CBS Daytime show The Talk has announced a special episode honoring the late Kristoff St. John, who portrayed Neil Winters on the No. 1 daytime drama The Young and the Restless for roughly 29 years.
On Friday, April 26, the Daytime Emmy-winning talk show will host St. John’s co-stars Christel Khalil (Lily Winters Ashby), Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters), Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters), and Bryton James (Devon Hamilton Winters), according to the show’s Facebook page. The show is billed as a celebration of the actor. It will come after Friday’s Y&R episode, which will feature the citizens of Genoa City laying Neil Winters to rest. Genoa City residents had learned, earlier this week, that Neil Winters had died of a massive stroke, according to The Inquisitr.
Followers of The Talk on Facebook immediately began replying to the news that the show plans to air a tribute on Friday. Most shared positive messages of condolences for both St. John’s family, as well as for his Y&R work family.
“Beautiful man Kristoff was, a great character he portrayed Neil. Gone from everyone too soon very heartbreaking,” one earnest fan remarked.
“This week on Y&R is going to be a tough one.. and I feel for the cast having to mourn him twice. RIP,” wrote another viewer.
In addition to heartfelt condolences, many viewers also professed to offer prayers for those affected by the loss of the Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor, who passed away on February 3 at the age of 52. A friend found St. John dead at his Los Angeles area home when he went to the actor’s house to watch the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles County Coroner listed the actor’s cause of death as heart disease complicated by alcohol.
Fans appreciate the fact that the show both wrote and filmed this week’s episodes while they were all still mourning the loss of their friend and co-worker. Even the hosts of The Talk were acquainted with Kristoff St. John, and grieved his passing. Viewers praised Y&R for the job it’s doing in honoring both Neil Winters and St. John as the story arc lays the character to rest.
“My heart broke when I heard the news. Y&R is doing a wonderful job of saying goodbye to a great actor,” one fan wrote in response to the news.
In addition to Friday’s special episode of The Talk, on Monday CBS Daytime will include a special remembrance of St. John at the end of its shows. Plus, Y&R will air an unscripted episode honoring the actor’s legacy.