The outspoken Victoria Rowell, who many fans have hoped would finally get a shot at returning to The Young and the Restless as Drucilla Winters, let her followers and fans know on Twitter this morning that it is not happening.
In a series of tweets aimed squarely at Sony, CBS, and Y&R executives, Rowell started with mentioning a moment last Friday when Sony Television Sr. VP. Steve Kent stated that a Drucilla return is not the creative direction the show is going in. Rowell then took to task the issue of minorities working behind-the-scenes at Y&R, something she had wanted to do with the number one sudser for quite some time. Here are Rowell’s tweets below!
Victoria Rowell: “Sony TV Sr, VP STEVE KENT stated Friday that bringing back character DRU WINTERS is NOT the creative direction Young & Restless is going in. Head of Diversity at CBS, Josie Thomas asks if I can find work w/ another Network? CBS helmer, Leslie Moonves does not want me affiliated. ”
“Here’s the scoop ppl – for years I tackled diversity issues behind the camera re: unfair practices for minority hiring on Young & Restless. Nat’l Urban League Pres. Marc Morial, Bill Bell Jr., Sony VP Steve Kent, and me met on Wall Street in NUL offices 2discuss hiring practices. Young & Restless soap in its history had NEVER hired an African American producer, writer or director, and its audience is over 50% black. I was told Steve Kent was trying to gets off Young & Restless while I was still there. And I knew that without anyone telling me. As a result Bell Dramatic Serial & Sony Pictures TV were forced to hire FIRST black female writer, Susan Dansby, a 4time EMMY winner on Y&R, There is nothing easy about speaking up for change – especially the blackball-bullying but rest assured there is more than CBS & soap opera! I gave 22 years to CBS on two shows…so, now you know the truth and it doesn’t take a Charlie Sheen moment to send a smart girl packing.”
“The Y&R dirty soap issue of lack of minority hiring in writing, directing, producing went all the way to #1 sponsor, Proctor & Gamble. Thank National Urban League for pulling back the Y&R sheets and demanding change in the 21st century on a billion dollar CBS licensed show. WHY was Sally McDonald demoted from her producer position on Y&R – a woman, a mother, an enormous talent? They don’t want NORMA RAE there;) New Y&R Exec Prod, Head Writer Jill Farren-Phelps hawking costumer, Jen Johns…no style? DRU brought her own clothes to set. U know it. A reason, a season, a lifetime. Young & Restless finally has begun hiring minority directors as well. CBS helmer, Leslie Moonves, and I have a standing lunch meeting, now two years old. I worked for the network collectively for 22 years. I just ask that you FOLLOW me to my next gig!”
So soapers, what do you think of a Y&R without a return from Drucilla as played by Rowell? What are your thoughts on Rowell’s series of tweets this morning? Weigh-in!