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Shemar Moore Shares Final Text From 'Y&R' Co-Star Kristoff St. John As Show Wraps Up Tribute

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Shemar Moore shares a touching last text message he received from his longtime friend, the late "Young and the Restless" co-star Kristoff St. John. Find out Kristoff's last message to Shemar and more inside...

The "Young and the Restless" wrapped up its multi-episode tribute to the late Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters since 1991, today. The tribute episodes featured flashbacks of Neil Winters, showing some of his first scenes and his co-stars speaking about how great he was in between sets, his memorial and the storyline of his on-screen family finding out that he died.

Before the final tribute episode aired, Shemar Moore appeard on "The Talk" to reveal a few things about Kristoff we didn't know previously. The on-screen younger brother of Neil said that if it wasn't for Kristoff, he may not have landed the role as Malcolm Winters!

Apparently, Kristoff advocated for Shemar during a discussion with co-creator William J. Bell after Shemar tried out for the role in 1994. He said St. John gave him some advice before the audition, telling him,

"He goes, 'Keep the shades on 'cause I know you're nervous, but I got you... Just ride with me, and we'll get it done.' "

Later, St. John handpicked Shemar for the role because he saw a lot of potential in him.

"I want the scared kid with the baseball hat and the sunglasses to play my brother," St. John reportedly told the producer. "He's got a long way to go, but I know he can do it."

Shemar returned to "Y&R" with his longtime co-stars Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters), Mishael Morgan (ex-Hilary Curtis Winters), and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) to pay tribute to the soap opera legend in a multi-episode tribute.

"Without him, I honestly wouldn't be in this business the way that I am — or maybe, not even at all," Shemar said.

Kristoff was found dead inside his Woodland Hills home in LA on Feb. 3rd, just days after he was released from the mental health facility. He reportedly had a history with bipolar disorder and suicidal threats. He was 52.

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The "S.W.A.T." actor appeared on "The Talk" alongside his "Y&R" co-stars where he also shared the last text St. John sent him.

"Bro. On the real. I look up to you," the text said. "What you have accomplished. You were a squeaky clean Lil boy, with stars in your eyes. Now you are the center of an entire solar system. You have survived against all odds. In a business that doesn't want US."

St. John praised Shemar as being "far beyond any black star that has graced TV in the last 50 years...except Denzel on St. Elsewhere. And even he, wasn't the actor, who exuded sex and charisma like you."

"Keep pressing. Keep grinding," and signed off with, "You are Shemar."

Check it:

Although Kristoff is longer with us, Shemar said he's going to keep on carrying him [around his neck on red carpets as they playfully did] and make him proud:


Check out more clips below:







R.I.P. Kristoff St. John.

Photos: Backgrid/Michael Yarish/CBS

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