 1980s quest to find God in India, and Soap Opera Network spoke with him about the groundbreaking film and how the childhood experience shaped him as a human being. Read on to get the scoop as well as a few teases regarding Neil’s life, too!
Just when you thought you’d heard it all when it comes to celebrity divorces, the recent drama for “The Young and the Restless’’ star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) is adding another deliciously entertaining layer to the land of celeb Splitsville.
According to TMZ, the star and her husband, artist Radcliffe Bailey, have decided to end their four-year marriage. And because the couple had a prenup and no children, many would think the divorce should seemingly run rather smooth. That is, except for one odd detail in the settlement, which states: “Each agrees that he or she shall not in any manner disturb, bother, harass or otherwise interfere with the other party.”
How’s that for a soap opera-esque divorce agreement?
If a dose of “The Young and the Restless’” Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) is just what you’ve been craving this holiday season, then get ready for your wish to come true! The former daytime star will be appearing in an upcoming original UP film titled “Marry Me for Christmas.”
The romantic, home-for-the-holidays feature follows Marci Jewel (Malinda Williams), the owner and creative director of an up-and-coming ad agency who’s happy about her life as a NYC single gal — until the holidays roll around! “While all of her cousins are married and having babies, Marci remains the lone holdout in the large Chandler family clan who has put marriage and motherhood on hold for the sake of her career,” states an official press release. “As the family’s epic Christmas celebration is about to start, Marci learns that her favorite cousin Dana (Tamara Bass), her husband Frankie (Jason Weaver) and their family are leaving the country for five years on missionary work. So at the last minute, Marci promises to come home for the holidays for the first time in years. With a deadline looming for a new client, she drags her employee Adam (Brad James) in tow to Atlanta and does the only thing she can do in the face of unbearable pressure from her ailing mom Stephanie (Rowell), aunt Myra (DeEtta West), uncle Donald (Greg Alan Williams) and cousin Preston (Carl Payne): fakes a fiancé.”
“We’re going to bring you fresh faces, other faces, familiar faces…primetime, daytime, film stars…you’re gonna be so excited! I’m bringing you bubblicious, soapalicous, down and dirty, evil dressing room dalliances, sexy, steamy…wow, I lost myself there,” says Victoria Rowell enthusiastically and physically to viewers in a promo highlighting her Kickstarter campaign to help fund “The Rich and the Ruthless,” a primetime pilot she hopes will placate fans of “The Young and the Restless,” who for a number of years have been clamoring for her to return as Drucilla Winters. The potential series follows Rowell’s success with her books “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva,” and “The Young and the Ruthless: Back in the Bubbles,” which was released earlier this year.
As surprising as it was to hear that “The Young and the Restless’” Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby) absolutely loves everything about weddings (which you can read more about here), it was equally surprising when his onscreen partner, Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) admitted that, in opposition to Goddard’s romantic view on the soap staple events, she really can’t stand them! And that’s just one of the things the candid actress revealed when Soap Opera Network recently caught up with her for a revealing chat.
When it comes to titles, “The Young and the Restless’” Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) is no stranger. He’s been called a heartthrob, an Emmy nominee, an Emmy winner, and even the “Denzel of Daytime.” The latter of which actually makes the New York native kind of blush! “That’s just a moniker for having staying power and lasting power in this medium,” he says with modesty of the Denzel Washington comparison. “I’m one of the longest running African American males on daytime, so I think that statement is more in honor of that.”
“RIP Jeanne Cooper (1911-2013) Dead,” read an inappropriate tweet by tweeter @BravoMaxine, which was tweeted to twitter accounts @ebraeden @melodythomassco @victoriarowell. The tweet received a response from Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters, “The Young and the Restless”) who said, “A special lady & great Native American actress.” Thankfully, we can report that Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, “The Young and the Restless”), who was actually born in 1928, is very much alive as stated by Eric Braeden (Victor Newman, “Y&R”), “Contrary to some statement, Jeanne Cooper is doing better and sitting with her daughter Caren by her bedside!!”
Victoria Rowell, author of “The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir” and “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva,” is back for an all-new release entitled “The Young and the Ruthless,” which is scheduled for release on Tuesday, March 5. As part of the promotion of the book, Rowell will be taking part in a live Twitter chat with fans and readers as she answers questions sent to her using the hashtag #BookishChat starting at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT on Friday, March 1.