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The Young and the Restless lost one of its biggest and most beloved stars back in February with the death of Kristoff St. John, who was 52-years-old. He played Neil Winters for 28 years on the CBS soap opera, and the soap didn’t waste any time in memorializing him with a tribute following his death. Now, the show has put together an arc to pay tribute to his many contributions over the years.
Yes, Criminal Minds alum (and current S.W.A.T. star) Shemar Moore will return to his old Young and the Restless stomping grounds to be part of that arc. Here’s how.
Shemar Moore returns to The Young and the Restless to reprise his role as Neil Winters’ brother Malcolm Winters, which he originated way back in 1994 and won him a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2000. He left the series back in 2005, and the character returned played by a different actor from 2009-2011. Still, Moore returned for a guest shot in 2014, and he’ll be back once more as Malcolm to be part of the tribute arc to Kristoff St. John.
The tribute arc will run for four episodes later this month and see the folks of Genoa City gathering after the unexpected death of Neil Winters. His passing prompts the return of many of his friends and family, even some who must travel quite a distance to return. The arc begins on Tuesday, April 23 and concludes on Friday, April 26.
Shemar Moore will be back as Malcolm Winters in the April 25 and April 26 episodes of The Young and the Restless, which presumably means that Malcolm won’t be around the rest of Neil’s family when they learn of his death on the April 23 installment. He will almost certainly be around for the funeral, though, as TVLine reports that Kristoff St. John’s longtime friend (and Roots: The Next Generations co-star) Stan Shaw will appear as the reverend presiding over the funeral on April 25.
In addition to Shemar Moore returning to his old show for the arc, Christel Khalil and Eileen Davidson will return as Lily Ashby and Ashley Abbott, respectively.
Shemar Moore, Christel Khalil, and current Young and the Restless actor Bryton James will also appear on the April 26 episode of The Talk (which is soon losing a host) in a special segment remembering Kristoff St. John, according to Deadline. While fans will undoubtedly be sad to say goodbye to Neil Winters all over again, it’s really only right that somebody who was such a key part of the show for such a long time gets a grand sendoff.
The April 29 episode of The Young and the Restless will be a tribute installment with former and current members of the cast sharing special memories of their time with Kristoff St. John. Be sure to tune in to The Young and the Restless to catch the show’s farewell to Kristoff St. John as well as the returns of former stars like Shemar Moore. If you’re in the mood for more Moore than you’ll get on his brief return to The Young and the Restless, check out S.W.A.T. Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.