‘The Young And The Restless’ News: Sources Say Victoria Rowell’s Lawsuit Caused ‘Y&R’ Rewrite – Couldn’t Recast Drucilla Winters

'The Young And The Restless' News: Sources Say Victoria Rowell's Lawsuit Caused 'Y&R' Rewrite - Couldn't Recast Drucilla Winters “The Young and the Restless” rumors give some insight to why the writers decided to make Neil’s [Kristoff St. John] character slip into a dark place. An exclusive and confidential source revealed to Soap Opera Spy that originally, Drucilla Winters was supposed to return to Genoa City, ending Devon’s [Bryton James] affair with Hilary [Mishael Morgan] and reconcile with Neil.

No one knows where Dru has been since 2007. The show left it open for her return, hoping they could find the perfect recast when the timing was right. Apparently, they thought the ideal time was in early 2015 when Neil first discovered that his adoptive son was sleeping with his then wife, Hilary.

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The storyline was supposed to showcase Dru Winters return to Genoa City. She had suffered amnesia but felt a connection to Neil- who she had read about in the newspapers after his accident that left him temporarily blind. After she researched more, she discovered who she was and felt compelled to return.

Upon her return, she learned that her son was now sleeping with his step-mother. She was livid; how could he hurt Neil in this way? She promised to put her family together- once and for all.

Now, this was how the storyline was supposed to happen last February. It went very different after Victoria Rowell blocked the recast choice of Troy Byer as the new Dru. It caused the writers to scramble to rewrite the February sweeps script, hoping they could write Dru back in the storyline after the legal matter was settled.  Rowell felt like she was the only one who could portray Dru. She launched a lawsuit that blocked the recast of the character until Sony, and CBS settles the squabble with actress Victoria Rowell.

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Victoria Rowell left the role on her own in 2007. She claims that she was mistreated and complained about the lack of diversity in the soap industry. The part that isn’t making sense to many fans is if it was so bad by being mistreated, why sue the company to force them to rehire you?

The fact is Drucilla Winters is the one character that could redeem Neil and bring the Winters family back to a whole state. Her presumed death was one that they never healed from, and will never get past. Would you like to see Dru back? Do you think she could help redeem Neil at this point?

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20 Comments

  1. karen cadorette says

    Wow.I really loved her drew character,but seeing how she was acting off camera.NO. let her stay dead.

  2. Cheryl says

    I would love to see Victoria Rowell come back to Y&R, she is an awesome actress. Of course if Dru returns what happens to poor Gwen, she really loves Neil, does he love her enough to stay with her if Dru should return??

  3. Willgl says

    Absolutely not, who is she to sue and then expect to be put back on to be little miss diva??? If she sued once she will forever hold that over any situation she would want to pout about in the future as a threat to sue again to have her way. To me she burned those bridges and does not deserve the part. Leave the character as dead and move forward with the actors you can depend on. Why put the actors that have been working hard to keep Y & R in good ratings through bringing back someone that will not respect them and will throw their weight around to make everybody walk on egg shells not to upset her selfish tantrums. That would be a slap in the current actors face.

  4. joanne says

    not at all. she obviously is unhappy being there. let her find a job where she can be happy and content.

  5. Charleen Lea says

    Keep her dead. Never bring Rowell back.

  6. Carolyn Frazier says

    So why not just bring her back? I think the same, she is the only one that could play Drucilla Winters. I can’t speak for everyone, but I would love to see her come back. Who’s with me?

  7. Carolyn Frazier says

    Bring her back! She’s right only she can play Drucilla

    1. wanda walker says

      Victoria Rowell we need you back to Y&R

  8. patricia Shorts says

    She left and Victoria Rowell should stay gone you can’t force someone to hire you, move forward. Victoria has become unlikeable and I don’t miss her

  9. Leigh Rink says

    Have always loved and missed Dru.Please bring her back.

  10. Bettye Wright says

    Would love to see Victoria (Dru) to come back. She is the only person Neil. Everyone else returns from the dead.

  11. Mary Meka says

    Victoria Rowell is a great actor and I would love to see her return, she plays a great Dru.

  12. April Mcknight says

    DO NOT BRING THE CHARACTER OF DRU . THE SHOW HAS SURVIVED 8 YEARS WITHOUT THE CHARACTER . RETIRE THE CHARACTER AND MOVE ON . ENOUGH OF BRINGING BACK THE DEAD AND DOING THE SAME REPEATIVE STORY LINES . LONG TIME VIEWERS OF THE SHOW SINCE DAY ARE SICK OF THIS AND ARE FED UP WITH THE SAME CRAP . CAN’T THE WRITERS AND PRODUCERS OF THE SHOW COME UP WITH BETTER IDEAS FOR NEW STORYLINES ? THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX FOR ONCE …..

  13. Diana says

    DO NOT BRING HER BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE IS A TROUBLE MAKER. CHIP ON HER SHOULDER.

    1. MissGulfCoast says

      I agree. Obviously she is not wanted as an actress or else we’d see her in other shows. She has a reputation now of being sue happy. Who wants to hire or work with someone like that?! She torpedoed her own career.

  14. Terri says

    I really liked the character of Dru & must agree I loved Victoria Rowell in that role. I had hoped over the years that she would return; however, I am sad to hear about Victoria’s attitude. Based on her actions the only option I can see is for the character of Dru to remain dead. I would hope the writers are talented enough to write a happier, more positive life for Neil. Come on, Y&R is the number one soap opera. If these writers cannot be creative, I would think it would be time for new ones. Victoria Rowell has disappointed me. She is a wonderful actress but I would be hesitant to hire her for any role with her closed minded views.

  15. Vicki says

    I always wanted Victoria Rowell to come back to the Y&R to resume her part as Dru Winters, however now after seeing how she has been acting, her attitude and all the stink she has caused I would rather see the Dru character stay dead and not missing. If she was/is so bitter about how she was treated then why would she want to come back? No telling what she would do in retaliation. I’m sorry but her whole attitude and how she has went about not getting/getting her job back has changed my perspective about her now. Y&R doesn’t need any real life drama going on, there is enough written by the writers, Therefore, I say do not bring her or anyone back for her part, but rather write it into the show that she had been found alive and is now passed and share it with the Winters family so it can bring closure and Move on Without her.

  16. Peggy says

    No, do not bring her back. After hearing her in many different situations complain about how she is treated, I believe the women is trouble. She seems very self absorbed. Their are many good actors out their that are professional and allot easier to work with who would be grateful to have a job. It has been to long and I believe Neil should move on with someone else.

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