Kristoff St. John Isn’t Feeling The Backburner on The Young and the Restless





Ousted showrunner Maria Arena Bell isn't the only member of The Young and the Restless company taking to Facebook to share thoughts on backstage drama. Veteran actor Kristoff St. John took to his page on the social networking site to reveal how he really feels about Neil Winters riding the backburner on the soap opera! Posted St. John:

Hey my peeps! New program for Thursdays. Lets try posting "WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENIN' WITH WORK THIS THURSDAY?". And for those that are offended by the antithesis of Heaven; WHAT THE 'HECK' IS HAPPENIN' WITH WORK THIS THURSDAY?" Ima start this one off.

I'm actually off from work today, even though work at the Y and R Cheeze factory continues without me. I'm grateful for the day off, but honestly?…I'd like to be more integrated into the summer fabric of the show. Who said actors over 40 years of age should go into hibernation to the deepest and coldest part of Siberia, while the youngstas get to play in the sunshine. Altho, there are quite a few of the 'over 40' crowd/actors that need their sunscreen and beach towels in Genoa City during the summer months. (these peeps will remain nameless, cuz I'm sure we know who they are) Maybe I've already perfected my 'tan' and need some meditative, 'yoga time' away. Whatever the case, I am grateful and happy to be working/gainfully employed on the only #1 Daytime drama on the planet, "The Young and the Restless". Here's the real kicker; Today? Since it's actually over 100 plus degrees in my neck of the woods, I think I will grab my Ipod, beach towel, and some lemonade and go work on my 'African Man Tan' at the beach… Sans Sunscreen. My real life is much mo betta than my alter egos life. (99.9% of the time) Thank God!


This isn't the first time St. John spoke out about the lack of storylines for his popular character. The actor set the interwebs on fire a few years back, following an interview with Buzzworthy Radio where he talked about his frustrations.

I say good for St. John! My late granny said a closed mouth don't get fed. MAB has been starving this brutha for a decent storyline for five, long years. Here's hoping Josh Griffith will rectify that situation.

Y&R has historically been huge in black households; you would have thought MAB would have at least attempted to tell a decent storyline for at least one of Y&R's characters of color during her tenure!

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30 Responses

  1. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    I don’t think it’s a smart move on his part. As I understand it, Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith have started working this week.
    I wouldn’t introduce myself to my new bosses by pissing them off with an out cry for work. If they were on the helm for lets say three months, it’s another story, but doing that the first week these two work on the show … it’s stupid.

    If you don’t want to be on the backburner anymore, go to your new bosses and talk with them. In this situation it might do him more harm than good … and I don’t think it’s wise to have Jill Farren Phelps on your bad side. Because then you may not have any work left to complain about at all.

    However I do get Kristoff’s frustration and everything. It’s just not the right moment to take that frustration public.

  2. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    It’s his TWIT of a daughter and her idiot husband that need to be put on the backburner. They add nothing to the show. N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

    And why is that douche bag CANE getting a “promotion” at Jabot? He’s a freaking BARTENDER. Never even goes to work. Neil has an MBA and all he does all day is sit around and drink coffee at Crimson Lights. It’s ridiculous.

    As for KSJ, I’ve met him and love him and responded to his Facebook post yesterday. I honestly don’t think he cares anymore. There was a time when he did, but I think he sees the writing on the wall and knows that YR will start writing for POINTLESS mind-numbing characters like Cane and Lily and characters like Neil, Jill, Jack, and anyone else over the age of 45 will become supporting players/cheerleaders.

  3. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @Coffee_Junkie: You know they end up writing Victor sleeping Lily at some point..Blah. But yes they should backburn daytime’s bad acting couple aka LAME.

    As for Kristoff I could write a five story bible for the brotha and have him saying once again “Never did I work more…”

  4. Avatar of dannyro
    dannyro

    Kristoff shouldn’t hold his breath for storyline. Name one front burner character at General Hospital that was African American while Jill Farren Phelps was EP. This is the same stuff Victoria Rowell complained about before she left the show.

  5. Avatar of stoney07
    stoney07

    The man doesn’t have a screw loose….the man was a part of one of Daytime’s BIGGEST AA couples. You had Angie & Jessie on AMC, and Dru & Neil on Y&R.

    To go from THAT, to the utter destruction of his character is astounding. At least with Sharon Case she is SEEN just about every day and her character destruction gives her a chance to stretch her acting wings. But for Neil, who is shown once a week, sometimes LESS, who is now acting totally obnoxious, indecisive as to who he wants, NOT working, just sitting around the coffeehouse drinking coffee literally ALL day, I’m sure it’s frustrating for the actor.

    Not to mention, I’m sick and tired of KSJ and VR being labeled as “screwy” for speaking out against TPTB, but the others get a free pass. Reality is, MAB didn’t care about the black family…and YES I’m going there. JFP more than likely won’t care. And I’m pretty sure KSJ no longer cares either. He probably enjoys the money, but he’s not DOING anything…and I”m pretty sure the guy isn’t hurting for money IRL.

    So yeah, he definitely deserves the right to feel this way. I wouldn’t have necssarily spoken out at THIS time, but like I said, he probably just doesn’t give a good damn anymore. He knows what’s going on and he’s not having it…good for him

  6. Avatar of Smitty
    Smitty

    Interesting that he has waited so long to speak out, but I hear the man. He’s too talented to be on the backburner. Y&R hasn’t done much with him since Victoria Rowell left the show. Well anything worthwhile…..

    If I were Kristoff I would leave Y&R. They don’t value him as much as they should. It’s a sin and a shame that he has been regulated to a supporting character. At this point Neil should be leading story, not playing second fiddle to anyone. He’s been on Y&R for over 20 years. No one else with his tenure has been treated like this. Definitely racism….

  7. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    soapjunkie, I agree that this may not the best time to say these things in public. However, he is telling the truth.

    I really hope he becomes the corporate exec/ leading man he is. Not to mention the fact that he is NOW hotter than he was 20 years ago when he started. He could “shoot a few hoops” with me anytime!

  8. Avatar of bishbay
    bishbay

    I don’t understand the comments about this not being the right time. Undoubtedly new management is starting up a new umbrella story, and KSJ is letting it be known that he wants in on it. (Of course, he would love his own storyline as well, I’m sure.) And he’s positive and appreciative of the show, so this isn’t bad PR–he’s slamming MAB if anyone.

    And I detect no mental illness or “screwiness” in his post. Cut it out.

  9. Avatar of RealityCheck 33
    RealityCheck 33

    JFP obviously doesnt’t like black folks. She’s dumped them everywhere she’s been. Y&R has always had a large black audience, so this crazy bitch will go after KSJ just to show ‘em who’s boss. I swear, the show is now in the hands of a vile POS.

    BTW, I was no fan of MAB’s either.

    I predict the show will continue to bleed audience and ratings.

  10. Avatar of Angie Lucy
    Angie Lucy

    [quote=Yoryla]soapjunkie, I agree that this may not the best time to say these things in public. However, he is telling the truth.

    I really hope he becomes the corporate exec/ leading man he is. Not to mention the fact that he is NOW hotter than he was 20 years ago when he started. He could “shoot a few hoops” with me anytime![/quote]

    ITA about Kristoff being hotter than ever. To be cliche, he’s aged like fine wine. Very, very fine.

  11. Avatar of ER Writer
    ER Writer

    [quote=Angie Lucy]
    ITA about Kristoff being hotter than ever. To be cliche, he’s aged like fine wine. Very, very fine.[/quote]

    Agreed x4, he’s come a long way from the ‘yuppie with the bad box’ as Jamey once said lmao!!

    Ooh Lord, Cane’s getting a promotion at Jabot?! Why is he even there? Does Billy work at Jabot? (I haven’t been watching lately)

  12. Avatar of josser
    josser

    Why would you say that he waited so long to speak out? As DC pointed out, Kristof had the same conversation in an interview with Buzzworthy Radio. That resulted in his being punished by Y&R brass.

  13. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    I’m all for griping but why didn’t he make it more positive by saying that he hopes the lack of work will change with the new regime. As for his acting, the way they write him as being soooooo MACHO I KNOW WHAT WOMEN WANT NEED AND SHOULD HAvE over the past few years has me not only not caring if his character leaves the table at GloWorm to use the toilet and NOT come back but makes me like him as an actor just as much.

    If Neil is to become vital to the show they need to change the character all together. Let him quit the corporate world and relax a little by buying a store or doing something that is not filled up with corporate people. And bring back DRUCILLA asap to light a fire under Neil, ignite a fued with Harmony, and set the stage for putting Cane in his place where her daughter is concerned (I still don’t like any of what Cane has done to Lily over the years PLUS this white boy is as dull as a loaf of wonder bread!!! Get a little more diversity into the show and bring on a brotha to make Cane work for Lily’s affections!!! A hot one!!!)

  14. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=pjc722]I still don’t like any of what Cane has done to Lily over the years PLUS this white boy is as dull as a loaf of wonder bread!!! Get a little more diversity into the show and bring on a brotha to make Cane work for Lily’s affections!!! A hot one!!!)[/quote]

    Never gonna happen. Miss Lily has a history of only liking cream in her coffee (Kevin, Daniel, Billy, Cane). They “could” have made Devon a boyfriend but he’s her “brother.”

  15. Avatar of MsAgentProvocateur1
    MsAgentProvocateur1

    Sigh. If only Generations had been written better and lasted a good number of years– enough to make an impact– perhaps daytime drama in America might actually reflect what America actually looks like!

    And it’s not just the Winters Wednesdays business, there are no Asians, Latinos, you had the one gay lawyer who is in Siberia for all we know…

    Compare Y&R to Eastenders. Eastenders is by no means perfect and they’ve had some questionable writing of minorities sometimes but they’ve been so much more consistent at writing people like actual people.

    Seeing clips of Kristoff & Tricia Cast on YT as child actors with plenty of talent and charisma. I can’t figure out for the life of me why they are both written so blandly in the past several years. Yes, Cast is recurring but St. John is a regular– but in name ONLY. I can understand why he’d be frustrated.

    If it’s any consolation (and I know it isn’t because Kristoff has been sitting on the shelf longer than most), most of the characters on this show appear to have been written poorly for years now.

    Is there anyone to root for on this show anymore? Paul, I suppose, who keeps getting saddled with crazy relative after crazy relative. I have to wonder if maybe MAB could’ve been the one with the ‘screw loose’.

  16. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    @MsAgentProvocateur1: Generations is was and still is my favorite soap! The had to get some of the casting right during the first year. But once it got good they ended without even a final episode. It ended like a black sitcom. You come in to work one day and they say it is your last.

    http://youtu.be/Gqy_OobAXX8

    As for Y&R if they added on Sally Sussman Morina to the Head Writing team he would sure get a lot of work. Since she cast him on Generations.

  17. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    Well he won’t get diddly squat with Jill she doesn’t give a rat’s too-too about black folk she’ll probably just fire them all in one foul swoop…
    (& Genie Francis … watch yo’ back)

    PS Kristoff has always been quite candid about his tenure on Y/R sometimes too vocal..so he definitely speaks out..

  18. Avatar of BFluellen1
    BFluellen1

    [quote=RealityCheck 33]JFP obviously doesnt’t like black folks. She’s dumped them everywhere she’s been. Y&R has always had a large black audience, so this crazy bitch will go after KSJ just to show ‘em who’s boss. I swear, the show is now in the hands of a vile POS.[/quote]

    Sorry but not true about Jill Farren Phelphs (Lord, I can’t believe I am defending this Liza Minelli lookin’ heffa). She might be an ageist but diverse characters have ALWAYS flourished under her reigns, and this is coming from a black viewer that has watched her on 4/5 of the soaps she’s produced. Look it up and you’ll see. I didn’t watch Santa Barbara as that was a bit before my time but during her reign, the Castillos, the premiere Hispanic family on the show was expanded.

    Her time on Guiding Light (with Nancy Curlee), the Speakes/Grant clans DROVE story and had great stories at that. They were also integrated well on the canvas and not isolated. During her time at Another World, one of AW’s last great characters, a black character, Chris Madison was created during her reign. I watched her at OLTL and the Vegas were heavily used along with Tea and the Gannons. Only at GH did diversity suck under JFP, but we all know that Jill was the figurehead as Guza had more power than her, and Frons held the writer’s room hostage when Guza wasn’t there.

    Jill is MANY things (and I still loathe her for killing off Maureen Bauer, Frankie Frame, and Ryan Harrison), but against diversity — I beg to differ.

    Now back to KSJ, I am glad that he is finally speaking out, but IMO it’s a tad bit too late. He should’ve done this YEARS ago when Victoria tried to rally all of them to go confront production. What happened? They kept quiet out of fear of being reduced story, leaving Vicky fight the battle alone. And I think it’s crazy for him to be speaking out again (as he’s done it a past few weeks ago) when a transition is about happen. He must not know that JFP will be glad to drop kick his a** off the show and put John Bolger, Grayson McCouch, or Timothy Gibbs in his role. LOL! J/K.

  19. Avatar of edash1982@gmail.com
    edash1982@gmail.com

    KSJ has every right to complain, may not be the best time, but when is there ever a time to voice a complaint against your employer especially on fb.

    This show has many more problems than age discrimination and race.

    Try writing decent stories PERIOD, that’s where this show needs to start.

    Do a Bobby Ewing, correct this mess that has happened over the past 3+ years.

    There is just too much wrong with this soap to discuss in a blog.

    Nothing good has come from MAB, and I am glad she and her 2 male companions are as Harry Kalas would say “Outta Here”

  20. Avatar of JSharum
    JSharum

    I have watched this show since DAY 1 and I can tell you the so called WINTERS family is NOTHING without DRU!!! Far as my soap site and me is concerned-they can get rid of the whole bunch!!! wasted paycheck!

    WOULD like to see more of Jill/Kay and Lauren stories-stories that have meaning! not just sex sex and more sex! they had a scene when kyle came on when he met eden-”HI whats your name?” “Want to go have sex?” and they did!! what happened to stories about HIV or Breast cancer or depression etc etc meaty ones!!! BRING the ROMANCE back to the soap!!!
    If this new guy Josh was one that brought gloria and jeff together-and did all the ashley drama-I say THANK YOU!!! we needed that! AND don’t forget to write our original characters back in! SOOO sick of these kids coming on and the next month they’ve aged 10 yrs!! or babies never to be seen again(faith-twins-Lucy-summer etc) Nannys in that town rule!!!!!
    Neil start sending out resume or auditions-your time is limited!!!

  21. Avatar of pferrando
    pferrando

    Hey folks, no one, including us, should be ranting about anything. His character and Drucilla were/have been two of the most enduring characters on daytime. I’d love to see her come back and kick that AMC character to the curb. Are you listening Josh?

  22. Avatar of Divagalore
    Divagalore

    ITA!!!! The man definitely doesn’t have a screw loose….he’s just saying what he’s feeling. Anytime we’ve got MAB referring to storylines as the “Black storyline” you knew she didn’t view Neil and the other “black” characters on the same level as the rest of the cast. As long as Neil has been on Y&R, his life should center around more than just love triangles, and hanging out at Crimson Lights with his kids. He should be involved in big storylines just like the other vets. They’ve hurt Neil by not writing for him. Yet, we can have a character like Tucker come in just a few years ago, and become well rounded. He found his mother, his son(although we haven’t seen them bond), has his own company, got married to Ashley, had a past with Genvieve, and now he’s hanging around Sharon. I have a problem when the writers know how to create stories for certain characters, but act like they’re afraid to expand their characters who happen to be black.

    I assume with the Age and Race discrimination KSJ feels that might come with JFP, he no longer has a need to hold his tongue. So i’m actually glad that he’s speaking his mind. I also don’t call it crazy, he’s just tired of pretending. So if that puts him on punishment again(no airtime for several weeks), or he’s given a pink slip….at least he can say he kept it real!

  23. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    From what I understand (correct me if I’m incorrect) but the Executive Producer holds a hell of a lot of weight e.g. Frank Valentini. They determine who is hired/fired among many other things e.g. budget, editing.

    I do believe that this position influences story and don’t have to be the Headwriter in order to do that.

  24. Avatar of Kenyon
    Kenyon

    Well my understanding is that a substantial number of the viewers for this show are African American, what we need to do is threaten to quit watching this show until the bring Victoria Rowell back and give the current Black cast members a storyline that rivals that of their White counterparts and if they don’t this show along with the rest can go the way of All My Children and One Life to Live. We hold the power and if they don’t listen it is on them.

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