Kristoff St. John Compares The Young and the Restless Implosion to L.A. Riots



Just how bad have things become for The Young and the Restless actors in the aftermath of Michael Muhney's firing? In a post on Facebook to fans, Kristoff St. John compares the implosion at Y&R to the L.A. Riots!

St. John also believes Y&R's actors are now caught in a social media war zone armed "with very little artillery." Read St. John's entire letter to fans after the jump!

My Y and R Friends, Family, Fans... I come in peace.

What does anyone on the periphery of this whole episode really know? We are a company who have worked closely together for many, many years. Some, as in Jeanne Coopers case, may she rest in peace, for 40 long years, since the inception of the show in 1973. Eric Braeden has served 34 years at his post, Doug Davidson 36 years, Jerry Douglas 33 years, and many other cast and crew members who have committed and dedicated MOST of their lives to bring a complex, colorful story to life every day, 52 weeks a year, for 40 years. This is a HUGE chunk of our lives. We know each other, our families, and the show intimately. We have struggled through the good and the bad, professionally, and personally. I cannot speak for those that I have just mentioned, but I imagine the feelings are similar, and run deep. To think that these professional, honest, hard working people are trying to deceive, cover up, misguide or misdirect the public in ANY way is blasphemous, and simply not true. There are newer cast members who watch the veterans very closely, Inspecting, detecting, and some rejecting. Some newbies are in awe, with gratitude for a veterans help and protection. Some are unimpressed, struggling to keep their ego's in check, figuring out ways to bring their own stamp to the show. Some fail within the first few days or weeks, bowing down to the pressure cooker of the grand Y and R theater; The stage. Others take to the stage with determination and bravado, standing toe to toe with the Iconic actors that made the show what it is today. These newer actors try to somehow figure out the formula for the 'staying power' and secret to longevity in the fictional city of Genoa. It's NOT a secret that actors have ego. Some have bigger egos than others. An actor must have thick skin to deal with the Himalayan sized egos that some actors bring with them as they take to the stage. Perhaps their bravado is false, as they retreat after a scene to fight another day. Occasionally things get out of hand, when an actor decides to disrespect the very stage that the veterans that helped to create the magic from scratch. My take is that the 'stage' is a metaphor for life itself. The stage of life can be brutal, with that unfortunate 'Dog eat Dog' mentality. Some actors succumb entirely to the stages pace and energy. They try desperately to break the code, and break through, so they can give a good performance. Some are brash and sassy, disrespecting the 'code', denying true creativity and harmony with others. Others embrace it, relish it, admire it, protect it, respect it and its predecessors and occupants, that are only there to help and guide. The stage is our playground, the story is KING. Collectively, we are a mighty, ensemble cast, with various diverse, ethnic backgrounds. It is no coincidence that all of us still share the stage at this pivotal juncture in the history of 'The Young and The Restless". Most of these talented actors were hand picked by the mighty boss who now resides in Heaven, the great William J. Bell Sr. I recall being picked by Bill for a four episode arc… That was 23 years ago.

We strive to bring you excellence, not gossip and slander. We hope that at the end of the day, that we are working on something worthwhile… when in reality, believe it or not, it is historic. From the make-up, hair, and wardrobe artists, to the set decorators, dressers, stage managers, grips, cameraman, directors, producers, writers, audio, editing and music, chyron engineers, painters, props, lighting, production staff, interns, florists, and yes, craft service and even the pages that monitor the phones… This 'baby' has taken a VILLAGE to birth it, raise it, nurture it, love it… for you to behold and cherish, watch and tell others… YOU, the fans, are a vital, most necessary component. The largest part of this village. Without you, we have no play to give. The stage is worthless and barren if there is noone to witness our hard work and effort. We do it for you, and of course for us, to feed ourselves and our families. It is a two way street, decorated with countless awards and accolades. A golden road of wealth, fame and opportunity for many who trudge its distance, however short or far they may travel on its golden cobblestones. However, recently, this magical road has been littered, with controversy and dark rumors... like black rain clouds, threatening to pour it's stormy wrath of destruction on the travelers below.

It is absurd and hurtful the way the rumor mill has spun out of control, with uninformed people forming opinions, completely in the dark. Unfortunately, you, the fans, are innocent bystanders. However, many are feeding off of the hysteria of those that are out for blood. Sadly, It is a mob mentality.

I remember the riots in Los Angeles years ago, when black on white, black on Korean, black on black crimes were being committed. No-one could believe what we were watching develop on the streets of Los Angeles. A brick was thrown, a storefront smashed, and then, suddenly, people were being pummeled to near death in busy South L.A. intersections, in plain view of cameras and PEOPLE, who, rather then help their brother man, joined in the melee. Like vicious, hungry jackals, they beat and tortured innocent civilians, and torched cars, business' and homes. Half of the city was on fire, as shop and home owners watched their lives and possessions burn to the ground, without ANY ASSISTANCE from the fire or police departments, because they were too frightened to enter into the war zone. This was due to a blatant HYSTERIA, fueled by anger and aggression. As the rioting continued from day to night, and day after day, until the National Guard was called in, most of the rioters were 'sheeplike', behaving without care or love, following in the footsteps of the man ahead of them, who was angrily raging out of control. Perhaps the anger stemmed from childhood, when personalities are first born. Not able to tell right from wrong. Looting, burning, destroying. A total lack of self control. With little or no regard for the innocent people that either stood and watched, or simply joined the fracas. Not respecting the world stage that was traveled, by so many before him. Are we to assume that 'most' people are sane and level headed when a potentially catastrophic moment arises? Unfortunately, NO! Most don't pause and reflect on the true essence of a horrible moment in time. Rather than pausing and intelligently evaluating, people exhibit catastrophic knee jerk reactions, exacerbating an already heightened, mismanaged issue. Adding fuel to the fire is what we call that. Instead of helping to douse the raging inferno, many human beings jump on a fiery bandwagon, with flammable thoughts and actions, causing a nuclear blast of epic proportions. The rioters were finally put in their place by the National Guard. The looters were arrested. Those that had beaten people were taken to court, The public court of opinion was widespread. But most saw the riot for what it was. Most saw the truth about what happened when Reginald Denny was pulled from his truck and unmercifully flogged by many. The news covered that event non-stop, showing the gory details over and over. A crying outpour of shock, embarrassment, shame and disdain. How could this happen on the streets of our beautiful, sunny city. A city divided. A city in shame. An out of control, messy, destructive moment in our history. One that couldn't be helped. One that couldn't be avoided. Like a ticking time bomb. The tension in this city had been bubbling over for some years, and finally, it all came to a head.

The implosion at Y and R, has caused fans to seek an even bigger explosion, one that is unwarranted, and without real merit, based on what little information has been given or leaked. Because of this soap opera behind the scenes hysteria, we are now ALL in a WAR ZONE. Can you blame the actors when under fire and being attacked, for putting on flak jackets, arming themselves with the only weapons available, (social media) and firing SOMETHING, anything back? The problem here is that we have very little artillery. Our hands are tied, beyond belief. Beyond our control. WE WANT THIS TO END AS MUCH AS THE FANS DO. But I'll be damned if I allow a FEW OF THE MANY THAT HAVE HELPED TO CONSTRUCT THE HOUSE THAT WILLIAM BELL SR. built, along with his precious wife LEE PHILLIP BELL, with THIER own hands, from the ground up, to BULLY ME, SCARE ME OR MY FAMILY, AND IMPEDE MY PROGRESS IN THIS ONLY LIFE THAT I/WE HAVE. I have worked for 40 years in this Hollywood machine and have never witnessed such senseless, misdirected anger and discontent. It reminds me more of a Shakespearean play, where misunderstanding and deceit are played out on stage by colorful characters with much charm, but with insidious intentions. Remember, “The play is the Thing” (wherein I will catch the conscience of the King) Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2. You don't cut down the entire apple tree because of one infected apple. This IS SHAKESPEAREAN by design, with tragic consequences for those that allow it.

Life isn't necessarily about Soap Operas, although they provide a fine source of entertainment and distraction. LIFE IS ABOUT ENDURING THE GOOD TIMES AND BAD, MAKING IT THROUGH EACH DAY, CLOSER TO OUR GOALS, ACCOMPANIED BY OUR DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. It is EASY to live in harmony when times are GOOD. The true test comes when we must handle times that are bad and dismal. Hate and anger force us to fight and bicker amongst ourselves. Love and peace are why we must hold each others hands, procreate, and continue our species. Planet Earth, our only home, hanging by a thread, with our lives just the same… So fragile, Hanging by a thread. As we try desperately to tether to anything with a foundation…to keep us safe…to be grounded… to be accepted… to be considered normal, and loved. We have to be held accountable for our actions. This is the law of the universe. A law that was put into place since the first amoeba was formed. How far we have progressed in our evolution, to a raging, out of control, senseless revolution. How much we have endured. And, how much more time is left that we have to make it right, and make a difference, as long as we draw breath. WE MUST PICK UP THE PIECES OF THIS TRAGIC MOMENT IN TIME. COLLECT OURSELVES, OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND REMEMBER WHY WE ARE ALL HERE ON PLANET EARTH.

I would be remiss if I didn't remind myself and you, that these potent words may be trouble for some. I'm sure that some will criticize and try to ostracize me for getting on my pulpit and expounding words that might be considered 'holier than thou'. Some might look for and seem to find the double entendre in this story. Indeed, this is not my intention. I believe that cooler heads will prevail. I passionately believe in what I'm saying, so much so, that I am willing to take THAT chance. To clear the air and rectify, for the sake of all that is good, and my own peace of mind. I am not a follower of ALL that we consider good, but rather a messenger with a clear message from my heart. I feet compelled to draw YOU near, without condemnation, without prejudice or judgement, or biased behavior. I am only asking for the same respect. Do not condemn me, or judge me. In one of our darkest hours, I am asking you for 'clear' understanding. To be 'present'. Not to delve into the past, or think recklessly about the future. To be here, now. To be calm and collected, with some form of purity to resolve this car crash. Lets not be spectators or instigators. Lets rush to the aid of the fiery ball. Help to douse the flames. Provide some salve to the burning ruins. I say go forward, and bring resolve to other important issues in life. Hold your babies and children close. Enjoy their innocence and total trust in you. They are small only for a short time, and then they belong to the world. Hug your neighbor, no matter what has come of friendship. Don't let bad feelings fester and be sore. Look your family member in the eye, and save that memory forever. Do a random act of kindness for a perfect or imperfect stranger, not to tell others, but FOR others. That is what I must do. My soul says it so. We must help the man or woman on our left, that might feel 'left out' or ostracized, or condemned. Have compassion for those that are mired in cloudy discontent. We must somehow find the answers. Those answers lie within. They may be difficult to hear, but if you listen closely, those answers will come. In the spirit of all that is righteous, in the name of those that have come before us, and have settled major issues such as WORLD WARS, and accomplished astronomical feats, such as putting man on the moon.

I implore all of us, fans, actors, producers, writers, cast and crew, from the smallest to the largest, journeymen, astronauts, traveling through time and space. it is TIME TO WAKE UP, and believe in our brother man and woman. That TOGETHER we have unheralded strength. TOGETHER we can spread the message of love, harmony and peace. STOP THE HURT, HEAL THE WOUNDED, EMBRACE THOSE THAT NEED LOVE AND COMFORT. This is just a blip on Gods radar. A moment in time, that will pass, if we ALL WORK TOGETHER.

Please remember that this little, yet GIANT, beautiful, one of a kind television show, created more than 40 years ago, with rich stories that mimic our lives, is truly a GIFT. It's my gift. It's your gift. It is larger than ANY of us. More mountainous than we can climb. From the early days of radio, to the advent of the television, Grandmothers, mothers, have passed this remarkable story down to their children, and now OUR children's children. We must somehow revere and respect its legacy, with some sort of dedication, until it's last moment to draw breath. To honor the memories of those that have toiled and given their lives for it. Jeanne Cooper, the matriarch would want this, nay, demand this. Bill Bell Sr. the patriarch, would only want unity, harmony and peace for ALL of us, as we enter into the final phase of the history of this mighty, iconic show. Jeanne and Bill are smiling on us, bathing us with their grace and dignity... all the way from Heaven and beyond. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the most watched, successful, number one CBS Daytime Soap Opera of all time; “The Young and the Restless”! This is what Bill and Lee Phillip Bell, and their children struggled successfully to set forth.

I Remain Proudly
Kristoff St. John

 


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I thought comparing this to the LA Riots was a bit over the top and perhaps tacky.

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He's entitled to write what he wants on his own Facebook page, of course; but this reads like it's written by someone who is either at his breaking point or suffering from some sort of delusion, or both.

Poor guy. Nobody wins in a situation like this.

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Trying to cash in on the hype much?

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I'm sorry, but this cuckoo has flown off the nest big time.

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i agree. and that letter was awfully long to not really say anything. he can ask MM to come out and set the record straight but never really stood up for VR when she fought for diversity on the set or when she wanted to come back -- where were the letters then? glad he found his voice - too little too late ... i'm sure it will only be a matter of time before VR weighs on on these events. looking forward to that!

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What a load of....

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Disgusting to draw comparisons between these allegations and an important moment in our country's history of racial wars.

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That was a very, very, very long letter.

No one Kristoff, is trying to hurt what Bill Bell created....

except for an Executive Producer, who has such a strange and weird 'fascination' with a married actor 20 years her junior, that she is re-writing the history of a core character like Nikki Newman, to bring Dylan as a major facet into the Newman family.

She did the same thing at General Hospital.

Furthermore, Jill is pairing Dylan with a boring character such as Avery, and then having them on almost every day, as if they were The Show's long-time super-couple.

So who knows what Jill's relationship is with Steve Burton?

Why is the Newman family being re-written, so that Dylan is the center of attention? His friend Stitch, is now on scene (thank goodness he isnt boring), as well as Stitch's friend Kelly (once again, Cyndi Watros is a winner!). Can you imagine what we would be saying if Stitch and Kelly were as boring ay Dylan?

...and to make room for Dylan, Adam has to go? ...Phyllis had to be reduced for Dylan's main squeeze, Avery?

Whats next? Well, probably that Sharon is Dylan's sister.

How to give Dylan a teen offspring? How? Can Jill and her trio of writers (Shelly, Jean, and Tracy) find an offspring out there for Dylan?

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I have no doubt that the current situation is extremely unpleasant for everyone associated with Y&R, including lots of people who have unquestionably done no harm to anyone. But making a comparison to the 1992 L.A. riots? Where 53 people died and more than 2000 were injured. Saying that Y&R is a WAR ZONE (his capital letters)? Does he have any grasp of what a "war zone" actually means for soldiers and civilians? St. John's endless statement (good thing he isn't writing the show!) is simply embarrassing.

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I didn't know facebook allowed you to post something that long, I started reading this but after I saw how long it go I stopped reading it, its too damn long!!!!!! I guess the only thing worth while out of the whole thing was KSJ's comparison of Y&R's back stage antics to the LA riots since that is the headline, so by his accounts Y&R must have people stealing, destroying and setting stuff on fire.

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First, when news of MM's firing came out, KSJ sent out a tweet in support of MM due to the timing of the firing.

Now...I don't know what he's saying cuz I'm not reading that diatribe.

I think he is still butthurt that VR called him out for not taking a stand before, so he is overcompensating now.

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Stick to Tweets! Ain't got time to read this! If I did I'd read War & Peace or The Bible! And no, the firing of a daytime television actor is NOT comparable to the LA Riots! Gain some perspective! LA Riots? NO! Comparable to an old LA LAW episode maybe.

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It is a nice tribute to Y&R but I don't know what his main point is.

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It is a nice tribute to Y&R but I don't know what his main point is.

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I'm not reading all that shit....LMAO But I hope things get better for Y&R

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Yeah, it was a tad overdramatic. I'm sure KSJ and his co-workers are feeling some extra stress these days. But they'd all do well to SHUT UP and let the issue die. His diatribe only prolongs the unpleasantness that has upset him so much.

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There is no comparison to the riots. In the riots people lost their lives homes and a lot businesses. It is out of control though. Not to that extreme. It may get that way though with the fans, former cast members and past production staff to reveal the culture behind the scenes of these famous shows. It is sex, drugs and rock & roll on some of these sets. Les Monvese needs to make a statement at the Tiffany Network and to the press and not continue to tolerate these shenanigans. But we may never know he may condone this tomfoolery.

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I have never been a Y&R watcher but I will say this: Wherever Jill Farremn Phelps goes, a toxic environment seems to follow. Maybe it has nothing to do with the current case. But when people talk about how "absolute war" is breaking out on a soap, you have to look at who is the captain of the ship.

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This is laughable. If he hadn't gone on social media to make comments to begin with, then he wouldn't have any need to feel like he's in a "war zone" with social media as his only "weapon."

Lesson No. 1 - If you go on social media, not everyone's going to agree with you. Get over yourself.

Lesson No. 2 - No actor or crew member on the show should have said anything to anyone about anything. That's not part of your job description, so STFU. You're innuendo is part of the problem.

Lesson No. 3 - Given your current state of mind, you might want to think about how actors like Peter Bergman and Billy Miller stay off of social media and depend solely on their talent to attract fans.

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Also, is it just me or is Y&R the worst working environment on any soap? Yes, we've all heard stories about Days, GH, OLTL, AMC, B&B but it seems to me the most rancor seems to consistently come from people describing the working conditions at Y&R. Is that true?

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Sounds like BULLSHIT to me, and I believe about 18 of the posters, feel the same way.

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Bad comparison. Not even close.

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Yeah, that was a lot and quite the "comparison".

I hope we've heard the last of ANYONE from the show on this subject now.

Saying it again...

...can't wait until the end of the month.

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He sounds like a crackpot to me.

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No, Kristoff, just no. I'm sorry things are tough at the office. But, no.

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kbirdusa wrote:
He sounds like a crackpot to me.

LOL! I'm now imagining a web series with him and Vicky Rowell, "The Victimized & the Verbose."

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I truly don't see how Steve Burton's addition to the cast anyway relates to MM's firing. Obviously none of us know for sure what events led to his exit. What we do know is that he has ruffled feathers for a long time (by his own admission). As I said in another post, if the allegations against MM are true, then he deserved to be terminated immediately. If they are not, then it is definitely a huge injustice. We simply do not have the facts. I understand fans of MM being upset and angered by his departure, but to insinuate that Steve Burton is somehow responsible is a stretch in my opinion.
As far as his being on every day, I don't see it. I am a huge SBu fan and actually started watching when he joined the show. I am watching to see him and I'm finding him on maybe every other day, and very short scenes at that.

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Their is a reason why Kristoff St John has had the same job for 22 years and the whack job that is Victoria Rowell will never work on a soap again. Shut your mouth, keep your head down and do your job. That is for any job.

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Forgive my crashing your party, I bribed the bouncer, he's a pussycat lol. I was minding my own business, waiting until the sand runs out at the end of the month, determining at that time how badly TIIC insult the audience, whether I extend my viewing contract another month or not. But I feel compelled to comment on this bizarre thesis of windbaggery by KSJ.

Has he lost his mind?? What the HELL is in the koolaid freeflowing from the drinking fountains in that studio? My stars, have they all lost their minds and their inhibitions? Hello... impulse control anyone?

Seriously KSJ, if your environment continues to be that toxic, perhaps the problems lie elsewhere. MM is long gone - as in gone, absent, not there anymore, left the premises, no longer present, bye bye... GONE, yet you are bitching at him about your issues and the fall of humanity? Good lawd give me strength. And Kris, step away from the koolaid, just step away, it's the blue acid of daytime production. Lemme guess, the drinking fountains showed up when JFP arrived right?

If all this muckstorm is a desperate ploy for ratings - Fail. But do keep it up JFP, this is better than any rubbish you could only dream to ever produce. Shame it comes at the expense of real people, but cest la vie eh, all in a days work for you innit JFP?

(thanks for letting me vent. And p.s. your free bar in here is excellent!)

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What. A. Jerk.