Rowell Tweets About Y&R ReturnBy SOD Posted: Oct 24, 2012
Victoria Rowell, who played Y&R's Drucilla from 1990-2000 and then again from 2002-07, revealed on Twitter she will not be returning in the near future. "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..." she wrote. "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."