Before presenting an award Sunday night at the Daytime Emmys, Shemar Moore paused to remember Kristoff St. John.
St. John, who played Neil Winters on CBS daytime series The Young and the Restless for 28 years, died Feb. 3 from hypertrophic heart disease. He was 52.
Early in his career, Moore co-starred as his half-brother, Malcolm Winters, before moving on to roles on Criminal Minds and S.W.A.T.
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On Sunday night, Moore received a standing ovation when he thanked CBS and Y&R for airing a special storyline last month honoring St. John and his character.
“The tribute that aired this past week on The Young and the Restless, saying goodbye to Kristoff and his character, Neil Winters, was so beautifully, beautifully done. I know Kristoff is proud of all of us,” he said.
Moore and former Y&R stars Christel Khalil (Lily Ashby) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) returned to the series for the storyline.
The four-episode arc ran from April 23 through April 26, and included a funeral for St. John’s character, who was mourned after suddenly passing away.
Moore told the Daytime Emmys audience he had a special bond with St. John.
“Kristoff was my friend. He was my brother. He was my mentor. He was my acting coach. He was my therapist,” Moore said. “Rest in peace, keep dancing and we will never, ever forget you, my brother.”
After announcing that Y&R had been named outstanding drama series, Moore said: “Kristoff, this is for you baby.”