Y&R to Pay Tribute to Kristoff St. John and Neil Winters this April, Cast Remember the Actor — Plus, This Week’s Preview

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Kristoff St. John passed away last week at the age of 52. He was known to television audience for his portrayal of Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless for 28 years.

St. John’s peers in the acting community and fans have come together on social media since the news of the actor’s tragic passing was revealed. Some key readings on St. John’s legacy: New York Times’ “As Neil Winters, Kristoff St. John Was a Cornerstone in a Corner Office” and The Grio’s “The Kristoff St. John Effect: How his soap narratives paved the way for ‘Empire’ characters and Sterling K. Brown.”

Y&R was able to throw together a in memoriam tribute card for the end of the episode that aired on Tuesday, February 5 (in Canada; Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the U.S.), as well as a video tribute with the actor that aired in Canada on Thursday, February 7 (in Canada; Friday, Feb. 8 in the U.S). The Young and the Restless has announced that they will pay tribute to Kristoff St. John and his character, Neil Winters, with a storyline that will begin airing this April.

Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) appeared on Extra to discuss the passing of his longtime friend and co-star. You can watch the clip below (or click here).

Victoria Rowel, who co-starred alongside St. John as his characters wife, Drucilla Barber Winters, spoke to Entertainment Tonight. You can watch that emotional clip below (or click here).

This week on The Young and the Restless: Jack (Peter Bergman) defends Kyle (Michael Mealor) on Monday (February 11; Canadian airdates listed). Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) covers her tracks. 

On Tuesday (February 12), Cane (Daniel Goddard) struggles with the past. Summer (Hunter King) charms Kyle. 

Nick (Joshua Morrow) plays games with Phyllis on Wednesday (February 13). Jack romances Kerry (Alice Hunter). Sharon (Sharon Case) cracks under pressure. 

A dangerous alliance is exposed on Thursday (February 14)!

Also this week: Mariah (Camryn Grimes) and Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) celebrate Valentine’s Day. Things get tense between Mia (Noemi Gonzalez) and Abby (Melissa Ordway). Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) declares his love for Sharon (Sharon Case).

New Character: Y&R has cast Brytni Sarpy in the new contract role of Elena Dawson. The actress is coming off a four-year stint on General Hospital where she played Valerie Spencer. According to Soap Opera Digest, Sarpy will begin taping The Young and the Restless beginning this week.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on Global and CBS. Canadian viewers can catch up with Y&R on demand, on the Global Go app and online at GlobalTV.com.

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Jeevan Brar is a digital content producer and freelance entertainment writer based in Toronto. Jeevan has managed The TV Watercooler since 2008, the Canadian blog has focused on daytime soaps, primetime hits and reality TV guilty pleasures. The blog has also connected Canadian soap fans with exclusive interviews with the cast of enduring daytime dramas The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful. 'Like' The TV Watercooler on Facebook. You can also follow Jeevan on Twitter and Google+.

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