Should The Young and the Restless Revisit Neil and Ashley?

Have you wondered what happened to the blink-and-you missed it relationship The Young and the Restless teased us with between Ashley and Neil (Kristoff St. John)? In an interview with Smashing Interviews Magazine Eileen Davidson shares her perspective on what happened to the pairing.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Ashley’s fling with Neil was so short lived. Did the writers think it was not working?

Eileen Davidson: You know what, honestly, I don’t think it was about it not working so much because they really didn’t give it a chance. They really didn’t and I don’t think they could have told either way if it was working or not working by the work that we did together.

I think they had a plan for Tucker and Ashley and I think waiting for those kinds of things to settle down with his storyline and they stalled a bit so they could introduce those two was what happened. That’s my feeling and also they don’t have these things written in stone for months in advance so I think they get an idea and they decide to run with that and other things fall by the wayside.

  Should The Young and the Restless revisit the Neil and Ashley pairing?

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Should The Young and the Restless Revisit Neil and Ashley?

  • No! Ashley and Tucker are hot. (46%, 234 Votes)
  • No! Ashley is better with Victor. (8%, 42 Votes)
  • Yes! Ashley and Neil were hot together. (46%, 229 Votes)

Total Voters: 505


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24 Responses

  1. Profile photo of alstonboy4315

    I am still on the fence about “Nashley”……………

    Although I like the idea of an interracial pairing on this show, I am not sure if Eileen and Kristoff have any real chemistry together……

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    I don’t like Ashley with Victor, Tucker or Neil.

    I’d LOVE to see an Ashley/Nick hook-up. Like father, like son! Ashley could use Nick to get closer to Faith (as well as get her groove back), and then in time she’d develop feelings for him. It’d be hot, I tell ya! HOT!!!

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    I enjoyed the Neil and Ashley bedroom scene. :) It was relaxed and nice. I would love to see some time spent on the relationship. I didn’t get a chance to see if they would be boring out of the bedroom.

    The Tucker and Ashley sex scenes are snippets thrown together. For some reason they are not showing close-ups with them unless fully dressed. Doesn’t matter, this Tucker is full of himself, and every time he touches her (and he always seems to be touching her) it gives me the creeps. Called her Beauty once, UGH. I think they are extremely boring. He’s either emotionless or in a funk and she just hangs by his side.

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    Neil doesn’t really work well with anybody except Drusilla. He didn’t work well with Carmen Mesta, didn’t with the Top Model non-actress, and doesn’t with Ashley.

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    I wish they could bring back Nia Peeples. I thought Neil and Karen had some chemistry, but alas I think the dunderheads burned that bridge with the way they let her go. I don’t want the diva (VR) back for sure. But for Heaven’s sake I wish they would quit trying to pair him up with Roxie… that is enough to make me lose my lunch.

    Ashley and Neil never did it for me. There was no chemistry there at all. Good friends… yes, but lovers?… no way.

    Tucker is a different duck for sure. I liked their original idea of William Russ as Tucker paired with Jill. There was just something about the way Russ said “darlin” that seemed to fit like a glove.

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    I think there’s a LOT of chemistry between Neil and Sophia, but of course, the writers have NO CLUE as to how to write for her without making her look like a controlling b*tch, so she’s essentially worthless in this role.

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    The writers just don’t seem to give a damn about the Neil character. I truly believe that the only reason why they put Neil with Ashley in the first place was out of SHEER LAZINESS!! They saw two single characters and decided to throw them together!! Or they were just trying to use a Neil and Ashley romance to piss off the GRAND Victor Newman.

    I guess it’s much easier to do that than to BUILD a convincing relationship from scratch!!!! They have no problem bringing on these new characters to accommodate and prop up characters like Lauren, Victor and Lily, but Neil keeps getting the TABLE SCRAPS and the REDHEADED STEPCHILD treatment!!!

    Oh wait….perhaps I spoke too soon. They did bring on the Karen character, played by Nia Peeples, who tried VERY hard to turn (BLEEP) into sugar, but it was an epic failure………..not to mention an epic BORE!! And then we get America’s Next Top Model who I guess they hired because Maria Bell and Tyra Banks ran into each other at Saks Fifth Avenue and Maria decided to put Eva “The Non-Acting Diva” into a heavy storyline??? Another epic failure…..and I REALLY hope that Eva went back to modeling after they let her go!!!!!

    Keep Ashley with Tucker and find a BELIEVABLE female actress who actually has some CHEMISTRY with Kristoff St. John. I’ve given up on them rehiring my Victoria Rowell, but just give the man a girlfriend who doesn’t make me want to fall asleep and who can actually ACT!!! Is that so difficult???

    And NO I am not talking about Julie Pace Mitchell……………Sorry. That ain’t gonna work either!!!

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    Julie Pace Mitchell has a lot of spunk and fire, but I am not completely sold on her as an actress yet. She still comes across as robotic and stiff for me most of the time. And they hired her to be some Drucilla replacement, and that’s NEVERRRRR going to work for me!!! She’s not even in the same ballpark as Drucilla, and never will be, as far as I’m concerned. Julie needs a LOT of development as an actress before she can truly be “leading lady” material.

    Of course, you can see by my profile picture that I am biased… ;) ;)

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    I think Pace-Mitchell’s Sofia will have a hard time replacing Dru in many ways. One of the most obvious ways is that Sofia is locked into the Winters’ dungeon. Drucilla had friends and enemies throughout Genoa City. Can you recall Sofia having a decent conversation with a female character other than Lily?

    This kind of segregation hurt Nia Peeples’ Karen also. Karen never had friends or other relationships outside the Winters. Why?

    It seems that Maria Bell just can’t or won’t write well for actors of color.

    As for pairing Sofia with Neil, how many times are we going to see Neil and Malcolm fighting over the same woman? They’ve told that same story 3 times already.

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    I totally agree. And as a black man, I always try to support characters and actors of color, but you can’t defend the indefensible. I guess all I can really do now is walk to the back of the bus and take my seat right alongside these characters that I grew up watching, waiting and hoping for things to get better in the future….


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    I don’t think Sofia was brought in to replace Dru, but I think the writers need someone with Dru’s spunk. Sofia showed it at first, then suddenly she was p*ssywhipping Malcolm and he just came off looking like a lap dog, something I DOUBT Shemar’s character would EVER do.

    And I’m thinking maybe you’re on the fence about her because we’ve never really been able to see her do much beyond an argument with Neil or Malcolm. She didn’t show much business sense to me when she went along with Cane’s suggestion she hire that Aussie guy without really checking him out, especially when he came with a high price tag. To check him out AFTER he was hired–and really only at Neil’s suggestion– wasn’t very professional. She was supposed to be the business bigwig and here she is deferring to Cane. Shows me the writers don’t have any idea what to do with her….not unlike so many people on this show.

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    Oooh, tough one. I actually like Ashley with Tucker, and I personally think Neil is being written as a bit of a bore. Being paired with Ashley would mean that CSJ would get a bit more screentime, but I am not sure White audiences would go for it. They would probably not be able to have any love scenes, or kissing scenes or anything, so it would kind of be pointless.

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    I actually liked Ashley and Neil. I think Kristoff is an excellent actor and is greatly underused. I wish they would’ve explored more about Victor’s feelings on Neil pursuing Ashley. Neil worked for Victor for years and finally left when he realized he wasn’t going to move up past Victor’s kids. Ashley and Victor’s marriage had just recently ended. It was prime time for them to show conflict with Victor and Neil over Ashley but they dropped the ball. That being said, I really do think Ashley has more chemistry with Tucker. The scene where she turned him away and he busted in the door and threw the chair and ran to her and she started ripping his shirt off was HOT. Stephen Nichols is a hot man anyway, and I think he is great as Tucker. Nothing against William Russ, who I did like in the role, but I think SN portrays the hard ass, stab you in the back Tucker much better. Russ was too nice and looked older which was fine when paired with Jill, but SN fits better with Ashley.

    Now, I for one am LOVING the Neil/Sofia possibility but I just wish we would see them more often.

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    I don’t know why anyone would want to be with Neil; unless they want to raise some kids that aren’t theirs (remember Karen). The only person Neil should be with is Olivia because they really are two peas in a pod. Olivia the self righteous emasculator and Neil the currently self righteous drip.

    A new direction is definitely needed though to bring back some dynamic to his once interesting character.

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